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23 Apr 19
Saints Wire

The 2019 NFL Draft is just days away, and fans of the New Orleans Saints are ready for it to be over with. It’s tough to find enthusiasm when the Saints are scheduled to make their first pick late Friday night, missing the exciting first round altogether. But they should expect the black and gold […]

23 Apr 19
In The Paint

Five years ago something was brewing at the supposed Mecca, Madison Square Garden. The New York Knick fan base was livid! Fans such as myself, my friends, my family and other New York City fans have lived through decades of despair wishing and hoping for a title. I go back to when Walt “Clyde” Frazier […]

23 Apr 19
Working On My Redneck ™

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Chocolate Bar Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), has been on quite the roll during the early part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. While his series-high three wins and six top-five finishes in the nine races contested so far this season are impressive […]

23 Apr 19
Vents Magazine

City Parks Foundation is thrilled to announce the 2019 season of Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage, New York City’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival, bringing nearly 100 free and benefit shows to Central Park and 17 neighborhood parks throughout the five boroughs. This year’s festival will showcase 200 renowned artists and rising stars from […]

23 Apr 19
Las Vegas Review-Journal
#gallery-1647615-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1647615-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1647615-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1647615-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Trader Michael Milano works March 12, 2019, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 23. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) NEW YORK — The S&P 500 index was on track for an all-time high Tuesday as big U.S. companies began turning in solid results for the first quarter, despite predictions for the worst quarter of earnings growth in years. The most recent record for the benchmark index was set last September, shortly before the market took a nosedive in the fourth quarter that took the index almost 20 percent below that peak. Big names including Hasbro, Lockheed Martin and Twitter all surprised Wall Street with strong profit and revenue. Analysts are watching corporate reports closely this week as they gauge whether first quarter earnings for U.S. companies will be as bad as predicted. Wall Street has been forecasting a contraction during the quarter. Technology companies led the gains after software maker Cadence Design Systems beat Wall Street’s forecasts and gave investors a better outlook for the year. Cadence rose 4.3 percent and Qualcomm rose 4.8 percent. Consumer product companies followed Hasbro higher. Industrial stocks gained ground as Lockheed Martin and United Technologies surprised investors with solid earnings reports. Homebuilder Pulte Group rose 3.7 percent, leading that sector higher after reporting a boost in new orders and solid earnings results. The Commerce Department also reported that new U.S. home sales increased 4.5 percent in March, marking the third straight monthly gain. KB Home rose 2 percent and Lennar rose 0.8 percent. Energy companies continued riding a rising wave of oil prices, which are up 45 percent for the year. The latest increases are being pushed by the U.S. government’s decision to further block Iranian oil exports, which could cut the global supply of oil. Concho Resources rose 1.4 percent and Cabot Oil rose 0.5 percent. KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 1 percent as of noon Eastern Time and was slightly above its all-time closing high of 2,930.75, which was set on September 20. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.7 percent, or 178 points, to 26,688. The Nasdaq composite index rose 1.3 percent. BUZZING PROFIT: Hasbro surged 15.2 percent after the toy company reported strong growth in its various franchises, which include Transformers toys, which benefited from the hit movie “Bumblebee” and “Magic: The Gathering Arena.” The turnaround comes as Hasbro and other toy makers recover from the bankruptcy of Toys R Us. BUBBLING SALES: Coca-Cola surprised Wall Street with its beverage sales during the first quarter after it previously warned of slower growth this year. The stock rose 2 percent after the world’s largest beverage maker reported growth in revenue and profit that beat forecasts on sales of its signature soft drink, along with sports drinks and water. The growth warning in February triggered the stock’s worst sell-off in more than a decade. TWEET STORM: Twitter surged 16.9 percent after surprising Wall Street by adding more users than analysts had expected during the first quarter. All those additional thumbs texting away brought in more advertising sales and pushed revenue 18 percent higher. The company beat forecasts for gains in both monthly and daily users. There were some disappointing aspects to its quarterly report. Profit, which included a hefty tax benefit, fell short of forecasts. Looking ahead, the revenue forecast for the current quarter is mostly shy of what Wall Street expects. LOCKHEED DELIVERS: The aerospace and defense company rose 6.7 percent after raising its forecast for the year on a solid outlook for jet and arms production. Profit and revenue results for the most recent quarter also beat analysts’ forecasts. The company cited its F-35 fighter jet program as a key factor in its record backlog. Missiles and sales of other arms surged during the quarter.
23 Apr 19
Mother Jones
Six years after gutting the Voting Rights Act, the conservative justices on the Supreme Court seem likely to uphold the Trump administration’s addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census by claiming it’s needed for better enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the Census Bureau, wrote in March 2018 that the citizenship question was needed for “more effective enforcement” of the VRA. The conservative justices seemed sympathetic to this claim, even though their 2013 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder significantly weakened the law by neutering the requirement that states with a history of discrimination clear any voting changes with the federal government. “Do you think it wouldn’t help voting rights enforcement?” Chief Justice John Roberts asked Barbara Underwood, the former New York attorney general, on Tuesday during oral arguments over a lawsuit brought by New York and 17 other states challenging the citizenship question. Roberts called the collection of citizenship data “a critical element” for the enforcement of voting rights cases. His question was echoed by Justice Brett Kavanaugh. “The evidence before [Ross] was that it wouldn’t lead to better voting rights enforcement,” Underwood responded. Indeed, lawyers for the states challenging the citizenship question, along with groups like the ACLU, argued that the citizenship question would harm the very minority communities the Voting Rights Act was designed to protect. The citizenship question “will cause an undercount of noncitizens and Hispanics, to the detriment of the places where they live,” Underwood said. If the census case follows the same pattern as other contested voting rights cases, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority is likely to uphold the question. Approving the citizenship question by invoking the Voting Rights Act would be a bitter irony for the communities of color that stand to lose the most from an unfair and inaccurate census. The census determines how $880 billion in federal funding is allocated, how much representation states receive, and how political districts are drawn. If large numbers of immigrants don’t respond to the census, which has not asked about citizenship since 1950, the areas where they live could lose representatives in Congress and federal funding, and economic and political power could shift to whiter and more Republicans areas. Three federal courts have struck down the citizenship question so far.  Voting rights lawyers have dismissed the argument that the citizenship question is needed for better enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. “Adding a citizenship question to the census is not helpful for voting rights enforcement,” said Dale Ho, the head of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, argued before the court on Tuesday. The lawyers note that the Trump administration hasn’t filed a single lawsuit to enforce the law and has supported efforts to make it harder for people of color to vote, such as strict voter ID laws and aggressive voter purging. John Gore, the former assistant attorney general for civil rights in the Justice Department under Donald Trump, said the question was “not necessary” to enforce the Voting Rights Act, and six former heads of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division filed a brief with the court saying the question will “deter Latino and other voters from responding to the census” and “undermine enforcement of the Act.” Kavanaugh said that a citizenship question had been recommended by the United Nations and was used by many other countries, and that it had been asked in the United States “in some form or another” since the 1880s. “Doesn’t that international and historical question affect how we should look at the case?” he asked. The other major issue in the case was the credibility of Ross. Ross initially claimed that the Justice Department had “initiated” the request for the citizenship question, but evidence in the case showed that he aggressively lobbied for the Justice Department to formally request the question. Ross also claimed he had not discussed the question with White House officials but later admitted he had had conversations with “senior administration officials,” including anti-immigration hard-liners like Steve Bannon. The liberal justices noted that the Census Bureau had opposed the addition of the citizenship question, with the bureau’s chief scientist writing that it was “very costly, harms the quality of the census count, and would use substantially less accurate citizenship status data than are available from administrative sources.” “It did really seem like the secretary was shopping for a need,” said Justice Elana Kagan. “You can’t read the record without thinking that this need was a contrived one.” “There’s no question the bureau staff preferred not to have this question on the census form,” Solicitor General Noel Francisco, who argued the case for the Trump administration, admitted. But he said that Ross’ decision was “well within his discretion.” A decision is expected in late June and will have a major impact on the next decade of democracy in America.
23 Apr 19
World Site News

(Reuters) – The S&P 500 was within striking distance of its all-time high on Tuesday as better-than-expected results from Twitter and a host of industrial companies eased concerns about slowing corporate profits. Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., April 23, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidThe benchmark was…

23 Apr 19
Heavy.com

McDonald’s All Amercian, Villanova standout, Tim Thomas tells Scoop B Radio that Denzel Washington snuck him out of class. Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson reports.

23 Apr 19
Chomping at the Bit

2019 NBA free agents are some of the biggest names in the sport. 10 NBA All-Stars’ contracts are up and I decided where each of them should go based on skill, situation, money, and legacy. I’m sorry Warriors fan it’s time to break up. Also, I add my input on what my favorite team, the […]

23 Apr 19
The Fantasy Fanalysts

The Fanalysts have been grinding draft tape, monitoring team needs, and mock drafting since December. This 7-part mock-draft is one continuous mock draft and the final one of the season for us. We will be releasing one article per day in the week leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft. This is a summary of […]

23 Apr 19
College Football News

[jwplayer PkCtjTd4-boEY74VG] ACC programs have a lot to be excited about in the history of the NFL draft, but who are the best picks from each of the 14 programs? The conference takes a backseat to no one when it comes to NFL draft bragging rights from its current programs. From Dan Marino to Jim […]

23 Apr 19
Goodwill Theatre - Johnson City, New York | Educate. Revitalize. Entertain.

Goodwill Theatre will offer a tribute to the music of jazz legend Miles Davis on Sunday, April 28 at 2pm, performed by Bobby Militello and Star People. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for senior citizens and students, and can be purchased online at goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. […]

23 Apr 19
mndemsvolunteer

The question we should be asking 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates is not “Are you the best candidate to defeat Donald Trump?” but “Are you the best candidate to help us take back the Senate?”  Let me explain.