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  • Senate GOP moves forward on health care bill in dramatic procedural vote
    July 25, 2017, 7:37 pm

    Over the sound of protesters crying ?kill the bill,? 50 Republican senators cast their votes to begin to debate repealing Obamacare on a razor-thin margin Tuesday afternoon. John McCain cast a decisive vote.



  • Sen Wyden On What Jared Kushner Didn't Say
    July 24, 2017, 6:32 pm

    Senator Ron Wyden talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner's responses to questions by the Senate Intelligence Committee on whether Kushner colluded with Russia for the Trump campaign in the 2016 election.



  • Truck Driver Accused of Smuggling Immigrants Could Face the Death Penalty
    July 24, 2017, 8:36 pm

    At least 10 people in the truck have died



  • Condemned killer arrives at death house ahead of execution
    July 25, 2017, 6:07 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ? A condemned killer in Ohio arrived at the death house a day ahead of his scheduled execution Wednesday with several requests for a delay pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.



  • New species of sunfish discovered by scientist in New Zealand
    July 25, 2017, 10:17 am

    Of all things, Marianne Nyegaard didn't expect to find a new species of sunfish ? the heaviest of all bony fishes. The PhD student from Murdoch University in Western Australia made the discovery while researching the population genetics of ocean sunfish off the coast of Bali in Indonesia. SEE ALSO: This video of a fish 'walking' along the ocean floor is making scientists scratch their heads Previously undescribed, it's called the Hoodwinker Sunfish ( Mola tecta). The fish has long eluded recognition from researchers, despite the species weighing in excess of two tonnes, and growing to three metres in length.  "A Japanese research group first found genetic evidence of an unknown sunfish species in Australian waters 10 years ago, but the fish kept eluding the scientific community because we didn't know what it looked like," Ms Nyegaard said in a statement. Image: César Villarroel, ExploraSubNyegaard spent four years searching for the fish, after genetic sequencing of 150 specimens in her research turned up with four different species: Masturus lanceolatus, Mola mola, Mola ramsayi, and a fourth which wasn't known about, she explained in her article on The Conversation. So in her quest to find the missing species, she'd travel thousand of miles to get data, or have kind strangers send samples of sunfish stranded on beaches.  In 2014, Nyegaard was a step closer, when she was sent a photo of a tiny sunfish, with a structure on its back she had never seen before. Then a breakthrough came.  Nyegaard was tipped off to four sunfish stranded on the same beach in New Zealand. She flew down to see it herself, where she spotted her first Hoodwinker Sunfish. "The new species managed to evade discovery for nearly three centuries by ?hiding? in a messy history of sunfish taxonomy, partially because they are so difficult to preserve and study, even for natural history museums," Nyegaard said. "That is why we named it Mola tecta (the Hoodwinker Sunfish), derived from the Latin tectus, meaning disguised or hidden." The Hoodwinker Sunfish is the first addition to the Mola genus in 130 years, and differs from other sunfish in that it remains sleek and slender even when large, and it doesn't develop a protruding snout, or huge lumps and bumps. "We retraced the steps of early naturalists and taxonomists to understand how such a large fish could have evaded discovery all this time. Overall we felt science had been repeatedly tricked by this cheeky species, which is why we named it the Hoodwinker," she explained. WATCH: Sam Tarly is the real MVP of 'Stormborn' on 'Game of Thrones'  



  • Parents Of Florida Boys Lost At Sea Say Lawsuit Makes Them ?Relive Nightmare?
    July 24, 2017, 3:42 pm

    "Everyone will be forced to relive this horrible nightmare on a daily basis in order to defend this lawsuit and to prepare for trial."



  • China fires back at US accusations over aerial encounter
    July 25, 2017, 3:36 pm

    China on Tuesday denied its fighter jet pilots operated dangerously during an encounter with a U.S. surveillance plane in international airspace in which the American pilot took evasive action to avoid a possible collision.



  • Mark Cuban Agrees With Elon Musk, Says A.I. is "Changing Everything"
    July 25, 2017, 1:27 am

    Elon Musk may seem like an alarmist, but he's got an ally in Mark Cuban.



  • China urges US to stop 'unfriendly' recon flights
    July 25, 2017, 10:14 am

    China on Tuesday called on the United States to stop "unfriendly" and "dangerous" military flights after two Chinese fighter jets intercepted an American surveillance plane over the East China Sea. The US Navy EP-3 reconnaissance aircraft took evasive action Sunday after a Chinese J-10 warplane zoomed underneath it, slowed down and pulled up in front of it, the Pentagon said earlier. China's defence ministry said the action of its pilots was "legal, necessary and professional".



  • Venezuelan agents seize two more court appointees: opposition
    July 25, 2017, 10:46 pm

    By Anggy Polanco and Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Two more people named to an alternative Supreme Court in defiance of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government were arrested on Wednesday by intelligence agents during a fast-escalating political showdown, the opposition said. Jesus Rojas and Zuleima Gonzalez were seized in central Anzoategui state after another appointee, Angel Zerpa, was arrested at the weekend, the opposition-led National Assembly said. Venezuela's majority-backed opposition is demanding Maduro abandon a Sunday election to create a controversial congress with powers to rewrite the country's constitution and override all other institutions.



  • Does Trump have ?complete power to pardon? himself? We asked a legal expert.
    July 24, 2017, 4:21 pm

    Can the president pardon himself? In an interview with Yahoo News, law professor Brian Kalt explains the presidential pardon power, historical precedents and how a pardon could affect independent counsel Robert Mueller?s investigation into the Trump campaign?s ties to Russia.



  • Mother comes home to find child covered in blood and saying she was sexually ...
    July 25, 2017, 2:10 pm

    A North Carolina woman has told authorities she returned home from work recently to find her seven-year-old daughter covered in blood, claiming to have been sexually assaulted. The girl told her mother she had been assaulted by Brentley Jason Breyers, the man she refers to as ?father,? according to police. The woman told authorities she had left her four children with Mr Bryers on Friday morning while she went to work.



  • Records: EPA chief jets away for weekends on taxpayer's dime
    July 24, 2017, 8:51 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) ? Records show the head of the Environmental Protection Agency spent weekends in his home state during his first three months in office, frequently flying to and from Oklahoma at taxpayer's expense.



  • Wildfires Force 10,000 People in Southern France to Evacuate
    July 26, 2017, 8:14 am

    The fires coincide with the peak tourism season on the French Riviera



  • New Facts Uncovered About Trump FBI Pick
    July 24, 2017, 6:00 pm

    Matt Katz, reporter for WNYC, talks with Rachel Maddow about the sketchy employment by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of Donald Trump's pick to replace James Comey has director of the FBI, Chris Wray.




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  • Does Trump have ?complete power to pardon? himself? We asked a legal expert.
    July 24, 2017, 4:21 pm

    Can the president pardon himself? In an interview with Yahoo News, law professor Brian Kalt explains the presidential pardon power, historical precedents and how a pardon could affect independent counsel Robert Mueller?s investigation into the Trump campaign?s ties to Russia.



  • New Facts Uncovered About Trump FBI Pick
    July 24, 2017, 6:00 pm

    Matt Katz, reporter for WNYC, talks with Rachel Maddow about the sketchy employment by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of Donald Trump's pick to replace James Comey has director of the FBI, Chris Wray.



  • California Man Arrested For Smuggling King Cobra Into US In Potato Chip Cans
    July 26, 2017, 3:54 am

    Federal agents arrested a California man for smuggling king cobras into the U.S. in potato chip cans. They also found tanks with a live baby Morelet?s crocodile, alligator snapping turtles, and other reptiles protected under law.



  • Condemned killer arrives at death house ahead of execution
    July 25, 2017, 6:07 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) ? A condemned killer in Ohio arrived at the death house a day ahead of his scheduled execution Wednesday with several requests for a delay pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.



  • Truck Driver Accused of Smuggling Immigrants Could Face the Death Penalty
    July 24, 2017, 8:36 pm

    At least 10 people in the truck have died



  • Sen. John McCain just contradicted his own healthcare vote in a speech
    July 25, 2017, 9:10 pm

    July, 25, 2017: Mark it down as one of the strangest days of John McCain's entire, lengthy time in the Senate.  The senator flew to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday ? days after being diagnosed with brain cancer ? just in time to cast a vote that, moments later, he appeared to ridicule in a speech on the Senate floor.  SEE ALSO: A complete thesaurus of tough guy words Republicans use to criticize Trump instead of taking action McCain's vote helped Senate Republicans pass a motion to proceed to debating a possible bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (known as Obamacare). Senate Republicans, by and large, don't know what's in the bill, because the Republican leadership hasn't told anybody. McCain voted in favor of the motion to proceed despite being aware of this, but then decried the secrecy he endorsed in a speech moments later.  "I know many of you will have to see the bill changed substantially for you to support it. We tried to do this by coming up with a proposal behind closed doors, in consultation with the administration, then springing it on skeptical members, trying to convince them that it's better than nothing," McCain said, speaking with a gash over his left eye, the result of a recent surgery to remove a blood clot. "I don't think that's gonna work in the end, and probably shouldn't." Many observers noticed the contradiction between the senator's vote and his speech. McCain, after voting to proceed with unprecedentedly secretive process, is giving a general speech decrying a decline in Senate procedure. ? Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 25, 2017 John McCain's speech would be like a parent giving you a speech about not smoking while chain smoking a pack of cigarettes ? Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) July 25, 2017 I wish McCain had given himself that speech ten minutes ago ? Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) July 25, 2017 McCain is giving a truly extraordinary speech. It only matters if his actions match it. ? Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) July 25, 2017 This McCain speech would have a little more oomph if he had taken his own advice and voted against poor congressional procedure. ? Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) July 25, 2017 It's safe to say many eyes will be on McCain if and when the actual repeal comes to a vote. WATCH: Bizarre moments from Sean Spicer's short stint at the White House



  • Records: EPA chief jets away for weekends on taxpayer's dime
    July 24, 2017, 8:51 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) ? Records show the head of the Environmental Protection Agency spent weekends in his home state during his first three months in office, frequently flying to and from Oklahoma at taxpayer's expense.



  • Couple Leaving Hospital After Birth of Baby Gets Car Stolen
    July 24, 2017, 7:55 pm

    As Dalan and Krysta Askew prepared to bring home their third child, Penelope Jade, someone was stealing their car, they said.



  • Richard Dawkins hits back at cancellation of Berkeley event for 'abusive spee...
    July 24, 2017, 11:29 pm

    Richard Dawkinswants "a public apology" from a California radio station that cancelled an event with the scientist because of his ?abusive speech against Islam?. The influential academic and writer was scheduled to speak about his memoir A Brief Candle in the Dark at an event organised by Berkeley?s KPFA Radio next month. But KPFA has now cancelled the talk, citing his "hurtful speech" against Islam.  ?We had booked this event based entirely on his excellent new book on science, when we didn?t know he had offended and hurt ? in his tweets and other comments on Islam ? so many people," KPFA wrote in an email to ticket buyers. KPFA exercises its free speech right not to participate with anyone who uses hateful language against a community already under attack. https://t.co/nTC1LYQKiG? KPFA Radio (@kpfa) July 21, 2017 "KPFA does not endorse hurtful speech. While KPFA emphatically supports serious free speech, we do not support abusive speech. We apologise for not having had broader knowledge of Dawkins?s views much earlier. We also apologise to all those inconvenienced by this cancellation.? Residents had reportedly highlighted statements made by the evolutionary biologist and confirmed atheist, including a 2013 tweet saying "Islam is the greatest force for evil in the world today". @ToddKincannon I think Islam is the greatest force for evil in the world today. I've said so, often and loudly.What are you talking about?? Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) March 1, 2013 Professor Dawkins responded to the radio station in an open letter published on his website, saying he had lived in Berkeley for two years  and had appreciated KPFA's  "objective reporting and humane commentary".  "It was therefore a matter of personal sorrow to me to receive this morning your truly astonishing 'justification' for de-platforming me," he wrote. ?You conspicuously did not quote a source when accusing me of ?abusive speech?. Why didn?t you check your facts ? or at least have the common courtesy to alert me ? before summarily cancelling my event?? This is so stupid. Oh and by the way, my entire family is Muslim. Oh and Muslims aren't weak little children. They can hear other views.? Fouad (@fouadalnoor) July 22, 2017 Professor Dawkins said that he had ?never used abusive speech against Islam?, explaining that while he had previously called Islamism ?vile?, Islamism is not the same as Islam. ?I have criticised the appalling misogyny and homophobia of Islam, I have criticised the murdering of apostates for no crime other than their disbelief. Far from attacking Muslims, I understand ? as perhaps you do not ? that Muslims themselves are the prime victims of the oppressive cruelties of Islamism, especially Muslim women,? the author wrote.  Dawkins 'not certain' God does not exist 01:31 Urging the radio station to find examples of the abusive speech, he added: "When you fail to discover any, I presume you will issue a public apology." Professor Dawkins' bestselling book about the study of evolution, The Selfish Gene, was named the most influential science book of all time last week by the Royal Society. Berkeley, historically known as the home of the Free Speech moment in the 1960s, has hit the headlines in recent months over the cancellations of other controversial speakers. An event for alt-right figure Milo Yiannopoulos was cancelled in February by the University of California after clashes involving far-left protesters, as was a speech by conservative pundit Ann Coulter. 



  • Boy Scouts defend inviting Trump amid backlash over president?s rambling speech
    July 25, 2017, 2:30 pm

    The Boy Scouts said it is a tradition to invite the commander in chief to its annual jamboree, defending its decision after Trump delivered a highly political 38-minute address to nearly 40,000 Scouts in West Virginia.



  • Venezuelan agents seize two more court appointees: opposition
    July 25, 2017, 10:46 pm

    By Anggy Polanco and Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Two more people named to an alternative Supreme Court in defiance of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government were arrested on Wednesday by intelligence agents during a fast-escalating political showdown, the opposition said. Jesus Rojas and Zuleima Gonzalez were seized in central Anzoategui state after another appointee, Angel Zerpa, was arrested at the weekend, the opposition-led National Assembly said. Venezuela's majority-backed opposition is demanding Maduro abandon a Sunday election to create a controversial congress with powers to rewrite the country's constitution and override all other institutions.



  • Passengers Stranded In Vegas, Stay In Vegas
    July 25, 2017, 5:42 pm

    Allegiant Air left over 200 passengers in Las Vegas for four days after a canceled Oklahoma City-bound flight.



  • China fires back at US accusations over aerial encounter
    July 25, 2017, 3:36 pm

    China on Tuesday denied its fighter jet pilots operated dangerously during an encounter with a U.S. surveillance plane in international airspace in which the American pilot took evasive action to avoid a possible collision.



  • Mother comes home to find child covered in blood and saying she was sexually ...
    July 25, 2017, 2:10 pm

    A North Carolina woman has told authorities she returned home from work recently to find her seven-year-old daughter covered in blood, claiming to have been sexually assaulted. The girl told her mother she had been assaulted by Brentley Jason Breyers, the man she refers to as ?father,? according to police. The woman told authorities she had left her four children with Mr Bryers on Friday morning while she went to work.



  • New species of sunfish discovered by scientist in New Zealand
    July 25, 2017, 10:17 am

    Of all things, Marianne Nyegaard didn't expect to find a new species of sunfish ? the heaviest of all bony fishes. The PhD student from Murdoch University in Western Australia made the discovery while researching the population genetics of ocean sunfish off the coast of Bali in Indonesia. SEE ALSO: This video of a fish 'walking' along the ocean floor is making scientists scratch their heads Previously undescribed, it's called the Hoodwinker Sunfish ( Mola tecta). The fish has long eluded recognition from researchers, despite the species weighing in excess of two tonnes, and growing to three metres in length.  "A Japanese research group first found genetic evidence of an unknown sunfish species in Australian waters 10 years ago, but the fish kept eluding the scientific community because we didn't know what it looked like," Ms Nyegaard said in a statement. Image: César Villarroel, ExploraSubNyegaard spent four years searching for the fish, after genetic sequencing of 150 specimens in her research turned up with four different species: Masturus lanceolatus, Mola mola, Mola ramsayi, and a fourth which wasn't known about, she explained in her article on The Conversation. So in her quest to find the missing species, she'd travel thousand of miles to get data, or have kind strangers send samples of sunfish stranded on beaches.  In 2014, Nyegaard was a step closer, when she was sent a photo of a tiny sunfish, with a structure on its back she had never seen before. Then a breakthrough came.  Nyegaard was tipped off to four sunfish stranded on the same beach in New Zealand. She flew down to see it herself, where she spotted her first Hoodwinker Sunfish. "The new species managed to evade discovery for nearly three centuries by ?hiding? in a messy history of sunfish taxonomy, partially because they are so difficult to preserve and study, even for natural history museums," Nyegaard said. "That is why we named it Mola tecta (the Hoodwinker Sunfish), derived from the Latin tectus, meaning disguised or hidden." The Hoodwinker Sunfish is the first addition to the Mola genus in 130 years, and differs from other sunfish in that it remains sleek and slender even when large, and it doesn't develop a protruding snout, or huge lumps and bumps. "We retraced the steps of early naturalists and taxonomists to understand how such a large fish could have evaded discovery all this time. Overall we felt science had been repeatedly tricked by this cheeky species, which is why we named it the Hoodwinker," she explained. WATCH: Sam Tarly is the real MVP of 'Stormborn' on 'Game of Thrones'  



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