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Feinstein, earliest senator at 84, to seek re-election

Monday, Oct. 9, 2017|2:50 p.m.

LOS ANGELES– At 84, Sen. Dianne Feinstein is at an age when numerous Americans are deep into their retirement years. But the oldest member of the Senate revealed Monday that she will look for another term with a ready retort for those who might suggest her best years are behind her.

“Experience counts,” the veteran California Democrat stated.

The announcement that she would seek a fifth full term was anticipated and she has been stockpiling project dollars for a re-election quote. In recent months, the former San Francisco mayor has actually shown no indications that she was thinking about stepping aside for another generation.

With seats on several of the most powerful panels on Capitol Hill– the Judiciary, Appropriations and Intelligence committees– Feinstein has been a leading Democratic foil to President Donald Trump and his program.

As the leading Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, Feinstein has actually focused, frequently in futility, on weapon control issues and migration. The Intelligence Committee has actually been conducting a query into Russia’s election meddling and whether there was any collusion in between Russia and Trump’s project.

In a declaration, she said the Trump era has actually seen “democracy challenged in undesirable ways,” from the attempts to roll back national health care for millions of individuals to attacks on reproductive rights and efforts to slow climate change.

“I can not and will not step away from this fight,” she said. “There’s still a lot work left to be done.”

Feinstein never directly described her age but argued her years in the Senate, where seniority brings influence, made her an efficient voice for a state that is the home of 1 in 8 Americans.

“The ability to obtain things done counts. And the compassion, vigor, and endurance to make a distinction counts,” she included, appearing to anticipate concerns about her age.

With another six-year term in Washington, Feinstein could be in the Senate into her 90s.

Concerns about her advancing age flowed in 2012, when at 78 she was easily re-elected over token Republican opposition. She had a pacemaker set up in January.

Nevertheless, she enters the race the preferred to hold the seat she first won in 1992 in the strongly Democratic state. Democrats control every statewide workplace in California, control both chambers of the Legislature and hold a 3.7-million edge in signed up citizens.

In a state where Republican influence has actually withered, Feinstein’s biggest difficulty next year might originate from her own party. The break in between the party’s facility and liberal branches played out throughout in 2015’s Democratic presidential main. And at a state Democratic convention this year, liberals motivated by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., nearly caught the celebration’s leading job.

Feinstein’s centrist credentials and absence of interest for universal health care have developed friction with her celebration’s restless left wing. She’s had protesters outside her house, and has actually been slammed by some for appearing too temperate sometimes in remarks about Trump’s White House.

“I do not think any progressive Democrat would enjoy with the news” of her re-election bid, stated Michael Thaller, a previous chair of the California Democratic Celebration’s Progressive Caucus.

However, with no revealed significant candidates to challenge her, it’s not clear how big the danger might be. Current polling recommends Feinstein is extremely popular with state Democrats. Although from Northern California, she has actually regularly carried important Los Angeles County, home to 10 million people. She has likewise shown crossover appeal, pulling votes from a substantial chunk of independents as well as some Republicans.

Several big-name Democrats rapidly lined up behind her.

California’s junior senator, Democrat Kamala Harris, composed on her Facebook page that she highly supported Feinstein’s bid for a fifth term. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is hosting a fundraiser for her on Tuesday in Beverly Hills. Lt. Gov. Newsom used Twitter to announce his support, calling Feinstein “difficult as nails.”

Constable Joe Lombardo states he plans to look for re-election


L.E. Baskow Interview with Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016..

Tuesday, July 18, 2017|11:01 a.m.

Clark County Constable Joe Lombardo revealed today his intention to look for re-election next year.

The nearly 30-year law enforcement veteran began as a patrolman with Metro Cops in 1989. He directly beat retired Capt. Larry Burns in the November 2014 election for sheriff, edging him out by 2 percent of the vote.

“City is the finest authorities company in America, I genuinely think that, and we’ve gotten even much better over these past three years,” Lombardo stated in a statement. “We put more cops on the streets, equipped with the latest technology, and integrated that with a distinct focus on neighborhood policing.”

Lombardo has lived in Clark County for 40 years and graduated from Rancho High School and UNLV. Before he was chosen sheriff, he ran City’s homeland security, patrol and search-and-rescue departments.

“Even before I was chosen constable, I worked carefully with the Justice Department to revamp our use-of-force policy and boost our counter-terrorism facilities,” Lombardo stated. “Now, there’s a culture of responsibility that has actually saved lives while improving public trust. But there’s more to be done.”

Metro employs more than 4,000 officers and has an annual budget of more than $950 million.

At election time, Emmy appears blind to lots of programs' ' virtues


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Caitriona Balfe and Maril Davis, from the Starz original series “Outlander,” sign autographs for fans at Comic-Con on Saturday, July 11, 2015, in San Diego.

Thursday, July 16, 2015|10:36 p.m.

NEW YORK– Year after year, TELEVISION brings its audience a humiliation of riches.

No wonder that, when election time arrives, Emmy has a habit of humiliating itself.

This year, as constantly, a favorite video game for audiences is recognizing Emmy’s snubs, and it’s a simple video game to play. Emmy’s judges are all too prone to the safe, the familiar, and grinding repetition. (Item: “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, with 3 wins in a row, is chosen once again. Item: “Modern Household,” named finest funny series for 5 years directly, is nominated once more.)

Without the right blend of buzz and scores, a star or a show faces high chances breaking in with Emmy. To obtain Emmy attention, the program’s quality need to drawback a ride on squeaky wheels, which discusses those noisy look-at-me campaigns that target judges every Emmy season.

However Emmy’s glaring omissions aren’t completely the fault of its judges. The truth is, there’s just too much terrific things to keep up with, and too few classification slots to do it justice.

Think about: When the Emmys began, it rewarded the cream of the crop from simply 3 networks, and, up until 1988, didn’t recognize anything on cable. This year, 31 cable networks snagged at least one Emmy nomination– or, in HBO’s case, 126.

As well as a few years ago, the notion that streaming-video fare might go head-to-head with shows on ABC or Showtime would have been laughable. This year, no fewer than nine broadband channels got at least one Emmy nod, with Netflix getting 34.

Along the method, Emmy has actually stretched and added categories in a desperate effort to maintain. (Is Emmy doomed to become a TV version of the Grammys?) One big-tent classification this year in some way harbors Zach Galifianakis’ online “In between 2 Ferns,” the Grownup Swim cable channel’s “Childrens Health center” and NBC’s Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Program.

Nevertheless, worthy contenders are routinely overlooked, and, it would seem, invisible.

How else to describe the absence, 2 years running, of the SundanceTV drama “Rectify”?

Embedded in a small Georgia town, it concentrates on a native child who, after Twenty Years’ imprisonment for rape and murder, is exonerated and returns house, where he is gotten less than warmly by the residents. Any or all its cast members– led by Aden Young and joined by Abigail Spencer, Adelaide Clemens, Clayne Crawford, Bruce McKinnon and J. Smith-Cameron– are more than deserving of Emmy consideration.

“Remedy” was recently a recipient of the prominent Peabody Award. Yet it in some way got away the notice of Emmy judges.

In addition to carelessness, Emmy sometimes demonstrates a snobbish mindset. At least, that would discuss its hostility to Starz’ “Outlander,” whose romance-fantasy features are offered gravitas through strong storytelling and a trio of remarkable actors: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies as one of TELEVISION’s most nuanced blackhearts. And yet, in Emmy’s estimate, “Outlander” is an outlier.

Given, Emmy love led to a few breakthroughs among the current round of nominees.

Tatiana Maslany, who wows “Orphan Black” audiences with the crowd of different characters she plays, has actually landed a nomination as finest actress in a drama– even as her series was overlooked.

And the transgender dramedy “Transparent” got a boost from high-decibel buzz and flawless timing to score an exceptional 11 nominations for its new online service, Amazon Instant Video.

Fine. But ways to account for the encore black-balling of FX’s terrific “The Americans”?

A sly, byzantine Cold War-era thriller, it stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as Russian-born spies grown in the united state Both actors feast on several roles as their characters go undercover, and they shine– as does Noah Emmerich playing the beleaguered FBI agent who lives across the street. However for a third year, none of them was nominated, nor was their series.

There might be excessive fantastic to enjoy on TELEVISION these days, after all. However that does not indicate Emmy should not open its eyes.

Hong Kong lawmakers reject Beijing-backed election strategy


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Pro-democracy protesters form words “Turn down” on the ground outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Thursday, June 18, 2015. An argument by Hong Kong legislators over Beijing-backed election reforms extended into a 2nd day Thursday, as the southern Chinese city braced for a vote on the questionable proposals that sparked big street protests last year.

Released Wednesday, June 17, 2015|10:02 p.m.

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HONG KONG– The Hong Kong government’s questionable Beijing-backed election blueprint was defeated in the legislature Thursday however the essential vote came to a confusing anticlimax as pro-establishment lawmakers walked out just before it began.

After a lengthy debate stretching over two days, 28 lawmakers voted against the proposals, which sparked huge street protests in the southern Chinese city in 2014.

Eight others enacted favor.

Nevertheless, in a strange scene moments prior to the vote, the majority of the pro-establishment legislators went out of the legislature chamber and wound up not casting their votes.

Lawmaker Jeffrey Lam later on blamed a “communication gap,” explaining that they were waiting for a fellow lawmaker who was ill to return to the chamber. They left even after their request for a 15-minute break was declined by the legislature president.

The government required a minimum of 47 of the 70 lawmakers to vote in favor of the proposals.

“If you take a look at their farcical habits, you can’t assist however feel very sorry for Hong Kong that we remain in the hands of such individuals,” pro-democracy legislator Emily Lau said after the vote.

The government had actually suggested allowing voters to elect the southern Chinese financial center’s leading leader beginning in 2017, however acquiesced Beijing’s demand that candidates by evaluated by a panel of elites, which pro-democracy leaders branded “phony democracy.”

Beijing has promised to eventually grant universal suffrage to the city, an unique management region of China, however the defeat raises the possibilities of a political stalemate for many years to come.

A previous British nest, Hong Kong keeps its own legal and financial system and civil liberties such as liberty of speech not seen on the mainland. The city has seen its most tumultuous year because Beijing took control in 1997, with tens of countless people requiring to the streets last autumn to protest the main government’s election screening requirement.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam told legislators prior to the vote that she was “unfortunate and disappointed” knowing that the proposal would be beat.

“I don’t know when democratization can be taken forward,” she stated. Hong Kong and Beijing officials have stated that in the event of a loss, leaders would continue to be handpicked by the panel of regional elites.

Pro-democracy leaders swore to continue defending authentic democracy.

“Today is not the end of the democracy activity,” stated legislator Alan Leong. “Fairly the contrary, this is the starting point of another wave of democratic movement.”

Sepp Blatter wins re-election as FIFA president


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FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter talks throughout the 65th FIFA Congress held at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, May 29, 2015.

Published Friday, May 29, 2015|10 a.m.

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ZURICH– Sepp Blatter has been re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term, decided to lead world soccer regardless of separate U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption.

The 209 FIFA member federations offered the 79-year-old Blatter another four-year term on Friday after Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan acknowledged defeat after losing 133-73 in the preliminary.

Prince Ali’s promise of a clean break from FIFA’s tainted current history was declined in spite of the worst scandal in the company’s 111-year history.