A gay president? The majority of Americans believe the country isn’t ready

(CNN)First things first: The theme song of the week is from the television show Beverly Hills, 90210. These poll results suggest that most Americans — and Democrats in particular — are open to electing him president, so long as he meets other qualifications. Yet, it seems like Buttigieg may run into electability concerns for the simple reason that Democrats don’t think (perhaps wrongly if you believe this poll) the country is ready. It’s also possible that some voters are not willing to admit to homophobia, while signaling it by saying essentially, “I’m ready, but others may not be.” Either way, this poll suggests that Buttigieg might hit a wall in a Democratic primary in which voters are placing a high …

Tories and Labour suffer Brexit backlash as Lib Dems gain in local elections

Vince Cable says voters showed they have no faith in Tories as party chair laments tough night Both the Conservatives and Labour have been punished by voters in local elections, with early results showing dissatisfaction with the two main parties, while the Liberal Democrats, Greens and independents picked up large numbers of seats. The Lib Dems were particularly buoyant, gaining nearly 300 seats so far and a series of councils, including taking Bath and North East Somerset, and Cotswolds district council from the Conservatives. The party was hoping for its best set of council results since 2004, in the aftermath of the Iraq war, though the gains followed poor results the last time these seats were contested in 2015, at …

DOJ lays out case for striking down Obamacare in its entirety

(CNN)The Trump administration offered its first full argument Wednesday for its reversal on the Affordable Care Act, arguing in new court filings that the entire law “should not be allowed to remain in effect.” If the law is struck down, it would be a major victory for President Donald Trump, who has worked his entire presidency to wipe away a signature legislative achievement of the Obama administration. “Instead of rewriting the statute by picking and choosing which provisions to invalidate, the proper course is to strike it down in its entirety,” government lawyers wrote. This is a breaking story and will be updated. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourkes teenage hacker life

An extremely curated collage of Buttigieg's life.Image: peteforamerica.com Pete Buttigieg is taking online campaigning to a very 2019 level. The South Bend mayor, who announced his official presidential bid on Sunday, understands the undeniable power of the internet, and he plans on using it to his full advantage. Buttigieg, his husband Chasten, and their dogs Truman and Buddy, already have beloved Twitter presences, but the millennial mayor and his team took things a step further this weekend by releasing an entire set of digital assets, social media guidelines, and detailed explanations behind each of his visual campaign aesthetics so that influencers and fans can easily show him support online. The Design ToolKit, created by design firm Hyperakt and available through …

New Jersey forest fire burns over 11,000 acres

Pete Buttigieg flexed his multilingual talents with a message for France in the wake of the Notre-Dame Cathedral fire.Image: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has just set the gold standard when it comes to responding to the devastating fire at Paris’ famous Notre-Dame cathedral. Speaking to a reporter for French station BFM TV, Buttigieg, who is currently the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, delivered his condolences and solidarity with the French people in perfect, fluent French. The Cathedral of Notre Dame has been a gift of civilization to all humanity, and we are of one spirit with the French people this evening. https://t.co/Hwx1I4iCaH — Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) April 16, 2019 Buttigieg speaks seven languages, and his message …

Trump’s campaign video featuring ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ soundtrack taken down from Twitter

A Trump campaign video was taken down following a copyright claim.Image: getty images Twitter has taken down a video posted by Donald Trump following a copyright complaint. The apparent 2020 campaign video was posted on Trump’s Twitter account on Tuesday, and featured the soundtrack to The Dark Knight Rises, which was the last film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman series. SEE ALSO: Trump tweeted a bizarre 2020 hype video set to music from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ In a matter of hours, the video had amassed more than 2.5 million views, but later that day, the video was removed from Twitter, displaying a message that it had been taken down due to a copyright complaint.

CBP terminates controversial $297 million Accenture contract amid continued staffing struggles

Washington (CNN)Customs and Border Protection on Thursday ended its controversial $297 million hiring contract with Accenture, according to two senior DHS officials and an Accenture representative. This week, the entire contract was terminated for “convenience,” government speak for agreeing to part ways without placing blame on Accenture. While government hiring is “slow and onerous, it’s also part of being in the government” and that’s “something we have to accept and deal with as we go forward,” said one of the officials. For its efforts, CBP paid Accenture around $19 million in start-up costs, and around $2 million for 58 people who got job offers, according to the officials. Over the last couple of months, CBP explored how to modify the …

Trump’s Space Command to be based in Colorado, Alabama or California

(CNN)The Air Force has identified the six military bases that could house the military’s newest combatant command, US Space Command, according to an Air Force memorandum obtained by CNN. Following Waltz’ comments, Democratic Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado joked: “With all due respect to my colleague from Florida, Colorado is a mile closer to space than Florida is and a great place for space assets.” The six finalist locations are Buckley Air Force Base, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Peterson Air Force Base, and Schriever Air Force Base — all in Colorado — as well as the Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Alabama and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The memo, which has been approved by Secretary of the Air …

Trump’s threat to override new NAFTA with tariff on Mexican cars could undermine ratification

Washington (CNN)In walking back his threat to close the US-Mexico border, President Donald Trump said Friday he would override his pending US-Mexico-Canada Agreement to impose a 25% tariff on cars made south of the border if Mexico doesn’t help stem the flow of undocumented immigrants into the United States. The statement could undermine the ratification of the trade deal, which is meant to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump has called the original pact one of the worst deals he’s ever seen, and has touted the USCMA as a shining achievement of his administration. It would keep vehicles made within North America free from tariffs, as long as most of its parts were made inside the three countries …

European parliament votes to scrap daylight saving time from 2021

Directive would apply to UK if it stayed in EU, and also during Brexit transition period The European parliament has voted to scrap the twice-a-year custom of Theresa Mays Brexit deal. Member states would be able to choose whether to remain on permanent summer or permanent winter time under the draft directive, which passed by 410 votes to 192. Countries that wanted to be permanently on summertime would adjust their clocks for the final time on the last Sunday in March 2021. Those that opt for permanent wintertime would change their clocks for the final time on the last Sunday of October 2021. It is the latest step in the EUs harmonisation of daylight saving time first launched in the …

Trevor Noah busts out multiple British accents, roasts Brexit

Even attempting to understand the ongoing nightmare that is Brexit is nigh on impossible — but Trevor Noah has an analogy that might help. In The Daily Show clip above, he likens Britain leaving the EU to “the world’s biggest escape the room”, before launching into a range of chaotic British accents to emphasise the confusion. To be fair, you can’t fault his John Oliver impression. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

This was thelastweek of the Trump presidency as we know it

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump has been president for 792 days. Special counsel Robert Mueller has been on the job — investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and the possibility of collusion between the Russians and members of Trump’s campaign — for 675 days. Mueller brought criminal charges against 37 people and entities. 6 of them were associates of President Trump: Campaign chairman Paul Manafort, deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates, national security adviser Michael Flynn, foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, Trump ex-attorney Michael Cohen and political svengali Roger Stone 5 people have been sentenced to prison Trump has referred to the investigation as a “witch hunt” more than 170 times. Given the length of the Mueller probe, the number of charges it …

DOJ not sending ‘principal conclusions’ of Mueller report to Hill today

(CNN)Attorney General William Barr is not sending the “principal conclusions” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to lawmakers Saturday, multiple congressional sources and a Justice Department official told CNN. The “principal conclusions” that Barr promised lawmakers will be derived from the special counsel’s report — a distillation of the main takeaways from the report, rather than a word-for-word summary. The expectation, according to the official, continues to be that the document sent to Congress with the conclusions will also be made public. Barr’s submission to Congress and the public is being eagerly anticipated on both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue, with lawmakers and the White House waiting to learn more about Mueller’s findings. But the waiting game will continue for at …

Why Joe Biden’s ‘inevitability’ campaign may be a mistake

Washington (CNN)Joe Biden isn’t running for president. Yet. Major endorsements. An early VP pick. Both are clear signs that what Biden wants to do — from the second he enters the race — is make clear that the field is really him and then everyone else. That he isn’t just one of the many candidates running, but that he’s the heavy favorite. Polling, generally speaking, bears out the idea that Biden starts the race on top. A new CNN-SSRS national poll showed Biden leading the field with 28%, followed by Bernie Sanders at 20%, Kamala Harris at 12% and Beto O’Rourke at 11%. No other candidate received double-digit support.

Stephen Colbert calls out Trump’s thin response to New Zealand terror attack

The world is still coming to terms with the tragedy of the Christchurch terror attack, including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. However, The Late Show host Stephen Colbert noted that Ardern “made it clear that her country was united,” after the attack by a white supremacist on two mosques in which 50 Muslim worshippers were killed. After the attack, Ardern said she had spoken with President Trump directly, and that he had passed on his condolences to New Zealand. When asked by Trump what offer of support the U.S. could provide, the prime minister simply requested “sympathy and love for all Muslim communities.” “That’s not really Trump’s brand,” said Colbert on Monday night. “Trump has trouble showing love for …

Sen. Kamala Harris responds to pointed question on race in America

Washington (CNN)Sen. Kamala Harris said Thursday that Americans have not had “honest discussions about race” and that “it is in our collective best interest” to have those conversations in response to a question about “racial divides” in the United States. She cited the recent passage of an anti-lynching bill in the Senate that she co-authored and a speech she gave about the legislation as an example of how she is contributing to the conversations about race that Oliver asked about. Harris went on to say that in order to move the “uncomfortable” conversation about race forward, “we have to speak truth to what happened.” “And we have to do it understanding — and to the point of the spirit of …