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Trump Wants A Big Military Parade Down Pennsylvania Avenue

Crooks and Liars - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 14:00
Trump Wants A Big Military Parade Down Pennsylvania Avenue

So Donald Trump thinks it would be a great idea to have a military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue for the Fourth of July.

Let me guess: Mexico is gonna pay for it. New York Times:

President Trump said on Monday that he was looking into staging a display of American military might in a Fourth of July parade down Pennsylvania Avenue.

In remarks during a meeting with President Emmanuel Macron of France at the United Nations, Mr. Trump said he got the idea after watching the Bastille Day parade in Paris with Mr. Macron in July. During the parade, he could be seen gesticulating and whispering to Mr. Macron at the elaborate display of tanks, soldiers on horseback and military jets flying overhead.

“I came back and one of my early calls were, I think we are going to have to start looking at that ourselves,” the president told Mr. Macron. “We are actually thinking about Fourth of July, Pennsylvania Avenue, having a really great parade to show our military strength.”

Lou Dobbs and the Fox News retired white general of the day Jack Keane think it's a "grand idea."

Dobbs tweeted: "Bring Back Our Parades!"

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Cities Are Competing to Give Amazon the 'Mother of All Civic Giveaways'

Slashdot - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 14:00
Louise Matsakis, reporting for Motherboard: Amazon announced earlier this month that it was looking to build a second headquarters outside Seattle, where more than 40,000 of the company's more than 380,000 employees currently work. The tech giant is searching for a locale with at least a million people, a diverse population, and excellent schools, among other qualifications. It gave municipalities six weeks -- until October 19 -- to submit a proposal to be chosen. Local governments in more than 100 American and Canadian cities, including places like San Diego, Chicago, Dallas, and Detroit, quickly scrambled to outline why they should be home to Amazon's new corporate office, which is expected to employ up to 50,000 workers. The mayor of Washington D.C., Muriel Bowser, even made a scripted video for Amazon explaining why the capital should be picked. It featured an Echo, Amazon's smart speaker. But experts who have studied Amazon's business practices say having one of the most tax-allergic corporations in the world come to your hometown might not actually be a good thing.

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White House all in for repeal; Pence to tell Senate GOP: 'This is the moment'; McCain wavering?

Daily Kos - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:59

Donald Trump and Mike Pence are revved up for repeal and have been working the phones to get the 50 Senate votes necessary so Pence can cast the tie-breaker, according to Tuesday's traveling press pool report.

Perhaps most importantly, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a co-sponsor of the repeal bill, told the pooler that he would let his buddy John McCain speak for himself but also indicated that he's feeling good about it. Of course, McCain famously cast the vote that killed the last effort and has continued to pound on the theme that the Senate must return to regular order. In fact, Monday he took to the floor to blast the bogus process that birthed the very bill Graham is now suggesting he might vote for—a bill that won’t even get a full scoring from the CBO due to the GOP rush job.

Perhaps McCain should have had a chart next to him on the Senate floor with a HUGE ASTERISK reading "**unless that POS bill was authored by my bestie, Lindsey—then I don’t care."

On Monday night, Trump reportedly called Graham to give him a pep talk. Meanwhile, Pence has been trying to move conservative Democrats like West Virginia's Joe Manchin and moderate Republicans like Lisa Murkowski into the "yes" column. In particular, Pence has tried to sway Alaska's Independent Governor, Bill Walker, who has voiced concerns about the bill, in order to ease the path for Murkowski's support.

Pence was headed to Capitol Hill Tuesday afternoon to lunch with Republican senators and planned to tell them: "This is the moment. Now is the time. We have 12 days."

Wow, so aspirational—not "Now is our time to secure healthcare coverage for future generations!" but "Now is the time, we have 12 days left." Inspiring, isn't it?

Also, Pence is pretty proud of the GOP support he's apparently garnered for the health care repeal measure. "I have got Alan Greenspan, Jeb Bush and Steve Bannon" behind this bill, he said. "If anyone can do better I'd like to meet them."

How about someone who knows something about health policy? What about the American Medical Association (AMA) or the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)?

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Ten governors, including four Republicans, urge McConnell to ditch Graham-Cassidy bill

Daily Kos - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:58

Ten governors—Democratic, Republican, and independent—have written to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asking him not to hold a vote on Graham-Cassidy, the latest Republican effort to gut health coverage, and instead "renew support for bipartisan efforts to make health care more available and affordable for all Americans.” Democrats John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Steve Bullock of Montana, Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, John Bel Edwards of Louisiana, and Terry McAuliffe of Virginia are joined by Ohio’s John Kasich, Massachusetts’ Charlie Baker, Vermont’s Phil Scott, and Nevada’s Brian Sandoval, all Republicans, as well as Alaska’s Bill Walker, an independent. 

Like 16 patient and provider groups including the American Heart Association and the March of Dimes, the group of governors calls on McConnell to support Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray in their effort to find a bipartisan fix for Obamacare, writing that they “have negotiated in good faith to stabilize the individual market” and that “we are hopeful that the HELP Committee, through an open process, can develop bipartisan legislation and we believe their efforts deserve support.”

Sandoval, Kasich, and Walker are all particularly significant since their states have Republican senators who at least like to play at being willing to stand up to their leadership (though only Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has really shown the goods). Mitch McConnell isn’t going to listen to 10 governors and 16 patient and provider groups or to anything but the crusade against Obamacare. But might these appeals sway one Republican senator? That is what McConnell will listen to. He does not want to lose publicly again, and letters like this give fence-sitting Republicans bipartisan cover to do the right thing on this.

We haven’t won the battle to save health care yet. Republicans are STILL pushing to repeal Obamacare. Call your senators at (202) 224-3121 and urge them to vote “NO” on any repeal bill. (After you call, please tell us how it went.)

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Things 3.2 adds direct Siri integration on iOS 11 and watchOS 4, iPad drag and drop

9to5Mac - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:56

Things by Cultured Code has long been my go-to task management app of choice, and today the app suite is getting a big update thanks to iOS 11 and watchOS 4. Things 3.2 works with Siri for the first time (no more Reminders workaround!) and there’s powerful drag and drop support on the iPad.


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Apple releases TestFlight 2 with new design, Swift Playgrounds with AR challenge

9to5Mac - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:44

Apple has released a new version of its beta software distribution app TestFlight. The new version includes a new design that fits in with iOS 11 (also just released) including a new app icon, 3D Touch features, and more. A new version of Swift Playgrounds for iPad is also now available.


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Ohio effort pushes John and Annie Glenn congressional medal

Medina Gazette - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:34

COLUMBUS — Some state lawmakers in their native Ohio want to see John and Annie Glenn awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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GOP lieutenant governor wants to end Ohio Medicaid expansion

Medina Gazette - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:34

COLUMBUS — Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor says she would end Medicaid expansion in Ohio if elected to succeed Gov. John Kasich, a fellow Republican who has championed the expansion.

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Painter sets out to put historical images on Ohio barns

Medina Gazette - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:34

OAK HARBOR — The commanding image of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry dwarfed Scott Hagan Thursday as he put the finishing touches on the war hero's coat taking form on the side of a barn near Oak Harbor.

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tvOS 11 for Apple TV now available to public

iDownloadBlog - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:32

Having spent more than three months in beta, the free tvOS 11 software update for the fourth-generation Apple TV and the upcoming Apple TV 4K is now available for public consumption.... Read the rest of this post here

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Mike Huckabee Gets A Tingle Up His Leg At Trump Talk About Annihilating North Korea

Crooks and Liars - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:26

The former Arkansas governor, Trump surrogate, frequent Fox News contributor, and father of Trump's press secretary, Mike Huckabee, felt this thrill go up his leg after Trump proposed annihilating North Korea for "misbehaving" during his U.N. speech this morning.

During the opening of Fox News' "Outnumbered," co-host Sandra Smith set the stage.

"President Trump lowering the boom on North Korea's rocket man and his first address to the United Nations general assembly. Warning, the U.S. is prepared to destroy the rogue nation, if its regime threatens America."

Smith threw it to today's #OneLuckyGuy.

Huckabee said, "What a terrific day and there's a little bit of news going on and most of it right here. An amazing speech, I thought, by the president today."

A Little bit of news is that Trump's former campaign manager was under surveillance by the FBI and is likely to be indicted. But not on Fox!

He continued, "Refreshing to see a president speak honestly, candidly, forcefully at the U.N. We haven't seen that in many, many years from a US president."

Huckabee was responding to Trump, who told the UN, "The U.S. has great strength and patience but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea."

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Stack Overflow Launches Salary Calculator For Developers

Slashdot - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:20
An anonymous reader writes: Stack Overflow today launched Salary Calculator, a tool that lets developers check out typical salaries across the industry. The calculated results are based on five factors: location, education, years of professional coding experience, developer type, and technologies used professionally. Stack Overflow is releasing the tool because it believes developers should be empowered with more information around job searches, careers, and salary. The company noticed ads on Stack Overflow Jobs that include salary information get 75 percent more clicks than ads without salary information. Even in cases when the salary range is below average, the ads still get 60 percent more clicks.

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Apple releases watchOS 4 for all Apple Watch models

iDownloadBlog - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:17

In addition to releasing the major iOS 11 software update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Apple on Tuesday posted the free watchOS 4 software update for all watch models, including the latest Apple Watch Series 3 wearables with LTE connectivity.... Read the rest of this post here

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watchOS 4 update for Apple Watch is now available, here’s everything new

9to5Mac - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:15

watchOS 4 is out today as a free update for all Apple Watch models. The latest version brings three new watch faces including Toy Story and Siri, new versions of Music and the Heart Rate app, enhancements to the Activity and Workout apps including High Intensity Interval Training, and much more.


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'This is not the American Way': NAACP sues Trump over decision to end DACA

Daily Kos - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:12

The historic civil rights organization NAACP has joined in the legal action against Donald Trump over his cowardly decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, “alleging that Trump violated due process, the equal protection clause and regular administrative procedures in deciding to end DACA,” a move that the organization says overwhelmingly affects young immigrants of color:

There are approximately 800,000 DACA recipients across the country, and more that would have been eligible for the program had it not been unnecessarily and unconstitutionally cancelled. The vast majority of DACA registrants and those eligible for DACA are people of color. More than 80% of registrants are of Mexican origin, according to the Migration Policy Institute; about 36,000 immigrants of African origin were also immediately eligible for the DACA program. Additionally, the report shows that over 20,000 youth from Caribbean nations of the Dominican Republic and Jamaica are eligible for DACA.

“By establishing DACA, the United States made a promise to protect its most vulnerable residents—young, undocumented immigrants, who are overwhelmingly people of color. In exchange for providing the government with extensive information about themselves and their families, these young immigrants received this country’s assurance that they could build lives for themselves in the United States without fear of prosecution or deportation,” said Derrick Johnson, interim President and CEO of the NAACP. “Now, President Trump has reneged on that promise.”

“By rescinding DACA,” Johnson continues, “President Trump puts hundreds of thousands of lives and livelihoods at risk. Immigrants and DACA registrants have been positive members of society; they contribute to community; they open businesses; they pay taxes and they are generally law abiding. But Instead of celebrating their contributions, President Trump is kicking DACA registrants and eligible people out of the country and upending their lives. This is not the American Way.”

As Trump is responsible for one of the most shameless days in American history by putting 800,000 young people at risk of being torn from the only country they’ve ever known as home, it’s local and national groups, colleges, state and local leaders, and everyday people who are resisting his nativism. In addition to the numerous DACA-related lawsuits facing the administration, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo announced yesterday that private donors and organizations have joined together to pay for the DACA renewal fee of every eligible Dreamer in the state.

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Apple releases major iOS 11 software update for iPhone and iPad

iDownloadBlog - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:00

Apple on Tuesday released the free iOS 11 software update for the supported iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models following an extensive period of testing that began with the initial developer-only release on June 5.... Read the rest of this post here

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Bored With Your Fitbit? These Cancer Researchers Aren't

Wired Science - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:00
Scientists are publishing more studies and enrolling more clinical trials using Fitbit devices than any other wearable fitness tracker out there.
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Apple releases iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad, here’s everything new

9to5Mac - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:58

Apple has just released iOS 11 to the public, for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. The major update brings a variety of new features including a redesigned Control Center, a brand-new App Store, the new Files app, Do Not Disturb While Driving, a new Lock Screen / Cover Sheet experience, and much more.

iOS 11 is also a major focus for iPad with new ways to share data and multitask with Drag and Drop, upgraded Split View and a whole new Dock. Read on for our walkthrough of all the new features in iOS 11 …


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tvOS 11 update for Apple TV is now available, here’s everything new

9to5Mac - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:58

There’s a new software update out for the fourth-gen Apple TV that brings a few useful new features to the set-top box. tvOS 11 brings automatic dark mode switching, Home Screen Sync, proper AirPods support, and more to the Apple TV.


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Huckabee Sanders fakes endorsement of Trump's 'destroy' North Korea policy—from Barack Obama

Daily Kos - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:57

When you take the position of press secretary in the Trump White House, the first thing they teach you is highly selective editing. That’s how you can get something like this:


That certainly makes it appear that President Obama made the same unvarnished threat as Donald Trump, only in that case the national press didn’t raise an eyebrow. Clearly another case where Trump is being held to a higher standard for policy that’s just the same as past administrations.

That is, except for some pesky words located adjacent to those that Sanders lifted.

“It's not something that lends itself to an easy solution," Mr. Obama said. "We could, obviously, destroy North Korea with our arsenals. But aside from the humanitarian costs of that, they are right next door to our vital ally, Republic of Korea."

So, Obama was making a statement about why he couldn’t destroy North Korea. Meanwhile what was it Trump said?

“If it is forced to defend itself or its allies,” Trump said, “We will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself, and for his regime.”

Obama: Why we can’t destroy. Trump: Why we have no choice but to destroy. Sanders: There’s no difference.

Not. The. Same. Policy.

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