Guatemala election: former first lady Sandra Torres heads for runoff

Centre-left candidate falls far short of outright majority and will face rightwing candidate in August second round Guatemalas presidential election was headed for a runoff as results on Monday gave the center-left candidate Sandra Torres a clear lead but far short of the outright majority needed to avoid a second round against a conservative rival. With votes tallied from 94% of polling stations, preliminary results from Sundays election gave former first lady Torres 25.27% of the vote, followed by the …

Donald Trump Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States. Father: Fred Trump, real estate developer Mother: Mary (Macleod) Trump Marriages: Melania (Knauss) Trump (January 22, 2005-present); Marla (Maples) Trump (December 1993-June 1999, divorced); Ivana (Zelnicek) Trump (1977-1990, divorced) Children: with Melania Trump: Barron, March 20, 2006; with Marla Maples: Tiffany, October 13, 1993; with Ivana Trump: Eric, 1984; Ivanka, October 30, 1981; Donald Jr., December 31, 1977 Education: Attended Fordham University; University of …

Fact-checking Bernie Sanders’ criticism of JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon

(CNN)Bernie Sanders went after JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon on Twitter Wednesday, suggesting he is a hypocrite for deriding socialism considering the billions of dollars in bailout money that banks received after the 2008 financial crisis. “Wall Street begged for the largest federal bailout in American history,” Sanders tweeted. Compared with Bank of America, which received backstops for billions in potential losses, and Citi, which needed additional rounds of bailout money, JPMorgan had less exposure to toxic assets than its counterparts. …

DOJ releases legal opinion supporting Treasury refusal to turn over Trump tax returns

(CNN)The Justice Department released Friday a new legal opinion supporting the Treasury secretary’s refusal to hand over President Donald Trump’s tax returns. The Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department acknowledged Neal’s authority and that the plain text of the tax code does not require the committee to provide any purpose in support of its request for tax information. However — pointing to a number of public statements from Neal and attempts from other Democrats to force the release …

DOJ releases legal opinion supporting Treasury refusal to turn over Trump tax returns

(CNN)The Justice Department released Friday a new legal opinion supporting the Treasury secretary’s refusal to hand over President Donald Trump’s tax returns. The Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department acknowledged Neal’s authority and that the plain text of the tax code does not require the committee to provide any purpose in support of its request for tax information. However — pointing to a number of public statements from Neal and attempts from other Democrats to force the release …

Welcome to Trump’s Corrupt State the Mos Eisley cantina of world politics | Robert Reich

The administration and the Republican party are nests of lobbyists and con artists who make Greedo look like a saint Trump has been ramping up his Deep State rhetoric again. Hes back to blaming a cabal of bureaucrats, FBI and CIA agents, Democrats and enemies of the people in the mainstream media for conspiring to remove him from office, in order to allow the denizens of foreign Warren G Harding have as many grifters, crooks and cronies occupied high positions …

The mindfulness conspiracy

The long read: It is sold as a force that can help us cope with the ravages of capitalism, but with its inward focus, mindful meditation may be the enemy of activism Mindfulness has gone mainstream, with celebrity endorsement from Oprah Winfrey and Goldie Hawn. Meditation coaches, monks and neuroscientists went to Davos to impart the finer points to CEOs attending the World Economic Forum. The founders of the mindfulness movement have grown evangelical. Prophesying that its hybrid of science …

“Healing Crystals” Bring Bad Vibes For The Environment And Local Communities

Crystals are the new must-have accessory for those seeking “well-being” and “positive energies”. Off the back of big celebrity endorsements, these pretty (although ultimately useless) semiprecious gemstones have seen an unlikely comeback over the past few years.  Needless to say, any supposed health benefit from these stones is currently pure pseudoscience. However, even beyond their promises of “good vibes” straight from Mother Nature, these gemstones could be having a negative effect on the environment and local communities. As reported by The Guardian, many “healing …

Colorado Weed Revenue Exceeds $1 Billion

As of Wednesday, the state has collected $1.02 billion in revenue from It took three and a half years Colorado Department of Revenue some analysts projected the state would net between $5 and $22 million a year in taxes. Colorado’s per pupil education funding lags behind most of the rest of the country.) in at least one case ― rebuilding city hall. The Little Town That Pot Built Kirsten Gillibrand Announces Plan For National Marijuana Legalization REAL LIFE. REAL NEWS. …

Facebook’s Fake Currency Is A Joke

In a world of “high-fidelity communications,” Facebook claims, Libra will allow more people to access “the financial ecosystem.” This is, supposedly, innovation with a conscience, an alternative to “payday loans” and the “high and unpredictable fees” of the banking system. Above all, it is new, new, new. Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg clearly haven’t thought this through. Much of the so-called “white paper” describing Libra’s structure and standards consists of vague generalities. For all its cutting-edge verbiage, the outline for Libra …