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    Members of the Republican Study Committee are set to travel to Bedminster Tuesday night to have dinner with former President Donald Trump, a day after FBI agents raided Mar-a-Lago.  Punchbowl News reported Tuesday morning that Rep. Jim Banks, who chairs the RSC, a caucus of conservative House members, would be taking a dozen lawmakers with him to New Jersey later in the day.  Breitbart News reported last month that Banks and other Republican Study Committee members would be traveling to Bedminster to meet with Trump 'in a few weeks.'  'RSC has visited with him many times before. We have a very close relationship with him, and the Republican Study Committee believes he's the most effective president in a lifetime or more,' Banks told Breitbart in July.  The timing of Tuesday's dinner is fortuitous as many members of the party have rushed to publicly show their support for Trump in the aftermath of Monday's FBI raid.  Former President Donald Trump was spotted leaving Trump Tower in New York on Monday night after announcing his Mar-a-Lago home had been raided by the...
    Support was surging for the family of a 3-year-old North Jersey boy who died weeks after he was rescued from a pool. Adrian LeBron Taylor was treated at Hackensack University Medical Center after the accident on July 11, according to a GoFundMe campaign for his family. He was in the ICU at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, and died on Thursday, Aug. 4, loved ones said. "Even though he has transcended from this earth very early, he left this world a better place," an update to the GoFundMe campaign reads. "His beautiful smile, charisma and pure love will continue to shine bright as the sun." Adrian is survived by his parents, Alessia LeBron and Xavier Adrian Taylor and their partners, respectively: Rannell Disla and Toni-Ann Taylor. Services were held Monday, Aug. 8 at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home in Paramus. Click here to donate.
    Share this:  Facing critical races for governor and U.S. Senate, Democratic hopefuls in Wisconsin are hoping that their support for abortion rights in the face of a Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade can overcome the headwinds of a midterm election long expected to favor Republicans. But there’s one key group their strategies might fail to mobilize: Black voters. An issue with strong support from white Democrats is more complicated in the Black community, especially among churchgoers who hold more conservative views on abortion. The topic is so fraught that most community organizers avoid bringing it up. “Among the Black Baptist church alone, that would split us in half,” said David Liners, executive director of WISDOM, a faith-based organizing group with a statewide presence, when asked why his group isn’t organizing around abortion. Karen Royster, spokeswoman for Milwaukee-based Souls to the Polls, called abortion “taboo” in church circles, making it difficult for faith leaders to do any sort of work around it.
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Chinese Pesident Xi Jinping a 'scared bully' as Beijing continues its military drills around Taiwan following her trip to the island. 'I think that he is in a fragile place,' she told MSNBC's Morning Joe on Tuesday morning, referring to the forthcoming elections in China. 'He is acting like a scared bully.' Xi is expected to get an unprecedented third term as Chinese leader. China has been conducting military drills around Taiwan in a blatant show of force as part of their fury about the speaker's stop on the island.  Pelosi defended her visit to Taiwan, which infuriated the Chinese, and said she would do it again. 'Absolutely. Without any question,' she told NBC's Today show when asked. Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Chinese Pesident Xi Jinping a 'scared bully' as she defended her visit to Taiwan last week China conducted ballistic missile launches and simulated sea and air attacks in the skies and seas surrounding Taiwan Pelosi did a media tour Tuesday morning to discuss her trip. She was also at the White House to join President...
    Support was surging for the family of a 3-year-old North Jersey boy who died weeks after he was rescued from a pool. Adrian LeBron Taylor was treated at Hackensack University Medical Center after the accident on July 11, according to a GoFundMe campaign for his family. He was in the ICU at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, and died on Thursday, Aug. 4, loved ones said. "Even though he has transcended from this earth very early, he left this world a better place," an update to the GoFundMe campaign reads. "His beautiful smile, charisma and pure love will continue to shine bright as the sun." Adrian is survived by his parents, Alessia LeBron and Xavier Adrian Taylor and their partners, respectively: Rannell Disla and Toni-Ann Taylor. Services were held Monday, Aug. 8 at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home in Paramus. Click here to donate.
    Support was surging for the family of a 3-year-old boy from North Jersey whose family says died after he suffered a brain injury in a pool accident. Adrian LeBron Taylor was treated at Hackensack University Medical Center after the incident on July 11, according to a GoFundMe campaign for his family. He was in the ICU at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, and died on Thursday, Aug. 4, loved ones said. "Even though he has transcended from this earth very early, he left this world a better place," an update to the GoFundMe campaign reads. "His beautiful smile, charisma and pure love will continue to shine bright as the sun." Adrian is survived by his parents, Alessia LeBron and Xavier Adrian Taylor and their partners, respectively: Rannell Disla and Toni-Ann Taylor. Services were held Monday, Aug. 8 at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home in Paramus. Click here to donate.
    The Republican Senate candidate doesn't seem to understand how veterans' health care works despite training at a VA medical center. Mehmet Oz, the Republican nominee for Senate in Pennsylvania, gave a confusing response about veterans' health care during an interview with a Pittsburgh radio station last week. The station 90.5 WESA asked Oz about the PACT Act, which expands health care coverage for veterans exposed to toxins in the course of their service. The interview took place a few hours before recalcitrant Senate Republicans finally agreed to support the legislation. Oz called for the bill's passage and said he believed that veterans should be enrolled in the same insurance system that members of Congress receive from the Affordable Care Act's private health insurance exchanges. "I actually think they should get the same insurance I get if I'm serving in the U.S. Senate," Oz said. "They've done everything you could ask an American to do, and they've already paid their fee and they're not getting what's deserved of them — in this case, health care access." "These folks risked their lives," he added....
    A majority of Minnesota parents understand that public schools are failing our students and that throwing more money at the problem doesn’t seem to be helping. It is now time to empower parents so they can create educational opportunities to best suit their children and values.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, virtual learning has brought classrooms into homes giving parents a front-row seat into how and what their children are taught. Their reaction has not been favorable. Controversial curriculum is now commonplace and, perhaps most disturbingly, we’ve become aware that the public education establishment does not want parental involvement. All the while, our children’s educational results continue to deteriorate.  The good news is that parents see a solution; it is called Education Savings Accounts (ESAs). ESAs — like those supported by Opportunity for All Kids — allows education dollars to follow individual students to the public, private or charter school of the parents’ choosing. In fact, a poll conducted in early 2022 by the American Federation for Children and Invest in Education shows that support for parental empowerment through...
    TRISTAN Thompson's baby mama, Maralee Nichols, has posted a rare video of their son, Theo. This Instagram story comes after the NBA player STILL has not met his son nor paid child support. 5Maralee Nichols posts a sweet video of her and Tristan Thompson's kidCredit: Instagram/ Maralee Nichols 5Tristan was most notably linked to Khloe Kardashian before his cheating scandalsCredit: Getty - Contributor Maralee posted a video of her son, Theo, sitting on her lap. In it, he was holding onto a book called I Love You To The Moon and Back. The eight-month-old moved his thumb over the cover as the model filmed from above. There was no sound to the short video, but she put a "Good Night" sticker on it, along with stars. READ MORE MARALEE NICHOLSMAMA'S BOY Tristan Thompson's baby mama Maralee shares rare video of son TheoBAD DAD? Tristan 'STILL has not paid child support to baby mama Maralee for their son' Theo wore a long-sleeve gray and white onesie. The disgraced NBA star previously admitted he fathered a...
    THE street where a four-year-old girl died in a gas explosion has been evacuated AGAIN over fresh fears of a "ticking timebomb gas leak". More than 100 people were evacuated from the area on Galpin's Road, Thornton Heath, on Monday. 1The explosion ripped through the property on Galpin's Road at around 7am on Monday morningCredit: Dan Charity Now dozens more have been told to flee their homes, where people have been "smelling gas for a week". A Merton Council spokesperson said: "Following further inspection by Health & Safety Executive on site this morning, the cordon is being extended to 200m & we are in the process of evacuating further homes on Galpin's Road. "Southern Gas Networks continue to work on site, and residents must stay away from the cordon area until it is safe to return. "Council officers are working as hard as possible to help the 100-plus residents who have been evacuated, and will continue to do so today, as more homes are evacuated. "New Horizon Centre continues to act as our evacuation centre and is offering support...
    (CNN)Nobody trusts my ability to forecast the future, least of all me. Nevertheless, I feel fairly safe in predicting that WNBA star Brittney Griner will not serve all nine years of her sentence by a Russian court for drug possession and smuggling. Gene SeymourIt's not that much of a stretch to imagine this coming true, especially when recapping the basis for that charge: two vape cartridges of hashish oil found in Griner's luggage at a Moscow airport in February. Nine years? For two cartridges? The maximum sentence is 10 years, and at least Griner didn't get that. Those with long enough memories can't help but think of the incredulous laughs comedian Richard Pryor elicited more than 40 years ago over the arrest of ill-starred heavyweight champion Leon Spinks by St. Louis police for possessing cocaine with a street value of -- wait for it -- $1.50. That amount, Pryor quipped, "melts before you open the paper" it's wrapped in. Griner's situation seems almost as absurd, but it's no laughing matter. It's exasperating and heartbreaking for her family, friends and WNBA...
    KYIV, Ukraine—The head of Ukraine’s National Security Council has told The Daily Beast that it will be “impossible” for Ukraine to defeat President Vladimir Putin’s invading army with the current level of support from the West. Oleksiy Danilov explained that international partners never fully understood the spirit of Ukraine’s resilience, thought they would fold quickly in the face of Putin’s forces, and failed to send sufficient military support right from the start of the war with Russia. This is not to say that Danilov has given up hope. He is confident that Ukraine will never surrender and that eventually the likes of the U.S. and the U.K will come to realize they need to offer much greater military support. “Unfortunately, the future depends not only on our country,” he said. “Our own capabilities, unfortunately, are not enough—this must be recognized. Without partners, this is impossible, but the question is how quickly they will give us the necessary weapons.” Danilov had invited The Daily Beast into his inner sanctum, a spacious office with white leather furniture in a well-guarded complex of...
    Brooklyn Nets team governor Joe Tsai has given has officially responded to Kevin Durant's 'It's them, or me!' ultimatum and backed head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks. It follows a report by The Athletic's Shams Charania that Durant has lost faith in the direction of the team under Nash and Marks. According to the report, Durant 'reiterated his trade request and informed Tsai that he needs to choose between Durant or the pairing of general manager Marks and coach Nash.' Durant initially requested a trade from the team on June 30th but nothing has changed when it comes to finding the 33-year-old forward a new home. Our front office and coaching staff have my support. We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets.— Joe Tsai (@joetsai1999) August 8, 2022 Kevin Durant reiterated his request to be traded from the Brooklyn Nets unless Steve Nash and Sean Marks are fired Joe Tsai (middle) attends the game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Indiana Pacers at Barclays Center Durant signed for Brooklyn in free agency during the...
    On the first full day he has been free from COVID President Joe Biden traveled to Kentucky, the home state of the Senate Republican Minority Leader, to visit with flood survivors devastated by lost lives and lost property. On August 1, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced the historic floods had killed 37 people. Hundreds more were unaccounted for. “I still have aunts and uncles that are stuck in hollers. They are diabetics. They need insulin,” Knott County resident Zack Hall said to CNN the following day, August 2. “I went to visit one yesterday — was lucky enough to get up there (and deliver supplies) with an ATV. But there was no road … and that’s what people need to understand, is the infrastructure here is just completely destroyed and it makes relief efforts [difficult].” READ MORE: ‘It’s So Gross’: NY Times Blasted for Negative Reporting on Biden by ‘Blindered Horse-Race Analysts’ On Monday, six days later, President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden flew down to Kentucky, where they were met by Gov. Beshear. The President, the...
    National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Emmer (R-MN) is throwing his hat in the ring to become the next majority whip if Republicans take back control of the House. The Minnesota Republican has been telling members that his current focus is on leading the House GOP’s campaign arm but encouraging them not to promise their support elsewhere as the race heats up, Politico reported. “Emmer has been asking colleagues to hold off on committing to anyone for Whip until after the midterms,” one source familiar with the talks told the Washington Examiner. REP. ELISE STEFANIK LEANING AGAINST HOUSE REPUBLICAN WHIP BID If Republicans win back the House in November, Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) would be poised to move up to House majority leader if Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) becomes House speaker. That would leave a vacancy for the whip position up for grabs. Emmer, who is currently serving his second term as NRCC chairman, is expected to face Rep. Jim Bank (R-IN), the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, and Rep. Drew Ferguson...
    Another Republican man is being humiliated publicly after they revealed that they have no idea about the biology of female humans. For years, Republicans, men, in particular, have been ridiculed for bizarre ideas they have about biology that are not only false but laughably so. Todd Akin, who ran for the U.S. Senate in Missouri, infamously said that women can't get pregnant from rape because if it is a "legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." That's false. Over the weekend, Indiana state Rep. John Jacob (R) claimed, "The body inside of the mom's body is not her body. Let me repeat that: The body inside of the mom's body is not her body. Not her body, not her choice." Rush Limbaugh infamously decided to shoot all women who sought an abortion. "You know how to stop abortion? Require that each one occur with a gun," he announced. Similarly, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) tweeted his idea in 2013, "If babies had guns, they wouldn't be aborted." Conservative blogger Erick Erickson, who now...
    (CNN)Vermont's designation as the only state to never send a woman to Congress is poised to be dashed in November, with state Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint and Lt. Gov. Molly Gray leading the Democratic primary for the state's at-large House seat. The winner of Tuesday's contest will be the overwhelming general election favorite to take the place of Rep. Peter Welch, who is running for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Patrick Leahy. That month, voters will also cast ballots on an amendment to the state constitution that would protect abortion rights. Balint, a former schoolteacher first elected to the state legislature in 2014, is widely viewed as the frontrunner heading into Tuesday's election, with Gray her closest rival. What began as a crowded field has thinned over the last few months. Louis Meyers, a physician, is the only other candidate actively campaigning following Sianay Chase Clifford's withdrawal in July.A former Welch staffer and Vermont assistant attorney general, Gray's early momentum appears to have slowed over the summer as her rival solidified progressive support. Balint's strength...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is hitting the road in August to campaign for several Republicans in key battleground states, most of which are Trump-endorsed. Partnering with Turning Point Action, the 501(c)(4) entity associated with Turning Point USA but legally allowed to endorse candidates, DeSantis is heading to New Mexico, Arizona, Ohio, and Pennsylvania to support candidates Kari Lake, Blake Masters, J.D. Vance, Doug Mastriano, Mark Ronchetti, and Yvette Herrell. RACHEL MADDOW ON 'TALENTED' TUCKER CARLSON: 'DOING GREAT RIGHT NOW' "Turning Point Action is proud to announce its upcoming 'Unite and Win' rallies in New Mexico and Arizona (August 14th) and Pennsylvania, and Ohio (August 19th) featuring one of America’s most popular political leaders, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, in support of key Republican candidates in some of this election cycle’s most consequential elections," the organization said in a press release Monday. "Gov. DeSantis is America’s Governor and one of the most popular leaders in the country. He has become the model for a new conservative movement that is willing to stand on principle and to actually...
    Amber Escudero-Kontostathis turned 28 the day she was struck by lightning in D.C. Instead of celebrating, Escudero-Kontostathis is in the hospital with severe burns, fighting for her life, according to a GoFundMe page for her recovery. On August 4, Escudero-Kontostathis was working outside the White House to raise money for Ukraine, when she and three others were struck by lightning, DailyMail reported. She is the sole survivor. Escudero-Kontostathis was put on a ventilator, but no longer needs it, and now has taken her first few steps since the strike, DailyMail said. "She is the toughest person I know and she will continue to battle through this tough time!"..."She is in a lot of pain but making progress every day! Her short term memory is getting better as well which is great!" Her friend updated those following Escudero-Kontostathis' recovery on the GoFundMe, and spoke optimistically about her journey ahead. The page was started to help Escudero-Kontostathis cover medical bills and fund transportation to her upcoming Masters program at Johns Hopkins University, a friend wrote on the GoFundMe page. Her friend said donations...
    The California-Hawaii NAACP supports Proposition 26, a ballot measure that would legalize sports wagering at tribal casinos and certain horse racing tracks.  But it opposes a part of the ballot materials released by the Secretary of State’s Office ahead of the November election.  The California-Hawaii NAACP filed a lawsuit this week asking for an opposition statement attributed to Minnie Hadley-Hempstead of the Los Angeles NAACP branch to be stricken from ballot materials.  The civil rights organization contended the statement is “false and/or misleading” since the group does, in fact, support Prop 26. It also said the NAACP bylaws prohibit local branches from taking positions contrary to that of the state group.  The lawsuit filed Tuesday, Aug. 2, requested the opposition statement be removed from ballot materials.  “NAACP is proud to stand with California Indian Tribes in strong support of Prop 26 to help preserve and further Indian self-reliance,” Rick Callender, president of the California-Hawaii NAACP, said in a statement. “We are outraged that the cardroom casinos and their No On 26 campaign would deceptively use the NAACP name in its...
    Emerging from weeks of coronavirus isolation, President Joe Biden stepped into a role he has long emphasized in his political career: that of a consoler who can bring comfort to people and families weighed down by the pain of grief and destruction. Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived in flood-stricken eastern Kentucky on Monday to meet with families and survey the devastation in the state after major storms tore through towns, killing at least 37 people. Some people are still missing, and many others are displaced. “You think to yourself, ‘What in God's name happened to the 37, now 38 people who are dead?’” Biden said during a briefing by first responders on the impact of the storms. SENATE PASSES INFLATION REDUCTION ACT AFTER ALL-NIGHT VOTE SERIES “You hear about the grandmother and granddaughter climbing 16 hours to get out of the way … You see the pictures of those four beautiful children on television, and you think, ‘My God, what a devastating thing to be a parent in that,’” Biden said. “You see a father who sacrificed...
    Morning Joe hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough tore into supporters of former President Donald Trump following his appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Texas, where he delivered a speech littered with false information and described America as a nation in decline. The MSNBC hosts took issue with this description, and directed their focus on the former president’s devoted followers. “This is the sickness we have to deal with, Katty Kay, in America,” Scarborough said, after citing promising data under President Joe Biden’s administration to reject Trump’s claim. “That when somebody’s political party is not running the White House, suddenly that segment of America says that the United States of America is ‘declining.’ When their party is in the White House, suddenly everything is wonderful.” “I think America is great,” Scarborough continued. “People hear it all the time. They get tired of me talking about how we still are exceptional … despite the problems in Washington D.C. But Donald Trump continues to feed upon this pathology, and here he goes again talking about America in decline. All because...
    Hosts on a Russian state television program came away very impressed with former President Donald Trump's weekend speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, and they said it made them more enthusiastic about bringing him back to the White House in 2024. In a video flagged by The Daily Beast's Julia Davis, Russian host Evgeny Popov gushed about Trump trashing President Joe Biden, and also praised his criticism of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, which angered Russia's allies in the Chinese Communist Party. "Republicans are usually more anti-China than Democrats," Popov explained to his audience. "But the election is near, which means that China may soon become a friend and a valued partner of the Republicans, led by Trump." After playing a clip of Trump's CPAC speech, the show cut back to military expert Igor Korotchenko, who called Ukraine a "cancerous tumor in the center of Europe" because it had "insane shows and rallies" featuring "transgenders." He went on to contrast this with Trump and his more purportedly masculine approach to governing. "I like those conservative values that...
    Governor Brian Kemp today announced a new program aimed at ensuring students negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic have the opportunity to pursue successful careers while receiving a high-quality education. Through the Governors Emergency Education Relief Program, more than $800,000 will be awarded for a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Pilot Program. “Here in Georgia, we are committed to meeting the needs of our young people as they prepare to enter our world-class workforce following years of pandemic disruptions, and we are excited to see how this program will make a difference in their lives as it also helps us fulfill a critical workforce need,” said Governor Brian Kemp. The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Pilot Program will be allocated $843,000 and will allow 500 current Dual-Enrollment High School students across 10 Georgia College and Career Academy sites a grant to cover the cost of achieving a Nurse Aid Technical College Certificate (TCC), including in-person clinical training through partnering healthcare systems. Also, half of those students will be able to acquire an additional Geriatric Care...
    The scene takes place at Montreal-Trudeau Airport just before the pandemic. A young woman walks up to her gate hugging a large dog, an “emotional support animal,” according to a sign attached to the dog’s neck. Suddenly, without the slightest warning sign, the dog passes a man in a wheelchair. Published at 4:00 p.m. Mary Dyson Pres Although service dogs, such as guide dogs, are professionally trained to perform specific tasks related to their owner’s disability, they are not emotional support animals. Several incidents and numerous excesses led American and Canadian authorities to question the presence of the latter on planes. The decision came in the middle of the pandemic, when airports were still empty and planes were grounded: In Canada and the United States, airlines are no longer required to accept emotional support animals in the cabin, free of charge. However, they should continue to welcome expertly trained assistance dogs. Many carriers, including Air Canada, WestJet, Delta, American and United, quickly changed their policies. These companies can no longer board...
    by Eric Lendrum   The Biden Administration is preparing to engage in political persecution against a Christian school in Florida that will not accept the administration’s new pro-LGBTQ mandates, even though the school has already qualified for a religious exemption. According to the Washington Free Beacon, the school, Grant Park Christian Academy in Tampa, is being represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). The school is filing a lawsuit against the Biden Administration and Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is enforcing the federal mandate dictating that schools must accept pro-LGBT policies, or else lose lunch funding. “For five years, this Christian school has received funding to provide nutritious meals to dozens of low-income children in the community,” said ADF legal counsel Erica Steinmiller-Perdomo. “Commissioner Fried and the Biden administration are trying to rewrite the law and ignore the exemption in an attempt to force this school to choose between violating its religious beliefs or providing lunches to children.” The federal mandate comes as a result of the Biden White House recently announcing its own “reinterpretation” of federal Title IX guidelines,...
    Governor Glenn Youngkin participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, signed new legislation, and took part in a roundtable discussion, all based around supporting and improving education for the state of Virginia. First, Governor Youngkin participated in the official grand opening and ribbon-cutting of the Mecklenburg County Middle School and High School, a best-in-class joint school made possible by the community, according to a press release by Youngkin’s office. We are delivering on our commitment to support vibrant, 21st Century educational environments across the Commonwealth. Mecklenburg County Middle School and High School is what happens when a bipartisan coalition puts our students first. We’re getting it done together! pic.twitter.com/McorWlG05E — Governor Glenn Youngkin (@GovernorVA) August 6, 2022 At the new school campus, Governor Youngkin also ceremonially signed HB 563, sponsored by Deputy Majority Leader Israel O’Quinn (R-Washington), and SB 473 and SB 471, sponsored by State Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), the press release notes. HB 563 and SB 473, the school construction fund and program, will support $400 million in grants distributed based on student enrollment and local needs. It will...
    by Kim Jarrett   The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber Foundation is one of 32 organizations splitting $500 million in the Good Jobs Challenge. The project, dubbed “The Ignite Initiative Regional Workforce Training System.” is receiving $9.6 million. It focuses on training underserved communities in the border region of North Dakota and Minnesota that include people of color, veterans, immigrants and formerly incarcerated individuals, according to a release from the foundation. The training is for positions in the agriculture, manufacturing and technology industries. “Almost 80 local employers are in support of this initiative, which will prepare over 900 people for jobs with projected wages ranging between $45,000 and $75,000 and wage growth potential beyond $100,000,” said U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn. Workforce development is the greatest challenge in the Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo region, according to Shannon Full, president and CEO of the chamber. Gov. Doug Burgum said the program will “allow our state to support workers in finding good-paying jobs they want and help employers find the skilled workers they need.” The Good Jobs Challenge Grant program is...
    Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman announced Friday that his U.S. Senate campaign has received one million individual donations, highlighting the progressive candidate's strong grassroots support. Fetterman posted a video of himself and his family thanking his supporters for their contributions, which totaled a record-breaking $11 million in the second quarter of 2022 and which averaged less than $30 per donation. "The total number of contributions is a major milestone that demonstrates Fetterman's unmatched and steady grassroots support across the commonwealth," said the campaign in a statement. The campaign marked the milestone as it announced Fetterman will hold his first public event since he suffered a stroke in May, with a rally planned for next Friday, August 12. Fetterman will address supporters in Erie, which he said is in the state's "most important bellwether county." The lieutenant governor won Erie County by more than 65% of the vote in the primary, which took place just days after his stroke. Former President Donald Trump won the county in 2016 and President Joe Biden won it in 2020. "Before the 2020 election, I...
    by Eric Lendrum   In Iowa, a watchdog group focused on protecting parents’ rights in education filed a lawsuit against a school district that has been accused of deliberately hiding students’ “gender transitions” from their parents. As reported by The Daily Wire, the group Parents Defending Education (PDE) has sued the Linn-Mar Community School District over its policy of “gender support plans,” which was kept a secret from parents of students in the district’s schools. The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. “Nearly a century of Supreme Court precedent makes two things clear: parents have a constitutional liberty interest in the care, custody, and control of their children, and students do not abandon their First Amendment rights at the schoolhouse gate,” the lawsuit reads in part. With its gender policy, the district is “flouting both of these constitutional guarantees,” and allowing students to make “fundamentally important decisions concerning their gender identity without any parental involvement, and to then hide these decisions from their parents.” Under the district’s policy, which is...
    DALLAS — Shortly before former President Donald Trump addressed an audience of some of his biggest fans, he also led a straw poll of the conference for the Republican nominee for president in 2024. Trump is widely expected to seek a second term in the White House, but he has not declared his candidacy. Limited to attendees generally strong fans of Trump, the Conservative Political Action Conference's straw poll is not reflective of the general electorate or even necessarily the wider Republican base. It does, however, offer a snapshot of the views of conservative activists. BANNON DELIVERS BULLISH SPEECH TO CPAC AFTER CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS CONVICTIONS Trump led the straw poll of potential Republican candidates with 69% of attendees' support, which CPAC said represented a double-digit jump from last year’s Texas version. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) followed at 24%. No other potential candidate, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who addressed the home-state crowd Friday to enthusiastic applause, broke 2%. The poll singled out Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), a member of the House select committee investigating the...
    Archie Battersbee, a 12-year-old boy whose parents have been fighting to keep him on life support after he fell into a coma in April, died Saturday morning after British courts ruled to suspend treatment. “It’s with my deepest sympathy and sadness to tell you Archie passed at 12:15 today,” his mother, Hollie Dance, said from outside the hospital. “And can I just tell you, I’m the proudest mum in the whole world.” Dance and Battersbee’s father had been fighting to keep the boy alive since he was discovered unconscious at home on April 7 with severe brain injuries. The British High Court ruled last month that the hospital should suspend life-sustaining treatment, deeming it “futile.” His family sealed the decision to the Supreme Court, and even asked the UN for support, but their appeals were rejected. The family had asked for Battersbee to be transferred to hospice, but the High Court ruled he was too medically unstable. Treatment was suspended after the Court of Appeal and the European Court of Human Rights declined to intervene. “Such a beautiful little boy...
    NEW YORK (AP) — In 2020, Kelly Jackson and Davina Arceneaux wanted to leave their company jobs and become business owners. They were looking for something both COVID-proof and recession-resistant. Instead of completely stepping out from under a corporate umbrella, they looked at franchising. The two worried about the notoriously tight margins for restaurants. They looked at a drug testing franchise, but the initial investment was too steep. A franchising mentor told them about Motto Mortgage Home Services, and Jackson and Arceneaux opened one in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, in July of 2020 with an initial investment of $35,000. “People always need new places to live and are always buying and selling houses,” Jackson said. He takes rising interest rates in stride. “Interest rates move up and down, that’s what they do, that’s part of the industry.” Jackson and Arceneaux, who had been a senior IT program and project manager and an assistant director of catering, respectively, had no experience with mortgages, but Motto Mortgage provided training and support. “You don’t necessarily need experience in that industry in order to...
    Musician John Legend told the director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, David Axelrod, that his friendship with fellow musician Kanye West could not overcome his support for former President Donald Trump. "We aren't friends as much as we used to be," the EGOT winner said of West on CNN's The Axe Files podcast, "because we publicly disagreed on his running for office, his supporting Trump" WATCH: LINDSEY GRAHAM CALLS 'FRAUD' INFLATION REDUCTION ACT A 'LIE' President Donald Trump meets with rapper Kanye West in the Oval Office. Evan Vucci/AP "It became too much for us to sustain our friendship," he added. “He was upset that I didn’t support his run for presidency of the United States of America — for understandable reasons,” Legend said. "You weren't alone in that," Axelrod chimed in. "He was not happy about that," explained the singer. As a result, he said they "haven't been close since then." Of West, Legend said the rapper is "very real," adding that "there's not a lot...
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    VIDEO3:1403:14More intelligent ways to give Taiwan support it needs: Bilahari says of Pelosi visitStreet Signs Asia There are "more intelligent ways" to support Taiwan than for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to have visited the island, former permanent secretary at Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bilahari Kausikan told CNBC.  The move could undermine efforts by the U.S. and other countries to support Taiwan in the future and has further complicated Taiwan's political relationship with China, he told CNBC's "Street Signs Asia" on Friday. "I think Taiwan needs support and deserves support but has this achieved anything that is worthwhile? I don't think so. In fact, I think it has made things worse," Kausikan said. Ignoring weeks of warnings from Beijing, Pelosi visited Taiwan and met President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday. Taiwan is a self-ruled democracy, but Beijing considers the island a breakaway province and says it has no right to conduct foreign relations. Pelosi's visit makes her the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Taiwan in 25 years. China launched military drills in the airspace and waters around Taiwan the next day....
    Getty Ben Simmons (L) and Royce O'Neale of the Brooklyn Nets attend a game between the Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2022 NBA Summer League The future of Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets has been a bit murky this offseason. It has been unclear what is going on at any given moment between the two sides. Brooklyn was unwilling to give Irving a long-term extension because of concerns that have developed in his time with the Nets, especially after his stance with the COVID-19 vaccine which caused him to miss multiple key games for the franchise. Irving has gone back and forth from wanting to join the Los Angeles Lakers to reunite with LeBron James this offseason or reports that he never wanted to leave Brooklyn. Irving ultimately ended up opting into the final year remaining on his player option in Brooklyn.  The Nets have been reported to being so done with the drama that Irving brings that they have thought about exercising the stretch-and-waive provision to rid themselves of Kyrie for his final season...
    Unfortunately, analysis from the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation found the bill would result in tax increases. Democrats claim these figures, however, are incomplete and do not consider the alleged benefits of the bill.Anything else?Whenever the bill comes to a floor vote in the Senate, it will likely pass. That is because Sen. Krysten Sinema (D-Ariz.), who could have killed the bill, has agreed to support the bill after receiving several concessions that stood in the way of her support, the New York Times reported. Schumer, in fact, confirmed the bill "will receive the support of the entire Senate Democratic conference."
    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Planned Parenthood quietly opened another abortion clinic in Kansas in the lead up to a decisive statewide vote in favor of protecting abortion access. The Wyandotte Health Center in Kansas City, Kansas, had long been in the works but opened with little notice this summer as neighboring Missouri banned nearly all abortions in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. Other nearby states took similar actions. Emily Wales, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, highlighted the Kansas City clinic while discussing abortion access in a conference call this week, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported Friday. “The fact that that gives us one more location in Kansas to see patients to support them is really critical at this moment because we’re realistic that this region cannot support the number of patients who need care,” she said after Kansas voters rejected a proposed amendment to the state constitution declaring that it grants no right to abortion. It brings the number of clinics in the state to five,...
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) holds his weekly news conference after the Democratic caucus party luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, August 2, 2022.Jonathan Ernst | Reuters Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday that Democrats had "no choice" but to drop a key tax provision from their major spending bill in order to gain Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's support. Sinema, a centrist Democrat from Arizona, had withheld her support of the Inflation Reduction Act, the sweeping bill that includes much of the Biden administration's tax, climate and health care agenda. Senate Democrats need her support to pass the bill through the Senate on a party-line vote using the budget reconciliation process — which requires a simple majority vote in the Senate split 50-50 by party. Sinema announced Thursday night that she would indeed back the legislation, following an agreement "to remove the carried interest tax provision." She was referring to the bill's inclusion of language that would narrow the so-called carried interest loophole, a feature of the tax code that both Republicans and Democrats — including former...
    It’s all yes’s for a local trauma support group that just competed on “America’s Got Talent: Ballet After Dark” — and it hopes that the recent performance on the show spreads the message of support. “We’ve turned our trauma into triumph,” said Tyde-Courtney Edwards, who created the Baltimore-based dance therapy group to help sexual abuse and domestic violence survivors after trauma. More Local News More Maryland News People from throughout Maryland participate in the organization’s programs, but with its recent national boost, it’s now expanding support throughout the country. “We’re launching a new venture that is going to make our dance therapy resources available to community members far and wide,” Edwards said. She told WTOP that she both was surprised and thrilled that they got an audition slot on “America’s Got Talent.” “It was choreographed by me and my brother, he’s also a dancer. And we came together because the opportunity came very, very quickly,” she said. The dance included the eight Ballet After Dark ensemble members performing a piece to Kesha’s song “Praying.” They got “yes’s”...
    [The stream is slated to start at noon ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is set to hold a press conference Friday on Democrats' marquee legislation to tackle tax reform, health care and climate change. Schumer will speak after he unified the Democratic caucus around the bill by cutting a deal with centrist Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., a key holdout. The bill, dubbed the Inflation Reduction Act, was revealed late last month by Schumer and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., another centrist who had sunk Democrats' prior efforts to pass a sweeping package to overhaul the post-pandemic economy. The reconciliation bill is set to proceed through the Senate this weekend. Democrats hope to pass it without needing any Republican support in the chamber, which is split 50-50 between the parties and where Vice President Kamala Harris holds the tie-breaking vote. Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube. TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    The three former officials called the bill 'the most significant piece of climate legislation in United States history.' Three former Environmental Protection Agency administrators, who served in Democratic and Republican presidents' cabinets, called on Congress to pass the recently introduced Inflation Reduction Act, specifically citing the effect the legislation would have in the fight against climate change. The legislation, which was proposed by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), would use $369 billion of its projected $739 billion on measures to alleviate the effects of climate change. Climate experts have estimated that the law would cut carbon emissions 40% by 2030, lower energy costs, and create jobs in the green energy sector. The statement was released on Friday by three former EPA administrators: Christine Todd Whitman, who served under President George W. Bush, William K. Reilly, who served under President George H.W. Bush, and Carol Browner, who served under President Bill Clinton. "As former Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency of both Democratic and Republican Administrations, we support the Inflation Reduction Act which represents the...
    KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda’s government is rejecting a report by United Nations experts saying they have “solid evidence” that members of Rwanda’s armed forces are conducting operations in eastern Congo in support of the M23 rebel group whose deadly resurgence has led to talk of war as well as protests against the U.N. peacekeeping force. “The report is a tactic to distract from real issues and contains false allegations which should be treated with the contempt deserved,” Rwandan government spokeswoman Yolande Makolo said in a statement. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit both countries next week, with the deadly turbulence in mineral-rich eastern Congo leading the agenda. Rwanda accuses Congo of collaborating with another rebel group, the FDLR, and said regional security can’t be achieved until that issue is addressed. The FDLR was created by ethnic Hutus who fled Rwanda during the country’s 1994 genocide that killed at least 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus. Congo has denied supporting the group. “Rwanda has a legitimate and sovereign right to defend our territory and citizens, and not just...
    EVERTON forgotten star Dele Alli is being lined up to to fill in for injured star Dominic Calvert-Lewin in attack, reports suggest. Calvert-Lewin has been ruled out for six weeks due to a knee injury and that leaves Toffees manager Frank Lampard without a striker as Salomon Rondon is also suspended. 2Everton manager Frank Lampard may turn to Dele Alli to lead his attackCredit: Getty 2Everton boss Frank Lampard is determined to help Dele Alli get back on trackCredit: Reuters According to the Daily Mail, Lampard will turn to Alli to play up front as a false nine when the Merseysiders host the boss' former club Chelsea in their Premier League curtain opener on Saturday. The versatile midfielder has been struggling to replicate his Tottenham success ever since his arrival at Goodison Park last January. In the two years before the 2018 World Cup, the 26-year-old scored 27 Premier League goals but he has only managed another 14 since his return from Russia. The former England international has only amassed one goal in the last two seasons, and it...
    THE world of fast fashion almost exclusively caters to smaller chested women. If you wear anything above a D cup, then you know the struggle of trying to find cute and supportive tops. 4The tops designed by Dolapo for Taideaux are both fashionable and supportiveCredit: TikTok 4Dolapo designed all Taideaux's tops and dresses to support and flatter larger chested womenCredit: TikTok Taideaux founder Dolapo, who wears a size US 32J/K, started the inclusive company when she became frustrated with the lack of options for her cup size. Dolapo's company stocks sizes 4-16, and are hoping to expand their line soon. "For far too long, the fashion industry has ignored and excluded fuller bust women by designing pieces without considering our figures," Dolapo said on the company's website. Promoting Taideaux's range on TikTok, Dolapo told followers: "If you're having big boob problems, we feel bad for you girl." Read More LifestyleON TOP I have big boobs but hate wearing bras – the shirt styles I’m obsessed withBRA-VELLOUS The right way to wear straps if you have big boobs, it gives you more...
    The D.C. Memo is a weekly recap of Washington political news, journalism, and opinion, delivered with an eye toward what matters for Minnesota. Sign up to get it in your inbox every Thursday. WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate was on standby for most of the week as members waited for Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to make up her mind about the support of the Inflation Reduction Act, a huge bill that would fulfill many of President Joe Biden’s legislative goals. Finally, on Thursday night, hours after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said debate on the bill will begin Saturday, Sinema, an Arizona Democrat,  said she was ready to support the bill. But that key vote was won  after a provision that would have raised the tax on hedge fund managers was eliminated and a new tax on corporation was tweaked to protect manufacturers from the impact of a proposed 15 percent corporate minimum tax.  Democrats need all 50 of their senators on board and the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris to secure passage under the budget...
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Khalil Ibrahim’s four sons are among thousands of followers of an influential Shiite cleric staging a sit-in outside Iraq’s parliament after storming the building last week in a stunning move that threw the country into a new era of political instability. Ibrahim is behind them all the way, he says — as are practically all his neighbors in Sadr City, the huge Baghdad district of millions of largely impoverished Shiites that is the heart of support for the cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr. Every house within the district’s concrete jungle has members participating in the sit-in, the 70-year-old Ibrahim told The Associated Press on Thursday. “This time we know there will be change, we are sure of it,” he said. Al-Sadr derives his political weight largely from their seemingly unending support. Word from the cleric has spurred meticulously organized mass protests at various times in the past, bringing Baghdad to a halt and disrupting the political process. Many in Sadr City proclaim their devotion to the cleric, dismissing allegations of corruption against his movement. They are...
    by Carl DeMarco   The United States Senate voted to approve a treaty to allow Sweden and Finland to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Wednesday. The treaty received bipartisan support and was passed with 95-1 votes in favor of expanding NATO, The New York Times reported. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voiced their support for the ratification of the treaty and the growth of the organization. Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri was the only one who voted against the treaty, according to the NYT. “Our NATO alliance is the bedrock that has guaranteed democracy in the Western world since the end of World War II,” said Schumer. Sweden and Finland are seeking membership to NATO after Russia invaded Ukraine as they fear their nations may be targeted next, according to a statement released by the Department of Defense. Finland shares a direct border with Russia. Historically both Sweden and Finland have remained neutral or apprehensive of joining armed conflict. However, since Putin’s invasion they have made historic changes in their foreign policies wanting to join...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican hopes to reclaim a crucial governor’s seat in swing-state Wisconsin this year long appeared to rest on Rebecca Kleefisch, a former TV news anchor who spent eight years as former Gov. Scott Walker’s heir apparent and vowed to continue his sharply conservative policies. Then a wealthy construction company owner jumped in, dumped $12 million of his own money into the race and won Donald Trump’s backing. Now Tim Michels is in a competitive race against Kleefisch heading into Tuesday’s primary to decide who will face Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in November. The contest is part of a deepening proxy fight between Trump and his estranged former vice president, Mike Pence, who has thrown his support to Kleefisch. And it could ultimately have implications for 2024, when Trump has dangled the possibility of another White House bid and has shown his willingness to pressure elected officials, including those in Wisconsin, to overturn election results. Michels has focused on shaping an outsider candidacy — bolstered by the Trump endorsement — while Kleefisch has embraced her establishment support...