Pierre Delecto: Mitt Romney’s secret online alter-ego for eight years

Romney is revealed to have kept up a secret Twitter account, mildly criticizing Trump and politely defending himself On Capitol Hill, he is Mitt Romney, the clean-shaven senator from Utah. But on Twitter, with a virtual pencil moustache and perhaps a cape, he becomes Pierre Delecto. In a weekend interview in at Slate, Romney was revealed to have kept up a secret online presence for eight years, since the time of his run for president against Barack Obama. Though he lurked anonymously online, the Mormon church elder did not morph into a troll or any other species of virtual rogue. Pierre Delectos Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Four big drug firms agree to $260m opioid payout hours before trial set to begin

Teva and three drug distributors confirm last-minute settlement before Ohio trial in which they were to be accused of profiting from addiction and death Four major pharmaceutical companies agreed to a multimillion-dollar payout over the US opioid epidemic on Monday, hours before a landmark federal trial in which they were facing accusations of a conspiracy to profit from addiction and death. Teva Pharmaceuticals, the largest manufacturer of generic drugs in the world, and three drug distributors, among the biggest corporations in America, are to pay a total of $260m to settle the first of thousands of lawsuits by communities across the US which accuse the industry of creating an epidemic that that has claimed more than 400,000 lives over the …

Second official reportedly considering whistleblower complaint against Trump

Intelligence official was interviewed by watchdog to corroborate initial complaint about Trumps dealings with Ukraine, report says A second intelligence official is reportedly considering filing a whistleblower complaint about Donald Trumps dealings with Ukraine as the Democrats impeachment investigation into the president and his administration continues to escalate. The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, also failed to meet a subpoena deadline to turn over documents related to the investigation, as House Democrats broadened their subpoena request to the White House, demanding documents after the executive branch ignored requests to provide them voluntarily. At the heart of the impeachment inquiry is a whistleblower complaint outlining Trumps efforts to pressure the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to launch a corruption investigation against …

Out of prison after 23 years, thanks to his mother and a documentary

Kevin Ott released after getting a life sentence under Oklahomas three strikes law for non-violent drug-related convictions, which was partially repealed Its a Tuesday morning in August, but Betty Chism wraps 23 Christmas presents on her day off. Her son, Kevin Ott, is set to be released from the Oklahoma prison system this week, though no one has told her exactly when. Still, Chism, 75, wants to be prepared before she makes the two-and-a-half-hour drive to pick up her son from his prison. Ott, 56, has been in prison since 1996 and sentenced to worlds prison capitalThe House I Live In, a documentary examining the United States governments 40-year-old war on drugs policy. As he visited a prison in Oklahoma, …

Kamala Harris might be surging but her record will soon catch up with her | Bhaskar Sunkara

A leftward moving party is hungry for change. Just like Joe Biden, Kamala Harris past will prove to be a liability writes Bhaskar Sunkara The first pair of Democratic presidential primary debates showed how wide open the field is. Former vice-president Joe Biden came in with a comfortable lead, but stumbled during the debates and has one poll, shes now within two points of him. Joe Biden had a couple things going for him: he was connected to a popular Obama administration and he is still widely perceived as being electable. For stalwart Democratic voters, preventing a second term for Trump and an ever-rightward moving Republican party is a key priority. Biden might have stood out with his relatively conservative …

Democratic candidates fail to challenge opponents or convey scope of climate crisis in debate

Presidential hopefuls mostly reiterated campaign talking points and policy proposals during seven minutes on climate discussion The first Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday night spent around seven minutes on a discussion around climate change, exceeding the total time spent on the crisis during all of the 2016 general election debates. Climate change is expected to feature more in the 2020 election than ever before, as experts offer unsparing warnings that the escalating crisis will extensive plan could save Miami, the coastal Florida city watching as oceans creep inward, increasing inland real estate costs and exacerbating flooding. Current science shows that even a significant global effort to stall rising temperatures would not prevent the huge carbon emissions must halveby 2030 to …

Megan Rapinoe refuses to back down over Donald Trump and White House

Megan Rapinoe has urged her USA teammates to think hard about associating themselves with Donald Trump, saying his administration doesnt fight for the same things we fight for Megan Rapinoe has urged her USA teammates to think hard about associating themselves with Donald Trump. The 33-year-old found herself embroiled in a row with Trump after footage shot earlier this year emerged showing her saying: Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Naomi Wolf faces new questions as US publisher postpones latest book

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt had said it would stand by Outrages after row in UK over its historical accuracy, but has now recalled copies from stores Naomi Wolfs US publisher has postponed the release of her new book and is recalling copies from booksellers, saying that new questions have arisen over the books content. Outrages, which argues that the Obscene Publications Act of 1857 led to a turn against consensual sex between men and an increase in executions for sodomy, was published in the UK on 20 May. told the New York Times on Thursday that the book will be delayed. As we have been working with Naomi Wolf to make corrections to Outrages, new questions have arisen that require more …

‘Police are a force of terror’: the LGBT activists who want cops out of Pride

Queer groups are protesting mainstream festivals and organizing alternative events that recognize ongoing police mistreatment of LGBT people It took half a century, but this LGBT Pride month, the New York police department (NYPD) finally San Francisco Pride, due to the way police and corporations have co-opted it. The efforts to remove policing from Pride are really efforts to ensure safety for the communities that are there. Its a protective act. Its an act of resistance, said Cyril, whose mother was a anniversary of Stonewall, the LGBT rebellion against police abuses that led to the first Pride march and cemented June as Pride month around the globe. The tide is growing around the idea of restricting police involvement in Pride …

Golden escalator ride: the surreal day Trump kicked off his bid for president

On 16 June 2015, the then mogul announced his White House run. Four years on, reporters who covered that Trump Tower speech recall the lies and bombast that now define his presidency Given everything that has happened in the past four years, its not a huge surprise to learn that the first words of Donald Trumps 2016 presidential campaign were a lie. Four years ago, on 16 June 2015, after Trump had slowly descended a golden escalator to the basement of his eponymous New York tower, he clambered on to a makeshift stage and began his announcement speech. Wow. Woah. That is some group of people. Thousands! covered the campaign launch for Reuters news agency. That kind of frenetic energy …

Former baseball star David Ortiz wounded in Dominican Republic shooting

Former Boston Red Sox slugger was at an entertainment centre when the shooting took place Former Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz has been shot and wounded in the Dominican Republic. His father Leo Ortiz told ESPN that he was shot while at an entertainment centre in Santo Domingo on Sunday. They called to tell me that David is injured and that they took him to a medical centre, but they did not tell me how he is or exactly where he was transferred, Leo Ortiz said, adding: At the moment, everything is confusing. Dominican national police director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo around 8:50pm on Sunday when the …

Trump on UK visit: ‘People had never seen the Queen have a better time’

US president claims he had automatic chemistry with the British monarch The US president, Donald Trump, has boasted about having automatic chemistry with the Queen during his state visit to the UK. Trump, during an interview with Fox News, said people had noticed how well he and the Queen had connected. He said: The meeting with the Queen was incredible. I think I can say I really got to know her because I sat with her many times and we had automatic chemistry, you will understand that feeling. Its a good feeling. But shes a spectacular woman. When asked by the broadcasters Laura Ingraham if he fist-bumped the Queen, Trump said: I did not, but I had a great relationship, …

Oklahoma: family says inmate died of appendicitis as pleas for help were ignored

Lawsuit says Joshua England, 21, made five written requests for medical help only for staff to film his distress The family of a man who died in a Oklahoma prison last year are suing correctional officials and medical staff for allegedly ignoring his repeated pleas for help as he died from untreated appendicitis. Joshua England, an attorney for the family. In 2019, no one should die in prison of appendicitis. If he had been given the most basic medical treatment, Joshua would still be alive today. England was serving a 343-day sentence for Oklahoma overtook Louisiana to have the highest incarceration rate in the US. With more than one in every 100 people in prison, the state has one of …

Last known US slave ship found in Alabama

The Clotilda was found by SEARCH Inc in collaboration with the Alabama Historical Commission The last ship known to smuggle slaves from Africa to the US has been discovered in Alabamas Mobile River, nearly 160 years after it was deliberately sunk, a historical commission has said. The Alabama Historical Commission, in a post on its Facebook page, called the effort to locate the ship, the Clotilda, a year-long scientific investigation.. The Clotilda was discovered by a company called SEARCH Inc in collaboration with the commission and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Historians have documented the Clotilda as the last ship known to bring African captives to the US. It operated in secret, decades after Congress …

‘Women will die’: how new abortion bans will harm the most vulnerable

Women of color and poor women will be disproportionately affected by new restrictions across the US, opponents say On the floor of the Alabama state senate this week, a robotic voice read nine pages of legalese that would define a new reality for women in the state: abortion would be a crime, starting from the moment a woman knows she is pregnant. Doctors who perform the procedure could face up to 99 years in prison. Then senators names were called one by one, and they cast their votes. There were 25 yes votes, enough for the bill to pass easily. Every single one was cast by a white man. Those most hurt by the ban, by contrast, will be women …

Grindr and the ‘new cold war’: why US concerns over the app are dangerous

The Chinese-owned app does pose data risks but wrongly framing such fears can fuel racism and homophobia For years, American leaders claimed that the internet would bring free markets and liberal democracy to China. Today, they are more likely to express worry about how Chinese power and Chinese money are reshaping American tech. Conventional strategic areas, like artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, have received the most scrutiny. But this week the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) target: the popular gay social networking app Grindr. Grindr is based in West Hollywood and boasts more than 27 million users. The Chinese gaming firm Beijing Kunlun Tech Company acquired it over two years, purchasing a 60% stake in January 2016 and …