Trump’s far-right Twitter summit: the most bizarre highlights

Here are some of the highlights from the gathering of far-right propagandists, conspiracy theorists and YouTube agitators Donald Trumps so-called social media summit on Thursday was off to an inauspicious start before it even began. Just as a rogues gallery of Trumpist lawmakers, far-right propagandists, conspiracy theorists and YouTube agitators gathered at the White House for a collective airing of grievances, Twitter experienced @whitehouse, @briankarem calling him a “punk.” then someone remarked that gorka could “kick your punk ass.” again, this happened… in the rose garden.vid from pic.twitter.com/F88NX4lWk7 exchanging words, Gorka stormed over to Karem as if a fight was about to break out. Youre not a journalist, youre a punk! he shouted. The Secret Service intervened. Twitters bias Daniel …

Groenewegen sprints to Tour stage win as Brailsford cools Bernal hype

Dylan Groenewegen sprinted to victory in Chalon-sur-Sane while Team Ineos were keen to play down expectations over Egan Bernal While the dust settled on the gravel climb to La Planche des Belles Filles, the Tours longest stage, a 230km haul from Belfort to Chalon-sur-Sane, was also its most soporific to date, illuminated briefly by a first sprint victory in this years race for Dylan Groenewegen of the Netherlands. As Groenewegens Jumbo-Visma team celebrated their third stage win in the 2019 Tour, there was more speculation over the hierarchy at Team Ineos after Geraint Thomass resurgence in the Vosges mountains and Dave Brailsfords suggestion that those tipping the Welshmans teammate, Egan Bernal, for final victory in Paris, were getting carried away. …

Of course Boris Johnson wants a royal yacht. Hes the king of fake-it-till-you-make-it | Suzanne Moore

Johnsons latest vanity project is part of a plan to make the country more like him, says Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore Boris Johnson has no policies, it appears, beyond tax cuts for the rich and oh optimism. Act happy. Act big. He wants the Queen to have a great big yacht. At a a quarter of a million pounds a year. The Telegraph It was regretful, he said in 2016, that this was not a priority for Theresa Mays government. Some of us find the necessity of food banks and conditions of rough sleepers regretful, but heigh ho! What floats Johnsons and many other Tory MPs boats is literally a big boat. A peculiar vision of a yacht as a …

Serena Williams credits Murray after beating Strycova to reach Wimbledon final

Serena Williams will face Simona Halep in the Wimbledon final in her quest for a 24th grand slam title, after beating Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 Serena Williams could see the question coming just as she had anticipated nearly every move Barbora Strycova made on Centre Court shortly before and she smilingly agreed that her brief beating Alison Riske in three sets. Here there was sharpness at the net and confidence in moving to the volley that bore the signs of her mixed doubles campaign with Murray, and she will need all of that and more to beat Simona Halep in the final on Saturday. As she put it after beating Strycova 6-1, 6-2 in 59 minutes: I promise you, when …

Lindsey Graham Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of Lindsey Graham, US senator from South Carolina and 2016 GOP presidential candidate. Father: Florence James Graham, restaurant, pool hall and liquor store owner Mother: Millie Graham, restaurant, pool hall and liquor store owner Education: University of South Carolina, Columbia, B.A., 1977; University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1981 Military service: US Air Force, 1982-1988; South Carolina Air National Guard, 1989-1995; US Air Force Reserve, 1995-2015; retired from the Air Force Reserve in 2015 as a colonel. Religion: Southern Baptist Other Facts:Growing up, he worked in the pool hall his family owned, the Sanitary Cafe. His mother and father died within 15 months of each other when Graham was an undergraduate. He …

Jeffrey Epstein asks to be released on bail while awaiting sex trafficking trial

Epsteins lawyers claim he has been a law-abiding citizen following his 2008 guilty plea to state-level prostitution charges Disgraced American financier Jeffrey Epstein has asked a federal judge to release him on bail and allow him to remain under house arrest as he awaits trial on charges of sex trafficking underage girls as young as 14 years old. In a filing in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday, Epsteins lawyers argued that home confinement, along with electronic monitoring, surveillance and a bond secured by a mortgage on his $77m Manhattan mansion, would be enough to ensure he does not flee the country. His lawyers said Epstein has been a law-abiding citizen following his 2008 guilty plea to state-level prostitution charges. …

Met officers filmed pinning down man apparently having a seizure

Footage shows man repeatedly saying I cant breathe during incident in Poplar, east London Three Metropolitan police officers have been filmed pinning a man down while he appeared to have a seizure. The Met said it had referred the incident, which took place in Poplar, east London, at about 5.30pm on Tuesday, to the central east command professional standards unit. But the Guardian understands the Independent Office for Police Conduct may take over the investigation. In the video, a man of Middle Eastern or Asian appearance repeatedly shouts: I cant breathe and my heart as the officers hold him down on the pavement. At one point, an officer appears to drag a pair of handcuffs across the mans head, causing …

Womens World Cup captured publics imagination despite Fifas worst efforts | Marina Hyde

Patronising scheduling set the tournament up to fail but players such as Megan Rapinoe used their platform to highlight how the governing body has let them down Gianni Infantino is one of those intensely political people who believe that as far as everyone else is concerned, there is no place for politics in football. It was just last year at some grimly political press conference in Iran, naturally that the Fifa president announced: Its very clear that politics should stay out of football and football should stay out of politics. Is it? If so, the conclusion of the Womens World Cup on Sunday suggests it is time to ask Infantino how that ones working out for him. So much of …

Bid to make no deal more difficult scrapes through

He tweeted that it “makes it much harder for incoming prime minister to suspend Parliament”. Not selected The UK had been due to leave the EU on 29 March, but this date was delayed after MPs repeatedly rejected Theresa May’s deal. Currently, the date for exit is 31 October. If that date is reached without a deal being agreed on the separation process, then the UK will leave without one. MPs have consistently voted against this option, but the prime minister could try to get around that by closing Parliament – proroguing – in the run-up to Brexit day, denying them an opportunity to block it. Why there’s more to the Northern Ireland bill Can the new prime minister force …

Mum ‘left in dark’ over son’s hospital treatment

He has been receiving his treatment at the hospital’s current home in the Sciennes area of Edinburgh until now. The Sick Children’s Hospital had been due to move to its new £150m building in Little France, on the outskirts of the city, on Tuesday. But last week Health Secretary Jeane Freeman told NHS Lothian not to go ahead with the opening after inspectors found problems with the ventilation system. The announcement was made on Thursday. The following day, Danielle, from Balerno, received a letter which said that Teddy was to have blood tests in the new building at the beginning of August. Related Topics NHS Edinburgh Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Trump ‘feels badly’ for labor secretary amid calls for resignation over Epstein case

Alexander Acosta accused of helping Jeffrey Epstein, charged with sex trafficking, escape justice 10 years ago by securing a plea deal Donald Trump on Monday defended his labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, from accusations that he helped Jeffrey Epstein, the financier escape justice 10 years ago. Then, Epstein was suspected of similar crimes in Florida, where Acosta was a top federal prosecutor. I feel very badly actually for secretary Acosta because Ive known him as being somebody that works so hard and has done such a good job, said Trump, who previously called Epstein a terrific guy. I feel very badly about that whole situation. But were going to be looking at that, and looking at it very closely. Epstein was …

Congressional Dems Don’t Seem Eager For Trump’s New York Tax Returns

Congressional Democrats could get some of President Donald Trump’s personal tax information thanks to a new law signed Monday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) ― but they don’t seem terribly interested.  House Democrats have sued the Trump administration over its refusal to hand over copies of the president’s federal returns. But they have expressed little enthusiasm for getting his New York returns, even though they could obtain some of the same information they’re looking for.  State Sen. Brad Hoylman (D), who authored the New York bill, told HuffPost he received no input from congressional Democrats while drafting the bill and hasn’t heard from anyone on Capitol Hill about getting the documents.  “I can understand why they would want …

CBO Says $15 Minimum Wage Would Hike Pay For 17 Million, Eliminate 1.3 Million Jobs

Congressional Budget Office released a highly anticipated analysis Monday projecting the effects of a $15 federal report The CBO report comes to the clear conclusion that the benefits of gradually raising the minimum wage to $15 over five years far outweigh any potential costs. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) The CBO had a number of main takeaways on what roughly doubling the minimum wage over five years would mean for the economy: ―An estimated 17 million workers would see direct raises due to a $15 minimum wage, while several million more already earning above $15 might see increases as well. ―The wage increases would lead to higher prices as businesses pass along the additional labor costs to consumers.  ―Total real family …

New York’s historic Paris Theatre under threat after more than 70 years in business

Future of citys last single screen cinema, opened by Marlene Dietrich and frequented by David Bowie, hangs in the balance The Paris Theatre has become one of New Yorks cultural landmarks since it was officially opened by the actor Marlene Dietrich as a cinema for showing French films in 1948. Down the road from Central Park and across the street from the Plaza hotel, it attracted queues around the block as the go-to place to watch arthouse and foreign language films and was known for showing the same movie for months on end. In the early 00s it gained cult status with Sex and the City fans after Carrie Bradshaw declared it one of the best features of Manhattan life …

Paul Pogba arrives for Manchester United tour despite doubts over future

Paul Pogba was photographed at Manchester airport as Manchester United left for Australia on Sunday to start their summer tour Paul Pogba was photographed at Manchester airport as Ole Gunnar Solskjrs squad left for Australia on Sunday afternoon to start their summer tour. The midfielders presence had been in doubt after his agent, Mino Raiola, said on Friday that the 26-year-old is trying to force his way out of the club. United named the Pogba in the squad and would have been shocked had he not been present on the tour, which is Solskjrs first as the clubs manager. United play Perth Glory and Leeds in Perth, before Internazionale in Hong Kong and Tottenham in Shanghai. United are then in …