A Budding Movement Is Helping Progressive Asian American Christians Feel Less Lonely

“Having a place where all of the things that made me weird in the rest of my life were normal was completely life-changing,” Lin recalled. Like many progressive Asian American Christians today, Lin felt she was being forced to choose between theology and community. This quandary swirled through her head in late 2016, as she observed the presidential election and the betrayal that many Asian American evangelicals felt as they watched their white co-religionists vote in droves for Donald Trump. She wondered if there were others like her, people who wanted a space where they could be progressive, Asian American, and Christian. “I know you’re out there, and I wish we all could meet somehow,” Lin wrote in an article published on …

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the Art of Worldbuilding

When Disney acquired Lucasfilm from Star Wars creator George Lucas for $4 billion in 2012, many fans had the same thought: Disney's got to make a theme park set in the galaxy far, far away. It's the peanut-butter-in-chocolate of worldbuilding: The creative minds at Lucasfilm know how to build cinematic universes; Disney's Imagineering team knows how to construct fantastical lands IRL. If the Mouse House didn't build Star Wars worlds at its theme parks, it would be a huge missed opportunity. Today, nearly seven years later, the first of those worlds opened its doors. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is now a fully functioning "land" at Disney's Anaheim park. Its twin will open at the company's Florida resort later this year. …

How the Brexit timetable could unfold

EU leaders are due to review progress on Brexit at a regular summit on 20 to 21 June. But by that time they will not even know who is going to be in charge after Theresa May leaves No 10. Holidays and party conferences August of course is holiday time, particularly in the EU, when very little business gets done in Brussels, and the chances of the UK having meaningful talks about Brexit with other governments or the EU institutions are limited. So that already takes us to the beginning of September, only two months before the Brexit extension comes to an end. And in the second half of September, the UK Parliament is once again in recess, as political …

Hammond rejects idea millions in dire poverty

Mr Hammond said: “I reject the idea that there are vast numbers of people facing dire poverty in this country. “I don’t accept the UN rapporteur’s report at all. I think that’s a nonsense. Look around you, that’s not what we see in this country. “Of course there are people struggling with the cost of living. I understand that. But the point being is that we are addressing these things through getting to the root causes.” Market system must ‘evolve’ The chancellor said that for many people, the market economy was not working as it is “supposed to” work, and the idea the economy is “generating and distributing wealth is at odds with the practice that they are experiencing.” He …

US will not ignore China’s behavior in South China Sea, acting defense secretary Shanahan says

Singapore (CNN)The United States can’t fully trust China until Beijing starts playing by the rules. That was the overarching message delivered by acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan at Asia’s premier defense forum Saturday morning in Singapore. Shanahan said that the Indo-Pacific region was the US’s most important theater from a security perspective. “We can’t … continue to look the other way as countries use friendly rhetoric to distract from unfriendly acts,” he said, adding that Washginton had a “deeper and broader” network of allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific than China. Peter Layton, a former Australian military officer and analyst at the Griffith Asia Institute, called Shanahan’s speech “a little disappointing.” “It continues the criticism of China but does …

Donald Trump is like a 20th-century fascist, says Sadiq Khan

London mayor hits out at US president before his state visit to Britain The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has compared the language used by Donald Trump to rally his supporters to that of the fascists of the 20th century in an explosive intervention before the US presidents state visit to London that begins on Monday. Observer, Khan condemned the red-carpet treatment being afforded to Trump who, with his wife Melania, will be a guest of the Queen during his three-day stay, which is expected to provoke massive protests in the capital on Tuesday. Khan said: President Donald Trump is just one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat. The far right is on the rise around …

Trump Did Not Hold Back In Response To Meghan Markle’s Past Comments About Him

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News/Getty Images Why Did Donald Trump Say Meghan Markle “Was Nasty”? It Deals With The 2016 Election By Chelsea Stewart 11 hours ago Oh, yay — President Donald Trump has called a woman “nasty,” again. No, not Hillary Clinton. This time, he zeroed in on your favorite new royal mom, the Duchess of Sussex. So, why did Donald Trump say Meghan Markle “was nasty“? It has to do with comments she made during the 2016 election cycle. If you remember, before she was a duchess, Markle criticized him that year on Comedy Central’s , calling him “misogynistic” and “divisive.” She went on, “Trump has made it easy to see that you don’t really want that kind of …

Watch Robert Muellers Statement on the Russia Investigation

At 11 am ET on Wednesday, Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Mueller will break his silence, following his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The rare appearance marks Mueller's first public statement since the release of a redacted version of the 448-page report his team spent two years compiling. The report has served as a Rorschach test for the American public over the last month and a half. President Donald Trump and his supporters have clung to the fact that Mueller found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, while the President's opponents have fixated on the fact that the report lists numerous instances in which the President appeared to obstruct justice. The report …

Facial recognition coming to U.S. airports by 2021

A congressional hearing on the dangers of facial recognition technology brought Republicans and Democrats together on Wednesday.Image: Valentin Wolf/imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock The first in a series of congressional hearings on facial recognition technology took place on Wednesday, and it brought about a rare occurrence in Washington: agreement between Democrats and Republicans. The House Oversight Committee’s hearing was focused on the impact facial recognition has had on civil rights and liberties from its use among law enforcement. A panel of experts, including face recognition researchers, legal professionals, and former law enforcement, spoke of the threat of mass surveillance. The panel was nearly in full agreement that the use of facial recognition technology in the field must be halted immediately. “At a minimum, Congress …

Abortion Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at abortion in the United States. State abortion laws from CNN (As of May 24, 2019). Statistics:The following is the number of abortions reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from selected reporting areas (As of November 23, 2018): 2015: 638,169 2014: 652,639 2013: 644,435 2012: 699,202 2011: 730,322 2010: 765,651 2009: 789,217 2008: 825,564 2007: 827,609 2006: 852,385 2000: 857,475 1995: 1,210,883 1990: 1,429,247 1985: 1,328,570 1980: 1,297,606 * The totals may fluctuate depending on how many states provide numbers in a given year. The number of abortions in the United States increased gradually from 1973, then peaked in 1990 and has been on the decline since then. The abortion ratio increased from 196 …

I Capture The Unexpected Friendship Between My Dog And My Duck On Film (25 Pics)

My newest photography series is about the friendship between my dog and my duck. Vendetta, the dog, is an old German Shepherd female. And Lemony is an Indian Runner Duck. Vendetta is completely in love with water so naturally, I began to take Lemony together with us to the lake, and then even to the woods and the city. Still, I’ve got a lot of projects and shooting ideas with them but here are some shots that I wish you to show. I hope you will enjoy them! More info: 4 reply #2 Soulmates 8 reply View More Replies… #3 Cuddling time in the bed 7 reply #4 After a swim at the lake, watching the sun goes down 3 …

William Barr Shrugs Off Concerns Over His Reputation: ‘Everyone Dies’

William Barr appears unbothered by the damage to his reputation amid accusations that he is shielding President In an Barr went on to suggest that he is the target of unjust criticism, saying he knew he “would be attacked because nowadays people don’t care about the merits and the substance.” Barr has been scrutinized by politicians  In March, shortly after the conclusion of former special counsel wrote a letter to Barr stating that he’d mischaracterized the report and “did not fully capture” its “context, nature, and substance.” called on Barr to resign, he seemed unfazed by his adversaries. Barr also said he did not regret taking on his attorney general role. Language has been amended to clarify the timeline of …

Justice Department Refuses Court Order To Release Michael Flynn Voicemails

Michael Flynn and Russia’s ambassador to the United States in December 2016. Donald Trump’s campaign adviser and his national security adviser until being ousted for lying about his contacts with the Russians. “The government further represents that it is not relying on any other recordings, of any person, for purposes of establishing the defendant’s guilt or determining his sentence, nor are there other recordings that are part of the sentencing record,” the court filing’s lone statement on the request read.  Washington Post journalists who first reported the story, Carol Leonnig, tweeted that it may be unprecedented for the government to refuse a court order in such a way. Several legal experts also told the Post that the Justice Department’s reaction was …

Trump HUD Official: ‘I Honestly Don’t Care’ If I’m Breaking Federal Law

“Just retweeted this amazing tweet from both of my Twitter accounts — professional and personal,” Patton wrote on Facebook last week, pointing to a message that championed her boss, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, but was critical of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). “It may be a Hatch Act violation. It may not be.” 1939 Hatch Act prohibits officials working in the executive branch from using their “official authority for political purposes” and is meant to prevent “federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity,” according to the group Patton, who is paid an annual salary of $161,900, according to 2017 figures, is tasked with overseeing one of HUD’s largest regions with a budget in the billions of dollars. But when someone pointed …

Man got past Secret Service and entered Mar-a-Lago during Trump’s Thanksgiving trip

Washington (CNN)A young man entered a restricted area of Mar-a-Lago through a tunnel and wandered around before being apprehended during President Donald Trump’s Thanksgiving holiday at his Florida property. The Palm Beach Post, which first reported Tuesday’s plea, wrote that Lindblom is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Court documents say Lindblom was born in 2000. Lindblom’s Mar-a-Lago breach came months before Yujing Zhang was charged with making false statements to a federal officer and entering a restricted area at the Florida club. According to the criminal complaint against Zhang, she allegedly lied her way through security at Mar-a-Lago and breached a “protective zone.” Zhang, a Chinese woman who tried to enter the property when the President was not …

Mueller’s Bottom Line: Indicting Trump Wasn’t Even an Option

Special counsel Robert Mueller ended his two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election with his sole public comment Wednesday, a surprise appearance at the Justice Department that had a clear and stark message: America, read my report. I worked long and hard on its 448 pages and chose my words carefully. Read them. The remarks came amid weeks of speculation over whether Mueller would testify before Congress about his investigation. But Mueller—who led a sphinx-like existence throughout his two-year probe—short-circuited that debate by speaking out on his own terms. In just over a thousand words and 10 minutes, he outlined the primary conclusions of his investigation and made clear, in his own obtuse way, that the next steps …