The Glasshouse Report

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

More than a third of California households have virtually no savings, are at risk of financial ruin, report says


By Pasadena Star News, May 01, 2017 
More than 37 percent of California households have so little cash saved that they couldn’t live at the poverty level for even three months if they lost a job or suffered another significant loss of income.

That’s the grim assessment of the 2017 Prosperity Now Scorecard. The report was compiled by Prosperity Now, a Washington, D.C.-based organization seeking to help people — particularly people of color and those with limited income — achieve financial security and prosperity.

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California Imam under fire after asking Allah to 'annihilate' Jews


By JPost, July 25, 2017

In a July 21 lecture posted on the Davis Masjid YouTube channel, Muslim preacher Ammar Shahin spoke in English and Arabic about how all Muslims, not only Palestinians or Syrians, will be called upon to kill all the Jews on "the last day."

In a video translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Shahin also stressed that the Hadith (oral tradition of sayings attributed to the prophet of Islam) does not say where the final battle will take place. "If it is in Palestine," for example, "or another place," hinting at the possibility that such a battle could happen in the United States or Europe as well.


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Bill Clinton, James Patterson Courting Spielberg, Clooney to Adapt 'President' Book


By Hollywood Reporter, July 25, 2017

Hollywood will be getting a visit from one of the most high-profile names in politics this week as a battle begins to brew for the film rights to one of the biggest literary properties of the year.

Former President Bill Clinton and best-selling author James Patterson will be meeting producers to talk about an adaptation of their novel The President Is Missing, due out in June 2018.
 
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California secession campaign can start gathering signatures


By SacBee, July 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. - A group that wants California to secede from the United States can start collecting signatures for its ballot initiative.

The state attorney general issued an official ballot measure title and summary Tuesday. The campaign can now start gathering the more than 585,000 signatures it will need to qualify for the 2018 ballot.


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McCain, battling cancer, returns to Senate and casts critical health care vote


By USA Today July 25, 2017

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain returned to the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday afternoon to cast a critical vote in favor of health care legislation less than a week after undergoing surgery and revealing he has brain cancer.

And then, in typical McCain fashion, he took to the floor and blasted both the Senate's draft health care bill and the process that produced it.


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State Department says Secretary Tillerson is 'taking a little time off' amid tensions in the White House


By Business Insider, July 23, 2017

Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, surprised reporters on Tuesday by saying Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was "taking a little time off."

When asked about the discrepancies between Tillerson's public schedule and his reported movements, and why the department hadn't updated the press on his whereabouts, Nauert said Tillerson "does have the ability to go away for a few days on his own."


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Secret Service agent accidentally shoots himself while on duty


By Washington Examiner, July 25, 2017

A Secret Service special officer on Tuesday afternoon accidentally shot himself and is hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, according to the agency.

A news release from the Secret Service said a special officer assigned to the Washington field office accidentally discharged his weapon while on duty.

The incident has been referred to the Office of Professional Responsibility for further review.


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House Republicans seek to dodge border wall vote


By Politico, July 25, 2017

House Republicans are poised to fund $1.6 billion for President Donald Trump's border wall through a procedural maneuver designed to avoid a floor vote that might fail.

The House Rules Committee is expected to attach funding for the wall that Trump has proposed building along the Mexican border to the so-called minibus, a downsized spending package for the Pentagon, the Energy Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the legislative branch — but not DHS, the Cabinet agency responsible for the wall.


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Trump messes with Sessions and senators are not pleased


By McClatchy DC, July 25, 2017

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is getting a bitter Washington lesson when he messes with Jeff Sessions – you don't pick a fight with one of the Senate's guys.

It's a lesson that could cost him politically in a Senate where he badly needs Republican support for his lengthy agenda, starting with healthcare on Tuesday.

"I don’t understand it. There’s no more honorable person I’ve ever met in my life than Jeff Sessions,” said Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., a close friend of Sessions and his wife. “The only person who is more upset with Trump about this than me, is my wife.”


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Senate advances health care bill as McCain makes dramatic return, Pence breaks tie


By CNN, July 26, 2017

Washington (CNN)Senate Republicans voted Tuesday afternoon to advance to floor debate on their efforts to re-write health care policy, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie.

Reporter's Notebook: Inside the Senate chamber - an hour-long emotional swirl
Reporter's Notebook: Inside the Senate chamber - an hour-long emotional swirl
But hours later, the Senate decisively rejected a Republican proposal to repeal-and-replace Obamacare, a sign of the chaos expected to envelop Capitol Hill as GOP leaders work to find a plan their conference can agree to.


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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Elon Musk Can't Sell His Teslas in Texas (VIDEO)



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RAWA: One Casino Billionaire’s Quest to Kill Internet Gambling


By Daily Caller, July 10, 2017

Enter the world of Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire casino mogul and Republican donor with a net worth of $34.8 billion. From the Las Vegas Sands of Nevada, to the Venetian Macao of Macua, Adelson’s casinos are renowned the world over. However, innovation in the form of online gambling represents a clear and existential threat to this gaming empire.

Will congressional Republicans stoop to blatant cronyism to preserve it?


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MSNBC Most Watched Network For First Time in History


By NBC, July 24, 2017

NEW YORK (July 24, 2017) – For the first time in the network’s 21-year history, MSNBC finished the week as the most-watched cable network during weekday prime (M-F 8-11pm) in total viewers. According to Nielsen, MSNBC ended the week of July 17-21 as the #1 cable network for all weekday prime, averaging 2.34 million viewers, ahead of FOX News at 2.25 million. MSNBC was previously #1 in cable news in weekday prime during the weeks of May 15, 2017 (behind TNT) and September 3, 2012 (behind USA) among total viewers, but this was the 1st time MSNBC was #1 among all of cable.

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McCain to return to Senate ahead of health care vote


By McClatchy DC, July 24, 2017

Less than a week after announcing he has brain cancer, Sen. John McCain will return to the Senate as Republicans prepare to vote on Obamacare repeal and replacement.

The 80-year-old Arizona senator will be back on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

“Senator McCain looks forward to returning to the United States Senate tomorrow to continue working on important legislation, including health care reform, the National Defense Authorization Act, and new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea,” McCain’s office said in a statement released Monday night.
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Rep. Gutierrez: When Democrats Take Majority We're Going To "Eliminate" Trump (Video )


By Real Clear Politics, July 24, 2017
 
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) ripped President Trump for his immigration policy in a sermon at Chicago's Lincoln United Methodist Church on Saturday. The Democratic Congressman said Trump is the "major criminal" and he will "eliminate" him as president when the Democrats win a majority in the House.

The Lincoln United Methodist Church is a sanctuary church and according to Gutierrez's website, he "spoke to a packed house about the need to defend DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and other forms of legal immigration status that are under attack from Republicans and Donald Trump."


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Immigrants wept, pleaded for water and pounded on the


By AP News, July 25, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Arizona Sen. John McCain’s return to Congress for the first time since being diagnosed with brain cancer (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

After casting a crucial vote in the Republican effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, Arizona Sen. John McCain has delivered an impassioned speech pleading for Republicans and Democrats to work together.


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Science proves it: Money really can buy happiness


By LA Times, July 24, 2017

They say money can’t buy happiness, but science begs to differ.

An international research team has demonstrated that you really can make yourself happier by paying other people to do your time-consuming chores.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re rich or poor, the new study suggests. If you feel pressed for time, your life satisfaction can be improved by trading money for minutes that you can use as you wish.


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18-year-old woman arrested after live streaming deadly crash near Los Banos


By ABC, July 25, 2017

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- An 18-year-old Stockton woman is in jail accused of driving under the influence during a deadly crash Friday. The live Instagram recording shows Obdulia Sanchez next to a dead crash victim.

Authorities say a 14-year-old died in the crash and, in the video, she references the victim as her sister. The CHP says two minors in the back seat were not wearing seatbelts.


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Disney’s Next Movie Could Be Watching You, Too


By Fast CoDesign, July 24, 2017

There’s this term in the processed food industry for when something is quantifiably at its most delicious, but also–critically–still unsatisfying enough that you always crave more. It’s called the bliss point, and it’s what ensures that you always want another sip of that soft drink, or the crunch of that potato chip. It’s about maximizing the bliss of consumption so that you consume more.
 
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Brazilians funneled as "slaves" by US church, ex-members say


By Charlotte Observer, July 24, 2017

SPINDALE, N.C. - When Andre Oliveira answered the call to leave his Word of Faith Fellowship congregation in Brazil to move to the mother church in North Carolina at the age of 18, his passport and money were confiscated by church leaders — for safekeeping, he said he was told.

Trapped in a foreign land, he said he was forced to work 15 hours a day, usually for no pay, first cleaning warehouses for the evangelical church and later working at businesses owned by the sect's senior ministers. Any violation of the rules risked the wrath of church leaders, he said, ranging from beatings to shaming from the pulpit.


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