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Politics/Economy/Elections:

Mitch McConnell cancels Senate’s traditional August recess

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell canceled the Senate’s traditional August recess, citing Democrats’ “historic obstruction” to pass legislation.

“Due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president’s nominees, and the goal of passing appropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year, the August recess has been canceled,”

Milestone for US job market: More openings than unemployed

WASHINGTON – For the first time on record, the number of job openings in the United States exceeds the number of unemployed Americans — a trend that may soon give workers more leverage for pay raises.

The number of available jobs in April rose 1 percent to 6.7 million from 6.6 million in March, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That’s the most since records began in December 2000.

Steady economic growth has encouraged employers to step up hiring. That helped lower the unemployment rate in May to an 18-year low of 3.8 percent. Faster consumer spending is expected to lift economic growth above a 3 percent annual pace in the April-June quarter, after growth had lagged slightly in the first three months of the year.

Kevin McCarthy: GOP has ‘changed for the better’ under Trump

The California Republican was reacting to former House Speaker John Boehner saying last week that the Republican Party has given way to the “Trump party” and that the GOP is taking “taking a nap somewhere.”

To make his case, he cited low unemployment numbers under the Trump administration, efforts to rebuild the military, and plans for a historic summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

“So, you know what? I’m proud of this Republican party.

California primaries take top billing as voters in 8 states head to polls

The Democratic Party’s ambitious midterm plan to regain control of the House of Representatives faces its biggest test yet in Tuesday’s California primaries – where candidates are tripping over each other for the chance to flip Republican-held districts.

The big question facing the party, however, is whether their candidates’ enthusiasm could backfire. So many Democratic contenders have jumped into key races – largely running on an anti-Trump platform – that the overload threatens to split the vote and boost Republicans.

California primary: It’s a jungle out there

Since 2012, California has had a non-partisan primary system in which the top two finishers, regardless of affiliation, advance to the general election. We did not notice as much before because the consequences were not as significant to the rest of the country. Also, voters and candidates needed time to figure out the functions of their new dysfunction.

But, with the Senate in play and the House very much up for grabs, California’s “jungle” primary system has become a matter of interest far beyond the Golden State.

Stunning Poll: Bay Area exodus? Nearly 50% of Californians say they want to move out soon

The poll, conducted by the Bay Area Council, which describes itself as a business-sponsored, public policy advocacy organization, also found that homelessness and heavy traffic are among the things that most irk residents who live there.

“This is the trend we’ve been observing. Two years ago, it was 34 percent and last year it was 40,” the group’s president, Jim Wunderman, told KTVU about the increasing amount of those polled indicating that they want to get out.

The majority of the 1,000 polled said they have lived in the region for more than 20 years and increasingly believe that life in the Bay Area is heading in the wrong direction, despite mixed feelings about its economy.wrong direction, despite mixed feelings about its economy

California judge who sentenced Stanford swimmer faces voters

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California voters are deciding whether to remove a judge from office for the first time in decades because he sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexual assault to a short jail sentence instead of prison.

Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky would be the first California judge recalled from office since 1932 if a majority of voters choose to remove him on Tuesday.

Stanford University Law professor Michele Dauber launched the recall effort in June 2016 shortly after Persky sentenced Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a young woman outside a fraternity house on campus. Turner was released from jail for good behavior after serving three months. He is required to register for life as a sex offender.

‘Beyond the Pale’: Pavlich Slams Media for Speculation About Melania Trump’s Whereabouts

Katie Pavlich slammed the media for wild speculation about Melania Trump’s health and whereabouts after the first lady spent several weeks out of the public eye.

The first lady — who hadn’t made a public appearance since undergoing a kidney procedure in May — attended a scheduled White House event honoring Gold Star families Monday evening.

Media’s ‘Melania missing in action’ narrative took Trump Derangement Syndrome to new heights

Mainstream media members jumped the shark and took Trump Derangement Syndrome to new heights by concocting tales of domestic abuse when trying to determine first lady Melania Trump’s whereabouts before she showed up to a White House event on Monday night.

Melania Trump was painted as “missing in action” when news broke on Sunday night that the first lady, who is fresh off an operation for a kidney condition, will not join her husband on a pair of international trips. CNN even aired a graphic of a calendar, placing question marks on each date since the first lady was “last seen” on May 10 – but CNN’s coverage turned out  to be less appalling than some conspiracy theories floated on Twitter.

In The News:

Construction of US-Mexico Border Wall Begins in San Diego – With Anti-Climbing Plate

The “bollard-style wall” will replace 14 miles a flimsy eight foot high barrier made out of recycled metal scraps that was constructed in the 1990s, will be at least twice as tall and will be fortified with an anti-climbing place, a CBP news release said.wall

Border wall renovations are already underway on two miles of wall in Calexico, California and 20 miles of wall in Santa Teresa, N.M., the CBP said.

Immigration petition to hit 215 signatures as two Dem holdouts join

Two Texas Democrats who resisted signing a petition to force a vote on a series of immigration bills will now join most Democrats and two dozen Republicans in supporting the motion, bringing the number of its signatories to 215.

With Reps. Filemon Vela and Vicente González’s signatures, the petition would be just three short of the 218 needed to force votes on legislation that would offer shelter to so-called Dreamers that came to the U.S. illegally as children.

Immigration agents arrest 114 in sting at Ohio landscaper

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — U.S. immigration agents made more than 100 arrests Tuesday at a gardening and landscaping company, aided by about 200 law enforcement workers in one of the largest employer stings in recent years.

A Government agent takes a suspect into custody during an immigration sting

A Government agent takes a suspect into custody during an immigration sting at Corso’s Flower and Garden Center, Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in Castalia, Ohio. The operation is one of the largest against employers in recent years on allegations of violating immigration laws. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The 114 arrests occurred at two locations of Corso’s Flower & Garden Center, one in Sandusky, a resort city on Lake Erie, and another in nearby Castalia. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it expected criminal charges including identity theft and tax evasion.

Sex offender caught after swiping 7-month-old girl from mother in Virginia

The registered sex offender who abducted a 7-month-old girl in Virginia sparking a massive search over the weekend was caught by police on Tuesday.

Danville Police posted on Twitter that the child, Emma Grace Kennedy, was found safe and her father, 51-year-old Carl Ray Kennedy, is now in custody.

Disney, Legoland employees among 11 arrested in Polk child porn sting

A Disney World employee, a Lego builder for Legoland, and a teenager were among 11 people arrested Monday as part of a Polk County Sheriff’s Office child porn sting.AR-306059791

Each faces multiple charges of child pornography possession following the sweeping investigation by the Sheriff’s Office’s computer crime unit, termed “Guardians of Innocence II,”

Mom who starved autistic son sentenced to 11 years in prison

Katiria Tirado was sentenced Tuesday, three months after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the death of 17-year-old Matthew Tirado.

Matthew Tirado's mother, Katiria Tirado,

Matthew Tirado’s mother, Katiria Tirado,

Matthew died in February 2017. He was 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighed 84 pounds and had cuts and bruises on his body. The medical examiner said the cause of death was “fatal child abuse syndrome with dehydration and malnutrition.”

The Latest: Police: Hatchet death suspect limped into clinic

Police are still looking for the 36-year-old, who will be charged with murder.

They say Micheli attacked and killed his former boss, 46-year-old Joel Paavola, early Monday with a hatchet and another bladed instrument at The Balance Training center in the Belle Meade community while Paavola was assisting clients with a workout.

2 charged in death of Missouri man entombed in concrete

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — More than a year after a developmentally disabled Missouri man’s body was found encased in concrete, two people who are accused in a lawsuit of making him fight for their entertainment have been charged in his death, a prosecutor announced Tuesday.

Sherry Paulo, 53, and Anthony R. Flores, 58, both of Fulton, were arrested and charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter in 61-year-old Carl DeBrodie’s death. They were also charged with client neglect, felony abandonment of a corpse, and two misdemeanors of making a false report of a missing person.

Fourth grader brought gun on school bus, said he wanted to shoot other child

A fourth grader in New Jersey reportedly brought a loaded gun onto his school bus Tuesday morning and threatened to shoot another student.

The Lakewood Scoop first reported that the 9-year-old waved the gun on the bus on the way to the Oak Street Elementary School in Lakewood.

Another student reported the incident and the student was apprehended by the school district’s security team.

Teen girl learning to drive kills 2 men in Pennsylvania parking lot, police say

Philadelphia Police told FOX29 the crash happened around 9 p.m. at a shopping center in the city’s Port Richmond neighborhood.

The teenager was driving with her mother and two others the SUV when she struck the two men outside a Dollar Tree store.

“She was navigating into a parking spot and made a mistake,” Philadelphia Police Captain Mark Overswise told WPVI. “The vehicle lunged forward striking two men who were seated at the wall of the Dollar [Tree] store.”

‘Swatting’ call made to Parkland activist David Hogg’s home

Parkland activist David Hogg’s home was swarmed with police officers Tuesday morning after someone called authorities to report a barricaded person and hostage situation that turned out to be a hoax.

Pro wrestler ‘Rockin’ Rebel’ and wife dead in murder-suicide

WEST GOSHEN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a pro wrestler fatally shot his wife inside their Pennsylvania home last week and then turned the gun on himself.

West Goshen police say a preliminary investigation found Charles and Stephanie Williams died in a murder-suicide. They say the injuries indicate that the 52-year-old who wrestled as the “Rockin’ Rebel” shot his 50-year-old wife and then himself.

World News:

Iran Announces It Will Accelerate Uranium Enrichment

On Tuesday, Iran informed the International Atomic Energy Agency that it will increase its uranium enrichment capacity. Ali Akbar Salehi, vice president and head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, stated that a letter had been given to the IAEA about the increase, and stated bluntly, “If conditions allow, maybe tomorrow night at Natanz, we can announce the opening of the center for production of new centrifuges” for uranium enrichment, adding, “What we are doing does not violate the (2015 nuclear) agreement.”

Exclusive: China’s ZTE signed preliminary agreement to lift U.S. ban – sources

(Reuters) – ZTE Corp (000063.SZ) has signed an agreement in principle that would lift a U.S. Commerce Department ban on buying from U.S. suppliers, allowing the Chinese telecommunications equipment maker to get back into business, according to sources familiar with the matter.

U.S. pushes NATO to ready more forces to deter Russian threat

BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is pressing its European allies to get more NATO battalions, ships and planes ready for combat, officials say, in a fresh move to shore up NATO’s deterrence against any Russian attack.

News from the Blogoshere:

President Disinvites Super Bowl Champs But Then Does Something Special!

“The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country,” Trump said in a statement on Monday.

He invited the fans.

“The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better,” the president continued, announcing an even better plan.

Film Review – Upgrade (2018)

During the summer movie season, there’s plenty of massive films that we all know are coming.  Infinity War started the party, eventually giving way to Deadpool 2, and there’s still other major films like Incredibles 2 and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom to come down the road (along with many others).  But, no matter the year, there’s always a few movies with little fanfare leading up to their release that end up becoming sleeper hits, and Leigh Whannell’s Upgrade is absolutely worthy of being a part of that group for the summer of 2018.

Commentary/Opinion:

Black to Basics on School Shootings

An honest conversation was exactly what Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) was trying to have during a meeting with local pastors last week. Unfortunately for Diane, who’s running for governor in Tennessee, her opponents just couldn’t resist the opportunity to take her quotes out of context and turn an opportunity for sincere dialogue into a cheap political headline.

Like a lot of conservatives, Diane knows that there’s no magic solution to the violence that’s sweeping through society. Our children aren’t picking up guns and killing their classmates because there’s a Second Amendment. There’s been a Second Amendment for almost 230 years — and commonplace shootings have only been around the last 20. As Dr. Ben Carson once said, the heart of the matter is the heart.

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