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Resigned to House loss, Trump still sees midterms success

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/ > Susan Walsh/ AP President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee, Wis., Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018.

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018|10:49 p.m.

WASHINGTON– Resigned to the loss of one-party control over Washington, President Donald Trump looked down the prospect of limitless Home investigations, stymied policy efforts and fresh concerns about the durability of his unconventional political coalition. But as midterm election results rolled in Tuesday night, he commemorated GOP success in the Senate and distanced himself from any blame.

Trump remained quiet for much of election night as Republicans maintained their hang on the Senate and Democrats were on track to claim your house– a shift all but particular to redefine his presidency. Late in the evening, he offered a short tweet that merely read: “Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!”

Trump called Home Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, a discussion that her workplace said consisted of congratulations and a nod to her pitch for bipartisanship.

Commonly viewed as a referendum on Trump’s presidency, Tuesday’s results provided a split choice that revealed deep tensions in the American electorate– ranges that could easily broaden during two years of divided control. Trump’s aggressive campaign blitz, which paid off in some key success, suggests he is most likely to continue leaning into the fray.

Control of your home would provide Democrats the ability to release examinations into the president and stifle his program. However White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders decreased the magnitude of most likely Democratic gains.

” Perhaps you get a ripple, but I definitely do not think that there’s a blue wave,” she told press reporters, indicating a number of early Republican wins.

As for Republicans maintaining control of the Senate, she called it “a big moment and success for the president.”

White Home assistants contacted Democrats to work with Republicans in the next Congress.

Said White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, “I don’t understand that there will be much of a cravings for Democrat legislators to spend all of their time, or the majority of their time or perhaps a fraction of their time examining, instigating, trying to impeach and subpoena people.”

In addition to the call to Pelosi, Trump called Republican politician Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican Politician Home Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, as well as a number of candidates he backed during the race, the White House stated.

Trump had actually aggressively campaigned in the closing days of the race, his focus on improving Republican politicians in states that he brought in 2016. Of the 3 races he targeted in the final day, Trump’s picks all won Tuesday night, with Republican Mike Braun beating Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Republican politician Josh Hawley beating Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri and Republican Politician Chief Law Officer Mike DeWine beating Democrat Richard Cordray in the race for Ohio guv

The White House has been worrying the historical headwinds it dealt with: In the last 3 years, 2002 was the only midterm election when the party holding the White House got Senate seats. And only twice in the past eight years has the president’s party got House seats in the midterms.

Trump invested election night seeing returns with friends and family at the White Home, his shadow looming big over the outcomes.

Nearly 40 percent of citizens cast their tallies to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a nationwide survey of the electorate, while about 25 percent stated they voted to reveal assistance for Trump.

Confronted with the possibility of keeping the Senate but losing the House, aides in current days had laid out the political truth to Trump, who might deal with an attack of Democratic-run investigations. In turn, Trump started experimenting with protective arguments ahead of Election Day, keeping in mind that midterm losses are common for the celebration in the White Home, pointing out a high variety of GOP retirements and worrying that he had actually kept his focus on the Senate.

Aides set up televisions in the White Home residence for Trump, very first woman Melania Trump and their visitors to see election outcomes can be found in, with the sets tuned to various cable news channels. Among those expected were Trump’s adult kids, White Home aides, Republican authorities and presidential good friends.

The election acted as a referendum of sorts on Trump’s racially charged appeals and the strength of the coalition that powered him to the White Home– a group he will need again in simply two years.

In general, more citizens disapproved of Trump’s job efficiency than approved– a finding that is largely constant with recent ballot. Voters scored Trump positively on the economy and for standing “for what he thinks in.” However the president got unfavorable marks from citizens on personality and reliability.

Still, about one-third of citizens stated Trump was not a factor in their votes.

Trump’s scorched-earth marketing pertained to specify the 2018 campaign. In the final days, he looked for to motivate supporters with the battle over the verification of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Ahead of the election, both parties claimed that the emotionally charged dispute over Kavanaugh’s confirmation would encourage their supporters to turn out.

Returning to his immigration-heavy 2016 playbook, Trump went on to unleash his complete fury on a caravan of migrants gradually making their method to the southern border. His take-no-prisoners method bothered numerous Republican politicians looking for to attract moderate voters in rural House districts, but Trump focused on base citizens in the deep-red states that could determine the fate of the Senate.

AP author Deb Riechmann contributed to this report.

Nevada whorehouse owner who all of a sudden died still wins Assembly seat

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Steve Marcus Dennis Hof smiles throughout an interview at his Love Ranch legal whorehouse in Crystal, Nev. Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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A Nevada brothel owner who passed away all of a sudden last month won the Assembly District 36 seat, which will now be filled by another Republican designated by the Nye County Commission.

Dennis Hof bested Democratic opponent Lesia Romanov with 62 percent of the vote.

Hof project supervisor Chuck Muth, who was enjoying the outcomes at the Bunny Ranch bar in Mound Home, stated the win is bittersweet, as he wanted Hof could be around to celebrate with him.

“I have actually never remained in a project like this with the things they tossed at Dennis– it was everything and the kitchen area sink,” Muth stated. “Unsubstantiated accusations of sexual attack came out … then all the Republicans that came out that weren’t going to support him. It was a harsh project, and we want he was here to enjoy it, however we’re going to do shots and try to enjoy it for him.”

Hof was found dead Oct. 16 at his Love Ranch South brothel simply beyond Pahrump two days after celebrating his 72nd birthday. However, by law, his name remained on the ballot.

Once the results are accredited, an advertisement will be published online, in papers and at county structures seeking individuals thinking about filling the vacancy.

Candidates must live in District 36, that includes Nye County and parts of Clark and Lincoln counties, and be members of the Republican politician Party.

The commissions from the 3 counties will each nominate a prospect and then satisfy together to name an appointee. However by law, each county’s vote is proportional to its population within the district, implying Nye County, with 64 percent, will make the final decision.

Hof’s camp expects Nye County Republican Central Committee Chairman Joe Burdzinski to be designated to the seat, as the 2 were close friends and shared political views.

Muth is concerned officials might appoint commission members who had contentious relationships with Hof, deriving from problems connected to regulating Hof’s Love Ranch South brothel in Crystal.

Muth does not want James Oscarson, who Hof bested in the main, to be selected.

“If they try to designate Oscarson, it’s just going to continue the divide in that district. It’s going to be full-scale war.”

Romanov wasn’t right away available for comment.

Although uncommon, instances of prospects winning an election after their death are not unprecedented.

Significantly in 2002, Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan won a U.S. Senate race after passing away in an aircraft crash three weeks prior to the election. His spouse, Jean Carnahan, filled the seat.

Undocumented immigrants brought to U.S. as children still imagining citizenship

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Steve Marcus Dreamer Astrid Silva speaks throughout the Fair Immigration Reform Motion (FIRM) Presidential Prospect Online Forum at the Linq Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015.

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Astrid Silva, one of Nevada’s a lot of outspoken immigrant rights activist, has actually called Nevada house considering that she was 5 years old. A year before, a 4-year-old Silva moved with her moms and dads from Mexico to the U.S.

For years, she and countless others brought here as children from other nations have actually matured uncertain and unable to plan for their futures, dreaming of a path to citizenship in the U.S.

They have actually been dreaming given that Aug. 1, 2001– 17 years ago today. That’s when Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced the Advancement, Relief and Education For Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented kids brought to the U.S.

For 17 years, various versions of the DREAM Act have been presented in Congress, most just recently in 2017. But no models of the act have passed.

Now, much of the kids whom the first expense would have covered have “aged-out” or turned 31, the age limit for protection under the DREAM Act.

“When the DREAM Act was first presented, I was 11 years old. I had no idea exactly what it was, exactly what it would do for me, and I didn’t even know I was a person who would benefit from it,” Silva said. “Now, I’m getting near the age where in the initial DREAM Act, the versions that have actually come up, I am getting near to the cutoffs.”

In 2011, then-Senate Bulk Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., reintroduced the DREAM Act upon the Senate floor. It didn’t pass.

However quickly after, in 2012, the Obama Administration enacted the Deferred Action for Youth Arrivals– DACA– program that offered security to nearly 800,000 so-called Dreamers, including Silva.

Silva is now 30, and the future of DACA is uncertain after the Trump administration revealed it would end the program in September 2017, phasing it out over 6 months.

While three different courts have actually ruled the administration needs to keep the program, on Aug. 8, a Texas federal judge could provide a ruling that would lead U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Providers to stop accepting new and renewed DACA applications.

Countless individuals are depending upon the passage of the DREAM Act to stay in the United States if DACA ends. Completion of DACA would extend beyond the individuals covered by the program, impacting their families and communities.

Briceida Castro originates from mixed-status family. She is an American citizen and her sibling is an irreversible resident, but her sis is a DACA recipient who teaches unique education in the Clark County School District.

Castro’s sister is among nearly 702,250 active DACA receivers, inning accordance with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Solutions.

“This is something I’ve constantly matured with. I’ve constantly understood the status of my household,” Castro stated.

Castro said she keeps in mind the day the DREAM Act was first introduced. “I remember just knowing my brother or sisters were going to have the ability to do more,” she said. “Despite the fact that I’m not personally affected by the DREAM Act or being a DACA recipient, it’s my sibling.”

Juan Escalante, a Dreamer and communications director for the migration reform group America’s Voice, was 11 when he migrated from Venezuela to the United States with his household in August 2000. Escalante, the earliest of 3 children, has actually been active in promoting for the DREAM Act given that 2007.

Escalante’s objective desires people to realize that the DREAM Act is not an amnesty expense but a way to help countless individuals like him, Silva and Castro’s sister to work towards citizenship.

“At the end of the day, here we are 17 years considering that the expense was initially presented and, regrettably, Congress still disputes,” Escalante said. “We’re talking about trainees, veterans. We’re speaking about people who are basically Americans in every sense but on paper but Congress refuses to discover a method to strengthen our immigration status, even though we grew up here, went to school here and pledge obligation to the flag like any person else does.”

Penn & & Teller are still crucial Vegas performers

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Eric Jamison/AP Penn & & Teller, carrying out here at the Vegas Strong Advantage Concert in December, are constantly making changes to their program at the Rio.

Monday, May 28, 2018|2 a.m.

Penn & & Teller have been performing at the Rio because 2001 and still the veteran duo’s program remains an utterly special offering in the Las Vegas entertainment landscape. It’s too sharp and funny to compare to any other magic-based production, too intellectual and good-hearted to be thought about amongst comedy shows. It runs like a well-oiled machine yet feels spontaneous and packed with potential surprises, most likely due to the fact that it’s constantly being fine-tuned and fine-tuned if not completely upgraded.

When they’re onstage, it’s difficult to think Penn is 63 and Teller is 70 as they separately and collectively discharge the same robust energy that made their act a Broadway phenomenon in the 1980s: Mr. Jillette as the limitless raconteur and Mr. Teller as a smirking, solemn wizard. They’ve been carrying out together for 43 years now, developed as pop-culture icons through three various decades. They have actually guested in music videos by Run DMC in 1987 (” It’s Difficult”) and Katy Perry in 2009 (” Waking Up In Vegas”). That’s remaining power.

But their restless imagination keeps the modifications consistent in their Vegas show. Days after I captured the act, they revamped the entryway series. Unlike other magicians, illusionists and mentalists, Penn & & Teller have actually embraced big swings in technology and enormous quantities of online content and how those things impact the experience of their audience. The opening technique declares a worried volunteer’s phone, vanishes it several times and transports it to an extremely unexpected final destination, all while the phone’s video recorder is on. That way the volunteer gets to discover how the technique is done once it’s over. Another difficult task utilizes numerous audience members to produce the ultimate, unbreakable password for our many online accounts, randomly created by various choices however magically thought by Penn & & Teller, obviously. Along the method, we find out the most used and most easily hacked actual passwords, one of which is “Password.” What other Vegas program offers such important life lessons?

The grand ending welcomes a large group of showgoers onstage to witness the close-up disappearing of Elsie, the African Spotted Pigmy Elephant, and it’s as excellent an impression as you’ll discover in Las Vegas. If it’s not the most whimsical moment of the program, that would have to be Teller’s analysis of a traditional sleight-of-hand regular originated by The Fantastic Tomsoni, longtime Las Vegas illusionist and comedian Johnny Thompson, a fantastic impact on Penn & & Teller who works with them behind the scenes today. This program is essential Vegas, two performers at the top of their video game who continue to challenge themselves.

Penn & & Teller perform at 9 p.m. Saturday-Wednesday at the Penn & & Teller Theater at the Rio (3700 W. Flamingo Road, 702-777-2782) and more information can be discovered at caesars.com.

Yes, you can still be fired for being gay, even in America

Friday, April 27, 2018|2 a.m.

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“Stand for what you understand is right, even if you are standing alone,” checked out the indication that hung at the front of my classroom. Like 5 generations of family before me, I was an instructor who delighted in sharing the love of knowing. I hung that sign to motivate, challenge and inspire my trainees as they moved through high school and transitioned into the adult years.

Little did I understand it would become my individual motto after my employer fired me when it thought I was a lesbian. In my house state of Ohio, it’s still legal to fire individuals just because of who they are.

I enjoyed mentor high school federal government, psychology and law in the London City school district, and it revealed. My examinations were outstanding, and I had actually been informed during my yearly review that my contract would be restored and extended.

Suddenly, my primary informed me that rather, I would not work.

I was stunned and shocked, like somebody had actually punched me in the stomach. I had no concept why everything unexpectedly altered till I started speaking with moms and dads, instructors and even my students. It was because there were questions about my sexual orientation.

I spent my career mentor trainees about their civil rights; it was time now for me to use the lessons I taught. However when I called the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, I was again stunned to learn that I didn’t have any protection from being fired. The director apologetically explained that Ohio has no defenses for sexual orientation like there are for race, ethnic culture and religious beliefs. Ohio is among 31 states where people can lose their job, get tossed out of their house, be denied medical care, or lots of other services simply due to the fact that of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

I can not tell you what it was like to be so fearful of suddenly unknowning how I would buy food for my children, be able to take them to the doctor, or pay our family’s home mortgage. All due to the fact that someone believed I may be gay. They didn’t know I was gay, they never ever even asked me– and honestly it should not matter– however they fired me anyhow.

Without any securities, my only option was submitting a claim. That was an uncomfortable, three-year fight that lastly ended when the brand-new school district superintendent stated that it was incorrect to fire me and agreed to a settlement, which included a brand-new school policy avoiding discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

However, such securities are still not offered under federal law or throughout Ohio, where 1 in 18 citizens identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.

Despite the hardships we sustained when I was wrongfully fired, Mindy, my partner of 15 years, and I were elated finally to wed legally after the Supreme Court authorized marital relationship equality nearly 3 years earlier. We had actually made it our annual custom to go down to the court house every Valentine’s Day and request a marital relationship license. After a decade of returning empty-handed, in 2016 with our two kids by our side, we became the family we had actually always been in our hearts.

And yet, even as a legally couple, discrimination still threatens our household’s security and stability daily. Now, with the claim more than a decade behind us and our children off in college, I lastly feel that I’m in a location where I can inform this story to the nation.

We just want the same rights that all Americans must have– to live and work complimentary of the worry that our lives can be overthrown by discrimination. Part of the obstacle to accomplishing this American dream is the prevalent misperception that such discrimination is illegal. Eighty percent of Americans still believe it’s illegal to fire, force out or refuse service to someone due to the fact that they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Meanwhile, LGBT Americans report they are dealing with increased discrimination– in GLAAD’s 2018 Accelerating Approval survey, 55 percent of LGBT Americans said they have experienced discrimination in the previous year, up 11 percentage points from the previous year.

Many people who learn of my story approach me to state they, too, have experienced discrimination. Mindy and I chose to tell our story, to do our part to be the modification we want to see worldwide, by participating in a brand-new nationwide public service project from the Ad Council and the Gill Foundation called “Beyond I Do.” Due to the fact that as essential as the marital relationship equality triumph was, it’s crucial for everybody to understand that discrimination is still hurting families throughout the nation.

One crucial lesson I discovered through my experience is that my fellow teachers, moms and dads and neighbors don’t think I need to be treated in a different way even if I’m a lesbian. I do have to represent exactly what’s right, but I’m not standing alone.

Jimmie Beall is a teacher in the Columbus City Schools; her story is informed on BeyondIDo.org. She composed this for InsideSources.com.

Carnegie Deli still packs in the pastrami-loving crowd at the Mirage

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Corned beef happiness awaits at the Mirage. Carnegie sandwiches are still the most popular order, most of them loaded with more than a pound of meat.

Monday, April 2, 2018|2 a.m.

Current years have actually brought a great deal of change to the food and drink offerings at the Mirage, iconically the first modern megaresort to land on the Las Vegas Strip in 1989. However one of the casino’s most popular dining options is standing strong given that 2005 and now has the unique honor of outlasting its initial variation.

The legendary Jewish delicatessen Carnegie Deli initially opened in 1937 on 7th Opportunity in Manhattan, serving well known corned beef and pastrami sandwiches to stars and common folks and eventually becoming known as the most well-known deli in the nation, inning accordance with U.S.A Today. It broadened several times through the years, including in Las Vegas, likewise growing its credibility as more of a cultural landmark than a restaurant.

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Carnegie Deli at The Mirage. Today, 2,500 miles from New york city City, the Mirage place is the piece de resistance. The original place closed in December 2016 when the owners chose to retire. A year later, the Carnegie Deli in the Sands gambling establishment in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, also shuttered. There’s a Carnegie outlet at Madison Square Garden and the company still runs a catering and wholesale operation, but if you want to take a seat for an authentic, NYC-style lunch of chicken soup with matzo balls and the Woody Allen sandwich that integrates those 2 well-known meats– and remember the pickles– Las Vegas is the place.

“That real Kosher deli dining establishment is an experience all its own and it has actually stood the test of time at the Mirage,” says Edmund Wong, vice president of food and beverage at the resort. “Everybody thinks about Carnegie when they think of that kind of food and that’s why we have a great deal of repeat guests and devoted customers who are simply fans of the product. They keep returning for more.”

Because the Vegas store opened, it’s been operated by the gambling establishment in partnership with the Carnegie business, which ships item frequently to keep the Mirage well-stocked. That collaboration hasn’t altered considering that the New York closures.

A few years earlier, the Mirage dining establishment did make one modification, changing from full-service to a more casual and quick format where consumers order at the counter, sit and await their food to be given their table. “That’s just real to the times, as we have actually seen that general modification in the dining establishment landscape,” Wong says. “But we maintain a great deal of chances for servers to communicate with guests due to the fact that we understand what attract a lot of individuals and has them coming back is that interaction and friendliness and the attention we provide. As a home, we pride ourselves on visitor service, which assists shape that area a lot.”

The sandwiches– there’s beef brisket, ham, egg salad, salami, roast beef, turkey, bologna and more– are still the most popular order, most of them loaded with more than a pound of meat. But Carnegie is a breakfast location, too, serving lox and eggs, omelets, pastrami or corned beef hash, bagels and breakfast sandwiches.

It may not be precisely the like the New york city City original, however the Vegas visitors from all over the world who keep the restaurant loaded do not appear to mind.

Xavier Mortimer’s magical story is still being composed

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Xavier Mortimer is bewitching audiences at Planet Hollywood.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018|2 a.m.

. The six-month agreement. That’s how Vegas gets you.

French artist and illusionist Xavier Mortimer is just among the performers who pertained to town on a six-month contract and ended up staying for several years. In his case, he was called by Cirque du Soleil to be part of the creation of “Michael Jackson ONE” at Mandalay Bay five years ago. He played the character of Sneaky in one of the Strip’s most popular productions for more than 3 years.

“It was among the very best experiences I have actually had,” Mortimer states. “I didn’t wish to leave Cirque, however I had this new chance to open my own show on the Strip. It was something entirely various, to go from being a part of a big group and something extremely stable to now, you have to defend yourself and be everywhere and offer tickets.”

The gamble appears to have paid off. In December, “Xavier Mortimer’s Wonderful Dream” was extended for a 2nd year in the Sin City Theater at World Hollywood. It’s not just Mortimer’s own Vegas program, it’s a fantasy that displays his full variety of abilities.

“The impressions are original, my production, so you have actually never seen them anywhere. And there’s a story, too, about a dream,” he says. “There are various scenes or pictures and it’s really fantasy-oriented. I matured establishing these impressions because I was more into that dream theme than sawing a woman in half. That’s why I ended up at Cirque. They saw me and stated, ‘this man is our mood.'”

Mortimer is the first former Cirque du Soleil performer to heading his own show on the Strip. His spirited, whimsical design– developing an orchestra with his shadows, dancing with a broomstick– intertwines funny and poetry, music and mime artistry. “Individuals like David Copperfield were big-time in my early life, but likewise I’m a long time fan of Cirque and I love a big series of art, music and funny,” he says. “Charlie Chaplin, obviously, due to the fact that my program consists of a lot of physical funny, some action and balancings and just things taking place to the character in that design.”

The magic-show landscape on the Strip is a crowded one, but Mortimer has actually already set himself apart with an unique style and an immersive, family-friendly production.

“I built this whole story around what I do,” he says. “My obstacle is to get this to be successful and work to be the very best I can be every day, not take on other programs. If they like me in Vegas, I’m going to remain.”

“Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream” takes the stage at the Sin City Theater at World Hollywood (3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702-777-6737) at 7 p.m. Saturday through Thursday and more details can be found at xaviermortimer.com.