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Friday, June 23, 2017

Before he was Donald Trump's White House social media coordinator, Dan Scavino lived with his wife, Jennifer, in a 2,900-square-foot colonial-style home on a winding residential street in Hopewell Junction, New York. The couple's half-million dollar dream home had four bedrooms, central air and a yard plenty big for two sons and two portuguese water dogs to play in. A Mercedes Benz GL550 and a leased Toyota Avalon sat in their three-car driveway. The Scavinos were an aspirational archetype of American success. Dan had risen from a lowly caddy at one of Trump's golf courses to an executive in Trump's golfing empire, all before he hit 40. He had his own business, Scavino & Associates, that operated from their home. But, despite their good fortune, like many American families the Scavinos were one illness away from economic catastrophe. Their 2015 bankruptcy filing, retrieved by The Daily Beast, tells another quintessentially American story. read more

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

In a move that highlights the shifting landscape of global auto production, Ford Motor said Tuesday that it would build its next-generation small car in China rather than in the United States or Mexico.

The decision underscores the potential for China to export more vehicles for sale to American buyers, and the reluctance of domestic automakers to invest in additional production in Mexico.

Ford currently builds its Focus compact car in Michigan, as well as in China and Europe.

Last year, the company said it planned to shift Focus production to a plant under construction in Mexico, primarily because of lower labor costs. But Ford canceled the project in January after it met stiff opposition from President Trump, who had repeatedly criticized the company for investing in Mexican jobs at the expense of American ones. read more

A man who serves as a bodyguard for a notorious white nationalist has been hospitalized after being stabbed nine times by two assailants following a pro-Trump rally.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Antonio Foreman, the bodyguard for white nationalist internet personality Tim "@BakedAlaska" Gionet, was stabbed by two men named Edgar Khodzhafaryan, 30, and Arsen Bekverdyan, 31, this past Saturday night after getting into a verbal altercation with them.

Lt. Saul Rodriguez, a Santa Monica police spokesman, tells the Los Angeles Times that his department believes Foreman was stabbed due to the argument he was having with the two men in the parking lot, and not due to racial or political animus.

Despite this, however, Gionet is insisting that Foreman was targeted for being white, and on the crowdfunding page set up to help Foreman pay his medical bills similarly claims that he was "stabbed 9 times for being white in Los Angeles." read more

Monday, June 19, 2017

Human remains found in a Virginia pond are believed to belong to a teen who went missing early Sunday on her way to a mosque in Fairfax County, according to police.

The victim, identified by authorities with her first name, Nabra, was walking with a group of friends for an all-night prayer session after breaking their Ramadan fast when she got into a dispute with a man in a car at approximately 4 a.m., according to Fairfax County Police Department and NBC Washington.

During the confrontation, the suspect, Darwin A. Martinez Torres, 22, of Sterling, Virginia, is believed to have gotten out of his vehicle to assault the victim, police said. read more

Saturday, June 17, 2017

General Electric plans to close a plant in Waukesha and move its 300-plus jobs to Canada. Workers at the plant are angry, and they're accusing President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan of failing them, but GE officials say another factor is to blame. "I came to work on a Monday -- never in my wildest dreams thinking that one of the big upper echelon people/person would come and tell us that 'you're fired and we're moving to Canada,'" Jeff Neibauer said. Neibauer has built Waukesha engines at the same plant for 24 years. ... The factory drove the community's economy for more than 100 years. It sits just outside Paul Ryan's congressional district, but some workers say he failed them. "Doesn't he realize that we voted for him? He should have been there and saw my wife crying. He should have been there," Kenneth Olsen said. read more


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