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Ocasio-Cortez renews impeachment call amid probe involving Trump’s Scotland property

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TLDR: Form a Blue State Coalition of SOE Banks to put Federal Withholdings into escrow when a corrupt Federal Government goes against the majority of it’s people.

This system is broken beyond repair. It’s showing it’s true colors with a compromised Trump that’s a puppet of Putin, a GOP which is a criminal enterprise, and establishment Democrats like Pelosi that won’t hold Trump accountable because of the money that is influencing her inaction.

What is the plan to fix this, specially when the 2020 election will be compromised? If the system and the Constitution only work based on the “good faith” of politicians to do their jobs, are they actually representing the majority while taxing us? It’s obvious they don’t, and it’s getting worse ever day. The system needs a major overhaul mainly on the premise of climate change that needs to happen in less than ten years, while also have representation by taxation.

How do you stop corruption against a criminal and entrenched GOP party that is willing to go against the majority of it’s citizenry in the modern age, and in a peaceful and passive resistive way?

Every State in the Union has the right and plenary authority to own State Owned Enterprise and assets. One such enterprise in this case is a banking system, California almost passed CA SB930 to create an online Bank for Cannabis; this is what plenary authority means and the ability for a State to create it’s own banking system that can’t be touched.

If a coalition of Blue States joined to create a business licensing and banking system of this nature, they could force a system that puts Federal Withholding’s into escrow accounts if a Federal government, be it a President, judge, politician, or lobbyists steps one toe out of line and is corrupt, or in the pockets of Wall Street or Foreign asset as they “pray” on C Street. It would mimic Anonymous LLC’s and Shell Companies today so that the business is agent to the State to force the Federal Withholding’s pass thru.

As for Blue State Treasury bonds, you have to offer an option for the same, if not better or quicker returns at the current average of 3% over 30 years. Once that is in place, you literally force countries and citizens to back a system where both labor is happy and corruption is stifled, in this case it’s neither in the US since the global economy and the Federal Reserve has only the interest of the 1%ers.

You create smart contacts on trade deals that can’t be manipulated by insane people like Trump to trigger escrow as well. It would show our dwindling trading partners that we have a safer trading system than dealing with the likes of the Orange Clown as well.

This Government is beyond repair, and the ping pong match is guaranteed to not fix Climate Change in the next ten years, which is a global threat at this point.

If and when Trump runs his campaign as the Mueller report details (the playbook), with GOP support to suppress voters, judges to nullify elections similar to Bush and Gore, or with Russia hacking the election, what is our “Plan “B” suppose to be?

Violence won’t happen, not when the majority of people are just trying survive the hamster wheel of life, income inequality, and a rigged economy.

Gandhi used passive resistance against the British where the PR and money spent was so damaging to England they had to abandon their imperialism. I see that here with Blue State unifying as well under a movement to empower it’s labor and people against this “Cold Civil War” the GOP has finally unveiled. It would allow labor to be a form of protest and with States like California or New York stepping up to the plate could stifle a corrupt Government in less than month in a peaceful and safe way, while empowering labor and leveraging Federal Withholdings to combat against the corruption this Government thrives on as it’s lifeline.

When the American Revolution started it was a small minority of people based mainly on an entanglement of economic and religion issue that spurred it on (there are a lot of parallels we have today, income inequality, Christian Zealots, Tyranny). In this case it’s safe to say that the majority of the country is feeling this Government is running against the needs of it’s citizenry, while there is a dire need for a system to be a “in-real-time” check against the bad faith Presidents, judges, or politicians that gets voted or appointed in, yet panders to Wall Street, xenophobia, or foreign influence.

People need to educate themselves on this country and how we are literally water and oil when it comes to values and how centrist and Republicans are one in the same, they are using our tax money while not representing us; taxation without representation.

The best way to explain this is through money, and a rigged economic and political system. There is a metric that explains the effect and how vastly different parts of the country is. This metric is called the American Human Development Index (AHDI). It similar to GDP, yet is a better method to measure the quality of life of how people are living based on politics, healthcare, education, and economic values of each State, in other words values of Democrats and Republicans.

Simply put, when you look at the AHDI in these States you find that Red States economies and political policies are the equivalent of living and suffering as a person in Russia, while in Blue States this metric indicates that people’s quality of life is closer to that of the Netherlands.

A more glaring issue is when you dig a little deeper and you ask yourself “if money and politics are the catalyst, how are Red States able to financially stay solvent to support their people?” The simple answer is “they can’t,” they literally depend on Blue State withholdings as a slush fund for the only thing keeping their States from total collapse. 43% of Red States ability to stay somewhat solvent is based on capital markets and their access to Federal funds to invest into those markets, where the majority of that money comes from Blue State Federal Withholdings; Blue States tend to be “Net Payers” while Red States are “Net Takers” of [Federal Withholdings] (https://www.businessinsider.com/federal-taxes-federal-services-difference-by-state-2019-1). The criminal part is none of that money really goes to helping their people and citizenry; these Red States have taken money from Blue States while still ignoring the needs of their people.

At some point and if the 2020 election is compromised we need to seriously consider a “Plan B”, when looking at Red and Blue State economies, we’re are basically two different countries and it’s getting worse every day. I’ve written in length on how we can achieve this since the majority of people are just hoping for something to happen, yet have no real solution or proposals that are safe and peaceful ways to transition.

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Military Stopover at Scottish Airport Sometimes Includes a Stay at a Trump Resort

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WASHINGTON — United States military personnel have occasionally stayed at the Trump Turnberry golf resort in Scotland while Defense Department planes stop over and refuel at the nearby airport, according to a person with direct knowledge of the arrangement.

Questions about the overnight stays at the Trump golf resort emerged after House investigators wrote to the department in June to ask about the surge in military stopovers at the obscure Glasgow Prestwick Airport, which is 23 miles from the Trump property.

Federal contract documents show that the Defense Department signed an agreement with the Prestwick airport to serve as a refueling location for military flights in August 2016, during the final months of the Obama administration. It could not be determined on Saturday if the department had contracts with the airport before then.

The records also show that the first payments under this contract started in early October 2017 and that a total of 917 payments for “liquid petroleum” have since been made at a total cost of $17.2 million. It is unclear how many stopovers this represents, as multiple payments were often made on the same day.

Details about the flights, and possible visits to Turnberry by United States military personnel, were first reported by The Guardian newspaper in early 2018 and then again on Friday by Politico.

In June, Representative Elijah E. Cummings, Democrat of Maryland, the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, wrote to the Pentagon asking if the refueling stops might be part of a politically motivated effort to help keep the struggling Prestwick airport open, and to help drive sales at Trump Turnberry.

“The airport closest to the Trump Turnberry golf course — Glasgow Prestwick Airport — has been viewed as integral to the golf course’s financial success, yet it too has lost millions of dollars every year since its purchase by the Scottish government in 2013,” Mr. Cummings’s letter said. “Given the president’s continued financial stake in his Scotland golf courses, these reports raise questions.”

Mr. Trump himself has helped bolster the profile of the Turnberry resort, visiting the property in June 2018 and during his presidential campaign in 2016. Mr. Trump has claimed to have spent about $264 million since 2014 to buy and renovate the property — a figure that has not been verified independently.

There are more than two dozen hotels, guesthouses and inns just a few miles from the Prestwick airport, most of them much less expensive than the full advertised rate at Trump Turnberry, where rooms this time of year typically sell for about $380 a night.

The Trump family bought the Turnberry golf course in 2014. It generated $23.4 million in revenue last year, up by $3 million compared to 2017.

A representative for the Trump Organization confirmed Saturday that United States military personnel have occasionally stayed at the Trump Turnberry. But the representative said that it happened only a few times a year and that the company was charging the government a discounted rate.

Any profits from the stay, beyond covering basic services like housekeeping, are being paid back to the federal government, the Trump representative said, adding that it is illegal for a private company to give a service to the federal government at no cost.

Representatives from the Defense Department did not respond on Saturday to requests for comment so the arrangements could not be independently confirmed. But when a reporter from the Guardian wrote about the flights, a Pentagon spokeswoman rejected any suggestion that the visits to the airport were intended to help the Trump resort.

“The selection and use of any airfield by the Department of Defense is guided strictly by that airfield’s ability to support combined (U.S., U.K. and NATO) air operations in support of our shared security objectives,” Capt. Jhanelle Haag, an Air Force spokeswoman, told The Guardian.

The Guardian also reported that the Scottish government sought out the contract with the Defense Department to try to help increase revenue at the airport. That effort also included discussions with Trump Turnberry about offering special rates for travelers that used the hotel or other ways to lift business there.

The Prestwick airport, which does not have direct flights from the United States, has struggled financially in recent years. The Scottish government bought the airport in 2013 in an attempt to keep it operational, and it is now trying to sell it.

The next closest airport to the Trump Turnberry resort is the main international airport in Glasgow, which is 55 miles away, or nearly twice the distance. A spokesman for Trump Organization said most international travelers headed to Trump Turnberry already use the larger Glasgow airport, so the Trump resort received no major benefit by keeping the Prestwick airport operational.

The Trump Organization announced in 2014 that it was teaming up with executives at the Prestwick airport to try to drive more traffic to its runways.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Glasgow Prestwick Airport,” Mr Trump said during a visit to the airport at the time, after he bought the golf course and was renovating it. “They have a tremendous facility with a unique, rich history.”

The news media in Scotland reported at the time that as part of the deal, the Trump Organization would offer rides from the airport to the Turnberry resort either by a Trump-owned helicopter or via hired cars.

“Forging a new partnership between the airport and the Trump Organization will undoubtedly be mutually beneficial to both parties,” Iain Cochrane, then the chief executive of Prestwick Airport, was quoted as saying at the time.

Mr. Trump, sharing a link about the deal on on Twitter, wrote, “Donald Trump pledges to make Prestwick Airport ‘really successful.’”

House investigators said they were frustrated that no one from the Defense Department had responded to questions about operations at the Prestwick airport.

“The Defense Department has not produced a single document in this investigation,” the committee said in a statement. “The committee will be forced to consider alternative steps if the Pentagon does not begin complying voluntarily in the coming days.”

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Cory Booker downplays poll position, says surveys not ‘predictive this far out’

Sen. Cory Booker acknowledges his poll numbers aren’t popping, and that’s just fine with the Democratic presidential candidate from New Jersey.

Booker’s address on Saturday at the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s annual convention was well received by the thousands of activists and delegates in the audience.

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Asked minutes later by Fox News why that enthusiasm isn’t reflected in the polls, Booker quickly responded, “Thank God it’s not reflected. And I mean that seriously because we have never had a candidate who is ahead in the polls this far out who’s ever going to be president.”

The senator argued: “We know that the candidates that win from our party that energize the kind of movement elections we want to see are folks who were considered long shots at this point.

“Carter, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama were all behind. Barack Obama was behind among African-American voters at this point.”

Booker, who’s currently polling in the low to mid-single digits, explained that “we do not want to win the summer news cycle. We want to win the first in the nation primary right here in New Hampshire.”

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Pointing to the calendar – voting in the early primary and caucus states is still five months away – the senator stressed “polls have never been predictive this far out.”

Instead, he argued that what “kind of organizations you have on the ground” are more predictive. Booker has a robust campaign team in New Hampshire, which votes second after Iowa in the nominating calendar and holds the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

Touting his performance in July’s second round of Democratic nomination debates – which Booker noted “focus groups and some of the networks here said that I won” –  the senator said such moments give people a look at “my capacity to ignite a crowd.”

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And Booker highlighted his backing from local politicians, noting “we have more endorsements in this state than any other candidate because politicos who know in this state want to be with someone who’s going to win and bring the right message. We have more endorsers in Iowa than the top four or five pollers combined.”

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Mick Jagger, Donald Sutherland blast Donald Trump at film festival

While presenting their new film, “The Burnt Orange Heresy,” at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, Mick Jagger and Donald Sutherland spoke extensively about their dislike for President Donald Trump.

The Rolling Stones frontman, 76, blasted Trump for “tearing apart” America and not working hard enough to combat climate change.

“The U.S. should be the world leader in environmental control but now it has decided to go the other way,” he said, per THR.

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Jagger went on to slam Trump for dropping out of the Paris Agreement. “We are in a very difficult situation at the moment, especially in the U.S., where all the environmental controls that were put in place — that were just about adequate — have been rolled back by the current administration so much that they are being wiped out,” he said.

Jagger also commented on the activists who were that the festival to protest climate change, anti-immigration policies and the cruise ship problem in the famed Italian city.

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“I’m absolutely behind that,” Jagger said of the protesters. “I’m glad they’re doing that because they’re the ones who are going to inherit the planet.”

Jagger’s co-star Sutherland, 84, chimed in with, “Mick is right when he said the reforms that were instituted during the Obama administration were barely adequate, and now they’re being torn about.”

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“When you’re my age, when you’re 85 years old and you have children and grandchildren, you will leave them nothing if we don’t vote those people out of office in Brazil, in London, in Washington,” continued Sutherland, referencing Jair Bolsonaro and Boris Johnson. “They are ruining the world. We have contributed to the ruination of it, but they are ensuring it.”

Jagger added that he believes societal values have changed — “We are going through a very strange time at the minute. And when you live at a strange time you know it’s a strange time but you don’t know what’s going to happen. Values are different. There’s more polarization and less civility.”

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'I wish I could forget it': Hurricane Dorian washed away survivors' lives in Bahamas

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STUART, Fla. — Rashad Reckley greeted U.S. Customs in a gray tank top, dirtied white basketball shorts and sandals. He had been in the same clothes for three days. 

Reckley had just arrived on a small airplane with no passenger seats, but a dozen Bahamians on board. He and his family of five had sat in cargo for an hour and 15 minutes. They flew from Treasure Cay to the Treasure Coast. Now they were standing at Witham Field in Stuart. 

While they waited, they recalled. 

Reckley remembered bodies floating down the streets. He remembered six trucks full of bodies. 

Reckley remembered hanging onto a tree with his fiancée, T’Quylla Thompson, until Hurricane Dorian’s eye arrived. 

“I wish I could forget it,” Thompson said. 

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As Hurricane Dorian approached, the storm’s path remained inconclusive. By the time Reckley and his family knew it was definitely coming their way, it was too late. 

“We knew the storm was headed our way, but there was no way to get out,” Reckley said. 

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Dorian arrived Sunday as a Category 5 hurricane with 185 mph sustained winds and higher than 200 mph gusts. 

He and his family lived on Marsh Harbour, a community part of the Abaco Islands and the island most devastated by Dorian. 

During the storm, Reckley saw buildings leveled, cars wrecked, churches flattened and cars carried down the street. By Monday, he and Thompson decided to leave their home, which was 13 feet under water. 

“We swam from the bedroom to the counter, we stood on the counter for a little bit, but the water is still rising so we had to get out,” Reckley said. “So we swam from the counter to the front door. We hung onto the door for a little bit. We still didn’t know if we want to go outside.” 

The winds were still at 175 mph. They went out anyway, grabbing onto a nearby tree. An elderly neighbor also clung to a tree. Another hung to a power line. 

Reckley cracked jokes to ease the tension as they waited for the storm’s eye. 

“If you panic in any situation like that, trust me, you will lose your life,” Reckley said. “My story isn’t half as bad as some people I heard.”

In a nearby neighborhood, Reckley’s uncle, Wayne, his wife and 6-year-old daughter, Waynette Angel, waited out the storm. 

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“You can’t describe how bad it was,” Wayne Reckley, a contractor, said. “All we could do was sing songs and pray because you felt like that was the end of it.” 

The Reckleys eventually made their way to nearby churches running shelters in their respective neighborhoods. Typically a 10-minute drive or a 30-minute walk, it took Rashad and Thompson an hour to walk through the debris. 

Out on the streets, Wayne Reckley recalled heavy amounts of looting. He saw people stealing a 60-inch TV and thought, “What are you going to do with it? Lay on it?”

Thompson saw a lack of order on the streets. Communication and cell service were nearly nonexistent. Parts of the island, Wayne Reckley said, had yet to see government officials. 

“The government isn’t showing as much concern as they should,” Thompson said. “A lot of what’s going on to help is by private entities.” 

The Bahamian National Emergency Management Agency on Friday issued an evacuation notice for residents of the Abaco Islands. The agency said it will now begin evacuations with the nation’s national airline, BahamasAir. Prime Minister Hubert Minnie arrived in the Abaco Islands Friday to begin assessment of the damage. 

“We acknowledge that there are many missing and that the number of deaths is expected to significantly increase,” Minnis’ office released in a statement Friday night. “This is one the stark realities we are facing this hour of darkness.”

Leaving the Bahamas 

Wayne and Laures Reckley left for the airport in Marsh Harbour at 4 a.m. Friday. 

The windshield on his truck was partially shattered. Though most of his truck’s fuel was stolen the night before, he had enough to start it. 

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Wayne drove with his head out the window and Laures with a flashlight hanging out of the passenger’s seat. A few miles from the airport, the truck ran out of gas. They left the truck in the middle of the road and walked the remaining distance. 

At the Marsh Harbour airport, 300 people were in front of them; they decided to go to the Treasure Cay airport, 29 miles away. They were planning to walk, but found a ride. 

At the airport he found his nephew, Rashad.

Small planes were leaving every 15 to 20 minutes. They waited to board the first plane they could. 

Arriving in America

At Witham Field, U.S. Customs checked for passports and visas. They were informed their preexisting travel visas lasted six months; after four months they could ask for a two-month extension. 

They used a friend’s phone to contact family where they were going to land. The person wrote an SOS message, pressed send and held up the phone to the sky. 

“When we landed it felt like, ‘Wow, you can live,’” Wayne Reckley said. 

Rashad’s brother, A.J., and his wife, Tara Hauck, drove from West Palm Beach. Wayne was waiting for a childhood friend from Orlando. 

In a nearby hangar, planes carrying relief supplies to the Bahamas flew in and out.  Organizers there, though, weren’t planning on bringing Bahamians to the United States. They didn’t want to get involved with immigration questions. 

“Don’t send money,” Rashad Reckley said. “Send what we really need.”

The Reckleys recommended water, hygiene products, medical supplies, generators and gas. 

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“I don’t think it’s worthwhile sending anything to Marsh Harbour,” in particular, Reckley said. “It needs to be quarantined.” 

Outside of customs, Thompson wanted to “take a shower and a long nap.” Wayne Reckley wanted cornbread at Boston Market. 

In the months ahead, he hopes to find work as a contractor. After that, the plan is unknown. 

“The good thing is Canada is opening up to refugees, opening up to us, and also the U.K.,” Reckley said. “I have a house in the Grand Bahamas and I know that’s destroyed and then everything I own in the Abaco is destroyed. I have nowhere to go.” 

Contributing: Xavier Mascareñas. Follow Joshua Solomon and Sommer Brugal on Twitter: @therealjsolo and @smbrugal

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Meghan Markle Reportedly Makes Surprise Trip To Watch Serena Williams In U.S. Open

Meghan Markle made a surprise trip to New York City to support her longtime friend Serena Williams in the 2019 U.S. Open on Saturday, according to multiple reports

The Duchess of Sussex traveled solo on a commercial flight from London on Friday, sans Prince Harry and baby Archie, according to People magazine

The 37-year-old tennis superstar will face Bianca Andreescu, 19,  in the U.S. Open final later on Saturday. Williams, who is a global adviser to Verizon Media, HuffPost’s parent company, will attempt to acquire her 24th Grand Slam singles title.

Williams and Meghan have publicly supported each other on numerous occasions over the years. The Duchess of Sussex notably made a surprise appearance to support Williams at Wimbledon in July.

The tennis champion, who attended the royal wedding last year with her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, helped plan Meghan’s baby shower in New York City in February. 

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Earlier this week, Harry responded to recent criticism for taking private flights while promoting conservation, after he and Meghan visited Elton John’s home in Nice, France, last month.  

John was among the number of celebrities who slammed the criticism, calling it “distorted” and “malicious.” He noted that he provided the private jet flight to ensure “much-needed protection” for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

Harry told a crowd in Amsterdam on Tuesday that he spends 99% of his life “traveling the world by commercial.” 

“Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure my family are safe ― and it’s genuinely as simple as that,” he said,

He later added, “We can all do better and while no one is perfect, we all have a responsibility for our own individual impact.”

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Andrew McCarthy: Incredibly important lessons of Sept. 11 being forgotten

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No one who is under 18 was alive on Sept. 11, 2001, the annual remembrance of which we will mark on Wednesday. The 9/11 jihadist atrocities are, at most, a dim memory to the generation of Americans who are now coming of age, who will be our leaders in the bat of an eye.

The page has been turned. As President Trump is wont to say, we’ll see what happens.

What is now happening is a turn to a pre-9/11 security footing. Notice, I said a turn, not a return. It remains to be seen whether, in reality, we have gotten to the point where our threat environment is what it was thought to be before the onslaught; yet, the country has determined to conduct itself as if that were the case.

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It’s a bold experiment. I doubt that it will work, though I’d love to be wrong. Signs of the change were all around us this week, at home and half a world away.

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In Virginia, a federal judge invalidated the Terrorist Screening Database, a watch list secretly compiled by the government, which subjects those listed to heightened security vetting before they are permitted to board commercial aircraft.

In Kabul, the Trump administration’s envoy struck an agreement in principle to reduce the number of American troops in Afghanistan, with an eye toward a withdrawal that would purportedly “end” what the president describes as our “endless” war — U.S. forces having invaded the country in those tense days, 18 years ago.

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Meghan Markle Reportedly Makes Surprise Trip To Watch Serena Williams In U.S. Open

Meghan Markle made a surprise trip to New York City to support her longtime friend Serena Williams in the 2019 U.S. Open on Saturday, according to multiple reports

The Duchess of Sussex traveled solo on a commercial flight from London on Friday, sans Prince Harry and baby Archie, according to People magazine

The 37-year-old tennis superstar will face Bianca Andreescu, 19,  in the U.S. Open final later on Saturday. Williams, who is a global adviser to Verizon Media, HuffPost’s parent company, will attempt to acquire her 24th Grand Slam singles title.

Williams and Meghan have publicly supported each other on numerous occasions over the years. The Duchess of Sussex notably made a surprise appearance to support Williams at Wimbledon in July.

The tennis champion, who attended the royal wedding last year with her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, helped plan Meghan’s baby shower in New York City in February. 

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Kevin Mazur via Getty Images Meghan Markle, Serena Williams and Hannah Davis participate in the DirecTV Beach Bowl at Pier 40 on February 1, 2014 in New York City.

Earlier this week, Harry responded to recent criticism for taking private flights while promoting conservation, after he and Meghan visited Elton John’s home in Nice, France, last month.  

John was among the number of celebrities who slammed the criticism, calling it “distorted” and “malicious.” He noted that he provided the private jet flight to ensure “much-needed protection” for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

Harry told a crowd in Amsterdam on Tuesday that he spends 99% of his life “traveling the world by commercial.” 

“Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure my family are safe ― and it’s genuinely as simple as that,” he said,

He later added, “We can all do better and while no one is perfect, we all have a responsibility for our own individual impact.”

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Daniel Linskey: Our safety threatened because too few people want to be cops – Here’s how to solve the problem

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Leaders and citizens across America are debating the role of police officers and departments in our cities. This is a good thing.

Both residents and police stand to benefit from improved standards, better training and more engagement between officers and the communities they serve.

To be successful, this discussion and any subsequent reforms must also address a recent decline in police officer applications and recruitment. Many departments are already struggling to maintain the minimum staffing levels needed to safeguard communities.

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In 1986, the year I joined the Boston Police Department, more than 15,000 people took the Massachusetts Municipal and MBTA Transit Police Officer Exam. The BPD sorted through more than 2,000 applicants for 180 openings. The department had to turn away many applicants with perfect exam scores.

At that time, police jobs were in high demand for obvious reasons. Cops earned a solid salary and had job security. And, after 32 years on the job, they earned a guaranteed pension.

There were families who had members who served over two or three generations. Fathers and mothers worked hard to get their children to follow in their footsteps. Tenured firefighters would leave a 10-year career to join the police academy for its perceived financial benefits.

Few jobs could compete with that. But times have changed.

Today, about two-thirds of police departments throughout the country have seen declines in officer applications. The total number of sworn full-time officers serving in the U.S. decreased by more than 23,000 between 2013 and 2016. As a result, more departments face serious personnel shortfalls, just as a larger number of current officers retire.

What has changed? Why do fewer people want to become cops?

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Part of the answer is the economy. Many cities had to slow down or freeze police hiring during the Great Recession and they’re having a hard time competing in today’s booming job market.

Today, about two-thirds of police departments throughout the country have seen declines in officer applications. The total number of sworn full-time officers serving in the U.S. decreased by more than 23,000 between 2013 and 2016.

On top of that, the nature of the broader workforce has changed. Incentives like long-term job security and exceptional retirement benefits are not as compelling today. Working flex hours, sometimes from home with weekends off, sounds better than being ordered to work your fourth double in a row on Saturday night.

Another factor is the unprecedented amount of scrutiny placed on officers.

To be clear, accountability for cops is essential. No reasonable person wants bad conduct to go unreported or unnoticed. But, any teacher, banker, plumber, accountant or doctor would be hesitant to start a career knowing they’ll have strangers’ cellphone cameras pointed at them throughout their workday.

Police departments deal with the practical impact of unfilled positions in different ways. Some have started requiring current officers to work more overtime. Some have relaxed previously stringent rules, like residency requirements or bans on tattoos and prior marijuana use. Others now advertise department openings in markets on the other side of the country.

None of these solutions are sustainable. At best, they are Band-Aids. What’s needed is a paradigm shift: We need to change much of what it means to be a police officer in America.

Today, many police departments have begun rebranding themselves. As part of that effort, they should make clear that they are looking for different types of officers.

This is about more than hiring cops from different backgrounds, though diversity is an important consideration. Departments should tell the public that they’re not only looking to find the toughest or most physically strong applicants. After all, being a good cop is about more than breaking down doors. Instead, they need people who can engage their communities and earn the trust of the people they serve.

As with any complicated problem, there is no silver bullet. But one thing is certain: the old approach isn’t working. Cops matter and enticing new entries into the ranks is essential to sustain safety and address concerns that have undermined community trust.

In places where it’s workable, police departments could start offering short-term contracts. If police service could be seen as one chapter among many in someone’s professional life, it would expand candidate pools and give more people an opportunity to serve their neighborhoods. And, it would better reflect the 21st century job market.

Thinking more creatively, city governments with budget challenges might also consider combining police, firefighting and emergency medical services.

A one-stop shop for responders, where employees can answer the call in any situation, likely wouldn’t work in Boston or New York. But it could help address both budget and staffing concerns in small towns and rural communities.

As with any complicated problem, there is no silver bullet. But one thing is certain: the old approach isn’t working.

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Cops matter and enticing new entries into the ranks is essential to sustain safety and address concerns that have undermined community trust.

Leaders need to change their thinking and agree that tomorrow’s police departments won’t look like the ones we had yesterday. That’s both a challenge and an amazing opportunity.

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Canada boy, 13, finds submerged car, helps police solve 27-year-old missing person’s case

A boy who found a submerged car in a lake has helped Royal Canadian Mounted Police solve a 27-year-old missing person’s case.

Max Werenka, 13, is being credited with helping the Mounties find the body of 69-year-old Janet Farris, who was reported missing in 1992 in British Columbia.

“I always like to question things,” Werenka, of Sherwood Park, Alberta, told CTV News.

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View of the overturned car resting at the bottom of Griffin Lake. (RCMP)

Late last month, Max took two Mounties out on Lake Griffin to the spot where he found the vehicle but they couldn’t see anything, CBC News reported.

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So he dove into the lake and recorded video of the car on his GoPro that he showed to the officers.

Subsequently, a Mounties dive team recovered the vehicle, an older model Honda Accord, and recovered Farris’ body.

Farris disappeared driving to a wedding in Alberta, CBC News reported.

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The body of Janet Farris was found in her car which had been submerged in Lake Griffin in British Columbia for 27 years.  (RCMP)

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Police believe Farris ended up in the lake after swerving to avoid an animal or losing control of the Honda for some other reason, according to the news outlet. No foul play was suspected.

The lake hid the car from view for 27 years.

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An RCMP Underwater Recovery Team returned to the lake and recovered an older model Honda Accord, with the body of an adult woman inside, police said. (RCMP)

“I think the worst thing was not knowing,” her son, George Farris, 62, told CBC News.

“We kind of assumed that maybe she had gone off the road or fallen asleep, or tried to avoid an accident or animal on the road,” he said.

Farris said with the discovery there was a relief.

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“Given a sad situation, it’s the best of all outcomes,” he said.

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