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Ivanka Trump slams Roy Moore over allegations

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  • Ivanka Trump spoke out against Roy Moore
  • The Senate candidate has been accused of pursuing sexual relationships with teenage women

Washington (CNN)Ivanka Trump spoke out for the first time against embattled Alabama Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of pursuing sexual relationships with teenagers when he was in his early thirties. Her father, President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has largely stayed mum on the issue.

“I’ve yet to see a valid explanation and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts,” the first daughter and presidential adviser said.

However, according to the report, Trump did not explicitly call for Moore to drop out of the race. Alabamans head to the polls December 12, and Moore has given no indication he will step aside.

Trump, who has been focused on tax reform in recent weeks, has also made women’s economic empowerment central to her West Wing portfolio. This is the first time she has spoken out specifically about Moore, as allegations of sexual harassment by powerful men have dominated the news cycle in recent weeks.

Speaking in Japan earlier this month, Trump alluded to a more widespread problem facing women in the workplace: “All too often, our workplace culture fails to treat women with appropriate respect. This takes many forms, including harassment, which can never be tolerated,” she said.

And when her own father’s remarks describing sexual assault in a leaked “Access Hollywood” tape resurfaced during the 2016 election, Ivanka Trump said his words were “offensive” and “jarring.”

“He recognizes it was crude language,” Trump said weeks before the election at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit. “That’s not language consistent with any conversation I’ve ever had with him certainly or any conversation I’ve overheard, so it was a bit jarring for me to hear, and he was very sincere in his apology.”

Now over a year later, the President has refrained from publicly commenting on the Moore revelations, which unfolded as he was abroad in Asia. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement on behalf of the President that Moore should drop out if the allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against him are true. Speaking with reporters in Vietnam, the President declined to comment further, saying he had not been following the issue closely.

Behind the scenes, the President and his advisers are closely watching the developments in Alabama’s special election, two sources close to the White House and a White House official said.

Trump, one source said, believes the allegations of child sexual abuse and sexual assault against Moore are bad for the Republican brand, but has decided to wait and see how the situation shakes out before publicly commenting.

That silence is in large part rooted in his own history of facing sexual misconduct allegations, a Republican close to the White House told CNN.

In conversations in the West Wing on Wednesday, Trump expressed apprehension about being dragged into the topic of sexual assault or harassment if he weighs in.

“He’s worried about the conversation moving to his past accusers,” the Republican familiar with the matter said, noting that the President believes his accusers were unfair and some of Moore’s may be, too.

CNN’s Jeremy Diamond contributed to this report.

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Pentagon to pay for transgender surgery for active duty soldier for first time ever

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The Pentagon has confirmed that it will pay for the gender transition surgery of an active duty transgender soldier, and that the surgery took place on Tuesday. This is the first time that the Pentagon will fund a sex-reassignment surgery.

The news was first reported exclusively by NBC, which reported that the patient is an Army infantry soldier who identifies as a woman.

NBC cited “a source close to the service member” who also said the soldier received the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan in 2003.

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A waiver for the surgery was approved by Vice Admiral Raquel Bono, head of the Defense Health Agency, which provides medical care to active duty personnel, according to a Defense Department document, NBC reported.

“This afternoon, an active-duty military member received a sex-reassignment surgery. Military hospitals do not have the surgical expertise to perform this type of surgery, therefore it was conducted in a private hospital,” the Pentagon said in a statement on Tuesday, following its initial report, NBC said.

“Because this service member had already begun a sex-reassignment course of treatment, and the treating doctor deemed this surgery medically necessary, a waiver was approved by the director of the Defense Health Agency. The Supplemental Health Care Program will cover this surgery in accordance with the Department’s interim guidance on transgender Service members.”

President Donald Trump in August had issued a memo directing the Department of Defense to stop accepting transgender recruits, and for the Pentagon to halt any future funding for sex-reassignment surgeries. Trump had abruptly announced his transgender troops ban over the summer, via Twitter.

On July 26, Trump announced the ban in three tweets that seemingly blindsided officials and outraged many people.

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump tweeted.

“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” he said.

Following the President’s memo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that transgender troops will continue to serve in the U.S. military, pending the results of a study from experts Mattis would select who will provide advice on President Trump’s recent memo.

The memo directed the Pentagon to prohibit transgender people from joining the military, and it gives Mattis the power to remove any transgender service member based on deployability.

The new directive would also end payments for gender reassignment surgeries for those in the military, as well as other medical treatments for gender transitioning.

The Pentagon intends to present new guidance to President Trump by Feb. 21, 2018, on how to implement the transgender ban.

In the meantime, the American Civil Liberties Union has sued Trump over the transgender ban. Late in October, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that there can be no changes to the U.S. Military’s transgender policy while there is a pending case against the proposed ban that is being reviewed in court.

400 Students Take Matters Into Own Hands After Atheists Tell Coach Not to Pray

When the atheist group Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter to Georgia’s East Coweta High School warning them that a tradition of coaches leading or participating in prayer with student athletes was impermissible, they probably thought they had already won the battle.

In a way, they did: The coaches didn’t lead the students in prayer. But that didn’t mean the players — or the fans — weren’t going to bow their heads before the Lord.

Instead, when East Coweta took the field for a recent Friday night game, according to WAGA-TV, they had more than just the football players bowing their heads.

“Our students have done a great job and our students took it upon themselves to organize a prayer with our students in the stands before the game. Instead of it being 100 players praying, it turned into 400 students praying,” East Coweta coach John Small told the Christian Post. That’s their right and we are going to support them in that.”

And, as you can see, things seemed to have worked.

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The whole thing began when the FFRF sent a letter to Superintendent Steve Barker on Oct. 25 about Coach Small’s praying with the team.

In a statement, the FFRF said they informed the district “that it is illegal for public school athletic coaches to further personal religious beliefs by leading their teams in prayer. Coach-led prayers, FFRF points out, equate to a government advancement and endorsement of religion — a stark violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.”

“Not only must public school coaches refrain from leading prayer themselves, but also from participating in students’ prayers, FFRF informed the district. When a public school employee in that official role organizes and advocates for team prayer, religion is endorsed on the district’s behalf.”

A memorandum drawn up by the school district said that the coaches couldn’t “bow their heads” or “manifest approval” if students led the prayer themselves, but they could still be there for it.

“We are not allowed to be in the middle of it but we have a right to be there with our players. We don’t have to flee (the scene),” Small told the Christian Post.

“If my head is bowed, nobody can tell me what I am thinking. I am not leading the prayer. I am there supporting my kids. Whether I am praying or not, nobody can say I am or I ain’t.”

As you can see, the new student-led prayer certainly didn’t make for any less prayer on the football field.

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Small says that it’s “really turned into a positive” for the team.

“I think what is happened with this organization (FFRF), whatever their intent was, you tell teenagers they can’t do something, surely they are going to do it,” Small noted. “It has really turned into a positive because at the end of the day, we are trying to teach students about leadership and they should be the ones taking the charge on it anyway.”

Amen to that — literally.

H/T Faithwire

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Les grands-parents auraient un impact négatif sur la santé des enfants

C’est une étude qui risque de ne pas plaire aux grands-parents. D’après une équipe de chercheurs de Glasgow (Ecosse), ces derniers auraient une influence négative sur la santé de leurs petits-enfants. Les effets se feraient ressentir notamment sur l’alimentation et le poids des enfants, rapporte .

Pour parvenir à ces résultats, l’équipe de scientifiques a analysé les données de 56 études réalisées dans 18 pays, qui comportaient des informations sur l’influence des grands-parents sur leurs petits-enfants. 

Suralimentation et tabagisme

Les grands-parents favoriseraient notamment la prise de poids des petits, en raison d’une suralimentation et d’un manque d’activité physique. Ils tendent par exemple à récompenser ou à exprimer leur amour à leurs petits-enfants en leur offrant des friandises de façon régulière.

L’étude fait également état du tabagisme passif subi par les enfants lorsqu’ils se retrouvent avec leurs grands-parents qui fument à la maison et qui, en plus d’exposer les petits à la fumée, leur donnent un mauvais exemple. Le tabagisme, la mauvaise alimentation, l’excès de poids et le manque d’activité physique favorisés inconsciemment par les grands-parents augmenteraient ainsi le risque de cancer pour leurs descendants.

Facteurs sociaux

Ces habitudes sont reliées par les chercheurs à des tendances sociales pour expliquer l’ampleur de ces impacts négatifs sur les petits. L’évolution de la société de ces dernières années, avec la proportion croissante de femmes sur le marché du travail, la hausse des coûts de garde d’enfants et le nombre croissant de parents célibataires, implique que les enfants sont davantage confiés à leurs grands-parents, et passent ainsi plus de temps en leur compagnie. 

Une évolution à prendre en compte par les acteurs publics selon l’auteure principale de cette étude, Stephanie Chambers:

“À l’heure actuelle, les grands-parents ne sont pas au cœur des messages de santé publique destinés aux parents et, à la lumière des résultats de cette étude, il est peut-être nécessaire de changer cela, étant donné le rôle prépondérant des grands-parents dans la vie des enfants”.

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Kids Make Heartbreaking Requests To Holiday Gift Donation Program

They’re asking for heartbreakingly simple things

The holiday season is upon us, and as we’re busily preparing for all the gift-buying, parties, and food, some families are only reminded of the things they don’t have. For one young boy, that includes school snacks so he’s not the only one in his class with nothing to eat.

The heart-wrenching request was shared as part of a Christmas gift donation program organized by the non-profit Things of My Very Own, Inc. based in Schenectady, New York. Their mission, according to their Facebook page, is “providing crisis intervention services to children impacted by extensive abuse and/or neglect.” Another service they offer is to help keep families together and children out of the foster care system when the only issue at play is a lack of funds to purchase the things a child needs to live a healthy life.

For this ten-year-old, one of those things is a snack to take out during class to eat with the rest of his peers. And some Pokemon cards, because he’s a ten-year-old boy, after all.

If that isn’t a gut punch, I don’t know what is. Having a snack at school might not even be about just hunger — it’s about not feeling ashamed and ostracized. It’s demoralizing for a child to have nothing to eat while everyone else around him does. A small snack seems like such a simple thing, but it carries a lot of meaning.

The organization distributes the gift tags to local businesses for people to select and then purchase the requested items, bringing them to Things of My Very Own, Inc. all wrapped and ready to give out to the children. Luckily, the comments under this boy’s gift tag are full of people who want to send him all the snacks and whatever Pokemon items his heart desires.

But of course, his tag isn’t the only one that needs fulfilling.

From littles in need of all things Batman and Thomas the Train (along with twin blankets and a nightlight), to older kids who have outgrown their clothes and need new ones, there’s so many ways to do a good thing this holiday season. Across every price point there are gifts for kids in need.

This baby is literally asking for food as well as an army man. He’s six. He’s six and he’s asking Santa for food. My heart simply can’t take it.

An eleven-year-old girl in need of blankets and a coat who prefers the color blue felt the need to let gift buyers know that she’s “a nice person.” If this doesn’t break your heart, you don’t have one. In what decent world does a child feel she has to justify needing things to keep her warm by preempting that she’s a nice person? Again, the comments show that people are more than willing to give this sweet girl what she’s asking for.

And amid all the heartbreaking wishlist items are adorable reminders that these kids are still kids — and deserve to be innocent enough to have their biggest concern be that their brother is stealing their Batman toys.

This organization certainly isn’t unique when it comes to the gift tag project — schools, churches, or even your place of employment probably has a similar program for “adopting a family” or an individual child, like Things of My Very Own, Inc. allows. We can use this time of being grateful and thinking generously to address needs, not just for this wonderful non-profit, but in our own communities too.

If you’re in the position to do so, call your child’s school and see if teachers need help keeping extra snacks on hand for the kids who regularly don’t have one. Ask if there are local families in need of clothing or food. Involve your children. This year, I’ve decided to give my kids money to take on a trip to the grocery store so I can help them select items to donate to their school’s canned food drive. There are so many ways to give and even if you can’t spend a lot, it all helps.

For that little boy who needs school snacks, $5-10 could have him set for a month. Imagine what it would do for his self-esteem and his ability to focus on his schoolwork knowing that he doesn’t need to worry about this anymore.

There’s so much mean in the world. 2017 has been a hard year and I think we’re all needing to see the good.

So let’s be the good.

If you’d like to donate to Things of My Very Own, Inc. directly, you can do so on their website. Other organizations helping kids in need during the holidays include Toys for Tots, Operation Christmas Child, and Make A Wish.

UCLA players suspended after China incident

“They will have to earn their way back,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said in a news conference Wednesday.

Alford said that the players will not travel, will not suit up for road games or take part in practice while the school performs a review of the situation.

The players were questioned last week about allegedly stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou, where the Bruins had been staying before leaving for Shanghai to face Georgia Tech on Friday. They were released on bail early Wednesday morning and had been staying at a lakeside hotel in Hangzhou since then.

President Trump, who was already on an Asia trip, spoke to President Xi Jinping of China about the incident and the players were allowed to return to the United States on Tuesday.

“These are good young who have exercised an inexcusable lapse of judgment, and now they have to live with that,” Alford said.

All three players read statements of apology at Wednesday’s news conference.

LiAngelo Ball, brother of Lakers star Lonzo Ball, said: “I didn’t exercise my best judgment and I’m sorry for that.”

“This does not define who I am,” he added. “My family raised me better than that.”

President Trump had tweeted about being thanked earlier Wednesday.

Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!

All three players, Alford and UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero did offer their thanks to the president.

“I’d also like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help they gave us as well,” Ball said.

Riley said: “To President Trump and the United States government: Thanks for taking the time to help us out.”

“Thank you to the United States government and President Trump for your efforts to bring us home,” Hill said.

Guerrero offered some details on the incident. He said that the players stole from three stores, were arrested and posted bail of about $2,200. That money has since been refunded as charges were withdrawn.

All five people at the news conference also thanked the Chinese police and government for their handling of the situation.

Riley said that he was “embarrassed and sorry.”

“I take my responsibility for what I did — shoplifting,” he said. “I didn’t just let my school down but my country.”

Hill made a point of apologizing to fans.

“What I did was stupid. There’s no other way to put it. I’m not that type of person,” he added

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Puppy Howls To Wake Siblings Up – Has Internet In Stitches When He Sounds Like Chewbacca

Some of us just stand out from the rest of those in our family. And that goes for humans and animals alike. Take this adorable Husky puppy from Russia for example.

While his brothers and sisters are fast asleep in dreamland, this poor little pup seems to be discontent.

Apparently, this little pup isn’t cut out for life in a litter. He’s looking for something more. Apparently, this little Husky wants to be a Wookiee.

It seems as though this little pup wants to grow up to be just like his idol Chewbacca one of the most famous Wookiees, which are an intelligent species of bipeds from the planet Kashyyyk in the Star Wars Universe.

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Wookies are known to be taller, stronger, and hairier than humans and other humanoid species. The funny thing is Chewbacca was based on a dog.

George Lucas’ Alaskan Malamute named Indiana was the inspiration for the character, according to Wookieepedia, The Star Wars Wiki.

So far, this little Husky has the Wookiee howl down pat. He sounds exactly like his idol Chewbacca when he lets out a howl. Now, all he has to work on standing on two feet.

Well, that may or may not be true. This Husky pup might just be bored, according to Husky Problems.

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“When boredom sets in for your Husky, it can cause him/her to start howling,” according to Husky Problems. “Also, when a Husky starts howling, this means that he/she’s missing attention and/or interaction with the owner.”

There are also some other reasons that a Husky might howl.

“First of all, this is the way that Huskies communicate with each other in the wild. With your Husky being domesticated, you’ve no need to see packs of Huskies running wild near your home and will keep from seeing the pack communicating with your Husky,” the website states. “Still, the howling actions haven’t left your Husky.
Another reason why a Husky starts howling is because of alarms or sirens that go off in the middle of the night. The main way you can tell that the Howling is abnormal is if he/she keeps it up after the siren stops sounding off.”

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Either way, this adorable Wookiee-wannabe has stolen the hearts of the internet. A video of him howling has been viewed more than 375,000 times on YouTube.

You can hear this Husky’s perfect and adorable Chewbacca impression in the video below.

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Court Rules Police Officers Can Legally Execute Your Dog if It Does Anything But Sit Silently

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit concluded Monday that police officers are justified in killing citizens pets; even if those animals are not attacking or attempting to attack them.

Judges MOORE and CLAY (Circuit Judges), and HOOD (District Judge) heard an appeal from the plaintiffs Mark and Cheryl Brown, of Battle Creek, Michigan.

The Browns filed a lawsuit against the BATTLE CREEK Police Department; the City of Battle Creek, and police officers Jeffrey Case, Christof Klein, and Damon Young; for the death of their beloved dogs at the hands of sadistic cops.
The incident occurred on April 17th, 2013, when police were attempting to execute a search warrant on the home where the Browns were living because a police informant reported another man, Vincent Jones was distributing heroin, cocaine, and marijuana from the residence.

Jones was apprehended before police arrived on the scene.

Mark Brown, who was not a suspect in the search; had gone home on his lunch break to let out his two pit bulls. After doing so, he locked the door and headed back to work when police arrived and detained him.

He told them he had a key, and that they didn’t need to destroy the front door to gain entry into the home. But destroy it they did.

The Browns dispute the claims by police that the dogs were barking.

Mark Brown even testified the smaller of the two dogs had “never barked a day in her life.” Officer Klein said the larger dog was barking and “lunged” at him, but later admitted the pet “had only moved a few inches.”

Despite there being no attack, Klein fired a round at the dog. Both dogs ran away from the officers to the basement, obviously fleeing in fear.

There, the two dogs were shot and killed by the officers who felt that they could not properly clear the room and effectively execute the search warrant on the home, explaining they “did not feel [the officers] could safely clear the basement with those dogs down there.”

Going further, the officers stated the “basement was loaded.

You’ve gotta look under beds, you’ve gotta do everything, and [the dogs] basically prevented us from doing that, and they were protecting that basement.” Klein testified the smaller pit bull was “just standing there” when it was shot and killed.

In spite of these sadistic admissions, the appellate court ruled in favor of the officers; the police department, and the other defendants. They agreed with the lower court ruling that the police officers were covered under “doctrine of qualified immunity”; and were therefore not liable for compensating the plaintiffs in the case.

The precedent has now been set. Cops can legally kill your dogs for the sole act of being a dog. If your dog moves, it is dead, if he barks, it is dead. If your dog does anything but sit silently in the other room, it is dead.

However, as the above case illustrates, even if they are silent in the other room, police can still kill them; just to make their search for arbitrary substances deemed illegal by the state — that much easier.

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Son Suspended from School for 3 Days, Mom Praised for Clever Punishment

School suspension can be a controversial topic. Certain negative behaviors are almost universally recognized as needing to be addressed in some way.

Is suspension really the best way of punishing students, though? When students are required to leave school for a specified time period, many wonder if this absence from school classes is the best form of discipline.

A mother from Shreveport, Louisiana wasn’t going to let her son’s suspension turn into a vacation. Demetris Payne’s clever punishment for her son has gone viral.

Not only has it gone viral, but it has received plenty of praise. It’s a bold step for a parent to publically share how they will discipline their child.

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For an individual to receive overwhelmingly positive feedback about their choice of discipline is quite rare! It must be good.

No matter what your opinion is on the suspension debate, one can respect the lesson Payne aimed to teach her son. He was suspended from school for three days.

Facebook groups may not always be the best place to seek out help in disciplining your child. For Payne, the South Bossier Online Yard Sale Facebook group actually was of great assistance during the suspension period.

She shared that her son was suspended. Then, she shared how her community could help.

They could help by allowing her suspended son to help them. She wrote quite the advertisement on her son’s behalf.

Payne wrote, “He will do your lawn service, he will rake your yard, mow if you supply the mower, pick up trash, or wash your car for free.”

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“Maximum three hours. If anyone has a rake they would like to donate will be awesome,” she continued.

Requests flew into Payne’s inbox. A strict schedule was created in order to ensure he made it to all of his appointments to do the various tasks.

A hedger, lawnmower, and weed eater were all donated to her son. He mowed lawns and cleaned up yards all while his mother made sure he stayed on task.

Payne posted videos and photos of her son doing the yard work, which resulted in hundreds of encouraging comments. Natalie Ann Phillips commented, “So glad that his suspension was spent doing community service and teaching a lesson as opposed to a 3-day vacation.”

Another comment by Meghan Lester read: “WE NEED MORE MOMMAS LIKE YOU!!! I love this and love more that you were willing to take time from your days to be beside him as he did the yard work!”

Payne shared a positive update at the end of her son’s suspension. She shared, “Meeting with all his teachers and set up a plan so we can make sure he stays on track.”

Payne’s ability to turn her son’s suspension into a positive time of discipline and service is refreshing and inspiring. Great job, mom!

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