By Reuters | PUBLISHED: May 24, 2019 at 7:32 pm | UPDATED: May 24, 2019 at 7:32 pm Reuters The Trump administration must temporarily halt the use of some Defense Department funds for a border wall with Mexico, a judge ruled Friday, because the money was not specifically authorized by Congress for construction of the barrier. The order blocks the use of $1 billion from the Department of Defense in Arizona and Texas, out of $6.7 billion that the Trump administration said it planned to direct toward building the wall. “The position that when Congress declines the Executive’s request to appropriate funds, the Executive nonetheless may simply find a way to spend those funds ‘without Congress’ does not square with the fundamental separation of powers principles dating back to the earliest days of our Republic,” Haywood Gilliam Jr., a U.S. judge in California, wrote in the order. Separately, Gilliam denied a preliminary injunction against the border wall … [Read more...] about California judge blocks Trump border wall funding
By gqlshare | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: May 24, 2019 at 1:59 pm | UPDATED: May 24, 2019 at 2:55 pm Kevin Durant may be unique when he’s on the basketball court, but put him in the social media arena and the Warriors star says he’s no different than any of us. Durant doesn’t understand why he’s been criticized for his recent online interactions with Fox Sport’s Chris Broussard and even fans. “I’m a human being with a social media account,” he told reporters Friday at the Warriors practice facility. “I can see if I venture off about politics or culinary arts or music, and giving my input (there), but I’m sticking to something I know. “I’m qualified to talk about basketball,” added Durant, who is hoping he can recover from a calf injury and play in the NBA Finals. “When I respond to something, especially if it’s about me, of course I’m going to tell you if you’re … [Read more...] about Warriors’ Kevin Durant defends his social media chirping
By Jim Harrington | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: May 24, 2019 at 10:26 am | UPDATED: May 24, 2019 at 11:14 am Napa and Westeros will share a little more in common this weekend, as one of the “Game of Thrones” stars visits BottleRock Napa Valley. Kristian Nairn, who memorably portrayed the character of Hodor on the HBO smash hit series, will perform DJ sets at the festival on Day Two and Three (Saturday-Sunday, May 25-26), according to Nairn’s website. When and where will these DJ sets take place? Well, there’s no mention of Nairn, at least that we can find, on the official BottleRock schedule. But there’s more going on at BottleRock than what you’ll find on that schedule — such as the Monkey Shoulder Porta Party, which folks enter through, yes, a porta party. “One of these Porta Potties is not like the others…. Can you spot the Monkey Shoulder Porta PARTY Speakeasy? When you enter through the … [Read more...] about What ‘Game of Thrones’ star is performing at BottleRock Napa?
By Amy Dickinson | Tribune Content Agency PUBLISHED: May 24, 2019 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: May 24, 2019 at 9:58 am DEAR AMY: My grand-nephew is being bar mitzvahed next month. His father, who runs youth programs for the local Jewish Community Center and has never before displayed ultra-orthodox tendencies, has decided to hold the ceremonies in a Chabad synagogue, in which men and women are not allowed to sit together. I refuse to attend this ceremony, which I consider medieval and sexist in nature. My wife — it’s her side of the family — knows how I feel, and is OK with my choice, but will attend the ceremony, nevertheless. There are other, less rigid synagogues in the area, and I would gladly attend services at them, but this is what my nephew has chosen. I’d like to tell the family how I feel, and encourage them to boycott the ceremony, as well. I know this is drastic, and practically uncalled for, but I truly feel that attending means approval of these … [Read more...] about Ask Amy: I refuse to attend this sexist bar mitzvah
By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: May 24, 2019 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: May 24, 2019 at 7:12 am By Charles Arrowsmith | Washington Post On a grimy peninsula off the mainland of good taste, in a Baltimore far from the threatening realism of “The Wire,” still reigning over his own personal filthdom, lives the original Pope of Trash, John Waters. The “Hairspray” director may not have made a movie since 2004 but he has toured a successful one-man show, hitchhiked across America and popped up in movies from “Seed of Chucky” to “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.” Now he’s returned with a girthy new book of hot takes and shocking gossip. In “Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder,” Waters recalls the rise and droop of his movie career and offers advice to aspiring filmmakers, style icons and “sensation-monger[s].” His roguish charm may be enough to make readers feel “all warm and … [Read more...] about John Waters offers to wrap you up in a filthy, hilarious hug