Watch: CNN Ohio Voter Panel Shows Trump Support Still Strong, Disappointment in Comey


Thursday during the 9 p.m. ET hour of CNN’s “AC 360,” network national correspondent Gary Tuchman hosted a panel voters from Ohio, where Trump won last November and got their reaction to the day’s earlier proceedings of former FBI Director James Comey testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Despite the negative press coverage aimed at Trump reacting to the testimony, the support seemed to remain for Trump. Transcript as follows: TUCHMAN: Anderson, Butler County Ohio, north of Cincinnati has been very kind to Republican presidential candidates over the years. Since 2000, the Republican candidates won each time, including in 2016 with Donald Trump with 61 percent of the vote. And with us right now are nine Trump voters here in Fairfield, Ohio at Ricks Tavern & Grille. And the reason we’re here is we watch the hearing on big screen T.V. this morning, and you all came back to talk to me tonight. Thank you for coming back. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You’re welcome. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You’re welcome. TUCHMAN: The first thing I want to ask you, it is a crime when you testify before Congress to lie. That is perjury. You can go to prison for it. [21:35:07] Raise your hand

Two Hole-in-Ones Against All Odds for Golf ‘Hack’

The bag of Dustin Johnson of the United States is seen on the tenth hole during a practice round prior to the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia
You can understand why George Cook just bought a couple of lottery tickets—he’s feeling lucky.

Seattles Times: Evergreen Has ‘No Safety, No Learning, No Future’

A column in the Seattle Times blasts Evergreen State College, claiming that the chaos over Bret Weinstein may signal the end of the 50-year-old institution.

Taylor Swift Songs Were Streaming This Whole Time If You Looked In The Right Place

The world, and probably Katy Perry, collectively freaked out on Friday when it was discovered that Taylor Swift re-released her whole catalog to Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal. 

Swift made the decision to pull her music from streaming services in 2014, as she was “not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music.” 

But, oddly enough, on the day her rival Perry released her new album, “Witness,” Swift’s team made their big announcement.

“In celebration of ‘1989’ selling over 10 Million Albums Worldwide and the RIAA’s 100 Million Song Certification announcement, Taylor wants to thank her fans by making her entire back catalog available to all streaming services tonight at midnight,” a statement read

Thing is, Swift’s music has been available on streaming services for months now. You just might not have been looking in the right place. 

Exhibit A: Ryan Adams.

The musician’s cover of Swift’s critically acclaimed and beloved album “1989” never left Spotify or other platforms. And to be honest, some ― including myself ― prefer his take on the lyrical gems. Swift herself praised Adams and his work on her hits like “Out of the Woods” and “Blank Space.”

“Actors say a line, say a sentence, but they say it with different emphasis on different words and they completely change it. That’s what you did with my album,” she told the “Prisoner” singer. 

“I was listening to that record and thinking, ‘I hear more,’” Adams told Rolling Stone of his decision to record “1989” in his own style. “Not that there was anything missing. I would just think about the sentiments in the songs and the configurations.”

He added, “It wasn’t like I wanted to change them because they needed changing. But I knew that if I sang them from my perspective and in my voice, they would transform. I thought, ‘Let me record “1989” like it was Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska.””

Adams turned Swift’s songs into timeless lullabies, focusing more on the emotions behind the lyrics rather than the ‘80s beats. His version peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard chart and earned himself and Swift some nice pocket change. “Blank Space” had over 21 million listens on Spotify alone. 

It’s the SONGS that matter. The stories. The love.
Build things. Go deep. Dare.
XO
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— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) September 27, 2015

Holy heck y’all. Just heard @TheRyanAdams #1989 cover album and it’s a masterwork. @taylorswift13 as you never imagined. PREORDER on iTunes!

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 18, 2015

So if you’ve been desperately craving Swift’s catalog on streaming services, maybe you were missing out on listening to Adams’ “1989” on repeat. (If you did just that, bravo!) You could have also played songs like Little Big Town’s “Better Man,” Kellie Pickler’s “Best Days of Your Life,” Miley Cyrus’ “You’ll Always Find Your Way Back Home,” and, infamously, Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s “This Is What You Came For,” all of which Swift wrote. 

Happy you’re back online, TSwift tunes, but glad we had Ryan Adams to hold us over. 

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New Study Says Fear of Crime, Danger Drives American Handgun Ownership

Previous polls found that nearly two-thirds of Americans who own guns say they do so for protection purposes, a far more common response than for recreation or hunting.

But what do these gun owners imagine they need protection from?

A group of research psychologists from the Netherlands and the United States published a study on Thursday examining how fear of specific crimes and a broader sense of general danger contribute to American gun ownership.

The study, which was broken down into different surveys and was published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, hopes to mitigate some of these fears driving Americans to own guns.

In the first part of the study, which was conducted with more than 800 men, about half of whom were gun owners, the researchers found that gun owners generally perceive the world as a more dangerous place than non-gun owners. According to the study, these people perceive their risk of being the victim of a specific crime during their lifetime ― such as a mugging, a violent attack or a home invasion ― to be higher than than non-gun owners did.

Handgun owners more likely to say they’d shoot in self-defense

The researchers also found differences among men who owned only handguns and men who owned long guns, such as a shotgun or rifle, which are typically used for hunting and shooting sport. They found that handgun owners who perceived greater threats ― either specific or abstract ― are more likely to say they’d shoot in self-defense. 

(It’s important to note, however, that most of the gun owners surveyed owned more than one weapon.)

“It suggests that a sense of threat can be multi-layered, which may give insight into the nature of fear and what people do to overcome it,” Wolfgang Stroebe, lead study author and visiting professor at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands told HuffPost. 

“Though perhaps it also highlights the challenge of reducing fear in society,” he said.

There’s no connection between gun ownership and risk of attack either, the researchers added. “The people at most risk of homicide victimization are among the least likely to own guns, and guns rarely get used in the very assault scenarios for which they are intended,” the study authors write.

“If handgun ownership for self-protection is not purely about fear of crime but also about a more general sense of danger, it could mean that communications aimed purely at reducing fear of crime will not be enough to change people’s beliefs that they need a gun for self defense,” Stroebe said.

A real-world experiment after the Orlando mass shooting

The researchers happened to have surveyed gun owners about their reasons for ownership in the week leading up to the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, which killed 49 people and is considered the worst act of terrorism on U.S. soil since the Sept. 11 attacks. 

In the days after the Orlando shooting, the researchers surveyed a different group of gun owners about their reasons for ownership and compared the responses. 

Since there’s typically a spike in background checks for gun sales after a mass shooting, the researchers hypothesized that more gun owners would say protection was their reason for ownership directly after the Orlando attack.

“We expected that such a terrible mass shooting as the one in Orlando would – at least momentarily – increase people’s fear of crime, or their belief that the world is a dangerous place,” Stroebe said.

Instead, the attack hardly changed gun owners’ responses at all. 

“Maybe this means that the spike in FBI background checks after a mass shooting is not motivated by increased concerns about protection and self-defense,” Stroebe said. “Or maybe most gun owners have already incorporated the threat of mass shootings into their belief system.”

And while the primary goal of the research is to serve as a building block for further study, Stroebe does think there’s some practical application. 

“If we want to help people conquer their fears, we have to recognize that a sense of threat can have multiple layers and each layer may have to be addressed separately,” he said.

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Cop Fired After Fatal Shooting Gets His Job Back, Plus $140,000

An Albuquerque, New Mexico, police officer charged with murder for fatally shooting a homeless man has gotten his job back more than three years after the incident. As part of a settlement agreement, he’ll also receive $143,159 in back wages and benefits.

Dominique Perez was one of two officers charged in the March 2014 killing of James Boyd during a tense encounter in the Foothills area of Albuquerque. Boyd, who had schizophrenia, was camping there in violation of city ordinances. When police confronted him, Boyd threatened them with two pocket knives, leading to an hours-long standoff. Video of the shooting appeared to show Boyd turning away from officers just before they opened fire.

Perez was terminated from the Albuquerque Police Department in 2015, after prosecutors formally charged him. The second officer, Keith Sandy, retired after the shooting. Both men fired three times during the incident and said they did so to protect a K-9 handler who had approached Boyd. The city of Albuquerque agreed to pay a $5 million settlement to Boyd’s family, but did not admit any wrongdoing in the incident.

The second-degree murder case against the two officers ended in a mistrial last year, when jurors couldn’t agree on a verdict. Earlier this year, prosecutors said they wouldn’t retry the men.

Perez was officially reinstated in late May and is currently on administrative assignment. He will not respond to calls or provide services for one year.

“Perez must also complete all of the department’s new training related to our settlement agreement, along with state required training, and pass a psychological exam,” Albuquerque police said in a statement to KOB 4.

Around the country, it’s not uncommon for fired officers to get their jobs back thanks to arbitration and union rules that help shield cops from discipline, even in cases in which their misconduct is clear.

Hundreds of people took to the streets after Boyd’s death, protesting what they saw as the latest evidence of the Albuquerque department’s misdeeds. After a string of fatal on-duty shootings beginning in 2010, the U.S. Justice Department had mounted an investigation into the Albuquerque police in 2012. The probe culminated in a damning report, released the month after the Boyd shooting, that documented a pattern of excessive force and violations of constitutional rights. In October 2014, the police department entered into a federal consent decree requiring reform.

Some activists involved in the reform process saw Perez’s rehiring as a troubling sign.

“Officer Perez’s reinstatement raises concerns because, despite some progress in its reform under the consent decree with the Department of Justice, APD has failed to establish a reliable system to hold officers accountable for violations of its use of force policy,” said Peter Simonson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico, in a statement to HuffPost. “The citizens of Albuquerque still cannot trust that supervisory or command staff will keep an officer like Perez, who has a history of violating APD policies, in check.”

With Perez back on the force, the recently created Civilian Police Oversight Agency said that he could face further internal discipline related to the Boyd shooting. The panel plans to re-examine the incident to determine if Perez violated any department policies during the standoff, executive director Ed Harness told KOAT.

“The board has pledged to the public that they’re going to make sure that they’ll look at all the shootings, no matter how old they are,” said Harness. “There is still the opportunity for the board to have a say in the discipline of the officer.”

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ZUMWALT: Will Trump and Pope Francis Heed the Call for ‘Men of the Same Moment?’

When Donald Trump and Pope Francis met at the Vatican on May 24th, the former became the thirteenth serving U.S. president to officially meet with a serving pontiff.

James Corden And Emily Blunt Pop-Sing Their Way Through ‘Romeo And Juliet’

The “Late Late Show” did it the Bard way.
Host James Corden and actress Emily Blunt performed an accelerated “Romeo and Juliet” Thursday, singing through Shakespeare’s play of star-crossed lovers with 14 …

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Huffington Post co-founder Jonah Peretti claimed this week that Andrew Breitbart “would absolutely love” the “continued trolling” from Breitbart News and the Trump administration were he still alive today.

8-Year-Old Didn’t Throw Away Her Shot To Have A ‘Hamilton’ Birthday Party

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