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Sessions Lauds Miami and Rebukes Chicago in Escalating Fight With Sanctuary Cities – New York Times

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mr. Sessions tied violence in Chicago to its government’s refusal to follow Miami’s example. “The same Independence Day weekend when Chicago suffered more than 100 shootings and 15 homicides, Miami-Dade also had a historic number of shooting deaths: Zero,” he said. Mr. Sessions’s remarks came just over a week after Chicago sued the Justice Department for its plans to cut off federal grant money to sanctuary cities, which the attorney…

Baltimore Mayor Had Statues Removed in ‘Best Interest of My City’ – New York Times

Thursday, August 17, 2017

“The mayor has the right to protect her city,” she said. “For me, the statues represented pain, and not only did I want to protect my city from any more of that pain, I also wanted to protect my city from any of the violence that was occurring around the nation. We don’t need that in Baltimore.” In recent days, cities and resident from Gainesville, Fla. to Lexington, Ky., called…

Richard Spencer group seeks September event at Michigan State – USA TODAY

Thursday, August 17, 2017

After being denied requests to speak on campus by both Texas A&M and University of Florida this week, the organization run by white nationalist Richard Spencer is seeking to rent space for an event at Michigan State University. The National Policy Institute, the organization Spencer runs, reached out to Michigan State to inquire about an event in mid-September. BREAKING: Michigan State University reviewing request from alt-right group lead by Richard…

Both Bush presidents just spoke out on Charlottesville — and sound nothing like Trump – Washington Post

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Reactions to Trump’s post-Charlottesville statements have not been as positive. Speaking hours after a man plowed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing a woman, Trump condemned “the egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.” After the criticism of Trump’s response, he had a stronger — and more specific — condemnation at a Monday news conference. Trump called out the hate groups by name, saying, “Racism is…

Trump’s business advisory councils disband as CEOs abandon president over Charlottesville views – Washington Post

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

President Trump, with senior adviser Jared Kushner, left, and Merck chief executive Kenneth C. Frazier, right, meets with manufacturing chief executives at the White House in February. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post) President Trump’s relationship with the American business community suffered a major setback on Wednesday as the president was forced to shut down his major business advisory councils after corporate leaders repudiated his comments on the violence in Charlottesville this weekend….

Markets are rolling over as Trump scraps his business council – Business Insider

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Markets Insider Markets are rolling over after the members of US President Donald Trump’s main business council agreed to disband the group shortly before the president tweeted he was scrapping the group himself. All three major indices slipped after the news, but still remained in the green. Here was the scoreboard at 1:27 p.m. ET: Dow: up by 0.1% after being up by as much as 0.64% S&P 500: up by 0.1% after…

Report: Trump has chosen a surprising replacement for Anthony Scaramucci – TheBlaze.com

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Daily Caller claims that they have a source in the White House confirming that President Donald Trump has chosen a successor to Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House communications director. And she has accepted. Hope Hicks is a longtime aide and adviser to Trump, but she has quietly flown under the radar and received very little media coverage. According to the Daily Caller, she will take on the mantle…

Former Presidents HW and W. Bush denounce racism in wake of Charlottesville – CNN

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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New satellite photos show objects on water near potential MH370 crash site – CNN

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

(CNN)Newly-discovered satellite photos may have given scientists a fresh clue as to the location of Malaysian Airlines 370, one of the world’s most famous aviation mysteries. ‘);$vidEndSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–active’);}};CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;var configObj = {thumb: ‘none’,video: ‘world/2017/01/17/flight-mh370-search-suspended-field-pkg.cnn’,width: ‘100%’,height: ‘100%’,section: ‘domestic’,profile: ‘expansion’,network: ‘cnn’,markupId: ‘body-text_24’,adsection: ‘const-article-inpage’,frameWidth: ‘100%’,frameHeight: ‘100%’,posterImageOverride: {“mini”:{“height”:124,”width”:220,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/140407205627-malaysia-0407-02-small-169.jpg”},”xsmall”:{“height”:173,”width”:307,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/140407205627-malaysia-0407-02-medium-plus-169.jpg”},”small”:{“height”:259,”width”:460,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/140407205627-malaysia-0407-02-large-169.jpg”},”medium”:{“height”:438,”width”:780,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/140407205627-malaysia-0407-02-exlarge-169.jpg”},”large”:{“height”:619,”width”:1100,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/140407205627-malaysia-0407-02-super-169.jpg”},”full16x9″:{“height”:900,”width”:1600,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/140407205627-malaysia-0407-02-full-169.jpg”},”mini1x1″:{“height”:120,”width”:120,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/140407205627-malaysia-0407-02-small-11.jpg”}}},autoStartVideo = false,callbackObj,containerEl,currentVideoCollection = [],currentVideoCollectionId = ”,isLivePlayer = false,moveToNextTimeout,mutePlayerEnabled = false,nextVideoId = ”,nextVideoUrl = ”,turnOnFlashMessaging = false,videoPinner,videoEndSlateImpl;if (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === false) {autoStartVideo…

Who Still Steals Music These Days? – Forbes

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Shutterstock Despite music being everywhere online these days and available to anybody who wants to listen to their favorite tunes while still supporting the artists in one way or another, millions of people are still stealing music. It’s a sad fact, but who is actually committing these crimes and robbing musicians of the sales and royalties they deserve in today’s musical economy, which is already so customer-focused? Stream-ripping has taken…

DJ in Taylor Swift case maintains his innocence – CNN

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Country music matriarch Jo Walker-Meador dies at 93 – USA TODAY

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Jo Walker-Meador, left, inducts Mac Wiseman into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Oct. 26, 2014, in Nashville. Walker-Meador died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at the age of 93.(Photo: The Tennessean) NASHVILLE — Jo Walker-Meador, who rose from, in her words, the Country Music Association’s “girl Friday” to its executive director, died early Wednesday morning in Nashville after suffering a stroke. She was 93 years old.  Her daughter, Michelle Walker, confirmed…

Father and son team up to teach music at EHS – Enid News & Eagle

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ENID, Okla. — Music education will be a family affair when Enid High School students return to class today. Matthew Johnson, an EHS 2008 graduate and son of long-time Enid music teacher Randy Johnson, joins his father this school year to teach choir and guitar. Matthew traces his love of music, and his desire to teach, to his time as a student in his father’s music…

My Pilgrimage to Elvis’ Graceland — and Why Every Music Fan Should Go – Variety

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Except for the White House, few American residences match Graceland for sheer fame. Purchased by Elvis Presley in 1957, the 13-acre spread with the Neoclassical Colonial-style home nine miles away from Memphis’ urban center was intended to shield neighbors from the onslaught of fans, media and curiosity-seekers. According to Graceland Holdings managing partner Joel Weinshanker, over 600,000 people tour the house, grounds, and museum annually. A time capsule of 1960s…

Donald Trump’s presidency is headed to a very dark place – CNN

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

(CNN)Donald Trump’s insistence Tuesday that “both sides” were responsible for the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, has turned what was a fumbling presidency into what now appears to be one on the verge of total collapse. ‘);$vidEndSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–active’);}};CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;var configObj = {thumb: ‘none’,video: ‘us/2017/08/14/trump-condemns-racism-jpm-orig.cnn’,width: ‘100%’,height: ‘100%’,section: ‘domestic’,profile: ‘expansion’,network: ‘cnn’,markupId: ‘body-text_16’,adsection: ‘const-article-inpage’,frameWidth: ‘100%’,frameHeight: ‘100%’,posterImageOverride: {“mini”:{“height”:124,”width”:220,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170812140653-23-charlottesville-white-nationalist-protest-0812-small-169.jpg”},”xsmall”:{“height”:173,”width”:307,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170812140653-23-charlottesville-white-nationalist-protest-0812-medium-plus-169.jpg”},”small”:{“height”:259,”width”:460,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170812140653-23-charlottesville-white-nationalist-protest-0812-large-169.jpg”},”medium”:{“height”:438,”width”:780,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170812140653-23-charlottesville-white-nationalist-protest-0812-exlarge-169.jpg”},”large”:{“height”:619,”width”:1100,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170812140653-23-charlottesville-white-nationalist-protest-0812-super-169.jpg”},”full16x9″:{“height”:900,”width”:1600,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170812140653-23-charlottesville-white-nationalist-protest-0812-full-169.jpg”},”mini1x1″:{“height”:120,”width”:120,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170812140653-23-charlottesville-white-nationalist-protest-0812-small-11.jpg”}}},autoStartVideo = false,callbackObj,containerEl,currentVideoCollection = [],currentVideoCollectionId = ”,isLivePlayer = false,moveToNextTimeout,mutePlayerEnabled = false,nextVideoId…

Baltimore hauls away four Confederate monuments after overnight removal – Washington Post

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Crews removed Baltimore’s Confederate statues early Wednesday, days after the deadly unrest in Charlottesville instigated by white nationalists rallying to defend a downtown Confederate monument. The quiet and sudden removal of four monuments, with little fanfare and no advance notice, marks an attempt by the city to avoid a long, bruising conflict that has embroiled Charlottesville and other communities rethinking how they honor figures who fought to preserve slavery. Baltimore…

Hope Hicks takes expanded White House communications role amid search for Scaramucci replacement – Washington Post

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Obama tweeted a response to the Charlottesville violence. It’s now the most ‘liked’ in Twitter history – Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Barack Obama just made Twitter history. The former president tweeted a Nelson Mandela quote on the day of violent chaos in Charlottesville. He included a photo taken of him in 2011 on a visit to his daughter Sasha’s school in Bethesda, Md. With more than 2.8 million likes already, it’s the most “liked” tweet in Twitter history. A spokesperson for Twitter said the tweet broke the record just after 7…

Taylor Swift Groping Trial: DJ Stands By Decision to Sue Pop Singer – NBCNews.com

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

DENVER — The former radio host who lost a groping lawsuit to Taylor Swift in federal court this week said he realizes the case was in the pop star’s favor, but he had no interest in backing down. David Mueller told The Associated Press on Tuesday that someone he knew suggested he pull out of the case early, but he refused. “I knew that I couldn’t go on with my…