Time for DOJ to visit the #AustinPoliceDept … by thinkprogres

Police Officer Body-Slams Black Teacher, Then Tells Her Black People Have More ‘Violent Tendencies’
Two officers from the Austin Police Department are under investigation for the violent arrest of a black school teacher last summer. Dash camera footage released Thursdaynight shows police dragging Breaion King out of her car, body slamming her, and telling her that “99 percent of the time,” blacks are responsible for violence…(read more)

Make America One Again: RNC rhetoric seems divisive … ProgressReport


The Finale of The Republican National Convention

Tonight is the fourth and final (!) night of the Republican National Convention and if the trends continue, we’ve got a lot to look forward to. Last night, Indiana Governor Mike Pence made his vice presidential debut after being overshadowed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) who—in a speech that sounded like the launch of a 2020 presidential campaign—refused to endorse Donald Trump.

Tonight, Trump will take the stage for the finale to make the case that he can “Make America One Again” with “leadership that will focus on what unites us, not what divides us.” But since launching his campaign by calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers to saying “there has to be some sort of punishment” for women who get an abortion, Trump’s hateful rhetoric has only been aimed at dividing Americans. While his comments about immigrants, refugees, Muslims, women, and LGBT people have gotten a lot of attention, the implications of that rhetoric have not. But his divisive comments are paired with dangerous plans that would not only be harmful to each community, but also to the nation as a whole. Here are just a few examples:

  • Trump vowed to deport all unauthorized immigrants. Trump’s extreme mass deportation plan is perhaps the clearest example of his efforts to divide the country. And the plan is as impractical as it is immoral: based on previous analysis from the Center for American Progress, a mass deportation strategy would cost an average of $10,070 per person, for a total of $114 billion to remove 11.3 million people—and that doesn’t even take into account the huge economic contribution of these immigrants that would be lost.
  • Trump called for “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Since the San Bernardino terror attack seven months ago, Trump has been calling for an end to Muslim immigrationinto the U.S. on top of his mass deportation plan. But alienating entire communities through Islamophobia, including the Muslim community here in the U.S., helps ISIS achieve its stated goal of using violent attacks to instill fear and cause disruption. And in addition to being in our national security interest, it is a core American value to give a home to those fleeing violence and tyranny.
  • Trump said “there has to be some form of punishment” for women who have an abortion. While Trump has made many offensive comments about women, his rhetoric on abortion could have a serious impact on women’s access to health care. Criminalizing abortion, as Trump suggests, not only violates women’s reproductive rights, but also comes with severe health consequences. A report from the Guttmacher Institute found that highly restrictive abortion laws do not decrease abortion rates. Instead, they lead to higher rates of unsafe abortion. And, even without a President Trump banning most abortion in the U.S. by instituting draconian restrictions that make safe abortion care inaccessible, the complicated web of more than 300 abortion restrictions currently in place in states across the country already punish women seeking a safe, legal procedure.
  • Trump said the Black Lives Matter movement has instigated police killings. In the aftermath of the death of five Dallas police officers, Trump said the Black Lives Matter movement has helped instigaterecent killings of police officers. He also accused the group of “essentially calling death to the police” and called them a “threat.” In November, after a Black Lives Matter protester was kicked and pushed to the ground while being removed from a campaign event in Birmingham, Trump argued in favor of the violent treatment of the protester, stating “maybe [the Black Lives Matter protester] should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.” According to a recent poll on race relations 63 percent of Americans view them as “generally bad” and 55 percent say they are “getting worse.”

BOTTOM LINE: Tonight, Trump will take the stage to make the case that he is a leader who can bring Americans together. But if there has been one consistency throughout Trump’s campaign it is his divisiveness. Since he launched his campaign Trump has focused on alienating already-marginalized communities in his effort to Make America Great Again for people like Trump.

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Bar-S Foods Company Recalls Chicken and Pork Hot Dog and Corn Dog Products Due to PossibleListeria ContaminationBar-S Foods Company, an Altus, Okla. establishment, is recalling approximately 372,684 pounds of chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes The ready-to-eat, chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog items were produced on July 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2016.

Updated information is now available. A list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 062-2016, Kapowsin Meats Inc. Recalls Pork Products Due To Possible SalmonellaContamination (Jul 21, 2016).

House of Smoke Recalls Products Due To Nitrite Levels in Excess of Regulatory Limit House of Smoke, Inc., a Ft. Lupton, Colo., establishment, is recalling approximately 4,692 pounds of Wild Boar Brotwurst products due to nitrite levels in excess of the regulatory limit.

07/22/2016 01:11 PM EDT

Talon Compounding Pharmacy (“TCP”) of San Antonio, Texas, is voluntarily recalling all lots of lyophilized HCG and sermorelin aseptically compounded and packaged by TCP and that remain within expiry due to the Food and Drug Administration’s (“FDA”) concern over a lack of sterility assurance

07/21/2016 01:42 PM EDT

Hy-Vee, Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of Hy-Vee No-Salt-Added Black Beans across its eight-state region due the potential presence of plastic and/or metal pieces within the product. The presence of small pieces of plastic and/or metal has the potential to cause a choking hazard and may cause adverse health consequences, including injury.

07/20/2016 10:19 AM EDT

Agave Dream of Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA is recalling 389 cases Cappuccino Ice Cream because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Kapowsin Meats Inc. Recalls Pork Products Due To Possible Salmonella ContaminationKapowsin Meats Inc., a Graham, Wash. establishment, is recalling approximately 11,658 pounds of pork products that may be contaminated with Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:-.

FSIS Issues Public Health Alert For Pork Product Due To Possible Salmonella ContaminationThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert today due to concerns about illnesses caused by Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- that may be associated with use and consumption of whole hog roasters prepared for barbeque.



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Parents and Kids Prepare for Emergencies Together

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Elmo and Raya Learn How To Prevent Mosquito Bites

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