Virginias November Elections May Finally Cement Its Status As A Blue State

The state’s legislative elections in just a few months, however, are of particular importance: With the census coming in 2020, whoever wins control of the Virginia legislature in November will have power over redistricting, the process by which legislative and congressional districts are drawn. Republicans hold extremely narrow majorities in both the Virginia House of Delegates and Virginia Senate. If Democrats can win control of those chambers, they’ll be able to redraw the GOP-gerrymandered maps — and maintain power through the 2020s.  and the allegations of sexual assaultVirginia Republicans who seem to be losing their grasp on constituents. Democratic candidates are raking in far more donations at the grassroots level, and a recent string of sexist comments by Republican incumbents certainly …

This California Community Fought An Oil Drill Site In Its Backyard And Won

Over more than 30 years living on Budlong Avenue, Lillian Marenco became used to the smell of rotten eggs and diesel fuel that seeped through her closed bedroom and kitchen windows day and night. Screeching and clanking sounds of metal on metal went on long into the evening. Just three doors down from her home, oil rigs worked nonstop, penetrating deep into the earth and stone without interruption, pumping from 36 wells clustered on two acres of land. Slick drops of oil accumulated on front porches and cars on the densely populated streets of her South Los Angeles neighborhood.  In a city pockmarked with oil facilities – LA has about 1,000 active wells – the Jefferson Boulevard site is . …

‘Baby Shark’ is being turned into a cereal, doo doo doo doo doo doo

(CNN)Parents who thought they’d heard the last of toddler anthem “Baby Shark” are out of luck. It will be available in Sam’s Club on August 17 while supplies last. Walmart will also carry the cereal in late September, Kellogg said in a statement to CNN. The song is also being transformed into an animated series for Nickelodeon, a rep for the network told CNN. The tune quickly soared in popularity after it launched on YouTube in November 2015 and has since garnered more than 3 billion YouTube views. CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correct the number of times “Baby Shark” has been viewed on YouTube. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

GOP Rep Who Derisively Noted Opponent’s Ethnicity Is Retiring

The six-term House member said in a statement that he needs more time to prioritize his family’s well-being. narrowly won his reelection bid last year against Democratic opponent Sri Preston Kulkarni, a former diplomat whom Olson slammed as a “liberal, liberal, liberal Kulkarni announced in April that he was running again for the 22nd District seat in 2020. The district outside Houston is one of the country’s most diverse — and one of Texas’ most vulnerable Republican holdings. Members of Kulkarni’s campaign saw success in 2018 by reaching out to minority communities that typically had lower voter turnout. The Texas Tribune last year. “Some of them just grab me and pull me in like a life preserver because they’ve never …

Exclusive: Red flags on family separation were raised internally in Trump admin, documents show

Washington (CNN)Hundreds of red flags were raised internally within the Trump administration about how families were being separated at the US-Mexico border, including some from months before the controversial “zero tolerance” policy was announced, according to documents reviewed by CNN. HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is charged with the care of unaccompanied migrant children, instructed staff to submit significant incident reports for alleged cases of family separation once the agency started seeing an uptick in cases, according to the agency. The refugee agency was unaware of the “zero tolerance” separation policy prior to its public announcement in April 2018, and the reports were submitted as incidents of abuse in Homeland Security custody and sent to DHS’ Office of Civil …

You don’t care that this GOP congressman is quitting — but you should

(CNN)As the political world — and, really, just the world — was glued to Robert Mueller’s testimony on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Republican Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan announced he would retire in 2020, after two terms. That’s a mistake — because how Mitchell explained his decision provides a telling window into just how miserable it is to be in Washington these days. Here’s the key piece of what Mitchell told Politico, which first reported his decision, about his thinking:

Dow opens lower as earnings bonanza continues

New York (CNN Business)The Dow and broader stock market slumped lower at Thursday’s open, on one of the biggest days of the earnings season. Before the bell, American Airlines (AAL) reported second quarter results, forecasting a $400 million hit for full-year earnings from Boeing’s (BA) 737 Max crisis. 3M (MMM) and Budweiser-parent Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) also reported before the opening bell rings. Both beat earnings expectations. Internet giants Google (GOOG) and Amazon (AMZN), as well as chip maker Intel (INTC) and Starbucks (SBUX), will report after the market close. The European Central Bank delivered it’s monetary policy update. The central bank left interest rates unchanged and said rates would remain at their current levels or lower “at least through the …

Mueller Hearings Don’t Sway House Democratic Leaders On Impeachment

Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that former special counsel Congress “is a crossing of a threshold in terms of the public awareness,” but she Donald Trump. publicly testifying before the Judiciary and Intelligence committees on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump’s continued stonewalling of witness interviews. Nadler said that the next step for Democrats is to go to court to seek Mueller’s grand jury material and to enforce a subpoena against former White House lawyer Don McGahn, whom the report said During the two separate hearings, Mueller long before Wednesday that anything he testified about would be information that’s already in the public, redacted report the Justice Department released in April. a president can be charged with a …

Russia Is Still Trying To Meddle In U.S. Elections, FBI Chief Warns

“The Russians are absolutely intent on trying to interfere with our elections,” Wray said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.  highly anticipated testimony before Congress. Mueller will be grilled by lawmakers about his Trump has repeatedly shrugged off reports of Russian election interference, even “All the sanctions, all the talk, they’re still at it?” Graham asked, referring to Russia.  Wray told Graham that the FBI has “significant resources devoted” to thwarting foreign influence in the upcoming election and did not suggest the agency needed more funds or authority from Congress to address the issue. “We have been warned in closed sessions about the Russian plans to corrupt this next election and they’re very specific,” Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) Download Join …

Britain could see hottest night on record Tuesday as heat wave hits

(CNN)The UK is set to sizzle this week, in a heatwave that could set new temperature records for July, a new all-time record and a new overnight record.. The heat could continue to build in central and eastern areas, hitting 35 degrees Celsius on Wednesday and 37 degrees Celsius Thursday. This would beat the July record of 36.7 degrees Celsius (98.1 degrees Fahrenheit), which was recorded July 1, 2015 at Heathrow, just outside London. The map above shows maximum Thursday temperatures for major UK cities, rather than the hottest areas. Temperatures that high would make Wednesday and Thursday the hottest days of the year so far in much of England. And night won’t bring much relief. Forecasters say temperatures will …

Donald Trump Jr. to become an author this November

(CNN)Donald Trump Jr. will become the third member of his family to write a book during his father’s presidency, the eldest Trump son announced Monday. Trump will discuss how his childhood summers in mother Ivana Trump’s native communist Czechoslovakia shaped his political views, per the book’s description. “This is the book the leftist elites don’t want you to read!” he tweeted Monday. “Triggered” follows Ivanka Trump’s “Women Who Work,” which came out in May 2017, and Ivana Trump’s “Raising Trump,” which came out in October of that year. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Republican senators confront deal that punts hard choices on spending

(CNN)Republican senators — some of whom have made fiscal responsibility a cornerstone of their campaigns and focus in Washington — are shrugging at a two-year deal that raises the debt ceiling, thwarts a debt default and cements top-level spending numbers that exceed what they themselves would have agreed to. “It wouldn’t be the one I would’ve written, but you have to in a place like this where you have a divided government, try to get the best possible deal you can,” said GOP Sen. John Thune of South Dakota. “Democrats exist. They run the House,” said Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. “The numbers for the military will keep us on track to rebuild what I think has been …

Lenny Kravitz says ex-wife’s husband Jason Momoa is ‘like a brother,’ praises ‘beautiful’ blended family

“You go through a marriage with somebody, you break up and it’s very difficult,” the 55-year-old singer told U.K. newspaper The Times. LENNY KRAVITZ COMMENTS ON DAUGHTER ZOEY’S RACY NUDE INSTAGRAM PHOTO “But [Lisa and I] put the work in and we took the time so that we could become best friends again,” he said. Kravitz said their close relationship also extends to Bonet’s husband Momoa, who is the father to her two younger children. “Our families are blended. I love her husband ― he’s like a brother to me ― and I love the kids. It’s beautiful, but it takes work,” he shared. The feeling appears mutual as Momoa previously shared a photo of him and Kravitz rocking matching skull …