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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Donald Trump lashed out at Colorado Springs Fire Marshal Brett Lacey at his Friday rally, blaming him for the fact that not everyone who held tickets to the event could get inside -- but Lacey said that was because rally organizers gave out too many tickets. "The reason they won't let them in is because they don't know what the hell they're doing," Trump said Friday. "Now because of your fire marshal, who I am not a fan of, he's probably a Democrat, probably a guy than doesn't get it...." This came after Colorado Springs firefighters rescued Trump and about ten others from a stalled elevator just before his speech by prying open the top and lowering a ladder, according to KKTV. Lacey responded by simply saying it is his job to make sure everyone is safe at such events. He also recently received recognition from the city for helping the wounded after the 2015 mass shooting at Planned Parenthood. Read more

Palestinian authority president Mahmoud Abbas announced his intention to sue the British state for its part in helping to establish Israeli regime and its subsequent crimes against the Palestinian people.

The statement was made at the Arab League Summit this week in Mauritania by Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki in Abbas' absence, Ria Novosti reported.

Abbas' statement called on other members of the Arab League to support Palestine in carrying out a lawsuit against the UK over the Balfour Declaration, which paved the way for the creation of Israel in 1948.

Mahmoud Abbas and his government pointed the finger at Britain for facilitating and ultimately supporting "Israeli crimes". He also said that the UK was one of the main parties responsible for the mass displacement of Palestinians in 1948.

‘Any one of Trump's less-than-sterling qualities -- his erratic temperament, his dodgy business practices, his racism, his Putin-like strongman inclinations and faux-populist demagoguery, his contempt for the rule of law, his ignorance -- is enough to be disqualifying. His convention-speech comment, "I alone can fix it," should make every American shudder. He is, we believe, a danger to the Republic.'

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after he lashes out at the Muslim parents of a dead U.S. soldier

Republican Donald Trump lashed out Saturday at two Muslim-American parents who lost their son while he served in the U.S. military in Iraq and who appeared at the Democratic convention last week, stirring outrage among critics who said the episode proves that Trump lacks the compassion and temperament to be president.

"Who wrote that? Did Hillary's script writers write it?" he asked in an interview with ABC.

Trump also questioned why Khan's wife, Ghazala, did not speak on stage, despite the fact that she sat for an interview with MSNBC the following day.

"His wife, if you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say," he said. "You tell me, but plenty of people have written that. She was extremely quiet and it looked like she had nothing to say." Read more

J.D. and his people are called rednecks and hillbillies. But Vance made it out of the holler, way out. The Marines led him to Ohio State, then Yale Law School and finally a job as a principal at a Silicon Valley investment firm. Looking back on his youth, and all he fled, yields a frank, unsentimental, harrowing memoir, "Hillbilly Elegy." It's a superb book given an extra layer of importance by its political reverberations: When Vance returns home these days, he sees yard after yard festooned with Trump signs. Read more

Donald Trump poses "extreme dangers" to the United States and the world, journalist and co-founding editor of The Intercept Glenn Greenwald says in a new interview published at Slate.

But to stop the GOP presidential nominee from getting elected, "U.S. media and U.S. elites" must take a lesson from the recent Brexit debacle, he warns -- and bending over backwards to link Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin isn't the right approach. Read more

Both Campaigns Stunned After Houston Chronicle Makes VERY Surprising Endorsement.
One of the largest newspapers in all of Texas, which previously endorsed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, has now officially endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
On Friday, the Houston Chronicle made its official endorsement known in an article titled: "These are unsettling times that require a steady hand: That's not Donald Trump."

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has opened a significant lead over Republican nominee Donald Trump, now leading him by 15 points, according to a new online nationwide survey conducted on Friday, July 29th by RABA Research, a bipartisan polling firm.

Among likely voters, Clinton garners 46% support to Trump's 31%. Libertarian Gary Johnson now captures 7% of the vote, while Jill Stein sits at 2%.

A RABA Research poll conducted the day after the Republican convention showed a tighter race, with Clinton at 39% and Trump at 34%. Johnson was at 8% in that survey, while Stein found 3% support.

"After closing the gap to single digits last week, Trump's post-convention bounce has disappeared," said RABA Research's John Del Cecato, a Democratic partner with the firm. "While Trump continues to struggle to consolidate support within his own party, Clinton has a sizable lead among independents, and is even peeling off a small slice of Republican voters."

An Australian mural of US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in a revealing, stars and stripes swimsuit may be taken down, after it has reportedly been deemed offensive. The provocative mural is on the wall of a small business in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray, and reports say the business has been asked by the local Maribyrnong Council to remove it. "We believe it is offensive because of the depiction of a near-naked woman, not on the basis of disrespect to Hillary Clinton, in accordance with the Graffiti Prevention Act 2007," the council's chief executive Stephen Wall told Fairfax Media on Friday. Read more

Hillary Clinton visited a toy factory here on Friday to talk about her economic plans, but it was her history-making status that some in the audience wanted to discuss.

For them, the chance to elect the first female president to succeed the first black president was a sign of significant progress for the country.

Becca Burnett, 35, said Obama and Clinton would be the only presidents her young children would know.

"How amazing would it be if they grew up in that world?" she said. "It says things to them the world didn't say to me."

Chris Wiseman, 43, said he's been on the fence about voting for Clinton but thinks of what her presidency would mean for his 2-year-old daughter.

"That's a huge thing for me," he said. "I wish that was played up more." Read more

He's a Republican. He's anti-gay. He's all about "family values." So of course he just got busted for having a sex video of himself on his work computer.
Nebraska GOP state Senator Bill Kintner is being urged to resign by Republican Governor Pete Ricketts after the Nebraska State Patrol discovered a sexually explicit video of Kintner on the government computer he uses for work.

A source familiar with the situation said Kintner told investigators about the video when he asked the Nebraska State Patrol for help with computer problems in July 2015.

The patrol confirmed Friday that Kintner had sought help for "what he believed to be a potential internet scam that occurred while the senator was in Massachusetts using his state computer."

There's a good reason people don't throw themselves out of airplanes without parachutes or wingsuits, and that's because it rarely ends well. Skydiver Luke Aikins will be hoping that tomorrow is one of the rare occasions where that's not the case, as he jumps 'chute- and 'suit-less from 25,000 ft (7,620 m).
The stunt, which is going by the name of "Heaven Sent," is said to be a first-of-its-kind. It will be the pinnacle of a 26-year career for the 42-year-old Aikins and will set a world record for the highest jump without a parachute or wingsuit. Read more

LOCKHART, Texas - Federal officials say a hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people caught on fire and crashed in Central Texas, and it is unclear whether there are injuries or deaths.

Lynn Lunsford with the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the accident happened about 8:40 a.m. Saturday near Lockhart, Texas, when the hot air balloon crashed into a pasture.

Lunsford said that the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are going to the scene to investigate.

High temperatures in upstate New York have apparently caused horse manure to spontaneously combust into flames.

According to The Associated Press, the state Department of Environmental Conservation discovered the issue after they received several complaints about the smell and smoke coming from the flaming piles. It was found that the owners of a horse stable in Throop, New York had been storing the manure in large piles that would catch fire due excessive heat and dry conditions.

Three local fire departments responded to the fire, which took about two hours to extinguish. Read more

The findings that some 53 per cent of Scottish voters would rather stay with the UK has seriously undermined the SNP and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The humiliating stats came to light just hours after SNP's Westminster leader Angus Robertson said Scotland was "truly on the brink of independence". Sturgeon has claimed Brexit would cause a surge in Scots opting to leave Britain after suggesting 62 per cent of Scottish people chose to remain in the Brussels bloc. She added that the country's voice is being ignored and a second independence referendum is now "highly likely".

There's this bloke, Paul Waterhouse, a producer mate of mine from Channel Seven, who I've worked with over many stories for their Sunday Night program. In terms of passions, the thing that stood out after his love for his wife, Beth, and his love of making television, was Aussie rules.
There he was with Beth and their daughter, last month, attending the Giants v Swans game when, at quarter-time, one of the Swans fans taps them on the shoulder and says, "Hey isn't that you guys up on the screen?" It is! And the ground announcer is saying Paul has been selected at random to have a go at three-quarters time at winning $100,000, by attempting to kick a football into a pile of Toyo tyres, 30 metres away. Read more

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