‘People think it’s not safe’: nature tourism takes hit over Trump wall policy

Texas’s eco-tourism industry is seeing a drop in visitors in what should be a blockbuster year – and locals think the push for a border wall is to blame

In the Alamo Inn’s gift shop, a whiteboard lists recent bird sightings in the valley: Morelet’s seedeater; ferruginous hawk; crimson-collared grosbeak; golden-crowned warbler.

“We didn’t see these birds at all last year,” said Keith Hackland, who with his wife co-owns the inn, in the small Texan town of Alamo, which caters to birders and other nature tourists.

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Republicans’ silence over Trump’s attacks on McCain is truly shameful | Lloyd Green

The mealy-mouthed responses of the late senator’s former colleagues demonstrates the extent to which Trump has recast the party in his own image

In death as he was in life, John S McCain is an American patriot and hero, regardless of what Donald Trump may think or say. As the Vietnam war raged, McCain was held for five years as a prisoner of war at the so-called Hanoi Hilton. Rather than trade on his family’s connections – his father and grandfather served as navy admirals – the young McCain elected to stay with his fellow prisoners, and was brutalized for his sense of duty and honor.

While Trump’s nonstop effort to mar the late senator’s memory should surprise no one, the response of McCain’s Republican Senate colleagues to Trump’s posthumous onslaught is both telling and disgraceful. The barons of the Senate live in fear of the president and his base. When Trump told Iowans in early 2016 that he could stand on New York’s Fifth Avenue “and shoot somebody” and still not lose voters, he knew of what he spoke.

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Republicans’ silence over Trump’s attacks on McCain is truly shameful | Lloyd Green

The mealy-mouthed responses of the late senator’s former colleagues demonstrates the extent to which Trump has recast the party in his own image

In death as he was in life, John S McCain is an American patriot and hero, regardless of what Donald Trump may think or say. As the Vietnam war raged, McCain was held for five years as a prisoner of war at the so-called Hanoi Hilton. Rather than trade on his family’s connections – his father and grandfather served as navy admirals – the young McCain elected to stay with his fellow prisoners, and was brutalized for his sense of duty and honor.

While Trump’s nonstop effort to mar the late senator’s memory should surprise no one, the response of McCain’s Republican Senate colleagues to Trump’s posthumous onslaught is both telling and disgraceful. The barons of the Senate live in fear of the president and his base. When Trump told Iowans in early 2016 that he could stand on New York’s Fifth Avenue “and shoot somebody” and still not lose voters, he knew of what he spoke.

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‘I made $3.75 an hour’: Lyft and Uber drivers push to unionize for better pay

Drivers for the rideshare companies are seeing much of their pay go to expenses while Lyft and Uber prepare for their IPOs

For over a year Rob Mead has worked as an Uber driver in Reno, Nevada, to supplement his income as a public sector worker. Now he’s wondering if it is worth it. “After gas, added monthly rideshare insurance, wear-and-tear, constant oil changes and taxes that $300 for 30 hours of work I thought I made in a week actually averages down to about $90 after expenses,” said Mead.

Related: ‘I’m so done with driving’: is the robot car revolution finally near?

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Sackler family: 500 cities, counties and tribes sue owners of Oxycontin maker

Vast lawsuit accuses family of helping to create ‘worst drug crisis in American history’

A group made up of more than 500 cities, counties and Native American tribes across the United States has filed a massive lawsuit accusing members of the Sackler family, who own the maker of the opioid painkiller OxyContin, of helping to create “the worst drug crisis in American history”.

The lawsuit represents communities in 26 states and eight tribes and accuses Sackler family members of knowingly breaking laws in order to enrich themselves to the tune of billions of dollars, while hundreds of thousands of Americans died.

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Sackler family: 500 cities, counties and tribes sue owners of Oxycontin maker

Vast lawsuit accuses family of helping to create ‘worst drug crisis in American history’

A group made up of more than 500 cities, counties and Native American tribes across the United States has filed a massive lawsuit accusing members of the Sackler family, who own the maker of the opioid painkiller OxyContin, of helping to create “the worst drug crisis in American history”.

The lawsuit represents communities in 26 states and eight tribes and accuses Sackler family members of knowingly breaking laws in order to enrich themselves to the tune of billions of dollars, while hundreds of thousands of Americans died.

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California visit presents key test for Bernie Sanders’ 2020 prospects

The state’s size, diverse electorate and new, early spot in the primary calendar make it a prize for the independent senator reprising his 2016 run for the Democratic nomination

Bernie Sanders is bringing his anti-establishment message and calls for progressive reform to California, no longer as a long-shot presidential candidate seeking to change the terms of debate but as a frontrunner who knows he has a good chance to win it all.

Sanders’ visit to the Golden State this week – his first since announcing his new run for president – highlights California’s renewed importance in the presidential race. Its early primary, diverse electorate and progressive politics make it a key battleground for the independent senator from Vermont.

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Democratic Socialists of America back Bernie: ‘The best chance to beat Trump’

The group helped leftwing candidates Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib win long-shot elections to Congress in 2018

The Democratic Socialists of America has officially endorsed Bernie Sanders for president, with the organization throwing its growing political clout behind the Vermont senator ahead of the 2020 election.

The DSA’s National Political Committee leadership team voted to back Sanders during a meeting on Thursday night, after the rank-and-file membership had earlier overwhelmingly pledged their support.

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Ja rules!: Morant spirits Murray State in Marquette upset as NCAA tourney kicks off

  • Morant posts ninth triple double in tournament history in upset
  • Maryland, Minnesota, Auburn andLSU among day one winners

Ja Morant recorded the ninth triple-double in NCAA tournament history as Murray State trounced fifth-seeded Marquette 83-64 in the first round of the West region on Thursday.

Murray State continued a trend of a No 12 seed winning at least one game in all but three tournaments since 2001 – including last year’s – but this looked nothing like an upset.

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