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The Trump Baby Blimp Is Coming To America

‘Trump baby’ blimp flies in London Slideshow by Reuters The Trump Baby blimp, which hovered over protests in London while President Donald Trump made his first official visit to the United Kingdom, is coming to America. The unflattering depiction of Trump, with an orange complexion, snarling expression and tiny hands, caught the attention of people around the world, including an activist in New Jersey who decided the helium balloon needed to visit his state. So the activist, Didier Jimenez-Castro of Hillsborough, New Jersey, got together with some other local organizers to create a GoFundMe page to raise money for a Trump Baby blimp, the Bridgewater Courier News says.  “We agreed we need to bring Baby Trump to Bedminster,” the fundraising page says, referring to the location of...

With New Illinois Gun Law, ‘Red Flag’ States Have More Than Doubled Since Parkland

© Scott Olson via Getty Images Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) has signed a pair of gun bills into law, including a so-called Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed a so-called “red flag” measure into law on Monday, which allows firearms to be temporarily confiscated from people who a judge determines are dangerous. With the governor’s signature, Illinois is now one of more than a dozen states with red flag laws in place, including eight that have passed legislation as a response to the February shooting in Parkland, Florida. Under Illinois’ HB 2354, law enforcement, family members, dating partners and roommates can petition a judge to issue a “firearms restraining order” that would allow law enforcement to temporarily remove guns from individuals that are found to pose a danger to themselve...

Anthony Bourdain slammed Hillary Clinton and ‘gropey, disgusting’ Bill Clinton in newly released interview

In an interview, published more than a month after his death, Anthony Bourdain called former President Bill Clinton a “gropey, grabby disgusting” person and slammed the Clintons for how they handled the Monica Lewinsky scandal. The celebrity chef and “Parts Unknown” host, who hanged himself in a French hotel in June, sat down with journalist Maria Bustillos from the magazine Popula before his death. The sit-down was published on Sunday. Bourdain, one of the most outspoken supporters of the #MeToo movement, told the magazine it was shameful how the Clintons handled the scandal involving Lewinsky. PHOTOS: Remembering Anthony Bourdain “Bill Clinton, look, the bimbo eruptions—it was f—ing monstrous. That would not have flown today,” Bourdain said about the scandal. “[Bill Clinton is] a p...

Trump blasts Mueller probe, Putin denies meddling as leaders tout summit as ‘success’

Trump deflects question on Russia meddling at Putin presser President Trump, after being questioned by a reporter on if he believed U.S. intelligence or Vladimir Putin’s denial about meddling in the 2016 election, says he has confidence in both parties; John Roberts reports on the takeaways from the post-summit press conference. President Trump and Vladimir Putin tackled allegations of election meddling in unprecedented terms following their one-on-one summit Monday, with Trump opening the door to an unusual offer of cooperation in the special counsel probe and the Russian president suggesting he indeed favored the billionaire businessman in 2016.  But Putin, emphatically and repeatedly, denied meddling in the U.S. election, saying there’s “no evidence.” And Trump, ...

April Tinsley: DNA snares man in Indiana girl’s 1988 murder

Image copyright FBI Image caption April Tinsley was abducted while walking to a friend’s home in her neighbourhood DNA evidence links an Indiana man to the murder 30 years ago of an eight-year-old girl, police say. John D Miller, 59, has appeared in court facing charges for the 1988 abduction, rape and murder of April Tinsley in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Police matched his DNA from used condoms to evidence found on the girl’s underwear, an affidavit says. It also states he has confessed. The killer apparently taunted police and threatened other little girls. The suspect is being held at the Allen County jail without bail. He faces felony murder, child molestation and criminal confinement charges. The affidavit says that when confronted by detectives on 15 July, the accused said he a...

Trump sides with Russia against FBI at Helsinki summit

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump: “There was nobody to collude with” US President Donald Trump has defended Russia over claims of interference in the 2016 presidential election. After face-to-face talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mr Trump contradicted US intelligence agencies and said there had been no reason for Russia to meddle in the vote. Mr Putin reiterated that Russia had never interfered in US affairs. The two men held nearly two hours of closed-door talks in the Finnish capital Helsinki on Monday. At a news conference after the summit, President Trump was asked if he believed his own intelligence agencies or the Russian president when it came to the allegations of meddling in the elections. “President Putin says it’...

City reviews ‘no cotton’ rule barring Muslim kids from pools

Delaware’s biggest city is reviewing its rules after Muslim children were told to stay out of a municipal pool because of their clothing. The News Journal reports that officials with the Wilmington mayor’s office and parks and recreation department will meet Monday to discuss how to avoid similar situations in the future. Mayor Mike Purzycki said in a statement Saturday that the city was wrong to use a vaguely-worded policy to bar Muslim kids wearing cotton shirts, shorts and headscarves from the pool. City officials justified the exclusion citing a rule against wearing cotton in the water, saying it’s a safety risk and strains filtration systems. But Tahsiyn Ismaa’eel, who brought Muslim campers to the pool, said no such rule was posted, and it was enforced in a di...

Judge temporarily halts deportation of reunified families

A federal judge on Monday ordered a temporary halt to any deportations of reunited families who were separated by the Trump administration after crossing the southwest border. The American Civil Liberties Union had asked Judge Dana Sabraw to delay deportations a week after reunification. The ACLU said in a court filing that its request is a response to “persistent and increasing rumors … that mass deportations may be carried out imminently and immediately upon reunification.” The ACLU said parents need a week after being reunified with their children to decide whether to pursue asylum. The decision “cannot be made until parents not only have had time to fully discuss the ramifications with their children, but also to hear from the child’s advocate or counsel, ...

Compiling Trump’s recent comments on US allies and rivals

President Donald Trump held a historic meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday in Finland, using some kind words to describe his budding relationship with the world leader. The comments that followed the meeting were the most recent in a string of them stemming from Trump’s interactions with heads of state where he turned the tables on existing ties, either reversing a historically poor relationship or making a longstanding friendship unexpectedly uncomfortable. Here is a rundown of some of the most controversial comments Trump has made in connection to fellow heads of state. The G-7 conference ended in early June with something of a war of words between North American neighbors. After the meeting, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will “not be...

Republicans have some of the most negative reactions to Trump-Putin news conference

The response from lawmakers to President Trump’s press conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin was swift and almost universally negative, with especially critical statements coming from members of Trump’s own party. House Speaker Paul Ryan issued a statement saying “the president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally.” “There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world. That is not just the finding of the American intelligence community but also the House Committee on Intelligence,” Ryan said. “The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally. There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia, which remains hostile to our most basic values...