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Monday, August 26, 2019

Locally sourced Basque food prepared by Michelin-star chefs may have been on the menu, but that didn't satisfy Donald Trump during a G7 summit dinner in Biarritz, France on Saturday night (Aug. 24). According to reporting by the Guardian, heated debates began when the US president demanded the group readmit Russia. Russia was removed by the previously named G8 after it annexed Crimea in 2014. During the seaside meal, French president Emmanuel Macron and European Council president Donald Tusk opposed Trump's demands. A diplomat present told the publication that the evening was tense: "Most of the other leaders insisted on this being a family, a club, a community of liberal democracies and for that reason they said you cannot allow president Putin"who does not represent that"back in."

Axios reported Sunday that President Donald Trump suggested "multiple times" that Homeland and national security officials explore using nuclear bombs to stop hurricanes from striking the United States.

During one hurricane briefing at the White House, Trump responded: "I got it. Why don't we nuke them?" according to an unnamed source who was present, Axios reported. "We drop a bomb inside the eye of the hurricane and it disrupts it. Why can't we do that?"

According to the source, people at the meeting wondered: "What the fuck?" But Trump was told by the person who briefed him about the hurricane that they would "look into it." One "senior administration official" didn't think the idea was so bad.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

An amazing photo of Melania Trump emerged Sunday afternoon in which she is seen eyeing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with obvious warmth. Witnesses reported hearing her cooing, "Monsieur Trudeau, you call me, yace? He konk out 9 o'clock. I no haff fun. I need man. You haff nice body." Read more

Iran's foreign minister made a brief and unannounced visit to the G7 summit in France on Sunday. Mohammad Javad Zarif attended side-line talks in the seaside town of Biarritz where world leaders, including US President Donald Trump, have gathered. Read more

The Seattle Sounders beat the Portland Timbers 2-1 at Providence Park on Friday night, avenging their loss to the Timbers at CenturyLink Field a month ago, and ensuring against the odds that the Cascadia Cup will remain in Washington for another year.

It was a typically entertaining, spirited contest between American soccer's greatest rivals. Seattle center back Xavier Arreaga, playing in his first derby, collapsed to the ground in front of the Timbers Army in exhaustion and exultation when the final whistle sounded, the Timbers' Jeremy Ebobisse kicked the air in frustration.

The result mattered. It always does. But on this night, the result, the soccer, was secondary. Read more

In a speech before the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem, Netanyahu described a meeting between Husseini and Hitler in November, 1941: "Hitler didn't want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jew. And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, 'If you expel them, they'll all come here (to Palestine).' According to Netanyahu, Hitler then asked: "What should I do with them?" and the mufti replied: "Burn them."

Controversial Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) suggested Friday that "Israeli occupation" was to blame after Palestinian terrorists murdered a 17-year-old Jewish girl hiking with her family in the West Bank The girl, Rina Shnerb, was killed when an improvised explosive devise denoted at a popular tourist site outside the West Bank settlement of Dolev. Shnerb was pronounced dead at the scene, while her father and brother sustained life-threatening injuries and were airlifted out of the area. Read more

From the vast deserts of Saudi Arabia to the crowded neighborhoods of Beirut, a drone war has taken flight across the wider Middle East, raising the stakes in the ongoing tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

The rise of bots in the guise of black people on social media remains a worrisome issue heading into the 2020 elections. The 3,500 ads on Facebook by the Russian Internet Research agency were centered largely on Black American Culture over all other identity and race-based narratives. Read more

While the theoretical possibility of multidimensional quantum teleportation has been known to scientists for nearly three decades, the research team had to develop a new experimental method and the necessary technology to finally achieve it. Researchers from the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the University of Vienna, together with their colleagues from the University of Science and Technology of China, have succeeded for the first time in history in teleporting three-dimensional quantum states, or "qutrits". Read more

As part of his ever-escalating trade war with China, Donald Trump has ordered Americans to stop patronizing Chinese restaurants. "If they think they can outsmart me, they better think again," said the master negotiator. "I am hitting them where it hurts, in the stomach. This was always my nuclear option and I'm using it. No more family nights at the local Chinese restaurant ... no more takeout." Following Trump's latest directive, which he put out in a tweet, a few staff members gently tried to explain to Trump that the People's Republic of China does not own any restaurants in the United States, let alone Chinese restaurants; that this boycotting of Chinese eateries will have no effect on our adversary. Read more

Bigotry comes with a hefty price! A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling in the case of four couples who were denied marriage licenses by Kim Davis. The federal panel announced on Friday, that the Commonwealth of Kentucky is responsible for paying the couples $225,000 in legal fees from their 2015 cases. "The Court of Appeals correctly found that April Miller and the other ACLU clients prevailed by forcing the former Clerk to abandon her unlawful policy of withholding marriage licenses from the public," William E. Sharp, cooperating attorney for the ACLU of Kentucky wrote in a statement. "By affirming the sizeable fee award, the Court also sent a strong message to other government officials in Kentucky that it is not only unconstitutional to use public office to impose one's personal religious views on others, but that it also can be a very expensive mistake." Read more

US supermarket chain Walmart and Tesla are working to solve the issues which allegedly caused solar panel fires in seven of its stores, Reuters reports. It follows a lawsuit launched by the retailer, alleging "widespread negligence" when the panels were installed on roofs. Clean energy firm SolarCity had installed panels on 240 Walmart stores, and was bought by Tesla in 2016. In a joint statement, the firms said they were addressing the concerns. Read more

Saturday, August 24, 2019

NASA is looking into claims that an astronaut accessed her estranged wife's bank account from space during a six-month stint on the International Space Station. Decorated astronaut and US Army lieutenant colonel Anne McClain has been accused of improperly gaining access to Summer Worden's online bank account using NASA computers, the New York Times reported.


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