Saturday, July 2, 2016

Senate to Vote on Bill Punishing ‘Sanctuary’ Cities

The Daily Signal ^ | 06/30/2016 | Josh Siegel

The Senate will vote next week on legislation that would block congressional funding to cities and municipalities that don’t comply with immigration-related requests from the federal government.
Since the killing in San Francisco last July of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle and the arrest in her death of an illegal immigrant from Mexico with multiple deportations, Republicans in Congress have sought to punish local jurisdictions that have “sanctuary” policies limiting their cooperation with requests from federal immigration officials.
Police charged Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez with Steinle’s murder. The San Francisco sheriff at the time of Steinle’s death, Ross Mirkarimi, carried out a policy that barred communication with immigration authorities in virtually all circumstances.
Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., is the sponsor of the sanctuary city bill coming before the Senate for a procedural vote as early as next Wednesday. He describes the bill as intended to address what he views as a public safety issue.
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Along with Toomey’s bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., scheduled a vote next week on legislation from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that also is meant to address Steinle’s death.
That measure, known as “Kate’s Law,” would increase mandatory minimum prison sentences for immigrants convicted of repeatedly entering the country illegally.
“It defies common sense and we need to end these policies for the sake of our security,” says @SenToomey of “sanctuary” cities.
In October, the Senate voted on these two measures as one combined bill, but the effort failed after Democrats expressed opposition especially to “Kate’s Law.”
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This robot-powered burger joint could put fast food workers out of a job!

Tech Insider ^ | July 1st, 2016 | Melia Robinson 

A robot-powered burger joint is coming to San Francisco.

In 2012, secretive robotics startup Momentum Machines debuted a machine that could crank out 400 made-to-order hamburgers in an hour. It's fully autonomous, meaning the robot can slice toppings, grill a patty, and assemble and bag the burger without any help from humans. The internet flipped out.

Years of relative silence ensued, but in January, Hoodline's Brittany Hopkins learned that the San Francisco-based startup had applied for a building permit to convert a ground-floor retail space in the SoMa neighborhood into a restaurant.

Now it looks like the restaurant is actually happening. A job posting on Craigslist from early June gives us our first glimpse into how the company's future flagship, presumably opening soon, might work.

"This location will feature the world-premiere of our proprietary and remarkable new advances in technology that enable the automatic creation of impossibly delicious burgers at prices everyone can afford," the ad explains.

Just look at that burger:
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Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch just made Hillary’s email problems even worse!

Wapo ^ | 7/1/2016 | Chris Cillizza 

A big part of politics is appearances and perceptions. If something looks bad, people will likely conclude it is bad — even if there's no actual evidence or proof of its relative badness. Politicians know this; it's why they don't wear funny hats or get in tanks (anymore).

And it's why Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch should have known better when they huddled privately at the Phoenix airport earlier this week. Lynch is the nation's top cop and, as such, oversees the FBI, which is conducting an investigation into whether Hillary Clinton or any of her associates broke the law in setting up a private email server for her electronic correspondence during her four years as secretary of state.

Meeting privately with the former president of the United States who also happens to be Hillary Clinton's husband looks really, really bad.

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