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Saturday, July 04, 2015

California regulators adopted a controversial plan Friday that will increase electricity bills for those who use the least power ... People with a household income under $27,400 should see monthly bills rise $5.84; those with household incomes ranging from $27,400 to $54,800 will see an increase of $4.59; those with incomes of $54,800 to $82,200 will see a $2.40 increase; households in the $82,200 to $137,000 range will see a 70 cent increase; and people with household incomes over $137,000 will see a reduction of $5.78 a month, according to estimates in a blog post by Borenstein.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney will be hosting two rival Republican presidential contenders at a holiday sleepover Friday evening.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will both be staying over at Romney's property in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, an aide to Romney confirmed. Read more

"Back to the Future," the ultimate action-comedy-romance-sci-fi flick, turns 30 on July 3. The classic film invented its own form of time-travel (if you watch the movie 88 times in a row, you will have traveled 10,208 minutes into the future), but even the most dedicated fans may not know what went went down before the film even made it to theaters. Here are some facts about "Back to the Future" every DeLorean diehard should know:

The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin have leapt to the defence of the expensive F-35 stealth jet after it was embarrassingly outperformed by a 40-year-old F-16 jet in a dogfight.

A mock air battle was held over the Pacific Ocean between the cutting-edge F-35 - meant to be the most sophisticated jet ever - and an F-16, which was designed in the 1970s.

But according to the test pilot, the F-35 is still too slow to hit an enemy plane or dodge gunfire. So far, it has cost the US military more than $350billion.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Friday said that Iran poses an "existential threat" to Israel, and that she hoped the US and world powers would strike a deal which curbs Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

Earlier in the day, Clinton suggested to potential Jewish donors in closed-door meetings that she would be a better president for Israel than incumbent Barack Obama, Politico reported.
The report claimed that at a New York fundraiser last week, Clinton told a group of mostly Jewish donors that she would be able to mend the fractured relationship between Washington and Jerusalem.

Today, another group rose up to voice opposition to the TPP. This time the opposition is based on an unintended consequence of the NAFTA and CAFTA trade deals. While these deals costs jobs and factories in the U.S., they also devastated small farms in northern Mexico, causing a massive forced migration northward. This has resulted in tension in the US over immigrant rights. The proposed TPP could displace an estimated 1.2 million workers in the CAFTA countries and Mexico, resulting in more migration northward.

When Americans fire up their grills on Independence Day, they'll dump up to 882 million pounds of carbon pollution into the atmosphere -- the equivalent of burning 2,145 railcars of coal. And that doesn't even include the carbon burned just by driving to July 4 celebrations or the pollution that leeches from fireworks displays.

While it's unlikely those stats will convince most Americans to skip the summer cookouts and fireworks, there is a less socially obtrusive way to be more environmentally responsible on the Fourth of July: Avoid the traditional barbecue fare.
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Your recent remarks about Judge Clarence Thomas are way out of line. Grossly out of line. If you were guiding the Enterprise into the dock station of the Death Star on your way to a meeting with Dr. Who you could not be more out of line than what you said about the only black sitting Supreme Court Justice.

I understand that you disagree with his dissent on the recent gay marriage ruling. Rather than taking up more space in this column I'll just include a link here in case anyone wants to read the remarks directly. To summarize, Justice Thomas commented that human dignity is an endowment of the Creator and not government, per our Constitution. This is the exact reason our Founding Fathers were deliberate about explaining that rights only come from a Creator. This means the Creator is the only one who can remove those rights.
George, did you seriously have to call a man who is only the second black Supreme Court Justice in history a "clown in blackface?"

On Friday, CJ Pearson, a 12-year-old Georgia conservative who made news with a viral video questioning President Obama's love of the United States, announced on Facebook that he and his family had been the target of threats on Twitter. Pearson told Examiner that he's physically okay, but is "distraught" from the threat.

"I had a horribly rough night on Twitter after a woman not only threatened to sue me for expressing my opinions but threatened my family," he said. "At this point, I've decided that it's best for me to take a step back and evaluate all of my options before continuing down this path."

"In the meantime, I do have a team that will be monitoring my social networks while I take some time to spend with my family," he added. "Please keep me in your prayers."

A federal indictment unsealed today accuses four people of running or aiding a slave-labor ring that smuggled Guatemalan teenagers as young as 14 into the United States, forcing them to live in horrible conditions and taking the money they made working at central Ohio egg farms.

The charges, announced by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland, are against Aroldo Castillo-Serrano, 33, of Pecos, Texas; Conrado Salgado Soto, 52, of Raymond; Ana Angelica Pedro Juan, 21, of Columbus; and Juan Pablo Duran Jr., 23, of Marysville.

Alcoholism is a major problem in the United States. Previous studies have identified that genetics may play a factor in dependency but a new study suggests that blue eyes might also encourage the eventual development of alcoholism. Read more

The FBI now finally admits that alien beings from other dimensions visit Earth.

In startling declassified documents, it is revealed that the FBI had prior knowledge of these visits and were aware of their existence. Read more

The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt.

Some of America's closest allies say President Barack Obama and other Western leaders, including David Cameron, are failing to show strategic leadership over the world's gravest security crisis for decades.

They now say they are willing to "go it alone" in supplying heavy weapons to the Kurds, even if means defying the Iraqi authorities and their American backers, who demand all weapons be channelled through Baghdad.

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Friday, July 03, 2015

Which candidate will emerge from the crowded Republican presidential field next year? Can anyone stop or at least slow down Hillary Clinton's seemingly inevitable march to the Democratic nomination? Will Democrats be able to match the GOP in Super PAC spending? And will there be new revelations about Clinton's e-mails or the Clinton Foundation's fundraising practices?
These are some of the questions that are dominating discussion of the 2016 presidential election in the media and among Washington political insiders.
What you need to know is that the answers to these questions, interesting as they might be, will have almost no bearing on the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Read more

William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics: Quantum computers require cool, carefully tended environments that are beyond our current technological capabilities. But Massimiliano Di Ventra, a physicist and computer scientist at the University of California, San Diego, has an entirely different solution. He and a team of his colleagues have just designed and built the first brain-like computer prototype that bypasses certain structural limits of our modern electronics. Called the memcomputer, its the first computer to store and processes info simultaneously. It's announced today in the journal Science Advances. Read more

WASHINGTON -- Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party's presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump, a businessman turned presidential candidate who's refusing to apologize for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers.

Trump's comments, delivered in his announcement speech last month, have haunted the party for much of the last two weeks and dominated Spanish-language media. It's bad timing for a Republican Party that has invested significantly in Hispanic outreach in recent years, given the surging influence of the minority vote. Read more

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