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2020 Democrats attack New York Times for headline giving Trump an easy ride on his response to mass shootings

2020 Democrats attack New York Times for headline giving Trump an easy ride on his response to mass shootingsBeto O'Rourke, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Kirsten Gillibrand slammed the front-page headline, which The Times changed in a later edition.



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Kamala Harris Has 1 Big Weakness That Won't Be Easy to Dismiss

Kamala Harris Has 1 Big Weakness That Won't Be Easy to DismissDuring Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential debate, Tulsi Gabbard tore into Kamala Harris for her track record as a prosecutor in San Francisco and later as California’s Attorney General. The attack was sharp and effective, earning Gabbard an outsize share of the post-debate commentary. Its thrust was entirely fair, too, as any number of articles have demonstrated, including Lara Bazelon’s recent takedown in The New York Times titled Kamala Haris Was Not a Progressive Prosecutor.The real significance of Gabbard’s critique, however, lies not in the proposition that Harris was a particularly unprofessional or malign prosecutor, but rather in the fact that she seems to have been a rather ordinary prosecutor who simply did her job the way most prosecutors do. And if that makes a former-prosecutor-turned-presidential-candidate look like a monster, then perhaps that says more about prosecutors in general than it does about Kamala Harris in particular.Gabbard’s gut-punch underscores the difficult position that modern prosecutors find themselves in as the key players in a substantially immoral and increasingly indefensible criminal justice system. A near-universal blind spot of career prosecutors like Harris is their failure to appreciate the fact that law and morality can—and in our system frequently do—diverge.



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Trump boasts Afghanistan would be easy to fix: 'I just don't want to kill 10 million people'

Trump boasts Afghanistan would be easy to fix: 'I just don't want to kill 10 million people'The president said he could “win that war in a week.”



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Stephen Colbert Goes Easy on Anti-Science Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson

Stephen Colbert Goes Easy on Anti-Science Presidential Candidate Marianne WilliamsonScott Kowalchyk/CBSOn Monday night, comedian Stephen Colbert welcomed Marianne Williamson, the “spiritual guru” turned 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, to his late-night program. After reading off her list of accomplishments, which includes activism work and a series of bestselling self-help books, Colbert asked Williamson what sets her apart from the rest of the packed Dem field. “I want to be an agent of change,” offered Williamson, who was there to promote her new book, A Politics of Love. “Now, love is not always associated with the presidency… would you be able to order other people to go kill our enemies?” asked Colbert—a question that seemed mildly sexist when posed to a woman candidate. “Absolutely,” Williamson replied. “I think that when you take an oath of office of the president of the United States, part of that oath means that you are commander-in-chief, absolutely. But if you’re going to talk about peace, you can’t just back up into peace.” Then, well, Colbert served up a few softball questions, asking her “what it’s like to be up on the stage with those nine other people” and whether she feels “marginalized” (Williamson blamed the “political media-industrial complex” for why she’s considered a left-field candidate).  The host then compared her to President Trump, saying, “We have someone who is a businessman with no political experience in office now. That makes someone who is from what we would think of as kind of the normative political track that we’ve seen in American history very appealing. That might be one of the reasons why Joe Biden is so appealing.” “This might be the case where what you would consider the ‘safe’ choice is the most dangerous thing we could possibly do,” said Williamson. “The president’s problem is not that he lacked political experience, it’s that he lacked ethics—and he seems to lack a visceral taste for democracy. I don’t like this idea, you said I lack political experience?Hollywood’s Embarrassing Embrace of Marianne Williamson for President“There’s this almost Wizard of Oz idea that—this idea of this political class and something’s going on behind the curtain and they know what to do in the ways that the rest of us don’t. I think when we think of political qualifications today, we should expand our sense of what those qualifications are,” she continued. “A political qualification today should include political vision; it should include moral certitude; it should include the capacity to move groups of people—large groups of people—toward a common goal, a common vision, a common democracy, a love for our world and a love for our planet.” (It’s rather unclear what Williamson’s “political vision” is.) She added, “A lot of experienced politicians led us into Iraq. And anybody who says that I’m an amateur at what they do? I’m sorry, Stephen, they’re an amateur at what I can do.” “Nicely said,” Colbert responded. All in all, it was a disappointing performance from Colbert, who failed to challenge Williamson on any of her controversial anti-science views—from her anti-vaxx stance (she’s referred to vaccine mandates as “Orwellian” and “draconian” and compared vaccines to “the abortion debate”), to how she’s questioned the validity of depression, to how she believes obesity can apparently be triumphed over by “surrendering your weight to God.” Or, you know, this gem:  And of course, Hollywood is on board. Colbert, on the other hand, should know better. SNL’s Kate McKinnon Debuts Spot-On Marianne Williamson ImpressionRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Prosecco Grapes, Kiwi Pops, and More Easy Fruit Desserts

Prosecco Grapes, Kiwi Pops, and More Easy Fruit Desserts



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War with Iran: why conflict in the Gulf would be no easy victory for Trump

War with Iran: why conflict in the Gulf would be no easy victory for TrumpTensions in the Gulf have escalated following Thursday’s downing of a US drone by Iran, with Donald Trump saying Tehran “made a very big mistake” and revealing he was moments away from launching a retaliatory strike. Iran claims the unmanned aircraft had been on a spying mission and was within its airspace, with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif saying he would take the complaint that the US “encroaches on our territory” to the United Nations.  Both sides insist they are not looking for military conflict, but are simultaneously talking tough on the damage they could inflict – Mr Trump insisting that the US would "obliterate" Iran, and Iran's armed forces cautioning that a move against them would ignite a regional "powder keg". Aside from the risk of sliding into war, the recent events have shown that even limited military actions can have a big effect on global and regional financial markets as well as the price of oil and shipping insurance. They also show how the character of warfare is changing. How we got here On June 13 two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman were damaged by explosions, thought to come from mines attached to the sides of the hulls.  There was some confusion over the method of attack as the captain of the Panama-registered and Japanese-owned Kokuka Sangyo, said he had seen small drones near his vessel just before the attack. A senior Royal Navy officer told the Telegraph that he had regularly been followed by drones – suspected to be from Iran – when transiting the Strait of Hormuz. The attacks came a month after four ships anchored in Fujairah, a port in the UAE, were similarly attacked. The Strait of Hormuz is a critical chokepoint for the global economy as one fifth of the world’s oil flows through the strategic waterway. Iran’s announcement on Monday that it would breach the nuclear deal, signed in 2015, and that its stockpile of enriched uranium will exceed limits established by the deal by next week, has only ratcheted the pressure up.  There are real fears that the uncompromising attitudes of US administration officials, such as John Bolton, the national security adviser, and Iranian hardliners, could see a miscalculation in the region lead to an outbreak of military hostilities.    Moderates in the Islamic Republic, such as President Hassan Rouhani, are less keen to provoke an American military response, but have no influence over the powerful Revolutionary Guard Corps that reports directly to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and which was responsible for shooting down the US drone.  Iran map drone attack What could happen next? “Iran uses the Gulf as a tap to turn on the tension,” according to Professor Michael Clarke of the Royal United Services Institute.  Speaking to the Telegraph. he said Tehran likes to "create a sense of danger" in the area. Iran could decide a limited military strike in the Gulf, albeit with the attendant risk of escalation, would be an appropriate next step. In February this year Iran test-fired a Nasr-1 anti-ship missile from a submarine in the Gulf. With a range of about 30km, these missiles can cripple ships up to around 1,500 tonnes, according to John Miller of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.   Given the significant Western naval activity in the Gulf, with the US 5th Fleet – now including the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group -  as well as the British Minehunter Force and Royal Navy Type-23 Frigate based in Bahrain, an attack, although unlikely, would be possible. The Iranians may instead decide to increase the use of proxy forces in Iraq and Yemen, or give additional financial or material support to Hezbollah across the Middle East, fuelling a much wider conflict. For its part, the US may decide to go ahead with a limited strike against Iranian radar sites dotted along the coast of the Persian Gulf, as Mr Trump was on the verge of launching this week. Just as the US, along with Britain and France, launched missile strikes into Syria in April 2018 in response to the use of chemical weapons, Mr Trump may want to employ limited force, probably with a warning through diplomatic back channels so as to avoid loss of life, in order to send a proportionate response.  What's holding the US back? The Trump administration’s pursuit of a strategy of “maximum pressure” on Iran over the nuclear deal has impacted the Iranian economy and has made third countries think twice about buying Iranian oil.  However, despite tough talk from senior officials like Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, and the deployment of 1,000 additional US troops to the region in the wake of the oil tanker attacks, Mr Trump himself seems much more interested in renegotiating the nuclear deal than in actual conflict with Iran. Tehran's reach in the Gulf – and particularly in the Strait of Hormuz - poses a significant threat. Though Iran's military might is outstripped by that of the US in the area, it could still inflict major damage.  For instance, it is capable of manipulating shipping in the Gulf through the use of naval mines and, given the Strait of Hormuz is only 24 miles wide at its narrowest point, land-based missiles would have what military professionals call a “target-rich environment”. The Centre for Strategic International Studies says Iran uses missiles as a central tool of power projection, particularly for anti-access and area denial capability. According to the think tank, Iran possesses the largest and most diverse missile arsenal in the Middle East, with thousands of short and medium-range weapons.   And it has newly enhanced capabilities. as February's test firing shows. Mr Miller described Iran's ability to attack vessels in the Gulf with short-range submarine-launched anti-ship missiles as a potential “game changer”.  Iran’s ballistic missile range Are we already at war? This week's incident has raised questions about how military force is used in an increasingly-automated world and quite where the line is now between peace and war. In a telling comment on Thursday, Donald Trump said of the downing of the RQ-4a surveillance drone: “we didn’t have a man or woman in the drone. It would have made a big difference”.  Even twenty years ago, such a hostile action would probably have been seen as an act of war. But as military power is increasingly deployed through autonomous systems, the point at which competition becomes conflict is no longer clear. Speaking earlier this month, Britain’s Chief of the General Staff said that peace and war were “artificial and binary characterisations of a strategic contest that no longer exists today, but which still drives much of our policy. “The rules of warfare are changing and need updating,” he said. If the modern world is in a perpetual state of contest, with the occasional outbreak of actual combat, is the shooting down of a drone seen as an act short of war? And if on a spying mission but located in international airspace, is it a legitimate target? Is the taking of human life now the line beyond which a state of war is understood to exist? If so, what permissions would that bestow on a country seeking to undermine another state through cyber attacks? The immediate crisis in the Gulf poses a clear and present danger to regional stability and the global economy. But it is also asking some significant questions about the future of warfare; questions for which the world, worryingly, has no answers at present.



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Let Me Finish, review: Chris Christie goes easy on Trump in new tell-all book but hits out at Steve Bannon

Let Me Finish, review: Chris Christie goes easy on Trump in new tell-all book but hits out at Steve BannonWhen Chris Christie first met Donald Trump, over dinner at the Manhattan restaurant Jean-Georges in 2002, the developer ordered for both of them. Mr Trump had waiters bring Mr Christie the seared scallops and the roasted lamb loin.



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These Amazing Paleo Recipes Make Eating Low-Carb Incredibly Easy

These Amazing Paleo Recipes Make Eating Low-Carb Incredibly Easy



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14 Easy Recipes Kids Can Help You Make

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders Got Off Easy At Virginia Restaurant, Says Trevor Noah

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Got Off Easy At Virginia Restaurant, Says Trevor NoahBeing asked to leave was probably the "nicest thing" that could have happened



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