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          Taylor Report: A True Peace Dividend is Possible for Eritrea and Ethiopia, Segment 1      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The new Prime Minister of Ethiopia made a wise decision, and agreed to accept a peace agreement with Eritrea that had been on the table for 20 years. Now the question is how the superpowers (looking at you Washington) will react. Eritrea has weathered hostility and sanctions but continued to develop, a study in self-reliance.

          Russian market selloff deepens on U.S. sanctions move      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A new sanctions move by Washington against Moscow sent Russian markets sharply lower on Thursday, adding impetus to an existing selloff as the rouble hit a two-year low and shares and bonds also tumbled. David Pollard reports.
          ‘The adventure of a lifetime’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

For someone as accomplished as Maj. Jon Long, there aren’t too many more goals to be achieved during such an exceptional career in law enforcement. However, there was still one aspiration that had eluded him until the most unexpected of times. Shortly after he was promoted to lieutenant at the Washington C.H. Police Department, Long […]

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          Sports In Brief      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Braves starter Sanchez hit by ball, leaves with calf bruise WASHINGTON (AP) — Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez left his start Thursday against the Washington Nationals after getting hit by the ball in the left calf. The right-hander was hit by Washington outfielder Michael Taylor’s grounder with two outs in the second inning. Sanchez […]

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          Jones-Foster reunion recently held      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The 151st Jones-Foster Reunion was held Saturday, July 14 at the Fayette County Commission on Aging, 1179 S. Elm St. in Washington C.H. In attendance were relatives and friends from various cities in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Seattle, Wash. and Washington D.C. In addition to food and fellowship, the activities included […]

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          Swamp Rats, Socialists, and Supplements      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

On today's Daily Standard podcast, digital editor Jonathan Last and reporter Andrew Egger gaze slack-jawed at the latest news of Washington grift, including the Paul Manafort trial and fraud allegations against Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Plus, what's all this hubbub about Alex Jones getting the banhammer, and should Republicans be so quick to laugh off the populist appeal of Democratic Socialism?

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          Court orders ban on harmful pesticide, says EPA violated law      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies' brains.
          Райс: Саакашвили знал, что не может рассчитывать на НАТО       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Экс-госсекретарь США представила свою версий событий в Грузии и вокруг нее в статье в газете Washington Post
          Carla Provost is named Border Patrol's first female chief      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Border Patrol has its first female chief in its 94-year history.
          First Muslim woman to be elected to US Congress after winning primary      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Former Michigan legislator Rashida Tlaib on Wednesday won the Democratic nomination to run unopposed for a House seat, setting her up to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress.According to The Guardian, no Republicans or third-party candidates ran in district 13 primary race, which means that Tlaib is set to win …

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          US to impose new sanctions on Russia for nerve attack in UK      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Washington said on Wednesday it would impose fresh sanctions on Russia after it determined that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain.A senior State Department official said it had notified the Kremlin of the sanctions earlier in the day.Sergei Skripal, a former colonel …

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          Iran hints trade guarantees from Europe incoming      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

TEHRAN (Web Desk) Iran says it will in all likelihood receive the necessary trade and banking guarantees from Europe to sustain a 2015 nuclear deal, which the United States has withdrawn from and which Washington has been attempting to break up.In an interview with the Iran Daily published on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad …

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          La CIDH condena la matanza en un centro comercial del Catatumbo en Colombia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Washington, 9 ago (EFEUSA).- La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) condenó hoy "la muerte violenta" de nueve personas a finales del mes de julio en el municipio colombiano de El Tarra, donde un grupo armado, cuya identidad aún se desconoce, irrumpió a tiros en un establecimiento comercial.
          Un juez de EE.UU. detiene las deportaciones de solicitantes de asilo impulsadas por Trump      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Washington, 9 ago (EFE).- Un juez federal de Estados Unidos decidió hoy suspender las deportaciones de solicitantes de asilo que huyen de la violencia doméstica o de las pandillas en sus países, una medida impulsada por el presidente, Donald Trump, y su Gobierno.
          Juez EE.UU. suspende las deportaciones de solicitantes de asilo impulsadas por Trump      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Washington, 9 ago (EFE).- Un juez federal de Estados Unidos decidió hoy suspender las deportaciones de solicitantes de asilo que huyen de la violencia doméstica o de las pandillas en sus países, una medida impulsada por el presidente, Donald Trump, y su Gobierno.
          El secretario de Comercio de EE.UU. liderará la comitiva en la investidura de Abdo Benítez      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Washington, 9 ago (EFE).- El secretario de Comercio de EE.UU., Wilbur Ross, liderará la delegación estadounidense que asistirá a la toma de posesión del presidente electo de Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benítez, el próximo 15 de agosto, informó hoy la Casa Blanca en un comunicado.
          Playing with all the toys      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Meanwhile, Trump and Pence are sweating with excitement at their big plans to put SOJERS in SPASE.

The creation of a new branch of the military — the first since the Air Force was created in the wake of World War II in 1947 — could require a significant reorganization of the Pentagon. Some officials within the military and national security communities fiercely oppose the idea. The Air Force in particular might lose key responsibilities. The proposal would also need congressional approval.

Also it would be a little pricey, but hey, they can just get rid of Medicare and Social Security and bob’s your uncle.

White House officials have been working with national security leaders to aggressively move ahead

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          El secretario de Comercio liderará comitiva en investidura de Abdo Benítez      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Washington, 9 ago (EFEUSA).- El secretario de Comercio, Wilbur Ross, liderará la delegación del país que asistirá a la toma de posesión del presidente electo de Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benítez, el próximo 15 de agosto, informó hoy la Casa Blanca en un comunicado.
          Juez suspende deportaciones de solicitantes asilo impulsadas por Trump      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Washington, 9 ago (EFEUSA).- Un juez federal de Washington D.C. decidió hoy suspender las deportaciones de solicitantes de asilo que huyen de la violencia doméstica o de las pandillas en sus países, una medida impulsada por el presidente, Donald Trump, y su Gobierno.
          El deseo de las familias de soldados caídos de EE.UU.: que nadie se quede atrás      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Washington, 9 ago (EFE).- Empujados por la esperanza y el deseo de encontrar respuestas, cientos de familiares de soldados desaparecidos en las diversas guerras en las que ha participado Estados Unidos se dan cita en alguna de las reuniones que organiza el Pentágono con un claro objetivo: que nadie se quede atrás.
          USDA to relocate two agencies outside of Washington      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture will be relocated outside the capitol.

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           Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Jonathan Gold and Beth Ditto       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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This week, we'll remember Jonathan Gold by revisiting our conversation with him. Jonathan's work in food criticism was legendary. In 2007, his work earned him a Pulitzer. To this date, he's still the only food critic to ever earn that honor. When he joined us in 2011, he discussed the one food fear he just couldn't overcome, and how he discovered Los Angeles and the world – one meal at a time. Plus, he threw shade at the burritos from the Mission District in San Francisco.

We'll also revisit our conversation with Beth Ditto from last year. Beth is singer of the band Gossip. Beth talks about the process of creating her solo album, and about her time fronting Gossip. She'll also open up about her queer identity and what it was like setting up punk shows in her small Arkansan town. You can catch her on the road this summer opening for Sam Smith.

And finally, Jesse explains how Sly and the Family Stone made a perfect album, even as they slowly disintegrated as a group.

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Remembering food critic Jonathan Gold

This week, we'll remember the late Jonathan Gold by revisiting our conversation with him from 2011. Jonathan died last month of pancreatic cancer at the age of 57.

His work in food criticism was legendary. He was the restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times. His award-winning work regularly appeared in numerous newspapers including the LA Weekly. His articles and reviews also appeared in Blender, Spin, Rolling Stone and Gourmet magazines.

In 2007, his work earned him a Pulitzer. To this date, he's still the only food critic to ever earn that honor. Along with the Pulitzer, he was also the first food writer to be honored as a National Magazine Award finalist in criticism by the American Society of Magazine Editors

If you're not familiar with Jonathan Gold, a documentary from 2015 called "City of Gold" might be a good place to start. Or you might want to check out the segment he did for This American Life in the late 90's, which revisits his astonishing exploration of mapping Pico Boulevard using his sense of taste.

When he joined Jesse they talked about about the one food fear he just couldn't overcome, and how he discovered Los Angeles one meal at a time. Plus, he threw shade at the burritos from the Mission District in San Francisco.

Friends of Jonathan Gold have organized a online fundraiser to help his wife and children with funeral and other ongoing expenses. You can visit the page for the drive here.

Listen to this interview on YouTube

The interview originally aired in 2011.


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Beth Ditto on Going Solo

Beth is a singer and songwriter. She was born and raised in Searcy, Arkansas and moved to Washington State out of high school and made a name for herself as the singer in Gossip.

The band first broke through in the early 2000s, coming up with dance punk groups the Rapture, LCD Soundsystem, and Liars. But Gossip was different – they were proudly queer, and female led. Gossip broke up in 2016, and in the wake of all that, Beth Ditto has released her first ever solo record called Fake Sugar.

In conversation with Jesse, Beth opens up about her childhood, from setting up punk shows in her small Arkansan town to her move to Olympia, Washington after high school. Beth talks about the process of creating her new solo album, and about her time fronting Gossip.

Beth's album Fake Sugar is available now.

She'll be opening for Sam Smith this summer. Check out the tour dates here.

The interview originally aired in 2017.

The Outshot: Sly and the Family Stone's Perfect Album

Jesse explains how Sly and the Family Stone made a perfect album, even as they slowly disintegrated as a group.

Listen to this segment on YouTube!

This segment originally aired in 2016.


           Thu. August 9th, 2018 - Fri. August 31st, 2018 - Scenic Chairlift Ride      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Mt. Washington:

Soar above Mount Washington with a Summer Scenic Chairlift Ride!


          Thousands sign petition calling for LeBron James to replace Betsy DeVos as education secretary (Rebecca Bratek/CBS News)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Rebecca Bratek / CBS News:
Thousands sign petition calling for LeBron James to replace Betsy DeVos as education secretary  —  A group of LeBron James fans would rather see the NBA superstar go to Washington, D.C., than become a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.  Thousands of people have signed a petition calling …


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          Le pétrole rattrapé par le conflit entre Pékin et Washington (Romandie)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
New York (awp/afp) - Les cours du pétrole ont terminé en légère baisse jeudi, rattrapés une nouvelle fois par la crainte des conséquences des tensions entre Pékin et Washington sur la demande chinoise de brut. A Londres, le baril de Brent de...
          Le pétrole rattrapé par le conflit entre Pékin et Washington (Romandie)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
New York (awp/afp) - Les cours du pétrole ont terminé en légère baisse jeudi, rattrapés une nouvelle fois par la crainte des conséquences des tensions entre Pékin et Washington sur la demande chinoise de brut. A Londres, le baril de Brent de...
          The Meg enseña sus fauces en la cartelera estadounidense - El Nuevo Diario      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

"The Meg", una cinta de acción protagonizada por Jason Statham y un tiburón prehistórico de 23 metros conocido como Megalodón, llega este fin de semana a la cartelera estadounidense de la mano del estudio Warner Bros., que quiere aprovechar la falta de lanzamientos importantes en agosto.

Más cerca de "Deep Blue Sea" que de la calidad de "Jaws" o la sátira de "Sharknado", este título de serie B facturado por Jon Turteltaub como una superproducción de 150 millones de dólares cuenta cómo un sumergible ubicado en las aguas más profundas del océano ha sido atacado por una enorme criatura que se creía extinta.

Al rescate de su tripulación acude un especialista (Statham) quien años atrás ya tuvo un primer encuentro con el prehistórico tiburón. Ruby Rose, Rainn Wilson y Bingbing Li completan el reparto.

Los otros títulos de interés que llegan a la cartelera son el filme de terror "Slender Man", la comedia "BlacKkKlansman" y la cinta familiar "Dog Days".

"Slender Man", de Sylvain White, lleva la historia a un pequeño pueblo de Massachusetts donde un grupo de amigos, fascinados por un cuento popular sobre una misteriosa figura alargada que acecha a los jóvenes de la región, decide comprobar que la mitología es completamente falsa, hasta que uno de ellos desaparece sin dejar rastro.

Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair y Annalise Basso aparecen en la película.

"BlacKkKlansman", de Spike Lee, propone una ácida comedia sobre la discriminación racial en la que un policía se infiltra en el Ku Klux Klan durante la década de 1970.

John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier y Topher Grace lideran el reparto. Por último, "Dog Days", de Ken Marino, presenta una historia en la que las vidas de varias personas en Los Ángeles (California) se entrelazan por medio de sus adorados perros. Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Finn Wolfhard y Eva Longoria aparecen en la cinta.


          "Un instrumento para demonizar a Rusia": Moscú responderá a sanciones de EE.UU. por el caso Skripal - RT en Español - Noticias internacionales      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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"Un instrumento para demonizar a Rusia": Moscú responderá a sanciones de EE.UU. por el caso Skripal
RT en Español - Noticias internacionales
Moscú va a preparar un paquete de medidas de respuesta "al nuevo paso inamistoso de Washington", ha declarado la portavoz del Ministerio de Exteriores de Rusia, María Zajárova, comentando las nuevas sanciones anunciadas por EE.UU. La vocera ha ...

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          Kamasi Washington: dagdromer met een boodschap      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

‘We houden wel van dit soort weer’, zei Kamasi Washington, toen de regen plots bij bakken uit de lucht viel op Jazz Middelheim. Het moet gezegd, het had wel iets poëtisch toen de saxofonist even helemaal alleen speelde, enkel begeleid door het geluid van regendruppels op het tentzeil.


          THE POINT IS TO DENY JUSTICE:      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
'Turn the Plane Around': Judge Threatens Sessions After Woman, Child Deported Mid-Court Hearing (Ronn Blitzer, August 9th, 2018, Law & Order)

The woman, identified only as Carmen, and her daughter had been scheduled to be deported, but the government agreed to postpone their removal until Thursday night so an appeal of the decision could be heard in court, the Washington Post reported. When court was in recess in the middle of the hearing, however, an attorney with the ACLU-which is representing them in a lawsuit-received an email notification that Carmen and her child had been taken from the detention center where they had been kept, and were being deported.

Judge Sullivan had strong words for Sessions when he found out about this, and even threatened to hold him in contempt of court.

"This is pretty outrageous," the judge said. "That someone seeking justice in U.S. court is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her?"

"I'm not happy about this at all," Sullivan said. He ruled in favor of the ACLU's request to put the deportation on hold, and ordered the Trump administration to "turn the plane around."

          IT'S A RICO CASE:      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Devin Nunes, in secretly recorded tape, tells donors GOP majority is necessary to protect Trump: 'We're the only ones' ( Isaac Stanley-Becker, August 9, 2018, Washington Post)

"If Sessions won't unrecuse and Mueller won't clear the president, we're the only ones, which is really the danger," Nunes said at an event for Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, referring to Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, and Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel. [...]

Others observed that the lawmaker's actions over the past year made his comments unsurprising. "After all," tweeted University of Texas Law School professor Steve Vladeck, "this has been the only explanation -- for quite some time -- for his ridiculous behavior on everything from the unmasking scandal" to the "Rosenstein impeachment." [...]

[A]t another point during the fundraiser, he addressed the issue of collusion, considering a hypothetical situation in which a campaign received stolen emails from a foreign power and then released them, labeling this activity "criminal."

"Now if somebody thinks that my campaign or Cathy's campaign is colluding with the Chinese, or you name the country, hey, could happen, it would be a very bad thing if Cathy was getting secrets from the Portuguese, let's say, just because I'm Portuguese, my family was," Nunes said, using McMorris Rodgers as an example in his hypothetical. "But, ultimately, let's say the Portuguese came and brought her some stolen emails, and she decided to release those. Okay, now we have a problem, right? Because somebody stole the emails, gave them to Cathy, Cathy released them. Well, if that's the case, then that's criminal."




          Cities Are Taxing Ride-Hailing Services Like Uber and Lyft. Is This a Good Thing?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
With ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft continuing to gain popularity and drawing attention for their impact on congestion and other urban ills, cities from Washington to São Paolo are moving to the seemingly inevitable next step: special taxes. This is unsurprising. ...
          Rusia prepara medidas en respuesta a sanciones de EE.UU.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Moscú va a preparar un paquete de medidas de respuesta “al nuevo paso inamistoso de Washington”, ha declarado la portavoz del Ministerio de Exteriores de Rusia, María Zajárova. La vocera ha recordado que Moscú “ha advertido en numerosas ocasiones que el diálogo con Rusia desde la posición de la fuerza y los ultimátums es inútil y sin perspectivas”.
          Sending kids to college increases chance you'll lose home      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(Washington Post) The financial distress caused by college tuition worsened the foreclosure crisis at the heart of the Great Recession. New research in the journal Demography shows that if you wanted to know where the wave of foreclosures would hit next from 2006 to 2011, you could start by looking for places which had just […]
          How 2,000-year-old roads predict modern-day prosperity      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(Washington Post) Prosperity begets prosperity: On a global level, economists and historians have shown that places that prospered 100, 500, even 1,000 years ago tend to be more economically developed today. But how? We’re less clear on the exact channels by which economic activity sustains itself over the millennia. Could dynastic wealth play a role? […]
          Ankara on collision course with Washington over Iran sanctions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order Monday to introduce sanctions against Iran threatens to put Washington and Ankara on a collision course. Ankara insists Trump’s unilateral actions do not bind it. The looming dispute threatens to exacerbate existing tensions between the two NATO allies. “We are going to aggressively enforce our sanctions, and that puts a very important test to those companies, to those banks and to those governments—who do they want to do business with?” said a senior official Monday. “We are very serious to enforce those sanctions, and that’s what the president has directed us to do.” The first wave of Iranian sanctions goes into effect Tuesday and targets mainly financial transactions and commercial airline sales with Iran. In November, measures to stop the sale of Iranian energy are set to go into effect. Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has ruled out complying with U.S. measures, insisting Turkey is bound only by international agreements. Ankara identifies Tehran as a key trading partner to help boost its flagging economy. Iranian oil and gas are critical to energy-poor Turkey. In the first six months of this year, Turkey imported an average of 176,000 barrels a day of Iranian oil, accounting for 49 percent of Turkish imports. “It’s pretty damn serious, obviously, with the Turkish economy facing difficult times. To give up on trade with Iran and not being able to buy gas and oil would really hurt the Turkish economy,” said international relations expert Soli Ozel of Istanbul’s Kadir Has University. “So, there is a big problem, and there is very little time to solve it, and at a time when both sides don’t trust one another.” Strained relations Turkish-U.S. relations are already profoundly strained over myriad differences. Last week, Washington took the unprecedented step of sanctioning two Turkish ministers over the ongoing detention of U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson. Brunson, facing terrorism charges, is under house arrest. Ankara retaliated in kind, sanctioning two unnamed U.S. officials. With Turkey a significant importer of Iranian oil, analysts say it will be a priority of Washington to persuade Ankara to comply with its sanctions. Last month, senior U.S. officials—led by Marshall Billingslea, assistant secretary of the Treasury for terrorist financing—visited Ankara to meet with government ministers and business leaders to press the case for sanctions. Billingslea described the talks as positive, but a source privy to the meeting described the meetings as difficult. A Turkish business source claims Washington’s suggestion to use Saudi Arabian oil instead of Iran’s fails to take into account the costly and timely readjustment of Turkish refineries to accommodate the lower quality of Saudi oil. Ankara also has strategic concerns about relying on Saudi Arabia. “Turkey is being told to buy oil from Saudi Arabia, while it has a pipeline with neighboring Iran and can get crude at a lower price,” wrote Ilnur Cevik, a senior presidential adviser in Turkey’sSabahnewspaper. “Besides, who can guarantee that Turkey will be provided a steady flow of oil at reasonable prices when Saudi Arabia at times is displaying an antagonistic policy toward Ankara?” Former U.S. President Barack Obama granted Ankara some exemptions when imposing sanctions against Iran. However, critics point out, Ankara severely undermined U.S. sanctions by using gold to circumvent restrictions on the use of dollars to trade with Iran. Turkey at one time was one of the world’s biggest gold importers and exporters. Washington has now closed the door to using gold in trade with Tehran. Halkbank case Earlier this year, a New York court convicted a senior official of Turkish state-controlled Halkbank for a violation of U.S. Iranian sanctions. The U.S. Treasury is considering a hefty fine against the bank, which analysts warn could be several billion dollars. Analysts see the Halkbank experience as a warning to Ankara and the Turkish financial system of the risks violating future U.S. sanctions. “It will actually force Ankara to choose between Iran and the United States,” said former senior Turkish diplomat Aydin Selcen, who served in Washington. “Not complying with Iran sanctions is not an option. There will be increased pressure from the U.S. bringing a vicious circle in bilateral relations.” The deepening U.S.-Turkish tensions are taking a heavy toll on Turkey’s financial markets. The Turkish lira suffered heavy drops last week over Washington sanctioning two Turkish ministers. On Monday, the currency hit another record low on news of new U.S. economic tariffs against Turkey. U.S. Iranian sanctions are set to be the latest in an ever-growing list of disputes between Ankara and Washington. “You could actually find ways out of all this,” Ozel said. “But trust in these relations has been totally decimated. And to rebuild trust in relations is the main, hard task.”
          Turquía decide mantener al pastor preso y EEUU planea aplicar nuevas sanciones.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Los Estados Unidos no para negociar la liberación de los cautivos pastor estadounidense durante casi dos años en Turquía, la profundización de una crisis entre los dos países y allanando el camino para la administración de Donald Trump tomar nuevas medidas de castigo. Durante una reunión en Washington el miércoles entre autoridades de alto nivel […]
          Kehres, Carl J.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Carl J. Kehres New Washington - Carl J. Kehres "Cotz", age 87, of New Washington, Ohio passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018 at University Hospitals...
          Here are the glorious proposed logos for Donald Trump's Space Force      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Donald Trump really seems intent on making his proposed Space Force a thing. 

On Thursday morning, Vice President made a pitch for the sixth branch of the military dedicated to space. Then, on Thursday afternoon, the Trump/Pence team sent out an email asking for readers to vote on one of six proposed logos for Space Force that will be used on a "new line of gear."

SEE ALSO: Trump's 'Space Force' is nothing new: Here's what the military is already up to in orbit

Space Force all the way!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2018

The logos range from something for a kid's camp to, well, pretty cool, actually. I mean, once you get past the idea, which is kind of crazy, especially considering the amount of money this whole thing would cost and the need for that money to go elsewhere.  Read more...

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          Sending kids to college increases chance you'll lose home      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(Washington Post) The financial distress caused by college tuition worsened the foreclosure crisis at the heart of the Great Recession. New research in the journal Demography shows that if you wanted to know where the wave of foreclosures would hit next from 2006 to 2011, you could start by looking for places which had just […]
          How 2,000-year-old roads predict modern-day prosperity      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(Washington Post) Prosperity begets prosperity: On a global level, economists and historians have shown that places that prospered 100, 500, even 1,000 years ago tend to be more economically developed today. But how? We’re less clear on the exact channels by which economic activity sustains itself over the millennia. Could dynastic wealth play a role? […]
          Now we know why disabled veterans still suffer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Shadow Rulers of the VA
ProPublica
By Isaac Arnsdorf
8 Aug 2018
At times, Perlmutter, Moskowitz and Sherman have created headaches for VA officials because of their failure to follow government rules and processes. In other cases, they used their influence in ways that could benefit their private interests. 

A June 21, 2013 file photo of the Veterans Affairs Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
Last February, shortly after Peter O’Rourke became chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs, he received an email from Bruce Moskowitz with his input on a new mental health initiative for the VA. “Received,” O’Rourke replied. “I will begin a project plan and develop a timeline for action.”

O’Rourke treated the email as an order, but Moskowitz is not his boss. In fact, he is not even a government official. Moskowitz is a Palm Beach doctor who helps wealthy people obtain high-service “concierge” medical care.

More to the point, he is one-third of an informal council that is exerting sweeping influence on the VA from Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s private club in Palm Beach, Florida. The troika is led by Ike Perlmutter, the reclusive chairman of Marvel Entertainment, who is a longtime acquaintance of President Trump’s. The third member is a lawyer named Marc Sherman. None of them has ever served in the U.S. military or government.

Yet from a thousand miles away, they have leaned on VA officials and steered policies affecting millions of Americans. They have remained hidden except to a few VA insiders, who have come to call them “the Mar-a-Lago Crowd.”

“On any veterans issue, the first person the president calls is Ike,” another former official said. Former administration officials say that VA leaders who were at odds with the Mar-A-Lago Crowd were pushed out or passed over. Included, those officials say, were the secretary (whose ethical lapses also played a role), deputy secretary, chief of staff, acting under secretary for health, deputy under secretary for health, chief information officer, and the director of electronic health records modernization.
Moskowitz and Sherman helped Perlmutter convene a council of health care executives on the day of the Trump-Perlmutter photograph, Dec. 28, 2016. Offering more private healthcare to vets was a signature promise of Trump’s campaign, but at that point he hadn’t decided who should lead an effort that would reverse the VA’s longstanding practices.
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          Ford reduzirá plataformas para apenas cinco arquiteturas modulares      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Allan Mulally, ex-CEO da Ford, arquitetou um plano para reduzir enormemente os custos da montadora americana e ajudou a salvar a companhia da falência certa na crise econômica mundial de 2009. Única das Big Three que não pediu ajuda à Washington, a Ford tinha no plano One Ford, a globalização necessária para cortar os gastos […]

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          Judge halts deportation, threatens Sessions with contempt      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Judge halts deportation, threatens Sessions with contemptWASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has halted a deportation in progress and threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt if the mother and daughter aren't returned to the U.S.



          Science Applications International wins $597 million U.S. defense contract: Pentagon      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Science Applications International wins $597 million U.S. defense contract: PentagonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Science Applications International Corp has been awarded a $597 million U.S. defense contract for the production and delivery of integrated command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems, the Pentagon said on Thursday.



          Judge orders migrants returned to U.S. in midst of deportation flight      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Judge orders migrants returned to U.S. in midst of deportation flightThe pair were among 12 plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenging changes in asylum policies ordered by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Washington D.C. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan was hearing a request to stay the plaintiffs' deportations, when the ACLU learned that two of them were already on a flight to Central America, the civil rights group said. Upon hearing the news, Sullivan ordered their flight returned and suggested that Sessions could be held in contempt of court, according to the ACLU.



          IT Network Specialist - United Business Machines of Washington - Kirkland, WA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
UBM is currently the largest independently owned and operated dealer of Kyocera office technology in the state of Washington, and premiere dealers of the Canon,... $17 - $22 an hour
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          Europe Shows It’s Getting Serious About Buying U.S. LNG      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
lng carrierBy Anna Shiryaevskaya and Naureen S. Malik (Bloomberg) — European nations are far behind Mexico and China when it comes to receiving liquefied natural gas from the U.S., but the region is making its biggest effort to date to change that. European Commission trade officials will travel to Washington on Aug. 20 to follow up on an […]
          Full-time & Part-time Hourly Positions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
DC-Washington, Hourly Positions: Full-time & Part-time Are you looking for a job that fits your lifestyle and your schedule? Why not consider Sodexo, one of the world’s largest food services and facilities management companies? Specifically, we’re a “quality of life” company. We’re all about people…those we serve and those who serve us. Currently we have a wide array of opportunities in your area. With work-life
          Full-time & Part-time Hourly Positions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
DC-Washington, Hourly Positions: Full-time & Part-time Are you looking for a job that fits your lifestyle and your schedule? Why not consider Sodexo, one of the world’s largest food services and facilities management companies? Specifically, we’re a “quality of life” company. We’re all about people…those we serve and those who serve us. Currently we have a wide array of opportunities in your area. With work-life
          AHLEF Awards Record-Breaking $1.3 Million in Scholarships      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Washington, D.C.—The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF), the philanthropic arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), today announced $1.3 million was awarded via 420 scholarships this year–the highest amount ever awarded to students seeking a career in the hospitality industry. More than 70 percent of scholarship recipients are women, and more than one-third of the total recipients are minority students. “With students taking on crippling loans to deal with the rising ...

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          Maryland Center for Addiction Treatment Celebrates Grand Opening with Community Open House      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WALDORF, Md., Aug. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Recovery Centers of America (RCA), a community-based addiction treatment provider delivering evidence-based care, invites Maryland, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia communities to an open house to celebrate the grand opening of the Maryland...


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WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday halted a deportation in progress and threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt if the...
          Equalizer 2 d’Antoine Fuqua avec Denzel Washington et Pedro Pascal : bande-annonce      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Equalizer 2 est un film d’action d’Antoine Fuqua avec Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman et Melissa Leo. Synopsis : Robert McCall continue de servir la justice au nom des exploités et des opprimés. Mais jusqu’où est-il prêt à aller lorsque cela touche quelqu’un qu’il aime ? Le film sortira le 15 août 2018 au cinéma. A noter qu’il est interdit aux moins de 12 ans. Place à sa bande-annonce !

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           Pentagon Space Force plan at a glance       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration's plan to establish a Space Force as a new branch of the military will unfold in phases and will require...
           Washington demands probe into Yemen bus strike       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The United States called Thursday for a "thorough" investigation following the deaths of 29 children in northern Yemen in a strike on a bus carried out by...
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Aug 9 (OPTA) - Results from the MLB games on Thursday (home team in CAPS)(start times are EST) WASHINGTON 6 Atlanta 3 ATL 0 1 0...
          Chief Information Security Officer - Western Washington University - Bellingham, WA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Position Title Chief Information Security Officer About the University Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the... $125,000 - $143,000 a year
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          Mid-Level Programmer Analyst - BOEING - Everett, WA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Yes, 10 % of the Time CIO, Information & Analytics Individual Contributor No No Standard United States; Everett,Washington,United States BAMBP3 We have an...
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           Pence outlines US Space Force plan for 'next battlefield'       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) - Pointing to growing threats and competition from Russia and China, the White House on Thursday announced ambitious plans to create the U.S....
          Senior Systems Administrator & Integrator - BOEING - Bellevue, WA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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           Nationals top Braves 6-3, Gio Gonzalez ends personal skid       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) - Gio Gonzalez ended a personal drought that spanned more than two months - and helped give the Washington Nationals a four-game split with...
           North Korea chides U.S. sanctions pressure on...       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By Haejin Choi and David BrunnstromSEOUL/WASHINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - North Korea on Thursday denounced U.S. calls for enforcing international sanctions ...
          Video Of This Retired MLB Star’s ‘Men’s League’ HR Is Going Viral      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Jayson Werth retired from professional baseball earlier this year at the age of 39, but it doesn’t look like he’s completely ready to stop playing the game he loves. Apparently, that means he could be terrorizing the local Washington D.C. baseball-playing population in the coming years. Werth, after deciding to retire in June, was approached […]

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           Member of Congress, member of corporate board? It's...       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) - The indictment of Rep. Chris Collins on insider trading charges is drawing new attention to the freedom members of Congress have to serve...
          ESPN Analyst Names A College Football Playoff “Sleeper” Team      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

With the 2018 college football season just weeks away at this point, predictions for the upcoming year are starting to roll in at a rapid pace. Most people seem to be picking the same teams to make the College Football Playoff – Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Washington, Penn State, Oklahoma, etc. One ESPN college football […]

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           Some Kavanaugh documents from Bush White House made public       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) - The first documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's time in George W. Bush's White House were released Thursday as the Senate...
           Some Kavanaugh documents from Bush White House made public       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) - The first documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's time in George W. Bush's White House were released Thursday as the Senate...
           Trump sets goal to create U.S. military Space Force by...       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By Phil Stewart and Susan HeaveyWASHINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday outlined an aggressive plan for creating...
           Gonzalez wins for first time since May, Nationals top...       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Michael A. Taylor took advantage of a surprise opportunity and Gio Gonzalez threw seven strong innings as the Washington Nationals defeated the Atlanta ...
           US capital ramps up security ahead of white nationalist...       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Washington authorities said they will ramp up the capital city's emergency level when white nationalists and counterprotesters demonstrate Sunday at the same...
           Gaza situation 'very concerning' -U.S. State Department       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - The United States is watching developments in Gaza closely and believes the situation is very concerning but said Israel has...
           U.S. calls on Saudi-led coalition to probe Yemen attack       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department called on Thursday for the Saudi-led coalition to investigate reported air strikes in Yemen that...
           U.S. concerned about Zimbabwe violence, opposition...       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday it was concerned about reports of detentions, beatings and other abuses targeting...
          News: Getting Inked      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Scott R. Kurtz: I'm getting a tattoo on Saturday, and honestly it's something I never thought I would ever do in my lifetime. I just never expected to experience anything I wanted documented on my body permanently. In January when my father had the first of what would be two strokes in as many months, I was sitting in the Medical City Fort Worth rehab clinic, watching him struggle with his therapy. Dad's case worker came and sat next to me and started to talk to me about all the preparations I needed to make for him to move into my home in Washington
           Nationals RF Harper (knee) scratched from starting lineup       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper was scratched from Thursday's starting lineup against the Atlanta Braves due to right knee soreness.Harper...
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Comment faire lorsque des rumeurs d’abus sexuels visent un évêque ?
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(Anne-Bénédicte Hoffner) Depuis que le pape François a accepté, samedi 28 juillet, la démission du Collège des cardinaux de l’ancien archevêque de Washington, Theodor McCarrick, 88 ans, l’émotion reste vive au sein de l’Église américaine. Plusieurs évêques ont fait des propositions pour que les rumeurs d’abus sexuels ne tombent pas aux oubliettes lorsqu’elles concernent l’un d’entre eux. Aux États-Unis, la récente – et inédite – démission du puissant cardinal McCarrick du collège des cardinaux après des allégations (...)
Abus sexuels : un évêque américain prévient ses fidèles de révélations « tristes et tragiques »
           U.S. labor market tightening; inflation steadily rising       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By Lucia MutikaniWASHINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting that a...
          Woman with PTSD says Washington Memorial Library brings her calmness      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Washington Memorial Library is used for many reasons. Whether you're checking out a book, or learning more about the city you live in through archives, the library offers a variety of services.

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          Court orders ban on harmful pesticide, says EPA violated law      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies’ brains. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to ...

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          Judge halts deportation, threatens Sessions with contempt      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has halted a deportation in progress and threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt if the mother and daughter aren’t returned to the U.S. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of Washington learned Thursday that the two were on a plane headed to Central America. He said ...

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          Summer is a time for Jewish unity and saving Jewish lives By Karna Feinstein-Cohen      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
http://washingtonjewishweek.com/47645/summer-is-a-time-for-jewish-unity-and-savi Working for Jewish unity should have been an imperative for Jews the world over this summer. All summer long Islamic terrorists in Gaza have been sending incendiary kites in order to set fire to Israeli farmland and forests. The terrorists have also been launching barrages of missiles aimed at Israeli civilian neighborhoods. One firebomb balloon landed in the yard of a kindergarten in the southern Israeli moshav of Tkuma. All of this while the Jewish people were in the midst of the very season when we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple. To make matters worse, there were reports of Jews in the United States and in Britain seemingly showing more concern for our adversaries than our fellow Jews. News headlines about Kaddish being recited for Hamas terrorists, Birthright participants being led off of tours to learn about “the occupation,” and Jewish summer camp counselors conspiring to teach their campers the Palestinian narrative seemed all too frequent this summer. That is why the news that a Magen David Adom ambulance was donated by a coalition of synagogues in suburban Philadelphia was especially encouraging and heartwarming to hear just before Tisha B’Av. Unfortunately, at this time, Israelis need to know that Red Magen David Adom ambulances must be depended upon once again to save the lives of Jews. The Talmud Bavli in Sanhedrin 37a states: “Anyone who saves the life of one of the children of Israel, the verse ascribes him credit as if he saved an entire world.”
          Superfresh Growers orchard update: Episode 43      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

PRESS RELEASE Yakima, WA –As Superfresh Growers® transitions from cherries to new-crop pears and apples, sustainability and resource management is at the top of mind. In their most recent Orchard Update, Dave Gleason discusses the latest developments in their Central Washington orchards. The growing season has been excellent so far and our fruit has good […]

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          Japan Q2 GDP growth expected to recover but trade risks loom      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
TOKYO, Aug 10- Japan's economy is expected to have recovered from a contraction in the first quarter as household spending improved, but trade tensions between Washington and Tokyo loom as a major risk to the country's exports and investment outlook. Japan's economy is expected to continue growing due to consumer spending, but there is growing unease about the...
          Political show trials in America!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Thomas Williams - This Ivy League Authority political trial of Donald Trump has become the scandal of the lates dirty truck behavior from the Washington DC establishment membership. Who is trying to hold onto Government power any kind of way they can.

With the help of the MSM the Ivy League alumni authority club has broadcast a steady negative political campaign against Donald Trump.

Robert Mueller is simply trying to find any kind of J-walking crim to justify the activities of the way the Washington DC establishment has been running the U.S. Government all along.

Because of course, it is always someone else racism, or crime, and never them.
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“There has been no evidence whatsoever that Donald Trump or the campaign was involved in any kind of collusion to fix the 2016 election. In fact, the evidence is the opposite, that Hillary Clinton & the Democrats colluded with the Russians to fix the 2016 election.” @GrahamLedger

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“There has been no evidence whatsoever that Donald Trump or the campaign was involved in any kind of collusion to fix the 2016 election. In fact, the evidence is the opposite, that Hillary Clinton & the Democrats colluded with the Russians to fix the 2016 election.” @GrahamLedger”
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          The arrogance and superiority complex of these same very Ivy League Authorities is simply appalling.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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No soon as the American people elected Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton did the Washington Post start campaigning for the Democrats. Determent to regain the elitist influence that the Ivy League Political Authority club had in this country before.
Donald Trump exposed the underbelly of the Ivy League people that the American people were giving the benefit of the dough too. Not anymore after looking at how the Washington DC establishment was really running the U.S. government. Thank you, Mr. Trump.
The arrogance and superiority complex of these same Ivy League Authorities is simply appalling.
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WASHINGTON - A new round of lackluster showings by Republican candidates reignited a debate Wednesday within the GOP over whether President Donald Trump will be a drag on the party's chances in November and should stay out of some of the country's most hotly-contested races. Inside the White House,....

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          FBI Made At Least 11 Payments To Christopher Steele, And He Was Deemed ‘Not Suitable As A Source’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
That means they were paying for opposition research to be done on Trump. So both the FBI and the Democrats were funding Steele’s who then paid Russian sources. Via Judicial Watch: (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today the FBI turned over 70 pages of heavily redacted records about Christopher Steele, the former British spy, […]
          BLACKkKLANSMAN: Clips and Conversation with Spike Lee at Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival (Photos)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
martha's vineyard - (Actor John David Washington, Author Ron Stallworth and Director Spike Lee1)
*Every August, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts hosts the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival. Now in it’s 16th year, this brain child of Floyd and Stephanie Rance, co-owners of Run & Shoot Filmworks, brings some of the biggest names in films, not Black films, but FILMS … to the island. On Monday (08-06-18), the Festival’s opening […]

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          ABD'den ikinci Türkiye açıklaması!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
ABD'den ikinci Türkiye açıklaması!ABD'den ikinci Türkiye açıklaması!
ABD Dışişleri Bakanlığı, Türk heyetinin Washington'daki temaslarıyla ilgili yaptığı ikinci açıklamada, Amerikalı Papaz Andrew Brunson konusu da dahil ikili ilişkileri ilgilendiren birçok meselenin ele alındığını duyurdu.

          Destinations: Market Ghost Stories: A Haunted Excursion      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Market Ghost Stories: A Haunted Excursion
Saturday and Sunday 5:00pm or 7:00pm - $20


Unexpected Productions is offering a new type of theatrical event, Market Ghost Stories, a ghostly adventure through the Pike Place Market. This 75-minute excursion leads you through the Market’s unusual arcades and spooky alleys while sharing the often overlooked darker history of Seattle.

The Market at night is empty. A limited few get to see the “skeleton” of the Pike Place Market. Market Ghost Stories is an interactive experience focuses heavily on storytelling and connecting guests to the long haunted history of the Pike Place Market.

By connecting each building, each landmark, to the ghost stories told you will see the Market in an entirely new way. Led by members of Unexpected Productions Improv, Market Ghost Stories is the evolution of the original Market Ghost Tour. Who better to share stories than an improv company that has been weaving stories for 35 years.

Click Here for Tickets to Market Ghost Stories

Tours run Saturday - Sunday 5:00, 7:00. Meet at Unexpected Productions' Market Theater, at the infamous gum wall. The tours are scheduled for every weekend through the end of the year.

The Pike Place Market is the number one tourist destination in Washington, attracting more than ten million visitors a year. However, very few of those visitors are allowed access at night.

The ghost stories illustrate the history of the district. Within the Market, there are the remnants of several graveyards, a former brothel that still stands with its original sign, the nation's first mortuary and stories on every corner. 

It’s different at night.



          Lake Forest Park resident appointed to Board of Trustees of Hope College      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Grace Claus
The Hope College Board of Trustees appointed two new members during its May 2018 meeting. Hope College is located in Holland, Michigan.

Newly elected to serve four-year terms on the board are Dr. Virginia Beard of Holland and the Rev. Grace Claus of Lake Forest Park, Washington.

Virginia Beard is an associate professor of political science at Hope, where she has taught since 2007.

Grace Claus, who graduated from Hope in 2010, has served the Reformed Church in America (RCA) as managing editor of RCA Today, the denominational magazine, since 2015.

Prior to editing the publication, she was at Hope for two years as an interim chaplain of discipleship along with her husband, Dan, who is also a 2010 Hope graduate. From 2010 to 2013, she was also a pastoral intern at several RCA churches: Pillar Church, Fellowship Reformed Church and Third Reformed Church in Holland, and First Reformed Church in Oak Harbor, Washington.

She has also worked as a freelance editor for Zondervan Publishing.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Hope, and a Master of Divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary.

Claus is a volunteer in the college’s Alumni Career Resource Network, and has also provided externship opportunities for Hope students. While living West Michigan, she also participated in the Grand Rapids Living and Working career-networking events. During her years in Holland, she was a member of the Ottawa County Food Policy Council.




          NRA sold Carry Guard insurance in Washington state      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Mike Kreidler, Washington State
Insurance Commissioner
Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is considering additional legal action against NRA-branded Carry Guard program for advertising a potentially misleading insurance policy in Washington state. 

The policies issued through the Carry Guard program were underwritten by Illinois Union Insurance Co., a subsidiary of Chubb Ltd., through Lockton Affinity L.L.C., an affiliate of Lockton Cos. L.L.C.

Kreidler’s new investigation of the NRA’s solicitation comes after the New York Department of Financial Services this week alerted insurance commissioners across the country.

New York found that the NRA’s Carry Guard program unlawfully provided liability insurance to gun owners for acts of intentional wrongdoing. New York law prohibits insurance coverage for defense costs that result from a crime.

New York fined the insurance company associated with the NRA $1.3 million and ordered an end to sales in the state.

Kreidler’s investigation follows his order to the NRA in April to cease and desist selling four Carry Guard liability insurance products that were offered on the NRA’s website. The NRA solicited the policies without an insurance producer license, a violation of state law.

The initial investigation resulted from a consumer complaint.

“I am extremely concerned that the NRA continues to promote what appears to be a misleading product that may not provide consumers the protection it promises,” Kreidler said. “Consumers deserve to understand what they’re buying. If they’re being misled, I will take immediate action to protect them.”

If a review of current state insurance laws shows inadequate protections from these types of products, Kreidler said he would not hesitate to propose legislation to bolster protection for consumers. That could include a ban on the type of liability insurance the NRA is currently soliciting.

Kreidler said he would ask the Governor’s Office and the Office of the Attorney General to work with him in stopping potentially unfair trade practices.



          Aline Vida and her band at North City Bistro Wednesday night      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Live Music: Aline Vida and her band will play at the North City Bistro on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 from 7 - 9:30pm. Cover $12. The Bistro is located at 1520 NE 177th Street,Shoreline 98155 in the North City business district. Telephone: 206-365-4447.

Aline Vida has a voice and style all her own. She infuses pop, blues, electronica, soul, and rock all into one. Her music has been featured on the TV show "Justified" She will be performing her original music along with covers. Her band features Karl Haug on guitar, Sean Fairchild on Bass, and Josh Kossak on drums. A lot of the original songs are written by Aline Vida and Karl Haug.

Karl Haug has been described as having a sense of where and how his instrument can fill a wide range of roles in a song. To accomplish this, he sometimes uses unorthodox techniques to produce interesting background textures, along with alternate tunings, echoes, wahs, and other effects.

Sean Fairchild is a bassist's bassist, Sean is very active in the Northwest and national music scenes, performing with various groups and recording on session dates as availability allows. An Emmy award winner, bandleader, and vocalist, in addition to his favored role as bass player, he has performed at high profile venues and festivals around the country and appeared on stages as for as Asia and Europe.

Josh Kossak was born and raised in Marysville, Washington, started playing drums at the ripe-old-age age of 3. After graduating from the Musicians Institute, Josh toured with hard rock band Citizen Rising, played with Las Vegas reggae band Crossfire and with jazz fusion guitarist Lee Wanner at the legendary jazz club The Baked Potato.

In 2008 and 2009 Josh played with gospel worship group Dane Patao and Victorious. During this time Josh also became a go-to drummer for many L.A. churches and also was able to share the stage with Chante Moore.

For reservations visit the Bistro webpage or call 206-365-4447.

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          Classifieds: Shoreline Fire special meeting      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

SPECIAL MEETING/WORKSHOP NOTICE

As required by RCW 42.30, the Open Public Meetings Act, you are hereby notified that the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Shoreline Fire Department will hold a Special Meeting/Workshop on Monday, August 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Shoreline Fire Department, 17525 Aurora Avenue North, Shoreline, Washington. 

The purpose of the workshop is to discuss the Board of Commissioners’ 2019 budget.

Notice posted by:  Beatriz Goldsmith
      Executive Assistant
      August 7, 2018




          Shoreline Fire calls July 30 to August 5      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Shoreline fire fighter, along with two others from Bothell,
to fight the brush fire near Cheney in eastern Washington.
Shoreline Fire calls 
for July 30 - August 5

  • Aid - 68
  • Aid Non Emergency - 13
  • MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) - 6
  • Medic - 28 (+38 in Bothell, Northshore some Woodinville including M65 and M47)
  • MVA Medic - 1 rollover accident on Aurora resulted in non-injury (+ 1 in Bothell w/M47)
  • Cardiac Arrest - (+3 in Northshore and Bothell w/M65 and M47)
  • AFA (Automatic Fire Alarm) - 3
  • Bark Fire - 2
  • Brush Fire - 1 (I-5, ended up being across into Seattle)
  • Dumpster Fire - 1 (Investigated)
  • Extinguished Fire - 1 (King County Arson investigated for multiple fires in neighboring yards)
  • Flooding Minor - 1
  • Natural Gas in the Area - 1 
  • Service Call - 3 (request from prior fire @ Sears, Air leak from compressor @ business, assist PD)
  • Smoke/Burn Complaint - 2
  • Smoke Haze in the Area - 1
  • Smoke Smell - 1
  • Vehicle Fire - 1 on Aurora



          Judge halts deportation, threatens Sessions with contempt      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has halted a deportation in progress and threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt if the mother and daughter aren’t returned to the U.S. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of Washington learned Thursday that the two were on a plan...
          Enfants tués au Yémen: Washington demande une enquête      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Les Etats-Unis ont demandé une enquête "approfondie" après la mort de 29 enfants dans une attaque ayant frappé jeudi leur bus dans le nord du Yémen, attribuée à la coalition menée par l'Arabie saoudite. "Nous sommes très préoccupés par les ...
          Tribune withdraws from Sinclair merger, sues for $1 billion in damages over 'breach' of contract - Washington Post      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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          Drivetime: US / Russia Sanctions       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Why is The US imposing fresh sanctions on Russia, even as Trump praises Putin? The Washington Post's Senior National Security Correspondent, Karen DeYoung had the latest.
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          60 Minutes Boss Allegedly Tolerated Violent Behavior From a Star Producer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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          Devin Nunes Admits Receiving Stolen Emails From Foreigners Is A Crime      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Devin Nunes Admits Receiving Stolen Emails From Foreigners Is A Crime

Rep. Devin Nunes admitted that if a political campaign colluded with a foreign government to release stolen emails, it is a criminal act. He told donors this at a private fundraiser for Cathy McMorris Rodgers, which was secretly recorded by Fuse Washington.

Sound familiar?

Fuse Washington recorded the fundraiser in Spokane, and passed the recording on to Rachel Maddow.

Chairman Nunes is one of Donald Trump‘s most trusted surrogates and defenders in Congress and he has completely destroyed the integrity of the House Intelligence Committee of which he chairs by his own partisan and despicable actions in attempting to derail Robert Mueller's special counsel to protect Trump.

The release of this recording shows how corrupt he is. In a portion of the tape obtained by the Rachel Maddow show, Rep. Nunes describes in detail why it would be criminal for any U.S. campaign to use stolen emails from a foreign government.

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          Pence outlines plan for new Space Force by 2020       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON -- Faced with growing competition and threats from Russia and China, the White House on Thursday said it will create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military service by 2020.
          Rogers police standoff ends with arrests       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In Thursday's photo gallery, we have a standoff by Rogers Police as they serve a warrant, the Tontitown Grape festival and Thank teacher event at Rogers School. We also have photos of teacher visiting students in Lowell before the start of school and Washington Elementary School summer camp planning a garden. View the images in our gallery below.
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Marcella realises she was one of the last people to see Grace alive. 9:15pm Friday on ABC. Killing Eve Insatiable The Living Room Gardening Australia All About the Washingtons
          Democrats seize on Trump's corruption ahead of midterm: 'the fish rots from the head'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

When Democrats introduced an anti-corruption plank of their "Better Deal for our Democracy" platform in May, it didn't exactly make waves. But competing headlines this week about the indictment of one of Donald Trump's earliest congressional backers, New York Rep. Chris Collins, for insider trading and the serial grifting of Trump Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross have given a new group of young anti-corruption Democrats a chance to raise their initiatives once again with the American people. The AP writes:

“The fish rots from the head,” Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., told reporters Thursday in a conference call. He added that Trump is “the most ethically blind president we’ve ever seen.”

Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., said Trump, Rep. Chris Collins and other Republicans have made the U.S. a country “of the rich, by the powerful and for the lobbyists.”

The proposition of these up-and-coming Democratic leaders isn't just that Trump and the GOP are corrupt and therefore voters should elect Democrats, it's that the problem is systemic and Democrats are going to offer a way to fix it.

Sarbanes told MSNBC in May that when they talk to voters about issues like improving the economy and health care, voters often say, "We support all those things but we don't think you can get it done" because Washington is so broken. That's why, Sarbanes explained, "in addition to an economic agenda, we have to have a reform agenda."

As Sarbanes noted during the reporter call, Rep. Collins was at a White House Congressional Picnic in June of 2017 when he called his son to alert him the stock of a biotech company they were both heavily invested in was about tank due to a failed drug trial.

“It’s almost as though he walked into an ethics-free zone when he got to the White House that day,” Sarbanes quipped.

Sarbanes and Bustos are promising to introduce legislation aimed at empowering voters and protecting access to the ballot box, boosting ethics and accountability in Congress, and fighting big-money influence in Washington. 


          Virginia Republican who complained about women all up 'in my grill' poised for defeat by a woman      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

What goes around often comes around in politics, as Rep. David Brat (R-VA) is learning. Brat is the tea party turned Freedom Caucus guy who stunned the Republican establishment in 2014 when he topped then-majority leader Eric Cantor in a primary—arguably the tipping point for the Republican Party, when the maniacs took over and they ended up selling their souls to the likes of Trump. Now a new wave is coming, led by women, and they're preparing to bring Brat down.

He brought this on himself, whining last year about how he couldn't hold town meetings because "Since Obamacare and these issues have come up, the women are in my grill no matter where I go. … They come up—'When is your next town hall?' And believe me, it's not to give positive input."

So now a candidate who isn't afraid of her future constituents, Abigail Spanberger, a well-credentialed former C.I.A. officer, is up in his grill electorally. She's got the backing of the Liberal Women of Chesterfield County, all those women who were making Brat's congressional life such hell by doing things like asking him to protect their families' health care. They're mobilizing women in the district to do to Brat what he did to Cantor, and they're making the race viable for Spanberger. "Republicans are now feeling like me when the Tea Party emerged," Becky Stuart Conner, a member of the Chesterfield County group, told The New York Times. "I think it is ironic, humorous," says Ms. Spanberger. "I read it as a cautionary tale of coming into the scene saying you want to do things differently, and not really doing it differently."

Virginian's 7th congressional district is one of those, like Ohio's 12th, that has traditionally been rock-solid red but is changing—a mix of conservative rural and increasingly progressive suburbs around Richmond. A lot of that has to do with population growth and that population having many college-educated women. Both Henrico and Chesterfield counties have had population surges in the last two decades—65,000 residents in Henrico, and 82,000 in Chesterfield since 2000. That's changed the face of the district, and Trump's election has made that face much more female. For example, the Liberal Women of Chesterfield County started as a Facebook post by resident Kim Wright Drew looking for like-minded women who shared her pain. Her first meeting had 100 people, and now the Facebook group has 3,000. They don't just hang out in social media, either, meeting to write postcards for candidates and to organize get out the vote efforts locally.

Those are the women who helped now-Gov. Ralph Northam win Chesterfield County by 700 votes last year, keeping the governorship blue. So they are definitely getting up in Brat's grill these days.

Let's keep them scared. Please give $1 House funds to take it back.


          Puerto Rican government finally admits that thousands of people died because of Hurricane Maria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Nearly a year later, the Puerto Rican government is finally coming clean about how many people died due to Hurricane Maria. According to the New York Times, through the online report “Transformation and Innovation in the Wake of Devastation,” the island’s government reluctantly conceded that “in all likelihood more than 1,400 people died.” This figure is well above the official death toll, which still remains at 64. 

This has been a subject of much debate since Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September 2017. Several studies conducted by journalists and academics have put the death toll anywhere from 300 to 5,000. Yet the government has refused to update the death toll, claiming that it is awaiting the results of a study being conducted by George Washington University. That study was supposed to be finished in late spring and there is no word when it will be released.

In the meantime, we should also never forget that Donald Trump didn’t take this crisis seriously and left Puerto Ricans to die. He began by ignoring it completely and then we he finally acknowledged it, he spent weeks trying to convince the American people that it wasn’t all that bad and then blamed Puerto Ricans for messing up the federal budget.

While in Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017, he said the following: 

“Now, I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack because we've spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico, and that's fine.  We've saved a lot of lives. [...]

Sixteen [certified deaths]. Sixteen people versus in the thousands.  You can be very proud of all of your people, all of our people working together.  Sixteen versus literally thousands of people. You can be very proud.  Everybody around this table and everybody watching can really be very proud of what's taken place in Puerto Rico.”

As usual, Donald Trump is dead wrong. No one should be proud of how the local government, the federal government, or this country’s illegitimate president handled what took place in Puerto Rico. And we can certainly anticipate that even though the island’s government is now admitting that more people died than it originally counted, Donald Trump and his administration will completely ignore this information. After all, they have immigrants to lock up and unnecessary trade wars to get into.


          Washington's top-two primary is highly predictive of November. For the GOP, the prediction is pain.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Your attention on Tuesday night was probably focused on the special election in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District, or maybe statewide primaries in Kansas or Michigan. The primaries in Washington state may have been something of an afterthought; the results don’t come in until much of the nation has already gone to bed, and the only statewide race in Washington this year is an entirely uncompetitive Senate seat held by Maria Cantwell. If you haven’t taken a gander at the results, though, you probably should, if you want a more in-depth look at not just the height but the width of the building wave in November’s midterms.

Conventional wisdom has been that there’s one competitive House race in Washington, in the 8th district, a CD in the suburbs of Seattle where Democratic presidential candidates have narrowly won but where Republican Rep. Dave Reichert has proven a slippery target for many years. Reichert, however, has already retired this year (probably sensing what’s coming), and former state Sen. Dino Rossi—better known for narrowly losing three different statewide races (the governor’s race in 2004 and 2008, and the Senate race in 2010)—stepped up to succeed him. Rossi was considered the best possible GOP recruit here, if only because he won the precincts found in today’s 8th district in all three of his losing races.

Fast forward, however, to this week’s primary—keeping in mind that Washington, like California, uses a Top Two primary system where all candidates run against one another in one pool, and the two with the highest totals advance to November regardless of what party they claim to be in. As of the evening of August 8 (one other quirk of Washington elections is that they’re conducted entirely vote-by-mail, with ballots received after Election Day still counted as long as they’re postmarked by Election Day, so it’ll be at least another week until we have a full count), Rossi is at a not-very-imposing 42.71 percent of the vote.

One way to spin it is, that’s great, because he’s way ahead of his nearest competition, Democratic candidate Kim Schrier, who’s at 19.07 percent. The real way to look at it, though, is that there were two other strong Democratic candidates here close behind Schrier, and, when you add it up, the total Democratic vote in the district was 50.49 percent compared with 46.62 percent for all Republicans (with the balance going to independents or minor parties).


          Don't believe the Republican lies: Medicaid expansion is working, two new studies show      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Republicans really want Americans to believe that Medicaid doesn’t work, to justify their attacks on it from refusal to embrace the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion to the current efforts to impose work requirements and otherwise kick people off of their health care. But two new studies show that Medicaid is working.

One, by Hannah T. Neprash, a professor of health policy at the University of Minnesota, takes on a common Republican claim about Medicaid expansion: that people still don’t have access to care, because doctors don’t want to take Medicaid patients. Not so, the study says. 

Using claims data from primary-care physicians nationwide, Neprash found that after comparing 2013 to 2015, — the years before and after states began expanding Medicaid — there was a slight uptick in doctors' patient population on the government program. In the states that chose to expand (then 30, plus Washington, D.C.), the average share of a doctor's patients on Medicaid went from 10.2 percent in 2013 to 13.6 percent in 2015. In non-expansion states, there was no notable difference either way, according to the study.

Medicaid expanded, and so did the number of people on doctors’ patient rolls. Exactly what Republicans were claiming wasn’t happening.

Another new study shows that Medicaid expansion states had increased levels of people filling their diabetes prescriptions. It wasn’t a small increase, either: 40 percent. Since untreated diabetes can lead to life-threatening—and very expensive—complications, more people taking their medicine doesn’t just mean an improvement in the quality of life for those people, it means lower medical costs in the long run (even if pharmaceutical companies are driving the cost of insulin up). And another study has shown similar results for treatment of opioid addiction.

Republican attacks on Medicaid are just more Republican attacks on poor people, and they go to show that Republicans will keep on making those attacks even when it’s life and death (and increased healthcare costs).


          Trump brags about his elections effect, but Republican alarm bells are ringing      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Although Republican Troy Balderson leads narrowly, Tuesday’s as-yet-uncalled special election in Ohio still gives Republicans another reason to be worried about November’s midterm elections. After all, Ohio’s 12th Congressional District had been held by Republicans since Ronald Reagan’s first term and Donald Trump won it by 11 points in 2016. This was not supposed to be close, so despite Trump's characteristic bragging, alarm bells are ringing in Republicanland. 

Republican groups are getting their check books ready, but since Republicans outspent Democrats dramatically in OH-12, it’s clear that money has its limits. As the head of one Republican Super PAC told the Washington Post, “This remains a very tough political environment.” And Trump isn’t making it any easier, by his very existence or by his continuing Trumpy behavior:

White House officials have been giving Trump weekly or biweekly updates on races and showing him polling and pictures of candidates along with the staff or party leadership recommendation of what to do in each contest, according to the people briefed on the discussions.

But Trump doesn’t always listen to advisers and has been driving the strategy himself, informally polling his inner circle about how far he might go on trade policy and a possible government shutdown over immigration policy without crippling the GOP field, according to Republicans involved in the discussions. 

Division and anger remain Trump’s only strategies, and while there are places where that will work, there are many where it will hurt his party. That gave Washington’s Democratic governor an opening to troll a little bit:

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Indeed! Washington Republicans are in much more danger than we’d realized! Please, turn out to help them, Donald.


          Whenever you wonder if Trump can really be THAT stupid, just remember one word      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

At some point, you may have experienced a moment of doubt. A moment that goes something like “This Trump guy, sure he looks, and acts, and sounds like a racist buffoon who thinks a Windsor knot is man’s highest achievement, but … what if that’s all a trick?” It’s not a trick. And here’s a handy place where you can go when that moment of What if Him Has Brain occurs: Asbestos.

Donald Trump is an asbestos denier.

That’s not to say that Trump doesn’t believe that asbestos exists. He does. It’s that he doesn’t believe it causes cancer. The World Health Organization may believe that asbestos is still knocking off over 100,000 people a year, and the CDC may believe that includes about 15,000 Americans each year from a combination of mesothelioma and asbestos-induced lung cancer, and the definitive proof of asbestos’ connection to these diseases may have been established in 1964 … 

But Trump claims asbestos is “100 percent safe.” And he’s so fond of it that he tweeted If we didn't remove incredibly powerful fire retardant asbestos & replace it with junk that doesn’t work, the World Trade Center would never have burned down.” And Trump has a theory about why asbestos got “a bad rap.”

Trump: I believe that the movement against asbestos was led by the mob, because it was often mob-related companies that would do the asbestos removal. Great pressure was put on politicians, and as usual, the politicians relented.

So, if it seems strange to you that the EPA just made it easier to use asbestos after decades of restrictions, despite it being completely banned by 60 countries. Or it seems unusual that a Russian company has actually put Donald Trump’s face on its asbestos-based products. Yes, really. It’s because Donald Trump believes asbestos is an absolutely safe product that could have saved the World Trade Center and which was removed from buildings because of a mob scheme. Compared to Trump, believers in a Flat Earth are a bastion of insight and careful reasoning.

When that moment of doubt creeps over you … No. He really is exactly that stupid.


          Abbreviated pundit roundup: Tuesday's results boost 'blue wave' talk; Congress makes corruption easy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

John Nichols at The Nation writes—A Huge Win for Organized Labor in Missouri:

Americans want strong unions. That’s the message from polling that shows more than 60 percent of voters nationwide approve of organized labor. And that’s certainly the message from Missouri, where voters on Tuesday overturned the state’s so-called “right-to-work” law by an overwhelming margin. [...]

In a state where Republicans have won the last five presidential elections and where the GOP now controls the executive and legislative branches of state government, 65 percent of the Missourians who cast ballots on Tuesday voted to scrap the “right-to-work” measure that was enacted just months after a corporate-aligned Republican grabbed the governorship from the Democrats in 2016.

“The defeat of this poisonous anti-worker legislation is a victory for all workers across the country,” declared AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka as the results came in Tuesday night. “The message sent by every single person who worked to defeat Prop. A is clear: When we see an opportunity to use our political voice to give workers a more level playing field, we will seize it with overwhelming passion and determination. 

The False Equivalency Column of the Day  comes to us via The Washington Post’s George F. Will column. In Poor Portland progressives: So much to protest, so little timehe spreads the notion that standing up to fascists equals being fascist.

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We lost. Yay! How many times do we have to tell you that this is what winning looks like? (No really, how many times? Asking for a friend.) Honestly, OH-12’s close loss is one of those “good” close losses, as David Waldman and Greg Dworkin discuss this morning after, while bagging up the takeaways: The Generic Democrat is popular, the new wave is still to crest, college educated are finally smartening up,  more women are always welcome, and Missouri voters wiped out their “right to work” bill, which is big, nice news for unions. Congrats and condolences to Ron Estes. Paul Ryan began at nothing and slowly faded away. We won’t see Trump throwing victory signs from the stairs of Marine One anytime soon. This just in: Rep. Chris Collins is going out, on insider trading charges, surrendering without a shootout. David examines the charges. Move over turtle farms, David suggests Betsy DeVos take over the Department of Agriculture. Who cares about experience or even basic knowledge? Get a Mar-a-Lago membership and get in line. Who the hell is יצחק "אייק" פרלמוטר? David needs all of the words, even some Yiddish ones, to explain things sometimes. We knew they were lying, the FCC admits it lied about the cyberattack that it used to ignore net neutrality comments. Goofy jerks Ajit Pai and David Bray blame each other.

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          Statement on the U.S. Postal Service’s latest losses, deteriorating service and the Administration’s opportunity to transform the agency      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Washington D.C. – Frontiers of Freedom President George Landrith issued the following statement on the U.S. Postal Service’s latest losses, deteriorating service and the Administration’s opportunity to transform the agency: This week, the U.S. Postal Service released its financial report for the third quarter of the 2018 fiscal year, which detailed yet another troubling loss of […]
          Rabufnire a Rusiei dupa noile sanctiuni anuntate de SUA. Rubla, cel mai scazut nivel din ultimii 2 ani      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
  Statele Unite au anunţat miercuri că vor impune noi sancţiuni Rusiei după ce Washingtonul
          Episode 69: In Pursuit of Another Deadline      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Bryan Grosnick (BP) and R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports) discuss the addition of Mike Fiers and Shawn Kelley to the Oakland Athletics, the Washington Nationals signing of Greg Holland, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays continuing to trade, Johnny Cueto's injury news, and much more!
          Comment on Historic season for West Seattle Little League All-Stars comes to an end by enginerd      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Knowing how hard these boys (and coaches) worked this season and over their entire little league careers... I am proud that this group got to represent not just West Seattle Little League, but the entire West Seattle community and State of Washington!  What a great accomplishment by some fine ambassadors of youth baseball. I (we) are very happy to have been a part of this amazing season, and will always be proud of your amazing run! Go Westside!!
          Μικρούλα δύο ετών μαθαίνει στο φοβισμένο κουτάβι της να κάνει τσουλήθρα και το βίντεό τους είναι ό,τι πιο τρυφερό είδατε σήμερα      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


Αυτή είναι η αξιολάτρευτη στιγμή που ένα κορίτσι ηλικίας δύο ετών μάθαινε στο τρομαγμένο κουτάβι της πώς να χρησιμοποιεί την τσουλήθρα σε μια παιδική χαρά.
Η Evelyn Trevino, από το Kennewick της Ουάσινγκτον, καταγράφηκε στην κάμερα να δείχνει στο κουτάβι της, τη Franny, πώς να χρησιμοποιεί την πράσινη τσουλήθρα.
Η μικρή χτυπά το χέρι της στην πλαστική τσουλήθρα για να δείξει στο μικρό μπόξερ πώς να κατέβει.
Little Evelyn Trevino (pictured), from Kennewick in Washington state, was playing with her boxer puppy Franny when she decided to teach her canine companion how to use the slide
Η Franny τελικά αποφάσισε να κατέβει και οι χρήστες των κοινωνικών μέσων “έλιωσαν” με το γλυκό βίντεό τους!
Η μητέρα της Evelyn, η Morgan Young, ανέβασε το βίντεο στο Facebook χθες και δήλωσε: “Η 2 ετών κόρη μου Evelyn και το εννιά εβδομάδων μπόξερ μας, η Franny, έπαιζαν μαζί στο πάρκο.”
“Παρακολουθήστε το μέχρι το τέλος, αυτές οι δυο είναι αχώριστες!”
The toddler was filmed slapping the bottom of the slide and stamping her foot on the plastic to encourage Franny to slide down with her
Το βίντεο ξεκινάει με την Evelyn να κρατάει ένα παιχνίδι και να γλιστράει στην τσουλήθρα.
Η Franny πήγε στην κορυφή της τσουλήθρας, όμως μετά φοβόταν να κατέβει…
The pup eventually decided to take the plunge - tentatively following Evelyn on her belly with her paws out in front of her
Η Evelyn ενθαρρύνει το κουτάβι να κατέβει λέγοντάς του «Άντε Franny»!
The dynamic duo then went back for round two, and this time Franny barely hesitated before jumping on the green slide and riding it to the ground
Το κουτάβι στη συνέχεια κάνει το βήμα και γλιστράει στην τσουλήθρα!
The video has been dubbed 'adorable' and 'precious' by social media viewers - with one commenting 'think of all the adventures they're going to have'
Δείτε την αξιολάτρευτη στιγμή στο παρακάτω βίντεο:
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          Torrent of New US Sanctions on Russia Reflect GOP Midterm Concerns, Helsinki Fallout      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

With their sanctions “diplomacy,” U.S. officials are succeeding thus far only in frustrating global players who find the space to do business in heavily sanctioned countries like Iran, Russia, and Venezuela increasingly hemmed in by the domineering politicians in Washington.

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          Above the Clouds      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

On the weekend of July 14th, fellow Xscaper and solo full-timer Amber comes out to join Joni and I at Hoh Oxbow Campground, in the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. We record a video together (which will be going up on YouTube soon), and have a good couple evenings chatting. On Monday July 16th, Joni and…

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Name of Ride: 

MORE Hills (Moderate)

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 6:00pm
Start Location: 
Lower Woodland (directly at center field and next to bathrooms)
Green Lake Way N & N 52nd St
Seattle, WA 98103
Contact Information: 
John Knutzen
john.knutzen@tetratech.com
206-915-5612
Distance: 
19.70 miles
Elevation Gain: 
1,527 feet
Terrain: 
Regroup: 
Weather Cancels?: 
Ride Description: 

 This ride will be a perfect way to add training for otherwise weekend riders without spending too much time. And it’s a great way to enjoy the long daylight of Pacific Northwest summers. Do join us for a More Hills (moderate) ride Wednesday nights. These rides are a fun way to gain strength and confidence

E Bikes are welcome

We start from Lower Woodland Park and will ride on urban Seattle/Shoreline streets as well as some trails. We will keep the published pace on flats, but you can go uphill at your own pace. We will keep the group together on these rides. It’s nice to bring your own cue sheet. Please pack water, snack, and tools/tubes to fix a flat as always. Even though the majority of ride will be in daylight, please have your lights (both front and back) just in case. 

This week we will ride east toward Lake Washington and work our way north to Jackson golf cource riding up Sandpoint Way and ultimately back to Green Lake on Roosevelt Way and 65th. This will be a bit of a hilly evening ride with appx 1527ft of elevation gain. A perfect hills workout. 

We will roll at 6 pm so please come twenty minutes early to get ready, sign a waiver, and listen to the safety briefing. Registering here will make the process easier and we can better prepare with appropriate number of Ride Leaders. In addition to showers, any other hazardous conditions will cancel a ride. ​If a ride is cancelled due to hazardous conditions, the notice will be posted here in the comments section below by 4:00 p.m. on the day of the ride. If that notice is posted, the ride leaders will not be at the start.


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Dr. Robert D. Hare a Kímélet nélkül című világsikerű könyv szerzője, és a pszichopátia diagnosztizálásában ma már általánosan használt mérési módszer atyja. A University of British Columbia professor emeritusa, emellett a törvényszéki nyomozással, illetve az ezzel kapcsolatos tanácsadással foglalkozó Darkstone Research Group vezetője. Kutatásaival számos díjat nyert. Gyakran tart előadásokat, és állandó tanácsadóként vesz részt a rendfenntartó szervek - többek között az FBI - munkájában. Családjával a kanadai Vancouverben él.

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Jelenlegi ára: 2 990 Ft
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The seas, lakes and oceans are now pluming deadly hydrogen sulfide and suffocating methane. Hydrogen sulfide is a highly toxic water-soluble heavier-than-air gas and will accumulate in low-lying areas. Methane is slightly more buoyant than normal air and so will be all around, but will tend to contaminate our atmosphere from the top down. These gases are sickening and killing oxygen-using life all around the world, including human life, as our atmosphere is increasingly poisoned. Because both gases are highly flammable and because our entire civilization is built around fire and flammable fuels, this is leading to more fires and explosions. This is an extinction level event and will likely decimate both the biosphere and human population and it is debatable whether humankind can survive this event.




A. More fires and more explosions, especially along the coasts, but everywhere generally.
B. Many more animal die-offs, of all kinds, and especially oceanic species.
C. More multiples of people will be found dead in their homes, as if they'd dropped dead.
D. More corpses found in low-lying areas, all over the world.
E. More unusual vehicular accidents.
F. Improved unemployment numbers as people die off.




Category: Variety Pack

2018-08-07 - Unknown rotten egg odor on two days blows through Kuna (Idaho):
http://www.ktvb.com/article/news/local/city-stinky-pond-is-source-of-kuna-odor/277-581755093
http://www.idahopress.com/kuna/news/kuna-officials-point-to-pond-as-culprit-of-strange-odor/article_36fed146-bd2b-59f9-842b-8d538235a10f.html
http://www.ktvb.com/article/news/local/can-you-smell-that-smell-mysterious-odor-alarms-kuna-residents/277-581354853
http://www.idahostatesman.com/latest-news/article216259580.html
http://kpic.com/news/offbeat/dispatch-multiple-calls-for-bad-smell-in-kuna
http://wow1043.com/what-is-that-stench-in-kuna/

Quote: "Intermountain Gas has received more than 100 calls reporting a gas odor in and around Kuna, according to the Kuna Fire Department. The cause of the odor has not been determined yet. The Kuna Fire Department first received reports of the gas odor at 6 a.m. Monday. Intermountain Gas investigated and found there were no breaches or leaks in their system. By 1 p.m. Monday, the smell had gone away, but reports started again around 3 a.m. Tuesday and lasted until 11 a.m."

Quote: "Intermountain Gas technicians have responded to roughly 100 calls about a natural gas-like odor."

Quote: "In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, The L & R Group said results from a third-party tester to determine if its facility is the source of the smell have been inconclusive. The company also said: 'While our facility does produce odors under certain conditions, we have never had any complaints of smell outside a two-mile radius of our facility. Based on historical information it is unlikely that the smell at our facility is traveling as much as twenty miles, as reported by some.'"

Note: So some people wanna blame a wastewater pond, but independent testing has been unable to verify that, and the company who owns the pond thinks that it's unlikely any odor from their pond could travel 20 miles. So, back to rotten egg odor from unknown source...

2018-08-07 - Unknown foul odor hitting Mérida, Yucatan (Mexico), near the coast:
http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2018/08/mysterious-foul-odor-plagues-meridas-southwest-side/

2018-08-07 - Earth at risk of being driven into a hothouse state from which it cannot recover:
http://phys.org/news/2018-08-earth-hothouse-state.html
http://www.cnn.com/2018/08/07/health/hothouse-earth-warming-intl/index.html
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/08/theres-worse-climate-news-than-the-mendocino-complex-fire.html
http://wdef.com/2018/08/07/are-devastating-wildfires-a-new-normal-its-actually-worse-than-that-climate-scientist-says/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/are-devastating-wildfires-a-new-normal-its-actually-worse-than-that-climate-scientist-says/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6032581/Runaway-global-warming-just-decades-away-say-scientists.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/hothouse-earth-climate-change-global-warming-greenhouse-gas-sea-level-arctic-ice-a8481086.html

Quote: "A group of leading climate scientists warned in an article published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the Earth is at risk of being driven into 'hothouse' state from which it cannot recover."

Note: That's not a risk, it's a certainty. Enough self-reinforcing feedbacks have ALREADY been activated that the Earth entering a hothouse state is unavoidable - we are irrelevant now, and soon enough we'll be eradicated too. Extinction incoming...

2018-08-07 - Warming Earth causing plants, trees and soil to absorb less methane:
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/asrc-wsi080118.php
http://phys.org/news/2018-08-wetter-soil-methane-gas-absorption.html
http://www.carbonbrief.org/methane-uptake-from-forest-soils-has-fallen-77-per-cent-three-decades
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180806152021.htm
http://www.earth.com/news/climate-change-forests-methane/

Quote: "Trees, plants and soil play a vital role in absorbing and preventing many of the greenhouse gases responsible for global warming from entering the earth's atmosphere. But a new paper from researchers at the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York finds that the existing effects of global warming are decreasing the soil's ability to absorb methane gas--one of the major drivers of global temperature increases--and creating a positive feedback loop between the effects of global warming and the variables that cause it."

Note: And there's yet another self-reinforcing feedback. As the world warms, the plants, trees and soil absorb less methane, so more methane accumulates in the atmosphere, which causes more warming, which causes less methane to be absorbed AND causes more methane to be released, which causes more methane to accumulate in the atmosphere, etc, etc. This is only one of the degrading methane sinks. Another big methane sink involves hydroxyl radicals in the atmosphere, and the amount of hydroxyl radicals in the atmosphere is also in decline...

2018-08-07 - Atmospheric methane levels hit a peak of 3046 ppb:
http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2018/08/a-peak-methane-reading-of-3046-ppb.html
http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/2018/08/peaks-matter.html

Quote: "On the morning of August 6, 2018, mean global methane levels were as high as 1896 ppb at 293 mb. More importantly, peak levels that afternoon were as high as 3046 ppb, as illustrated by the image."

Note: Methane is a lighter-than-air gas, so it tends to accumulate in the upper atmosphere, and it's highly flammable. One has to expect that to have some effect on planes...

2018-08-07 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing at coastal JFK Airport (New York):
http://www.khq.com/story/38832824/plane-diverted-to-jfk-after-report-of-smoke-in-cockpit
http://nypost.com/2018/08/07/plane-bound-for-rhode-island-diverted-to-jfk-due-to-smoke-in-cockpit/
http://pix11.com/2018/08/07/plane-diverted-to-jfk-evacuated-due-to-reports-of-smoke-in-cockpit-officials/
http://kcby.com/news/nation-world/providence-bound-plane-diverted-to-jfk-after-report-of-smoke-in-cockpit
http://www.timesunion.com/news/us/article/Plane-diverted-to-JFK-after-report-of-smoke-in-13138663.php
http://newschannel9.com/news/nation-world/providence-bound-plane-diverted-to-jfk-after-report-of-smoke-in-cockpit
http://www.wpri.com/news/local-news/west-bay/plane-diverted-to-jfk-after-report-of-smoke-in-cockpit/1352131520
http://abc7ny.com/smoke-condition-forces-united-airlines-flight-to-make-emergency-landing-at-jfk/3901998/
http://6abc.com/smoke-in-cockpit-forces-plane-to-make-emergency-landing-at-jfk/3905775/
http://www.pressreader.com/usa/pawtucket-times/20180808/281651075929936

Quote: "A plane made an emergency landing at New York's Kennedy Airport after reports of smoke in the cockpit. Officials say United Airlines Flight 4697 from Washington to Providence, Rhode Island was diverted about 2 p.m. Tuesday. About 50 people were evacuated from the twin-engine Embraer ERJ-145 regional jet and bused to a terminal."

Note: This is the 132nd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018. In all of 2017, 116 planes came down smoking or burning or exploded, so we're already well past that count, with nearly five months to go in the year. The number of planes coming down smoking or burning is rising, even as the amount of flammable methane in the atmosphere is rising...

2018-08-07 - RV goes up in flames and kills person in Fairbanks (Alaska):
http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Person-dies-in-Fairbanks-motorhome-fire-victim-unidentified-490363921.html
http://www.webcenter11.com/content/news/Structure-fire-leads-to-fatality-in-Southeast-Fairbanks-490425941.html
http://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/alaska/articles/2018-08-08/person-dies-in-fairbanks-motorhome-fire-victim-unidentified
http://www.theeagle.com/news/nation/person-dies-in-fairbanks-motorhome-fire-victim-unidentified/article_e7ef675d-aac1-5d8a-8fdb-03d2eb96205b.html

Quote: "Fairbanks emergency officials say a person died in a fire that destroyed a motorhome. The Fairbanks Fire Department just after 8 a.m. Tuesday received a 911 call about a structure fire along the Old Richardson Highway. Firefighters found an older-model motorhome in flames on the east side of the Teamsters building in south Fairbanks. The fire had spread to nearby trees. Firefighters extinguished the fire in about 10 to 15 minutes and afterward found a person dead inside."

Note: This is the 358th RV to burn/explode in 2018, and this is the 13th deadly RV fire in 2018...

2018-08-07 - Woman found dead in burning SUV along M-53 in Shelby Township (Michigan):
http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/vehicle-engulfed-in-flames-kills-driver-in-shelby-township
http://www.wxyz.com/news/woman-killed-after-vehicle-is-engulfed-in-flames-in-shelby-township

2018-08-07 - Metal recycling center hit by fire shortly before 5:30 AM, scrap metal burns, in East Springfield (Massachusetts):
http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/08/firefighters_battle_scrapyard.html

2018-08-07 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame in Etobicoke (Canada):
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/2-alarm-auto-wrecking-yard-fire-1.4776913
http://www.cp24.com/news/emergency-crews-battle-industrial-fire-in-etobicoke-1.4043791
http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/firefighters-working-to-put-out-blaze-at-etobicoke-auto-wrecker-yard-1.4043792
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/crews-battle-2-alarm-fire-220802432.html

2018-08-07 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, scrap cars burn, in Dundry (Britain):
http://www.avonfire.gov.uk/north-somerset-incidents/2244-scrapyard-fire-prompts-multi-service-response
http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/live-bristol-fire-smoke-airport-1869159
http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/gallery/fire-dundry-pictures-south-bristol-1871848




2018-08-07 - Home and business destroyed by explosion and fire at 2:45 AM in Sheldon (Wisconsin):
http://www.wqow.com/story/38832113/2018/08/Tuesday/family-home-business-destroyed-in-rusk-county-explosion
http://www.leadertelegram.com/News/Daily-Updates/2018/08/07/Explosion-fire-destroy-Sheldon-restaurant.html
http://www.weau.com/content/news/Explosion-in-basement-of-Sheldon-family-home-bus-490419881.html

Quote: "Reich's Roadhouse in Sheldon is destroyed after an overnight explosion. The Sheldon fire chief told News 18 the explosion happened around 2:45 a.m. Tuesday. The owners, Nick and Joey Reich, and their two young children (ages 3 and 8), lived above the restaurant. Nick told News 18 the explosion was so forceful, he was thrown across the room. Everyone was able to escape, with only Nick receiving injuries - minor burns to his hands and face."

Note: This is the 195th residential explosion in 2018...

2018-08-07 - Landfill fire breaks out in Carson City (Nevada):
http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/local/crews-battling-fire-at-carson-city-landfill/
http://www.kolotv.com/content/news/Fire-closes-Carson-City-landfill-490297811.html

2018-08-07 - Landfill fire breaks out at 6:30 AM in Kawartha Lakes (Canada):
http://www.mykawartha.com/news-story/8803887-fire-causes-temporary-closure-of-lindsay-ops-landfill-site/

2018-08-07 - Tire fire breaks out at 5:44 AM near railway line in Salford (Britain):
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/northern-rail-delays-latest-manchester-fire-railway-atherton-victoria-disruption-salford-a8480591.html

2018-08-07 - Plastic pallet factory heavily damaged by fire at 1:20 AM, firenado forms, in Swadlincote (Britain):
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/firenado-fire-tornado-derbyshire-swadlincote-factory-a8482196.html
http://www.sott.net/article/392982-Firefighters-battle-rare-firenado-at-UK-plastics-factory

2018-08-07 - Coal mine rocked by explosion in Guizhou Province (China), 4 killed, 9 missing:
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?CategoryId=13280&ArticleId=2462486
http://www.efe.com/efe/english/world/4-dead-9-missing-in-china-coal-mine-explosion/50000262-3713136

2018-08-07 - At least 18 major wildfires burn across California, army of 14,000 firefighters deployed:
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2018/08/07/14000-firefighters-18-major-california-wildfires/
http://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/california/articles/2018-08-07/14-000-firefighters-battling-18-major-california-blazes
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/california-wildfire-latest-updates-14000-firefighters-18-blazes-a8480771.html
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/14000-firefighters-battling-18-major-california-blazes-57075440

Quote: "Firefighting costs have more than tripled from $242 million in the 2013 fiscal year to $773 million in the 2018 fiscal year that ended June 30, according to Cal Fire."

2018-08-07 - Wildfire grows to 290,692 acres on two sides of Clear Lake in Mendocino County (California):
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/western-wildfires/california-s-biggest-wildfire-ever-still-growing-cancels-start-school-n898531
http://www.sfgate.com/california-wildfires/article/Mendocino-Complex-Fire-wildfires-California-calfir-13135314.php
http://www.presstelegram.com/2018/08/07/these-fires-show-devastation-of-northern-california-wildfires-now-the-largest-in-state-history/
http://www.koin.com/news/largest-wildfire-in-california-history-still-growing/1350478489
http://abc7news.com/mendocino-complex-evacuees-return-home-to-region-transformed/3903156/
http://abc7news.com/mendocino-complex-fires-grow-to-more-than-290000-acres/3899412/
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/08/07/largest-wildfire-in-california-history-still-growing.html

Quote: "The largest wildfire in California's recorded history expanded to almost 300,000 acres on Tuesday, postponing the start of the school year as ash choked the air and thousands of people remained driven from their homes. The Mendocino Complex, encompassing two fires lapping the northern and western shores of Clear Lake about 80 miles northwest of Sacramento, added 17,000 acres overnight to reach 290,000 acres, authorities said."

Quote: "The blaze, dubbed the Mendocino Complex, was reported 20 percent contained on Tuesday. Its rapid growth at the same time firefighters were battling more than a dozen other major blazes around the state fanned fears that 2018 could become the worst wildfire season in California history."

2018-08-07 - Wildfire grows to 3,399 acres in Trabuco Canyon (California):
http://abc7.com/nearly-4000-acre-fire-near-trabuco-canyon-is-5-percent-contained/3899892/
http://www.presstelegram.com/2018/08/07/firefighters-continue-to-battle-holy-fire-amid-excessive-heat-warning/
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/08/07/holy-fire-major-challenges-tuesday/
http://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/live-aerials-over-california-s-holy-fire-ravaging-land-in-orange-county/1350240330

2018-08-07 - Wildfire grows to 6,169 acres near Entiat (Washington):
http://komonews.com/news/local/mandatory-evacuations-ordered-as-states-largest-wildfire-grows

2018-08-07 - Wildfires have burned 397,126 acres so far this year across Idaho:
http://www.localnews8.com/news/idaho-fire-loss-approaches-400-000-acres/778440907

Quote: "So far this year, wildfire has burned 397,126 acres, according to the Idaho Department of Lands' running tally."

2018-08-07 - Three wildfires rage on the Big Island (Hawaii):
http://www.kitv.com/story/38832014/brush-fires-still-raging-across-the-state-three-on-the-big-island

Quote: "On the Big Island, three brush fires continue to blaze-one on the slopes of Mauna Loa near Kapapala Forest Reserve, another in Waikoloa, and a third one in Pahala near Ka'alu'alu Road and Discovery Harbour."

2018-08-07 - Wildfire continues raging near the coast near Monchique (Portugal), homes destroyed, dozens injured:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-45099093/wildfires-rage-around-portugal-algarve-town
http://www.wsoctv.com/news/world/huge-forest-blaze-defies-portugals-firefighting-efforts/807908560
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/08/07/wildfires-torment-portugal-spain-as-france-feels-heat.html

Quote: "Almost 1,200 firefighters supported by 16 aircraft and 358 vehicles were deployed around Monchique, a town of 2,000 people about 250 kilometers (155 miles) south of Lisbon, where the blaze came within 500 meters (yards) of the local fire station. An unknown number of homes - believed to number in the dozens, according to local reports - in the forested hills have burned down."

2018-08-07 - Boat, RV and two cars destroyed by fire while parked near Spring Beach on coastal Vashon Island (Washington):
http://www.vashonbeachcomber.com/news/rv-cars-boat-burn-in-weekend-fire-at-spring-beach/

Quote: "The blaze started in an unoccupied RV and then spread to two nearby cars and a boat, all parked in a wooded area, according to Vashon Island Fire & Rescue’s Assistant Chief Bob Larsen."

Note: This is the 732nd boat/ship to burn/explode in 2018, and this is the 359th RV to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-08-07 - Two boats, truck, car, two ATVs, four motorcycles, golf cart and two buildings destroyed by fire at home in Claxton (Georgia):
http://www.claxtonenterprise.com/fire-departments-respond-to-three-significant-fires/

Quote: "A shed fire on Mittie Strickland Road resulted in a large loss: a truck; a car; four motorcycles; two 4-wheelers; a golf cart; two boats; four boat motors; 12 guns; a tool box full of tools; pressure washer; and a generator. An additional structure measuring 24 feet by 24 feet was also destroyed."

2018-08-07 - Boat explodes and burns on Big Turtle Lake near Bigfork (Minnesota), 2 kids blown into the water, 3 injured:
http://www.fox21online.com/2018/08/07/three-people-treated-for-burns-after-boat-explosion-on-big-turtle-lake/
http://www.grandrapidsmn.com/free_press/boat-explodes-on-turtle-lake/article_552f6a22-9a88-11e8-8f9a-0bf199bc6c8a.html
http://www.kbjr6.com/story/38835577/three-suffer-burn-injuries-after-boat-explosion-and-fire
http://www.valleynewslive.com/content/news/Boat-Explosion-Leaves-490356951.html
http://www.wdio.com/news/itasca-county-boat-explosion/5021256/

2018-08-07 - Boat bursts into flame at home, fire spreads to garage, in Riverside (California):
http://www.pe.com/2018/08/07/fire-ignites-stored-ammo-in-riverside-garage/

Quote: "A fire near downtown Riverside Tuesday, Aug. 7, jumped from a boat to the garage, setting off stored ammunition inside, the city’s fire department reported."

2018-08-07 - Yacht 'Maatje Johanna' bursts into flame near coastal Oudeschild (Netherlands):
http://www.vesseltracker.com/en/Ships/Maatje-Johanna-I1503997.html
http://www.texelsecourant.nl/nieuws/algemeen/63745/brand-in-schip-voor-haven-oudeschild
http://www.seanews.com.tr/ship-on-fire-off-oudeschild/178211/

Quote: "In the afternoon of Aug 7, 2018, the engine room of the 'Maatje Johanna' caught fire off the port entrance Oudeschild. The fire brigade from Texel and the KNRM were alerted to the ship, and the lifeboat 'Cornelis Dito' from Oudeschild jointly with the boat from Den Helder carried the rescue forces to the vessel."

Note: These are the 733rd, 734th, 735th, 736th and 737th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-08-07 - Car-hauler bursts into flame on the A2 in tunnel in Canton Ticino (Switzerland):
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article216220990.html
http://www.fox13memphis.com/news/car-transporter-catches-fire-in-swiss-tunnel-no-injuries/807943472
http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2018-08-07/car-transporter-catches-fire-in-swiss-tunnel-no-injuries
http://www.telezueri.ch/298-show-onlinenews/26604-episode-piottino-tunnel-autotransporter-in-flammen-aufgegangen
http://www.richmond.com/news/latest-news/ap/car-transporter-catches-fire-in-swiss-tunnel-no-injuries/article_d2bf0723-9db8-5a49-adf6-862d8e87f8cd.html
http://www.kpvi.com/news/national_news/car-transporter-catches-fire-in-swiss-tunnel-no-injuries/article_44d1575c-190b-5dc3-b791-a8ec81baf22d.html
http://www.startribune.com/car-transporter-catches-fire-in-swiss-tunnel-no-injuries/490226961/

Quote: "Swiss police say a transporter carrying cars has caught fire and burned out in an Alpine road tunnel. No one was injured, but the blaze caused the closure of a major north-south route. Police in Ticino canton (state) said the truck-trailer caught fire Tuesday morning in the Piottino tunnel on the A2 highway. The vehicle and the seven cars it was carrying burned out."

2018-08-07 - Car-hauler bursts into flame on Lamledge Lane in Shifnal (Britain):
http://www.shropshirefire.gov.uk/65635

Note: These are the 56th and 57th car-haulers to burn in 2018...

2018-08-07 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on street in Port Everglades (Florida):
http://wsvn.com/news/local/truck-pulling-container-at-port-everglades-catches-fire/
http://www.local10.com/news/florida/broward/flames-engulf-truck-at-port-everglades

2018-08-07 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 6 AM on the M5 in Kingsgrove (Australia):
http://www.f3nws.com/news/sydney-s-m5-closed-westbound-following-a-truck-fire-causing-massive-disruption-b75c45b0c90
http://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/news/sydneys-m5-closed-westbound-following-a-truck-fire-causing-massive-disruption/news-story/35c62329e754cc8a574a94dd37912828
http://www.instagram.com/p/BmMQjeln6F6/?igshid=uvw6lx3bzd7k
http://www.pscp.tv/w/1kvKpadWlPMGE

2018-08-07 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the A525 in Llandegla (Britain):
http://www.wrexham.com/news/fire-service-called-to-lorry-fire-in-llandegla-154159.html
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/lorry-consumed-fireball-closed-a525-15001829
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/live-lorry-fire-shuts-a525-15001028

2018-08-07 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at business in Middleton (Britain):
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/footage-shows-hgv-engulfed-flames-15002403
http://truckerworld.uk/2018/08/footage-shows-hgv-engulfed-by-flames-at-a-factory-in-middleton-after-reports-of-loud-explosions/
http://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/121188/lorry-fire-in-middleton
http://www.pressreader.com/uk/manchester-evening-news/20180808/281556586649159

2018-08-07 - Tractor bursts into flame on Lodes Lane in Kingston St Mary, Taunton (Britain):
http://www.dsfire.gov.uk/News/Newsdesk/IncidentDetail.cfm?IncidentID=49418&siteCategoryId=3&T1ID=26&T2ID=41
http://www.applefm.co.uk/2018/08/07/taunton-fire-crew-called-to-tractor-and-combine-harvester-fires/

2018-08-07 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame, ignites field fire, on Ash Road in Stoke St Mary, Taunton (Britain):
http://www.dsfire.gov.uk/News/Newsdesk/IncidentDetail.cfm?IncidentID=49421&siteCategoryId=3&T1ID=26&T2ID=41
http://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/16404006.combine-harvester-fire-in-stoke-st-mary-field/
http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/frightening-video-shows-combine-harvester-1872720

2018-08-07 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame near the A354 in Milborne St Andrew (Britain):
http://www.dwfire.org.uk/incident/combine-harvester-fire-milborne-st-andrew/

2018-08-07 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame on Loose Gate Road in Moulton Seas End (Britain):
http://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/combine-blaze-in-moulton-seas-end-9005641/

2018-08-07 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame on Wood Lane in Tugby (Britain):
http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/combine-harvester-destroyed-farm-blaze-1871225

2018-08-07 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame on Marsh Lane in Barrow-upon-Humber (Britain), 1 mile from the coast:
http://www.humbersidefire.gov.uk/newsroom/incidents

Quote: "Marsh Lane, Barrow Upon Humber. Tue 7 Aug 2018 18:49 (No:17508) Combine harvester involved in fire. Dry powder extinguisher in use by owner prior to arrival of Fire Service. Crews used one hose reel and Thermal Image Camera for inspection."

Note: These are the 1707th-1718th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-08-07 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on Kemsdale Road in Hernhill (Britain):
http://www.kentonline.co.uk/faversham/news/about-50-yards-away-from-us-it-blew-up-187627/

2018-08-07 - Sanitation truck bursts into flame on Highway 400 in Barrie (Canada):
http://www.simcoe.com/news-story/8803903-sanitation-truck-catches-fire-on-hwy-400-in-barrie/
http://twitter.com/SimcoeNews/status/1026835766591332352

2018-08-07 - Box truck bursts into flame on the A1 near Ripon (Britain):
http://www.northyorksfire.gov.uk/news-events/breaking-news/incident_summary_night_shift_monday_6th_august_2018

Quote: "A1 N J40 – 51 Time of call: 16:53 Crews from Ripon and Northallerton were called to a LGV trailer that had a fire to the rear wheels. This fire was out on our arrival and the crews used a hose reel jet to dampen down the area. This was caused by a mechanical fault."

2018-08-07 - RV bursts into flame at 4:56 AM while parked at home, fire spreads, two homes heavily damaged, in Cape Girardeau (Missouri):
http://www.semissourian.com/story/2542756.html
http://www.kfvs12.com/story/38826810/camper-fire-damages-2-homes-in-cape-girardeau-mo
http://www.kzimksim.com/2018/08/07/cape-girardeau-burns-in-morning-fire-today/

2018-08-07 - RV bursts into flame on Mashapaug Road in Holland (Massachusetts):
http://www.wwlp.com/news/local-news/hampden-county/rv-catches-fire-on-mashapaug-rd-in-holland/1353008149

Note: These are the 360th and 361st RVs to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-08-07 - Van and motorcycle destroyed by fire at 11:33 PM on Chestnut Close in Stony Stratford (Britain):
http://bucksfire.gov.uk/latest-incidents/

Quote: "Tuesday 7 August, 11.33pm Van and motorbike destroyed by fire, Chestnut Close, Stony Stratford. One appliance and crew from Great Holm attended. Firefighters used one hose reel, one set of breathing apparatus and a toolkit."

2018-08-07 - Van bursts into flame in Knaresborough (Britain):
http://www.northyorksfire.gov.uk/news-events/breaking-news/incident-summary-tuesday-7th-august
http://www.strayfm.com/news/local-news/2652761/van-on-fire-in-knaresborough/

Quote: "Knaresborough - Time of call 11:22 Fire crews from Knaresborough responded to a van fire involving a Nissan. The cause of fire is believed to be an electrical fault. Crews extinguished fire using two breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets."

2018-08-07 - SUV bursts into flame on bridge to coastal Ocean City (New Jersey):
http://patch.com/new-jersey/oceancity/car-fire-halts-traffic-9th-street-bridge-ocean-city-police
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/car-fire-halts-traffic-on-ocean-city-causeway/article_7e23147f-c6d0-5d2a-884e-5c978f402c1e.html
http://www.capemaycountyherald.com/news/fires/article_06426f92-9b3a-11e8-af7d-939a9b64f332.html

2018-08-07 - SUV bursts into flame on Route 138 in coastal Wall (New Jersey):
http://www.app.com/story/news/local/emergencies/2018/08/07/route-138-car-fire/929168002/

2018-08-07 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked at home in Duncan (Oklahoma):
http://www.duncanbanner.com/news/crews-battle-car-blaze/article_eb54d3c8-9a58-11e8-91eb-8b07056009ac.html

2018-08-07 - Four cars go up in flames while parked in impound yard in Haverford (Pennsylvania):
http://www.delcotimes.com/article/DC/20180807/NEWS/180809779

Quote: "According to Viola, the officer was inside his patrol car across the street in the parking lot of the YMCA when he spotted smoke and a glow in the sky. He went over and found numerous cars that were on fire inside their impound yard."

2018-08-07 - Car bursts into flame while parked in carpark at airport in coastal Portland (Maine):
http://www.centralmaine.com/2018/08/07/bmw-burns-at-jetport-terminal-garage/
http://www.pressherald.com/2018/08/07/bmw-burns-at-jetport-terminal-garage/

2018-08-07 - Car bursts into flame on I-95 in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):
http://www.wtnh.com/news/connecticut/fairfield/car-fire-slows-traffic-in-bridgeport-tuesday-morning/1351304950

2018-08-07 - Car bursts into flame at the Sunset Mall in San Angelo (Texas):
http://www.gosanangelo.com/story/news/local/2018/08/07/familys-car-catches-fire-they-leave-sunset-mall/929947002/

2018-08-07 - Car bursts into flame near Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain (Australia):
http://www.beaudeserttimes.com.au/story/5573018/car-fire-on-tamborine-mountain-overnight/

2018-08-07 - Car bursts into flame on Ernesettle Lane in coastal Plymouth (Britain):
http://www.dsfire.gov.uk/News/Newsdesk/IncidentDetail.cfm?IncidentID=49426&siteCategoryId=3&T1ID=26&T2ID=41

2018-08-07 - Car bursts into flame on Waters Green near train station in Macclesfield (Britain):
http://www.cheshirefire.gov.uk/news-events/incidents/ongoing-car-fire-near-macclesfield-railway-station

2018-08-07 - Car bursts into flame on the M27 near Eastleigh (Britain):
http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/16402812.car-fire-on-m27-near-junction-5-for-eastleigh/

2018-08-07 - Car bursts into flame on the A38 near Derby (Britain):
http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/derby-news/a38-northbound-closed-due-car-1871539

2018-08-07 - Car bursts into flame in Kirk Deighton (Britain):
http://www.northyorksfire.gov.uk/news-events/breaking-news/incident-summary-tuesday-7th-august

Quote: "Kirk Deighton. - Time of call 13:44 Harrogate fire crews responded to a car on fire caused by an electrical fault. Car was totally destroyed. Crews used one breathing apparatus and a 45mm jet."

2018-08-07 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-10 near Scott (Louisiana):
http://kpel965.com/vehicle-fire-on-interstate-ten/

2018-08-07 - ATV bursts into flame on road near Colyton (Britain):
http://www.dsfire.gov.uk/News/Newsdesk/IncidentDetail.cfm?IncidentID=49420&siteCategoryId=3&T1ID=26&T2ID=41

2018-08-07 - Lawn mower bursts into flame inside garage at home, fire spreads, garage destroyed, in Delmar (Maryland):
http://www.wboc.com/story/38843647/lawnmower-causes-delmar-garage-fire

2018-08-07 - RV trailer bursts into flame at 12:30 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Phelps (New York):
http://13wham.com/news/local/camper-destroyed-in-overnight-ontario-county-fire
http://www.whec.com/news/fire-crews-investigating-ontario-county-camper-fire/5020781/
http://www.mpnnow.com/news/20180807/fire-crews-investigating-ontario-county-camper-fire
http://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/local-news/camper-in-phelps-goes-up-in-flames-after-propane-tanks-explode/1350765431
http://www.fingerlakesdailynews.com/2018/08/07/171229/

2018-08-07 - Barn destroyed by fire at fairy farm in Hobart (Wisconsin), 20 cows killed, owner has heart attack:
http://www.wearegreenbay.com/news/local-news/barn-considered-a-total-loss-several-cows-dead-after-fire-in-hobart/1353632978
http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/videos/news/2018/08/08/emergency-crews-respond-hobart-farm-fire/932016002/
http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/2018/08/08/fire-engulfs-hobart-dairy-farm/931911002/

Quote: "Crews say that the owner also suffered from a heart attack and was sent to the hospital."

2018-08-07 - Barn destroyed by fire shortly after midnight in Lower Chanceford Township (Pennsylvania):
http://local21news.com/news/local/crews-still-battling-york-barn-fire

2018-08-07 - AC unit bursts into flame at 1:30 AM at home, fire spreads to home, in coastal Mobile (Alabama):
http://www.wbtv.com/story/38826451/mobile-fire-rescue-battles-early-morning-house-fire

2018-08-07 - AC unit bursts into flame shortly after 3 AM, fire spreads, home heavily damaged, in coastal Monument Beach (Massachusetts):
http://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20180807/faulty-air-conditioner-possible-cause-of-fire-in-bourne

2018-08-07 - Shipping container bursts into flame, fire spreads to two cars in carpark, in Tilehurst (Britain):
http://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/news/16403347.video-major-fire-in-tilehurst-co-op-car-park/
http://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/live-updates-as-huge-fire-breaks-out-in-tilehurst/
http://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/three-cars-destroyed-in-tilehurst-storage-container-blaze/

2018-08-07 - Moving and storage business destroyed by fire in Mena (Arkansas):
http://katv.com/news/local/blaze-destroys-mena-moving-and-storage-business

2018-08-07 - Church heavily damaged by fire in Indianapolis (Indiana):
http://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/indianapolis/north-side/historic-70-year-old-indianapolis-church-catches-fire

2018-08-07 - Home damaged by fire at 1 AM in Bellefontaine (Missouri):
http://fox2now.com/2018/08/07/resident-and-animal-safe-after-early-morning-house-fire/

2018-08-07 - Home damaged by fire in coastal Tampa (Florida):
http://cbs12.com/news/local/cat-rescued-from-house-fire-in-tampa

2018-08-07 - Home damaged by fire at 5:14 AM in coastal Mastic Beach (New York):
http://patch.com/new-york/shirley-mastic/firefighters-battle-blaze-mastic-beach-home

2018-08-07 - Home heavily damaged by fire shortly after 3:30 AM in coastal Miami (Florida):
http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Family-Safely-Escapes-Overnight-Fire-Engulfing-North-Miami-Home-490224351.html

2018-08-07 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 1:30 AM near the Mississippi River in East St. Louis (Illinois):
http://fox2now.com/2018/08/07/crews-battle-early-morning-house-fire-in-east-st-louis/

2018-08-07 - Home destroyed by fire at 4 AM in Fenton (Missouri):
http://fox2now.com/2018/08/07/fire-destroys-building-in-fenton-neighborhood/

2018-08-07 - Home destroyed by fire at 1:05 AM in coastal Portsmouth (Virginia):
http://wtkr.com/2018/08/07/house-fire-erupts-in-portsmouth/
http://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/local/no-injuries-in-early-morning-portsmouth-house-fire/291-581224932

2018-08-07 - Nine homes go up in flames along railroad tracks in Siegburg (Germany), dozens injured:
http://www.dw.com/en/germany-fire-breaks-out-near-train-tracks-in-siegburg-injuring-dozens/a-44993444
http://www.rt.com/news/435362-massive-fire-shuts-railway-germany/

2018-08-07 - Duplex heavily damaged by basement fire in Manor Township (Pennsylvania):
http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/official-cause-of-fire-at-manor-township-duplex-unknown/article_14536bb0-9ab1-11e8-912c-33c21e6ea52e.html
http://local21news.com/news/local/fire-in-manor-township

2018-08-07 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire on Leisure Lake Drive in Warner Robins (Georgia):
http://wgxa.tv/news/local/crews-battling-fire-at-castaways-apartments-in-warner-robins

2018-08-07 - Deadly fire burns home at 3:45 AM in Lincolnton (North Carolina), 1 killed:
http://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/firefighters-pull-woman-from-burning-home-in-lincolnton/807912061
http://www.lakenormanpublications.com/denver_citizen/lincolnton-woman-dies-in-house-fire/article_dccb4de6-9a53-11e8-a520-9782b8613652.html
http://myfox8.com/2018/08/07/woman-dies-after-pulled-from-lincolnton-fire/

2018-08-07 - Deadly fire destroys home in coastal Vancouver (Canada), 1 killed:
http://globalnews.ca/news/4374257/vancouver-house-fire-crews-east-vancouver/
http://www.vancourier.com/news/east-van-house-fire-results-in-city-s-sixth-fire-related-death-in-2018-1.23393089

2018-08-07 - Deadly fire burns apartment building at 2 AM in Hopkinsville (Kentucky), 1 killed, 1 injured:
http://www.lex18.com/story/38826932/man-killed-in-hopkinsville-apartment-fire
http://www.wsmv.com/story/38826453/man-killed-in-apartment-complex-fire-in-hopkinsville
http://www.newschannel5.com/news/1-killed-another-hurt-in-hopkinsville-apartment-fire
http://www.wxbc1043.com/2018/08/08/one-dead-another-hurt-in-hopkinsville-apartment-fire/

2018-08-07 - Vacant home burns at
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JORDAN Holgerson, 16, broke five ribs and punctured her lung when her friend pushed her off a bridge in Washington.
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The National Park Service (NPS) has granted officials permits for a white nationalist rally and counter-protests in Washington DC on 12 August. Jason Kessler, who organised last year's deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia,...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday halted a deportation in progress and threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt if the mother and daughter weren’t returned to the U.S. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of Washington learned in court that the two plaintiffs in a lawsuit before him were being […]
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August 9, 2018

Mr. Chris Casto
Senior Advisor
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
 
Re: Death in Custody Reporting Act Collection, 83 Fed. Reg. 27023 (June 11, 2018)
Comments submitted via DICRAComments@usdoj.gov  
 
Dear Mr. Casto:

On behalf of Human Rights Watch, I am writing in response to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request for comment on proposed DOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) implementation of the Death in Custody Reporting Act (DCRA). Established in 1978, Human Rights Watch (HRW) is known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups. Each year, we publish more than 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in some 90 countries, generating extensive coverage in local and international media. The United States Program of HRW protects and promotes the fundamental rights and dignity of every person subject to the authority of the US government.

DCRA was enacted as a result of bipartisan efforts on December 18, 2014, so that the government could account for the number of arrest-related deaths and other deaths in custody that are occurring in the United States. Nearly four years later, DCRA has not been implemented and the public continues to rely on media outlets for the number of people killed by police each year, which is estimated at 1,000.

DOJ must immediately adopt the near-final compliance guidelines for DCRA that were published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2016. These guidelines reflect extensive review and public engagement by DOJ around DCRA implementation through two comments periods, the first initiated on August 4, 2016, and a second initiated on December 19, 2016. Under the last set of guidelines published by DOJ in December 2016, states were to begin reporting arrest-related deaths in April of 2017, with reporting on all deaths in custody to begin in October 2017.

We are asking DOJ to immediately adopt the near-final compliance guidelines for DCRA that were published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2016. These guidelines reflect extensive review and public engagement by DOJ around DCRA implementation through two comments periods in 2016, during which HRW provided comments and joined the civil and human rights community in calling for implementation. DOJ must proceed with implementing DCRA as set forth in the proposed December 2016 guidelines and as described below:

  1. States must proactively report all deaths in custody to DOJ and DOJ must verify the state data with open source research and data.

States should be required to initially report all deaths in custody to DOJ as required by DCRA. DOJ should then use media reports and other open source information to identify deaths in custody for purposes of comparison and supplementation.  This hybrid methodology recognizes state obligations to proactively report deaths in custody to the federal government, allowing states to develop dedicated programs and resources to ensure compliance with DCRA. A hybrid approach also helps ensure the most accurate, reliable, and complete method of securing national data.

  1. DOJ must further define what deaths are reportable under DCRA to ensure standardized and full compliance by states.

DCRA requires states and federal law enforcement agencies to report information about the death of anyone who is “detained, under arrest, or is in the process of being arrested, is en route to be incarcerated, or is incarcerated.” DOJ’s latest proposal for DCRA compliance defines “reportable death” to broadly include “deaths that occurred during interactions with law enforcement personnel or while the decedent was in their custody or in the custody, under the supervision, or under the jurisdiction of a state or local law enforcement or correctional agency, such as a jail or prison.” To ensure compliance and reduce variation among state reporting, DOJ should provide a list of broad, yet specific, circumstances that qualify as reportable deaths.  For example, DOJ should specify that a reportable death includes any death “due to any use of force by law enforcement personnel.” It is critical that any law enforcement action that results in a civilian death be reported.   

  1. DOJ must require reporting on any disability of those who die in custody.

DOJ must require states to report disability-related data for deaths in custody. It is estimated that a quarter to half of fatal police encounters involve a person with a disability. These disabilities include physical, intellectual, and psychiatric disabilities. To ensure comprehensive data on deaths in custody, a decedent’s disability should be reported just as race, gender, and other characteristics are to be reported. The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) should consult with the nationwide network of disability protection and advocacy (P&A) agencies in each state, as well as seek information from community-based disability organizations, to ensure that disability is properly captured in deaths in custody reporting.

  1. States must adopt compliance plans. 

Each state should be required to submit a detailed data collection plan to DOJ that summarizes how it will comply with DCRA. States should indicate how they will meet DCRA’s quarterly reporting requirements in a timely, accurate, and complete manner. These state compliance plans would facilitate data collection from local police departments to the states, which would then report to DOJ. Plans should also provide for audits of state reporting to ensure full compliance.

  1. Federal grants must be used to ensure state compliance.

States that do not comply with DCRA should have federal funding reduced until compliance is met as permitted by the statute. DCRA gives the Attorney General the power to subject noncompliant states to a 10 percent reduction of Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (Byrne JAG) funds. After years of inadequate reporting, Congress included this provision in its reauthorization of DCRA to ensure compliance. DOJ must provide states with details on how and when Byrne JAG funds will be reduced for DCRA noncompliance.

In our May 2015 report, Callous and Cruel, HRW documented deaths behind bars of persons with mental health problems who were stunned with electric shock devices, restrained, subjected to massive amounts of pepper spray, and/or struck by correctional staff. Deaths of inmates (with or without mental health problems) at the hands of jail or prison staff continue to surface with unfortunate regularity in the news media. Yet our research, including conversations with correctional experts, suggests that there may be jail and prison inmates whose deaths following staff use of force are not reported publicly. Unknown deaths in custody that constitute homicides by correctional officers should not be permitted.

Information pertaining those who died following staff use of force in jails and prisons, such as  the role of involved staff, surrounding circumstances and related custodial settings is as important as similar information for arrest-related deaths. We do not believe the burden of providing full information to the BJS on use of force deaths would outweigh the benefit to the public and to agencies themselves.

We appreciate your engagement on this matter and look forward to your response. If you have any questions, please contact me at 202-612-4343.

Sincerely,

Jasmine L. Tyler
US Program, Advocacy Director

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South Lake Washington - 520 Bridge Loop

Date and Time: 
Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location: 
Newport Hills Park-and-Ride
5115 113th Pl SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
Contact Information: 
Alan Lawrence
alan@seattlephoto.net
(425) 891-7079
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32.40 miles
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Let's ride the new 520 Bridge Bicycle Path with a twist on the old South Lake Washington Loop.  We'll ride clockwise towards Renton, over to Seward Park, and on to Leschi where we'll stop at the Starbucks for refreshments.  We'll then ride towards the U-District through the Washington Arboretum and onto the new 520 Bridge Trail to Bellevue for our return.

Please RSVP by clicking on the red Register Now button at the top of this page.  Then put a checkmark in the waiver release box, complete the Emergency Contact Number, and click on Save.  By doing this you will save time at the ride start.  Note that this RSVP requires a Cascade Bicycle Club account.  If you don't have one and/or don't want one, come to the ride anyway and just sign the waiver/attendee sheet.  All are welcome.  

If weather conditions meet the Showers Cancel criteria on the morning of the ride, I will post a ride-cancelled notice in Comments, below, two hours prior.  Ice or snow also cancel.  Please check here before leaving for the ride.  

Please arrive 20 minutes prior to the ride start to ready your bike and hear the safety briefing.  If wet weather, please be courteous to other riders by having fenders on your bike.  

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Thousands of American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines lost their lives in World War II during training exercises, their sacrifices often over looked. On August 28, 1944, a woman in Quincy, Washington, Mrs. W. C. Grigg, witnessed one of these casualties firsthand. The next day she wrote to the commanding officer of nearby Ephrata Air …

          Conversation with Rick Atkinson: American Army’s Bloody Coming of Age      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Ten years ago, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson began a three-volume history entitled The Liberation Trilogy. Atkinson, an army brat whose father made lieutenant colonel, grew up hearing officers swap World War II stories. He started as a journalist in 1976, copping his first Pulitzer in 1982. He joined the Washington Post in 1983; …

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Luxembourg, 9 August 2018 -- Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) today announced that C-SPAN, the Washington D.C. based suite of public affairs networks, has signed a new, long-term contract for C-band satellite services on Intelsat’s Galaxy 14 satellite. By choosing Intelsat’s highly penetrated Galaxy 14 ...
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Fitting farmers' markets into that itinerary is problematic. One that would work is in Daley Plaza on Thursday on Washington Street between Dearborn and Clark. Location is three physical blocks west of Millenium Park. https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/farmersmarkets1.html
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A federal judge slammed the Trump administration on Thursday for trying to deport a mother and daughter to El Salvador while their case is still being heard in court and threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt. “This is pretty outrageous,” Judge Emmet Sullivan of Washington said on Thursday, according to the Washington Post. “That […]
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies’ brains. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to […]
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          Chuck Pierce: This White House Declaration Opened a Gate the Enemy Has Long Tried to Shut      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Chuck Pierce has a passion for Israel, or as he calls it, God's nation. In fact, Chuck says when God visited him, He revealed Himself as "the God of Israel." Chuck's spirit longs for believers to once again align with God's heart for Israel.

I quoted Chuck throughout in my new book, Trump Aftershock, regarding his insight into the spiritual significance of Donald Trump's presidency. (Trump Aftershock will release this November. You can pre-order it onamazon.com and christianbook.com now.) Chuck received a prophetic word in 2008 that God was going to play a "trump card," but it wasn't until later that he understood God was referring to Donald Trump.

Chuck recently joined me in the podcast studio, where I asked him about a spiritually significant event in Washington, D.C., that took place in May 2017. Vice President Mike Pence held a gathering at the White House to celebrate Israel's Independence Day. He invited a wide array of pro-Israel leaders, both inside and outside of government. Chuck points out that this has never happened before in the history of the White House.

"When Vice President Pence stood up to speak, it was a dramatic shifting of a presence of God in that White House," Chuck tells me. "And [Pence] said, 'As long as this administration is in place, we will be Israel's best friend. We will align with Israel. We will recognize Israel.'"

Chuck says that momentous White House gathering opened up a gate the enemy has long tried to shut. After all, only a few months later, Trump made the decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Doing so sent a clear message that the U.S. supports Jerusalem as Israel's true capital. From a prophetic point of view, Chuck says that move had to happen this year.

"What makes that so important is that's a biblical decree," Chuck says. "And it opened up a portal over America for a divine return, a divine return for justice, a divine return for harvest—because everybody knows there will be a New Jerusalem that comes down—a divine return back to our covenant blessings in a new way."

Listen to my podcast interview with Chuck to learn how God is using Trump in this hour and why all believers should watch Israel closely this year.


          Frederick, Agnes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Agnes Mary Frederick, 86, a 17-year resident of Chester, MD and previously of Washington, D.C., died on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at the University of...
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Judge orders migrants returned to U.S. in midst of deportation flightThe pair were among 12 plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenging changes in asylum policies ordered by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Washington D.C. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan was hearing a request to stay the plaintiffs' deportations, when the ACLU learned that two of them were already on a flight to Central America, the civil rights group said. Upon hearing the news, Sullivan ordered their flight returned and suggested that Sessions could be held in contempt of court, according to the ACLU.



          Kris Kobach's lead in Kansas GOP governor's race cut to 91 votes after county clerk discovers discrepancy - CNN      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Washington (CNN) Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's lead in the Republican primary for governor dropped by more than half to 91 votes after a county clerk discovered a discrepancy in the state's unofficial results. The race between Kobach and ...
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Science Applications International wins $597 million U.S. defense contract: PentagonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Science Applications International Corp has been awarded a $597 million U.S. defense contract for the production and delivery of integrated command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems, the Pentagon said on Thursday.



          Judge blocks administration from deporting asylum seekers -- but the government already had two on a plane - CNN      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Washington (CNN) A federal judge on Thursday erupted at the Trump administration when he learned that two asylum seekers fighting deportation were at that moment being deported and on a plane to El Salvador. DC District Judge Emmet Sullivan then ...
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Vice President Pence laid out an ambitious plan Thursday that would begin creating a military command dedicated to space and establish a “Space Force” as the sixth branch of the U.S. military as soon as 2020, the first since the Air Force was formed ...
Pence lays out plans for Trump's "Space Force" to be installed by 2020CBS News
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President Trump has repeatedly and vehemently denounced what he calls “chain migration,” in which adult American citizens can obtain residency for their relatives. On Thursday, his Slovenian in-laws, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, became United States ...
Melania Trump used visa opposed by her husband to get her parents' citizenshipCNN
Melania Trump's parents become naturalized US citizens despite the president's hostility toward 'chain migration'Washington Post
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          Man Charged With Arson in Southern California Fire - New York Times      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Man Charged With Arson in Southern California Fire
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LOS ANGELES — Amid a historic wildfire season, a man suspected of intentionally setting fire to the small residential area where he lived in Southern California was charged Thursday with multiple felony counts involving arson. His charges could carry ...
This place 'is going to burn,' says text allegedly sent by man arrested in California's Holy FireWashington Post
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          Laura Ingraham Targets Even Legal Immigrants In Off-The-Rails Rant - HuffPost      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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          New data makes it clear: Nonvoters handed Trump the presidency - Washington Post      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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New data makes it clear: Nonvoters handed Trump the presidency
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Most of our assessments of the electorate in 2016 is dependent on estimates. Polling before the election that suggested where people were leaning; exit polling after the fact that gives us some sense of who actually turned out. When more than 137 ...

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          Securities and A/L Analyst - Washington Trust Bank - Spokane, WA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Attends monthly ALCO meetings, prepares minutes for distribution to Committee members. Prepares reports and analyses for the ALCO including liquidity positions,...
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          Reagan's would-be assassin seeks unconditional release      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Reagan's would-be assassin seeks unconditional releaseJohn Hinckley, 63, has resided with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia, since he was released from the Washington hospital in September 2016 under a slew of living conditions. Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity at a 1982 trial and was diagnosed with depression and psychosis, both of which were in remission in 2016, his doctors said. A federal judge in mid-2016 found that Hinckley no longer posed a danger to himself or others.



          Észak-jemeni bélyeg cultural olympiad mexico 1968 - Washington 1/2B 1969 1 FT-RÓL NMÁ! - Jelenlegi ára: 1 Ft      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          SCANDAL INTERNAȚIONAL / SUA va aplica noi sancțiuni Rusiei      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Washingtonul a anunţat că va impune noi sancţiuni Rusiei, după ce a stabilit că Moscova a folosit un agent neurotoxic împotriva unui fost agent rus şi a fiicei sale, în Marea Britanie, transmite Reuters.
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          Trying to save Africa’s elephants      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Washington Post By Kenneth DickermanAugust 8 at 6:00 AMEmail the author Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest A team of wildlife veterinarians uses a vehicle and a rope to turn over a tranquilized elephant so they can attach a GPS tracking collar and remove the tranquilizer dart at Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. (Ben […]
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies’ brains. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ohio students interested in attending one of the United States military academies have until Sept. 21to send their completed application packets to Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman. Brown and Portman nominate up to 10 students to each academy each year. The application process consumes a great deal of time, and applicants […]

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          Judge orders migrants returned to U.S. in midst of deportation flight      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday ordered an immigrant mother and daughter brought back to the United States after learning during a court hearing that the government had put them on a deportation flight to El Salvador. The pair were among 12 plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenging changes in asylum policies ordered by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Washington D.C. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan was hearing a request to stay the plaintiffs’ deportations, when the ACLU learned that two of them were already on a flight to Central America, the...
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The G05 Blue Caps, a girls soccer team playing for the Washington Capital FC, is looking for a skilled GK and 1-2 field players (born in 2005 or earlier).
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There are days when paperwork weighs you down — and there are days when you are weighed down by so much paperwork your flight can't take off. Such a day came earlier this week, when American Airlines Flight 163 bound for Los Angeles found itself ...

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WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies' brains. Reported by Newsday 24 minutes ago.
          The Evolving Ideologies of American Jewish Summer Camp      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Summer camp might advertise itself as a simple return to nature, some healthy fresh air and wholesome fun, but there is not now and never has been anything simple about it. American Jewish summer camp in particular has a very long and winding ideological history, one dotted with racism, socialism, political protest, and above all a sense that summer camp is a well of power, a resource to be optimized.

Jews attend summer camp at a higher rate than Americans as a whole, though not nearly as high a rate as Mormons, but the particulars of the Jewish camping experience—begun due to exclusion, changing rapidly due to politics and social movements and the Holocaust—put it in a unique place.

Summer camping in the United States began as a movement in the late 19th century, a sort of rebellion against increasing urbanization and industrialization. By the late 1920s, Jewish summer camps had gotten explicitly ideological: socialist, communist, anarchist, Zionist, Yiddish. Despite this, they were, and remained until after World War II, almost entirely secular. The Yiddish camps focused on Yiddish language and culture, and the Zionist camps on building, farming, and a connection to Israel; neither put much of an emphasis on religion.

A socialist summer camp would have no individual money, and any packages a camper received from home would be divided equally to the rest of the camp. Labor was highly valued; a punishment for bad behavior would never be, say, cleaning the bathrooms, because bathroom duty was a noble and important role in the camp society.

Zionist summer camps prepared kids to move to Palestine (which they sometimes called EY, which stands for Eretz Yisrael, or “the land of Israel”). The kids were taught to farm and build, and focused on Jewish arts and music, including would come to be called Israeli folk dancing. Yiddish camps, which often included a nearby camp for parents, taught Yiddish language and history. Israel, or Palestine, or Jewish history, mostly replaced the weird often-fake American Indian mythology that was and remains so prevalent in non-Jewish summer camps. But everything changed with World War II.

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Before the Second World War, American Jews had never seen themselves as the center of the Jewish world: that was in Poland, Lithuania, Germany, Hungary. American Jews were unsettled, immature. They hadn’t unpacked in their new home yet. But following the Holocaust, the weight of leading Jewish culture settled on the shoulders of the Americans. Summer camp was a vital part of this effort. Such camps had for decades been seen by various groups—the labor socialists, cultural Zionists—as a fundamental tool for shaping the youth. “Camp leaders were decidedly critical of ‘suburban Judaism’ that they took to be an inadequate Jewish life created by their campers’ parents who, to their minds, had limited education and too little understanding of Judaism,” writes Prell in an article on the history of Jewish summer camps. There was also, says Prell, a major concern that the parents of baby boomers had been too focused on assimilation rather than developing and maintaining a distinct American Jewish culture.

Summer camp had already proven a valuable place to shape the youth in non-religious molds, as seen in the socialist and Zionist camps from past decades. But in the wake of genocide, some of these Jews in positions of power within Jewish communities—prominent rabbis, organizers, spokespeople—decided that those tools should be applied to Jewish religion and culture.

This is when the first religious Jewish summer camps began. Camp Massad—the word means “foundation” in Hebrew—launched in 1941, servicing the New York area, first in the Catskills and then across the Pennsylvania border in the Poconos. (The Poconos and Catskills are the same mountain range; they just have different names in Pennsylvania and New York.) Massad was the first major summer camp to use the Hebrew language exclusively; it also brought in a contingent of Jewish campers from what would shortly become Israel to promote the possibility of a Jewish state, and emphasize the importance of the idea of Israel to American Jews.

Massad was extremely influential not just for Jewish summer camps but also for worldwide Judaism. Hebrew, until this point, was not widely spoken, with Jews speaking either English or various localized languages like Yiddish. Many modern Hebrew words, like those for sports, were actually invented at Massad.

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Among the Massad campers were the young Chicagoan founders of what would become Camp Ramah, one of the most important Jewish summer camps in history. Unlike most other Jewish camps, Ramah was (and is) a network of camps under a centralized deciding force, in this case the Conservative movement.

As a quick primer for those unfamiliar: American religious Judaism is split up into several branches usually called denominations. The four biggest are Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist, and they differ mostly in the level of observance (roughly those are in descending order), in addition to a bunch of smaller liturgical issues.

Ramah was set up and owned by the Jewish Theological Seminary, the dominant force in Conservative Judaism, during the early 1940s, specifically as a tool for Jewish education. The first Ramah opened in Conover, Wisconsin in 1947, and swiftly expanded. Today they have locations in Wisconsin, Ontario, the Berkshires, Georgia, Colorado, California, and elsewhere. There were often in areas without large Jewish populations; Wisconsin was also home to an important Reform camp. I asked Sarna whether it was difficult for Jewish camps to set up in non-Jewish areas. He said there weren’t really any conflicts. “Many of these places where there were summer camps, they were perfectly happy to have Jews in the summer,” he said. “As long as they left.”

The JTS was a little hesitant at first to spend all this money on summer camps, but this was a dramatic time for the Jewish people, and they were convinced that summer camps might be the best and only hope for Jewish survival. “Jewish education represented both a defensive response to adversity and a form of cultural resistance, a resolve to maintain Judaism in the face of opposition and danger,” wrote Jonathan Sarna, a professor of Jewish history at Brandeis University, in an article on the topic. “It also promised to prepare the community for the new responsibilities that it faced in the wake of the European Jewish catastrophe.”

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The camp founders felt a weight on their shoulders. “They're overwhelmingly contemptuous of the parents of the baby boom, who were raised in America and who know almost nothing about Jewish life,” says Prell. “They just didn't have the upbringing, because their parents were immigrants and didn't know how to translate their old life.”

Ramah, and the camps that would follow, were focused on addressing this issue. A phrase you see again and again, says Prell, is this: “The whole day will be ours.” Post-Holocaust American Jews realized what the socialist and Zionist camps before them realized: summer camp is the only place where they can have unfettered access to Jewish kids, the best opportunity to shape young minds for the future. “There is this sense that we can take clay and mold it into a meaningful Jewish life for these kids,” says Prell. “And we can do it because we have them all day, and we can do it because we can get them away from their parents. We can get them away from transistor radios, and the suburbs, which is fairly new to Jews.” That shaping took various forms: instilling a sense of history, pride, and knowledge, but also social justice and civil rights, and a desire to form Jewish families and raise more Jewish kids.

This began a wildly experimental phase for Jewish summer camps, one that would last into the 1970s. The 1940s and 1950s were focused on making American Jewish kids understand that they lived in two worlds, the Jewish world and the American world, and that both were vital. America as a whole at this time, and especially in the Jewish community, was very into American triumphalism; We beat the Nazis! These camps, while they kept Kosher and observed Shabbat, also celebrated the Fourth of July.

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But the coming of the 1960s meant a huge upheaval in the American social fabric. Camp Ramah was centrally owned, but the Reform summer camps were all independent, and the entire system was much more fluid than it might seem. Jews in the 1960s were heavily involved in the anti-war effort, in the civil rights movement, in equal rights for women, in immigration, anti-racism, drug legalization, sex positivity, all kinds of progressive movements. Many of the young counselors at Jewish summer camps were, during the non-summer months, organizers and protestors in college, and their work assuredly did not stop once they went out to Wisconsin or the Catskills for the summer. This wasn’t necessarily unique to Jewish counselors, but the Jewish history of activism and Jewish participation in the civil rights movement made it pretty likely that Jewish camps would follow suit.

In some camps, counselors would perform role-playing. They’d come into the mess hall during breakfast and, without saying anything, gather up all the kids with a certain hair color or eye color. Those kids would be separated from the group for a day or more, made to eat different food, do different activities. Then they’d be reunited and the entire camp would discuss. What does it mean to be a member of an ethnic minority? How does this apply to the Holocaust and to race relations in America? What responsibility do American Jews have to stamp out racial injustice?

Role-playing extended to simpler messages as well, attempting to get Jewish kids to embrace their Jewishness and make Jewish choices. These efforts could sometimes be clumsy, and even offensive. One former camper, who asked to remain anonymous, recalled a role-playing game in which young campers—she was seven years old at the time—were given an egg, representing their “future child,” and a box. The egg would be placed into a box and rolled down a hill; the materials given for padding would vary based on their answers to questions. Pick the right answer and you’d get some protective padding. The wrong one? Rocks and sticks, which would cause the eggbaby to break.

“The question I remember is: Your kid is going to kindergarten and you are considering two schools,” says the former camper. “One is a secular school with computers (a big deal in 1994 or whenever this was) and one is a Jewish school with no computers.” She picked the secular school with computers and was promptly given a rock.

“These are camps not concerned just with summer fun,” says Prell. “These are camps that are trying to teach, as many left-wing camps at the time were trying to teach, what these issues have to do with us, what is our responsibility and how are we going to act on it.” Camp Ramah instituted a program for the older campers called American Seminar, in which campers were required to go to nearby cities and register voters, or volunteer in mental hospitals, or help repaint the houses of black Americans. “Camp is where I first learned about social justice and activism and that I, as a young person, could actually do something,” says Valerie Weisler, who attended a Ramah day camp and then worked there as a counselor.

It’s also worth noting that there was, and remains, a wide variety of Jewish summer camp experiences: not just in the type of ideology, but also in degree. Many Jewish summer camps were, even during the 1960s, pretty low-key. “I really don’t think a lot of the counselors’ political views were rubbed off on us,” says Barbara Berger, who attended a Jewish camp called Camp Oquago starting in 1969. But Berger, who grew up fairly non-observant in a very Jewish suburb of New York, and ended up raising kids in a Pennsylvania suburb with few Jews, says Jewish summer camp affected her feelings about Judaism. “It made me realize that, moving out here ... that I wanted for my kids to make Jewish friends, and have a connection that way. I always lit the candles on Friday nights when the kids were young, because I knew I had to make an extra effort out here.”

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Summer camp suffered a downturn in popularity in the 1970s and 1980s in general, and Jewish summer camps found themselves in a tricky situation. Jews were now assimilated enough that many Jewish kids attended a non-Jewish camp. (I myself went to a YMCA camp in the early 2000s; despite the “Young Men’s Christian Association” thing, my camp was heavily Jewish.) Today, camps are rising in popularity again, but Jewish summer camps have entirely new issues to deal with. The reign of Trump, rising anti-Semitism in Europe and the U.S., and above all the issue of the Israeli occupation of Palestine are major topics that counselors are attempting to address. In 2018, the effects of the #MeToo movement have many Jewish camps looking into sexual harassment; a minor scandal found Camp Ramah refusing to allow what it called “anti-Israel educational messages” at camp.

“Campers are definitely taught to love Israel unconditionally, which can be rather controversial now,” says Ivy Cohen, who attended a Reform summer camp in Massachusetts. “I do feel like as I got older, more frequently we were given various sides of an issue as well as different perspectives, and encouraged to form our own beliefs.”

Summer camps in the U.S. have never, ever been simple. Whether an attempt to fight urbanization or raise good socialists, Zionists, American Jews, or progressives, summer camps have power. They provide a place where children and teenagers can encounter viewpoints and education that don’t exist in their normal lives, but could shape their futures. In some cases, that can provoke conflict at home. Jewish kids might come back from summer camp and wonder why their parents don’t keep Kosher, why they don’t go to synagogue every week, why nobody talks about moving to Israel. In some cases, Jewish camp culture influenced non-camp religion; Israeli culture and folk art became prominent in Reform synagogues where it had never been before, and even the actual music changed, with a new form of folk-influenced religious music that came from campers.

On the whole, Jewish summer camps really did work in some ways; many Jewish homes became more religious. A study found that Camp Ramah alums are much more likely than other Jews to spend time in or “feel an emotional attachment to” Israel, attend synagogue regularly, and marry within the faith. These studies have focused on religious Judaism; there is not a corpus of data about the secular effects of Jewish summer camp. Are alums of Jewish summer camp more likely to donate to charity, vote for progressive candidates, take part in protests? We don’t really know. But those have been goals of Jewish summer camps, whether or not they’re explicitly stated. Says Weisler: “Jewish camping molded me as a Jewish person, and a person, period.”


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The world’s largest consumer of Angostura bitters, Washington Island, Wisconsin, doesn’t limit its consumption to liquids. Occasionally, islanders also chow down on bacon cheeseburgers that ooze the herbaceous infusion.

The bitters burger is a special that occasionally pops up on the menu at the island’s iconic Nelsen’s Hall & Bitters Pub. The meal includes a bitters-infused beef burger, with optional melted cheese and two pieces of bacon laid out like treasure map’s X, a potential aid in intoxicated ketchup-aiming.

Nelsen’s Hall invites visitors to join its “Bitters Club,” with the promise of fame, glory, and a small rectangular card proclaiming status as a “full-fledged Islander.” To be inducted, one must take down a full shot glass of the Angostura tincture, a potent substance usually administered by the drop. The bitters shot clocks in at 90 proof, however, so it might be wise for the newly initiated to opt for an alcohol-free burger if they’d like to last rest of the night.


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SEATTLE – Lesley and Steve Kennedy are an active Seattle couple who share lots of laughs, two sons and a hunger for adventure.  However, for the last two years Lesley has been waiting for a kidney transplant.  That’s where the love part of their story comes in. “We’re a team,” said the couple, together at their home in mid-July.  “We can truly say we are a team.  We were a team before, but now we’re really a team.” The Kennedys […]
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By Stanley White TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's economy is expected to have recovered from a contraction in the first quarter as household spending improved, but trade tensions between Washington and Tokyo loom as a major risk to the country's exports and investment outlook. The economy is forecast to have grown 1.4 percent on an annualised basis in April-June.

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SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea accused the United States on Thursday of pushing for international sanctions despite goodwill moves by Pyongyang and said progress on denuclearisation promises could not be expected if Washington continues to follow an "outdated acting script." A foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement on state-run KCNA that North Korea was still willing to implement a broad agreement made at the landmark June 12 summit in Singapore between U.S.

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A 16-year-old Washington state girl was nearly killed after a woman pushed her off a bridge at a swimming hole, reports The Daily News of Longview. Jordan Holgerson was at a swimming hole on the East Fork of the Lewis River, between Seattle and Portland, Oregon. There, she stood atop a tall bridge a...

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365 Montessori 1.2.0


Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Education
Price: $1.99 -> Free, Version: 1.2.0 (iTunes)

Description:

365 MONTESSORI: THOUGHTS FOR EVERY DAY
365 valuable ideas on upbringing children
•Everyday notes based on Montessori method
•Simple and to the point of the laws of development of a person
•Priorities: happiness, emotional intellect,sympathy, success
•For thinking parents: once learnt - consider and use

THOUGHTS FOE EVERY DAY: READ AND CONSIDER
Программа содержит краткие заметки – по одной на каждый день года – обдумав которые, мыслящий родитель сделает для себя выводы, поймет важное, примет к сведению неизбежное, откроет новое.
The program contains short notes - one for every day of the year - reading which a thinking parent will make conclusions for himself, understand the important, take the inevitable into consideration, discover something new.
The notes contain information of several kinds:
⁃about the laws of development of a person that should be taken into consideration in communication with a child;
⁃about the reasons for children's actions that are not obvious to an adult;
⁃about the rules, the observance of which will help children and parents to live together;
⁃tips on building relationships with your child;
⁃questions that require caring parents to search for personal answers.

THINKING PARENT - HAPPY CHILD
The program will be especially helpful to interested parents of children 0 to 6 years old - in this age a person creates a foundation for all his or her future life. We - parents - can help him in this uneasy task.
However, parents of older children will also have something to think about.

SHORT NOTES - IMPORTANT THOUGHTS
Reading of a note will take you from one to five minutes per day. Isn’t it a small pay for everyday improvement of relationships with your child? By adding notes to Favorites you can collect a selection of messages that are important for you. They can be used as affirmations - to be read, absorbed and implemented.

ABOUT MONTESSORI
Notes of the program are based on the Montessori method of upbringing children. The key principle of the method is freedom. The aim of the method is to bring up a happy, educated, independent, strong-minded person who is able to make decisions and bear responsibility for them, who respects the rights and freedom of other people.
Maria Montessori (August 31, 1870 - May 6, 1952) - Italian doctor, teacher, educator, philosopher, humanist.
Discovered laws of self-development of a child. She gained a world popularity for developing an educational system that allows children to learn on their own and gain experience and knowledge in various spheres of life - from everyday activity to complex manipulations with numbers of many figures in math, comprehensive reading, grammar, physics and natural science.

Famous Montessori graduates:
• GEORGE CLOONEY – Academy award-winning actor
• SERGEY BRIN – Google founder
• LARRY PAGE – Google founder
• JEFF BEZOS – Amazon founder
• JIMMY WALES - Wikipedia founder
• ANNE FRANK - author of ‘The Diary of Anne Frank»
• GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ – Nobel prize-winning author
• PRINCE WILLIAM and PRINCE HARRY - members of the English royal family
• HELEN HUNT – Academy award-winning actor
• JOSHUA BELL – American violinist, owner of a Stradivarius violin
• JACQUELINE BOUVIER KENNEDY ONASSIS - editor, former first lady of the USA
• SEAN “P Diddy” COMBS - musical magnat
• FRIEDENSREICH HUNDERTWASSER – Viennese artist & architect
• KATHARINE GRAHAM – owner & editor of the Washington Post
• BILL CLINTON - former president of the USA
• And others

WARNING
The program helps to focus your thoughts on the subject of raising children. However, it is not a substitute for reading the relevant literature. We recommend the following books for reading: ‘Help Me to Do it Myself’ by Maria Montessori; ’The Continuum Concept’ by Jean Liedloff; ‘Boundaries with Kids’ by Henry Cloud and John Townsend; ‘How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk’ by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish and others.

What's New

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Point: Salad is overrated (Tamar Haspel, Washington Post). Counterpoint: Iceberg lettuce is superior (Helen Rosner, New Yorker).

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AGU is proud to have chosen 62 new Fellows and will honor them at the upcoming Fall Meeting 2018 in Washington, D. C.

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          Kevin Hart Launches New $600,000 Scholarship Program with UNCF and KIPP      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Kevin Hart: Profile

Following on his generous $100,000 scholarship gift made in 2015 through UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) to four deserving college students, actor and comedian Kevin Hart has joined forces with UNCF and KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) to help 18 more KIPP students earn a college degree.

Through a new UNCF scholarship program launched in partnership with Kevin Hart’s Help From The Hart Charity and KIPP Public Schools, the $600,000 scholarship will provide funding to support KIPP students from eight different cities who are attending 11 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

UNCF is the largest provider of college scholarships for students of color in the U.S., awarding more than $100 million in college scholarships annually to deserving students. The 18 Help From The Hart Charity Scholarship recipients have been selected based on their academic and personal accomplishments and may receive substantive renewable awards based on need.

“The Help From The Hart Charity Scholarship will not only support students, but will also demonstrate support for HBCUs,” said UNCF CEO and President Michael L. Lomax. “Research shows that HBCUs matter, and that HBCU students are having a positive college experience, but they also have an unmet financial need. Together, Kevin and KIPP have made an investment that will have a significant impact. We can’t thank them enough for their support.”
“Education and knowledge are powerful,” said Hart. “I just wanted to do my part in providing opportunities for our future leaders, especially from my Philly hometown, and show support for HBCUs. This is just the beginning; trust me when I tell you there are a lot more kids who want to go to college who don’t have the money to make it happen.”

The 18 students receiving college scholarships are high school graduates who attended KIPP public charter schools in eight different communities: the Arkansas Delta, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. A recent survey of KIPP alumni across the country showed that the KIPP graduates who attend HBCUs reported a stronger sense of belonging, better mental health, and were more likely to have a mentor than those attending non-HBCUs.

“Nothing brings me greater joy than to see the hard work of these 18 KIPP students recognized by Kevin Hart and UNCF through this generous scholarship program,” said John Fisher, chair of the KIPP Foundation Board of Directors. “Michael Lomax has been a longtime KIPP supporter and friend and a tireless champion for young people. We are incredibly grateful to both UNCF and Kevin Hart for their partnership and support to help our students thrive in college and achieve their dreams.”

Hart’s gift to fund this new scholarship program puts him in line with many other renowned celebrities — like Lou Rawls, Ella Fitzgerald, Clifton Davis, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Anthony Anderson, Beyonce, Chris Rock, Usher, Pharrell Williams, Ray Charles, John Lennon, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis who, realizing the value of a quality education, have supported UNCF over the years. “Giving back to build better futures is the name of the game, and we hope that others like Kevin will understand why educational investments are so important, especially now, and step up to help more deserving students,” said Lomax.

Lomax also added, “Over the last decade, UNCF has been building a relationship with the KIPP public school network, and we are so excited that KIPP’s board of directors and Chairman John Fisher are behind this outstanding new venture. There are more than 1,300 KIPPsters currently enrolled at HBCUs, and together, we are bringing resources and shining a spotlight on these students who are doing all they can to get a college education. This unique partnership will help UNCF continue to bridge the gap from high school success to college achievement and enables UNCF to help more students get to and through college.”

From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18186-kevin-hart-launches-new-600000-scholarship-program-with-uncf-and-kipp

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          EEG Technician - Capitol Hill Medical Office Building - (Washington D.C., District of Columbia, United States)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Administers electroencephalographic tests under the direction of a neurologist monitors performance of equipment and makes adjustments and repairs as needed.

Essential Functions:
  • Greets patient and explains the diagnostic procedure.
  • Assures that the equipment is properly prepared with sufficient paper and ink to record electrical impulses.
  • Prepares patient for test by positioning patient and attaching electrodes according to established procedures.
  • Instructs patient regarding test procedures and activities.
  • Monitors patient's response during test and summons assistance if necessary.
  • Marks and files paper records for review by neurologist.
  • Cleans and maintains diagnostic test equipment.
  • Orders and stock supplies and materials used for testing.
  • Performs other related duties as directed.

    Must be willing to travel to all three locations


    Basic Qualifications:
    Experience
  • One (1) year of experience in an EEG laboratory or completion of an EEG training program.
    Education
  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.
    License, Certification, Registration
  • N/A

    Additional Requirements:
  • Proficiency in the use of applicable computer software.
  • In order to work effectively with patients, must have effective interpersonal and communication skills and be able to stand, walk, bend, lift at least 50 pounds, hear, speak, and see.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • One (1) year of college or technical school preferred with emphasis on physical or biologic sciences.
  • Experience with Long term EEG a plus.
  • Experience preferred.


  •           Patient Access Representative- FAST/Float (Tukwila Cluster, 0.75FTE) - (Renton, Washington, United States)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Perform general patient access and registration duties in EPIC Practice Management, such as, answer telephones, make appointments, maintain provider templates and appointment schedules, verify patient demographics and insurance coverage. Perform general patient account management duties, such as, obtain prior authorization for services, process items in the appropriate work queues to complete registration and enter service capture data. Ensure patient accounts and coverage structures meet Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington standards and billing requirements of various payors. Function as liaison to Patient Financial Services and the Health Plan. Communicate with external government payors and employers, as necessary. Work directly with patients on billing related matters and provide fee estimates to patients for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington services. May perform duties related to cash collection and depositing. Demonstrate strong customer service and communication skills. Adhere to HIPAA and patient confidentiality requirements. May act as the patients' first point of contact with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington.

    Essential Responsibilities:
  • Patient Access and Registration: Answer phones. Perform appointment making processes. Complete accurate patient registration, such as, verification of patient demographics and payor coverage. Perform check-in, check-out, admit and discharge tasks. Build and maintain appointing templates. Perform MyGH set up verification. Communicate with patients via multiple channels.
  • General Account Management: Confirm and set up payor coverage structures. Obtain prior authorization for services. Process appropriate items in the patient, claim edit and charge review work queues. Act as liaison to Patient Financial Services and the Health Plan. Communicate with external government payors and employers, as necessary. Perform manual service capture and data entry. Act as liaison to Health Information Management Coding Specialist for facility specific coding issues. Apply account review criteria and billing guidelines in preparation for off site billing of professional services. Provide fee estimates for GH services. Assist patients with billing questions.
  • Customer Service: Adhere to Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington behavior & appearance standards. Demonstrate strong customer service and communication skills. Treat customers with courtesy and respect. Adhere to HIPAA and patient confidentiality requirements. May act as a guide when a patient accesses Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington services
  • Cash Collection and Depositing: Collect co-pays and cost shares for services. Process refunds. Perform daily cash reconciliation and reporting for retail transactions. Process daily till closeout. Prepare bank documentation, combine and reconcile deposits of cashiers in the facility


    ** FLEXIBLE ALTERNATE STAFFING TEAM PROVIDES RELIEF FOR STAFFING SHORTAGES OCCURRING FROM EXTENDED LEAVES, SCHEDULED TIME OFF, AND SHORT NOTICE ABSENCES. TEAM MEMBERS MUST HAVE THE ABILITY TO WORK A VARIED SCHEDULE BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 6:00 A.M. AND 11:30 P.M., INCLUDING WEEKENDS WITH AS LITTLE AS 48 HOURS SCHEDULING NOTICE. PART TIME FAST PARS WILL BE SCHEDULED TO WORK 60 HOURS PER TWO WEEK PAY PERIOD. PART TIME FAST PARS RECEIVE AN ADDITIONAL $2/HR PREMIUM ABOVE THEIR NORMAL PAR PAY SCALE. TRAVEL TIME, MILEAGE AND PARKING ARE EXTRA COMPENSATION AS APPLICABLE.
    TUKWILA CLUSTER SUPPORTS: BURIEN MEDICAL CENTER, FEDERAL WAY MEDICAL CENTER, KENT MEDICAL CENTER, RENTON ADMINISTRATIVE CALL CENTER CAMPUS


    Basic Qualifications:
    Experience
  • Minimum one (1) year of experience in a business office within a medical care delivery, hospital, insurance or large contact center environment OR a minimum two (2) years of experience providing excellent customer service in a fast-paced environment.
    Education
  • High School Diploma/GED
    License, Certification, Registration
  • N/A


    Additional Requirements:
  • Experience in electronic patient accounting, scheduling or customer information systems.
  • Basic PC skills in MS Windows environment, 10-key and typing (35 WPM).
  • Customer service skills, the ability to effectively communicate with a diverse customer base, and strong organizational skills.


    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Three (3) years of experience in a patient care setting.
  • Minimum six (6) months experience in processing various types of billing, including workers compensation, subrogation, coordination of benefits, and private/self-pay.
  • Experience with IDX (Phamis) LastWord patient accounting system.
  • Vocational training in medical office procedures and billing.
  • Coursework or practical training and experience in ICD-9 and CPT coding.
  • Successful candidates will demonstrate a high degree of adaptability, productivity, and reliability as well as an ability to work independently in an ambiguous environment.
  • Use of Epic Cadence/Prelude/Resolute or other patient scheduling and accounting systems.
  • Understanding of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington billing protocols and cash posting systems.
  • Familiar with medical terminology.
  • Knowledge of delivery system business operations processes, including appointing, account intake and verification, cashiering, financial interviewing, referral processing and data entry.
  • Working knowledge of health care insurance practices and billing.
  • Knowledge of health care payer/insurer types, including state and federal workers compensation, commercial, subrogation, self-insured, Medicare (CMS) and Medicaid (DSHS).
  • Understanding of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington insurance products and benefits.
  • Proven ability to establish credibility and respect with patients.
  • Proven ability to problem solve and take initiative.
  • Ability to provide feedback and education to other staff regarding correct procedures.
  • They will have effective interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills for both face-to-face and telephone interactions with patients, medical staff, and team members.
  • Candidates will be positive, open-minded, and focused on continuous improvement.
  • They must be able to learn new processes, procedures, and software programs quickly, while demonstrating attention to detail and accuracy in their daily work.


  •           Patient Access Representative- Radiology Appointing Center (Renton, 1.0FTE) - (Renton, Washington, United States)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Perform general patient access and registration duties in EPIC Practice Management, such as, answer telephones, make appointments, process referrals, maintain provider templates and appointment schedules, verify patient demographics and insurance coverage. Perform general patient account management duties, such as, obtain prior authorization for services, process items in the appropriate work queues to complete registration and enter service capture data. Ensure patient accounts and coverage structures meet Kaiser Permanente standards and billing requirements of various payors. Function as liaison to Patient Financial Services and the Health Plan. Communicate with external government payors and employers, as necessary. Work directly with patients on billing related matters and provide fee estimates to patients for Kaiser Permanente services. May perform duties related to cash collection and depositing. Demonstrate strong customer service and communication skills. Adhere to HIPAA and patient confidentiality requirements. May act as the patients' first point of contact with Kaiser Permanente
    Essential Responsibilities:
  • Patient Access and Registration: Answer phones; Perform appointment making processes; Complete accurate patient registration, such as, verification of patient demographics and payor coverage; Perform check-in, check-out, admit and discharge tasks; Build and maintain appointing templates; Perform MyGH set up verification; Communicate with patients via multiple channels; Process internal and external referrals.
  • General Account Management:Confirm and set up payor coverage structures; Obtain prior authorization for services; Process appropriate items in the patient, claim edit and charge review work queues; Act as liaison to Patient Financial Services and the Health Plan; Communicate with external government payors and employers, as necessary; Perform manual service capture and data entry; Act as liaison to Health Information Management Coding Specialist for facility specific coding issues; Apply account review criteria and billing guidelines in preparation for off site billing of professional services; Provide fee estimates for KP services; Assist patients with billing questions.
  • Cash Collection and Depositing: Collect co-pays and cost shares for services; Process refunds; Perform daily cash reconciliation and reporting for retail transactions; Process daily till closeout; Prepare bank documentation, combine and reconcile deposits of cashiers in the facility.
  • Customer Service: Adhere to Kaiser Permanente behavior & appearance standards; Demonstrate strong customer service and communication skills; Treat customers with courtesy and respect; Adhere to HIPAA and patient confidentiality requirements; May act as a guide when a patient accesses Kaiser Permanente services.


  • CALL CENTER POSITION TAKING INBOUND CALLS FOR CLINICS AND SCHEDULING. WORK SCHEDULE BETWEEN HOURS OF 6:45AM-5:45PM. HEALTHCARE BENEFITS TO INCLUDE MEDICAL, VISION, AND DENTAL INSURANCE, ACCRUED PTO, AND COMMUTER BENEFITS. WE OFFER A FUN AND EXCITING WORK ENVIRONMENT WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO ADVANCE INTO TELECOMMUTING POSITIONS. BUSINESS CASUAL DRESS CODE TO INCLUDE JEANS ATTIRE.



    Basic Qualifications:
    Experience
  • Minimum one (1) year of experience in a business office within a medical care delivery, hospital, insurance or large contact center environment OR a minimum two (2) years of experience providing excellent customer service in a fast-paced environment.

    Education
  • High School Diploma/GED.
    License, Certification, Registration
  • N/A

    Additional Requirements:
  • Experience in electronic patient accounting, scheduling or customer information systems.
  • Basic PC skills in MS Windows environment, 10-key and typing (35 WPM).
  • Customer service skills, the ability to effectively communicate with a diverse customer base, and strong organizational skills.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Three (3) years of additional experience in a patient care setting.
  • Experience with IDX (Phamis) LastWord patient accounting system.
  • Six (6) months experience in processing various types of billing, including workers compensation, subrogation, coordination of benefits, and private/self-pay.
  • Vocational training in medical office procedures and billing.
  • Coursework or practical training and experience in ICD-9 and CPT coding.

  • Use of Epic Cadence/Prelude/Resolute or other patient scheduling and accounting systems.
  • Understanding of Kaiser Permanente billing protocols and cash posting systems.
  • Familiar with medical terminology.
  • Knowledge of delivery system business operations processes, including appointing, account intake and verification, cashiering, financial interviewing, referral processing and data entry.
  • Working knowledge of health care insurance practices and billing.
  • Knowledge of health care payer/insurer types, including state and federal workers. compensation, commercial, subrogation, self-insured, Medicare (CMS) and Medicaid (DSHS).
  • Understanding of Kaiser Permanente insurance products and benefits.
  • Proven ability to establish credibility and respect with patients.
  • Proven ability to problem solve and take initiative.
  • Ability to provide feedback and education to other staff regarding correct procedures.
  • One (1) year successful candidates will demonstrate a high degree of adaptability, productivity, and reliability as well as an ability to work independently in an ambiguous environment. They will have effective interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills for both face-to-face and telephone interactions with patients, medical staff, and team members. Candidates will be positive, open-minded, and focused on continuous improvement. They must be able to learn new processes, procedures, and software programs quickly, while demonstrating attention to detail and accuracy in their daily work.
  •           Experienced PACU RN - Ambulatory Surgery Center (0.9 FTE, Bellevue) No Weekends, Holidays or On Call! - (Bellevue, Washington, United States)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Provide nursing care to a defined group of patients, adhering to Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington ambulatory Nursing Care Standards, the Nursing Code of Ethics and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington policies. Coordinate and facilitate Health Care services for the patient in other segments of the Health Care delivery system. Provide and coordinate nursing care for the patient in collaboration with the Health Care team. The Registered Nurse is an integral member of the Health Care team, overseeing and participating in patient assessment and the formulation and implementation of the care plan.


    Essential Responsibilities:
  • Using the nursing process, provides ongoing assessment of the nursing care needs of a defined group of patients. Uses nursing diagnosis to describe this assessment. Develops a written plan of care for patient care needs. Assists patients and families/significant others in developing health care goals which are part of the individualized plan of care. Determines priorities of patient care based on essential patient needs and available resources. Provides nursing interventions safely and competently. Provides the patient and family/significant others with information preceding interventions. Provides telephone consultation to patients and family/significant others Provides ongoing evaluation of the patient's response to care. Anticipates and recognizes changes in the patient's status and need for nursing care. Modifies the individual plan of care in collaboration with the health care team.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the physiologic and psychological effects of normal aging by assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care to meet the needs of those populations served. Demonstrates effective communication skills with those specific age populations served. Identifies own learning needs and participates in educational programs related to those age-specific patient populations served (Neonatal, Pediatric, Adolescent, Geriatric). Collaborates, communicates and coordinates with other health care team members in planning and implementing care. Assesses the needs of designated patients requiring hospitalization; initiates nursing admission database and discharge planning in collaboration with inpatient staff and physician. Cooperates and communicates effectively with other team members in order to accomplish the workload.
  • Communicates recognition of the patient's and family/significant others' psychosocial, cultural and emotional needs in each nurse-patient interaction. Orients patients and family/significant others to the role of the professional nurse and other health care team members, the nursing services available, and the means of access to those services. Reinforces orientation to the Consumer Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. Identifies the patient's educational needs as part of the nursing assessment. Develops an educational component for each nursing care plan. Provides teaching/counseling congruent with patients and family/significant others' learning needs and the medical plan of care. Encourages patient compliance with therapeutic and medical regimens. Teaching is based on scientific and behavioral knowledge.
  • Assesses patient lifestyle risk factors. Integrates health promotion and preventive aspects of care with the ongoing assessment of nursing care needs. Works with patient to develop a plan to improve general health status. Implements physical and psychological preventive measures. Promotes patient self-care responsibility for meeting their own health needs. Adheres to KFHPW documentation standards. Provides a safe environment for each patient and adheres to KFHPW safety standards. Adheres to KFHPW infection control standards and guidelines, including the guidelines for reporting communicable diseases.
  • Identifies own learning needs and participates in continued education programs to meet those needs. Participates in staff orientation and student education activities. Collaborates with managers in completing the process for self and colleague/team performance reviews. Assures quality of care through development, implementation and evaluation of professional nursing standards and participation in multidisciplinary quality assurance activities. Participates in professional activities. Participates in nursing research and incorporates research findings into nursing practice. Adheres to KFHPW personnel policies and maintains a high standard of professional work habits. Consistently demonstrates an appearance consistent with current KFHPW dress code policy.
  • Primary Care - Act as clinical resource for team member-review/anticipate patient needs, plan with the team & intervene when necessary. Participate in daily huddle, help solve unusual challenges. Identify high-risk patients using established criteria, coordinate multi-disciplinary team & resources to support patient care needs, provide care coordination/management for chronic medically complex or fragile patients. Incorporate prevention: address patient care need gaps into every visit; act as patient advocate. Assess, anticipate & accommodate for age-specific needs (all ages, pediatric, geriatric, etc.), anticipate & accommodate patient disabilities & limitation, access resources for interpretive services.
  • Medical Specialties - Allergy, Cardiology, Oncology, Neurology, Pulmonology, Dermatology, Diabetes Care, Consultative Internal Medicine, Urology, Endocrinology & more. Work with populations of patients to coordinate, manage, & evaluate care. Coordinate multi-disciplinary team resources to support care of complex patients. Perform complex nursing procedures such as: chemotherapy administration, pulmonary rehab, anticoagulation management pre/post procedures, nursing procedures requiring concurrent assessment of patients & clinical judgment for change in therapy.

  • Surgical Services - General Surgery, ENT, Women's Health, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Procedures, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics & more. Patient/Family teaching & counseling for select complex procedures or high risk patients to enhance surgical outcomes & self-management pre- & postoperatively. Perform complex nursing procedures such as wound care, administer IV medications, and specialty specific procedures that require concurrent assessment of patient. Perioperative Services/Operating Room: provide nursing care of patients undergoing surgical or other invasive procedures. Work collaboratively to develop, coordinate, & implement a plan of care that is patient & outcome focuses.

  • Urgent Care - Use your ICU/ER background to take care of patients ranging from acute MI, sepsis, cardiac arrhythmias, & all other urgent & critical conditions. Work in close relationship with a team of MDs, Advanced Practice Providers with the support of a Social Worker.

  • Other - The Consulting Nurse Service provides high quality, consistent telephonic nursing advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including triage for acute & chronic care needs, care coordination & home care advice. Acute Care/Hospital Services: Assess, evaluate & perform tasks & duties to provide safe & quality care to medical, surgical & telemetry patients working with other disciplines such as physicians, dieticians, OT/PT to meet patient care needs.



    Basic Qualifications:
    Experience
  • N/A
    Education
  • Associates degree in Nursing from an accredited program.
    License, Certification, Registration
  • Current Washington State RN License by date of hire/transfer.


    Additional Requirements:
  • Communication, problem-solving, leadership and decision-making skills.


    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ambulatory care nursing experience
  • Primary nursing or case management experience.

  • Bachelor of science in Nursing (BSN).


  •           Experienced PACU RN - Ambulatory Surgery Center (1.0 FTE, Bellevue) No Weekends, Holidays or On Call! - (Bellevue, Washington, United States)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Provide nursing care to a defined group of patients, adhering to Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington ambulatory Nursing Care Standards, the Nursing Code of Ethics and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington policies. Coordinate and facilitate Health Care services for the patient in other segments of the Health Care delivery system. Provide and coordinate nursing care for the patient in collaboration with the Health Care team. The Registered Nurse is an integral member of the Health Care team, overseeing and participating in patient assessment and the formulation and implementation of the care plan.


    Essential Responsibilities:
  • Using the nursing process, provides ongoing assessment of the nursing care needs of a defined group of patients. Uses nursing diagnosis to describe this assessment. Develops a written plan of care for patient care needs. Assists patients and families/significant others in developing health care goals which are part of the individualized plan of care. Determines priorities of patient care based on essential patient needs and available resources. Provides nursing interventions safely and competently. Provides the patient and family/significant others with information preceding interventions. Provides telephone consultation to patients and family/significant others Provides ongoing evaluation of the patient's response to care. Anticipates and recognizes changes in the patient's status and need for nursing care. Modifies the individual plan of care in collaboration with the health care team.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the physiologic and psychological effects of normal aging by assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care to meet the needs of those populations served. Demonstrates effective communication skills with those specific age populations served. Identifies own learning needs and participates in educational programs related to those age-specific patient populations served (Neonatal, Pediatric, Adolescent, Geriatric). Collaborates, communicates and coordinates with other health care team members in planning and implementing care. Assesses the needs of designated patients requiring hospitalization; initiates nursing admission database and discharge planning in collaboration with inpatient staff and physician. Cooperates and communicates effectively with other team members in order to accomplish the workload.
  • Communicates recognition of the patient's and family/significant others' psychosocial, cultural and emotional needs in each nurse-patient interaction. Orients patients and family/significant others to the role of the professional nurse and other health care team members, the nursing services available, and the means of access to those services. Reinforces orientation to the Consumer Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. Identifies the patient's educational needs as part of the nursing assessment. Develops an educational component for each nursing care plan. Provides teaching/counseling congruent with patients and family/significant others' learning needs and the medical plan of care. Encourages patient compliance with therapeutic and medical regimens. Teaching is based on scientific and behavioral knowledge.
  • Assesses patient lifestyle risk factors. Integrates health promotion and preventive aspects of care with the ongoing assessment of nursing care needs. Works with patient to develop a plan to improve general health status. Implements physical and psychological preventive measures. Promotes patient self-care responsibility for meeting their own health needs. Adheres to KFHPW documentation standards. Provides a safe environment for each patient and adheres to KFHPW safety standards. Adheres to KFHPW infection control standards and guidelines, including the guidelines for reporting communicable diseases.
  • Identifies own learning needs and participates in continued education programs to meet those needs. Participates in staff orientation and student education activities. Collaborates with managers in completing the process for self and colleague/team performance reviews. Assures quality of care through development, implementation and evaluation of professional nursing standards and participation in multidisciplinary quality assurance activities. Participates in professional activities. Participates in nursing research and incorporates research findings into nursing practice. Adheres to KFHPW personnel policies and maintains a high standard of professional work habits. Consistently demonstrates an appearance consistent with current KFHPW dress code policy.
  • Primary Care - Act as clinical resource for team member-review/anticipate patient needs, plan with the team & intervene when necessary. Participate in daily huddle, help solve unusual challenges. Identify high-risk patients using established criteria, coordinate multi-disciplinary team & resources to support patient care needs, provide care coordination/management for chronic medically complex or fragile patients. Incorporate prevention: address patient care need gaps into every visit; act as patient advocate. Assess, anticipate & accommodate for age-specific needs (all ages, pediatric, geriatric, etc.), anticipate & accommodate patient disabilities & limitation, access resources for interpretive services.
  • Medical Specialties - Allergy, Cardiology, Oncology, Neurology, Pulmonology, Dermatology, Diabetes Care, Consultative Internal Medicine, Urology, Endocrinology & more. Work with populations of patients to coordinate, manage, & evaluate care. Coordinate multi-disciplinary team resources to support care of complex patients. Perform complex nursing procedures such as: chemotherapy administration, pulmonary rehab, anticoagulation management pre/post procedures, nursing procedures requiring concurrent assessment of patients & clinical judgment for change in therapy.

  • Surgical Services - General Surgery, ENT, Women's Health, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Procedures, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics & more. Patient/Family teaching & counseling for select complex procedures or high risk patients to enhance surgical outcomes & self-management pre- & postoperatively. Perform complex nursing procedures such as wound care, administer IV medications, and specialty specific procedures that require concurrent assessment of patient. Perioperative Services/Operating Room: provide nursing care of patients undergoing surgical or other invasive procedures. Work collaboratively to develop, coordinate, & implement a plan of care that is patient & outcome focuses.

  • Urgent Care - Use your ICU/ER background to take care of patients ranging from acute MI, sepsis, cardiac arrhythmias, & all other urgent & critical conditions. Work in close relationship with a team of MDs, Advanced Practice Providers with the support of a Social Worker.

  • Other - The Consulting Nurse Service provides high quality, consistent telephonic nursing advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including triage for acute & chronic care needs, care coordination & home care advice. Acute Care/Hospital Services: Assess, evaluate & perform tasks & duties to provide safe & quality care to medical, surgical & telemetry patients working with other disciplines such as physicians, dieticians, OT/PT to meet patient care needs.



    Basic Qualifications:
    Experience
  • N/A
    Education
  • Associates degree in Nursing from an accredited program.
    License, Certification, Registration
  • Current Washington State RN License by date of hire/transfer.


    Additional Requirements:
  • Communication, problem-solving, leadership and decision-making skills.


    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ambulatory care nursing experience
  • Primary nursing or case management experience.

  • Bachelor of science in Nursing (BSN).


  •           LPN Occupational Health (1.0 Renton Up to 25% Travel) - (Renton, Washington, United States)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Provide direct and indirect nursing care to patients in routine nursing situations, under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse or licensed physician. In complex situations in which the patient is unstable or requires urgent or emergent care, the LPN functions under the direct supervision of the RN or licensed physician. The LPN is an integral member of the Health Care team, participating in patient assessment and the formulation, implementation and monitoring of the care plan.

    Essential Responsibilities:
  • ASSESSMENT: Assists in the assessment of patient/consumer need for care and communicates with RN/MD providers appropriately and in a timely manner. Determines patient/consumer purpose for admission/visit. Collects data relevant to visit/admission, ongoing care as directed by standards/plan of care. Recognizes urgent/emergent situations and appropriately refers/manages.PLAN OF CARE: Contributes pertinent information to the plan of care and assists in monitoring care. Delivers nursing care as determined by plan or patient needs. Recommends modifications in plan of care as needed. Assist patients/families in self care activities. Demonstrates understanding of the physiologic and psychological effects of normal aging by assessing and implementing care to meet the needs of populations served.
  • IMPLEMENTATION: Provides nursing interventions safely and competently and reports relevant findings to RN/MD in timely manner. Follows through and implements plan of care as directed; a) provides appropriate instruction to patient/consumer about routine health maintenance, normal/abnormal lab results, special procedures and follow-up care as directed; b) prepares and administers approved medications at the direction of the RN and upon order from MD, ARNP, or PA; c) performs treatments and assists with procedures as directed; d) competently performs skills/tasks as listed on LPN skills competency inventory. EVALUATION: Assists in evaluating patient/consumer response to care through communication and observation. Recommends modifications in plan of care to RN/MD/ARNP/PA based upon patient/consumer response.
  • AGE SPECIFIC CARE: Demonstrates understanding of the physiologic and psychological effects of normal aging by assessing and implementing care to meet the needs of those populations served. Reports appropriate age-specific assessment findings to the RN. Demonstrates effective communication skills with those specific age populations served.COMMUNICATION AND COORDINATION OF CARE: Communicates and cooperates with other health care team members in planning and implementing care. Reports appropriate age-specific assessment findings to the RN/MD/ARNP/PA. Demonstrates effective communication skills with those specific age populations served.
  • ORIENTATION: Orients patients/consumers to the health care team members, the services available, and the means of access to those services. Demonstrates an awareness of the Consumer Bill of rights and Responsibilities. Participates in the orientation of new consumers to KFHPW's policies and procedures.INSTRUCTION: Assists in the identification of educational needs and communicates to RN/MD in timely manner. Instructs patients/consumers according to the educational plan of care or appropriate educational materials. Encourages patient/consumer compliance with therapeutic nursing and medical regimens.PREVENTIVE CARE: Identifies patient/consumer risk factors. Utilizes available health education resources for preventive care. Reinforces the plan of care to improve general health status. Promotes patient/consumer self-care responsibility for meeting their own health needs.
  • DOCUMENTATION: Records accurate and pertinent data on the medical record according to documentation guidelines.SAFETY/COMFORT: Provides a safe environment for each patient/consumer and adheres to KFHPW/facility/unit specific safety standards. Adheres to KFHPW infection control, safety hazardous waste, universal precautions, and CPR standards.PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Identifies own learning needs and participates in educational efforts to meet those needs. Identifies own learning needs related to those age-specific populations served and participates in appropriate educational programs. Participates in staff orientation and student education activities. Participates with managers and peers in completing the process for self and colleague/team performance reviews. Consistently demonstrates an appearance consistent with KFHPW dress code policy. Participates in activities related to QA/QI, work redesign, and cost-saving measures.


  • STRONG CLINICAL ASSESSMENT, ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND PROCESSING ADMINISTRATIVE LEGAL FORMS. PREPARE AND ADMINISTER MEDICATIONS & IMMUNIZATIONS AS ORDERED. MAINTAIN INSTRUMENTS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES. CONDUCT AUDIOMETRIC, SPIROMETRY AND FEDERAL DRUG TESTING. COORDINATE REFERRAL TO OTHER SPECIALTY CLINICS. HIGHLY MOTIVATED, COLLABORATIVE AND CUSTOMER SERVICE FOCUSED TO ASSIST IN IMPROVEMENT PROCESSES.





  • Basic Qualifications:

    Experience
  • N/A

    Education
  • Degree from an accredited program.
    License, Certification, Registration
  • Current Washington State LPN license required by date of hire/transfer.
  • Current Basic Life Support certification.


    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Recent ambulatory care experience is preferred.
  • Knowledge of electronic patient charting systems.






  •           Washington spricht nicht nur zu Russland mit gespaltener Zunge      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Eben noch hat der amerikanische Präsident seine Beziehungen zum Kreml gelobt, nun schlägt seine Regierung mit Sanktionen zu. Was auf den ersten Blick verwirrend wirkt, hat in der Ära Trump durchaus Methode.
              13 New U.S. #Cannabis Markets Could Push Legal Revenues Above $30 Billion by 2025      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Washington - August 9, 2018 (Investorideas.com Newswire) New Frontier Data, the global authority in data, analytics and business intelligence on the cannabis industry, releases 2018 Cannabis Industry Trends: Market Insights.
              Court orders ban on harmful pesticide, says EPA violated law      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies’ brains. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to […]
              Very hot temperatures feed fire danger east of Washington’s Cascades      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    SPOKANE, Wash. — Temperatures in the 100s are forecast in much of Eastern Washington, raising the threat from wildfires in the region. The state Department of Natural Resources says Thursday’s high temperatures, mixed with winds and low humidity, create conditions in which wildfires can grow larger. The largest of several wildfires is a lightning-caused blaze […]
              WSU short of dorm rooms as it welcomes largest frosh class      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State University is preparing to welcome the largest freshman class in its history, and is short of dorm rooms to house them. More than 4,300 freshmen are expected to fill the school’s residence halls next week. Officials of the Pullman school say 237 students are still on a wait list […]
              Washington teen recovering after being pushed off a bridge      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Video shows bystanders waiting for the girl to jump and when she hesitated, a woman is seen pushing the teen off.
              Why the Democratic Socialists of America Won’t Stop Growing      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    If Salazar makes it to Albany, she will join the ranks of 42 DSA-endorsed candidates who are now or will soon be serving in offices from the Moorhead, Minn., school board to Capitol Hill (that is, if Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins the general election as handily as she did her primary in New York’s 14th Congressional District). So far this year, local chapters have endorsed at least 110 candidates.

    By the time this article goes to press, DSA may well have 50,000 members across 200 local groups in all 50 states—up from 6,000 members in 2015. The surge in freshly minted socialists came in three waves: First, those energized by Bernie Sanders’ primary run; second, those brought in by Donald Trump’s election and the Women’s March; and third, those inspired by 28-year-old DSA member Ocasio-Cortez’s primary victory in May over incumbent—and Democratic heavyweight—Joe Crowley.

    So what is DSA, exactly, and what is it doing with this growing army?

    DSA’s electoral work has attracted national media attention in the wake of Ocasio-Cortez’s historic win. Yet it’s just one part of a bottom-up approach to politics that sees the ballot box and state power as tools for advancing toward a more radically democratic society. Members—most of them millennials, in small towns and big cities in every corner of the country—are engaged in everything from occupying Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices to evangelizing about Medicare for All. Many reporters have tried to divine what DSA believes, be that the group’s policy prescriptions or its ideology. DSA, though—to crib from Karl Marx—isn’t looking merely to interpret the world, but to change it, campaign by campaign, door by door. What’s made DSA’s ascendance remarkable is less its analysis of capitalism than its ability to put people angry about capitalism to work.

    IT’S TELLING THAT, UNLIKE MOST SOCIAList groups, DSA was formed out of a merger—not a sectarian split. In 1982, at the dawn of the Reagan era, the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and the New America Movement (NAM) combined forces. DSOC had been founded in 1973 by socialist intellectual Michael Harrington and other members of the Socialist Party who had grown disenchanted with political irrelevance. NAM, founded in 1972 by former members of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), was rooted in ’60s counterculture, the New Left and second-wave feminism. (In 1976, members of DSOC and NAM moved to Chicago to found In These Times, and for the next decade the then-newspaper reported diligently on the ins and outs of DSOC, NAM and DSA.)

    The 1980s would prove a tough decade for left politics, the 1990s and 2000s even more so. DSA shed members and closed chapters around the country as a few loyalists and a steady trickle of young recruits kept the organization running.

    Enter Bernie Sanders’ primary campaign and his stalwart identification as a “democratic socialist,” a surprise boon for an organization with those two words in its name. DSA’s commitment to being a pluralistic, “multi-tendency” organization also meant it was open enough to accommodate thousands of newcomers.

    Democratic socialism itself has always been a heterodox term, encompassing everyone from ideological Trotskyists to New Deal Democrats. The surge of new, mostly 20-something members include anarchists, Marxist academics and— most numerously—political neophytes excited about Sanders’ message and frustrated with the Democratic establishment.

    DSA isn’t keen to enforce a strict definition of “democratic socialism”—although mainstream media outlets newly hip to DSA are desperately looking for one. On its website, DSA writes:

    At the root of our socialism is a profound commitment to democracy, as means and end. As we are unlikely to see an immediate end to capitalism tomorrow, DSA fights for reforms today that will weaken the power of corporations and increase the power of working people ...

    Our vision is of a society in which people have a real voice in the choices and relationships that affect the entirety of our lives. We call this vision democratic socialism—a vision of a more free, democratic and humane society.

    Members I spoke with took this to mean everything from taking public goods like healthcare off the private market (along the lines of Scandinavian social democracies) to worker-ownership of the means of production. Central Iowa DSA co-chair Caroline Schoonover was among many to say that democratic socialism means “taking power from the few and giving it to the many.” All saw small-d democracy—people having a say in the decisions that affect them—as central, both in politics and workplaces, and in DSA itself.

    For this story, I spoke with around two dozen DSA members from chapters around the country. The primary source of their excitement was that DSA chapters seemed to be actively working on something, not just sitting around reading Marx. Like the citizen action group Indivisible, which also exploded after the election, DSA let people shake off a feeling of helplessness about the political climate and roll up their sleeves.

    DSA also offers a community. Chapters host regular beach days, parties, fundraisers and social events, like Metro D.C. DSA’s recent “No ICE Cream Social.” If Indivisible was able to connect many alienated, middle-class suburbanites jarred out of their political comfort zone, DSA has provided a home for tens of thousands of downwardly-mobile, debt-ridden millennials grappling with a system that simply isn’t working for them.

    Adam Shuck and Arielle Cohen, 32 and 29, joined Pittsburgh DSA in its infancy; Shuck was among the seven people who first met at a bar in 2016 to talk about getting the chapter together. Each was energized by Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign but disillusioned by his presidency. “I thought we were going to see some kind of New Deal,” Shuck says. The frustration led him at first to join the International Socialist Organization before the Sanders campaign brought him to DSA. While a student at SUNY Purchase, Cohen grew disillusioned with the sausage-making and compromise that created the Affordable Care Act, and organized with Occupy Wall Street before moving to Pittsburgh and finding her way to DSA. Now, Shuck and Cohen co-chair the Pittsburgh chapter.

    Pittsburgh DSA held its first general meeting in December 2016 with around 100 people. Now it has a dizzying number of working groups: a health justice committee campaigning for Medicare for All; reading groups tackling Marx and Engels; an anti-imperialism committee lobbying for legislation criticizing Israel’s occupation of Palestine; a socialist feminist working group exposing crisis pregnancy centers; an ecosocialist group fighting the privatization of the city’s water and sewer system; a housing rights group pushing for protections for renters; and a number of inward-facing groups handling tasks like recruitment and communications.

    The chapter also brought the newly revived DSA one of its early electoral victories, rattling the local Democratic machine. In December 2017, the group threw its weight behind Summer Lee’s campaign to represent House District 34. In the May primary, with the help of DSA and groups like Our Revolution and the Sierra Club, Lee, 30, a recent law school grad, beat Paul Costa, 57, a 19-year incumbent and member of a dynastic Pittsburgh Democratic family.

    Lee had experience working on school board races and on a coordinated campaign to elect Katie McGinty governor and Hillary Clinton president in the 2016 general election, and she was impressed with DSA’s electoral work on Mik Pappas’ judicial campaign. Pappas ran on a platform of ending cash bail and working to end mass incarceration, and won in a landslide, with the help of a dedicated grassroots turnout effort staffed in part by DSA members.

    “They were running 20 or more canvassing shifts a week,” says Lee. “I had never seen that type of energy around magistrate elections. I realized that ideologically we aligned.” She joined DSA shortly thereafter and sought them out as her first endorsement.

    It wasn’t easy. DSA’s candidate endorsement process is a microcosm of its baked-in commitment to direct democracy. For every decision, at every level, there’s deliberate space for members to duke things out, combined with a commitment to ultimately supporting the group decision rather than splitting off into rival factions. The very question of whether to engage in the electoral process—and in particular, to work within the Democratic Party—remains fraught, with many members skeptical of investing limited organizational resources into elections rather than base-building.

    New York City DSA hotly debated whether to endorse Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s challenger from the left, Cynthia Nixon, after she declared herself a democratic socialist. Several dozen DSA members signed a “vote no” statement arguing that universal healthcare and rent control will be won not by electing candidates to office but by “building working-class power that holds [them] accountable,” citing the successful teachers’ strikes in Republican states. As this issue went to press, NYC-DSA chapters were voting on the endorsement.

    “We have folks who distrust electoral work, and even among those that don’t, there are different ways of thinking of how to approach it,” says DSA National Director Maria Svart, 38, a former SEIU organizer. “Everybody appreciates that electoral success only comes when you have an organized base. Having all these tendencies in conversation means that everybody learns from each other.”

    While the endorsement process varies from chapter to chapter, in some cases—including Lee’s—the first step is filling out a lengthy form with quest ions from each of t he chapter’s working groups. Typically, one is whether the candidate identifies as a socialist. Members weigh that alongside specific policy questions (“Do you support universal rent control? Abolishing the police?”) and a range of other concerns: How much of an impact could the chapter have on the race? How will it build the chapter’s capacity and the movement to challenge the capitalist class?

    Next comes the interview process. After filling out Pittsburgh DSA’s questionnaire, Lee was interviewed by a roomful of members. The group voted to endorse both Lee and Sara Innamorato, a state representative candidate, and the two supported one another’s campaigns.

    Ocasio-Cortez, in New York, jumped through even more hoops. Because her congressional district spans the Bronx and Queens DSA chapters, she had five interviews: with the electoral committees and membership of each branch, and then the citywide convention. “We put her through hell,” jokes Michael Kinnucan, a DSA member now comanaging the state Senate campaign of Julia Salazar (whom the organization endorsed alongside Ocasio-Cortez in a parallel process).

    Abdullah Younus, co-chair of NYC-DSA and a member of DSA’s National Electoral Committee, explains that the extensive endorsement process isn’t just a means of vetting candidates, but of building members’ commitment to them. “It makes it a lot easier to have the same folks who write the questions come out and knock for those candidates,” he says. “They’re talking about work they’re invested in.”

    SALAZAR, 28, ESTIMATES THAT SOME 800 DSA MEMbers live in and around her district, which has translated into hundreds of volunteers spreading the word about her September primary. Even in her short time with the group (she joined in late 2016), she’s seen a change in how fellow leftists relate to electoral politics. “I think part of it is people seeing the term ‘democratic socialist’ normalized in the electoral realm, through Bernie mostly, at least initially, and so seeing it as an actually viable strategy,” she told me between knocking doors.

    Though she’d worked on legislative campaigns as a staff organizer with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Salazar only recently began to think about electoral work. “It’s not something I ever thought about before—not just for myself, but in seeing leadership development in community organizing as a path toward seizing state power,” she says. “That sounds like a jump, right? But ultimately that’s the goal.”

    Thanks in part to the Sanders campaign and Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning upset, that goal feels more within reach now than it has since the days of the Socialist Party’s Eugene Debs. Big, universal programs like a federal job guarantee or Medicare for All draw overwhelming popular support. And small, local races offer an opportunity for the grassroots to tip the balance.

    Establishment candidates in Democratic-controlled cities effectively depend on low turnout. Their political consultants tend to rely more on advertising and glossy mailers, and less on actually talking to people—particularly people who don’t usually vote. Mobilizing even a few thousand new voters in that context, then, is a fairly straightforward formula for victory. When DSA member Lee Carter won a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates in November 2017, he beat his Republican opponent by 9 points—a margin of 1,850 votes.

    “Our party structure protects incumbency, and relies on an ignorant electorate,” Summer Lee says, noting how much time her campaign spent educating voters about the election itself. “If everybody were voting, we’d have a completely different system.”

    Depending on the city, DSA can offer a large, self-organized volunteer base to candidates who navigate its endorsement process. Pittsburgh DSA estimates that its volunteers knocked on some 70,000 doors through the course of Lee’s campaign. Turnout in Lee’s district was 14 percent higher than in others around Allegheny County and 54 percent higher than in the last midterm election.

    Still, it’d be nearly impossible for DSA-endorsed candidates for higher offices to make do with only DSA’s support, and they often work alongside other organizations like Justice Democrats, Our Revolution and the Working Families Party—especially for bigger races. Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress, for example, convinced OcasioCortez to run and helped staff her campaign, and she gained the backing of Black Lives Matter-Bronx and People for Bernie Sanders, among others. Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign reached 120,000 doors overall.

    By being an organization that does much more than campaign for candidates, DSA hopes to upend the notoriously transactional, short-term nature of electoral work, enabling its members and elected officials to build relationships with and commitments to their communities that extend beyond election day. DSA is still figuring out how to build independent political organizations to hold the politicians it helps elect accountable. Thus far they’ve relied on their close ties with dyed-in-the-wool DSA members-turned-candidates like Lee Carter. DSA, Carter says, has “been the core of my support since I’ve been in the legislature. I still go to meetings whenever I can, and they help me get in contact with other groups.”

    DSA member, Hawai’i state representative and now U.S. House candidate Kaniela Ing says he hopes that DSA remains “part of an independent Left, and does not get too caught up in electoral and legislative politics”—and that it holds politicians to account, himself included.

    “I’m a movement candidate,” Ing says. “Hopefully my role is to help push whatever movements are building over the finish line. Elected officials really like to take too much credit for bills they pass that are really the result of the public waking up and forcing politicians to act.” He says he hopes to have regular check-ins with DSA should he make it to Washington.

    ELECTORAL WORK ALSO FEEDS INTO DSA’S OTHER campaigns. Pittsburgh DSA’s membership swelled in the wake of Lee and Innamorato’s wins. “[Email] list building, data tracking, how to talk to people at the doors— that all helps build the muscle that can also help with canvassing for housing justice,” Shuck says.

    “When we canvass an area, we’re often knocking a door many times, whether for a candidate, for Medicare for All or for housing justice,” Cohen adds. “At this point, people know us when we come to the door, and they know what DSA is.”

    NYC-DSA’s Abdullah Younus sees electoral work as a training ground. He says that canvassers for the New York Health Act, legislation to create a statewide single-payer system, “got skilled on this kind of work by going through the electoral working group.”

    For all the recent attention to DSA’s upstart electoral success, it’s only one part of the group’s work nationwide. Many chapters don’t engage at all with elections, or are just starting to think about whether they would like to run candidates. Michael I. Esealuka, co-chair of New Orleans DSA, says, “It would be difficult for us as a small chapter to develop the type of accountability mechanisms we need to hold people [we elect] accountable to our socialist vision.”

    Prior to the victories of Carter, Lee and then OcasioCortez, DSA was perhaps best known for agitating to push Medicare for All into the national spotlight—a campaign adopted by delegates from around the country at DSA’s biennial convention in August 2017 as one of three national political priorities, alongside building electoral power and stronger and more militant unions. Forty-five chapters across 20 states held a weekend of action for Medicare for All in April, tabling at farmers’ markets, hosting public events and, as always, canvassing. On the labor front, DSA chapters in West Virginia, Kentucky and Oklahoma raised money for strike funds to support the militant teacher walkouts this spring, and the national DSA sent an email encouraging members around the country to contribute what they could.

    Many individual chapters have their own priorities, reflecting local concerns and political climates. Providence DSA, for example, is campaigning for more democratic control over investor-owned electric utilities. New Orleans DSA has focused on base-building work that includes running clinics to help people deal with medical debt, coordinating with the AFL-CIO in developing young rank-and-file labor leaders, and mending broken brake lights, an excuse used by police in the traffic stops that can be “especially perilous and life-disrupting to undocumented immigrants and PoC [people of color],” as the chapter explains on Facebook.

    Because there are big DSA chapters in cities with expensive housing stock—Los Angeles, Chicago and the Bay Area, for instance—the fight for affordable housing has emerged as a major priority. “Housing justice is probably the biggest issue in Los Angeles; the homelessness crisis is at a tipping point,” says Arielle Sallai, a member of DSA Los Angeles’ steering committee. DSA-LA and other California chapters are canvassing to pass Proposition 10, an initiative on the ballot in November that would loosen a statewide limit on rent control. Similarly, Chicago DSA is supporting a campaign to overturn Illinois’ rent control ban, with the back ing of A lder man and DSA member Carlos Ramirez-Rosa.

    On many issues, including housing and homelessness, DSA chapters are well aware that their members often don’t look like the populations most directly affected. Although DSA does not have up-to-date member demographics, it has historically leaned white and male.

    Coalition-building is one way to correct for this. “Housing work is a great chance to be part of a radical coalition and talk to as many individuals as possible,” Sallai says. DSA-LA has teamed up with local groups like the LA Tenants Union that have been working for years against gentrification.

    Esealuka, a black woman, is frank about the fact that New Orleans DSA is a majority white organization in a majority black city. “It’s a problem, obviously, but it’s nothing that can’t be overcome,” she says. “It’s not like we have to write DSA off because it’s majority white and majority male. … Because we have 45,000 members [nationwide], we have so much potential to do good in this country. It’s just a matter of being more intentional about embedding ourselves into things that matter to working-class people.”

    Noting the high proportion of women taking on leadership roles in her chapter, Esealuka suggests that all chapters equip members with the organizing skills to develop the leadership of women and people of color. Internally, many chapters have also created specific spaces, such as the national Afrosocialist Caucus or Socialist Feminist working groups, for DSA members who aren’t white or male to feel welcome and build community.

    THOUGH SEN. TAMMY DUCKWORTH (D-ILL.) INFAmously said after Ocasio-Cortez’s primary win that socialist politics can’t work in the Midwest, they’ve certainly found an audience in the heartland. Iowa, for instance, has the highest number of DSA chapters per capita of any state. Members in chapters outside of big blue coastal cities may talk about socialism a little differently than their counterparts and run different campaigns, but they agree on the basics of what they’re fighting for. Chapters in blue cities like Denver are quick to say they don’t automatically find a warm reception just because they’re talking to Democrats, and chapters in red or purple states note they don’t necessarily face open hostility. For the past two years, Central Iowa DSA has marched in the state fair parade through Des Moines, flanked by Trump floats and those from local businesses. “You get thumbs up about Medicare for All and everybody needing healthcare,” says cochair Joe Ellerbroek. “You might get a middle finger at an ICE protest every once in a while.”

    After decades of socialism being nonexistent in mainstream political debates, however, most people simply are not familiar with the term itself. “I didn’t know I was a democratic socialist when I decided to run, and I didn’t know that this group existed,” says Summer Lee. “I just knew that these policies are policies that we need. When you go to black communities, we really are more inclined to socialism. We don’t always have that language in our communities, but we know that these policies are what’s needed for our communities.”

    Asked how they talk about democratic socialism with voters, all seven DSA-endorsed candidates I interviewed offered some variation on the same answer: “I don’t lead with that.”

    Ocasio-Cortez says she opts instead to “show people what we’re fighting for. What I talk about is Medicare for All, tuition-free public college and housing as a human right. In my interpretation of what democratic socialism is, it is the fight for a basic level of dignity that our society refuses to violate.”

    Ing says, “Usually, when I talk about money in politics or the government not representing us, that transcends any left-right values. Most people see the world from bottom versus top: Are you with us, or them?”

    DSA candidates running for office and DSA members knocking doors, then, articulate socialism as a common sense set of practices and beliefs: swearing off corporate donations, supporting big, universal programs that promise to redistribute society’s resources more equitably, and returning decisions to the hands of the people most directly affected. As DSA makes inroads selling the public on the virtues of democratic socialism and infiltrating the halls of power, it will also figure out what to do once it gets there.

    For the moment, DSA members and candidates are making the road to a 21st-century American socialism by walking it—and knocking on a few hundred thousand doors along the way.


              A Bold Foreign Policy Platform for the New Wave of Left Lawmakers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    ACROSS THE COUNTRY, A NEW COHORT OF PROGRESSIVES IS RUNNING FOR—AND WINNING—ELECTIONS. The stunning victory of democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the Democratic congressional primary in New York is perhaps the most well-known, but she is far from alone. Most of these candidates are young, more than usual are people of color, many are women, several are Muslims, at least one is a refugee, at least one is transgender—and all are unabashedly left. Most come to electoral politics after years of activism around issues like immigration, climate and racism. They come out of a wide range of social movements and support policy demands that reflect the principles of those movements: labor rights, immigrant and refugee rights, women’s and gender rights, equal access to housing and education, environmental justice, and opposition to police violence and racial profiling. Some, though certainly not all, identify not just with the policies of socialism but with the fundamental core values and indeed the name itself, usually in the form of democratic socialism.

    Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American woman in Detroit, just won the Democratic primary for the legendary Congressman John Conyers’ seat. Four women, two of them members of Democratic Socialists of America and all four endorsed by DSA, beat their male incumbent opponents in Pennsylvania state house primaries. Tahirah Amatul-Wadud is running an insurgent campaign for Congress against a longstanding incumbent in western Massachusetts, keeping her focus on Medicare-for-All and civil rights. Minnesota State Rep. Ilhan Omar, a former Somali refugee, won endorsement from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, and is running for Keith Ellison’s former congressional seat as an “intersectional feminist.” And there are more.

    Many highlight their movement experience in their campaigns; they are champions of immigrant rights, healthcare, student debt organizing and the fight for $15. Intersectionality has grown stronger, as the extremism of Trump’s right-wing racist assault creates significant new gains in linking separate movements focused on racism, women’s rights, immigrant rights, climate, poverty, labor rights and more.

    But mostly, we’re not seeing progressive and socialist candidates clearly link domestic issues with efforts to challenge war, militarism and the war economy. There are a few exceptions: Congressional candidate and Hawaii State Rep. Kaniela Ing speaks powerfully about U.S. colonialism in Hawaii, and Virginia State Rep. Lee J. Carter has spoken strongly against U.S. bombing of Syria, linking current attacks with the legacy of U.S. military interventions. There may be more. But those are exceptions; most of the new left candidates focus on crucial issues of justice at home.

    A progressive foreign policy must reject U.S. military and economic domination and instead be grounded in global cooperation, human rights, respect for international law and privileging diplomacy over war.

    It’s not that progressive leaders don’t care about international issues, or that our movements are divided. Despite too many common assumptions, it is not political suicide for candidates or elected officials to stake out progressive anti-war, anti-militarism positions. Quite the contrary: Those positions actually have broad support within both our movements and public opinion. It’s just that it’s hard to figure out the strategies that work to connect internationally focused issues, anti-war efforts, or challenges to militarism, with the wide array of activists working on locally grounded issues. Some of those strategies seem like they should be easy—like talking about slashing the 53 cents of every discretionary federal dollar that now goes to the military as the easiest source to fund Medicare-for-all or free college education. It should be easy, but somehow it’s not: Too often, foreign policy feels remote from the urgency of domestic issues facing such crises. When our movements do figure out those strategies, candidates can easily follow suit.

    Candidates coming out of our movements into elected office will need clear positions on foreign policy. Here are several core principles that should shape those positions.

    A progressive foreign policy must reject U.S. military and economic domination and instead be grounded in global cooperation, human rights, respect for international law and privileging diplomacy over war. That does not mean isolationism, but instead a strategy of diplomatic engagement rather than—not as political cover for—destructive U.S. military interventions that have so often defined the U.S. role in the world.

    Looking at the political pretexts for what the U.S. empire is doing around the world today, a principled foreign policy might start by recognizing that there is no military solution to terrorism and that the global war on terror must be ended.

    More broadly, the militarization of foreign policy must be reversed and diplomacy must replace military action in every venue, with professional diplomats rather than the White House’s political appointees in charge. Aspiring and elected progressive and socialist office-holders should keep in mind the distinction between the successes and failures of Obama’s foreign policy. The victories were all diplomatic: moving towards normalization with Cuba, the Paris climate accord and especially the Iran nuclear deal. Obama’s greatest failures—in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen—all occurred because the administration chose military action over robust diplomacy.

    Certainly, diplomacy has been a tool in the arsenal of empires, including the United States. But when we are talking about official policies governing relations between countries, diplomacy—meaning talking, negotiating and engaging across a table—is always, always better than engaging across a battlefield.

    A principled foreign policy must recognize how the war economy has distorted our society at home—and commit to reverse it. The $717 billion of the military budget is desperately needed for jobs, healthcare and education here at home—and for a diplomatic surge and humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to people of countries devastated by U.S. wars and sanctions.

    A principled foreign policy must acknowledge how U.S. actions—military, economic and climate-related—have been a driving force in displacing people around the world. We therefore have an enormous moral as well as legal obligation to take the lead in providing humanitarian support and refuge for those displaced—so immigration and refugee rights are central to foreign policy.

    For too long the power of the U.S. empire has dominated international relations, led to the privileging of war over diplomacy on a global scale, and created a vast—and invasive—network of 800-plus military bases around the world.

    Now, overall U.S. global domination is actually shrinking, and not only because of Trump’s actions. China’s economy is rapidly catching up, and its economic clout in Africa and elsewhere eclipses that of the United States. It’s a measure of the United States’ waning power that Europe, Russia and China are resisting U.S. efforts to impose new global sanctions on Iran. But the United States is still the world’s strongest military and economic power: Its military spending vastly surpasses that of the eight next strongest countries, it is sponsoring a dangerous anti-Iran alliance between Israel and the wealthy Gulf Arab states, it remains central to NATO decision-making, and powerful forces in Washington threaten new wars in North Korea and Iran. The United States remains dangerous.

    Progressives in Congress have to navigate the tricky task of rejecting American exceptionalism. That means recognizing that it is often a good thing when U.S. global military and economic efforts fail, because they are generally aimed at maintaining domination and control. Without that U.S. domination, the possibility arises of a new kind of internationalism: to prevent and solve crises that arise from current and potential wars, to promote nuclear disarmament, to come up with climate solutions and to protect refugees.

    That effort is increasingly important because of the rapid rise of right-wing xenophobic authoritarians seeking and winning power. Trump is now leading and enabling an informal global grouping of such leaders, from Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to Victor Orban in Hungary and others. Progressive elected officials in the United States can pose an important challenge to that authoritarian axis by building ties with their like-minded counterparts in parliaments and governments—possibilities include Jeremy Corbyn in the United Kingdom and Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico, among others. And progressive and leftist members of Congress will need to be able to work together with social movements to build public pressure for diplomatic initiatives not grounded in the interests of U.S. empire.

    In addition to these broad principles, candidates and elected officials need critical analyses of current U.S. engagement around the world, as well as nuanced prescriptions for how to de-escalate militarily, and ramp up a new commitment to serious diplomacy.

    GEOPOLITICAL POWER PLAYS

    RUSSIA: Relations with Russia will be a major challenge for the foreseeable future. With 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons in U.S. and Russian hands, and the two powers deploying military forces on opposite sides of active battlefronts in Syria, it is crucial that relations remain open—not least to derail potential escalations and ensure the ability to stand down from any accidental clash.

    Progressives and leftists in Congress will need to promote a nuanced, careful approach to Russia policy. And they will face a daunting environment in which to do so. They will have to deal with loud cries from right-wing war-mongers, mainly Republicans, and from neo-con interventionists in both parties, demanding a one-sided anti-Russia policy focused on increased sanctions and potentially even military threats. But many moderate and liberal Democrats—and much of the media—are also joining the anti-Russia crusade. Some of those liberals and moderates have likely bought into the idea of American exceptionalism, accepting as legitimate or irrelevant the long history of U.S. election meddling around the world and viewing the Russian efforts as somehow reaching a whole different level of outrageousness. Others see the anti-Russia mobilization solely in the context of undermining Trump.

    But at the same time, progressive Congress members should recognize that reports of Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 and 2018 elections cannot be dismissed out of hand. They should continue to demand that more of the evidence be made public, and condemn the Russian meddling that has occurred, even while recognizing that the most serious threats to our elections come from voter suppression campaignsat home more than from Moscow. And they have to make clear that Trump’s opponents cannot be allowed to turn the president’s infatuation with Vladimir Putin into the basis for a new Cold War, simply to oppose Trump.

    CHINA: The broad frame of a progressive approach should be to end Washington’s provocative military and economic moves and encourage deeper levels of diplomatic engagement. This means replacing military threats with diplomacy in response to Chinese moves in the South China Sea, as well as significant cuts in the ramped-up military ties with U.S. allies in the region, such as Vietnam. Progressive and socialist members of Congress and other elected officials will no doubt be aware that the rise of China’s economic dominance across Africa, and its increasing influence in parts of Latin America, could endanger the independence of countries in those parts of the Global South. But they will also need to recognize that any U.S. response to what looks like Chinese exploitation must be grounded in humility, acknowledging the long history of U.S. colonial and neocolonial domination throughout those same regions. Efforts to compete with Chinese economic assistance by increasing Washington’s own humanitarian and development aid should mean directing all funds through the UN, rather than through USAID or the Pentagon. That will make U.S. assistance far less likely to be perceived as—and to be—an entry point for exploitation.

    NATO: A progressive position on NATO flies straight into the face of the partisan component of the anti-Trump resistance—the idea that if Trump is for it, we should be against it. For a host of bad reasons that have to do with personal enrichment and personal power, Trump sometimes takes positions that large parts of the U.S. and global anti-war and solidarity movements have long supported. One of those is NATO. During the Cold War, NATO was the European military face of U.S.-dominated Western anti-Communism and anti-Sovietism. With the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, peace activists from around the world called for the dissolution of NATO as an anachronistic relic whose raison d’etre was now gone.

    Instead, NATO used its 50th anniversary in 1999 to rebrand itself as defending a set of amorphous, ostensibly “Western” values such as democracy, rather than having any identifiable enemy—something like a military version of the EU, with the United States on board for clout. Unable to win UN Security Council support for war in Kosovo, the United States and its allies used NATO to provide so-called authorization for a major bombing campaign—in complete violation of international law—and began a rapid expansion of the NATO alliance right up to the borders of Russia. Anti-war forces across the world continued to rally around the call “No to NATO”—a call to dissolve the alliance altogether.

    But when Trump, however falsely, claims to call for an end to the alliance, or shows disdain for NATO, anti-Trump politicians and media lead the way in embracing the military alliance as if it really did represent some version of human rights and international law. It doesn’t—and progressives in elected positions need to be willing to call out NATO as a militarized Cold War relic that shouldn’t be reconfigured to maintain U.S. domination in Europe or to mobilize against Russia or China or anyone else. It should be ended.

    In fact, Trump’s claims to oppose NATO are belied by his actions. In his 2019 budget request he almost doubled the 2017 budget for the Pentagon’s “European Deterrence Initiative,” designed explicitly as a response to “threats from Russia.” There is a huge gap between Trump’s partisan base-pleasing condemnation of NATO and his administration&rdqou;s actual support for strengthening the military alliance. That contradiction should make it easier for progressive candidates and officeholders to move to cut NATO funding and reduce its power—not because Trump is against NATO but because the military alliance serves as a dangerous provocation toward war.

    THE WAR ON TERROR

    What George W. Bush first called “the global war on terror” is still raging almost 17 years later, though with different forms of killing and different casualty counts. Today’s reliance on airstrikes, drone attacks and a few thousand special forces has replaced the hundreds of thousands of U.S. and allied ground troops. And today hardly any U.S. troops are being killed, while civilian casualties are skyrocketing across the Middle East and Afghanistan. Officials from the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations have repeated the mantra that “there is no military solution” in Afghanistan, Syria, or Iraq or against terrorism, but their actions have belied those words. Progressive elected officials need to consistently remind the public and their counterparts that it is not possible to bomb terrorism out of existence. Bombs don’t hit “terrorism”; they hit cities, houses, wedding parties. And on those rare occasions when they hit the people actually named on the White House&rdqou;s unaccountable kill list, or “terrorist” list, the impact often creates more terrorists.

    The overall progressive policy on this question means campaigning for diplomatic solutions and strategies instead of military ones. That also means joining the ongoing congressional efforts led by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and others  to challenge the continued reliance on the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

    In general, privileging diplomatic over war strategies starts with withdrawing troops and halting the arms sales that flood the region with deadly weapons. Those weapons too often end up in the hands of killers on all sides, from bands of unaccountable militants to brutally repressive governments, with civilians paying the price. Congress members should demand an end of massive arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other U.S. allies carrying out brutal wars across the Middle East, and they should call for an end to the practice of arming non-state proxies who kill even more people. They should call for a U.S. arms embargo on Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan, Jordan and Israel (which presents a whole other set of arms-related challenges), while urging Russia to stop its arms sales to Syria, Iran and Pakistan. Given the power of the arms industries in the United States, arms embargoes are the most difficult—but perhaps the most important—part of ending the expanding Middle East wars.

    Progressives in Congress should demand real support for UN-sponsored and other international peace initiatives, staffing whole new diplomatic approaches whose goal is political solutions rather than military victories—and taking funds out of military budgets to cover the costs. The goal should be to end these endless wars—not try to “win&rdqou; them.

    ISRAEL-PALESTINE: The most important thing for candidates to know is that there has been a massive shift in public opinion in recent years. It is no longer political suicide to criticize Israel. Yes, AIPAC and the rest of the right-wing Jewish, pro-Israel lobbies remain influential and have a lot of money to throw around. (The Christian Zionist lobbies are powerful too, but there is less political difficulty for progressives to challenge them.) But there are massive shifts underway in U.S. Jewish publicopinion on the conflict, and the lobbies cannot credibly claim to speak for the Jewish community as a whole.

    Outside the Jewish community, the shift is even more dramatic, and has become far more partisan: Uncritical support for Israel is now overwhelmingly a Republican position. Among Democrats, particularly young Democrats, support for Israel has fallen dramatically; among Republicans, support for Israel’s far-right government is sky-high. The shift is particularly noticeable among Democrats of color, where recognition of the parallels between Israeli oppression of Palestinians and the legacies of Jim Crow segregation in the United States and apartheid in South Africa is rising rapidly.

    U.S. policy, unfortunately, has not kept up with that changing discourse. But modest gains are evident even there. When nearly 60 members of the House and Senate openly skipped Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech when he came to lobby Congress to vote against President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, the sky didn’t fall. The snub to the Israeli prime minister was unprecedented, but no one lost their seat because of it. Rep. Betty McCollum’s bill to protect Palestinian children from Israel’s vicious military juvenile detention system (the only one in the world) now has 29 co-sponsors, and the sky still isn’t falling. Members of Congress are responding more frequently to Israeli assaults on Gaza and the killing of protesters, often because of powerful movements among their constituents. When Trump moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz acknowledged the divide: “While members of the Republican Party overwhelmingly expressed support for the move, Democrats were split between those who congratulated Trump for it and those who called it a dangerous and irresponsible action.”

    That creates space for candidates and newly elected officials to respond to the growing portion of their constituencies that supports Palestinian rights. Over time, they must establish a rights-based policy. That means acknowledging that the quarter-century-long U.S.-orchestrated “peace process” based on the never-serious pursuit of a solution, has failed. Instead, left and progressive political leaders can advocate for a policy that turns over real control of diplomacy to the UN, ends support for Israeli apartheid and occupation, and instead supports a policy based on international law, human rights and equality for all, without privileging Jews or discriminating against non-Jews.

    To progress from cautiously urging that Israel abide by international law, to issuing a full-scale call to end or at least reduce the $3.8 billion per year that Congress sends straight to the Israeli military, might take some time. In the meantime, progressive candidates must prioritize powerful statements condemning the massacre of unarmed protesters in Gaza and massive Israeli settlement expansion, demands for real accountability for Israeli violations of human rights and international law (including reducing U.S. support in response), and calls for an end to the longstanding U.S. protection that keeps Israel from being held accountable in the UN.

    The right consistently accuses supporters of Palestinian rights of holding Israel to a double standard. Progressives in Congress should turn that claim around on them and insist that U.S. policy towards Israel—Washington’s closest ally in the region and the recipient of billions of dollars in military aid every year—hold Israel to exactly the same standards that we want the United States to apply to every other country: human rights, adherence to international law and equality for all.

    Many supporters of the new crop of progressive candidates, and many activists in the movements they come out of, are supporters of the increasingly powerful, Palestinian-led BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement, that aims to bring non-violent economic pressure to bear on Israel until it ends its violations of international law. This movement deserves credit for helping to mainstream key demands—to end the siege of Gaza and the killing of protesters, to support investigations of Israeli violations by the International Criminal Court, to oppose Israel’s new “nation-state’ law—that should all be on lawmakers’ immediate agenda.

    AFGHANISTAN: More than 100,000 Afghans and 2,000 U.S. troops have been killed in a U.S. war that has raged for almost 17 years. Not-Yet-President Trump called for withdrawal from Afghanistan, but within just a few months after taking office he agreed instead to send additional troops, even though earlier deployments of more than 100,000 U.S. troops (and thousands more coalition soldiers) could not win a military victory over the Taliban. Corruption in the U.S.-backed and -funded Afghan government remains sky-high, and in just the past three years, the Pentagon has lost track of how $3.1 billion of its Afghanistan funds were spent. About 15,000 US troops are still deployed, with no hope of a military victory for the United States.

    Progressive members of Congress should demand a safe withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, acting on the long-held recognition that military force simply won’t work to bring about the political solution all sides claim to want.

    Several pending bills also would reclaim the centrality of Congress’ role in authorizing war in general and in Afghanistan in particular—including ending the 2001 AUMF. Funding for humanitarian aid, refugee support, and in the future compensation and reparations for the massive destruction the U.S.-led war has wrought across the country, should all be on Congress’ agenda, understanding that such funding will almost certainly fail while U.S. troops are deployed.

    IRAN: With U.S. and Iranian military forces facing each other in Syria, the potential for an unintentional escalation is sky-high. Even a truly accidental clash between a few Iranian and U.S. troops, or an Iranian anti-aircraft system mistakenly locking on to a U.S. warplane plane even if it didn’t fire, could have catastrophic consequences without immediate military-to-military and quick political echelon discussions to defuse the crisis. And with tensions very high, those ties are not routinely available. Relations became very dangerous when Trump withdrew the United States from the multi-lateral nuclear deal in May. (At that time, a strong majority of people in the United States favored the deal, and less than one in three wanted to pull out of it.)

    The United States continues to escalate threats against Iran. It is sponsoring a growing regional anti-Iran alliance, with Israel and Saudi Arabia now publicly allied and pushing strongly for military action. And Trump has surrounded himself with war-mongers for his top advisers, including John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, who have both supported regime change in Iran and urged military rather than diplomatic approaches to Iran.

    Given all that, what progressive elected officials need to do is to keep fighting for diplomacy over war. That means challenging U.S. support for the anti-Iran alliance and opposing sanctions on Iran. It means developing direct ties with parliamentarians from the European and other signatories to the Iran nuclear deal, with the aim of collective opposition to new sanctions, re-legitimizing the nuclear deal in Washington and reestablishing diplomacy as the basis for U.S. relations with Iran.

    It should also mean developing a congressional response to the weakening of international anti-nuclear norms caused by the pull-out from the Iran deal. That means not just supporting the nonproliferation goals of the Iran nuclear deal, but moving further towards real disarmament and ultimately the abolition of nuclear weapons. Progressives in and outside of Congress should make clear that nuclear nonproliferation (meaning no one else gets to have nukes) can’t work in the long run without nuclear disarmament (meaning that the existing nuclear weapons states have to give them up). That could start with a demand for full U.S. compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which calls for negotiations leading to “nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament.”

    SYRIA: Progressive candidates and elected officials should support policies designed to end, not “win” the war. That means withdrawing troops, ceasing airstrikes and drone attacks, and calling for an arms embargo on all sides of the multiple proxy war. The civil war component of the multiple wars in Syria is winding down as the regime consolidates its control, but the sectarian, regional and global components of that war have not disappeared, so continuing a call for an arms embargo is still important. The first step is to permanently end the Pentagon’s and the CIA’s “arm and train” policies that have prolonged the war and empowered some of its most dangerous actors.

    There will also need to be negotiations between the regional and global actors that have been waging their own wars in Syria, wars that have little to do with Syria itself, but with Syrians doing the bulk of the dying. That means support for the UN’s and other internationally-sponsored de-escalation efforts, and serious engagement with Russia towards a permanent ceasefire, as well as the arms embargo. U.S. policy should include absolute prohibitions on Washington’s regional allies—including Saudi Arabia and Turkey—sending U.S.-provided arms into Syria. And progressive supporters of diplomacy should also maintain pressure on the United States to back multi-lateral diplomatic processes organized by the UN and others—on humanitarian issues in Geneva, and political issues in Astana. Cutting the United States’ multi-billion dollar arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan, Turkey and other U.S. allies involved in the Syrian wars would also lend legitimacy to U.S. efforts within those diplomatic processes to press Russia to stop providing arms to the Assad regime.

    IRAQ: Congress has largely abrogated its responsibilities even as the 15-year war initiated by the United States continues. Progressive policymakers would do well to join the existing efforts to end—not replace, but cancel—the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force against Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq, and reopen congressional debate, with the goal of ending funding for war in Iraq once and for all. When President Obama withdrew the last troops from Iraq at the end of 2011, stating that “war in Iraq ends this month,” many assumed that the authorization ended as well. But it was never officially repealed and had no expiration date, and three years later Obama claimed that the then-12-year-old authorization justified the war against ISIS in Iraq. While Trump has relied primarily on the 2001 AUMF, the Iraq-specific authorization of 2002 remains in place and should be withdrawn. 

    In the meantime, progressives in Congress should support many of the same policies for Iraq as for Syria: withdraw the troops and special forces, stop the assassination program that is the heart of Washington’s “counter-terrorism” campaign and cease sending arms. Congress should end funding to force the closure of the network of small “forward operating bases” and other U.S. military bases that may remain in U.S. hands in Iraq despite earlier agreements to turn them over to the Iraqi government. The U.S. must figure out new ways to provide financial compensation and support to the people whose country and society has been shredded by more than a dozen years of crippling U.S.-led economic sanctions bookended by two devastating wars (Desert Storm, starting in 1991, and the Iraq War, starting in 2003)—while somehow avoiding the further empowerment of corrupt and sectarian political and military leaders.

    YEMEN AND SAUDI ARABIA: The ongoing Saudi-led war against Yemen reflects the most deadly front of Saudi Arabia’s competition with Iran for regional hegemony. The United States is providing indirect and direct support, including U.S. Air Force pilots providing in-air refueling so Saudi and UAE warplanes can bomb Yemen more efficiently, and Green Berets fighting alongside Saudi troops on the border, in what the New York Times called “a continuing escalation of America’s secret wars.”

    The U.S.-backed Saudi war against Yemen has also created what the UN has declared the world’s most serious humanitarian crisis. Congress’ first action must be to immediately end all U.S. involvement in the war. Next, Congress must reject all approvals for arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE as long as they continue to bomb and blockade Yemen.

    Ending these arms sales may be a serious challenge, given the power of the arms manufacturers’ lobby, Israel’s strong support of Saudi Arabia against Iran and the fact that Saudi Arabia remains the top U.S. arms customer. But recent efforts and relatively close votes in both the House and Senate, while not successful, indicate that challenging the longstanding process of providing the Saudis with whatever weapons they want may be closer to reality than anticipated. The House called the U.S. military involvement in the Saudi war in Yemen “unauthorized.” Reps. Ro Khanna, Marc Pocan and others have introduced numerous House bills in recent months aimed at reducing U.S. arms sales and involvement in the Saudi-led assault. In the Senate, a March resolution to end U.S. military involvement in the Yemen war failed by only 11 votes, a much narrower margin than anticipated. Progressive candidates and new members of Congress should support all those efforts, and move further with a call for ending the longstanding U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia, especially military sales and support for the Saudi-Israeli partnership against Iran.

    A QUICK GLANCE AT SOME OTHER POLICY QUESTIONS

    NORTH KOREA: Progressive elected officials will need to support Trump’s diplomatic initiatives, challenging mainstream Democrats willing to abandon diplomacy because Trump supports it (however tactically or temporarily). Progressives will also need to condemn U.S. military provocations that undermine that same diplomacy, and build public and congressional support for the inter-Korean diplomatic moves already underway. That should include pushing for exemptions in the U.S.-imposed sanctions that would allow inter-Korean economic and other initiatives to go forward. Progressives in Congress can also play a major role in supporting people-to-people diplomacy with North Korea, and they can lead the way in replacing the current armistice with a peace treaty finally ending the Korean War.

    AFRICA: Across the continent, there is an urgent need to reverse the militarization of foreign policy, including reducing the size, breadth of responsibilities and theater of operations of AFRICOM.  The wide-ranging but unauthorized and largely secretive special operations and other military actions across the continent violate not only international law, but U.S. domestic law as well.

    LATIN AMERICA: In Latin America, there is an urgent need for a new anti-interventionist policy, not least to stop the current attempts to take advantage of serious domestic crises in Venezuela, Nicaragua and elsewhere. Progressives will need to challenge the U.S. economic and foreign policies that create refugees from Central America in particular (including the consequences of the U.S. wars of the 1980s), even while fighting to protect those migrants seeking safety in the United States as a result of those earlier policies. Regarding Mexico, Congress needs to fight for a U.S. position in trade negotiations that is not based on economic nationalism, but rather on making sure that Mexican workers and U.S. workers are both equally lifted up. Left policymakers will also have the chance to play a leading role in forging a new relationship with Mexico’s just-elected progressive President Lopez-Obrador. 

    All of the areas where U.S. wars are or were underway, as well as places where U.S. economic and climate policies have helped create crises threatening people’s lives, also become areas from which migrants are forced to flee their homes. U.S. policymakers must acknowledge that U.S. policies are direct causes of the refugee crises that exist in and around the war zones and climate crisis zones of the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere—and that the refugees seeking asylum in Europe, and the far fewer trying to come to the United States, are a consequence of those policies. So progressive candidates and policymakers should support massive expansion of funding for these victims of war, including humanitarian support in their home regions and acceptance of far greater numbers of refugees into the United States. They must directly challenge the xenophobic policies of the Trump administration that include the Muslim Ban, the separation of children from their families at the border and the vast reduction in refugees accepted into this country. In Congress, that might include introducing bills to cut funding for ICE or eliminate the institution altogether.

    Finally, progressive candidates and elected officials will need to continue to craft policy proposals that recognize what happens when the U.S. wars come home. This requires more voices in Congress challenging the military budget because it’s used to kill people abroad and because the money is needed for jobs, health care and education at home. It means challenging Islamophobia rising across the United States because of how it threatens Muslims in the United States and because it is used to build support for wars against predominantly Muslim countries. It means exposing—on the floor of the House and beyond—the fact that the Muslim bans targeted primarily countries the United States was bombing, sanctioning or stationing soldiers in. And it means being clear that protecting refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants has to include ending the wars that create refugees in the first place.

    Certainly, we shouldn’t expect every progressive or even every socialist running for national office to become an instant expert on every complicated piece of U.S. foreign policy. And for those running for state and local office, there may seem to be even less urgency. But we’ve seen how the Poor People’s Campaign, with its inclusion of militarism and the war economy as one of its four central targets (along with racism, poverty and environmental destruction), has demonstrated to all of our movements the importance of—and a model for—including an anti-war focus within multi-issue state and local mobilizations. The Movement for Black Lives has created one of the strongest internationalist and anti-war platforms we’ve seen in years—including calls for cutting the military budget, supporting Palestinian rights, stopping the Global War on Terror and the so-called War on Drugs, ending the militarized U.S. interventions across Africa, and linking U.S. military and economic policies with the rise in Haitian and other—predominantly Black—immigration.

    Immigrant rights activists are linking movements for sanctuary (and against ICE) with opposition to the wars that create refugees. Campaignsare underway to reject the training of U.S. police by Israeli police and military forces. Battles are being waged to get local law enforcement agencies to refuse Pentagon offers of weapons and equipment left over from U.S. wars in Afghanistan and elsewhere. These campaigns all play out at the local and state level.

    So especially for those running for Congress, but really for all candidates at every political level and venue in this country, there is a clear need for a strong, principled position on at least a few key foreign policy issues. And the key to making that happen still lies with our movements.


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    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Temperatures in the 100s are forecast in much of eastern Washington, raising the threat from wildfires in the region.    The state Department of Natural Resources says Thursday's high temperatures, mixed with winds and low humidity, create conditions in which wildfires can grow larger.
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    LONGVIEW, Wash. - A high school student is recovering after being pushed off a bridge at Moulton Falls Regional Park in southern Washington.    Jordan Holgerson's mother, Genelle, tells the Daily News that the 16-year-old suffered five cracked ribs and internal injuries after falling 60 feet (18 meters) from the bridge Tuesday.
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    SPOKANE, Wash.- One of the tightest races in the 2018 Primary Election, is also one of the most closely watched. Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers is ahead of her democratic challenge Lisa Brown by just 525 votes. Brown is running to replace McMorris Rodgers as the U.S. Representative for Washington's 5th District. 
              Koerner Hall Announces 10th Anniversary Concert Season Opening Festival      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Koerner Hall opened on September 25, 2009, Glenn Gould's birthday, with a Grand Opening Festival that featured 10 concerts. For the 10th anniversary season Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of Performing Arts at The Conservatory, has planned an opening festival (as well as a closing festival in April and May of 2019) that will consist of seven concerts.

    "These extraordinary concerts affirm Koerner Hall as the venue of choice for internationally celebrated performers. Its landmark 10th anniversary season will further strengthen the position of The Royal Conservatory as a leading concert presenter and global cultural hub, which has brought together more than a million Canadians through the unifying power of music," says Dr. Peter Simon, Michael and Sonja Koerner President & CEO of The Royal Conservatory of Music.

    Mervon Mehta said: "The 10th anniversary season will be a celebration featuring some of Koerner Hall's favourite artists from the first nine seasons alongside some new faces. The finest musicians in classical music, jazz, world, roots, and folk have made Koerner Hall their Toronto home and helped us establish our global reputation. We have invited many of them back this season and left room for a few legends that, finally, will make their Koerner Hall debuts."

    The 10th anniversary opening festival opens with three free concerts as part of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor hub of Culture Days:

    Gábor Takács-Nagy conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra

    On September 28, Hungarian violinist, conductor, and founder of the legendary Takács String Quartet, Gábor Takács-Nagy, returns to conduct the RCO and violinist Orin Laursen in a program of Mozart's Overture to La clemenza di Tito, K. 621; Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 35; and Dvo?ák's Symphony No. 8 in G Major, op. 88. The concert will be preceded by a Prelude Recital at 6:45pm and Pre-concert Talk at 7:15pm.

    Koerner Hall 10th Anniversary Free for All

    The wildly popular Koerner Hall Free for All is back! On September 29, The Royal Conservatory offers this opportunity for anyone who ever dreamed of performing on the Koerner Hall stage to do just that - for five minutes - and the schedule is always packed. Aspiring and professional performers are once again encouraged to bring their best solo piece - or an entire band - to sing a song, recite a poem, or even dance, and to invite their friends and family to experience their five minutes of glory. Acoustic performances will take place from 12noon to 3pm and amplified performances from 5pm to 8pm. Limited performance spots are available and deadline to apply to perform is Friday, August 24. Interested performers can apply and learn more at www.rcmusic.com/events-and-performances/koerner-hall-free-all.

    Fern Lindzon

    "Fern Lindzon is an engaging pianist and singer who brings an unassuming authority, an inquiring spirit and a natural grace to contemporary jazz." (Mark Miller, jazz journalist) On September 30, the jazz vocalist and pianist who has been described as "smart and smouldering" and "sublimely elegant" by !earshot, returns to Mazzoleni Concert Hall as part of the free Sunday Interludes series.

    Koerner Hall 10th Anniversary Gala: Kathleen Battle

    Kathleen Battle's soaring voice has carried her to the heights of the classical music world. The range of the five-time Grammy Award winner's repertoire spans three centuries from the Baroque era to contemporary works, which she performs with symphony orchestras and in recital halls around the world. Perhaps what distinguishes this luminous soprano most is her almost magical ability to create an unwavering bond with audiences through a voice that is "... without qualification, one of the very few most beautiful in the world" (The Washington Post). In her Koerner Hall debut on October 2, Ms. Battle will perform opera arias, selections from Broadway, as well as spirituals.

    Proceeds from the evening support Resounding! The Campaign for The Royal Conservatory.

    The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

    Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble is one of the world's best, renowned for fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world's greatest classical music. In their return visit to Koerner Hall on October 3, they perform Carl Nielsen's Serenata in vano, FS 680; Jean Françaix's Octet; and Beethoven's Septet in E flat Major, op. 20.

    "Their sound is sweet and pure, their ensemble work airtight." (The Washington Post) The concert will be preceded by a Pre-concert Talk at 7pm.

    The Jerry Cans and New North Collective

    The Jerry Cans create music inspired by their hometown of Iqaluit, Nunavut, and life in the Canadian Arctic. With their unique mix of traditional Inuit throat singing and roots-rock sung in the Indigenous language of Inuktitut, The Jerry Cans offer a distinctly northern sound and infectious, high-energy performances. The New North Collective is an ensemble of northern Canadian performing artists from Yukon and Northwest Territories whose music is diverse and skillful, representative of a multitude of genres, including jazz, folk, new music, spoken word, and rock. While exploring and pushing musical boundaries, there is a common goal to discard the stereotypes of the region and the people who live in rural and remote northern communities. The two bands from northern Canada share the stage on October 4.

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Orchestre Métropolitain and Nicholas Angelich

    Classical music's hottest conductor returns to Koerner Hall on October 5 to close out the festival. The Montreal-born Yannick Nézet-Séguin is Music Director of The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Metropolitan Opera in New York, and Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain of Montreal. American pianist Nicholas Angelich, who has been called "spellbinding" (Bachtrack), makes his Koerner Hall debut playing Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Minor, op. 40. The rest of the program consists of Sibelius's Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, op. 39; and the Ontario premiere of Nicolas Gilbert's Avril. The concert will be preceded by a Pre-concert Talk at 7pm.

    Tickets and subscriptions are available online at www.performance.rcmusic.ca, by calling 416.408.0208, or in person at the Weston Family Box Office


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    Disturbing video shows a teen girl being pushed off a bridge in Washington state, flailing as she plunges into the river below.
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    50 Shades of Who Gives a Damn.
    On the first full day of Donald Trump's administration, millions of women gathered in cities around the world to deliver the message, powerfully and unequivocally, that we dodged a real bullet by not electing a vagina-owner as President.

    Oh sure, that wasn't the message they meant to send - but what the hell else is anyone (male or female) with more than a spoonful of brains supposed to think? The angry protesters donned "pussy hats" and vagina costumes to prove they're not just sex objects and should be taken seriously.  Which, frankly, we find hard to do when a glowering woman has turned her face into a clitoris.

    Purportedly, the massive marches were about women finally and firmly demanding their rights, including non-discrimination, protection from sexual assault, equal pay for equal work, access to abortion on demand, the right to vote, the right to go to school, the right to sit in the front of the bus, and the right to be served at Woolworth's lunch counters.

    Of course, all of these things are already mandated by law, but attempts to inform the protesters of this were decried as blatantly sexist "man-splaining." And the real point isn't that women lack rights, but they feel like they lack rights...and feelings always outweigh facts among those high on estrogen.

    Celebrity speakers were in abundance at the Washington march, with alleged-actress Ashley Judd proclaiming herself to be a "nasty girl" and babbling about Donald Trump's wet dreams (honest), and Madonna following up on her previous promise to blow any man who voted for Hillary with a new admission that she wants to blow up the White House.  A sentiment which drew a standing ovulation from the enthusiastic crowd.

    Disclaimer time: Hope n' Change supports equal rights for women without reservation. No woman should suffer from discrimination or actual sexual harassment. If a man "grabs her by the pussy" he should face criminal charges. If he talks about grabbing women by the pussy, even "just among the boys," he should be considered an asshole and pariah.

    These are serious matters which, unfortunately, have now been trivialized by activists who failed to elect their chosen candidate and are now having a huge public hissy fit simply because they can in a country which already affords them the freedom and rights to do so.

    To those women who filled the streets, Hope n' Change acknowledges that you have been heard.

    But maybe next time, consider having something to say.

    BONUS: SECRET CERVIX PROJECTION
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    He may have something there.

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    When we read that the nation's oldest and best known circus was going out of business, we simply assumed that it was another one of Donald Trump's metaphors for draining the Washington swamp.

    But no, it's actually the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus which is literally packing their tents after nearly a century and a half. Audiences have changed, with smartphone-tapping ADD kids preferring virtual entertainment to live performers.

    Of course, there's still plenty of circus-style wackiness to enjoy in the run-up to Inauguration Day. Protesters are making plans to shut down Washington DC, performing artists are receiving death threats from the "tolerant Left" if they agree to appear for President-elect Trump, and press conferences are now best conducted by someone wielding a whip and chair. All we need is some calliope music and the smell of manure.

    But come to think of it, we already have one of those things in abundance.

    BONUS: DREAM RESUMED
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    Martin Luther King Jr had a dream...which turned into an 8 year nightmare under Barack Obama. Virtually every socioeconomic metric for black Americans got worse under this president, while race relations plunged to new lows owing to the unending race-baiting and divisiveness of those on the Left.

    Hope n' Change likes what Donald Trump has had to say about finally breaking the Democrat's merciless death grip on inner cities and improving opportunities for black citizens. We'll be watching closely to see if, unlike the loathsome man he is following into office, Trump's promises actually prove to be more than words.

    BONUS TWO:  INAUGURAL BALL GAME
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    We were tempted to call this the John Wilkes Dunking Booth, but it would be wrong - that's for sure.

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    There are two related stories to discuss today, both on the subject of Intelligence. A word which, needless to say when referring to Washington, refers to "spying" instead of anything remotely like "smartness" or "proper brain function."

    Specifically, President-elect Donald Trump has made it clear that he doesn't consider US intelligence agencies to be 100% reliable, especially when it comes to their consensus accusation that Vladimir Putin interfered with our election by disguising himself with a pair of Groucho glasses, then driving a schoolbus filled with Cossacks to various polling places in key electoral states.

    But before Hope n' Change dives into the details of the "Russian hacking" story, let's look at Barack Obama's recent claim of advising Trump - strictly as a professional courtesy - that as President he should always trust the US intelligence community.

    "There are going to be times," the miserable stain on the Oval Office said, "where the only way you can make a good decision is if you have confidence that the process is working, and the people that you put in charge are giving you their very best assessments."

    Really, Barry? Is that how you've conducted your presidency? Not according to the Hope n' Change vault...






    Let's review a few fun facts. As president, B. Hussein skipped the majority of his intelligence briefings including the one immediately following the debacle in Benghazi. Barry also had nothing but foreign policy failures, and repeatedly placed the blame on his intelligence agencies.

    So why should Trump - or the rest of us - invest our trust in the intelligence agencies who failed to see the rise of Isis? Who missed nuclear weapons development by Iran during our negotiations? Who were unable to connect the dots preceding Putin's many successful aggressions - as well as those of China and North Korea.

    These are the intelligence agencies whose keen insights helped bring about nightmare scenarios in Syria, Libya, and pretty much every other country which has mosques. Intelligence agencies which failed to flag September 11th as a potentially meaningful day for terrorists to attack in Benghazi.

    Intelligence agencies which, at least according to the administration, found it "no big deal" that Hillary (as freaking Secretary of State) put all of our national secrets on an unguarded personal server just so she could dodge future Freedom of Information Act demands to see documents rightfully belonging to the American people.

    All of which brings us back to the "Election hacking" story. The intelligence agencies have now offered up their (ahem) official report on this alleged election-changing, super-sophisticated act of cyber terror, and have found that (cue the shower-stabbing music from "Psycho") Vladimir Putin personally ordered a monumental campaign to undermine our election and put his personal buddy, Donald Trump, into office!

    But there's one little problem. While the declassified report is happy to draw this apocalyptic conclusion, it offers virtually no proof. We're asked to accept this poppycock on sheer trust, which would be a lot easier if the Obama administration and intelligence agencies had even an iota of credibility anymore.

    But let's look at a couple of important things the report says that we can agree with: there was no hacking or interference with any voting or vote-tallying machines, and the intelligence agencies do not assert that the alleged Russian campaign had any influence on voters or the election. Wow.

    It is also noteworthy that the intelligence agencies were able to draw such detailed conclusions considering the DNC failed to cooperate with the investigation, and wouldn't grant the FBI access to their computers. And interestingly, the report fails to note that the sensitive emails eventually released by Wikileaks (again, without direct evidence of Russian involvement) weren't even obtained by "hacking," but rather by a simple "phishing" email sent to John Podesta, in which he revealed that his password (and the key to all of the DNC's documents) was..."password."

    The report also states that Putin's evil plan to overthrow our election involved schemes like having Russian newscasts criticize Hillary Clinton more than Donald Trump. Which apparently made a huge impact on the many voters whose primary source of information was Russian newscasts.

    We could go on and on (and already have!) but our point is this: thanks to the Obama administration our intelligence agencies no longer have a whit of credibility, nor does their preposterously politicized "Russian hacking" report.

    Considering 8 years of wall-to-wall failures, it's not surprising that Americans have decided to turn their backs on alleged "Intelligence" in favor of Donald Trump's promise of common sense.


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    Boo Radley isn't going to like them, either.
    Barack Obama has announced that he will be making a farewell address to the citizens of Chicago next week, in part to "celebrate the way you've changed this country." We can't think of a better location, considering some of those "changes" include 762 murders in 2016, and the recent abduction and torture (with live Facebook streaming) of a mentally challenged white man by four black thugs, who used their time in the online spotlight laughing and spouting obscenities directed at Donald Trump and white people.

    When white lunatic Dylann Roof murdered nine black members of a South Carolina church, Barack Obama made clear his belief that nobody acts alone (even if they think they do), and larger sociological connections - and corrections - must be made.


    While that point can and should be debated (Obama himself denies his own "logic" every time a Muslim carries out an act of terror), it can't be debated that, even worse than a lone psychopath, there is something sicker and more inherently dangerous about a group of hate-filled people who joyfully torture another human and broadcast it to their friends. That's symptomatic of a culture of sociopathy, malignant and metastasizing.

    While it's easy and appropriate to lay some of the blame on media celebration of thugs, ho's, and the gangster life, we believe the larger share of guilt belongs to generations of Democrat policy makers - Obama most decidedly included - who have destroyed black families, the educational system, and the nation's inner cities in order to provide an unending source of enslaved voters who must rely on government entitlements for survival.

    Add to this the Obama administration's 8 year history of stoking racial fires, showing antagonism towards police, and their active encouragement of rioting in black communities as an appropriate and "understandable" response to acts of imagined racism.

    All of this has created a sickness in the soul of too many black Americans that is as representative of Obama's "legacy" as anything could possibly be. If the man had an ounce of honesty or integrity, he wouldn't be traveling to Chicago to boast of his "accomplishments" - he'd be going there to apologize.

    BONUS: A WORD ABOUT THE "RUSSIAN HACKING" INTELLIGENCE HEARINGS

    Bullshit.

    HOPE AND CHANGING...

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    We'll be talking more about this in the near future, but just to give everyone time to adjust to the idea (including ourselves), we're officially announcing that Hope n' Change Cartoons will be turning out the lights here on or slightly after the day Obama leaves office.

    Hope n' Change has existed with a specific purpose in mind: to comment on the many disasters associated with the Obama administration and the culture of liberalism, and to address those issues with enough humor to boost morale for those on the Right who've been fighting back. That job has been completed and we've got the empty scotch bottles to prove it.

    Mind you, we don't expect the world of politics to get any less ugly and ridiculous now - far from it. These are going to be tumultuous times and no political satirist is going to run out of raw material while Donald Trump is in office and Obama is heckling from the front row.

    But we're looking forward to finding new projects to work on, both personal and professional. A lot has been "back burnered" in the past 8 years, and we're not getting any younger (although oddly, we are getting more distinguished looking). We plan to do more things which are creative, fun and funny - and don't come with rigid (albeit self-assigned) deadlines throughout the week.

    A few additional points:

    • We intend to keep up an easy-to-find public profile.

    • This site will remain intact and we'll do whatever is necessary to keep it visible. There's a lot of history here!

    • Our Hope n' Change Facebook page will continue, although whether new cartoons get posted over there will be purely a matter of whether or not our graphics Tourette's syndrome kicks in.

    Johnny Optimism will continue as usual. Sick kids and life's unfairness never get old!

    • If you're on our mailing list, we're going to maintain the database so when we create another blog, write a book, or just want to stage a huge reunion party at some centrally located bar, we'll be able to reach you. If you're NOT on the mailing list, then add your information here before the end of the month.  It's free, there's no spam, and future historians will list you among the pantheon of heroes.

    There's a lot more that needs to be said, but we'll save that for another day. For now, just know how sincerely appreciated you are - and let's continue business as usual while enjoying the countdown to Barack Obama's final day in office!


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    Yes, it's an old cartoon - but it's never been truer.
    Although Barack Obama has only days left in office, he's doing his best to make every one of them count...in the worst possible ways. As a case in point, witness his almost unbelievable betrayal of Israel by failing to prevent the passage of a U.N. resolution which will do grave damage to our (ahem) former ally for years to come.

    Even worse, Israel claims to have evidence that the Obama administration actually helped draft this sneak attack on Israel - clearly missing any moral insight from the recent visit of Japan's prime minister to Pearl Harbor.

    Also in his busy, busy schedule, the president has been releasing prisoners from jail faster than Henry Ford churned out model-T's, recently setting a new record by granting 231 pardons in a single day - which is perhaps only a warm-up for setting more felons free in the coming weeks. But at least he's not dumping dangerous prisoners from Guantanamo on the world, right? Wrong! He's taking steps to transfer up to 18 more detainees before Trump takes office (only 4.5 of whom will return to battlefield mayhem and active terrorism, according to the government's own statistics).

    But wait - there's more! To help assure that US relations with Russia are as bad as possible on his way out, Obama is about to announce plans to "punish" Russia for their alleged (yet entirely unsubstantiated) role in telling voters the truth about Hillary Clinton, thereby upsetting our precious national system of basing elections on catchphrases, lies, and genitalia. The president's retaliatory arsenal is said to include various harsh sanctions and "cyber-operations," including forcing Russians to use the Healthcare.gov website to get medical treatment.

    Besides all of this active sabotage of the incoming Trump administration, Barry is also spending the waning days of his presidency ingesting large quantities of hallucinogens (perhaps with buddies from his Hawaiian "choom gang"). How else to explain his recent declaration that, had be been allowed to run again, he would have won a third term by beating Donald Trump.

    Not because of any actual accomplishments, of course, but because "in conversations that I've had with people around the country - even some people who disagreed with me - they would say, 'The vision, the direction that you point towards is the right one.'"

    That direction, by the way, remains unchanged after 8 years...although we're still unsure if it points to Mecca or Hell.


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    Barack Obama has ordered a "full review" of cyber-chicanery associated with the 2016 elections, under the belief that Russia may have tampered with our sacred voting process by somehow having created a 30 year history of corruption by Hillary Clinton and everyone she's ever been in contact with.

    Where do we even begin? The CIA - no doubt under orders and perhaps the threat of waterboarding - has issued a strong but factually vague statement that people who may have connections to people who may be Russian may have provided Wikileaks with vast amounts of hacked information about Hillary's decades-long history of sleazy deals and ineptitude, which may have influenced the election because (unlike most information given to voters) it was all true.

    The accusations would be more plausible if the CIA, FBI, and DOJ weren't so thoroughly compromised by their own political cover-ups and scandals at this point. As their main mission is now the protection of undeserving Democratic asses, we're not exactly impressed with anything they're saying now.

    And just how "meta" is the accusation that Russia tried to corrupt our election process by releasing proof (and plenty of it) that Hillary and the DNC had already corrupted the election process? Who's the actual criminal here, and who's simply a witness?

    Hope n' Change actually thinks it pretty unlikely that Russia had anything to do with the release of damning information about Hillary and her cohorts in crime. After all, if they had hacked all this dirt (not to mention every Top Secret hosted on her email server) wouldn't they want Hillary to win so that they'd own an American President because of all the blackmail potential?

    That's why we think it far more likely that the source of the hacked material was an individual patriot from the Democratic party or a domestic intelligence agency who saw this as the only way to save America from a corrupt, shrieking, money-grubbing, two-faced, brain-damaged harpy with a gift for screwing up every policy issue she's ever touched.

    Obama's highly publicized demand for a report on computer espionage is supposed to be rushed to his Oval Office desk (no doubt to be left between his fingernail clippings and scuff marks from the heels of his shoes), but the results may never be made public. Which is hardly surprising, considering that the actual purpose of Obama's call for an investigation is simply to delegitimize the upcoming Presidency of Donald Trump.

    In other words, a hostile government really is trying to subvert the will of American voters. It just happens to be the government currently in Washington.


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    January 21 2017

    Women's March on Washington D.C. This photobook details the amazing march women, children, & men of every age, race, and religion joined together to stand up against, and for, all manner of social issues the newly inaugurated president stands for.

    Published Friday, March 17, 2017 by Evelyne Haldimann
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    mediaNhà ga Bắc Đới Hà, tỉnh Hà Bắc, Trung Quốc.Ảnh : Wikipedia
    Chiến tranh kinh tế Mỹ-Trung vừa khai màn với hàng loạt quyết định đánh thuế qua lại nhằm vào hàng trăm tỉ đô la hàng hóa. Các thông báo đơn phương tăng thuế ngày càng quyết liệt của Washington tác động ra sao đến chính quyền Tập Cận Bình ? Theo báo chí khu vực và quốc tế, có dấu hiệu cho thấy các đòn tấn công thương mại của Mỹ đang đe dọa uy thế của « lãnh tụ tối cao ». Hội nghị Bắc Đới Hà khai mạc với một số biểu hiện khác thường, trong giới trí thức bắt đầu có tiếng nói trực tiếp lên án chính sách độc tài của họ Tập.
    Hội nghị Bắc Đới Hà (Beidaihe) - một kỳ hội họp không chính thức thường niên của các lãnh đạo chóp bu Trung Quốc, đang nắm quyền và đã về hưu - thường được coi là một sự kiện chính trị rất quan trọng. Bắc Đới Hà là tên gọi một địa điểm nghỉ mát bên bờ biển thuộc tỉnh Hà Bắc (Hebei), cách Bắc Kinh khoảng 300 cây số về phía đông. Hội nghị của giới chóp bu Trung Quốc thường diễn ra tại đây vào dịp cuối tháng Bảy và trong tháng Tám.

    Năm nay, truyền thông chính thức Trung Quốc cho biết, ngày thứ Bảy tuần trước04/08/2018, 62 khách mời, gồm các chuyên gia, trí thức, đã đến Bắc Đới Hà, và được các lãnh đạo đảng đón tiếp. Điểm khác thường năm nay là người đón tiếp họ thuộc cấp bậc thấp hơn so với những năm trước. Cụ thể là phó thủ tướng Hồ Xuân Hoa (Hu Chunhua), một người không thuộc ban thường vụ Bộ Chính Trị đảng Cộng Sản Trung Quốc. Ủy viên thường vụ Bộ Chính Trị Vương Hỗ Ninh (Wang Huning) (1), người được coi là kế nhiệm cương vị phụ trách tư tưởng của đảng, đáng ra theo lệ phải có mặt, cũng không xuất hiện trong dịp này.
    Theo các nhà quan sát, kể từ khi tìm cách thâu tóm toàn bộ quyền lực trong tay, ông Tập Cận Bình có xu hướng hạ thấp vai trò của dịp hội họp không chính thức này, nhưng rất có thể lần hội nghị này, ông Tập sẽ phải đối mặt với nhiều chỉ trích trong nội bộ, đặc biệt từ giới lãnh đạo về hưu, nhưng vẫn còn duy trì được ảnh hưởng. Nhiều nguồn tin cho biết, cho dù không ưa gì nhau, hai cựu tổng bí thư Giang Trạch Dân và Hồ Cẩm Đào đã thống nhất quan điểm. Hai ông Giang, Hồ cùng cựu thủ tướng Chu Dung Cơ tỏ ra không tin tưởng vào ban lãnh đạo hiện nay.
    Bộ Chính Trị họp khẩn, Vương Nghị đột ngột thay đổi
    Báo Nhật Nikkei Asean Review cho biết một cuộc họp Bộ Chính Trị bất thường của đảng Cộng Sản Trung Quốc được tổ chức ngay trước thềm hội nghị Bắc Đới Hà, để khẩn cấp bàn biện pháp đối phó với Mỹ, được ông Tập Cận Bình triệu tập chỉ hai ngày sau khi kết thúc vòng công du dài từ châu Phi trở về. Nikkei Asean Review ví thông báo của chính quyền Trump, sẽ tăng thuế từ 10% lên 25% đối với 200 tỉ đô la hàng hóa nhập khẩu từ Trung Quốc, ngay trước thềm hội nghị Bắc Đới Hà, như « một trái bom ». Cùng với mức thuế nghiệt ngã này, bộ Thương Mại Mỹ cũng thông báo đưa 44 doanh nghiệp Trung Quốc có liên quan đến quân sự, vào danh sách kiểm soát chặt.
    Báo Nhật cũng ghi nhận phản ứng bất thường của ngoại trưởng Trung Quốc Vương Nghị (Wang Yi). Trong cuộc gặp đồng nhiệm Mỹ Mike Pompeo tại Singapore, bên lề Diễn Đàn An Ninh Khu Vực ngày 03/08, ngoại trưởng Trung Quốc tỏ thái độ mềm mỏng, khi khẳng định các bất đồng thương mại Mỹ-Trung cần được giải quyết thông qua thương lượng. Tuy nhiên, ít giờ sau, khi trở lại Bắc Kinh, sau khi bộ trưởng Thương Mại Trung Quốc tuyên bố đang chuẩn bị trả đũa với 60 tỉ đô la hàng Mỹ, thì ông Vương Nghị như trở thành một con người khác hẳn. Trả lời báo chí Trung Quốc, ông Vương tỏ ra hết sức cứng rắn : « Nếu Hoa Kỳ tấn công, chúng tôi sẽ không lùi bước ».
    Sự thiếu thống nhất giữa các phát ngôn và sự thay đổi đột ngột nói trên dường như cho thấy chính quyền Bắc Kinh đang rất lúng túng trong việc tìm ra được một quan điểm nhất quán trong cuộc chiến thương mại với Mỹ, đang diễn biến khó lường.
    Lãnh tụ không toàn năng, đối thủ trong đảng trỗi dậy
    Xét trên nhiều mặt, quyền lực của ông Tập Cận Bình dường như trong hiện tại vững chắc hơn bao giờ hết.
    Trong kỳ họp Quốc Hội tháng 3 vừa qua, ông Tập đã nhận được sự ủng hộ « tuyệt đối ». Tập Cận Bình vốn vừa là tổng bí thư, vừa là chủ tịch nước. Tư tưởng Tập Cận Bình được đưa vào điều lệ đảng, tức đặt ông Tập ngang hàng với Mao Trạch Đông. Hiến pháp Trung Quốc nay được sửa đổi, mở ra khả năng Tập Cận Bình nắm quyền đến mãn đời, sau khi thời hạn hai nhiệm kỳ chủ tịch theo lệ thường, kéo dài đến 2023 chấm dứt.
    Tuy nhiên, trong cuộc chiến tranh thương mại với Mỹ vừa bùng lên, lãnh đạo tối cao Trung Quốc đang lâm vào thế bị động. Cho đến nay, kể từ sau cuộc hội kiến Trump -Tập, tháng 4/2027, chính quyền Bắc Kinh vẫn chủ trương tìm kiếm một quan hệ ổn định với Washington. Trong giới học giả Trung Quốc, nhiều người cho rằng hệ thống tuyên truyền của chế độ đã quá ngạo mạn, Bắc Kinh đánh giá quá thấp đối thủ, lẽ ra Tập Cận Bình phải chuẩn bị tốt hơn cho cuộc chiến thương mại với Washington. Sự lúng túng của chính quyền Tập Cận Bình để ngỏ cơ hội cho nhiều tiếng nói chỉ trích trong nội bộ.
    Chính tại hội nghị Bắc Đới Hà, ông Tập Cận Bình sẽ phải đối mặt với những phê phán nhắm vào một vấn đề hệ trọng khác, đó là « nạn sùng bái cá nhân ». Đây cũng là điều mà về mặt nguyên tắc, bị cấm theo điều lệ đảng. Theo Nikkei, việc phe cánh ông Tập đưa tư tưởng Tập Cận Bình vào cương lĩnh của đảng và sau đó là việc Quốc Hội Trung Quốc bị đặt vào thế phải bỏ phiếu thông qua sửa đổi Hiến pháp, cho phép Tập Cận Bình nắm quyền mãn đời, với rất ít phản đối, đã không được thảo luận tại hội nghị Bắc Đới Hà vào năm trước.
    Nhiều nhân vật cao cấp trong đảng, không thuộc phe ông Tập, cảm thấy bị loại trừ. Theo một đảng viên kỳ cựu ở Thượng Hải, « cho dù ông Tập chủ ý thâu tóm toàn bộ quyền lực, hay bị đẩy vào thế phải làm như vậy, do các áp lực từ phía đối thủ, thì rõ ràng vấn đề chính trị nội bộ của đảng Cộng Sản Trung Quốc đã trở thành đối tượng quan tâm của toàn thế giới ».
    Nhiều nhà quan sát cho rằng việc ông Tập Cận Bình thâu tóm toàn bộ quyền lực, thậm chí không để ngỏ khả năng cho một người kế nhiệm thực sự xuất hiện, có thể là một thế mạnh, trong một xã hội « ổn định », nằm dưới sự điều khiển toàn diện của đảng. Thế nhưng, trong cuộc chiến thương mại căng thẳng với Hoa Kỳ hiện nay, vị thế lãnh đạo tối cao của Tập Cận Bình lại biến ông Tập thành một người dễ tổn thương, do những hệ quả khôn lường về kinh tế, mà chế độ cộng sản không tài nào kiểm soát hết.
    Giáo sư luật : Chế độ Trung Quốc đang « toàn trị hóa »
    Trước thềm hội nghị Bắc Đới Hà, công luận Trung Quốc đặc biệt chú ý đến tiếng nói chỉ trích của giáo sư luật Đại học Thanh Hoa, ông Hứa Chương Nhuận (Xu Zhangrun), trong một bài viết dài khoảng 10 nghìn chữ, được công bố ngày 24/07/2018 (2).
    Trong bài viết với tựa đề « Những lo sợ và hy vọng của chúng tôi » (tạm dịch là « 8 nỗi sợ và 8 niềm hy vọng »), nhà luật học Trung Quốc đã phê phán một cách hệ thống chính sách của ông Tập Cận Bình, từ khi lên nắm quyền đến nay. Từ việc bóp nghẹt tự do ngôn luận, đàn áp trí thức, đoạn tuyệt với cải cách, chống tham nhũng nhưng không đụng đến các đặc quyền của đảng, cổ vũ thói sùng bái cá nhân lãnh đạo, cho đến chính sách đối ngoại gây hấn, thúc đẩy chiến tranh lạnh. Giáo sư Hứa Chương Nhuận cũng yêu cầu chính quyền Trung Quốc minh bạch về vụ thảm sát Thiên An Môn 1989.
    Cho dù những điều luật gia Trung Quốc viết ra có thể không có gì mới mẻ với nhiều người, nhưng bài viết cô đúc và khẩn thiết của giáo sư Hứa Chương Nhuận như một tiếng sét, trong bầu không khí im ắng của giới trí thức Trung Quốc, sau một thời gian dài bị chính quyền đàn áp, truy bức.
    Ghi chú
    1. Theo Reuters, ông Vương Hỗ Ninh bị nhiều người trong đảng chỉ trích đã chủ trương lập trường dân tộc chủ nghĩa cực đoan, khiến quan hệ với Washington ngày càng căng thẳng. Xem thêm : « Kiến trúc sư của ‘‘tư tưởng Tập Cận Bình’’ bước ra sân khấu » (RFI, 26/10/2017).
    2. Xem bài « 8 nỗi sợ và 8 niềm hy vọng », cùng bản dịch và chú giải bằng tiếng Anh của nhà Hán học Geremie R. Barmé, trên trang mạng chinaheritage.net.

              PSA: Melania Trump's parents are U.S. citizens now       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    First lady Melania Trump's parents were granted U.S citizenship today, likely through an immigration process President Trump says he wants to end.

    Viktor and Amalija Knavs, who are from Slovenia, have been living in Washington, D.C., with green cards, which allowed them to live and work indefinitely in the United States.

    "It went well and they are very grateful and appreciative of this wonderful day for their family," said their immigration attorney, Michael Wildes, to CNN.

    The first lady's office had no comment. Melania Trump became a citizen in 2006 after obtaining a green card on a so-called "Einstein visa" for “individuals of extraordinary ability” as a model.

    President Trump, whose presidential campaign began with racist remarks against Mexican immigrants, has called repeatedly for an end to "chain migration," or what is officially known as "family reunification." In that process, recent immigrants to the U.S. can sponsor their relatives for green cards. Trump has been criticized for hypocrisy, since his in-laws may be benefiting from that same system.

    Wildes would not confirm if Melania Trump was sponsoring her parents. "I can confirm they are green card holders and legal permanent residents of the United States," he said.

    Talking to reporters outside the New York City courthouse where the Knavses underwent their naturalization ceremony, Wildes was asked if they had become citizens through "chain migration."

    “I suppose," he replied, according to the New York Times. "It’s a dirty — a dirtier word. It stands for a bedrock of our immigration process when it comes to family reunification.”

    The sentiment was far removed from President Trump's constant disdainful remarks about immigrants, whom he says want to "infest" the United States. The Trump administration wants to limit green-card sponsorship to spouses and minor children, dropping the age limit from 21 to 18. Making that change would reduce immigration to the U.S. by up to 50 percent.


              How many people died in Hurricane Maria?       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    How many people died in Hurricane Maria? It's a question we've been asking, and getting vague answers to, ever since the storm ended. The government of Puerto Rico has now revealed that many more people died in Hurricane Maria and its aftermath than was originally reported. The death toll from the storm on September 20, 2017 was suspected to be magnitudes higher than the official count of 64. A report to Congress, released today, confirmed that suspicion.

    How many people died in Hurricane Maria?

    So, how many people died in Hurricane Maria? In the report, which requests $139 million in recovery funds, the Puerto Rico government says that it's likely 1,427 people died in Hurricane Maria — 20 times higher than the original estimate.

    “Although the official death count from the Puerto Rico Department of Public Safety was initially 64, the toll appears to be much higher,” said the report, titled “Transformation and Innovation in the Wake of Devastation.” It adds: "According to initial reports, 64 lives were lost. That estimate was later revised to 1,427.”

    The official count of how many people died in Hurricane Maria might be higher still. To arrive at it, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has commissioned a study from George Washington University’s school of public health.

    "We definitely acknowledge this is a realistic estimate,” said Pedro Cerame, a spokesman for the Puerto Rican government’s Federal Affairs Administration, in the report to Congress. “We don’t want to say it out loud or publicize it as an official number. The official number will come, and it could be close. But until we see the study, and have the accuracy, we won’t be able to recognize the number as official.”

    Last September, the category 4 Hurricane Maria was the strongest storm to make landfall in more than 80 years, battering an island that had not recovered from the recent Hurricane Irma. Power was knocked out to almost all of the island, which took months to repair in some cases. The government was criticized for underestimating the number of deaths. In the following weeks, there were reports that people died without access to lifesaving medications or technology but were not being counted.


              What we know about this weekend's white power rally in Washington       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    The organizer behind last year’s violent protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, today had a permit approved for a white power rally in Washington, D.C. this weekend.

    The National Park Service approved a permit for Jason Kessler to hold Unite the Right 2 demonstration Sunday in Lafayette Park across from the White House.

    Kessler, who requested the permit to allow 400 people to demonstrate there back in May, said the event is “to protest civil rights abuse in Charlottesville Va/white civil rights rally.”

    The NPS also approved a permit for a counter-protest to take place that same day, which is the one-year anniversary of the violence in Charlottesville at the first Unite the Right rally.

    Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when a white nationalist drove his vehicle through a crowd of counter-protesters, and dozens of others were injured in the melee. Two state troopers were also killed in a helicopter crash.

    On Wednesday, Virginia and Charlottesville declared a state of emergency ahead of this weekend’s Unite the Right 2 protest in Washington. Permit requests to hold it in Charlottesville were denied, CNN reported. 

    “We are treating this as a statewide event,” an emergency official said at a news conference.

    Street closures, parking restrictions and other safety measures will be in effect throughout the weekend in Charlottesville, officials said.

    White power rally and counter-protest logistics

    The organizer behind last year’s violent protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, had a permit approved for a white power rally near the White House on Sunday. (Getty)

    According to Unite the Right’s website, protesters will assemble at a metro station in Vienna, Virginia, at 2 p.m. before heading to the Foggy Bottom station to march to Lafayette Square at 5 p.m. The white power rally is expected to last until 7:30 p.m.

    According to WTOP-FM, counterprotests will take place around Freedom Plaza and Lafayette Square.

    The station reported that Washington police, U.S. Park Police and the Secret Service are expected to outline a safety plan on Thursday.

    President Donald Trump has yet to comment on the white power rally taking place near the White House. After the violence at the first Unite the Right, he said “many fine people” were among the white nationalists and later said “both sides” were to blame for the deadly events.


              N.J. Supreme Court Uproots Weeds in Garden State’s Law of Expert Witnesses      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The United States Supreme Court’s decision in Daubert is now over 25 years old. The idea of judicial gatekeeping of expert witness opinion testimony is even older in New Jersey state courts. The New Jersey Supreme Court articulated a reliability standard before the Daubert case was even argued in Washington, D.C. See Landrigan v. Celotex Corp., 127 N.J. 404, 414 (1992); Rubanick v. Witco Chem. Corp., 125 N.J. 421, 447 (1991). Articulating a standard, however, is something very different from following a standard, and in many New Jersey trial courts, until very recently, the standard was pretty much anything goes. One counter-example to the general rule of dog-eat-dog in New Jersey was Judge Nelson Johnson’s careful review and analysis of the proffered causation opinions in cases in which plaintiffs claimed that their use of the anti-acne medication isotretinoin (Accutane) caused Crohn’s disease. Judge Johnson, who sits in the Law Division of the New Jersey…
              Peterson urges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife to grant a permit to begin work on the Beltrami Island land trail connection and public facilities projects      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Collin C. Peterson called on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to grant a special work permit in order for construction to begin on the Beltrami Island State Forest LUP lands trail connection and other public facilities projects in Grygla/Fourtown area.

    After hearing concerns from area sportsmen’s clubs, including the Fourtown Grygla Sportsmans Club, Congressman Peterson has spent months working with sportsmen and state and federal agencies on a plan to complete a section of trail that had previously been washed out due to flooding in the Roseau River. Completion of the trail connection was further complicated due to overlapping Federal and State management of these lands in the Beltrami Island State Forest. After months of negotiations, the project is finally moving forward following a land exchange deal between the Minnesota DNR and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    “Finalizing this trail connection will be a boon to the area sportsmen’s clubs, and would allow for the area’s natural resources to be properly utilized by those who are most invested in them and their care,” Peterson states in the letter.

    The Congressman’s letter can be read below:

    Director Tom MeliusMidwest Regional DirectorU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service5600 American Blvd. West, Ste. 990Bloomington, MN, 55437-1458

    August 8th, 2018

    Dear Director Melius,

    I am writing today to follow up on our on-going discussions regarding the finalization of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources/ U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service land exchange and the completion of the trail section in the Beltrami Island State Forest LUP lands. Finalizing this trail connection will be a boon to the area sportsmen’s clubs, and would allow for the area’s natural resources to be properly utilized by those who are most invested in them and their care.

    It is my understanding that DNR and FWS have agreed on the parcels and the process to move forward, including about 383 acres, which will be transferred to the state from LUP. As this process moves forward, I am requesting that FWS grant a special use permit to begin work on the trail connection, as well as the Winner Silo Toilet, which is also part of the deal under consideration, concurrent with the completion of the exchange. This will allow local Parks and Trails staff, as well as area sportsmen’s clubs, to begin work on the projects that have underpinned this agreement.

    I appreciate your understanding and continued work on this matter. Once completed, this project will be a great benefit to the many sportsmen and women in the region who care for and utilize our great natural resources we have in northern Minnesota.

    Sincerely,


              Western Hemisphere: Ecuador National Day      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Press Statement
    Michael R. Pompeo
    Secretary of State
    Washington, DC
    August 9, 2018


    On behalf of the Government of the United States, I extend congratulations to the people of Ecuador on the anniversary of the first call to independence on August 10, 1809, which sparked the independence movement in Latin America 209 years ago.

    Since we established bilateral relations, our nations have enjoyed deep ties, which are growing stronger every day. Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Ecuador underscores the ongoing progress. Our bonds are made especially evident by the reinvigorated friendship and partnership between our two countries. The United States is committed to working with the Ecuadorian people and their government to expand bilateral trade and investment, strengthen security cooperation, and increase cultural and educational exchanges. We welcome the opportunity to work with President Lenin Moreno and his administration to build a stronger bilateral relationship in areas of mutual interest.

    I congratulate all Ecuadorians on this day that led to your nation’s independence.


    The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.
    External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein.


              Comment on Thursday Open Thread | Devin Nunes caught on tape revealing a GOP plan to impeach Rosenstein and end the Mueller investigation by Ametia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics Short: Blame the Blacks & Brown folks! Really, this is some tired ass bullshit
              WASHINGTON-JAPAN ECON MIN MOTEGI:HAD FRANK EXCHANGE OF VIEWS WITH U.S. LIGHTHIZER ON TRADE, DEEPENED MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    WASHINGTON- JAPAN ECON MIN MOTEGI: HAD FRANK EXCHANGE OF VIEWS WITH U.S.
              Local Air Force Staff Sgt. Receives Purple Heart       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Air Force Staff Sgt. Douglas Ryan, an instructor at the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal School in Niceville has been awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained while in Afghanistan in 2010. Under the flagpole at the EOD Memorial on a sweltering sunny afternoon, Navy Capt. William Noel, Commanding Officer of the EOD School, pins the Purple Heart on Staff Sgt. Ryan as his parents, wife and young son look on, " This is to certify that the President of the United States of America, authorized by General George Washington August 7 th 1782 has awarded the Purple Heart to Douglas R. Ryan for wounds received in action." He receives the honor because on the morning of March 18 th 2010 in an area near "Mazar-e Sharif", a northern city in Afghanistan Sgt. Ryan’s vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device more commonly known as an IED. He was driving through a Taliban stronghold in the Helmand Province during an attempt to clear a route for coalition forces and supplies. Sgt. Ryan
               Derrius Guice: No go for exhibition opener       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Derrius Guice: Guice won't see the field during Thursday's preseason contest in New England, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports. Visit RotoWire.com for more analysis on this update.
              Trump's 'skinny' insurance plans will help millions of families      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
     Donald Trump

    On August 2, the Trump administration issued a proposed rule allowing the sale of short-term, limited-duration health insurance plans, also known as short-term plans. The new rule extends the renewal period for short-term plans up to a year, a change from the previous Obama-era policy of letting them last only up to three months. It also allows these plans to be extended for up to 36 months.

    The longer renewal period will give Americans more options to determine the length of their healthcare policies, at least until they can find a longer-term plan that better suits their needs. This is yet another step in the Trump administration’s plan to undermine rigid Obamacare rules so that working families have better health insurance choices available.

    More @ Washington Examiner

              Commentary on Ethiopian Prime Minister's Meeting in Washington with Diaspora      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Lawrence Freeman posted on his blog on 3 August 2018 "Ethiopia's Optimistic But Challenging Path Forward." He comments on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's meeting with the Ethiopian diaspora at the Washington Convention Center juxtaposed with the challenges facing the new leader.
              China-Africa Course Syllabus for Fall 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Attached is the syllabus for an undergraduate course on China-Africa relations taught in the fall of 2018 in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.
              Africa and China: Industrialization, Agricultural Reform or Export of Natural Resources?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The Washington Post Monkey Cage published on 24 July 2018 an article titled "Xi Jinping Is Visiting Africa This Week. Here's Why China Is Such a Popular Development Partner" by Deborah Brautigam, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

    Commenting on Xi Jinping's recent visit to Rwanda, Senegal, and Mauritius, the author explains that China is gaining popularity in Africa by supporting industrialization, which is the top priority of many African leaders.

    The East African published on 1 August 2018 an interview with Holger A. Kray, agricultural economist at the World Bank, titled "Is East African Agriculture at Risk of Playing Second Fiddle to Oil Wealth?"

    While the interview does not deal with China or industrialization, it makes the point that in several East African countries the economic policy focus should be on commercialization of agriculture rather than a reliance on the export of oil. The key challenge for Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan, says Kray, is how to support the agricultural sector to take advantage of the shift in consumer behavior and consumer demand globally towards higher quality agricultural products.

    My point is that there is no single prescription for economic success in Africa's 54 countries. Some combination of industrialization, agricultural reform, resource extraction, and enhancement of the service sector is required. My concern is that the current emphasis by many African leaders, supported by China, to focus on industrialization will have disappointing results. A small number of African countries may be ready to shift significantly into industrialization; most are not. Most would be well advised at this stage of development to focus their energy on the improvement of agriculture, including policy reform.
              The House: Ratings Changes in the Aftermath of Another Nail-Biter Special Election      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE — A likely GOP win in a suburban Columbus House seat still represents a significant underperformance compared to usual Republican performances there. — Washington state’s top-two primary results so far should also be concerning to Republicans because they indicate three districts could be at risk in the fall. — We […]
              Superstar Sales! (In Home) - Cyprus Air - Alexandria, VA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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              Grieving Orca Still Carrying Her Dead Calf More Than 2 Weeks Later      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    orca-whale-carrying-calfAn endangered, grieving orca is still carrying her dead calf more than two weeks after the newborn died. Researchers spotted the 20-year-old whale and the calf off of Washington's Olympic Peninsula on Wednesday, the station says.
              USDA Proposal to Move Economic Research Agency Closer to Secretary of Agriculture Threatens Scientific Integrity - Union of Concerned Scientists      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    USDA Proposal to Move Economic Research Agency Closer to Secretary of Agriculture Threatens Scientific Integrity
    Union of Concerned Scientists
    WASHINGTON (August 9, 2018)—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced new reorganization plans that would move the Economic Research Service (ERS) to the Office of the Chief Economist, which reports directly to the USDA ...


              La Russie promet une riposte après les sanctions "inadmissibles" de Washington      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    La Russie a promis jeudi des mesures de rétorsion aux nouvelles sanctions imposées par les Etats-Unis en lien avec l'empoisonnement à l'agent innervant Novitchok au Royaume-Uni, dénoncées par le Kremlin comme "inadmissibles", "inamicales" et "illégales".
              Washington Temporarily Waives Certain Fees       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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              Bankrupt America: A Fragile Nation Grappling With Unprecedented Debt Problems      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

    America, you officially have a debt problem, and I am not just talking about the national debt. 

    Consumer bankruptcies are surging, corporate debt has doubled since the last financial crisis, state and local government debt loads have never been higher, and the federal government has been adding more than a trillion dollars a year to the federal debt ever since Barack Obama entered the White House. 

    We have been on the greatest debt binge in human history, and it has enabled us to enjoy our ridiculously high standard of living for far longer than we deserved.  Many of us have been sounding the alarm about our debt problem for a very long time, but now even the mainstream news is freaking out about it.  I have a feeling that they just want something else to hammer President Trump over the head with, but they are actually speaking the truth when they say that we are facing an unprecedented debt crisis.

    For example, the New York Times just published a piece that discussed the fact that the bankruptcy rate among retirees is about three times higher than it was in 1991…

    For a rapidly growing share of older Americans, traditional ideas about life in retirement are being upended by a dismal reality: bankruptcy.

    The signs of potential trouble — vanishing pensions, soaring medical expenses, inadequate savings — have been building for years. Now, new research sheds light on the scope of the problem: The rate of people 65 and older filing for bankruptcy is three times what it was in 1991, the study found, and the same group accounts for a far greater share of all filers.

    Infographic: Bankruptcy Surging Among Older Americans | Statista

    You will find more infographics at Statista

    Overall, Baby Boomers are doing a whole lot better financially than the generations coming after them, and so this is very troubling news.

    And here is another very troubling fact from that same article

    Not only are more older people seeking relief through bankruptcy, but they also represent a widening slice of all filers: 12.2 percent of filers are now 65 or older, up from 2.1 percent in 1991.

    The jump is so pronounced, the study says, that the aging of the baby boom generation cannot explain it.

    Of course it isn’t just Baby Boomers that are drowning in debt.

    Collectively, U.S. households are 13.15 trillion dollars in debt, which is the highest level in American history.

    All over the nation, companies are also going bankrupt at a staggering pace.  This week we learned that the biggest mattress retailer in the entire country “Is considering a potential bankruptcy filing”

    Mattress Firm Inc, the largest U.S. mattress retailer, is considering a potential bankruptcy filing as it seeks ways to get out of costly store leases and shut some of its 3,000 locations that are losing money, people familiar with the matter said.

    Mattress Firm’s deliberations offer the latest example of a U.S. brick-and-mortar retailer struggling financially amid competition from e-commerce firms such as Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O).

    We have seen retailer after retailer go down, and it is being projected that this will be the worst year for retail store closings ever.

    But it isn’t just retailers that are hurting.  Yesterday, I came across an article about a television manufacturer in South Carolina that just had to lay off “94 percent of their workforce”

    A TV manufacturer based in South Carolina have blamed Trump’s trade tariffs for laying off 94 percent of their workforce.

    Element Electronics now has just eight employees in their company after letting 126 members of staff go.

    They said the tariffs imposed on goods from China mean they can no longer buy essential components for their TVs.

    During this next economic downturn, I believe that we are going to see the biggest wave of corporate bankruptcies that this country has ever seen.

    State and local governments don’t go bankrupt, but they are drowning in debt as well.  State and local government debt has ballooned to the highest levels on record in recent years, and one of the big reasons for this is because we are facing a coming pension crisis that threatens to absolutely overwhelm us

    Many cities and states can no longer afford the unsustainable retirement promises made to millions of public workers over many years. By one estimate they are short $5 trillion, an amount that is roughly equal to the output of the world’s third-largest economy.

    Certain pension funds face the prospect of insolvency unless governments increase taxes, divert funds or persuade workers to relinquish money they are owed. It is increasingly likely that retirees, as well as new workers, will be forced to take deeper benefit cuts.

    Meanwhile, the federal government continues to engage in incredibly reckless financial behavior.  When Barack Obama was elected, we were 10 trillion dollars in debt, and now we are 21 trillion dollars in debt.

    What that means is that we have been adding more than a trillion dollars to the national debt per year since 2008, and we continue to steal more than 100 million dollars every single hour of every single day from future generations of Americans.

    And even though the Republicans have been in control in Washington, very few of our leaders seem to want to alter the trajectory that we are on.  But if something is not done, absolute disaster is a certainty.  At this point, it is being projected that our debt will reach 30 trillion dollars by 2028 if we stay on this current path.  It would be difficult to overstate the grave danger that we are facing, but nothing is being done to turn things around.  Here are some more projections from the Congressional Budget Office

    In 2022, the Highway Trust Fund will run out of full funding. In 2026, the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund follows. In 2032, the Social Security trust fund surpluses run dry, and all beneficiaries regardless of age or income level will face a 21 percent across-the-board benefit cut. Before 2030, we could have trillion-dollar annual interest payments. Interest rates have been low until now, but that is changing. As rates go up, we have to pay more on new debt and on all accumulated debt.

    The amount we pay in interest on the debt is set to triple over the next ten years. But if interest rates rise just 1 point higher than expected, the government will owe an extra $1.9 trillion over 10 years.

    On top of everything else, everyone else around the world has been on a massive debt binge as well.

    Total global debt is well above 200 trillion dollars, and it has nearly quadrupled over the past 17 years.

    Are you starting to understand why they call this a “debt bubble”?

    Unfortunately, all debt bubbles must burst eventually, and the one that we are in right now is definitely on borrowed time.


              Residencial Jardim Europa      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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    Apartamento térreo de 58m², próximo a casa André Luiz. Com fácil acesso a Av Washington Luíz. - 2 Dormitórios; - W.C. Social com box e revestimento até o teto; - Sala dois ambientes; - Cozinha com gabinete; - Lavanderia. Edifício oferece...
    2 dormitórios 1 banheiros 58 m2 2.931 BRL/m² jardim
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              Zverev auf Kurs Titelverteidigung       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Der Weltranglistendritte Alexander Zverev ist beim ATP-Turnier in Toronto der Titelverteidigung einen Schritt nähergekommen und ins Viertelfinale eingezogen.

    Der 21-Jährige gewann das Achtelfinale gegen den Russen Daniil Medwedew souverän mit 6:3, 6:2 und trifft in der Runde der letzten Acht auf Stefanos Tsitsipas. Den Griechen hatte Zverev bereits eine Woche zuvor im Halbfinale von Washington geschlagen, seinen Titel in der US-Hauptstadt verteidigte er schließlich erfolgreich (DATENCENTER: Ergebnisse aus Toronto).

    Im vergangenen Jahr hatte Zverev das Masters-Turnier in Kanada, das abwechselnd in Toronto und Montreal ausgetragen wird, im Finale gegen den 20-maligen Grand-Slam-Sieger Roger Federer gewonnen.

    Nach seinen erfolgreichen Titelverteidigungen in München und Washington D.C. bestätigte Zverev damit knapp drei Wochen vor den US Open in New York (27. August bis 10. September) weiter seine derzeitige Topform.


              Görges verpasst Montreal-Viertelfinale       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Julia Görges hat beim WTA-Turnier in Montreal den Viertelfinaleinzug verpasst. Die Wimbledon-Halbfinalistin unterlag der Lettin Anastasija Sevastova in der Runde der letzten 16 mit 3:6, 6:7 (2:7).

    Die 29-Jährige kämpfte sich nach dem ersten verlorenen Satz zurück, vergab aber eine 5:3-Führung im zweiten Satz und verlor im Tiebreak die Partie nach 1:38 Stunden (DATENCENTER: Ergebnisse aus Washington).

    In Görges schied die letzte Deutsche bei dem mit 2,820 Millionen Dollar dotierten Turnier in Kanada aus. Zuvor war bereits Wimbledonsiegerin Angelique Kerber (Kiel/Nr. 4) zum Auftakt der US-Hartplatzsaison in der zweiten Runde an der Französin Alize Cornet gescheitert, die in der ersten Runde Tatjana Maria geschlagen hatte. Kerber war mit einem Freilos direkt in die zweite Runde gestartet.


              UN Chief Calls for Independent Probe Into Airstrike on School Bus in Yemen      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling for an independent and prompt investigation into the deadly Saudi-led coalition deadly airstrike that hit a bus carrying children, United Nations deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said in a press release.
              Pentagon Chief Mattis Leaves for Trip to South America on August 12      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Secretary of Defense James Mattis leaves on his first trip to South America on Sunday to visit Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia, the Pentagon said in a press release on Thursday.
              State Dept Urges Saudi Coalition to Probe Deadly Strike on School Bus in Yemen      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States has called on the Saudi-led coalition operating in Yemen to carry out a thorough investigation into the attack on a bus carrying children in the country’s northern Saada province, US Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert told reports on Thursday.
              Juncker Sets Condition for EU to Buy More US LNG      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    During the president of the European Commission's last visit to the US, the sides agreed that the EU would start importing more US-grown soybeans and LNG in exchange for Washington lifting its hefty tariffs.
              New Pentagon Report Names Russia, China as Threats to US Space Capabilities      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A new space report by the Pentagon has named Russia and China as key threats to US space capabilities, according to a document released on Thursday.
              US Mulls More Sanctions Against Turkey as Talks on Pastor Brunson Fail – Reports      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Washington has imposed sanctions against Turkey's Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gul and Minister of Interior Suleyman Soylu for participating in the detention of US pastor Andrew Brunson who is suspected of being connected to the Gulen movement, deemed a terrorist group by Ankara.
              Pentagon Postpones Releasing Study on Sex Assault at US Military Bases - Reports      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Department of Defense stopped the release of a study about sexual assault risks at US military bases until September, USA Today reported on Thursday.
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              Le pétrole rattrapé par le conflit entre Pékin et Washington      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    New York (awp/afp) - Les cours du pétrole ont terminé en légère baisse jeudi, rattrapés une nouvelle fois par la crainte des conséquences des tensions entre Pékin et Washington sur la demande chinoise de brut. A Londres, le baril de Brent de...
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              Les Etats-Unis vont créer une "Force de l'espace" (Pence)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Washington - Le vice-président américain Mike Pence a annoncé jeudi la création d'une "Force de l'espace", souhaitée par Donald Trump, qui veut ainsi assurer que les Etats-Unis "dominent l'espace"."Le temps est venu d'écrire le prochain...
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    La Russie a promis jeudi des mesures de rétorsion aux nouvelles sanctions imposées par les Etats-Unis en lien avec l'empoisonnement à l'agent innervant Novitchok au Royaume-Uni, dénoncées par le Kremlin comme "inadmissibles", "inamicales" et...
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    Washington - Le vice-président américain Mike Pence a annoncé jeudi la création d'une "Force de l'espace", souhaitée par Donald Trump, qui veut ainsi assurer que les Etats-Unis "dominent l'espace"."Le temps est venu d'écrire le prochain...
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    "Inadmissibles", "inamicales", "illégales": le Kremlin a vivement dénoncé jeudi l'annonce des Etats-Unis de nouvelles sanctions économiques contre la Russie en lien avec l'empoisonnement à l'agent innervant Novitchok au Royaume-Uni, qui font...
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              Tribune withdraws from Sinclair merger, sues for $1 billion in damages over 'breach' of contract - Washington Post      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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              Auditors: 30M taxpayers will owe more due to low withholding      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    WASHINGTON (AP)— Congressional auditors say about 30 million people —21 percent of U.S. taxpayers—will have to come up with more money to pay their 2018 taxes next year because their employers withheld too little from their paychecks under government tables keyed to the new tax law. New tax withholding tables for employers were put together […]
              Electrical/Mechanical Engineers - Morrison-Maierle Inc - Sheridan, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Surrounded by the beauty of the western United States, Morrison-Maierle has offices throughout Montana, Wyoming, Washington, and Arizona....
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              Danger Zone      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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    David Harding, Counterspy

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    Stars: Edward Brophy, Hugh Beaumont, Ralph Sanford, Richard Travis, Virginia Dale

              Paddle Town Battle Results | #5: Washington D.C.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Washington D.C. offers countless standup paddling options with the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers and the June’s Bay Bridge Paddle in Annapolis, Maryland.

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    Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Washington County in effect until 7:30 PM CDT on August 09, 2018
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    Must have knowledge of general central office equipment and distributions such as Private Branch Exchanges such as the 5ESS or G3, main frame distribution and...
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