Valley Veteran Nominated to Attend Bill Signing in Washington, DC

HARLINGEN A Rio Grande Valley veteran was nominated to attend a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs bill signing in Washington, D.C. The Mission Act allows veterans to access non-VA care if they need services that are not offered by the VA or if approved by their doctor.

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GOP candidates for Georgia governor ready for runoff

Stacey Abrams got immediate accolades and attention nationally as Georgia Democrats nominated her for the state’s top job, but any focus on her chances becoming the nation’s first black female governor first has to wait for her Republican opponent who won’t be settled for another two months. With votes still being tallied, Lt.

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Charlie Puth’s VOICENOTES Scores Top 5 Debut on Billboard 200

Multi-GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter/producer Charlie Puth has scored the highest chart debut of his career to date with his Gold-certified, critically acclaimed sophomore album Voicenotes entering the Billboard 200 at #4 and the Top Albums chart at #2. Voicenotes is highlighted by a trio of hit singles – the 3x-Platinum “Attention,” platinum-certified follow-up “How Long,” and current single “Done For Me ,” which continues its ascent up the top 20 at Top 40 radio and top 15 at Hot AC radio this week.

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Italy’s First Black Minister Fears Far-Right Party’s Government Influence

Italy’s first black cabinet minister has expressed deep concerns about the entry into Italy’s government of the League, as the far-right party and the populist Five Star Movement (M5S) revealed plans for more detention centres to be built across the country.

Cécile Kyenge, who has been a regular target of racial abuse, said the League’s position as a coalition partner in the incoming government made her less hopeful about the possibility of Italy passing immigration reforms or other changes that would ease a path to citizenship for thousands of undocumented minors.

“Many members of the League accept that they are racists,” she told the Guardian. “It is very difficult for me to see that a party that accepts it is racist is going to manage law, which is supposed to protect all the community.”

On Friday the League – a secessionist party previously known as the Northern League – and the Five Star Movement unveiled a power-sharing agreement for a new populist government. The deal calls for changes to fiscal policy and a €780 (£680) monthly basic income for poor families.

It also spells out a new crackdown on immigration, including a “serious and efficient” programme to drive out migrants who arrive in Italy illegally. The plan calls for more detention centres to be opened in every region, in which migrants could be held for up to 18 months.

The agreement calls for an overhaul of the Dublin treaty, so that asylum seekers would be distributed across the EU instead of being required to stay in the country where they first arrive, and it calls for religious leaders to be registered with the state. All camps of “unregistered” Roma would be shut down under the plan.

Italy’s general election on 4 March resulted in a hung parliament. Matteo Salvini, the head of the League, and the Five Star Movement’s Luigi di Maio have been locked in negotiations for weeks to agree on a common set of governing goals. The pair have still not agreed on who should serve as prime minister.

The new government’s platform is expected to be approved by M5S members late on Friday in an online poll. On Monday, Di Maio and Salvini are expected to meet Italy’s president, Sergio Mattarella, to formalise the launch of the government. Once a prime minister has been nominated and ministers sworn in, the government will face a vote of confidence in the parliament.

Both parties ran campaigns that vilified migrants, and Salvini has attacked Italy’s Roma population throughout his political career. It is not clear whether Italy has the legal right or resources to follow through on some of the radical ideas that were agreed, but the League vowed during the electoral campaign to institute mass deportations of asylum seekers to Africa as part of a reshaping of migration policies.

Immigration experts said the new agreement meant programmes seeking to integrate new migrants could be closed. “They campaign against any positive actions or programmes, which are the very basis for any minority. This keeps them in a structurally backward position,” said Francesco Palermo, a former senator who was a vocal proponent of Romany rights in Italy. “It is more populist than racist, they feel this is what the voters want, and unfortunately average Italian society is against Roma, against migrants, against sexual minorities.”

Kyenge, who now serves as an MEP, has worked for years to try to change Italy’s citizenship laws so that children of migrants can be recognised as Italians. Last year the government failed to pass a law that would have eased the path to citizenship for 800,000 minors who were born in Italy or came as young children.

Kyenge said these children were unable to fully participate in schools and in society. “The identity of a person begins when you are little and it is then you must have an opportunity to say ‘I am an Italian’.”

The Congolese-born doctor has lived in Italy since 1983, and has been on the receiving end of deeply offensive racist slurs. Roberto Calderoli, a senator and former minister under Silvio Berlusconi, likened her to an orangutan and told her she should be a minister “in her country”.

Mario Borghezio, a far-right MEP, said Kyenge would impose a “bongo-bongo” administration on Italy – comments that led to him being expelled from a Ukip-led group in the European parliament. In 2017 a judge ordered him to pay €50,000 to Kyenge for his racist remarks.

Kyenge still has bodyguards to protect her when she is in her home country, as a result of racist abuse from politicians. “People want to attack me because of the colour of my skin and many of those are politicians and it is very sad because politicians should give an example,” she said.

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WV-Sen: Don Blankenship lost the GOP primary, but he might still appear on the November ballot

Failed West Virginia Republican Senate candidate Don Blankenship announced Monday that he accepted the nomination of the Constitution Party for the midterm elections in November, Politico reported.

If he appears on the ballot, he could play spoiler and keep the GOP from flipping the West Virginia seat from blue to red.

The former Massey Energy CEO, who lost in the primary to state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey ,has waged war against the Republican Party.

“The political establishment is determined to keep me — the most anti-establishment candidate in the nation — out of the United States Senate,” Blankenship said in a news release. “Since the Fox News Debate when I regained the lead in the polls (following false ads against me by a Mitch McConnell controlled SuperPAC) the press and the establishment have colluded and lied to convince the public that I am a moron, a bigot, and a felon. They even went so far as to lie about my chances against Senator Joe Manchin in the general election.”

Blankenship spent a year in prison on charges related to a coal mine explosion that killed 29 people in 2010.

Is that legal?

West Virginia has a sour grapes law that would prevent Blankenship from becoming a nominee.

“Candidates affiliated with a recognized political party who run for election in a primary election and who lose the nomination cannot change her or his voter registration to a minor party organization/unaffiliated candidate to take advantage of the later filing deadlines and have their name on the subsequent general election ballot,” according to the West Virginia election laws.

If Blankenship somehow ends up on the November ballot, he will face Morrisey and incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin (D) in the midterms.

What else did Blankenship say?

“I hold in the highest regard the founding principles of the United States Constitution and I am willing to fight to protect both West Virginia and America from all enemies — foreign and domestic,” Blankenship said. “It is especially appropriate for me to be nominated by the Constitution Party given its staunch and uncompromising commitment to upholding the United States Constitution. My First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendment rights were violated when I was falsely charged and politically imprisoned following the unfortunate mining accident at Upper Big Branch — a tragedy wholly caused by the actions of the establishment and the federal government. It is no surprise then that the establishment has worked so hard to cover-up the truth. In fact, were it not for the Sixth Amendment guarantee of a jury trial the Obama Department of Justice would have tyrannically and maliciously imprisoned me for life.”

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Iran nuclear deal at risk as EU support ‘not sufficient’

The EU must work harder to preserve its oil trade with Iran following the United States’ withdrawal from 2015 international nuclear pact, Iran’s foreign minister told the EU’s energy chief on Sunday. Miguel Arias Canete, European Commissioner for energy and climate, said the Iranian government want the EU to consider making direct euro-denominated payments for Iranian oil to Iran’s central bank with a view to avoiding the US financial system altogether.

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The Indian who challenged Einstein

‘He was nominated for the Nobel Prize 9 times and several scientists wrote to the academy pointing out the injustice.’ Ambassador T P Sreenivasan remembers E C G Sudarshan, the legendary physicist who passed into the ages on Monday, May 14. IMAGE: Professor E C G Sudarshan, the legendary physicist.

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