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Golden Knights’ ideal draft pick could be goalie Spencer Knight

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Team Langenbrunner goalie Spencer Knight (30) kicks the puck into the corner during the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game between Team Leopold and Team Langenbrunner on September 19, 2018 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. Team Leopold
'Team Langenbrunner goalie Spencer Knight (30) kicks the puck into the corner during the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game between Team Leopold and Team Langenbrunner on September 19, 2018 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. Team Leopold defeated Team Langenbrunner 6-4.(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images) His last name is Knight, for criminy sakes. It’s perfect! Spencer Knight is a match made in marketing heaven for the Golden Knights, with all kinds of promotional possibilities. He’s also the top-ranked goaltender entering the NHL draft and could be available for the club with the 17th overall selection when the first round takes place Friday in Vancouver, British Columbia. “I’m not really worried about where I go,” Knight said at the NHL Combine. “At the end of the day, there’s nothing different about you regardless of where you go. For me, I just want to take it all in. There’s obviously a lot of good players, and people ask them about the draft after a couple years of being in the NHL and they say they wished they enjoyed it more. So, for me, I just really want to do that.” Knight, 18, set the U.S. National Team Development Program record for career victories (59) and went 32-4-1 with a 2.36 goals-against average and .918 save percentage for a loaded NTDP squad this past season. His 32 wins matched the single-season program record held by Vancouver Canucks prospect Thatcher Demko. But similar to the NFL and running backs, NHL teams often are reluctant to invest a first-round pick on a goaltender. Since 2012, when Andrei Vasilevskiy and Malcolm Subban went 19th and 24th, respectively, two goaltenders have been taken in the first round — Washington’s Ilya Samsonov (22nd in 2015) and Dallas’ Jake Oettinger (No. 26 in 2017). The last netminder selected in the top 10 of the draft was Carey Price, who went fifth overall to Montreal in 2005. The 6-foot-3-inch, 193-pound Knight appears to be one of the rare first-round exceptions, as he impressed scouts during the physical testing at the combine and is regarded as an elite athlete at the position. The Knights eventually need to find the heir apparent to Marc-Andre Fleury, who turns 35 in November and is at the start of a three-year contract. Knight is headed to Boston College and won’t be ready for the NHL anytime soon. If the Knights look elsewhere in the first round, here are seven skaters (in alphabetical order) worth watching: Thomas Harley, D, Mississauga (OHL) — The native of Syracuse, New York, was named best offensive defenseman and most improved player in the Ontario Hockey League Eastern Conference coaches’ poll after he posted 58 points (11 goals, 47 assists) for the Steelheads. Harley, 17, finished No. 11 among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting Bureau rankings, and as one of the youngest prospects in this draft class, he is projected to fill out his 6-3, 193-pound frame. Peyton Krebs, C, Kootenay (WHL) — The touted playmaker was projected as a possible top-10 pick until he suffered a partial Achilles tear during training this month and underwent surgery. He is expected to make a full recovery, but the Knights could benefit if he slips. Krebs (5-11½, 183 pounds) had 19 goals and 48 assists while playing for one of the worst teams in the Western Hockey League, which made it difficult for scouts to evaluate him. He was 10th in the final CSB rankings for North American skaters. Raphael Lavoie, F, Halifax (QMJHL) — Opinions vary on the 6-4, 199-pounder, who pumped in 20 goals in 23 postseason games to help the Mooseheads reach the Memorial Cup final. Lavoie is regarded as a good skater for his size and was named the best pro prospect in the Quebec junior league. But he also is one of the oldest players in this class — he turns 19 on Sept. 25 and was 10 days shy of being eligible for the 2018 draft — and a modest regular season (32 goals, 41 assists in 62 games) turned off some scouts. Alex Newhook, C, Victoria (BCHL) — A native of Newfoundland, Newhook played in the Junior A British Columbia Hockey League rather than major junior to maintain his college eligibility. The Boston College commit had a league-leading 102 points in 53 games — 18 more points than the next closest player. Newhook (5-10½, 192) is an explosive skater and tied with Krebs as Team Canada’s leading scorer at the Under-18 World Championships with 10 points in seven games, but he needs to improve his shot. Victor Soderstrom, D, Brynäs IF (Sweden) — There’s no consensus on the next-best defenseman after projected top-five pick Bowen Byram, with some draft boards preferring the 6-foot, 182-pound puck mover and others liking fellow Swede Philip Broberg, Harley, Moritz Seider of Germany or American Cam York. Soderstrom was the No. 3 European skater in the final CSB rankings and is a right shot, which is coveted by scouts. He posted four goals and seven points in 44 games as a 17-year-old in the Swedish pro league. Ryan Suzuki, C, Barrie (OHL) — Yes, he’s the younger brother of Nick Suzuki, which would make them some sort of hockey Eskimo brothers if he’s also selected by the Knights in the first round. Ryan Suzuki (6-0¾, 180) had 25 goals and 75 points in 65 games and is regarded as an elite playmaker. But he dropped from 10th among North American skaters in the CSB midterm rankings to 18th, and his tendency to drift on the perimeter is a concern. Cam York, D, U.S. National Team Development Program — The Southern California native set a USNTDP record for defensemen with 65 points (14 goals, 51 assists), and his playing style has drawn comparisons to Toronto’s Morgan Rielly. He is the No. 12 skater in the CSB North American rankings. The knock against York is his lack of size (5-11¼, 172 lbs) and whether the Michigan commit will hold up against stronger opponents in the defensive zone. Contact David Schoen at dschoen@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5203. Follow @DavidSchoenLVRJ on Twitter. NHL draft ■ When: 5 p.m. Friday (first round) ■ Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia ■ TV: NBCSN (Cox 38/1038, DirecTV 220, CenturyLink 640/1640, DISH 159) ■ Golden Knights picks: No. 17 (first round), No. 48 (second round), No. 79 (third round), No. 82 (third round), No. 86 (third round), No. 110 (fourth round), No. 135 (fifth round), No. 139 (fifth round), No. 141 (fifth round) ■ Top prospects: Jack Hughes, C, U.S. National Team Development Program; Kappo Kakko, C, TPS (Finland); Alex Turcotte, C, U.S. National Team Development Program; Bowen Byram, D, Vancouver (WHL); Kirby Dach, C, Saskatoon (WHL) First-round draft order 1. New Jersey Devils 2. New York Rangers 3. Chicago Blackhawks 4. Colorado Avalanche (from Senators) 5. Los Angeles Kings 6. Detroit Red Wings 7. Buffalo Sabres 8. Edmonton Oilers 9. Anaheim Ducks 10. Vancouver Canucks 11. Philadelphia Flyers 12. Minnesota Wild 13. Florida Panthers 14. Arizona Coyotes 15. Montreal Canadiens 16. Colorado Avalanche 17. Golden Knights 18. Dallas Stars 19. Ottawa Senators (from Blue Jackets) 20. New York Rangers (from Jets) 21. Pittsburgh Penguins 22. Los Angeles Kings (from Maple Leafs) 23. New York Islanders 24. Nashville Predators 25. Washington Capitals 26. Calgary Flames 27. Tampa Bay Lightning 28. Carolina Hurricanes 29. Anaheim Ducks (from Sharks via Sabres) 30. Boston Bruins 31. Buffalo Sabres (from Blues)'

5-Year-Old Girl Flying All by Herself Meets an Unlikely Friend on 4-Hour-Long Flight

Lifestyle Inspired | The Epoch Times

You don’t have to give money or gifts to make things better for someone. Try giving a person your time and undivided attention, and you never know whose day you are about to light up. After all, people do come into our lives for a reason, and how we
'You don’t have to give money or gifts to make things better for someone. Try giving a person your time and undivided attention, and you never know whose day you are about to light up. After all, people do come into our lives for a reason, and how we portray ourselves to others has far-reaching consequences. One such story shared by Love What Matters on their Facebook page is an example of how things eventually turn out for the better. A passenger who was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago was left frustrated upon learning that his flight had been rerouted to Oregon. But little did he know that it was going to be one of his “best flight ever.” \'I have to tell you all about the best flight ever. I was pissed that I was rerouted to Oregon from LAX to Chicago but I… Опубликовано Love What Matters   Четверг, 25 февраля 2016 г. At Portland, he found himself sharing the flight “with the cutest little girl.” The little girl, named Paisley, had just turned five, and it was her birthday. The mother of the kid was weeping as she escorted her daughter to the plane. Paisley was flying all by herself. The stranger and Paisley were the first ones to get on the plane, so they sat next to each other. Illustration – Shutterstock | MNStudio The stranger began chatting with her and learned that she had to go and spend a long time with her grandfather. The girl was holding a baby doll that had a princess dress and was wrapped in an untidy blanket. Paisley said that her mother had pinched the doll for her, indicating their situation was quite rough. Illustration – Shutterstock | Matej Kastelic During the four hours while they were on the plane, the stranger and Paisley shared snacks, watched cartoons, played video games, and blew the roof off by yelling “boo yah” a 100 times when she won. She never seemed to grow tired and chatted with the stranger the entire time on the flight. The two of them shared joy in all the simple and silly things, and any onlooker would’ve been moved by the bond they’d developed. The little one even put her head on the stranger’s arm when they were watching videos. At one point, she even wanted to wear his sunglasses, and said, “oh I don’t think you’ll be getting these back,” to which the stranger laughed  hard. When they finally got down the plane, she ran straight towards her grandpa and hugged him. Paisley then turned around and said, “see my friend Tommy.” Ever since the post was shared, it has received an overwhelming response from people all over. One Facebook user commented, “I have no doubt what so ever that God put you right where you needed to be!!! What a special flight that was. Thanks for being Paisley’s angel.” Another one said, “A beautiful story and yes God does reroute our life when necessary. He has touched my family many times with help from his angels. Amen to the Lord.” While tears welled up in the grandfather’s eyes who had come to pick up little Paisley, he also thanked the stranger for taking care of her on the flight. The stranger knew he would never see the kid again and thanked the old man in return for the best flight ever. He realized that “God needed me to go to Portland today to see one of his little angels.” Illustration – Shutterstock | Olena Yakobchuk This heartwarming story reinforces the idea that everything happens for a reason. Sometimes it takes a wrong turn to be at the right place, and we couldn’t agree more.'

The Orwells quietly release new album less than a year after breakup

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The band announced its disbandment following allegations of sexual misconduct. The Orwells quietly release new album less than a year after breakup Alex Young
'Last summer, after several members of Chicago rock outfit The Orwells were accused of sexual misconduct , the band announced their breakup . Now, less than a year later, they’ve quietly released a new album. Frontman Mario Cuomo posted a link to the self-titled release via the band’s reddit page . “Hey everybody. I could not wait any longer for this record to be heard,” Cuomo wrote in a post. “Sorry it has taken so long but it would have taken even longer if I didn’t make the decision to self release this album. Self recorded, self titled, self released. The Orwells.” (Read: Female Fans Use Social Media to Expose The Orwells’ Allegation s) The album’s artwork includes a message reading: “We had an album cover we wanted to use, but after getting dropped by our label we can no longer afford to use it. So instead you can stare at this blank square.” The Orwells’ new album 2019 \' data-medium-file=\'https://consequenceofsound.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/The-Orwells-album.jpg?quality=80&w=300\' data-large-file=\'https://consequenceofsound.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/The-Orwells-album.jpg?quality=80&w=475\' class=\'aligncenter size-full wp-image-942950\' src=\'https://consequenceofsound.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/The-Orwells-album.jpg?quality=80\' alt=\'The Orwells' new album 2019\' width=\'475\' height=\'475\' srcset=\'https://consequenceofsound.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/The-Orwells-album.jpg 475w, https://consequenceofsound.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/The-Orwells-album.jpg?resize=300,300 300w, https://consequenceofsound.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/The-Orwells-album.jpg?resize=350,350 350w, https://consequenceofsound.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/The-Orwells-album.jpg?resize=123,123 123w, https://consequenceofsound.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/The-Orwells-album.jpg?resize=150,150 150w, https://consequenceofsound.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/The-Orwells-album.jpg?resize=250,250 250w, https://consequenceofsound.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/The-Orwells-album.jpg?resize=189,189 189w, https://consequenceofsound.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/The-Orwells-album.jpg?resize=100,100 100w, https://consequenceofsound.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/The-Orwells-album.jpg?resize=50,50 50w, https://consequenceofsound.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/The-Orwells-album.jpg?resize=380,380 380w, https://consequenceofsound.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/The-Orwells-album.jpg?resize=398,398 398w, https://consequenceofsound.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/The-Orwells-album.jpg?resize=400,400 400w\' sizes=\'(max-width: 475px) 100vw, 475px\' /> Ironically, reddit was also the place where alleged victims of The Orwells documented their allegations last summer. Band members Cuomo, Henry Brinner, and Grant Brinner were accused of rape, sexual abuse, sexual interactions with underaged girls, sending unsolicited nudes and videos, and sexual manipulation. Additionally, Cuomo allegedly engaged in homophobic and transphobic behavior, as well as aggressive altercations with fans and venue staff. Prior to breaking up, The Orwells disputed the allegations, calling them “baseless.” “While callow altercations and vulgar language we’ve used in the past must be recognized and owned up to, the accusations of sexual assault are completely unfounded,” the band said in a statement. “No member of this band has ever acted without consent or maliciously taken advantage of anyone.” The Orwells quietly release new album less than a year after breakup Alex Young'

Kevin Chamberlin Not Dead - 'Jessie' Star is Alive & Well

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If you’ve been hearing rumors going around that Kevin Chamberlin has died, they’re definitely not true. The 55-year-old actor – who played Bertram on Disney Channel’s Jessie from 2011-2015 – is the latest victim of a death hoax that started circling
'If you’ve been hearing rumors going around that Kevin Chamberlin has died, they’re definitely not true. The 55-year-old actor – who played Bertram on Disney Channel’s Jessie from 2011-2015 – is the latest victim of a death hoax that started circling social media on Saturday (June 15). The fake memes and death announcements list details such as dying in his sleep from cardiac arrest, even going so far as to talk about an upcoming ceremony. Celebrity death hoaxes are often started by prank sites trying to gain traffic. Kevin last tweeted on Friday, replying to a fan’s question: “Someone has offered you $1,000,000 on the condition that you sing through an entire Broadway soundtrack from memory. It cannot be a show you’ve performed in. You cannot miss a single word. Which one you going with?” See Kevin Chamberlin ‘s response below. See how Britney Spears responded to a death hoax back in 2016. Into the Woods, Working, Sweeney Todd, Company, Annie, A Chorus Line, Merrily We Roll Along, Chicago https://t.co/yLxUaPpe0J — Kevin Chamberlin (@kevinchamberlin) June 14, 2019'

Kim Kardashian's Birthday Post For North West Celebrates Her Special Bond With Her Eldest Daughter — PHOTOS

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It may feel like she just arrived on the scene yesterday, but the Kardashian-Jenner family's fierce fashonista North West turned 6 on June 15. To kick off her little girl's big day, Kim Kardashian made a special birthday post for North that's all…
'It may feel like she just arrived on the scene yesterday, but the Kardashian-Jenner family's fierce fashonista North West turned 6 on June 15. To kick off her little girl's big day, Kim Kardashian made a special birthday post for North that's all about celebrating the awesome young woman she's becoming. If history is any indication, the eldest of Kardashian and Kanye West's four children will be treated to a birthday bash soon, but her mom's sweet message is the perfect way to start her sixth year in style. On Instagram, Kardashian shared a series of photos featuring her and North through the years. In one picture, the mom and daughter duo are hanging out on the beach and in another they're having some fun with Snapchat filters. The KKW Beauty mogul captioned the montage, \'Happy Birthday my sweet girl! The last 6 years have been the best of my life raising you and seeing you grow up. Mommy loves you forever and beyond!\' In the years since North was born, Kardashian has welcomed Saint, Chicago, and most recently Psalm to the family. While their family has grown, it's clear that North and her mom have a special bond that's all their own even when the reality star has to tell her oldest that no, she can't wear her high heel boots to school. The budding fashionista not only raids her mom's closet, she also recently helped style Kardashian's wedding anniversary date look , proving that even though she just turned 6, North is already following in her famous family's footsteps when it comes to loving all things style and beauty. With that in mind, you can bet that North's birthday party will be just as cool and stylish as she is. However, if the Kardashian family keeps with tradition, then she'll be sharing her big day with her cousin and best friend Penelope Disick . Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick's daughter turns 7 on July 8, and since the cousins are so close in age, the family usually hosts one big themed blowout party for the both of them. Last year, the girls had a unicorn party complete with unicorn horns and magical snacks. There's no word yet on what this year's birthday celebration will hold, but the family is gearing up to celebrate the girls. Kris Jenner already joined Kim in sharing lots of love for North on Instagram. The 6-year-old's grandmother posted her own collection of photos alongside a caption that read: \'Happy Birthday to my little Angel Northie!!!! What a bright light you are and such a blessing to our family!! Your magic and sunshine lights up every room and I adore how creative and smart you are. You are so kind and loving to everyone you know and have a beautiful heart and soul..I love you so much precious North and it is a pleasure and a privilege to be your Grandmother. I love you Lovey xo #HappyBirthdayNorth\' Whatever her birthday holds, North's mom and grandmother are making sure that she knows that she's surrounded by love. And hey, maybe Kardashian will even grant her fashion-forward daughter's wish and let her borrow those long coveted boots for the party.'

9 Times Sarah Sanders Straight Up Lied to the Press

Politics VICE News

Sanders’s relationship with the press was contentious at best and straight up confrontational at worst.
'White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied to the press. A lot. Like her boss, Sanders’s relationship with the press was contentious at best and straight up confrontational at worst. Whether the issue at hand was the Russia investigation, Trump’s inclination to incite violence at MAGA rallies, or how many “terrorists” had been apprehended at the southern border, Sanders had no trouble twisting the truth — even when her reputation took a hit. To be fair, the Trump administration would put any press secretary in a tough spot. As of June 7, Trump had told 10,796 lies since the start of his presidency, according to the Washington Post . Sometimes Sanders got caught toeing the line for the administration. Other times, there seemed to be no good reason for lying at all. As she gets ready to step down at the end of the month, here’s a non-exhaustive list of some of the biggest whoppers from the White House briefing room: She told the press that the FBI had “lost confidence” in Comey — and admitted she lied Sanders got caught lying by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, and his team documented it in their report. Sanders said FBI Director James Comey’s firing was based primarily on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s recommendation to fire the him. Trump undercut that claim in his interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt, where he said he fired Comey because of the Russia investigation and he would’ve done it anyway. Sanders also said that “the rank and file of the FBI had lost confidence in their director.” That, she later told Mueller, was based on nothing, and was said in “the heat of the moment.” She then told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that what she told Mueller was “a slip of the tongue.” She straight up lied about lying about Trump’s hush money payments Asked during a press briefing about whether the president had any knowledge of the hush money payments Michael Cohen made to women to keep quiet about their alleged affairs with Trump, Sanders said: “Look, the president has addressed these directly and made very well clear that none of these allegations are true.” That wasn’t true. Trump did know, as his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani and Trump himself both later admitted. When that info came out, Sanders was asked if she had lied on behalf of the president. “We give the very best information that we have at the time,” Sanders said. “I do that every single day and will continue to do that every day I’m in this position.” She tried to defend Trump’s alleged use of the n-word by lying about black employment Former Trump adviser and contestant on \'The Apprentice,\' Omarosa Manigault-Newman claimed in her memoir that Trump was a “racist, misogynist, and bigot” — and had repeatedly used the n-word backstage during the filming the reality TV show. Asked if she could guarantee that the president had never used the n-word said, Sanders, in short, said nope. \'I can't guarantee anything,” she said. “But I can tell you that the president addressed this question directly; I can tell you I've never heard it.\' She went on to say that black employment had risen dramatically under Trump, way more than it did under former president Barack Obama. That was clearly wrong: \'This president, since he took office, in the year and a half that he's been here has created 700,000 new jobs for African-Americans,” Sanders said. “That's 700,000 African-Americans that are working now that weren't working when this president took place. When President Obama left after eight years in office — eight years in office — he'd only created 195,000 jobs for African-Americans. President Trump in his first year and a half has already tripled what President Obama did in eight years.\' She was right about how much black employment had risen during Trump’s presidency; she was off by a factor of 15 on how many jobs for black people Obama had created during his presidency. Between 2009 and 2017, there were 2.9 million new jobs created for African Americans in the U.S. She issued a half-hearted apology on Twitter. She tweeted a doctored video of Jim Acosta allegedly accosting an intern CNN’s Jim Acosta has become known for his not backing off tough questions during Sanders’ press briefings, and he’s the only journalist from a major news organization who temporarily had his White House press credentials revoked. The reason for his losing his access was based on this video, which Sanders tweeted out, that appeared to show Acosta physically brushing aside a White House intern, who was instructed to remove the microphone from Acosta. Trouble is, that video was doctored. It was sped up in a way that made it appear that Acosta had been more forceful than he actually was. Here’s the original, alongside Sanders’ version: “We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern,” Sanders said. “This conduct is absolutely unacceptable.” Acosta had his press credentials restored less than two weeks later . She said 4,000 suspected or known terrorists had tried to enter the country through the southern border There were only six immigrants at ports of entry whose names were listed in the federal database of known or suspected terrorists who were apprehended at the southern border in the first half of 2018, Customs and Border Protection told NBC News . By comparison, 41 immigrants on terror watch lists were picked up at the Canadian border. She said Trump never encouraged violence at MAGA rallies “The president in no way, form, or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence of anything,” Sanders told reporters in June of 2017. “Quite the contrary.” Trump has, very clearly, encouraged violence. \'I'd like to punch him in the face,\' Trump said in February of 2016 from his soapbox during the presidential campaign. “In the old days, protesters would be carried out on stretchers.” She peddled the claim that Obama wiretapped Trump campaign Trump recently admitted that he basically made them up — when he said that Obama wiretapped his campaign, it was “a little bit of a hunch,” Trump told Fox’s Sean Hannity in April — but Sanders stuck with the line until the end. In March of 2019, she accused Democrats of orchestrating the entire Mueller investigation, by means including the wiretapping of the Trump campaign, which didn’t happen . “They were behind pushing a fake dossier, they were behind the wiretapping, they were behind spying on a U.S. campaign,” she said on CNN in March. “100 percent, they were behind it.” She said Chicago has the “strictest gun laws in the country” “One of the things that we don’t want to do is try to create laws that won’t stop these kinds of things from happening,” Sanders said during a press conference following the 2017 mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas. “If you look to Chicago, where you had over 4,000 victims of gun-related crimes last year, they have the strictest gun laws in the country. That certainly hasn’t helped there.” Chicago does not have the strictest gun laws in the country. The city used to have a handgun ban; that was overturned by the Supreme Court in 2010. Chicago also used to punish violators of its gun policies more strictly than it does today. Gun regulation advocates regularly call on the state of Illinois to increase the restrictiveness of its gun laws. “Illinois could further improve its grade by strengthening the regulation of gun dealers, limiting bulk firearm purchases, and restricting large-capacity magazines,” the Giffords Law Center noted in its annual report of states’ gun laws. It did note that the state has among the most restrictive gun laws in the country, but Illinois does not have the toughest gun laws in the country. She said she was “thankful” for the press During a briefing right before Thanksgiving of 2017, Sanders told journalists in the White House briefing room that they should say something their thankful for before asking a question, and said, “Obviously, you probably know and it’s no secret, that I’m clearly very thankful for all of you in the room. I think that goes without saying.” The journalists in the room couldn’t contain their laughter. Cover image: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders talks to reporters during the daily press briefing in the Brady press briefing room at the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)'

The 2019 'All That' Cast Is Here To Serve Up Good Burgers & More For The Next Generation

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Nickelodeon's All That began as just a one-off 'kid version of SNL' special but quickly grew to be the cultural touchstone for '90s kids. Created by Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin, All That aired in 1994 and ran for an astonishing 10 seasons before…
'Nickelodeon's All That began as just a one-off \' kid version of SNL \' special but quickly grew to be the cultural touchstone for '90s kids. Created by Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin, All That aired in 1994 and ran for an astonishing 10 seasons before it was canceled in 2000. (It enjoyed a short reboot from 2002 to 2005.) The well-loved franchise spawned a number of spin-offs ( Kenan & Kel , The Amanda Show , and The Nick Cannon Show ) and launched the careers of current and former SNL castmates like Kenan Thompson and Taran Killam. Now an all-new rebooted season is set to premiere this Saturday, with Thompson and Kel Mitchell (of Kenan & Kel fame) executive producing the very series that kickstarted their careers. The new All That cast is funny , fresh-faced, diverse, and more than ready to speak to a whole new generation of tweens. Thompson acknowledges how important it that All That is being revived; after it was canceled, the kid-centric sketch genre more or less died out. There hasn't really been a show since then that lets kids be unabashedly weird and creative, all while giving them the space to even perform material they wrote themselves . We were all creative kids with these voices in our heads that needed to come out, Thompson told Entertainment Weekly . So its a beautiful thing for a new generation to have that opportunity to spread their quirky wings. I cant wait to see it. Jake Flanagin at The Atlantic calls the original All That a \' weirdly subversive little show \' for its time, featuring actual kids playing kids, a \'Loud Librarian\' sketch that lampooned the hypocrisy of adult figures, a variety of rap and R&B musical guests, and a diverse cast that was more representative of its viewership than even some adult-aimed shows are today. In an age where adults often play teens, and their shows act as thinly veiled, glossy advertisements for products, it's important that the irreverent, kid-led sketch show is making a return. While the announcement of the show's revival faced some pushback online (with accusations of ruined childhoods and 32-year-old Drake Bell even Instagramming that \' this is LITERALLY THE WORST THING IVE SEEN \'), it's important to remember that this show is for children. It's a way for kids to brainstorm ideas, speak to issues affecting them, and open up a conversation among their peers in a comedic format, much like SNL does (with varying levels of success) for adults. This revival is, quite literally, not for us, and that's fine! According to the Nickelodeon press release, the new cast members of All That are listed below. They come from different walks of life and all sound super creative, so All That will be a great way for them to up their acting chops. Gabrielle Green Gabrielle Green, 14, moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career after studying theatre at BAK Middle School of Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Fla. Her credits include acting, voiceover work and working as a brand representative. Ryan Alessi Born and raised in Chicago, Ryan Alessi, 14, began studying improv comedy at age eight with The Second City Improvisational Comedy Troupe. After moving to Los Angeles, he started studying with The Groundlings and developing his own characters and performing various impressions and accents. Chinguun Sergelen Raised in Chicago, Chinguun Sergelen, 13, began acting at age nine. He is a Youth Ensemble member at The Second City Training Center Chicago and Laugh Out Loud Theater. Reece Caddell A Denver native, Reece Caddell, 12, started acting at the age of five and began performing sketch comedy when she started a YouTube channel with her two older sisters. Kate Godfrey Kate Godfrey, 15, is an actress, singer and dancer from Scottsdale, Ariz. She began her career in her local community theater at the age of nine and was quickly accepted to the Broadway Youth Ensemble where she performed in New York City. Nathan Janak Originally from Sugar Land, Texas, Nathan Janak, 14, began acting at six years old. In 2016, he participated in a nine-month intensive actor training program and later moved to Los Angeles. Janak has previously been seen as a guest star in Nickelodeons Henry Danger . Lex Lumpkin Lex Lumpkin, 13, is an actor, singer, writer, impressionist and pianist from Indianapolis. His acting career began two years ago when he played the role of Stuart in the Indianapolis Repertory Theaters production of Stuart Little . \'It's great being part of the new cast of All That ,\' Lumpkin said to TVInsider. \'The old cast, they set such a high bar and I'm super excited to try to reach that with this new group of kids. It's phenomenal working alongside them.\' With Thompson and Mitchell as their mentors, there's no doubt that these kids have bright futures ahead of them.'

U.S. Army changes recruitment approach with new advertising agency

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The U.S.Army announced it will reallocate its marketing, advertising and recruiting funds following an internal audit.A letter last week from Mark T.Esper, Secretary of the Army, sent to leaders of the Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve,
'The U.S.Army announced it will reallocate its marketing, advertising and recruiting funds following an internal audit. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t A letter last week from Mark T.Esper, Secretary of the Army, sent to leaders of the Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve, said in part that “this reassignment includes transfer of authorities and responsibilities, personnel, and resources (funding, equipment, and property).” It dissolves the Army Marketing and Research Group and forms the Office of Chief Army Enterprise Marketing, effective Aug. 1.The new agency will be part of the Army’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, which oversees all matters related to the management of Army manpower and personnel, and will relocate to Chicago from Arlington, Va., reported Military.com.Chicago is also the home of the advertising agency DDB, the Army’s new partner responsible for advertising pertinent to recruitment.In November, the Army left McCann Worldgroup, which had been its advertising firm for 12 years.An advertising contract with the Army oversees about $4 billion in spending over 10 years.DDB has increased its staff since it won the account.The changes come about nine months after the White House responded to an internal audit by the Army Audit Agency, which sent its findings to the Armed Service Committees of the U.S.Congress.The audit found that in 2016, millions of dollars in “ineffective marketing campaigns” were conducted on behalf of Army recruitment. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t The administration of President Donald Trump withheld 50 percent of the Marketing and Research Group’s funding in its latest defense bill proposal.In 2018, Congress directed the Army to “consolidate our marketing enterprise and reshape the organization into more of a program and business management directorate,” Army spokesman Lt.Col.Emanuel Ortiz said at the time.The changes are a significant shift in Army plans.It established the marketing group in 2013 to better offer civilians, especially those of age to join the military, a view of the military unfiltered by misperceptions.An increased recruitment total has been its goal. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t One dead, 22 injured in West Point training accident Washington (AFP) June 6, 2019 - One US military cadet was killed and 22 cadets and soldiers were injured when their transport vehicle overturned Thursday at the US Military Academy at West Point, New York, the academy said.The cadet — the term for trainees at the US Army’s elite officers’ school — was killed when the Light Medium Tactical Vehicle flipped over in a rugged forest area used for training, said West Point Superintendent Lieutenant General Darryl Williams.The injured included 20 cadets who were apparently in the back of the truck and two regular soldiers who were in the cab, one of them driving.They were transported to local hospitals with light injuries including facial abrasions and a broken arm, according to a medical official.Video from media helicopters showed the vehicle completely overturned in thick forest near the West Point campus.Williams said the cadets, all beginning their final year of training before graduating, were on a “standard training exercise” when the accident happened. “We don’t know the details of how the accident actually happened,” Williams said. “It’s very rough terrain… this is part of our realistic training.” The 117-year-old West Point supplies many if not most of the top leaders of the US army, and two presidents graduated from it: Civil War hero Ulysses S.Grant and Dwight Eisenhower, who was supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe in World War II.In France to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the World War II D-Day landing in Normandy, President Donald Trump tweeted his concern over the accident. “So sorry to hear about the terrible accident involving our GREAT West Point Cadets.We mourn the loss of life and pray for the injured.God Bless them ALL!” Trump wrote.Related Links The latest in Military Technology for the 21st century at SpaceWar.com Thanks for being here; 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How 'The Good Fight' Legal Consultant Irv Miller Finds Wild But True Cases For The Show To Use

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Bustle's I Keep It Real series pulls back the curtain at how your favorite movies & TV shows are able to feel as realistic as possible.CBS All Access' acclaimed drama The Good Fight may have just ended its third season, but the world of the show…
'Bustle's I Keep It Real series pulls back the curtain at how your favorite movies & TV shows are able to feel as realistic as possible. CBS All Access' acclaimed drama The Good Fight may have just ended its third season, but the world of the show has been in existence since 2009, when its parent series The Good Wife debuted on CBS. While the spinoff's case-of-the-week structure is treated with a little more flexibility than in the original show, both series have featured someone whose job is it to go over the scripts to ensure that the legal proceedings are depicted with the utmost accuracy: legal consultant Irv Miller . Miller has served as a consultant for the franchise since the very beginning, and his job involves everything from correcting justifications for objections to working with set designers to depict different types of courtrooms. Yet the most impactful part of his work is undoubtedly bringing cases with strange, but true, legal precedents to the show's writer's room, so that they can be turned into plotlines for episodes. Miller walked us through the inspiration for five memorable legal cases from The Good Fight and The Good Wife , explaining how the shows ensure that the situations feel real no matter how odd things might get in the courtroom. 1. Trump's Potential Impeachment In this Season 2 episode of The Good Fight , the firm Reddick, Lockhart, and Boseman is summoned by the DNC to try and form a case for impeachment against Donald Trump . \'Political organizations are no different than corporations looking for legal advice to make sure they stay within the guidelines,\' says Miller. \'[The show's team] would run [arguments] past me and I would say, 'Yeah, that is a legitimate concern,' or, 'I don't think it is.' There is no established precedent. There is no law or there is no case law directly on point, and that makes it a lot easier for the writers to do their thing.\' 2. The Pee Tape Also in Season 2 of The Good Fight , Diane Lockhart ends up in possession of a video that is rumored to be the infamous \'pee tape\' featuring Trump. It's brought to the attention of the firm's prospective client the DNC. \'One of the issues involved was the eavesdropping tape. How do we get it? What can we do? Is it against the law to listen to it because it's eavesdropping? Illinois has one eavesdropping law, the Federal Government has a totally different eavesdropping law. Are we in violation of one or the other or both or neither?\' explains Miller. \'So absolutely, a political organization is going to want to turn to a lawyer to get their best take on it.\' 3. Jay's Immigration Trial Later in Season 2, Jay Dipersia finds himself in ICE's crosshairs after being pulled over on a traffic stop, as he did not know he was an illegal immigrant as he learns, his birth certificate was faked by his parents. \'They wanted to get what an immigration courtroom would look like and how it differs from what the public may perceive as a regular courtroom,\' Miller recalls of planning this episode. \'Basically, immigration courtroom is a high bar in a dirty, dingy courtroom.\' Jay's near-deportation wasn't the first time that Miller was tasked with helping the franchise depict that kind of setting accurately. \'In The Good Wife when Cary got arrested, they went to bond court,\' he explains. \'I had to have a conversation with the set designer as to what the bond courtroom in Cook County looks like. It's a dirty, dingy courtroom with old filing cabinets laying around with boxes on top of them, and everybody's crunched into the courtroom. And that's exactly how they portrayed it.\' 4. Replacing The Judge In a Season 4 episode of The Good Wife , Alicia Florrick and Will Gardner discover they may have a reason to have a biased judge on one of their cases replaced. \'Way back when, [Robert and Michelle King, the franchise's co-showrunners] asked me, 'Tell me about the judges in Cook County,' and I gave them a whole list of what I thought,\' Miller says. \'Some of them are really good, others totally political they're just looking to cover their political butts. Some of them don't know what they're told, some of them flip coins in their heads, some of them are unethical, some of them take money.\' For this episode, Miller continues, he suggested the show do a \'substitution of Judge motion\' in front of another judge. \'There are some things about the way that the law is practiced in Chicago that I think are not practiced anywhere else,\' he explains. \'And I tried to get the flavor of how things are done in Chicago on a practical level.\' 5. Taiwanese Diplomatic Immunity In Season 3 of The Good Wife , Lockhart Gardner is tasked with defending a Taiwanese student accused of a heinous crime, but the firm finds that the student's country of origin makes defending him a complicated matter. \'When I was a defense attorney, I represented a Taiwanese diplomat who committed a murder, and the questions [becomes], 'does a Taiwanese diplomat have diplomatic immunity?'\' because of the U.S. policy in which Taiwan is considered part of China , says Miller. \'It was a grey area. I think [the Kings] did a great job on the script, pulling together both sides of the argument, which is what they love to do.\' The writers behind The Good Wife and The Good Fight have been maneuvering through grey areas for almost a decade now, and it's clear that every episode of the series they've made so far has involved Miller's deep knowledge of Chicago law.'

Workplace discrimination cases are being closed before investigation

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It’s a classic Washington catch-22: For years, Congress has chastised the agency that investigates workplace discrimination for its unwieldy backlog of unresolved cases while giving it little to no extra money to address the problem.
'It’s a classic Washington catch-22: For years, Congress has chastised the agency that investigates workplace discrimination for its unwieldy backlog of unresolved cases while giving it little to no extra money to address the problem. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t In turn, officials at the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have found a workaround: Close more cases without investigating them.Since 2008, the EEOC has doubled the share of complaints involving companies or local government agencies that it places on its lowest-priority track, effectively guaranteeing no probes, mediation, or other substantive efforts on behalf of those workers.About 30 percent of cases were shunted to that category last year, according to internal data obtained by the Center for Public Integrity through a public records request.The EEOC said it has focused its limited resources “on charges where the government can have the greatest impact on workplace discrimination.” But as it cut its backlog by 30 percent in the last decade — much of that in the past two years — the already-low share of workers getting help has dropped.Only 13 percent of all complaints the EEOC closed last year ended with a settlement or other relief for the workers who filed them, down from 18 percent in 2008.Workers shut out of their rights Chicago-based accountant Richard Nelson went to the EEOC’s office in March to file a complaint that said he needed help getting his employer to make a few accommodations for disorders including attention-deficit/hyperactivity — all within his right under the Americans with Disabilities Act.His case was shut before the appointment ended. “I think they’re looking for slam dunks,” Nelson said.He was told that given the office’s small staff and the level of evidence he had in emails with his employer, the EEOC couldn’t proceed.Instead of trying to settle or mediate the matter, the agency mailed him a piece of paper telling him he could file a lawsuit, which he would have to do on his own dime. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t “I don’t want to sue anybody.I just want to be treated fairly,” he said.Since 1980, as the US workforce has grown by 50 percent, Congress has kept the EEOC’s funding essentially flat — budget increases eaten away by inflation.That’s meant more cases without the resources to handle them.Last year the EEOC took in more than twice as many complaints as it did nearly four decades earlier, with about half the staff.Gabrielle Martin, a 30-year EEOC attorney and president of the National Council of EEOC Locals No. 216, said the agency’s decision to send more cases to the “killing fields” — closing them without investigation — is a problematic solution to budget and resources woes. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t “If they don’t continue to dump cases, Congress will say, ‘Well, what did you do with the money we gave you?’” Martin said.But they can’t make the case for more funding, she said, if they appear to be succeeding without it.The EEOC defended its handling of complaints in a statement, saying it’s gathering more information early on so people with stronger evidence can get the assistance they need.Last year, the agency put more cases into its high-priority pool than it has since creating the ranking process in 1996, nearly 26,000 in all.An archival image of the headquarters of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, DC.Terry Ashe/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images But the share of workers the EEOC helped get a settlement or other relief — that 13 percent — barely budged from the previous year.And the workers deemed low priority were almost all out of luck: Of about 27,000 cases, less than half a percent got relief.Attorney Jaz Park assists low-wage workers with discrimination claims through Chicago-Kent College of Law’s employment clinic.She said she’s noticed an increase in cases closing within a few weeks without any apparent investigation from the EEOC.In one case, a retail employee with 21 years on the job was fired shortly after being diagnosed with a heart condition.Her employer claimed she was fired for forgetting to give a customer a receipt. “If you take the time, you see it just doesn’t add up,” Park said.Stacy Villalobos, an attorney for Legal Aid at Work, a nonprofit that provides legal services for low-income workers, said the EEOC’s categorization “oftentimes has nothing to do with the merits of the case.” Frequently, she said, information that would prove a worker’s allegation is in the hands of the employer. “There may be merit,” she said, “but without an investigation, you may never know.” An “emotionally draining” process The EEOC requires an interview with most workers before they can file a complaint.That filters out tens of thousands of potential cases from entering its system in the first place.More than 60 percent of people who inquired about filing last year ultimately didn’t — the highest dropout rate in at least 15 years — for reasons such as discrimination laws not covering their situation or the process being daunting.Most of the complaints deemed low priority were filed by workers who continued past this weeding-out step.To reduce its backlog, the EEOC must close more cases than it receives each year — and with fewer investigators.The agency employs about 570, down roughly 150 from a decade ago.It also handles a separate load of federal employees’ complaints; that too has a backlog.This has been wearing on the agency’s workers.In 2018, almost half of EEOC staff said in a government survey that they didn’t have the resources to do their jobs, higher than average for federal agencies.The agency had the highest percentage of staff strongly disagreeing that their workload is reasonable, as well as the highest percentage strongly agreeing that the work they do is important. “It’s really, really emotionally draining,“ said former EEOC regional attorney Charles Guerrier, who was based in Birmingham, Alabama, before leaving in 2012.He said he advised staff to make peace with not being able to help every worker.The budget was so tight, he said, that sometimes his office would run out of paper because there wasn’t money to buy more.At the agency’s San Diego office, former district director and mediator Tom McCammon said employees regularly went into work on weekends to spend unpaid hours finishing cases.Even so, he said, sometimes so much time passed before investigators got to a case that they couldn’t reach the complainant — the phone number was dead, the home address no longer valid. “In the meantime, cases are stacking up by the hundreds with no investigation,” said McCammon, who left in 2013. “Each one of those files is a person who had a problem.” Congress’s contentious relationship with the EEOC For years, the EEOC’s standing with Congress has fallen into the same category as an increasing number of its cases: low priority.The agency competes with 11 others in its appropriations subcommittee, including high-profile ones like NASA and the Department of Justice, for funding from a limited pool.Hearings focused on the EEOC’s performance and needs are scheduled only once every few years, and they’re often dominated by discussions of the backlog and lawsuits against employers that members of Congress object to the agency pursuing.Eleanor Holmes Norton, who headed the agency from 1977 to 1981, is one of the few members of Congress who have consistently pushed to bolster protections for employment discrimination.But as the representative for Washington, DC, she has no vote.Eleanor Norton Holmes (center) sits among 45 other women employees of Newsweek magazine as they announce they are suing the publication for discrimination in jobs and hiring on March 16, 1970.Bettmann via Getty Images Her perspective: Most lawmakers have little interest in fighting discrimination. “Failure to pay attention to the EEOC is to leave a lot of people out in the cold,” said Norton, a Democrat. “Nothing can overcome a backlog that grows from lack of funding.” There are some signs of a shift.Last fiscal year, after eight years of flat funding that meant the agency’s budget was effectively shrinking because of inflation, the then-Republican-controlled Congress approved a $15 million increase for the EEOC.What it took was the #MeToo movement’s viral spotlight on sexual harassment.Fifteen senators and 71 representatives, all Democrats, asked the appropriations committees to give the agency more money.But, with #MeToo attention dimming, Congress approved no increase for this year.Eighty-four members of Congress, all Democrats, have requested a $20 million boost for next year.President Donald Trump is proposing a $23.7 million cut instead.About 25,000 complaints last year involved sex discrimination, sexual harassment or both.Race and disability discrimination each accounted for virtually the same number, though neither issue has caught Congress’s attention.Protesters gather during the #MeToo Survivors’ March outside the CNN building in Los Angeles on November 12, 2017.David McNew/Getty Images The leaders of the House and Senate subcommittees that control the EEOC’s funding did not respond to interview requests.But these panels that play an outsize role in determining what the agency can do have twice as many men as women.Of their 28 members, only four identify as African American, Hispanic, or Asian American.None identify as Native American.Together, they take in far more contributions from business interests than groups representing workers — at least 27 times the amount in the latest election cycle, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics . That creates a challenge for the EEOC.As Victoria Lipnic, then acting chair of the agency, pointed out in her latest budget justification to Congress , “our primary stakeholder” is “the American workforce.” A hamstrung agency Some of the limits imposed on the EEOC by lawmakers have nothing to do with money.In December, Sen.Mike Lee (R-UT) held the Senate back from confirming three commissioners — a vote that required unanimous consent at that point — over his objection to another term for Chai Feldblum, an Obama appointee and the EEOC’s first openly lesbian commissioner. “The federal government should never be used as a tool to stamp out religious liberty,” he said , alleging that Feldblum would use her position to do so in the name of LGBTQ rights. (Feldblum wrote last year that she believes this is not a “winner-take-all” game and that the government should look to accommodate religious beliefs while still achieving “the compelling purpose of the law.” ) Without those three commissioners, the bipartisan agency lacked a quorum, which by rule prevented it from filing higher-cost or higher-profile lawsuits against employers.In May, the Senate finally resolved that problem by confirming Chair Janet Dhillon — two years after she was nominated.Supporters from the Council on American-Islamic Relations stand outside of the Supreme Court after the court heard oral arguments in EEOC v.Abercrombie & Fitch on February 25, 2015.The case was brought on after a woman filed a charge of religious discrimination, saying Abercrombie & Fitch declined to hire her because she wore a head scarf.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images In the past two years, Lee has also introduced legislation that would: strip most of the power from the National Labor Relations Board , which enforces workers’ right to organize; repeal the Davis-Bacon Act , which aims to guarantee prevailing wages for federally funded construction workers; and allow employers to give time off instead of paying overtime wages.Reached for comment, Lee spokesperson Conn Carroll said the senator was not the only elected official who had objections to Feldblum’s confirmation and that Democrats could have chosen to vote on the other nominees separately. (Commissioners are commonly approved as a group.) The spokesman said each of the employment-related bills Lee introduced, none of which passed, would “increase the freedom of workers to work.” Last election cycle, Lee received $4.5 million in contributions from business interests and $8,000 from labor groups.Two of Lee’s bills were co-sponsored by Sen.Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chair of the Senate committee that reviews labor legislation and a member of the subcommittee that handles EEOC appropriations.Alexander has been more attentive to the EEOC, and its backlog, than most lawmakers.When the agency proposed collecting wage data by sex, race, and national origin from large employers as part of a cross-agency effort to curb pay discrimination in 2016, for example, he wrote to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget to request that it squelch the idea.Among his concerns was that collecting pay data from employers — which business associations including the US Chamber of Commerce opposed — would further delay the resolution of EEOC cases. “The proposal is likely to worsen that backlog as the EEOC will now be sifting through the billions of pieces of new data instead of focusing on its mission of investigating complaints of discrimination in the workplace,” he wrote.However, Ron Edwards, a former EEOC official who led the initiative, said the agency actually planned to use the extra data — which would be collected and analyzed electronically — to resolve complaints more efficiently.Alexander also introduced the EEOC Reform Act , which would have barred the agency from collecting pay data until it reduced its backlog by about 90 percent.Though the bill was unsuccessful, he had more luck with the OMB, which in 2017 stayed the EEOC’s collection of the data.That decision was reversed this March following a lawsuit by the National Women’s Law Center and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement . The Department of Justice has filed an appeal.Last election cycle, Alexander received more than $7 million in contributions from business interests — 130 times what he received from labor groups.Alexander, who has said he won’t seek reelection next year, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.Edwards, who worked at the EEOC for nearly 40 years, knew the pay information would be a powerful tool to correct discrimination — and that employers didn’t want to turn it over. “The real crux of employment is pay,” said Edwards, who retired in 2017. “If you collect the pay data, you get a better sense of how people are being treated.” In recent months, Democrats have introduced bills, in some cases co-sponsored by a handful of Republicans, to strengthen discrimination law enforcement, including measures to address the gender pay gap , improve protections for LGBTQ workers and prohibit nondisclosure agreements in workplace harassment cases.None have passed.Labor economist William Spriggs isn’t surprised by that or the funding constraints that affect workers’ chances of help at the EEOC.Congress’s treatment of employment discrimination and workers’ rights, he said, is par for the course in the U.S. “There is a tendency in society to think of labor law as littering or something,” he said. “They don’t think of it as an actual violation.” Have you experienced discrimination at work?The Center for Public Integrity wants to hear from you . Maryam Jameel is a journalist at the Center for Public Integrity , a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative newsroom in Washington, DC.Source link . The post Workplace discrimination cases are being closed before investigation appeared first on EPeak World News .'

Sleater-Kinney unveil “The Future Is Here” from St. Vincent-produced new album: Stream

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The band has also confirmed additional album details and expanded their upcoming tour. Sleater-Kinney unveil “The Future Is Here” from St. Vincent-produced new album: Stream Alex Young
'Over the last few months,  Sleater-Kinney have been hyping their new St. Vincent -produced album The Center Won’t Hold . After releasing “Hurry on Home” as the first single, the band returns today with additional album details along with a second teaser track. The Center Won’t Hold is out August 16th release via Mom + Pop Records. Spanning 11 tracks, it marks the band’s ninth album to date and serves as the follow-up to 2015’s reunion LP,  No Cities to Love . As the latest preview of the album, Sleater-Kinney have shared “The Future Is Here”. Take a listen below. 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The Center Won’t Hold 02. Hurry on Home 03. Reach Out 04. Can I Go On 05. Restless 06. Ruins 07. LOVE 08. Bad Dance 09. The Future Is Here 10. The Dog/The Body 11. Broken Sleater-Kinney have also expanded their upcoming tour, including new dates in Chicago, Oakland, Portland, and Seattle, as well as a leg of UK/European shows. See the updated itinerary below, and grab tickets here . Sleater-Kinney 2019-2020 Tour Dates: 09/05-07 – Raleigh, NC @  Hopscotch Music Festival 10/09 – Spokane, WA @ Fox Theatre 10/11 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House 10/12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot 10/13 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre 10/15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Palace Theatre 10/16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater 10/18 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre 10/19 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre 10/20 – Louisville, KY @ Old Forester’s Paristown Hall 10/21 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium 10/23 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle 10/25 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem 10/26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE 10/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore 10/29 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues 10/30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre 10/31 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom 11/01 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall 11/03 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel Complex 11/04 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre 11/05 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant 11/07 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues 11/08 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues 11/09 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at Moody Theater 11/11 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren 11/12 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park 11/13 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory OC 11/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium 11/16 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater 11/17 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater 11/19 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom 11/20 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom 11/21 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom 11/23 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre 11/24 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre 02/18 – Dublin, IE @ Astra 02/19 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso 02/21 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique 02/22 – Frankfurt, DE @ Batschkapp 02/24 – Paris, FR @ Le Trianon 02/26 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton 02/27 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy 02/28 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland Ballroom 03/01 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street Sleater-Kinney unveil “The Future Is Here” from St. Vincent-produced new album: Stream Alex Young'