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Andrew McCarthy: Dem attacks on Trump about ‘foreign interference’ in elections are hypocritical

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Here’s the main question that arises from media-Democratic shrieking over President Trump’s twaddle about taking campaign-related information from foreign powers: Is it just silly or actually dangerous?

In our latest episode of “Un-reality Government,” the president was egged on by — who else? — George Stephanopoulos, a partisan Democrat who is the face of ABC News. When last noticed in an election cycle, the Clinton confidant was setting up Mitt Romney with a question about whether the Constitution permitted the banning of contraceptives. Of course, no one was proposing a ban on contraceptives; the question was strategically planted to seed the Democrats’ “War on Women” narrative. Common sense, if there were any, would have the administration asking: Why would we give George Stephanopoulos two days of access? If your answer is “Because that worked out so well with Michael Wolff,” pull that résumé together, because there’s surely a White House staff job waiting just for you.

So what did George ask this time? He wanted to know whether, with the lessons of 2016 in mind, the president thought it would be appropriate to let a foreign government “interfere” in our elections by taking from that government information damaging to the opposing candidate.

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Naturally, Stephanopoulos did not preface his query with, “You know, the way that Ukrainian parliamentarian who was a source for Hillary’s campaign leaked that oppo about the secret payments to Manafort.” And the president was not swift enough to ask Stephanopoulos for clarification: “You mean, like, an amateur-hour arrangement where I, or my son, take the information directly from Russia? Does it count if I’m smart enough to have my cut-out law firm hire the cut-out grifters from Fusion GPS, and then they do the dirty work of hiring the foreign spy to tap the Russian sources — in their spare time from helping Putin’s cronies beat back the Justice Department?”

In his staccato style, Trump appeared to respond that it would be all right to accept the information (because mere information is “not an interference” in an election); but he left ambiguous whether he’d notify the FBI of the foreign contact: “They have information — I think I’d take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI — if I thought it was something wrong.”

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Plane landing at Newark airport blows tires, skids on runway

Authorities say a plane blew tires while landing at Newark Liberty International Airport, sending it skidding on the runway before coming to a halt.

United Airlines said Flight 627 from Denver was landing at 1 p.m. Saturday with 166 passengers when the tires blew.

The FAA said the plane skidded off the pavement and its landing gear became stuck in a grassy area, but United spokesman Robert Einhorn said the plane remained on the runway.

The airline said some passengers with minor injuries refused medical attention and no one was seriously injured. The airport reported resuming flights shortly before 3 p.m. but delays could be expected.

Passenger Caroline Craddock says the pilot told everyone they blew two tires. She said someone hit their head and there was an elbow injury.

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Peru starts demanding passports, visas from Venezuelans

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Dozens of riot police stood guard at Peru’s northern border on Saturday, hours after new entry measures requiring Venezuelan migrants to hold a passport and humanitarian visa took effect.

More than 9,000 Venezuelans entered the country with just their national ID cards on Friday, the highest number ever recorded by Peruvian immigration authorities.

Peru’s Foreign Minister Néstor Popolizio told the radio station RPP on Saturday that the mandatory humanitarian visa for migrants was a “beneficial” measure that would help Venezuelans obtain permission to work legally for 183 days.

He said that some exceptions would still be allowed for “minors who only have birth certificates and are in transit to Peru to meet up with their parents, adults in transit to meet their families, adults in extremely vulnerable positions and the elderly.”

He also acknowledged that securing a passport in Venezuela is difficult, but said that “the majority” already enter with such a document.

According to Peruvian authorities, more than 820,000 Venezuelans have settled in Peru since 2016 of which 270,000 have sought refugee status.

Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra has said the new entry requirements will make immigration “safer and more orderly” and that the large influx of Venezuelan immigrants was making it harder for Peruvians to find jobs.

But human rights groups in the country have criticized the move, describing it as an attempt to lessen the numbers of needy people who are entering.

Stephanía Robles and her five-year-old son were two of the last migrants to come into the Andean country with just their IDs on Saturday.

“(I came) to look for a better life, my husband is in Peru in the city of Trujillo. My sisters are in Lima,” the 30-year-old said.

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Newly elected California lawmaker sparks criticism for appearing to invite only Christians to town hall

A recently elected California lawmaker is being criticized for appearing to  invite only Christians to a town hall meeting held earlier this week, just days after being sworn in.

Brian Dahle, a Republican, won a state Senate seat in a special election this month and was sworn in Wednesday. He held a “Faith and Values Town Hall” Thursday in the Northern California city of Redding.

His invitation on Facebook specifically said, “Christians from local churches” were invited, sparking criticism from some.

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California state Sen. Brian Dahle sparked criticism from some after appearing to only invite Christians to a town hall earlier this week. (Brian Dahle / Facebook )

“There are particular values that those of the Christian faith care deeply about as they shape the society and culture of our cities, states and nation,” the invite stated. “Because it can be difficult to know who our elected officials are, and what policies and legislation they are voting for on our behalf, many Christians have chosen to simply pray for the nation. Prayer is vital, but in addition to prayer, all citizens — including those of faith — are encouraged to be informed as they participate in the basics of their civic duties.”

“Hmmm. I’m sure your non-Christian constituents are soooo happy about this,” one person wrote in response.

Dahle’s former opponent, Silke Pflueger, told Action News Now he was “disturbed by our senator-elect holding a town hall where only Christians are invited.”

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In response to his critics, Dahle told the news station “They are getting to use their constitutional right to say that they don’t agree with what I’m doing but I have a constitutional right to also stand up here and say, ‘Hey, I think people of faith should be involved,” said Dahle. “So I applaud it, I think it’s great. That’s what I love about this country.”

He said he would continue to work for all his constituents on any issues they might have.

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5 mistakes that are ruining your elliptical workout

The elliptical gets a bad rap for being an ineffective workout tool, but that’s only because most people use it wrong. Tweak these bad habits to get the most out of your workout.

You only ever use the elliptical

Using the same equipment at the gym in the same way every single time is not only monotonous, it can also hinder your ability to meet your fitness goals in the long run.

“Working out your body the same way every day can lead to overuse of certain body parts that may result in injuries,” says Ryan Halvorson, senior editor of Idea Health & Fitness Association and a personal trainer in San Diego, Calif.

If you don’t want to give up the elliptical, fitness experts suggest incorporating an elliptical workout into a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) routine; this means you alternate between high-intensity exercise for 30 seconds to a minute and low-intensity exercise for one to two minutes.

Instead of an hour straight on the machine, try doing as many burpees or mountain climbers as you can in 30 seconds, then hop on the elliptical for a minute or two to let your muscles recover.

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Once your body starts to get comfortable with a workout routine, that’s when you know it’s time to kick it up a notch. Increasing your resistance is the best way to ensure you keep progressing. (iStock)

You always use the ‘fat burn’ button

Don’t let that “fat burn” button fool you into thinking that the weight will melt off quicker. The fat burn option helps you burn more fat at a lower intensity, but the problem is that you’re not burning nearly as many overall calories.

“If you want to lose weight, you want to burn calories,” says Dani Singer, Fitness Director of Fit2Go Personal Training in Baltimore. “Whether you’re burning carbs or fat is irrelevant, weight loss is about the calories that you’re burning.” High-intensity workouts are most efficient for fat burn and weight loss because you burn more calories and get that added benefit of the “after burn” effect.

After a physically intense workout, your body breaks down fat and continues to burn more calories to repair your muscles and replenish your energy sources. Make sure to avoid these post-gym mistakes, too.  

You pay too much attention to the numbers on the machine

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Most cardio machines can only detect weight and age, and that’s only if you plug in your own information. But overall, they can’t detect who is using it in terms of body type, fitness level, height, or body fat percentage. (iStock)

You can’t help but feel victorious when the “calories burned” window on your elliptical dash hits triple digits. But there’s a catch – those numbers may be skewed.

Most cardio machines can only detect weight and age, and that’s only if you plug in your own information. But overall, they can’t detect who is using it in terms of body type, fitness level, height, or body fat percentage, which means the numbers on the machine during your elliptical workout may not be accurate to you.

In fact, researchers from the University of California at San Francisco found that the elliptical overestimated calorie burn by 42 percent.

“Don’t pay attention to the numbers on the machine. Pay attention to how hard you’re working because that’s correlated with calorie burn more than the machine,” says Singer.

You lean on the static handles

Leaning on the static handles in the center console is one of the most common mistakes trainers see at the gym. If you’re slouched over the handrails constantly, your body doesn’t work as hard because the handles act as your support throughout the workout instead of your body.

“We already spend a lot of time slouched, so why reinforce it while you exercise?” says Halvorson. “Elliptical machines allow you to stand nice and upright to help improve posture, promote better circulation, and work muscles more efficiently.”

To maintain good posture, engage your abs and pretend there’s a string attached to the crown of your head and the ceiling, pulling you up straight and tall.

For an additional burn during an elliptical workout, take advantage of those swinging handlebars (if your machine has them) to work out your arms and shoulders, too.

You never change the resistance

Once your body starts to get comfortable with a workout routine, that’s when you know it’s time to kick it up a notch. Increasing your resistance is the best way to ensure you keep progressing.

“If you’re keeping the same pace and distance your body will adapt and reduce the overall calorie burn and physical improvement,” says Halvorson. “It’s not the best bang for your buck.” As you up the resistance, make sure it’s feasible for your body to keep moving.

Poor nutrition, training too hard, and not enough sleep may also put you at risk for an exercise plateau.

This story was originally published by Reader’s Digest. Read more here.

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DNA leads to arrest in 1987 cold case slaying of Fort Carson soldier

Police and the U.S. Army have announced the arrest of a suspect in the 32-year-old cold case rape and murder of a Fort Carson soldier.

Spc. Darlene Krashoc, 20, was found naked on March 17, 1987. She had been beaten, bitten, raped and strangled with a coat hanger and leather straps. She was a member of the Army’s 73rd Maintenance Company and was last seen at a nightclub where she and other members of her unit went out for drinks.

Colorado Springs cold case detectives and agents with the Army Criminal Investigation Command on Friday charged Michael Whyte, 58, of Thorton, Colo., with the murder.

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“Words cannot convey the satisfaction we are feeling from this arrest,” said Major General David Glaser, the Provost Marshal General of the Army and Commanding General of the CID.

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Michael Whyte of Thornton, Colo., was charged Friday with raping and killing Army soldier Darlene Krashoc in Colorado Springs in 1987 after DNA from the crime scene was submitted for genetic genealogy analysis. (Colorado Springs Police Department )

The FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit was given details of the case given how unusual — and violent — the killing was but couldn’t help, the Colorado Springs Gazettee reported in 1996.

“They have never had anybody killed in this manner before,” Detective Gary Hilty said then. “They weren’t able to give us any assistance.”

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Hilty told the paper police weren’t able to establish a motive for the murder.

“We don’t know why somebody would develop this kind of anger,” he said.

More recently, the Army posted a $10,000 reward and police released a computer-generated composite using DNA showing what the killer could have looked like in 1987. Still, the case stayed cold.

The breakthrough came this year when police submitted DNA from the crime scene for genetic genealogy analysis.

“As a result, the investigation culminated in identifying 58-year-old Michael Whyte as the suspect in this investigation,” police said in a news release.

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His DNA was obtained for comparison after investigators put a tail on him and then watched him discard a cup he drank from at a fast food restaurant, KKTV reported.

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Dad pranks daughter with short shorts in hilarious ‘Parenting 101’ video

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One man has been crowned the dad of the year for pranking his teenaged daughter with a hilarious “Parenting 101” fashion lesson, poking fun at the girl’s penchant for denim cutoffs by surprising her with a pair of his own short shorts.

“You wear yours out in public? I will wear mine! Parenting 101!” funny dad Jason Hilley captioned a must-see home video, shared to Facebook on June 12. In the hysterical 75-second clip, which has since been viewed 24 million times, Hilley and his young son burst into the girl’s room for an impromptu schooling.

“Kendall, we have to have a talk,” the father begins, as a mortified Kendall raises a hand to her mouth and the little boy cackles in delight.

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“Get your shorts, we’re gonna see whose fit better,” Hilley continues of the “butt cutting shorts.”

“Which ones?” she asks, which her dad describes as “the new ones we bought that were supposed to be a lot longer.”

Complying, Kendall shimmies on the shorts under an oversized long-sleeved top.

“Yeah, exactly!” Hilley cries of the cropped-style cutoffs once she has them on, with Kendall erupting in giggles.

“Whose are shorter, babe?” the silly dad asks as he strikes a pose in the mirror and looks at the camera, which is evidently held by his wife.

“I can’t handle y’all,” the woman laughs.

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“I’m picking her up from school, with these on,” a serious Hilley continues, rubbing and slapping his thigh.

“These aren’t even that short!” Kendall protests, checking out her shorts in the mirror.

“No, neither are mine!” the dad fired back.

In the days since, the legendary family moment has gone viral with over 144,000 shares, 11,000 likes and 6,700 comments to date.

“Absolutely wonderful, dad of the year!!!” one fan declared.

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“Good job dad, that’s a clever way to put things into perspective for your daughter,” another agreed.

“She is one lucky girl. She’ll understand someday,” one commenter said. “You’re doing awesome. Keep it up. Happy Father’s Day!”

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North Carolina shark attack victim’s father reveals how he saved daughter: ‘I hit it with everything I could’

The father of a 17-year-old girl who was attacked by a shark earlier this month opened up about the horrifying incident and detailed how he freed the teen from the fish’s jaws.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Charlie Winter, the father of Paige Winter, said he was swimming with his daughter at Atlantic Beach in North Carolina on June 2.

At one point — after other teenagers swimming near them began shouting “Shark!” and “Get her!” — he noticed a five-foot trail of pink blood in the water.

Winter said he immediately dove down, grabbing Paige while simultaneously pulling what is now thought to be a bull shark out of the water.

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Charlie Winter describes how he grabbed his daughter Paige, 17, by her upper body to get her loose from a shark’s grip during a press conference, Friday, June 14, 2019 in Greenville, N.C. (AP)

“It was a big shark … I immediately started to hit it,” he said. “I don’t know how many times I punched it, but I hit it with everything I could and it let go.”

Winter said the creature chased him “at arm’s length” until he reached the shore with his daughter.

Winter, a former paramedic, said he applied pressure to the teen’s badly injured left leg, which was later amputated. Two of Paige’s fingers on her left hand were also removed following the attack.

In the struggle, Winters added that his daughter had been attempting to pry open the shark’s mouth with her hands. Afterward, he said she was calm and just kept repeating the word, “dad,” as he carried her to safety.

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“She’s a tough little thing,” he said of Paige.

Attacks like this are rare, according to Eric Toschlog, chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at Vidant Medical Center. He was one of the doctors who treated Paige.

“I have not seen a wound of this severity, ever,” Toschlog said, adding that there are usually only two or three attacks off North Carolina every year.

According to the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida in Gainesville, a research organization that tracks shark bite reports worldwide, there were a total of 32 unprovoked shark attacks in the United States in 2018, making up 48 percent of the worldwide total. The number was down from 53 attacks in 2017.

Following the attack, Paige — who, according to her doctors, should complete physical therapy and rehabilitation within six to 12 months — later issued a statement through Vidant Medical Center in Greenville thanking people for helping her.

“Although I have extensive injuries, including an amputated leg and damage to my hands, I will be okay,” she said. “I will continue to stay positive and be thankful that it was not worse.”

The hospital described the teen as “an unwavering advocate” for marine life, and says she “wishes for people to continue to respect sharks in their environment and their safety.”

Even Paige herself, in a video released by the medical center, said that she still has respect for marine life — including sharks.

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“Sharks are still good people and that’s just kind of the truth, they’re still so good and they’re so cool,” she said.

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun and The Associated Press contributed this report.

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Archbishop dons hard-hat to hold first Mass in Notre Dame since devastating fire

The archbishop wore a hard-hat helmet, burnt wood debris was still visible and only about 30 people were let inside, but Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday held its first Mass since the devastating April 15th fire that ravaged its roof and toppled its masterpiece spire.

Exactly two months after the blaze engulfed the landmark Gothic building in the French capital, the service was celebrated by Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit in a chapel behind the choir, a place confirmed by construction experts as safe.

French Culture Minister Franck Riester said this week the cathedral remains in a “fragile” state, especially its vaulted ceiling, which is still at risk of collapsing.

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The Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit leads the first mass in a side chapel two months to the day after a devastating fire engulfed the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, in Paris, France  (Reuters)

For security reasons, only about 30 people — mainly priests, canons and church employees — were admitted inside the cathedral for the service, while Aupetit and others wore construction worker’s helmets. Some of the workers rebuilding the church were also invited.

Other worshippers could watch the Mass live on a Catholic TV station. The video showed some burnt wood still in the church but a famous statue of the Virgin and Child appeared intact behind wooden construction planks.

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The annual Dedication Mass commemorated the cathedral’s consecration as a place of worship.

“This cathedral is a place of worship, it is its very own and unique purpose,” Aupetit said.

One French priest called the service “a true happiness, full of hope.”

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For security reasons, only about 30 people — mainly priests, canons and church employees — were admitted inside the cathedral for the service, while Aupetit and others wore construction worker’s helmets. Some of the workers rebuilding the church were also invited. (Reuters)

“We will rebuild this cathedral. It will take time of course — a lot of money, lot of time, lot of work — but we will succeed,” Father Pierre Vivares told The Associated Press outside the cathedral. “Today it’s a small but a true victory against the disaster we have had.”

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French President Emmanuel Macron has set a goal of rebuilding it in just five years, which many experts consider unrealistic.

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Gary Wilkerson: Father’s Day is an amazing opportunity to become the man you know you want to be

I feel like I’ve been a good father to my four children. We had the faith talk, the sex talk, the “just say no” drug talk.

However, some of my children ended up on drugs. One son even became addicted to heroin and became homeless. I am the son of a long line of pastors and good fathers, so I was emotionally upended, confused and deeply crushed. I had imagined a good family tree and my desire to do this fathering thing well would insulate my family from the brokenness of modern living. I was wrong.

It has been said that a father is a son’s first hero and a daughter’s first love. It is also true that a father can create their child’s first wounds and do great damage to their souls. Being a father is without a doubt one of the most important things anyone can do, but even trying your best doesn’t necessarily ensure a trouble-free family experience.

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I take some comfort in knowing that God, the perfect father, had quite a bit of trouble with his first son, Adam. Yet what I also know is that trying to be a good father does make a difference. My kids have all come back to faith, sobriety and healthy living. They are now all married and deeply love their own kids.

It’s not too late to change. You can be changed from a neglectful father to a present one, from an angry father to a loving one, from a wounded soul to a healed man who can share grace, peace and deeply rooted love with his family.

I didn’t do it perfectly, but I did it. I stayed in there. I struggled and failed, but I refused to be abusive, neglectful and emotionally unavailable. In my own brokenness and with my own deep wounds, I did the hard work of life transformation.

I looked at things within me that caused those around me, especially my family, to be hurt, confused or feel anything less than loved and cherished. I believe a father’s first work is to create within himself a heart that is full of faith and love, able to overcome our own demons and move into our kids’ lives with the fullness, passion and positive influence only a father can bring.

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This Father’s Day, why not take a few hours to access your own heart, your own soul and your own behaviors? Take an internal inventory. Ask yourself, “Am I holding onto anger, resentment, bitterness? Do I have addictions that are harming my family? Am I so engrossed in my desire for success that my kids are missing a father? Am I in any way unhealthy in spirit, soul or body?”

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Go deep. Even check the way you eat or lack exercise. These things can cause us to lose the vast amount of energy it takes to father the active nature of children in this age.

It’s not too late to change. You can be changed from a neglectful father to a present one, from an angry father to a loving one, from a wounded soul to a healed man who can share grace, peace and deeply rooted love with his family. Father’s Day is an amazing opportunity not just to receive a card or a nice meal out but to encourage yourself to become the man you know you want to be, can be and that God will help you become.

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