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Four years ago I drove over to South Bend to go on date with this handsome guy I met.

Four years ago I drove over to South Bend to go on date with this handsome guy I met. We had a pint, watched a baseball game, held hands by the river, and watched fireworks burst over our heads as we prepared to say goodbye. My gosh, we had no idea did we @PeteButtigieg


New White House press secretary: Trump never lies, since he loves America.

New White House press secretary: Trump never lies, since he loves America. He just "communicates in a way that some people, especially the media, aren’t necessarily comfortable with," and is sometimes "just kidding or was speaking in hypotheticals."


In August 2014, a scandal like no other rocked the Obama presidency to its core...


Quinnipiac has the share of Americans saying the economy is "getting worse" at an all-time high...

Quinnipiac has the share of Americans saying the economy is "getting worse" at an all-time high for his presidency -- 37%, more than double 15% in August 2017


Macron must take back 'insults' for Brazil to accept G7 Amazon aid: Bolsonaro

Source: Reuters

BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday he wants French President Emmanuel Macron to withdraw the “insults” made against him before he considers accepting a $20 million offer from the G7 nations to help fight forest fires in the Amazon.

The two leaders have become embroiled in a deeply personal and public war of words in recent days, with Bolsonaro mocking Macron’s wife and accusing the French leader of disrespecting Brazil’s sovereignty. Macron has called Bolsonaro a liar, and said Brazilian women are probably ashamed of their president.

The fires in the Amazon have created a major crisis for Bolsonaro’s far-right government. The Brazilian leader is losing popularity at home and finding himself increasingly isolated on the global stage over his response to blazes that threaten what many view as a key bulwark against global climate change.

His response to the fires is being closely watched by world leaders increasingly concerned by climate change, and could threaten Brazil’s trade deals and powerful agribusiness sector, which is a crucial driver of its recession-plagued economy.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-environment/brazil-to-only-accept-g7-amazon-aid-if-macron-withdraws-insults-idUSKCN1VH1AP

Women are far too emotional to be good leaders... their emotions get in the way of making sound policy decisions.

This week's The New Yorker cover: Kadir Nelson's "Heat Wave"

As August comes to an end, so, we hope, do the more suffocating days of summer. Kadir Nelson’s latest cover takes in one such day, along with the small joys—an open window, a Popsicle—that help us survive it. We recently talked to Nelson about how he sees the season.


In your image, the air-conditioning is down or nonexistent. Are people at the window an important part of city life for you?

I remember an image from a Spike Lee movie of a woman leaning out of her brownstone window. It reminded me of a well-known photograph by Gordon Parks with a similar subject. Elderly women leaning out of the window and surveying the neighborhood is a familiar sight in the city. They were the original neighborhood watch, keeping an eye out for trouble.


I adore Kadir Nelson's work. If you have children/grandchildren:

Trump complains about media coverage of Warren's crowd sizes

President Trump on Tuesday complained about press coverage of the crowds at Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) campaign events, bemoaning that his own rallies don't get the same treatment.

"They do stories so big on Elizabeth 'Pocahontas' Warren’s crowd sizes, adding many more people than are actually there, and yet my crowds, which are far bigger, get no coverage at all," Trump tweeted, deploying the derisive nickname to refer to the Democratic presidential hopeful.

Warren, who has steadily risen in polls of the Democratic presidential race in recent months, has attracted impressive crowds at some of her latest campaign events.

Her team said roughly 15,000 people attended her rally in Seattle on Sunday night, and her campaign said she drew 12,000 people at a St. Paul, Minn., event the week before.


Family vacay?

Cheers! Barr books Trump's hotel for $30,000 holiday party

Source: WaPo

U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr is planning a holiday treat for his boss.

Last month, Barr booked President Trump’s D.C. hotel for a 200-person holiday party in December that is likely to deliver Trump’s business more than $30,000 in revenue.

Barr signed a contract, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post, for a “Family Holiday Party” in the hotel’s Presidential Ballroom Dec. 8. The party will feature a buffet and four-hour open bar for about 200 people.

Barr is paying for the event himself and chose the venue only after other hotels, including the Willard and the Mayflower were booked, according to a Department of Justice official. The official said the purpose of Barr’s party wasn’t to curry favor with the president.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/08/27/cheers-barr-books-trumps-hotel-holiday-party/?tid=ss_tw

Trump to formally nominate Eugene Scalia as labor secretary

Source: Axios

President Trump on Tuesday announced his intention to nominate Eugene Scalia, son of the late conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as labor secretary.

Why it matters: The Cabinet position has been filled by acting Secretary Patrick Pizzella since Alex Acosta resigned in July amid backlash for his involvement in negotiating the sweetheart plea deal Jeffrey Epstein received in 2008. Acosta had already been on shaky ground with Trump for moving slowly on deregulation, one of the administration's top priorities.

What to know: Scalia is a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he handles employment law. He previously worked at the Labor Department during President George Bush's administration, and also served as an assistant to Attorney General William Barr in the 1990s.

Read more: https://www.axios.com/trump-nominates-eugene-scalia-labor-secretary-76350515-68a2-4b3f-8b6b-2c2bdebe278f.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=organic
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