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Macron and Le Pen through to final round of France's presidential election, estimates suggest

Source: CNN

Polls have closed in France's bitterly divisive presidential election. Early projections suggest Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen have made it through to the second round runoff.

According to estimates from CNN affiliate BFMTV and polling company Elabe, centrist newcomer Emmanuel Macron secured 24% of the vote, with National Front leader Marine Le Pen close behind on 21.8%.

BFMTV and Elabe suggest scandal-hit conservative François Fillon and far-left wildcard Jean-Luc Mélenchon secured 19.9% and 19.3% of the vote respectively, and have been knocked out of the closely-fought race.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/23/europe/french-presidential-election-results/index.html?adkey=bn

War on campus The escalating battle over college free speech

Free speech came to fisticuffs before alt-right white nationalist Richard Spencer could even begin his speech at Auburn University.

Students encircling the brawl said a Spencer supporter began jawing with an antifa, or anti-fascist, protester over Spencer's right to speak. A punch was thrown. The men spun through the crowd, swinging fists and grasping for headlocks before thudding to the ground.

It was over in seconds with both men in cuffs -- one of them bloodied -- and carted off to jail.

Auburn had tried four days earlier to cancel Spencer's speech Tuesday night. But a federal judge forced the public university to let him exercise his First Amendment rights.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/20/us/campus-free-speech-trnd/index.html

Clear It Check It Lock It

http://www.evolveusa.com
They have a simple message:

CLEAR IT
Bullets are the parts of the gun that cause damage. If they are not in the gun, they cannot shoot out of the gun and tear through a lampshade or some pancakes or your buddy’s butt or a kid.

CHECK IT
“Checking” is when you make extra sure you really did the thing you thought you did. Did you do the thing? If you did, you can say “Check!” Or not. You don’t have to say that.

LOCK IT
Locks are a way to separate guns from The Wrong Hands. The Wrong Hands could belong to a kid or a criminal or a jittery cowboy or a cute monkey in a sailor hat. There are a lot of Wrong Hands out there. Like, tons.


as they explain position:
ARE YOU OPPOSED TO ME OWNING A GUN?
Nope. There are over 300 millions guns out there in America with another 6 million sold every year. We’re not trying to be involved in who’s allowed to own what. We’re just opposed to accidental holes in stuff. Whether they’re in furniture or people or a pizza, we hate accidental holes. We’re staunchly opposed to them.

Trump on pace to surpass 8 years of Obama's travel spending in 1 year

Trump on pace to surpass 8 years of Obama's travel spending in 1 year

Donald Trump's travel to his private club in Florida has cost over an estimated $20 million in his first 80 days as president, putting the president on pace in his first year of office to surpass former President Barack Obama's spending on travel for his entire eight years.

The outsized spending on travel stands in stark relief to Trump's calls for belt tightening across the federal government and the fact that he regularly criticized Obama for costing the American taxpayer money every time he took a trip.

Given variations in each trip, estimating the security costs around a presidential trip is difficult. But a 2016 Government Accountability Office report about a four-day trip Obama took to Florida in 2013 -- one similar to Trump's trips -- found the total cost to the Secret Service and Coast Guard was $3.6 million.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/10/politics/donald-trump-obama-travel-costs/index.html

But Obama was a "habitual vacationer"

Report a crime- get arrested

DHS won't rule out arresting crime victims, witnesses

The Homeland Security Department said Tuesday it can't promise that immigrants in the United States illegally won't be arrested if they come forward to report they have been a victim of a crime or a witness to one.

The comments by Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan at a news briefing come amid concerns by local officials that Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents are making arrests in courthouses. They say that can deter some victims from reporting crimes or witnesses from cooperating in investigations.

Lapan said some victims and witnesses themselves are potentially criminal immigrants who may pose a threat to the country or who have been ordered out of the United States before.

He noted there are special visas, known as U visas, for immigrants in the country illegally who are victims of certain crimes, including sexual assault and domestic violence. Ten thousand of these visas are available annually.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/dhs-wont-rule-arresting-crime-victims-witnesses-235125456--politics.html

Well that should make the streets safer...

Woman who drove 3 slain in Oklahoma home invasion speaks out

Woman who drove 3 slain in Oklahoma home invasion speaks out

The woman who says she drove three teenagers to an Oklahoma home where they were fatally shot during a midday break-in told television reporters that she feels guilty, but not responsible for their deaths and that she has little compassion for the man who shot them.

Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez, 21, is jailed without bond on murder and burglary warrants in Wagoner County for the deaths of Maxwell Cook, Jacob Redfern and Jakob Woodruff at the home just outside the city limits of the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow. The Wagoner County sheriff's office says the three were between 15 and 19 years old.

Authorities have said the three were shot Monday by the homeowner's 23-year-old son, who has not been arrested, and that each was found masked, dressed in black and wearing gloves. A knife and brass knuckles were recovered at the scene.

"I understand he (the son) protected his home," Rodriguez told television station KOTV. "He had his rights." But she said he could have shot the three in the legs. "He's at the bottom of my list to be compassionate for," she said.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/woman-drove-slain-oklahoma-home-invaders-speaks-195102043.html

She later refers to the deaths as "murders". It poses an interesting question. Excessive force is not allowed but, in self-defense, does a victim have any duty to minimize injury to their assailant(s)?

TRUMP RESIGNS PRESIDENCY!!!!!!

Donald Trump resigns as US President and decides to become a 3D Printing Youtuber

President Donald Trump has quickly grown tired of being the US President. Having a executive order signing ceremony, then forgetting to sign the executive order. Why? Cause he’s tired of being the US President, at that moment Trump decided to dedicate his passions to 3D printing. Starting immediately, President Trump will start making youtube videos showing the world how cool 3D Printing is.
 
“Believe me, I will be better than Joel Telling, Jat.Mn, and Thomas Salander. Believe me. They aren’t real 3d printing youtubers, I will show them how its done. They are fake prints. That’s what they are, believe me.” Trump said in his press conference. Trump also explained his love for 3d printing for a long long time and expressed building the wall using a cement 3d printer, cause that’s what America is all about.

Stay tune for more information.
https://3dprintnerd.com/2017/04/donald-trump-resigns-as-us-president-and-decides-to-become-a-3d-printing-youtuber/

African-American gun club says membership surged in Trump era

African-American gun club says membership surged in Trump era

More African-Americans appear to be taking an active interest in their right to bear arms since the election of President Donald Trump, gun club leaders and firearm sellers say.

A national African-American gun club has doubled its membership since Election Day, and gun sellers say they've noticed more black customers buying firearms.
At Stoddard's Range and Guns in Atlanta, one thunderous clap after another reverberates through the room, mixing with laughter and the smell of gunpowder. A group of men are bonding over a hobby they love. Moments later, with their clips empty and a stream of hot shell casings on the floor around them, each man holds up his target showing clusters of bullet holes.
They are members of the National African American Gun Association, a group that has added 9,000 members since Election Day, said Philip Smith, the group's national president. The group launched on Feb. 28, 2015, and added 4,285 members over the same time period the year before, between Nov. 2015 and Feb. 2016.
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/27/us/african-american-gun-club-trump/index.html

African-American gun club says membership surged in Trump era

African-American gun club says membership surged in Trump era

More African-Americans appear to be taking an active interest in their right to bear arms since the election of President Donald Trump, gun club leaders and firearm sellers say.

A national African-American gun club has doubled its membership since Election Day, and gun sellers say they've noticed more black customers buying firearms.
At Stoddard's Range and Guns in Atlanta, one thunderous clap after another reverberates through the room, mixing with laughter and the smell of gunpowder. A group of men are bonding over a hobby they love. Moments later, with their clips empty and a stream of hot shell casings on the floor around them, each man holds up his target showing clusters of bullet holes.
They are members of the National African American Gun Association, a group that has added 9,000 members since Election Day, said Philip Smith, the group's national president. The group launched on Feb. 28, 2015, and added 4,285 members over the same time period the year before, between Nov. 2015 and Feb. 2016.
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/27/us/african-american-gun-club-trump/index.html

2 dams illustrate challenge of maintaining older designs

2 dams illustrate challenge of maintaining older designs

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Twelve years ago, widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast helped compel federal engineers 2,000 miles away in California to remake a 1950s-era dam by constructing a massive steel-and-concrete gutter that would manage surging waters in times of torrential storms.

The nearly $1 billion auxiliary spillway at Folsom Dam, scheduled to be completed later this year, stands in contrast to the troubles 75 miles away at the state-run Oroville Dam, where thousands of people fled last week after an eroded spillway threatened to collapse — a catastrophe that could have sent a 30-foot wall of floodwater gushing into three counties.

Together, the two dams illustrate widely diverging conditions at the more than 1,000 dams across California, most of them decades old. The structures also underscore the challenge of maintaining older dams with outdated designs.

"Fifty years ago, when we were evaluating flood risk, the fundamental assessment was the climate was stable, not changing. We now know that is no longer true," said Peter Gleick, chief scientist with the Pacific Institute, a California-based think tank specializing in water issues.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/2-dams-illustrate-challenge-maintaining-older-designs-141702163.html

Infrastructure- maintain now or pay more later...
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