Man Cited For Driving Motorcycle Through Crowd Of Trumpcare Protestors

A man was detained by police Wednesday after allegedly driving his motorcycle through a crowd blocking a San Francisco street in protest of the recently-revealed GOP healthcare bill, also known as Trumpcare.

Around 20 protestors, including seniors and people with disabilities, were staging a die-in by lying on the street outside of the San Francisco Federal Building on Wednesday afternoon, CBS San Francisco reported. The man rode his motorcycle down the wrong way on Seventh Street, through the crowd, then turned and drove through the crowd again, activist Emily Lee told KRON4.

As seen in the video above, the man, identified by local media as Jeffrey Dillon, revved his engine as he drove through the activists who quickly jumped out of his way. He appeared to get very close to some individuals, but no one was injured in the incident.

San Francisco police surrounded Dillon with their guns drawn, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, before citing himfor reckless driving and releasing him.

At some point, it became clear he was going to come through the crowd and people jumped out of the way, said Lee, a spokeswoman for Bay Resistance, one of the organizations that planned the protest.

He was definitely targeting us, she added.It was unclear if it was for political reasons or if he was just mentally unstable or what, but it was terrifying.

According to multiple reports, Dillon was the administrator of a Facebook group named White Privilege Club, where he reportedly posted pictures of himself with the motorcycle.

This isnt a racist site/group, it is the exact opposite. It is a celebration of our culture and who we are I am proud of who I am and my people,Dillon wrote to the groupbefore the page was deleted on Thursday night, according to Asian-American news blog Next Shark.

Yell White Pride and people look at you like ive [sic] got a clan outfit on, another post by Dillon read. I married a slant eye import, so you know i aint [sic] racist.

Bruce Allison, a protestor who dodged Dillons motorcycle, told the Chronicle that Dillon had yelled during the incident, If you want to go to the hospital, here you go, and You will have health care if you people stop protesting.

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Trump: ‘Bothersome’ that Mueller is ‘very good friends’ with Comey

(CNN)President Donald Trump said “we’re going to have to see” when asked about the future of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is reportedly investigating whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice.

“Well, he is very very good friends with (former FBI Director James) Comey, which is very bothersome,” the President said in a Fox News clip that aired Thursday. “We’re going to have to see.”
Trump fired Comey over dissatisfaction with how the FBI head was handling the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein later appointed Mueller, a former FBI director, as special counsel to oversee the investigation, including potential collusion between Trump’s campaign associates and Russian officials.
    “Look there has been no obstruction. There’s been no collusion. There has been leaking by Comey,” Trump added. “But there’s been no collusion, no obstruction, and virtually everybody agrees to that. So we’ll have to see.”
    Trump accused Mueller of hiring “all Hillary Clinton supporters” to staff the investigation. At least three members of Mueller’s legal team have given political donations almost exclusively to Democrats, CNN reported in an analysis of Federal Election Commission records.
    In other comments in the full interview on Fox, which aired Friday morning, Trump reiterated how ineffective Democrats and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have been at winning elections. His remarks came on the heels of Democrat Jon Ossoff’s loss to Republican Karen Handel in the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District seat Tuesday — the most expensive House race in US history.
    “I hope she doesn’t step down. It would be a very, very sad day for Republicans if she steps down,” Trump said. “I would be very, very disappointed if she did. I would like to keep her right where she is because our record is extraordinary against her, but we will see what happens.”
    “There has been a lot of talk about her stepping down,” he said. “We will have to see what happens.”
    Several Democratic lawmakers have said Pelosi’s position as a prominent face of the Democratic Party will continue to make winning elections difficult. In special elections for House seats vacated by Republicans who wound up in Trump’s Cabinet, Democrats have gone 0-for-4, losing races in Georgia, Montana, South Carolina and Kansas.
    On health care, Trump said he believes he will win over Republican lawmakers who have pledged to vote against the GOP bill to replace the Affordable Care Act.
    Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah said in a joint statement Thursday that they’re “not ready to vote for this bill.”
    “They are also four good guys and are four friends of mine,” Trump said. “I think they will probably get there. We will have to see. You know, health care is a very difficult situation.”
    “I have been here only five months, people saying, ‘Where is the health care?’ Well, I have done in five months what other people haven’t done in years,” Trump added. “People have worked on health care for many years. It’s a very complicated situation from the standpoint you do something that’s good for one group but bad for another.”

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    No tapes? Trump has us through the looking glass

    (CNN)As the Mad Hatter of the White House tweeted his response to Congress’s questions on Thursday about the existence of audiotapes related to James B. Comey’s firing as FBI director, he stayed true to character. “I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings,” President Trump announced. But he also added that “with all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea…”

    Trapped in a controversy of his own creation after tormenting Comey, the Congress, the press and the American public with the implication that he might have bugged the White House, Donald Trump fell back on one of his regular tricks, offering a unclear clarification and acting more like a bad magician than President of the United States.
    In the immediate term, all this craziness may well divert the nation from revelations of the Senate’s heretofore secret health care legislation and the fact that it would do grievous harm to Donald Trump’s own promise to leave the Medicaid system intact.
      In the long term, the actions of President Trump and his team will inspire an even more dogged pursuit of the truth by Congress and the special prosecutor, Robert Mueller — who, it must be remembered, would have never been named if Donald Trump had left James Comey alone in the first place.
      By speaking of “tapes,” the President cavalierly evoked the Watergate scandal and the worst political crisis in the history of the presidency in order to hint that he, like Nixon, was capable of secretly recording his visitors.
      Richard Nixon fought the release of his tapes because he knew that the system had caught him planning and ordering the post-Watergate cover-up that drove him from office. Donald Trump, on the other hand, made the false claim that he possessed tapes because he understood the power of merely making the suggestion that recordings exist.
      In this game, the President implied that he possessed valuable evidence to support his own position and discredit and intimidate James Comey, the man who knew more than anyone about the possibility of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives. He hoped, in this gambit, to benefit from two factors: the idea that people would assume that no President would take the risk of bluffing on such a matter and his belief that he could get away with anything. “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” was how Trump put it during the 2016 campaign.
      The problem for Trump, when it came to Comey, was that the former FBI director couldn’t be bluffed. “Lordy I hope there are tapes,” Comey said when he testified before a Senate committee, because he believed that accurate recordings of his conversations with Trump would support his contention that the President had pressured him on the Russia matters.
      President Trump would have known that his bullying bluff would fail if he understood how principled people like Comey work. During decades of service, Comey had built a reputation for integrity and made it clear to almost everyone in Washington that he was not a man to mess with. In 2004, it was Comey who successfully defied President Bush when he tried to get hospitalized Attorney General John Ashcroft to sign an order reauthorizing a domestic spying program. When Scott Pelley of CBS News asked him in 2014 if his loyalty belonged to the President, Comey said no. “I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” he said.
      Never one for deep reflection, Donald Trump missed the signs of Comey’s true character and deemed him a “showboat.” He’s made this kind of mistake of misjudging people before. In the early 1990s, he underestimated the strength of his first wife, Ivana, as she fought him, leak for leak, in the war of the tabloids that accompanied their divorce. Later he underestimated author Tim O’Brien and his publisher when he sued over O’Brien’s book. The defendants prevailed and the record created by the case made Donald Trump look irrational, as he claimed that his net worth depended, in part, on his level of self-esteem.
      These are just two examples — in many cases, Donald Trump’s miscalculations are followed by intense efforts by underlings and hirelings to somehow shape reality to conform to the big man’s impulsive remarks and actions. Those who stick with him through these exercises do so because they lack the gumption to say no. Their efforts, unfortunately, only bolster his belief that people generally act out of self-interest and not on the basis of any higher moral values.

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      So when Donald Trump made the mistake of musing about “tapes,” and left the door hanging open with his tweets, he once again put both his legal team and his White House staff in the awful position of trying to explain his actions and contain their damage. It’s no wonder that Sarah Huckabee Sanders fell back on a Trumpian trope when pressed by reporters to address the President’s relationship to facts, saying, “Look, the President won the election.” While generally true, this statement has nothing to do with the problem of a President who refuses to offer straight answers to a host of questions, including whether he believes in the science that shows the world’s climate is changing due to human activity or that Russia attempted to influence the 2016 election.
      Huckabee Sanders and the press office intensified the Wonderland atmospherics at the White House when they refused to let her appearance be shown on video and then described an announcement of this refusal as “NONREPORTABLE.” In other words, journalists were barred from distributing images of Huckabee Sanders, then told, in Red Queen style, that they better not say why.
      In the story of Wonderland, Alice eventually left behind the Mad Hatter and all of the other unruly and unsavory characters who lived there and shared with the world what she had seen. In Washington, Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller now occupies the Alice role. And like her, he will likely emerge from his investigation with quite a tale to tell.

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      Donald Trump says he doesn’t want a ‘poor person’ in cabinet roles

      President tells crowd during Iowa tour that economic adviser and commerce secretary had to give up a lot to work for him

      Donald Trump has said he doesnt want a poor person to hold economic roles in his administration as he used an Iowa rally to defend his decision to appoint the wealthy to his cabinet.

      The US president told a crowd on Wednesday night: Somebody said why did you appoint a rich person to be in charge of the economy? No its true. And Wilburs [commerce secretary Wilbur Ross] a very rich person in charge of commerce. I said: Because thats the kind of thinking we want.

      The president explained that Ross and his economic adviser Gary Cohn had to give up a lot to take these jobs and that Cohn in particular, a former president of Goldman Sachs, went from massive pay days to peanuts.

      Trump added: And I love all people, rich or poor, but in those particular positions I just dont want a poor person. Does that make sense?

      He made the comments as he toured the state with agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue and Ross partly to celebrate a Republican congressional victory in Georgia being seen as an early referendum on his presidency.

      Trump touched down Wednesday evening in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and headed to a local community college and then to a campaign rally where he reveled in Karen Handels victory.

      Were 5-0 in special elections, said Trump in front of a boisterous crowd that packed a downtown arena. The truth is, people love us … they havent figured it out yet.

      Supporters at a Donald Trump in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

      He also applauded Republican Ralph Norman, who notched a slimmer-than-expected win in a special election to fill the South Carolina congressional seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney, and mocked Handels challenger, Jon Ossoff, saying the Democrats spent $30m on this kid who forgot to live in the district.

      Trump, no stranger to victory laps, turned his visit to a battleground state he captured in November into a celebration of his resilience despite the cloud of investigations that has enveloped his administration and sent his poll numbers tumbling.

      With the appearance in Cedar Rapids, he will have held five rallies in the first five months in office.

      The event underscores Trumps comfort in a campaign setting. He laughed off the occasional heckler, repeated riffs from last year and appeared far more at ease when going after Democrats in front of adoring crowds than trying to push through his own legislative agenda from the confines of the White House.

      Trumps aides are making a renewed push to get the president out of Washington. The capital is consumed with the investigation into Russian meddling in last years election and Trumps firing of his FBI director, James Comey.

      Iowa, with its large share of independent voters, could be a proving ground for whether Trump can count on the support of voters beyond his base. Unaffiliated voters, or no party voters as they are known in Iowa, make up 36% of the electorate, compared with 33% who registered as Republican and 31% registered as Democrat.

      Self-identified independents in Iowa voted for Trump over Hillary Clinton by a margin of 13 percentage points last year, according to exit polls conducted for the Associated Press and television networks. That margin helped Trump take the state by nearly nine points after Barack Obama won it the previous two elections.

      Trump held a Des Moines rally in December as part of his transition-era thank you tour of states he had won, but has not been back to Iowa since.

      At the rally, he touted his administrations efforts to roll back regulations, mused about putting solar panels on a Mexican border wall, derided wind power for killing birds in a state that uses a lot of it and revealed that he urged the Senate to create a health care plan with heart. Add some money to it!

      He avoided any discussion of the scandals surrounding his presidency, other than one brief reference to the witch hunt, his term for the inquiries into his campaigns ties to Russia.

      Associated Press contributed to this report

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      Georgia special election: Republican Karen Handel beats Jon Ossoff in runoff

      Sporadic downpours and flash flood warnings helped to put a damper on Democratic turnout in base precincts

      In Georgia the resistance was stopped by the rain on Tuesday when Jon Ossoff, long the best hope of Democrats to win a special election in the Trump administration, suffered a narrow loss to Republican Karen Handel in the Sixth Congressional District.

      With 99% of precincts reporting, Handel had 52.4% and Ossoff had 47.6%

      Sporadic downpours and flash flood warnings helped to put a damper on Democratic turnout in base precincts and on the hopes of progressives to thwart Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Combined with an energized Republican base that kept Ossoff from accumulating a significant lead among early voters, it doomed the hopes of the anti-Trump activists who made the first time Democratic candidate a minor political celebrity.

      The runoff came after a first round of voting in April where Ossoff won just over 48% of the vote and Handel finished second in a splintered Republican field with just under 20% of the vote. However, Ossoff struggled to match that total as Handel consolidated the Republican vote in a traditionally conservative district in the northern suburbs of Atlanta andended up falling a percentage point short of his much hyped performance in the first round of voting.

      Trump took to Twitter to hail the result as a personal victory Thank you @FoxNews Huge win for President Trump and GOP in Georgia Congressional Special Election.

      The seat had been vacated by Tom Price when the former congressman joined Trumps cabinet to become secretary of health and human services and previously held by Republican stalwarts like Senator Johnny Isakson and former speaker Newt Gingrich. Although Price won by 23% in 2016, Donald Trump only narrowly won this wealthy, well-educated district by just over 1%.

      Trumps narrow win sparked optimism among Democrats that the district, where nearly 60% of residents have a college degree, could flip as part of the political realignment around the presidents upset victory in 2016. Roughly $50m ended up being spent by both parties and allied groups in the race as it became the most expensive congressional campaign in the history of the United States.

      However, while Democrats had motivated their base and won over skeptical Republicans, the conservative slant of district proved too much even for the nearly unprecedented resources that Democrats invested in the race, even flying in volunteers for last minute doorknocking as local television stations had been saturated by 30-second advertisements.

      Although the race had been cast a referendum on Trump an opinion the President seemed to endorse after the result had been reported both candidates awkwardly danced around his looming presence on the campaign trail. At Handels campaign events, Trumps name went unmentioned by the candidate and introductory speakers. Instead, there was constant refrain of attack on Ossoff for his ties to House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and praise for previous holders of the seat like Price and Gingrich. Ossoff was regularly bashed for the amount of money he raised out of state and for having San Francisco values.

      Handel, who suggested in the first televised debate of the campaign that Trump should use Twitter less often, told the Guardian in an interview on Monday that she didnt pay attention to the presidents use of social media. She said I am focused on my campaign, I have precious little time to be on Twitter. Several hours later, her campaign sent out a fundraising email signed by the former secretary of state with the subject line did you see what Trump just tweeted? after the President used his ubiquitous social media account to tout her campaign.

      Ossoff has also been measured in his attacks on Trump in a traditionally Republican district albeit one that the president barely won in 2016. Instead, the lanky and measured political neophyte focused on banal and politically non-controversial issues like government waste and turning Atlanta into the Silicon Valley of the South and let the progressive anti-Trump enthusiasm of the Democratic base carry him.

      Instead, he has focused on Handels stint as Georgia secretary of state as well as her brief stint with the Susan Komen Race For The Cure, a charity which combats breast cancer, where she led an effort to cut off the organizations funding for Planned Parenthood. The decision sparked a major controversy and funding was eventually restored and Handel had to resign from the non-profit.

      In an interview with the Guardian, Ossoff slammed his opponent. Secretary Handels record as secretary of state is extremely weak perhaps because she was too busy preparing her next run for higher office to do her job. She quit her job early to run for higher office, as so many career politicians do. Her last significant private sector experience, her performance also lacked.

      The issue of civility and the growing toxic nature of American political culture became an issue late in the race in the aftermath of the shooting of House Minority Whip Steve Scalise. Handel pointed to social media and journalism as reasons for the decline of civility in American society in an interview with the Guardian. Journalism is not journalism any more, said Handel. Ossoff stuck to broader themes, telling the Guardian, this is a deep rooted problem in American politics right now which is going to take work and bipartisan commitment to trying to heal wounds and focus on substance instead of fear mongering and slander.

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      Medicine information leaflets ‘too scary’, say experts – BBC News

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      Image caption Lots of information on the side effects of medicines are making people anxious, the report says

      There is too much focus on the potential side-effects of medicines on information leaflets inside packs and not enough on their benefits, says the Academy of Medical Sciences.

      Its new report calls for them to be rewritten to give a more balanced view.

      A survey by the academy found the public was confused by information on medicines and did not trust scientific research.

      Scientists said clear communication with patients was a priority.

      Unduly anxious

      The side-effects listed on patient information leaflets (PILs) are often very long and off-putting, the report says.

      They make people unduly anxious about taking medicines and could be the reason why fewer than 50% continue with drugs they have started taking.

      The likelihood of the side-effects occurring is also rarely explained – instead they are labelled “possible” or “serious”.

      And the benefits of the medicines are usually understated, taking up much less space on the leaflet than potential harms.

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      Image caption Some information leaflets do show how common side-effects are – but many don’t

      Jargon overload

      Prof Sir John Tooke, chair of the Academy of Medical Sciences report, says there is too much “impenetrable” scientific language on leaflets.

      For example, the leaflet inside a box of paracetamol says that possible side-effects from taking the tablets are the chance of developing pancreatitis or hepatitis.

      However, there is no information on what the conditions are or how big the risk of getting them is in reality.

      Rather than clearly explaining how symptoms will reduce, too many leaflets describe what the medicine does in complicated biological terms.

      “They aren’t written from a consumer’s perspective,” Prof Tooke says.

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      Image caption And the confusion is even worse if you’re taking multiple medications…

      Patients should feel confident about the medicines they are taking, rather than uneasy.

      If they do not understand the information provided, they are less likely to feel good about taking them.

      For legal and regulatory reasons, there is a lot of information provided – but the report asks whether it is really there to help the public.

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      Image caption Silvia Kirk has a child with asthma

      Silvia Kirk is a mother of two from London, who took part in public workshops for the report.

      “I don’t always read the information leaflets in medicine packs, unless it’s for my children – one of whom has asthma,” she says.

      “Usually my heart is all over the place as I’m reading them, because I’m wondering whether the risks outweigh the benefits.

      “Some of the information doesn’t make sense at all. When you’re poorly you don’t want to feel anxious too – and I think it’s particularly confusing for older people.

      “I understand it all needs to be on the leaflets, but there’s too much crammed into one space. I tend to go by what the GP has said and written on the prescription.

      “I only check side-effects listed on the Yellow Card website [suspected adverse reactions to licensed drugs], which I find are useful.

      “A link to more detailed information online on individual medicines would be useful for me.”

      Tips on what to ask your GP

      • Is this medicine right for me? How will it improve my health?
      • What are its potential benefits and risks? Are they relevant to me?
      • How will this medicine make me feel? Will it affect my daily life?
      • How should I take it? Can I take it with other medication?

      The report is also calling for:

      • More efficient use of GP appointments, which may need to be longer – particularly for patients with multiple conditions
      • A “go to” source of trusted information online about medicines for patients and healthcare professionals

      The survey of about 2,000 British adults and 1,000 GPs found that a third of the public trusted evidence from medical research while two-thirds trusted the experiences of family and friends when it came to taking medicines.

      Doctors said they also needed better information to help them judge the benefits and harms of medicines for patients.

      What do scientists think?

      In general, they welcomed the whole idea of making information on medicines clearer – for patients and doctors.

      But they recognised that a degree of uncertainty was inevitable in medicine, because scientific research was always evolving.

      Dr Louise Brown, senior statistician at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit at University College London, said there were other challenges to face in the shape of the internet and social media.

      “We are all bombarded with an unrelenting stream of new information that is overwhelming and very difficult to process.

      “Unsurprisingly, this leads to feelings of scepticism and mistrust,” she said.

      Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London, said providing accurate and accessible information on new treatments was vital.

      “It is only by working in close partnership with patients, clearly and honestly explaining the scientific evidence, that we can fully realise the huge potential that 21st Century medical science offers.”

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      The Awful Truth Of Our Parents Dying One Day

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      Paul Benedetti

      My grandparents adopted me. They raised me since I was a baby. The only drawback to this is that they were already well in their 40’s-50’s when I was born, so I have less time with them compared to what others have with their birth parents.

      My father is 72. My mother is 68. Even as a child I was already aware how old my parents were. Since I was so attached to them, Id often worry about their well-being.

      One time, when I was 4 or 5, my mother took me with her during a doctor check-up of some sort. She was groaning in pain as the doctor did the routine. After they were done, I was so angry and scared for my mother that I balled my tiny fists and punched the doctors legs. I huffed, which got a laugh out of them.

      20 years later and I can see time marked on my parents faces when I skype them. I live in a different country now and while Im fulfilled, I sometimes find myself being unnerved at the idea of them getting sick or even suddenly passing while I am miles away. I get scared shitless if my father just catches a fever or a cough or a cold.

      My worrying strengthened recently when my friends father was laid to rest. It got me fretting more than usual –

      How do we cope with our parents getting older? How do we prepare ourselves emotionally with the fact one day they will die (and probably soon)? How do we come to terms with the looming possibility of losing them?

      I guess theres no simple way to answer these questions. If we think about it, all of us reach the age 70, 80, 90 or even 100 eventually. Right at this moment, we, too, are aging.

      Our parents are growing old and so are we. Death is unavoidable. We cant really solve something as inevitable as aging. I guess all we can do is live our life as best as we know how and cherish our loved ones while they are still here.

      I searched for a solution, specifically a clear-cut method I could follow, yet there was no straightforward answer. It seems bleak, but when that time comes we just have to accept the situation as it is and hopefully remember people are capable of surviving tragedy (even more than we know).

      In case you are still struggling, too, take note of the following:

      – Spend time with your parents, especially if youre often busy.

      – Open up to them about how you feel.

      – Let them know how much you love them, both in actions and words. This can be difficult if you have a strained relationship with your parents or if you/your parents arent much for vocal vulnerability, but try so you know youve said everything you wanted to say to them.

      – Support your parents. Not only when theyre struggling with their health or growing older, but also when theyre celebrating their wins in life, too. You cant control their aging process, but you can care for them and help make it easier for them.

      – Prepare yourselves, literally. What do they want when theyre proper old? Do they want to stay at their house, with you, or at a home for the aged? What are the arrangements when they pass away? When youve planned out the trivial matters, then you will have more time to be with them now as well as space to grieve in the future.

      – Regard grieving as healing. Yes, it is difficult to see your parents slip from you and the loss later will be painful. But in time you will be okay, again, especially if you find and surround yourself with a support group.

      – Dont be ashamed of what you are feeling. Don’t shut out your emotions and remain in denial as itmay only make things harder for you. Hopelessness, fear, anxiety, sadness, anger – whatever youre going through right now is normal so find a way to accept it rather than sneak your way around it.

      – Forgive each other.Is there anything you want to ask forgiveness for? Is there anything your parents did that warrants your forgiveness? Talk it out – not to simply rid yourself of guilt, but to free yourselves from any unresolved issues, and hopefully build a better relationship together.


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      Early vote tally foretells soaring turnout in most expensive House race ever

      (CNN)More than 140,000 voters had cast their ballots by the time early voting in Georgia closed Friday — another indication of sky-high turnout in the closely watched runoff for a House seat between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel.

      And that’s leaving neither side confident of victory in what is likely to be a tight race for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District seat.
      The pool of early voters includes more than 36,000 who did not participate in the April primary contest for the seat, which was vacated when former Rep. Tom Price became President Donald Trump’s health and human services secretary, according to the Georgia secretary of state’s office.
        The early vote total soared past the 57,000 who voted early in the primary, where Ossoff reached 48%, just shy of the majority that would have avoided the runoff entirely. Ultimately, more than 192,000 people voted in the primary — close to the 210,000 who participated in the 2014 midterm election in the district.
        The early voting in the runoff left neither party feeling comfortable and has aides on both sides forecasting a close contest Tuesday — even as Republicans celebrated turnout that is approaching presidential election levels in the conservative-leaning district.
        The high turnout reflects the intense local and national interest a contest that — with more than $50 million spent between the candidates, their parties and super PACs — has become the most expensive House race ever.
        Progressives who have pumped more than $23 million into Ossoff’s campaign have long viewed the race as their best chance to use a special election to deliver a political blow to Trump — and to send a message to House Republicans that aiding Trump will come at a price by capturing what for decades has been a reliably Republican seat.
        Operatives in both parties acknowledge that more Republicans have voted early than Democrats — overall, a reason for Handel’s campaign to be optimistic and Ossoff’s campaign to sweat.
        That reality, though, is no surprise in the district, which encompasses much of Atlanta’s northern suburbs. After all, Mitt Romney carried the district by 24 percentage points in 2012 — and Price never faced a serious challenge for his seat.
        It was the 2016 presidential results that gave Democrats reason for optimism. Trump only bested Hillary Clinton by 1.5 percentage points — a result that fed into Democrats’ belief that while Trump had made gains in predominantly white rural and exurban areas, the more highly educated, wealthy, diverse suburbs held more Romney-Clinton voters and presented the party with an opportunity to make gains.
        Handel and the GOP super PAC Congressional Leadership Fund have worked hard to turn the race away from Trump’s leadership in Washington and make it about Ossoff’s youth (he is 30) and about the House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi. In particular, Republicans have hammered Ossoff on national security issues.
        Ossoff, meanwhile, has sought to run a centrist campaign — studiously avoiding even saying Trump’s name in an effort to make himself an acceptable alternative for typically conservative voters who might be inclined to buck the GOP.
        The 36,000 early voters who didn’t participate in the primary at all are among the major question marks that make the early vote data hard to read for partisan advantages.
        In analyzing that group, Tom Bonier, the CEO of the Democratic voter targeting firm TargetSmart, pointed out that they are less likely to be white than all other segments of voters — and 25% of them are under the age of 35. That demographic analysis figures to benefit Ossoff.
        Because of the district’s status as suburban, educated and diverse, the Georgia race could be a harbinger of Democrats’ ability to compete for similar Republican-held seats in places like Orange County, California, the Philadelphia suburbs and New York state in 2018.
        But the district is also more conservative than some of the similar-looking targets. According to the Cook Political Report’s Partisan Voter Index, there are 71 Republican-held House seats that are actually less GOP-leaning than Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

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        The hottest tech startups of 2017 rocked London at The Europas Awards

        This week The Europas Startup Conference and Awards once again pulled together the best startups in Europe for a day of conversation, networking and partying. The conference day is rounded out by the evening awards where the hottest startups in Europe are honoured, based on the merged votes of 10,000 people in the industry and 30+ judges.

        You can check out all the pictures on Flickr here, on Facebook here, and see a quick highlights video here:

        To keep the conversations intimate and real, there was no live stream, but you can follow the coverage on Twitter here. If you attended, feel free to answer the feedback survey here.

        An annual celebration of Europes brightest and best tech companies, The Europas Conference and Awards for European Tech Startups has been an established fixture on the European scene since 2009, when it was first held in a London bar.

        More than 80 amazing speakers presented in Central London, in a day of panels and small breakout workshops, just ahead of the industry Awards finale, where Europes best startups and founders were honored by their peers.

        Over the last few weeks, startups had been able to either apply for an award or be nominated by a third-party. A judging panel then selected a shortlist of nominees, which was then submitted to public voting. The results were combined to determine the hottest European startups across all categories. No fees were paid by entrants or winners to enter or accept the awards, marking this out as the only truly editorially independent tech startups awards in Europe.

        TechCrunch is the exclusive media sponsor for The Europas, and all attendees, nominees and winners of the Europas Awards will get discounts to TechCrunch Disrupt in Berlin later this year.

        Commenting on the event Sarah Wood, COO of Unruly said: The Europas has inspiring talks and top-notch conversations as always.

        Karen McCormick, Partner, Beringea said: As ever, the Europas remains a must-attend event for everyone in the start-up ecosystem. In addition to having a great time catching up with brilliant people, the content and speakers are outstanding. Well done Mike & team!

        David Benigson of Signal Media said: The Europas continue to set the bar when it comes to world class speakers, engaging content and irresistible snacks during breakouts! It was a great honour to sit on a main stage panel this year and cant wait to get involved at next years event too.

        The winners, selected from the nominees, were:


        1. Hottest Media/Entertainment Startup

        2. Hottest E-commerce/Retail Startup
        Award Sponsored by TechHub

        3. Hottest Education Startup
        Award Sponsored by Isotope

        4. Hottest Startup Accelerator
        Award Sponsored by BlueArray
        Entrepreneur First

        5. Hottest Marketing/AdTech Startup

        6. Hottest Games Startup
        Space Ape Games

        7. Hottest Mobile Startup

        8. Hottest FinTech Startup
        Award Sponsored by Orrick

        9. Hottest Enterprise, SaaS or B2B Startup
        Award Sponsored by Highland Europe

        10. Hottest Hardware Startup

        11. Hottest Platform Economy / Marketplace

        12. Hottest Health Startup
        Babylon Health

        13. Hottest Cyber Security Startup
        Award Sponsored by iHorizon

        14. Hottest Blockchain/Crypto Startup
        Award Sponsored by Barclays

        15. Hottest Travel Startup
        Hottest Travel Startup

        16. Hottest Internet of Things Startup

        17. Hottest Technology Innovation
        Award Sponsored by Oracle

        18. Hottest FashionTech Startup
        Hottest FashionTech Startup

        19. Hottest GreenTech Startup of The Year

        20. Hottest Tech For Good

        21. Fastest Rising Startup Of The Year
        Award Sponsored by 33seconds

        22. Hottest A.I. Startup
        Award Sponsored by EQT Ventures

        23. Best Angel/Seed Investor of the Year
        Christoph Janz

        24. Hottest VC Investor of the Year
        Award Sponsored by JAG Shaw Baker
        Alex Macpherson, Octopus Ventures

        25. Hottest CEO of the Year
        Award Sponsored by Multiple
        Gareth Williams, Skyscanner

        26. Hottest Startup Founders
        (Tom Blomfield, Jonas Huckestein, Jason Bates, Paul Rippon and Gary Dolman)

        27. Hall Of Fame Award
        Award Sponsored by TechCrunch
        (Awarded to a key, long-term contributor to European tech startup ecosystem)
        Wendy & Joe White, founders Moonfruit, now Entrepreneur First

        28. The Europas Grand Prix Award
        Award Sponsored by Here East
        (Chosen from winners in other categories by Judges)

        The Europas is this year held in partnership with London Tech Week and our fantastic sponsors and event partners:
        Here East
        Blue Array
        EQT Ventures
        Highland Europe
        JAG Shaw Baker
        Fieldhouse Associates
        Tech City News
        Tech London Advocates

        DEMO TABLES:
        ANSYS, Brunchclub, Invesdor, Make it Social, SeedLegals, Venturespring

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        The best and worst countries to be a kid

        (CNN)Children growing up in Niger are at the highest risk of having their childhood cut short, according to a report by Save the Children.

        The nongovernmental organization’s report for 2017 ranked the country as the worst place to be a kid, globally.
        Norway and Slovenia share the top position as the best places to grow up. (The top 10 best and worst places are listed below)
          The End of Childhood Report ranked 172 countries from best to worst in an effort to explore the main reasons why childhood comes to an early end in certain places.
          The rankings were determined by measuring the average level of performance across eight topics: under-5 mortality, malnutrition that stunts growth, out-of-school children, child labor, early marriage, adolescent births, displacement by conflict and child homicide.
          The United States, at 36th on the list, was not found to be exempt from the threats that contribute to premature death among children. It is one of seven countries where half of all teen births occur, and its number of infant deaths was 23,455 in 2015: more than those of 40 European countries combined in the same year.
          Richard Bland, Save the Children’s national director of policy, advocacy and development, was most surprised by the country’s low ranking and its position between Bosnia and Russia.
          The US “is falling behind some countries that have had some pretty severe economic turmoil like Greece or Ireland, and yet a number of those nations are prioritizing childhood,” Bland said. “They are investing in childhood and ensuring access to proven programs for childhood.”
          Bland said the three most noticeable global trends this year that may not have been occurring at as high a rate in past years were violence, famine and displacement.
          West and Central Africa, where the 10 worst countries to be a child are located, are particularly affected by famine and displacement, states the report. In Niger, the lowest-ranked country, 43% of children 59 months or younger have stunted growth from malnourishment. The Central African Republic, ranked the fourth worst for children, has 19.3% of its population forcibly displaced by conflict, with evidence of recruitment and use of child soldiers.
          “More people are fleeing war and persecution than ever in history,” Bland said.
          Syria has the highest percentage of a forcibly displaced population on the list, at 65.4%.
          In 2015, 263 million children were out of school, 168 million were involved in child labor, and nearly 28 million were forced to leave their homes globally, according to the report.
          The 10 countries with the highest child homicide rates are in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the report. This is due to a combination of gang- and drug-related violence, Bland said.
          A positive trend, Bland noted, is that the movement on maternal, newborn and child survival has cut infant mortality by half since 1990.
          But he is concerned by President Donald Trump’s proposed fiscal budget for 2018, which diminishes foreign aid by 31%. This includes humanitarian assistance as well as maternal and newborn child health programs.
          “We’re talking about children dying,” Bland said. “I mean, there is no greater childhood-ender than mortality and infant mortality, and to us, that’s unconscionable to consider cutting programs that have been so successful.”
          The report lacks an exploration into the root causes of why certain countries made the top of the list or why places like Niger were at the bottom, said Lindsay Stark, an associate professor of population and family health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
          But it can be assumed that it has to do with levels of economic development, fertility rates and family planning, strong social supports and the absence or presence of conflict, she said.
          Save the Children admits that the report has limits, Stark said. A crucial limitation is that the data were drawn from household surveys, missing children who are homeless or living in orphanages, she said.

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          “Given what we know about the risks to children who are not even living in a household, I think that this is very true that these are conservative estimates,” Stark said.
          But Stark approves of how the methodology equally weighed the eight indicators of a childhood’s end in order to determine the global rankings.
          “Some might say ‘if a child dies, that’s the end of childhood in a very different kind of way, and so we’re going to give that more weight in the index,’ ” she said. “But Save the Children actually chose to give equal weight, which I personally quite like, because I think it highlights the severity and importance of other issues, which I think might receive less attention.”

          Best countries to be a kid

          1. Norway, Slovenia (tie)
          3. Finland
          4. Netherlands, Sweden (tie)
          6. Portugal
          7. Ireland
          8. Iceland, Italy (tie)
          10. Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, South Korea (tie)

          Worst countries to be a kid

          1. Niger
          2. Angola
          3. Mali
          4. Central African Republic
          5. Somalia
          6. Chad
          7. South Sudan
          8. Burkina Faso
          9. Sierra Leone, Guinea (tie)

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