Trump turns on Fox News: ‘Even less understanding... than fake news CNN & NBC’

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President Donald Trump lashed out at his favorite network on Sunday, accusing two Fox News journalists of having “less understanding” of his proposed border wall than the “fake news” at his usual media targets, CNN and NBC. 

Trump specifically called out the network’s chief White House correspondent John Roberts and Washington correspondent Gillian Turner:

Roberts subbed for Fox News anchor Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” and Turner was part of a discussion on the show.

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The numbers in Trump’s tweet refer to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll earlier this month, which found 50 percent of Latino adults approve of his job as president, a 19 percent jump since December, The Hill reported. 

Barbara Carvalho, the director of the poll, told PBS that it was not a poll of Latinos but a small part of a much larger poll. If isolated, that portion of the poll would have a 9.9-point margin of error. 

We’re really not looking to draw conclusions about what smaller subgroups within the population feel,” Carvalho said.

The larger finding of the poll was a 39 percent approval rating for Trump overall, down from 42 percent in December, versus 53 percent who disapprove, which is up from 49 percent last month. In addition, just 30 percent of Americans said they would definitely vote for Trump in 2020, versus 57 percent who would definitely vote against him. 



The 23-year-old from Canning Town who knocked on doors in Kensington to make it in finance

'I knew I had to get out of my comfort zone,' Reggie Nelson says. 'Do something those around me weren’t doing; something different'

The 23-year-old from Canning Town who knocked on doors in Kensington to make it in finance
 Danilo Agutoli

Reggie Nelson is not your typical financial services professional. Yes, he attended university and has a degree in economics, but for the east Londoner, the usual traits required for entry into the City end there.

Nelson was born and raised on a council estate. He did not attend private school, did not go to one of the UK’s top universities and does not have a particularly stellar academic record.

The 23-year-old is also black and, in an industry where more than 99% of his fellow workers are not, that sets Nelson apart.

When we meet at the offices of Legal & General Investment Management, one of the UK’s biggest fund managers where Nelson works as an analyst, he appears completely at ease with his surroundings.

It is hard to imagine his trajectory to this point required such an extraordinary effort, but the truth is his arrival at the City money manager would not have been possible had Nelson not taken a brave and unorthodox step five years earlier.

When he was just 17 Nelson says he felt his life was at a crossroads. His dad, who was an alcoholic, had recently died of liver failure and Nelson had become disenchanted with the path he was on. Up until that point he thought football would be his route out of the Canning Town housing estate where he grew up — he had been signed by Woking FC as an apprentice at the age of 16 — but the death of his father convinced him he needed to pursue something more stable to try to secure a better life for his mum, his sister and himself.

“I knew I had to get out of my comfort zone,” he says. “Do something those around me weren’t doing; something different.”

That something was going door to door in the wealthiest suburb of the UK capital and asking those who answered how they had made money and how they could afford to live there. On a Saturday morning in March 2014, after googling “richest area in London”, Nelson took the Tube to Kensington and spent the day knocking on doors, armed with only a smile and a pre-prepared speech.

To anyone who answered, he said: “I just wanted to know what skills and qualities you had that allowed you to live in a wealthy area like this so I can extrapolate that and use it for myself.”

He laughs at that now. “I would never do anything like that now as I have the right people around me to guide and advise me,” he says. “But back then I didn’t know what to do. I felt stuck, lost.”

Some slammed the door in his face, most did not answer and others politely said they were unable to help. But after knocking on 15 doors and stopping people in the street Nelson arrived at the white stucco home of Quintin Price, then an influential fund manager at BlackRock, the world’s largest investment company.

“Quintin was parking the car somewhere and so Elizabeth [his wife] answered the buzzer,” he says. “They had a camera and could see who it was before they opened, and she said: ‘Hi, can I help you?’

“I gave her my speech and she asked if it was a school project. I said no. At that point she opened the door, invited me in and started asking what I was studying, what I do. I told her I was on a football contract but that I didn’t want to play any more, and at that point Quintin walks in and explains to me what he does. I remember it very well; what I was wearing, what was said. It was a life-changing moment.”

That conversation was to alter the course of Nelson’s life. Price arranged for him to attend a training day for undergraduates at BlackRock’s headquarters in London three months later. He was the youngest there. “I was like a sponge on that day,” Nelson recalls.

“I was going to do whatever Quintin did. Firstly, what he told me about his job at that initial meeting sounded interesting and, second, I was in awe of his house and everything in it. My mentality was: ‘If this guy can teach me what he did then hopefully I can imitate that and have a better life for my family,’” he says.

Nelson was invited back that summer to complete a week-long work experience programme at the asset manager. At the end of that week Price sat down with Nelson and his mum and encouraged the 17-year-old to go to university. He became his mentor.

“I said to him: ‘OK but what do I study?’,” says Nelson. “He advised me to do something finance-related. At that point I wasn’t going to go to university and so I had to call random universities and say: ‘Look, do you have anything finance-related?’ Kingston University eventually got back to me and offered me a place.”

Nelson graduated in 2017 with a 2:1 in economics and Mandarin. He went on to do a couple more stints at BlackRock, but the fund manager did not offer him a full-time graduate position (“Everything happens for a reason,” says Nelson). After a short posting at Funding Circle, a peer-to-peer lender, Nelson arrived at LGIM. He is the only black person on his floor but says he enjoys working at the company very much. “It was a long journey to get here but I was very happy to sign on the dotted line,” Nelson says.

Nelson has since become a mentor to other young people wanting to get into finance. He has met UK Prime Minister Theresa May, spoken at a host of events on improving diversity and social mobility within the City, and has had his story told on the BBC and ITV’s This Morning.

His life has changed dramatically, but what about his relationship with Price, who has since left BlackRock. Has that endured?

“We are in constant contact,” Nelson says. “Quintin never helped me financially. He said from day one that he wanted me to do it all myself and I totally agree with that.

“He is someone I go to for advice. We meet up for lunch, dinner, I go to his house and speak to him often. He has become a father figure to me.”

Reggie Nelson CV


2017: BSc, economics with Mandarin, Kingston University

2018 to present: Graduate analyst, Legal & General Investment Management 
2017-18: Account manager, Funding Circle 
2016: Summer analyst, BlackRock 
2014-16: Various internships and placements: Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Aberdeen Standard Investments, Armstrong Investment Managers, BlackRock, Bank of England 
2014-15: Projects assistant, Kingston University London 
2012-14: Footballer, Woking Football Club



Kamala Harris Is Running For President In 2020

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) listens during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on homeland security on Jan. 16, 2018.

The California senator announced her bid on Martin Luther King Jr. Day with the campaign theme “For the people.”

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) announced Monday that she will be running for president in 2020.

The theme of Harris’ campaign will be “For the people,” and she is expected to formally announce her candidacy in a speech on Jan. 27 in Oakland, California.

The senator previewed her announcement in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday, and her campaign released a short introductory video.

“I love my country,” Harris told ABC. “This is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to stand up and fight for the best of who we are.”

She added: “My entire career has been focused on keeping people safe. It is probably one of the things that motivates me more than anything else. And when I look at this moment in time, I know that the American people deserve to have someone who is going to fight for them.”

Harris recently published a memoirThe Truths We Hold: An American Journey, that dove into many of the messages she is expected to focus on during her campaign. In the book, she describes her upbringing in Oakland as a daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica, and her personal history going from prosecutor to district attorney to senator.

According to a Harris aide, her priorities in the campaign will be addressing the cost of living, pushing for a more just society, expanding access to better quality of life and restoring dignity and responsibility to public office. Issues like immigration, education and criminal justice reform are expected to feature prominently in her agenda. 

Elected to the Senate in 2016, Harris made history as the first Indian-American to serve in the body, as well as just the second black woman. As attorney general of California for six years, she was the first woman, African-American and Indian-American in that role.

Harris announced her presidential bid on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and her campaign’s logo and color scheme draw inspiration from the 1972 presidential bid of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to run for the presidency from one of the major parties.


“My parents were very active in the civil rights movement, and that’s the language that I grew up hearing,” Harris told ABC on Monday. “It was about a belief that we are a country that was founded on noble ideals and we are the best of who we are when we fight to achieve those ideals.”

“The thing about Dr. King that always inspires me is he was aspirational,” she continued. “He was aspirational like our country is aspirational. We know that we have not yet reached those ideals, but our strength is that we fight to reach those ideals.”

Harris is expected to make her first campaign stop in one of the early states on Friday, in Columbia, South Carolina. She is slated to speak at the Pink Ice Gala, a major event held by the local chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Harris was a member of the sorority during her time at Howard University.

Harris is the latest high-profile Democrat to declare her intention to run against President Donald Trump in 2020. Sens. Elizabeth Warren(Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), along with former Obama Cabinet member Julián Castro and Reps. John Delaney (Md.) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), are running as well.

The 2020 field is expected to get more crowded in the coming weeks, with Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), as well as former Vice President Joe Biden, among the speculated entrants.

Harris recently gained national attention through her tough questioning of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Senate hearings.

When Trump won the presidency against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016, crushing many Americans’ hopes for the first female president, some turned to Harris as a potential candidate to break that glass ceiling.

Harris’ track record includes support for LGBTQ rights, recent support for “Medicare for all,” and what she dubs her “smart on crime” strategy, which includes reducing sentences for low-level offenders.

Some have criticized her record as California attorney general, notably because her office declined to prosecute now-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s OneWest Bank for foreclosure violations in 2013.

Harris has been a vocal critic of Trump and his administration, calling for reform of Immigration and Customs Enforcement amid Trump’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants, and for stronger environmental protections amid the Trump administration’s loosening of regulations.



What Martin Luther King Jr. Said About Walls During His 1964 Visit to Berlin

  1. Martin Luther King in Berlin on Sept. 12, 1964.

Berlin was perhaps destined to be a meaningful place for Martin Luther King Jr.; it was the city that, in some ways, gave him his name. And for a man who preached against walls that “divided humanity,” a 1964 visit to the then-three-year-old Berlin Wall, which divided the Soviet-occupied East side of the city and the U.S.-occupied West side of the city, offered a chance to add another layer to that significance.

The visit came about after West Berlin’s Mayor Willy Brandt invited King to participate in a memorial ceremony for President John F. Kennedy, who had been assassinated the year prior, less than six months after his own famousvisit there. King also received an invitation to speak in East Berlin from Heinrich Grüber, who had been a pastor at a church there and a prisoner in a concentration camp for three years during World War II for openly criticizing the Nazi Party.

It would be risky for King, as Grüber had driven out because of his anti-government views, and had been living in West Berlin himself. “I write in the bond of the same faith and hope, knowing your experiences are the same as ours were,” he wrote in a letter to King, according to historian Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson’s account of the visit. “During the time of Hitler, I was often ashamed of being a German, as today I am ashamed of being white,” Grüber wrote. “I am grateful to you, dear brother, and to all who stand with you in this fight for justice, which you are conducting in the spirit of Jesus Christ.”

King decided to take that risk and accepted both invitations.

On Sept. 13, 1964 — two months after the Civil Rights Act was enacted and a month before he won the Nobel Peace Prize — King addressed 20,000 people at a rally at the outdoor stadium Waldbühne in West Berlin. He also visited the spot where, earlier that day, East Berlin guards had shot and wounded aresident who was trying to climb over the wall into West Berlin. King also delivered the same sermon at St. Mary’s Church in East Berlin, which was over its 2,000-person capacity, and then gave another, unscheduled speech to the overflow crowd at Sophia Church, similarly over its 2,000-person capacity.

And, in a city with a division that could not be avoided, he said that, while he was no expert in German politics, he knew about walls.

“It is indeed an honor to be in this city, which stands as a symbol of the divisions of men on the face of the earth,” he told East Berliners. “For here on either side of the wall are God’s children and no man-made barrier can obliterate that fact. Whether it be East or West, men and women search for meaning, hope for fulfillment, yearn for faith in something beyond themselves, and cry desperately for love and community to support them in this pilgrim journey.”

He talked about the similarities shared by the clash between African Americans and white people in the United States and that between communism and democracy in Berlin, which he described as “the hub around which turns the wheel of history.” Just as America is “proving to be the testing ground of races living together in spite of their differences: you are testing the possibility of co-existence for the two ideologies which now compete for world dominance,” he said. Quoting Ephesians, he spoke of his assumption that “wherever reconciliation is taking place, wherever men are ‘breaking down the dividing walls of hostility’ which separate them from their brothers, there Christ continues to perform his ministry of reconciliation.”

The sermon was “particularly moving” to East Berliners, especially “his passages on the readiness of Negroes to suffer and if necessary die for their faith and his emphasis on common struggles, common faith, and common suffering,” according to a telegram rundown of King’s trip that the U.S. Mission in Berlin sent to the Secretary of State’s office, European embassies and the Moscow embassy.

The U.S. State Department nervously monitored the visit, worried about anything that would heat up the Cold War or undermine its agenda to prove democracy was the better system of government.

Colin Kaepernick And Travis Scott Didn’t Reach ‘Understanding’ Over Super Bowl Performance: Radio Host Nessa

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Despite reports, she said, Kaepernick and Scott found “no mutual respect” regarding the rapper’s decision to perform at the halftime show.

Syndicated radio host and MTV personality Nessa has called out Travis Scott after reports said there was an “understanding” between him and Colin Kaepernick over Scott’s upcoming performance at the Super Bowl.

She tweeted on Wednesday, “There is NO mutual respect and there is NO understanding for anyone working against @Kaepernick7 PERIOD.” 

The official Twitter account for Kaepernick — her boyfriend and a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback — retweeted her statement. 

Nessa’s tweet was in response to a Complex article that cited a Variety report that the two men spoke before Scott confirmed he would perform in the Super Bowl halftime show.

Scott and Kaepernick had at least one phone conversation before the rapper confirmed his Super Bowl appearance,” Variety reported. “A source close to Scott said that while the two did not necessarily agree, they emerged from the conversation with mutual respect and understanding.”

Nessa, whose full name is Nessa Diab, and a number of activists, musicians and members of the public have called on other artists to stand in solidarity with those protesting the NFL over its treatment of Kaepernick. 

He began protesting police brutality and racial injustice by first sitting and then kneeling during the national anthem at NFL games in 2016. He became a free agent after the 2016 season and has not been signed to another team in the NFL. He and many others have charged that NFL owners have colluded to keep him out of the league because of his activism.

Variety also wrote that sources close to Scott said he took the stance that “everyone makes a statement in their own way,” regarding his reported agreement to partner with the NFL to donate $500,000 to the Dream Corps, a criminal justice reform nonprofit. 

His public relations team declined a request for comment.

Civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton told TMZ last month that he believes anyone performing at the halftime show is “directly violating” the efforts of those protesting the NFL.

“You can’t have it both ways,” he said in response to rumors circulating at the time that Scott would perform at the Super Bowl. “You can’t help people market something and then turn around and say but you agree with what people are protesting.”

The NFL’s official Twitter account confirmed on Sunday that Scott will perform, along with Big Boi and Maroon 5, which is headlining the show


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