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George W. Bush: 'Bigotry seems emboldened' in Trump era

George W. Bush: 'Bigotry seems emboldened' in Trump era“We’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty,” former President George W. Bush said in a rare public speech. “We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism.”




POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2017 1:24 PM

Lawrence: 'Stunned' by John Kelly's Attack on Rep. Wilson

Lawrence: 'Stunned' by John Kelly's Attack on Rep. WilsonWhile defending President Donald Trump's "brave" condolence call to a Gold Star family, Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly attacked Rep. Frederica Wilson, calling her an "empty barrel." Lawrence O'Donnell explains why Kelly was noble and cruel all at once.




POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2017 3:00 PM

Missing California Hikers Found In Embrace After Apparent Killing-Suicide

Missing California Hikers Found In Embrace After Apparent Killing-SuicideA young California couple who vanished during a hiking trip in the desert almost three months ago died in a murder-suicide near a trail, investigators said Friday.




POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2017 9:12 PM

Gold Star Father Khizr Khan On Trump: 'He Has Embarrassed The Nation'

Gold Star Father Khizr Khan On Trump: 'He Has Embarrassed The Nation'A Gold Star father whose son died while serving in Iraq and who became part of the contentious 2016 presidential campaign said President Donald Trump simply can’t comprehend what it means to make the “ultimate sacrifice” for his country.




POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2017 5:47 PM

Mom shares horrifying photo of legs after trip to pumpkin patch

Mom shares horrifying photo of legs after trip to pumpkin patchA California mother is speaking out to remind autumn revelers across the country of a common danger that may be lurking in pumpkin patches.




POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2017 9:59 AM

Is There a Serial Killer in Tampa?

Is There a Serial Killer in Tampa?Police are offering an $18,000 reward for help finding a man captured on surveillance camera who they believe may be responsible for at least three recent murders.




POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2017 11:38 AM

Obama makes a plea to Virginians and signals a way forward for Democrats

Obama makes a plea to Virginians and signals a way forward for DemocratsFormer President Barack Obama makes an impassioned return to the campaign trail in New Jersey and Virginia.




POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2017 9:41 PM

Orionid Meteor Shower 2017: What it is, when it's happening and where to watch it

Orionid Meteor Shower 2017: What it is, when it's happening and where to watch itIn several days, stargazers will witness the peak of one of the year's best shooting star displays in the United States.




POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2017 2:36 PM

Sadness down under as final Holden marks end of Australian car industry

Sadness down under as final Holden marks end of Australian car industryShortly after midday today, a red Commodore marked the end of 69 years of Holden manufacture in Australia – and to countless enthusiasts, it was an occasion as sad as it was once virtually unthinkable. There is a select group of cars that transformed their respective nations' concept of mass motoring and the original 48-215 ‘FX’ certainly ranks alongside the Mini, 2CV or Fiat 600 in this regard. This was mass-market transport made in Australia, for Australia. Holden’s first involvement with the motor industry was as a coachbuilder and in 1924, it became the exclusive supplier of car bodies to General Motors. Seven years later it became a part of the GM empire and as early as 1936 the division’s MD Laurence Hartnett was planning a ‘wholly Australian car’ in place of the locally-built Chevrolets, Pontiacs and Vauxhalls. Towards the end of the Second World War, the government was keen to promote a locally-designed car and General Motors already had the basis of a suitable model in the form of a Chevrolet project that had been rejected as too compact for US motorists. A small group of prototypes were extensively tested and on the 29th November 1948 Ben Chifley, the then Prime Minister, unveiled the new 48-215.  It was not a vehicle that represented a major technological advance and its list of standard fittings was low even by the standards of the day; no sidelights, carpet, door armrest, heater or even direction indicators of any form, one sun visor and a solitary tail lamp. Nor was the new Holden especially cheap as a price of £A675 represented nearly two years wages for the average worker but this did not deter 18,000 people from paying a deposit without having seen a 48-215 in the metal. Such was the demand that the company was soon obliged to issue a booklet entitled Holden Owners Give Reasons Why Holden is Worth Waiting For. Motoring picture of the day And perhaps the major reason for the impact of the FX on the post-war motorist was that it offered the ideal combination of advantages in a car that was launched at precisely the right moment. The brochures promised an engine designed for local conditions the 2.1-litre six-cylinder unit was capable of "80 miles per hour and 30 miles per gallon" with a smoothness not found in such rivals as the four-cylinder Austin A70 Hampshire. It was also flexible enough to propel the Holden from a crawl to cruising speed with the steering column-mounted lever in third gear. Holden intended that the FX would appeal to rural motorists and urban drivers alike, with suspension that could cope with the country’s many unsurfaced roads, and for the Sydney or Melbourne suburbanite, the ‘Aerobilt’ body was smart and offered room for a quintet of adult passengers: ‘you don’t climb in or scrabble out – you step in with ease and dignity. A great boon for elderly people and women."  There was also a sense of robustness that was lacking in some of its competitors. Clive James once observed of the Standard Vanguard that it was a toss-up whether the ‘chromium trim would rust through before the exhaust pipe fell onto the road’.  Above all, this was ‘Australia’s Own Car’, which automatically set it apart from any other car that bore an American or British marque and ten years later, the Lion and Stone badge adorned 40 percent of new models. The name of Holden had now entered the lexicon of a nation’s popular culture and the idea that in 2013 the company’s chief would state that ‘building cars in this country is just not sustainable’ would have been inconceivable. The moment when that last Commodore leaves the production line is not only the closing of a chapter in GM’s history – in many respects it is the end of a country’s automotive dream, one that began nearly 70 years ago.




POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2017 11:19 AM

San Juan mayor rips Trump for giving himself a perfect '10' on hurricane response

San Juan mayor rips Trump for giving himself a perfect '10' on hurricane response“If it is a 10 out of a scale of 100, of course. It is still a failing grade,” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz said when asked about President Trump's giving himself a perfect grade for his response to the hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico.




POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2017 4:43 PM

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