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Joe Biden Lays Out His Economic Recovery Plan

09.07.2020 16:01

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden unveiled his economic recovery plan Thursday. He outlined steps for immediate relief, with a focus on mobilizing manufacturing in the United States.

From: www.npr.org

Sudan reshuffles government, hoping to appease protesters

09.07.2020 14:04

Sudan’s transitional government announced a major Cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, hoping to defuse public discontent over the economic collapse and other crises that have tested the country’s path toward democracy. Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok accepted the resignation of six ministers, including the finance minister who has been faulted for failing to rescue the plunging economy. A government statement named the acting replacements for the seven posts, which also include foreign, energy, agriculture and transportation ministers.

From: news.yahoo.com

Democrats Can't Seem To Agree On Whether Supreme Court Tax Rulings Are Good News

09.07.2020 13:48

Many lawmakers have celebrated the rulings as a sign that the president is not above the law, but others see it as a subtle abdication of executive power.

From: www.forbes.com

Tucker Carlson Finds Tammy Duckworth ‘Unimpressive.’ So Who Does He Find ‘Impressive’?

09.07.2020 12:51

Nearly all of the attention is focused on Fox News primetime host Tucker Carlson calling Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth—an Iraq War veteran who lost both of her legs in combat—a “coward” and a “fraud” who “hates America,” but don’t forget: He also called her an “unimpressive person.”If you have the unfortunate brain rot that comes with working in, regularly covering, or watching cable news then you likely recognize “unimpressive” as one of the insults most frequently deployed by Carlson in his nightly unhinged-paleoconservatism-but-with-boyish-charm diatribes. A common setup during Carlson’s rants about various Fox News bogeymen and women—Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Joe Biden, James Comey, various CNN anchors, take a guess and you’re probably right—is to tell viewers that they are “expected” to find this villain “impressive” but, Carlson assures you, they are “not impressive.” The barb is sometimes airdropped, almost like a tic, into the middle of sentences (“Gov. Gretchen Whitmer—not impressive—has imposed…”). Immigrants, whom Carlson has made a career of terrifying the Fox audience over, are frequently divided into two camps: those who “impress” Tucker Carlson and those who are “unimpressive.” Pro-immigration activists, the Fox host repeatedly tells his audience, will “lecture” you that all immigrants “are so much more impressive than you are,” but, alas, Carlson sneers, many are not.Schools (Northwestern University), generalized groups (“the ruling class,” “U.S. intel agencies,” “college administrators,” a nebulous “they” after a long, labyrinthian tirade that only loosely identifies some possible targets), and newspapers (The New York Times) have also been “unimpressive” to King Tucker, the prep-school educated son of a former media executive and a frozen-dinner fortune heiress. Some people are categorized with a damning modifier: “Formerly impressive.”In fact, the act of being “unimpressive” in Tucker Carlson’s eyes is so often used as an insult that it’s safe to assume that somewhere in the Fox star’s life someone told him he was “not impressive” and it was the most withering critique he’d ever heard.But the perennial cable-news star has never given any standard of what actually constitutes impressiveness or who the people he finds so deeply unimpressive are actually supposed to impress. And so one can’t help but wonder: Who or what does the perpetually unimpressed Tucker Carlson actually find impressive?Oftentimes Carlson finds people “impressive” as a form of mockery, usually delivered with his trademark shit-eating grin—snarking that Michael Bloomberg is just “so impressive,” or deadpanning that Chelsea Clinton is “more impressive than you are” for having attended Stanford. And, of course, there was the time in 2017 when he trollishly joked that Trump staring at the solar eclipse without protective eyewear was “perhaps the most impressive thing any president has ever done.”But believe it or not, some animals, places, and people not named Tammy Duckworth have managed to impress him. Based on a review of his show’s transcripts, here are the many things that Tucker Carlson has declared “impressive,” broken down and categorized into a guide for how you, too, could one day impress him.The least surprising way to impress Tucker Carlson is to be his friend or ideological ally: * Rush Limbaugh. * Mike Lindell, the MyPillow guy and pretty much the only remaining advertiser on Carlson’s show. * Peter Thiel. * Brett Kavanaugh. * Ryan Cleckner, a columnist for The Federalist. * Ayaan Hirsi Ali. * Michigan GOP Senate candidate John James. * Mike Rowe, the Dirty Jobs guy and frequent Fox News guest. * Charles Krauthammer, the late conservative commentator. * Harry Kazianis, head of the Council for the National Interest, an anti-Zionist foreign-policy advocacy group. * Daniel Turner, head of a dark money anti-environmentalist group called Power the Future. * Ret. Gen. John Kelly (in June 2018; no word on how Carlson feels about him now that Trump hates him). * The Harvard Law School Class of 1991, which included Justice Neil Gorsuch. * Ryan Wolfe, a conservative Wake Forest student who said he was harassed at school for his views. * Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson, for organizing “the largest conservative rally in the history of Portland” in 2017 (Gibson and some other far-right activists were charged last year in a violent altercation outside a cidery).You can also impress Tucker Carlson by being a Fox News colleague who does something neat: * Fox anchor Bret Baier, for writing a book about Reagan’s 1988 speech at Moscow State University. * Dion Baia, a Fox News audio technician, for writing a detective novel. * Fox reporter Mike Tobin, for hiking to the summit of Mount Aconcagua. * Now-former Fox host Ed Henry’s mom, for being a good cook.You could even be a political foe who does something Tucker Carlson finds impressive but, in the end, his admiration feels more like the setup for an insult: * Dr. Anthony Fauci, an “impressive person,” to be sure, but also “wrong.” * Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for being “bold” against the Democratic establishment (but elsewhere, he says, “she’s not impressive, she’s awful”). * Elizabeth Warren’s 2003 book, The Two-Income Trap, “was impressive,” he admits, but she got “infected with a virulent strain of identity politics” and “like tertiary syphilis, it drove her insane.” * Nancy Pelosi, for managing “to hold Democrats together for the health-care vote.” * Vladimir Putin, for “playing ice hockey at whatever age he is.” * Hartford’s Mayor Luke Bronin, who, according to Carlson, “seems” to suck less than the usual Democratic mayors. * Madeleine Albright, “impressive” by being a “great bureaucrat.” * Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s “speaking Norwegian and playing piano.” * Ronan Farrow’s act of taking his Harvey Weinstein reporting away from liberal NBC. * David Campos, a Santa Clara County official, who Carlson notes is among the “impressive” immigrants.Or you could be a collection of people or a species that does something that manages to impress him: * Iran, “in some ways,” because it is sophisticated, unlike “the chintzy prefab capitals of the Arab world like Riyadh or Dubai.” * The state of New Hampshire, for its high SAT scores and low crime rate. * The American cigar industry, “which is vibrant and impressive.” * The U.S. women’s national soccer team’s record-setting 13-0 victory over Thailand. * Raccoons, “one of the most impressive and underrated animals.” * Dandelions, for being a completely edible superfood, from flower to root.But it seems there is only one surefire method to achieve instant “impressive” status in the eyes of Tucker Carlson. You must be a Fox News star who is good at trivia: * Fox host Greg Gutfeld, for handily defeating Jesse Watters in a trivia segment. * Fox host Lou Dobbs, for correctly answering which NFL jersey Garth Brooks fans mistook for a liberal political endorsement by the country singer. * Fox host Jesse Watters, on several nights, for winning multiple trivia segments. * Fox host Kennedy, for beating colleague Janice Dean in a trivia segment. * Sean Spicer, for correctly answering what title Gov. Gavin Newsom bestows upon his spouse instead of “first wife.” * Fox host Carley Shimkus, for correctly answering the limit to how many kids Prince Harry plans to have. * Fox anchor Martha MacCallum, for correctly answering what type of food the Biden campaign spent more than $12,000 on. * Fox correspondent Lauren Blanchard, for correctly naming the dog that won the 2019 Westminster Dog Show. * Fox reporter Mike Emanuel, for correctly answering how many hot dogs Joey Chestnut ate in the 2018 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.Read 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.

Biden Counters Trump's 'America First' With 'Build Back Better' Economic Plan

09.07.2020 12:39

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's proposal would inject $700 billion into the economy through American products and research.

From: www.npr.org

The Finance 202: Liberals wonder what Joe Biden’s new deal really is

09.07.2020 8:20

The presumptive Democratic nominee is giving a major economic speech later today.

From: www.washingtonpost.com

3D capture with normal smartphone cameras

09.07.2020 7:00

New 4D visualization techniques use smartphone video capture to democratize virtualization.

From: www.zdnet.com

Maxine Waters Foe Omar Navarro Gets Out of Jail And Attempts to Destroy Fellow Republican

09.07.2020 4:55

Pro-Trump internet personality Omar Navarro emerged from a six-month stint in jail on a stalking charge last month, and immediately registered to run for Congress. Navarro, a perennial challenger to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), has registered to run for her seat again in 2022—assuming, perhaps logically, that Waters will once again prevail in her re-election request this November. But Navarro, who had nearly $50,000 in his campaign bank account as of March 31 even while he served his jail term, is not going to wait for those results before getting involved. He told The Daily Beast that he’s going to send out mailers this election cycle denouncing Joe Collins, the Republican nominee currently running against Waters.“Hey, I don’t agree with him,” Navarro told The Daily Beast. “I believe Maxine Waters is better than him.”Asked for comment on Navarro’s sour-grapes scheme to ruin Collins’s already slim chances of winning this fall, Collins responded  by accusing Navarro of having “daddy issues” without elaborating. "Omar Navarro is a joke,” Collins told The Daily Beast. “He has the mentality of a four year old child throwing a temper tantrum and the testicular fortitude of a mouse.” A Perennial Congressional Candidate Beloved by Trump World Was Just Arrested on Stalking ChargesThe scrapping between Collins and Navarro for the chance to lose to Waters highlights the odd incentives facing Republican challengers taking on famous incumbents in heavily Democratic districts. Running against Waters as a Republican would be a poor choice for anyone who actually wants to win. Indeed, Navarro has tried twice already, losing by more than 50 percentage points in 2016 and 2018. But for a GOPer interested in raising millions off of Waters’s notoriety as a devoted Trump foe, and increasing his profile in the pro-Trump mediasphere, it works out great. Navarro raked in donations from low-dollar contributors and saw his stature on the online Trump right explode thanks to his quixotic earlier campaigns. Even the candidates themselves acknowledge the money that’s at stake for whoever wins the right to face off against Waters. “The main reason Navarro is upset is because he's used to living off of his campaign donations and now he's facing the realization that, after being beaten by a real candidate with a shot at winning, he has to find a real job,” Collins said in his email. For Navarro, that time in the bright lights of online Trumpy fame came to a halt when he was arrested in December in San Francisco after stalking ex-girlfriend and fellow Republican personality DeAnna Lorraine Tesoriero, who herself was running a doomed campaign against Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Navarro eventually pleaded guilty to a stalking charge, and was sentenced to six months in San Francisco’s jail, where he claims to have lost 30 pounds. Even while imprisoned in San Francisco, Navarro kept up his political profile. And he stayed on the ballot, losing the March Republican primary to Collins by a mere 250 votes—a 0.3 percent difference in the vote total. Undeterred by that loss, Navarro has tried to recast himself since being released from jail as the latest victim of deep-state prosecutors. While other Trump supporters who faced criminal charges were involved in international intrigue, however, Navarro has been faced with claiming that he was arrested on a local stalking charge because of some secret government scheme. “Full disclosure with you guys: in the past six months, yes, I have been in a county jail,” Navarro told his more than 250,000 Twitter followers after being released from jail. Despite overwhelming evidence that Navarro violated Tesoriero’s restraining order against him, including the fact that Navarro bashed Tesoriero to The Daily Beast in apparent violation of the order, Navarro claims that he only pleaded guilty because he would have become a “political prisoner” if he hadn’t.“I wouldn’t have been judged by a jury of my peers, I would’ve been judged by a bunch of liberals, and they would have kept me locked up in there as a political prisoner,” Navarro said in his Twitter video. “And that’s not OK.” While it might seem strange for the recently imprisoned Navarro to be confident he can win the 2022 primary to challenge Waters, he is aided by the fact that Collins has a bizarre history of his own.A Navy veteran, Collins has continuously switched parties since 2016, cycling between being a Democrat, a Republican, a member of the Green Party, and a member of the “Millennial Political Party.” Collins has also filed a lawsuit over child support payments that is riddled with language echoing the nonsense legal language used by members of the far-right sovereign citizen movement. At one point in his lawsuit, in an apparent attempt to deploy a fringe legal theory, Collins claimed that his bodily fluids were worth $15 million—a bizarre detail Navarro has seized on in his campaign to bring down his rival.   “You’re the guy that’s gonna take down Maxine Waters?” Navarro said in a video taunting Collins that he released in late June. “I’m sorry, but you’re not gonna do that. And by the way, your bodily fluids are not worth $15 million.” Read more at The Daily Beast.Get 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.

Trump pushes forward with reopening plans as new book questions his fitness for office

08.07.2020 20:53

President Trump says he's pressuring governors to open schools this fall. Meanwhile, a new book written by his niece alleges he is psychologically damaged and a threat to the country. CBS News political contributor and Democratic strategist Joel Payne and Republican strategist Joseph Pinion join CBSN's Elaine Quijano to discuss.

From: feeds.cbsnews.com

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