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Crowd chants ‘send her back’ as Trump rips into Democratic congresswomen at rally – Global News

July 17th, 2019

Going after four Democratic congresswomen one by one, a combative U.S. President Donald Trump turned his campaign rally Wednesday into an extended dissection of the liberal views of the women of color, deriding them for what he painted as extreme positions and suggesting they just get out.

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“Tonight I have a suggestion for the hate-filled extremists who are constantly trying to tear our country down,” Trump told the crowd in North Carolina, a swing state he won in 2016 and wants to claim again in 2020. “They never have anything good to say. That’s why I say, ‘Hey if you don’t like it, let ‘em leave, let ‘em leave.’”

READ MORE: Trump says he is ‘enjoying’ ongoing fight from Twitter attack on congresswomen

Eager to rile up his base with the some of the same kind of rhetoric he targeted at minorities and women in 2016, Trump declared, “I think in some cases they hate our country.”

Trump’s jabs were aimed at the self-described “squad” of four freshmen Democrats who have garnered attention since their arrival in January for their outspoken liberal views and distaste for Trump: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. All were born in the U.S. except for Omar, who came to the U.S. as a child after fleeing Somalia with her family.

WATCH: Trump accuses Omar of having displayed anti-semitic rhetoric

Taking the legislators on one at a time, Trump ticked through a laundry list of what he deemed offensive comments by each woman, mangling and misconstruing many facts along the way.

Omar came under the harshest criticism as Trump played to voters’ grievances, drawing a chant from the crowd of “Send her back! Send her back!”

READ MORE: Democratic congresswomen denounce Trump’s Twitter attack, say it is a ‘distraction’

Trump set off a firestorm Sunday when he tweeted that the four should “go back” to their home countries — though three were born in the United States. Trump has accused them of “spewing some of the most vile, hateful and disgusting things ever said by a politician.”

He expanded on his criticisms in Greenville.

Among his complaints against Tlaib, Trump correctly reported that she had referred to the president by the “F-word,” adding, “That’s not nice, even for me.” Trump himself had unloaded a vulgarity earlier in his speech, denouncing the Russia probe of his campaign and administration as “bulls—.”

WATCH: ‘If they don’t like it, let them leave’: Trump

As for Ocasio-Cortez, Trump fumbled over her name and declared, “I don’t have time to go with three different names.” He then referred to her as just “Cortez” as he challenged her complaints about dire conditions at migrant detention centers at the border.

In a lighter moment, Trump wondered if Pressley was related to Elvis Presley, then pivoted to more serious points, claiming she thought people of color should “think the same.”

READ MORE: Trump’s tweets attacking Democratic congresswomen don’t violate policy, Twitter says

As for Omar, Trump unfurled a whole list of complaints, including a false accusation that she voiced pride in al-Qaida.

Before he left Washington, Trump said he has no regrets about his ongoing spat with the four. Trump told reporters he thinks he’s “winning the political argument” and “winning it by a lot.”

“If people want to leave our country, they can. If they don’t want to love our country, if they don’t want to fight for our country, they can,” Trump said. “I’ll never change on that.”

WATCH: Trump claims Hispanic-American community wants the U.S.-Mexico border wall

Trump’s harsh denunciations were another sign of his willingness to exploit the nation’s racial divisions heading into the 2020 campaign.

His speech was filled with Trump’s trademark criticisms about the news media, which he says sides with liberals, and of special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. Mueller had been scheduled to testify Wednesday on Capitol Hill, but it was postponed. Trump brought him up anyway. “What happened to me with this witch hunt should never be allowed to happen to another president,” he said.

READ MORE: Trump says congresswoman is ‘never happy’ with America and ‘hates Jews’

He also talked about illegal immigration, a main theme of his first presidential bid that is taking center stage in his re-election campaign. He brushed off the criticism he has gotten for saying that the congresswomen should go back home. “So controversial,” he said sarcastically.

The four freshmen have portrayed the president as a bully who wants to “vilify” not only immigrants, but all people of color. They say they are fighting for their priorities to lower health care costs and pass a Green New Deal addressing climate change, while his thundering attacks are a distraction and tear at the core of America values.

WATCH: President Donald Trump calls for merit-based immigration system

The Democratic-led U.S. House voted Tuesday to condemn Trump for what it labeled “racist comments,” despite near-solid GOP opposition and the president’s own insistence that he doesn’t have a “racist bone” in his body.

Trump hasn’t shown signs of being rattled by the House rebuke, and called an impeachment resolution that failed in Congress earlier Wednesday “ridiculous.” The condemnation carries no legal repercussions and his latest harangues struck a chord with supporter in Greenville, whose chants of “Four more years!” and “Build that wall!” bounced off the rafters.

READ MORE: Only 4 Republicans voted to condemn Trump’s ‘go back’ remarks

Vice President Mike Pence was first up after spending the day in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and visiting troops at Fort Bragg. “North Carolina and America needs four more years,” Pence said.

It was Trump’s sixth visit to the state as president and his first 2020 campaign event in North Carolina, where he defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016

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Ebola declared global health emergency as 2nd-largest outbreak ever inches toward Congolese border – RT

July 17th, 2019

The second-deadliest outbreak of Ebola in history has been dubbed a global health emergency by the World Health Organization after a case was confirmed in a Congo border city of two million people with an international airport.

The WHO has finally declared the outbreak, which has killed 1,600 people since August, to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern after confirming a single case in the city of Goma, in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – a city with a high-traffic international airport near border crossings with Rwanda. Additionally, a sick fish trader traveled to Uganda and back before dying of Ebola, raising the possibility that the disease has spread further in that country outside existing clusters.

Also on rt.com ‘Hundreds of millions of dollars’ needed to stave off Ebola outbreak in Congo, UN aid chief warns

While the risk of regional spread is high, it remains low outside the region, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus insisted, adding that the declaration should not be used to “stigmatize or penalize the very people who are most in need of our help.” While he denied it was made for financial reasons, he warned that the DRC needed funding or else “we will be paying for this outbreak for a long time to come.”

The agency also warned against closing borders over the decision or imposing trade and travel restrictions on the DRC, citing the “negative impact on the response and on the lives and livelihoods of people in the region.”

The declaration was welcomed by health experts concerned about a repeat of the 2014 Ebola epidemic, which saw the WHO dragging its feet proclaiming an international emergency until the virus was rampaging through three countries – partially out of fear of angering and doing economic damage to the countries involved. The WHO’s emergency committee on Ebola in the DRC has declined on three previous occasions to designate the current epidemic as a global emergency, a designation that has been made only four other times in history.

Also on rt.com Ebola claims life of 5yo boy as devastating virus spreads into Uganda

The response to the epidemic has thus far been hampered by the location – which the WHO politely calls a “complex political environment” and Ghebreyesus more frankly called “a war zone” during Wednesday’s committee meeting. Ebola is new to the region, and its inhabitants are unfamiliar with the disease, a factor authorities blame for the suspicion and even hostility health workers have encountered.

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Zappos lead data scientist on the challenges of using semantic search – VentureBeat

July 17th, 2019

Zappos lead data scientist on the challenges of using semantic search  VentureBeat

At Transform 2019 in San Francisco, Zappos lead data scientist Ameen Kazerouni talked about how his team successfully implemented semantic search.

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Five things to know before you FaceApp your face – Washington Post

July 17th, 2019

Andrew Scheer condemns Donald Trump’s ‘divisive comments’ about U.S. congresswomen as offensive – The Globe and Mail

July 17th, 2019

Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says there is no place in society for comments such as the ones U.S. President Donald Trump has made about four Democratic congresswomen.

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Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says there is no place in society for comments such as the ones U.S. President Donald Trump has made about four Democratic congresswomen.

Scheer said he believes people should be free to criticize their governments without having their backgrounds questioned or being told to leave the country.

“I don’t think there’s any place in our society for intolerance or … those kinds of divisive comments,” Scheer said Wednesday when asked by reporters in Saskatoon where he was speaking to the Chamber of Commerce.

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“People should be able to advocate for their views. They should be able to criticize their government. They should be able to advocate for their own ideas without having their background or their personal identity or where their family might come from questioned or in any way taken into account.”

Trump is being called a racist for suggesting on Twitter that the four congresswomen should go back where they came from if they don’t like America.

Trump’s targets were Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

All are American and all but Omar were born in the United States. They’ve been among the party’s most outspoken advocates for impeachment.

Scheer didn’t go so far as calling the tweets racist, but said they were offensive.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said Trump’s comments would not fly north of the border because diversity is one of Canada’s strengths.

“That is not how we do things in Canada,” Trudeau said earlier in the week.

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“A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian, and the diversity of our country is actually one of our greatest strengths and a source of tremendous resilience and pride for Canadians and we will continue to defend that.”

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Johnny Clegg, Anti-Apartheid Musician in South Africa, Dead at 66 – Rolling Stone

July 17th, 2019

Johnny Clegg — the British-born, South African musician who stood against apartheid in his adopted home and whose work crossed racial divides —  died on Tuesday at his home in Johannesburg, Associated Press reports. He was 66.

The singer, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015, was born in Bacup, Lancashire, England, on June 7, 1953, but moved to South Africa with his mother when he was a child and primarily grew up in Johannesburg. He performed in the bands Juluka and Savuka as well as a solo artist, and attracted an international audience for his songs and performances that united people who were against South Africa’s apartheid, the institutionalized racial segregation that plagued the region for five decades.

While in Juluka, the group defied apartheid rule with their mixed race members and by performing publicly in segregated spaces, violating the apartheid legislation dubbed the Group Areas Act. Their songs also pushed boundaries of the era. As New York Times notes, “Impi” (translation: “Regiment”) from Juluka’s 1981 African Litany LP, championed the victory of Zulu forces over British colonial invaders.

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“RIP Johnny Clegg. One of the greatest artists of South Africa and the world,” Steven Van Zandt tweeted. “Musa Ukungilandela by his band Juluka is one of the greatest albums of all time. He was a great friend when I needed one during my Sun City research. His use of Zulu influenced me to use it in ‘Pretoria.”

Savuka’s 1987 song, “Asimbonanga,” which translates to “We’ve never seen him,” was penned while Nelson Mandela was imprisoned and his images were banned. After 27 years in prison, Mandela was released in 1990 and became South Africa’s first black president four years later. The track resonated to the point that Mandela surprised Clegg in 1999 during a show in Frankfurt, Germany when he joined him onstage for the song.

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Nicknamed “White Zulu,” Clegg received many honors over the course of his career. In 1993, Savuka was nominated for a Grammy in the Best World Music Album category for Heat, Dust and Dreams. France made him a Chevalier of Arts and Letters in 1991 and in 2015, Britain named him an officer of the Order of the British Empire. In 2012, he received South Africa’s highest civilian medal, the presidential Ikhamanga Award.

“He has left deep footprints in our hearts,” the South African government posted on its official Twitter account in an online tribute to Clegg. “He showed us what it was to assimilate to and embrace other cultures without losing your identity #RIPJohnnyClegg.”

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An Iowa official and Tupac stan was fired. He says it wasn’t because of the ‘thug life’ cookies. – The Washington Post

July 17th, 2019

Left: Jerry Foxhoven in 2013. (Charlie Litchfield/Des Moines Register/AP). Right: Tupac Shakur in 1996. (Mike Segar/Reuters)
July 17 at 10:29 PM

Jerry Foxhoven had some wisdom to impart.

Then the director of Iowa’s Department of Human Services, Foxhoven was dispensing some career advice to one of his agency’s 4,300 employees.

“Yes, let’s talk,” he wrote in an email. “I can certainly relate, as I have made plenty of career changes from time to time and haven’t regretted any of them.”

Or, he added, in the words of his favorite rapper-poet-philosopher: “We gotta make a change . . . It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes.”

It wasn’t the first time he quoted Tupac Shakur to his staff — and it was far from the only time, a proclivity some have speculated eventually led to his ouster.

The ex-government official and self-described “66-year-old white guy” has reportedly been a devotee of the lyrical luminary since the ’90s. He hosted “Tupac Fridays” and turned the office into a listening lounge. On his birthday, staffers gifted him baked goods decorated with the rapper’s likeness and the names of his biggest hits.

Then, on June 14, he sent what would be his final all-staff email celebrating the man who sometimes went by the moniker “Makaveli.” Father’s Day was coming up, Foxhoven noted, and so were two important anniversaries: his own two-year as department director and Shakur’s birthday.

“I hope you all enjoy the day as well — and take the time to enjoy one of his songs,” Foxhoven wrote. “‘Pay no mind to those who talk behind your back, it simply means that you are 2 steps ahead.’”

The very next workday, Foxhoven was forced to resign.

The timing of the email and Foxhoven’s departure — along with the breadth of his fandom — was first reported by the Associated Press, which received more than 350 pages of emails that included the words “Tupac” or “2Pac” in response to the outlet’s public records request.

But in interviews with other news organizations, Foxhoven has expressed doubt that it was his love of Shakur that prompted Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) to ask for his resignation.

“I think it’s a coincidence,” Foxhoven told the New York Times, adding that Reynolds had requested a meeting with him days before his June 14 email.

“I always try to assume the best of everybody, and I can’t imagine that [the governor] would base her decision on the Tupac incident,” he told NPR. “If this is the reason, I’m really disappointed.”

Reynolds’s spokesman Pat Garrett directed The Washington Post to a statement he provided the AP, wherein he attributed Foxhoven’s dismissal to “a lot of factors.” But he did not answer questions about Foxhoven’s Shakur fixation and whether that played a role.

Foxhoven did not respond to repeated interview requests.

One message hinted that someone at the department had complained to lawmakers about the frequent quotations, and in another exchange, Foxhoven acknowledged that not everyone enjoyed them.

“I love your 2pac messages . . . and the fact that you still send them (despite the haters) makes me appreciate them even more,” one employee wrote him.

“I agree totally. I am going to hang in there on him — despite all of the naysayers,” Foxhoven responded.

According to NPR reporter Tim Mak, who diligently documented the contents of the email dump on his Twitter page, the positive responses far outnumbered the negative reactions.

“Oh my gosh!!! I ABSOLUTELY love it!!” another staffer wrote.

“Thanx for sharing that :)” said another.

Foxhoven told Mak that he often uses his love of rap to “reach out to our staff, tell them that I’m human, have a little levity.” On the 22nd anniversary of Shakur’s death in a Las Vegas drive-by shooting, Foxhoven admitted to a staff member that he “might seem a little down.”

He said he began listening to Shakur’s music nearly 30 years ago, when the rapper was still alive. He’s a West Coast guy, he said, referring to a famous cross-country beef between rappers from the east and west coasts, and his second favorite artist is Snoop Dogg.

The longtime Drake University professor took over the $7 billion agency as it navigated multiple scandals and dealt with low morale. Reynolds, who appointed and praised Foxhoven in June 2017, told him last month that she decided to “go in a different direction,” AP reported.

It’s unclear what, if any, farewell message Foxhoven sent to his team. But, if he had a chance, he might’ve chosen the final bar from one of Shakur’s seminal songs:

“And it’s crazy, it seems it’ll never let up. But please, you gotta keep ya head up.”

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Reese Witherspoon’s Daughter Ava, 19, Shares Sweet Tribute to Her Mom: ‘She Inspires Me’ – Yahoo Entertainment

July 17th, 2019
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Reese Witherspoon is in for a very sweet surprise.” data-reactid=”16″>Reese Witherspoon is in for a very sweet surprise.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The actress’s daughter, Ava Phillippe, shared a photo of the&nbsp;Big Little Lies star on Instagram Wednesday in which she wrote a tribute to Witherspoon, 43.” data-reactid=”17″>The actress’s daughter, Ava Phillippe, shared a photo of the Big Little Lies star on Instagram Wednesday in which she wrote a tribute to Witherspoon, 43.

“This is the gorgeous woman who taught me about the power of graciousness, love, ambition, and hard work,” Ava wrote in the caption.

She added, “She inspires me every day to live with gratitude for the life I’ve been given and compassion for others. I’m thinking about her a little extra today, that’s all. 💐”

The 19-year-old and her mother are famously close and have frequently walked red carpets together.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The two posed together in May at the season 2 premiere of Big Little Lies, with the mother-daughter duo styling their blonde hair in waves and smiling at the cameras.” data-reactid=”22″>The two posed together in May at the season 2 premiere of Big Little Lies, with the mother-daughter duo styling their blonde hair in waves and smiling at the cameras.

In an Instagram story, Witherspoon captioned a photo of her and Ava posing together, “Such a fun night with my girl.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="In 2018 Witherspoon opened up about their close relationship on her&nbsp;Love, Reese blog.” data-reactid=”24″>In 2018 Witherspoon opened up about their close relationship on her Love, Reese blog.

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“We can talk for hours,” the actress wrote. “There is nothing like the love I have for my daughter. We share every emotion with each other, our hopes, and dreams.”

So when Ava went off to college last fall, Witherspoon took it hard.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“I have a kid finishing his first year of kindergarten, I have a kid finishing his first year of high school and my daughter is finishing her first year of college,” Witherspoon said on&nbsp;The Ellen DeGeneres Show of her three children: Ava and Deacon Phillippe, 15, both of whom she also shares with Ryan Phillippe, and 6-year-old Tennessee, who she shares with husband Jim Toth.” data-reactid=”39″>“I have a kid finishing his first year of kindergarten, I have a kid finishing his first year of high school and my daughter is finishing her first year of college,” Witherspoon said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show of her three children: Ava and Deacon Phillippe, 15, both of whom she also shares with Ryan Phillippe, and 6-year-old Tennessee, who she shares with husband Jim Toth.

“It’s weird when your children go away to college. It’s hard,” Witherspoon continued. “And I never imagined how it felt for my mom. I might’ve gone into her empty room, laid down on her bed and cried when she went to college. But it’s OK, she’s coming back. Apparently, they come back, right? I thought she’d be gone.”

Now that Ava’s home for summer break, she’ll likely get back to teaching Witherspoon a few new beauty tricks.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“I learn a lot from my daughter [about makeup],” Witherspoon&nbsp;told PEOPLE revealing that Ava honed her skills by watching YouTube tutorials. “Her understanding of how to apply it is&nbsp;so&nbsp;extensive.”” data-reactid=”43″>“I learn a lot from my daughter [about makeup],” Witherspoon told PEOPLE revealing that Ava honed her skills by watching YouTube tutorials. “Her understanding of how to apply it is so extensive.”

“If I have to do my makeup for a dinner or something, I’ll be like, ‘Ava, can you fix my eyeshadow? I can’t remember what goes in the crease,’ because she has this intense knowledge about how to shade. It’s crazy.”

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WARMINGTON: Public not told about NCR killer’s escape for two weeks – Toronto Sun

July 17th, 2019

Recalling the in-the-line-of-duty killing of Sgt. Ryan Russell, the Toronto Police Association is demanding answers about why the public was not informed for almost two weeks that a killer had escaped from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health?

“It’s very disturbing the public was not made aware he was on the loose,” said TPA President Mike McCormack.

Zhebin Cong, 47, who was determined to be not criminally responsible for fatally stabbing one man and wounding two other people in 2014, bolted while on an unescorted pass from CAMH on July 3 and escaped on an international flight.

The TPA plans to ask Chief Mark Saunders and CAMH to review the case “in the interest of public and officer safety.”

Toronto Police lost one of their own in 2011 when a snowplow operated by Richard Kachkar killed Russell, 35. Kachkar was later determined by the courts to be not criminally responsible (NCR) for the death of the popular cop. 

“In Ryan Russell’s memory, and for all of the other victims of people murdered by peopled deemed to be NCR … , there must be a full review of protocols here,” said McCormack.

While reported to police as missing from the Queen St.-Ossington Ave.-area hospital on July 3, the public was not informed until July 15.

All day Wednesday, people were asking why? By the end of the day, Toronto Police issued a statement saying “the service was informed that the missing individual, under care as a patient of CAMH, Zhebin Cong, was a ‘low risk’ to public safety, to himself and was allowed on regular, unaccompanied public passes, as permitted by the terms of his Ontario Review Board (ORB) disposition.” 

Low risk?

The family of slashed to death San Tai Yuan, 56, may beg to differ.

McCormack said the “low risk” assessment is head scratching.

“It doesn’t make sense to us that he was determined a low threat risk when the covenant of his conditions were breached when he violated the terms of his day pass by not coming back,” said McCormack. “It’s unacceptable.”

Toronto Police Const. David Hopkinson explained that police officers are not mental health experts and duty bound to follow the advice of the professionals who determined Cong was not a risk.

“We were informed he was no danger to the public,” insisted Hopkinson.

But it’s unfathomable to treat this as routine since Cong — a diagnosed schizophrenic with a violent past — is no longer under the care of CAMH and the medical personnel who prescribe him medication. The minute a mental health patient permitted to be on unescorted passes decides to not abide by those conditions, all privileges should be suspended.

“We have compassion for the mentally ill, no question,” said McCormack in agreement. “But we have a duty protect the public from any risk of violence, too.”

Hopefully, on the lam somewhere on the globe, Cong does not hurt anybody.

However, when a person once charged for murder escapes mental health care, he or she should not be deemed a missing patient, but — instead — an escapee on the run.

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Apple explores the possibility of manufacturing AirPods in Vietnam – BGR

July 17th, 2019