Grenfell tower: Scenes in flats ‘apocalyptic’, says coroner – BBC News

July 5, 2017

The meeting was held at the Olympia conference centre in West Kensington on Tuesday evening. Three hospitals fail fire safety checks Reality Check: The Grenfell rehousing promise Grenfell Tower inquiry ‘will be broad’ Will a public inquiry deliver answers? What happened at Grenfell Tower? Grenfell Tower fire: Who were the victims? Lotifa Begum, a co-ordinator for the charity Muslim Aid, told the Press Association some of those in attendance were…

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Beast Fiction: Christopher Bollens The Destroyers

July 3, 2017

Ive never known the specifics of Charlies familys wealth. Like pools or country houses or fathers with healthy, poorly hidden porn collections, money was just a condition that some kids had and others didnt. Thats not to say I didnt realize early on that the Konstantinou fortune trumped my ownthat I was a votive candle set beside a bonfire. Their residence was a labyrinthine, low-ceilinged duplex on the forty-eighth floor…

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Activists protest GOP health care bill on Capitol Hill

June 29, 2017

(CNN)Over a thousand chanting activists walked a lap around the Capitol building Wednesday evening to protest the American Health Care Act. The march was part of a three-day “People’s Filibuster,” co-organized by more than 19 groups, including the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and American Federation of Labor. Philadelphia resident Signe Espinoza, 24, kicked off the post-march rally by sharing her personal health care experience on stage.

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Warren Buffett Makes The Case For Single-Payer Health Care

June 29, 2017

In an interview on PBS NewsHour, host Judy Woodruff asked Buffett, a longtime Democratic donor, how the United States should address the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. With my limited knowledge, I think that [single payer] probably is the best system, Buffett said. In almost every field of American business, it pays to bring down costs, he said. Theres an awful lot of people involved in the medical,…

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Off-Duty Officer Chokes Black Teen For Being On His Lawn

June 28, 2017

Another minor filmed a portion of the Saturday confrontation, which relatives of the teen later shared on Facebook, where it went viral. As seen in the video below, an adult man straddles the teen and puts his hand around his neck.The man can be heard scolding the teen for coming onto his property and says,Im going to fucking kill you. Andrew M. Stroth, a civil rights attorney who is representing…

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Theresa May’s DUP-Tory deal criticised as ‘shabby and reckless’ – BBC News

June 27, 2017

May’s deal with the DUP Where does this leave power-sharing talks? Where will the money go? Who are the DUP? Negotiations lasted 18 days after the general election on 8 June resulted in a hung parliament. The support of the DUP, added to the Tories’ 317 MPs, means Mrs May passes the 326 figure needed for an overall Commons majority under a “confidence and supply” arrangement planned to last until…

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Trump Blames Democrats For Obstructing Health Care Bill They Haven’t Seen Yet

June 22, 2017

Speaking Wednesday at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Trump lamented criticism that his administration hasnt accomplished much yet and pointed a finger at Democratic lawmakers for slowing the passage of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Trump tweeted similar complaintsearlier Wednesday. They just want to stop, they just want to obstruct. A few votes from the Democrats, seriously, a few votes from the Democrats, it…

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Republicans Hold On To Mick Mulvaney’s Old House Seat In South Carolina

June 22, 2017

Norman, a 63-year-old real estate developer and former state lawmaker, replaces fellow Republican Mick Mulvaney, who left Congress to become President Donald Trumps budget director. Parnell, a 66-year-old tax attorney, mounted an unusually ambitious challenge in the district where the conservative Mulvaney cruised to re-election in 2016.His scrappy campaign, and the support it received from the national Democratic Party, excited local activists accustomed to being written off by party leaders….

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In Georgia, close isn’t nearly good enough for Democrats

June 21, 2017

(CNN)Winning isn’t everything in politics. It’s the only thing. Both candidates’ messages were entirely nationalized as well. Ossoff sought to cast Handel, who had served as secretary of state in Georgia and run unsuccessfully for governor and Senate in recent years, as a tool of Trump. Handel similarly sought to link Ossoff to Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California. Although Ossoff was heavily funded by liberal donors outside…

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Chelsea Clinton accuses Bannon of ‘fat shaming’ Sean Spicer

June 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)The punchline, for lack of a better word, in a piece in The Atlantic on the much-maligned decay of the White House press is a text message, presumably joking, from White House adviser Steven Bannon to a reporter explaining why Sean Spicer has spent less and less time in front of cameras at the podium. We don’t KNOW that Bannon was joking, mind you. He didn’t respond to follow-up…

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Philando Castile shooting: Dashcam video shows rapid event

June 21, 2017

(CNN)What’s most shocking is how fast it happened. Until Tuesday, few people had seen the dashcam video from July 6, 2016, when Officer Jeronimo Yanez killed Castile in Minnesota. It was shown in court during Yanez’s trial. Yanez tells Castile his brake lights are out. The video does not show Yanez’s point of view or the inside of Castile’s car, where his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and her 4-year-old daughter were…

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Conservatives on Capitol Hill anxiously await health care bill

June 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might be on the verge of releasing a bill to repeal Obamacare, but he’s got conservatives to convince before he can be sure he has the votes to pass it. “I think they’ve forgotten all the rallies where we said we’re going to repeal it. We had thousands of people standing up and cheering us on, saying we’re going to repeal it and now…

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Uber board member resigns after making ridiculous, sexist joke

June 15, 2017

Image: ERIC RISBERG/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK Update, Tuesday June 13, 6:30 pm PST: An Uber board member who made a misogynistic remark in a meeting to address the company’s systemic sexual harassment resigned late Tuesday, an Uber spokesperson confirmed. David Bonderman reportedly caused a stunned silence at an all-hands meeting earlier in the day when he joked that a company board with more than one woman means “it’s more likely that there will…

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Ralph Northam Wins In Democratic Primary For Virginia Governor

June 14, 2017

Although Perriello enjoyed greater support among millennials, liberals and residents of Southwestern Virginia, his campaign hopes depended on getting many of them to turn out for the first time. Its still an uphill climb for groups that are farther to the left to succeed even in a Democratic Primary, said Geoffrey Skelly, an expert in state politics at the University of Virginia. Theres a lot of excitement. But at the…

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VA chief on Cabinet meeting: We weren’t told to do it

June 14, 2017

(CNN)There was no script for President Donald Trump’s first full Cabinet meeting, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin said Tuesday. Shulkin said the meeting was “very productive,” and that he was able to discuss how the Cabinet could help the VA advance its agenda. ‘A very good meeting’ “It was a very good meeting actually,” Shulkin said. “We had a chance … to talk about issues in depth.” One issue…

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Bear stuck in strong current goes over falls and gets tossed in strong rapids

June 11, 2017

A camper in Yosemite National Park witnessed an embarrassing moment for a juvenile bear. Backpackers stumbled across two bears near a river on Tuesday. Naturally, the backpackers tried to avoid the bears, but when one bear entered the water, things took a turn for the worse. The current was much stronger than the bear likely anticipated, and after a bit of a struggle, the bear was sucked down a small…

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Surprise! Another Fox News host just epically burned Trump

June 9, 2017

Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto blasted President Trump on Tuesday after the president fired off another one of his infamous tweets attacking the “fake media.” During his call out, Cavuto burned Trump with a spin on a classic breakup line, saying: “It’s not the fake news media that’s your problem, it’s you.” The Fox News host went on to discuss Trump’s “scapegoating” and “refusal to see” his own actions, giving…

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Second Lady Pence Pushes Bee Conservation, An Effort One Critic Labels ‘Hypocritical’

June 8, 2017

Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdueunveiled the new hive home to a growing population of some 20,000 bees at an event Tuesday and urged Americans to do their own part to help reverse an ongoing worldwide decline in the bee population, according to a White House release. Friends of the Earth, called the White House request extremely hypocritical in light of the administrations proposed cuts to funding for environmental protection….

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Senate Republicans Are Closer Than Ever To Repealing Obamacare

June 7, 2017

Senators still lack an actual bill, and the compromises needed to pass the Senate could imperil the legislation in the House, which will also have to back it.But Tuesday was a pivotal day for discussions in the upper chamber and seemingly a positive one as Republicans try to build a 50-vote coalition to repeal Obamacare. McConnell is working with hardly any margin for error. He can afford to lose only…

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