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Trump Admin certifies Iran Nuke Deal compliance…AGAIN….

ANOTHER one of those campaign promises that is changed….

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President Trump agreed on Monday to certify again that Iran is complying with an international nuclear agreement that he has strongly criticized, but only after hours of arguing with his top national security advisers, briefly upending a planned announcement as a legal deadline loomed.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly condemned the deal brokered by President Barack Obama as a dangerous capitulation to Iran, but six months into his presidency he has not abandoned it. The decision on Monday was the second time his administration certified Iran’s compliance, and aides said a frustrated Mr. Trump had told his security team that he would not keep doing so indefinitely.

Administration officials announced the certification on Monday evening while emphasizing that they intended to toughen enforcement of the deal, apply new sanctions on Iran for its support of terrorism and other destabilizing activities, and negotiate with European partners to craft a broader strategy to increase pressure on Tehran. Aides said Mr. Trump had insisted on such actions before agreeing to the consensus recommendation of his national security team.

“The president has made very clear that he thought this was a bad deal — a bad deal for the United States,” Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, told reporters at a briefing on Monday before the decision was made.

By law, the administration is required to notify Congress every 90 days whether Iran is living up to the deal,….

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Trump asks the Brit’s PM May to get him a ‘warm’ welcome…

It has come to this….

Trump acknowledging that he ain’t getting the adulation he thought he’d get and kinda holds a visit there against Prime Minister May getting a good welcome….

The US President made his shameless plea in a private conversation with Theresa May to plan his state visit — now postponed until next year.

Two million people signed a petition calling for Mr Trump’s proposed trip to be axed.

A transcript of the chat, seen by senior diplomats, reveals his touchiness. Mr Trump says: “I haven’t had great coverage out there lately, Theresa.”

She replies awkwardly: “Well, you know what the British press are like.”

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Theresa May meeting Donald Trump earlier this year

He replies: “I still want to come, but I’m in no rush.

“So, if you can fix it for me, it would make things a lot easier.

“When I know I’m going to get a better reception, I’ll come and not before.”…..

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Kid Rock will run for Michigan US Senate seat….

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MICHIGAN GOP: KID ROCK ‘WOULD BE AWESOME’ AS SENATE CANDIDATE

Rock, an outspoken conservative, endorsed Mitt Romney for president during his 2012 campaign. He told The Guardian in 2015 that he’s a Republican on certain issues, but leans toward the middle on others.

“I am definitely a Republican on fiscal issues and the military, but I lean to the middle on social issues. I am no fan of abortion, but it’s not up to a man to tell a woman what to do. As an ordained minister I don’t look forward to marrying gay people, but I’m not opposed to it,” Rock said.

The singer visited President Donald Trump at the White House in April with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and fellow musician Ted Nugent.

If Kid Rock is serious about running and wins the Senate seat, he would be the first GOP candidate to win that seat since 1998. Incumbent Stabenow has held her seat since 2000…..

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There WILL be another ‘Top Gun’ Movie from Tom Cruise …

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It will be called ‘Top’ Gun: Marverick’  indicated the star….

Although Paramount listed the title simply as “Top Gun,” on Friday, June 30, Cruise has previously said that the long-awaited sequel will be titled Top Gun: Maverick. “It’s not going to be called ‘Top Gun 2,’” the actor, 54, told Access Hollywood in June. “I didn’t want a number. You don’t need a number.”

Cruise went on to explain that the sequel will feel similar to fans of the 1986 classic, which also starred Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Meg Ryan and Val Kilmer.“We’re going to have the same tone that we had from the first,” he said. “Stylistically, it’s going to be the same.”

Cruise will be reprising his role as aviator Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the modern world of drone technology. “When you look at the world of dogfighting, what’s interesting about it is that it’s not a world that exists to the same degree when the original movie came out. This world has not been explored,” Skydance CEO David Ellison told Collider of the film in 2015. “It’s really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today are all fun things that we’re gonna get to dive into in this movie.”…

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Seriously?…Donald Trump’s people are starting their run for 2020….

He is holding fundraisers ALREADY…..

His people are beginning to solidify their grasp on state GOP Chairs around the country…

The Democrats are still fighting among themselves and Barack Obama seems to be stepping in to try to settle things down  and get them running…

He’s getting ready for another term ….

Chairs from Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania met with Trump at the White House on May 18, RealClearPolitics confirmed with the state parties. Also there, according to attendees, were chairs from Florida, Nevada and Wisconsin along with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

Trump won seven of those states in November. Hillary Clinton won New Hampshire by less than a point, Nevada by two points and Colorado by three.

The meeting, which was scheduled for 15 minutes but lasted 45, was a chance for the president to ask his visitors about the situation in their states, participants said.

“It was a very relaxed, casual. Nothing formal,” said New Hampshire GOP Chairwoman Jeanie Forrester. “It was just like you were sitting down with an old friend.”

“The president wanted to know how he was doing in our states and we each gave him an update of how we thought he was doing,” said Pennsylvania GOP chairman Val DiGiorgio. “Pretty much across the board, if not entirely across the board, every state chairman said, ‘You’re doing well, the people who voted for you last year are still with you and keep doing what you’re doing.’”…

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Trump is trying to wear you down…And he will NOT change…

NY Times Op-Ed by ……

“Donald Trump is depending on people’s fatigue. He is banking on your becoming overwhelmed by his never-ending antics. He is counting on his capacity to wear down the resistance by sheer force.”……..

A rational for WHY a Billionaire connects with Middle and Lower class white voters…And why he could continue to do so…

He may have promised them a return of their manufacturing jobs, but he did so with a wink and a nod as both he and they knew that these jobs weren’t really coming back. Instead, the real vindication he offered was a cultural revival and a supersized serving of respect — as well as the satisfaction of sticking it to their politically correct, patronizing foes.

That a billionaire would assume the mantle of pitchfork populism may seem like a political and cultural oxymoron, but Trump is far more like his supporters than appearances suggest. Like them, the cultural arbiters and Manhattan elites never let him inside the club. They may have accepted his money, but they scorned him as garish and gaudy, undeserving of their attention. Now, like a true populist, he’s dishing it back.

Such is the populist impulse that governs America today….

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Will the Knicks Anthony end up playing with Lebron in Cleveland?

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According to ESPN, Anthony has told the New York Knicks he would be open to waiving his no-trade clause to go to northeast Ohio.

Anthony, the ten-time All Star, found himself the target of ex-Knicks President Phil Jackson’s frustrations. Jackson said in April that the Knicks had been unable to win with the 33-year-old and that Anthony would be “better off somewhere else.”

Anthony is reportedly keen on joining James, in a move that would make the Cavaliers even more of an overwhelming favorite to advance out of the East.

But it may not be as easy as James clicking his fingers. The Rockets’ bold move for Paul has put the NBA on notice and Anthony would also be interested in joining Paul and James Harden….

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The Apple iPhone is 10 years old…

This dog has had one from the jump….

They work….

Most of the time pretty well….

And the have the majority of the worlds cell phone market after Samsung had problems with it’s Note 7 models and their recall…

Not bad for a computer company, eh?

Exactly 10 years ago today, on June 29, 2007, the original iPhone went on sale, six months after Steve Jobs stood onstage at Macworld Expo 2007 in San Francisco and told the world Apple was reinventing the phone, revolutionizing an entire industry like it had done with the Macintosh in 1984 and the iPod in 2001.

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The iPhone, with its 3.5-inch display, lack of a physical keyboard, Apple-designed touch-based user interface, and multi-touch support, was unique among phones of that era, and as Jobs promised, it changed everything. The product that some speculated would fail miserably shaped the smartphone industry and made Apple one of the most valuable companies in the world.


Even before the public had touched an iPhone, there was incredible hype, just like there is today with each new iteration. In the days leading up to the iPhone’s release, MacRumorsshared dozens of stories, like sightings out in the wild, photos of training manuals, benchmarks, in-store displays, and banners outside of stores. And of course, before the first iPhone launched, there were already rumors of an iPhone 2…..

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The Best Hot Dog…The NY Times….

The 10 hot dogs that were part of the taste test, clockwise from top left: Applegate, Nathan’s, Oscar Mayer, Wellshire Farms, Boar’s Head, Trader Joe’s, Niman Ranch, Ball Park, Brooklyn Hot Dog Company and Hebrew National. CreditKarsten Moran for The New York Times

The New York Times Food department hasn’t taken a close look at hot dogs in some time. Back when hot dogs were on every list of foods to avoid — alarming additives, questionable cuts, salt and fat galore — home cooks didn’t want to know too much about what was in them.

But cooks are different now, and so are hot dogs. We want to know that what we’re eating is as good as it can be. Hot dogs are made from better ingredients, with fewer additives.

One thing hasn’t changed: Billions of hot dogs will be eaten at cookouts this summer, and serving them is one of the easiest ways we know to make people happy.

And so, we present our first official hot dog blind tasting…..

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Phil Jackson leaves the NY Knicks….

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The thrill is gone from Jackson’s Rep….

The New York Knicks and team president Phil Jackson announced Wednesday morning that they mutually agreed to part ways.

“After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction,” Knicks owner James Dolan said via statement. “Phil Jackson is one of the most celebrated and successful individuals in the history of the NBA. His legacy in the game of basketball is unmatched. We wish him the best and thank him for his service to the Knicks as both a player and an executive.”

Conversations about what was best for the team’s future between Jackson and Dolan accelerated this week when the franchise decided it would not buy out embattled forward Carmelo Anthony, sources said.

Jackson, 71, had made it well known that he felt it was best for Anthony and the organization to part ways, both publicly and privately, but Anthony refused to waive his no-trade clause, and the Knicks were determined not to accommodate any request for a buyout. Anthony has two years worth more than $54 million remaining on his deal…..

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EU drops a $2.7 Billion fine on Google for promoting it’s ads over others…

If you run a blog like I do?

This is NO surprise….

The EU is fining Google because ?

IF……..You use Google’s ads service?

THIER ads will always come before anyone else’s….

The European Commission found that the U.S. tech giant denied “consumers a genuine choice” by using its search engine to unfairly steer them to its own shopping platform.

 Regulators said that Google must change its behavior within 90 days or face additional penalties.

“What Google has done is illegal under EU antitrust rules,” said Margrethe Vestager, the bloc’s top antitrust official. “It denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate. And most importantly, it denied European consumers a genuine choice of services and the full benefits of innovation.”

Google said in a statement that it tries to show ads in ways that are helpful for buyers and sellers.

“We respectfully disagree with the conclusions announced today,” a Google spokesperson said. “We will review the Commission’s decision in detail as we consider an appeal, and we look forward to continuing to make our case.”….

The EU has also accused the Silicon Valley titan of abusing its market position by imposing restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators.

It is also investigating the company’s ad placing service, AdSense.

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Sailing 35th America’s Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand wins two more Races; Moves to Match Point

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Morning all!
The Challenger Emirates Team New Zealand moved within one victory of claiming the 35th America’s Cup after winning Races 7 and 8 on Sunday afternoon in Bermuda.
They won both Starts and Defender Oracle Team USA was never allowed to get back into the Races.
Roundup here:
My Thoughts
Oracle Team USA Helmsman & Skipper Jimmy Spithill sounded like a beaten man in his Interview after Race 8.
Daniel G.
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Sailing: 35th America’s Cup presented by Louis Vuitton Day 4 LIVE BLOG

Afternoon all!
Bermuda (BDA) - 35th America's Cup 2017 - 35th America's Cup Match Presented by Louis Vuitton
I guess this is it. If the Americans want to have any chance of retaining their Cup they have to win two Races today. For New Zealand it’s quite simple: They need to win 3 more Races. Can Oracle Team USA built on yesterdays Race 6 win, can Emirates Team New Zealand get to Match Point?
Preview of Day 4 is here:
Stick around to find out!
Crew Lists Race 1
Oracle Team USA
Skipper/Helmsman — Jimmy Spithill
Wing Trimmer — Kyle Langford
Tactician/Grinder — Tom Slingsby
Grinder — Louis Sinclair
Grinder — Kinley Fowler
Grinder — Ky Hurst
Emirates Team New Zealand
Helmsman/Tactician — Peter Burling
Skipper/Wing Trimmer — Glenn Ashby
Cyclor/Foil Trimmer — Blair Tuke
Cyclor — Andy Maloney
Cyclor — Josh Junior
Cyclor — Simon van Velthooven
The Live Blog starts the moment this piece is uploaded.
Daniel G.
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Sailing 35th America’s Cup: Oracle Team USA fights back; Emirates Team New Zealand still leads 4-1

Oracle Team USA, right, and Emirates Team New Zealand split two America’s Cup races on Saturday. The Kiwis lead, 4-1, in the first-to-seven series. CreditMike Segar/Reuters
Morning all!
After a 5-Day Break the 35th America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton resumed on Saturday with both Teams getting a WIN. What was obvious yesterday the American Defenders have sped up their Boat significantly to match the Kiwis Speed. Oracle lost the first Race of the Day by having gotten two Penalties. The first one of the Starting Line when they crossed it too early and the second one by not keeping clear after the Kiwis dialed them down on the first upwind Leg.
Race 6 was the tightest Race of the Series thus far with the leads changing multiple times during the 7 Leg Course with Oracle Team USA coming away with an 11 Secs win.
America’s Cup Day 3 Round-Up here:
My Thoughts
It looks like we might have a boat Race now but I think the early lead the Kiwis have had after the first weekend will stand. I think Oracle Team USA has run out of time this year.
Daniel G.
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Like it or NOT?…Barack Obama is not gonna be a quiet memory….

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The now ex-President just got finished shodowing Trump around Europe talking their leaders after Trump ….

He has take to defending his Affordable Healthcare program while Republicans seek to turn the program into a tax cut for the rich and cut funding to states Medicaid programs ….

And he seems to be a sometimes target for the Trump….

And in the last few days fellow Democrats…

In small, but visible ways Obama is still very relevant.

He traveled to Europe at the same time as President Trump who there as part of his first foreign trip as president. He then continued his bromance with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau earlier this month when the two met for a meal in Montreal, the pictures quickly exploding on social media. And then there’s his latest: On Thursday he took to Facebook to write a detailed defence of the Affordable Care Act. Hours later, he agreed to his first post-presidency campaign event — likely a rally for the Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, with no date yet set.

Obama probably didn’t plan for his presidential afterlife to be like this. He might have looked the polls last fall, as most did, and assumed that Hillary Clinton would win. If that had happened, he likely would have instead focused on writing his memoirs, setting up his presidential library, and a giving a few paid speeches around the world.

But, of course, Clinton did not win and the current president has something of a fixation on tearing down Obama’s legacy. This is particularly true when it comes to issues of immigration, health care, the Iran nuclear deal and on the environment.

Compound that with the fact that Donald Trump has had consistently low approval ratings and the Democratic Party is in ruins without any sign of a comeback. Obama, by contrast, left office with the highest approval ratings of any outgoing president since Ronald Reagan. He’s the Democrats best — and perhaps only — effective voice right now.

In the past, the party might have pushed a former president to lie low so as to give the next generation the spotlight. Not this time…..

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Green Party Jill Stein…Post Trump Election Win…

Turns out Stein had a ‘meet and great’ with Putin , just like Mike Flynn….

Oh, those third and fourth national party people!…

Democrats ain’t happy…

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So does Stein, with the benefit of hindsight, have any regrets? “I don’t think so,” she tells me by phone from her home in Lexington, Massachusetts. Decrying “fake news,” citing the “sabotage of Bernie Sanders” and talking up the “tremendous” campaign she could have run with more money, Stein is projecting a Trump-worthy level of defiance. “I consider it a great honor that the party and our prior campaign for president is suddenly being attacked outside of an election season,” she says.

Those attacks aren’t merely sour grapes from a party still reeling from its stunning defeat in November. Some Democrats would like to see Stein hauled in front of Congress to explain mysteries like what, exactly, she was doing at a 2015 Moscow gala thrown by a Russian state-owned broadcaster—the same RT event that got Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, in such trouble.

“We’re certainly interested in any efforts the Russians made to influence our election,” says California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia’s alleged meddling in the election. “There have been public reports, I think, that Jill Stein was also in Russia attending the RT function, so we’re going to need to look at any efforts the Russians made through whatever means to influence our elections.”

Stein didn’t just attend the gala—dressed in a shimmering silver shawl, she sat at the same table as Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has barely disguised his glee at the political chaos that what he calls “patriotic” Russian hackers have unleashed in the United States. And she recorded a video from Moscow’s famous Red Square, in which she talked about “the need to rein in American exceptionalism” and replace “a U.S. policy based on domination”—words that sounded like they were ripped from Putin’s talking points.

Stein isn’t sorry about any of it. She says she’d welcome the opportunity to testify before Congress and dismisses the idea that she was a spoiler or that her campaign was co-opted as a tool of Russian influence as Democrats’ “pathetic excuses” for losing the election….

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