Military chiefs have concerns about politicization of Trump’s July 4th event

(CNN)Military chiefs have concerns about the politicization of President Donald Trump’s July 4 event, a source with direct knowledge told CNN. In the planning for the event, Pentagon leaders also had reservations about putting tanks or other armored vehicles on display, the source said. RELATED: Trump claims military is ‘thrilled’ to participate in his July 4 celebration “Military members may not participate in political campaigns,” said Jordan Libowitz, communications director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “This is likely the reason why they’re hesitant to participate, because the guidelines are pretty clear about what they can and cannot do. If they come to stand next to him for a political speech while in uniform, representing the military, it …

The left is fighting back, even in Republican states, as it attempts to reshape capitalism | Will Hutton

As Trump announces his candidacy, forces are already mustering to confront him Behold the new political yobs. The British and American right, once keen to engage intellectually with the left and firmly anchored in business and the middle class, have now become yobs in their evidence-free, argument-free attitude to trade and foreigners. They are guided by noxious prejudice and the simple rule that their flag and interest must rule whatever. Yobs too in their attitudes to all the decent impulses in society: tolerance; the rule of law (thats for suckers); a welcome to immigrants, fair play; respect for truth, personal integrity. The triumph of the new nativism is the triumph of the yob. Our societies, let alone our politics, have …

Sadiq Khan hits back at Trump, calling him ‘six-foot-three child’

Comment is latest retort in long-running feud after US president called London mayor a loser Sadiq Khan has described Donald Trump as a six-foot-three child in the White House in an ongoing war of words with the US president. The mayor of London made the comment in a room of teachers at the Together for Education event at Central Hall in Westminster on Saturday. Khan joked that he had made sure to switch his phone off. He said: For those of you that have your phones on, if somebody starts tweeting about me a 6ft 3 child in the White House can you let me know? It is the latest insult to be fired between Khan and Trump, in what …

Who’s No. 2 in 2020?

(CNN)There’s no question who the frontrunner is, right now, in the 2020 race. It’s Joe Biden. THE POINT — NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe! Momentum is clearly on Warren’s side. A new national poll put her in front of Sanders last week, as did a Nevada poll conducted by Monmouth University. And she’s receiving loads of positive press coverage at the moment; “Elizabeth Warren Is Completely Serious” from The New York Times, “Elizabeth Warren is proving her doubters wrong” in the Washington Post and “Can Elizabeth Warren Win It All?” from the New Yorker. There’s also the fact …

A reminder that African Americans are not surprised when politicians stumble on race

(CNN)Critics pounced when Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden fondly recalled working with two infamous segregationist senators in the 1970s. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, one of Biden’s rivals for the 2020 Democratic nomination, called on him to apologize, but here’s an uncomfortable truth: There are some black voters who have taken the same pragmatic approach to politics. Some will even support racist politicians. Here’s why. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Mayor Pete Enlists a Silicon Valley Vet to Bring In the Money

Presidential campaigns get compared to a lot of things: a marathon, a film. Or a battleship. An iceberg. An "MRI of the soul." More recently, the metaphor of choice has been the tech startup. Even amid a growing backlash to Big Tech, evoking a no-nonsense startup retains some appeal, with its suggestion of scrappy agility, innovation, and single-minded focus. But at least one candidate takes the idea more literally: Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, whose campaign has rocketed from underdog to top-tier status seemingly overnight. “We want to build a campaign that’s a little disruptive, kind of entrepreneurial. Right now, it feels like a startup,” his campaign manager told the AP earlier this year. To help …

Florida just banned sanctuary cities. At least 11 other states have, too

(CNN)Florida just banned sanctuary cities. And it’s not alone. “We got it done,” DeSantis told a crowd of cheering supporters. It’s the latest move by a state to take immigration matters into its own hands, particularly around a controversial question that’s become a political lightning rod: Can local governments limit their cooperation with the feds when it comes to immigration enforcement? Critics — including President Donald Trump — say local sanctuary policies endanger public safety, but his administration’s efforts to cut off federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities have been stymied so far by numerous court challenges. Supporters of sanctuary policies argue they keep communities safe by fostering trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement. Many of the largest cities …

Austerity to blame for 130,000 preventable UK deaths report

Two decades of public health improvements have stalled, says IPPR thinktank More than 130,000 deaths in the UK since 2012 could have been prevented if improvements in reducing preventable disease flatline since 2012. At the same time, local authorities have seen significant cuts to their public health budgets, which has severely impacted the capacity of preventative services. Social conditions for many have failed to improve since the economic crisis, creating a perfect storm that encourages harmful health behaviours. This health challenge will only continue to worsen. The IPPR calls for a radical new prevention strategy involving a renewed and increased commitment to the states role in preventing disease. No longer can we place the burden of responsibility exclusively upon the …

Elizabeth Warren breaks through crowded 2020 field — with a plan

(CNN)For five months now, Elizabeth Warren has bounced around the country pitching ambitious ideas — typically anchored by well-timed policy rollouts — to achieve the “big, structural change” at the core of her pitch to Democratic primary voters. That appeal, typically confined to modest-sized “organizing events,” has begun to spill over into social media, pop culture and the national press. During her Thursday morning appearance on “The View,” an audience member held up a small flag reading, “Warren has a plan for that.” She appeared on Time magazine’s cover with those words — “I have a plan for that” — in headline print alongside her face, which looked on heroically to some distant horizon. For those paying attention — and …

‘Convoluted mess’: Tory support for May’s Brexit deal drains away

Withdrawal of support suggests deal may be defeated by greater margin than last time A string of Conservative MPs have said they can no longer back Theresa Mays Brexit deal, in a sign that many could be willing to vote it down in order to hasten her departure as prime minister. At least 23 Tories who backed the deal last time said they were unlikely to support her Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Trump eyes Biden as he ramps up reelection bid with Pennsylvania rally

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump kicked off his hangar rally Monday in Montoursville, Pennsylvania, touting economic growth under his administration. He predicted that it should be “very easy” to debate the eventual 2020 Democratic nominee because of his economic successes. The President’s challenges in Rust Belt states, critical to his narrow 2016 victory, are at the forefront of advisers’ minds. Polling conducted by the Trump campaign last month confirmed cracks in his support in Pennsylvania and Michigan, reinforcing warnings from the 2018 midterms, when Democrats took back the House. Trump hopes rallies will be part of the solution to shoring up his support. Frustrated by the increasing amount of TV news coverage the Democratic presidential candidates are attracting, Trump is looking …

House Democrats aim — and train — for more air time on Fox News

(CNN)The Democratic National Committee is keeping Fox News off the presidential primary debate calendar, but Democrats in the House of Representatives — now in the majority and eager to showcase their ideas — are trying to boost their presence on the channel. Michael LaRosa, communications director at the DPCC, said it would be a missed opportunity for Democrats not to speak to the channel’s large audience. “Members want to go on Fox, and we encourage them to do so. There are three big cable news networks, and one of the three happens to be Fox,” said LaRosa. “So, our view is, why alienate or ignore all of those viewers?” Cuomo: Trump acts like Fox News cheated on him This question …

Hacktivists Are on the Risebut Less Effective Than Ever

In the United States, the public discourse has lately centered around nation-state disinformation campaigns much more than hacktivism. But internationally, dramatic or destructive digital acts that call attention to particular issues continue to simmer—and boiled over in the lead-up to the ouster of longtime Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir. The #OpSudan effort did not directly lead to al-Bashir's arrest. But it's one of several recent campaigns that show how hacktivists can ride the waves of burgeoning geopolitical movements and garner legitimacy within their communities. "There has been an increase in hacktivism in general in the first quarter of 2019," says Adam Meyers, vice president of intelligence at the security firm Crowdstrike. "We did see quite a bit of geopolitically motivated hacktivism—Venezuela, …

Boeing relied on single sensor for 737 Max that had been flagged 216 times to FAA

Washington (CNN)The device linked to the Boeing 737 Max software that has been scrutinized after two deadly crashes was previously flagged in more than 200 incident reports submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration, but Boeing did not flight test a scenario in which it malfunctioned, CNN has learned. FAA data analyzed by CNN supports that assessment. The FAA has received at least 216 reports of AOA sensors failing or having to be repaired, replaced or adjusted since 2004, according to data from the FAA’s Service Difficulty Reporting website. Those reports, about one-fifth of which involve Boeing planes, include incidents in which AOA sensors were frozen, improperly installed, struck by lightning or even hit by flying birds. In some cases, faulty …