Day: January 5, 2018

Jacksonville corrections officer arrested after confidential informant’s arrest report texted – Florida Times-Union

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Jacksonville corrections officer arrested after confidential informant's arrest report texted
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A 25-year-old Jacksonville corrections officer was arrested Thursday after a photo of a police arrest report of a confidential informant with his name and address was taken and released to the public, according to the Sheriff's Office. Dustin J. Koenig
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Golden Globes predictions: Who will win in the TV categories? –

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Master of None
Will & Grace

Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/courtesy of HBO

Predicted winner: Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor. The HFPA loves to honor members of the freshman class, and he’s a mighty fine one.

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Claire Foy, The Crown
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce
Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Alison Brie, GLOW
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Issa Rae, Insecure
Frankie Shaw, SMILF

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

The 75th annual Golden Globes, hosted by Seth Meyers, air Jan. 7, 2018 on NBC.

The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Virginia Republicans hold state House after candidate wins lucky draw – Chicago Tribune

“This is a sad conclusion for me,” she said.

The drawing of lots happened after the race between Yancey and Democratic challenger Shelley Simonds ended in tie. The win allows Republicans to maintain a slim majority in the House, though a final tally is still uncertain because Simonds could ask for another recount. Adding another wrinkle: Another close legislative race is in doubt because it’s locked in a court battle.

After the drawing Thursday, election board members asked the public to make sure that they correctly fill out ballots in future contests.

At the heart of the dispute is a single ballot on which the voter filled in the bubble for both Simonds and Yancey. The voter also drew a single slash through the bubble for Simonds and picked Republican candidates in statewide races.

The balance of power in the House could shift again because a lawsuit is pending over the results of another House race in Northern Virginia. Democrat Joshua Cole lost to Republican Bob Thomas by 73 votes in a recount. But voters filed a federal lawsuit after at least 147 ballots were found to be assigned to the wrong districts. A federal court hearing on that election is schedule for Friday.

Simonds endured a long moment of silence as the elections officials certified Yancey as the winner. The only sound in the room was the clicking of cameras, most of which were trained on Simonds.

House Republican Leader Kirk Cox said shortly after the drawing that Yancey’s win had cemented GOP control of the state House when the 2018 legislative session starts next week, even if Simonds asks for another recount.

Many state workers and staffers who work for Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe quickly left the room disappointed and Simonds addressed the media.

The drawing drew a large, if lopsided, crowd to the Virginia elections board meeting. Many of the people packed into the room were either reporters or Simonds’ supporters. Yancey did not attend but did have a few GOP staffers there to watch.

Kid wit: Dad measures baby’s growth with cheesesteaks – Arizona Daily Star

Kid wit: Dad measures baby's growth with cheesesteaks

This July 27, 2016, photo provided by Brad Williams shows the computer programmer's 9-month-old son Lucas Royce Williams lounging on a blanket next to a wrapped cheesesteak sandwich to compare his son's size, at their home in the Philadelphia suburb of

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On Marijuana Law, No Politician Is a True Federalist – Bloomberg

On marijuana specifically, almost nobody in politics is truly federalist. Sessions isn’t, and neither is Pelosi or other critics of the attorney general.

Justice Antonin Scalia, concurring in the decision, started from the premise that the federal government has the power to prohibit commerce in marijuana among the states. “Where necessary to make a regulation of interstate commerce effective,” he reasoned, “Congress may regulate even those intrastate activities that do not themselves substantially affect interstate commerce.”

Pelosi is right that consistency is hard to come by in debates over federalism. Liberals and conservatives alike hold their policy commitments more deeply than any federalist principles, and they invoke those principles as weapons of convenience in their fights over policy.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or LP and its owners.

“Yet again, Republicans expose their utter hypocrisy in paying lip-service to states’ rights while trampling over laws they personally dislike.” That was House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi’s reaction to the news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is increasing federal enforcement of laws against marijuana in states that have legalized it.

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Senator Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican incensed by the new policy, isn’t pushing for legalization at the federal level either. He too just wants selective non-enforcement. He even says he will block nominees to the Justice Department until it agrees to his demand.

The court probably got the case right. How heavily the federal government has to be involved to stop interstate commerce in marijuana is a practical legislative judgment about which the courts have no special expertise or authority.

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Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ While You Were Celebrating … – Kaiser Health News

Julie Rovner: The New York Times’ “Care Suffers as More Nursing Homes Feed Money Into Corporate Webs,” by Jordan Rau (of Kaiser Health News).

To hear all our podcasts, click here.

The year in health policy has already begun: The Trump administration Thursday released a long-awaited regulation aimed at making it easier for small businesses and others to form “association health plans.” Now advocates and opponents will be able to weigh in with more specific recommendations.

Alice Ollstein: ProPublica’s “Want to Lower Health Care Costs? Stop Wasting Our Money,” by Marshall Allen.

Meanwhile, in December, the health policy focus was on the tax bill and its repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s “individual mandate” penalty for most people who don’t have health insurance. But some recent key court decisions could reshape the benefits millions of people receive as part of their health coverage.

This week’s “What the Health?” guests are Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post, Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo and Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times.

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US sanctions five Iranian entities, signals more measures – Washington Post

The new sanctions come after a week of anti-government protests that have spread across Iran in towns and small cities that previously were considered bulwarks of government support. President Trump has tweeted his support for the protesters and criticism of the government, warning that “the world is watching.”

“These sanctions target key entities involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program, which the Iranian regime prioritizes over the economic well-being of the Iranian people,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “As the Iranian people suffer, their government and the IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] fund foreign militants, terrorist groups and human rights abuses.”

Last month, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, showed reporters fragments from missiles that had been launched by Yemeni rebels into Saudi Arabia. One shredded fragment had the Shahid Bakeri logo on it, seeming proof that it was manufactured in Iran.

The nuclear deal did not address contentious issues such as Iran’s support for militant groups in the region or its ballistic missile activities. The Obama administration said it was better to deal with the other issues once Iran’s ability to amass fissile material needed for nuclear weapons were kept in check. The Trump administration has accused the Obama administration of ignoring Iran’s troubling behavior to keep the nuclear deal alive.

With more than 20 people dead in the government response to the protests, the Trump administration is considering whether to impose new sanctions related to human rights abuses.

The latest sanctions were directed at Shahid Kharrazi Industries, Shahid Sanikhani Industries, Shahid Moghaddam Industries, Shahid Eslami Research Center and Shahid Shustari Industries, all linked to Shahid Bakeri. Each produces a specific component of ballistic missiles, such as guidance and control systems, motor cases or fiber materials.

The United States on Thursday placed sanctions on five subsidiaries of an Iranian industrial group that is considered key in the development and production of the country’s ballistic missiles.

Ryan Shazier Has Regained Feeling in Legs, Father Expects Him to Play Again – Bleacher Report

“He’s much better,” he added (h/t Lauren Kirschman of, “but we’ve agreed to keep his progress private until he’s ready to share where he’s at.”

“When your child is laying there in a situation like this, I was hoping and wishing I could switch positions with him,” he added.

A number of his teammates visited him in the hospital in the wake of his injury, with many of them donning customized Shazier cleats or No. 50 shirts under their pads in the team’s Dec. 10 game against the Baltimore Ravens. They dedicated that win to the linebacker, awarding him the game ball.

Shazier, 25, had spinal stabilization surgery on Dec. 6 after suffering the injury against the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 4. He had to be stretchered off the field and was unable to move his legs at the time.

Shazier has attended two of the team’s games at Heinz Field since suffering the injury and was also at the team’s practice facility on Dec. 23 in a wheelchair. He is currently on injured reserve and his football future remains in question, though his place on the Steelers is hardly in doubt.

Why Our Oceans Are Starting to Suffocate – Smithsonian

Breitburg is similarly adamant that greenhouse gas emissions—responsible for the lose-lose effect on ocean life described earlier—must be curbed in the immediate future if progress of any kind is to be made. “We have no choice, really, but to address that problem,” she says.

“The consequences of climate change go way beyond just the potential for declining oxygen in the oceans,” she says, “and really include all aspects of Earth’s ability to support life. The steps that are needed are not easy, but we have no choice.”

Another trait of anoxic ocean environments, Breitburg notes, could exacerbate global warming trends yet further if action is not taken. “They’re sites of production of compounds like nitrous oxide,” she says, “which are really potent greenhouse gases. So there is the potential for feedback that may worsen climate change.”

When it comes to animal life on Earth, oxygen is a baseline necessity. From humans and housecats to gorillas and great white sharks, the simple diatomic molecule is essential to the success of cellular respiration, which breaks down complex carbohydrates to produce the energy required for survival. A recently published article in Science magazine reports that all across the globe, oxygen content in our oceans is dropping—rapidly.

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