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Utah officer who pulled gun on black child will keep working

A Utah officer who pulled his gun on a 10-year-old boy during a pursuit of armed suspects will continue to work amid an independent review of the incident, police said Monday.

The unidentified officer is still employed with the agency and authorities are not looking to terminate him, Woods Cross Police Chief Chad Soffe said.

The officer’s actions drew criticism after Jerri Hrubes said the white Woods Cross police officer pulled his gun on her son, DJ, who is black, while he was playing on his grandmother’s front lawn Thursday north of Salt Lake City. She has said her son didn’t have any toys or objects in his hands. The officer told DJ to put his hands in the air and get on the ground and told him not to ask questions. After Jerri Hrubes confronted the officer, he got in his car in left, she said.

Soffe defended the officer’s actions and said he mistook the boy for a potential suspect. Responding officers received mixed reports of the suspects’ race and ethnicity including that they were black, Hispanic or Polynesian, he said.

Soffe said the agency has asked the Davis County District Attorney’s office to conduct a probe into the incident. “We want to learn from this, we don’t want people to be traumatized by our efforts to protect the community,” he said.

An attorney working with the Hrubes family said the mother was upset and still had unanswered questions. Jerri Hrubes has said the officer returned and apologized later that day, but the confrontation left her feeling unsafe in the West Bountiful home.

“If it’s true that the justification to point a gun at this child is because they were told the suspects might be black, Hispanic or Polynesian, are they saying this officer was entitled to stop and point his gun at every male fitting that description?” said Kara Porter.

Hrubes doesn’t necessarily want the officer fired, but would be satisfied with an outside review, Porter said.

Lex Scott, founder of Black Lives Matter in Utah, said her organization is demanding that the officer be fired and that they plan to protest outside the police agency’s offices. She said the group is in the process of filing a complaint with the FBI’s civil rights division.

“The fact that this police officer still has a job, and they’ve defended his actions, sends a message that any officer can go out, aim a gun at a 10-year-old kid, and that’s OK,” Scott said. “And that’s not OK to do.”

African Americans account for just 1.4% of the population in Utah, according to U.S. Census figures.

“We care very much about our minority population, we realize this is a predominantly white area, and there are very few minority residents here,” said Centerville Police Chief Paul Child, whose agency was also part of the chase. “We want them to feel safe and know that we value them in our community.”

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Opioid Crackdown Could Lead To More Drug Company Bankruptcies

Two years ago, the drug company Insys Therapeutics posted a quarter-billion dollars in annual sales. But the Arizona-based firm’s fortunes plummeted so far that on Monday its leaders declared bankruptcy. It was the latest fall-out from the nation’s prescription opioid epidemic, which has killed more than 200,000 Americans and triggered hundreds of lawsuits against Big Pharma.

Insys marketed an opioid pain medication called Subsys that included fentanyl. It generated tens of millions of dollar in annual sales. But like other prescription opioids marketed aggressively by the drug industry, it turned out to be highly addictive.

Many of the drug industry’s biggest companies are tangled up in a wave of opioid litigation, including name brand companies Johnson & Johnson and CVS. It’s unlikely large firms will follow Insys’ lead and seek Chapter 11 protection, but smaller firms including Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, have already floated the possibility.

Attorneys representing hundreds of communities that hoped to win compensation from Insys issued a statement Monday saying they’ll work to determine whether the company is actually insolvent. “We will actively pursue full financial disclosure for Insys and any other defendant that files for bankruptcy,” the plaintiff group said.

They added that their goal in targeting 21 other drug firms isn’t to put them out of business but to “abate the current opioid epidemic and seek long-term, sustainable solutions.” State and local officials hope to recoup some of the billions of dollars they’ve spent responding to the opioid crisis.

One major state opioid trial is underway now in Oklahoma against Johnson & Johnson, with a second consolidated trial against other firms set to begin in October in Ohio. Judge Dan Polster, who’s presiding over that federal case, has urged the parties to reach a settlement so communities receive some compensation without disrupting the pharmaceutical industry.

Sources tell NPR negotiations are underway but no deal has been reached.

In all, more than 1,800 state and local governments have filed opioid-related lawsuits. Penalties and settlements could run into the tens of billions of dollars, rivaling big tobacco payouts of the 1990s. The move by Insys came a week after the firm pleaded guilty to felony charges that it bribed doctors to prescribe its Subys fentanyl medication to patients who shouldn’t have been using it.

The company agreed to pay the federal government $225 million in penalties. Last month, company founder John Kapoor, once a towering figure in the drug-tech industry, was found guilty on federal racketeering charges along with four other Insys executives. The company still faced numerous other opioid-related lawsuits.

In his statement, Insys CEO Andrew Long, said in a statement those “legacy legal challenges” contributed to the firm’s decision to enter bankruptcy proceedings.

He said bankruptcy proceedings would allow the company to negotiate with creditors.

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Abortion tourism? Free lodging, transportation offered to out-of-staters

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In March 2019, a billboard along Interstate 55 in Illinois advertised the state as a safe space for women seeking abortions. The billboard read “Welcome to Illinois, where you can get a safe, legal abortion.” It’s an advertisement for the Hope Clinic for Women, an abortion clinic in Granite City. The billboard can also be seen from I-64.

Are we entering the age of abortion tourism? It’s beginning to sound as though this is a trend developing in response to the passage of laws recently in states that are tightening state abortion laws. Abortion is legal in all 50 states, though some states are passing laws meant to challenge Roe v Wade in court. Pro-abortion states are reaching out to women and inviting them to have an abortion by traveling out of state to one with fewer restrictions.

The Hope Clinic’s executive director and physician, Erin King, said when the clinic’s team heard, through news and social media, about a billboard with similar wording in Colorado, they sympathized with the message.

“Here we are in a state where patients can get access to legal, safe reproductive health care, when states right next door don’t have the same access,” King said. “We wanted to tell patients they are welcome here and providers will get you the help you’re looking for.”

King passes along the trope that more restrictions on abortion limit access to contraception and reproductive health care. Unless a woman is using abortion as a regular method of birth control, though, that argument makes no sense. Pro-abortion women often conflate abortion with reproductive health care, but it is not common that danger to the life of the mother is used as an excuse to end the life of an unborn child. King is proud that the abortion clinic’s parking lot includes cars with license plates from other states, like Kentucky and Georgia but mostly from Missouri.

“Sadly states around us have become more restrictive in providing access to contraception and reproductive health care, and luckily Illinois can provide that for them,” she said. “We have people who live here saying, ‘I’m so glad to live in a state that values that.’”

At the end of May 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a “Proclamation on Reproductive Freedom.” The proclamation “reaffirms the state’s commitment to protecting women’s reproductive choices, educates Californians about their rights to reproductive freedom, and welcomes women to the state to exercise that right.” In other words, it did nothing new but simply provided the governor an opportunity to grab headlines as he encouraged women to come to his state for an abortion. It was a feel-good act for the pro-abortion crowd. The Governors of Oregon and Washington joined in on the publicity.

“In the absence of federal leadership on this issue, states must step up and put in place their own protections – both in statute and in their state constitutions, and through the expansion of family planning and education – to defend every American’s right to reproductive freedom,” write California Governor Gavin Newsom, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee. “Roe is settled law, but newly enacted and clearly unconstitutional laws in a handful of states compel our states to act now to reaffirm longstanding commitments to safeguard the fundamental rights of women.”

So, given these examples of calls for visits from out-of-staters seeking abortions, is it a surprise that one hotel in Michigan upped the ante and offered free lodging and transportation to an abortion provider? ABC News reports that The Yale Hotel, located in Yale, Michigan is making that offer to women. The original post on the hotel’s Facebook page has been shared more than 3,000 times.

Dear sisters that live in Alabama, Ohio, Georgia, Arkansas, Missouri, or any of the other states that follow with similar laws restricting access,

We cannot do anything about the way you are being treated in your home-state.

But, if you can make it to Michigan, we will support you with several nights lodging, and transportation to and from your appointment.

(Update 5/22/19: Since I posted this, I’ve received numbers of people willing to help drive you here… and I’ve learned of organizations like Yellowhammerfund.org that have a network in place already to help with the many barriers to receiving safe and legal reproductive services. If you need help, please message me. In order to support that effort, I will be donating 25% of my receipts that are a direct result of the new policy to a fund like this. Amount donated to date: $100 (5/22/19) 🙂 )

We’ve got some amazing people in our village… we’ve got your backs.

#stopthebans #theyalehotel #thesisterhood #ittakesavillage

(Edited to add Missouri 5/16, Arkansas 5/18, to remove a couple hashtags that had become controversial 5/18, and to add all the rest of the states 5/19)

Just get yourselves to Michigan, ladies, and you can make a little vacation out of it. Perhaps the small town hotel sees a business opportunity here. By encouraging women to come to Michigan and take advantage of free lodging and transportation, like-minded pro-abortion vacationers may look the hotel up and stay there while visiting Michigan. The owner can get some good publicity by donating money to a fund like Yellowhammer Fund, as she says she is doing. I wonder if the volunteers coming forward to drive the women, as she mentioned in the Facebook post, are for local transportation or if the volunteers will travel to other states to pick up women and bring them to Michigan.

The Michigan legislature voted to restrict abortion and charge doctors who perform second-trimester abortions with a felony but the Governor of Michigan vowed to veto the legislation.

Last month, Michigan’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Senate both voted to ban second-trimester abortion procedures and make it a felony for doctors to perform them, except to save a woman’s life.

But Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, has vowed to veto any legislation that restricts abortion access.

It takes a village, indeed.

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Oklahoma Man Celebrates Pride On Pickup Truck And Sparks Global Joy

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An Oklahoma man is receiving global praise after giving the tailgate of his pickup truck a colorful and creative makeover for June in honor of LGBTQ Pride Month

Cody Barlow, who identifies as straight, decorated the back of his truck with strips of duct tape in rainbow colors, along with a message that read, “Not all country boys are bigots. Happy Pride Month.” He posted a photograph of the newly bedazzled tailgate to his Facebook page last week, along with a lengthy message explaining the significance of his effort. 

“This is important to me, not only because I have family and friends that are LGBTQ+, but also because countless people have dealt with hatred and judgement simply for who they are, and/or who they love, for far too long,” the 28-year-old wrote. “Obviously doing this isn’t going to change the minds of those who are intolerant, but hopefully it can help drown out the hatred with love.”  

Acknowledging that “this is not a very welcome message” in the “rural area” of his state where he resides, he continued, “It doesn’t matter what negativity I receive for supporting this. I hope that this can help even the slightest bit to encourage and support at least one person that needs it.”

As of Monday afternoon, Barlow’s post had received more than 127,000 likes, and had been shared more than 75,000 times. Though many of the users identified themselves as being fellow Oklahoma residents, others said they were from as far away as Australia. 

“What you did was courageous and most importantly, loving,” one person wrote. “May life reward you with an abundance of love and goodness.” 

Added another: “You should be president one day. Love and acceptance of others is what we need in this country.”

The response on Twitter was similarly encouraging. 

The New York Daily News, The Hill and Towleroad are among the countless news outlets to praise the gesture, too. 

In an interview with CNN published Monday, Barlow said he didn’t expect that his message would have global impact. 

“When I was younger, it seemed like everyone was the same. This is an area where everyone goes to church and nobody strays from the path,” he said. “I was trying to reach anyone it would help.”

“People are sending me these stories, telling me what they’ve dealt with over the years, telling me they were tearing up and crying while reading this post,” he added. “Even if it helps one person, it’s worth it.”

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Greg Abbott Is On a Roll as He Destroys Anti-Free Speech Operatives On Texas Campuses

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott is on a limited government warpath right now, and his latest victim is the anti-free speech movement sweeping campuses across the United States.

Too often, college campuses cave to social justice warriors who do everything in their power to eliminate any kind of speech that would run contrary to their hard-left narrative. As such, campuses everywhere become infected with this despotic hold what can and can’t be said, either because the hard-left has infiltrated student governments or administration positions, or because the college is scared of them.

Not in Texas. Not now. Abbott posted yet another one of his famous videos in which he shows himself signing a bill that only grants more freedom to Texans.

“Some colleges are banning free speech on college campuses,” Abbott said. “Well, no more because I’m about to sign a law that protects free speech on college campuses in Texas.”

“Shouldn’t have to do it,” he added. “The First Amendment guarantees it. Now, it’s law in Texas.”

Abbott is correct. He shouldn’t have to do this at all, not just in terms of protecting free speech in federally funded places, but that this is necessary in places where students are supposed to be learning everything they can. Instead of being taught various aspects and views of humanity, they’re being forced to learn only critical theory and all the prejudices that come with it. They’re not taught how to think, they’re taught what to think.

Party of being taught what to think is forcing only some things to be heard. Anything contrary to the narrative has to go.

This isn’t education, this is brainwashing.

While it’s not going to fully cure the disease, forcing campuses to at least allow dissent to this hard-left agenda is a good step in reversing its course.

This is the third video Abbott has released showing himself terminating some form of government hold on something. Before this video, Abbott signed into law the ability for alcohol to be delivered to your home just like pizza is. Before that, he signed a law banning red light cameras throughout the state.

I defy you to name a better governor in office right now.

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National park ditches signs saying glaciers will be gone by 2020

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While this may not produce more than a few ripples on the pond of the global warming discussion, I wanted to point everyone to a great article from our friend Jeff Dunetz that touches on this subject. For some time now (dating back to the Obama administration) there were signs posted at Glacier National Park warning tourists that they would need to snap their glacier selfies quickly because the massive ice formations would all be gone by 2020. Well, it’s nearly the middle of 2019 and not only are the aforementioned glaciers not gone, most of them are actually growing.

With that in mind, the signs had to go. But they’ve been replaced with some new ones that are equally alarmist, but a bit less specific.

SHHHHHHHH!!! The National Park Service has quietly removed all the signs put up by the Obama administration that told visitors that the glaciers would “all be gone” by the year 2020 due to global warming… because… it’s 2019, and the glaciers are all still there and have been growing.

Glacier National Park quietly removed a sign at its visitor center saying the glaciers will disappear by 2020 which were originally placed because former President Obama believed the predictions pushed by the left’s climate change hypothesis.

According to federal officials, several years in a row of high snowfall and cold temperatures totally obliterated a computer model that authorities relied on to claim that the glaciers would all be melted by 2020, Daily Caller reported.

This signs had obviously become something of an embarrassment by this point, as Jeff points out, so they were “quietly” removed and replaced. He also points us to a good explanation from an expert in the field as to why the glaciers stubbornly continue to not only exist but seasonally expand at times.

This year (2018) it quickly became clear that the glaciers have grown substantially in recent years. A startling example is seen at the Jackson Glacier overlook on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. The government has erected a sign with two photos: (1) the Glacier in 1911; and (2) the Glacier in 2009. The display shows the Jackson Glacier melting away to perhaps 10 or 20 percent of its 1911 size. But visitors to the marker in 2018 are able to look up above in the distance and see that the Jackson Glacier has grown significantly since 2009. The Glacier’s growth may be as much as 30 or more percent since 2009.

As I’ve said here repeatedly, I personally do believe the data showing the overall climate is undergoing a significant warming trend. But it started at the end of the Little Ice Age in the 1800s and applied to the entire planet. (Not exactly the era of massive industrialization.) I also believe that billions of humans impact the planet’s environment, though to what extent remains uncertain. The planet has demonstrated that it’s capable of freezing into a snowball and warming to the point where not a single particle of ice exists anywhere, over an over again for as long as we can study the geological record.

So are the glaciers receding or expanding? The answer obviously changes every few years. But the warning signs prompted by some of Al Gore’s predictions demonstrate the peril of assuming that we have all of the answers in such a complicated debate. Read the rest of Jeff’s post. He has a ton of good background material above and beyond the obvious humorous value of the changes in signage at Glacier National Park.

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Trump Says Mexico Tariffs Worked, Emboldening Trade Fight With China

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WASHINGTON — President Trump has concluded his tariff threat worked and forced Mexico to stop the flow of migrants. On Monday, he pivoted back to his trade fight with China and vowed to hit Beijing with more tariffs if it did not accede to America’s trade demands.

“The China deal’s going to work out,” Mr. Trump said in an interview on CNBC. “You know why? Because of tariffs. Because right now China is getting absolutely decimated by companies that are leaving China, going to other countries, including our own, because they don’t want to pay the tariffs.”

The president has long favored tariffs as an immediate and unilateral policy tool. But his increasing confidence that the levies have helped accomplish his goals without harming the United States sets up an even more tumultuous period ahead for businesses, consumers and foreign countries.

“Protectionism shows no signs of abating, rather it is intensifying,” said Joshua Shapiro, the chief United States economist at MFR Inc.

Markets are already counting on the Federal Reserve to come to the rescue by cutting interest rates. Fed officials have begun signaling they are prepared to help prop up the economy to counter any slowdown from Mr. Trump’s trade war, a development that could give the president even more leeway to carry out an aggressive trade policy.

Mr. Trump on Monday continued to attack the Fed for raising rates last year, saying it had put the United States at a competitive disadvantage to China, which has a fairly subservient central bank. “They devalue their currency. They have for years,” he said. “It’s put them at a tremendous competitive advantage, and we don’t have that advantage because we have a Fed that doesn’t lower interest rates.”

The president insisted his tariffs were having their intended effect — pressuring other countries to make deals, prompting companies to move factories back to the United States and generating an enormous amount of money, all without costing American consumers.

“A lot of countries have changed their habits because they know they’re next,” Mr. Trump said.

He said he was prepared to place 25 percent tariffs on another $300 billion worth of Chinese goods and would do so immediately if a planned meeting with President Xi Jinping of China did not happen this month during the G-20 summit meeting in Japan.

“We are scheduled to talk and meet,” Mr. Trump said during remarks to reporters at the White House. “We always have the option to raise it another $300 billion to 25 percent.”

Mr. Trump has blamed China for “reneging” on a trade deal with the United States, and last month, he raised tariffs on $200 billion worth of goods as punishment. China has retaliated by raising tariffs on about $60 billion worth of American products, like soybeans. Mr. Trump said on Monday that he saw no downside to taxing nearly everything China sends into the United States, saying it would continue to boost the American economy.

“We’ve never gotten 10 cents from China. Now we’re getting a lot of money from China, and I think that’s one of the reasons the G.D.P. was so high in the first quarter because of the tariffs that we’re taking in from China,” he said, referring to the gross domestic product, which grew about 3.1 percent in the first three months of the year.

Economists and business leaders have rejected Mr. Trump’s claims that the tariffs are doing no harm and say the trade war is slowing global growth and could ultimately trigger a recession.

The World Bank said late last month that global trade growth has slowed to its lowest level in a decade, while the International Monetary Fund warned that reciprocal tariffs between the United States and China could reduce global gross domestic product by 0.5 percent, or $455 billion, next year. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York estimates that at their current levels, Mr. Trump’s tariffs would cost the typical American household $831 over a year.

But the president and his top advisers continue to disagree that import taxes — both real and threatened — are pinching economic growth.

“I don’t think in any way that the slowdowns you’re seeing in parts of the world are a result of trade tensions at the moment,” Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, told reporters this weekend on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting in Japan.

That view is unlikely to change absent a steep drop in the stock market or a pronounced slowdown in the American economy, two metrics that Mr. Trump pays close attention to.

Most expect the Fed to act before that occurs. Markets now estimate an 80 percent chance of a rate cut at or before the Fed’s July meeting, and they see a 46 percent chance of three or more .25 percentage point cuts by the end of the year.

Those estimates fell, but not by much, after Mr. Trump announced on Friday that he had reached an immigration deal with Mexico and would suspend his tariffs, suggesting investors are accepting a rate cut as a done deal. Analysts say that the president’s willingness to use levies as a negotiating tactic for nontrade matters is helping to perpetuate uncertainty.

On Monday, Mr. Trump defended the immigration agreement with Mexico as a victory, and said unequivocally that tariffs were the vehicle that delivered it.

“If we didn’t have tariffs, we wouldn’t have made a deal with Mexico,” the president said. “We got everything we wanted.”

It was not clear what the threat of tariffs on Mexico helped the president to secure. Major terms of the deal were agreed to months ago.

But last week, Mexico said it would deploy its national guard around the country, including to its southern border, and expand a program to allow asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their legal cases proceed, both actions that had been discussed in prior months.

The United States and Mexico also reached an agreement in principle to review the number of migrants crossing into the United States in 45 days and again in 90 days. If the number has not dropped sufficiently, Mr. Trump said he could impose tariffs.

Some said Mr. Trump’s threats toward Mexico, a close American ally, could send a message that trade wars are winnable and that the president will not back down against China.

“It’s obvious that on a long-term perspective, President Trump is willing to effectively weaponize tariffs,” said Wen Lu, a rates strategist at TD Securities. “I think he’s almost using this as a political message to reinforce his stance against China.”

The president’s fondness for levies has already propelled the United States into the top echelons of tariff-wielding countries. The United States now has an overall tariff level that is more than twice as high as Canada, Britain, Italy and Germany, and even higher than emerging markets like Russia and Turkey, according to research by Torsten Slok, a chief economist at Deutsche Bank Securities.

Progress toward a trade agreement with China has stalled since early last month, and Mr. Mnuchin said over the weekend that no further talks were scheduled. The next significant meeting is expected to take place between Mr. Trump and Mr. Xi in late June.

In the meantime, the United States continues to prepare for the next round of Chinese tariffs. The United States trade representative will hold a hearing on June 17 to allow companies to testify about the effects of the next $300 billion worth of levies on their businesses. That round of tariffs would hit a wide range of consumer goods, including sneakers, televisions and cribs.

Mr. Trump has also indicated he sees the fate of Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant that has been blacklisted from buying American technology, as a point of leverage in the trade talks.

The administration announced a ban on Huawei’s access to American components on May 15, citing security concerns. The executive order blacklisting Huawei had actually been prepared for months, but officials held off issuing it while trade talks continued. When negotiations with the Chinese broke down at the beginning of May, a consensus emerged among top Trump administration officials to proceed with adding the company to an “entity list,” according to people familiar with the matter, who declined to be named to discuss private deliberations.

On Monday, Mr. Trump said he viewed Huawei as a “threat” but “at the same time, it could be very well that we do something with respect to Huawei as part of our trade negotiations with China.”

Other countries are watching the threats warily. The Trump administration gave the European Union and Japan a six-month reprieve from tariffs on their auto exports in May, but negotiators have yet to make much progress on a trade agreement.

The administration has also been ramping up a trade fight with India, and laying the groundwork to impose tariffs on a variety of countries for manipulating their currencies.

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Robert Buckland and Justin Tomlinson: Why Johnson is the best choice for the Party. For our town, Swindon. And for the country.

Robert Buckland is a Minister of State at the Justice Department, and is MP for South Swindon.  Justin Tomlinson is a Minister of State at the Department of Work and Pensions, and is MP for North Swindon.

They say that politics can’t get weirder, but events since 2016 have proved almost impossible to navigate. Seasoned commentators and hardened politicians have struggled even to keep abreast of the rapidly-unfolding chain of events. The issue of Europe has claimed the scalp of yet another Prime Minister.

The task is now on to choose the best person to lead our country and our party through these unprecedented circumstances, delivering Brexit so that people can once again begin to see the excitement and progress the Conservative Party can deliver. We believe that person is Boris Johnson.

We are both MPs who won our seats after years of hard work and grassroots campaigning.

This included building a strong council base and a track record of local action. Crucially, we spend a great deal of our time in our communities, bursting the Westminster bubble. Swindon Conservatives have worked relentlessly to earn support and the results speak for themselves.

Swindon is a growing town that has reinvented itself over the generations. Today, we are facing a new challenge as some of our motor manufacturing industry plans to withdraw from our town, with a loss of thousands of jobs and the need to replace them with high skilled, high wage employment.

The values of our town are true and solid. As a growing and diverse community, we welcome people from all over the country and indeed the world who want to make a contribution to our business, professional, civic and cultural life. We are proud that Swindon continues to represent the best of Britain, with strong community ties and an ethic of hard work and mutual respect for each other. We don’t pretend to be what we are not, but what we are is special. Swindon is a wealth generator, not just for the region, but for the nation.

It is a barometer town in two key ways. In 2008, we were the economic barometer that bore the brunt of Labour’s great recession, as hundreds of private sector jobs were lost and our community took a big hit. Since those dark days, we have bounced back, with over 11,000 jobs created since 2010. Since the 1980s, we have also been a key political barometer for the nation, returning Conservative MPs until 1997 and Labour MPs until 2010. In the last few elections, Swindon has been amongst the first seats to declare, giving an instant indication as to national trends. As goes Swindon, so goes the nation.

When we both started our work in Swindon, it was a Labour town, with two Labour MPs with solid majorities and a council that had recently been Labour since the days of Clem Attlee. With hard work and relentless campaigning, we continue to confound the pundits and this year delivered an increased Conservative majority on the council.

We are MPs who supported Remain and Leave respectively, but who continue to work closely together to carry out the referendum result. As Ministers of State, we are striving every day to improve the working of our vital public services. We are looking for a Prime Minister who will seek to reach agreement with the EU, who will be realistic and honest in that process and who will be able to unite the nation behind any deal that is done.

At a time when we face this unprecedented peacetime challenge, and the party system is coming under strain as never before, the situation calls for charismatic, uplifting and positive leadership. We believe that now is the time for Boris Johnson. In the aftermath of the EU referendum in 2016, we both felt then that he was the best choice as Prime Minister. That option did not come to pass, but now it can happen.

Why Boris Johnson? He recognises that the greatest threat our country faces is a hard left, extremist Corbyn-led Government that will destroy the means by which we raise the revenue to support our valued public services and that will lead our nation into economic collapse, supported by the SNP, risking the destruction of everything that we in Swindon have been working for.

As Mayor of London, he won and governed with a strong team, delivering more housing, better transport, lower knife crime and green initiatives. His re-election in 2012 proved that he has the necessary staying power. Having both served as local councillors ourselves, we know and value his work in City Hall.

Having campaigned with him, we have seen at close quarters his ability to speak warmly and directly to the public and to reach people to whom politics is remote and often irrelevant. At a time when we seem to be hearing more from the extremes of politics than ever before, Boris Johnson will provide the antidote to this. Our politics needs a reboot.

Let’s do this with Boris.

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Oklahoma Man Celebrates Pride On Pickup Truck And Sparks Global Joy

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An Oklahoma man is receiving global praise after giving the tailgate of his pickup truck a colorful and creative makeover for June in honor of LGBTQ Pride Month

Cody Barlow, who identifies as straight, decorated the back of his truck with strips of duct tape in rainbow colors, along with a message that read, “Not all country boys are bigots. Happy Pride Month.” He posted a photograph of the newly bedazzled tailgate to his Facebook page last week, along with a lengthy message explaining the significance of his effort. 

“This is important to me, not only because I have family and friends that are LGBTQ+, but also because countless people have dealt with hatred and judgement simply for who they are, and/or who they love, for far too long,” the 28-year-old wrote. “Obviously doing this isn’t going to change the minds of those who are intolerant, but hopefully it can help drown out the hatred with love.”  

Acknowledging that “this is not a very welcome message” in the “rural area” of his state where he resides, he continued, “It doesn’t matter what negativity I receive for supporting this. I hope that this can help even the slightest bit to encourage and support at least one person that needs it.”

As of Monday afternoon, Barlow’s post had received more than 127,000 likes, and had been shared more than 75,000 times. Though many of the users identified themselves as being fellow Oklahoma residents, others said they were from as far away as Australia. 

“What you did was courageous and most importantly, loving,” one person wrote. “May life reward you with an abundance of love and goodness.” 

Added another: “You should be president one day. Love and acceptance of others is what we need in this country.”

The response on Twitter was similarly encouraging. 

The New York Daily News, The Hill and Towleroad are among the countless news outlets to praise the gesture, too. 

In an interview with CNN published Monday, Barlow said he didn’t expect that his message would have global impact. 

“When I was younger, it seemed like everyone was the same. This is an area where everyone goes to church and nobody strays from the path,” he said. “I was trying to reach anyone it would help.”

“People are sending me these stories, telling me what they’ve dealt with over the years, telling me they were tearing up and crying while reading this post,” he added. “Even if it helps one person, it’s worth it.”

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DOJ reveals details about AG Barr’s review of the collusion investigation

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Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler offering some details about the probe of the Trump collusion investigation launched by AG Barr. From Law & Crime:

Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd told the House Judiciary Committee that “The Review” would be “broad in scope and multifaceted.” He also said that the purpose of it was to “illuminate open questions regarding the activities of U.S. and foreign intelligence services as well as non-governmental organizations and individuals.”

“The purpose of the Review is to more fully understand the efficacy and propriety of those steps and to answers, to the satisfaction of the Attorney General, those open questions,” Boyd continued.

Notably, nowhere in the letter did Boyd use the word “spying.”

“It is now well established that, in 2016, the U.S. government and others undertook certain intelligence-gathering and investigate steps directed at persons associate with the Trump Campaign,” Boyd said. “As the Attorney General has stated publicly at congressional hearings and elsewhere, there remain open questions relating to the origins of this counter-intelligence investigation and the U.S. and foreign intelligence activities took place prior to and during that investigation.”

Last month Barr appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham to carry out the review.  The letter points out that Durham will not leave his current job while the review is ongoing. The letter also states that the bulk of the investigation will take place in Washington, DC.

Finally, the letter also attempts to reassure Chairman Nadler that while AG Barr has been granted the authority to declassify documents, the DOJ considers it of “great importance ” to protect classified information.

As Ed noted last month, Rep. Shiff has already expressed his concern, calling Trump’s granting of this power to AG Barr “un-American.” At the Washington Examiner, Byron York pointed out two weeks ago that we heard similar complaints from Democrats when Trump declassified information that was part of the Nunes memo.

In 2018, Rep. Adam Schiff, of the Intelligence Committee, said the Nunes memo “crosses a dangerous line.” Recently, he said the Barr initiative marks “a new and dangerous phase.”

In 2018, former Attorney General Eric Holder called the Nunes memo “unheard of” and “dangerous” and “irresponsible.” Recently, he called the Barr initiative “the height of irresponsibility” and “a dangerous precedent.”

Many others echoed Brennan’s and Schiff’s and Holder’s sentiments. The problem is, they were wrong then, and they are likely wrong again now.

Democrats have a pre-determined objection to revealing the details of this investigation and are in search of a rationale that would justify it. As Assistant AG Boyd’s letter makes clear, they won’t find it in suggestions that AG Barr is about to carelessly reveal sources and methods. They’ll have to come up with another excuse.

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