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Controversy after Ohio middle school choir sings cotton-picking song at concert

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Some parents at an Ohio middle school are outraged after hearing an eighth-grade choir sing about picking cotton mere days after other students in the district took photos and videos of themselves with a Confederate flag near the local high school.

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Five living former presidents appear together for first time since 2013  to raise money for hurricane victims 

Added: 22.10.2017 13:28 | 0 views | 0 comments

The five living former presidents appeared together for the first time since 2013 on Saturday at a concert to raise money for victims of devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George H.W. and George W. Bush gathered on stage in College Station, Texas, home of Texas A&M University, putting aside politics to try to unite the country after the storms. Texas A&M is home to the presidential library of the elder Bush. At 93, he has a form of Parkinson’s disease and appeared in a wheelchair at the event. His wife Barbara and George W. Bush’s wife Laura Bush were in the audience. The concert features the country music band Alabama, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer ’Soul Man’ Sam Moore, gospel legend Yolanda Adams and Texas musicians Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen. Earlier on Saturday, President Donald Trump recorded a video greeting that avoids his past criticism of the former presidents and called them "some of America’s finest public servants." "This wonderful effort reminds us that we truly are one nation under God, all unified by our values and devotion to one another," Trump said in the message. The last time the five were together was in 2013, when Obama was still in office, at the dedication of George W. Bush’s presidential library in Dallas. There is precedent for former presidents joining forces for post-disaster fundraising. George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton raised money together after the 2004 South Asia tsunami and Hurricane Katrina the next year. Clinton and George W. Bush combined to seek donations after Haiti’s 2011 earthquake. At a glance | Atlantic hurricane names 2017 "It’s certainly a triple, if not a home run, every time," said Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston. "Presidents have the most powerful and prolific fundraising base of any politician in the world. When they send out a call for help, especially on something that’s not political, they can rake in big money." Amid criticism that his administration was initially slow to aid storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, Trump accused island leaders of "poor leadership," and later tweeted that, "Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes" while saying that Federal Emergency Management Agency, first-responders and military personnel wouldn’t be able to stay there forever. Five former U.S. presidents attend a concert at Texas A&M University benefiting hurricane relief efforts in College Station Credit: Richard Carson/Reuters But Rottinghaus said those attending Saturday’s concert were always going to be viewed more favorably since polling consistently shows that "any ex-president is seen as less polarizing than the current president." "They can’t get away from the politics of the moment," he said of current White House occupants. "Ex-presidents are able to step back and be seen as the nation’s grandfather." Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas’ Gulf Coast as a Category 4 hurricane on Aug. 25, eventually unleashing historic flooding in Houston and killing more than 80 people. Shortly thereafter, all five ex-presidents appeared in a commercial for a fundraising effort known as "One America Appeal." In it, George W. Bush says, "People are hurting down here." His father, George H.W. Bush, then replies, "We love you, Texas." A website accepting donations,, was created with 100 percent of proceeds pledged to hurricane relief. Hurricane Irma subsequently hit Florida and Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, while both affected the U.S. Virgin Islands.  

Fox signed O'Reilly again knowing of new harassment settlement: report

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Bill O'Reilly, the Fox News commentator forced to resign in April, agreed to a $32 million sexual harassment settlement in January, and the network's parent knew about the deal when it gave him a new contract the next month, the New York Times reported on Saturday. The previously undisclosed agreement, at least the sixth involving O'Reilly or the company related to harassment charges against him, was "extraordinarily large" for such cases, according to the newspaper, which cited two people "briefed on the matter" as its sources. Twenty-First Century Fox Inc acknowledged that it had been aware of O'Reilly's settlement with Lis Wiehl, a former Fox News legal analyst, when it signed a contract extension with "The O'Reilly Factor" host in February.


Senate's McConnell says tax bill should be revenue neutral

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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday he has not abandoned his longtime goal of making sure any tax cuts are revenue neutral, saying the growth estimates in the Republican tax reform plan will offset the cuts. The Trump administration's tax plan promises up to $6 trillion in tax cuts but will increase the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next decade.

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Jeff Sessions Praises Texas Immigration Crackdown

Added: 22.10.2017 12:27 | 0 views | 0 comments

AUSTIN ― Attorney General Jeff Sessions praised the Texas legislature’s controversial immigration crackdown law during a speech here Friday, commending conservative officials for supporting his efforts against “sanctuary” jurisdictions that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities.


McConnell says he’s awaiting Trump guidance on health care

Added: 22.10.2017 11:24 | 1 views | 0 comments

STERLING, Va. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’s willing to bring bipartisan health care legislation to the floor if President Donald Trump makes clear he supports it. A proposal by two senators — Republican Lamar Alexander and Democrat Patty Murray — would extend to insurers federal payments that Trump has blocked. Trump [...]


Lord Balfour: I had to look up in an encyclopaedia how my forebear changed British history 100 years ago

Added: 22.10.2017 10:42 | 0 views | 0 comments

The 5th Earl of Balfour first realised the significance of the Balfour Declaration when he was a 14-year-old schoolboy at Eton, hailing a taxi while on holiday in London. A copy of the Declaration – made a century ago by Arthur Balfour, the former prime minister who later became foreign secretary, backing the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine – hung on the wall of his loo at home, where the young Balfour read it without really appreciating its importance. The iconic document was never discussed at home or school.  So it was a crucial moment in Lord Balfour’s life when a Jewish London cabbie spotted his school trunk with his surname painted on it. “Is this yours, mate? Are you anything to do with the prime minister?” (His ancestor, the 1st Earl of Balfour, served as Conservative Prime Minister from 1902 to 1905.) “Yes,” he said, explaining he was his great-great nephew.  “I don’t believe this!” said the taxi driver. “Wait till I get home and tell my family. What he did for us! Tonight, it’s Passover and you’re my last fare before I knock off to go off to the East End for Passover dinner.” The driver then pulled off the road and started singing Jewish songs to the teenage boy.  Arthur James Balfour who served as Prime Minister of the Conservative government of 1902-1905 Credit: Print Collector/Hulton Archive “I was so bowled over by this that I was late, and I dashed out of the cab, leaving a family picture in the back of the cab,” says Lord Balfour, 68, a banker. “I thought it was now in the East End. Instead, he went to the lost property office, all the way up in north London, deposited it, stuck a label saying Balfour on it. I was able to find it the next day. “That was my first time I realised the importance of the declaration to Jewish people.” Today, a fine Philip de László portrait of Arthur Balfour presides over Lord Balfour’s drawing room in his handsome Sussex house, where he lives with his wife, Lady Tessa, a daughter of the Duke of Norfolk. They have four daughters, all interested in their ancestor’s 100-year-old Declaration.  The Declaration was sent by Arthur Balfour to Lord Rothschild, the de facto secular head of British Jewry, on November 2, 1917. It was then passed on to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. The short, single-page document declared: “His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.” Lord Balfour standing beside a portrait of his ancestor  Credit:  Christopher Pledger for The Telegraph The Declaration was absolutely vital in the long build-up to the eventual creation of the state of Israel in 1948 – which also happens to be the year the current Lord Balfour was born. Despite that teenage meeting with the taxi driver, the Balfour Declaration played little part in young Roderick Balfour’s life. “It was never mentioned by anybody at school, or very much as I grew up,” he says. “At school, everyone said: ‘Are you related to that loser Balfour?’, because he lost the 1906 election. They didn’t know about the Declaration. “But you go to Canada, Argentina, France or anywhere in the [Jewish] diaspora, and they all know about it. This country has less knowledge than anywhere else.” Lord Balfour listens to an address during his 1925 visit to Palestine. Credit: Hulton Deutsch/Corbis Historical In fact, Lord and Lady Balfour have just returned from a seminar – “From Balfour to Brexit” – in Jerusalem. Whenever he goes to Israel, he is reminded of the affection in which his great-great uncle is held. “People come running up to you and just say: ‘Thank you,’” he says. “I started going to Israel on bank business in the 90s and saw Balfour Streets in every town. The Prime Minister lives today on Balfour Street.” However, Lord Balfour sees imperfections in the modern state of Israel. “I have major reservations,” he says. “There is this sentence in the declaration, ‘Nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine.’ That’s pretty clear. Well, that’s not being adhered to. That has somehow got to be rectified. Talking to the more liberal elements of Jewry, they would acknowledge there has to be a greater economic role for the Palestinians.” It was only in the 1990s that Lord Balfour really began to appreciate the magnitude of his ancestor’s Declaration. In 1990, he started working at NM Rothschild, the merchant bank run by Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, a cousin of the Lord Rothschild to whom Arthur Balfour addressed his Declaration. Lord Arthur Balfour points out a feature of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to Governor Sir Ronald Storrs during a visit to Jerusalem, 9th April 1925 Credit:  Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive When Lord Balfour joined the bank, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild asked him: “What sort of a Balfour are you? Are you Balfour Beatty [the construction company]?” (“I said I’m one of the poor, government Balfours,” Lord Balfour replied.) And then, in 1992, on the 75th anniversary of the Declaration, Lord Balfour saw in the papers the list of attendees at the anniversary dinner; there wasn’t a Balfour among them. He got in touch with the Anglo-Israel Association and asked if he could get involved with future events. This year, he and Jacob Rothschild – the current Lord Rothschild, whose forebear Walter Rothschild received the Declaration – will host a dinner on the anniversary in a government venue in London. “There are a huge number of events going on on the same day,” says Lord Balfour. “Jacob Rothschild is very kindly organising a dinner, which he and I are nominally joint hosts of, although it’s very much his initiative.” Royal Albert Hall where the celebrations will take place Credit:  Mo Peerbacus / Alamy Stock Photo Lord Rothschild’s team have located descendants of those involved in the Declaration from around the world. Among them will be a Lloyd George, in honour of David Lloyd George, prime minister at the time of the Declaration; and a member of the Sykes family: Sir Mark Sykes, Bt, devised the Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916, which laid out national boundaries in the Middle East.  Next month, there will also be an event at the Royal Albert Hall to commemorate the Declaration, which Lord Balfour will attend with his family. The event will include a 500-voice massed Christian choir, a Klezmer band, the Israeli Dance Institute and the Israeli singer Tally Koren. Lord Balfour never met his famous ancestor – he died in 1930, aged 81. But he speaks of him with great affection. “We all knew about Arthur James because he had been prime minister, and the family were immensely proud of him,” he said. “We all knew him as Nunkie, although I never met him. My father was nine when he died, so he knew him well. He was very much loved.” "We all knew about Arthur James because he had been prime minister, and the family were immensely proud of him.” Credit:  Christopher Pledger for The Telegraph Arthur Balfour was an intellectual – “primarily a Bible-reading philosopher”, says Lord Balfour – but a well-connected one, too. He was a leading member of the Souls, an elite salon of Victorian upper-class intellectuals. Balfour’s uncle, the Marquess of Salisbury, who was known to the family as Bob, had been prime minister before him: “That’s where the expression ‘Bob’s your uncle’ comes from. In other words, it’s quite easy to get on if ‘Bob’s your uncle’.” But rather than a popular turn of phrase, it is for his Declaration that his family would like him to be remembered.  “It was a great humanitarian gesture,” says Lord Balfour. “Humanity should be extremely grateful.” • Harry Mount is editor of The Oldie Magazine

After Video Refutes Kelly’s Charges, Congresswoman Raises Issue of Race

Added: 22.10.2017 10:26 | 0 views | 0 comments

Representative Frederica S. Wilson said John F. Kelly, the president’s chief of staff, lied by suggesting she had taken credit for obtaining funding for a federal building in Miami.


Holders Mazembe reach Confederation Cup final

Added: 22.10.2017 10:03 | 0 views | 0 comments

TP Mazembe stay on course to successfully defend their Confederation Cup title as the Congolese beat Moroccans FUS Rabat 1-0 on aggregate.


Meth hidden in stuffed toy dog, Border Patrol agents say

Added: 22.10.2017 7:25 | 0 views | 0 comments

The keen nose of a dog with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection discovered last week a stuffed animal in the back of a car was no play toy.

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