BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 18 August, 2017

Friday

18 August, 2017

(Updated Daily)

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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

John Judis: Is Trump a White Nationalist or Is He Experiencing a Second Childhood? (TPM)
As shown by [Trump's] response to the neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, and to the death of a demonstrator, he continues to incite and polarize. The question is why. I have three different kinds of reasons to offer, each of which partially, but not entirely, explain Trump's behavior.


Eamonn Forde: 'They could destroy the album': how Spotify's playlists have changed music for ever (The Guardian)
Custom playlists on the streaming site can bring unknown artists to millions. But are they altering how songs get written?


Suzanne Moore: I don't mean to ruin your holiday, but Europe hates tourists - and with good reason (The Guardian)
You are not wanted. You are killing the thing you love. You are ruining everything. You are demanding and noisy and you drink too much. You think the locals are pleased to see you, but they are not. You are, in other words, a tourist.


Interview by Edward Siddons: Pamela Singh's best photograph - a woman dying in India's City of Widows (The Guardian)
'The town of Vrindavan is a magnet for bereaved women. Elderly widows come to this square to die in the sun'.


Thieves stealing Venezuela zoo animals to eat them, say police (The Guardian)
Zoo head says a wave of thefts in recent weeks had affected 10 species including a buffalo, which he said was cut up and sold.


Pope Francis says sexual abuse by priests is an 'absolute monstrosity' in new book (The Guardian)
In foreword to memoir by survivor of clerical abuse, pope promises action but critics say he has not done enough to hold perpetrators to account.


Andrew Pulver: Why James Bond couldn't afford to lose Daniel Craig, a true Hollywood heavyweight (The Guardian)
Craig's sensitive and sometimes scary take on 007 morphed the franchise into a sleek supercar. No wonder its producers were so set on him staying.



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Presenting

Michael Egan





@drmivhaelegan


Editorial and Political Cartoons


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Trivia Question of the Day


Born Craig Kenneth Bruderlin, this American actor, producer, and director has won two Golden Globes, an Emmy, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. By what name is he better known?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty








Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday


On what TV series would you find these characters?


       The Jetsons                                                      Source


The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera, originally airing in primetime from September 23, 1962, to March 17, 1963, then later in syndication, with new episodes in 1985 to 1987 as part of The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera block. It was Hanna-Barbera's Space Age counterpart to The Flintstones.

While the Flintstones live in a world with machines powered by birds and dinosaurs, the Jetsons live in a world with elaborate robotic contraptions, aliens, holograms, and whimsical inventions. The original series comprised 24 episodes and aired on Sunday nights on ABC beginning September 23, 1962, with primetime reruns continuing through September 22, 1963. It debuted as the first program broadcast in color on ABC-TV. (Only a handful of ABC-TV stations were capable of broadcasting in color in the early 1960s.) In contrast, The Flintstones, while always produced in color, was broadcast in black-and-white for its first two seasons.        Source







Mark. was first and correct with:
   Meet George Jetson, his boy Elroy, daughter Judy, Jane his wife. Why, those are The Jetsons.



Randall wrote:
   the Jetsons





Alan J answered:
   The Jetsons.



mj replied:
   Having a hearty breakfast
  We have, George Jetson, his boy, Elroy, daughter Judy, and Jane, his wife. Only Astro, the dog, and Rosie, the obsolete but lovable robot maid are missing.




Stephen F said:
   stephen fung



Gene responded:
   The Jetsons. A fond childhood memory.
  As an email sig for some time I used this: The 21st century has let me down. I want a grueling 3 hour work week and a car that can fly to the Moon!





Kevin K. in Washington, DC wrote:
   Ruh, roh, the pic left out Astro, but those are The Jetsons.





Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   George...Jane....Judy....Elroy from the Jetsons



Harry M. replied:
   The Jetsons



David of Moon Valley responded:
   meet George Jetson
  Jane his wife
  daughter Judy
  and his boy Elroy
  The Jetsons




John I from Hawai`i says,
   "The Jetsons."



Daniel in The City answered:
   Meet George Jetson
  His boy Elroy
  Daughter Judy
  Jane, his wife
  And where's Rosie and Astro?




Dave in Tucson wrote:
   The TV series where those characters were found was The Jetsons. Which was a rip-off of The Flintstones. Which itself was a rip-off of The Honeymooners.





zorch replied:
   The Jetsons



Billy in Cypress responded:
   The Jestsons, George, Jane, Judy, Elroy and Astro.



Joe S     answered:
   The Jettisons, never cared for the show. I can't remember watching a full episode. I like a lot of cartoon shows, old and new, but not the Jettisons. Not my cup of tea.



Adam took the day off.
  



Deborah took the day off.
  



Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
  



Harry M. took the day off.
  



DJ Useo took the day off.
  



Sally has retired.
  



BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.
  
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  August 18 Birthdays - Celebrities Born August 18 | Famous Birthdays




MAM     In memory.



  





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Middle Class Political Economist




Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ


'You lost, get over it': Phoenix Confederate monument decorated with '2nd Place' banner | 12NEWS.com



Photo That Showed Antifa Man Assaulting Police Officer in C'ville Rally Was Fake



University of Virginia Librarian Tyler Magill Suffers Stroke Caused By Blow From Nazi Torch.



The New York Times Confirms Trump Is Not Only A Racist In Public, But 'In Private.'



Corporate America Has a Big, Big Trump Problem.



My actions to remove local Confederate memorials: a letter to neighbors



Trump: I didn't draw moral equivalence between neo-Nazis and anti-hate groups | US news | The Guardian



'Trump's delivering exactly what they wanted: white male supremacy' | US news | The Guardian



Steve Bannon brands far right 'losers' and contradicts Trump in surprise interview | US news | The Guardian



'The most dangerous US company you have never heard of": Sinclair, a right-wing media giant | Media | The Guardian



You can handle the truth: why political documentaries are storming the screens | Film | The Guardian



An unhinged Steve Bannon forgets about that pesky on-the-record/off-the-record thing. Oops.



The Myth of the Kindly General Lee - The Atlantic



'Art Of The Deal' Co-Author Tony Schwartz Predicts Trump's About To Resign | HuffPost



Heather Heyer Was The Alt-Right's Worst Nightmare | HuffPost



Tucker Carlson lost his mind last night in an attempt to defend slavery and white supremacy



BBC - Future - Nasa's ambitious plan to save Earth from a supervolcano



In Movies, A Solar Eclipse Means Change Is Coming : Monkey See : NPR



Rare butterfly spotted in Scotland for the first time since 1884 | Environment | The Guardian



Leading elephant conservationist shot dead in Tanzania | Environment | The Guardian



So, when anyone tells you that the Civil War wasn't about slavery, ask them about this



Someone tarred and feathered a Jefferson Davis monument in Arizona
     This is about 8 miles from me; drive by it twice a month.



David Letterman: "Just Resign. It Was An Experiment, It Hasn't Worked."



Nation discovers evangelicals have no moral compass as business leaders pick up the slack



Thanks, Michelle!


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Team Coco

CONAN

Trump Calls Obama To Talk About Charlottesville & Twitter

The President asks his predecessor if he has any poignant Nelson Mandela quotes he can borrow.






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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp


Steve Bannon thought he wasn't giving an interview - Axios



Not Rights but Justice: It's Time to Make Nazis Afraid Again | The Nation



AP Definitive Source | How to describe extremists who rallied in Charlottesville



The House Is On Fire - Accepting the Truth of the Trump Revolution - Talking Points Memo



J.K. Rowling Finds Silver Lining In Trump's 'Abomination Of A Speech' | HuffPost



'Art Of The Deal' Co-Author Tony Schwartz Predicts Trump's About To Resign | HuffPost



The hilarious way a German town turned neo-Nazis against Nazism - ThinkProgress



Trump Erodes Moral Authority Of The Presidency In Wake Of Charlottesville | HuffPost



Give It Up, Folks: Confederate Statues Are All About Racism - Mother Jones



Trump and Charlottesville: 'He is stubborn and doesn't realize how bad this is getting' - POLITICO



Trump May Actually Have Millions of Americans Hypnotized, Expert Says | Alternet



Racist Daily Stormer moves to Russian domain after losing .com address [Updated] | Ars Technica



The Economist Sounds Off On Trump With Cover Showing KKK Hood As His Megaphone | HuffPost



Trump's Quick Response To Barcelona Attack Makes His Charlottesville Reactions Look Even Worse | HuffPost



Steve Bannon just gave his own Scaramucci-style unsolicited interview, and it's a doozy - Vox



Psychologists surveyed hundreds of alt-right supporters. The results are unsettling. - Vox



American Cancer Society says it will not hold gala at Mar-a-Lago | TheHill



The people, groups and symbols at Charlottesville | Southern Poverty Law Center



World's Saddest Right-Wing Protest Draws 7 People To Seattle's Lenin Statue | HuffPost



When White Nationalists Get DNA Tests Revealing African Ancestry - The Atlantic



New Yorker Is Second Magazine To Couple Trump With KKK Hood | HuffPost



Pro-Russia GOP Rep. Met With Assange, Wants Trump To Hear All About It - Talking Points Memo



Trump, the alt-right and the Kremlin: White supremacists' Russia links are no secret - Salon.com



Historic Settlement Reached on Behalf of CIA Torture Victims | The Intercept



Microsoft forced to Photoshop penis out of Bing homepage - The Verge



Cash Family 'Sickened' by Neo-Nazi in Johnny Cash Shirt - Rolling Stone



Trump Supporters And Juggalos Will Be Marching In DC On The Same Day | HuffPost



Fox Guests Weep Over 'Morally Bankrupt' Trump, While Host Tries to Pivot to Defending Statues | The Daily Beast



Hundreds Line Up, Dozens Ask To Be Arrested For Destroying Confederate Statue | HuffPost



Trump calls for the United States to imitate fake war crimes to fight terrorism - Vox



Robert Reich: Trump's Defense of White Supremacists Is Just Part of a More Nefarious Plot | Alternet



Gore: Trump should resign | TheHill



Interactive Timeline: Everything We Know About Russia and President Trump | Bill Moyers.com



Woman Turns Confederate Monument Into Second-Place Trophy | HuffPost



Watch Weekend Update: Tina Fey on Protesting After Charlottesville From Saturday Night Live - NBC.com





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Reader Comment

Current Events

Predator is concerned that moving statues is removing beauty? What does Mr.-Tacky-Cover-Everything-In-Gaudy-Gold know about beauty?!







Linda   >^..^<
     We are all only temporarily able bodied.


Thanks, Linda!



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from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying




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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


PRESIDENT GANGSTER.

TRUMP IS DIVIDING THE NATION.

HER NAME IS HEATHER HEYER.

AMERICAN FASCISM THEN AND NOW.

THE PALESTINIAN DIASPORA.

"BATTLING BANNON!"

IT'S TIME TO END THE CIVIL WAR!

"SMASH WHITE SUPREMACY"






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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Two parking tickets later, the mystery truck is finally gone.



Tonight, Friday:

Scheduled on a sorta FRESH CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'Big Brother', followed by a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0', then a RERUN 'Blue Bloods'.
Stephen Colbert it's the best moments of the week, with a newly-recorded opening & monologue.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 6/13/17) are Jane Krakowski, Kate Mara, and Lily James.



NBC starts the night with a RERUN 'America's Got Talent', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Jon Hamm, Kate Upton, and Grant Thompson.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 8/7/17) are Billy Eichner, Ashley Graham, the All-American Rejects, and Venzella Joy.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/22/17) are Ludacris, the Menzingers, and Troian Bellisario.



ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Shark Tank', followed by 'What Would You Do', then '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 7/20/17) are T.J. Miller, Dana White, and Run the Jewels.



The CW offers a FRESH 'Masters Of Illusion', followed by a RERUN 'Masters Of Illusion', then a RERUN 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.



Faux has a RERUN 'MasterChef', followed by a RERUN 'Beat Shazam'.



MY recycles an old 'American Ninja Warrior', followed by another old 'American Ninja Warrior'.



A&E has 'Live PD', followed by a FRESH 'Live PD: Rewind', then a FRESH 'Live PD'.



AMC offers the movie 'GoodFellas', followed by the movie 'Men In Black', then the movie 'Total Recall'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Fear Her
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-Army of Ghosts
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Doomsday
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO: THE RUNAWAY BRIDE
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Smith and Jones
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-The Shakespeare Code
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 21-The Cloud Minders
 [1:15PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 22-The Savage Curtain
 [2:30PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 23-All Our Yesterdays
 [3:45PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 24-Turnabout Intruder
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Man Trap
 [6:10PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Charlie X
 [7:20PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Where No Man Has Gone Before
 [8:30PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-The Naked Time
 [9:40PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-The Enemy Within
 [10:50PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Mudd's Women
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-What Are Little Girls Made Of?
 [1:10AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Miri
 [2:20AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Man Trap
 [3:30AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Charlie X
 [4:45AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Where No Man Has Gone Before    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by the movie 'Pretty Woman', then the movie 'Pretty Woman', again.



Comedy Central has 'Futurama', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', 'Kevin Hart: I'm A Grown Little Man', and 'Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain'.



FX has the movie 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', followed by the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers'.



History has 'American Pickers', 'Car Country', followed by a FRESH 'Road Hauks', then another FRESH 'Road Hauks'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THE GREY
 [8:30AM]    VALHALLA RISING
 [10:30AM]    PATHFINDER
 [12:45PM]    THE GREY
 [3:15PM]    PREDATOR 2
 [5:45PM]    RAMBO III
 [8:00PM]    ROBOCOP
 [10:15PM]    DAWN OF THE DEAD
 [12:45AM]    28 WEEKS LATER
 [3:00AM]    DAWN OF THE DEAD
 [5:30AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-We've Lost Communication    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Sundance  -   
 [6:30AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Better Late ... That's a Pun ... Than Never
 [7:05AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Man in the Middle
 [7:40AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney's Uniform
 [8:15AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie's Fortune
 [8:50AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Goodbye, Sheriff Taylor
 [9:25AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Pageant
 [10:00AM]    For Keeps
 [12:30PM]    Overboard
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Poison Ivy
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Indifference
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Prisoner of Love
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Out of the Half-Light
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Life Choice
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Refuge
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Refuge
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Killerz
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-DNR
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Merger
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Justice
 [2:00AM]    Transparent-Moppa
 [2:39AM]    Transparent-Wedge
 [3:17AM]    Transparent-The Wilderness
 [3:59AM]    Planet of the Apes    (ALL TIMES EDT)



SyFy has the movie 'GI Joe: Retaliation', followed by a FRESH 'Killjoys', then a FRESH 'Dark Matter', followed by a FRESH 'Wynonna Earp'.



TCM spends 24 hours with Rod Taylor
 [6:00 AM]      36 Hours (1964)
 [8:00 AM]      The Liquidator (1966)
 [10:00 AM]      The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)
 [12:00 PM]      The Time Machine (1960)
 [2:00 PM]      Seven Seas to Calais (1962)
 [3:45 PM]      Hotel (1967)
 [6:00 PM]      Sunday in New York (1963)
 [8:00 PM]      The Birds (1963)
 [10:15 PM]      Dark of the Sun (1968)
 [12:15 AM]      The Man Who Had Power Over Women (1970)
 [2:00 AM]      Young Cassidy (1965)
 [4:00 AM]      The Deadly Trackers (1973)
    (ALL TIMES EDT)



Saturday   -  08/19/17

TCM spends 24 hours with Angela Lansbury
 [6:00 AM]      If Winter Comes (1948)
 [8:00 AM]      The Hoodlum Saint (1946)
 [10:00 AM]      All Fall Down (1962)
 [12:00 PM]      The World of Henry Orient (1964)
 [2:00 PM]      Kind Lady (1951)
 [3:45 PM]      State of the Union (1948)
 [6:00 PM]      The Harvey Girls (1946)
 [8:00 PM]      The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
 [10:30 PM]      Gaslight (1944)
 [12:30 AM]      The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1947)
 [2:30 AM]      Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1982)
 [5:00 AM]      Screen Directors Playhouse: Claire (1956)
    (ALL TIMES EDT)




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Feb. 22, 1978) - Goldie Hawn, Buck Henry, and Dennis Dugan.

Bounce TV

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network

Escape

Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff

Me-TV

MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

This TV





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Workers remove the monuments to Robert E. Lee, commander of the pro-slavery Confederate army in the American Civil War, and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, a Confederate general, from Wyman Park in Baltimore, Md., Aug. 16, 2017.
Photo by Alec MacGillis

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Live Action Series

'The Jetsons'

A "Jetsons" live action series has scored a put pilot order at ABC, Variety has learned.

Based on the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon, the series would be a multi-cam sitcom set 100 years in the future that follows the exploits of the Jetson family.

Robert Zemeckis will executive produce along with Jack Rapke via their Compari Entertainment banner. Gary Janetti, who has written for and produced shows like "Family Guy" and "Will & Grace," will write and executive produce. Compari's Jackie Levine will serve as a co-executive producer. Warner Bros. Television will produce in association with Nickelby Inc. and Compari.

The original "Jetsons" animated series aired for 24 episodes on ABC from 1962-1963 in primetime as a futuristic counterpart to the pre-historic animated sitcom "The Flintstones." It followed George, Jane, Judy, and Elroy Jetson along with their robot maid Rosie and family dog Astro. The series was later revived by Hanna-Barbera in 1985 in syndication with 41 new episodes being produced. The animated "Jetsons: The Movie" was released in theaters in 1990. The movie was the last original "Jetsons" project produced until the 2017 direct-to-DVD release "The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania!"

'The Jetsons'

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Workers remove a monument dedicated to the Confederate Women of Maryland early Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, after it was taken down in Baltimore. Local news outlets reported that workers hauled several monuments away early Wednesday, days after a white nationalist rally in Virginia turned deadly.
Photo by Jerry Jackson

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New York Times Editor Testifies

Mrs. Palin

The editor of the New York Times editorial board on Wednesday took the witness stand in a lawsuit filed by former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin (R-Useless), who claims that a June editorial in the paper defamed her by linking her to a 2011 mass shooting.

James Bennet testified at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in a Manhattan federal court that he meant to link Palin to an "overall climate" of incitement to political violence, but not to say she caused the shooting.

Bennett was called to testify as Rakoff considers whether to dismiss the case or allow it to go to trial. To proceed, Palin must show she has a plausible claim that the Times acted with "actual malice."

Palin, the former half-term Alaska governor who was Republican presidential candidate John McCain's running mate in an unsuccessful 2008 campaign, is seeking in excess of $75,000 for compensatory, special and punitive damages.

The lawsuit concerns a June 14 editorial about the mass shooting at a Virginia baseball field that injured four people, including Republican Representative Steve Scalise.

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Cancel Mar-a-Lago Events

3 Charities

Donald Trump's (R-Unstable) comments about the white nationalist rally last weekend are hurting not just his political standing, but his pocketbook.

Three charities announced Thursday that they were canceling fundraisers at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, a sign the president's business is starting to suffer backlash from his comments Tuesday about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Cleveland Clinic said in a statement that it decided not to hold its annual event at his Palm Beach resort after "careful consideration" of a number of issues. It didn't elaborate, but the Ohio-based hospital was already under pressure to shift venues.

A few hours after the hospital pulled out, the American Cancer Society said it also planned to shift the venue of its annual fundraiser, called the 2018 Island of Palm Beach gala.

Late Thursday, the American Friends of Magen David Adom announced it had decided not to hold its 2018 fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago. The group, which raises money for an ambulance service in Israel, has been holding its annual gala at the resort since 2012.

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A statue depicting a Confederate soldier in Piedmont Park in Atlanta is vandalized with spray paint Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, from protesters who marched through the city last night to protest the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Va.
Photo by David Goldman

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Regulators Reject Massive Midwest Wind Power Line

Missouri

Missouri utility regulators on Wednesday rejected a proposed high-voltage power line to carry wind power across the Midwest to eastern states, delivering a significant setback to developers of one of the nation's longest transmission lines.

The decision marked the second time in a little over two years that the Missouri Public Service Commission has denied a request from Clean Line Energy Partners to build its power line through the state.

The 780-mile-long line would run from wind farms in western Kansas through Missouri and Illinois to Indiana, where it would connect with a power grid for eastern states. All the other states along its route already have granted approval to the $2.3 billion project.

Most members of Missouri's regulatory panel said they, too, wanted to approve the high-profile project but felt compelled to vote against it because of a recent state appeals court ruling. The judges in that case said utilities must first get the consent of counties to string a power line across roads before state approval can be granted. Clean Line lacks approval from several Missouri counties where its line is opposed by local residents.

Four of the five members of the Missouri Public Service Commission said Wednesday that they now believe the project is needed, economically feasible and beneficial to the public - and would have approved it were it not for the March appeals court ruling making local permission a prerequisite.

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'I'm Smart For Not Paying Taxes'

T-rump

Amazon is the largest web-based retailer on the planet, raking in billions of dollars every year and employing over 340,000 workers. When you're that big - and the president of the United States likes to go on early-morning Twitter rants before his handlers can distract him - there's a good chance you're going to be mentioned once or twice. That's what happened this morning, as Donald Trump (R-Crooked) slammed Amazon for what he perceives as damage to the US job market.

"Amazon is doing great damage to tax paying retailers," Trump alleged. "Towns, cities, and states throughout the U.S. are being hurt - many jobs being lost!"

Donald Trump - yes, the same Donald Trump who outsources cheap labor at every opportunity - is taking a particularly hard-line stance with Amazon, and it's not the first time the company has run afoul of him. Trump, who brags that he's "smart" for not paying taxes, regularly attacks the online retailer for what he seems to believe is abuse of the tax system.

As with most of Trump's tweets, it's entirely unclear what action he intends to take on what he perceives as wrongdoing on the part of Amazon.

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Red paint is visible on the George Davis monument in Wilmington, N.C. on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called on Tuesday for the removal of Confederate monuments on public property around the state.
Photo by Julian March

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White House Communications Director

Hope Hicks

Hope Hicks, the former Trump campaign spokesperson and a top presidential aide, has been named interim White House Communications Director following the dramatic departure of former Director Anthony Scaramucci.

Ms Hicks, who is Mr Trump's longest-serving political aide - and one of his most trusted - will fill the position while the White House looks for a permanent replacement.

Since Mr Trump's inauguration, Ms Hicks has served as both presidential adviser and White House Director of Strategic Communications. She earns the White House's top salary, and is said to play a key role in deciding which reporters get access to the President. She maintains close ties with Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner.

Ms Hicks enters a position fraught with tension, following her predecessor's headline-making departure. Mr Scaramucci lasted 10 days in his White House role, departing after giving a profanity-laden tirade to a reporter for the New Yorker. His predecessor, Michael Dubke, left the office in May amid rumours that he would be fired.

The position is a difficult one, centred in the middle of an ongoing fight between Mr Trump and the media. The President, who has denounced the mainstream press as "fake news" and retweeted violent memes about CNN, is also said to crave attention from outlets like the New York Times.

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Overshadowed by his decision to describe some of those who took part in the far-right rally in Charlottesville as "very fine people", Donald Trump (R-Corrupt) announced plans to scrap regulations designed to protect roads and other infrastructure from climate change.

Under Barack Obama, the US federal government was required to consider the effects of global warming when planning infrastructure, such as the risk of flooding from predicted sea level rise.

The US President wants to spend $200bn of government money over 10 years on improving infrastructure as part of a $1 trillion programme involving private funds.

However a Republican from South Florida, where recent flooding has seen fish swim in the streets of Miami, one of the most vulnerable cities in the world to sea level rise, condemned Mr Trump's plans saying they were not "fiscally conservative" but "irresponsible".

Speaking at Trump Tower in New York, Mr Trump said: "I just signed a new Executive Order to dramatically reform the nation's badly broken infrastructure permitting process.

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Tom Lever, 28, and Aaliyah Jones, 38, both of Charlottesville, put up a sign that says "Heather Heyer Park" at the base of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee monument in Emancipation Park Tuesday, Aug. 15 in Charlottesville, Va. Alex Fields Jr., is charged with second-degree murder and other counts after authorities say he rammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, including Heyer, Saturday, where a white supremacist rally took place.
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Criticism grew Thursday over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's limited response to a US white supremacist rally and Donald Trump's (R-Nazi Sympathizer) controversial remarks about it, with calls for him to speak out against anti-Semitism.

Netanyahu had a testy relationship with Barack Obama, a Democrat who often pressured him over Israeli settlement building, but he has repeatedly praised Republican Trump.

So far, Netanyahu's only response to the weekend white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that ended in bloodshed was a tweet on Tuesday that many saw as vague.

"Outraged by expressions of anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism and racism. Everyone should oppose this hatred," Netanyahu posted in English.

A Facebook post by Netanyahu's son Yair further raised eyebrows. He denounced "neo-Nazi scum," but added that they were "dying out" and seemed to suggest left-wing counter-protesters "who hate my country" were a growing threat.

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Cries In Video

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A white nationalist who was featured in a Vice News documentary about the "Unite the Right" Charlottesville marchers at the weekend has posted a video in which he tearfully complains about his current plight.

Christopher Cantwell took part in the rally in support of Confederate hero Robert E Lee in Virginia on Saturday, which escalated to violence and ended in the death of a woman.

"I have been told there's a warrant out for my arrest," he said while crying on the video. "With everything that's happening, I don't think it's very wise for me to go anywhere. There's a state of emergency. The National Guard is here!"

He also said urged police to contact him if there was a warrant out for his arrest.

"I am armed, I do not want violence with you. I'm terrified, I'm afraid you're going to kill me, I really am," he said.

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