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Published: Thursday, November 02, 2017 @ 10:37 AM
— Donna Brazile, a longtime political operative and the former interim Democratic National Committee chairwoman, says Hillary Clinton struck a deal with the DNC to run the organization’s finances and have a role in the organization’s operations.
In an excerpt from a book she has written about the 2016 presidential election, Brazile says she discovered proof Clinton had rigged the nomination process, "as a cache of emails stolen by Russian hackers and posted online had suggested,"
blocking Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders from getting the nomination.
Brazile describes an agreement between the Hillary Victory Fund, a joint fundraising organization between the campaign and the DNC, Hillary for America, Clinton’s campaign, and the DNC. In exchange for the paying down of the DNC’s debt, Clinton’s campaign was given control of the “party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised,” Brazile wrote.
“Obama left the party $24 million in debt—$15 million in bank debt and more than $8 million owed to vendors after the 2012 campaign and had been paying that off very slowly. Obama’s campaign was not scheduled to pay it off until 2016. Hillary for America ... and the Hillary Victory Fund ... had taken care of 80 percent of the remaining debt in 2016, about $10 million, and had placed the party on an allowance.”
While it is not unusual for the national political parties to work with the party nominee when it comes to strategy and decisions, Clinton had not yet been selected as the party’s nominee.
Brazile also slammed former President Barack Obama for leaving the party $24 million in debt, and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, (D-Florida), who Brazile said was “not a good manager.” She described how she promised Sanders, who ran against Clinton for the Democratic nomination, that she would investigate “whether Hillary Clinton’s team had rigged the nomination process.”
Politico published an excerpt from “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House.”
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 2:00 AM
SOLANO COUNTY, Calif. — Officials at Travis Air Force Base in California say a car gained “unauthorized access” to the base’s main gate and later crashed.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 1:42 AM
— Kidde recalled about 500,000 dual-sensor smoke alarms Wednesday because they pose a risk of people not being alerted to a fire in their home.
A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke.
About 452,000 devices were sold in the United States, in addition to 40,000 sold in Canada.
This recall involves models PI2010 and PI9010 of Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms. “KIDDE” is printed on the front center of the smoke alarm. The model number and date code are printed on the back of the alarm.
The recall includes:
Model: PI9010 (DC/battery powered)Date Code: September 10, 2016 through October 13, 2017
Model: PI2010 (AC/hardwired)Date Code: September 10, 2016 through October 13, 2017
People should remove the alarm from their wall or ceiling and look through the opening on the side of the alarm for a yellow cap. People should not attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or otherwise remove the yellow cap themselves. If a yellow cap is present, people should immediately contact Kidde to receive instructions and request a free replacement smoke alarm. They should remove and discard the recalled smoke alarm only after they receive and install the replacement alarm. If no yellow cap is present, people should reinstall the smoke alarm and no further action is needed.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has received one report of the yellow protective cap being present on a smoke alarm before it was installed in a home. No reports of incidents or injuries as a result of a yellow cap being present have been reported.
The affected smoke alarms were sold at Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other websites from September 2016 through January 2018 for between $20 and $40.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 12:19 AM
CALHOUN, Ga. — When most of northwest Georgia was preparing for severe storms, one city had to contend with the idea that snakes are lurking in sewers — or so they thought.
Calhoun Mayor Jimmy Palmer said the “City of Calhoun, Gordon County GA” Facebook page — where a post about snakes originated — is fake.
“My wife saw it and actually called me,” Palmer said.
The post, which has been up since 2:27 p.m. Monday, alleges a Calhoun police officer killed the “copperhead as it came out of the sewer in front of the courthouse” and urges residents to avoid the sewers, which may have more snakes. The post has garnered 19,000 reactions and more than 123,000 shares on Facebook — and it still has some panicked.
“I’ve had comments like ‘Is it safe to walk down the street’ and those things,” Palmer said. “I don’t think the people who put it on there realize the impact.”
The page, which has more than 12,000 followers, has been so believable that other law enforcement agencies have tagged the page or shared its posts, WSB-TV reported. Police say it’s been difficult finding the owner since the page is usually taken down before the person is caught. The page was still open just after 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The city attorney plans to send a notice to Facebook notifying it of the fake page. The notice reads in part: “The objection is that this Facebook page impersonates and misrepresents to be the City’s official page by displaying a version of the official municipal seal and describes itself clearly as a ‘government organization.’
Fake city pages are hardly new.
In October 2016, comedian Ben Palmer created a fake city of Atlanta Facebook page, poking fun at the city’s crime and public safety efforts. The city, however, responded to the Facebook page’s use of the trademarked Atlanta City Seal, which was used without proper authorization. Creative changes were made to the satirical page’s seal to avoid trademark conflicts.
But while the fake city of Atlanta page is still going strong (it has more than 154,000 followers), some are hoping the fake Calhoun page is removed from Facebook.
Calhoun resident Matt Wiley said he is happy the city is adamant about the page’s removal: “For the sake of the city, that’s not a bad move just to make sure the people are informed. If you start spreading misinformation, panic might ensue, especially if it’s an alligator or a giant snake.”
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 11:34 PM
— In many places around the world, Easter Monday is a day to get outside, spend time with your family and have picnics as spring begins to blossom. In other places, it’s traditions that, while odd, are still honored and celebrated centuries later. With deep roots in Europe, it is not widely celebrated in the United States.
So what is Easter Monday and what do people do? Here’s a quick look.
In some places the day after Easter is simply called Easter Monday. In other places, it’s Bright Monday, Renewal Monday, Wet Monday, or Dyngus Day.
It was once known as “Black Monday” and was, for a time, considered unlucky.
Who celebrates the day?
The day is a major holiday in the Eastern Orthodox community. It marks the beginning of “Bright Week” in the religion. Countries across Eastern and Western Europe, in particular, participate in Easter Monday observances.
What do they do?
In medieval England, tradition called for a man to lift a woman three times by the arms and legs. In Ireland, the day was known as the Day of Feasts. In Hungary, the tradition was for men to dunk their wife or girlfriend into water for good health, leading to the day being called Dunking Day.
In Guyana, people fly kites, which are made on Holy Saturday, the Saturday before Easter. People in the Netherlands have a festive breakfast then go hiking. Similarly, in Portugal and Italy people go to the countryside for picnics.
In London, there is a parade in Hyde Park.
In the U.S., Easter Monday is largely ignored. The most notable celebration happens at the White House where the president sponsors the annual Easter Egg Roll.
The tradition of the egg roll dates back to the 1870s when kids in the Washington D.C. area would take their Easter eggs to Capitol Hill to roll them. Congress, moving quickly to stem the fun, soon passed a bill outlawing egg rolling at the Capitol.
President Rutherford Hayes, after being approached by a group of kids who were looking for a place to roll their eggs, issued an order that allowed egg rolling to take place on the White House grounds.