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Pennsylvania to become latest state offering gender-neutral IDs

PHILADELPHIA – Last spring, Deter Rose walked into a Philadelphia Driver, and Photo License Center with a “Request for Gender Change” form. Handwritten on the form was a box with the single letter “X” scribbled in under gender.

Rose, a social worker, identifies as a trans-non-binary individual, who prefers gender-neutral pronouns like “they/them/their” and for years felt uncomfortable choosing between the male and female option on the state ID form.

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Dexter Rose, is a Gender Affirming Services Specialist with the Mazzoni Center. (Fox News / Talia Kirkland)

“It didn’t feel very affirming to have to draw in the box, and then not know if PennDOT [Pennsylvania Department of Transportation] would honor the form,” said Rose, “the whole process was scary.”

Nearly one year later, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is expected to change its policy and drivers in the state will have three options when it comes to identifying themselves on their driver’s licenses and state IDs: male, female, and X.

Rose said the change is a big step forward, and a victory for members of the LGBTQ community.

“This change will give people access, and that’s important,” said Rose.

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According to Alexis Campbell, a spokesperson for PennDOT the change comes in  response to a growing number of residents asking for gender-neutral ID options and “national trends.”

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“PennDOT is glad to offer a license that is inclusive of everybody and can accurately reflect who they are,” said Campbell.

Pennsylvania is part of a growing number of states that are allowing ID holders to choose their gender, or no gender, no matter what their birth certificate says.

Three years ago, no one in the U.S. was legally recognized as neither male or female. Today, seven states and Washington D.C. allow people to change their gender without a doctor’s signature, and 13 states have a policy in place allowing drivers to obtain a gender-neutral marker on their driver’s licenses and identification cards.

Most recently, New Hampshire passed a law creating a gender-neutral option for driver’s licenses, which will take effect in January. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu allowed the bill to become law without his signature on July 10. In Pennsylvania, the Department of Transportation believes it can make the change without action by the General Assembly, said Campbell.

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But there has been pushback by some conservative groups that say the change is impractical and ripe for abuse.

In Pennsylvania, the socially conservative Pennsylvania Family Institute said identification documents are legal documents, which should reflect objective facts, like biological sex. The group also objected to the fact that no documentation would be needed to prove gender identity.

“Proponents of the legislation provide no answers to the many practical questions it raises,” said Michael Geer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, in a statement. “If our state starts discarding biological sex from our identity documents, it will impact law enforcement, insurances, and medical care.”

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Republican lawmakers echoed those concerns.

“It’s an unnecessary change,” said Pennsylvania Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Mercer County. He said removing a gender marker on IDs could make it more difficult for police to relay identifying information.

State Rep. Lynda Schlegel-Culver, R-Northumberland County, said an immediate concern would be whether the change would create problems in complying with the federal REAL ID requirements.

But PennDOT officials assured drivers this is a change that is long overdue.

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A National Center for Transgender Equality survey released in 2016, which included 28,000 transgender respondents, found 69 percent of Pennsylvanians in the survey said their IDs listed a gender that did not reflect their gender identity.

Of the Pennsylvanians who participated in the survey, 30 percent said they’d been verbally harassed, denied service or assaulted after they provided an ID that did not reflect the gender with which they identified.

“Everyone deserves to have something in their pocket that accurately shows who they are,” said Campbell.

Rose agreed.

“It feels good to have identification the reflects who really am,” Rose said.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said, by spring 2020, motorist in the state who don’t want to disclose their gender will be able to place an “X” on their driver’s licenses instead of identifying themselves as male or female.

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Weekend of action planned to pressure Walmart to stop selling guns

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Calls for Walmart to stop selling firearms grew louder as a coalition of unions and organizations said they would stage rallies nationwide this weekend to pressure the country’s largest retailer to use its influence to push gun reform.

Guns Down America says that Color of Change, MoveOn, and the American Federation of Teachers are among the organizations joining it at Walmart stores across the U.S. to not only call on the company to stop selling guns, but demand that it support gun buybacks and use its clout to push for a ban on military style weapons.   

The coalition also wants its campaign to go viral, launching the #Walmartmustact challenge. Visitors to Walmartmustact.org can print out a letter asking the retailer to stop supporting NRA backed politicians along with the other demands. Then they’re being asked to take a picture, tag their friends, and deliver the letters to a Walmart store manager.

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“We really believe that given its enormous size, Walmart will be able to shake up this conversation … both in Congress, but also with the gun industry and gun manufacturers,” says Igor Volsky, founder and executive director of the group Guns Down America.  “They need to begin using those relationships, using their leverage, using their clout, to do everything they can to keep their customers safe. To keep their employees safe … I think that’s their responsibility.” 

A Walmart store in El Paso, Tx was the site of one of two mass shootings the weekend of Aug. 3 that together left 31 people dead, dozens more injured, and the nation tense and shaken. Days earlier, two Walmart managers were killed by a gunman described as a disgruntled employee in a store in Southaven, Mississippi.

In the wake of those shootings, Walmart removed violent video game displays and signs from stores. And last Wednesday, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said in a note to store employees that “we will work to understand the many important issues that arise from El Paso and Southaven, as well as those that have been raised in the broader national discussion around gun violence.” 

“We will be thoughtful and deliberate in our responses,” he continued, “and we will act in a way that reflects the best values and ideals of our company, with a focus on serving the needs of our customers, associates and communities.”

For now Walmart continues to sell guns. But the pressure to get the retailer to stop is building.

As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 76,000 people had signed a petition on Change.org calling on Walmart to halt firearm sales.  Several democratic presidential candidates,  including Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, have echoed that demand. And last weekend, Guns Down America says 150 people gathered at a Walmart near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting last year, to deliver a letter asking the location end gun sales.  

With legislation that would expand and enhance background checks law languishing in the Senate, advocates say that Walmart can also play a pivotal role in getting conservative lawmakers in particular to take action. 

“There is no bigger traditional retailer than Walmart,” says Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was among those killed in Parkland, and whose group Orange Ribbons for Gun Safety is part of the coalition demanding Walmart do more. Walmart “gives the politicians the cover to say ‘If Walmart can take such a stand, we need to do so as well.’ ’’ 

The American Federation of Teachers has also joined the effort. In a letter to McMillon dated Aug. 7, Randi Weingarten, the union’s president, warned Walmart that if it doesn’t take action, its 1.7 million members might take their business elsewhere.   

“If you choose to act, it could change our national conversation in an instant,’’ Weingarten wrote. “And if Walmart continues to provide funding to lawmakers who are standing in the way of gun reform, teachers and students should reconsider doing their back-to-school shopping at your stores.’’

Walmart has taken action around the sale of weapons and ammunition in the past that have drawn praise from some gun control advocates, including stopping the sale of handguns everywhere but Alaska , , ending sales of modern sporting rifles , and,  starting last year, prohibiting sales of firearms to anyone under 21.

But Guttenberg says that’s not enough. 

“We can’t continue going forward the way things are,” he says. “We’ve got to make a change and that involves government and legislation and changes of law. But it also involves business. .. It is time for them to demonstrate that they’re ready to be a part of this cultural change.”

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What Trump’s Immigration And Welfare Policies Have In Common

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The Trump administration announced new standards this week that will block legal immigrants from obtaining green cards if the government thinks they might wind up poor.

The new regulation is the centerpiece of both President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda and his anti-welfare agenda. It shows how the two complement each other — and how Trumpism is a political strategy that panders to white Americans.

Ken Cuccinelli, Trump’s acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, all but said Tuesday that the new rule is designed to cut down on the immigration of brown people. He suggested that a famous poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty to welcome immigrants does not apply to people from Latin America.

“That poem was referring back to people coming from Europe where they had class-based societies where people were considered wretched if they weren’t in the right class,” Cuccinelli said on CNN.

The new version of the so-called “public charge” rule for those seeking legal permanent residency gives bureaucrats more power to block applicants who they suspect might burden the government, such as by enrolling in Medicaid or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps. The rule followed a series of proposed cuts to those programs, as well as a symbolic executive order.

The bulk of the cuts are stricter “work requirements” that can halt benefits for childless adults who don’t document time spent in qualified work or work-related activities. The administration is also narrowing eligibility rules for food benefits, in part because a rich guy in Minnesota signed up for assistance just to make a point that some people don’t deserve it.

While the safety net proposals are ostensibly race-neutral, American politics are not. White Americans’ attitudes toward welfare have long been shaped by racism, and bashing those programs can appeal to white voters.

“The modern right is using racism to sell rule by the rich,” said Ian Haney López, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law who has written extensively on racism in politics. ”The way they do that is by linking government help to regular Americans with the idea these are handouts to undeserving or dangerous people of color.”

Republicans in Congress insist that cuts to social programs merely reflect free-market principles and a desire to promote self-sufficiency. Trump may have thrown that argument out the window, however, by creating a giant new welfare program for farmers.  

While the administration wants new asset and income limits for food benefits, the biggest, most profitable farms are essentially exempt from income limits for the president’s trade bailout program. That program paid farmers $12 billion last year and another $16 billion this year ― amounts that almost double the regular farm subsidies the U.S. Department of Agriculture doles out annually. 

Farmers are eligible if they’ve been unable to sell their crops to China thanks to tariffs set up in retaliation for Trump’s own tariffs on Chinese imports. A farmer is supposed to be ineligible if his annual income exceeds $900,000 ― unless 75% of that income comes from farming. Most small farming households earn most of their income from jobs away from the farm. So the 75% exemption primarily benefits big commercial operations. 

“It creates an enormous loophole for the 50,000 largest farms that derive most of their income from farming,” said Scott Faber of the Environmental Working Group, which has long supported stricter income limits for agriculture subsidies in general. 

Guess which demographic group benefits the most.

White Americans’ attitudes toward welfare have long been shaped by racism.

“Not only did almost all of the funds go to white operators, but an overwhelming share of the funds appear to have gone to upper-middle class and wealthy families,” notes a July analysis by Farm Bill Enterprise, a consortium of agriculture policy experts from law schools around the country. More than 99% of the bailout funds went to white farmers. (More than 95% of farmers are white to begin with, thanks in part to 20th-century federal policies that drove Black farmers off their land.) 

The president bragged on Twitter last month that farmers are starting to do great again. “The 16 Billion Dollar China ‘replacement’ money didn’t exactly hurt!” he tweeted.

A plurality of both Medicaid and SNAP beneficiaries are white, meaning more white Americans receive benefits than any other demographic, but many Americans think that the programs mostly benefit Black people.

That’s probably because political rhetoric about social programs has often included racially coded terms. Ronald Reagan pioneered the strategy in the 1970s and ’80s, as journalist Josh Levin notes in his just-published book “The Queen.” At a 1980 presidential campaign speech in Mississippi, for instance, Reagan complained about welfare cheats and pivoted to championing “states’ rights,” one of the less subtle ways a candidate could flatter white voters in the South.

In studies going back decades, academics have probed the link between racial resentment and attitudes toward welfare. One study last year, by Rachel Wetts of Brown University and Robb Willer of Stanford, found that white Americans were more likely to oppose social programs if they were shown demographic data suggesting white people could lose their majority status in the future.

While welfare griping has mainly been a Republican hobby, Democratic voters are listening, too. A paper Wetts and Willer published this month suggests that white liberals are more likely than other groups to have negative views of welfare after reading coded language.

The researchers asked different groups of survey participants ― all of them white ― to share their views on welfare after reading a brief political statement. Some read a statement about global warming that had no racial content; some read an overtly racist rant against food stamps; and others read an excerpt of a Reagan speech that mentioned “inner cities,” absent fathers and “a permanent culture of poverty.” (The statements were presented without attribution.)

The researchers had previously assessed the degree to which their respondents harbored racial resentment ― e.g., how much they agreed with statements like “If blacks would only try harder they could be just as well off as whites.” And it turned out that respondents who tended to agree with such statements, but who nevertheless identified as liberal, seemed most receptive to the Reagan rhetoric.

“These implicit appeals were surprisingly effective at getting racially resentful white liberals to turn against welfare policy,” Wetts, lead author of the study, told HuffPost.

Back in Reagan’s day, they were called Reagan Democrats. And now they could be crucial to Trump’s quest for a second term. As Wetts put it, “These are the Obama-Trump swing voters.”

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Jada Pinkett Smith reveals she’s the ‘happiest’ she’s ever been at 47

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Jada Pinkett Smith recently opened up about how she’s at an amazing spot in her life, both personally and professionally.

The “Red Table Talk” host told Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night’s episode of “The Late Show” that she’s at peace and has found happiness at 47.

“I really thought happiness had a lot to do with pleasure, and I realized that happiness is about peace,” Pinkett Smith explained. “I am the most peaceful I’ve ever been in my life, so I am the happiest.”

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Beside the popularity and success of the Facebook Watch series, Pinkett Smith revealed that it also brought her closer to husband Will Smith.

“What was really important about Will and I doing that show together — two things — first of all was to get rid of the idea that people in the public eye have perfect relationships. We were kind of sick of living up to that,” she said of their image.

“We were kind of sick of living up to that. We were real sick of it, and then second of all really having myself and Will come and talk about our relationship — sometimes you see just women do it alone or you just see a guy do it,” she continued.

The “Girls Trip” star also opened up about how they both played integral roles in their marriage problems and had to own up to that.

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“Us having coming together and taking responsibility for both of our parts and also Will being the successful guy that he is and being willing to share what his pitfalls were in the relationship and in his family, you can’t imagine how many other successful men called and said, ‘Wow, my wife has been saying the same thing for years. Because you said it, it opened my eyes and because you said it, I’m willing to listen,” she said.

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Pinkett Smith added: “I think a lot of times successful men might feel like, ‘Hey, I know what I’m doing. I’ve had a lot of success in a lot of areas. I know exactly what I’m doing.’ So, a lot of times, you know, you can shut your partner down a little bit.

“That’s one of the blessings of having someone who is full of so much fun and laughter,” she explained. “He keeps high spirits all the time.”

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#TrumpRecession Trends as President Blamed for Rising Fears of Another Economic Meltdown

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It’s the republican life cycle.

Dad died in a car crash when little R was a kid.

Had to get job at age 12 to help out family

Life is good, has steady income, drives a better car than most other 18 year olds

Oppsie, got (someone) pregnant, cuz bible doesn’t cover sex ed.

Has to buy stuff for kid. It’s not made of corn or beef leftovers, so not subsidized by the government, so fucking expensive

Recession hits

Job R had since they were 12 isn’t enough to feed the family of oopsies anymore

Gets second job

Life is manageable, work, nap, work, skip nap, work repeat

Get into car crash because sleep deprived for last 8 years

Leaves little R behind

Fucking democrats in office when daddy died

Become little R

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‘Orgy Island’ to airplanes, Epstein’s assets are up for grabs

While many questions remain about disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein‘s worth – how he made his money, and what happens to his assets with his death – details are emerging about his assets, and where the alleged underage sex-trafficking operation took place.

Epstein, 66, died early Saturday in what officials have called an apparent suicide. Foremost among the assets he’s left behind are two private islands in the Caribbean.

The first is the 75-acre Little St. James, which Epstein bought 21 years ago for just under $8 million. Located in the U.S. Virgin Islands and comprising five buildings and some 70 employees, Epstein gave the periphery of the stone home its own facelift after moving in – razing the natural greenery and installing palm trees that sway in the breeze alongside two American flags.

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A view of Little St. James Island, in the U. S. Virgin Islands, a property owned by Jeffrey Epstein. (AP, File)

On Tuesday, the quiet property – lawyers list it as now worth $63.8 million – could be glimpsed in drone video footage showing the FBI and NYPD raiding the home and seizing computers.

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According to permit records obtained by NBC News, while his high-powered lawyers in Florida were at work on a plea deal over charges around a decade ago, Epstein was seeking to have the interiors embellished with the likes of a Japanese bathhouse and a movie theater.

In 2016 – some eight years after he entered into the sweetheart plea deal with limited jail time and registered as a sex offender – Epstein upgraded with a second island, this one adding 165 acres at a cost of $18 million. Despite a stop-work order having been issued by the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources late last year for illegal construction, per the New York Post, work went on throughout this year.

Think amphitheaters and underwater offices, along with an odd blue-and-white-striped temple with a golden dome. Some reports asserted it was a music studio, while others allude to more sinister intent. Its value: $22.5 million.

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Little St. James Island, one of the properties of financier Jeffrey Epstein, seen in an aerial view near Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. (REUTERS/Marco Bello, File)

While Epstein is said to have referred to his parcels of paradise as extensions of his own identity – “Little St. Jeff’ and “Big St. Jeff” – the islands have in recent years been tagged with less-flattering and more ominous Internet monikers: “Orgy Island,” “Pedophile Island” and “Island of Sin,” to name a few.

But his property portfolio extended far beyond his personal parcels in the sea.

The financier also owned a luxe Beaux Arts mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side – worth $56 million – and a 10,000-acre property in New Mexico he dubbed the “Zorro Ranch,” previously owned by former Gov. Bruce King, with its own airport hangar, a stunning 27,000 square-foot pink-hued mansion and a price tag of $17.2 million.

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Zorro Ranch, one of the properties of financier Jeffrey Epstein, seen in an aerial view near Stanley, N.M. (REUTERS/Drone Base, File)

In addition, there’s the El Brillo Way abode in Palm Beach, Fla., reportedly brimming with massage tables, nude photographs and an assortment of toys valued at $12.4 million. Then, too, there’s the Avenue Foch, Paris, apartment in he shadow of the Arc de Triomphe, listed at $8.7 million.

Epstein had been returning from his Parisian digs to New York when the FBI arrested him on July 6 at a New Jersey airport, charging him wth the sex trafficking of minors.

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On court documents, Epstein listed his official residence as the Virgin Islands – possibly to avoid routine check-ins with officials in New York and Florida, given his status as a registered sex offender, as established by his 2008 plea deal. A year earlier, Epstein pleaded guilty to two counts of soliciting prostitution from a minor. He subsequently spent just over a year behind bars, with provisions to leave for work, and avoided federal sex-trafficking charges.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s home in Manhattan, seen last month. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson, File)

Court filings from his lawyers showed that the convicted sex offender – often dubbed a billionaire – listed assets to the tune of little more than half that. In the weeks prior to his death, Epstein was documented as having $56.5 million in cash; more than $112 million in equities, $195 million in hedge funds and private equity; and a fixed income of $14.3 million, in addition to his properties.

There was no mention on the court documents of two Gulfstream jets he was said to have owned, or of the 200-seat Boeing 727-200, which earned the nickname “Lolita Express” – in reference to the famed Vladimir Nabokov novel about a middle-aged professor who seduces and sexually assaults a 12-year-old girl.

What fate awaits the Epstein empire of things?

While federal prosecutors had endeavored to seize the assets after his arrest as part of the criminal probe, that’s now over; the criminal proceeding cannot be leveled against the deceased.

“The federal government can’t likely take anything from him because he wasn’t convicted of a crime and can’t be tried now that he’s dead. He enjoys the presumption of innocence forever because he can’t defend himself in a criminal trial,” criminal defense attorney Troy Slaten said. “He is most certainly, however, subject to civil actions aimed squarely at slicing up the assets in his estate.”

Indeed, the civil suits will now look to Epstein’s estate. Already, a decade ago, more than a dozen women reached undisclosed settlements against him in Florida.

But the renewed endeavor to claim his riches is likely to be fraught with complications and could drag on for many years, legal experts have said. It remained unclear whether he left a will, and the only known relatives of Epstein – who never married and had no known children – were his New York-based brother, Mark, a niece and a nephew.

“The personal representative and/or executor is in a tricky position in light of the various creditors and plaintiffs who have a financial interest in the estate. The individual handling the estate could face personal liability if he/she doesn’t manage the estate properly,” explained Doug Richards, of the Denver-based law firm Richards Carrington.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s waterfront Palm Beach home at the end of an ungated, palm tree-lined street. (Emily Michot/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images, File)

Several legal experts also underscored that the estate could run into monetary woes of its own; depending on how the civil litigation plays out.

“Depending on the outcome, the plaintiffs will have legal rights to portions of the estate,” California attorney Arash Hashemi speculated. “It is always a possibility … they would have to pay off debts and taxes first.”

Moreover, given Epstein’s global presence, it’s not yet clear how many others good he possessed that haven’t yet been documented.

“Usually high-net-worth individuals, like Epstein, have complicated estate plans to avoid things like probable and estate taxes and gift taxes,” Slaten explained. “The administrators of the Epstein estate are now on notice that there are likely many civil suits pending, so it will be interesting to see if they feel they are obligated to not dispose of assets pursuant to the terms of the trust (assuming there is one) until ordered by a court.”

“Give his entire estate to his victims. It’s the only justice they can get. And they deserve it,” Lisa Bloom, the high-profile attorney who is representing a number of Epstein accusers, tweeted this week. “And on behalf of the Epstein victims I represent, I intend to fight for it.”

There’s also a website that surfaced this week – EpsteinHeirs.com

“If you believe you may have given birth to a child fathered by the late JEFFREY EPSTEIN who recently committed suicide, or that he may have been your biological father, please contact us immediately, without delay!!” a notice on the site read.

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Operated by Morse Genealogical Services, the firm claimed to be using court-qualified experts and appointed investigators to “locate missing heirs and persons” – and it came as little surprise to legal experts.

“It’s really a race to the courthouse at this point. Whoever gets a judgment first will be first in line to take from the assets. (But) the most equitable way to divide the estate is on a pro-rata basis depending on the size of any civil awards,” Slaten added. “And there are likely to be many, many civil actions. Some will be meritorious and some will not.

“I have faith in the judicial system to separate the wheat from the chaff.”

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Dad ‘interrogates’ daughter’s date through doorbell camera

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Technology is making it easier for dads to intimidate men trying to date their daughters.

A father in Massachusetts used his video doorbell to “meet” a man at the door who was taking his daughter on a date. This allowed the dad, who was at work at the time, to check out the guy before his daughter could get to the door.

The footage was uploaded to Instagram by the girl’s brother, who is named Pedro Lugo (just like his father). He captioned the post, “Here’s the video of my sister’s date picking her up and my dad answering the doorbell and just watch them ‘meet’ each other for the first time.”

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The footage begins with the father using the doorbell’s speaker to ask who’s at the door and then introduce himself. He then brags to his daughter’s date, Jared, that “I get to see your face, but you don’t get to see mine.”

The dad then questions Jared about their plans, which include dinner and a movie. He also asks what time they’ll be coming home, to which Jared responds, “Probably before 11.”

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Lugo responds, “Oh, I heard 10:30. OK, that’s good.”

His daughter, Grace, eventually arrives. While she doesn’t seem all that surprised about the situation, she does give her dad a hard time. Whenever he mentions them being home by 10:30, she pushes back and says “11.”

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The video ends with the father calling his son to tell him to take a picture of Jared’s license plate. According to the younger Lugo, his father was just joking. He also says that Jared “loved every minute of it,” and that his dad is a “big prankster.”

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40 percent of children have connected with a stranger online, shocking survey reveals

Forty percent of American children have connected with a stranger online, according to a new survey of fourth- through eighth-graders.

In the survey, which was conducted by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton, researchers wanted to determine where kids use the internet without adult supervision, whether they’ve been taught the basics of internet safety, which websites and apps they visit or use, and what their interactions with strangers were like.

Of the 40 percent, the study found that more than half revealed their phone number to a stranger, one-fifth spoke with a stranger over the phone and 11 percent went as far as to meet a stranger in their own home, the stranger’s home, a park, mall or restaurant.

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“Most parents do not frequently monitor their children’s activity on social media sites including Facebook,” the survey states in its conclusion. “They are aware that their children sometimes use the internet in ways they don’t approve, but don’t always hold their children (especially younger ones) accountable for that behavior.”

The researchers recommend that parents be given more tools explaining how to monitor their kids’ digital behavior. They also say that teachers and school administrators should play a role in educating young children about the proper use of the internet.

“Organizations interested in the field must continue to develop strategies to reduce online risk and keep children safe,” the report states. “While these dangers have been documented in the past, perhaps they need to be made more resonant for today’s parents and children.”

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According to the survey, the most popular social media sites used by children are Instagram, Snapchat and Vine, with smaller numbers using Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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Steve King hit for pondering whether civilization would have survived without rape and incest

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Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is facing a new backlash over his comments Wednesday questioning whether humanity would exist anymore if not for rape and incest throughout history.

“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?” King said at the Westside Conservative Club in Urbandale, Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register. “Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that happened throughout all these different nations, I know that I can’t say that I was not a part of a product of that.”

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King’s comments came as he was arguing against exceptions for rape and incest in anti-abortion legislation in Congress. The Iowa Republican contends that just because the circumstances surrounding conception were bad that does mean that the result isn’t a human being.

“It’s not the baby’s fault for the sin of the father, or of the mother,” he said.

King — who has a well-documented history of making provocative, far-right statements — was almost immediately criticized by lawmakers and politicians.

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, a 2020 presidential primary candidate, was quick to tell King what she thought of him, tweeting: “[Steve King] You are a disgrace. Resign.”

Another 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, plugged the man challenging King for his seat in 2020, J.D. Scholten, in his tweet regarding King’s comments.

“My friend [J.D. Scholten] is standing up and fighting back against Steve King, and he needs all of our help — because no matter where you live, you know there’s no place for Steve King’s racism, bigotry, and hatred in Congress,” O’Rourke tweeted.

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Earlier this year, the Iowa congressman was stripped of committee assignments and faced condemnation for telling the New York Times, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

“I think I was pretty clear, and our entire House leadership was very clear last week,” Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the third-ranking House Republican, said at the time. “His comments were abhorrent. They were racist. We, under the guidance of Leader McCarthy, stripped him of his committee assignments. And I think there’s simply no place for that language in any of our national discourse.”

In November of last year, King drew a strong rebuke from the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee after comments relating to white nationalists and supremacists.

King had publicly endorsed a white nationalist candidate for mayor in Toronto. The candidate, Faith Goldy, has promoted books espousing anti-Semitic ideas and defending the white supremacist “14 words” slogan, according to the Toronto Star.

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King also has drawn criticism for posts on Twitter, such as in 2017 when he wrote that “culture and demographics are our destiny” and said we “can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

And last September, King came under renewed scrutiny after traveling to Austria and giving an interview in which he said, “If we don’t defend Western Civilization, then we will become subjugated by the people who are the enemies of faith, the enemies of justice.”

In 2013, he commented that while he has some sympathy for some undocumented immigrants, “they aren’t all valedictorians, they weren’t all brought in by their parents — for everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”

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