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TWA Flight 800 went down on this day in 1996

On July 17, 1996 TWA Flight 800 went down over Long Island. I will never forget the media coverage that took place over that time. RIP to all of the lives that were lost.

Roy Moore is running for Alabama's Senate seat -- again

Roy Moore, whose 2017 Alabama Senate campaign imploded amid allegations of sexual assault, resulting in the first Democratic victory in an Alabama Senate race since the early 1990s, has announced that he is running for the Senate, again.

In an event held in Montgomery, Alabama, on Thursday, Moore told a crowd of reporters, “Yes, I will run for the United States Senate in 2020,” adding, “Can I win? Yes, I can win.”

Moore’s decision is likely to be greeted with despair from Republicans (and perhaps some optimism from Democrats). Even many conservatives who supported Moore’s 2017 campaign initially now believe that the former chief justice of the state Supreme Court could act as a millstone on Senate Republicans and their hopes to retain control of that body of Congress in 2020.

Alabama is as red as they come — the state’s partisan lean, a metric of how much more Republican (or Democratic) a state is than the country as a whole, is R+27. And Alabama Republicans believe they have a stable of candidates who each could defeat Democratic Sen. Doug Jones. But Moore is still popular with some Alabama conservatives, and some in the GOP relieved by his 2017 loss could have real regret over the risk of losing another easy-to-win Senate seat.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/6/20/18691572/roy-moore-alabama-senate-run-2019

Article is two weeks old, but I missed it the first time around. I wonder if he can beat Mo Brooks...

Beto O'Rourke backs Nike, says Betsy Ross flag 'appropriated' by white nationalists

Democratic presidential contender Beto O’Rourke said Wednesday that the 1776 Betsy Ross flag has become a symbol of white nationalism.

The former House member from El Paso, Texas, made the remark while stumping at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, where he also praised Nike for pulling the flag design from a planned sneaker design set to be released for July Fourth, reportedly at the behest of former-quarterback-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick.

In his remarks, according to reporters present, Mr. O’Rourke said the 13-star flag sewn by Ross in 1776 “has, by some extremist white-nationalist groups, been appropriated.”

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jul/3/beto-orourke-backs-nike-says-betsy-ross-flag-appro/

Mo Brooks: Colin Kaepernick 'ought to consider moving to another country' if he hates America

NFL quarterback-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick should consider moving to another country if he doesn’t like America’s principles, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, said in a Wednesday night radio interview.

Brooks was asked to weigh in on the controversy surrounding Nike after the shoe company stopped distributing the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July shoe, which featured the Betsy Ross-designed American flag with 13 stars, at Kaepernick’s urging. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who became a controversial figure after he began kneeling during the national anthem of football games to protest police brutality and has since become a Nike endorser, argued the shoe was offensive because the Betsy Ross flag has been co-opted by white nationalist groups.

“We’ve got some very radical people in the United States of America who don’t like America. They don’t like the foundational principles that have made us a great nation, and I would put Mr. Kaepernick in that category,” the Huntsville congressman told “Breitbart News Tonight” on SiriusXM Radio.

Brooks added that it was “absolutely absurd" for Kaepernick, who is now an activist addressing racial inequality, to protest the Nike shoe.

https://www.al.com/news/2019/07/mo-brooks-colin-kaepernick-ought-to-consider-moving-to-another-country-if-he-hates-america.html

Wow. This is the guy who in all likelyhood is Alabama's next Senator, providing Roy Moore doesn't beat him...

Julin Castro applauds Nike's decision to pull Betsy Ross flag shoes

Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro on Wednesday applauded Nike's decision to nix a pair of sneakers featuring a Betsy Ross flag.

The former Housing and Urban Development secretary said in a CBS News interview that he was "glad to see" the company's decision.

"I was glad to see that. And my hope is that they didn't just do it to do it. They understand the significance there. And look, there are a lot of things in our history that are still very painful," Castro said, pointing to "the Confederate Flag that still flies in some places, and is used as a symbol."

"I believe we need to move towards an inclusive America that understands that pain," he added.


https://www.google.com/amp/s/thehill.com/homenews/campaign/451536-castro-applauds-nikes-decision-to-pull-flag-shoes%3Famp

Nike featuring Betsy Ross flag canceled after backlash

Source: CNN

New York(CNN Business) Nike is canceling a sneaker that featured the "Betsy Ross" version of the American flag from the late 18th century.

"Nike made the decision to halt distribution of the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July based on concerns that it could unintentionally offend and detract from the nation's patriotic holiday," Nike said in a statement to CNN Business. "Nike is a company proud of its American heritage."

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that Nike (NKE) delivered the sneakers to retailers, but asked stores to return them to Nike after the company received a complaint from former NFL star Colin Kaepernick. The Journal indicated Kaepernick said he and others found the shoe offensive because of its ties to America's era of slavery.

The shoe was set to be released Monday for $140, according to Sneakernews.com. The website included photos of a shoe that featured a version of the American flag with 13 stars organized in a circle and 13 stripes. That version of the flag, according to the Smithsonian, was used in the United States from 1777 to 1795.

Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/07/01/business/nike-air-max-1-quick-strike-fourth-of-july/index.html

Supreme Court Hands Total Wine, Other Out-Of-State Liquor Retailers A Big Win

Source: NPR

In a case with consequences for fans of wine and liquor, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, has struck down a two-year residency requirement for anyone seeking an initial license to operate a liquor store in Tennessee.

There is no doubt that if a state had such a restrictive provision involving the sale of any other product, it would be deemed a violation of the Constitution's ban on erecting barriers to interstate commerce.

But the 21st Amendment, which repealed the national prohibition of liquor sales, left to the states the right to regulate those sales within state borders. Mississippi was the last dry state in the country, finally allowing the sale of liquor in 1966.

"[W]hile this requirement is less extreme than the others that the Sixth Circuit found to be unconstitutional, we now hold that it also violates the Commerce Clause and is not shielded by ... the Twenty-first Amendment," Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority of the court.

Read more: https://www.npr.org/2019/06/26/732524432/supreme-court-hands-total-wine-other-out-of-state-liquor-retailers-big-win



7-2 decision. Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas dissented.

Supreme Court rules giant cross to veterans on public land is not gov't endorsement of religion

Source: NBC News

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a huge concrete cross can stay on public land in suburban Washington, D.C., rejecting a claim that its presence is an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion.

The court, reversing a lower court, said such monuments are essentially historic, not religious, a ruling that potentially extended protection to hundreds of similar tributes nationwide.

The decision was a victory for defenders of the Peace Cross, a 40-foot-tall structure that has stood for more than 90 years in Bladensburg, Maryland. It was built with private funds to honor 49 servicemen from the region who died in World War I. A state parks commission took it over in 1961 to provide for its maintenance, and it now sits in the middle of a busy traffic interchange.

The court rejected a challenge from the American Humanist Association, which filed a lawsuit claiming that the presence of the cross on public land was an endorsement of a single religious faith.


Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/supreme-court-allows-huge-cross-remain-public-land-n1014661

Boris Johnson charges towards Number 10 as Dominic Raab is knocked out of Tory leadership race

Source: Yahoo

Boris Johnson has hurtled closer to becoming Britain’s next Prime Minister after winning the second round of voting in the Conservative Party leadership contest by a considerable margin.

Mr Johnson’s seemingly inexorable journey to victory saw him win 126 votes from Tory MPs.

Dominic Raab was knocked out of the competition after failing to secure the 33 votes required to proceed to the next round.

Rory Stewart, who began the race as a clear outsider, made it through after almost doubling his share of the vote.

Read more: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/boris-johnson-charges-towards-becoming-prime-minister-as-dominic-raab-knocked-out-of-tory-leadership-race-170917237.html



Looks like there's no stopping him now...

Manchin tweet today...

https://twitter.com/Sen_JoeManchin/status/1138038096543531009

Trump only loves their votes.
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