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Are they an item? MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski quietly divorces her husband three years after co-anchor

Joe Scarborough split from his wife.

MSNBC's Morning Joe cohost Mika Brzezinski, 49, has quietly divorced her husband of nearly 23 years, local tv reporter James 'Jim' Hoffer, the father of her two teenaged daughters.

News of the split comes nearly four years after anchor Joe Scarborough and his wife Susan quietly parted ways, and has fueled chatter that the morning show power team could be partners in their private lives as well as public.

A spokesman for Brzezinski, whose father was Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, confirmed the split to Page Six, but refused to comment on any romance.

'Mika's divorce was finalized in the past year. She's really grateful that it was done amicably and in private. This has, of course, been a painful time for her family. So right now she is focused on her two teenage daughters, and on continuing to heal.'

The couple have two daughters in their late teens, Carlie, who just graduated high school, and Johns Hopkins student Emilie.

Mika, a Democrat, became a staple on the former Republican congressman's morning show in the summer of 2007 after endearing herself to the masses by refusing to read a story about Paris Hilton.

The show has since become a cable news morning hit and critical darling, airing from 6-9 am every weekday, and the cohosts' rapport has fueled their rise.

For the second quarter of 2016, the show drew the biggest total viewer audience for the 6-9am timeslot in MSNBC’s history and beat CNN’s counter-programming New Day in total viewers and the demo.

ETA Link: Daily Mail

The Trump dream ticket for Democrats may be on the verge of coming true, as Gov. Chris Christie

....Is Being Vetted For Trump VP.


The Trump dream ticket for Democrats may be on the verge of coming true, as Gov. Chris Christie is being vetted as a potential running mate for Donald Trump.

ABC News reported:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is being vetted as a possible vice presidential pick for presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, according to two ranking Republican officials.

Despite Christie going through the vetting process, the two ranking Republican officials told ABC News they doubt Christie would ultimately be Trump’s pick.

Republican officials have been consistently wrong about Donald Trump, so their doubts can be immediately dismissed.

Celeb Chef Says He Won't Let Trump Dine At His Restaurants During RNC


Talking Points Memo

A darling of Cleveland's culinary scene said Thursday that he wouldn't allow Donald Trump to set foot in his restaurants when the Republican National Convention rolls into town next month.

"Dude, there's not a chance I'd let him into one of my restaurants," Michael Symon said in an interview with Cleveland radio station WKRK, as flagged by cleveland.com.

Symon, who owns multiple restaurants in Cleveland, rose to fame after winning "The Next Iron Chef," earning him a permanent spot on the show. He's also a host of ABC's "The Chew" and appears frequently on Food Network programs.

Two of Symon's restaurants are located near Quicken Loans Arena, where Trump is expected to be crowned the Republican Party's nominee. If either of those restaurants host private parties as the convention unfolds, he said the real estate mogul won't be among those invited.

Asked if he thought his ban on the real estate mogul would alienate Trump fans who might be customers, Symon said that it had nothing to do with politics. The celebrity chef said that he had been "fortunate or unfortunate enough to meet him through the years."
"It's just that he creeps me out," Symon said.

Listen to Symon's comments below:

Iowa poll: Clinton up 14 on Trump, Grassley in tight race with Dem


More: The Hill

A new poll of Iowa shows Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) with just a 1-point lead over his Democratic challenger and Hillary Clinton with a double-digit advantage on Donald Trump in the presidential race.

While the gap closes in the Loras College poll when third-party candidates are listed, it suggests Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, faces an uphill climb in the Hawkeye State and that he may be hurting the six-term Republican senator.

Clinton has 48 percent support to Trump’s 34 percent in a head-to-head match-up.

When Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein are added, Clinton's lead narrows. In that scenario, she has 44 percent, with Trump at 31 percent, Johnson at 6 percent and Stein at 2 percent.

“I think third-party candidates, especially libertarian Gary Johnson, have their sights set on having 2016 be a breakthrough year. Both Johnson and Stein seek to capitalize on voter dissatisfaction and the lack of widespread enthusiasm of the Democratic and Republican candidates,” said Christopher Budzisz, director of the Loras College Poll.

General election polls in Iowa are sparse, but a Public Policy Polling survey earlier this month gave Clinton a 2-point lead over Trump.

House Republicans Have Agreed To Hold A Vote On Gun Control


There will be a vote on gun control in the House of Representatives.
On Thursday — one week after nearly 170 House Democrats staged a historic sit-in protest on the House floor demanding a vote on on gun control legislation — Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said he will allow a vote on a bill to prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns.

ccording to The Hill, Ryan told Republicans on a conference call "that the House will take up a terrorism package that will include measures to disrupt radicalization and recruitment, as well as a provision to prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing guns."

Wisconsin Redistricting Lawsuit Could Reverberate Nationally

Much more at the link: Alternet.org

A federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Wisconsin’s Republican-drawn state legislative district lines could have sweeping implications for gerrymandered districts nationwide.
After a century as a trailblazer for progressive democracy reforms, Wisconsin has become what one local union leader ruefully calls “a kind of laboratory for oligarchs to implement their political and economic agenda.”

This assessment, delivered by David Poklinkoski, president of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2304, captures Wisconsin Democrats’ dim view of the brazenly partisan redistricting plan masterminded by GOP Governor Scott Walker.

But the redistricting plan, so central in empowering Walker and his legislative allies to roll back social reforms in Wisconsin, is now the target of a federal lawsuit. First heard by federal judges in May, the suit is now before an appeals court that is expected to rule this summer. That ruling could reverberate in other states around the country with heavily GOP-tilted electoral maps. While a few Democratic-controlled state governments have district maps that favor their party, the 2010 Republican electoral sweep set off a nationally-coordinated and harshly partisan round of redistricting in states where both the governor and legislative majorities were Republican.

DeRay Mckesson Named Interim Head of Human Capital at Baltimore City Public Schools

Black Lives Matter activist and former Baltimore mayoral candidate DeRay Mckesson, will now be leading Baltimore's Office of Human Capital

More: The Root

DeRay Mckesson, Black Lives Matter activist and former Baltimore mayoral candidate, will be starting a new job leading the city’s office of human capital, the Baltimore Sun reports.

According to the report, incoming schools CEO Sonja Santelises named Mckesson as interim chief human capital office on Tuesday, making it the second and most high-profile cabinet appointment made by Santelises, who begins her own new job on Friday.

“He has the depth of knowledge of the system, and he has proved that he can lift the work in a short amount of time,” Santelises told the Sun. “And he has proven his dedication to the children of Baltimore.”

The Sun notes that Santelises pointed to Mckesson’s two and a half years experience overseeing key reforms as a strategist and special assistant in the human capital office. McKesson is expected to head the office at least through the fall.

Mckesson, for his part, is delighted to join the team, applauding Santelises as a “gifted leader.”

Jack Daniels finally reveals that it was a slave who created the famous whiskey


Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey is made in Lynchburg, Tennessee. It’s been made there for 150 years now. The mythology surrounding the whiskey brand is that its founder Jack Daniel learned how to distill his whiskey from a minister named Dan Call. It turns out that while Minister Dan Call figures into the history, it is only the fact that he had a slave named Dearis Green. This isn’t a complete revelation, as there have been references to the true history of the whiskey brand before, but with the 150th anniversary at hand, the company is being more open about it (and as this diary proves) and getting a little publicity as well.

Green’s crucial role in the Jack Daniel’s whiskey-making process was referenced in the 1967 biography, “Jack Daniel’s Legacy,” by Ben A. Green. In the book, Call reportedly tells his slave (Green) to teach Daniel everything he knows.

“Uncle Nearest is the best whiskey maker that I know of,” the book quotes Call saying.

The art of whiskey making has long been deemed a “lily-white affair,” but the South’s dark history of slavery and whiskey are totally intertwined. Enslaved men made up the bulk of the distilling work force and often had crucial skilled roles in the whiskey-making process, The New York Times reports.

More: DailyKos

Inside Charles Koch's Plot to Hijack Universities Across America and Spread His Radical 'Free-Market

More: Alternet.org

With his grants, Koch is installing libertarian-minded economics professors at hundreds of universities.

The public is starting to catch up with the reality that Charles Koch is not only a major spender on building his own ideological institutions. Over the past decade, Koch has funded colleges and universities to bend them in his direction, often funding “free-market” academic centers. Mostly through his personal foundation, Koch gave $108 million to 366 colleges and universities from 2005 to 2014 and still more since then: for example, $10 million for George Mason University’s School of Law, which will be renamed after late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; $2 million to Western Carolina University to establish a free-market center; and over $4.1 million approved for future payment to several schools according to the foundation’s 2014 990 tax form.

Some of these grants come with strings attached. At Florida State University, the initial memorandum of understanding between the Charles Koch Foundation (CKF) and the school’s economics department gave the foundation control over hiring decisions and the curriculum.

With his grants, Koch is installing libertarian-minded economics professors at hundreds of universities, so how do these professors coordinate their free-market agenda?

In April, activist group UnKoch My Campus attended the latest conference of the Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE), self-described as “an association of teachers and scholars from colleges and universities, public policy institutes, and industry with a common interest in studying and supporting the system of private enterprise.” Left out of this description are details about who these figures really are: Koch-funded academics, “experts” from Koch-funded think tanks and big business representatives.


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