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I really try to keep my face neutral, but I just can't 🤷🏾‍♀️

Was watching my sis on TV w/ family &friends. Her niece (my kid) said, “hmmm, he’s going to get it” after that pejorative comment. Then she saw her auntie shift in the seat, she was glued in. After your reply she jumped up, clapped and walked out. 🎤 drop


Brooks Patterson says he'd rather 'join the Klan' than CEO group

A day after the Free Press reported that L. Brooks Patterson had taken a swipe at a group of CEOs working to rebuild Detroit, the Oakland County executive doubled down saying he would rather "join the Klan" than join the group, media reports said.

In a bluntly worded letter sent to Oakland County Chamber directors, Patterson had accused DTE Energy CEO Gerry Anderson and other top business leaders of being "self-appointed saviors" trying to steal Oakland County-based businesses for the city.

The group of metro Detroit CEOS hopes to create the sort of regional business development agency found in many other cities.

Patterson sent the July 26 letter, inviting Chamber members to a meeting at Patterson's office Thursday afternoon to oppose the business leaders' efforts.

Crain's and the Detroit News reported Thursday that Patterson met with members of the Oakland County Chamber of Commerce in his offices in Pontiac and after the meeting, when asked whether he would join the regional CEO group, said:

"Oh, hell no. I'd rather join the Klan."


Twitter says Infowars hasn't 'violated our rules.' It looks like that's not the case

Twitter's vice president for trust and safety, Del Harvey, told employees in an email on Wednesday that if far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his fringe media organization InfoWars had posted to Twitter the same content that led YouTube and Facebook to take action against Jones and InfoWars, Twitter would have done something too.

"It's worth noting that at least some of the content Alex Jones published on other platforms (e.g., Facebook and YouTube) that led to them taking enforcement against him would have also violated our policies had he posted it on Twitter," Harvey wrote. "Had he done so, we would have taken action against him as well."

But a CNN review of Jones' accounts show that all of the videos that initially led the other tech companies to take action against Jones were in fact posted to Twitter by Jones or InfoWars. All were still live on Twitter as of the time this article was published. CNN noted this in a request for comment from Twitter on Wednesday morning, before Harvey's email was made public. The company declined to comment at the time.

Those videos were not the only content CNN found in its review of Jones' and InfoWars' Twitter accounts that suggest the social media platform's statements about its stance are incorrect, or that its rules are not being applied to Jones and InfoWars.


Trump campaign asks supporters to vote on logo for 'Space Force' gear

Source: The Hill

President Trump’s campaign on Thursday latched onto the administration's formal announcement of a proposed “Space Force,” asking supporters to vote on a logo that will be displayed on merchandise.

An email from the campaign asks supporters to vote on one of six logos that will be emblazoned on future Trump campaign items. Users can pick a logo, then are prompted to make a donation to the Trump campaign.

Each of the six proposed logos includes the phrase "Space Force," except for one that states "Mars Awaits" even though the administration's proposal focuses on defense and not space exploration. One option also appears to be a repurposed version of the NASA logo.

The Department of Defense released a report on Thursday detailing the specifics on how it will carry out Trump's request to establish a Space Force by 2020.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/401148-trump-asks-supporters-to-vote-on-logo-for-space-force-gear

Vote Mistake Discovery Cuts Kobach's Kansas GOP Primary Lead In Half

Source: TPM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s lead over Gov. Jeff Colyer in the Republican primary has been cut by more than half after election officials discovered a mistake in the listing for one county’s results in the state’s tally.

The mistake means Kobach’s lead has fallen to only 91 votes from 191 when final results were reported after Tuesday’s primary.

Final, unofficial results on the secretary of state’s website show Kobach winning Thomas County in northwest Kansas with 466 votes to Colyer’s 422.

But the tally posted by the Thomas County clerk shows Colyer with 522 votes. Clerk Shelly Harms confirmed the figure Thursday to The Associated Press.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/vote-mistake-kobach-lead-cut

BREAKING (ACLU): In challenge to Sessions' policy of denying asylum protection to immigrants...

BREAKING: In challenge to Sessions' policy of denying asylum protection to immigrants fleeing domestic violence and gang brutality, the judge blocked the government from deporting our clients as he considers the case. However, disturbing news came to light during the hearing.

While in court, we found out that the government had deported a client and her young child just hours before, putting their lives at risk. This directly contradicts the government's commitment to the court that NO ONE would be removed until tomorrow at the earliest.

The judge ordered the government to turn the plane around and bring the asylum-seeking mother and child back to the US. He said that if the situation wasn't fixed he would consider contempt proceedings — starting with the attorney general.

This disregard for commitments made to the court and the life or death circumstances that these immigrant women and children are facing is beyond unacceptable.


Photoshop Masters Turn Animals Into Plants, And The Results Are Interesting

More: https://www.boredpanda.com/animal-plant-photoshop-mashups-designcrowd

Judge Tells Jury 'Put Aside' His Criticism of Manafort Trial Prosecutors

Source: TPM

ALEXANDRIA, VA — After being chastised repeatedly by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis in front of the jury during Paul Manafort’s ongoing trial in Virginia, the prosecutors arguing the case appear to have had enough. On Thursday, they filed a court filing taking issue with Ellis’s outburst over a government witness who had watched the full trial before being called to the stand.

Ellis told the jury Thursday morning to “put aside any criticism” of the prosecutors. “I sometimes make mistakes,” Ellis said.

The prosecutors had asked Ellis on July 31 to permit the presence of the expert witness, IRS tax expert Michael Welch, in the courtroom for the proceedings. Thursday’s filing includes an excerpt of the transcript with Ellis explicitly granting the request and even asking the name of the expert.

On Wednesday when the government called Welch and asked him if he had heard previous witnesses testimony, Ellis blew up at prosecutor Uzo Asonye.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/judge-tells-jury-put-aside-his-criticism-of-manafort-trial-prosecutors

Daniel Dale: Moments In Official Transcripting

I know it is redundant, but...

Kris Kobach won't recuse himself from a recount in governor's race. No law requires it.

Source: The Kansas City Star

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Wednesday that he has no plans to recuse himself from a recount process in the race for governor because any counting of ballots would take place at the county level.

“The recount thing is done on a county level, so the secretary of state does not actually participate directly in the recount,” Kobach said at a campaign event in Topeka after initial results showed him winning by fewer than 200 votes.

“The secretary of state’s office merely serves as a coordinating entity overseeing it all, but not actually counting the votes,” Kobach said, contending that his role puts him at arm’s length from the actual recount.

No law requires Kobach to recuse himself, but legal and political experts said that he should to maintain trust in the election.

Read more: https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/election/article216299955.html
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