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‘Old Town Road’ by Lil Nas X ties with Mariah Carey, ‘Despactio’s’ Billboard record

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Lil Nas X is riding his horse all the way to the top of the Billboard charts for 16 weeks and setting a tying a record first set by Mariah Carey and Luis Fonsi.

“Old Town Road” logged its 16th week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart this week, matching the success that Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” achieved in 1995-1996. Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s “Despacito” accomplished the feat in 2017.

In the 61-year history of the Billboard charts, no song has spent more than 16 weeks at No. 1 on the all-genre Hot 100 chart.

The country-rap “Old Town Road” was originally a solo song, but 20-year-old Lil Nas X added Billy Ray Cyrus to the track and it topped the charts, achieving most of its success through audio streaming.

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Lil Nas X is looking forward to setting a new Billboard record next week. He posted a video Monday on social media of the “SpongeBob SquarePants” character Squidward Tentacles saying, “Please stream ‘Old Town Road.'”

“Me on the internet this whole week tryna break the billboard record,” he wrote in the caption.

“Old Town Road” initially was in a bit of controversy in March when Billboard removed it from its country charts, deeming it not country enough (it peaked at No. 19 on the country charts). But the drama didn’t hurt the song; it only propelled it.

“This song has been a uniter not a divider,” Cyrus said in a statement Monday. “I’m giving God the glory now for allowing me the gift to be part of such a special song. It’s a unique moment in time where people from all over the world and all walks of life find they have more in common than they do different. It’s a moment we’ve all shared and I’m grateful for it.”

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“Old Town Road” appears on Lil Nas X’s debut EP “7,” which peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s 200 albums chart earlier this month. The EP also features the Top 40 hits “Panini” and “Rodeo” with Cardi B.

“Old Town Road” is also spending its 16th week on top of both the R&B/Hip-Hop and rap songs charts. The song has several versions, including remixes featuring Diplo, Young Thug and Mason Ramsey; Billboard counts the original song and its remix versions as one when calculating chart position, thus helping “Old Town Road” stay on top.

A number of songs have debuted at No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart, unable to push “Old Town Road” out of its top position, including two tunes from Taylor Swift (“You Need to Calm Down,” ”ME!”); Ed Sheeran and Bieber’s “I Don’t Care”; and two songs from Shawn Mendes (“If I Can’t Have You,” ”Senorita” with Camila Cabello).

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Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” stopped “Despacito” from reaching a 17th week at No. 1 when the pop smash jumped from No. 77 to No. 1 in 2017. Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me” ended Carey and Boyz II Men’s epic run in 1996.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Giuliani shreds de Blasio over videos of NYPD officers doused with water: ‘He’s a disgrace’

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Rudy Giuliani pointed the finger squarely at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio after videos surfaced Monday of people attacking NYPD officers by dousing them with water, saying this “would never happen in a million years when I was mayor of New York City.”

Footage shows separate incidents of people in Harlem using buckets to splash and dump water over uniformed officers, as the cops calmly walk away. De Blasio condemned the acts as “Completely unacceptable,” and said, “We won’t tolerate this kind of disrespect.” Still, former mayor Giuliani believes the 2020 presidential candidate is part of the problem.

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“This is what happens with knee-jerk disrespect for police. It will only get worse until these Left wing idiots are defeated,” Giuliani tweeted Tuesday morning, saying the current “disrespect for the uniform” is the “result of a Democrat-Progressive (Retrogressive)-Socialist Mayor.”

The former mayor had even stronger words Monday night on “The Ingraham Angle,” saying de Blasio was “absolutely destroying the quality of life in this city.”

Giuliani has criticized the mayor in the past over the increase in homelessness in New York City under de Blasio’s administration. Giuliani was known for reducing the number of people living on the streets.

“He’s a disgrace, and even Democrats don’t support him and are embarrassed of him,” Giuliani added, perhaps a reference to de Blasio’s low poll numbers as he campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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New York City Police Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch also called out the city’s leadership after the videos went viral.

“Our anti-cop lawmakers have gotten their wish: the NYPD is now frozen. It’s not the fault of these police officers. It’s the end result of the torrent of bad policies and anti-police rhetoric that has been streaming out of City Hall and Albany for years now,” Lynch said in a statement, adding, “Disorder controls the streets, and our elected leaders refuse to allow us to take them back.”

In one of the videos, someone could be seen throwing a bucket at an officer, hitting him in the head as he appeared to be in the middle of an arrest.

Giuliani warned that crime would not decrease as long as officers are in this environment.

“The way you reduce crime is to have police officers with high morale,” he said. “That uniform should be respected.”

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Cal Thomas: The bold solution we may need to fix our broken immigration system

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For safety reasons, fire marshals control the number of people who can occupy a building at any one time. We’ve seen what happens when crowds get too large and a fire breaks out, causing panic and often death. So why not control the crowd illegally entering America?

We control water so that it won’t overflow a bathtub or sink, causing damage requiring expensive repairs, so why not shut off the flow of those illegally entering at the border?

Pick your own analogy, but America’s immigration system is worse than broken. It can be fixed, but politicians from both parties refuse to do it. The immediate and long-term damage inflicted on our country as a result of this neglect will be severe.

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President Trump has the power to shut off the flow of immigration until those who have entered the country illegally can be accounted for, those without proper documentation can be deported and the ones here legally become United States citizens.

If Congress continues to fail in its responsibility to protect our borders — Republicans because they and their U.S. Chamber of Commerce supporters want cheap labor and Democrats because they see potential votes — President Trump should follow the example of two of his predecessors to shut off the human tidal wave.

The president has the authority under Title 8 of U.S. Code. The law includes categories of persons “ineligible” to enter the United States. A key section relates to those entering the country illegally whose only motivation is to find a job and make money. The following is taken directly from the law:

In general, any alien who seeks to enter the United States for the purpose of performing skilled or unskilled labor is inadmissible, unless the Secretary of Labor has determined and certified to the Secretary of State and the Attorney General that (1) there are not sufficient workers who are able, willing, qualified… (and) (2) the employment of such alien will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of workers in the United States similarly employed.

During the administrations of Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge, immigration was reduced to a trickle. After leaving office, Coolidge wrote in a December 13, 1930 newspaper column that most immigrants had come to demonstrate loyalty to America, but they must come “slowly” and avoid “city colonies while spreading across the county.” He then explained why, which ought to resonate today: “We have certain standards of life that we believe are best for us. We do not ask other nations to discard theirs, but we do wish to preserve ours. … We reflect on no one in wanting immigrants who will be assimilated into our ways of thinking and living.”

When Coolidge was president, a 2 percent quota was established for immigrants entering the U.S. After July 1, 1927, the 2 percent rule was replaced with an overall annual cap of 150,000 immigrants. Quotas were set according to “national origins” as listed in the 1920 census. It wasn’t until the 1960s that the floodgates were opened and what some call an “invasion” began. It has only gotten worse as anyone with a TV set or who lives along the border can plainly see.

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Yes, the quota system discriminated in favor of “preferred” nationalities. The website u-s-history.com confirms its intent: “The clear aim of this law was to restrict the entry of immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe, while welcoming relatively large numbers of newcomers from Britain, Ireland and Northern Europe.” Mexican laborers were also banned.

If Congress continues to fail in its responsibility to protect our borders — Republicans because they and their U.S. Chamber of Commerce supporters want cheap labor and Democrats because they see potential votes — President Trump should follow the example of two of his predecessors, and the law, to shut off the human tidal wave until we can deal with those already here.

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Rep. Tom Rice: I saw the crisis at the border with my own eyes — Congress can fix it

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Earlier this month, I joined Vice President Pence and a group of Senate Republicans to see firsthand the humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border.

We toured two facilities in McAllen Texas, an area of the Rio Grande that is at the center of this crisis. If the reports and rhetoric from my colleagues across the aisle were true, the facilities we toured would have been dirty and unlivable. That was not the case. Everyone at both of these facilities had access to food, water, hygiene items, and medical care.

The first facility housed family units, and everyone we spoke to said they were being treated well. The second facility we visited housed single men who were apprehended crossing into our country illegally, many of whom had criminal records or had been deported previously.

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Was it a Holiday Inn with extra comfort and amenities? Absolutely not. As expected, the facility was overcrowded, but the conditions were humane, and every detainee had access to basic necessities. Let’s not forget that everyone in these detention centers chose to violate our laws, rather than seeking to enter our country legally.

Our border patrol officers are caring for those in their custody with compassion. However, our system was never meant to handle this massive influx of migrants coming across the border – especially families. Over half of the border patrol agents in the Rio Grande area are now staffing detention centers, instead of their usual posts along the border. While these agents are making 32 hospital trips a day, criminals and drug smugglers are using these vulnerabilities to their advantage.

Cartels, human traffickers, and smugglers have perfected their business of exploiting our laws, enticing families and children to make the dangerous trek to our border while they make a hefty profit. For $8,000 these criminal organizations will transport a single adult across the border and assist them in avoiding detainment. The fee is reduced to $5,000 for family units, because having a minor in your group is essentially a “get out of jail free” card. Our immigration loopholes are a magnet for illegal aliens, a profitable business for criminals, and a huge danger to innocent children, many of whom are being rented out to pose in family units.

One of the most glaring loopholes in our immigration system is the Flores settlement agreement, which mandates that any minor apprehended at the border cannot be detained for more than 20 days. This has incentivized adults to cross the border with a child in the hope of staying indefinitely in the United States.

At the McAllen facility, officials reported that they were forced to release family units into the country after just three days because they did not have room to house the constant flow of people being processed at the facility. From December 2018 to May 2019 alone, over 160,000 family unit members had been released into our country. Like all aliens who are released to our country’s interior, they were sent with instructions to appear for a court date, and we have no mechanism to hold them accountable if they don’t show up.

Another major loophole drawing illegal aliens to our border is the use of fraudulent asylum claims to gain entry into our country. The number of people claiming “credible fear” to gain entry into our country is skyrocketing – with over 90,000 claimants in 2018. However, less than 10 percent of these claims were determined to be legitimate. With so few people qualifying for asylum, we need to strengthen the “credible fear standard” to deter those with meritless claims and require that people apply for asylum from their home country. If America is to remain a safe haven for those escaping violence or persecution, we must put an end to the rampant abuses of our asylum laws that are destroying the system for those it was designed to protect.

Current laws require any unaccompanied minor from Central America to be treated as a victim of human trafficking, even if that is not their accurate status. Not only does this take away federal resources from actual human trafficking victims, but it has also led to 98 percent of unaccompanied minors from Central America remaining in the United States. This can be remedied by updating the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act so that minors that should be returned to their home countries will be sent home safely.

As long as these loopholes in our system exist, criminal agencies will exploit them for profit while our resources are stretched too thin to maintain facilities and secure the border. How can we expect border patrol agents to do their job unless Congress does ours?

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Democrats decry the conditions at our facilities yet refuse to allocate funding for more detention beds and say we should abolish immigration enforcement. They proudly advocate for open borders and would happily let every detained alien go free, regardless of their criminal record.

Congress has a responsibility to those who followed our laws and came to America legally, those who have credible asylum claims and need our protection, and every American citizen to close these loopholes and secure our border once and for all.

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Paz de la Huerta meets with DA again over Harvey Weinstein case

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Paz de la Huerta met with Manhattan prosecutors on Monday to discuss her rape allegations against Harvey Weinstein — and her lawyer told Page Six she’s expected back in the district attorney’s office on Thursday.

The “Boardwalk Empire” star — who accused Weinstein of rape and is suing him in California for $60 million — appears in a documentary on him, “Untouchable,” which premiered in New York on Sunday. The next day, de la Huerta was at the DA’s — though to date they’ve declined to press any charges in her case.

Her lawyer Mark Jay Heller told Page Six he’s hoping they proceed with charges after interviewing his client this week. He also claimed that de la Huerta had been out of town for a long period of time, and pointed out she was previously interviewed by Manhattan prosecutors in Paris.

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“They were extremely receptive,” Heller told TMZ outside the district attorney’s office.

He said the DA “has listened to what Paz has to say . . . and we have been invited back for a full day this Thursday.”

De la Huerta chimed in: “That hospitalization a few weeks ago, that was a lie.”

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She was apparently referring to reports that she was rushed to a hospital in May after an associate called 911 from the star’s Manhattan home and said she was “possibly suicidal.”

At the time, an LA-based lawyer for de la Huerta told The Post: “It was an episode of depression or upset, and I think perhaps blown out of proportion.”

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Weinstein lawyer Donna Rotunno said: “Ms. de la Huerta’s narrative has been reviewed and considered several times already, and each time been rejected by the New York DA. We are thoroughly confident that there is nothing more about her claims to be considered. This seems to be little more than a publicity stunt.”

“Untouchable” closed the inaugural 51Fest, and Weinstein accusers Erika Rosenbaum and Hope Exiner d’Amore appeared in a Q&A with director Ursula Macfarlane.

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The film also includes interviews with fellow accusers Caitlin Dulany and Rosanna Arquette.

This article originally appeared on Page Six.

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Boris Johnson to become next British Prime Minister, after winning Conservative Party leadership ballot

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Britain’s next Prime Minister will be Boris Johnson after he won a ballot vote of Conservative Party members against Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, it was announced Tuesday.

Johnson, an avid supporter of Brexit and former Mayor of London, had been expected to clinch victory against Hunt. He will replace outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May Wednesday after she announced her resignation last month amid failure to lead the nation out of the European Union.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Supertruck? Electric Ford F-150 debuts by towing a train

Ford’s electric F-150 isn’t as powerful as a locomotive, but it does a good impression of one.

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The automaker has officially unveiled a prototype for the upcoming battery-powered pickup by using it tow a 10-car train weighing one million pounds in a video.

The double-decker cars were filled with 42 2019 F-150s – a nod to the truck’s claim as America’s best-seller for 42 years – and the lone prototype pulled it the length of three football fields through a railyard.

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“As America’s truck leader for 42 consecutive years, we have always preferred to let our actions speak louder than words,” the company said in a press release accompanying the video’s release.

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The statement is clearly aimed at Tesla’s Elon Musk, who has said the electric pickup his company is developing will have the capability of a Ford F-150, the performance of a Porsche 911 and the ability to 300,000 pounds. The figure,  like Ford’s million-pound feat, isn’t an official tow rating, but Musk specifically said Tesla’s truck will be able to tow as much as an F-150, which currently has a maximum rating of 13.200 pounds.

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The type of truck Ford used has been spotted being tested on public roads and wears the body of the current F-150. Its large battery pack can be seen underneath it, and it uses an independent rear suspension, unlike other F-Series models.

Ford hasn’t released any technical details or a planned release date for the production version of the all-electric model, but the F-150 is due for a redesign in 2021.

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The battery-powered F-150 is one of several distinct electric vehicle projects Ford is currently working on. They include a separate truck/SUV line being co-developed with startup American automaker Rivian and a Mexican-made Mustang-inspired SUV that goes on sale next year.

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Cowboys, Yankees tops as Forbes releases list of most valuable sports franchises

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It’s not an investment option open to many folks, but buying a pro sports franchise can pay off big time, and Forbes latest ranking of the top 50 sports teams in the world proves it.

The Dallas Cowboys, with an estimated worth of $5 billion, top the list, followed by the New York Yankees, at $4.6 billion and Spanish soccer club Real Madrid, at $4.24 billion. While the teams represent multiple sports and cross international lines, NFL teams comprise more than half of the list, owing largely to lucrative television deals that bring each team upwards of $250 million per year.

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Here’s the rest of the top 10:

  • Barcelona – $4.2 billion
  • New York Knicks – $4 billion
  • Manchester United – $3.81 billion
  • New England Patriots – $3.8 billion
  • Los Angeles Lakers – $3.7 billion
  • Golden State Warriors – $3.5 billion
  • Los Angeles Dodgers – $3.3 billion

The Cowboys, purchased by oilman Jerry Jones in 1989 for what now looks like a bargain, at $140 million, have long been kings of the list. The New York Yankees showed major appreciation, rising three spots and 15 percent in value since 2018. Success on the field, rising attendance and high television ratings all contributed to the Bronx-based team’s increased worth. The Yankees have been in the Steinbrenner family since 1973 when the late family patriarch George Steinbrenner bought the team from CBS for just $8.7 million.

Nine NBA teams made the list, including three in the top 10. No National Hockey League teams were represented in the top 50, and the New York Rangers were listed as the most valuable hockey team at $1.55 billion.

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Macy’s pulls portion control plates after social media users claim they support eating disorders

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Macy’s vowed to remove a set of dinner plates from all stores after receiving backlash on social media from users who claimed the design promoted body shaming and eating disorders.

The plates in question show three circles meant to show portion size. The smallest circle says “skinny jeans,” the medium-sized circle says “favorite jeans,” and the largest circle says “mom jeans.”

“How can I get these plates from Macy’s banned in all 50 states,” Ali Ward, a CBS science correspondent, tweeted Sunday above an image of the plate set.

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Macy’s twitter account responded early Monday to a tweet from “Good Place” star and eating disorder activist Jameela Jamil, saying, “we appreciate you sharing this with us and we agree that we missed the park on this product.”

The store said it would remove the plates from all locations.

The plates are manufactured by Pourtions. Pourtins told TIME in a statement that the plates were meant to be a lighthearted take on the important issue of portion control.

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Other users on social media said the plates were “funny’ and asked if anyone had “a sense of humor anymore. “I can understand you not liking them. But why do you get to decide that 300 million other people don’t get that choice?” @PunditErrant added, according to the New York Post.

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Oliver Stone asks Putin to be his daughter’s godfather in bizarre interview

Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to be his daughter’s godfather.

Stone, who has made multiple interviews with Putin and expressed somewhat admiration for his rule. he sat down with the Russian leader on June 19 to speak about a variety of issues in addition to Ukraine, the subject of the latest movie, according to the full transcript published by the Kremlin on Friday.

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This photo taken on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, and distributed by Kremlin Press Service shows Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, during an interview with American movie director Oliver Stone for his Revealing Ukraine documentary in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

But the interview took a bizarre turn when Stone praised a Ukranian politician for selecting Putin to be the godfather of his children. Putin, an Orthodox Christian, said practitioners cannot refuse such a request.

“Oh, you cannot refuse it?” Stone then asked. “I thought it was a big honor for you to be the godfather of his daughter … Otherwise, I would ask you to be the godfather for my daughter.”

“I thought it was a big honor for you to be the godfather of his daughter … Otherwise, I would ask you to be the godfather for my daughter.”

— Oliver Stone

Putin then asked about Stone’s daughter and whether she wants to become an Orthodox Christian. Stone responded, saying “we’ll make her that.”

Later in the interview, Stone went on to state that the controversial 2013 Russian law banning pro-gay “propaganda” was actually “a sensible law.”

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“Years ago when we were talking about homosexuality, you said that in Russia we don’t propagate it,” Stone said to Putin, who then noted that the law bans “propaganda among minors.”

“Yes, that’s the one,” Stone agreed. “It seems like maybe that’s a sensible law.”

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“It is aimed at allowing people to reach maturity and then decide who they are and how they want to live,” Putin added. “There are no restrictions at all after this.”

Stone, best known for movies such as “JFK” and “Nixon,” first became close to Putin following a 2017 documentary series called the “The Putin Interviews.”

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The filmmaker was mocked following the release of the series after Putin showed him on camera footage he claimed was Russian military forces bombing ISIS militants in Syria.

It turned out that the footage was originally U.S. Department of Defense video, from either 2009 or 2013, showing anti-Taliban operations in Afghanistan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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