SFGATE: AP NewsBreak: US Army quietly discharging immigrant recruits

AP NewsBreak: US Army quietly discharging immigrant recruits
Published on July 05, 2018 at 11:54PM by By MARTHA MENDOZA and GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged, the Associated Press has learned.
The AP was unable to quantify how many men and women who enlisted through the special recruitment program have been booted from the Army, but immigration attorneys say they know of more than 40 who have been discharged or whose status has become questionable, jeopardizing their futures.
“It was my dream to serve in the military,” said reservist Lucas Calixto, a Brazilian immigrant who filed a lawsuit against the Army last week.

SFGATE: Read Pruitt’s resignation letter

Read Pruitt’s resignation letter
Published on July 05, 2018 at 11:09PM by The Washington Post

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he accepted Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s resignation. Pruitt was ensnared in a series of controversies that centered on lavish spending, ethical lapses and his management decisions.

Text of Pruitt’s resignation letter to Trump:
“Mr. President, it has been an honor to serve you in the Cabinet as Administrator of the EPA. Truly, your confidence in me has blessed me personally and enabled me to advance your agenda beyond what anyone anticipated at the beginning of your Administration.

SFGATE: New leader at EPA is a former coal lobbyist

New leader at EPA is a former coal lobbyist
Published on July 05, 2018 at 10:32PM by By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The new leader of the Environmental Protection Agency is a former coal industry lobbyist who helped lead an industry fight against regulations that protect Americans’ health and address climate change.
Andrew Wheeler, the No. 2 official at EPA, will take over as acting administrator Monday now that embattled administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned.
The Senate confirmed Wheeler as the agency’s deputy administrator in April.
President Donald Trump tweeted he has “no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda. … The future of the EPA is very bright!”
Republicans say Wheeler is well-qualified to lead the EPA, having worked at the agency early in his career.

SFGATE: Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns

Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns
Published on July 05, 2018 at 09:50PM by Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post
Scott Pruitt, facing more than a dozen federal inquiries, resigned as Environmental Protection Agency administrator on Thursday.
“I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,” President Donald Trump tweeted. “Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this. The Senate confirmed Deputy at EPA, Andrew Wheeler, will on Monday assume duties as the acting Administrator of the EPA. I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda. We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!”

SFGATE: Trump admin. loses most of challenge to Calif. sanctuary laws

Trump admin. loses most of challenge to Calif. sanctuary laws
Published on July 05, 2018 at 09:59PM by By Bob Egelko
A federal judge upheld the core of California’s sanctuary laws Thursday, rejecting a Trump administration lawsuit that argued the state was violating U.S. law by restricting local cooperation with federal immigration agents.
U.S. District Judge John Mendez of Sacramento struck down one new state law that would penalize private employers for allowing immigration agents into their workplaces. But he said the state was not interfering with U.S. immigration policy in its main sanctuary law, which prohibits local police and sheriff’s offices and state authorities from notifying federal agents of the upcoming release dates of undocumented immigrants in local custody.

SFGATE: The Fourth of July White House concert used to be a sea of stars. For Trump, it’s a drought.

The Fourth of July White House concert used to be a sea of stars. For Trump, it’s a drought.
Published on July 03, 2018 at 10:21PM by Helena Andrews-Dyer and Emily Heil, The Washington Post
He could barely contain himself. Jimmy Fallon, then just a few months into his new gig as host of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” stood on the South Lawn for the Obama administration’s first Independence Day celebration in 2009. The comedian was, to use the his own words, “like freaking out.”
“This is amazing. I can’t believe I’m on the White House lawn. This makes no sense,” he said in a taped interview hours before his evening performance.
“I’ll never forget this Fourth of July ever,” continued Fallon, who would perform on the same stage as A-listers such as the Foo Fighters and read more

SFGATE: Americans celebrate July 4 with fireworks, parades, salutes

Americans celebrate July 4 with fireworks, parades, salutes
Published on July 05, 2018 at 06:10AM by
NEW YORK (AP) — With backyard barbecues and fireworks, Americans celebrated Independence Day by participating in time-honored traditions that expressed pride in their country’s 242nd birthday.
But this quintessential American holiday was being marked with a sense of a United States divided for some, evidenced by competing televised events in the nation’s capital.
From New York to California, July Fourth festivities ranged from the lively and to the lighthearted, with Macy’s July Fourth fireworks and Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest.

SFGATE: Joey Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs

Joey Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs
Published on July 04, 2018 at 10:34PM by By REBECCA GIBIAN, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Joey “Jaws” Chestnut extended his reign as champion eater at the Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest Wednesday, downing a record 74 wieners and buns in 10 minutes to take home the coveted Mustard Belt for the 11th time.
Miki Sudo held on to her title as the top women’s competitor at the annual Brooklyn eat-off, chomping 37 franks and buns to take home the top prize for an unprecedented fifth consecutive year.
Chestnut said he was “feeling good.”
“I found a vicious rhythm,” the 34-year-old Chestnut said after the stuffing session.

SFGATE: Sausalito marks the 4th with an old-time celebration

Sausalito marks the 4th with an old-time celebration
Published on July 05, 2018 at 02:59AM by By Steve Rubenstein
That little misunderstanding with King George seemed all but forgotten Wednesday as Sausalito officials tied red-white-and-blue balloons to its antique cars, paraded noisily down the main drag and threw enough candy at its curbside children to keep every dentist in town in a celebratory mood.
“Let bygones be bygones,” said Dominic Ensore, a British citizen who found himself sitting on Bridgeway as the town’s humble, heartfelt Fourth of July parade wheeled by. “We lost. I’m not going to be sore about it.”
The thing the British lost was the Revolutionary War, and that defeat was reason enough for every hot dog and beer can to burst forth from the Bay Area ice chests like exploding skyrockets.