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NIKOLAI LINARES/AFP/GettyAn Irish woman has withdrawn the ''pussy hat'' knitting pattern which she had posted online as a service to fellow female protesters preparing for President Trump's visit to Ireland in November: woke activists had pointed out to her that some women have penises, not vaginas.I won't be making pussy hats. I'm deleting the pattern I posted. I am really sorry for upsetting people, I've read, listened and learned and while it was not intentional it was thoughtless. I will make some hats with yellow roses instead.
'-- Katherine Nolan (@DoChara) September 2, 2018
Katherine's noble, thoughtful, caring decision has been respected by some:
If there is one thing you are not it is thoughtless! If you're taking orders for yellow rose hats I'd love one.
'-- Martina Skelly (@martina_skelly) September 2, 2018
But not, unfortunately, by everyone.
You people need help. Seriously.
'-- Eoghan ' Muircheartaigh (@EoghanMuirchea3) September 5, 2018
'-- TravellingMan (@SJJB55) September 6, 2018
Make pussy hats but with big willys coming out the top. More inclusive
'-- Harry Dunn (@HighHarryDunn) September 6, 2018
Gretchen Carlson's Miss America 2.0 promised empowerment '-- it delivered - Vox
When Gretchen Carlson '-- the former Fox News anchor and Miss America 1989 '-- took over as chair of the Miss America Organization earlier this year, she promised that the 2019 pageant would ''join the empowerment movement'' and become ''open, transparent, and inclusive'' by judging contestants on their talking points and social impact initiatives rather than their outfits and looks. And at Sunday's final competition, it seemed that Miss America 2.0 was indeed the (slightly) less pageant-y pageant that Carlson intended.
Thanks to sweeping changes announced this summer that included removing both the swimsuit and evening gown portions, as well as a major branding overhaul, this year's event was markedly different from the others in the pageant's 97-year history.
The viral highlight? Miss Michigan, Emily Sioma, introduced herself not with an overview of her college and major but by drawing attention to the ongoing water crisis in Flint. ''From the state with 84 percent of the US's freshwater but none for its residents to drink, I am Miss Michigan Emily Sioma,'' she said.
According to the Daily Beast, Sunday night's competition, which aired live on ABC, was ''50 percent less offensive than the average pageant, with 100 percent more pantsuits.'' There were earnest calls from the contestants for everything from diversity to the importance of investigative journalism, women in STEM, and wheelchair adaptive sports, while the opening script relied heavily on words like ''sisters,'' ''future leaders,'' and ''empowered.''
Yet despite reports of turmoil behind the scenes '-- as well as a very public rift between Carlson and the most recent Miss America, Cara Mund '-- Miss America 2.0 could provide a possible model for what beauty pageants might look like in the future.
Beauty pageants have a pretty sexist and racist historyBecause women have always been judged heavily on their looks, beauty pageants have existed around the world for millennia. When Miss America debuted in 1921, it was to attract more crowds on the Atlantic City boardwalk, and audiences would clap for their favorite contestant, which accounted for 50 percent of the vote.
In the pageant's beginnings, non-white women were not allowed to enter the competition. Even though the rule that required ''contestants must be of good health and of the white race'' was repealed in 1950, the first black contestant wasn't included until 1970, and the first black winner was Vanessa Williams in 1984. It was the first time that a winner received death threats and hate mail, and also the first time that a contestant was forced to resign following the discovery of nude photographs (ones that she was told would never appear in print), leading to a contentious national conversation often tinged with racial undertones.
Meanwhile the second-most famous pageant in America, Miss USA, was co-owned by none other than Donald Trump between 1996 and 2015, a time in which the future president engaged in behavior such as entering the Miss Teen USA dressing room while contestants were changing and bragging about it. Trump, who remains very preoccupied with judging women's appearances, went on to attack Alicia Machado, the Venezuelan Miss Universe, for gaining weight during the 2016 election.
The Miss America Organization has been plagued by scandalsIt isn't entirely surprising that the Miss America Organization has desperately attempted to shed its sexist past. Last December emails between CEO Sam Haskell and lead writer Lewis Friedman leaked in which contestants were referred to as ''cunts'' and called ''piece of trash'' and ''huge,'' among other misogynistic comments.
When Gretchen Carlson, who became a vocal advocate for #MeToo after settling a sexual harassment lawsuit against former Fox CEO Roger Ailes, took over as chair of the organization and named several more women to its board, the goal was to transform the pageant into one that focused less on the contestants' looks and outfits and more on the social issues they champion.
But in doing so, another minor scandal erupted: In the weeks prior to this year's pageant, Miss America 2018, Cara Mund stated in a public Facebook post that the organization ''systematically silenced me, reduced me, marginalized me, and essentially erased me in my role as Miss America in subtle and not-so-subtle ways on a daily basis.'' She accused the organization of prioritizing Carlson over her, as well as using passive-aggressive tactics to minimize her status.
Last week, a sash that read ''Gretchen sucks'' was placed on the statue of Miss America in Atlantic City, and several posters mocking Carlson with the words ''So Fake'' were hung from nearby traffic light poles.
Toward a feminist future of beauty pageants?Despite the drama, however, it seems as though this year's contestants largely adhered to the mission of Miss America 2.0. In place of the traditional evening gown portion, the women were free to wear attire that made them feel confident and expressed their personal styles. (Read: lots of jumpsuits).
Even the revamped pageant's branding looks like that of a hip, socially aware startup '-- the hero image on its website is a cinemagraph of a woman in a billowy skirt leaping in Converse-like sneakers, while the font is, of course, a cool sans serif.
missamerica.org But besides Sioma's bold statement about the water crisis in Flint, most of the contestants who had made it to Sunday's finals stuck with less overtly political issues to champion '-- the environment, youth empowerment, and support for people with visual impairments, for example.
There were certainly politics present onstage a few nights before, however. During the pageant's preliminary round on Friday night, Miss West Virginia, Madeline Collins, stated that ''Donald Trump is the biggest issue facing our country. Unfortunately, he has caused a lot of divide in our country, and until we can trust in him and the choices that he makes for our country, we cannot become united.''
And on Thursday, when Emili McPhail (Miss Virginia) was asked how the NFL should respond to its players kneeling during the national anthem, she said that the protests were ''absolutely about police brutality,'' and that ''kneeling during the national anthem is absolutely a right that you have, to stand up for what you believe in, and to make the right decision that's right for you.''
This, perhaps, could indicate the changes coming to the beauty pageant world. And unlike the overwhelming majority of Miss America winners, this year the judges selected a nonwhite contestant, New Yorker Nia Imani Franklin, who chose youth art education as her social impact initiative.
Miss America 2.0's goal is to make pageants more like serious job interviews. But to be clear, the Miss America pageant has always been a job interview '-- it determines the woman who will represent the organization over the next year in speaking and travel engagements. It's just that being hot and likable can no longer be the only requirement.
However much this year's pageant was a leap toward the future, it's still difficult to imagine a Miss America who is queer (although 2016 saw the competition's first openly gay contestant), who is disabled, who is fat, or who is trans- or gender nonconforming. It's even difficult to imagine a winner whose personal style is a little off-base, who doesn't have perfect hair, not to mention one who takes a stand on a controversial political topic.
These are ingredients that are baked in to the Miss America recipe, and though there are plenty of pageants that aim to subvert the norm '-- drag and queer subcultures have their own versions; there's even an event to crown the ''smallest penis in Brooklyn'' '-- anyone hoping for a truly subversive Miss America probably shouldn't bother holding their breath for Miss America 3.0.
TV viewers prefer to watch giant men in spandex after Miss America pageant nixes bikini contest '-- RT US News
Television viewership for the Miss America pageant has mysteriously dried up after the contest discontinued the part of the show where the young ladies scamper about in revealing swimsuits. Instead Americans watched football.
The 98th Miss America pageant faced-off with the first football game of the season in the primetime TV spot, with the giant, spandex-clad men clobbering the properly clothed, poem-reciting pageant contestants. It wasn't even close.
READ MORE: US culture warriors ban Miss America swimsuit contest, expect burqas on the beach next
The number of viewers who tuned in to the ABC's screening of the beauty competition plummeted 36 percent in ratings compared to last year - which was already a record-low performance. Last year's beauty contest also squared off against the first Sunday of the NFL regular season '' but at least there were supple young ladies wearing bikinis back then.
In a bow to the #MeToo phenomenon, the Miss America Organization announced in June that it was eliminating the swimsuit portion of the event as well as tweaking the evening gown section '' declaring that candidates "will no longer be judged on outward physical appearance."
Scholars will look back on this moment as one of the most predictable television-rating nosedives in recorded human history.
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What is a microaggression? It is an unconscious expressions of racism or sexism.That unconscious bias is everywhere - especially in the workplace.To avoid a toxic workplace culture, it's important to know which phrases and actions can make employees from different backgrounds or identities feel uncomfortable and targeted. Microaggressions are unconscious expressions of racism or sexism. They come out in seemingly innocuous comments by people who might be well-intentioned.
From telling a new female worker that she "looks like a student" to asking a black colleague about her natural hair, microaggressions often exist in the workplace, too. And they can make a workplace feel unsafe and toxic.
"Because microaggressions are often communicated through language, it is very important to pay attention to how we talk, especially in the workplace and other social institutions like classrooms, courtrooms, and so on," Christine Mallinson, professor of language, literacy, and culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, told Business Insider.
Because microaggressions are so subtle, it's often hard to know if you're committing one or if you're on the receiving end.
"One thing is that they are in a sense ambiguous, so that the recipient is apt to feel vaguely insulted, but since the words look and sound complimentary, on the surface (they're most often positive), she can't rightly feel insulted and doesn't know how to respond," Robin Lakoff, Professor Emerita of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, told Business Insider.
Here are some of the most common microaggressions:
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It's Not Just The Homeless - San Francisco Cabbies Warned Over Pooping In Parking Lot | Zero Hedge
Taxi drivers at the San Francisco airport have been put on notice to kindly stop urinating and dropping deuces in the taxi parking lot, reports The Daily Mail.
Furious airport officials have written an open letter to cabbies warning them to stop using the parking lot as a bathroom, as "Failing to use the appropriate facility will not be tolerated."
The letter from Seth Morgan, a senior transportation planner at SFO, said: 'Airport staff have noticed an increased rate of urination and defecation in the rear of SFO Taxi Lot #3 and nearby stairwells.' -Daily Mail
"This creates a highly unsanitary condition and a health hazard for SFO custodians and other staff handling the materials stored in these areas," continues the letter.
"Violaters are subject to suspensions, fines and/or arrest," reads the notice.
To police the pooping cabbies, SFO officials will be sending in the poop patrol. No, not that poop patrol that the city has sent in to power wash the droppings of local homeless denizens - rather, these patrollers will monitor the cabbies for violations of the new pooping policy. Doubtful they make $185,000 per year including full benefits.
Former SFO taxi company CEO John Lazar told the SF Examiner that he was shocked to receive the emailed notice and couldn't believe that this was happening.
''I don't think our cab drivers are that much of a degenerate so they piss and shit on the streets,'' Lazar said. But, he added, SFO lines are money-makers for cab drivers, so it's easy for SFO to enforce the rules.
SFO could ''say if you don't use the bathroom, you lose your place in line,'' he said.
Tariq Mehmood, a taxi driver who often organizes other drivers around industry causes, told the Examiner bathrooms are within 60 feet of the taxi lots.
''The bathroom is close enough,'' he said. -SF Examiner
What is it about San Francisco that makes people want to shit all over the place?
CIA Officer Blows Whistle on Bob Woodward: Proves He Fabricated MAJOR Parts of Book; Trump Threatens to Expose With "Real Book" '' True PunditTrue Pundit
Featured Politics SecurityCIA Officer Blows Whistle on Bob Woodward: Proves He Fabricated MAJOR Parts of Book; Trump Threatens to Expose With ''Real Book''Bob Woodward has been a liar for decades.
Just ask Kevin Shipp, who worked the protective detail of CIA Director William Casey. Shipp maintains Woodward tried to force his way into Casey's hospital room when the director was dying.
But Shipp was one of the CIA officers protecting Casey and turned Woodward away. Apparently out of pure osmosis, Woodward produced Casey's ''deathbed confession'' in his book 'Veil.'
But wait. Woodward never got anywhere close to Casey during his final days in 1987. How could Woodward obtain a confession from Casey's bedside when he wasn't even allowed in the hospital?
He lied, per Shipp. And lied big.
''Woodward needs to be exposed,'' Shipp told True Pundit. ''I was there when Woodward lied about his discussion with Casey on his deathbed.''
Shipp is no lightweight either. Per Wikispooks:
''Kevin Shipp, former CIA Officer and Anti Terrorism expert, held several high level positions in the CIA. He was assigned as a protective agent for the Director of Central Intelligence, a counterintelligence investigator, team leader protecting sensitive CIA assets from assassination, manager of high risk Counter Terrorism Center protective operations, lead instructor for members of allied governments, internal staff security investigator and a polygraph examiner tasked with protecting the CIA from foreign agent penetration. He is the recipient of two CIA Meritorious Unit Citations, three Exceptional Performance Awards and a Medallion for overseas covert operations. Shipp also supervised the Department of State Anti Terrorism Assistance program and managed the protective detail assigned to the president of Afghanistan following the US invasion.''
True Pundit's Thomas Paine said Woodward has made a career out of such misrepresentations. Paine brutally dissected Woodward just days ago, calling the Washington Post's icon a relic who hasn't produced anything of provable substance since Watergate.
Shipp agrees. As does President Trump. Prompted by Woodward's unsubstantiated claims in his anti-Trump book, Trump said Monday he was going to write a real book about D.C., exposing the widespread corruption.
This is the Bob Woodward who lied about a deathbed confession by CIA Director William Casey. It never happened. We were there 24/7 right outside Casey's hospital room. Woodward tried and we threw him out. He lied about the encounter in his book ''Veil.'' https://t.co/VGvWpz9Ly2
'-- Kevin Shipp (@Kevin_Shipp) September 4, 2018
But Shipp has taken the fight against Woodward a step further, calling the heralded journalist a CIA plant. Shipp alleges Woodward had top secret clearance during Watergate and was the CIA's mouthpiece and Deep State liason who made sure Richard Nixon was removed from the White House.
Bob Woodward was also the senior editor of the Washington Post when I came out to blow the whistle on the CIA and called the Post. The Post went straight to the CIA and reported my contact. The Post is now owned by Amazon, which has a $600M CIA contract. pic.twitter.com/qFxSYGBocZ
'-- Kevin Shipp (@Kevin_Shipp) September 4, 2018
President Trump lashed out at Woodward on Monday alleging similar undertones.
''The Woodward book is a Joke '' just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources. Many have already come forward to say the quotes by them, like the book, are fiction. Dems can't stand losing. I'll write the real book!'' '-- Monday Trump Tweet.
''It is mostly anonymous sources in here, why should anyone trust you? General Mattis, General Kelly said it's not true.'' @SavannahGuthrie @TODAYshow Bob Woodward is a liar who is like a Dem operative prior to the Midterms. He was caught cold, even by NBC.
'-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2018
Of course a career fabricator like Woodward would never have the guts to respond to such criticism, especially amid the roar of sycophant liberals who cheer lies and fraud '-- no matter how absurd '-- as long as they are employed to discredit Trump.
Perhaps Woodward should focus on his own deathbed confession. Sounds like it could be pretty lengthy. But what liberal publishing house would print the truth anyway?
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The 29-year-old behind LIKEtoKNOW.it shares her entrepreneurial advice - Business Insider
Amber Venx Box Amber Venz Box has always had an entrepreneurial spirit.
The recent inductee to Forbes 30 under 30 list for retail and ecommerce told Business Insider that she started her own business in middle school selling jean skirts.
"This was back when jean skirts were a big thing," Box said."I figured out how to stress denim using old jeans, bleach, and razors."
She was in sixth grade.
The business didn't last long. Box had yet to learn one of the most fundamental lessons of business: the market price of a firm's goods must exceed the cost of production.
"Also, my teachers didn't take too kindly to me mending my wares in the back row of their class," Box added.
By the time Box was a student in college she was a seasoned entrepreneur. She was making $100,000 a year from a jewelry business she started as a senior in high school.
"I was making them in my dorm room and then selling them to local department stores in Dallas," Box said.
Box's love of fashion and retail only grew as the years went by. In 2011, when she was 23-years-old and working as a personal shopper, she launched a blog to attract potential clients. That project led to the creation of RewardStyle, a platform that allows so-called influencers "to make cash from their social media content."
In 2014, in response to the exploding popularity of Instagram, Box launched LIKEtoKNOW.it. The service makes it possible for users to buy merchandise that their favorite Instagram influencers post. When a shopper likes a picture on Instagram, they receive an email with information about where they can buy the item they liked. Since 2014, shoppers have purchased more than $250 million in merchandise via the service.
On March 6, LIKEtoKNOW.it launched an app that would allow consumers to buy products they screenshot.
According to a press release, "By downloading the app, consumers get a push notification with ready-to-shop product information when they screenshot enabled influencer images across the mobile web, including the content they discover inside of closed mobile social platforms like Instagram and Snapchat."
Box told Business Insider that being a young entrepreneur came with numerous challenges. One of the most difficult hurdles was striking the perfect balance between her personal life and her professional life. The fact that her husband was her business partner made this an especially daunting task.
"In the early days my husband Baxter and I shared a phone and a desk," she said."Over time it became difficult to have a healthy relationship."
Box said she and her husband overcame this by setting boundaries around their work day and personal life.
"They include simple things such as designating times when we allow each other to talk about work, when we start our work day and end it, and cutting down the number of night events we commit to," Box said.
We asked Box to share her best advice for young aspiring entrepreneurs thinking about starting their own company. She said they should consider the following:
Learn as much as you can about your industry. Learn what motivates people in your industry and take advantage of all the opportunities that come your way. When I was in college I took advantage of internships in different cities and different sides of the fashion industry in order to expose myself to everything.
Be your own costumer. We created RewardStyle to create something that I really needed. Look for problems in your own life, a real problem that you and other people have, and try to fix it. And if you continue to be your own costumer, then you will be able to properly critique and improve your product.
Build the right team. The founding team is so vital to a firm's future success. If you're a tech firm, and most startups these days are dealing with some sort of technology, then you have to find experienced engineers. They're going to be more expensive, but it's worth it. Hiring the cheaper engineers will result in a bunch of speedbumps and cause a ton of headaches. The second thing is finding people with operational experience as early as possible. You can have the vision, but you need the management. And don't underestimate the importance of marketing. You can have a great idea, but if you don't have a solid team or resources to market it, then that idea won't go anywhere.
Arjen Kamphuis: Belongings of missing WikiLeaks associate found in sea off Norway
The personal belongings of a WikiLeaks associate who has been missing for three weeks have been found at sea.
Arjen Kamphuis left his hotel in Bodoe, Norway, where he was on holiday, on 20 August and has not been seen since.
His belongings were found by a fisherman on 11 September, in an area east of the town.
Police and the Red Cross are now searching the area where the belongings were found with a rescue vessel.
Norwegian police said: "Due to the ongoing investigation the police do not at this time wish to release any information about which specific items that have been found."
Officers have no main theory about his disappearance, and have not determined whether he was the victim of a criminal act.
Image: The hotel in Bodoe where Mr Kamphuis was staying before he went missingWikiLeaks tweeted on 2 September, to say the 47-year-old's disappearance was "strange".
Mr Kamphius, from the Netherlands, describes himself as a "free software advocate" and "IT security adviser" in his Twitter profile.
Dutch investigators have arrived in Bodoe to help with the search, Norwegian police said in a statement.
It added: "Kamphuis has still not been found and the case is open for different outcomes, but we still haven't found anything that indicates a crime has been committed."
Mr Kamphuis, who is shown in pictures with blond hair and a thin beard, had a ticket for a flight to Trondheim on 22 August.
A phone linked to him was switched on near Stavanger, a city 990 miles (1600km) from Bodoe, on 30 August, but police have not been able to confirm if he was using it.
A German SIM card was inserted when the phone was on.
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NEW YORK (AP) '-- Twitter permanently banned right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars show for abusive behavior, a day after CEO Jack Dorsey testified before Congress about alleged bias against conservatives on the platform.
The company said Jones won't be able to create new accounts on Twitter or take over any existing ones. In a tweet, it said it would continue to monitor reports about other accounts potentially associated with Jones or Infowars, and will "take action" if it finds any attempts to circumvent the ban.
Twitter said Jones posted a video on Wednesday that violates the company's policy against "abusive behavior." That video showed Jones berating CNN journalist Oliver Darcy for some 10 minutes in between two congressional hearings on social media. Dorsey testified at both hearings, but did not appear to witness the confrontation.
Jones had about 900,000 followers on Twitter. Infowars had about 430,000. Jones did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
New Jersey Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone praised Twitter's action in a tweet. "Glad Twitter is taking steps to put an end to the abusive behavior from Alex Jones & Infowars," the tweet stated. "Tweets designed to threaten, belittle, demean and silence individuals have no place on this platform."
Radio host Alex Jones showed up before a Senate hearing on social media to blast the Democratic party, the leading tech companies and others, claiming they are working together to silence conservative voices ahead of the midterm elections. (Sept. 5)
Twitter had previously suspended Jones for a week. But until now it had resisted muzzling Jones further. Other tech companies have limited Jones by suspending him for longer periods, as Facebook did, and by taking down his pages and radio stations.
Jones heckled Darcy in a Capitol Hill hallway where reporters were waiting to enter the House committee room. He criticized the journalist's reporting and appearance, referencing his "skinny jeans" and repeatedly saying, "just look at this guy's eyes" and "look at that smile."
At one point, he said Darcy was "smiling like a possum that crawled out of the rear end of a dead cow. That's what you look like. You look like a possum that got caught doing some really nasty stuff '-- in my view. You're a public figure too."
Darcy has aggressively questioned social media companies about the forbearance they showed Jones, asking why they have allowed him to remain on their platforms for as long as they have.
Jones is currently active on Facebook; his personal suspension there recently expired. Apple, YouTube and Spotify also permanently removed material Jones had published. Facebook did not immediately respond to a message asking whether it would also ban Jones.
Dorsey originally defended his company's decision not to ban Jones, tweeting that Jones "hasn't violated our rules" but if he does "we'll enforce."
"We're going to hold Jones to the same standard we hold to every account, not taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories," Dorsey tweeted on Aug. 7 , after the other companies took action against Jones.
But a week later Twitter joined the other tech companies in muzzling Jones, even if it was only for a week. It was a significant move for a company one of its executives once called the "free speech wing of the free speech party."
But critics warn there is another side to high-profile cases such as this one.
"We should be extremely careful before rushing to embrace an internet that is moderated by private companies by default," said David Greene, civil liberties director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in an email last month. While high-profile cases of highly offensive content being taken down gets a lot of attention, he added, content moderation "continues to silence" the voices of people around the world struggling to be heard.
Associated Press writer Mary Clare Jalonick contributed to this story from Washington; AP technology writer Ryan Nakashima contributed from San Francisco.
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The federal taxes paid by Puerto Rico residents include import/export taxes, federal commodity taxes, and others. Residents also pay federal payroll taxes, such as Social Security and Medicare taxes.
Only certain residents of Puerto Rico are required to file federal income tax forms. According to the Internal Revenue Service:
In general, United States citizens and resident aliens who are bona fide residents of Puerto Rico during the entire tax year, which for most individuals is January 1 to December 31, are only required to file a U.S. federal income tax return if they have income sources outside of Puerto Rico or if they are employees of the U.S. government. Bona fide residents of Puerto Rico generally do not report income received from sources within Puerto Rico on their U.S. income tax return. However, they should report all income received from sources outside Puerto Rico on their U.S. income tax return. Residents of Puerto Rico who are employed by the government of the United States or who are members of the armed forces of the United States also should report all income received for their services to the government of the United States on their U. S. income tax return.
United States citizens or resident aliens who are not bona fide residents of Puerto Rico during the entire tax year are required to report all income from whatever source derived on their U.S. income tax return. However, a U.S. citizen who changes residence from Puerto Rico to the United States and who was a bona fide resident of Puerto Rico at least two years before changing residence can exclude from U.S. taxable income the Puerto Rican source income received while residing in Puerto Rico during the taxable year of such change of residence.
Bona fide residents of Puerto Rico cannot claim deductions and/or credits allocable to or chargeable against Puerto Rican source income that is excluded from a U.S. tax return. The deductions and credits not attributable to specific income must be divided between excluded income from sources in Puerto Rico and income from all other sources to find the part that can be deducted or credited on a U.S. tax return. Examples of deductions not attributable to specific income include alimony, the standard deduction, and certain itemized deductions such as medical expenses, charitable contributions, and real estate taxes and mortgage interest on your personal residence. Personal exemptions are generally allowed in full.
If you have taxable Puerto Rican source income on your U.S. income tax return, then you can claim a credit for foreign taxes paid to Puerto Rico. However, you are not allowed to claim a credit for foreign taxes paid with respect to Puerto Rican source income that is excluded from a U.S. tax return. Therefore, to properly calculate your foreign tax credit, you must reduce your foreign taxes paid by the amount of taxes allocable to excluded Puerto Rican source income.
Employers in Puerto Rico are subject to both Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax (a payroll withholding tax, which funds Social Security and Medicare) and the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA). Employers in Puerto Rico must withhold the employee portion of FICA taxes from their employees' wages and contribute the employer portion of FICA.
Commonwealth taxes [ edit ] Puerto Rico imposes a separate income tax in lieu of federal income tax.All federal employees, those who do business with the federal government, Puerto Rico-based corporations that intend to send funds to the US, and some others also pay federal income taxes (for example, Puerto Rico residents who earned income from sources outside Puerto Rico).
In addition, because the cutoff point for income taxation is lower than that of the US IRS code, and the per-capita income in Puerto Rico is much lower than the average per-capita income on the mainland, more Puerto Rico residents pay income taxes to the local taxation authority than if the IRS code were applied to the island. That occurs because "the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico government has a wider set of responsibilities than do U.S. State and local governments." As residents of Puerto Rico pay into Social Security, Puerto Ricans are eligible for Social Security benefits upon retirement but are excluded from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) (Commonwealth of Puerto Rico residents, unlike residents of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and residents of the 50 States, do not receive the SSI), and the island actually receives less than 15% of the Medicaid funding it would normally receive if it were a state. However, Medicare providers receive less-than-full state-like reimbursements for services rendered to beneficiaries in Puerto Rico even though the latter paid fully into the system In general, "many federal social welfare programs have been extended to Puerto Rican (sic) residents, although usually with caps inferior to those allocated to the states." A common misconception is that the import/export taxes collected by the U.S. on products manufactured in Puerto Rico are all returned to the Puerto Rico Treasury. That is not the case, as such import/export taxes are returned only for rum products, and even then, the US Treasury keeps a portion of the taxes.
The main body of domestic statutory tax law in Puerto Rico is the Internal Revenue Code of Puerto Rico (Spanish: C"digo de Rentas Internas de Puerto Rico). The code organizes commonwealth laws covering commonwealth income tax, payroll taxes, gift taxes, estate taxes and statutory excise taxes.
Sales tax [ edit ] On July 4, 2006, the government approved Law Number 117, The 2006 Contributive Justice Law, establishing a tax with a 5.5% rate at state level and an optional 1.5% rate at municipal level. The tax went into effect on November 15, 2006. The tax is better known as the Sales and Use Tax' (Impuesto sobre Ventas y Uso), often referred to by its Spanish acronym "IVU". The law amended Article B of the Code and created subarticle BB. On July 29, 2007, the government approved Law Number 80, making the tax mandatory for all municipalities of the island. Also, the tax rates changed to 6% at the state level and 1% at the municipal level.
The tax originated in some municipalities (Caguas, Yauco and Villalba) in 2005. Seeing the economic success of these municipalities, many other municipalities enacted sales tax ordinances, usually by copying the ordinance of Caguas. By the middle of 2006, more than 30 municipalities had enacted sales and uses taxes on the island. During the second and third quarters of 2006, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico suffered several political struggles in its Legislative Assembly. They were largely caused of the budget deficit of the government and the refusal of the Legislative Assembly to approve the taxes proposed by the Governor of the Island. Government offices were shut down until the Assembly approved Law 117, which included the first sales tax of that possession of the United States.
On July 1, 2006, the first Commonwealth-wide sales tax was approved with a 5.5% rate at state level and an optional 1.5% rate at municipal level. The adoption of the municipal tax was mixed. The tax went into effect on November 15, 2006. Since the tax reform of July 2007, the tax is applied in all 78 municipalities of the island and at Commonwealth level. On February 6, 2008, the governor of the island proposed to remove the state part of the IVU. Also, with the February 6, 2008 changes, the tax rates are now 6% at the state level and 1% at the municipal level.
On July 1, 2015, the sales tax rate was increased to 11.5%, in response to the island's suffering economy. The new tax contributes 1% to the municipality and 10.5% to the state.
The IVU was scheduled to expire on April 1, 2016, to be replaced with a value-added tax (VAT) of 10.5% for the state level, with the 1% IVU continuing for the municipalities.
On 2 May 2016 the House of Representatives voted to repeal the adoption of value added tax (VAT), followed shortly by the Senate on 5 May 2016. The Legislature has decided to continue the existing Sales and Use Taxation (SUT) system. 
See also [ edit ] Federal voting rights in Puerto RicoJones''Shafroth ActLaw of Puerto RicoLegal profession in Puerto RicoPuerto Rican citizenshipPuerto Ricans in the United StatesReferences [ edit ] ^ https://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.pr.htm ^ "Puerto Ricans pay import/export taxes". Stanford.wellsphere.com. Archived from the original on April 1, 2010 . Retrieved August 14, 2010 . ^ "Puerto Ricans pay federal commodity taxes". Stanford.wellsphere.com. Archived from the original on 2010-04-01 . Retrieved 2011-10-30 . ^ "Internal Revenue Service. ',Topic 903 '' Federal Employment Tax in Puerto Rico',". Irs.gov. December 18, 2009 . Retrieved August 14, 2010 . ^ a b "Reuters. ',Puerto Rico hopes to gain from U.S. healthcare reform.', 24 September 2009". Reuters. September 24, 2009 . Retrieved August 14, 2010 . ^ Schaefer, Brett. "The Heritage Foundation, 11 March 2009. ',D.C. Voting Rights: No Representation? No Taxation!', By Robert A. Book, PhD". Heritage.org . Retrieved October 16, 2010 . ^ "Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association, CEO Summit. ',Federal and Local Incentives: Where we are, Where We Want to be. Amaya Iraolagoitia, Partner, Tax Dept" (PDF) . Archived from the original (PDF) on January 16, 2010 . Retrieved August 14, 2010 . ^ a b "Joint Committee on Taxation. An Overview of the Special Tax Rules Related to Puerto Rico and an Analysis of the Tax and Economic Policy Implications of Recent Legislative Options" (PDF) . Retrieved August 14, 2010 . ^ Members of the military must pay federal income tax ^ "Puerto Rico Powerball Win Draws Offensive Tweets". nbcnews.com . Retrieved April 14, 2015 . ^ "Table 5. Internal Revenue Gross Collections, by Type of Tax and State, Fiscal year 2009" (XLS) . irs.gov. ^ I/E Taxes Archived 2010-04-01 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Commodity taxes Archived 2010-04-01 at the Wayback Machine. ^ IRS.gov SS taxes ^ Medicare taxes ^ "Topic 901 - Is a Person With Income From Puerto Rican Sources Required to File a U.S. Federal Income Tax Return?," Internal Revenue Service. ^ "Topic 902 - Credits and Deductions for Taxpayers with Puerto Rican Source Income that is Exempt from U.S. Tax," Internal Revenue Service. ^ "Topic 903 - Federal Employment Tax in Puerto Rico," Internal Revenue Service. ^ Residents of Puerto Rico pay U.S. federal taxes other than Federal income taxes. Also see [http://www.doi.gov/oia/Islandpages/prpage.htm Dept of the Interior, Office of Insular Affairs. ^ Puertorico-herald.org ^ Heritage.org Archived 2010-02-10 at the Wayback Machine. ^ MCVPR.com Archived 2010-01-16 at WebCite ^ p. 9, line 1. ^ "An Overview of the Special Tax Rules Related to Puerto Rico and an Analysis of the Tax and Economic Policy Implications of Recent Legislative Options" (PDF) . Joint Committee on Taxation. June 23, 2006. pp. 14''15 . Retrieved March 3, 2014 . ^ GAO.gov ^ Socialsecurity.gov ^ Medicare Archived 2011-05-11 at the Wayback Machine. p. 252. ^ The Louisiana Purchase and American Expansion: 1803-1898. By Sanford Levinson and Bartholomew H. Sparrow. New York: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. 2005. Page 167. ^ For a comprehensive coverage of Federal programs made extensive to Puerto Rico see Richard Cappalli's Federal Aid to Puerto Rico (1970)). ^ See the "House Report 110-597 '' Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2007" mentioned above. ^ http://www.ey.com/GL/en/Services/Tax/International-Tax/Alert--Puerto-Rico-enacts-changes-to-sales-and-use-tax-rate-effective-1-February-2014 ^ http://www.kpmg.com/us/en/issuesandinsights/articlespublications/taxnewsflash/pages/2015-1/puerto-rico-tax-reform-enacted-certain-changes-effective-july-1.aspx ^ http://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/global/Documents/Tax/dttl-tax-alert-puertorico-12-june-2015.pdf ^ https://tax.thomsonreuters.com/blog/onesource/vat-gst-management/puerto-rico-senate-confirms-repeal-of-vat
Cell Phone Addiction? These 7 Facts Will Stop It - The Muse
So, maybe you spend a little too much time on your phone. Or a lot too much time. And you know you do. But does that mean you've stopped? I'm going to guess. Probably not.
You may also feel like you'll never find enough time in the day to get all your work done and fit in family, friends, exercise, hobbies, and all the rest. But maybe, just maybe, if you weren't on your phone so much, you could take a few steps toward that elusive state of work-life balance people say exists.
Now, just because you've realized that your small screen's become your most loyal companion or the object of your most unconditional devotion'--and even if you've realized that might not be the best thing for you or anyone around you'--doesn't mean you've done anything to change it yet.
If that gnawing awareness isn't enough, maybe these facts will help motivate you to finally make a change.
1. iPhone Owners Unlock Their Devices an Average of 80 Times Per DayI'd bet that your phone is within arm's distance (if not finger distance) of you right now'--even if you're at your desk at work. So it's not surprising that you'll probably end up unlocking it dozens upon dozens of times a day.
Apple revealed this statistic in 2016 while expounding on the security and user benefits of its Touch ID feature. Spread over a 24-hour period, that'd mean the average owner unlocks their phone every 18 minutes. But when you account for the hours you're asleep, that means it's even more frequent.
2. 89% of Undergraduates in a Study Experienced Phantom VibrationsHave you ever thought your phone was vibrating only to realize it wasn't? The vast majority of the 290 undergrads who participated in a study conducted at Indiana University''Purdue University Fort Wayne and published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior in 2012 did.
3. 53% of Millennials Wake Up at Least Once Every Night to Check Their PhonesYou know that sleep is important to having a productive workday. But more likely than not (if you're a Millennial), you're interrupting your own rest to check your phone'--in the middle of the night!
According to a survey by Qualtrics and Accel Partners, 79% of Millennials put their phones right by them when they sleep and 53% wake up at least once every night to check them.
Not only that, but nearly 60% check their phones even before they use the bathroom in the morning. The same study found that close to half (42%) haven't spent more than five waking hours without taking a look at social media.
4. The Average Person Spends Hours on Their Phone Each DayA 2017 report from comScore found that the average US adult spent two hours and 51 minutes on mobile'--per day. Other studies have found similar or higher usage. Nielsen, for example, found in a 2018 report that U.S. adults spent an average of 2.4 hours a day on apps or web on a smartphone. Flurry put the number way higher, saying in a 2016 report that ''the average U.S. consumer spends a whopping 5 hours a day on [mobile] devices.''
5. 89% of Mobile Phone Owners in a Survey Said They Used Their Phones During Their Most Recent Social GatheringLet's dive into that whole work-life balance conundrum. Whether or not you're getting enough of the -life part, there's a good chance that you're not taking advantage of your off-time even when you have it.
You probably agree there are situations outside the office when you should put that phone away. Here's what percentage of adults said it was ''generally OK'' to use a cell phone in various settings in a 2014 Pew Research Center survey:
''At church or worship service'' (4%)''At the movie theater or other places where others are usually quiet'' (5%)''During a meeting'' (5%)''At a family dinner'' (12%)''At a restaurant'' (38%)''While waiting in line'' (74%)''On public transportation'' (75%)''While walking down the street'' (77%)And yet, 89% of the adults who own a cell phone also said they'd used them during their most recent social gathering: 61% ''read a message such as text or email''; 58% ''took a photo or video''; 52% ''sent a message such as a text or email''; 52% ''received an incoming call''; 34% ''checked to see if you've received any alerts''; 33% ''placed a call''; 29% ''used an app''; and 25% ''searched or browsed the web.''
6. Americans Use Phones While Driving, on Dinner Dates, in Church, and Even During SexAnd the bleak you're-not-really-present-when-recharging-outside-of-work stats continue! The 2013 Mobile Consumer Habits study, conducted by Harris Interactive for Jumio, found that Americans use their phones:
''During sex'' (9%)''In the shower'' (12%)''While at church/place of worship'' (19%)''In a movie theater'' (35%)''On a dinner date'' (33%)''At a child's/school function'' (32%)7. Cell Phones Carry 10 Times the Bacteria Found on Most Toilet SeatsIf none of that worked to convince you, I leave you with this one. It's truly disgusting. But it's also the truth. Scientists at the University of Arizona have seen phones that had 100,000 bacteria on them. Microbiologist Charles Gerba asks: ''When's the last time you cleaned your cellphone?''
So, now that you now these seven things, what do you think about spending a little less time on that phone? But actually? Put it down and step away.
From A Knight with Standing
Sir Adam of The Koch
On last Thursday’s
show John was talking about potato chips and the process in which they come to
be . I have some standing in this having worked on a potato farm in Central
Florida for a few years. I worked on a family friends farm and got to learn all
the ins and outs of potato farming. I drove the tractor, planted the crops and
picked the crops , sorted the potatoes and packaged them for shipment. I
thought however I should inform the audience that right before the potato crop
is harvested; all the crops are sprayed with Monsanto’s round up product /
Agriculture Grade. You have to have a special license to even get it. The
reason for this is to both kill the potato plant and to harden the potato skin.
The chemical allows the potato to have harden outer skin and keep its bright
red color. If the skin of the potato is damaged then it is rejected during the
grading process which costs the farm money. We sold our potatoes to high end
restaurant brokers in Chicago who then sold them to restaurants and markets
throughout the US. Now a potato that has
a scuff mark or two are separated and packaged and sold as less desirable
produce. I know this is wrong to think but I always get a kick out of watching
people at grocery stores buying the red potatoes and thinking that they are
buying a healthy product ; which potatoes are healthy but the bright red allure
of a potato is shinning by Monsanto’s own Round Up.
* side note on the
Koch Bros. - David Koch is dying slowly of leukemia. He was removed from the
board of directors and given a lesser role of ambassador to the company.
Charles Koch is growing frustrated with the lack of ambition of his son and
heir Chase Koch. They had Chase running the fertilizer business but he didn’t
work out to well so they moved him to the created position as President of Koch
Innovation with leading the newly created company “Disrupt Technologies LLC “
under the Koch umbrella. They are basically buying start-ups in Silicon Valley
that deal with automation and digital blockchain tech. The Koch’s lean
democratic libertarian if that’s even possible... I’ve worked for them for 16
years and can say that they grew larger and faster under Obama than at any
point in their history if that tells you something. John might find this
interesting but right now we are partnering with IBM with developing their
TradeLens blockchain program.
False Flag Syria
For as least the last month or so the Russian defense
ministry has been saying there's going to be a false flag chemical attack in
Syria and it's going to be a pretext for the U.S. to launch some kind of
military operation. Of course there has been zero coverage of these claims in
the mainstream media in the U.S. and now the military exercises seems to be
intensifying with each side flexing their muscles. (# 3)
Also a week ago an Israeli newspaper, the Jerusalem Post
(which is sort of the NYPost of Israel I think), published an article quoting
IDF officials admitting they have been helping the 'Syrian rebels' who are
trying to overthrow Assad -- but the Israeli military invoked some law that
enables them to censor newspapers and the article has disappeared. It sounds
like the Israeli version of the D-notice in the UK. And Google seems to have
removed the article from their cache but some people have made copies of it.
And now Google / Youtube has shut down a few channels
belonging to the Syrian government. (# 4)
On NPR this weekend the host of the morning show said --
without quoting anyone -- that "The U.S. and its allies fear Assad's
forces could resort to a chemical attack." (# 5)
I also have some fresh videos of the US & UK
embassadors to the UN talking about chemical weapons: Nikki Haley pre-emptively
blaming Assad for the next chemical attack and Karen Pierce saying it's an
extraordinary fake news story from Russia that the jihadists could use chemical
weapons and blame it on Assad. It's totally false and ludicrous we know they
would never do anything like that (# 2)
And the Wall Street Journal is reporting unnamed /
anonymous officials in the US Govt are saying Assad has already ordered the use
of chemical weapons in Idlib (# 7).
All of this points to a 97% probability there's going to
be a false flag chemical attack to be blamed on Assad soon and military strikes
1. articles -- military censorship in Israel 2. videos
& articles -- blaming Assad ahead of the coming false flag attack 3.
articles & videos -- military exercises 4. YT shuts down Syrian govt
channels 5. audio - NPR says Assad might use chemical weapons 6. various links
7. RPI video
the original article
IDF confirms: Israel provided light-weapons to Syrian
" While the IDF maintains that it was not
intervening in Syria’s civil war, on Monday it confirmed that as part of
Operation Good Neighbor Israel had been regularly supplying Syrian rebels near
its border with light weapons and ammunition in order to defend themselves from
attacks and a substantial amount of cash to buy additional arms. "
Report on IDF funding Syrian rebels pulled on request of
Sweden faces a political impasse after its mainstream center-left and center-right blocs virtually tied in an election on Sunday, while the far-right - which neither wants to deal with - made gains on a hardline anti-immigration platform.
With nearly all votes counted on Monday, the ruling center-left Social Democrats and Greens and their Left Party parliamentary ally had 40.6 percent of the vote, while the opposition center-right Alliance was on 40.3 percent.
(C) REUTERS People stand next to election posters near the Swedish parliament in Stockholm That translates into a single-seat advantage in the 349-member Riksdag.
The Sweden Democrats, a party with white supremacist roots, won 17.6 percent, about 5 percentage points more than four years ago. It was the biggest gain of any party and in line with conventional opinion polls but fell short of the 20-30 percent their leader Jimmie Akesson had predicted.
The Sweden Democrats' success follows a rise in popularity of other far-right parties in Europe amid growing anxiety over national identity, the effects of globalization and fears over immigration boosted by conflicts in the Middle East and Africa.
(For a graphic on Sweden's election result click, https://tmsnrt.rs/2CDMT4e)
Akesson was adamant his party holds the balance of power. "We won't participate in letting through a government which doesn't give us influence," he told TV4. "On the contrary, we will do what we can to bring down any such government."
Akesson's overtures found few takers with a letter inviting the right-wing Moderates and Christian Democrats to talks being instantly and publicly rebuffed.
(C) REUTERS Social democrat group leader in the parliament Anders Ygeman arrives for a meeting with the Social Democrat party executive committee at the party headquarters, in Stockholm Unless parties on the center-left and center-right break ranks with their blocs, it is likely to be impossible to form a stable government without some kind of support from the Sweden Democrats, who want the country to leave the European Union and freeze immigration.
Liberal Party leader Jan Bjorklund said he wanted to form a center-right minority government and seek cooperation with the Social Democrats or the Greens.
He said the complicated situation meant he could not completely rule out supporting a Social Democrat-led government but said he would rather leave the Alliance than work with the Sweden Democrats.
"Should any party in the Alliance start cooperating with the Sweden Democrats then the Alliance will fall, but it will not happen," he said in an interview for Swedish Television.
(C) REUTERS Swedish Foreign Minister and Social democrat Margot Wallstrom arrives for a meeting with the Social Democrat party executive committee at the party headquarters, in Stockholm Many online surveys, which in the last election had gauged the Sweden Democrats' vote better than conventional polls, had signaled they could dethrone the Social Democrats as the nation's biggest party - a position the center-left has held for a century.
In the end, the Sweden Democrats were beaten by Prime Minister Stefan Lofven's Social Democrats by a 10 percentage point margin and eclipsed also by the Moderates of Ulf Kristersson, the Alliance's candidate for the premiership.
"In some sense we're happy the Sweden Democrats didn't grow more than they did," Liberal Party lawmaker Allan Widman told Reuters. "The bigger they become, the more hard pressed all other parties become."
GRAPHIC - Election result https://tmsnrt.rs/2CDMT4e
SENSE OF RELIEF
Sweden saw itself as a "humanitarian superpower" for years, but a rise in gang violence in immigrant-dominated, deprived city suburbs has also won support for the Sweden Democrats.
After the arrival of 163,000 asylum seekers in 2015 - the most in Europe in relation to the country's population of 10 million - the government suspended many of its liberal asylum policies.
There was a sense of relief among supporters of mainstream parties about the far-right's less dramatic gains. That was shared in Brussels. "It is clear that the claim that the far-right is on an inexorable roll and will devour everything that stands in its way is false," said one EU official.
Still, the Swedish election underscored a broader shift to the right in one of Europe's most socially progressive nations.
Senior figures in the mainstream parties headed into meetings on Monday to produce a strategy for forming a government. But the process could take weeks and possibly fail.
Akesson challenged Kristersson to choose between seeking support from the Sweden Democrats for an Alliance government or accepting four more years of Lofven as prime minister.
Kristersson called on Lofven to resign, but also rebuffed Akesson. "We have been completely clear during the whole election. The Alliance will not govern or discuss how to form a government with the Sweden Democrats," he said.
Both sides laid claim to being best placed to form a government, although votes from Swedes living abroad are not due to be declared until Wednesday and these could still sway the final outcome slightly.
Yet in the same breath, leaders of both sides called for bipartisan accommodation to avoid gridlock in parliament.
The scenario of a bipartisan coalition is highly uncertain.
Center-left and center-right parties have ruled together only a handful of times since the mid-1930s. Also, a 2014 accord to neutralize the Sweden Democrats and let the biggest bloc rule proved deeply unpopular among center-right grassroot members and rapidly unraveled.
The Moderates - the biggest party in the Alliance - are not interested in cooperating with the Social Democrats and any such deal would also raise questions about democratic accountability. Voters might see the Sweden Democrats as the country's only opposition party.
A new election will be called if parliament doesn't agree on a prime minister after four attempts.
(Additional reporting by Anna Ringstrom ans Simon Johnson in Stockholm, and Gabriela Baczynska in Brussels Writing by Niklas Pollard and Justyna Pawlak, Editing by David Stamp, William Maclean)
Sweden's nationalists surge in election, but the pushback has already started
Europe has seen another nationalist, anti-immigrant party surge in a general election '-- this time in famously liberal Sweden.The Nordic country's main political blocs are already pushing back against the Sweden Democrats, however.The results of Sweden's election Sunday pointed to a hung parliament.Europe has seen another nationalist, anti-immigrant party surge in a general election '-- this time in famously liberal Sweden.
But the Nordic country's main political blocs are already pushing back against the Sweden Democrats, and are seeking to prevent it from entering government.
The results of Sweden's election Sunday pointed to a hung parliament and a very close finish between the two main alliances.
After almost all districts had declared their votes Monday morning, the ruling center-left coalition between the Social Democrats, Green Party and Left Party had 40.6 percent of the vote (or 144 seats), while the opposition center-right The Alliance between the Moderate Party, Center Party, Liberals and Christian Democrats stood at 40.3 percent, or 143 seats.
(C) Provided by CNBC Swedish General Election Both parties saw their share of the vote and the number of seats in the 349-seat parliament, the Riksdag, fall from the last election four years ago.
Meanwhile, the biggest gain seen by any party in Sweden's parliament was that by the controversial, far-right Sweden Democrats, a party with neo-Nazi roots. It won 17.6 percent of the vote and 63 seats in parliament, up from 12.9 percent and 49 seats from the last election.
The gains by the Sweden Democrats mean that both the center-left and center-right blocs do not have enough seats for a majority, so a coalition will be necessary.
Coalition talks?The big question now is whether the third largest party in Swedish politics, the Sweden Democrats, will be part of a coalition government and how much of an influence the populist party will have on national politics.
Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Akesson told a rally that the party was the "real winners" of the election and that it "will gain huge influence over what happens in Sweden during the coming weeks, months and years," Reuters reported.
Akesson said he was willing to talk to and negotiate with all other parties, but made particularly reference to the head of the Moderate Party, the leading party in the center-right Alliance for Sweden group, a more natural bedfellow for the Sweden Democrats.
"I am prepared to talk to the other parties, I am prepared to negotiate with all the other parties, I am prepared to cooperate with all the other parties. In particular, I am inviting (Moderate Party leader) Ulf Kristersson to a conversation about how Sweden can be ruled in the future," Akesson said.
Both the main political alliances have previously said they would not work with the Sweden Democrats. But Sunday night, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said he would not resign and called for cooperation across the political divide '' while excluding the Sweden Democrats.
"We have two weeks left until parliament opens. I will work on calmly, as prime minister, respecting voters and the Swedish electoral system," Lofven told a Social Democrats rally.
(C) Provided by CNBC Robert Bergqvist, chief economist at Nordic corporate bank SEB, said that Lofven wasn't expected to last long in the post, however.
"The first step (to forming a government) depends on whether or not Prime Minister Stefan Lofven chooses to announce his resignation. If he resigns, the current speaker of parliament may immediately begin exploring the conditions for forming a new government. If Lofven does not resign, we expect the Alliance bloc and the Sweden Democrats to declare their intention to vote his government out of office through a 'no confidence' vote when the new parliament convenes on September 24," Bergqvist said in a note Monday.
He believed a center-right, Moderate Party-led government is the most likely scenario, although whether the Sweden Democrats has a role remains to be seen.
"The Moderates and Christian Democrats have declared they will do all they can to bring about a change of government'... This puts the spotlight on how the 'middle parties,' the Center Party and the Liberals, will act and whether they can honor their earlier pledges not to make themselves dependent on the Sweden Democrats under any circumstances."
A backdrop of immigration and economic growthMany other European countries have seen a rise in populist, anti-immigrant and euroskeptic parties, including France, Germany and Italy, so the latest election result in Sweden follows an established pattern.
Also similar to other European states, the Sweden Democrats' rise in popularity has been attributed to an influx of migrants, to both Sweden and the wider region, in the last few years.
In 2014, almost 127,000 immigrants entered Sweden while in 2016, just over 163,000 migrants arrived, according to government statistics. Sweden has 10 million inhabitants.
The Sweden Democrats' rise to prominence has thus come as some voters had concerns over Sweden's identity and the prospect of integration. Separately, a rise in gang crime has also been seen as a contributing factor to fears over law and order.
(C) Provided by CNBC The rise of nationalist, anti-immigrant parties usually accompanies periods of economic turbulence but that cannot be said of Sweden. The Nordic country has a low unemployment rate of 6.2 percent as of July, and strident growth of 1 percent in the second quarter when compared with the previous quarter.
Paul Donovan, global chief economist of UBS Global Wealth Management, told CNBC on Monday that there was an economic element to the Swedish election result, and a risk too.
"There is an economic element because we've got a lot of economic change going on. And the groups that tend to support anti-party politics '-- the parties that are against things, like the Swedish Democrats '-- tend to be the people that are most vulnerable to change. They tend to be older, less well-skilled and rural, not urban. These are people who don't react well to change," Donovan told "Squawk Box Europe."
"But the risk is then that as we create this hostility, this prejudice in politics, it makes the economy less flexible and makes the labor force less flexible, it makes the economy less able to deal with the change that is coming."
The Sweden Democrats are euroskeptic but SEC Chief Economist Bergqvist said there was only a "very low risk" that Sweden will hold a referendum on continued European Union membership.
CBS chief Les Moonves faces 6 new misconduct allegations: New Yorker
Leslie 'Les' Moonves, president and chief executive officer of CBS Corporation, attends the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 11, 2018 in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Six women have come forward with new allegations of sexual harassment by CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves, the New Yorker reported on Sunday, just as sources tell CNBC that the company is in talks to sever ties with its longtime leader.
The new allegations were detailed in an article by investigative journalist Ronan Farrow published on Sunday by The New Yorker, who also penned an earlier story that implicated Moonves in several prior instances of misconduct.
The alleged incidents took place between the 1980s and early 2000s, according to the most recent report. The women accuse Moonves of exposing himself, forcing them to perform oral sex on him and using physical violence and intimidation against them.
TweetIn August, The New Yorker published its first article detailing Moonves' alleged misconduct. That report included the accusations of six other women.
The new allegations come as CBS and Moonves are said to be negotiating his exit package. CBS' board of directors is near completion of a settlement that would end its litigation with its controlling shareholder National Amusements '-- and sever ties with Moonves, according to people familiar with the situation.
In a statement released to CNBC, CBS said it took the allegations against Moonves "very seriously. Our Board of Directors is conducting a thorough investigation of these matters, which is ongoing."
The talks are described as fluid, but the parties hope to complete a settlement prior to the start of trading on Monday morning.
The New Yorker's full article can be found on its website.
CBS '60 Minutes' Executive Producer Jeff Fager to Depart - WSJ
Jeff Fager, the executive producer of ''60 Minutes'' and one of the most powerful figures in television news, is leaving CBS , the company said Wednesday.
Mr. Fager sent a text message to CBS News Correspondent Jericka Duncan, who has been covering the various scandals that have engulfed the company and its news division, warning her to tread carefully in her coverage in a way that was interpreted as threatening, according to people familiar with the matter.
CBS News President David Rhodes said in a memo to staff that Mr. Fager ''violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level.''
Mr. Rhodes added: ''This action today is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently.''
Mr. Fager was named in two recent New Yorker stories outlining allegations of sexual harassment against recently departed CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves and a broader company culture that tolerated sexual harassment. One former employee told the magazine Mr. Fager groped her at a company party. Mr. Fager has denied the accusations.
''Be careful,'' Mr. Fager wrote Ms. Duncan, according to a ''CBS Evening News'' report Wednesday. ''There are people who lost their jobs trying to harm me and if you pass on these damaging claims without your own reporting to back them up that will become a serious problem.''
''The company's decision had nothing to do with the false allegations printed in The New Yorker,'' Mr. Fager said in a written statement. ''Instead, they terminated my contract early because I sent a text message to one of our own CBS reporters demanding that she be fair in covering the story. My language was harsh and, despite the fact that journalists receive harsh demands for fairness all the time, CBS did not like it. One such note should NOT result in termination after 36 years, but it did.''
CBS has named two law firms to investigate alleged misconduct inside CBS Corp., including its news division.
Mr. Fager will leave the company immediately, Mr. Rhodes said. In his absence, Bill Owens'--Mr. Fager's second in command'--will lead ''60 Minutes'' and a search will be conducted for a new executive producer.
Mr. Fager, 63 years old, joined CBS News in 1982 and rose through the ranks as a producer, becoming an executive producer of ''The CBS Evening News'' and ''60 Minutes II.''
In 2004, he took the reins as executive producer of ''60 Minutes,'' a leading newsmagazine show for half a century, from its creator, Don Hewitt. In 2011, under an usual power-sharing structure, he was named chairman of CBS News while Mr. Rhodes, nearly two decades his junior, was brought in from Bloomberg LP and named president in charge of daily operations.
Mr. Fager stepped down as chairman of CBS News in 2015, but he continued to report directly to and have the ear of Mr. Moonves, an unusual relationship for the CBS hierarchy, according to people familiar with the matter.
The people said that Mr. Fager's departure was seen as inevitable after Mr. Moonves stepped down earlier this week amid a CBS board investigation into allegations he sexually assaulted and harassed multiple women, charges Mr. Moonves denied.
''Once Les was gone, he had no hope,'' said one of the people.
The CBS News division has separately been the subject of numerous articles detailing allegations of sexual harassment. In November, the Washington Post reported claims that Charlie Rose, then co-host of ''CBS This Morning,'' harassed eight women. Mr. Rose apologized, even though he said he didn't believe all the allegations were accurate. CBS fired Mr. Rose immediately.
In May, the Post followed up with allegations from 27 more women against Mr. Rose spanning three decades, including additional allegations that CBS News managers had been warned about his behavior. Mr. Rose told the Post its story was ''inaccurate.'' CBS News hired outside law firm Proskauer Rose LLP to investigate the claims and, as Mr. Rhodes put it, ''ensure a safe and respectful environment.''
Before the law firm could complete its work, however, the New Yorker released its initial report on July 27, outlining both allegations of sexual harassment against Mr. Moonves and a broader culture at CBS News that tolerated sexual harassment. The CBS board responded by hiring two independent law firms'--Covington & Burling and Debevoise & Plimpton'--to investigate both sets of allegations.
Proskauer Rose was told to ''effectively hand over their notes'' on the CBS News investigation to the two law firms hired to conduct the broader probe, according to a person familiar with the matter.
People inside the company had questioned how the Proskauer Rose investigation could be independent if it was reporting to CBS management, according to people familiar with the matter. The current investigations, which are continuing, report to a special committee of the CBS board, which includes several new members after changes implemented this week by controlling shareholder National Amusements Inc.
The details of Mr. Moonves's separation agreement, released Monday in a public filing, caused some consternation within CBS News, because of a clause that appeared to make it seem that the results of the investigation would be kept confidential. ''In our own house, we must have transparency,'' said ''CBS This Morning'' co-host Gayle King on the show Tuesday.
A person familiar with the matter said that the language in the agreement with Mr. Moonves doesn't preclude the CBS board from sharing results of the investigation, to the extent that is necessary to fulfill the board's fiduciary duty to shareholders.
The new CBS board hasn't met, and a representative for the special committee declined to comment on whether the board planned to release the results of the investigation.
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VIDEO - Rubio: Congress Should Constrain President, Not 'Anonymous' Staffer : NPR
Steve Inskeep talks to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida about the anonymous New York Times Opc-Ed detailing President Trump's erratic nature and efforts to constrain him.
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
Here is one response to the Trump administration official who says aides are working to constrain an amoral president. The anonymous official said that in a New York Times opinion article. Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida says that is the wrong way to approach the problem. Rubio argues that a president should be constrained by elections or by Congress. So what should Congress be doing? Rubio spoke with us in his office near the Capitol.
MARCO RUBIO: The way our system of government works, someone's elected president of the United States, and he or her picks a staff to work for them. And the people who work for the president work at the pleasure of the president. And if a moment comes when that person no longer feels like they can serve the president, they should leave the administration. And if they feel compelled to speak publicly about what they saw or disagreed with, they should do so openly.
What I don't think is appropriate is to say, I'm still working here, but here are the things we are doing to undermine a duly elected president and/or constrain a duly elected president because that runs counter to our constitutional republic. That is the role of Congress and, ultimately, the role of elections.
INSKEEP: Well, you're talking about Congress there. That's you, in effect. You are the constitutional check on the president in some situations. And we now do have a circumstance where there's a large number of accounts coming out of the White House, coming out of the administration, describing a president who is somewhat out of control, arguably unfit for office, hard to keep on track, trying to do irresponsible things. What are you doing about that as the constitutional check?
RUBIO: Well, first of all, that's one of the unique aspects of this new era is it's so difficult now to discern truth from exaggeration anymore. And we're all guilty of it, to some extent. But suffice it to say that on the policy issues, I would argue that while it doesn't get much coverage, the interplay between the administration and Congress plays out every single day. We had a circuit court judge nomination that was withdrawn as a result of pushback from the Senate. We've had changes to legislation as well.
INSKEEP: Is it possible that staff members are speaking out in this way because Congress is not looking sufficiently into the way the president is doing his job?
RUBIO: Well, again, the Congress can look at the way the president's doing his job based on the policies the president is promoting. And I would argue that if you look at the policies that this administration has followed, for the most part of course there's support for those things.
INSKEEP: This op-ed writer describes a president who's so erratic that there were, quote, "whispers in the Cabinet about applying the 25th Amendment," which is a way to remove a president who seems unable to perform his duties. Late in the presidency of Ronald Reagan, his then-chief of staff, Howard Baker - it's a matter of history - conducted an examination, even talking to the president himself to try to determine, is there a 25th Amendment problem here? Should John Kelly be doing that?
RUBIO: Oh, that's a stretch. We're talking here more about a behavioral issue in terms of what some people claim anonymously. They don't like temperament. And that's a very different situation. I've never had John Kelly or, frankly, anyone in the administration come to me and said any of the things that have been reported in the last 72 hours.
INSKEEP: Should you be coming to them and asking?
RUBIO: Well, again, I mean, you could. I mean, but, ultimately, why? And I suppose in the end, if they had these real concerns - and in the types of conversations I've had with people in the past, I'm confident that that would have come out.
INSKEEP: Your colleague, Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, has made public statements essentially the same as the op-ed writer, that the staff is controlling the president - not controlling the president, but pushing him to make less irresponsible choices. Is there really...
RUBIO: But there's a - but that's not...
INSKEEP: ...Any doubt that that's the dynamic?
RUBIO: But that's not - every president has a pull and tug within any administration. I mean, that's a fact. That happens all the time in every administration.
INSKEEP: Does the president strike you, in your interactions with him or the staff around him, as responsible, focused, on target, fit?
RUBIO: Well, he strikes me as Donald Trump, which is - he's not a political figure. He understands and describes issues differently from someone who served 20 years in the Senate would describe them. But he has a pretty clear understanding of what's at stake with China. He has a pretty clear understanding, in the conversations I've had with him, about what's at stake in Venezuela. He has a pretty clear understanding of the risks involved in this engagement with South Korea - North Korea.
INSKEEP: The understanding about North Korea, he proclaimed that the nuclear threat has been taken care of with North Korea, which is, obviously, not true.
RUBIO: Well, but again, that goes back to the nonpolitical guy. And that is someone...
INSKEEP: That's not nonpolitical. It's not true.
RUBIO: No, but let me tell you why - because in his view, he's a negotiator. He's applying his business acumen. And that's why I tell you he wouldn't express himself the way a 20-year senator or a member of the Council of Foreign Relations would. In his mind, I'm a negotiator. And the way to get the other guy to give me more of what I want is to be nice to him. But he is fully aware that North Korea poses a threat. But he's trying to reach a deal. I, personally - in my view, Kim Jong Un doesn't want a deal. And I've said that to him, and I've said it his administration.
INSKEEP: One more thing. I asked, is he fit? You answered, well, he's Donald Trump. I understand that. But is he fit?
RUBIO: I have not personally seen or been told by anybody anything that causes me to believe that he's not fit to serve as president of the United States.
INSKEEP: Are you willing to say, in a positive sense, yes, he is fit?
RUBIO: Based on everything I've seen and known. That doesn't mean I agree with everything he's done or every conclusion he's reached. And that doesn't mean that I would express myself or that he always expresses himself in ways that I would hope a president would. But that doesn't make him unfit. That just makes him different from what I would prefer. And the one - best way I would describe it is I love a lot of the things that he's doing on a lot of public policy. Many of them are things that politicians have been promising to do for a long time and never did. I just wish we could have that without all the other stuff.
INSKEEP: Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio.
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Rachel Martin talks to Tony Romm of The Washington Post about Twitter permanently suspending Jones and his InfoWars outlet '-- citing tweets and videos that violate Twitter's policy on abusive behavior.
RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:
Twitter has permanently suspended conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars channel from its platform. Infowars famously promoted the fraudulent idea that the Sandy Hook shooting was faked. It took Twitter a month longer to ban Jones than it did Apple, Facebook, YouTube, even Pinterest, who all barred Jones last month. Washington Post technology policy reporter Tony Romm is with us now to talk about this. Hey, Tony.
TONY ROMM: Hey, thanks for having me.
MARTIN: So Alex Jones has said a whole lot of very offensive things over the years, trafficked in hate speech and conspiracy theories. Many of these have transpired on Twitter. What was it that finally got him banned from this particular platform?
ROMM: Yeah, Twitter said that Jones and Infowars simply crossed the line. And when Twitter announced this in a series of tweets yesterday, it didn't point to a specific thing that Jones and Infowars had done over the better part of the past 24 hours. But it wasn't the first time that he had violated the rules. And when I spoke with somebody at Twitter, they said one thing that weighed very heavily on them was the way that Jones conducted himself outside of a congressional hearing where Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was testifying about the way that the company moderates content online. Jones essentially went after Republican Senator Marco Rubio, interrupted one of his press conferences. He yelled at Dorsey at one point as he was trying to leave the building. And then he livestreamed an incident where he was attacking a CNN reporter, hurling verbal insults on him. That video was broadcast on Periscope, which is the livestreaming site owned by Twitter. And so in the minds of the company, it essentially was too much. He had gone too far, and so they kicked him off the site.
MARTIN: Interesting, although you mentioned that video was streamed on Periscope. A lot of this was happening IRL, right?
MARTIN: Like, in real life, not even on the Twitter platform. And they're, like, still, this has to stop.
ROMM: Yeah, it has to stop. And Twitter has talked about this in the past. That it definitely thinks about content in real life, the things you do off the site, when it makes decisions about how to handle your content on the site - because Twitter recognizes that if you're promoting harassment, if you're spreading hate speech, it's the sort of thing that could affect real users. It could have a serious impact on them and their health and their safety. And in the past, Twitter has yelled at Jones for precisely this behavior. The last time that he got in trouble at the end of August, Twitter imposed a seven-day suspension because Jones took to a video and said that he encouraged his supporters to take up, quote, "battle rifles" against journalists and people on the left and some of his very critics. That to Twitter was a threat of violence. It's the sort of thing that the company has been under pressure to clamp down on.
MARTIN: And these are the kinds of things that Jack Dorsey was presented with when he was testifying. He's being called to account for the things that transpire on his site. He was answering questions from lawmakers on the Hill. Let's play a clip of what he had to say.
(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)
JACK DORSEY: We're truly proud of helping to increase the accessibility and velocity of a simple, free and open exchange. We aren't proud of how that free and open exchange has been weaponized and used to distract and divide people and our nation.
MARTIN: That's a new recognition for Twitter, to acknowledge that the platform was being abused. They are under pressure to make changes because if they don't, Congress is probably going to step in.
ROMM: Yeah, Dorsey sees the nastiness on there. And when I spoke with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey just a few weeks ago, he said that the company is rethinking the very core of the product - the way it displays everything from follower counts to the like button - to try to think about the kinds of behaviors, good and bad, that the site itself incentivizes. But you're right. This is the sort of thing that lawmakers are beginning to demand companies, like Twitter and its peers like Facebook and Google, begin to take seriously. And if they don't, they face the threat of regulation. And while we don't know exactly what that would look like - if you're a tech company, the one thing you don't want is more regulation.
MARTIN: Right. And you probably don't want to have to come up to Capitol Hill and wear a suit jacket again either.
MARTIN: Tony Romm of The Washington Post, thanks so much. We appreciate it.
ROMM: Thanks for having me.
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The award was to have been introduced at the 91st Oscars.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is postponing the introduction of the new ''popular'' Oscar category it had intended to introduce at its upcoming 91st Academy Awards on Feb. 24.
The Academy announced Thursday, following a special meeting of the board of governors on Wednesday morning, that it is shelving the idea for the moment and will not launch the proposed new award at the next Oscar show, but it said it will continue to discuss the idea for the new award and "will examine and seek additional input regarding the new category." The announcement explained that implementing the new award nine months into the year "created challenges for films that have already been released." The Academy did not provide any timeline for when further details about the new award might be decided.
''There has been a wide range of reactions to the introduction of a new award, and we recognize the need for further discussion with our members,'' Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said Thursday. ''We have made changes to the Oscars over the years '-- including this year '-- and we will continue to evolve while also respecting the incredible legacy of the last 90 years.''
Last month, the Academy's board of governors voted to create the new award, which it said would recognize ''outstanding achievement in popular film.'' But it did not lay out the criteria or voting process that would be used to determine which films would be eligible and how they would be selected. With awards season currently taking shape as dozens of Oscar hopefuls are introduced at festivals in Venice, Telluride and Toronto, which kicks off its fest Thursday, numerous questions were raised about the proposed award. With studios and distributors drawing up plans for the coming awards season, the Academy was under pressure to set up rules regarding the new category.
While the Academy appeared to still be committed to the new award, even though it said it requires further study, the question will now become whether or not it quietly drops the idea altogether.
Hoping to stem falling ratings for the Oscar broadcast, the Academy is looking for ways to attract the attention of mainstream moviegoers. The new award was seen as a way to guarantee that blockbuster movies, like the Marvel, Star Wars and DC Universe films, as well as surprise hits like A Quiet Place and Crazy Rich Asians, would be assured of air time on the broadcast.
But the announcement of the new award was met with an immediate wave of criticism. "The film business passed away today with the announcement of the 'popular' film Oscar," Rob Lowe tweeted. "It had been in poor health for a number of years. It is survived by sequels, tent-poles, and vertical integration." Critics of the idea variously complained that creating a new Oscar was akin to asking popular films to sit at the kids' table, while others argued it would devalue the eventual winner of the best picture Oscar.
This season, Black Panther was emerging as a possible test case for the new pop Oscar. Undeniably popular '-- the pic has grossed $1.3 billion worldwide '-- it has also been critically applauded, earning a 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Early handicapping has put it in the running for a best picture nomination, and while the Academy said a film could be eligible in both the best picture and best popular movie categories, some warned that a movie like Black Panther's best picture prospects could be impacted negatively if Academy members were suddenly offered the option of voting for it as best popular film. The pic's star Chadwick Boseman told THR, "There's no campaign [that we are mounting] for popular film; like, if there's a campaign, it's for best picture and that's all there is to it."
Even those who supported the idea of the new Oscar '-- including those inside the Academy '-- were hard-pressed to describe the rules and voting process that should be used to decide the winner of the category.
In announcing that it was setting the award aside for the moment, the Academy said that it would continue with other changes intended to keep the upcoming Oscar show from running over three hours. As previously announced, it said that not all of the 24 Oscar categories will be presented live '-- instead, six to eight categories will be presented at the Dolby Theatre during commercial breaks and then edited versions of the presentations will air later in the broadcast. It is expected that the crafts categories as well as the three short-film categories will be relegated to the non-live presentations, but the Academy said Thursday that the affected categories would rotate from year to year, presumably so that none of the crafts branches feel they are being permanently moved to the commercial-break status.
Also as previously announced, the 2020 Oscars are moving to an earlier date on the calendar. Instead of taking place toward the end of February, as has been the recent tradition, the 92nd Oscars will be held on Feb. 9, 2020.
To meet that earlier date, the Academy announced key dates for the 2019-2020 awards season. Its Governors Awards will be held Nov. 16, 2019. Nominations voting will open Jan. 2, 2020, and close Jan. 7, with the nominations to be announced Jan. 13. The Academy's annual nominees luncheon will be held Jan. 27, 2020. Final voting will begin Jan. 30 and conclude Feb. 4, 2020.
Because of the new compressed schedule, beginning in 2020, the Academy will move its Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony to June. The Sci-Tech Awards, at which the Academy honors technological achievements, have traditionally been held two weeks ahead of the Academy Awards. But the Academy said that since the technologies involved do not represent achievements within a specific awards year, it is able to hold that ceremony later in the year.
VIDEO - Joy Behar CROSSES The Line With TRUMP Remark Walks It Back(VIDEO)!!! - YouTube
MSNBC panelists defended abusive phone calls that were made to Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) in recent days over the upcoming confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
"Look at another Republican who is kind of in this very interesting position right now, not necessarily because of the midterms, Susan Collins," MSNBC's Hallie Jackson said. "We have new reporting from our team on the Capitol Hill Frank Thorp, Leigh Ann Caldwell showing these abusive calls that she's gotten related to her vote on Brett Kavanaugh '-- this pressure campaign against her '-- I want to play you a little bit of the kinds of things that Collins is hearing about and getting, watch."
"If you care at all about women's choice, vote no on Kavanaugh, don't be a dumb b----," one caller said. "F--- you also."
"If you vote for him you are a feckless, feckless, feckless woman standing there letting Trump and his appointees steal healthcare from millions of Americans, steal the right to choose what women do with their bodies," another caller screamed. "And you stood by 'Oh, I didn't know, I'm so naive,' f--- you! F--- you!"
MSNBC contributor Yalmiche Alcindor '-- who is known for making wild and false claims '-- rushed to defend what she admitted was "obviously abusive" language, saying that "it's the passion of people."
Axios reporter Alexi McCammond failed to condemn any of the inflammatory rhetoric and almost appeared to justify it by saying, "That was from two men, it shows how it's an issue that's not just affecting women, it affects families."
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Scarborough: Trump A 'Far Graver Threat to the Idea of America' Than 9/11 Attack9/11 is always a somber day for reflection, especially for those in New York on that fateful day, and on this tough day Joe Scarborough penned a column for the Washington Post in which the former GOP congressman turned cable news host took an unsparing view of America's international image and pointed a harsh finger at President Donald Trump.
The column is best summed up by its headline ''Trump is harming the dream of America more than any foreign adversary ever could'' and walks through a series of foreign diplomacy missteps made by past presidential administrations before sticking the landing:
For those of us still believing that Islamic extremists hate America because of the freedoms we guarantee to all people, the gravest threat Trump poses to our national security is the damage done daily to America's image. As the New York Times's Roger Cohen wrote the month after Trump's election, ''America is an idea. Strip freedom, human rights, democracy and the rule of law from what the United States represents to the world and America itself is gutted.''
It came as no surprise to see this morning's ''Joe'' open with a discussion of 9/11, Trump and this column. Since cable news seems to bring out the hyperbole in everyone when prompted, Scarborough appeared to go a bit further than the print version. ''America is an idea,'' he said, adding 'You gut America of an idea, that is when you do the most harm.''
He then listed a number of subjects considered to be black marks against the Trump administration before comparing it to the attack on 9/11. 'We became stronger because of that,' referencing the attack on the twin towers. But in Scarborough's esteem, Trump's attack on the idea of America ''seems to be a far graver threat.''
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Conservative commentator Candace Owens believes the reemergence of former President Barack Obama, taking on the role of attack dog against President Donald Trump, proves the Democrat Party is ''scared'' heading into November's midterm elections.
On Sunday, Fox News host Steve Hilton asked Owens on ''The Next Revolution'' if Trump's message about African Americans experiencing the lowest recorded unemployment rate in U.S. history is resonating within the community.
''It absolutely is making headway and we saw that a few weeks ago in the Rasmussen poll that black support for Donald Trump has doubled,'' said Owens, who serves as communications director for the conservative campus outreach group Turning Point USA.
A Rasmussen Reports poll in August showed Trump's approval rating among likely black voters at 36 percent, a 17-point increase from the same time last year.
''Let me tell you why that is significant,'' said Owens. ''We have heard the left call everything, everyone, every story, every book, racist. They've said the word so much, it's actually lost its meaning.''
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''They're doing that because they're scared,'' she added. ''Bringing back Barack Obama was a sign of fear. Make no mistake. They threw a Hail Mary.''
.@RealCandaceO on the current state of the Democratic Party: "It's completely splintered." @NextRevFNC pic.twitter.com/iZ7E9kGj4O
'-- Fox News (@FoxNews) September 10, 2018
Owens highlighted recent actions which she characterized as failures for Democrats, including New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker's ''I am Spartacus'' moment at the Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings last week and California Congresswoman Maxine Waters' constant diatribes against Trump, calling for his impeachment.
''It was actually just bizarre,'' Owens said of Booker's performance.
Do you agree with Owens that bringing Obama back is a sign of fear from the Democrats?Owens gave credit to Obama for at least appearing reasonable while he was president, particularly in light of how progressives currently sound.
''He's a very good salesman,'' she said. ''He was always calm. It always meant he was in control. That is not what the Democrat Party looks like right now.''
''It is completely splintered,'' Owens contended. ''We're seeing progressives versus the traditional Democrats in this disruptive, sort of aggressive platform of socialism that's reappearing and they're unseating Democrats, which is bizarre.''
The commentator concluded, ''So it's a very interesting time. I think they're under the impression, there is going to be a red wave, so that's why they're bringing back Barack Obama.''
In July, Owens predicted there will be a ''major black exit'' from the Democrat Party.
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''There is going to be a major black exit from the Democrat Party, and they are going to have to actually compete for their votes in 2020,'' she told Fox News.
.@RealCandaceO: There will be a 'major black exit' from the Democratic Party. @foxandfriends pic.twitter.com/iZgArQ0h7o
'-- Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) July 5, 2018
Owens added, ''We are already seeing a major shift.''
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EASTLAKE, Ohio - A Northeast Ohio company believes they can improve school safety and security with the use of robots.
Intellitronix is based in Eastlake, known for manufacturing digital electronic automotive accessories.
But CEO Paul Spivak has always had a passion for robots.
''I was the nerd, got into electronics, built all kinds of microprocessor stuff, now here we are,'' Spivak said.
''Robots are definitely coming, it's the robot revolution,'' he explained. ''Everybody thinks that robots are going to replace humans '-- not necessarily true. They're going to be aides, they're going to help people.''
Spivak and his engineers have spent the last five years working to create and perfect three ''Promobots'' '-- a 5-foot android that can tell jokes and carry on conversations.
The latest improvement is adding ''weapons detection'' technology that alerts as soon as someone with a gun walks into view.
Spivak demonstrated with an AR-15. As soon as he came into the robot's field of view, an alert sounded. It also immediately sends a text message with a photo of the perpetrator.
''To make schools a lot safer, plus other places. I mean, it's terrible you turn the news on, somebody goes nuts and they start shooting kids. Since I'm a new father, I don't want to have that worry when my daughter goes to school,'' Spivak said.
The technology currently has patents pending, but Spivak said they are working with local school districts to discuss placing the robot. In addition to the weapons detection, the robot is also able to teach curriculums like science and algebra.
The cost for one? $50,000.
Spivak said while they currently have three robots, they plan to create thousands.
''The beautiful part about robots is that they'll never get to be finished because they'll always evolve,'' he said.
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Watergate journalist Bob Woodward made headlines once again this past week, with his new book about the Trump White House, entitled "Fear." This morning, in his first TV interview, Woodward paints a picture for our David Martin of an administration in disarray:
"You look at the operation of this White House and you have to say, 'Let's hope to God we don't have a crisis,'" said Bob Woodward.
For the Washington Post reporter, that is the bottom line to all the jaw-dropping chaos and discord described in his new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House" (published by Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS).
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"People who work for him are worried ... that he will sign things or give orders that threaten the national security or the financial security of the country, or of the world," Woodward said.
Aides like then-Chief Economic Adviser Gary Cohn and White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter literally stole documents off the president's desk in the Oval Office, such as a letter terminating a trade agreement with South Korea, so that, Woodward explained, Mr. Trump could not sign them: "Because they realized that this would endanger the country."
Martin asked, "How'd they get away with that?"
"[Trump] doesn't remember. If it's not on his desk, if it's not immediately available for action, it goes away."
Unelected officials like Cohn and Porter intentionally thwarting the actions of the elected president '' the exact reverse of what a White House staff is supposed to do.
Going back to Richard Nixon and Watergate, this is the ninth White House Woodward has covered. "In the eight others," he said, "I never heard of people on the staff in the White House engaging in that kind of extreme action."
In Woodward's telling, President Trump does not see America as the indispensable nation; he sees it as an international sucker taken advantage of by allies and trading partners. He complained his advisors "don't know anything about business. All they want to is protect everybody '... that we pay for."
According to Woodward, the president is obsessed by the fact that the U.S. pays $3.5 billion a year to station troops in South Korea as a first line of defense against the North. "I don't know why they're there," he said at one meeting. "Let's bring them all home." At another meeting, Secretary of Defense James Mattis starkly why the U.S. has 28,000 troops in Korea: "We're doing this in order to prevent World War III."
"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea." - President Trump at the United Nation, Sept. 19, 2017
The standoff with North Korea has been eased, for the moment, by the Singapore Summit, which brought together two leaders who had been trading nuclear threats and schoolyard insults.
Trump: "'Rocket Man' is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime."
The president later made that "Little Rocket Man" on Twitter, which he told Rob Porter "may be my best ever." When Porter asked if it might provoke Kim, according to Woodward, the president replied, "It's leader versus leader, man versus man, me versus Kim."
The most dangerous moment of the standoff, Woodward says, came when the president went to work on another tweet: "He drafts a tweet saying 'We are going to pull out dependents from South Korea ... Family members of the 28,000 people there.'"
That tweet was never sent, because of a back channel message from North Korea that it would regard a pullout of dependents as a sign the U.S. was preparing to attack. "At that moment there was a sense of profound alarm in the Pentagon leadership that, 'My God, one tweet and we have reliable information that the North Koreans are going to read this as an attack is imminent,'" Woodward said.
The president surrounded himself with generals '' active duty and retired '' all of whom had served in Afghanistan. But before he decided on a new Afghan strategy, he insisted on meeting with enlisted men who had served there as well. In a meeting the next day, he lashed out at the generals: "I don't care about you guys," he said to Mattis, Joint Chiefs Chairman General Joseph Dunford, and then-National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. "'The soldiers on the ground could run things much better than you,' he says to Mattis and Dunford, and there is a 25-minute dressing down of the generals and senior officials," said Woodward.
In a recent tweet, the president acknowledged: "I'm tough as hell on people and if I weren't nothing would get done."
When he didn't like a trade deal Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had negotiated with China, the president lit into him at a White House meeting: "It's a terrible deal. We got screwed. ... You're past your prime. You're not a good negotiator anymore. ... you've lost it. I don't trust you."
When Economic Adviser Gary Cohn was upset over the president's reluctance to condemn white supremacists for the violence in Charlottesville he went into the Oval Office to resign. According to Woodward, "Trump said, 'You can't resign. I need you to do tax reform. If you leave, this is treason.' And Trump talked him out of resigning."
Afterwards, Chief of Staff John Kelly, who had been in the room, pulled Cohn aside: "Cohn wrote this down, quote from General Kelly: 'If that was me I would have taken that resignation letter and shoved it up his *** six different times.'"
Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, interviewed by CBS News' David Martin.
The president has been bracing for Woodward's book since last month when the two lamented '' or at least pretended to lament '' that they had not talked.
Woodward recorded the phone conversation, with the president's permission:
Trump: "It's really too bad because nobody told me about it, and I would've loved to have spoken to you. You know I'm very open to you. I think you've always been fair."Woodward: "It's a tough look at the world and your administration and you."Trump: "Right. Well, I assume that means it's going to be a negative book. ... That's all right. Some are good and some are bad. Sounds like this is going to be a bad one."
Last week, when the contents of "Fear" began to leak ahead of its scheduled publication, the president said it was worse than bad. "The book is a work of fiction," Mr. Trump argued. "If you look back at Woodward's past, he had the same problem with other presidents. He likes to get publicity, sell some books."
Martin said, "He's added 'fake books' to his complaints about 'fake news.' Are you ready for a tweetstorm directed at you?"
"I've been there before," Woodward replied.
In the 1970s Woodward's stories (written with Carl Bernstein) on Richard Nixon and Watergate were repeatedly denounced (Press Secretary Ron Ziegler said, "We respect the free press, I respect the free press; I don't respect the type of journalism, the shabby journalism that is being practiced by the Washington Post"), until the White House was forced to apologize.
Working on this book, Woodward says he went back to the days of his youth when he and Bernstein made late-night visits to the homes of potential sources.
Woodward recalled, "In one case I called somebody at 11 o'clock at night and said I'd like to talk. 'Yeah, yeah, yeah. We'll get to it.' And I said, 'Well, how about now?' And he said, 'Now? It's 11 at night!' And I said, 'I'm four minutes away.' 'Okay, come on over for a while.'"
He doesn't identify his sources, but most readers will conclude he talked to both Gary Cohn and Rob Porter, along with several other White House officials who quit or were fired.
Martin said, "The criticism would be, 'You've talked to the people who have an axe to grind against the president.'"
"Well, that's just not true," he replied. "Look, I talked to dozens and dozens of people, and have notes and documentation on lots of things."
Woodward quotes harsh criticism of the president from some of his closest advisers. Chief of Staff Kelly called his boss an "idiot." Secretary of Defense Mattis said the commander-in-chief acted like, and had the understanding of, "a fifth- or sixth-grader." Both men have denied saying such things.
And the president continues to denounce the book at every turn. At a rally Friday night Mr. Trump said, "These guys that write books and they put phony quotes out all over the '' totally phony quotes. I mean, totally, like, fraudulent books. They're, like, fraudulent books!"
Martin asked, "He says the quotes are just not the way he speaks and the quotes are fabricated. What do you say to that?"
Woodward said, "He's wrong, and my reporting is meticulous and careful."
In a second interview with CBS' "Sunday Morning," Woodward said he had multiple sources for every claim in the book: "Multiple interviews with key witnesses. One person I interviewed nine times, and the transcripts of those conversations are 700 or 800 pages."
"700-800 pages for one person?"
"How many people did you interview?"
"Over a hundred. I would say that maybe half of those are key people."
The theme of Woodward's book '' that aides fear what the president might do if allowed to follow his impulses '' received an unusual confirmation last week, when The New York Times published an anonymous article written by a person described as "a senior official in the Trump administration." "I work for the president, but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations," he or she wrote.
When asked if he knows the author's identity, Woodward said, "I have no idea who it is. It's very important, who it is. It's very important whether this is somebody who witnessed and participated. And quite frankly, if there was a person in the White House or the administration who wanted to tell me what's in that op-ed piece, I would say, 'Okay, name me who was there. What is the specific incident?' As you know, from having read my book, the dates and times and participants [are documented]."
He said that without that detail on the op-ed author's story, "I wouldn't have used it."
"Too vague?" asked Martin.
"Well, too vague, and does not meet the standards of trying to describe specific incidents. Specific incidents are the building blocks of journalism, as you well know."
"Fear: Trump in the White House" is Woodward's 19th book, and he says reporting it took him deeper inside a working White House than he's ever been before.
"This one was in the belly of the beast," he said.
Martin asked, "And what did you conclude about the beast?"
"That people better wake up to what's going on."
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(CNSNews.com) - Vice President Mike Pence says he does not know who penned the anonymous op-ed in the New York Times -- "but I do know that they should resign and leave this administration," he told "Fox News Sunday."Pence criticized both the allegations made by "anonymous" as well as the picture of chaos in the Trump White House portrayed in the new Bob Woodward book:
It's absolutely absurd. And I have to tell you, I'd be honest with you, Chris. Sometimes I watch a little bit of TV in the morning and then I go to the White House and I feel like I'm in a parallel universe.
I walk into a White House where there is a president behind the desk, he is in command, he is constantly driving forward on delivering on the promises that we made to the American people and then I go home at night and I see cable TV talking about all of this stuff about disarray in the White House and it's just not my experience.
I mean -- but I tell people, look at the results. You look at the passage of historic tax cuts for businesses and individuals and the way that jobs are coming back and investment is coming back. The renegotiation of trade deals. Our allies contributing more to our common defense.
All of that is happening because we have a president of almost boundless energy who comes in every day, regardless of what's happening in the Washington media culture and says what are we doing today to deliver for the American people, and I think that's why I see such enthusiasm as I travel across the country and that's why I believe the American people are going to vote reelect Republican majorities in the House and Senate this fall.
Asked if he would take a lie detector test to rule him out as the anonymous op-ed writer, Pence told host Chris Wallace, "I would agree to take it in a heartbeat and would submit to any review the administration wanted to do." Pence added that a decision on administering lie detector tests is up to the president.Pence said the "senior" administration official who who wrote about curbing and thwarting Trump's leadership is "un-American," and he noted that both Republicans and Democrats have condemned him or her.
"The American people vote for a president. They fully expect the president to be able to surround themselves with men and women who will work with them in advancing their agenda. But to have someone who literally celebrates coming in every day to frustrate the agenda that the president and I were elected to advance, it really is an assault on our democracy and it should be universally condemned."
Some of the early "who-dunnit" speculation settled on Pence because he has used the word "lodestar" previously, and the op-ed also uses the word.
"Do you think someone purposely put that in the essay to try to set you up?" Wallace asked Pence.
"I wouldn't know. I wouldn't know," Pence responded. "And I really do believe whether it's the book, whether it's the anonymous editorial, whether it's President Obama's speech this week, it's all an effort to distract attention from this booming economy and from the president's record of success.
"And it's all very predictable. We have important midterm elections coming up. I get all of that, but I -- but the American people should know President Trump and I are going to remain absolutely determined to reelect this Republican Congress so we can continue to build on the momentum that's putting Americans back to work."
(Pence told CBS's "Face the Nation" that he's "100 percent confident that no one on the vice president's staff was involved in this anonymous editorial." He said he didn't need to ask them about it "because I know them.")
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