Chelsea Manning finds a sympathetic crowd in NY appearance

(link to post) NEW YORK (AP) – She may have been disinvited by Harvard and turned away from Canada, but Chelsea Manning earned applause, laughter and even some tears of empathy on Sunday from a friendly crowd at the annual New Yorker Festival. Manning, who was released in May after seven years in military prison,…

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It’s a New York thing: SNL creator Lorne Michaels on why Weinstein was left out of show

(link to post) FILE 2017: Lorne Michaels at the Governors Ball in Los Angeles.  (Reuters) “Saturday Night Live” – known for its biting satire of President Trump – took on gun control, paid tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting, spoofed OJ Simpson getting out of prison and remembered rocker Tom Petty during…

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Trump links border wall, green-card overhaul to DACA

(link to post) WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump told congressional leaders on Sunday that his hard-line immigration priorities must be enacted in exchange for extending protection from deportation to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, many of whom were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Trump’s list of demands included overhauling the country’s…

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Inside the Beltway: Donald Trump chooses to honor Christopher Columbus, “man of faith”

(link to post) There will be considerable talk about the fate of Columbus Day on Monday as a growing number of states and cities choose to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead. Minnesota, Vermont, Alaska and South Dakota opt for the latter according to a Time magazine study — along with 54 cities in those states,…

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Inside the Beltway: Donald Trump chooses to honor Christopher Columbus, “man of faith”

(link to post) There will be considerable talk about the fate of Columbus Day on Monday as a growing number of states and cities choose to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead. Minnesota, Vermont, Alaska and South Dakota opt for the latter according to a Time magazine study — along with 54 cities in those states,…

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Film producer Harvey Weinstein ousted from Weinstein Co.

(link to post) NEW YORK (AP) – Harvey Weinstein, the sharp-elbowed movie producer whose combative reign in Hollywood made him an Academy Awards regular, was fired from The Weinstein Company on Sunday following an expose that detailed decades of sexual harassment allegations made against Weinstein by actresses and employees. In a statement, the company’s board…

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Gun control agreement stops with bump stocks

(link to post) As investigators search for a motive behind last week’s Las Vegas massacre, there is growing consensus in Washington about the need for at least one modest gun control measure — but the agreement ends there, as Democratic lawmakers push for new laws while firearms advocates simply want to tighten existing regulations. Lawmakers…

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Trump send 70-point immigration enforcement list to Congress

(link to post) Determined to finally solve illegal immigration, the White House submitted a 70-point enforcement plan to Congress Sunday proposing the stiffest reforms ever offered by an administration — including a massive rewrite of the law in order to eliminate loopholes illegal immigrants have exploited to gain a foothold in the U.S. The plans,…

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Performer brings Woody Guthrie-style music to state museum

(link to post)SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The songs of Woody Guthrie, the Dust-Bowl era and labor movement will be featured when songwriter Bucky Halker performs Oct. 12 at the Illinois State Museum . Halker is a historian, songwriter and guitarist. He has been likened to Depression-era folk singer Guthrie and his music linked to “the…

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Ralph Northam shuns rural Virginia Democrats in governor’s race

(link to post) BRISTOL, Va. — Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam hasn’t called on the Bluegrass Brothers in his bid for Virginia’s governorship, but he has called for stricter gun laws, leaving the state’s rural residents feeling increasingly written off by a party that used to reach for their votes. Mr. Northam is part of the new…

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