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Less Sex, Fewer Babies: Blame The Internet And Career Priorities

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Nate Koch isn’t sure what to make of the online dating scene.

“There’s no rules,” the 23-year-old Colorado resident says. “We don’t know what to do on these apps. It feels like kind of, like, the Wild West.”

And it can often feel extremely time-consuming and unproductive, says Koch, a recent college graduate. “I’m literally applying to jobs at the same time that I’m dating. The similarity between the two is a little, like, horrifying to me,” he says.

The confusion over the rules of romance in the digital age shared by Koch and so many others might explain why millions of Americans are having less sex than previous generations did at the same age. Add in a focus on building a career before having a family, and it all may be contributing to a national birthrate that keeps falling.

All this raises alarms for the economy. Economies need new workers to replace older workers as they retire. When a nation’s birthrate drops too low, certain sectors can experience employee shortages, and ultimately, the economy might shrink.

Like an increasing number of young people in America, Koch is single.

“When I was in high school, I really liked that show How I Met Your Mother,” he says. Shows like that, he says, “created this sort of image of what it’s like to be in your 20s. You know, you’re hanging out in bars, and you’re just sort of meeting people in these strange ways.”

But, Koch says, everything about online dating today feels incredibly less straightforward than a sitcom.

Many young men and women across the country have been having less sex than previous generations. Almost a quarter of adults under 30 didn’t have sex in the last year — a record high, according to the 2018 General Social Survey from NORC at the University of Chicago.

There are reasons besides just online dating, but experts and journalists have declared America is in the middle of a “sex drought” or “sex recession.”

Part of the explanation is the challenges of online dating. Part of it is that people spending more time alone on the Internet. Part of it is about young men and women waiting longer to find life partners or to cohabitate as they prioritize getting their careers and finances in order.

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But, whatever the reason, it’s leading to less sex and fewer births. The birthrate dropped 2% between 2017 and 2018 — and the number of births slid to a 32-year low.

Koch says he expected to at least know who his wife would be by this time in his life, even if he didn’t think he’d get married for a few years. But he says the difficulty of online dating has slowed down his timeline for marriage — and for having babies.

Another reason America’s birthrate has dipped so low is that many women are dealing with career considerations first.

Rashmi Venkatesh, a married 30-year-old with a Ph.D., works in science research. She says her job is in many ways her number No. 1 priority right now.

She had pictured “a fully formed professional life and a fully formed family life.” But, she says, the family life “has gone by the wayside.”

Venkatesh says she’s moving up the career ladder really quickly. So when she thinks of having a child, she worries it might hurt her advancement. She says she couldn’t even imagine taking 10 or 12 weeks off for a new baby.

“You would miss something,” she says. “Or the time that I spend in the evening reading up on things would now be focused on something else — a child, which I guess is very important! It sounds awful when I say that.”

Like many working women, Venkatesh worries about losing income if she leaves work to have a child, and she worries about the cost of child care.

When Venkatesh was younger, she says, she imagined having three children. Now she thinks one, down the road, is more realistic.

“It’s a bummer,” she says. “It’s a bummer for sure.”

The longer women like Venkatesh wait to have a child, the fewer children they’re likely to have.

So, though the reasons are many and vary for men and women, America is in the midst of a sex (and baby) drought that it just can’t seem to get out of.

But the United States is not alone. Developed nations across the world have been experiencing the same thing. Western Europe is dealing with falling birthrates, and Japan’s birthrate has dipped so low it’s population has started to fall.

Jennifer Glass, a demographer at the University of Texas at Austin, notes that some countries have tried to boost their birthrates by urging citizens to get busy.

One commercial from Denmark featured parents “bemoaning the fact that their children had not yet produced grandchildren for them and they were going to pay them to go on a [vacation] so that they would come home pregnant and give them grandchildren,” Glass says.

It ends with a voice saying, “Do it for Denmark. Do it for mom.”

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Glass says those kinds of appeals rarely work. But other things do: “a [family leave] policy that gives you four to six months, almost completely paid, and is available to both partners,” she says. Subsidized child care also helps, she says.

Glass and many other experts see a third fix: immigration.

Immigrants tend to be younger — the kind of workers aging economies need — and new immigrants often have childbirth rates that are higher than those of the native-born population.

“We should not worry about the birthrate in the United States,” says Philip Cohen, a sociologist at the University of Maryland. “If we want to let those people come to this country, we can solve any problem you can think of related to population size.”

America’s debate over just how many immigrants should be coming may not be over anytime soon. So the baby drought seems bound to continue until there’s a shift — in the workplace, online or in the bedroom.

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The NRA Has Long Urged Americans To Arm Themselves Against An Immigrant Invasion

In the aftermath of Saturday’s mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, President Donald Trump has been widely criticized for spreading hateful anti-immigrant hysteria. The blame is well earned, but Trump is not alone. For years, the National Rifle Association has pushed the false narrative that law-abiding Americans are in danger from an invasion of violent foreigners crossing into the country from Mexico. The only way to protect yourself and your family, the gun lobby warns, is to stock up on weapons and take responsibility for your own safety.

For example, in 2010 Arizona passed a law that required state law enforcement officers to engage in racial profiling and ask for the immigration papers of anyone they suspected of being in the country illegally. When the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit to block the law, arguing it was unconstitutional, the NRA accused the Obama administration of abandoning Arizonians who supposedly lived in fear of violent immigrants.

“While terrorized residents throw their deadbolts, draw their blinds and pray not to have their homes invaded or their kids kidnapped in Arizona, in Washington, D.C., the ruling elite bask in the safety of their 24-hour security and scream with outrage at Arizona’s law — all because they insist upon playing political games with our lives,” said Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s chief executive.

On Saturday, the El Paso shooter reportedly posted an attempted justification for the massacre on 8chan, a hate-filled message board that welcomes racists who have been booted from other platforms. Parts of the document are almost indistinguishable from the NRA’s own racist hysteria. The author portrays himself as a victim of a foreign invasion, left with no choice but to fight back.

“This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas,” the document reads. “They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.”

Wielding a weapon of war against unarmed civilian back-to-school shoppers, the author reportedly described himself as the one in danger. “My death is likely inevitable,” he wrote. “If I’m not killed by the police, then I’ll probably be gunned down by one of the invaders.”

The El Paso shooter killed 22 people, including a mother who died shielding her 2-month-old from bullets. At least eight of the victims were Mexican nationals.

The bloodshed in El Paso happened in an atmosphere the NRA helped create, as part of its decades-long crusade to frighten white Americans into buying guns and opposing any type of legal restrictions on gun ownership. Once a mostly apolitical group focused on hunting and conservation, the modern-day NRA relies on xenophobic fearmongering as the basis for its legitimacy.

The shift toward fringe right-wing politics dates back to 1977, when gun rights extremists took control of the group and installed as its leader Harlon Carter, a former Border Patrol chief who preached, “No compromise. No gun legislation.” In 1981, reporters discovered that Carter, as a teenager, shot and killed a 15-year-old Mexican boy he suspected of having information about his family’s stolen car. Carter’s murder conviction was eventually overturned on a technicality.

Carter said in a statement that he regretted the incident, but he stopped short of apologizing. At any other organization, such a revelation would likely have been career-ending. But Carter kept his job as the head of the NRA. By that point, his actions as a teenager were mostly in line with the group’s own messaging ― that lawbreaking foreigners were invading the country and Americans needed guns to protect themselves.

That messaging worked. The NRA’s membership soared under Carter’s leadership, The Daily Beast reported. Since then, the group has cultivated a loyal base, portraying itself as the last line of defense against a tyrannical government that’s coming for Americans’ guns. Although the NRA casts itself as a single-issue lobbying group, it has become just as anti-immigrant as it is pro-gun. One cause reinforces the other: The need for guns becomes more imperative if there is someone to fear.

In a leaked 2006 brochure, the NRA fretted: “To criminal aliens, America is a giant supermarket and nobody’s minding the store.” The brochure featured a hyperbolically racist illustration of gang members.

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The NRA doubled down on this strategy during the Obama administration, seizing on the racist anxiety of white Americans who feared they were losing power. In 2013, LaPierre wrote an apocalyptic op-ed in The Daily Caller, a conservative outlet that has published white nationalists. LaPierre’s op-ed, titled “Stand and Fight,” was eerily similar to the manifesto reportedly written by the El Paso shooter, as well as those written by the attackers in Christchurch, New Zealand, and Poway, California.

“Latin American drug gangs have invaded every city of significant size in the United States,” LaPierre claimed without evidence. The border, he wrote, “remains porous not only to people seeking jobs in the U.S., but to criminals whose jobs are murder, rape, robbery and kidnapping.”

The following year, the NRA put out a special issue of its magazine devoted entirely to the 2014 midterm elections. “CHAOS AT OUR DOOR? A DANGEROUS WORLD IS CLOSING IN,” the cover read. 

LaPierre wrote a column in the magazine, illustrated with a picture of an Islamic State fighter superimposed against an image of a suburban house. The NRA chief executive listed a frenzied grab bag of scary scenarios, which would apparently be less scary with a lot more guns: an electromagnetic pulse attack, suicide bombers, prisoners on the loose, and, of course, “the waves of drug smugglers, kidnappers, sex-slave traffickers and criminals of all kinds who invade our country from the south every day.” 

When Trump launched his presidential campaign in 2015, some pro-gun activists weren’t sure whether to trust him. The Manhattan real estate mogul’s record on guns consisted only of having supported an assault weapons ban in 2000. But LaPierre quickly identified the xenophobic populist as an ally. Trump received the earliest presidential endorsement from the NRA in the group’s history. The NRA spent more than $30 million to help get Trump elected.   

“You came through for me, and now I am going to come through for you,” Trump promised at the NRA’s annual convention in 2017, becoming the first sitting president since Ronald Reagan to speak at the increasingly fringe event. 

During that same convention, Steve Tarani, who claimed to be a former member of Trump’s security detail, delivered a presentation on “active threats” in a small conference room. After listing the NRA’s usual boogeymen — al Qaeda, ISIS, Mexican drug gangs, sanctuary cities — Tarani encouraged his audience to think of it as their own personal duty to confront these threats, as The Nation reported at the time. “It is MY responsibility,” one of Tarani’s PowerPoint slides read. 

Throughout Trump’s presidency, the NRA has been a willing partner in his crusade to demonize immigrants. The organization has repeatedly invited Michael Cutler, a contributor to the white nationalist journal Social Contract Press, on its short-lived NRATV to portray immigrants as threats. NRATV correspondent Chuck Holton has pushed white nationalist conspiracy theories, including the idea that Democratic politicians “are trying to import a new populace” into America to replace the current population. Holton has also spread the false claim that Jewish philanthropist George Soros was responsible for a migrant caravan — an idea that appears to have motivated the accused Pittsburgh synagogue shooter

Trump has held up his end of the deal. Just this year, he’s used the word “invasion” in more than 2,000 Facebook ads promoting his reelection. As the death count from gun violence continues to rise, Republicans have steadfastly blocked movement on even modest gun legislation. On Monday, Trump suggested strengthening background checks for gun purchases — in exchange for more restrictive immigration laws.

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White House trade adviser: Economy is ‘solid as a rock’

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White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro on Tuesday reassured Americans that the economy was “solid as a rock.”

His remarks came after the DOW fell more than 760 points Monday—amid an escalating trade war with China—to mark the worst trading day of 2019.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom,” Navarro told anchors Sandra Smith and Rick Leventhal that sentiment on Monday was nothing more than classic “irrational pessimism.”

He said that, “What happens in those kinds of days if the DOW starts going down, then you get the day traders going in, the program traders coming in—it kind of takes a life of its own.” He told Smith and Leventhal that “stepping back from that” and looking at the “economic fundamentals” will show the economy is “doing great.”

After President Trump threatened new tariffs in a series of tweets over the weekend, China retaliated by allowing the yuan’s exchange rate to sink below the politically sensitive level of seven per dollar—the weakest level in over a decade.

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“Countries are coming to us wanting to negotiate REAL trade deals, not the one-sided horror show deals made by past administrations. They don’t want to be targeted for Tariffs by the U.S. Things are going along very well with China,” the president wrote. “They are paying us Tens of Billions of Dollars, made possible by their monetary devaluations and pumping in massive amounts of cash to keep their system going. So far our consumer is paying nothing – and no inflation. No help from Fed!”

If the United States follows through with the threatened tariffs on September 1, 2019, it will tax essentially everything imported from China.

Navarro alleged that the market will be “bullish” moving forward “if we get two things.” He said that getting the USMCA (U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement) passed by the end of September or early October would give a “really nice boost in growth and bring jobs back home here.”

Secondly, Navarro said that the Federal Reserve needs to lower interest rates by “at least another 75 basis points or a hundred basis points” by the end of the year “to bring interest rates here in America in line with the rest of the world.”

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“We have just too big a spread between our rates and that costs us jobs. High interest rates suppress investments in this economy and they suppress exports through a currency effect,” he said.

The president also called out China’s currency drop on Monday: “Are you listening Federal Reserve? This is a major violation which will greatly weaken China over time!”

“China has always used currency manipulation to steal our businesses and factories, hurt our jobs, depress our workers’ wages and harm our farmers’ prices. Not anymore,” he wrote.

Navarro added, “Branding them a currency manipulator provides the secretary of the treasury and the president with a broad array of tools to counteract or countervail that action. So, they’ve got to stop doing that. The exchange rate breached seven yesterday, which was a big threshold. But, as soon as the president was firm…the Chinese announced that they’re stabilizing. So, they heard us.”

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The market bounced back somewhat Tuesday with the DOW regaining 311 points by clsoing. As far as an impending deal with China, Navarro recommended letting the negotiations take place behind closed doors.

“That’s the way to success,” he said.

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On Tuesday the president said that the United States is “in a very strong position when it comes to China” and that he would do “what no other president would do” again next year if necessary.

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Dayton mayor: President Trump's 'rhetoric has been painful for many in our community'

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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley gave an update Tuesday to the shooting that occurred Sunday and took questions on President Trump and Gov. DeWine. Cincinnati Enquirer

Dayton’s mayor has spoken out against President Donald Trump’s remarks on guns ahead of his visit to the city following a mass shooting that left 10 people dead including the gunman.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said Tuesday that Trump’s “rhetoric has been painful for many in our community” when asked about his pending visit.

“I can only hope that as president that he’s coming here to add value to our community,” Whaley said from the Oregon District, where Sunday’s shooting occurred. 

“I’m disappointed with his remarks. He mentioned gun issues one time. I think watching the president over the last few years on the issue of guns, I’m not sure he knows what he believes,” Whaley said.

She said she would express her disappointment with the president during his visit to Dayton on Wednesday.

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued advisories of VIP travel to El Paso and Dayton on Wednesday. The advisory for Dayton has been issued from 10:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., meaning the president will likely be in Ohio in the morning. 

Whaley said she appreciated Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s efforts to increase accessibility for mental health services and gun control, but said she would have been working at a different pace.

She said federal response to gun violence has “absolutely not” been satisfactory.

The mayor also blasted Ohio Rep. Candice Keller’s Facebook comments blaming the shooting on “drag queen advocates,” the Democratic Congress, former President Barack Obama, violent video games and the hatred of veterans.

“I think she just represents what is so disgusting about politics today,” Whaley said. She said Keller should resign

The mayor did not have any updates on the status of the shooting investigation.

Police said Monday they were “not close enough at all” to determine a motive in Sunday’s shooting that killed nine.

Connor Betts, 24, of Bellbrook, Ohio, was shot and killed by police shortly after the shooting began. He was armed with .223-caliber “assault-style” rifle and had body armor and extra magazines, according to Whaley. 

The shooting in Dayton was the 251st mass shooting in the United States this year. It came shortly after a rampage Saturday at a Walmart jammed with back-to-school shoppers in El Paso, Texas, that left 22 dead and 24 injured. 

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President Donald Trump also intends to visit El Paso, Texas on Wednesday, despite calls from the area’s congresswoman and other Democrats for the president to stay away.

Democrats have blamed Trump for stoking anti-immigrant rhetoric that mirrors language in a manifesto believed to be posted by the gunman before he entered the Walmart Saturday morning in the heavily Hispanic border city. 

The area’s current U.S. representative, Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, and her predecessor in Congress, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, both said the president shouldn’t come to El Paso. Escobar said Trump is “not welcome”  because of his inflammatory rhetoric about Latinos and immigrants.

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Ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok challenges firing; accuses President Trump of waging 'pressure' campaign

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WASHINGTON — Former FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was fired after a succession of text messages intensely critical of then-candidate Donald Trump, filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging his removal and claiming it was a result of a “pressure” campaign waged by the president. 

In the lawsuit, Strzok said top bureau officials initially decided on a lesser punishment for the texts, but that he was fired instead because of “unrelenting pressure from President Trump and political allies in Congress and the media.”

Strzok, then a top counter-intelligence agent, was part of the team of FBI agents investigating Russian efforts to sway the 2016 election in Trump’s favor. He became a punching bag for the president after the department’s internal watchdog revealed that he had exchanged messages with an FBI lawyer, with whom he was having an affair, deriding Trump during the campaign as an “idiot” and worse. 

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The trove of text messages were disclosed in late 2017, nearly a year into Trump’s presidency, prompting a wave of recriminations from the president and his Republican allies in Congress, who raised questions about the integrity of the Russia investigation, which was then probing whether the president had sought to derail the inquiry led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Mueller removed Strzok from the Russia investigation in the summer of 2017 after he was alerted to the communications. 

Strzok, in his legal challenge Tuesday, said the public disclosure of the text messages was “unlawful” and part of an effort by the administration to “disparage” him and force his dismissal.

“The lawsuit shows that, in bowing to the president’s desires, FBI leaders trampled Pete’s free speech and due process rights in ways that should be deeply troubling to all in government, and indeed, to all Americans,” said Aitan Goelman, the agent’s attorney. “Today, Pete Strzok is fighting back, and sending a message that the administration’s purposeful disregard for constitutional rights must not be tolerated.”

The Justice Department declined to comment.

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Service dogs travel to El Paso to comfort victims and first responders: ‘These dogs can reach places in the heart no human can’

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Not all heroes walk on two legs.

In the wake of a horrific shooting in El Paso, Texas, scores of first responders, medical professionals and other emergency service providers have stepped up to help the victims. On top of all that, health care providers have ensured that therapy dogs are present for both the workers and the victims of the massacre.

Methodist Health Systems chronicled the journey of two therapy dogs, Chanel and Rudy, as they made their way to El Paso. The health care provider posted photos of the dogs working with first responders to Facebook.

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According to the post, Chanel and Rudy arrived in El Paso on the morning of Aug. 4. The post continues to say, “They are already providing their unconditional love and support to first responders helping them cope through this traumatic time.”

“Thanks to Southwest Airlines safely and swiftly getting them down there. We will continue to send prayers to El Paso as well as to Dayton OH,” the post concludes.

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The dogs are trained to seek out individuals in crisis and provide comfort, KSAT 12 reports. They will be visiting hospitals and first responder stations across El Paso for the next several days.

In a news release obtained by KSAT 12, a spokesperson for Methodist Health Systems said, “The rate of suicides by first responders, firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement, has escalated from one every seven days to one a day. These dogs can reach places in the heart no human can.”

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On Aug 3., a shooter killed 22 people and wounded 24 others at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

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Video Of Toni Morrison Calling Out ‘Powerfully Racist’ Question Goes Viral

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Following legendary author Toni Morrison’s death, one of her interviews has been going viral for her unwavering commitment to calling out racism. 

Morrison sat down with journalist Jana Wendt in 1998 for the program “Toni Morrison: Uncensored,” addressing topics including her Nobel Prize and racism. When Wendt asked the author when she would “incorporate white lives” into her books “in a substantial way,” Morrison hit back with a profoundly salient response. 

“You can’t understand how powerfully racist that question is, can you?” she asked. “You could never ask a white author, ‘When are you going to write about Black people?’ Whether he did or not, or she did or not. Even the inquiry comes from a position of being in the center.’” 

“It’s inconceivable that where I already am is the mainstream,” Morrison added. 

Wendt attempted to walk back her question, saying, “It’s a question of the subject of your narrative. Whether you want to alter the parameters of it, whether you see any benefit in doing that or will you clearly see disadvantages in doing it from your own point of view?” 

Morrison responded by making a comparison to being a Russian author who writes about Russia in Russian for Russians. 

“The fact that it gets translated and read by other people is a benefit, it’s a plus. but he’s not obliged to ever consider writing about French people, or Americans, or anybody.” 

Many across the internet have praised Morrison’s wit in the clip, which has been retweeted thousands of times, lauding the author’s ability to teach the interviewer a powerful lesson.

The author died at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City on Monday night, a spokeswoman for Knopf, her publisher, said in a statement.

Morrison, who was 88, was a trailblazer in the arts, winning not only the Nobel Prize in literature but also the Pulitzer Prize in fiction. She dedicated her career to centering the lives and histories of Black Americans. 

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‘Andi Mack’ Actor Joshua Rush Comes Out As Bisexual

Joshua Rush opened up about his sexuality for the first time publicly this week, telling fans that he identifies as a “proud bisexual man.” 

Best known for playing Cyrus Goodman on the Disney Channel series, “Andi Mack,” the actor on Tuesday joked that the first person to reply to one of his tweets was bisexual. 

From there, however, things took a more personal turn. 

The 17-year-old Texas native suggested that his initial reluctance to come out was “ironic” given his “Andi Mack” role.

As Cyrus Goodman, Rush portrayed the Disney Channel’s first openly gay character. Cyrus first addressed his sexuality in the show’s Season 2 premiere episode, in which he revealed that he’d developed a crush on his best male friend, Jonah (Asher Angel). 

Later installments saw Cyrus coming to terms with his feelings for other boys, albeit in a suitably adolescent way. Season 3’s “One in a Minyan,” for instance, saw Cyrus come out to Jonah while mourning the death of his grandmother, Bubbe Rose.

That episode drew praise from a number of LGBTQ advocacy groups, including PFLAG International, which applauded the Disney Channel for “continuing to tell Cyrus’ story in such an authentic and moving way” for young viewers. 

The series finale of “Andi Mack,” which aired July 26, went a step further by hinting at a relationship developing between Cyrus and a classmate, TJ Kippen (Luke Mullen).

But playing Cyrus wasn’t the sole impetus in Rush’s decision to come out. Rather, he said, it was the support of fans ― many of whom felt “emboldened by Cyrus” ― that gave him the courage to live as his authentic self. 

The 17-year-old concluded the tweet thread with callouts to two LGBTQ advocacy groups, GLAAD and The Trevor Project.  

“Helping young LGBTQ+ voices feel heard and loved is utterly crucial,” he said

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Trevor Project CEO and Executive Director Amit Paley was among the first to respond to Rush’s announcement, saying the actor’s words “can mean so much to young LGBTQ people” given the prevalence of bullying in schools and the scarcity of diverse characters in mainstream TV programs aimed at teen viewers. 

“We’re grateful to Joshua Rush for showing his fans that he supports them,” Paley told HuffPost in an email, “and that they are perfect and beautiful the way they are.”

Though “Andi Mack” ended its three-season Disney Channel run last month, Rush’s acting career is still in high gear. He provides the voice for the title character in the animated TV adaptation of “Where’s Waldo?,” which debuted on Universal Kids July 20.  

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE P400e: The high-riding hybrid

Land Rover is getting into the electric SUV game. Two small steps at a time.

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The British automaker has plans to add fully battery-powered vehicles to its lineup in the future, but for now it’s launching a pair of plug-in hybrids. One of them is a Range Rover, the other the Range Rover Sport HSE P400e. They share a drivetrain that aims to be more efficient, but just as potent as the company’s similarly priced six-cylinder gasoline engines. I tested it in the smaller hybrid Sport.

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It combines a 296 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with a 114 hp electric motor nestled between it and eight-speed automatic transmission and offers several driving modes. It can work like a regular hybrid, shuffling between the two propulsion systems as needed and teaming up to provide up to 398 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque on demand. That’s good for an athletic 0-60 mph sprint of 6.3 seconds. When it does, it slowly drains its 13.1-kilowatt-hour battery pack to maximize efficiency, unless you switch to Hold mode to save the juice for a special, silent occasion.

Even then, it will call the electric motor into service when you floor the accelerator and need a burst of full power. The opposite occurs if it’s locked in electric mode, which it can be for up to 31 miles, according to Range Rover. That number converts to 50 kilometers, which has become something of a benchmark for European plug-in hybrids targeted at the coming era of zero-emissions zones that require a minimum level of battery-powered range to enter, or at least to avoid paying tolls when you do. A full recharge takes less than three hours on a 220-volt charger, but 14 hours on a 110 outlet, which makes it a tight squeeze between the evening and morning commutes.

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In the U.S. the battery size is big enough for the $80,295 SUV to qualify for a $7,087 federal tax credit, putting a bit of space between it and the all-electric Tesla Model X SUV. The Model X starts at $84,240 as of this writing, after subtracting its smaller credit of $1,875, which drops to $0 at the end of the year. More to the point, the hybrid Sport is about two grand less than the conventional six-cylinder version in the HSE trim.

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For that, the hybrid Sport comes well-equipped with an air suspension that can lift it up with 10.9 inches of ground clearance, a two-speed all-wheel-drive system and a set of snazzy 20-inch wheels you’d never dream of taking off-road or through water more than a yard deep.

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You can do both of those things with some authority in it, which really can’t be said of the Tesla or any of the other plug-in hybrid luxury SUVs out there, including those from Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. It’s a clean machine that doesn’t mind getting dirty. Nevertheless, it is adept at the urban grind and can quietly waft through town on its cushiony suspension if you take it easy enough to avoid bringing the gasoline motor to life. If you do, the four-cylinder is hushed rather than harsh.

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The hybrid Sport was expected to debut with the rest of the updated 2019 lineup but will be a 2020 year vehicle when it arrives in showrooms in a few weeks. The biggest change to the model range is the adoption of the dual-screen control system on the center console that debuted last year with the Range Rover Velar which is a big improvement over the brand’s past efforts. It splits the infotainment system functions and other car controls between them and a pair of knobs embedded into the lower screen that reconfigure themselves for different functions.

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The Sport also offers the latest version of Range Rover’s driver assist systems in a $4,000 option package that includes a 360-degree camera, automatic emergency brakes and a strong lane-keeping system that holds the vehicle right between the lines as long as you’re holding onto the wheel. Move it around yourself on a twisty road and you’ll find the hybrid Sport to be as eager and responsive as a 5500-pound behemoth can be. (Interestingly, that’s almost identical to its tow rating of 5,511 pounds.)

The hybrid Sport hasn’t received an official EPA fuel economy rating yet, but if it scores better than the 21 mpg combined six-cylinder gasoline models – not to mention the 24 mpg diesel that’s also available – it’ll make a stronger case for itself than many plug-in hybrids do.

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2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE P400e

Base price: $80,295

As tested: $93,200

Type: 4-door, 5-passenger all-wheel-drive SUV

Powertrain: 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with electric motor assist

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Power: 398 hp, 472 lb-ft torque

MPG: TBD

Electric range: 31 miles

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Trump campaign blasts Dem rep for trying to name and shame donors: ‘Delete & apologize’

The Trump campaign on Tuesday blasted Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro, the brother and campaign chairman of 2020 presidential hopeful Julian Castro, for publicly posting a list of prominent Texas Trump donors’ names and employers — accusing him of “targeting” private citizens and demanding he delete it.

“How low have Dems sunk?” Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh tweeted. “This is Joaquin Castro, Congressman & chair of his brother’s campaign. Naming private citizens & their employers, targeting them for their political views and exercising 1st Amendment rights.”

He added: “Should delete & apologize. Castro campaign should disavow.”

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Murtaugh’s tweet blacked out the identifying information that Castro cited.

But the Texas congressman’s original tweet included a list of San Antonio residents who had donated large amounts to the Trump campaign, along with the names of their employers. It is unclear who actually compiled the list.

“Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump,” Castro tweeted, along with the Twitter handles of several owners of local businesses who apparently donated to Trump. “Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’”

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Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, speaks during a news conference in February. (Getty)

The list — titled “WHO’S FUNDING TRUMP?” — had 44 names of donors and their employers.

A Trump campaign official slammed Castro for sharing the list of names, saying “in this political climate, particularly at a time when Democrats are associating rhetoric with violence, it’s a pretty disgusting thing to do.”

Castro did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Castro’s tweet comes as 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are criticizing President Trump’s rhetoric, and even branding him a racist, in the wake of last weekend’s back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left 31 people dead. Democrats have ripped the president, called his statement from the White House on Monday weak, and even helped to pressure The New York Times to revise a front-page headline that did not sufficiently challenge Trump’s call for unity.

Castro’s brother, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, also slammed the president, saying he has embraced “division and bigotry” and is “fanning the flames of hate” as a form of “political strategy.”

The White House hit back earlier Tuesday.

“There is a huge difference … between running your mouth and running for president, and being the president and trying to bring together a nation,” Counselor Kellyanne Conway said on “Fox & Friends.” “The president did not respond in kind. They politicized this over the weekend.”

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