New Kavanaugh claims detonate in heat of 2020 election

(CNN)President Donald Trump and Democratic White House hopefuls have plunged into a new battle over Justice Brett Kavanaugh because they have strong incentives to put the Supreme Court at the epicenter of the election. Trump barged into the fray in Kavanaugh’s defense, relishing the opening to revive one of the most emotional and GOP-unifying chapters of his presidency. “Brett Kavanaugh should start suing people for libel, or the Justice Department should come to his rescue. The lies being told about him are unbelievable,” Trump tweeted Sunday morning. The eagerness of both sides to engage reflects the confrontation’s potential to fire up base activists and an understanding that the fate of the Supreme Court has rarely been more important to the …

A DNA Test Revealed This Man Is 4% Black. Now He Wants To Abolish Affirmative Action.

One night at a watering hole outside of Seattle, Ralph Taylor overheard a man a few beers in bragging about how easy it was to get certified as a minority business owner, thus gaining access to potentially millions of dollars’ worth of state contracts. Taylor’s ears perked up. He asked the man exactly how this all went down, and the man told him the Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE There was a potentially huge payoff: Washington state agencies have a budget of almost $154 million, with nearly . It was a remarkable turn of events because, for most of his life, Taylor has been treated as a white man. similar federal certificate In a letter to Taylor informing …

Paratroopers win barracks racial harassment claim

The tribunal heard that someone had drawn a swastika, a Hitler moustache and a racist remark on photographs of the men attached to Mr Gue’s door. A written judgement said: “The conduct was unquestionably unwanted; the graffiti in question was of the most unpleasant nature, set out on Mr Gue’s personal photographs and was racially highly offensive.” It added that the even though the perpetrator was unknown and therefore the motivation had not been explained, “the carrying out of this act was so unpleasant that it can only have been done with the purpose of violating the claimants’ dignity and creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating and offensive environment for them”. Related Topics Colchester Racism Ministry of Defence British Army …

Kamila Shamsies book award withdrawn over her part in Israel boycott

Nelly Sachs prize was given to Shamsie this month, but its German jury has reversed decision because of the novelists pro-Palestinian activism Kamila Shamsie has said that it is a matter of outrage that the Israel boycott campaign should be held up as something shameful after a German jury reversed its decision to award her the 15,000 (13,000) Nelly Sachs prize over her support for the DivestmentSanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. The eight-member jury had decided on 6 September to make the British-Pakistani author their latest winner, citing writing that builds bridges between societies. But when they learned of passed a motion labelling the BDS movement as antisemitic, calling it reminiscent of the most terrible chapter in German history. The …

RIP GOP review: how Democrats can usher fall of the house of Trump

Stanley Greenberg makes key points about Republican decline but the presidents opponents face tough challenges too Nearly 35 years ago, the pollster Stanley Greenberg took a hard look at Macomb county, Michigan, wanting to better understand the political DNA of He concluded: These white Democratic defectors express a profound distaste for blacks, a sentiment that pervades almost everything they think about government and politics. A supporter of Robert Kennedy in 1968, Greenberg saw class, not race, as the lever of choice in wooing Democratic voters. A quarter-century later, he was Bill Clintons pollster in his victorious 1992 presidential bid. Now Greenberg delivers RIP GOP, in which he predicts that the rage engendered by Donald Trump will lead to his defeat …

Shane Gillis’ ‘SNL’ firing for racist remarks splits the comedy community

(CNN)While some comedians are defending Shane Gillis after his firing from “Saturday Night Live” this week, others are supporting NBC’s decision. “I don’t know him, never heard of him,” but “NBC of course bailed on him,” Stern said. Comparing it to the NFL standing by players accused of misconduct, Stern said, “I don’t know that this kid couldn’t have been told ‘the stuff you did was unacceptable, do you feel you could grow from this and offer an apology?’” While not mentioning Gillis directly, Ricky Gervais tweeted over the weekend that it’s a comedian’s job to joke about whatever they want. “Please stop saying ‘You can’t joke about anything anymore.’ You can. You can joke about whatever the f*** you …

What Happened When I Agreed To Go On A Date With A Man Decades Younger Than Me

After being married for 20 years, I went through a horrific divorce. By the time I was ready to actively date again, I found the pool of eligible men my age (mid-50s) to be wanting. The men I encountered through online dating were worse. A few blatantly lied about their relationship status or having kids. Most wanted someone considerably younger than me. And don’t get me started on the misogynist who began trashing his female boss the minute we sat down for a drink. Enter a young pilot I’ll call Ahmed whom I met at Dulles Airport as we waited for the same delayed flight to Savannah, Georgia. After I’d gone to check the flight status at the counter, Ahmed ― …

Brownface. Blackface. They’re all offensive. And here’s why

(CNN)It doesn’t matter what skin tone you’re trying to portray. Blackface, brownface, yellowface, redface. Any colored-face you wear that isn’t yours is racist. Negative representations of non-white people date back to the mid-19th century. White actors performing in minstrel shows would darken their skin with polish and cork to look stereotypically “black.” The shows were intended to be funny to white audiences, but they were hurtful and demeaning to African-Americans because they reinforced white people’s notions of superiority. “By distorting the features and culture of African Americans — including their looks, language, dance, deportment and character — white Americans were able to codify whiteness across class and geopolitical lines as its antithesis,” says the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American …

‘Bollywood Oscars’ comes home with first ceremony in India

20th international Indian film academy awards will be held in Mumbai this week The international Indian film academy awards known as the Bollywood Oscars are to be held in India for the first time in their history this week. Mumbai will host the 20th IIFA awards ceremony on Wednesday, where the megastars of a booming Hindi film industry will celebrate another bumper year, including in huge markets such as China. The event has been held in countries around the world since it began in 2000, with previous host cities including London, Toronto and Singapore, and most recently Bangkok. Dancers perform the opening number at last years IIFA awards. Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images With nearly 1,800 titles released in 2018, India …

Samantha Bee: Senate decided ‘not to do a proper investigation’ on Kavanaugh

Late-night hosts react to the deja vu of Brett Kavanaugh headlines and Elizabeth Warrens climb in the polls Samantha Bee Its almost autumn, and you know what that means, opened Samantha Bee on Full Frontal. The air is getting crisper, I am preparing to eat a dump truck full of apple cider donuts and Brett Kavanaugh is in the news for allegedly putting his penis in a place it wasnt invited. At this time last year, the US Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the supreme court after a contentious hearing in which Dr Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school. Now this week, two New York Times reporters, Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, published a …

Trump’s warning to Iran raises fears of war — and confusion

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s amped up rhetoric that the US is “locked and loaded” sparked new fears of war with Iran but also confusion about his true intentions following an attack on a Saudi oil field that rocked global oil markets. In fresh sign of the administration’s incoherent messaging on a war-or-peace issue, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short appeared to try to draw the US back from the brink on Monday morning. “I think that ‘locked and loaded’ is a broad term and talks about the realities that we’re all far safer and more secure domestically from energy independence,” he told reporters. But Trump’s aggressive response already has raised the possibility that the US could become …

88Rising’s Rich Brian Has Grown Up By Reclaiming His Own Journey

“I’m sorry, I just woke up,” he remarks.  The artist, who’s one of Asian-centric label 88Rising’s biggest acts, first amassed a following for his dry internet humor and sarcasm. Today, however, he seems contemplative and earnest ― traits that feel more congruous with his trajectory in music.  Rich Brian’s rise is, at its core, the story of an underdog. Yet along with the tale’s inspiring elements exist a few cringe-worthy ones in the mix as well. “Now I’m a lot focused on myself and … the actual message and less focused on the flows and flexing,” he tells me.   The song skyrocketed his career. He signed to 88Rising that very week, a move that would eventually bring him around the world, …

The racial politics of gun control

Washington (CNN)When Americans talk about guns, what’s arguably most interesting isn’t what we say about the devices themselves. It’s what we betray about whose voices — and lives — matter when it comes to our country’s virulent gun culture. “Shooting up schools is a white kid’s game. I hated school, too. It never occurred to me — kill everybody in school? It’s f***ing crazy,” Chappelle says. Decades ago, when Congress actually passed an assault weapons ban (that, notably, was allowed to expire in 2004), the broad concern was around guns in the hands of minorities — black Americans, specifically. Our modern Congress finds itself paralyzed now that we’re increasingly facing a different dimension of the issue: white people’s guns and …

Alex Trebek Is Going Through Another Round Of Chemotherapy: ‘Cancer Is Mysterious’

Alex Trebek is going through another round of chemotherapy after a troubling discovery from his doctors. Jeopardy!” host told “ “The doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again and that’s what I’m doing,” he said. returned to the show a few weeks ago. The 79-year-old went on to say that “cancer is mysterious in more ways than one” and that the diagnosis has made him “realize how fallible each of us is in his or her own way.” Trebek currently has no plans to stop hosting “Jeopardy!”   Alex Trebek's 3 Magic Words On 'Jeopardy!' Premiere Melt Twitter Alex Trebek Shares Optimistic Update On His Cancer Treatment REAL LIFE. REAL NEWS. REAL VOICES. Help us tell more …

The silenced: meet the climate whistleblowers muzzled by Trump

Six whistleblowers and ex-government scientists describe how the Trump administration made them bury climate science and why they wont stay quiet From weakening vehicle emissions to blocking warnings about how coastal parks could flood or the impact on the Arctic, the

‘I was non-stop Juuling up a storm’: 10 college students on their vaping addictions

(CNN)The CDC, FDA, White House and a who’s who of officials in suits want young people to stop using e-cigarettes amid a mysterious outbreak of hundreds of vaping-related lung illnesses. “You’re buying them illegally, so who knows what’s being put in them,” she said. “It’s funny because when you hit it, you can feel that it’s hurting your lungs. It doesn’t feel like hitting a joint or hitting anything. It hurts you. “But we just told ourselves for so long that it’s fine, it’ll be fine, it’s weed, it can’t hurt you. And then this stuff comes out and it’s like, we knew this all along.” Kesnig said she started smoking marijuana at about 15 but moved to vaping THC …