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President Donald Trump's military parade will be postponed, likely slated for 2019, the Pentagon reported Thursday. Reports emerged earlier Thursday that the cost of the parade went over budget by $80 million, an unnamed official told CNBC. An initial estimate in July put the cost of the parade at $12 million but an updated figure, which included interagency expenses, put the estimate at $92 million, CNBC reported.


The residues of Roundup, which remain in genetically modified foods, are believed to cause many dangerous effects to human health, including the death of embryonic cells and extreme damage to the intestinal microbiome. These foods are ubiquitous, with soy, maize, corn, sorghum, canola, alfalfa and cotton being largely contaminated with Roundup. In a world of modern processed foods, a surprising majority of ingredient lists contain at least one of these items. Many forward-thinking companies and restaurants are now excluding GMOs from their product offerings. read more


MarketWatch by Mark DeCambre, Published: Aug 15, 2018 10:18 p.m. ET The Dow Jones Industrial Average notched a dubious distinction on Wednesday, as U.S. equity benchmarks fell firmly lower. The blue-chip benchmark failed to move 10% above the closing low hit earlier in the year, and has now spent the longest period in correction territory -- 131 trading sessions -- since the 223 sessions in 1961, according to Dow Jones Market Data.


Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt incorrectly said Thursday that the U.S. defeated "communist Japan" in World War II as she defended America's greatness. "We defeated communist Japan," Earhardt said on "Fox & Friends" as she responded to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) saying America "was never that great" a day prior.


Scientists have found a way to rapidly create the mineral magnesite in a lab both inexpensively and potentially at scale. This could be coupled with carbon sequestration, a process in which carbon is injected and stored underground, typically in depleted oil and gas fields. Reducing the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere can be both a result of reducing input as well as increasing output of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.-FTA read more


When President Trump signed a $716 billion military spending bill on Monday, he claimed the authority to override dozens of provisions that he deemed improper constraints on his executive powers. In a signing statement that the White House quietly issued after 9 p.m. on Monday -- about six hours after Mr. Trump signed the bill in a televised ceremony at Fort Drum in New York -- Mr. Trump deemed about 50 of its statutes to be unconstitutional intrusions on his presidential powers, meaning that the executive branch need not enforce or obey them as written.


Having worked closely with the F.B.I. over many years on counterintelligence investigations, I was well aware of Russia's ability to work surreptitiously within the United States, cultivating relationships with individuals who wield actual or potential power. (T)hese Russian operatives and agents are well trained in the art of deception. They troll political, business and cultural waters in search of gullible or unprincipled individuals who become pliant in the hands of their Russian puppet masters. read more


More than 300 U.S. newspapers are running editorials Thursday that promote press freedom to counter Donald Trump's attacks on the media, in a move coordinated by The Boston Globe. President Trump has often attacked some media reports as "fake news" and called journalists the "enemy of the people," and "very dangerous and sick," in a tweet earlier this month. read more


Zack Beauchamp: I reported from the "Unite the Right 2" rally in Washington on Sunday. It was a dreary failure that attracted around 30 people in total and literally ended before it was supposed to start. I interviewed one alt-right supporter who had been confused by the poorly updated rally website and ended up missing the entire demonstration; I walked around the crowd of counter protesters that dwarfed the neo-Nazis by orders of magnitude. But as pathetic as of all that was, none of it was quite as hilariously humiliating to the alt-right as the video below -- in which the rally's organizer, Jason Kessler, is yelled at by his father to get out of his parents' room in the middle of a live stream with a fellow alt-righter. read more


Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 -- August 16, 2018) was an American singer and songwriter. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister. In 1960, at the age of 18, she embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but only achieving modest success. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "Spanish Harlem" and "Think". By the end of the 1960s she had gained the title "The Queen of Soul". read more


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may have just handed Republicans a ready-made campaign ad for his rumored 2020 presidential bid -- by declaring Wednesday that America "was never that great." The Democratic star made the seemingly offhand remark as part of his rebuke of President Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan during a New York speech. But the line drew gasps from the crowd. "We're not going to make America great again. It was never that great," Cuomo said, to an awkward blend of gasps and chuckles. "We have not reached greatness, we will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged, we will reach greatness when discrimination and stereotyping against women, 51 percent of our population, is gone and every woman's full potential is realized and unleashed and every woman is making her full contribution," he said. read more


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

An Oklahoma school has been temporarily closed after a group of parents hurled abuse at a transgender student on Facebook. Twelve-year-old "Maddie" (not her real name) has identified as a girl since 2016. She had previously used the staff bathroom, but following renovations she struggled to find it and instead used the girls' facilities. read more


The Christian baker whose refusal to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court is suing Colorado after the state ruled that he had discriminated against another customer, this time a transgender woman.


A Phoenix father is behind bars after he said he punched a man who had tried to get into the bathroom stall his daughter was using. The man eventually died of his injuries and now Melvin Harris III is facing murder charges.


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