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'This is what racism looks like': Congresswomen react to Trump's 'go back' tweetstorm

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Rashida Tlaib gave impassioned testimony at a hearing on migrant facilities. USA TODAY

The four progressive freshman congresswomen who have come to be known as “the Squad’ reacted on Sunday to President Donald Trump seemingly suggesting they “go back” to the countries they “originally came from” instead of telling Americans “how our government is to be run.” 

Although he did not mention any lawmakers by name, it was widely assumed his tweets were referring to Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.; and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.

All four are American citizens. Ocasio-Cortez was born in New York City, Pressley was born in Cincinnati and Tlaib was born in Detroit. Omar was born in Somalia. Her family fled that country’s civil war when she was 8 years old and spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya before arriving in the U.S. and settling in Minneapolis in 1997, according to her biography

“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run,” Trump tweeted. 

The four women were elected in November and are considered to be some of the most liberal Democrats in Congress and have been some of the president’s most outspoken critics on Capitol Hill.

They have recently had some heated exchanges with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., over differences in policy and political style. Trump appeared to reference those divisions, tweeting that “Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements” for the congresswomen to whom he was referring. 

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“I reject @realDonaldTrump’s xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation. Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values,” Pelosi fired back in response to Trump. 

Here is how the four congresswomen responded to Trump’s tweets: 

Ilhan Omar

“Mr. President, As Members of Congress, the only country we swear an oath to is the United States,” Omar tweeted. “Which is why we are fighting to protect it from the worst, most corrupt and inept president we have ever seen.” 

“You are stoking white nationalism bc you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda.” 

Omar has sparked anger with her rhetoric criticizing the Trump administration and U.S. foreign policy since taking office. And she caused an uproar with her criticism of Israel and the influence of the pro-Israeli lobby, which many said played into anti-Semitic tropes. 

Trump’s tweets on Sunday echoed  comments made last week by Fox News host Tucker Carlson who accused her of not being “grateful” for being welcomed into the U.S. and of instead having “undisguised contempt for the United States and for its people.” 

“I believe as an immigrant, I probably love this country more than anyone that is naturally born,” Omar said while speaking at a Netroots Nation event on Saturday. 

Omar said it is because she is “ashamed” that the U.S. continues to “live in its hypocrisy” that she criticizes the government and fights to make the U.S. live up to its ideals.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Ocasio-Cortez told Trump “the country I ‘come from'” and “the country we all swear to, is the United States.” 

“You are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us. You rely on a frightened America for your plunder,” she said. “On top of not accepting an America that elected us, you cannot accept that we don’t fear you, either.”

Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress and a self-described democratic socialist. Her father is from New York and her mother was born in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory. 

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Ayanna Pressley

“THIS is what racism looks like,” Pressley tweeted along with a screenshot of Trump’s remarks. “WE are what democracy looks like.

“And we’re not going anywhere. Except back to DC to fight for the families you marginalize and vilify everyday.” 

Pressley is the first African American woman to be elected to the Congress from Massachusetts. According to her official biography, she was primarily raised by her mother, a community organizer, in Chicago. 

After White House counselor Kellyanne Conway described the four congresswomen’s disagreements with Pelosi as a  “major meow moment,” Pressley tweeted for Conway to “keep my name out of your lying mouth.” 

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Rashida Tlaib

“I am fighting corruption in OUR country. I do it every day when I hold your admin accountable as a U.S. Congresswoman,” Tlaib said in response to Trump’s call for the congresswomen to fix the corrupt “places from which they came.” 

“Detroit taught me how to fight for the communities you continue to degrade & attack,” she said. 

Tlaib added that she was “proud of my Palestinian roots” and that a “WEAK bully like you never wins.” 

“This is what America looks like,” she tweeted along with an arrow pointing to a photo of herself. 

Tlaib parents immigrated to the U.S. from Palestine. She and Omar were the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

Tlaib stirred up controversy quickly after her arrival in Washington, using an expletive and vowing “we’re gonna impeach” Trump on the night she was sworn in. 

Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib on Trump: We’re going to impeach the [expletive]

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Max Kepler ties MLB record with 5 consecutive home runs against Trevor Bauer

Minnesota Twins right fielder Max Kepler tied a Major League Baseball record on Saturday by hitting a home run in five straight at-bats against one pitcher.

The unlucky pitcher: Trevor Bauer of the Cleveland Indians.

It ties the longest streak for home runs in consecutive at-bats against one pitcher, with the previous instance occurring in (2003-04) when Carlos Delgado did it against Jorge Sosa. Before 2004, you have to go back 40 years earlier when Frank Howard launched five home runs against Bob Hendley between (1963-64), according to Elias Sports Bureau.

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Minnesota Twins’ Max Kepler celebrates after hitting a solo home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer in the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

Because the previous two instances happened over two seasons, Kepler’s record stands as the only person to accomplish the feat in a single season.

Kepler, 26, connected on two home runs in his first two at-bats against Bauer on Saturday night, after homering three times off the Cleveland pitcher in Minnesota’s win on June 6.

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Kepler led off Saturday’s game with a home run in just the third pitch of the contest.

The next inning he smashed another solo home run into right-center field, giving the Twins a three-run lead and tieing the MLB record.

The Twins slugger finally cooled off in his next at-bat, with Bauer striking out Kepler, the thorn in his side, during the fourth inning.

After the game, Bauer didn’t have an answer as to why Kepler has been so successful against him this season.

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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer waiting for Kepler to run the bases Saturday. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

“I don’t know,” Bauer told ESPN. “How do you explain it? It’s just one of those baseball things. He’s just locked in against me for whatever reason. It won’t be that way forever. He’ll cool down, and he’ll go through a 0-for-10 with seven punchouts or whatever and miss pitches. It’s just one of those things right now.”

Kepler would eventually go 2-for-5 in the 6-2 Twins victory, giving Minnesota a comfortable 7.5 game lead over the Indians in the American League Central. After the game, Kepler didn’t put any weight on his accomplishments.

“Every pitcher is the same,” Kepler told ESPN. “I have the same approach. I just try to simplify it when I go up there.”

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Twins manager Rocco Baldelli told reporters he’d never seen anything like what happened on Saturday.

“It’s unfathomable that it’s happening right in front of our eyes,” Baldelli said.

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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti releases video directed at illegal immigrants amid ICE raids: ‘We are in this together’

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti released a Twitter video Saturday explaining why he and the city’s government won’t be cooperating with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents as they carry out raids nationwide.

President Trump initially announced raids on illegal immigrants in June, before backing off to give Congress more time to find a bipartisan solution. He then greenlit the operation for this weekend, and a senior administration official told Fox News the crackdown was underway in New York City and several other places.

Garcetti, a Democrat, gave legal advice to those living in Los Angeles illegally and informed them of which city resources they could take advantage of — including but not limited to a lawyer.  “We’ve all heard reports the Trump administration is threatening to round up and deport thousands of immigrant families in cities across America this weekend,” he began.

“I want every Angeleno to know their rights and how to exercise them. Remember, you have the right to remain silent. You don’t have to open your door to an ICE agent that doesn’t have a warrant signed by a judge. You have the right to speak to a lawyer before signing any documents or speaking to law enforcement. And, if you need help finding an attorney, you can call 311 and learn more about our Justice Fund and other resources that offer legal support.”

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Garcetti also told them to keep records of everything happening between them and federal law enforcement officers and recommended taking down names and badge numbers. He also proudly declared his city would not be assisting with the ICE raids.

“Whenever possible, keep a record of everything that happens. Take note of an officer’s name and badge number, of when and where you are being questioned, so you can use that information in your own defense,” he said.

“And, most importantly I want you to know, you do not need to be afraid. Your city is on your side, and rest assured, here in Los Angeles we are not coordinating with ICE.”

Garcetti ceded time to Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore, who claimed local law enforcement was staying out of the raids on the basis of federalism. He said it’s the federal government’s job to deal with issues of immigration, while local police deal with safety.

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“Our police force does not do the job of federal law enforcement, so I want to reiterate what the mayor just said. The Los Angeles police department is not assisting ICE in any way,” he said.

“We will not enforce immigration laws that are civil in nature and fall under the justification of the federal government. Immigration is a federal matter. Safety is a police matter, and we’re not going to mix those two.”

Before Garcetti signed off he said the issue of illegal immigration wasn’t political but simply was about being a “good neighbor.”

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“In Los Angeles, we draw strength from the diverse dynamic communities that call our city home and we support immigrant families because they’re our friends, neighbors, colleagues, confidants, our fellow taxpayers, local business owners, and co-workers. For us, this isn’t partisan politics,” he said.

“It’s about being a good neighbor… and we will never let fear and intimidation win the day. We are in this together.”

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A national effort: Apollo 11 moon landing was made possible by 400,000 workers

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When President John F. Kennedy challenged the country  to land humans on the moon before the end of the 1960s, a willing nation didn’t disappoint.

Less than six months shy of the end of the decade, a virtual army of 400,000 workers did what had seemed impossible.

With four simple words by Neil Armstrong, “The Eagle has landed,” a nation’s determination came to fruition as humans touched down on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969.

While the stories of the Apollo 11 crew of Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins were written into the history books, what shouldn’t be forgotten are the stories of the 400,000 workers who made the moon landing possible.

“Failure was not an option here,” said Charlie Mars, 82, a NASA power and sequential system engineer during the Apollo era. “We were glad to be a part of it.”

The Space Race

The space race ratcheted up in 1957 when Russia successfully sent Sputnik 1 into orbit, making it Earth’s first artificial satellite. Russia further outdid the U.S. when cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to leave Earth’s atmosphere on April 12, 1961.

Three weeks later, on May 5, the U.S. launched Alan Shepard into space on a 150-mile suborbital flight.

Meanwhile, President Kennedy had consulted with Vice President Lyndon Johnson and NASA director James Webb on how the United States could wrestle space superiority away from Russia. Putting men on the moon was the way to do it, they decided. So, on May 25, 1961, Kennedy stood before Congress to make his plea for funding to send humans to the moon.

A year later, on Sept. 12, 1962, Kennedy went in front of the nation to drum up support by giving his famed speech at Rice University in Houston. On that day, he gave the country a national goal.

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“We choose to go to the Moon! We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win,” he told a crowd of 40,000 at Rice University.

‘A daunting prospect”

Workers in the country’s fledgling space program were concerned about the time frame.

John Tribe, who worked on Atlas rockets after coming to the U.S. from England in 1960, was stunned by the president’schallenge.

“We were frequently back in those days watching vehicles blow up. About every third vehicle didn’t make it,” Tribe said. “And now we’re talking about building this immense new rocket at this time that we didn’t even know what it would look like. Put three men on top of it and send it to the moon. We didn’t even know how to do it, we didn’t know whether we’d do lunar orbit, or earth orbit, or multiple launches, we didn’t have a launch site. It was a daunting prospect to think we’re going to do this in nine years.”

NASA saw its budget swell, from $401 million in 1960 to $5.9 billion at its peak in 1966.

This led to the construction of the massive Vehicle Assembly Building, starting in 1962.

Theodis Ray, 76, who grew up the son of a fisherman just across the river from where the space center would blossom, helped lay the foundation.

“From the ground up, it’s all concrete and steel,” Ray said. “Sixty foot of that is underground, all steel and concrete.”

When it was completed in 1966, it was one of the largest buildings, by volume, on the planet.

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“To see a building of that size and that capacity and that intention, I don’t remember even comprehending the hugeness of the whole thing,” said Hazel Banks, 71, a NASA clerk who started on the program in 1965.

The Vehicle Assembly building had to be big. It had to house a giant rocket capable of taking three astronauts and a moon lander roughly 239,000 miles.

Lee Solid, the Rockwell vice president of the Florida Space Systems division, was impressed as the team started to receive equipment.

“You could see sketches and pictures and even photographs of testing elements … but you had to see it to really realize we are dealing with massive stuff,” Solid said.

Anthony Vespa, 81, worked in New York for Grumman, the company awarded the Lunar Excursion Module contract.

He was on the team tasked with ensuring the windows on the moon lander would stand up to whatever elements space had to offer.

“There were a lot of doubts and a lot of problems along the way,” Vespa said. “It’s really a wonder. We were all worried. Everything we tested. Will the window be OK if you worked on the window? Or worked on the landing pad. Will it not tumble over when it lands on the moon? There was a lot of doubt, but it was 100% success.”

Bumps in the road

The nights in the late 60s were grueling for the workers.

“Everybody was required to work at least 56 hours a week,” Vespa said. “If you didn’t do it, you had to get a note. From the doctor, somebody’s dying, you’re going to school for your Master’s. It had to be a good note. That’s how strict they were.”

The program’s long hours and intense workload also caused problems for the families of the workers.

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“The wives, the families took the brunt of it,” Mars said. ”It was very obvious, not just causing divorce, but being alone a lot of the time. And there were times we just didn’t come home. Spend the night. Sleep on a desk. Have a pillow somewhere where maybe you could find a couch.”

The program moved ahead.

But then on Nov. 22, 1963, just 14 months after making his iconic moon speech, President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.

“He was a popular guy,” Solid said. “Whatever party you belonged to, you liked John Kennedy. You especially liked him for supporting something as massive and important as the Apollo program.”

The nation’s determination to make Kennedy’s challenge a reality was again tested when disaster struck the crew of Apollo 1 on Jan. 27, 1967.

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Astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee were killed when a fire broke out inside the capsule while it sat on the launch pad for testing.

“Immediately afterward there were a lot of people saying, ‘Why don’t we just turn off this whole moon program. We’re killing people,’” recalls propulsion engineer John Tribe, 83, the last person to speak to Grissom over the radio before the disaster. “The attitude of the astronauts and the attitude of the program management was such that we were going to fix this program and go on. We were trying to go faster than we were capable of doing at that time. We were just stepping over ourselves trying to go too fast and we just needed to slow down, take a breath, look at what we were doing, be safer, more cautious, and we chose to do that.”

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Launch day

On July 16, 1969, the time came for America to complete the goal set out by President Kennedy, to become first to send humans to the moon.

It was estimated that a million people came to the Space Coast to watch the 9:32 a.m. launch.

As launch time neared, Tribe had an important briefing to give before the astronauts could be loaded into the capsule.

“We’d briefed Armstrong, Collins and Aldrin,” Tribe said. “Each of the system specialists, and I was one of them at the time, we had to talk about the idiosyncrasies in our system and I’d gone over there and met with the guys and we’d talked about that. You’re looking at a guy that was going to walk on the moon. That was special.”

Soon Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins were strapped into the Apollo capsule that sat high atop the Saturn V rocket, ready to take their place in history.

The launch was spectacular. Once the engines ignited, the 363-foot tall rocket seemingly sat on the launch pad as flames erupted from the massive thrusters.

It took 9 seconds before the hold-down arms released the rocket so it could ascend.

“That 9 seconds was like an eternity,” Solid said. “You want that thing to lift off. It’s cranking away. It’s making this incredible noise. You really want to see that movement. You’re antsy. That’s an emotional moment when those engines start and it seems like it’s boiling there forever. It slowly starts moving. You’re ‘go, go go!'”

Even after the rocket left the pad, Banks knew the hardest part was still to come.

“It was almost like after liftoff, well, that’s just one part,” Banks said. “Then you get into orbit. And then you get to the moon. And then you orbit. After each stage, it was a bit of relief.”

‘The Eagle has landed’

It took more than four days from launch, but on July 20, 1969, at 4:17 p.m., Neil Armstrong spoke these historic words from the surface of the moon: “Houston, Tranquility base here. The Eagle has landed.”

It was something Mars and his colleagues relished.

“The actual landing on the moon, us guys at Kennedy could hear the command channel, couldn’t talk, weren’t supposed to, but I remember my boss and the guys on both command service module as well as lunar module, we‘re all in a room, we’re all listening to coming down and we just held our breath  … then touchdown,” Mars recalled. “One of the experiences in life that you will never forget and you will never have enough words to express.”

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More than six hours later, at 10:56 p.m., Armstrong stepped out of the Eagle lander, speaking these words as he touched the surface of the moon: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Bob Freeman, an engineering tech on the second stage of the Saturn V, gave one of the green lights for the Saturn V launch. Four days later, he watched the moon landing at home.

“I recall watching it all on television, black and white, and that the transmission was awful,” Freeman said. “It almost looked like a double ghost image, some of it.”

The entire world watched in amazement, but the support crew wasn’t quite ready to celebrate.

“I wasn’t excited yet because we had to take off,” said Vespa, the Grumman lunar lander tester. “There was no excitement. I was still worried. The ascent stage was still there and the guys didn’t take off yet. Will it work? What’s going to happen?”

Aldrin joined Armstrong on the moon’s surface about 20 minutes after the first step.

The duo collected samples and conducted experiments.

They planted a specially designed U.S. flag on the lunar surface, in clear view of the TV camera.

All the while, the third member of the team, Collins, was orbiting about 70 miles above the surface of the moon in the command module Columbia.

As they wrapped up their time on the moon, Armstrong and Aldrin left a plaque on the surface that read: “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon, July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.”

After returning to the capsule, Armstrong and Aldrin slept for about seven hours before leaving the moon and heading back to the mother ship piloted by Collins. They spent roughly 21 hours on the moon, with about 135 minutes outside the capsule.

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Time to head home

When it was time to lift off from the lunar surface, the Capcom, Charles Duke, gave the team the green light.

Duke: “You’re cleared for takeoff.”

Aldrin: “We’re No. 1 on the runway.”

Vespa, who had been anxious even after Armstrong and Aldrin reached the moon, could now celebrate.

“Oh, it was fantastic. We didn’t do any work at all for like a week,” Vespa said. “We were groups and groups of people, we were just celebrating, we’re not working 13 hours tonight. It was just a big thing off our shoulders.”

The crew returned to Earth with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean at 12:51 p.m. Eastern Time on July 24.

The mission lasted 8 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes, 35 seconds.

“To put those three brave astronauts on top of this incredibly powerful rocket and knowing their safety was our responsibility, and that we put them in orbit, we brought them back safely, with a total team effort, from design concept, to test and launch and execution, was amazing,” Freeman said. “It truly was winning the big game.”

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In Puerto Rico, The Campaign For A Hurricane Proof House

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Astrid Diaz is a well-known architect in Puerto Rico and has designed a new modular home resistant to hurricane-force winds.

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In Puerto Rico, nearly two years after hurricane Maria, the need for safe, affordable housing is still a massive challenge. “We have more than a half million people affected. And we have to build, minimum, 75,000 homes, ” says Astrid Diaz, a well-known architect in Puerto Rico. She was part of a FEMA team that assessed the island’s infrastructure after the storm.

Diaz often appears on television wearing her trademark yellow hardhat, promoting her “Casa Segura-Safe Homes” campaign.

But long before the storm, she urged residents on the island to develop a disaster plan and to make their homes hurricane-resistant. Since the storm, Diaz has a new project. She’s designed a modular home, resistant to hurricane-force winds that she says can be built for $30,000. Not coincidentally, that’s the maximum amount of assistance FEMA makes available for homeowners. “I started thinking that I need to design a house for people in Puerto Rico, a house where they feel safe.”

Diaz’s new modular home is on display at a building products factory in Toa Baja, about 20 miles west of San Juan, the island’s capital. Right now it’s just a prototype, a few walls and a roof of polyurethane foam — a lightweight, economical and durable building material.

“It’s strong,” because the foam panels are covered with a galvanized steel mesh that provide structure and load-bearing capacity, she says. Once the polyurethane foam and steel panels are available on site, Diaz says, “it’s easy then to [assemble] a house in a few days.” Mortar is then applied to the exterior, adding weight and structural stability and giving it the appearance of a typical Puerto Rican home made from concrete blocks and cement.

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Astrid Diaz’s new modular home is on display. Right now, it’s just a prototype ― a few walls and a roof assembled using a lightweight, economical and durable building material: polyurethane foam.

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Diaz has designed one, two and three bedroom versions of her modular home, including traditional Puerto Rican features. “We like cross-ventilation, natural illumination. We like the balcony,” she says. “With the new building technology, we can build it rapidly and ecologically.”

An added feature Diaz offers is an “eco-capsule” — a cistern for capturing rainwater with attached solar panels, batteries and a wind generator.

And because the ability to expand homes is important to people in Puerto Rico, Diaz designed her homes to be able to do that, too, with additional rooms and even a second story. Diaz says traditional homebuilding led some homeowners to leave steel reinforcing columns exposed on the roof to make it easy to add a second floor later. “After years, the corrosion affected the structural stability of those homes,” she says.

That’s one reason why many homes collapsed in the storm but the new modular homes won’t have that vulnerability, she says. Diaz says her homes will comply with Puerto Rico’s new building codes, which require construction to be able to withstand wind speeds up to 184 miles per hour and higher, depending on the location.

She has two modular homes going up soon on the island of Vieques, the first of what she hopes will be a new generation of affordable, hurricane-proof homes for Puerto Rico.

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Fox News’ Ed Henry out of hospital, ‘beyond grateful’ for support after giving sister part of his liver

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Fox News’ chief national correspondent Ed Henry announced Sunday he’d left the hospital, a major step forward five days after he gave 30 percent of his liver to his sister, Colleen, in a transplant operation.

Henry, who became emotional on-air days before the surgery, shared her positive prognosis on Twitter and said she’s recovering at a good pace.

He’d told “Fox & Friends” his only goal was to “give her a little life.”

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Henry posed for a photo at the hospital alongside Colleen and her son Frank, whose shirt read, “nothing less than the best.”

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He also tweeted a moving photo of a card from his colleague and fellow Fox News personality Martha MacCallum, which came with flowers and a promise of “prayers.”

“I am so gratified that both Colleen and I continue to make progress every day. And I am beyond elated to have gotten out of the hospital already with all of my vitals in the right place, and a functioning liver of my own. This has been a remarkable seven days, starting when I nervously opened up about all of this on ‘Fox and Friends,'” Henry told Fox News. “To think one week ago we were unsure about Colleen’s future, and anxious about two surgeries, yet tonight she has the greatest gift of all — life.

“We have had talented surgeons, doctors, nurses, and support staff. Plus loving parents and family and friends by our sides at every key moment. But opening up about it to a broader audience brought a dimension we could not have anticipated — the love, prayers, and well wishes of thousands upon thousands of wonderful people we have never met. We are blessed and beyond grateful.”

Henry also told Fox News the surgery was an immediate success and that he and his sister will be resting and recovering for the next several weeks.

“We have always known the road to full recovery will be longer for Colleen. But her surgeon says as soon as he put part of my liver in her it started working immediately — a miracle,” he continued. “She still has family and friends by her side every step of the way. And now she has a prayer army that nobody can beat. Our thanks and love always for your continued support.”

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“For now the only marching order I have gotten from our CEO Suzanne Scott is to rest up for awhile. I will listen even though I will be champing at the bit to get back to work. All I know is I will be ready and eager to get back as the doctors and Suzanne give me the green light because I miss our audience and my Fox colleagues, who have brought my family to tears with their outpouring,” he concluded.

Both Henry and Colleen are expected to regain 100 percent of their livers in about 6-8 weeks, according to transplant specialist Dr. Joe Galati.

“Yes indeed over 6 to 8 weeks, the liver will regenerate for Ed, regenerating back the 30 or 40 percent that he donated. Similarly, his sister who received a portion will get back to 100 percent in a similar time frame,” Galati told Fox News in an email.

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“Keep in mind that the liver is the only such organ that can regenerate like this, which is an amazing feature more people need to know about,” he added.

A GoFundMe page has been taking donations for Colleen Henry’s recovery.

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Tom Homan: Democrats are lying to the American people about ICE and immigration — here’s why that’s dangerous

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What is going on in this country right now, especially on Capitol Hill, is nothing short of deceitful behavior which intentionally distorts the truth in order to win a political battle.

I saw it firsthand when I testified on Capitol Hill this past Friday, in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.  Aside from the six minutes I was given to read my opening statement, there was an attempt by most  Democrats on that committee to silence me.

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The issues surrounding zero tolerance and the conditions of confinement at Border Patrol stations is an important one and it is vital that the American people know the facts. But every time one of the witnesses or members of Congress said something that was downright wrong – a lie, an intentional mis-truth – and I attempted to speak up and correct the record, I was refused many times the opportunity to speak.

They didn’t want to hear from me. They didn’t want the truth. They simply wanted to continue to push their false narrative about the Border Patrol and ICE.  They wanted to continually attack our president.

The hearing was nothing but political theater to misinform the American people. It was politics at its worse.

Toward the second half of the hearing, I finally decided that I was not going to be silenced any longer. If they didn’t want to hear what I had to say, then I was going to interject, interrupt and speak to the American people.  I refuse to be bullied, and I will not be silenced in my support of the Border Patrol and ICE or in support of the truth.

Further, as ICE prepared to conduct a nationwide operation, Democratic leaders such as Nancy Pelosi held a press conference to instruct those who have violated our nation’s laws on how they can evade federal law enforcement.  How they can evade the law.  How what ICE is doing is un-American and they need to resist.

Are you kidding me?

The Speaker of the House, a lawmaker for decades, is instructing those who have violated the laws that Congress enacted – who were ordered removed from the country by a federal judge after due process – to evade arrest?  Since when is that appropriate?  What other laws can we ignore?  What other law enforcement officers should we evade?  Can I ignore the tax law and not pay my taxes?

The Speaker has made it clear that we can pick and choose what laws we want to abide by. Is that also true for all the mayors who are all over TV saying they will resist ICE and help people evade arrest? Can we pick and choose what laws we abide when we’re in their cities? Can we park in no parking zones in San Francisco and not worry about paying fines? Can we evade Atlanta’s police officers when they are trying to execute a judge’s order? Can we resist police in Chicago when we don’t want to be arrested? If not, why not? All of these mayors have made it clear we can pick and choose what laws we want to respect, and we can ignore the ones we don’t like.

This behavior by Democratic politicians both on the Hill and in our cities and states will result in several things:

First, it puts the public in more danger.

It certainly puts ICE officers in more danger.

And it will lead to unrest and violence and death.

It’s already happened. On Saturday, an armed man, after attending a protest at an ICE contract facility in Aurora, Colorado, tried to burn down the facility. Do you think he’d heard all the words of these politicians? Saying resist ICE, ICE is bad, ICE are Nazis, ICE runs concentration camps? Not only did this man lose his life when police shot him, he tried to burn down a facility where there were American civilian workers and hundreds of illegal immigrants from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and many other countries.

When politicians incite discourse and hate, this is what happens.

Here are some facts that these Democrats don’t want you to know:

For all their pleas about locking up innocent people trying to make a better life for themselves, here is the truth: 72 percent of everyone in ICE custody are mandatorily detained by law, most for criminal activity.  Congress has said that they must be detained – not by choice, but by law. All of these politicians who keep saying they want to do away with detention are saying this in spite of the fact it is their laws, passed by Congress, that say these people MUST be detained because of danger or other circumstances.

Another fact is this: nearly 8.5 of every 10 people arrested by ICE are either convicted criminals or are facing pending criminal charges.  Therefore, these facilities are helping the U.S. government and ICE to keep our communities safe.

Another fact: For all the politicians’ talk about “for profit for prisons” – these contract facilities, like the one in Colorado, have doctors, nurses, dentists, psychologists, recreation, law libraries, three nutritious meals a day, all dictated by the detention standards that were created not just by ICE but by professional outside partners.  All of these standards are inspected and overseen by several different investigative agencies that perform unannounced audits and inspections, including the Office of Detention Oversight, Office of Professional Responsibility, the DHS Inspector General, and more.

Do you think the person who attempted to burn that facility down and kill hundreds of people ever heard any of these facts?

Not if he was listening to the Democrats who want to abolish ICE and all detention.

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Facts. Something that has escaped the breath of the Democratic leadership and the media that want open borders.

Who pays the price for all these lies? The American people – who will be less safe if ICE isn’t allowed to do their jobs to arrest, detain and remove those that the law says MUST be removed.

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Meghan Markle Shares Warm Hug With Beyoncé At Lion King Premiere

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Meghan Markle has finally met the queen. Queen Bey, that is.

At Sunday’s London premiere of “The Lion King,” the Duchess of Sussex was spotted greeting Beyoncé, as the two shared a warm hug. 

Daily Mail reporter Rebecca English caught it all on camera. The singer, who was dressed in a golden gown with a thigh-high slit, was all smiles while chatting with the duchess, who wore a sheer-sleeved black gown.

Though their conversation isn’t audible in the footage, English said there was “lots of baby chat” between the women and their husbands, Prince Harry and Jay-Z.

The duchess gave birth to baby Archie in May. Beyoncé has three children ― 2-year-old twins Rumi and Sir, and 7-year-old Blue Ivy, with whom she attended the film’s Los Angeles premiere last week.

The artist stars as the voice of Nala in the remake of the Disney classic.

Meeting Markle was likely a big moment for Beyoncé, who has expressed admiration for the duchess in the past, posing before a portrait of her for Black History Month and calling her “one of our Melanated Monas.”

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Meghan Markle has finally met the queen. Queen Bey, that is.

At Sunday’s London premiere of “The Lion King,” the Duchess of Sussex was spotted greeting Beyoncé, as the two shared a warm hug. 

Daily Mail reporter Rebecca English caught it all on camera. The singer, who was dressed in a golden gown with a thigh-high slit, was all smiles while chatting with the duchess, who wore a sheer-sleeved black gown.

Though their conversation isn’t audible in the footage, English said there was “lots of baby chat” between the women and their husbands, Prince Harry and Jay-Z.

The duchess gave birth to baby Archie in May. Beyoncé has three children ― 2-year-old twins Rumi and Sir, and 7-year-old Blue Ivy, with whom she attended the film’s Los Angeles premiere last week.

The artist stars as the voice of Nala in the remake of the Disney classic.

Meeting Markle was likely a big moment for Beyoncé, who has expressed admiration for the duchess in the past, posing before a portrait of her for Black History Month and calling her “one of our Melanated Monas.”

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Atlantic League player steals first base in historic feat

An outfielder in the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) made history on Saturday in Maryland by becoming the first baseball player to steal first base in a professional game.

During a game between the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs and the Lancaster Barnstormers, Tony Thomas, 33, was at bat in the bottom of the 6th inning when an errant pitch bounced behind the catcher and toward the backstop.

Thanks to a new experimental rule change in the Atlantic League, he was able to steal first and make history.

The rule stated that batters may “steal” first base on any pitch not caught in flight and the batter may be thrown out if he tries to run, according to an MLB/ALPB press release that described the changes.

“It was just something that I never thought I’d be a part of,” Thomas said. “The [pitcher] was on the mound, wasn’t consistent around the strike zone and I found a way to get our team on base and the opportunity presented itself. It wasn’t something I thought about going into, but when I saw the ball stuck underneath the backdrop I knew I had no shot of getting me out at first base, so I took off and went.”

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He continued, “In the process of looking back to see where the ball went, I actually saw [the catcher] Anderson sticking his hand up to the umpire for the ball because it’s [usually an] automatic passed ball. I saw it submerge and I took off because I knew at that time in the game our team needed base runners.”

The outfielder made it to first base without a throw from the catcher on a 0-1 count.

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Other rule debuts in the independent league included the use of electronic strike zones, which have been labeled “robot umpires.” In the Atlantic League All-Star game this past Wednesday, the home plate umpire had an earpiece hooked up to an iPhone that tracked balls and strikes using radar.

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Other changes include moving the pitcher’s mound back to increase offensive production and allowing a player one foul bunt on two strikes before he’s called out. In the MLB, if a player bunts the ball foul on two strikes, he is automatically ruled out.

“We need to see how it works, first in the Atlantic League and then probably other places, meaning other parts of minor league baseball, before it comes to Major League Baseball. We kind of feel it’s incumbent on us to figure out whether we could make it work. And that’s what we’re doing,” said Manfred.

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