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An influential reporter at Politico made an apparent "agreement" with the Democratic National Committee to let it review a story about Hillary Clinton's fundraising machine before it was submitted to his editors
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Attorney Held in Contempt Over Black Lives Matter Pin

An attorney was removed from a Youngstown, Ohio, court and taken into custody after a judge declared her in contempt for refusing to take off a Black Lives Matter pin.

Youngstown Municipal Court Judge Robert Milich said Attorney Andrea Burton was in contempt of court for refusing to remove the pin in his courtroom as instructed.

The judge said his ruling is based on Supreme Court case law in which a judge can prohibit symbolic political expression in courtrooms, even if it's not disruptive.

"There's a difference between a flag, a pin from your church or the Eagles and having a pin that's on a political issue," Milich said.

Attorney and community activist Kim Akins questioned the judge's action. "No one wearing an American flag button, no one wearing a crucifix or a Star of David would be removed, so why this particular statement bothered him so much is bothersome," she said.
A Youngstown Municipal Court judge sentenced Atty. Andrea Burton to 5 days in jail, but the decision is being appealed.
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'Finding Dory' Fish Bred First Time in Captivity

For the first time, a Pacific blue tang -- the fish that stars as the title character in the new hit Pixar movie Finding Dory -- has been bred in captivity.

The development at University of Florida Tropical Aquaculture Lab is helping to address fears that movie-inspired demand for the fish won't dangerously deplete the wild population.

"The work with Pacific Blue Tangs is still not done; success is dependent on a number of steps still to go," said lab director Craig Watson.

"We need commercial producers to be able to replicate the UF success."

LOL...I love deep fried breaded fish with tarter sauce!
Rising Tide Conservation released the news that the first Dory fish, or Pacific blue tangs, were recently bred in captivity.
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The very rich are not like you and me....They keep lawyers the way the rest of us do guppies......

Trump Sends Legal Threat to His Ghostwriter

Jane Mayer, The New Yorker: When Tony Schwartz, Donald Trump's ghostwriter for his 1987 memoir, The Art of the Deal, decided to tell the public about his concerns that Trump isn't fit to serve as president, his main worry was that Trump, who is famously litigious, would threaten to take legal action against him. Schwartz's premonition has proved correct.

On Monday, July 18, the day that this magazine published my interview with Schwartz, and hours after Schwartz appeared on Good Morning America to voice his concerns about Trump's "impulsive and self-centered" character, Jason D. Greenblatt, the general counsel and vice-president of the Trump Organization, issued a threatening cease-and-desist letter to Schwartz.

In it, Greenblatt accuses Schwartz -- who has likened his writing of the flattering book to putting "lipstick on a pig" -- of making "defamatory statements" about the Republican nominee and claiming that he, not Trump, wrote the book, "thereby exposing" himself to "liability for damages and other tortious harm."

Greenblatt demands that Schwartz send "a certified check made payable to Mr. Trump" for all of the royalties he had earned on the book, along with Schwartz's half of the book's five-hundred-thousand-dollar advance. (The memoir has sold approximately a million copies, earning Trump and Schwartz each several million dollars.)

Greenblatt also orders Schwartz to issue "a written statement retracting your defamatory statements," and to offer written assurances that he will not "generate or disseminate" any further "baseless accusations" about Trump.

On Thursday, reached by e-mail on an airplane, Schwartz said that he would continue to speak out against Trump, and that he would make no retractions or apologies.

"The fact that Trump would take time out of convention week to worry about a critic is evidence to me not only of how thin-skinned he is, but also of how misplaced his priorities are," Schwartz wrote. He added, "It is axiomatic that when Trump feels attacked, he will strike back. That's precisely what's so frightening about his becoming president."

I also understand Trump is demanding this man reimburse him the advance he got----For writing the book.
On Monday, a lawyer for the Trump Organization issued a furious cease-and-desist letter to Tony Schwartz.
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Trump Name May Disappear from Toronto Hotel

The company that built and marketed Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto wants to take Donald Trump's name off the building because its clients are "no longer interested in the Trump brand." Talon International accused Trump of diminishing the value of his brand with his presidential campaign. The company and Trump's business are engaged in a court battle in Ontario Superior Court.
At Trump International Hotel and Tower, the developer is fighting Donald Trump and what it sees as a tainted brand. Trump’s management company is not going quietly.
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McCain in 2008 Got Bigger Ratings Than Trump

Reality TV star Donald Trump is often touted for his ability to bring in TV ratings, but that wasn't the case with his acceptance speech Thursday night at the Republican National Convention. Trump drew 31.5 million viewers, which is slightly larger than Mitt Romney did in his 2012 acceptance speech but far behind the nearly 40 million viewers received by John McCain in 2008. Earlier days of Trump's convention didn't bring a ratings bump either. CNN reported, "The data shows that there hasn't been a rush of viewer interest in Trump's unconventional convention."
Updated numbers have the GOP candidate's speech on par with 2012 — with CNN and Fox News scoring highs for RNC coverage.
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New Search Engine Re-Imagines Your Face

A new personalized image search engine called Dreambit lets a person imagine how they would look a with different a hairstyle or color, or in a different time period, age, country or anything else that can be queried in an image search engine. After uploading an input photo, you type in a search term -- such as "curly hair," "India" or "1930s." The software's algorithms mine internet photo collections for similar images in that category and seamlessly map the person's face onto the results.
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Job Applications Surge to Dallas Police

The Dallas Police Department, which was struggling to recruit officers and canceling academy classes, has seen a surge in job applications after the attack that brought global attention to the city.

Over the following 12 days, the department got 467 job applications compared with 136 during a similar period in June.

"We are hiring. Get out of that protest line and put an application in," Dallas Police Chief David Brown said.
The Dallas Police Department, which was struggling to recruit officers, has seen a surge in job applications after the ambush shooting this month that killed five officers and brought global attention to the Texas city, officials said on Friday.
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Unbelievable that a nominee for President of the United States would say anything remotely like this......

Trump: U.S. Might Not Protect NATO Countries

Donald Trump has said that if he is elected president he may abandon a guarantee of protection to fellow Nato countries.

Speaking to the New York Times, Mr Trump said the U.S. would only come to the aid of allies if they have "fulfilled their obligations to us."

Asked about Russian aggression towards Nato countries in the Baltic region, Mr Trump suggested the US might abandon the longstanding protections offered by the US to such nations.

LOL....I was just thinking how nice it would be to have a President who would not be the least bit hesitant to start World War 3.

No one did anything when Germany invaded Czechoslovakia and Poland. You know the rest of that story.

IWhat would happen if Russia began invading and annexing NATO countries and we thumbed our noses at our allies?

That's what Trump just said he'd do.

Here is a list of members of NATO if anyone is curious



























Republican candidate Donald Trump says that if he is elected president he may abandon a guarantee of protection to fellow Nato countries.
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Trump Delegate Kicked Out for Racial Slur

An elected Donald Trump delegate from Chicago known for months to be a white supremacist has had her credentials stripped by the Illinois Republican party after posting a racial slur to Facebook and making threats against blacks.

Lori Gayne, a Chicago-area mortgage banker, was attending the Republican National Convention and posted a photo on Sunday night of police officers standing on the roof of Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where an opening party was taking place.

She wrote the following caption, indicating that cops were prepared to shoot black protesters: "Our brave snipers just waiting for some n--- to try something. Love them." Gayne also posted on Twitter with the name "Whitepride."

Trump? Racial slur? How can those two concepts even intersect in the same galaxy?
The Chicago Sun Times reported that she had used an abbreviation for the racial slur.
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Krugman: The Siberian Candidate

Paul Krugman: If elected, would Donald Trump be Vladimir Putin's man in the White House? This should be a ludicrous, outrageous question. After all, he must be a patriot -- he even wears hats promising to make America great again. But we're talking about a ludicrous, outrageous candidate.

And the Trump campaign's recent behavior has quite a few foreign policy experts wondering just what kind of hold Putin has over the Republican nominee, and whether that influence will continue if he wins.

I'm not talking about merely admiring Putin's performance -- being impressed by the de facto dictator's "strength," and wanting to emulate his actions.

I am, instead, talking about indications that Trump would, in office, actually follow a pro-Putin foreign policy, at the expense of America's allies and her own self-interest.

What we're now seeing from Trump and his associates goes beyond emulation, and is starting to look like subservience.

First, there was the Ukraine issue -- one on which Republican leaders have consistently taken a hard line and criticized Obama for insufficient action, with John McCain, for example, accusing the president of "weakness." And the G.O.P. platform was going to include a statement reaffirming this line, but it was watered down to blandness on the insistence of Trump representatives.

Then came Trump's interview with the New York Times, in which, among other things, he declared that even if Russia attacked members of NATO he would come to their aid only if those allies -- which we are bound by treaty to defend -- have "fulfilled their obligations to us." ...

There are reasons to wonder about Trump's own financial interests. Remember, we know nothing about the true state of his business empire, and he has refused to release his taxes, which might tell us more. We do know that he has substantial if murky involvement with wealthy Russians and Russian businesses. You might say that these are private actors, not the government -- but in Mr. Putin's crony-capitalist paradise, this is a meaningless distinction.

At some level, Trump's motives shouldn't matter. We should be horrified at the spectacle of a major-party candidate casually suggesting that he might abandon American allies -- just as we should be horrified when that same candidate suggests that he might welsh on American financial obligations. But there's something very strange and disturbing going on here, and it should not be ignored.
The Republicans’ presidential nominee doesn’t just admire Vladimir Putin.
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Trump Again Links Ted Cruz's Dad to JFK Assassination

The morning after delivering an acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump revived the baseless smear that the man who killed President John F. Kennedy once spent time with Ted Cruz's father.

"All I did is point out the fact that on the cover of the National Enquirer there was a picture of him and crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast," Trump said during an extended screed against Ted Cruz for not endorsing him.

Trump defended the Enquirer. "This was a magazine that, in many respects, should be well respected," he said, adding that it should win a Pulitz

Trump claimed that no one has denied that Cruz's father was photographed with Lee Harvey Oswald.

This is completely false, the Washington Post Fact Checker explains: "Trump is once again making a ridiculous claim. The story he touted was denied in print -- and then repeatedly debunked. By claiming that it was not denied, he continues to suggest there is some possible truth to a claim that is flat-out false."
“I don't know his father. I met him once. I think he's a lovely guy,” Trump said at a morning-after rally in Cleveland.
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I like community theater and have often volunteered back stage in the past, but I have never been in a  performance..

Have been a fighter and survivor from day one. I was a breached baby who had his head crushed by a doctor using a head clamp to deliver me into this world. I have no right eye and the left eye is crossed, because of this.

Was raised by a single mother who worked two jobs to support my sister and myself. From the age of nine until my teenage years I watched and raised my younger sister, while my mother worked two jobs. In the middle of the ninth grade I left school to work.

Eventually, I took to traveling from town to town, I went from Florida, Texas, California, through the Midwest and eventually settled in New York / Connecticut.

Love to connecting with folks with similar interests and meeting new people. 
I also enjoy learning anything I can, because you can never have enough knowledge. 

Internet Connoisseur, who is working on several website projects. I maintain and have archived several internet newsgroups. In the late 90's I founded All Nations Stamp Club, which was the largest hobby newsgroup at MSN groups.

Have a taste for non pop music.

Enjoy volunteering and have spent some time volunteering at food and homeless programs. I also have been involved in community programs like the 
Jaycees, the Elks and kiwanis.

Have worked as an election official and have held public office on the municipal level. I have spoken out at many public meetings about waste and wrong doing. This has brought me some trouble at times.

Because, I am self employed small business man I pretty much work 7 days a week. I don't take vacations and work on some holidays.

I have a beautiful Korean wife and two adopted children who are now grown men. The oldest son works in Indiana. The younger son is a Sargent in the army reserves and a student at the University of Arizona.

A few years back, I became a Christian and volunteer at the coffee bar for all four weekend services at Harvest Time Church in Greenwich, CT.

I cry easily when people are wronged.

Some of my favorite sayings are:

"If you can't be a shining example, be the horrible warning!"

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I am a citizen Journalist, who posts daily odd ball and political news. I'm passionate about news, media, technology, social media, innovation in journalism. It has been said that I report on none of the news you need - and strangely have all of the news you want. Plus I am a Youtube and coffee junkie who should go to rehab.
Citizen Journalist, Janitor, and Hacker (in that order) Being Brian Harrod is a job sometimes. I use blogs to report on hyper local news stories and social networking sites to editorialize in national news stories. Other times I am a self employed owner of a janitorial services firm and a former owner of retail stores. I will soon be opening a new store with my wife. Disclaimer: The views expressed by me are mine (all mine!) and are also the views of my employer since I am self employed. So there.
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    Founder - Nonprofit For Beginning Stamp Collectors (Over 1 Million Stamps Given Away) Old Greenwich, CT, 2001 - 2016
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