Saturday, May 26, 2018

Japan ex-PM Nakasone, witness to war and success, turns 100

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One of Japan’s most prominent former leaders, Yasuhiro Nakasone, has turned 100, fitting in a country known for longevity.

As a World War II naval officer, he witnessed the depth of Japan’s defeat and devastation. He presided over Japan in the 1980s at the pinnacle of its economic success. In recent years, he has lobbied for revision of the war-renouncing, U.S.-drafted constitution, a longtime cause neither he nor his successors have achieved.

His office says Nakasone, cared for by his daughter at their Tokyo home, is slowing down but in fine health.

In his written statement marking his birthday on Sunday, Nakasone says he is blissful to have worked for Japan’s postwar reconstruction and witnessed success.

He also vows to do more work.

The Latest: Trump says Korea talks 'going along very well'

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The Latest on diplomatic efforts involving the Koreas (all times local):

10:25 a.m.

President Donald Trump says negotiations over a potential summit with the leader of North Korea are “going along very well.”

Trump told reporters Saturday that: “We’re doing very well in terms of the summit with North Korea,” adding that “there are meetings going on as we speak.”

Trump said they are still considering June 12 in Singapore for the summit with Kim Jong Un. He said there is a “lot of good will” and denuclearization of the Korean peninsula would be “a great thing.”

Trump also said that talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have “gone very well.”

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10:20 a.m.

South Korea’s president says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un remains committed to holding a summit with President Donald Trump and to the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Kim at the border on Saturday for the second time in a month to discuss how to keep Kim’s summit with Trump on a track. The Kim-Moon meeting followed a whirlwind 24 hours that saw Trump cancel the highly anticipated June 12 meeting before saying it’s potentially back on.

Moon told reporters Sunday that Kim reaffirmed his denuclearization commitment and told Moon he’s willing to cooperate to end confrontation for the sake of the successful North Korea-U.S. summit.

Moon says his meeting with Kim was arranged at Kim’s request.

Seoul: North Korea committed to US summit, denuclearization

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South Korea’s president says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un remains committed to holding a summit with President Donald Trump and to the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Kim at the border on Saturday for the second time in a month to discuss how to keep Kim’s summit with Trump on a track. The Kim-Moon meeting followed a whirlwind 24 hours that saw Trump cancel the highly anticipated June 12 meeting before saying it’s potentially back on.

Moon told reporters Sunday that Kim reaffirmed his denuclearization commitment and told Moon he’s willing to cooperate to end confrontation for the sake of the successful North Korea-U.S. summit.

Moon says his meeting with Kim was arranged at Kim’s request.

Trump meets with Utah man who's back in US after long captivity in Venezuela

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Joshua Holt, who flew back to the U.S. on Saturday after being jailed in Venezuela since 2016, met with President Trump at the White House following his return.

Trump said it was “a great honor” to have the Holts there after they endured “a very tough ordeal in a Venezuelan prison.”

It’s “amazing that you were able to take it,” Trump said.

The president praised the lawmakers involved in securing Holt’s return, including Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who said in a statement earlier in the day that he was accompanying the Holts back to the U.S.

“We’re home,” Corker tweeted Saturday evening. “Honored to greet Josh Holt’s parents at the airport. So happy for them.”

The 26-year-old’s long-awaited arrival comes after he spent roughly two years incarcerated in Venezuela after traveling to the country in the summer of 2016 to marry Thamara Candelo. The pair planned to return to the U.S. after their nuptials, but were jailed in El Hilcolde on what human rights groups said were largely trumped-up charges.

Following Holt’s return, the office of Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who previously said he had worked for “the last two years” on securing a release, shared an emotional video of Holt reuniting with his family.

UTAH MAN INCARCERATED IN VENEZUELA JAIL IS ON HIS WAY HOME, OFFICIALS SAY

An earlier video was also shared by the office showing Hatch hugging members of Holt’s family before going to the tarmac.

The family was expected to meet with President Trump at the White House Saturday evening, according to the president, who earlier tweeted that he was “looking forward” to it.

A senior administration official confirmed to Fox News that “nothing” was offered in exchange for Holt’s release.

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Joshua Holt and Thamara Candelo on their wedding day. Thamara’s daughter, Nathalia, 7, is in the foreground.  (Courtesy of Laurie Holt)

Venezuelan authorities claim Holt and his wife were stockpiling weapons, and have suggested they were part of a U.S. plan to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro. But witnesses say they saw Venezuelan police, accused of demanding $10,000 from Holt and Candelo, plant weapons just before arresting the couple — and announcing the discovery of the arms.

UTAH MAN IN VENEZUELAN JAIL SAYS PRISON ‘HAS FALLEN,’ TAKEN OVER BY PEOPLE WANTING TO KILL HIM

Laurie Holt, Joshua’s mother, told Fox News in February that her son’s ordeal has taken an emotional and physical toll on her. A week ago, the 7-year-old daughter of Candelo from a previous marriage arrived in the United States on a humanitarian visa to live with Joshua Holt’s parents in Utah.

Upon Holt’s return, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted, saying he was “very glad that Josh Holt is now back home with his family – where he has always belonged.”

“Sanctions continue until democracy returns to Venezuela,” Pence added.

Utah Rep. Mia Love also tweeted after Holt’s flight had landed.

“Josh Holt is on American soil again!” Love tweeted. “His flight just landed in DC. Looking forward to seeing him!”

Fox News’ Matt Leech and Kathleen Joyce contributed to this report.

Utah man jailed in Venezuela returns to US at last, officials say

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Joshua Holt, who was headed back to the U.S. on Saturday after being jailed in Venezuela since 2016, has landed on home soil, according to an official who traveled with him.

“We’re home,” Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee tweeted, hours after saying in a statement that he was accompanying the Holts back to the U.S. “Honored to greet Josh Holt’s parents at the airport. So happy for them.”

The 26-year-old’s long-awaited arrival comes after he spent roughly two years incarcerated in Venezuela after traveling to the country in the summer of 2016 to marry Thamara Candelo. The pair planned to return to the U.S. after their nuptials, but were jailed in El Hilcolde on what human rights groups said were largely trumped-up charges.

Following Holt’s return, the office of Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who previously said he had worked for “the last two years” on securing a release, shared an emotional video of Holt reuniting with his family.

UTAH MAN INCARCERATED IN VENEZUELA JAIL IS ON HIS WAY HOME, OFFICIALS SAY

An earlier video was also shared by the office showing Hatch hugging members of Holt’s family before going to the tarmac.

The family was expected to meet with President Trump at the White House Saturday evening, according to the president, who earlier tweeted that he was “looking forward” to it.

A senior administration official confirmed to Fox News that “nothing” was offered in exchange for Holt’s release.

Venezuelan authorities claim Holt and his wife were stockpiling weapons, and have suggested they were part of a U.S. plan to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro. But witnesses say they saw Venezuelan police, accused of demanding $10,000 from Holt and Candelo, plant weapons just before arresting the couple — and announcing the discovery of the arms.

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Joshua Holt and Thamara Candelo on their wedding day. Thamara’s daughter, Nathalia, 7, is in the foreground.  (Courtesy of Laurie Holt)

UTAH MAN IN VENEZUELAN JAIL SAYS PRISON ‘HAS FALLEN,’ TAKEN OVER BY PEOPLE WANTING TO KILL HIM

Laurie Holt, Joshua’s mother, told Fox News in February that her son’s ordeal has taken an emotional and physical toll on her. A week ago, the 7-year-old daughter of Candelo from a previous marriage arrived in the United States on a humanitarian visa to live with Joshua Holt’s parents in Utah.

Upon Holt’s return, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted, saying he was “very glad that Josh Holt is now back home with his family – where he has always belonged.”

“Sanctions continue until democracy returns to Venezuela,” Pence added.

Utah Rep. Mia Love also tweeted after Holt’s flight had landed.

“Josh Holt is on American soil again!” Love tweeted. “His flight just landed in DC. Looking forward to seeing him!”

Fox News’ Matt Leech and Kathleen Joyce contributed to this report.

Man in custody after swastikas found painted on gravestones

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Authorities in southwestern Illinois say a suspect is in custody after swastikas were found spray-painted on several homes and dozens of grave markers at a nearby cemetery.

Edwardsville police announced on Facebook that a 34-year-old man was apprehended on Saturday. Additional information on the suspect was not immediately available.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports employees at Sunset Hill Cemetery in neighboring Glen Carbon found swastikas on 150 to 200 headstones. Cemetery grounds superintendent Mark Johnson says the vandalism was discovered Saturday morning.

Glen Carbon is roughly 15 miles (24 kilometers) northeast of St. Louis.

Edwardsville police Sgt. Justin Towell says multiple homes in a subdivision were also vandalized. He says the same person may be responsible for both incidents.

Johnson says crews were called to clean the markers ahead of Memorial Day.

Vintage pair of Levis, 125 years old, go for close to $100,000

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The vintage look just got a whole lot more expensive. A buyer in Southeast Asia has purchased a pair of 125-year-old Levis for almost $100,000.

And you thought your jeans cost a pretty penny.

The jeans, originally bought in 1893 by Solomon Warner, a storekeeper in the Arizona Territory, have a drastically different look than today’s Levis. Warner’s jeans had but a single pocket, a button fly and no belt loops — remember, men favored a good set of suspenders back in the day.

The denims, size 44 with a 36-inch inseam, suggest that Warner was no small man.

Warner, it turns out, had a colorful history that had nothing to do with his jeans. He established one of the first stores selling American dry goods in Tucson, and survived being shot by Apaches in 1870.

The jeans were in good condition when they were purchased earlier this month because Warner had only worn them a few times before becoming ill.

The identity of the buyer and the exact amount of the sale have remained under wraps, because the Levis were sold through a private sale and not by way of an auction.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Why do people become killers? There are only three reasons — Here they are

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Following the most recent school mass shooting – this time in Santa Fe, Texas, where 10 students and teachers were killed and 10 were wounded Friday – family members, friends and investigators find themselves searching for illusive answers.

Why did this happen? How do you make sense of such a senseless tragedy?

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott pointed out that unlike other recent mass shootings, “there were not those types of warning signs. The red-flag warnings were either nonexistent or very imperceptible.”

The accused shooter’s parents said the media reports of the shooting seemed “incompatible with the boy (they) love,” and the 17-year-old boy’s best friend said he was “one of the most responsible people I knew. He didn’t drink or do drugs, to my knowledge … he was academically proactive, making all A’s.”

Given the profile that is emerging, investigators have not yet identified the motive for the shooting.

I, however, know precisely why this latest killer did what he did. And I also know what will motivate the next killer to act in a similar way.

Many years ago, as I began investigating high-profile murders in Los Angeles County, I carefully chronicled the motives for every homicide that occurred in our region. You might think there are a million reasons why someone would commit a murder, but there are only three possibilities.

At least one of these three motives is the driving force behind every homicide, theft, burglary and robbery. In fact, these three motives lie at the heart of every conceivable crime or misdeed.

Human misbehavior is motivated by: financial greed, sexual – or relational – lust, and the pursuit of power.

You might be wondering if there is a fourth category. There isn’t. What about jealousy? What about anger? Ask yourself the question: What is causing the jealousy or anger? There are only three answers to this question, and now you know them.

The notorious gang, MS-13, inadvertently confirmed these three motives when leaders chose the motto for their criminal organization: Kill, Steal, Rape, Control.

All murders (kill) are motivated by financial greed (steal), sexual lust (rape) or the pursuit of power (control). Sometimes only one of these motives is the driving force behind a crime. Sometimes two or more are involved.

The latest school shooting is a good example. While there doesn’t appear to be any financial motive, the killer does appear to have been driven by the other two motivations I’ve described:

Sexual Lust – A 16-year-old girl killed in the Santa Fe shooting, Shana Fischer, was apparently pursued by the accused killer in the days and weeks prior to the shooting. Her mother said the accused shooter “kept making advances on her and she repeatedly told him no.” According to Shana’s father, she “told her mother two weeks ago he was going to come and kill her.”

The Pursuit of Power – This form of motivation can be very nuanced and includes one’s sense of respect, authority, embarrassment, prestige or control. For example, as the accused killer became “more aggressive” in his advances toward Shana (approximately one week prior to the shooting), Shana eventually “stood up to him” and “embarrassed him in class.”

In addition, several news organization have reported that the accused shooter was bullied and “mistreated at school.” Episodes of perceived disrespect and embarrassment are often the motive for murder. This would also explain why some of the accused killer’s friends said that he recently “started wearing a trench coat” and telling students he was “buying knives off Amazon.”

The accused shooter incrementally sought the respect (and fear) of others, a classic example of the pursuit of power. During the attack, the killer even selectively spared students he liked “so he could have his story told.” This effort to elevate his fame and prestige after the fact is consistent with the motive I’ve described.

Since only three motives lie behind school shootings like the ones we’ve seen recently, I sadly expect to see more shootings in the future.

Unless we, as a nation, are willing to embrace and promote a worldview that helps us understand the proper role of money and financial stewardship, promotes sexual purity and restraint, and helps us place the needs of others ahead of our own desires, we can expect more of the same.

Those restorative values may sound familiar to you; they used to be part of our collective heritage and our common worldview. They are also our last and greatest hope if we ever expect to minimize and contain the only three reasons anyone commits a crime.

George H.W. Bush says he met with veterans at pancake breakfast in Maine

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Former President George H.W. Bush said he was “delighted” to spend some time with veterans in Maine on Saturday, while there over the Memorial Day weekend.

Yemeni officials say airstrike in Sanaa kills at least 4

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Yemeni security officials say a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in the capital has killed at least four civilians and wounded over 10 others.

IRVFC Battle Smokey Fire in Pot Nets Bayside Home

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Indian River Vol Fire Co responded to a residential fire at this home on Minnow Lane, Pot Nets Bayside, near Millsboro.

Indian River Vol Fire Co responded to a residential fire at this home on Minnow Lane, Pot Nets Bayside, near Millsboro.

Firefighters from Indian River were called for a structure fire just after 1 Saturday afternoon on Minnow Lane at Pot Nets Bayside.  Multiple calls to 9-1-1 said there was smoke coming from the home.  Crews arriving at the scene found heavy white smoke – no one was home and they forced entry into the home to battle the fire.  Crews from Lewes and Millsboro assisted.  The State Fire Marshal is investigating.

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Man says cockroach laid egg in his ear: ‘I heard it die in my head’

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Blake Collins said a cockroach got into his ear and laid an egg due to his roach-infested apartment in Florida.

“Sailor’s Life for Me” Some Programs Canceled Sunday because of Weather

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Selected “Sailor’s Life for Me” programs in Lewes, Del. on Sunday, May 27, 2018 cancelled due to severe weather.

For more information, contact the Zwaanendael Museum at 302-645-1148.

A Sailor’s Life for Me” cancelled activities – Sunday, May 27, 2018

×        Living-history encampment, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. – Canal Front Park

×        Wreath-laying ceremony at the tomb of James Drew, captain of the DeBraak, 2:30 p.m. – Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church cemetery

×        Wreath-laying ceremony honoring crew members of the DeBraak, apx. 3 p.m. –
Zwaanendael Museum

×        Tours and sound-pipe demonstrations, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. – Lightship Overfalls, 219 Pilottown Road, Lewes (next to Canal Front Park)

×        Hull tour of His Majesty’s Sloop DeBraak, Noon – Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes


 

Fire started by rioting inmates in Iraqi jail kills 7

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The local government of a Kurdish province in northern Iraq says seven inmates have died of asphyxia in a fire started as part of a prison riot instigated to cover a foiled breakout attempt.

Campaign contributor helped Obamas score Netflix deal

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Barack and Michelle Obama are raking in the cash, thanks to the influence of a former campaign supporter.

The couple last week signed a creative production deal with Netflix that one entertainment-industry source said could be valued at more than $50 million.

Ted Sarandos, a major campaign contributor for Obama and the streaming giant’s creative-content chief who oversees an $8 billion budget, helped to broker the deal, the source told The Post.

Sarandos and his wife, Nicole Avant, bundled nearly $600,000 in contributions to Obama from their friends and associates during the 2012 presidential campaign.

The couple is friends with the Obamas, and Avant served as the US ambassador to the Bahamas from 2009 to 2011, during the former president’s first term.

Click here to read more from The New York Post.

White House team heading to Singapore amid signs North Korea summit could be back on

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The White House said Saturday that a pre-advance team is heading to Singapore in case a much-anticipated summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un goes ahead — the latest sign that the meet-up could be back on despite its cancellation by Trump earlier this week.

“The White House pre-advance team for Singapore will leave as scheduled in order to prepare should the summit take place,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters.

President Trump wrote to the North Korean dictator on Thursday, saying the June 12 summit was being nixed after comments by a North Korean official that had threatened nuclear war.

“Based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote in his letter to Kim. “Therefore, please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place.”

He called the imploded summit a “sad moment in history.”

“You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used,” Trump wrote to Kim. “If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write. The world, and North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth.”

But on Friday night, Trump tweeted that “very productive talks” about reinstating the summit were underway, and he said that June 12 could still be the date for such a meeting.

TRUMP WELCOMES STATEMENT FROM NORTH KOREA, SAYS TALKS TO REINSTATE SUMMIT ‘PRODUCTIVE’ 

He also told reporters Friday that “everybody plays games” and said: “They very much want to do it, we want to do it, we’ll see what happens.”

Trump had also blasted Democrats, saying that they were “rooting against” the U.S. in its negotiations after House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Kim was the winner from Trump’s decision.

The North Koreans had also expressed willingness to sit down face-to-face with the U.S. and resolve issues anytime and in any format,” 

North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan said, according to Yonhap News (which cited the Korean Central News Agency) that Trump’s move to call off the summit highlighted the tensions between the two countries, further emphasizing the need for a meeting. The official added that Kim had been preparing for the summit.

Fox News’ Jennifer Bowman and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

Adam Shaw is a Politics Reporter and occasional Opinion writer for FoxNews.com. He can be reached here or on Twitter: @AdamShawNY.

Ocean View Bicycle Rider Struck by Vehicle on Rt 26

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An Ocean View man was flown to Christiana Medical Center after he was struck by a vehicle making a left turn on Route 26 just after 10 Saturday morning.  Ocean View Police say the 76 year old man suffered life threatening injuries – he was wearing a helmet.  Police say as the driver started to turn into a parking lot, he failed to see the bicycle and struck him.  Alcohol is not a factor in the crash.  The investigation is continuing – no charges have yet been filed.


 

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declares state of emergency due to subtropical storm

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Amid an approaching subtropical storm over a busy holiday weekend, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties.

The storm is expected to bring significant rain and the declaration from the governor’s office allows state and local governments the time and resources to prepare.

“As we continue to monitor Subtropical Storm Alberto’s northward path toward Florida, it is critically important that all Florida counties have every available resource to keep families safe and prepare for the torrential rain and severe flooding this storm will bring,” Scott said in a news release. “Today, I have declared a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties to make sure that our state and local governments are able to coordinate with federal partners to get the resources they need.”

SUBTROPICAL STORM, DUBBED ALBERTO, IS EXPECTED TO BRING ‘TROPICAL STORM-FORCE WINDS’ THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND

The storm is already hitting Cuba, bringing heavy rain and raising the threat of flash flooding, National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Saturday afternoon. Rain totals for the island could range between 10 and 15 inches “with isolated totals of 25 inches across western Cuba,” they said.

Heavy rain has already begun in Florida as well, the NHC said, adding that parts of the Florida Keys, as well as southern and southwest Florida, could see as much as 10 inches of rainfall.

A cyclist tries to stay dry along Collins Ave. in Miami Beach, Fla., Friday, May 25, 2018. Rain from Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to will drench the Memorial Day weekend. (Jim Rassol /South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

A cyclist tries to stay dry along Collins Ave. in Miami Beach, Fla., on Friday.  (Jim Rassol /South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

The weather service indicated that heavy downpours were expected to hit “the central Gulf Coast region into the southeastern United States,” by Sunday.

“Rainfall totals of 5 to 10 inches with maximum amounts of 15 inches are possible along the track of Alberto from eastern Louisiana, across much of Mississippi, Alabama, western Tennessee and the western Florida panhandle,” the NHC said.

ALBERTO IS FIRST NAMED STORM OF 2018

Scott urged Floridians to get ready for the storm and develop an emergency preparedness plan.

“Remember, the track of these storms can change without notice,” Scott said. “Do not think that only areas in the cone will be impacted – everyone in our state must be prepared.

Alberto, the first storm to be named ahead of the official June 1 start of hurricane season, is expected to gain strength until it reaches the northern Gulf Coast by Monday night, the NHC said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

J.Crew comes under fire for selling feminist T-shirt for young boys

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A popular retailer has come under fire after sharing a photo to Instagram featuring a young boy in a pink T-shirt emblazoned with the words “I am a feminist too.”

J.Crew posted a photo on Friday that featured a young male model in the pink shirt. The post, which received in excess of 15,000 likes, was shared with a caption: “Start ‘em young.”

The pictured spark a heated debate in the comments section, with most of the comments criticizing the clothing brand for injecting itself in politics.

“I agree with quality, but I don’t need a clothing brand to teach my kids anything – whether it’s something I agree or disagree with,” one user said.

“Unfollow,” another added.  

“Unfollowing. Just sell clothes, @jcrew, not political agendas,” was another person’s comment.

Other users accused J.Crew of not taking a real stance, but rather tapping a hot-button political issue in the pursuit of profit.

One commenter’s criticism: “Supporting something for real and pretending to, to market to a larger audience are two very different things.”

Even those that were in favor of the shirt were disappointed in the company’s decision to use a child to make political statement.

“Keep children out of it. They are too young to understand,” one user commented. “Yay for them. Political graphic tees for kids are still not cute,” another said.

The controversial shirt has already sold out in some sizes. On the website, under the item’s details, was the following statement: “Proud to be creating a legacy of feminists. We believe in teaching boys, from an early age, about the importance of gender equality and respecting the physical and emotional boundaries of girls. Prinkshop is proud to partner with J Crew on this limited edition capsule collection that celebrates Moms, Women, and the empowerment of Girls around the world.”

Prinkshop is a clothing brand that creates “wear-what-you-care-about” clothing that gives people “a voice” and helps them “to create change in the world around them,” according to the company website.

J.Crew did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.

We can’t ignore Venezuela’s crisis

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Last weekend’s controversial presidential election in Venezuela has reminded Americans of an economic and humanitarian crisis we have ignored for far too long.

We can’t ignore Venezuela’s crisis

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Last weekend’s controversial presidential election in Venezuela has reminded Americans of an economic and humanitarian crisis we have ignored for far too long.

7 germiest places in your hotel room

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It can be hard to relax on vacation when you imagine that your hotel room is a petri dish of previous guests’ germy discards, even if there aren’t the usual telltale signs of uncleanliness.

Here, germ experts give us all the grody details — and the best ways to protect yourself while hitting the road this summer.

Shower surfaces

The hotel tub is teeming with existing bacteria, so it’s best to skip the bath and limit exposure by showering. “Keep in mind there’s a [film] that forms over time in the tub and that holds organisms,” says Philip Tierno, a microbiologist and clinical professor of microbiology and pathology at NYU School of Medicine.

But even showering isn’t without concern — the moist setting is a breeding ground for fungus (which can cause athlete’s foot), and mold (which can trigger allergies in people with sensitivities, prompting sneezing, nasal congestion and itchy, watery eyes). “If you smell mildew, you’ve got mold exposure,” says Dr. Clifford Bassett, medical director of Allergy & Asthma Care of New York.

SADDAM HUSSEIN’S $30 MILLION SUPERYACHT IS NOW A HOTEL FOR MARITIME PILOTS

Tierno advises running the hot water for one minute and squirting some shampoo or shower gel onto the bath surface before stepping in. “You’re reducing the number of organisms that collect,” he says.

Shower head

Ideally, these fixtures should be replaced every year. If they’re not, or if they’re not properly cleaned, Legionella exposure is a potential concern. This bacterium, which appears in potable water supplies, can spray out and — for older adults or those with weakened immune systems — lead to deadly Legionnaires’ disease. Again, run the hot water for a minute or two before stepping in, says Tierno. “Whatever’s loose can drop out — and that’s ideal.”

Toilet

When it comes to handling the toilet, use common sense. If it’s visibly soiled, request a room change — or head to another hotel. Even if it isn’t, you can’t be too careful. Tierno advises traveling with alcohol wipes — heck, even buying some Lysol — to clean the seat and the flush handle for safety. “The chances of you coming down with something are slim,” says Tierno, but exposure to fecal particles can bring about norovirus, the technical name for a stomach bug.

WHY YOU SHOULD THINK TWICE ABOUT THE HOTEL POOL ON YOUR SUMMER VACATION

Remote control

The remote — handled by many hands — can house all sorts of gross stuff in its many crevices. “There’s human hair, bodily excretions based on what [people] touch before they touch the remote . . .  insect parts that may be part of the room’s dust . . .  cosmetics, even food,” adds Tierno. “Of course, you perspire, and that serves as a nice medium that assists in the growth of organisms over time.”

Before channel-surfing, Bassett recommends placing the remote in a large Ziploc bag.

Bed

When you arrive, take off the bedspread — a layer long suspected to house semen, urine — you name it. “If [it’s] put away in the corner, you don’t have to worry about it,” says Tierno, who adds it’s useful to place a note on top telling housekeeping not to put it back on the bed. Beyond bodily fluids, allergens are the primary concern here, due to dust mites.

To lessen an allergic reaction, handle the fabrics gently. And keep medications, such as steroid nose sprays, inhalers or eye drops, on hand during hotel stays.

Carpet

Carpeting can also be a source of those pesky dust mites. If allergens are a major concern, Bassett suggests seeking out a hypoallergenic room with in-room medical-grade air purification, as well as microfiber pillow cases and mattress covers to nix dust and dander.

Under humid conditions, fungal spores can also grow, so Tierno recommends walking around in slippers.

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Soft furniture

It’s best to avoid that comfy-looking upholstered recliner. “People sit there nude,” says Tierno, potentially spreading staphylococcus bacteria via their underarms and rectal cavities, which can potentially lead to staph infections.

This story originally appeared in the New York Post.

Conservative groups, congressional Republicans appear poised for another try at ObamaCare repeal

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Congressional Republicans appear poised to take another shot at repealing and replacing ObamaCare — in an critical, election year in which Democrats are blaming the GOP for escalating health insurance costs.

Conservative groups, congressional Republicans appear poised for another try at ObamaCare repeal

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Congressional Republicans appear poised to take another shot at repealing and replacing ObamaCare — in an critical, election year in which Democrats are blaming the GOP for escalating health insurance costs.

Steve Hilton: Are you ‘triggered’ by the joyless, puritanical, xenophobic authoritarians of the left?

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What does Memorial Day bring to mind? Those who have served in the armed forces, for sure – especially when that hallowed group of people includes men and women we have known and loved.

But there’s something beyond that – something that touches every single one of us, regardless of personal ties to our military. And that is the cause that people in the military served: America.

As an immigrant to the U.S., I think often about this country that I’ve joined and what makes it special. I’m constantly trying to learn about it – to absorb the stories of America’s founding, its struggles, its character, its triumphs and its faults.

No other country, it seems to me, is at the same time so exuberantly confident and deeply self-critical – and that’s a source of incredible strength. That’s how you make a union more perfect over time. 

If there’s one thing that defines America for me, it’s the ideal of freedom – the notion of liberty under the law that underpins everything else. But liberty is not just a question of law. It’s a question of behavior too, and it seems as if America today is in danger of losing something incomparably precious: the habit of freedom.

I’m talking about the freedom to think and speak your mind. More and more, I meet people who tell me they are frightened to say what they think, frightened to get into conversations about politics or current events. They are frightened to exercise their freedom.

There once was a time when the left was the champion of freedom. Think back to the 1960s and the fights for women’s liberation and civil rights, the incredible explosion of creativity in music and fashion and art.

But we can see now that not all the consequences of these 1960s movements were positive – especially when you look at the social and economic impacts of the breakdown of the family,

Whatever your view of these revolutionary changes, we can all agree that they represented a powerful and heartfelt expression of freedom. And many of those revolutions were driven by young people, who were overwhelmingly on the left. The left was instinctively on the side of freedom.

But look where the left is today. Why are more and more people in America frightened to say what they think, frightened to express themselves and exercise their freedom?

It’s not because of President Trump – quite the opposite. People aren’t exactly holding back when it comes to expressing opinions about our president.

It’s not conservatives, or libertarians, or Republicans who are clamping down on freedom of thought and expression. It’s the left. And it’s frightening.

Instead of standing for freedom as it once did, the left in America today stands for control. Those on the left are the new Puritans, marching around telling everybody off for the way they behave.

You know what it’s like – everyone does. Everyone has experienced it.

You can barely say a word about anything remotely contentious these days without some joyless leftist martinet popping off about your words being unsafe, or triggering or culturally appropriated, or whatever the latest Orwellian epithet is about sexism or racism or some other awful ism or phobia.

Of course, sexism, racism and other forms of discrimination are wrong. But the way you fight those things is through judicious, thoughtful and considered activism. Not the brain-dead mind control tactics of the new Puritans on the left.

And the left today is not just puritanical. It’s tyrannical. Left-wingers tell you what you’re allowed to think, what you’re allowed to do, what you’re allowed to say. Not just on university campuses, as has been reported for years now. But in the workplace. In our children’s schools. Throughout corporate America.

We hear the whole time from the left that people on the right – President Trump or Brexit supporters in particular – are xenophobic. But I’ve never heard a Trump or Brexit supporter try to shut down the thought or speech of people who think or speak differently than them – the way that the left does today.

That’s what xenophobia means. It’s a suspicion of people who are different. The left today cannot countenance anyone or anything that is different. 

This new puritanism of the left is imposed with utmost brutality, in true authoritarian style – something I know well from the way my family was treated in Communist Hungary. If you transgress you are shamed, punished and destroyed.

The left talks endlessly about diversity and then proceeds to crush the most important diversity of all, the diversity that is the foundation of human progress – diversity of thought.

There is no freedom of thought, of speech, of anything on the left these days – only conformity. A miserable, joyless conformity as the new Puritans impose their intolerant, bigoted, narrow-minded worldview on everybody else.

The left’s new Puritans are making sweeping advances through our culture and institutions. They are in the process of taking over the Democratic establishment and imposing their authoritarian ideology on the party that once proudly stood for freedom.

The Puritans will most likely nominate one of their own as their presidential candidate in 2020.

And they will deservedly lose. Because Americans love freedom. They hate being told what to do and how to think. That’s why America was founded in the first place. It’s why America became the greatest nation in the history of the world. It’s what the Americans who served in the armed forces fought for.

Young people especially cherish freedom. They especially hate being told what to do. That’s why I’m confident that at some point there will be a revolt against the new Puritans on the left, and against their authoritarianism and intolerance.

So while the Democrats might think their Puritan takeover is good politics today, it will come back and bite them in the end. Because the instinct for freedom is deep and strong in America and the left’s authoritarian tide will be turned one day.

We’ll be debating this on Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT on “The Next Revolution” with our guests, including Candace Owens. Hope you can join us!