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Trump defends Fox News' Jeanine Pirro after Islamophobic comments

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President Trump came to Fox News anchor Jeanine Pirro's defense on Sunday in response to the network taking her off the air without explanation, one week after she implied Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-Minn.) use of a hijab was antithetical to the U.S. Constitution.

"Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro. The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well. Fox must stay strong and fight back with vigor. Stop working soooo hard on being politically correct, which will only bring you down, and continue to fight for our Country. The losers all want what you have, don’t give it to them. Be strong & prosper, be weak & die! Stay true to the people that got you there. Keep fighting for Tucker, and fight hard for @JudgeJeanine. Your competitors are jealous - they all want what you’ve got - NUMBER ONE. Don’t hand it to them on a silver platter. They can’t beat you, you can only beat yourselves!"

When asked on Friday if he believes white nationalism is a "rising threat," Trump said he believes "it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems." Far-right extremists have killed more people in the U.S. since 9/11 than any other organized terrorist group.
The big picture: A series of damning incidents over the past several weeks has seen Pirro, fellow host Tucker Carlson, and Fox News as an entity come under fire for charges of racism and coziness with the Trump administration.

https://www.axios.com/jeanine-pirro-trump-ilhan-omar-muslim-2fe6a583-2cc2-458f-bebc-20347c31b906.html
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World’s shortest motorway built to shame a nation

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An entrepreneur has built a one-metre-long stretch of motorway in north-eastern Romania to protest about his country's poor highway infrastructure.

Fed up with the sparse motorway network in his home region of Moldavia, Stefan Mandachi, a 33-year-old who owns a chain of fast-food restaurants, privately commissioned the tiny motorway at a personal cost of £3,800 (€4,400; $5,000).

The campaign lasted for weeks with the aim of causing a stir, and it came to a climax on Friday.

Romania has one of the shortest motorway networks in the European Union, with just 806km (500 miles) throughout the whole country. This despite having a land mass almost equal to that of the UK.
Sitting in the hotel he owns, just a few kilometres from the new road, Mr Mandachi explained his thinking.

"We want to unify the population, we have an ideal - to have motorways," he told the BBC.

His motorway, situated on a plot of land he owns next to a busy main road, was symbolically built in Suceava, a city in a part of the country that has no stretches of motorway at all.

Traffic on the adjacent road was almost gridlocked as several hundred supporters turned out for the so-called motorway inauguration.

A media scrum was on hand, along with ambulances and fire engines, while a small plane flew overhead with a banner demanding motorways.

"I feel that we are united," shouted Mr Mandachi above a din of honking horns. "I've never lived through a moment of such solidarity amongst all Romanians."

Crowds whooped and cheered as he cut the ribbon to open what people have come to call a "motorway monument".
How mini-motorway struck a chord nationally

The entrepreneur ran an aggressive campaign called "Romania wants Motorways" and asked fellow citizens to protest with him by stopping work for 15 minutes on Friday as he opened his stretch of road.

The campaign has led to serious discussions across the country.
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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47582694
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Missouri bill would require adults aged 18-34 to own AR-15

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"The bill would establish the "McDaniel Militia Act," which would require those aged 18-34 not legally prohibited to possess a firearm to own a semi-automatic rifle that is modeled on the AR-15 design by ArmaLite, Inc."

https://krcgtv.com/news/local/missouri-bill-would-require-adults-aged-18-34-to-own-ar-15
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Paul Manafort sentenced to an additional 3.5 years in prison

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/13/us/politics/paul-manafort-sentencing.html

WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, has been ordered to serve a total of seven and a half years in prison after a second federal judge added more time to his sentence on Wednesday, saying he “spent a significant portion of his career gaming the system.”

Judge Amy Berman Jackson of Federal District Court in Washington sentenced Mr. Manafort, 69, on two conspiracy counts that encompassed a host of crimes, including money-laundering, obstruction of justice and failing to disclose lobbying work that earned him tens of millions of dollars over more than a decade.

“It is hard to overstate the number of lies and the amount of fraud and the amount of money involved,” she said, reeling off Mr. Manafort’s various offenses, rapid-fire. “There is no question that this defendant knew better and he knew what he was doing.”

Each charge carried a maximum of five years. But Judge Jackson noted that one count was closely tied to the same bank and tax fraud scheme that a federal judge in Virginia had sentenced Mr. Manafort for last week. Under sentencing guidelines, she said, those punishments should largely overlap, not be piled on top of each other. Mr. Manafort was also expected to get credit for the nine months he has already spent in jail.

Soon after the additional sentence was handed down, Mr. Manafort was charged in state court in New York with mortgage fraud and more than a dozen other felonies, an effort to ensure he will still face prison time if Mr. Trump pardons him for his federal crimes.

Mr. Manafort asked the judge in Washington not to add to his time in prison. “This case has taken everything from me, already,” he said, running through a list of his financial assets that now belong to the government. “Please let my wife and I be together,” he added, hunched over in a wheelchair because of a flare-up of gout.
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Town flushes final roll of 12-year toilet paper supply

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It took 12 years for Bavaria's village of Fuchstal to run out of toilet paper, but "the last roll has now been used up," Mayor Erwin Karg told reporters on Tuesday.

The trouble began in 2006, when a town employee accidentally ordered two truckloads of the product, according to local media reports at the time. When the first vehicle rolled up to the 4,000-people town and delivered the goods, the authorities realized the mistake and managed to cancel the second truck. Even so, the village of Fuchstal was left with the logistical problem of packing away the paper.

Officials set up a four-person team to distribute the toilet paper in several public buildings, filling the attic of the local storage building as well all available closets and cabinets in local schools, the town hall and the firehouse. Ordinary citizens showed little interest in the product, as it turned out to be a gray, single-ply brand that tended to turn yellow and grow brittle under prolonged exposure to sunlight.

On the upside, the botched 2006 order saved the city a significant amount of money.

"We were able to save up over €1,000 ($1,130) because the price of wood went up next year, which also made toilet paper more expensive," Karg was quoted by the DPA news agency as saying.

Inspired by the savings, the village has already placed its next large — but not quite so large — order of toilet paper. This time, however, the paper would be white, two-ply and not delivered all at once.

"In my case, it would probably take another 12 years to get used to that," the mayor said.

https://www.dw.com/en/wiped-out-town-flushes-final-roll-of-12-year-toilet-paper-supply/a-47884449
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GOP consultant spread viral conspiracy AOC hired her boyfriend on taxpayer dime

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First, it was her clothing. Then her dancing. Not to mention her credit score, her apartment, her hometown. Maybe it was only a matter of time before conservatives went after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s love life.

On Friday — the day after Valentine’s Day, as some commenters dutifully noted — an accusation that the New York Democrat was employing her boyfriend as a member of her staff made its way around the Twitter pages of various conservative media magoos. Gleeful outrage ensued.

“While you were having a nice Valentine’s Day, @AOC decided to put her boyfriend on staff — drawing a salary on the taxpayer’s dime,” wrote Twitter user Luke Thompson in one viral post. “Nice to see her adapting to the swamp so quickly.”

[email protected] is having a tough week,” wrote Charlie Kirk, founder of the conservative group Turning Point USA.

Then, from Katrina Pierson, a senior adviser to the Trump 2020 campaign: “Her jobs for everyone starts with her boyfriend. Pure socialism, government chooses the winners and losers.”

Fox News picked up on this chatter and published a story that asserted Ocasio-Cortez “faces questions” about her boyfriend. Similar stories in Breitbart and the Daily Caller followed.

The fast-growing conspiracy seems to have originated from a few would-be sleuths who found her boyfriend’s name, Riley Roberts, listed in online House directories with a “mail.house.gov” email address. Thus, he must be on her staff.

Well, they’re partly correct. Roberts does have a House email address, but, as a spokesperson for the chamber’s Office of the Chief Administrative Officer explained, that does not mean he’s an employee.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/02/16/conservatives-cant-stop-obsessing-over-ocasio-cortez-their-latest-target-her-boyfriend/?utm_term=.10f5157a2ba6
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Cardinal goes to Jail

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top 1% comprise up to 60% of 38 Universities

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Scratch the surface of a conservative and underneath you will find someone who hates change -- scratch the surface of a liberal and underneath you will find an aristocrat

Students who are from families of Americas top 1% comprise a larger portion of the student body than all students from below the 60% in each of Americas 38 most prestigious universities.

Crunching the numbers this means that the group which in an egalitarian society would comprise 1/99th of the student body at this school instead compromise an amount roughly 6000x larger than would be expected.

Over in California, students of Stanford University are suing multiple other colleges for the recent massiv university-bribery scandal where rich people were paying bribes to get their children into school:

https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/college-admissions-scandal-stanford-students-file-lawsuit-against-usc-yale-ucla-others/1848456827

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco and alleges the students were denied a fair opportunity for admission.

Erica Olsen and Kalea Woods say they were denied a fair opportunity to apply to Yale and USC.

They say the alleged scheme allowed "unqualified students" to be admitted to "highly selective universities."

The lawsuit also named the University of California, Los Angeles, Wake Forest, Georgetown University and others.

More than 50 people were charged earlier this week.
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The 'ecological foundations of society' are in peril, a massive UN report warns

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https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/13/health/un-global-environment-outlook-report/index.html


>The 700-plus page report is the sixth Global Environment Outlook and is the UN's most comprehensive report on the state of the global environment since the fifth edition in 2012. More than 250 scientists and experts from more than 70 countries contributed to the assessment.

>The picture is not all doom and gloom: The authors stress that we have the science, technology and money to protect the environment while supporting the nearly 10 billion people expected to call Earth home by 2050. And in many cases, it makes economic sense to make the changes necessary to ensure a sustainable future, they say.

>But it is people -- politicians, business leaders and members of the public -- who in many cases, continue to stand in the way of achieving those goals.

https://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/27652/GEO6SPM_EN.pdf
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