LeBron James invested $1 million in a pizza startupand now he’s even richer

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It’s good to be the king.

NBA superstar LeBron James has already proven himself a savvy businessman. One of his most recent investments is just the pepperoni on his pizza.

James’s $1 million investment in restaurant startup Blaze Pizza is now worth $25 million, thanks to a recent round of funding, according to ESPN.

That number is set to rise by as much as $15 million thanks to some endorsement payments that are contingent on sales, ESPN added.

James has plenty of other high profile investments under his belt, including Beats by Dre, as well as his own media companies, SpringHill Entertainment and Uninterrupted.

James’s financial acumen has drawn praise from none other than Warren Buffett, widely considered one of the greatest investors in American history.

“Hes savvy. Hes smart about financial matters. Its amazing to me the maturity he exhibits,” Buffett said about James.

James had a net worth of $275 million as of 2016, according to analysis done by Forbes.

James is far from the only NBA player to have taken an interest in investing. New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has his own venture fund, Melo7 Tech Partners, while Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala has become a fixture in the tech community.

Plenty of retired players have also gotten into tech investing, but none quite as much as NBA legend Kobe Bryant. Bryant launched a $100 million tech fund in 2016.

Follow him on Twitter and you’ll end up getting a healthy dose of tech, and even an idea of where he’s putting his cash.

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Cities in England’s north pressing for more money – BBC News

Image caption Manchester is among the cities calling for more money

Mayors and council leaders from five cities in northern England will hold a summit with business leaders next month to press ministers for more investment.

They are concerned that the government has become less committed to the idea of a Northern Powerhouse after David Cameron and George Osborne departed.

The cities are Liverpool, Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester and Leeds.

The Department for Transport (DfT) rejected the suggestion that northern England was being short-changed.

The mayors and council leaders said statements from Transport Secretary Chris Grayling in particular had caused them “confusion and concern”.

‘TransPennine flashpoint’

BBC political correspondent Iain Watson says the flashpoint appears to have been the possibility that not all of the TransPennine rail route will now be electrified.

This has been seen previously as a symbol of the government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse.

The local government leaders are hoping their summit will put pressure on ministers to re-commit to the project before Parliament resumes in September.

A DfT spokesman said more than 1bn would be spent on improving the rail infrastructure over the next five years, and a decision would be taken next year on how to improve journey times and increase capacity on the TransPennine route.

He added that northern English cities would also benefit from the investment in the HS2 high-speed rail link.

‘Widespread anger’

The summit comes after ministers announced their backing for Crossrail 2 – a proposed north-south rail route across London – but said the Manchester to Newcastle rail link may not be fully electrified despite promises from the previous government.

Mr Grayling and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan are said to be in agreement that there is “no doubt London needs new infrastructure to support its growth and ensure it continues as the UK’s economic powerhouse”.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said there would be “widespread anger” at the decision to support Crossrail 2.

‘Kick in the teeth’

Shadow cabinet minister Angela Rayner said: “This is a real kick in the teeth again, showing that the Conservatives don’t care about us in the north.

“If we’re really going to be a powerhouse across the north then they’ve got to give us that infrastructure.

“If you look at how much money is spent in London on infrastructure compared to how much money is spent in the North West on infrastructure, there’s thousands of pounds per head difference.”

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-40723993

Mom Who Was Forced To Give Up Toddler’s Seat Plans To Sue United

A Hawaii woman is suing United Airlines over her claim that she had to hold her son in her lap during a flight because the airline gave his paid seat to a standby passenger.

Shirley Yamauchi, 31, told HuffPost that she is filing a lawsuit this weekfor an incident that occurred in late June. She says her 2-year-old son had to give up a seat she had paid nearly $1,000 for to a standby passenger whose ticket shared the same seat number.

With no help from flight staff, Yamauchi said she was forced to hold her son for the entire 3-hour flight to Boston from Houston. Yamauchi told HuffPost that shes filing the lawsuit to keep United Airlines from doing this to other passengers.

Its unsafe, uncomfortable and unfair, she told HuffPost. He was barely buckled in for nearly four hours.

Yamauchis lawyer, Michael Green, told Hawaii News Now that they want to let the people decide what to do to people that are this greedy and put lives potentially in danger.

When asked about the potential lawsuit, Maddie King,a spokeswoman for United, told HuffPost in a statement, We reached out to Ms. Yamauchi to apologize to her and her son, and we also refunded their tickets.

Shirley Yamauchi
Yamauchi says her son was forced to crouch and stand on the floor after he became too heavy for her to hold.

The incident occurred after Yamauchi and her son boarded their flight in Houston after a five-hour layover from Honolulu. Once seated, another passenger who was on standby, showed up to take her sons seat.

After Yamauchi flagged a flight attendant for help with the situation, the staff member shrugged and said the flight was full, Yamauchi previously told HuffPost. Yamauchi then moved her son to her lap and flew to Boston without raising the issue further.

She says she didnt speak out a second time because she was afraid of retaliation from the airline after hearing about an April incident that left passenger Dr. David Dao bloodiedand injured as he was dragged off a flight.

I startedremembering all those incidents with Unitedon the news. The violence. Teeth getting knocked out, she previously told Hawaii News Now. Im Asian. Im scared, and I felt uncomfortable. I didnt want those things to happen to me.

Allowing Yamauchi to fly with her son on her lap violated Uniteds own traveling with children policy.The FAA alsostrongly advises againstallowing children to sit on an adults lap during flights becausearms arent capable of holding your child securely, especially during unexpected turbulence.

Representatives of United issued an apology to Yamauchi five days after her Houston layover, when local media in Hawaii had already reported on her ordeal.

During her return flight July 6,Yamaguchi says, United staff members upgraded her seats to business class and offered her access to their United lounge in San Francisco,where she had a layover.

But that may not be enough, according to Yamauchis lawyer.

United deserves everything we can do to them,Green told Hawaii News Now.

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Texas Senate OKs Trans Bathroom Restrictions

AUSTIN, Texas The Republican-dominated state Senate on Tuesdaypasseda bill that would force trans Texans to use bathrooms of the gender on their birth certificates, rather than the one they identify with.

The 21-10 vote on party lines, with one Democrat defecting, came after more than 200 opponents including many trans Texans testified against the bill on Friday. Procedural rules require three readings of the bill before final passage, but it is likely to formally sail through the state Senate sometime this week. It still needs state House approval and the governors signature to become law.

I believe it to be right for Texas, and reflective of our values, state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham), the lead author of the bill, said on the floor of the Senate. The proverbial silent majority thinks this is common sense.

Under the legislation, Texans would only be allowed to use bathrooms, locker rooms and showers in schools and government buildings that match the gender on their birth certificates.An amendment adopted before the vote would allow people to use state-issued IDs to identify their genders. (Changing the gender listed on a Texas ID requires anupdated birth certificate or a court order.)

The bill also would overturn non-discrimination ordinances passed by cities like Austin and San Antonio to make public bathrooms accessible to transgender people.

Kolkhorst and other supporters described their efforts as a public security measure designed to protect women and children from sexual predators. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, an outspoken social conservative,forced the special session of the legislature that began this month largely to pass the bathroom restrictions.

But LGBTQ groups and the business community have widely criticized those concerns as manufactured and unnecessary, since assault in any setting is already illegal. The only group directly affected by the proposed law are trans Texans, who often face bureaucratic obstacles when attempting to change the gender identification on their birth certificates.

Transgender people are under attack in the state of Texas, Lisa Scheps, the director of the Transgender Education Network of Texas, told HuffPost. We are under attack by the legislature, and the governor and the lieutenant governor But that doesnt stop our resolve.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedospoke against SB 3 on the steps of the Capitol, as lawmakers gathered inside for the vote.

It doesnt address a problem of bathroom predators, because there is no problem of men dressing as women to assault women in public restrooms, Acevedo said. It doesnt make us safer, it creates confusion for ordinary citizens, complicates law enforcements job, and puts a target on the backs of LGBT Texans. It solves no problems, while creating a host of new ones. And worst of all, it facilitates discrimination.

Democratic senators grilled Kolkhorst over the bill on Tuesday, with Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin) likening it to Jim Crow-era restrictions that kept black Texans out of bathrooms used by whites. But Democrats numbers are too small to keep the bill from advancing.

We all agree men should not be in womens restrooms, Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) said. This bill, however, does not achieve that goal. In fact, it would do the exact opposite it would force transgender men into womens bathrooms and force transgender women into mens bathrooms, putting them in danger.

Instead, the debate is playing out between the states hard-line conservatives, led by Patrick, and more moderate Republicans. It remains to be seen whether Patrick and his allies will get their way after SB 3 passes to the House of Representatives.

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) called the legislature back for a special session this month, largely to pass bathroom restrictions that would target trans Texans. 

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) has loudly voiced his opposition to legislating trans bathroom use, saying it would undermine the safety ofvery vulnerable young Texansand would be a shot in the foot to the states business community. Two studies that figured prominently in the public debate over the bathroom proposal predict that Texas will sacrifice billions in tourism revenue if the measure becomes a law that provokes boycotts.

Straus and his loyalists will likely find a way to kill SB 3 in the House, according to Rice University political scientist Mark Jones.

SB 3 will never see the light of day, Jones told HuffPost. It will be dead on arrival. Speaker Straus will send it to the State Affairs Committee and it will sleep in a drawer.

The question will then become whether Straus and his more moderate and business-friendly Republican colleagues will abandon the idea altogether, or try to cobble together a compromise to appease social conservatives like Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott (R), who have pressured Straus to pass some version of the bathroom restrictions.

Texas Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton), for example, has filed a similar bill in the House that would overturn the states non-discrimination ordinances, but doesnt specify that people must use the bathroom of the gender on their birth certificate.

Groups organizing to kill SB 3, however, dont see a way of watering down the proposal enough to make it acceptable.

There is no compromise on discrimination, Dan Quinn, the communications director for the Texas Freedom Network, told HuffPost. Either you discriminate or you dont. Theres no middle ground.

Multiple federal courts have already ruled that transgender students rights are protected by Title IX, the section of federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in education, according to Kali Cohn, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union. While the ACLU doesnt comment about its plans to file lawsuits, Cohn described the various proposals to keep trans Texans out of the bathrooms they identify with as unconstitutional and vulnerable to challenge in the courts.

The practical effect of what those bills do is the same they target transgender students for discrimination, Cohn said. If they pass as drafted, [Texas] will be in violation of federal law and the Constitution.

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Texas ‘bathroom bill’ advances after Senate vote

The Texas state Senate early Wednesday gave final approval to a bill restricting public restroom access for transgender people. The legislation now moves on to the House, where it faces opposition.

The bill, which passed 21-10, shortly after midnight local time, is similar to one that North Carolina enacted into law in 2016, but repealed a year later because of boycotts and other organized reactions from the laws opponents.

The Republican-controlled Senate in Texas approved a proposal mandating that transgender people use public restrooms based on the sex listed on their birth certificate or other forms of ID issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Tribune reported.

The vote, which followed eight hours of debate, was the second attempt by Texas lawmakers this year to place restrictions on restroom use. A previous bill passed in the Senate but died in the House without a vote.

Republican House Speaker Joe Straus has denounced the bill, aligning with big-name employers like Apple and Amazon, which call the bill discriminatory and bad for Texas businesses.

Debate surrounding the bill has already cost the state $66 million in convention business, and that figure could rise to roughly $1.4 billion if more sports, conventions and other events are canceled.

The North Carolina law cost that state hundreds of millions of dollars and led to the relocation of this years NBA All-Star Weekend from Charlotte to New Orleans. (After North Carolina replaced the law with a compromise solution, the NBA agreed to hold its event in Charlotte in 2019.)

Republican Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, the Texas bills sponsor, said there was no solid evidence that enacting the bill would hurt the states economy, Reuters reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/26/texas-bathroom-bill-advances-after-senate-vote.html

U.S. Energy Secretary Duped Into Fake Interview With Russian Comedians

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry optimistically discussed expanding American coal exports to Ukraine and other energy matters during a lengthy phone call this month with a Russian prankster who Perry thought was Ukraines prime minister.

Perry actually was talking with comedians known in Russia for targeting celebrities and politicians with audacious stunts, Energy Department spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said in a written statement.

Pranksters Vladimir Krasnov and Alexei Stolyarov are sometimes called the Jerky Boys of Russia, after an American duo who put out recordings of their prank phone calls in the 1990s. They have made faux calls to British singer Elton John, who thought he was speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and others.

These individuals are known for pranking high-level officials and celebrities, particularly those who are supportive of an agenda that is not in line with their governments. In this case, the energy security of Ukraine, Hynes said.

During the 22-minute call on July 19, Perry, whose department oversees the U.S. nuclear weapons program, discussed a range of topics in a business-like tone, including sanctions against Russia and helping Ukraine develop oil and gas.

Perry said the Trump administration opposes Nord Stream 2, a Russian project to bring natural gas to Europe across the Baltic and that U.S. technology could help Ukraine develop gas.

Giving Ukraine more options with some of our technology is, I think, in everyones best interest with the exception of the Russians, but thats OK, he said.

Perry also discussed the Paris climate accord and coal exports on the call.

The call, first reported by E&E news, was recorded and posted online.

It happened about a month after Perry met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his delegation at the Energy Department.

President Donald Trump said last month that Washington plans to offer Ukraine more coal exports from the United States because the eastern European nations industrial sector has difficulty securing coal from separatist-held regions.

It is unclear how the United States would bring more coal to Ukraine but Perry hinted on the call that the Commerce Department was working on it.

The coal conversation at this particular point in time is with (Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross) and I full well suspect it will go forward, he said on the call.

News of the call came the same day the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to impose new sanctions on Russia.

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Trump Says White House Staffers ‘Fighting Over Who Loves Me The Most’

President Donald Trump characterized months of reported infighting within his administration as a battle between staffers competing for his affection in an interview published Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal.

Trump, asked about the Justice Departments role in quashing a spate of leaks to the media from anonymous sources within the White House and various federal agencies, said he hoped Attorney General Jeff Sessions would go after the leakers in intelligence. However, the president, seemingly as an aside, appeared to quip that he wasnt bothered by staffers leaking positive things about his administration.

I dont mean the White House stuff where theyre fighting over who loves me the most, OK? Trump said, with the transcript noting there was laughter in the room at the comment. Its just stupid people doing that.

The president later said he was very disappointed in the fact that the Justice Department has not gone after the leakers.

Theyre the ones that have the great power to go after the leakers, you understand, he said. So and Im very disappointed in Jeff Sessions.

Trumps comments may be in reference to a Politico story from May that said aides within the Oval Office sometimes slip the president fake news stories to press their advantage on policy; other times they do so to gain an edge in the seemingly endless Game of Thrones inside the West Wing.

Westeros aside, the Trump administration has been rife with infighting since its early days, when media outlets described a White House in chaos or raging through a civil war. Senior staffers have reportedly launched tense battles over issues including the Paris climate accordand the recent appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, and much of the drama has made its way into the media.

Scaramuccis new role reportedly led to Sean Spicers resignation as White House press secretary last week in protest and drew disapproval from his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

Trump has repeatedly raged at the press over any leaks and reportedly asked former FBI Director James Comey about jailing reporters who published classified information in February.

Scaramucci has vowed to end the leaks himself, going so far as to say hed fire everybody if the leaks dont stop. He backed off those comments Tuesday, saying he had no plans to fire people, at least for now.

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The Democrats have a plan. Now can they sell it?

(CNN)The plan is out and the verdict is in. Progressives are greeting the Democratic congressional leadership’s new economic agenda with cautious optimism, choosing to highlight notes of common cause — and mostly play down the now familiar divisions — as the party begins a fresh play to rebrand itself ahead of the coming midterm election.

There is little in the policy portfolio introduced on Monday in Virginia that will strike voters as new or innovative — a close reading of the Hillary Clinton campaign’s voluminous issues hub will turn up many of the same ideas and policy prescriptions. If anything, Clinton ultimately went further then than the new pitch did in its debut now, with pages dedicated to organized labor and debt-free college.
But the question for national Democrats in this chaotic moment is less about policy — an ongoing debate that both invigorates and threatens to rupture the party — than prioritization in messaging. A dirty word in some quarters, Democrats are now banking on the hope that, by zeroing in on chronic economic dislocation, they can juice the liberal base while activating a growing populist grassroots that rejected Trumpism but never quite came around to the alternative.
    The challenge now, will be in convincing the public to buy in.
    “You have to be extremely disciplined,” Rebecca Katz, a progressive Democratic strategist and former top aide to former Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, told CNN. “It’s not about the one day of unveiling a message. It’s about sticking to it every single day and having all of your members and all of your candidates saying the same thing, over and over and over again.”
    Progressive criticism of the Clinton campaign’s tactics often returns to this point. Policy is easily subsumed by politics — and success, be it in elections or the daily struggle to commandeer the conversation, comes to those who can streamline the two and then hammer away.
    “What we’ve learned from the last election is that it’s not enough to have a good issues page on your website,” Katz said. “You need to actually talk about it and fight for it everyday.”
    How they go about it — in particular language they use — will be instrumental. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s introduction in the The New York Times and the official agenda are colored by the language of the left. Pledges to invest “directly” — that is, with public funds — in new infrastructure projects and “crack down on monopolies and the concentration of economic power” project a renewed willingness to tout government intervention as a worthy means of advancing working class interests.
    “Democrats have too often hesitated from taking on those misguided (pro-business) policies directly and unflinchingly — so much so that many Americans don’t know what we stand for,” Schumer wrote. “Not after today. Democrats will show the country that we’re the party on the side of working people.”
    There is early buy-in from the progressive left, which has welcomed the shift in focus. As the Progressive Change Campaign Committee’s Adam Green said in an email to reporters, “The framing of this 2018 economic populist messaging is admirable and strong.”
    Berniecrats’ leaders too are praising the party’s direction — offering mostly good reviews to the Democratic plan while playing down its tensions with the bolder agenda presented by the new “People’s Platform,” which pushes for single-payer health care and free college.
    “Our Revolution will be asking Democrats to use the ‘Better Deal’ as a starting point and to not only support the Democratic platform but to discuss these issues at every opportunity,” the group’s board chair, Larry Cohen, told CNN on Tuesday, hours before its new president, Nina Turner, and other activist groups launched their “Summer for Progress” in Washington, DC.
    The progressive millennial group #AllOfUs, which helped craft the “People’s Platform,” responded to the rollout on Monday with an email headlined, “Imitation may be the greatest form of flattery.” A day on, co-founder Waleed Shahid said the new agenda “reveals where progressive populists have won over the establishment and where we haven’t.”
    “It’s clear that (Democrats) realize they must message as populists,” Shahid said, “but they aren’t fully willing to break with Wall Street and their corporate donors, force the billionaire class to pay their fair share, and embrace ‘Medicare For All,’ free college, a full employment economy based in transforming our energy system, or taking the Republican dog whistle head on.”
    Those negotiations are coming.
    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is expected to release his single-payer health care plan soon after the fate of Trumpcare is decided. Republican success in repealing Obamacare, suddenly on the table again amid a flurry of late reversals by GOP senators, would only boost its relevance. In the meantime, Democrats are committed to keeping it simple.
    “(A Better Deal) is our collective vision,” House members Cheri Bustos, David Cicilline and Hakeem Jeffries wrote in a Monday op-ed on CNN.com. “This is not a slogan. It’s who we are and what we intend to accomplish for the American people.”

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/26/politics/can-democrats-sell-a-better-deal/index.html

    ‘It takes a lot of courage’: Venezuelan protesters tell of rising police violence

    As general strike begins, more than 100 have died and hundreds more arrested in anti-government protests since April

    It was the second time Wuilly Arteagas violin was damaged during anti-government protests in Caracas, but it was the first time he was injured by police.

    Arteaga, who has become a symbol of Venezuelas protest movement for playing his instrument amid raging street battles, was injured during Sundays clashes. Footage from the incident showed police firing rubber bullets and teargas, as protesters threw stones.

    Arteaga said the incident reflected an increase in police brutality across the country. How can one even grasp the fact the National Guard shot me in the face for playing the violin? he asked.

    On top of the firearms the security forces are using against civilians which is illegal they are also deploying armoured vehicles, with which theyve run over peaceful protesters. Doing that in a generalised and systemic way constitutes a crime against humanity, according to the international criminal court.

    More than 100 people have been killed in the 115 days since anti-government protests began, while hundreds more have been arrested. Violence looks set to continue in the run-up to Sundays vote to elect a constituent assembly charged with rewriting the constitution. President Nicols Maduro has said the move will end the unrest, but his opponents say it is little more than an attempt to consolidate power.

    On Tuesday, the countrys biggest business association added its voice to criticism of the government and called on Maduro to cancel the vote. Fedecamaras said the constituent assembly was unconstitutional and unnecessary and would not create a solution to the crisis.

    We demand the executive branch abandon its intention to impose a new constitution, the group said in a statement.

    A 48-hour strike is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, while fresh protests have been called for Friday.

    Unai Rodrigues, 22, who lives in Caracas and regularly joins protests, said he expected those demonstration to be one of the biggest so far. He claimed police regularly shoot teargas canisters at protesters chests and faces to cause as much damage as possible.

    I was not surprised by Wuillys injury at all. The police force saw him as a target. He was detained a few days ago, but released a few hours later, Rodrigues said.

    We will continue fighting. Music is louder than the sound of bullets.

    Jose Santiago, a teacher living in Maracay, a city in north-central Venezuela, said there were barricades at almost every street corner in his city and that many people were scared to go outside for fear of violence.

    A Venezuelan supermarket on Monday. Locals have been stocking up before this weeks general strike. Photograph: Miguel Gutierrez/EPA

    Things have certainly changed radically for the protesters, as they are now automatically considered criminals and terrorists, rather than mere peaceful demonstrators, and are slung into jail when caught, instead of just being detained as previously was the case, he said.

    A 51-year-old man was arrested during a protest outside the capital. He is one of many protesters who have been detained since the crackdown on demonstrations began last month. His daughter, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she was provided with little information after his arrest.

    They carried him off on a motorcycle and during this event he was repeatedly beaten on the head until he was almost unconscious. They took him to the governors parking lot, where he was kicked hard on the floor, she said.

    Three hours later he was transferred and a general hearing held for all the detainees two days later. He was charged with disturbing the public order, damages to public property and aggression, the latter is a collective charge, despite being innocent. Then he was taken to prison.

    Victor Candela, 22, who lives in Mrida, a city in western Venezuela, said he was too scared to protest as he lives alone after his family left the country. He echoed concerns about police brutality and illegal treatment of protesters.

    They keep them in horrible places and they dont give them food or water. Even they dont allow their families to see them or even to talk to them. Many of the families even dont know where are their sons, siblings, parents are imprisoned, he said.

    But many protesters, like Arteaga, say they are more certain to turn out than ever. He said that despite his injuries, which require him to rest for at least 15 days, he would attend the protest.

    What Venezuela is going through is a very serious situation. It takes a lot of courage to continue to fight against the barbarism of a narco-government which has departed entirely from legality, said Arteaga.

    I do feel scared, no one goes to war without fear, but I feel courageous enough to overcome that fear and keep fighting for my countrys freedom.

    • Some of the names in this story have been changed

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/26/we-have-courage-to-overcome-fear-venezuelans-protesters-on-police-violence

    MSNBC Makes Network History With Stretch Of No. 1 Cable Ratings

    For the first time, MSNBC spent five consecutive weekdays as the most-watched cable network in prime time, bringing in more total viewers than its top news rivals, Fox News and CNN, and all other cable channels, according to Nielsen.

    MSNBC has traditionally surpassed CNN in ratings but fallen behind Fox News dominating prime-time lineup that for years featured Bill OReilly at 8 p.m. Eastern time, followed by Megyn Kelly at 9 p.m., leading into Sean Hannity at 10 p.m.

    But 2017 brought lots of changes to Fox News, with Kelly defecting to NBC News early in the year and the cable news network parting ways with Bill OReilly amid mounting allegations of sexual harassment and bad behavior.

    Fox News took second place for the week, Nielsen reported, with MSNBC averaging 2.34 million viewers for July 17-21 and Fox News averaging 2.25 million.

    While MSNBC has bested Fox News in weekday prime-time total viewers in the past once in May 2017 and previously in September 2012 last week was the first time the network was the No. 1 most-watched network during weekday prime time in all of cable television. Weekday prime time refers to shows airing from 8 to 11 p.m. Monday to Friday.

    In individual time slots, Rachel Maddow continued her monthlong winning streak over Fox News and CNN during the 9 p.m. hour. But last week, Maddows show was the second most-watched program on all of cable, falling just behind WWE Entertainment.

    Its been a news-heavy summer as bombshells continue to drop about members of President Donald Trumps campaign interacting with Kremlin-linked individuals before and after the election. The presidents eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., his son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, and his former campaign manager Paul Manafort will testify this weekin closed-door congressional sessions investigating Russias meddling in the 2016 election.

    Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/msnbc-top-ratings-stretch_us_5976a14be4b0e201d57775e2