Will Bunch: I dissent: Shut America down if Trump, McConnell proceed with post-RBG power grab
The final fight of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s remarkable 87-year life — to beat cancer long enough for a president who shared her commitment to equality and decency to pick her replacement — came to an end Friday just as the sun was setting on Washington, D.C., signaling the end to the Jewish calendar year 5780 and the start of Rosh Hashanah. Her longtime friend, the NPR Supreme Court journalist Nina Totenberg, wrote on Twitter that “(a) Jewish teaching says those who die just before the Jewish new year are the ones God has held back until the last moment (because) they were needed most & w...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Michael Ryan: 'We have an obligation': Why it's fair for the Senate to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg now
Barack Obama reminded his Republican congressional foils after his 2008 victory that elections have consequences. Yet today, Democrats are shocked — shocked! — that the 2016 election would still have any.They carry on now as if the Constitution provides otherwise, but the simple fact is that in our system of self-governance, the president nominates Supreme Court justices and the Senate confirms or rejects them — all at their discretion and on their timetable.I realize reason isn’t in fashion these days, but reason is the bulwark of our system. So ask yourself these two simple questions: In vot...
The Kansas City Star
Evan White delivers 3-run homer as Mariners beat Astros 6-1
SEATTLE — A hat trick seemed like an inevitability for Evan White as he flailed helplessly at a 2-0 breaking ball about 6 inches off the outside of the plate that he was certain was going to be a fastball from Lance McCullers Jr.In hockey, a hat trick – scoring three goals in one game — is an achievement to be cherished and celebrated. In baseball, it’s one of the worst failures for a hitter — a sarcastic description given for striking out three times in a game. Few things are more embarrassing. And three times to the same pitcher? Even worse.In his rookie season, White has dealt with his shar...
The Seattle Times
Phillies slip back to .500, and slide out of No. 7 seed in playoff picture, with 5-1 loss to Nationals
When the Phillies awoke Monday in Washington, it was easy for them to feel optimistic. Four more wins will almost certainly put them in the playoffs, and they just so happened to have their best pitchers — Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola — starting four of the final seven games.It was all lined up.And now, it’s a jumbled mess.Wheeler gave up two runs in a 34-pitch first inning Monday night. And although he pulled it together and kept the Phillies in the game for the better part of six innings, the offense fell silent in a 5-1 loss to the Washington Nationals that left the wild-card race tighter th...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
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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
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
Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin has torn ACL, report says, and will miss rest of season
The season is over for Seahawks linebacker/defensive end Bruce Irvin as Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported Monday he tore his ACL in Sunday night’s 35-30 win over the Patriots.Irvin was injured on a play with 4:04 left in the game. Rapoport reported that the diagnosis was made after a review of an MRI.Irvin appeared to confirm the news of the worst with a tweet Monday afternoon stating “I guess I am human after all.”Carroll had sounded a somewhat optimistic tone after the game when he said Irvin had a sprained knee but noted “he was walking around and in the locker room afterward. So we’...
The Seattle Times
Monica Lewinsky says she's more scared of the government now than during Clinton scandal
She survived one of the worst public shamings of all time — now she’s more scared than ever.“Just realized I am more scared of our government now than I was in 1998. And that’s saying a lot. A. LOT,” Monica Lewinsky said in a Monday Twitter post that quickly went viral.Lewinsky, 47, has a whole White House scandal — not to mention “over 125 rap songs” — with her name attached.Her entire life imploded, making her the butt of countless late night talk show jokes, when her sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton went public in the late 1990s and was graphically described in the Starr Repo...
New York Daily News
2 Missouri crayfish species may be listed as 'threatened' under Endangered Species Act
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing two kinds of Missouri crayfish as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, as well as identifying “critical habitat” for their survival and recovery in the state’s southeast watersheds.Both the Big Creek crayfish and the St. Francis River crayfish have seen their numbers contract since the introduction of nonnative woodland crayfish in the 1980s. While the invasive crayfish is seen as the “primary threat” to the native species, the agency said in its listing last week that they also contend with water quality issues, ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Trump vows to block any TikTok deal allowing Chinese control
Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump on Monday threw into doubt a deal to restructure ownership of the popular video app TikTok, vowing to block any deal that allows its Chinese parent firm to retain any control.The comments raised fresh concerns over a weekend deal that appeared to avert a US-ordered ban of TikTok, which the Trump administration has called a national security risk.The deal would make Silicon Valley giant Oracle the data partner for TikTok with retail giant Walmart also taking a stake in a new entity to be called TikTok Global.But details of the plan remained unclear, ami...