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Perishers - 26th August 2019

Perishers originally ran from 1959 to 2006. The strip is still so popular today that we decided to reprint the best of the strips by Maurice Dodd and Dennis Collins
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Ex-FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith will plead guilty to falsifying Russia probe do
Kevin Clinesmith will plead guilty to falsifying an e-mail that the CIA used to justify a 2017 wiretap on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser.
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Over 70 people test positive for COVID-19 after attending Ohio winery event
Kati Finn and six of her friends were among those who tested positive for COVID-19 after visiting the Leisure Time Winery in Napoleon, Ohio.
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TikTok and its employees prepare to battle Trump
President Trump ordered sweeping bans on the video app last week, calling it a threat to U.S. national security.
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Who is Robert Trump? What to know about President Trump’s younger brother
Unlike his famous commander-in-chief brother, Robert Trump has largely flown under the radar in recent years.
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A-Level Students Threaten Legal Action Over Exam Results as Petition Grows
Nearly 40 percent of A-level grades were lowered under an algorithm used by the exams regulator after students were unable to sit their exams.
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I Thought Anonymity Was a Shield After My Sexual Assault. But Coming Forward Brought Me Back to Myself
Last year, I published Know My Name, a memoir about my experience being sexually assaulted on Stanford’s campus in 2015, the trial that followed and what I began to understand about healing and justice. For three years before the book’s release, I wrote while remaining anonymous, known only to the public as “Emily Doe.” Writing…
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John Legend, Billie Eilish, and more set to perform at 2020 DNC
John Legend, The Chicks, Common and Billie Eilish are among the performers scheduled to appear next week at the Democratic National Convention.
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These gray reef sharks are BFFs, scientists say
Saturdays are for the sharks.
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Why we’re sympathetic to Princess Diana — but not Harry and Meghan
Much as his mother, the late Princess Diana, denied having anything to do with a sympathetic book packed with insider details called “Diana: Her True Story,” Prince Harry and his wife Meghan deny having cooperated with a sympathetic book packed with insider details called “Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern...
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Trump to campaign in swing states during Democratic National Convention
President Trump will campaign in key general election battleground states next week, at the same time as the Democrats formally nominate former Vice President Joe Biden as their party’s standard bearer at the Democratic National Convention.
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North Korean soldier jailed for listening to Radio Free Asia broadcasts
The soldier neglected to turn her radio’s dial away from RFA’s frequency after finishing work at a government ministry building in Pyongyang, sources told RFA.
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Who's No. 1? Dodgers' Mookie Betts moved to leadoff spot and hits three home runs
Mookie Betts returned to the leadoff spot for the Dodgers and responded with an MLB-record sixth three-home run game.
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Homeland Security leaders' appointments invalid, government watchdog finds
The matter has been referred to the DHS Inspector General for review.
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Sports teams want to turn their arenas into voting centers
Sports arenas want to be the new home field for voters in upcoming elections.
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In Lovecraft Country, Racial Violence Is the Real American Horror Story
The HBO series turns racist genre tropes inside-out, and then starts to play by its own rules.
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Girl forms friendship with officer after talking to him about her dog
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Officials: Mardi Gras may not happen next year
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Boy w/ diabetes gets alert dog a year after scare
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Mourners grieve 'senseless' killing of 11-yo girl
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Couple reunites after spending 151 days apart
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Teen's flash flood rescue goes viral on TikTok
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St. Louis already has 15 child homicides in 2020
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Mom of murdered 4-yo wants city to make changes
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Afghanistan begins releasing last Taliban prisoners as peace deal forges ahead
The Afghan government released 80 of the final remaining 400 Taliban prisoners Thursday, paving the way for long-stalled peace negotiations after nearly two decades of bitter and violent conflict in the country. 
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Lisa Rinna details husband Harry Hamlin’s past romance with Ursula Andress: ‘She got pregnant that night'
Lisa Rinna got candid about husband Harry Hamlin’s former romance with Bond girl Ursula Andress.
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Seattle beer company defends anti-cop acronym on cans
A Seattle beer company is brewing up controversy with an anti-police message on cans. Michael Dempster — who owns Mirage Beer, which bills itself as a “farmhouse-focused” Puget Sound brewery — released a hoppy IPA in June called “Choosey Lover” that featured a stamp on the bottom of cans that read, “ACAB means all cops,”...
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David Friedman: Joe Biden Helped Middle East Peace Deal Only by Being So 'Hostile'
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told Breitbart News Daily on Friday morning that former Vice President Joe Biden had contributed to the peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) only by being so "bad."
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Here's Who Memphis Wants to Nominate For 'Big Brother' Eviction This Week
He'll need to name two people today.
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Homeless man lived in empty Florida stadium for weeks: cops
A homeless man in Florida made a luxury suite in an empty stadium his home for two weeks while helping himself to food, drinks and team merchandise, police said. Daniel Albert Neja, 39, was busted Sunday at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg — the 7,200-seat home of the Tampa Bay Rowdies professional soccer team...
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Jeffrey Epstein accused of sexually abusing 11-year-old in new lawsuit
A woman who says she was just 11 years old when Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused her is among nine accusers who filed a new Manhattan lawsuit against the dead pedophile’s estate. The women — who filed the case without using their real names — say they were sexually abused and in some cases raped in...
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Cucinnelli Defends Fed Crackdown, As GAO Finds Him Ineligible for DHS Job
In an interview with Newsweek, DHS Acting Seputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said believes racial injustice is a problem in the U.S., but that federal officers were right to crack down on "violent agitators."
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President Trump entertains citizenship query of Kamala Harris and 'birther conspiracy'
President Donald Trump has been criticized over a baseless Harris citizenship conspiracy, and it's not the first time.        
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15 things everyone is buying from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
At the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020, shoppers keep buying highly-rated products from brands like Spanx, Cole Haan, Hunter, and more.       
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Government Watchdog Says Homeland Security Leaders Were Not Legitimately Appointed
Chad Wolf is "acting secretary" of DHS. Ken Cuccinelli is "senior official performing the duties of deputy secretary." The Government Accountability Office says the appointments are invalid.
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Nike's steps back into the Kobe Bryant sneaker game in a big way
The inaugural Mamba Week, which kicks off Aug. 23, will feature five new versions of the Kobe V Protro.
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The Constitution Is Perfectly Clear About Citizenship
It took all of about 39 seconds for the vicious “birther” chatter to reemerge once former Vice President Joe Biden announced that Senator Kamala Harris would be his running mate for the November election. No wonder, since a certain variety of American citizen just can’t seem to wrap his mind around the U.S. Constitution’s provisions guaranteeing equal citizenship to all Americans.Not long after the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act, I gave a talk on civil liberties in a small hamlet tucked away in the foothills of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains.Afterward, an audience member helpfully shared a secret: I didn’t know it, he said, but I was immune from any arrest or detention. If law enforcement tried to detain me, he said, “Just tell them you are not subject to the Fourteenth Amendment, and they have to let you go.”“I don’t encourage you to try that,” I answered. He went away shaking his head at my ignorance of the real Constitution.The man’s suggestion was a surprise but not a shock. From my work in constitutional history, I have learned that the Fourteenth Amendment is the most important single part not only of the reformed, post-slavery Constitution, but also of crazed theories from the fever swamp of the constitutional far right.I am pretty sure my new friend was going to roll out a theory I’d read in militia chat rooms and heard in “patriot” meetings: that Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment creates two levels of citizenship—“sovereign citizens,” meaning white males, who were already citizens before the amendment was adopted, and “Fourteenth Amendment citizens,” meaning women and members of racial minorities. “Sovereign citizens” are subject only to the “organic Constitution,” which is usually described as the document drawn up in Philadelphia plus the Bill of Rights. Their rights are God-given. “Fourteenth Amendment citizens” occupy a lower rung. Their privileges and immunities come by grace of government and can be revoked. U.S. courts have no jurisdiction over the “sovereign” (different factions disagree about why, but agree that this is so).Here’s the language that myth misinterprets: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”It’s not really unclear. Born here? Check. Subject to U.S. and state jurisdiction? Check. Citizen? You got it.Second-class status? No.But even before the amendment entered the Constitution in 1868, a determined attempt—largely powered by white men infuriated at losing their supremacy—had been made to convince Americans that it must mean something other than equal citizenship for all.Indeed, the fight against equal citizenship can be traced, chillingly enough, to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. On April 11, 1865, the southern firebrand John Wilkes Booth stood among a crowd outside the White House while President Lincoln gave a short address on the reconstruction of the former Confederate states. His plan for Louisiana did not include the vote for Black Americans there. “It is also unsatisfactory to some that the elective franchise is not given to the colored man,” Lincoln said. “I would myself prefer that it were now conferred on the very intelligent, and on those who serve our cause as soldiers.”At this, Booth turned to his co-conspirator Lewis Powell and said, “That means nigger citizenship. That is the last speech he will ever make.” Three days later, on Good Friday, Booth shot Lincoln dead at Ford’s Theatre.The idea of shared citizenship—of the Fourteenth Amendment’s promise of what one of its proponents, Representative John Bingham, had called “one country, one Constitution, and one people”—is still resisted by those to whom the idea is literally unimaginable. When Hiram Revels, an American-born Black man from Mississippi, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1861, Democratic opponents delayed his swearing-in for two days with the claim that he had not been a citizen for the required seven years. Their kindred spirits have asked over and over whether one group or another—the formerly enslaved, Chinese Americans, American-born children of undocumented immigrants—could possibly be American citizens. Could they vote? Could they be president? Are you serious? What is the point of citizenship if anyone can have it?This is the painful background to the entirely predictable attempt by a far-right scholar, John Eastman of Chapman University’s law school, to cast a shadow on the selection of Harris as Biden’s running mate. In a recent essay in Newsweek, Eastman points out that Harris’s parents were both immigrants, living in Oakland, California (which, according to the most recent U.S. Geological Survey National Map, is within the territorial limits of the United States), when Harris was born there in 1964.Eastman is just asking questions, he says. Here’s the main one: Were Harris’s parents “merely temporary visitors, perhaps on student visas issued pursuant to Section 101(15)(F) of Title I of the 1952 Immigration Act? If the latter were indeed the case, then derivatively from her parents, Harris was not subject to the complete jurisdiction of the United States at birth, but instead owed her allegiance to a foreign power or powers—Jamaica, in the case of her father, and India, in the case of her mother—and was therefore not entitled to birthright citizenship under the 14th Amendment as originally understood.”This is the nub of a persistent, utterly fraudulent myth about the Fourteenth Amendment—that the child of a noncitizen, born in the United States, is not “subject to the jurisdiction of the United States,” as specified by the Fourteenth Amendment’s citizenship clause.Is there anything to it? Not in the slightest. Children of noncitizens in the U.S. can be sued, arrested, tried, and imprisoned by state or federal government. That’s jurisdiction. The “subject to the jurisdiction” argument is crackpot constitutionalism—“sovereign citizenship” in academic robes—and its persistence is a depressing feature of our corrupt and hateful national dialogue.First, let’s deal with the idea that Harris in 1964 was, because her parents may not have been citizens, not “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States or of California. As I have pointed out before, it takes an impressive level of mental torture to hold this idea in one’s mind alongside the practical knowledge needed to get through an ordinary day. The framers of the Fourteenth Amendment made clear in the debates drawing up its language that “subject to the jurisdiction” had a practical lawyers’ meaning—subject to suit and trial in American courts; the only exceptions to this were persons who, by treaty or international law, were immune to American law. The language of the debates makes clear that the “jurisdiction” excepts only Native people and the children of diplomats. The deniers insist that the language really means Native people, diplomats—and anyone whose parents are from another country.This is, to use a technical term, swill. Not long ago, the former White House aide Michael Anton published an op-ed in The Washington Post that altered the transcript of the debates on “subject to the jurisdiction” to say what conservative commentators claim was said. Some years ago, I debated a Claremont Institute scholar who similarly made claims unsupported by the evidence. Perhaps this keeps happening because the actual record of what was written and said at the time the amendment was adopted just can’t get such scholars to where they want to go. This brings us to President Donald Trump and his theories on race. Trump seems to have an obsession with the citizenship of people of color, particularly those who stand in his way. We all know of his role in claiming that Barack Obama was “actually” born in Kenya; in 2016, Trump and his supporters claimed that a Republican rival, Senator Ted Cruz, was ineligible to be president because he was born to an American citizen living in Canada. Once Cruz’s prospects began to fade, Trump geared up the same complaint against Senator Marco Rubio, born in Florida to parents who had legally immigrated. And it’s not just his political rivals whom he wants to expatriate by force. People who burn the flag should lose their citizenship, he tweeted a few weeks after the 2016 election. And professional football players (what do many of them have in common with Obama and Harris, I wonder?) who won’t stand during the national anthem should be deported.Tyrants and would-be tyrants are often eager to take citizenship into their own hands as a powerful tool of terror and control. Stalin’s Russia stripped political dissidents of citizenship at his will. Once in power in Germany, the Nazis quickly stripped Jews of their citizenship as a prelude to the Holocaust. Fascist Italy adopted laws permitting the denationalization of Italians who dissented politically.And American history preserves the spectacle of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, who in 1857’s Dred Scott decision proclaimed that persons of African descent were not and could never be citizens of the United States.Representative Thaddeus Stevens, one of the sponsors of the Fourteenth Amendment, told the House of Representatives that the doctrine of Dred Scott “damned [Taney] to everlasting fame; and, I fear, to everlasting fire.” During my time as a professor at the University of Baltimore, I am happy to say, the city’s monument to this judicial monster was removed. His spirit, though, lives on in the strange imaginings of “sovereign citizens” and the more elegant insinuations of scholars.
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Watch live: Trump holds press conference before leaving for N.Y. and N.J.
The president continues to blast mail-in voting.
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These are the COVID symptoms you’ll likely get first, scientists find
New research has boiled down the most probable order in which COVID-19 symptoms first appear.
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'Ted Lasso' was icing on a $250-million deal. Now he has his own TV show
In Apple's "Ted Lasso," Jason Sudeikis plays an American football coach turned English soccer manager. But the character's origins date back almost 20 years.
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Iowans grapple with aftermath of Monday's deadly derecho, 'a disaster that we have never seen'
The National Guard was set to arrive in Cedar Rapids on Friday to assist residents there after Monday's deadly derecho storm that was like a hurricane        
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California firefighters fear heat wave, winds will intensify massive LA blaze
California firefighters racing to a contain a massive blaze that has erupted north of Los Angeles are fearing that a sweltering forecast Friday combined with possible gusty winds could further fan the flames. 
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Jets missing top pick Denzel Mims for first training camp practice
The Jets were missing one of their top draft picks Friday when they took the field for their first real practice of training camp. Wide receiver Denzel Mims, the team’s second-round draft pick, injured his hamstring earlier this week and did not practice. The Jets are hoping Mims can be a weapon for quarterback Sam...
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Sara Haines Joins ‘The View’ as Co-Host
Haines is back at The View after leaving in 2018 to host the third hour of GMA.
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A New Title IX Rule Essentially Allows Accused Sexual Assailants to Hide Evidence Against Them
A mere three months after its release, the DeVos administration’s new Title IX rule goes into effect on Friday, August 14. With the rushed timeline and higher education’s focus on restructuring academia as a whole during the pandemic, scholars, activists, administrators, and other experts are still attempting to parse the nuances of the 2,033 page…
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Whitewater rafting companies struggle to stay afloat during coronavirus pandemic
COVID-19 has some businesses looking ahead to the fall and winter to hopefully make up for lost sales. However, some seasonal jobs, like whitewater rafting rely on summer success and it appears many throughout the Southwest are all stuck in the same boat.
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Actor Eddie Kaye Thomas parts with Venice canal home
Actor Eddie Kaye Thomas has sold his Venice home for a little over $2.55 million.
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Yankees minor leaguer’s dream of beating Red Sox has to wait
Reliving the past is one way to briefly escape the mess we’re all in, and so without much else going on, Yankees minor leaguer Ben Ruta dug through boxes from his childhood when he came across a dream he had written about in 2004 and his mother had saved all these years. The fantasy had...
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Gov. Phil Murphy says New Jersey will adopt mail-in voting for general election
“It doesn’t matter what party you’re in -- everybody gets a ballot,” the Democratic governor said during an interview on CNN.
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