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Partner, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

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Gun used in pier killing had been stolen from federal agent

The gun used to kill a 32-year-old woman on San Francisco’s waterfront was stolen from a federal agent in a car burglary in June, sources close to the investigation said Tuesday.

The .40-caliber pistol was stolen from the agent not long before Kathryn Steinle was shot to death July 1 at Pier 14 on the Embarcadero, said one source, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about the case publicly.

Other sources said the weapon was apparently not the agent’s official gun. It was reported stolen in an auto burglary in the downtown area, they said.

Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez was charged with murder and other crimes in connection with Steinle’s killing. Lopez-Sanchez, who is suspected of being in the U.S. without documentation and had been deported five times to his native Mexico, pleaded not guilty Tuesday.


Here is how the Democratic Primaries will shake out.

Bernie will do well in New England, win a handful of Midwestern states (maybe even Iowa) and win Oregon, Washington or both. But that's as far as he gets. Hillary will sweep the South on through the rest of country. Game over. There's no probable scenario where Bernie wins. Sorry, he's a great guy but it's just not going to happen.

Trump Retweets Ugly Remark About Jeb Bush's Mexican Wife

With a retweet, immigration hardliner Donald Trump let his followers know on the Fourth of July that fellow Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush "has to like Mexican illegals because of his wife."

The real estate mogul shared the tweet from one of his followers, a habit that's gotten him in trouble before. It appeared to be live on Twitter for a full day before it was deleted, according to Hollywood news site TheWrap.

The timing of the retweet was notable in that the real estate mogul admitted earlier Saturday that he was taken aback by the "severe" reaction from the business community to his comments on Mexican immigrants, whom he'd labelled "rapists" in his presidential announcement speech.

"They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. They're rapists," Trump said during that speech, referring to immigrants crossing the border from Mexico. "And some, I assume, are good people."


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'Manhattan' to return for second season.

Last year, WGN debuted Manhattan, a series about the scientists involved with the making of the atomic bomb. That series went on to become a success with both audiences and critics.

Now, this year, Manhattan takes on its second season, which will probably bring more drama, stress and scientific breakthroughs to the residents of Los Alamos, one of the key sites of the Manhattan Project.

Not only does the show cover a historical event, but it gives us insight into what life was like for those who lived on the project's top secret base in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The series is a drama at its heart, but because of its subject matter, it also often feels like science fiction. There are many reasons to watch the series, and we covered four of the most important last year.

Critics also love Manhattan and the series is likely to pick up some Emmy nominations when those are made on July 16. Series stars Olivia Williams and John Benjamin Hickey could pick up best actress and best actor in a drama, respectively, with the series possibly getting a best drama nod.


Florida Man Fired After Facebook Post Saying He Wants To Marry His Dog

Ryan Uhler thought he was being funny when he took to Facebook to compare marrying his dog to same-sex marriage, but he quickly found himself in the doghouse at work.

Uhler, 32, a resident of Cape Coral, Florida, posted the following message the day after the Supreme Court's June 26 ruling that gay marriage is legal everywhere, according to TheBlaze.com.

”How is marrying a dog different if you love them? Today I hope we can focus on doggy-style love. I love my dog Rocco, and he loves me. Hopefully one day we can be married.”

On Tuesday, his employer, Grace Investment Group, fired him from his position as a digital marketing specialist.


Politico: Red States are a millstone around America's neck.

Minus the South, the rest of the U.S. probably would be more like Canada or Australia or Britain or New Zealand—more secular, more socially liberal, more moderate in the tone of its politics and somewhat more generous in social policy. And it would not be as centralized as France or as social democratic as Sweden.

As a fifth-generation Texan, and a descendant of Southerners back to the 1600s, I don’t want to encourage lurid stereotypes of a monolithic South. The states of the former Confederacy include ethnic minorities like Louisiana Cajuns and Texas Germans, along with African Americans. And the dominant conservatives in the South have always been challenged from within the ranks of the white community by populists, liberals and radicals.

But the South really is different from the rest of the country. Here are some examples of how the South skews American statistics.

Today there is more inter-generational social mobility in Europe than in the United States, contrary to the American myth that the United States is still the world’s No. 1 land of opportunity. The Economic Mobility Project of Pew Charitable Trusts has shown that children are far less likely to rise above the socio-economic levels of their parents in the U.S. than are those in Britain, Canada and Australia, as well as Germany, France and the Nordic nations. The American South, with the lowest rates of intergenerational social mobility in the U.S., clearly skews the national statistics, creating an embarrassing and depressing version of American exceptionalism.


Trump weighs in on San Francisco shooting.

PERSONAL NOTE: People are shot regularly in the Mission or Bayview and the news media barely give it a minute of their time. But when someone gets shot along Fisherman;s Warf, it's a national story.

NEW YORK, July 3 (Reuters) - A random fatal shooting in San Francisco, allegedly by an immigrant, proves the United States must tighten its borders, according to a statement on Friday by U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, who is facing heavy criticism for his comments about Mexicans.

Kathryn Steinle, 32, was fatally shot as she walked with her father along the popular Embarcadero pier on Wednesday in what San Francisco police described as an apparent random attack.

Francisco Sanchez, 45, was quickly arrested nearby. He is on probation from Texas, police said.

He has a long criminal history and has been deported to Mexico five times, according to local media reports.

"This senseless and totally preventable act of violence committed by an illegal immigrant is yet another example of why we must secure our border immediately," Trump said in a statement.

"This is an absolutely disgraceful situation and I am the only one that can fix it. Nobody else has the guts to even talk about it," the billionaire developer and television personality said.

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