A West Virginia Native Is Trying To Keep Senate Bill From Destroying State Vaccination Rates

“West Virginia is in trouble,” Meredith Snead, a concerned native of the state who is spearheading the effort, told me of Senate Bill 359. Please consider that mandatory vaccination without religious or personal exemptions in order to attend public school has led to higher vaccination rates overall. According to this 2015 WV-DHHR report, the vaccination rates were all 97% or better. Senator Robert Karnes (R), for one, seems unaware of the dire consequences of low vaccination rates. He must not realize that people in other states may be “living okay” overall but that low vaccination rates cause preventable illness, suffering and death.

February 23, 2017 15:22 UTC

Remembering Alan Colmes, a liberal who could laugh

It’s somehow fitting that Alan Colmes got his start in standup comedy, since he needed a strong sense of humor—and equally strong debating skills—to spar with Sean Hannity and other conservatives at Fox News. The unabashedly liberal commentator, who died this morning at 66 after a brief illness that has not been disclosed, gained national fame as one-half of the “Hannity & Colmes” show that launched when FNC did in 1996. “I take some great pride in seeing how I’ve aged you over the years,” he told Hannity on air. In a statement, Hannity said: “Despite major political differences, we forged a deep friendship. I’m truly heartbroken at the loss of a dear friend.”Despite his uber-liberal image, Colmes once told USA Today: “I'm quite moderate ...

February 23, 2017 15:22 UTC

Tommy Hilfiger Lists Colorful Miami-Area Home for $27.5 Million

Tommy Hilfiger’s Highly Colorful Florida Beach Hangout The fashion designer describes his Golden Beach, Fla. home as ‘part art gallery and part beach house.’ Fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger is listing his Miami-area home for $27.5 million. Zachary Balber … of SHOW CAPTION HIDE CAPTION ofFashion designer Tommy Hilfiger is listing his Miami-area home—which he renovated with whimsical design elements like scratch-and-sniff wallpaper—for $27.5 million. The highest-priced home sale to date in Golden Beach was a $22.5 million sale in 2014, they said. He said he is selling because he doesn’t spend as much time at the Golden Beach home as he would like. Moreover, Mr. Hilfiger said he and Ms. Ocleppo view remodeling houses as “a fun hobby” and are ready to tackle a new project.

February 23, 2017 15:22 UTC

Mom's Spot-On Video Sums Up Road Tripping With Kids

Road tripping is a particularly trying experience for parents. Between all the potty breaks, dropped toys and cries of “Are we there yet?”, the journey can feel like forever. Mom Esther Anderson of Story of This Life portrays this parenting struggle in her latest video, “Road Tripping with Kids.” Watch Esther and her husband Thad grapple with a long car ride with a toddler and infant. And you thought plane rides were bad?

February 23, 2017 15:22 UTC

The Latest: Top White House aides describe great partnership

— The Latest on the Conservative Political Action Conference (all times local):2:30 p.m.White House chief of staff Reince Priebus (ryns PREE’-bus) and top strategist Stephen Bannon say they have a great partnership and that it’s helping President Donald Trump fulfill his campaign promises. Their joint appearance Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside the nation’s capital seemed geared toward countering those stories. DeVos also says that with Trump in the White House and Republicans controlling Congress, conservatives now have a “unique window of opportunity” to expand school choice programs. Spencer recently addressed a Washington alt-right gathering at which people were shown on video extending their arms in the Nazi salute. ___10:05 a.m.White House counselor Kellyanne Conway is thanking conservatives for helping elect President Donald Trump.

February 23, 2017 15:16 UTC

German Police Arrest Man With Bomb-Making Material

BERLIN—German police detained a 26-year-old German man suspected of planning a terror attack and seized bomb-making material at his home, prosecutors and local police said on Thursday. Authorities in the state of Lower Saxony said the man, whose name wasn’t released, confessed to planning a bomb attack on soldiers or policemen. He is a follower of the fundamentalist Salafi branch of Islam that security officials say has become a...

February 23, 2017 15:15 UTC

24 arrested after video of off-duty officer firing gun during dispute with teens sparks Anaheim protests

LAPD officer YouTube A screengrab from a YouTube video purportedly showing an off-duty Los Angeles police officer pulling a gun out during a confrontation with teenagers in Anaheim. A screengrab from a YouTube video purportedly showing an off-duty Los Angeles police officer pulling a gun out during a confrontation with teenagers in Anaheim. During the argument, police said, a 13-year-old threatened to shoot the off-duty officer, prompting him to attempt to detain the teen. Because the officer fired his gun, Anaheim homicide detectives were assigned to the case and interviewed witnesses at the scene. Wyatt said the off-duty officer was cooperating with the inquiry and had not been arrested.

February 23, 2017 15:13 UTC

Melania Trump impersonator making thousands to play the first lady

Mira Tzur, a Miami-based model, is cashing in now that Donald Trump is the president. According to some, Tzur is a dead-ringer for Melania Trump, and the Israeli-born model is making a reported $3,000 per appearance to show up and pretend to be the first lady. Tzur, 45, works alongside New York actor John Di Domenico, who impersonates Trump, according to the Miami Herald. The model told the Miami Herald she’s been hired eight times so far to play the first lady. “I feel great admiration for both of them,” Tzur told the newspaper.

February 23, 2017 15:11 UTC

A Beginner's Guide To Isabelle Huppert

ADVERTISEMENTIf anyone scores Best Actress over front-runner Emma Stone at Sunday’s Oscars, it’ll probably be 63-year-old “Elle” star Isabelle Huppert. It’s high time you know that Isabelle Huppert is a certified legend. In “Elle,” Huppert plays a video-game executive who refuses to grieve after being raped in the film’s opening scene. “It certainly also avoids any sentimentality or sentimentalism or psychological heaviness.”Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images Isabelle Huppert and Kris Kristofferson star in a scene from 1980's "Heaven's Gate." Isabelle Huppert giving the most Isabelle Huppert answer imaginable pic.twitter.com/Z2v5hLFxj3 — Bella (@isvbella) February 17, 2017

February 23, 2017 15:10 UTC

6-year-old's snowboarding injury leads to inoperable brain tumor diagnosis

For the family of 6-year-old Devin Suau, every day is a race against the clock. Devin was given between eight months and two years to live after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor for which there is no known cure: diffuse intrinsic pontine giloma (DIPG). His family is hoping the hashtag #WhyNotDevin will raise awareness in time to find a cure. Three weeks ago, Devin got a concussion while snowboarding. Three weeks ago we were a normal family doing normal activities,” Devin's father James Suau said.

February 23, 2017 15:06 UTC

Trump will likely sell out his working-class white base. Here’s how.

(The reforms championed by Ryan and Price would result in cuts over time and would transform the program’s core mission.) Trump went to great lengths to cast himself as ideologically different from his fellow Republicans on these matters. President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly promised to preserve Medicare and Social Security benefits in campaign speeches and debates. [How long before the white working class realizes Trump was just scamming them?] * HOUSE GOP BUILDS PROTECTIVE WALL AROUND TRUMP: Politico reports that House Republicans are preventing a full floor-vote on a Democratic measure that is designed to force disclosure of Trump’s conflicts of interest.

February 23, 2017 15:01 UTC

Trump Will Lose the Fight Over Bathrooms for Transgender Students

By insisting that more study is warranted to decide whether transgender students should be treated fairly, the government has sent a deeply concerning message to transgender students that they are less than other students, and unworthy of protection. But it is especially troubling here, given that transgender students already are subject to more violence and harassment — both by other children and by adults — than their non-transgender peers. These obstacles help explain why many transgender students drop out of school, why nearly half of transgender children have considered suicide and why a quarter of them have attempted it. Although the letter notes that the law protects transgender students, like all students, from discrimination, bullying and harassment, requiring transgender students to use separate facilities from those used by other students is itself a form of discrimination. School districts across the country that have adopted inclusive policies have enjoyed a safer and more welcoming learning environment for all students, transgender and not.

February 23, 2017 15:00 UTC

Mnuchin New Treas Sec - 3% Growth And Let's Wait Up On China As Currency Manipulator

Thus Steven Mnuchin is entirely fair in arguing that this is what he wants to achieve while Treasury Secretary, that 3% GDP growth rate. I certainly think regulatory relief will help although it's not the sort of thing that makes a difference in the short term. Tax reform, well, actually I can think of reforms that really would help us along to the goal but I don't think they're politically viable. That would move us from higher deadweight taxes to lower and the other meaning of that statement is that this would increase economic growth. Mnuchin said the Fed and the CBO aren’t “missing anything” in their projections of roughly 1.8 percent economic growth.

February 23, 2017 14:48 UTC

Ball dogs back at Brazil Open tennis tournament

Story highlights Six dogs will be used to fetch balls on two days of the tournamentThe dogs were all abandonedLast year four dogs were used and they were all adopted(CNN) A hit last year, ball dogs are back at a tennis tournament in Sao Paulo. Four dogs from local shelters were showcased 12 months ago during the clay-court tournament in Brazil's largest city -- and all four were eventually adopted. It was a barking good idea, then. This time around, six canines ranging in age from four to 10 -- Cindy, Nanda, Pretinha, Mia, Arlete and Ovelha -- will be fetching balls during the warmups on the semifinal and final days, March 4-5.

February 23, 2017 14:48 UTC

Transgender rights: These countries are ahead of the US

(CNN) As transgender people fight for their basic civil liberties globally, 20 countries have passed some form of legislation recognizing their rights, according to the Global Commission on HIV and the Law . Here's a snapshot of how some legislators and courts around the world have grappled with the issue of gender identity and inclusion. In 2012, Argentina's Senate unanimously approved the Gender Identity Law making sex-change surgery a legal right. Photos: Know your identity terms New terms are entering the cultural lexicon as people endeavor to codify their sexual orientation or gender. Advocates say the law pivots away from viewing gender identity as a pathology in need of a diagnosis.

February 23, 2017 14:48 UTC