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13 февраля, 17:32

One day in the life of a suffocating planet: air pollution around the world

To kick off a Guardian Cities week investigating air pollution, our reporters followed the sun from Sydney to Lagos to Los Angeles – taking readings, talking to locals and giving a snapshot of our choking citiesThe war against air pollution has begun – and it will be fought in cities 6.04pm GMT We’ve reached the Pacific Ocean, where air pollution blissfully drops away to zero.Thanks for joining us for a snapshot of air pollution on this otherwise unremarkable Monday in February 2017. The results have been worrying.Bank of AQI400+ smog rolling into Beijing just now - within 20 minutes https://t.co/jbk3byT37C #beijing #airpocalypse #smog pic.twitter.com/Sf5Zom6F9MAir filter, new and after five months in Delhi #GuardianCities pic.twitter.com/Jxn6OMUWCA Holy shit #thatview #smog #almaty #kazakhstan #koktobe #incredible #sun #air #bluesky #cityscapeThe rapid pace of industrialisation in this city is both a blessing and a curse; residents choke on their commute daily. #GuardianCities pic.twitter.com/OtA0qEhmgrOutdoor air quality, Wilmington: 10 micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic meter; 507 ppm of CO2; 44% humidity; moderate AQI of 42 pic.twitter.com/XfTIeRsDh7 5.46pm GMT Los Angeles: 9.45am. I’m in a neighborhood called Wilmington, in the far south end of the city, which is home about 60,000 people – and some of the worst air quality in southern California.It’s an unlucky part of town, nestled in between the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. There’s a major complex of oil wells and refineries, and a heavily used diesel truck and rail shipping corridor. The port complex is America’s largest. Some homes are right next door to oil wells and refineries. Hi from Wilmington, which has some of the worst air quality in Southern California pic.twitter.com/zljDhuvrYnOutdoor air quality, Wilmington: 9 micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic meter; 550 ppm of CO2; 44% humidity; moderate AQI of 38 pic.twitter.com/rlfrQ6RNLWOutdoor air quality, Sunset Blvd., Echo Park, L.A.: 13 micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic meter; 509 ppm of CO2; 65% humidity; moderate AQI of 53 pic.twitter.com/yYFjZTgZoxOutdoor air quality, Downtown L.A.: 16 micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic meter; 532 ppm of CO2; 65% humidity; moderate AQI of 59 pic.twitter.com/8XSNEn7s7COutdoor air quality, Wilmington: 10 micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic meter; 507 ppm of CO2; 44% humidity; moderate AQI of 42 pic.twitter.com/XfTIeRsDh7Outdoor air quality, Wilmington: 22 micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic meter; 564 ppm of CO2; moderate/bad AQI of 72 pic.twitter.com/cZ6ejGDvIW Continue reading...

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05 февраля, 19:57

Китай: в spa-салоне живьем сгорели 18 человек

Инцидент произошел во второй половине дня в уезде Таньтай. Также сообщается, что еще два человека получили ранения.

04 февраля, 01:29

Parents Create Teachable Moments At Immigration Protests

The74Million.org is a non-profit education news site, devoted to telling the stories of schools, teachers, parents and America’s 74 million kids. The East Coast protests started haphazardly enough Saturday afternoon. Washington, D.C., residents started gathering at Dulles International Airport around the same time New Yorkers were trekking to JFK’s international terminal — rallied by Facebook Live videos and social media posts that decried President Trump’s new executive order temporarily banning travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries, including Syrian refugees, from entering the United States. It was a few dozen, then a few hundred. Then a few thousand spread out across the country, as spontaneous demonstrations popped up further west — notably at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and San Francisco International Airport. Within hours, a full slate of Sunday protests had also been announced,  going viral on Twitter as people encouraged their followers to turn out the following day. Boston’s Copley Square, New York City’s Battery Park, D.C.’s Pennsylvania Avenue, and, of course, the airports: Philadelphia at 2 p.m., Chicago at 6, Los Angeles at 5, Boston at 7, Seattle at 5, JFK all day. (More updates on student protests — sign up for The 74 newsletter) If Saturday evening’s protests were notable for their speed and spontaneity, Sunday’s protests were notable for the complexion of the crowds. Cutting across races, nationalities, and age groups, uniting those who have birth certificates with green card holders, Americans took to the streets on Sunday. And for many, it was a family affair. I love how many ppl are bringing their kids to these protests. These will be good memories for those kids to have.— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) January 29, 2017 At several airport actions Sunday, the sidewalks were dotted with kids  — some grown, some small — as parents turned a peaceful protest into a teachable moment: about citizenship, community, and free speech. In particular, the protest at Los Angeles International Airport saw families turn out in force. Several kids spoke about their own immigrant experience with parents or family members who came to the U.S. to start a new life. If you attended or livestreamed protests over the weekend, and either brought a child or saw kids in attendance, we’d love to hear more about your experience. E-mail us at info@the74million.org. (Sign up for The 74 Newsletter to get notified about new reporting) Below, a few of the sights and sounds of students taking part in the Los Angeles protests — as well as a few other images from across the country: Emad, 6 years old, protesting with his family, refugees from Afghanistan who came to US in 1987 & live in Riverside #laxprotest #NoBanNoWall pic.twitter.com/bkeaKnMX8F— jen yamato (@jenyamato) January 30, 2017 I love my Teacher! She is Muslim! NoBan! NoWall! LAX now! #NoBanNoWall #laxprotest #MuslimBan pic.twitter.com/VDSugeyGsg— Reza Caviani (@rcaviani) January 29, 2017 Many political kids at today's LAX protest. You gotta love this Hamilton kid. #NoBamNoWall pic.twitter.com/INAzIrSjgH— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) January 30, 2017 this little kid at the protest today was so cute. he was holding balloons that said "Refugees Welcome Here" pic.twitter.com/YS9dzXg8mw— ivan (@Ivanibr) January 29, 2017 The youth - look at this kid yell with his heart. #laxprotest #resist pic.twitter.com/7nvDHhk9id— Tchaiko Omawale (@tchaiko) January 30, 2017 Nine-year-old Emory read this sign out loud to me at the #laxprotest. She was also at the #WomensMarch. pic.twitter.com/MYiiVYFsOl— Sanika Bhargaw (@sbhargaw3) January 29, 2017 Just ran into a @scscholars DACA kid at the protest. Stand strong.— Alex Rubalcava (@AlexRubalcava) January 29, 2017 My batgirl here to show her support #NoBanNoWall #resist #laxprotest pic.twitter.com/FrZNqcW7xb— Martin Ponce (@martinponce767) January 29, 2017 My son & I will stay home, but we're sending our sign & his dad over to #LAX to #Laxprotest against the #MuslimBan pic.twitter.com/OHcfKw6uRX— Yan Sham-Shackleton (@YanShamS) January 29, 2017 Thanks for the help on the sign kids! Off to #laxprotest #NoBanNoWall #nomuslimban pic.twitter.com/L500WM1Xot— Steve Sobel (@steve_sobel) January 29, 2017 #laxprotest pic.twitter.com/54jV5ZviFf— Lil Ego™ (@EricGolstonII) January 30, 2017 This brave girl showed up at #laxprotest Your voice and courage are needed. No child should live in terror and fear. #NoBan #NoBanNoWall pic.twitter.com/6GohzQf2Y1— Jane Edith Wilson (@JaneEdithWilson) January 29, 2017 Another weekend, another kid, another protest, another sign. This time with my oldest at UIUC airport. #NoBan #BanBannon pic.twitter.com/IwiRz8XNAy— Marianne Alleyne (@Cotesia1) January 29, 2017 There's a child pit at this protest! pic.twitter.com/U3i8kf3fI5— Jim (@deathmtn) January 29, 2017 My friend's kid made his own sign for the protest in providence, today. #NoBanNoWall pic.twitter.com/m95jD24jQM— Nicholas Kole (@FromHappyRock) January 29, 2017 #A child sits A today's #MuslimBan #protest in #WilliamsportPA #NoBanNoWall #nomuslimban pic.twitter.com/XfZv5v0I9g— Paul Weaver (@weaverphoto) January 30, 2017 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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03 февраля, 09:07

GAVIN McINNES PEPPER-SPRAYED AT NYU SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT: “‘Genocide, racial hate, America was ne…

GAVIN McINNES PEPPER-SPRAYED AT NYU SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT: “‘Genocide, racial hate, America was never great’ chant going on at the Gavin McInnes event. Man, the left sure knows how to convince ppl.”

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01 февраля, 19:30

PPL Corp (PPL) Beats on Q4 Earnings, Reaffirms '17 View

PPL Corporation (PPL) reported fourth-quarter 2016 adjusted earnings of 60 cents per share, topping the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 52 cents.

01 февраля, 18:04

Orrin Hatch Ignores The Rules, Advances Key Trump Nominees Despite Democratic Boycott

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) pushed forward two of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks Wednesday morning, advancing their nominations despite a Democratic boycott.  The rules require at least one member of the minority party to be present for the committee to vote on a nominee. But Hatch suspended the rules, allowing him to go around that requirement.  Senate Republicans advanced Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, and Steve Mnuchin, the pick for treasury secretary, out of committee favorably, on a 14-0 vote. Price and Mnuchin are now cleared to receive a full vote on the Senate floor.  Democrats are opposed to moving forward on the two nominees because they believe the two men misled the public and held back vital information about their backgrounds. The decision to boycott committee votes spread Wednesday morning, when Democrats on the Environment and Public Works Committee also skipped the vote on Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be head of the Environmental Protection Agency. >@KamalaHarris joining @EPWDems to speak out on the need for @AGScottPruitt to be more transparent & substantive in confirmation process pic.twitter.com/FRxjZ6NdLZ— Tyrone Gayle (@TyroneGayle) February 1, 2017 “The basic proposition of breaking the rules so that you can, in effect, look the other way in the face of strong evidence ― serious ethical problems for two nominees ― is especially troubling,” Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) told reporters Wednesday morning. Democratic lawmakers first skipped votes on Price and Mnuchin on Tuesday, forcing a delay in the proceedings. Hatch, who said Democrats were “acting like idiots,” then reconvened Wednesday morning to move forward.  “At every turn, my colleagues’ arguments change but their answer is always the same: Delay,” Hatch said during the brief hearing. “Yesterday, my colleagues took the unprecedented step of boycotting a finance committee vote on nominations. Long story short, we took some unprecedented actions today due to the unprecedented obstruction on the part of our colleagues.” Rather than accept anything less than their desired outcome, our Democrat colleagues chose to cower in the hallway. https://t.co/T8cwNs4W27— Senator Hatch Office (@SenOrrinHatch) February 1, 2017 Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), who chairs the Senate Republican Caucus, seemed to think, however, that Democrats had them over a barrel Tuesday. “To constitute a quorum in the finance committee, we have to have one Democrat,” he told reporters. “I don’t think there’s a way we can discharge somebody out of the committee unless we have a quorum.” But on Tuesday, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who helped organize the boycott with Wyden, predicted that Hatch would likely move forward without Democrats. He said the rules Hatch suspended are more a formality and there’s no punishment for breaking them. But it was still important for Democrats to send a message, Brown said. “The message is simply: Disclose to the committee what you’ve done. Tell the truth. Don’t lie to the committee. And then let’s have the debate,” he said.  When Price was questioned in the Senate Finance Committee about his purchase of discounted stock in an Australian biotechnology firm, he said the offer to purchase discounted shares was “available to every single individual that was an investor at the time.” Company documents and a report by The Wall Street Journal showed that, contrary to Price’s statement, only a limited number of U.S. investors in the company were invited to buy the stock at the lower price. Democrats have asked the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Price violated insider trading laws and ethics rules. “I asked Congressman Price directly if he got an exclusive discount on stock in an Australian biomedical firm, and he said no,” Wyden said Tuesday. “From the committee’s investigation to company documents to the company officials’ own words, the evidence tells a different story. It looks more and more like Congressman Price got special access to a special deal.” And The Columbus Dispatch reported recently that Mnuchin, who was previously the chief executive of OneWest Bank, “flatly denied in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee that OneWest used ‘robo-signing’ on mortgage documents. But records show the bank utilized the questionable practice in Ohio.”  Where are @SenateFinance Dems this morning? Standing with the ppl of OH and others hurt by the abusive practices of Mnuchin’s bank. pic.twitter.com/AvLpnxyJko— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) February 1, 2017 Mnuchin has also acknowledged that he did not initially give the committee all the necessary paperwork regarding foreign investments in a series of entities he helped manage, according to CNN. Additionally, he reportedly acknowledged in a private interview with committee staff that all his answers had not been “true, accurate and complete.” This is a developing story and will be updated. Want more updates from Amanda Terkel? Sign up for her newsletter, Piping Hot Truth, here. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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01 февраля, 17:21

WEC Energy (WEC) Q4 Earnings & Revenues Miss Estimates

WEC Energy Group (WEC) reported fourth-quarter 2016 adjusted earnings of 61 cents per share, a penny lower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate.

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01 февраля, 16:26

PPL Corp. (PPL) Beats on Q4 Earnings, Revenues Miss

PPL Corp. reported fourth quarter 2016 earnings of 60 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 52 cents.

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31 января, 17:34

Donald Trump Claims He Will Keep Obama's LGBTQ Protections For Federal Contractors

The White House said Tuesday that President Donald Trump has no intention of overturning President Barack Obama’s executive order protecting LGBTQ federal contractors from discrimination, although there are concerns that he could move forward on other actions that would target the community. The White House released a statement early Tuesday morning touting Trump’s support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals: President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community. President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election. The President is proud to have been the first ever GOP nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression. The executive order signed in 2014, which protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors, will remain intact at the direction of President Donald J. Trump. Obama’s 2014 executive order protected federal contractors from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The GOP-led House of Representatives tried to overturn that policy in May. Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said he was unimpressed by Trump’s announcement. “Claiming ally status for not overturning the progress of your predecessor is a rather low bar,” he tweeted. Trump’s announcement came a day after widespread rumors that the president was considering a broader “religious freedom” executive order that would target the LGBTQ community. The Washington Post reported that there was even a draft of the order in circulation. LGBTQ groups quickly responded on Twitter that they were ready to fight Trump if he went forward with it.  Serious concerns abt rumors I'm hearing re: an executive order allowing discrimination of LGBTQ ppl. @glaad will respond with all our might.— Sarah Kate Ellis (@sarahkateellis) January 30, 2017 There are still concerns that Trump could carry out such a move, similar to what has been passed in states. Such a policy would allow federal employees, for example, to cite their religion and refuse to serve LGBTQ people, or allow programs ― such as adoption agencies ― that receive federal funding to turn away individuals on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  Trump’s statement Tuesday did not rule out this sort of order. The 1964 Civil Rights Act protects people from discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion and national origin, but there are no federal protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. Democrats have legislation that would address that gap, but the GOP-controlled Congress has refused to take it up.  Trump has said he doesn’t support marriage equality but that he considers the matter settled because the Supreme Court made it the law of the land in 2015. Trump also expressed support during the campaign for North Carolina’s law that bars cities and localities from enacting anti-discrimination policies that protect people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. And Trump’s number two, Vice President Mike Pence ― a longtime outspoken opponent of LGBTQ equality ― enacted a religious freedom law in his own state when he was governor of Indiana in 2015.  The law quickly sparked intense backlash against Pence and the state of Indiana. Opponents of the bill argued that it would open the door to widespread discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Business owners who didn’t want to serve same-sex couples, for example, could have legal protections to discriminate. Under heavy state and national pressure, Pence eventually signed a revised version of the law that explicitly barred a business from denying services to someone on the basis of categories that include sexual orientation and gender identity. Want more updates from Amanda Terkel? Sign up for her newsletter, Piping Hot Truth, here. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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31 января, 15:12

Utility Stocks' Q4 Earnings to Watch on Feb 1: PPL, D, WEC

In the fourth quarter of 2016, utility sector earnings are expected to be up 3.0% on 15.2% higher revenues.

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30 января, 15:19

PPL Corp (PPL) Q4 Earnings: Will the Stock Pull a Surprise?

Our proven model does not conclusively show that PPL Corp. (PPL) will beat earnings this quarter.

30 января, 03:16

Athletes Brace For Effects Of Donald Trump's Order Targeting Muslims

President Donald Trump’s executive order banning Syrian refugees and preventing travelers from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States has left people stranded in airports across the country and resulted in others being turned away at the door. Its impact has already been felt in the film industry, and there are growing concerns that the order could affect a number of professional athletes too.  Thon Maker, a rookie on the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks who was born in South Sudan, was able to re-enter the United States without issue Friday night after the Bucks played the Toronto Raptors in Canada, the team said. Maker is a former refugee whose family fled Sudan when he was five. Maker and Los Angeles Lakers guard Luol Deng, who is also Sudanese, are the two NBA players who could be most directly affected by Trump’s executive order. Though both have dual citizenship status ― Deng is British, Maker is Australian ― the order could still apply. Neither the Bucks nor Lakers are scheduled to travel to Toronto, the NBA’s only market outside the U.S., for the rest of the season, though Milwaukee could still end up facing the Raptors if both make the NBA playoffs this spring.  An NBA spokesperson said in a statement Saturday that the league is consulting with the State Department to see how the order might affect its players. “We have reached out to the State Department and are in the process of gathering information to understand how this executive order would apply to players in our league who are from one of the impacted countries,” NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said in the statement. “The NBA is a global league, and we are proud to attract the very best players from around the world.” A federal court on Saturday temporarily blocked part of Trump’s executive order, forbidding the deportation of refugees given government clearance or immigrants with valid visas. And while professional athletes may have better access to resources for immigration help, that many face uncertainty under Trump’s order is a reminder of how far-ranging its effects may be, especially in leagues where teams travel internationally.  No Major League Soccer players were born in the seven countries listed in Trump’s order, but two have ties. Steven Beitashour of Toronto FC is an Iranian-American dual citizen who has played for Iran’s national team. Columbus Crew’s Justin Meram, similarly, was born in the U.S. but has played for the Iraqi national team. It’s unclear how the order might affect either player. An MLS spokesperson declined to comment on the issue Sunday. Michael Bradley, the captain of the U.S. Men’s National Team and Beitashour’s teammate in Toronto, said in an Instagram post Sunday that he is “sad and embarrassed” by Trump’s refugee ban. A photo posted by Michael Bradley (@michaelbr4dley) on Jan 28, 2017 at 11:02pm PST One athlete has already felt the effects of Trump’s order.  “President Donald Trump,” British Olympic champion Mo Farah said in a Facebook post Sunday, “seems to have made me an alien.” Farah, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, is a British citizen who was originally born in Somalia, one of the seven countries listed in the ban. He lives and trains in the United States, but was training abroad in Ethiopia when the order took effect Friday night. His wife and children live in Portland, Oregon. “I am a British citizen who has lived in America for the past six years ― working hard, contributing to society, paying my taxes and bringing up our four children in the place they now call home,” Farah said on Facebook. “Now, me and many others like me are being told that we may not be welcome. It’s deeply troubling that I will have to tell my children that Daddy might not be able to come home ― to explain why the President has introduced a policy that comes from a place of ignorance and prejudice.” Former NBA player Nazr Mohammed, who was born in Chicago to Ghanaian parents, criticized the ban Saturday afternoon. (Ghana is not among the seven countries named in the order, but Mohammed is a practicing Muslim.) It's a tough day when u find out that so many ppl that u thought were fans or friends really hate u and everything u believe in.— Nazr Mohammed (@NazrMohammed) January 28, 2017 The ban has also drawn criticism from international sporting officials. Richard Peterkin, a member of the International Olympic Committee’s executive board, tweeted Saturday that “Trump’s Executive Order on immigration is totally contrary to Olympic ideals.”  Trump's Executive Order on immigration is totally contrary to Olympic ideals. For him, collective responsibility trumps individual justice— Richard Peterkin (@rncpeterkin) January 28, 2017 The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics included, for the first time, a team composed of refugees from around the world who competed under the Olympic banner. The 10-member team included two athletes from Syria and five from South Sudan. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

29 января, 00:42

Celebrities React To Trump's #MuslimBan With Anger And Calls To Action

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Hollywood reacted in horror to the news of President Donald Trump’s executive order blocking all refugees from Syria, as well as barring citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries for the next 90 days.  Many celebrities who have been actively challenging Trump’s presidency criticized the refugee ban by sharing personal anecdotes and calls to action on social media.  Pakistani-born “Silicon Valley” star Kumail Nanjiani, who was accosted by Trump supporters in a Los Angeles bar last year, posted a series of tweets that highlighted the ban’s fundamental flaw and pointed to the damaging effects the policy will have on Muslims in and outside American borders.  How to make terrorists:1. Ban everybody from a certain group from entering the country.2. Wait.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 28, 2017 As someone who was born in Pakistan I can tell you coming into America is VERY difficult. A #Muslimban accomplishes nothing but hate.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 28, 2017 Hey @mike_pence @SenJohnMcCain @SpeakerRyan, you should be ashamed of yourselves. On your deathbeds you will know you made the world worse.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 28, 2017 You're saying to a billion people "You're all the same. You're all dangerous to us." Children hear this. You breed evil here & everywhere.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 28, 2017 There are a billion and a half Muslims in the world. If we were all dangerous you wouldn't be around to sign a #MuslimBan— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 28, 2017 There are ppl w Green Cards who can't get back into the country. Their country. They jumped thru all the hoops to prove they belong here.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 28, 2017 Actress Alyssa Milano shared a photo of herself and her friend Alaa Mohammad Khaled to show solidarity with those harmed by the ban.  “My best friend, Alaa Mohammad Khaled, is Muslim. His parents were Palestinian refugees. His brother is DJ Khaled. #RefugeesWelcome,” she wrote.  My best friend, Alaa Mohammad Khaled, is Muslim. His parents were Palestinian refugees. His brother is DJ Khaled. #RefugeesWelcome pic.twitter.com/qXOapgvvF7— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) January 28, 2017 Comedian Seth Rogen urged his Twitter followers to join him in a protest outside the Federal Immigration Office in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon. LA Protest on #Muslimban TODAY 1-5 at Federal Immigration Office, 300 N. Los Angeles St. https://t.co/y2KOOJmqWx— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) January 28, 2017 Director Michael Moore extended a direct apology to “our Muslim neighbors in the world,” reiterating that most Americans didn’t support Trump in the election.  To our Muslim neighbors in the world: I & tens of millions of others are so very sorry. The majority of Americans did not vote 4 this man.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 28, 2017 Check out more responses from celebrities standing in defiance of Trump’s anti-Muslim ban below:  ❤ pic.twitter.com/LhYmxPLdNE— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) January 28, 2017 Sick to my stomach today about the #MuslimBan Don't understand why? Go to @Stl_Manifest & learn the awful history of US rejecting refugees— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) January 28, 2017 Refugees are FLEEING TERROR. They are not terrorists. #muslimban— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) January 28, 2017 To All Trumpsters & BernieBros alike, who, with dripping contempt, called me a "Fearmonger" --F¥ck You. #Muslimban #wall— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) January 28, 2017 .@realDonaldTrump FYI this endangers our armed forces in the future. Who would want to help us, when this is how we repay interpreters? https://t.co/JpaeRb84uz— zoe kazan (@zoeinthecities) January 28, 2017 Life is short & hard enough for everyone. The fact that our evil piece of shit President is already causing so much misery is unforgivable.— billy eichner (@billyeichner) January 28, 2017 THIS ! Don't normalise #MuslimBan it is a heinous heinous act. https://t.co/6cJukZGeKv— lily allen (@lilyallen) January 28, 2017 This #MuslimBan is disgusting and disturbing. #MakeAmericaHateAgain— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) January 28, 2017 THESE are the HUMAN BEINGS Trump banned today. REFUGEES fleeing ISIS. Children. Their families. Shame on him. May God help us. https://t.co/6fHeqEAaMj— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) January 28, 2017 #muslimban is making me cry LIBERAL TEARS for our country and its future, and you know what that means? COMPASSION, YOU MOFOS!! — Rachel Dratch (@TheRealDratch) January 28, 2017 I'm sorry @SpeakerRyan but given your absolute silence on the #MuslimBan this tweet, like your smile, is phony and meaningless. https://t.co/Ns0avsYVuf— Josh Charles (@MrJoshCharles) January 28, 2017 I hope we're all paying attention. https://t.co/vcpcdquogB— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 27, 2017 Along with liar,racist,misogynist,fool,infantile,sick,narcissist-with the Muslim ban we can now add heartless & evil to DT's repertoire.— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) January 28, 2017 Will anyone stand up for them? Any politicians? https://t.co/8buaPXgyHV— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) January 28, 2017 Stand up everyone ! https://t.co/nydnwvTIzy— Chloë Grace Moretz (@ChloeGMoretz) January 28, 2017 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

27 января, 01:24

White House Floats 20 Percent Import Tax To Pay For Its Mexican Wall — Then Walks It Back

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Donald Trump’s top spokesman suggested Thursday that the president would be open to massive tax increases on imports, specifically though not exclusively with Mexico, as part of a broader reform package to pay for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. No sooner had White House press secretary Sean Spicer suggested the 20 percent hike on imports, then he took it back, amid wide-ranging criticism from fellow Republicans and befuddlement from reporters and observers who noted how odd it was to make policy on the fly. The exchange left the indelible impression that the Trump administration is struggling to meet its long-standing promise to make Mexico pay for the wall the president wants to construct. It also underscored the gap that continues to exist between the White House and congressional Republicans on tax policy. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus tried to downplay Spicer’s remarks further, telling NBC News’ Peter Alexander that the import tax was one among a “buffet of options.” If enacted, such a tariff would likely raise prices for American consumers, as well as violate the North American Free Trade Agreement, inviting retaliatory tariffs from Mexico on American goods. The announcement ― made just hours after Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto canceled a trade meeting with Trump in response to Trump’s insistence that Mexico would pay for the border wall ― will likely escalate the already-tense relationship between the Trump administration and the Mexican government. “This is something that we’ve been in close contact with both houses [of Congress] in moving forward and creating a plan,” Spicer told reporters. “It clearly provides the funding and does so in a way that the American taxpayer is wholly respected.” The top U.S. imports from Mexico in 2015 were vehicles ($74 billion) and electrical machinery ($63 billion). The country is also the second-largest source of agricultural goods imported to the United States. Assuming the tax would apply to all Mexican exports, Americans could end up paying higher prices on everything from American-made cars, which often rely on Mexican parts, to fresh vegetables and fruits. “The U.S. automobile supply chain is heavily integrated with Mexico and Canada. If you start monkeying around with tariffs along that supply chain, you’re pushing costs up,” said Josh Bivens, research and policy director at the Economic Policy Institute, a progressive think tank often skeptical of free-trade agreements. In his comments to reporters, Spicer implied that such a tax is common among countries with free trade relations. “We are probably the only major country that doesn’t treat imports this way,” he said. In truth, Mexico has a 16 percent value-added tax on all goods, domestic and foreign. The Mexican government reimburses companies in its country for the tax if they export the product, but Mexican companies pay the full tax if they sell the goods domestically. In that way, Mexico still complies with NAFTA by ensuring U.S. goods an “even playing field” in the Mexican market, according to Bivens. By contrast, Bivens argued, levying a 20 percent tax on Mexican exports into the U.S. market would violate NAFTA by limiting Mexican access to the American market. Mexico would, in turn, be legally entitled to retaliate with a tariff of its own on American goods. “If you’re trying to make Mexico pay for the wall, this is not how you do it. This is U.S. consumers paying for it,” Bivens concluded. Those watching the news unfold were shocked by the policy being floated: I am speechless https://t.co/NdMp1px4a3— Dani Rodrik (@rodrikdani) January 26, 2017 Ppl don't seem to get this: If Trump puts 20% tax on Mexican imports to US to pay for wall, he's shifting cost to US consumers. WE PAY 4 IT!— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) January 26, 2017 I definitely did not have "Trump proposes massive gas tax in his first week" on my bingo card. https://t.co/KdPYc9o1gA— brad plumer (@bradplumer) January 26, 2017 As a candidate, Trump routinely slammed NAFTA, a 1994 trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He has made renegotiating the agreement to extract more favorable terms for U.S. manufacturers a top priority in the first weeks of his administration. In addition to the now-canceled meeting with Peña Nieto, Trump has plans to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the coming weeks. This post has been updated with reactions to the proposed policy. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

27 января, 01:24

White House Floats 20 Percent Import Tax To Pay For Its Mexican Wall — Then Walks It Back

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Donald Trump’s top spokesman suggested Thursday that the president would be open to massive tax increases on imports, specifically though not exclusively with Mexico, as part of a broader reform package to pay for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. No sooner had White House press secretary Sean Spicer suggested the 20 percent hike on imports, then he took it back, amid wide-ranging criticism from fellow Republicans and befuddlement from reporters and observers who noted how odd it was to make policy on the fly. The exchange left the indelible impression that the Trump administration is struggling to meet its long-standing promise to make Mexico pay for the wall the president wants to construct. It also underscored the gap that continues to exist between the White House and congressional Republicans on tax policy. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus tried to downplay Spicer’s remarks further, telling NBC News’ Peter Alexander that the import tax was one among a “buffet of options.” If enacted, such a tariff would likely raise prices for American consumers, as well as violate the North American Free Trade Agreement, inviting retaliatory tariffs from Mexico on American goods. The announcement ― made just hours after Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto canceled a trade meeting with Trump in response to Trump’s insistence that Mexico would pay for the border wall ― will likely escalate the already-tense relationship between the Trump administration and the Mexican government. “This is something that we’ve been in close contact with both houses [of Congress] in moving forward and creating a plan,” Spicer told reporters. “It clearly provides the funding and does so in a way that the American taxpayer is wholly respected.” The top U.S. imports from Mexico in 2015 were vehicles ($74 billion) and electrical machinery ($63 billion). The country is also the second-largest source of agricultural goods imported to the United States. Assuming the tax would apply to all Mexican exports, Americans could end up paying higher prices on everything from American-made cars, which often rely on Mexican parts, to fresh vegetables and fruits. “The U.S. automobile supply chain is heavily integrated with Mexico and Canada. If you start monkeying around with tariffs along that supply chain, you’re pushing costs up,” said Josh Bivens, research and policy director at the Economic Policy Institute, a progressive think tank often skeptical of free-trade agreements. In his comments to reporters, Spicer implied that such a tax is common among countries with free trade relations. “We are probably the only major country that doesn’t treat imports this way,” he said. In truth, Mexico has a 16 percent value-added tax on all goods, domestic and foreign. The Mexican government reimburses companies in its country for the tax if they export the product, but Mexican companies pay the full tax if they sell the goods domestically. In that way, Mexico still complies with NAFTA by ensuring U.S. goods an “even playing field” in the Mexican market, according to Bivens. By contrast, Bivens argued, levying a 20 percent tax on Mexican exports into the U.S. market would violate NAFTA by limiting Mexican access to the American market. Mexico would, in turn, be legally entitled to retaliate with a tariff of its own on American goods. “If you’re trying to make Mexico pay for the wall, this is not how you do it. This is U.S. consumers paying for it,” Bivens concluded. Those watching the news unfold were shocked by the policy being floated: I am speechless https://t.co/NdMp1px4a3— Dani Rodrik (@rodrikdani) January 26, 2017 Ppl don't seem to get this: If Trump puts 20% tax on Mexican imports to US to pay for wall, he's shifting cost to US consumers. WE PAY 4 IT!— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) January 26, 2017 I definitely did not have "Trump proposes massive gas tax in his first week" on my bingo card. https://t.co/KdPYc9o1gA— brad plumer (@bradplumer) January 26, 2017 As a candidate, Trump routinely slammed NAFTA, a 1994 trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He has made renegotiating the agreement to extract more favorable terms for U.S. manufacturers a top priority in the first weeks of his administration. In addition to the now-canceled meeting with Peña Nieto, Trump has plans to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the coming weeks. This post has been updated with reactions to the proposed policy. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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DeVos becomes social media sensation after bumpy hearing

Betsy DeVos has gone viral — and not in a good way. Following her bumpy confirmation hearing Tuesday night, President-elect Donald Trump’s Education secretary pick was a social media sensation Wednesday. Video snippets showed DeVos struggling to answer questions about the best way to measure student performance. Her suggestion that allowing states to permit guns in and around schools could help protect against grizzly bears was relentlessly mocked on Twitter. Perhaps most damaging was DeVos’ suggestion that states should handle enforcement of a federal law that protects the civil rights of children with disabilities. Several special education advocates said her responses hardened their concerns about her — and showed her unfamiliarity with important topics in education. “At this point, we are definitely sounding the alarm of concern,” said Denise Marshall, executive Director of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates. “It’s clear she has no clue about the requirements under the law. That’s a dangerous thing.”Curt Decker, executive director of the National Disabilities Rights Network, said that what DeVos struggled to answer “seems to be a basic piece of information that anybody in the education community would have.”Despite the negative buzz, DeVos has widespread backing among Republicans. It’s unlikely her performance will threaten her ability to get confirmed by the education committee and later the full Senate. But the performance did appear to harden the opposition from some previously uncommitted Senate Democrats. Shortly after midnight Wednesday, Cory Booker (D-N.J.), a past supporter of school vouchers, issued a statement saying her testimony raised “a number of concerns.” Missouri's Claire McCaskill, a red state Democrat, retweeted some of DeVos’ exchanges with Senate Democrats. “After watching my colleagues question DeVos it is now crystal clear why the Chairman limited questioning,” McCaskill tweeted, suggesting that Lamar Alexander’s decision to curb lawmakers’ time to one round of questions protected her from more embarrassing exchanges.Even before the hearing, DeVos was a top target of Democrats. And many special education advocates have long been concerned about DeVos’ views on special education, in part because she’s such a strong proponent of charter schools and voucher programs. Charter schools enroll a smaller percentage of special education students than traditional public schools, and there have been complaints that some push out special need students because they are more difficult to serve. In turn, in many states where school vouchers exist, students who attend a private school give up many of their rights under federal education law, Marshall said. During the hearing, one exchange on special education law prompted some gasps from spectators in an overflowed room. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) had followed up to an earlier question by stressing to DeVos that “federal law must be followed where federal dollars are in play.”“Were you unaware that it is federal law?” Hassan asked.“I may have confused it,” DeVos said.Earlier, Tim Kaine had asked DeVos whether all schools that receive taxpayer funding should be required to meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. “I think that is a matter better left to the states,” DeVos responded. The grizzly bear comment came in response to questions from Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) about gun control in schools. DeVos said decisions on gun access should be made by local and state governments. She then referred to a small rural school in Wapiti, Wyo., where earlier in the hearing, Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) had said the school had to ward off grizzly bears. “I would imagine that there is probably a gun in the schools to protect from potential grizzlies,” DeVos said. The exchange on testing came in response to a question from Al Franken (D-Minn.) on the issue of student growth and proficiency when it comes to standardized testing. Franken asked for her thoughts on using tests to measure whether students are making progress, as opposed to focusing on whether students meet a particular proficiency standard. “I think if I am understanding your question correctly around proficiency, I would correlate it to competency and mastery, so that each student is measured according to the advancements that they’re making in each subject area,” DeVos said. “Well that’s growth. That’s not proficiency,” Franken shot back. He added, “This is a subject that has been debated in the education community for years. … It surprises me that you don’t know this issue.”The criticism online of DeVos’ performance was at times blistering — even among some Republicans. "Ppl I respect, think highly of Betsy Devos. But clips of her confirmation hearing made me want to cover my eyes. Not prepared for hard q's," Republican strategist Ana Navarro tweeted.DeVos’ supporters dismissed the criticism of her performance and said the hearing was dominated by political theatre. “It was clear that the goal of the Democrats was to not allow her to answer the questions and then criticize her for a lack of answer or what they saw as an incorrect answer,” said Gary Naeyaert, executive director of Great Lakes Education Project, a “school choice” advocacy organization founded by DeVos and her husband. “There was definitely a 'gotcha' mindset.”Naeyaert had a simple explanation for DeVos’ much-criticized answer on special education laws: “I think she misheard a portion of the question and she clearly corrected herself.”Ed Patru, a spokesman for a group of allies supporting DeVos’ confirmation, said Wednesday that DeVos “absolutely believes states must adhere to federal law as it pertains to students with special needs.” Patru said that DeVos is also “deeply sympathetic” to “the many parents of kids with special needs kids for whom [federal law] is not working correctly because of the uneven way in which it is being implemented.”Alexander has said he wants the Senate’s education committee to vote on DeVos’ confirmation next Tuesday. But he’s said it won’t hold the vote if a review by the Office of Government Ethics related to DeVos’ financial holdings isn’t complete by Friday — Trump’s swearing-in day. Following the hearing, Alexander said DeVos handled herself with “great pleasantness” and is well qualified.“I believe she will be confirmed,” Alexander told reporters. That’s not good news to Christina Mills, a board member on the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund who is physically disabled.DeVos’ answers on special education confirmed Mills' suspicions about her — and she said Wednesday she planned to write senators telling them to oppose her nomination. “It certainly made it more solid. It solidified what she was all about. That’s for sure,” Mills said of her opposition to DeVos.