Friday, November 16, 2018

Medal of Freedom Awards Presented at the White House

Miriam Adelson is among seven people Mr. Trump is recognizing with the medal, the highest honor America can give a civilian. She is a doctor, philanthropist and humanitarian, but is perhaps best known as the wife of Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas casino magnate considered one of the nation's most powerful Republican donors. 

The other recipients include retiring Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, one of the longest-serving senators in U.S. history; Alan Page, who was elected to the Minnesota Supreme Court after an NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears; and Roger Staubach, the Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboys quarterback. 

Posthumous honors are being granted to Elvis Presley, Babe Ruth and Antonin Scalia, the conservative Supreme Court justice.

Blind Runner Finds Love with Sighted Marathon Trainer

Random Acts of Kindness: Restoring Faith in Humanity

This video was published on YouTube on August 24, 2018. 

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Inspiring Moments of Respect in Sports

This video was published on YouTube on May 18, 2018. 

Source: Heart Of Champions

Challenged Athletes Foundation Triathlon Challenge (2018)

This video was published on YouTube on October 24.

'Joey Baseball', 11-Year-Old Phenom

This video was published on YouTube on October 30, 2018.

On Learning from Students... 2018 New York Teacher of the Year, Christopher Albrecht

This video was published on YouTube on May 6.

Police Donate Dirty Money to Help Kids in St. Petersburg

Lady Gaga Volunteers at Red Cross Shelter, 'Let's Keep the Faith'

This report was published on YouTube on November 12. 

Lady Gaga is putting her heart and soul into helping people driven from their homes by the California wildfires -- and she delivered an emotional speech to evacuees.

Curtis 'Wall Street' Carroll: How I Learned to Read and Trade Prison

This video was published on YouTube on May 18, 2017.

Clowns Bring Joy to Refugee Children

This report was published on YouTube on March 5, 2018.

Zen Architecture: Exhibition Opens in Paris Celebrating Work of Tadao Ando

Concerts Without Borders: Making Classical Music Accessible

Companion Dogs Helping with Airport Stress

How Verna Kirkness Changed Indigenous Education

This report was published on YouTube on November 15.

How One Man Found Meaning Removing Swastikas from the Streets of Montreal

This video was published on YouTube on November 15.

Corey Fleischer runs a graffiti removal company. He made it his pastime nine years ago to remove hate symbols from public spaces in Montreal.

Korean Lovers in Baghdad

This report was published on YouTube on November 15.

RISE: Eva Wong Powers Way to FinTech Stardom with Confidence

This report was published on YouTube on November 15. 

Eva Wong is a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Borrowell, a Canadian company that offers free credit scores and personal loans.

Prince Charles Attends Special Tea Party to Celebrate 70th Birthday

This report was published on YouTube on November 14. 

Prince Charles continued to celebrate his 70th birthday on Wednesday by attending a tea party, complete with birthday cake, at Spencer House in London.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Green Book: Listings of Where Negroes Could and Couldn't Go

From the Introduction to the 1949 edition: With the introduction of this travel guide in 1936, it has been our idea to give the Negro traveler information that will keep him from running into difficulties, embarrassments and to make his trips more enjoyable. The Jewish press has long published information about places that are restricted and there are numerous publications that give the gentile whites all kinds of information. But during these long years of discrimination, before 1936 other guides have been published for the Negro, some are still published, but the majority have gone out of business for various reasons. In 1936 the Green Book was only a local publication for Metropolitan New York, the response for copies was so great it was turned into a national issue in 1937 to cover the United States. This guide while lacking in many respects was accepted by thousands of travelers. Through the courtesy of the United States Travel Bureau of which Mr. Chas. A. R. McDowell was the collaborator on Negro Affairs, more valuable information was secured. With the two working together, this guide contained the best ideas for the Negro traveler.

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Source:  The New York Public Library Digital Collections

Amazon HQ2 Will Cost Taxpayers at Least $4.6 Billion, More Than Twice What the Company Claimed, New Study Shows


Amazon’s announcement this week that it will open its new headquarters in New York City and northern Virginia came with the mind-boggling revelation that the corporate giant will rake in $2.1 billion in local government subsidies. But an analysis by the nation’s leading tracker of corporate subsidies finds that the government handouts will actually amount to at least $4.6 billion.

But even that figure, which accounts for state and local perks, doesn’t take into account a gift that Amazon will also enjoy from the federal government, a testament to the old adage that in Washington, bad ideas never die.

The Amazon location in Long Island City, in the New York City borough of Queens, is situated in a federal opportunity zone, a Jack Kemp-era concept resurrected in the 2017 tax law that, in theory, is supposed to bring money into poverty-stricken areas. The northern Virginia site, in the Arlington neighborhood of Crystal City (which developers and local officials have rebranded as “National Landing”), is not directly in an opportunity zone but is virtually surrounded by other geographic areas that are.

Under the tax overhaul signed by President Donald Trump last year, investors in opportunity zones can defer payments of capital gains taxes until 2026, and if they hold them for seven years, they can exclude 15 percent of the gains from taxation. If investors carry the opportunity zone investment for 10 years, they eliminate taxes on future appreciation entirely. Investment managers have been salivating at the chance to take advantage of opportunity zones. Special funds have been built to cater to people holding unrealized capital gains — such as Amazon employees with large holdings of company stock.

Not only could Amazon benefit from the opportunity zone directly in Long Island City, but Virginia employees with unrealized capital gains will have an escape valve next door to an Amazon campus. “People who happen to be sitting around with long-term capital gains may now have vehicles for hiding them,” said Greg LeRoy of Good Jobs First, a nonprofit that scrutinizes economic development incentive deals between cities and companies, and has analyzed the Amazon deal.

Amazon did not respond to a request for comment on the opportunity zone or the Good Jobs First estimate of the subsidies it could receive.

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Source: The Intercept_ 

Representative Ryan Costello on the Future of the Republican Party

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Source: C-SPAN

House Minority Leader Pelosi Addresses Leadership Question

Pelosi (D-CA) addressed whether she has the votes to become Speaker of the House in the 116th Congress.

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House Veterans' Affairs Hearing on GI Bill Payments

Veterans Affairs Under Secretary for Benefits Paul Lawrence testifies on GI Bill payment issues before a House Veterans' Affairs subcommittee.

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Source: C-SPAN 

Congressional Hearing on Misconduct and Retaliation in the U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Hits 17 Saudis with Sanctions Over Khashoggi's Killing

N.J. Health Workers Speak Out After Deadly Adenovirus Outbreak

Canada: Groundbreaking Legal Action Alleges Nursing Home Chains Put Profit Ahead of Care

By Kevin O'Keefe 

Early one Saturday morning in September, dozens of families gathered at a conference room in a North Toronto hotel for a meeting by the Nursing Home Action Coalition.

The families claim that the nursing homes they paid to look after their loved ones failed them miserably and they want those homes held accountable.

Over 200 families have joined an unprecedented lawsuit about to be launched against Canada’s three biggest for-profit long-term care home chains: Revera, Extendicare and Sienna Senior Living.

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Ukrainian Congress Committee of America's Autumn 2018 Bulletins

Click here to download the October 2018 Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) Bulletin in Ukrainian.

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Click here to download the September 2018 UCCA Bulletin in Ukrainian

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Source: UCCA

Saudi Prosecutor Seeks Death Penalty for Five in Khashoggi Murder

'My Deal, No Deal or No Brexit': UK's May Fights for Survival

Central African Republic Calls on Russia to Train Its Army

A Year After Mugabe, Hopes for a New Zimbabwe Still Low

Rohingya in Bangladesh Will Not Be Forced Back to Myanmar

Cuba to Pull Doctors from Brazil After Bolsonaro Threats

Navy SEALs, Marines Charged With Green Beret Logan Melgar’s Murder

A Daily Beast Exclusive

The victim allegedly discovered SEALs in Mali were stealing money from an informant fund and soliciting prostitutes.

By Kevin Maurer and Spencer Ackerman 

The military has formally charged two Navy SEALs and two special-operations Marines in one of the most grisly cases of fratricide in recent U.S. history, The Daily Beast has learned.

Two members of elite SEAL Team Six, Petty Officer Anthony E. DeDolph and Chief Petty Officer Adam C. Matthews, along with two Marine Raiders face charges that include felony murder, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, burglary, hazing, and involuntary manslaughter in the strangulation death of a Green Beret, Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar. All four were charged with felony murder and with lying to investigators.

The charges were proffered against the four on Wednesday, according to the Navy. A preliminary hearing in military court is scheduled for December 10.

Melgar, assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group, was killed in the West African nation of Mali in June 2017, as first reported by the New York Times

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Jim Mattis Visits Troops Stationed at US-Mexico Border

NY Senator to Provide Assistance with Property Tax Exemptions and Utility Bill Reduction

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New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) will be hosting a four-part event to provide his constituents with property tax exemptions and utility bill reduction assistance. Representatives from the following agencies will be present: NYS Comptroller's Office, NYC Department of Finance, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, Margert Community Corporation and Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica.

Source: The Office of State Senator James Sanders Jr. 

Judge Rejects Deal to Overhaul City’s Public Housing


By Luis Ferré-Sadurní and Benjamin Weiser

A federal judge rejected a sweeping settlement on Wednesday that would have appointed a monitor to oversee the troubled New York City Housing Authority and required the city to pump at least $1.2 billion into repairs.

The judge, William H. Pauley III, also strongly suggested that the federal government should take over the authority instead.

In a scathing opinion, Judge Pauley deplored the “breathtaking scope” of the squalid living conditions in the city’s public housing complexes. He rebuked the city for its mismanagement of the agency, and said the federal government had abdicated its legal responsibility to overhaul the nation’s largest stock of public housing that is home to about 400,000 vulnerable New Yorkers.

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Source: The New York Times (via Empire Report New York) 

NYC Public Advocate Candidates Debate, Clarify Mayoral Aspirations

By Gloria Pazmino

Candidates seeking to become New York city’s next public advocate debated the powers and role of the office during a town hall on Wednesday, with most agreeing it should be strengthened amid talk in the City Council of abolishing the position altogether.

The race for public advocate is expected to be one of the most crowded contests next year after Tish James, who currently holds the post, is sworn in as attorney general. Council Members Rafael Espinal, Eric Ulrich and Jumaane Williams were in attendance, along with Assemblymen Daniel O’Donnell and Michael Blake, as well as first-time candidates Dawn Smalls and Nomiki Konst. 

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Source: Politico (via Empire Report New York)