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How I Get It Done: Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris prefers to sprint through our nations’ airports in Converse Chuck Taylors. You can’t blame the 53-year-old junior senator and former state attorney general for California for wanting to move quickly: She’s spent the past two years raising hell in the Senate, voting “hell no” to Trump’s nominees and championing legislation to protect Dreamers and reform the criminal justice system. In the process, she’s emerged as a possible contender for 2020. Here’s how she gets it all done:

On a typical morning:

I work out every morning. Usually it’s half an hour on the elliptical or SoulCycle, and on the weekends Soul Survivor [a longer and more intense SoulCycle class]. Sometimes I swim if it’s not going to create an issue with my hair. Then I get ready. I usually stand at my kitchen counter eating some kind of Raisin Bran in almond milk while I look at my schedule for the day. It’s the generic Raisin Bran that I get from the grocery store — I try to not have a lot of sugar in it. I have tea with honey and lemon and then I’m out the door.

On the first person she speaks to after waking up:

My husband wakes up around 5 a.m. and I wake up an hour later. He reads the news first thing, so if I hear him making noises, I know it’s not going to be a good day. I’ll get up too and be like, “Oh God, what is it?” Then as soon as I get in the car on the way to the office I do a call with my senior staff and we go through the day and whatever has popped up overnight.


Utah woman's same-sex partner of 50 years died. Then a judge declared them legally married.

Bonnie Foerster knew within minutes of meeting Beverly Grossaint at a friend’s party in New York City in 1968 that they were meant to be together.

Foerster, then 24 and working for a poultry company, was married to an abusive husband who had blackened both her eyes and broken several of her ribs. She was wearing dark sunglasses to hide her bruises, when Grossaint, 31, “took off my glasses, looked at me with those deep blue eyes and told me that she could see my soul,” Foerster said in an interview with The Washington Post. “Just like that, we fell in love.”

Fifty years after that chance encounter, Foerster, now 74 and living in Salt Lake City, is mourning the loss of her partner, who died in May of pneumonia at age 82. The pair never married because they were suffering from various health problems in 2015, when same-sex marriage became legal nationwide.

Now, three months after Grossaint’s death, the couple has been declared legally married by a Utah court in an unusual case of a posthumous marriage union.

“I’m numb with happiness to finally be a married woman,” Foerster said.


Julia Louis-Dreyfus: This experiment is a success.


In Howard County, parents of Jacksonville shooting suspect had been desperate to find psychiatric ca

Years before a 24-year-old Columbia man allegedly unleashed a deadly barrage of gunfire at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., the parents of David Katz had been desperate to find some treatment for their son’s troubling behavior.

They had tried psychiatric care in Towson and Rockville, enrolled him in public and private schools, and even sent him to Utah for a therapeutic wilderness school for teens.

Court records show his behavior was still worrisome.

“David would go days without bathing, would play video games until 4 a.m. on school nights, would walk around the house in circles,” Howard County Circuit Judge Lenore Gelfman wrote in 2010. “[He] was failing all classes at Hammond High, was unresponsive to school teachers and uncooperative with school psychotherapists/counselors, and was extremely hostile toward his mother.”


Trump Resisted Lowering Flag Because He Thought McCain Coverage Was Excessive

Source: TPM

While he eventually agreed to lower the White House flag in honor of Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) passing — after receiving criticism from veterans — President Donald Trump was resistant to the gesture because he thought McCain’s death was getting too much news coverage.

According to people familiar with the situation who spoke to the Wall Street Journal, Trump thought the reporting on McCain’s passing, just one day after his family announced he would stop seeking medical treatment for his brain cancer, was “over-the-top and more befitting a president,” in WSJ’s words.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reportedly played a leading role in convincing the President to agree to lower the flags again and issue a proclamation on McCain’s death.

“It was 99 percent Sarah,” and partially Chief of Staff John Kelly’s influence that got Trump to change his mind, a senior White House official told WSJ.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-thought-mccain-coverage-excessive

Russia to hold biggest war games in nearly four decades

Source: Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will next month hold its biggest war games in nearly four decades, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told Russian news agencies on Tuesday, a massive military exercise that will also involve the Chinese and Mongolian armies.

The exercise, called Vostok-2018 (East-2018), will take place in central and eastern Russian military districts and involve almost 300,000 troops, over 1,000 military aircraft, two of Russia’s naval fleets, and all its airborne units, agencies quoted Shoigu as saying.

The maneuvers will take place at a time of heightened tension between the West and Russia, which is concerned about what it says is an unjustified build-up of the NATO military alliance on its western flank.

NATO says it has beefed up its forces in eastern Europe to deter potential Russian military action after Moscow annexed Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014 and backed a pro-Russian uprising in eastern Ukraine.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-wargames/russia-to-hold-biggest-war-games-in-nearly-four-decades-idUSKCN1LD0OP?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social

New progressive candidates aren't afraid to talk about the intersections of climate and injustice

New faces like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Summer Lee aren't afraid to talk about environmental justice.

When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unseated incumbent Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley in the primary for New York City’s 14th congressional district, she did so while running on a progressive platform centering on a host of issues including a deep-seated commitment to environmental justice.

On her website, the 28-year-old calls climate change “the single biggest national security threat for the United States and the single biggest threat to worldwide industrialized civilization” in a lengthy section entitled “Mobilizing Against Climate Change.” Expressing support for a complete shift to renewable energy in the United States by 2035, Ocasio-Cortez calls for an end to fossil fuel dependency.

That’s not all. The fresh-faced Democrat, who is likely to soar to victory in the November midterms, goes one step further. She links environmental issues and financial security and lays out the blueprint for a “Green New Deal,” one that would seek first and foremost to protect New York’s most vulnerable residents who are affected by erosion and rising sea levels in a more equitable way.

Drawing connections between environmental issues and stark inequality is nothing new. Low-income communities and communities of color have long suffered disproportionately from pollution, climate change, and ecological devastation. Talking about such issues in no uncertain terms, however, is unusual even for progressive politicians — but it’s a trend that Ocasio-Cortez appears to be bucking.

And she’s not alone.


Trump Accuses Google of Rigging Search Results Against Him

Source: Bloomberg

U.S. President Donald Trump accused Alphabet Inc.’s Google of rigging its search results to display only negative stories about him, calling it “a very serious situation” that “will be addressed.”

“Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD, Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal," Trump tweeted early Tuesday, in his latest claim of bias on the part of a news or social media company.


Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-28/trump-accuses-google-of-rigging-search-results-against-him?cmpid%3D=socialflow-twitter-politics&utm_content=politics&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic

Top interior staffer who backed shrinking national monuments to join BP

Source: WaPo

A Department of Interior official who oversaw last year’s drive to shrink two massive national monuments in Utah has left the department to join BP’s government affairs team, a spokesman for the energy giant confirmed Monday.

Former deputy chief of staff Downey Magallanes served as a top adviser to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke from the time he took over the department. Her portfolio included policy as well as operations, which encompassed a push to expand oil, gas and mining production on public lands and in federal waters.

“Downey was an incredible asset and I trusted her to carry out some of the Administration’s highest priority projects,” the secretary said in a statement. “She will be missed in our office and I wish her all the best.”

Magallanes left Interior last week and will join BP just after Labor Day.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/top-interior-staffer-who-backed-shrinking-national-monuments-to-join-bp/2018/08/27/ab241d0a-aa42-11e8-8a0c-70b618c98d3c_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.4c59f3210376

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