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22 States Sue EPA To Block Trump’s Coal-Friendly Power Plant Rule

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Twenty-two states sued the Trump administration Tuesday to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s new power plant rule, arguing it fails to adequately protect Americans from pollution and the ravages of climate change

The District of Columbia and seven municipalities, including Los Angeles and New York City, joined the states in a bid to halt the EPA from implementing the Affordable Clean Energy rule. 

The White House finalized the rule in June, all but completing its rollback of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. But the new rule offers regulators fewer tools to cut planet-heating emissions and eases the Clean Power Plan’s restrictions on coal-fired power stations, kneecapping the federal government’s effort to address the climate crisis at a moment when scientific projections demand a much stronger response. 

“Without significant course correction, we are careening towards a climate disaster,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement. “Rather than staying the course with policies aimed at fixing the problem and protecting people’s health, safety, and the environment, the Trump Administration repealed the Clean Power Plan and replaced it with this ‘Dirty Power’ rule.”

The lawsuit mirrors the Republican effort to stop the Clean Power Plan just four years ago. In 2015, 24 states, led by Oklahoma, sued the Obama administration over the regulation, winning a stay in the Supreme Court. The ruling was only supposed to put the emissions-cutting rule on pause. But after President Donald Trump won in November 2016, he named then-Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as his EPA administrator.

Pruitt moved quickly to repeal the Clean Power Plan. But the Clean Air Act mandates the EPA regulate planet-heating carbon dioxide as a pollutant, meaning eliminating the Clean Power Plan required a replacement. 

By the time he resigned in disgrace amid mounting scandals last summer, the process of writing a rule was already underway. Last August, the EPA ― by then under the command of then-Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler, himself a former coal lobbyist who opposed the Clean Power Plan ― unveiled the Affordable Clean Energy rule. 

The new rule abandoned the Clean Power Plan’s incentives for utilities to shift from coal to cleaner-burning natural gas or renewables, or join a regional carbon trading scheme that caps emissions and lets generators buy and sell pollution permits. Instead, the ACE rule dictates that power plants can only reduce emissions with technologies that work “inside the fence-line,” meaning retrofits that capture or reduce gases spewed from individual plants.  

To keep global warming within 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, the U.S. power sector must cut emissions 74% below 2005 levels by 2030, according to the International Energy Agency. The ACE rule, by the EPA’s own estimates, only projects reducing emissions by 35% below 2005 levels ― and only 1% of that is attributable to the regulation, the lawsuit alleged. 

“President Trump’s Dirty Power Plan is more than just disgraceful and immoral, it is unlawful,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “There is no justification for gutting a law that would have significantly reduced emissions and prevented thousands of premature deaths per year. While the Trump Administration might lack the necessary courage, we’re prepared to confront the climate crisis head-on.”

The EPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

This story was updated with more details on the Affordable Clean Energy rule and its background. 

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This University Has Banned Beef Products To Help ‘Save The Planet’

Beef burgers have been banned by a university as part of efforts to tackle the climate emergency.

Goldsmiths, University of London, said it is to remove all beef products from sale from next month as the institution attempts to become carbon neutral by 2025.

Students will also face a 10 pence (12 cent) levy on bottles of water and single-use plastic cups when the academic year starts to discourage use of the products.

The college’s new Warden, Professor Frances Corner, said staff and students “care passionately about the future of our environment” and that “declaring a climate emergency cannot be empty words.”

The move has been backed by Goldsmiths Students’ Union, with president Joe Leam saying that the university has a “huge carbon footprint” and that the promise to eradicate this in the next few years is needed. 

As well as the beef ban and levy on single-use water bottles and plastic cups, there are plans to install more solar panels across the college’s New Cross campus in southeast London and switch to a 100% clean energy supplier as soon as possible.

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Officials said Goldsmiths will also continue to invest in its allotment area and identify other places where planting could help to absorb carbon dioxide, and will review how all students can access modules which cover climate change and the role of both individuals and organizations in reducing carbon emissions.

Corner said: “The growing global call for organizations to take seriously their responsibilities for halting climate change is impossible to ignore.

“Though I have only just arrived at Goldsmiths, it is immediately obvious that our staff and students care passionately about the future of our environment and that they are determined to help deliver the step change we need to cut our carbon footprint drastically and as quickly as possible.”

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Figures show that Goldsmiths emits around 3.7 million kg of carbon emissions each year, the college said.

Referring to the statistic in a blog, Leam said: “It is clear our university has a huge carbon footprint. The promise to have ended this by 2030 at the latest, with the hope of doing so by 2025, is one which is needed.

“Whilst this plan/action is only the beginning, and much work is yet to be done, it is fantastic to see Goldsmiths taking responsibility and responding to its impact on the climate.”

Rosie Rogers, climate emergency campaigner for Greenpeace UK, said: “It’s encouraging to see an institution like Goldsmiths not simply declaring a climate emergency, but acting on it.

“From energy use, to food sales and plastic pollution – all universities and organizations with campus sites can make changes across their facilities that are better for our planet.

“We call on others to urgently follow suit, and to include cutting all ties from fossil fuel funding in their climate emergency response.” 

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Chaos Grips Hong Kong’s Airport as Police Clash with Protesters

HONG KONG — Bearing batons and pepper spray, Hong Kong riot police officers clashed with anti-government protesters who crippled the airport on Tuesday for the second straight day, chaos that underscored the deepening unrest gripping the city.

The mayhem at the airport — unprecedented in the Asian financial hub known for efficiency and order — came hours after mass protests forced the airport to suspend check-ins for the second consecutive day. The city’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, had pleaded earlier for order after days of escalating street violence.

Thousands of demonstrators had occupied parts of Hong Kong International Airport’s departures and arrivals halls on Tuesday afternoon, with some using luggage trolleys to block travelers from reaching their departure gates. The Hong Kong Airport Authority later closed check-in services and advised all passengers to leave as soon as possible.

Monday was the first day that demonstrators had seriously disrupted operations at the airport, one of the world’s busiest, and another sign that the two-month-old protest movement is turning to increasingly desperate measures, amid threats from Beijing and the refusal of Ms. Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, to meet their demands.

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The mayhem came hours after a mass protest forced the airport to suspend check-ins for the second day in a row.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

The clashes began late in the evening when police vans arrived outside the departures hall, which was full of black-clad protesters. Some of the protesters went outside, blocked the vans with makeshift blockades and threw plastic bottles at them.

Minutes later, some of the officers began running after the protesters outside the terminal, wrestling some to the ground with batons. As midnight neared, thousands of protesters were still in the airport, while bewildered travelers, fresh off arriving flights, walked past them and into the sweltering night.

The protesters at the airport on Tuesday were particularly angered by the tactics used by the police against demonstrators on Sunday, including firing tear gas into a train station and sending officers into crowds dressed as demonstrators to make arrests. With tensions running high at the airport late Tuesday, a group of demonstrators surrounded and attacked a man they accused of being a mainland Chinese police officer impersonating a protester, causing him to faint.

Hong Kong is facing its worst political crisis since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997 as a semiautonomous territory. The intensifying unrest this month has stoked widespread anxiety in the financial hub, in part because Beijing has started to warn protesters in increasingly strident terms to stand down or face consequences.

As of Tuesday night, arriving flights were still scheduled, along with some departures, apparently for passengers who had managed to clear immigration before check-in closed. But Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong’s flag carrier, told its customers to postpone “nonessential travel” out of the city for the rest of the day and on Wednesday.

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More than 150 flights were canceled at Hong Kong’s airport on Monday and check-ins were suspended for a second day on Tuesday after thousands of demonstrators filled the arrivals and departures hall.CreditCreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

Demonstrators had staged a days-long sit-in in the arrivals hall over the weekend that did not noticeably disrupt services.

On Tuesday, the United Nations’ human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, said there was evidence that the Hong Kong police had violated international standards for the use of less-lethal weapons like tear gas.

In a news conference with combative reporters on Tuesday morning, Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, urged protesters to obey the law.

“The stability and well-being of seven million people are in jeopardy,” Mrs. Lam said, her voice breaking slightly. “Take a minute to think about that. Look at our city, our home. Do we really want to push our home to the abyss where it will be smashed into pieces?”

During street clashes this summer, the Hong Kong police have regularly fired tear gas, rubber bullets and bean bag rounds to disperse protesters, even in residential areas and crowded shopping districts. On Sunday night, in addition to using tear gas in a train station, the police beat protesters and chased some down an escalator at another station.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam emerging from behind police barriers that surround her office, in Hong Kong on Tuesday.CreditThomas Peter/Reuters

The authorities, for their part, accused protesters of attacking officers with bricks and gasoline bombs.

[Here’s a guide to what prompted the Hong Kong protests and how they evolved.]

On Tuesday, Mrs. Lam was frequently interrupted by journalists who demanded an explanation for what protesters have called blatant police misconduct. She looked more visibly emotional than she has at other recent public appearances.

“Will you apologize to the girl?” one reporter asked, referring to a woman who was hit in her right eye on Sunday, apparently by a projectile fired by police officers, during the city’s 10th straight weekend of mass demonstrations.

“Why have you never condemned the police?” another asked.

Toward the end of the briefing, Mrs. Lam said that police operations were not determined by “someone like myself, who is outside the police.”

Also on Tuesday, medical professionals held rallies at several local hospitals against the police’s tactics and in solidarity with the woman who was hit in the eye on Sunday. The Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily reported that the injured woman is a veterinary nurse.

Some demonstrators used luggage trolleys to stop passengers from reaching their departure gates.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

The rallies are a “direct response to what happened on Sunday,” Dr. Alfred Wong, a cardiologist who works at Tuen Mun hospital in northwest Hong Kong, said at a gathering there that drew several hundred of his colleagues.

The wave of protests began in early June, in opposition to legislation that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, where the courts are controlled by the Communist Party.

[Read how the protests have put Hong Kong on a collision course with the Communist Party.]

They have since morphed into calls for more direct elections, a call for Mrs. Lam to resign and an investigation of the police, among other demands.

Beijing, which views the unrest as a direct challenge to its authority, has warned the protesters to stop and has leaned on Hong Kong’s political and business elite to close ranks behind Mrs. Lam, a career civil servant.

Much of the pressure on the business community has focused in recent days on Cathay Pacific, one of the territory’s best-known international brands. The Chinese government has forced it to bar staffers who support or participate in the protests from doing any work involving flights to mainland China.

Protesters held signs and handed leaflets to arriving travelers.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

On Tuesday afternoon, Rupert Hogg, the airline’s chief executive, warned employees against participating in Tuesday’s airport demonstration because it was not sanctioned by the government.

“It is important that you do not support or participate in this protest,” Mr. Hogg said in an internal email. “Again, we would be concerned about your safety if this protest becomes disorderly or violent.” Cathay also said on Tuesday that it had suspended an officer for misusing company information the day before.

As if to eliminate any possible ambiguity about the airline’s stance on the unrest, Cathay’s largest shareholder, the Hong Kong-based conglomerate Swire Pacific, issued a statement on Tuesday condemning “all illegal activities and violent behavior.”

So far, the disruptions have not affected cargo flights in or out of Hong Kong’s airport, which handles more cargo traffic than any other airport in the world. But more and more airfreight is carried nowadays in the bellies of wide-body passenger planes, and these shipments have invariably been disrupted.

On Tuesday, the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute released the results of a public survey showing that Mrs. Lam’s popularity rating in early August had reached a record low for any chief executive.

The Hong Kong Airport Authority said operations had been “seriously disrupted.”CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

But Dixon Ming, a researcher at the institute, told reporters that the protesters could also lose public trust if they continued to target the city’s public transit system.

The continued disruptions at the airport on Tuesday left some travelers frustrated and angry. Some described themselves as supporters of the protest movement who had grown disillusioned with it.

“Why are you not letting me in?” one traveler told a group of protesters outside an entrance to the airport’s departure gates, video footage showed. “I support you, but I think your strategy is wrong.”

Maisa Sodebayashi, a Brazilian who works in a car factory in Japan, said on Monday afternoon that she had been stranded in the airport for about 24 hours and counting, after landing there on a connecting flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Ms. Sodebayashi, 32, said that while she understood the protesters were fighting for democracy, she also wanted to go home.

“Honestly, I don’t know what to do,” she said, standing beside a customer service desk.

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Larry Elder defends Trump’s new green card rule: ‘Incompatible to have porous borders and a welfare state’

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Talk radio host Larry Elder said on Tuesday that immigrants coming into the U.S. should benefit Americans, defending the Trump administration’s new rule that strengthens federal officials’ ability to deny green cards to immigrants after determining their likelihood of getting government aid.

“I kind of thought that people coming to this country are supposed to benefit us and not benefit them. Our welfare state is bigger than ever and it is incompatible to have porous borders and a welfare state,” Elder told “Fox & Friends.”

Elder went on to say, “I think it’s just common sense to say if you come here, you ought not to be a charge on taxpayers. Why is that so controversial?”

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BOOSTS ABILITY TO DENY GREEN CARDS TO IMMIGRANTS USING WELFARE PROGRAMS

Officials described the so-called “public charge” rule as a way to ensure those granted permanent residency are self-sufficient — and protect taxpayers in the process.

The updated rule will better define, and expand, the factors that can be considered to deny an applicant on these grounds.

While the “public charge” inadmissibility standard has long been part of U.S. immigration law, the term has not been formally defined in statute. The new rule, which will go into effect on October 15, will define “public charge” as an immigrant who receives one or more designated public benefits for more than 12 months within a 36-month period.

Elder addressed concerns about the Trump administration measure being “anti-immigrant.”

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SEEKS TO BREAK UP IMMIGRATION JUDGES’ UNION

“Democrats used to say the same kinds of things that Trump is saying right now, but now that Trump is saying them, he’s harsh, he’s unfair, he’s xenophobic, if not racist,” he argued.

The “public charge” inadmissibility standard was part of U.S. immigration law before Trump was in office. The new rule goes into effect on October 15.

“Donald Trump ran to do something about immigration, about illegal immigration. He ran on that platform. We take in about a million people legally every year and several hundred thousands of people who are here illegally,” Elder said.

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“We have no idea how many people who are here illegally,” he added.

“There was a study recently done by some Yale professors who estimate the number at 20 million. This is costing us a great deal of money. Especially, the unskilled,” Elder said.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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U.S. to Delay Some China Tariffs Until Stores Stock Up for Holiday Shoppers

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The Trump administration on Tuesday narrowed the list of Chinese products it plans to impose new tariffs on as of Sept. 1, delaying levies on cellphones, laptop computers, toys and other consumer goods until after stores stock up for the back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons.

The move, which pushed off a new 10 percent tariff on some goods and spared others entirely, came as President Trump faces mounting pressure from businesses and consumer groups over the harm they say the continuing trade war between the United States and China is doing.

Mr. Trump’s earlier tariffs on Chinese imports were carefully crafted to hit businesses in ways that everyday Americans would mostly not notice. But his announcement this month of the 10 percent tariff on $300 billion of Chinese goods meant consumers would soon feel the trade war’s sting more directly.

“Until such time as there is a deal, we’ll be taxing them,” Mr. Trump said at the time.

On Tuesday, the United States trade representative’s office shifted gears, saying that while the new tariffs would take effect as threatened, some notable items would not immediately be subject to them.

Consumer electronics, video game consoles, some toys, computer monitors and some footwear and clothing items were among the items the trade representative’s office said would not be hit with tariffs until Dec. 15 — giving retailers time to stockpile what they need for their busiest time of year.

The administration also said some products were being removed from the tariff list altogether “based on health, safety, national security and other factors.”

Stocks rallied on the news, with the S&P 500 climbing nearly 2 percent in morning trading. The benchmark index was lifted, in part, by stocks of retailers and computer chip producers, two industries that have been sensitive to indications that trade tensions were getting either better or worse.

Best Buy, which gets a many of the products it sells from China, was among the best-performing stocks in the S&P 500, up more than 8 percent in morning trading. The Nasdaq composite index rose more than 2 percent.

Mr. Trump has been pressing Beijing since last year to make a trade deal that would, among other things, strengthen protections for American intellectual property, open Chinese markets to American business and result in China buying large quantities of American energy and agricultural goods.

But negotiators for the United States and China have made little progress since May, when progress stalled out over several issues. The stumbling blocks include whether Mr. Trump would roll back the 25 percent tariffs the administration has already imposed on roughly $250 billion of Chinese goods and whether Beijing would enshrine in law the reforms it has pledged to make.

Liu He, China’s vice premier and the country lead trade negotiator, spoke with Robert Lighthizer, the United States trade representative, and Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, on Tuesday, and the three agreed to speak again in two weeks, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

On Tuesday, Mr. Trump criticized China for not making large purchases of American farm goods, suggesting that the tariffs might force them into action.

“As usual, China said they were going to be buying ‘big’ from our great American Farmers,” he wrote. “So far they have not done what they said. Maybe this will be different!”

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Chaos Grips Hong Kong’s Airport as Police Clash with Protesters

HONG KONG — As antigovernment demonstrations continued to cripple Hong Kong’s airport, riot police, bearing batons and pepper spray, clashed with protesters, underscoring the deepening unrest gripping the city.

The chaos at the airport late Tuesday night — unprecedented in the Asian financial hub known for efficiency and order — came hours after mass protests forced the airport to suspend check-ins for the second consecutive day. The city’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, had pleaded earlier for order after days of escalating street violence.

Thousands of demonstrators had occupied parts of Hong Kong International Airport’s departures and arrivals halls on Tuesday afternoon, with some using luggage trolleys to block travelers from reaching their departure gates. The Hong Kong Airport Authority later closed check-in services and advised all passengers to leave as soon as possible.

It was the second day in a row that demonstrators had seriously disrupted operations at the airport, one of the world’s busiest, and another sign that the two-month-old protest movement is turning to increasingly desperate measures, amid threats from Beijing and the refusal of Ms. Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, to meet their demands.

The clashes began late in the evening when police vans arrived outside the departures hall, which was full of black-clad protesters. Some of the protesters went outside, blocked the vans with makeshift blockades and threw plastic bottles at them.

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More than 150 flights were canceled at Hong Kong’s airport on Monday and check-ins were suspended for a second day on Tuesday after thousands of demonstrators filled the arrivals and departures hall.CreditCreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

Minutes later, some of the officers began running after the protesters outside the terminal, wrestling some to the ground with batons. As midnight neared, thousands of protesters were still in the airport, while bewildered travelers, fresh off arriving flights, walked past them and into the sweltering night.

The protesters at the airport on Tuesday were particularly angered by the tactics used by the police against demonstrators on Sunday, including firing tear gas into a train station and sending officers into crowds dressed as demonstrators to make arrests. With tensions running high at the airport late Tuesday, a group of demonstrators surrounded and attacked a man they accused of being a mainland Chinese police officer impersonating a protester, causing him to faint.

Hong Kong is facing its worst political crisis since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997 as a semiautonomous territory. The intensifying unrest this month has stoked widespread anxiety in the financial hub, in part because Beijing has started to warn protesters in increasingly strident terms to stand down or face consequences.

As of Tuesday night, arriving flights were still scheduled, along with some departures, apparently for passengers who had managed to clear immigration before check-in closed. But Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong’s flag carrier, told its customers to postpone “nonessential travel” out of the city for the rest of the day and on Wednesday.

Demonstrators had staged a days-long sit-in in the arrivals hall over the weekend that did not noticeably disrupt services.

On Tuesday, the United Nations’ human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, said there was evidence that the Hong Kong police had violated international standards for the use of less-lethal weapons like tear gas.

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Chief Executive Carrie Lam emerging from behind police barriers that surround her office, in Hong Kong on Tuesday.CreditThomas Peter/Reuters

In a news conference with combative reporters on Tuesday morning, Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, urged protesters to obey the law.

“The stability and well-being of seven million people are in jeopardy,” Mrs. Lam said, her voice breaking slightly. “Take a minute to think about that. Look at our city, our home. Do we really want to push our home to the abyss where it will be smashed into pieces?”

During street clashes this summer, the Hong Kong police have regularly fired tear gas, rubber bullets and bean bag rounds to disperse protesters, even in residential areas and crowded shopping districts. On Sunday night, in addition to using tear gas in a train station, the police beat protesters and chased some down an escalator at another station.

Some demonstrators used luggage trolleys to stop passengers from reaching their departure gates.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

“Why have you never condemned the police?” another asked.

Toward the end of the briefing, Mrs. Lam said that police operations were not determined by “someone like myself, who is outside the police.”

Also on Tuesday, medical professionals held rallies at several local hospitals against the police’s tactics and in solidarity with the woman who was hit in the eye on Sunday. The Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily reported that the injured woman is a veterinary nurse.

The rallies are a “direct response to what happened on Sunday,” Dr. Alfred Wong, a cardiologist who works at Tuen Mun hospital in northwest Hong Kong, said at a gathering there that drew several hundred of his colleagues.

Protesters held signs and handed leaflets to arriving travelers.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

Much of the pressure on the business community has focused in recent days on Cathay Pacific, one of the territory’s best-known international brands. The Chinese government has forced it to bar staffers who support or participate in the protests from doing any work involving flights to mainland China.

On Tuesday afternoon, Rupert Hogg, the airline’s chief executive, warned employees against participating in Tuesday’s airport demonstration because it was not sanctioned by the government.

“It is important that you do not support or participate in this protest,” Mr. Hogg said in an internal email. “Again, we would be concerned about your safety if this protest becomes disorderly or violent.” Cathay also said on Tuesday that it had suspended an officer for misusing company information the day before.

As if to eliminate any possible ambiguity about the airline’s stance on the unrest, Cathay’s largest shareholder, the Hong Kong-based conglomerate Swire Pacific, issued a statement on Tuesday condemning “all illegal activities and violent behavior.”

So far, the disruptions have not affected cargo flights in or out of Hong Kong’s airport, which handles more cargo traffic than any other airport in the world. But more and more airfreight is carried nowadays in the bellies of wide-body passenger planes, and these shipments have invariably been disrupted.

On Tuesday, the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute released the results of a public survey showing that Mrs. Lam’s popularity rating in early August had reached a record low for any chief executive.

The Hong Kong Airport Authority said operations had been “seriously disrupted.”CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

But Dixon Ming, a researcher at the institute, told reporters that the protesters could also lose public trust if they continued to target the city’s public transit system.

The continued disruptions at the airport on Tuesday left some travelers frustrated and angry. Some described themselves as supporters of the protest movement who had grown disillusioned with it.

“Why are you not letting me in?” one traveler told a group of protesters outside an entrance to the airport’s departure gates, video footage showed. “I support you, but I think your strategy is wrong.”

Maisa Sodebayashi, a Brazilian who works in a car factory in Japan, said on Monday afternoon that she had been stranded in the airport for about 24 hours and counting, after landing there on a connecting flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Ms. Sodebayashi, 32, said that while she understood the protesters were fighting for democracy, she also wanted to go home.

“Honestly, I don’t know what to do,” she said, standing beside a customer service desk.

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Trump campaign adviser pressed on ‘America’s Newsroom’ on Biden’s big lead in Pennsylvania

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Trump campaign senior adviser Mercedes Schlapp faced questions Tuesday on “America’s Newsroom” about how President Trump plans to bolster his support in Pennsylvania, especially against current Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden.

Ahead of a visit to the western part of the state by Trump, anchor Sandra Smith asked Schlapp about the RealClearPolitics polling average, which shows Biden ahead of the president by 10.5 points in Pennsylvania.

“What’s the president’s message? How does he close that gap?” Smith asked.

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Schlapp downplayed the importance of the hypothetical matchup polls, arguing Trump remains in a “winning position” in the Keystone State and said the numbers will improve once the Democrats settle on a candidate.

“He has a positive record to run on, that of sustainable economic growth impacting these communities,” she said.

Trump was headed to Monaca, about 40 minutes north of Pittsburgh, on Tuesday to tour Shell’s soon-to-be completed Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex. The facility, which critics claim will become the largest air polluter in western Pennsylvania, is being built in an area hungry for investment.

The focus is part of a continued push by the Trump administration to increase the economy’s dependence on fossil fuels in defiance of increasingly urgent warnings about climate change. And it’s an embrace of plastic at a time when the world is sounding alarms over its ubiquity and impact.

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Trump’s appeal to blue-collar workers helped him win Beaver County, where the plant is located, by more than 18 percentage points in 2016, only to have voters turn to Democrats in 2018′s midterm elections.

Schlapp later highlighted the recent string of gaffes on the campaign trail by Biden in Iowa, saying the former vice president “can’t remember basic facts” and is in a “weakened position” in the race.

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She expressed confidence in Trump being able to run against the Democrats’ “extreme policies,” arguing the party is in “disarray.”

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Biden raised eyebrows in recent days by mistakenly saying he was vice president at the time of the 2018 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla.

The misstatement came just days after Biden said “poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids” and declared that he supports “truth over facts,” all of which prompted a response from his campaign.

“Joe Biden has spoken his mind his entire life, which voters know and love about him. He’s a real person, he’s authentic and that will never change,” Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s communications director and deputy campaign manager, told The New York Times.

Associated Press contributed to this report

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Rudy Giuliani: Why Jeffrey Epstein’s death inside NYC jail is ‘mind-boggling’

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Jeffrey Epstein‘s apparent suicide should never have happened at the facility where he was being detained and claimed the guards have no excuse for not monitoring him more closely.

“It’s a jail rather than a prison. A jail is a place you hold people when they’re awaiting trial. A prison is where you put them when they finally get sentenced. Those are more permanent places,” he said Tuesday on “America’s Newsroom.”

Giuliani added, “There’s absolutely no excuse for this. What happened here, to me, is mind-boggling. It’s impossible to happen. It’s a relatively small facility. This isn’t Rikers Island… with many, many different buildings. One building. Almost everything is within view if you want it to be, of the guards… The guy was a high-risk prisoner, wasn’t he? He’s a guy that there are probably 50 very important people that have a motive to kill him… We know there are some people that are in a lot of trouble because of Epstein. They know who they are. There’s tremendous motive to kill him.”

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He said Epstein should have been under 24-hour surveillance due to the high number of people who had plausible motives to kill him, and claimed he was already a target in prison for being an accused child molester.

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“Prisoners don’t like him. He’s alleged to be maybe the most notorious child predator of our generation. Prisoners are strange. Perverts, they don’t like. So they’ll kill a pervert just to kill a pervert,” Giuliani said.

“I don’t understand how anyone can explain not having him under 24-hour surveillance or not checking the camera constantly… The camera wasn’t working. There’s a camera in every part of a prison. Every single telephone call in and out of prison is listened to. Prisons are prisons. Now the federal prison system, I used to be in charge of it in the Reagan administration and then I worked with it for 15 years… The federal prison system is the best in the world… It’s hard for me to believe this could possibly happen.”

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He also said Epstein should have been under armed guard around the clock due to his fame and the horrid nature of his crimes.

“His room should have been guarded because there was every possibility some prisoner that got loose would get in there and stab him, kill him, choke him, make it look like he hung… He was the guy they most wanted to kill in that prison. Of all the prisoners there, he’s the guy one of those prisoners would love to kill, just to have that on his creds. And probably nobody would turn him in if he did it. So he would feel a certain sense of protection,” Giuliani said.

“You’ve got to understand a prison… The people running that understand it. It would be very hard for me to understand the explanation as to why this man wasn’t watched 24 hours a day.”

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Can The Revolution Wait? Democratic Voters Are Split.

ORIENT, Iowa ― Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was four minutes into the Q-and-A portion of a town hall in this rural town of 400 people on Sunday when a voter suggested that the political revolution need not be imminent. 

“My concern is that I just read in the Monmouth poll that polled Iowa Democrats, and that poll revealed 75 percent of Iowa Democrats did not favor ‘Medicare for All,’” the man said, referring to a poll from the New Jersey university that had come out a few days earlier. “If it’s not resonating, and you’ve done a great job of explaining it ―” 

Sanders politely cut the man off. The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, who was holding the town hall at the birthplace of Henry Wallace ― a legendary progressive whose unsuccessful 1948 bid for the presidency was built, in part, around a push for universal health insurance ― was in no mood to continue waiting. 

“Don’t put all your faith in that particular poll, which is wrong in many aspects,” Sanders responded with a wave of his hand. 

Seven hours later and some 170 miles to the east, California Sen. Kamala Harris was trying to convince Democrats to be patient. On the campus of Iowa Wesleyan University in Mount Pleasant, she pitched the crowd of 500 on what she’s branded her “3 a.m. agenda.” It’s shorthand for a set of policy proposals the former prosecutor sees as inherently nonideological, one focused on alleviating Americans’ most immediate concerns without making grand promises of full-scale societal change.

“Some people call it the witching hour. You know when you wake up in the middle of the night with that thought that’s been weighing on you?” she told the crowd. “For the vast majority of us, what we wake up thinking back on, it is never through the lens of the party with which we’re registered.”  

“Let’s have a problem-solving president,” she continued. “Let’s deal with the issues that are challenging us.”

The riff on Americans’ late-night worries is Harris’ attempt to knit together a set of policy proposals that are more ambitious than those offered by former Vice President Joe Biden, but without the sweeping nature of those put forward by candidates like Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Harris has proposed pay hikes for underpaid teachers, a tax cut that would give $500 a month to every American family making less than $100,000 and a plan to deliver universal health care within 10 years.

Her positioning puts her on a collision course with Sanders, who has long argued ambitious, blanket policies to confront the malicious influence of big business and transform American society ― including Medicare for All, free public colleges and universities, and the total elimination of student debt ― are both good ideas and good politics. Both candidates, who are now trailing Biden and Warren in most public polling, are counting on their approaches to power their political fortunes, starting here in Iowa.

Sanders, who narrowly lost the Iowa caucuses to Hillary Clinton in 2016, is hoping his decision to double-down on the need for a political revolution will recreate that momentum four years later. And after months of occasionally intermittent commitment to the first state to vote in the Democratic primary, a five-day Harris bus tour and a new television ad in the state was designed to show off both her campaign’s newfound emphasis on the state and her decision to fully embrace a nonideological pitch. 

In an interview, Sanders argued the type of “incrementalism” pushed by Harris would cost the Democratic Party a chance to defeat Trump. 

“You want incrementalism? Then Trump is going to win the election,” the Vermont independent told HuffPost.

“The only way we defeat Donald Trump is by having a candidate, such as Bernie Sanders, who is going to run a campaign of energy and excitement and have the largest voter turnout in the history of this country,” he added. “The only way we get that turnout is when we speak to the pain that so many Americans are feeling right now and their disgust and frustration with establishment politics.”

“The American people do not want to see another complicated health care proposal that they don’t understand, that will take 10 years to implement,” he continued, making it clear he was referring, at least in part, to Harris. 

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Thaddeus Hawley, the chair of the Adair County Democrats, attended Sanders’ event in Orient and backed the senator in the 2016 election. He’s neutral this cycle and said voters in his county are “split” between more ambitious candidates like Sanders and pragmatists like Harris. He said the candidates in the best position to succeed are those who can prove acceptable to voters in both camps, listing off Warren, Harris and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker as possibilities. 

But there are signs pragmatism is the ultimate preference. Rep. Cindy Axne (D), who won the U.S. House seat covering the state’s southwestern quadrant in 2018 and is neutral in the primary, said Iowa Democrats wanted candidates who are willing to take small victories when they find them. 

“I think Iowans are always looking for somebody who’s solutions-oriented and pragmatic,” she said in an interview with HuffPost at the state fair on Monday. “I’d like to see the candidates talk about real, tangible solutions that can actually get us somewhere as opposed to just saying, well, this is where we need to end up.” 

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Attendees at Harris’ event in Mount Pleasant were impressed with her performance, but almost all were still considering other candidates. (“I wish we could somehow amalgamate them all into one candidate,” said David Goodman, a professor who attended the event.) Sanders’ crowd in Orient had some undecided voters, but also a sizable portion of Bernie-or-bust caucusgoers. If there was one thing that united both crowds, it was an emphasis on finding a candidate who can beat Trump. 

Debi Plum, a school board member in Fairfield who attended Harris’ event, said her top three candidates are Booker, Harris and Warren.

“I’m looking for someone who has the personality and leadership,” she said. “The reality is one person can have a lot of detailed plans, but they’re just one person.” 

Both campaigns built packed schedules around this weekend’s two major events in Iowa ― the annual Wing Ding dinner on Friday night and speeches at the state fair in Des Moines. Sanders held a rally in Des Moines aimed at the Latinx community and toured a factory farm. Harris rode across the state in a bus emblazoned with her name in giant lettering and bookended her trip with endorsements from a politically powerful former state party chair, Sue Dvorsky, and from the state’s Asian and Latino Coalition.

Midway through her journey across the state, Harris stopped at a family farm, accompanied by a crew gathering footage for future television ads. At the end of her tour, she held a roundtable discussion, chatting about ways to fight consolidation in the industry, how agriculture can help combat climate change and just why she admires farmers so much,

“You don’t have the luxury of engaging in some intellectual, political conversation,” she said. “You’re adaptable.”

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Pompeii ‘sorcerer’s treasure trove’ discovered, with bones, skull charms and gems for rituals

Archaeologists have uncovered some incredible treasures buried in Pompeii in recent memory, including an ancient fast-food joint, a long-lost fresco and the buried remains of a racehorse.

But the latest discoveries may top them all — a “sorcerer’s treasure trove” of items, including bones, skull charms and gems used for rituals.

According to Italian news outlet Ansa, archaeologists discovered the various artifacts inside a wooden box that had decomposed, leaving just the bronze hinges behind, preserved in the volcanic plume. The archaeologists also excavated the house where the box was found and unearthed a room with 10 bodies, including women and children.

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During excavations in Regio V, la Casa con Giardino, in the ancient city of Pompeii, archaeologists uncovered a trunk containing a vast variety of fascinating objects. (CESARE ABBATE/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

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“There are dozens of good luck charms next to other objects that were attributed with the power of crushing bad luck,” Massimo Osanna, director of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, told Ansa.

Osanna added that he believes it is possible the trinkets, which likely belonged to a female servant or slave, as opposed to the owner of the house, may were used for various rituals, including infertility and seduction.

“They could have been necklaces that were worn during rituals rather being used to look elegant,” the archaeologist said.

Inside the box were a number of different gems, including crystals, ceramics, amethysts and amber. Scarabs from the Middle East were also found. A glass bead engraved with the head of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, fertility and ritual madness, was also unearthed.

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A view of archaeological artifacts on display, in Pompeii.   (CESARE ABBATE/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

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“They are objects of everyday life in the female world and are extraordinary because they tell micro-stories, biographies of the inhabitants of the city who tried to escape the eruption,” Osanna said in comments obtained by BBC.

An ancient marble head that likely represents Dionysus was found separately in Rome in May.

Since their discovery in the 16th century, the Pompeii ruins have given researchers great insight into what life was like before Mount Vesuvius erupted and wiped out the entire city in 79 A.D. Recently, there has been some dispute about whether the volcano erupted in August or October of that year.

In April, an ancient eatery known as a thermopolium (akin to a modern-day snack bar), where patrons could get drinks and hot food, was discovered among the city’s ruins. Researchers have also found a fresco depicting a sensual scene involving the Roman god Jupiter and Leda and the remains of a petrified horse recently.

When Mount Vesuvius erupted, the explosion caused such extreme heat that victims’ skulls exploded, their blood boiled and their muscles, flesh and brains were replaced with ash, according to a study published last year.

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