Rush Limbaugh urges Republicans to push through court nominee without confirmation hearing
Right-wing conspiracy theorist and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Rush Limbaugh wants Republican senators to push through President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee without a confirmation hearing.The fact-challenged pundit sees no reason to subject the president’s pick to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg — who hasn’t yet been buried — to the scrutiny endured by previous conservative nominees Brett Kavanaugh, Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas.Knocking the “tradition” of exposing Supreme Court nominees to due process before awarding them a lifetime position on the nation’s highest court, t...
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David Byrne nixes TikTok debut, unveils We Are Not Divided website and Spike Lee-directed 'American Utopia'
Winning an Oscar, a Golden Globe and multiple Grammy Awards seemed to come easily for veteran music maverick David Byrne, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 as the co-founder of the boundary-stretching band Talking Heads.But making his first TikTok dance challenge video? Or, rather, trying to make his first TikTok dance challenge video? Surprisingly difficult.So difficult, in fact, that the Scottish-born, New York-based Byrne recently abandoned what would have been his official TikTok debut. It had been planned to promote the launch last week of his new six-week online ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
David Byrne bonus Q&A: 'I distinctly remember thinking: Wow, being a mailman would be an ideal job!'
What was David Byrne’s dream job as a kid?“I don’t know how old I was — probably early adolescence — but I distinctly remember thinking: ‘Wow, being a mailman would be an ideal job!’” said the Oscar, Golden Globe and multiple Grammy Award-winning musician.“As a mailman, you walk around by yourself, you’re outdoors, your thoughts are your own. Plus, the hours aren’t too bad and the benefits are good. So I thought: ‘Now, that’s a job.’”Of course, Byrne opted to forge a far different and far broader path all his own. He has explored music, theater and film, as well as writing books and heading hi...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Commentary: Grief, by numbers
Each year, New York City releases data in an annual Mayor’s Management Report that’s supposed to account for how well city agencies are performing. This year, more than any in recent memory, that report helps us make sense of what’s happened and still happening to New York. The statistics form a snapshot of our collective anguish — a sense of the extraordinary breadth and scope of what we’ve lost to the coronavirus.The report shows that 65,712 New Yorkers died between July 2019 and June 30, 2020 — 34,748 more deaths than the previous year. The death rate in New York City increased 112%. In a s...
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Trump flips, now encourages Michigan residents to vote absenteeDETROIT — In an about face on mail-in voting in Michigan, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday to encourage voters to request absentee ballots and vote early.Trump’s latest messaging on mail-in voting marks a mercurial swing from May, when the president threatened to withhold funding from Michigan after Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson mailed absentee ballot applications to all of Michigan’s 7.7 million qualified voters.Last week, the president criticized Benson over a mistake on more than 400 overseas ballots ...
Tribune News Service
49ers' Nick Bosa out for season with torn ACL
Nick Bosa’s senior year in high school was just five years ago, and it got ruined by an anterior cruciate ligament tear.Same goes for his second year with the 49ers.Medical tests confirmed that Bosa tore the ACL in his left knee during Sunday’s 31-13 win at the New York Jets, the 49ers announced Monday afternoon.His was the worst of four knee injuries sustained on MetLife Stadium’s suspect, synthetic surface. Solomon Thomas is feared to have torn his left knee’s ACL, too. Raheem Mostert (MCL sprain) is most likely out for Sunday’s return trip to New York to face the Giants, and fellow running ...
The Mercury News
Corwin 'Corky' Peterson, who skied to North Pole at age 69, dies at 90
MINNEAPOLIS — Corwin “Corky” Peterson, a Minneapolis man who skied to the North Pole at age 69 to fulfill a childhood dream of Arctic adventure, died Aug. 25 at his home. He was 90.Peterson was one of the oldest people ever to reach the pole on foot when he skied ahead of a group led by explorer Paul Schurke in 1999. That trip inspired him to explore Greenland twice with Schurke at the ages of 71 and 72.Born in Minneapolis, Peterson graduated from Washburn High School and entered the Navy, serving on the U.S.S. Hanson during the Korean War. He married Doris Mechaelsen while at Drake University...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Barr, Ivanka Trump announce $100 million in federal grants to fight human trafficking
ATLANTA — U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Ivanka Trump visited Atlanta on Monday to announce more than $100 million in federal grants for combating human trafficking across the nation, calling it a criminal scourge that must be stamped out.The announcement came on the same day Barr labeled New York City, Seattle and Portland, Oregon anarchic cities, part of the Trump administration’s threat to cut off federal grants to municipalities that are “permitting violence, anarchy and destruction” amid the nationwide protests for racial justice.Barr’s actions are in keeping with President Donald...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Lions' problems are 'from the neck up,' LB Reggie Ragland says
Reggie Ragland knows a thing or two about winning. You could argue, it’s all he knows. Outside of his first NFL season in Buffalo, where he was sidelined the entire year with an injury, the Detroit Lions linebacker has won, and won big, at every level.How many guys can say they’ve won a state championship in high school, a national championship in college and a Super Bowl? Probably not too many. So in training camp, when Ragland said he saw the same qualities in this Detroit team as he did with last year’s Kansas City squad, it raised some eyebrows.Or maybe those were eye rolls. It can be toug...
The Detroit News
Federal prosecutors say police officer helped China spy on Tibetans in NYC
NEW YORK — An ethnically Tibetan New York City police officer was arrested for spying on local Tibetan communities for the Chinese government, federal prosecutors announced Monday.Officer Baimadajie Angwang, 33, a community affairs cop with the 111th Precinct in Queens, reported to two Chinese consulate officials in the city since 2014, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.“Baimadajie Angwang violated every oath he took in this country. One to the United States, another to the U.S. Army, and a third to this Police Department,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a statement.The inv...
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