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July 31, 2019

FEC considers making "valuable information" a campaign contribution

Source: Axios

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) announced Wednesday that it is considering defining "valuable information" as an official campaign contribution that must be regulated.

Why it matters: It is already illegal for campaigns to accept foreign contributions, so if passed, this rule would institute an outright ban on campaigns accepting unregulated "foreign" and "compromising" information, according to the proposed guidelines. President Trump told ABC's George Stephanopoulos last month that if a foreign government offered dirt on a political opponent, "I think I'd take it."

"If somebody called from a country, Norway, [and said] ‘we have information on your opponent' — oh, I think I'd want to hear it," Trump said.

Worth noting: FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub has made it a priority to prevent candidates from receiving assistance from foreigner governments.

Read more: https://www.axios.com/fec-valuable-information-campaign-finance-violation-54ad0066-5da2-4b22-aaba-c645a6c6b519.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=organic

July 31, 2019

The Mystery of the Kansas Gnome Homes

Words can't describe how heartbeakingly beautiful this story is. Grab some tissues, you'll need them.

RIP, Little Owl.

(Also, fuck the city.)
July 31, 2019

2 Chicago mothers working to stop gun violence shot dead

Source: CBS News

Two women who worked with a group called Mothers Against Senseless Killings to try to stop gun violence in their South Side Chicago neighborhood were killed by bullets that police don't believe were intended for them on the same corner where they would often hand out food and bring children to play. The gunfire on Friday night was instead meant for a man who is affiliated with a Chicago street gang and recently got out of prison, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

The 58-year-old man, who was struck in the arm in the shooting and whose name hasn't been released, is not cooperating with police, Guglielmi said.

"We have no information to suggest they were the intended targets," he said Tuesday, adding that police are still seeking leads in the case. No arrests have been made.

The deaths of 26-year-old Chantell Grant and 35-year-old Andrea Stoudemire in the Englewood neighborhood served as a grim reminder of the kind of violence that led them to join Mothers Against Senseless Killings. The anti-violence group launched five years ago following the shooting death of another young mother at the same corner. The group began with moms "occupying" the corner, reports the Chicago Sun-Times -- hanging out and offering food and counseling for youth in response to violence in the community.

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/chantell-grant-andrea-stoudemire-chicago-mothers-working-to-stop-gun-violence-shot-dead/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab7e&linkId=71351264

July 30, 2019

US presidential envoy sent to Sweden for A$AP Rocky's trial

Source: AP

HELSINKI (AP) — American rapper A$AP Rocky pleaded not guilty to assault as his trial in Sweden opened Tuesday, a month after a street fight that landed him in jail and became a topic of U.S.-Swedish diplomacy.

Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, is accused with two others of beating a 19-year-old man in Stockholm on June 30. Prosecutors played video footage in court that showed Mayers throwing a young man to the ground.

Wearing sweatpants and a green T-shirt in court, Mayers, 30, pleaded not guilty to an assault charge that carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison. He says he acted in self-defense.

The Grammy-nominated artist’s ongoing detention in Sweden this month prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to personally intervene on his behalf. Mayers nevertheless remained behind bars, angering Trump.

Read more: https://apnews.com/7ae4a9d93a2a49b69d3b4b9d989ece7f

July 30, 2019

A closer look at tonight's debate venue, the historic Fox Theater:

The Fox Theatre is a performing arts center located at 2211 Woodward Avenue in Downtown Detroit, Michigan, near the Grand Circus Park Historic District. Opened in 1928 as a flagship movie palace in the Fox Theatres chain, it was at over 5,000 seats the largest theater in the city. Designed by theater architect C. Howard Crane, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989 for its architecture. The area surrounding the Fox is nicknamed Foxtown. The city's major performance centers and theatres emanate from the Fox Theatre and Grand Circus Park Historic District and continue along Woodward Avenue toward the Fisher Theatre in the city's New Center.[2]

The Fox has 5,048 seats (5,174 seats if removable seats placed in the raised orchestra pit are included). It is the largest surviving movie palace of the 1920s and the largest of the original Fox Theatres. The Fox was fully restored in 1988.[4][5] The adjacent office building houses the headquarters of Olympia Entertainment and Little Caesars.[6][7]


Architectural style: Art Deco with a blend of Burmese, Indian, Persian, Chinese, and Hindu motifs

July 30, 2019

Deb Haaland: Elizabeth has been a great friend to me, and more importantly a great partner...

Elizabeth has been a great friend to me, and more importantly a great partner for Indian Country. That’s why I’m proud to endorse @ewarren for President!


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