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Alcanar explosion linked to Barcelona attack, police say

Daily Mail - 23 hours 30 min ago
One person was killed and six were injured after a house, which contained more than 20 butane gas canisters, blew up in Alcanar, Catalonia at about 11.15pm on Wednesday night.

Diana and the dress of the century 

Daily Mail - 23 hours 36 min ago
Here Elizabeth Emanuel tells the story of how an appointment with 'Debra' in January 1981 was the start of Diana's lifelong love of fashion, and what happened behind the scenes on the big day itself.

Women on contraception less likely to suffer arthritis

Daily Mail - 23 hours 39 min ago
Women who take the Pill are far less likely to suffer from a common form of arthritis later in life, scientists have found.

Canada man tries to distract bear away from his garage

Daily Mail - 23 hours 40 min ago
A video captured on May 24 shows a man loading kayaks on a truck before he's quickly interrupted by a bear in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, garage.

Trump's Confederacy fight threatens GOP agenda in Congress (Kyle Cheney/Politico)

Memeorandum - 23 hours 43 min ago

Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump's Confederacy fight threatens GOP agenda in Congress  —  Republicans are frustrated with what they say is a leadership vacuum coming from the White House.  —  Senior Republicans on Capitol Hill fear President Donald Trump's eagerness to fight a Confederate-tinged culture war and his attacks …

Starbucks Howard Schultz decries Charlottesville violence

Daily Mail - 23 hours 45 min ago
Starbucks former CEO, Howard Schultz, joined the growing choir of CEO's denouncing the neo-Nazi hatred, in an impassioned speech to employees about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

GOP senator accuses mom worried about her kids' insurance of being a paid fake activist (Matthew Chapman/Shareblue)

Memeorandum - 23 hours 48 min ago

Matthew Chapman / Shareblue:
GOP senator accuses mom worried about her kids' insurance of being a paid fake activist  —  The Republican Party is still reeling from the backlash of their disastrous plan to strip low-income people of health insurance, which came under fire for being written behind closed doors with no input from constituents.

Heart-ache: Motor City Madman says Senator K. Rock a no-go

Hot Air - 23 hours 51 min ago

Can this week get any worse? You may scoff at the suggestion that Kid Rock isn’t serious about his political career and running for an office that pulls down less in a year than he makes in an average tour date. However, the sourcing for this is none other than The Nuge, who tells Michigan radio host Frank Beckmann that the effort to draft The Other Rock for a 2018 Senate race has the star laughing up his sleeve … and all the way to the bank. Via Twitchy and Sopan Deb:

!!!!!!!!! Ted Nugent tells MI radio host: "[Kid Rock] ain’t running for jack squat. Okay? He never intended – he never thought about it."

— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 17, 2017

Perhaps Rock (Ritchie) never intended to run, but it’s not completely coming out of his nether regions, either. Republican fundraisers have been after the Kid to get into the race, although the Associated Press noted last week that they haven’t been able to connect directly to him:

The head of a major Super PAC aligned with Senate GOP leadership encouraged performer Kid Rock to run for Senate against Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.

The comments from Steven Law in an interview Friday on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program were surprising. But Law insisted he was quite serious, saying his group would “be actually very interested” in a Kid Rock candidacy. …

Law said he hadn’t spoken with Kid Rock. But he said that despite the entertainer’s redneck image, “the truth of the matter is that he’s done a lot in his home state philanthropically, he’s a pretty smart guy, he thinks about policy, and he’s a shrewd businessman.”

Law is a former chief of staff to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and runs a political action committee dedicated to protecting and bolstering the Senate GOP majority. In next year’s midterms, Republicans will have to protect two endangered incumbents while playing offense against 10 Democratic Senate incumbents in states won by President Donald Trump.

In fact, former GOP presidential candidate and governor George Pataki issued an endorsement for Rock earlier this week:

Kid Rock is exactly the kind of candidate the GOP needs right now. #KidRockForSenate @KidRock

— George E. Pataki (@GovernorPataki) August 15, 2017

If this was a joke or some kind of ironic commentary on politics — still a very good possibility — Pataki hasn’t yet dropped the big reveal. And contra the Nuge, KR explicitly stated on his potential campaign website that he didn’t need this kind of buzz to sell swag. Kid Rock swag sells itself, man (language warning):

During this time while exploring my candidacy for US Senate, I am creating a 501(c)(4) – a non-profit organization for the promotion of voter registration. Not only can I raise money for this critical cause, but I can help get people registered to vote at my shows. Since the announcement, the media has speculated this was a ploy to sell shirts or promote something. I can tell you, I have no problem selling Kid Rock shirts and yes, I absolutely will use this media circus to sell/promote whatever I damn well please (many other politicians are doing the same thing, they just feed you a bunch of bullshit about it). But either way, money raised at this time through the sale of merchandise associated with this very possible campaign will go towards our ‘register to vote’ efforts.

One thing is for sure though…The democrats are ‘shattin’ in their pantaloons’ right now…and rightfully so!

Maybe all of this is just a lark, as Nugent says, or at least started that way. That doesn’t mean KR might not be taking it seriously now. It’s easy to get one’s head turned by popular praise and assume it’s a legitimate political phenomenon. We’ve been getting a lot of that lately.

There is an upside to this, however, if Nugent’s right. It makes it clear which Rock becomes president in 2024, assuming that’s what Dwayne Johnson is cooking. You like pancakes, right?


The post Heart-ache: Motor City Madman says Senator K. Rock a no-go appeared first on Hot Air.

A 2:15 Alarm, 2 Trains and a Bus Get Her to Work by 7 A.M. (New York Times)

Memeorandum - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:55

New York Times:
A 2:15 Alarm, 2 Trains and a Bus Get Her to Work by 7 A.M.  —  Like many in the housing-starved San Francisco region, Sheila James has moved far inland, gaining affordable space at the price of a brutal commute.  —  STOCKTON, Calif. — Sheila James starts her Monday, and the workweek …

Woman 'falls off rooftop after laughing hard' and dies

Daily Mail - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:53
A Pennsylvania teacher died Monday from injuries she sustained when she accidentally fell off a rooftop balcony while laughing as she sat in a private home during a vacation in Mexico.

Confederate General Robert E Lee was opposed to monuments

Daily Mail - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:52
Alt-right and white supremacists organized a rally in Charlottesville to protest the planned removal of a statue of Robert E Lee over the weekend.

History of monuments honoring those who defended slavery

Daily Mail - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:50
Since the end of the Civil War, monuments across the country - especially in states such as Alabama (main) and Georgia (inset) - have been erected to Confederate soldiers who defended slavery

Houston cop is suspended after she's charged with DUI

Daily Mail - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:48
A Houston police officer who was previously in trouble for posting provocative nude photos of herself online has just been suspended after being arrested and charged with DWI.

Texas trailer driver indicted for 10 passengers' deaths

Daily Mail - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:46
James Matthew Bradley Jr., 60, driver of the tractor-trailer packed with people illegally entering the US through Texas has been indicted for charges related to the deaths of 10 people inside.

Democrats call for the removal of Confederate statues

Daily Mail - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:43
Sen. Cory Booker is proposing to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol. Ten states honor a Confederate figure to represent it in the National Statuary Collection.

Missouri lawmaker calls for Trump's assassination

Daily Mail - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:43
The U.S. Secret Service says it is 'looking into the comments' that a Missouri legislator posted on Facebook that said said she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated.

Olivia Culpo reveals how to be an Instagram style star

Daily Mail - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:41
With over 2 million Instagram followers, Olivia Culpo knows how to take the perfect social media snap. Here, she shares with FEMAIL her top tips on posing for selfies, #ootd photos and more!

Bee Shaffer and Hope Hicks look nearly identical in photos

Daily Mail - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:38
Bee Shaffer (left) and Hope Hicks (right) might not think alike, but a look at photos of the two women reveals they look very much alike. Both share long brown hair, pale skin, and full brows.

You cannot change history - but you can learn from it 

Daily Mail - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:37
America is waging a war on history. They’re taking down statues, removing plaques, erasing the memory of a difficult past. This week President Trump asked where it will end,' writes Tim Stanley.


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