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Trump visits shooting scenes amid acrimony

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On the roster: Trump visits shooting scenes amid acrimony – Warren bounces into solid second place – Castro feels heat for posting Trump donor info – Mississippi GOP heading to runoff for governor – Are you feeling it now, Mr. Krabs?

TRUMP VISITS SHOOTING SCENES AMID ACRIMONY 
WaPo: “The grief and sorrow in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso have begun to give way to anger and frustration in advance of President Trump’s planned visits Wednesday, with local leaders and residents increasingly vocal in their assertions that presidential condolences, thoughts and prayers will not be enough. People are signing petitions, planning protests and, in Dayton, organizing a demonstration featuring an inflated ‘Baby Trump’ to express their discontent with a president whose anti-immigrant rhetoric was echoed by a gunman who killed 22 people in El Paso. And while the motive of the man who killed nine people in Dayton remains unclear, Trump’s silence on the issue of guns has been criticized by local officials who want action to prevent future massacres. … The open repudiation of a visiting president in the aftermath of a mass tragedy was striking Tuesday as a growing chorus of critics made clear that Trump would not be universally welcome…”

Trump and Beto squabble amid mourning – Fox News: “President Trump on Tuesday ripped into 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, telling him to ‘be quiet’ ahead of his visit to the Democrat’s hometown of El Paso, Texas, following last weekend’s shooting that left 22 dead.  Over the past several days, O’Rourke has slammed the president, whom he has partially blamed for the massacre, pointing to his rhetoric about Hispanic immigrants that was echoed in the killer’s manifesto. The former congressman declared that Trump is a ‘racist’ and compared his language to Nazi Germany’s Third Reich. He also compared Trump’s North Carolina rally– where the ‘send her back’ chant took place– to ‘Nuremberg.’ … Trump responded to O’Rourke and claimed the candidate is using a ‘phony name’ in an attempt to appeal to voters.”

Shootings, response jeopardize Trump’s efforts to sway Texas Latinos – WaPo: “The political differences among Hispanics [in El Paso] are often generational and ideological, a contrast between longtime Mexican American citizens who tend to embrace a traditional Republican message of self-reliance and a younger group dismayed by the president’s broad disparagement of Latinos. … Trump won Texas in 2016 but lost in El Paso County to Hillary Clinton by more than a 2-to-1 margin. His visit to El Paso in February still resonates with many Latinos here for the image of lawlessness along the border that Trump described, one that few who live in El Paso recognized. … A recent Telemundo poll, for example, found that a quarter of Texas Latinos support his reelection — a figure that mirrors his national approval rating among adult Hispanics, according to Gallup. That figure has remained largely constant since his election…”

Red flag bills pick up support – NYT: “Congressional Republicans, under intense pressure to respond to this weekend’s massacres, are coalescing around legislation to help law enforcement take guns from those who pose an imminent danger… Such ‘red flag’ laws might not be as momentous — or controversial — as the now-expired assault weapons ban or the instant background check system… But in the Senate, where a background checks bill failed in 2013 … red flag laws may be the only gun-related measure that could squeeze through. President Trump endorsed the idea on Monday in a speech from the White House, giving skittish Republicans cover to embrace it. The laws authorize courts to issue orders allowing police to temporarily confiscate firearms from a person deemed by a judge as posing a risk of violence. Often, requests for the orders come from relatives and friends concerned about a gun owner who expresses suicidal thoughts or threatens to harm others.”

THE RULEBOOK: LOLZ
“The prepossessions, which the members themselves will carry into the federal government, will generally be favorable to the States; whilst it will rarely happen, that the members of the State governments will carry into the public councils a bias in favor of the general government.” –James MadisonFederalist No. 46

TIME OUT: HAPPY HEARTS  
In honor of Purple Heart Day, some happy news. The [New London, Conn.] Day: “The lost Purple Heart medal of Private First Class Bennie Nordgaard now has a home in Gales Ferry, [Conn.] thanks in part to an American Legion post in North Dakota and American Pickers. Nordgaard’s medal was recently returned to his great-nephew Michael Nyberg, a veteran who lives in Gales Ferry with his wife Jill and son Dominic. The medal was reunited with the family in a ceremony hosted by the nonprofit Purple Hearts Reunited, which works to return medals of valor to veterans and their families. According to a release, Nordgaard … enlisted in the Army in May 1942, serving as a rifleman until he was killed in action near Dornot, France, in September 1944. He was buried in Kidder County, but his medal was lost and eventually turned in at American Legion Post 231 in Dawson, N.D. With some help from the staff of the History Channel show ‘American Pickers,’ the post contacted Purple Hearts Reunited to connect Nordgaard’s lost medal with his family in Gales Ferry.”

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SCOREBOARD
Trump job performance
Average approval
: 42.4 percent
Average disapproval: 53.6 percent
Net Score: -11.2 points
Change from one week ago: down 2.8 points 
[Average includes: IBD: 40% approve – 56% disapprove; Gallup: 42% approve – 54% disapprove; Quinnipiac University: 40% approve – 54% disapprove; Fox News: 46% approve – 51% disapprove; NPR/PBS/Marist: 44% approve – 53% disapprove.]

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WARREN BOUNCES INTO SOLID SECOND PLACE
Quinnipiac University: “Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the big winner in the second round of Democratic presidential debates, but former Vice President Joseph Biden retains his front-runner status with 32 percent of Democrats and independent voters who lean Democratic, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released [Tuesday].  Sen. Elizabeth Warren has 21 percent among Democrats, with 14 percent for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and 7 percent for California Sen. Kamala Harris. This compares to results of a July 29 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University National Poll, showing Biden with 34 percent, Warren with 15 percent, Harris with 12 percent and Sanders with 11 percent. In [Tuesday’s] results: Biden gets 47 percent of black Democrats, with 16 percent for Sanders, 8 percent for Warren and 1 percent for Harris; Women Democrats go 31 percent for Biden, 24 percent for Warren, 10 percent for Sanders and 7 percent for Harris…”

Looks to build Nevada firewall – Politico: “…[Of] the two dozen Democrats running for president, none matches Elizabeth Warren when it comes to the size of her campaign operation, the crowds at her rallies and the buzz among activists and operatives in Nevada. … ‘There are counties all over rural areas where some campaigns are just doing tours, but she has staff there. And that was a strategy President Obama had in 2008 when he won Nevada.’ [Laura Martin, executive director of Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, said.] Another Democratic operative put it more bluntly: ‘Warren has built a monster.’ Among 17 Democratic strategists, activists and experts interviewed by POLITICO for this story, Warren’s campaign was mentioned most often as the most impressive of the field, followed by Harris’.”

Hickenlooper opens the door to Senate run – [Colorado Springs] Gazette: “Former Gov. John Hickenlooper has left the door open a crack to running against Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, even while insisting he’s fully committed to pursuing the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. In an interview Sunday on satellite radio, Hickenlooper said he would ‘be a fool’ to continue running for president if his standing in the polls doesn’t improve. ‘I’ve never ruled out anything,’ he told SiriusXM’s Chris Frates — a former Denver Post reporter — when the Politics Inside Out host pressed him on a Senate bid. But the Democrat insisted his attention is ‘still 100% right now focused on being president.’ … At last count, 10 Democrats were running in the Senate primary, but national and some local Democrats have been urging Hickenlooper to bring his outsized approval rating and unbroken record of electoral success to a contest that Democrats consider crucial to winning the majority in the GOP-controlled chamber.”

Fair warning: Iowa State Fair offers pitfalls for frontrunners – WaPo: “In 2003, then-Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) arrived at the [Iowa State Fair] just days after he’d been labeled snooty for ordering a Philly cheesesteak with Swiss cheese instead of the usual Cheez Whiz. Robert Gibbs, a former White House press secretary working for Kerry at the time, recalled going ballistic when he spotted the senator buying a strawberry smoothie with an umbrella in it. ‘Somebody get a [expletive] corn dog in his hand now!’ Gibbs yelled to an aide. But Kerry got into trouble anyway. During his tour of the fair, he met a man who had just moved to Iowa from Massachusetts. ‘Why?’ the senator asked, in what aides later insisted was a dry attempt at a joke. The man didn’t laugh. ‘You can’t come to the fair and fake it,’ said former senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). ‘People here have what they call their ‘phony antenna.’ Are you real or are you just putting on a show?’”

CASTRO FEELS HEAT FOR POSTING TRUMP DONOR INFO
Fox News: “Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro is facing a mounting backlash – and not just from Republicans – for posting the names and employers of dozens of Trump campaign donors in the San Antonio area, even as the Texas congressman defends his actions. Prominent figures from outlets including MSNBC and The New York Times have called out Castro for the potentially dangerous post. …  The Texas congressman’s original tweet included a list of San Antonio residents who had donated large amounts to the Trump campaign, along with the names of their employers. It is unclear who actually compiled the list. ‘Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump,’ Castro tweeted… MSNBC’s Willie Geist pointed out the risk during a Wednesday morning interview with Castro, who is the campaign chairman for his brother, 2020 presidential hopeful Julian Castro. … Castro said his intention was not to put anyone in danger, claiming, ‘I don’t want anybody harassed.’”

Trump sues to keep tax returns hidden – LAT: “California’s first-in-the-nation law requiring presidential primary candidates to release their tax returns or be kept off the ballot was challenged in federal court Tuesday by President Trump, the man who inspired its passage and whose attorneys argued that state Democratic leaders had overstepped their constitutional authority. The lawsuit, filed in Sacramento, came exactly one week after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the legislation. … A separate effort by the state and national Republican parties and several California GOP voters was also filed in federal court on Tuesday. All of the lawsuits struck a similar theme by insisting California cannot impose limits on ballot access for presidential hopefuls. … Senate Bill 27 … imposes the tax disclosure rule on presidential and gubernatorial candidates, and stipulates that only the names of candidates who comply will be printed on the statewide primary ballot. Because the state has moved up its presidential primary to early March, the deadline for submitting the tax documents is in late November.”

MISSISSIPPI GOP HEADING TO RUNOFF FOR GOVERNOR
[Jackson, Miss.] Clarion- Ledger: “Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and former state Supreme Court Justice Bill Waller Jr. are headed to a runoff for the Republican nomination for Mississippi governor. Reeves, long considered the heir apparent to the governorship, received nearly 49 percent of votes, according to unofficial election results early Wednesday morning. Waller picked up more than 33 percent, and first-term lawmaker Robert Foster finished with almost 18 percent. Reeves had tried to ignore his primary opponents, but will now face off with Waller in an Aug. 27 runoff election. In the Democratic race, Attorney General Jim Hood easily advanced to the general election, garnering 69 percent of votes. … The race was expected to be a shoo-in for Reeves, but it turned into a heated — though largely civil — primary race. Reeves had the most name recognition statewide, having served eight years as treasurer, followed by eight years as lieutenant governor. He also far outstripped his Republican opponents in fundraising, with about $5 million still in his campaign coffers.”

PLAY-BY-PLAY
Kraushaar: The Democrats’ Texas-sized opportunity – National Journal

U.S. stocks plunge Wednesday over worsening U.S.-China trade war – WaPo

AUDIBLE: OUTLOOK UPDATE 
“He’s the president of the United States. He does his calendar, I do mine.” – Dayton, Ohio Mayor Nan Whaley when asked if the president’s visit was too soon after the shooting. 

FROM THE BLEACHERS
“Hey Chris, I call upon on your Halftime report to understand my father, and brothers, and others that see the world differently than I. I appreciate your insight. This following line spoke as partisan, which is outside your usual coverage. How do you know this? ‘Many Democrats, meanwhile, secretly admire Trump’s protectionism and are unlikely to pipe up.’ I admire your journalism, and look forward to reading the Halftime Report. Keep up the great work.” – Matt McLaughlin, Everett, Wash.

[Ed. note: Maybe “secretly” wasn’t the right word here. Many Democrats make no secret of their support. Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, have backed the president on much of his agenda. Remember that this is a longstanding plank of the Democratic policy platform, one ardently sought by labor unions. I was referring here to the fact that Democrats generally don’t like to advertise their agreement with a president so intensely despised by their party’s rank and file. Thanks for reading and taking the time to write!] 

“As a Christian Libertarian, I can only say, ‘wow,’ with respect to the last line in Wooten excerpt: ‘We now can see that a society devoted to self-gratification may, in the end, destroy the conditions of its own existence.’” – Rev. John A. Johnson, Tucson, Ariz.

[Ed. note: Then I’d sure say you’re in the right line of work for this moment, reverend!]

“I have noticed the media refer to the President as Donald Trump and Mr. Trump and even Trump. Is this proper?” – Karen Morrow, Tampa, Fla.

[Ed. note: Quite so, depending on the context. I have a little beef with the Associated Press on the matter, but the Stylebook has held since 2009 that one should “use the first and family name on first reference to a current or former U.S. president or the president-elect.” The rule from time immemorial prior to that had been to simply refer to the leader of our government by his title and family name, e.g. “President Clinton.” I believe that unless we have a third father-son presidential dynasty to follow former Presidents John AdamsJohn Quincy AdamsGeorge H.W. Bush and George W. Bush – this is sort of a moot matter. If I write “President Trump” you know exactly who I mean without his first name, so I flout the AP style here to avoid unnecessary words. You also have latitude about there to put his title. You could refer to “Donald Trump, the president” and still be just as correct. But all are in agreement on what you do on second reference: Family name alone. You never need to repeat a title for anyone on subsequent references once their titles are established, not the president, not the pope, not the queen of jolly old England. This is America and we don’t do titles of nobility. On subsequent references you might also refer to Trump as “the president” or “the chief executive” or “the current occupant of the Oval Office” or whatever descriptor you like just to avoid repetition. Also, we don’t capitalize “president” unless it’s before the name as a title.]       

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ARE YOU FEELING IT NOW, MR. KRABS?
Fox 35: “A video recorded by Stuart, Florida resident Abriel Arnel shows a massive amount of crabs crawling around her neighborhood. ‘We’ve lived here for a few years and this is the worst we’ve seen them!’ Arnel told Fox 35. In the video posted to Arnel’s Facebook page, hundreds of blue land crabs are seen scurrying across the street and into bushes. Some, unfortunately, appear to get crunched under a passing car. Arnel told Fox 35 that some of them even greet her outside her front door! … According to researchers at the University of Florida, blue land crab mating and female migrating season runs until December, peaking in October and November. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a crab invasion in Florida. A Port St. Lucie man witnessed hundreds of land crabs crawling up his screen porch and all over his yard in a video that went viral.”

AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“I love to see anything done beautifully, whether it is ballet or music or baseball or walking the four-inch balance beam in gymnastics.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) said according to an article for Fox News by his son Daniel Krauthammer written on April 20, 2019.

Chris Stirewalt is the politics editor for Fox News. Brianna McClelland contributed to this report. Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.

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2019 Honda Talon 1000X test drive: Honda’s $20G toy

The 2019 Honda Passport is the automaker’s most capable off-road SUV, but the company makes a 4×4 that’s a little more radical.

It’s the new Honda Talon, the first sport side-by-side from Honda’s powersports division. Honda revealed it alongside the Passport at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, pitching them as a perfect pair. It’s also the closest thing you’ll get to a two-seat Honda sports car these days. Just not a street-legal one.

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The Talon is powered by a version of the 999cc twin engine used by the Honda Africa Twin adventure bike and puts out 104 hp in this four-wheel application. Unlike the high performance side-by-sides it matches up against that use CVT transmissions, the Talon features a six-speed dual-clutch automatic. Honda is hopeful that its quick shifts and more direct-feeling power delivery will help set it apart, and that it will prove to be more reliable than the notoriously problematic CVTs. A clutch temperature indicator light is included to inform drivers when they’re overdoing it and should take a break.

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The Talon also has a 4×4 drivetrain that can be operated in rear-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive and is equipped with a low range transfer case and brake-actuated limited slip traction management on the front differential. Paddle shifters behind the steering wheel allow for manual operation of the gears in any mode.

HONDA RESTORED A CLASSIC CHEVROLET PICKUP TO CELEBRATE IT’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY

The 2019 Talon is available in two models, while four-seaters are on the way for the next model year. The current lineup includes the 1000 X that I tested and the 1000 R. The big difference between the two is the suspension setup. The 1000 X has a narrow track and 15 or so inches of wheel travel aimed primarily at trail driving and rock crawling, while the 1000 R has a wider stance, about 18 inches of front and 20 inches of rear wheel travel and was optimized for high-speed running and jumping in wide open spaces.

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The Talon 1000R features a wider track and more suspension travel than the 1000 X. (Honda)

The interior is constructed entirely of weather-resistant plastics and the driver’s seat is adjustable for legroom and has plenty to offer. A glove box, 12-volt outlet and two cup holders are the extent of its amenities, and the short cargo deck can handle loads up to 299 pounds.

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The 1000 X rips off the line when you step on the gas, and quickly zooms toward its electronically restricted 74 mph top speed. The suspension uses adjustable Fox Racing shock absorbers and absolutely flattens out rough surfaces and whoops while maintaining excellent body control at high speeds. The steering is responsive, and it’s easy to slide the tail around on slippery surfaces, although Honda recommends taking sharp turns slowly.

2019 HONDA SUPER CUB TEST DRIVE: 100 MILLION CUSTOMERS CAN’T BE WRONG

The approximately 1,500-pound Talon can’t defy the laws of physics, and is still a little tippy at the limit, as side-by-sides tend to be. But those limits are impressive. That said, I have seen one roll onto its roof and can report that the safety cage didn’t budge.

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At low speeds, the transmission engages smoothly off idle, which isn’t always the case with dual-clutch units. A hill-hold function is offered and the four-wheel disc brakes are excellent, although you barely need to use them. One of the other advantages of the transmission is that it provides a ton of engine braking when you let off the throttle, and you can do most driving, even the enthusiastic kind, with one pedal.

THIS HONDA IS THE LAST MAINSTREAM MIDSIZE SEDAN WITH A MANUAL TRANSMISSION

Overall, the Talon is a thrill ride that should keep a lot of Honda fans from defecting to other brands, which is exactly what was happening when they didn’t have a choice. That is, the ones who can afford this kind of fun.

The Talon 1000 X costs $19,999 and the 1000 R goes for $20,999. That’s a couple of grand more than some similarly-powered sport side-by-sides, but Honda is banking that its reputation for quality will justify it for a lot of customers.

2019 HONDA PASSPORT TEST DRIVE:

For those looking for more power, like that provided by the 181 Polaris Rzr XP Pro, Honda has teamed up with Jackson Racing on a factory-approved bolt-on turbocharger kit that will bump up the Talon to around 160 hp, although pricing hasn’t been released.

To promote it, Jackson Racing will be building a competition version of the Talon to run in the Baja 1000 and other cross-country events, but the standard Talons are available now and competitive in their retail segment.

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Russian couple face losing son, 1; prosecutors claim they endangered him by bringing him to violent protest

A Russian couple could lose custody of their one-year-old son after prosecutors allege they endangered the welfare of the child by taking him to an unauthorized protest where police detained more than 1,400 people, a claim the couple vehemently denied.

Moscow’s Prosecuting Office announced Tuesday that it was pursuing a case where a young couple, later identified as Dmitri and Olga Prokazov, “abused their parental rights” after they took their son to a violent protest on July 27 where he was reportedly handed off to a man who investigators claim used the boy as a shield to cross police lines.

RUSSIAN OPPOSITION LEADER MAY HAVE BEEN POISONED, DOCTOR SAYS 

“During the rally, the parents transferred the young child, who was helpless due to age, to a third party, which endangered the health and life of the boy,” a statement posted to the prosecutor’s website read. “Thus, the spouses, while exploiting the child, abused their parental rights to the detriment of the interests of the son.”

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Moscow’s Prosecuting Office announced Tuesday that it was pursuing a case where a young couple, later identified as Dmitri and Olga Prokazov, “abused their parental rights” after they took their son to violent protest on July 27 where he was reportedly handed off to a man who investigators claim used the boy as a shield to cross police lines. 

Officials said that the parents violated federal law which allows them to remove the child from the home.

“These violations served as the basis for the direction of the prosecutor in the order of h. 1 Article. 45 Code of Civil Procedure of the Russian Federation in court applications for deprivation of parental rights of spouses in relation to a minor child.”

But the couple denies the allegations, telling BBC Russia, they were simply out for a walk when they saw their good friend.

MOSCOW POLICE ARREST  HUNDREDS DURING PROTEST CALLING FOR ELECTIONS, GROUP CLAIMS 

“We knew that a rally for honest elections was being planned, and we were in solidarity with this… and so we weren’t afraid,” Dmitri Prokazov said.

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In this file photo dated Saturday, July 27, 2019, police block a street during an unsanctioned rally in the center of Moscow, Russia. (AP)

He said the couple spotted their friend Sergei Fomin, whom he described as his wife’s cousin and his best friend, and tried to get him to leave with them – handing their son to him at one point.

It didn’t even occur to me that I was doing something remotely wrong,” he said.

Fomin is now being sought by authorities on charges of inciting riots, and investigators have claimed that he used the child as a shield to cross police lines. Prokazov has denied this, saying they weren’t anywhere near police cordons and the child was never in jeopardy.

Moscow’s children’s rights ombudsman Yevgeny Bunmovich criticized the prosecutors’ action, denouncing what he called “political blackmail involving children.” He said he has written to Moscow’s prosecutor urging him to drop the charges.

Members of the presidential human rights council also criticized the prosecutors’ action, which comes amid a slew of criminal cases launched in the wake of protests that challenged the Kremlin.

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Police arrested more than 1,400 people during last month’s rally in the Russian capital where demonstrators were protesting the exclusion of opposition candidates from the city council election in September.

An additional 1,001 were arrested Saturday during a second demonstration.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Extremely rare 1894 dime expected to sell for over $1M

An extremely rare 1894 dime, one of only 24 minted, is expected to sell for over $1 million when it is auctioned next week.

Only nine of the rare 1894-S dimes are known to exist, according to auction house Stack’s Bowers Galleries. Online bidding for the coin had already reached $850,000 Wednesday.

In 2016, an 1894-S dime sold for $2 million at a Florida auction.

RARE DIME SELLS FOR $2M AT FLORIDA AUCTION

The dime will be auctioned on Aug. 15 at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Chicago.

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Back of the 1894-S dime. (Stack’s Bowers Galleries)

A rare 1876 20-cent piece will also be auctioned at the event. “The 20-cent piece was meant to replace the quarter at the time, but as we know, that didn’t happen,” a spokesman for Stack’s Bowers Galleries told Fox News. “It just never really caught on with the public.”

First issued in 1875, 20-cent coins are described by Stack’s Bowers Galleries as “a one-year wonder.”

SCHOOLKIDS DISCOVER 1,600-YEAR-OLD GOLD COIN

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Front of the 1894-S dime. (Stack’s Bowers Galleries)

Some 10,000 20-cent pieces were minted by the Carson City Mint in 1876 but were ordered by the government to be destroyed. The coin being auctioned in Chicago is one of only 20 from the 10,000 minted at Carson City that escaped the melting pot.

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The 1894-S dime is one of only 24 that were minted. (Stack’s Bowers Galleries)

The coin, which is expected to sell for $500,000, had already reached $280,000 in online bids Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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MSNBC’s Brian Williams fails to push back on ‘insane, tinfoil hat conspiracy’ theory linking Trump, Hitler

MSNBC anchor Brian Williams failed to push back Monday when NBC News contributor Frank Figliuzzi floated a bizarre theory that flags honoring victims of recent tragic mass shootings will be raised from half-mast on a specific date that could be seen by white supremacists as a nod to Adolf Hitler.

“The president said that we will fly our flags at half-mast until August 8, that’s 8/8. Now I’m not going to imply that he did this deliberately, but I am using it as an example of the ignorance of the adversary that’s being demonstrated by the White House,” said Figliuzzi, a former assistant FBI director.

. “The numbers 8/8 are very significant in the neo-Nazi and the white supremacy movement. Why? Because the letter ‘H’ is the eighth letter of the alphabet, and to them, the numbers 8/8 stand for ‘Heil Hitler.”

“So we’re going to be raising the flag back up at dusk on 8/8,” Figliuzzi added before expressing concern that White House aides didn’t put a stop to it.

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Williams, who was famously removed from “NBC Nightly News” for embellishing tales of his reporting experience, didn’t question the bizarre theory.

“As chilling as that is to hear, you’re saying it is possible that someone who knows better is authoring or editing the words that show up and are read verbatim… by the president?” Williams asked.

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Former “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams was demoted to MSNBC after he was caught embellishing stories.

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“I’m concerned about who is writing his script and his speeches,” Figliuzzi answered.

Williams then wrapped up the segment and declared that MSNBC will continue to invite Figliuzzi on air “to explain this stuff.”

Political satirist and “No Things Considered” host Tim Young told Fox News that it’s “scary to think that Williams was once one of the most trusted names in news” prior to his demotion to MSNBC.

“Now he’s peddling insane, tinfoil hat conspiracy theories,” Young said. “What’s even scarier is that there are clearly producers and news executives that see nothing wrong with sowing this type of disinformation and conspiracy.”

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MSNBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck called Figliuzzi’s claim “one of the more crazy and factually challenged takes you’ll ever see” on cable news.

“Just when you think you’ve seen it all with the liberal media, they find a way to surprise you,” Houck told Fox News. ‘But then again, nothing is outside the imagination of Lyin’ Brian Williams so of course Figliuzzi’s craziness seemed totally plausible.”

Fox News’ Lukas Mikelionis contributed to this report.

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Oprah speaks out on mass shootings: What ‘people are missing is a core moral center’

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Oprah Winfrey addressed the mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas that took the lives of dozens of people over the weekend.

The famous talk show host said in a new interview she feels the reason behind the latest string of violence is that people are “missing” a “core moral center.”

“I think what people are missing is a core moral center,” Winfrey told Extra’s Renee Bargh.

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“Churches used to do that… It was a central place you could come to and there was a core center of values about a way of living and being in the world,” she added. “Until we can return to that, however that is, in whatever form, we will continue to be lost.”

This isn’t the first time the 65-year-old opened up about mass shootings. In May 2018, Winfrey penned an article for her magazine titled, “Why ‘It’s Time To Stand Up’ to Gun Violence.”

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“All people belong to someone’s family. So can we agree that all people deserve protection from senseless killings? Can we agree that all families deserve and have the right to safety, in addition to the right to bear arms,” Winfrey wrote at the time.

She concluded: “I hope and pray that you agree: It’s time to stand up, and stand together, for the sake of us all.”

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John Travolta still dancing in Pitbull’s ‘3 to Tango’ music video

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John Travolta is putting on his dancing shoes once again.

The veteran actor, 65, known for his flashy moves in the disco classic “Saturday Night Fever” and the iconic musical “Grease,” made an appearance in the music video for rapper Pitbull‘s newest single, “3 to Tango.”

Throughout most of the video, a group of choreographed female dancers perform, as a bald man who appears to be Pitbull looks on. However, towards the end of the video, the man is dramatically revealed to be John Travolta, who finishes the clip by tangoing with two women.

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Pitbull promoted the video on Twitter upon its release, with the caption, “Come for the new video from yours truly, stay for a surprise from the one and only John Travolta!”

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Given the surprise reveal of Travolta during the video, some fans were disappointed that the rapper spoiled the actor’s secret cameo. However, this did not stop some viewers from going wild for Travolta, who is still dancing like it’s 1977.

One YouTube commenter wrote, “Pitbull has reached the ‘I don’t need to show up for my own music video’ level of stardom – I’ll just hire Travolta to play me and I love it.”

“Okay this is a whole new level…when I saw John Travolta I was like whaaattttt!!!!!!”, another excited YouTube commenter wrote.

A third YouTube user commented, “John Travolta! LOVE HIS CAMEO IN THIS!! He is timeless. Classic moves and appeal. Wow.”

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Pitbull and Travolta have struck up a close friendship in recent times. The “Give Me Everything” rapper previously worked with Travolta on his 2018 film “Gotti,” in which he contributed several songs to the movie’s soundtrack. Pitbull was also supportive of the actor when he decided to go bald earlier this year, as Travolta previously revealed that the rapper inspired his new look.

“I became friends with Pitbull — you know, all of us guys who [go bald] have got to stick together,” Travolta told guest host Lena Waithe on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” back in May. “Both he and my family encouraged it.”

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Travolta also lavished praise on his musical collaborator last year to promote “Gotti,” calling his positive energy “contagious.”

“Oh my god, it’s so contagious, it’s unbelievable,” Travolta said on “Good Morning America” last year. “He just injects life and spirit into everybody.”

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The rapper also praised the “Pulp Fiction” star, who stood by his side. “It’s an honor to work with John Travolta on the ‘Gotti’ film,” he told “GMA” host Michael Strahan. “Thank you for the opportunity!”

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New York Giants rookie Daniel Jones reportedly ripped by young fan at training camp

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Since being selected by the New York Giants with the No. 6 pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, quarterback Daniel Jones has appeared to have a tough time scoring fans in his new city.

Jones, who was already booed at Yankee Stadium earlier this year, was taken to task by a young fan during training camp Tuesday, according to NJ.com reporter Matt Lombardo.

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According to Lombardo, the fan said: “Daniel Jones, you shouldn’t have been the No. 6 draft pick. You didn’t deserve it.”

Jones hasn’t thrown a pass yet or appeared in any kind of NFL game and probably shouldn’t be receiving so much flak so early in his young career.

About the boos, Jones told WFAN earlier Tuesday he wasn’t taking it too personally and said he didn’t even know about the Yankee Stadium crowd until after the game.

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“There’s worse things in the world than being a first-round pick to the Giants,” the Duke product said. “So I wasn’t feeling sorry for myself. I think it’s part of it, and I understand it to some extent. But I was just excited for the opportunity. It was where I wanted to be. It was how I hoped it played out, and it did. I wasn’t too caught up in that.”

Fans appear to be angry at Jones because they don’t believe the Giants should have used its first-round draft pick on him.

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Antonio Brown’s kid during Oakland Raiders practice: ‘Where’s Roethlisberger?’

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The Oakland Raiders acquired Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers in the offseason and it appears that the wide receiver’s kids still need to get used to their dad’s new teammates.

In a teaser trailer for HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” one of Brown’s children asks: “Where’s Roethlisberger?”

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Brown had to explain to them that Ben Roethlisberger plays for the Steelers and that he has a new quarterback: Derek Carr. Brown even went on to point out Carr on the field.

The first episode of this season’s “Hard Knocks” series premiered Tuesday and some of the focus surrounded Brown and the injuries to his feet.

Brown has missed several training camp session due to his injured feet, but no reason has been given as to how the receiver got injured. One theory claimed that he didn’t wear proper footwear in the cryogenic chamber and that his feet are actually frostbitten.

Brown shared pictures of his feet on social media.

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It’s unclear when he will return to the field.

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Moon and Mercury may have thick deposits of ice, study suggests

It’s been known for some time that there are ice deposits on Mercury and the Moon, including frozen water found on the surface of the Moon last year. But now a new study suggests that there may be more ice water on Earth’s natural satellite and Mercury than previously thought.

Published in the journal Nature Geoscience, researchers used data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging (MESSENGER) mission that ended in 2015 to come up with the conclusion.

“We found shallow craters tend to be located in areas where surface ice was previously detected near the south pole of the Moon, and inferred this shallowing is most likely due to the presence of buried thick ice deposits,” said the study’s lead author, Lior Rubanenko, in a statement.

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Conceptual illustration of permanently shadowed, shallow icy craters near the lunar south pole. (Credit: UCLA/NASA)

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Mercury’s icy regions are slightly different than those seen on the Moon, Nancy Chabot, instrument scientist for MESSENGER’s Mercury Dual Imaging System, added in the statement.

“We showed Mercury’s polar deposits to be dominantly composed of water ice and extensively distributed in both Mercury’s north and south polar regions. Mercury’s ice deposits appear to be much less patchy than those on the Moon, and relatively fresh, perhaps emplaced or refreshed within the last tens of millions of years.”

Between the data compiled from the LRO and the MESSENGER missions, the researchers looked at 14,000 craters on the two celestial bodies, including 2,000 on Mercury. The craters on Mercury that seem to hide thick slabs of ice have shallower sides than those that don’t have ice.

The ice at the south pole of the Moon is appealing to researchers because craters there are likelier to be shallower. It’s also believed that the south pole contains more ice than the north pole.

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If there is indeed more frozen water than anticipated, it could have big implications for the future of space travel and exploration.

“If confirmed, this potential reservoir of frozen water on the moon may be sufficiently massive to sustain long-term lunar exploration,” Noah Petro, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Project Scientist, added in the statement.

Scientists have previously said the water could be broken down and eventually used for rocket fuel or for oxygen to breathe. The presence of ice on the polar regions could make lunar colonies a possibility, as it would let astronauts harvest the water without having to bring it from Earth.

The presence of water on the Moon’s surface has also led some researchers to theorize that its surface could have supported life billions of years ago.

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