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NASA prepares to fly probe into Sun’s scorching atmosphere

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 - 5:38pm

NASA is preparing to send a probe closer to the Sun than any other spacecraft has ventured, enduring wicked heat while zooming through the solar corona to study this outermost part of the stellar atmosphere that gives rise to the solar wind. The Parker Solar Probe, a robotic spacecraft the size of a...

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US oil industry lobbies against tighter sanctions on Russia

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 - 5:26pm

The U.S. oil and gas industry is lobbying against tighter sanctions on Russia that could impact U.S. investments there, congressional sources said on Friday. The U.S. Senate has revived a bill, called DETER, that would allow for swift sanctions if Moscow was found meddling in future U.S. elections. ...

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Ex-Republican columnist who attacked Obama for 8 years writes apology after less than 2 years of Trump

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 - 5:20pm

Former Republican Max Boot spent eight years trying to stop Obama as an aide to both John McCain and Mitt Romney, and as a longtime conservative columnist. Boot, who is now a columnist for the Washington Post, was never a Trump fan, but he did write a column the day after the election in which he ar...

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Why the war on poverty in the US isn’t over, in 4 charts

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 - 4:53pm

On July 12, President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers concluded that America’s long-running war on poverty “is largely over and a success.” I am a researcher who has studied poverty for nearly 20 years in Cleveland, a city with one of the country’s highest rates of poverty. While the council’s ...

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Black Home Depot employee fired after altercation with Trump supporter offered job back

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 - 4:37pm

A black man who was fired from Home Depot after being accosted with racial abuse by a customer has gotten his job back, says a company spokesman. Maurice Rucker, 60, was let go from his $13-an-hour job after the incident. Rucker had politely asked a white man to leash his dog in the store. The man r...

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Atlanta cop investigated for throwing surprise punch at suspect — then shoving his mother to the ground

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 - 4:30pm

In a video acquired by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution an Atlanta policeman was shown taking a surprise punch at a suspect and then shoving the man’s mother to the ground as she tried to defend him. After clips of the video surfaced on social media, the department released the entire 3-minute...

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Robin Williams possessions up for auction in New York

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 - 4:26pm

Art work, film memorabilia and personal items owned by the late actor Robin Williams will go under the hammer in New York this October, more than four years after his death, Sotheby’s announced Friday. The Oscar-winner, movie veteran, stand-up comedian and television star was one of Hollywood&...

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Treasury’s Steven Mnuchin says he’s watching Chinese yuan weakness for manipulation

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 - 4:09pm

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin issued a warning to China over the recent weakness of its yuan currency on Friday, telling Reuters that the Treasury is closely monitoring the yuan for signs of manipulation.Mnuchin said in an interview in Sao Paulo, Brazil, that the yuan’s weakness would be re...

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WATCH: Neighbor reports black Minnesota boy’s hot dog stand — and the cops took the kid’s side

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 - 3:52pm

A 13-year-old Minnesota boy feared he might have to close down his hot dog stand after a neighbor reported it. Instead, he’s getting a lesson in business development from the city, KHOU 11 reports. Jaequan Faulkner started a food stand in his Minneapolis neighborhood in 2016 with the help of h...

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LISTEN: GOP congressman rants whites are the real victims of ‘racism’ and black people are addicted to welfare

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 - 3:19pm

CNN’s KFile has uncovered more audio files from Rep. Jason Lewis (R-MN) and this time he is asserting that white people are the real victims of racial violence. Lewis made these comments from 2009 to 2014 on his radio show entitled “The Jason Lewis Show.” His first absurd claim was that ...

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Spiky Utah dinosaur had more than ‘a face only a mother could love’

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 - 3:08pm

With its head and snout covered in bony armor shaped like cones and pyramids, a spiky tank-like dinosaur unearthed in southern Utah was not just another pretty face. Scientists on Thursday announced the discovery of fossils of a dinosaur named Akainacephalus johnsoni that lived 76 million years ago ...

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Mueller subpoenas ‘Manhattan madam’ Kristin Davis who worked for Trump ally Roger Stone: TMZ

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 - 2:50pm

The “Manhattan Madam” made famous in the sex scandal that toppled former Governor Eliot Spitzer has been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Muller’s investigations, TMZ reported Friday. “Davis worked for former Trump aide Roger Stone for a decade, and had numerous interacti...

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Oxford study: Tens of millions of dollars are being spent on social media propaganda to manipulate voters

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 - 2:41pm

While much of the world’s attention is currently centered on efforts by Russian operatives to sow discord among the American electorate with fake social media postsand “troll farms” during the 2016 presidential election, an Oxford Internet Institute study published Friday found tha...

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MSNBC panel: Michael Cohen’s tapes are an ‘insurance policy’ to protect him from Trump

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 - 1:57pm

MSNBC’s Craig Melvin had a fascinating panel to read the tea leaves following the bombshell report that the FBI has recording made by Donald Trump confidante Michael Cohen discussing a hush money payout to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who allegedly had an affair with Trump in 2006, sho...

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REVEALED: Neo-Confederates teamed up with Russian nationalists at shady Moscow conference

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 - 1:34pm

The strange friendship that appears to be blooming between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to have trickled down to each man’s respective constituency. As Think Progress reports, long before the Russians meddled in the 2016 election, a 2014 conference organ...

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White Florida man shoots and kills a black man over a parking dispute — and may not face charges for it

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 - 1:22pm

A white man in Florida shot and killed a black man who came to the defense of his girlfriend in a parking spot dispute — and may not be charged due to the state’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law. The Tampa Bay Times reported that on Thursday in the town of Pinellas, a man name...

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Trump’s lawyers fear he gave Mueller a massive gift with this week’s Putin disaster: CNN

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 - 1:21pm

President Donald Trump’s lawyers are reportedly worried that he gave special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe a massive public relations boost this week thanks to his disastrous press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. During a Friday CNN segment, Gloria Borger reported that...

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Mike Pompeo says North Korea must take ‘concrete actions’ before sanctions eased: UN envoy

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 - 1:17pm

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told United Nations Security Council envoys on Friday that there needs to be “concrete actions” by North Korea before an easing of sanctions on Pyongyang can be discussed, said Dutch U.N. Ambassador Karel van Oosterom.  “The secretary made very clear we need concr...

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Woman who called cops on sleeping black Yale student: I’ve ‘done absolutely nothing wrong’

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 - 1:04pm

The white Yale graduate student who made national news for calling police over the presence of black people who turned out to be fellow students says her life has been ruined. Sarah Braasch, 43, finally addressed the controversy, the Minneapolis City Pages reports. On Twitter, Braasch reportedly sou...

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Republicans to hold 2020 convention in North Carolina

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 - 12:54pm

Republicans on Friday voted to hold their 2020 presidential nominating convention in Charlotte, making North Carolina the road to U.S. President Donald Trump’s re-election. The Southern swing state is critical to Trump’s chances of seeing a second term in the White House, and has been a highly covet...

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