GOP Trump challengers slam canceled primaries: ‘Only the weak fear competition’

(CNN)All three Republican primary challengers lambasted state GOP leaders — and President Donald Trump — for opting to cancel their 2020 presidential primary elections in a show of support for the President. It is not unprecedented for state Republicans or Democrats to decide not to hold a presidential primary when an incumbent is running essentially uncontested. In South Carolina, a key early primary state, Republicans decided to nix their presidential primaries in 1984 and 2004, when Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush were up for their second terms, while state Democrats skipped their contests in 1996 and 2012, with Bill Clinton and Barack Obama running for reelection. “Each of us believes we can best lead the party. So does the …

Donald Trump craves Chrissy Teigen’s approval

(CNN)The President of the United States has a massive platform. He holds the most powerful office in the world. With just a few words, a president can launch a war, move markets, inspire millions, and quite literally change the course of world history. Apparently seething about an MSNBC town hall on criminal justice, where participants issued what he deemed insufficient praise for a piece of criminal justice legislation Trump signed, the President tweeted, “I SIGNED IT INTO LAW, no one else did, & Republicans deserve much credit. But now that it is passed, people that had virtually nothing to do with it are taking the praise.” And then: “Guys like boring musician @johnlegend, and his filthy mouthed wife, are talking …

You used to be work friends. Now you’re the boss

One day you’re work buddies. Then, one of you gets promoted. What happens to the relationship? “In the workplace among peers, there is a sense of equality that we are all in this together,” said Rebecca Chory, an associate professor at Frostburg State University who studies organizational behavior and workplace relationships. “But when one person moves up, the equality part is no longer there.”

Kamala Harris apologizes amid criticism of her response to a questioner’s offensive remark about Trump

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN)Sen. Kamala Harris apologized Saturday following criticism that the California Democrat and presidential candidate laughed and responded, “Well said,” to a lengthy question from a voter who had called President Donald Trump’s actions “mentally retarded.” “Somehow a racist bigot gets into the White House and then he says if you’re not my color you need to go back to your own country,” said the man, who spoke with a thick accent. “So I am scared for this country. I am scared for the people of color in this country.” He then asked Harris what she would do, “in the next one year, to diminish the mentally retarded action of this guy?” The man received a round of …

Let this be the last (plastic) straw debate

(CNN)Dear Democrats — please, for the love of the planet (and for the love of disabled Americans), stop talking about plastic straws. At the CNN Climate Crisis Town Hall on Wednesday, 10 Democratic candidates for president spoke powerfully about the need to transform the way we live on this planet in order to preserve civilization as we know it. Even as climate deniers continue to run the Republican Party, Democratic consensus on the threat has never been more clear. All of our efforts and political will have to address the big structural picture of how we power our world and who does and does not pay for the pollution we spill out across the land, earth, and sky. For the …

Inspections for top-rated schools to be reinstated

Ofsted warning over outstanding schools Some ‘outstanding schools not that good’ The exemption, introduced when Michael Gove was education secretary, aimed to focus resources on the worst-performing schools but was criticised at the time. A National Audit Office report in 2018 found 1,620 schools, most of them outstanding, had not been inspected for six years or more, and 290 for a decade or more. Earlier this year, England’s schools standards watchdog re-inspected 305 schools rated outstanding that had specific issues, and 80% lost their top-level rating. ‘Completely different schools’ Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), which represents leaders in the majority of schools in England, welcomed the announcement to reintroduce inspections for outstanding schools. …

The Boston Straight Pride Parade Actually Happened And People Were Not Happy

Boston Police Department spokesperson James Kenneally told HuffPost three dozen people were arrested on various charges, including disorderly conduct, unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon and assaulting officers.  Boston Globe, about 600 counter-protesters met an estimated 200 marchers when the parade reached City Hall Plaza, where police barricades prevented protesters from accessing a concert stage where the Straight Pride rally was held.  Ostensibly upset that city officials were protecting the marchers and permitting the parade, some protesters People at the counter-protest event featured signs with a A Facebook event for the counter-protest, titled multiple links between the straight parade’s event organizers and far-right groups. Super Fun Happy America, a group which, according to its website, advocates on behalf of the …

Hong Kong Protests Intensify As Demonstrations Enter 13th Straight Weekend

Earlier, the protesters threw objects and gasoline bombs over barriers set up at government headquarters. Police on the other side responded with tear gas and blue-colored water fired from a water cannon. A march to mark the fifth anniversary of China’s decision against fully democratic elections in Hong Kong was not permitted by police, but protesters took to the streets anyway in the 13th straight weekend of demonstrations. While others marched back and forth elsewhere in the city, a large crowd wearing helmets and gas masks gathered outside the city government building. Some approached barriers that had been set up to keep protesters away and appeared to throw objects at the police on the other side. Others shone laser lights …

Viola Davis To Play Michelle Obama In Showtime Series ‘First Ladies’

Viola Davis to play The “How To Get Away With Murder” star is set to make her portrayal in Showtime’s dramatized “First Ladies” anthology series, The project has a three-script commitment, with the first season highlighting Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Obama, the entertainment outlet noted. The Hollywood Reporter wrote. “in development.” A previous portrayal of Michelle Obama featured Tika Sumpter as the future first lady to Parker Sawyer’s future President Barack Obama in a fictionalized movie account of their courtship, Download Join HuffPost Plus Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Police chiefs call urgent talks on officer safety

The top officers will share lessons from the recent attacks on their frontline officers as part of a discussion “to see if there is anything more we can do to tangibly improve their safety”, Mr Hewitt said. The Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers, has also been asked to give its input. Related Topics Police Federation Policing Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Sterns: The raves in the house on the hill

Image copyright Rachel Jones Image caption Parties at Sterns often went on into the early hours The house formerly known as Sterns was bought in 1919 by Sir Frederick Stern – banker, horticulturalist and one-time private secretary to ex-Prime Minister David Lloyd George. Image copyright Rachel Jones Image caption Rachel Jones and Mensa would regularly travel to London to hear the latest music Life in Britain in the early 1990s was punctuated by Freedom to Party marches and Conservative rule, while the headlines were dominated by ecstasy and illegal raves. The prevalence of the latter, particularly those in warehouses and fields around the M25, eventually led to the Criminal Justice Act, which famously targeted music “characterised by the emission of …

A Mexican and an American walked a highline hundreds of feet over the border to make a political point

(CNN)As politicians on Capitol Hill clashed over immigration, Corbin Kunst had a different struggle ahead of him: successfully crossing the Mexico-US border hundreds of feet in the air. It was an act of solidarity to show that people can come together even when political differences tear us apart. And soon the world will be able to see how this symbolic mission came together in a film called “The Imaginary Line” debuting this weekend. “Our story, we want to use it to show people that we need to be looking at our immigration issues from an environmental but also humanitarian standpoint,” Kunst said. “We do not benefit when we isolate ourselves.” An attempt to change the political conversation something exciting is …

Conservative Pundit S.E. Cupp Quits The NRA In Powerful Plea For Gun Control

S.E. Cupp, a longtime NRA advocate once featured as an “ “I am so sick and tired of participating in this predictable cycle of politics, where a mass shooting happens, the left calls for new gun laws ― some meaningful, some unproductive ― the right yells ‘slippery slope’ and hides behind the Constitution,” she said on her “Nothing happens, nothing changes,” she said. “And with the next mass shooting, we do it all over again.” El Paso, Texas, and Gilroy, California.  But not this time:  Cupp specifically called for universal background checks, gun violence restraining orders, raising the minimum age for gun purchases to 21, banning 100-round drums, fixing the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and mental health programs …

Jaybirds caught fighting over lunch in stunning pics

Phil Clark, 40, snapped the colorful and noisy animals at a bird hide in Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway. (Credit: SWNS) ADORABLE ORPHANED BABY KOALA GETS ARM CAST AFTER FALLING FROM TREE “You don’t always see jays there because they are very intelligent and shy,” Clark said of the pictures taken on Aug. 3. “To see two of them fighting for food was extremely uncommon. They are quite territorial. They are vocal and they shout once they see another bird coming.” Clark added that he thinks the squabble was one of the birds telling the other it should not go near its food.