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Iran reportedly takes another ship
Michelle Obama with an obvious critique of Trump
We’re on day six of this news cycle now
He maaaay have a point on this one
Iran doesn’t seem particularly interested in tamping down tensions
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says it has seized a British oil tanker that was passing through the Strait of Hormuz.
The IRGC’s website, sepahnews.com, says the tanker “Impero Stena” was seized Friday by IRGC forces for “non-compliance with international maritime laws and regulations” and has transferred the vessel to an Iranian port.
The report did not elaborate what port it was transferred to.
Wow, who saw this one coming??
“Those people in North Carolina…those are incredible people, incredible patriots,” Trump said.
He’s backtracking as he did after Charlottesville.
These two may get along famously
A bad piece of news for Obamacare
A federal judge on Friday upheld the Trump administration’s expansion of health insurance plans that don’t meet ObamaCare’s coverage requirements.
U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington ruled against the insurance companies who sued the administration in an attempt to block the rules.
“Not only is any potential negative impact from the 2018 rule minimal, but its benefits are undeniable,” Leon wrote in his ruling about the regulations.
The plans aims to “minimize the harm and expense” for individuals who might otherwise decide not to purchase insurance because of high premiums,” Leon says.
National survey shows Biden with a considerable but not commanding lead
NBC News/Survey Monkey Poll
Some Democratic governors aren’t too happy with the primary’s direction
After claiming governorships from Republicans in seven states last year, including in crucial presidential battlegrounds like Wisconsin and Michigan, Democratic governors should have good reason to celebrate.
But there was as much anxiety as optimism when the governors gathered for their annual fund-raising retreat on Nantucket last weekend and grappled with why a party that won with a pragmatic message in 2018 is now veering sharply to the left.
Some governors are alarmed that their party’s presidential candidates are embracing policies they see as unrealistic and politically risky. And they are especially concerned about proposals that would eliminate private health insurance.
We’re down to three now?
Reminder: find a cool spot and don’t leave for the next few days
Officials from Wisconsin to Boston have declared heat emergencies, canceled classes and mobilized crews to prepare for the soaring temperatures through the weekend, when more than 100 local heat records are expected to fall.
Already early Friday morning, more than 105 million people were under excessive heat warnings and nearly 60 million more were under heat advisories, according to the weather service national map. The heat wave blanketed a swath of the nation from central Nebraska and parts of Oklahoma to Vermont and Massachusetts and northern South Carolina, according to the weather service.
Temperatures in New York City, where the mayor on Thursday declared a heat emergency, are forecast to be as high as 96 degrees on Sunday, and with the humidity, it could feel like 110 degrees, the national weather service and emergency management officials said.
The Trump administration has some cruel new ideas regarding refugees
The Trump administration is considering a virtual shutdown of refugee admissions next year — cutting the number to nearly zero — according to three people familiar with the plan.
During a key meeting of security officials on refugee admissions last week, a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services representative who is closely aligned with White House immigration adviser Stephen Miller suggested setting a cap at zero, the people said. Homeland Security Department officials at the meeting later floated making the level anywhere from 3,000 to 10,000, according to one of the people.
The proposal for a near-shutdown of the refugee program is alarming officials at the Department of Defense, who don’t want to see a halt in admissions of Iraqis who risked their lives assisting U.S. forces in that country. The possible move comes after the Trump administration cut refugee admissions by a third this year, to 30,000.
Sanders campaign staffers say they’d like to receive the $15 minimum wage he says he’s in favor of
Unionized campaign organizers working for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential effort are battling with its management, arguing that the compensation and treatment they are receiving does not meet the standards Sanders espouses in his rhetoric, according to internal communications.
Campaign field hires have demanded an annual salary they say would be equivalent to a $15-an-hour wage, which Sanders for years has said should be the federal minimum. The organizers and other employees supporting them have invoked the senator’s words and principles in making their case to campaign manager Faiz Shakir, the documents reviewed by The Washington Post show.
… A draft letter union members earlier had prepared to send Shakir as soon as this week said that the field organizers “cannot be expected to build the largest grassroots organizing program in American history while making poverty wages. Given our campaign’s commitment to fighting for a living wage of at least $15.00 an hour, we believe it is only fair that the campaign would carry through this commitment to its own field team.”
The draft letter estimated that field organizers were working 60 hours per week at minimum, dropping their average hourly pay to less than $13. It said that “many field staffers are barely managing to survive financially, which is severely impacting our team’s productivity and morale. Some field organizers have already left the campaign as a result.”
The Trump administration is trying to out-evil cartoon villains
The Trump administration took a major step to weaken the regulation of toxic chemicals on Thursday when the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would not ban a widely used pesticide that its own experts have linked to serious health problems in children.
The decision by Andrew R. Wheeler, the E.P.A. administrator, represents a victory for the chemical industry and for farmers who have lobbied to continue using the substance, chlorpyrifos, arguing it is necessary to protect crops.
It was the administration’s second major move this year to roll back or eliminate chemical safety rules. In April, the agency disregarded the advice of its own experts when officials issued a rule that restricted but did not ban asbestos, a known carcinogen. Agency scientists and lawyers had urged the E.P.A. to ban asbestos outright, as do most other industrialized nations.
On July 9, John Delaney’s senior team sat him down and told him to drop out of the presidential race by mid-August, according to three sources close to the campaign.
Why it matters: He’s been running for president for 721 days. He’s spent nearly $19 million as a 2020 candidate since 2017. He’s loaned over $11 million of his own money to his campaign this year. He’s visited all of Iowa’s 99 counties already, including at least 14 stops in Carroll Country alone. And it’s all been for nothing.
“I think a lot of people who did leave thought, ‘You gotta eat. You need a paycheck.’ So that was a big part of it,” said a former staffer.
Maybe just stash your rare coin collection under your bed
There are an estimated 25 million safe deposit boxes in America, and they operate in a legal gray zone within the highly regulated banking industry. There are no federal laws governing the boxes; no rules require banks to compensate customers if their property is stolen or destroyed.
Every year, a few hundred customers report to the authorities that valuable items — art, memorabilia, diamonds, jewelry, rare coins, stacks of cash — have disappeared from their safe deposit boxes. Sometimes the fault lies with the customer. People remove items and then forget having done so. Others allow children or spouses access to their boxes, and don’t realize that they have been removing things. But even when a bank is clearly at fault, customers rarely recover more than a small fraction of what they’ve lost — if they recover anything at all. The combination of lax regulations and customers not paying attention to the fine print of their box-leasing agreements allows many banks to deflect responsibility when valuables are damaged or go missing.