• Ocasio-Cortez bans press from covering campaign event

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic socialist star running for New York's 14th congressional district, is facing criticism after her campaign banned journalists from covering a town hall meeting with voters this week. The Queens Chronicle, a local news outlet, reported that the campaign for the 28-year-old progressive prevented reporters from attending a campaign event in Corona on Sunday, even though it was open to the rest of the public. The campaign reportedly barred reporters from a prior event as well.  Ocasio-Cortez returned to her district after stumping for like-minded candidates across the country, even joining up with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. She became an overnight political

  • Donald Trump feels guilty about the impact of his presidency on his wife - but overruled her furniture plans

    The furniture Melania Trump chose for the White House was replaced with glitzier items preferred by her husband, Donald Trump, it has been claimed in a new profile of the first lady. The profile, published by the New York Times, tells that Mr Trump overruled his wife on the elegant and modern furniture she selected for their new home in favour of a more lavish interior design scheme.  The 48-year-old Slovenian was portrayed as a woman with a steely core, however, who does at times choose to overrule her husband.  It also reported that Mr Trump suggested she not mount her kids' campaign against cyberbullying, saying she would likely be mocked because he frequently abuses people on Twitter, but she dismissed his concerns. When she became the highest-ranking White House official to visit the US-Mexico border, in the midst of outrage at a policy of separating immigrant children from their parents, she wore a jacket emblazoned with the phrase “I really don't care, do u?” to silence her critics inside and outside the Trump orbit, the paper reported. Melania Trump in her "I REALLY DON'T CARE DO U?" jacket, on June 21 Credit: Reuters The paper reported that Mrs Trump and her husband maintain separate bedrooms inside the White House and when travelling, and said that she spends much of her time in the East Wing of the building, keeping up with her Pilates schedule and tending to their 12-year-old son, Barron. Constant rumours that Mrs Trump lives in a different house, near Barron’s school in Maryland, are repeatedly denied. Mrs Trump has few friends in Washington DC, and her staff is small - 10 people, compared with more than 25 who worked for Michelle Obama or Laura Bush. She returns to New York around once a month to visit her sister and hair stylist, and see her friends - who she reportedly stays in touch with via emoji-heavy text messages. Melania Trump and the rise of 'Republican chic' “She is a woman of grit, never afraid to speak her mind,” said Karen LeFrak, wife of a New York property developer and one of Mrs Trump’s friends.  “As a friend, I’ve seen how she handles her role as first lady with the same finesse and care as she uses in her friendships - always quality over quantity.” Another of her allies, Thomas Barrack, a friend of her husband, said the president respects her. “He listens to her more intently than anyone and respects her advice and counsel not only because she is his wife, but because her loyalty, grace, trust, elegance under fire, intellect and instincts are time tested and proven,” he said. Melania Trump Credit: TASS The paper spoke to several “friends and aides of the Trumps” who said that their relationship was unchanged by the move to Washington. A Palm Beach friend said Mrs Trump “entered the relationship with Mr Trump with her eyes open, and has weathered 13 years of scandal-plagued marriage and a rocky transition into the White House primarily for the benefit of keeping life stable for their son.” The president’s allies, the paper claimed, say he remains concerned about her reaction whenever headlines about his affairs emerge, and he has told friends he feels guilty about the criticism she has faced. A former White House official told the paper that Mr and Mrs Trump give the impression that they like one another, but their rapport is not particularly warm.  Another person said Mrs Trump was far more relaxed outside the presence of her husband than when he was around. Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, defended the Be Best cyber bullying initiative. Donald and Melania Trump Credit: AFP “It is exactly what she wants it to be, and has been a success,” said Ms Grisham said.  “We look forward to continued success in her mission of helping children.” She added that Mrs Trump “is staying true to the independent woman that she is by doing things her own way.  “This should be celebrated, not criticised. Her priorities remain her family, her personal health and her role as first lady.” She said that Mrs Trump was entirely happy with her husband’s furniture.  “They both chose the décor,” she said.

  • Mother cow clearly asks man to rescue her newborn calf

    This video tells the story of "Flo", a wonderful cow with a beautiful disposition, as she encountered serious difficulty soon after giving birth to her baby. On a very hot, spring day in Millbrook, Ontario, Flo was near the pond in the meadow that she called home. She and the rest of the herd live on a gorgeous farm where the cows wander freely and graze as they wish. It's life as close as possible to what nature intended for these sweet creatures. For whatever reason, Flo found herself beside the pond and up against the electric fence when it was time for her baby to be born. This fence is there to keep the cows from wandering on the highway and to keep predators out. The voltage is actually dialed down to a low setting. But her calf must have been slippery enough that it slid down the small slope and under the wires. It would have been difficult, if not impossible for the calf to get back under the fence, and Flo could not get to her newborn. The sun was beating down and the baby was supposed to be nursing, getting that first crucial dose of antibodies in his mother's collostrum. (First milk) Dave, a passing motorist who lived nearby had stopped with his GoPro camera because he wanted to film the other cows splashing and bathing in the pond. Their behaviour seemed interesting enough that he wanted to get some video. He stood by the fence with one camera in his hand and another on the fence post. He saw Flo acting annoyed to his left but he thought maybe she was just trying to express displeasure that he was near the fence. Dave knew very little about cattle and he had no idea that her unusual display was actually a request for help. Still not catching on, Dave began to film Flo as she pawed at the ground and paced back and forth. She looked at him and mooed as she did so. Even the other cows knew something was wrong and they came over to look. Flo was looking at the same spot outside the fence, and at Dave alternately. Dave decided he better investigate and he took his camera with him. He saw a small, newborn calf on the outside of the fence. It was lying still and appeared to be either dead or paralyzed with fear. When Dave got closer, he could see that it was OK but that it wasn't able to help itself. Dave knew the wires between him and the mother were not solid enough to hold her back if she objected to him going near the calf but he was now starting to understand that this is what she was asking him for. Cautiously, he moved over to the calf and used a stick to lift the lower wires. He could see the name "Flo" on her ear tag and he spoke to her as he worked to get the calf back into the meadow. The calf's umbilical cord was very fresh, showing that he was just born. Flo relaxed visibly as she saw what Dave was doing. Her agitation decreased and even the sound of her bellows had changed. She made no sign that she was angry as he shoved and wiggled the calf under the wires. The calf and Dave both touched the wire and got a few shocks in the process but Dave was relieved that the calf didn't cry out, as this could alarm Flo. An angry mama cow can sometimes be protective if they sense their babies are being hurt. The calf was eventually reunited with his mother and she promptly licked him and checked him over. As Dave walked away from the fence, she gave him a long look that seems to convey understanding and relief that this stranger had helped her baby. She led him off into the meadow and he was able to nurse right away. The farmers, who had been on an errand while this was happening arrived as she was leading the calf away. Dave offered to help them catch the calf so it could treat the umbilical cord with iodine and give it a checkup. They also had to tag the calf ("F20"). Dave filmed the two as they grazed with the herd. Unbelievably, the little calf saw Dave and wandered up to him curiously, seeming to recognize him from earlier in the afternoon. Flo also seemed to remember Dave and she gave him a long look before wandering off behind her baby. Dave was surprised by Flo's ability to communicate her need for help, as well as her patience with his inability to understand. She persisted until he finally got the message. What was also impressive was the depth of emotion that she showed for her calf, despite the widespread claims that animals are not capable of profound emotion. And one more thing about this encounter struck Dave as remarkable. Flo and her calf seemed to be able to remember that Dave had helped them. Dave created a video about this experience to demonstrate Flo's capacity for emotion, as well as her surprising intellect, but parts of that first video were edited out in order to shorten the length of the video. The video has gone viral and the internet has been touched by Flo's love for her baby. He is now known as "Sparky" due to his early exposure to electricity. Flo and Sparky have become cow celebrities. But in the editing, some of Flo's attempts to communicate were left out. This is a second video of the same story, but it focuses more on Flo's impressive understanding of the fact that this unknown human could help her if she can only communicate her need to him. We don't give cows enough credit. They are far more complex than some people believe, and they are far more deserving of a life of happiness. If people chose to eat beef, they have the option to at least buy their meat from ethical sources, like this farm, where the cows are treated properly.