Down Goes Donald! The New Yorker Depicts Clinton’s Legendary Knockout

On Wednesday night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump went head to head for a third and final debate prior to the Nov. 8 presidential election.

If the Democratic nominee was Muhammad Ali, her Republican opponent was Sonny Liston.

The result: a legendary knockout for Clinton.

The outcome was depicted in a cartoon The New Yorker published Thursday morning. In it, artist Benjamin Schwartz recreates the iconic photo taken during the May 25, 1965, heavyweight boxing title rematch between Liston and Ali, who in 1964 changed his name from Cassius Clay.

Instead of Ali, it is Clinton who towers over her opponent, an angry, taunting look across her face. Trump lies on his back, defeated.

The cartoon has no caption ― no words are needed. But had there been one, it might have echoed the words spoken by the announcer of that 1965 heavyweight title: “A knock down, ladies and gentleman ― a right-hand shot, a right-hand shot on the chin.”

In a separate cartoon published Wednesday afternoon, Schwartz depicted Mortal Kombat’s Scorpion telling Clinton to “finish him.” Hours later, the Democratic nominee took the ninja specter’s advice, delivering a final, fatal blow. 

And just as Trump has repeatedly whined about the election as a whole being rigged, so too was Wednesday night’s debate, the Republican claimed on Thursday ― providing not one iota of evidence. 

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar,rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims – 1.6 billion members of an entire religion – from entering the U.S.

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Top Toddler-Friendly (and Totally Free) Attractions in Philly

You don’t have to balk at the idea of letting your wee one tag along with you on your next adventure. All it takes is a little additional planning-and perhaps a few extra snacks tucked in your bag-to ensure you and your little ones have a blast exploring one of America’s best cities together. Here’s a local’s guide to some of the top toddler-friendly attractions in Philadelphia. As an added bonus, these won’t cost you a dime. It’s well-known that nothing guarantees a massive crash-and-burn moments after arrival like a pricey admission ticket.

Sister Cities Park

This public park, café, and wading pool across the street from the fountain at Logan Square is the urban oasis of your little one’s dreams. Leave your shoes and belongings in the tiny cubbies that line the edge of the pool, put on their bathing suits and swim diapers (for sale at the park should you have forgotten to pack some), and wade into cool, clean water that never goes deeper than just above your ankles. When you’re ready to dry off, take the kids for a mini nature walk through the Children’s Discovery Garden to the north of the pool, and let them clamber up and around rocks, branches, and over the tiny stream that cascades down to the pool below. Afterwards, treat yourself to a snack and cool beverage from the snack counter at the visitor center. You won’t feel farther away from the hubbub of center city crowds than right here.

Dilworth Park

Located on the west side of City Hall, the recently-renovated Dilworth Park consists of a lush lawn, a café by local darling Jose Garces, and sprawling fountain that boasts a series of walkways that circumvent the water features should you not be in the mood to kick off your shoes for a little splash. The park also features year-round programming that includes live music, outdoor movie screenings, yoga, and happy hour specials.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Open from May through September 25th, this award-winning seasonal oasis is a favorite among locals and tourists alike-and for good reason. The riverside park boasts dozens of hammocks that are ripe for midday naps and reading binges and there’s tons of free games-including a giant Jenga tower and toddler-friendly giant LEGO blocks, fountains, a boardwalk, several outstanding dining options, swan boats, and kayaks. As a bonus, it’s a short stroll to Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, open May 27th for another season of retro-fabulous fun on wheels at Philadelphia’s first and only outdoor roller skating rink.

Three Bears Park

Hidden among the cobblestone alleyways just west of the Delaware River, this small playground and picnic area is a local favorite. Large trees provide ample shade, and the surrounding centuries-old townhouses buffer the vast majority of the clamor from busses and traffic that rattle down nearby Pine Street. If you find yourself in Philly on Halloween, head on down to the park for the local block party, where parents let their kids run off sugar highs after trick-or-treating up and down the neighboring streets.

Schuylkill River Trail

Recently named the Best Urban Trail by USA Today, this multi-use trail runs for over 26 miles along the Schuylkill (pronounced SKOO-khul) River from Philadelphia to Phoenixville, PA. The pathway is stroller-friendly and boasts some of the most Instagram-worthy views of the city. Summertime brings warm-weather programming in several spots along the trail, which includes family-friendly riverside movie screenings (don’t forget the bug spray).

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Dump Trump Movement Crashes And Burns Ahead Of GOP Convention

CLEVELAND ― Republicans’ last realistic chance to deny Donald Trump their presidential nomination fizzled Thursday, as a key rules change proposal failed to get enough votes to reach the convention floor next week.

Leaders of the Free the Delegates group needed 28 votes of the 112-member Convention Rules Committee to force the full Republican National Convention to consider their “conscience clause.”

Instead, the most group leader and Colorado delegate Kendal Unruh could muster was about 21.

“Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee. There should be absolutely no question as to who we vote for,” said Arizona delegate Bruce Ash.

How many votes Unruh had exactly isn’t known, because she failed to demand a recorded vote before the chairman ruled it closed. On a previous vote by Trump supporters to shut down debate on her proposal, the vote was 77-21.

The vote followed weeks of a publicity campaign and lobbying effort by Unruh’s Free the Delegates and the supporting Delegates Unbound group. Unruh made her final appeal to her fellow 111 committee members, telling them her proposal restored their right to vote their conscience.

“That is a God-given right that shouldn’t be taken away by the RNC or any state,” she said.

When she began a public campaign to stop Trump last month, she had hoped for 57 votes, a majority. With that kind of backing, she believed she could have won over a majority of the 2,472 total delegates to support the rule, which in turn would have ended Trump’s chances.

In the past couple of weeks, though, Unruh downgraded her goal to 28 votes, enough for a “minority report” from the Convention Rules Committee. That would have carried far less weight on the convention floor, but still would have guaranteed a floor vote.

The Trump campaign and RNC leaders wanted to avoid a public display of internal party strife at the convention, which they hope instead to choreograph as a show of unity behind their nominee. They lobbied delegates to oppose Unruh and back Trump.

Utah Sen. Mike Lee, a delegate and a Trump critic, pleaded with Trump to recognize why so many are uneasy with him and to do something to mend fences. “This angst isn’t going to go away just because we papered over it with rules,” Lee said. “I say to Mr. Trump, and those aligned with him, make the case to those delegates who want to have a voice.”

It’s unclear whether Lee will get a response that offers him much comfort. At about the same time that Lee was speaking in committee late Thursday, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sending this Tweet: “Anti-Trump people get crushed at Rules Committee. It was never in doubt: Convention will honor will of people & nominate @realdonaldtrump.”

The “conscience clause” proposal was just one of dozens of rules changes the committee considered Thursday. The panel touched off hours of intrigue as it began by taking an hours-long break ― at first explained away as caused by a jammed printer, but eventually conceded as an attempt to cut a deal with some rules-change sponsors to save time.

“Obviously we did not stand adjourned for three hours for a jammed copier,” committee chairwoman Enid Mickelsen said when the panel finally began its work after lunch.

Those hours were spent trying to appease Ken Cuccinelli, the former Virginia attorney general and ally of Texas Sen. Tex Cruz, who pushed attempts to weaken the RNC chairman as well as to encourage states to restrict participation in primaries to keep out non-Republicans. Many conservative Republicans believe that independents and even Democrats have too much influence in choosing their nominee, thanks to open primaries.

But Cuccinelli said that after a day and a half of negotiations, the deal fell apart. “The RNC pulled out of it,” he told reporters afterward, blaming the impasse on how many bonus delegates states that hold closed primaries would get.

Cuccinelli wanted a 20 percent bonus, while the RNC came back with an offer of no higher than about 6 percent, he said. “They yanked it. They changed the numbers,” he said.

RNC strategist Sean Spicer said the negotiations were far more complicated than that, involving a number of disparate issues. As to the bonus delegate number: “Ken Cuccinelli doesn’t get to decide,” Spicer said, adding that other stakeholders had different views.

With the deal gone, the committee went through each of the elements of the proposed package one by one. Proposals to take away the power of the RNC to change its rules outside of a nominating convention and the ban on lobbyists took about an hour each. Both failed overwhelmingly.

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‘Highly offensive:’ Trump draws ire from GOP lawmakers over response to Orlando shooting

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech at St. Anselm's College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters

WASHINGTON – Dismayed Republicans scrambled for cover Tuesday from Donald Trump’s inflammatory response to the Orlando massacre, while President Barack Obama and Democrat Hillary Clinton delivered fiery denunciations that underscored the potential peril for the GOP.

Republican hopes are fading for a new, “more presidential” Trump as the party’s divisions around him grow ever more acute.

Clinton, campaigning in Pittsburgh, said, “We don’t need conspiracy theories and pathological self-congratulations. We need leadership and concrete plans because we are facing a brutal enemy.”

In Washington, Obama said of Muslim-Americans: “Are we going to start subjecting them to special surveillance? Are we going to discriminate against them because of their faith?” After meeting with counterterrorism officials, a stern-faced Obama said: “We heard these suggestions during the course of this campaign. Do Republican officials actually agree with this? Because that’s not the America we want.”

Several of Trump’s fellow Republicans clearly did not agree with him. They were nearly as unsparing as the Democrats in their criticism of his boundary-pushing response Monday to the killing of 49 patrons at a gay club in Orlando, Florida, by an American-born Muslim who pledged loyalty to the Islamic State group.

Among other things, Trump suggested moderate Muslims and perhaps even Obama himself might sympathize with radical elements and expanded his call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration to the U.S.

“Mr. Trump seems to be suggesting that the president is one of them, I find that highly offensive, I find that whole line of reasoning way off-base,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. “Mr. Trump’s reaction to declare war on the faith is the worst possible solution.”

GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois said Trump’s comments could be used to radicalize uneducated Muslims.

“I guess I appreciate Mr. Trump’s fieriness in talking about it, and strength, but you don’t do it by alienating the very people we need and those are moderate Muslims,” said Kinzinger. “To use religion as a test, to say we’re going to discriminate against all Muslims, is so counterproductive it really almost doesn’t deserve being talked about.”

For many Republicans the prospect of continually facing questions about Trump was plainly wearing thin.

Trump responded to Obama’s criticism in a statement saying: “President Obama claims to know our enemy, and yet he continues to prioritize our enemy over our allies, and for that matter, the American people. When I am president, it will always be America First.”

House Republicans said they would meet with Trump on July 7.

The lawmakers’ reactions underscored an atmosphere of anxiety and unease among Republicans on Capitol Hill, who hoped to see Trump moderate his impulses in the weeks since clinching the nomination. The presidency and control of Congress are at stake in November.

Instead the opposite has occurred as the billionaire businessman has stoked one controversy after another and shows no sign of slowing down.

One senior Senate Republican, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, went so far as to suggest Trump might not end up as the party’s nominee after all.

“We do not have a nominee until after the convention,” Alexander asserted in response to a question. Reminded that Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee, Alexander retorted: “That’s what you say.”

Other congressional Republicans claimed, improbably, not to have heard what Trump said. “I just don’t know what he was talking about, I frankly don’t know what you’re talking about. I hadn’t heard it,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, in response to a question about Trump’s suggestions about Obama.

As he has in the past, House Speaker Paul Ryan denounced Trump’s call for an immigration ban for Muslims, saying: “I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country’s interest. I do not think it is reflective of our principles not just as a party, but as a country. And I think the smarter way to go in all respects is to have a security test and not a religious test.”

Ryan, who endorsed Trump only recently after a lengthy delay as he grappled with the implications of the celebrity businessman’s candidacy, ignored shouted questions about whether he stood by his support. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters he would not be commenting Tuesday about Trump.

“I continue to be discouraged by the direction of the campaign and comments that are made,” said Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. Monday’s Trump address was not “the type of speech that one would give that wants to lead this country through difficult times.”

For many Republicans the prospect of continually facing questions about Trump was plainly wearing thin.

“I’m just not going to comment on more of his statements. It’s going to be five months of it,” said Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming.

Said Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina: “What Trump does or says, every time he says something doesn’t mean I have to have an answer for it.”

Associated Press writers Mary Clare Jalonick, Lisa Lerer and Richard Lardner contributed to this report.

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8 Habits Of Extraordinarily Healthy Families

We all know at least one of these families: they’re superfit, they eat healthfully, they stay active together and their go-to dessert is fresh fruit. On the one hand, you would love to channel their mojo, but on the other, you can’t really fathom a kale-only household.

The truth is, it’s easier than you may think to step up your family’s healthy active-living game. That’s why we teamed up with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) to learn from a few health experts the tips and tricks of fit families that you can borrow to keep your own brood in top form. Think tiny tweaks to what you’re already doing, not complete habit overhauls – we promise. Because “you don’t have to make drastic changes to be healthy,” says Dr. Rachel Goldman, a licensed clinical psychologist at the Bellevue Center for Obesity & Weight Management.

“Try one small change at a time,” Goldman advises. “When you see [that] what you’re doing is working, it will be even more motivation.”


1. They Get Outside And Play Together

One of the very best ways to get in shape – at any age – is to get moving. “Ideally that means, for children, some kind of physical activity every day, and for adults, a minimum of four days a week,” clinical psychologist Steve Orma says. We’re not talking signing up for half marathons here; it could be a 30-minute walk around the neighborhood. These days, there are so many cool things to do on a screen, indoors, so it’s important for parents to encourage kids to set aside devices and get outside, setting a good example with their own participation. When you increase the family activity level with a trip to the beach, a hike or a bike ride, not only are you getting physical exercise, which is key for good overall health, Orma says, but the family also gets more time together to bond.

2. They Have No-Phone Zones

“There have to be times during the day when the family is together, when no technology is allowed,” says Dr. Jennifer Caudle, board-certified family physician and assistant professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic medicine in Stratford, N.J. “No iPads, no iPods, no phones, texting, tweeting – none of that.” She suggests that families come up with a plan that outlines times and spaces where screens are off-limits, such as at dinner table, in the bedroom and during designated homework time. Other families, Caudle says, have a designated charging station in the house where family members keep their devices overnight, so when they head to bed they’re not tempted to scroll through their Facebook feeds.


3. They Make Meal Prep A Fun Family Activity

Invite your kids to tackle dinner this week. No, really! They’ll need some guidance, but having children participate in meal prep and be a part of the cooking process is a great way to promote healthy eating habits, says Caudle. “Take them to the grocery store and help them learn to read labels. Choose a recipe together and then say, ‘Let’s get your ingredients; are we going to do this?’” Getting kids more involved in all aspects of food shopping, prep and cooking will likely make them more interested in learning about smart, healthful food choices.

Goldman adds that, “The goal for parents is, as the role models, to find ways to make healthy eating fun, not a chore.”


4. They Organize Their Schedules Around Good Health

Developing a good practice into a good habit is just a matter of making the behavior routine. To keep your family on the track toward healthy living, try getting a calendar and putting it in a place where everyone in the family can see. Then use it: Schedule the night the kids are in charge of making dinner. Add the once-a-month family bike ride to the park or the weekly driveway basketball game.

“The idea is to make sure these things aren’t a one-and-done type situation,” Caudle says. “Get it on the calendar so it becomes a part of everyday life.”

Goldman agrees. “Research shows that the healthiest people have more or less the same routine every day,” she says. “The routine of a healthy family should include good hydration, exercising and eating healthy every day.”


5. They Rethink Snacktime

If members of your family are like many of us who walk into the house, look at a fully stocked refrigerator and exclaim, “There’s nothing to eat!” look for ways to make healthy choices easier and within reach after a long day at work or school. Greensboro, N.C.-based dietician Rima Kleiner suggests rejiggering your fridge or pantry. Keep within easy reach snacks such as veggies and hummus, almonds and fruit; when you and the kids are low on energy after a full day, it’ll be easy to grab the cut-up carrots and celery or an apple from a bowl on the kitchen table.

6. They Communicate

Almost all experts suggest families eat meals together. “Not only is it about quality time,” Caudle says, “but also it’s about talking and discussing and sharing. It’s an opportunity for a family to discuss their day and what’s going on in each of their lives.” Mental health, sleep, experiences at school and how they’re interacting with others are so closely linked, and if something is bothering or troubling a child, it will affect their overall well-being.

Orma suggests weekly check-ins, either as a whole family or one-on-one between parent and kid. “Put it on the schedule,” he says. “It might be two nights a week, at this time, we sit down and we talk. It’s basically to say, ‘How’s everything going?’; ‘Is anything going on at school that I can help you with?’; or simply, ‘I support you and I’m here for you.’”


7. They Wind Down Together At The End Of The Day

The whole household (parents, too!) should be winding down during the hour or so before bedtime, Orma says. Read together or individually, or play a game (after homework is finished). This should be a time of the day away from TV and electronics, when the family is spending time relaxing and interacting, he says. This sets up everyone for a good night’s sleep, so all will be well rested and feeling strong and healthy in the morning.

8. They Know How To Keep Exercise Fun

Not only do healthy families get outside and play together (see #1, above), they know staying active is a lifelong habit – and routines can become dull after a while. Take it from mother, health advocate and former Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller; to those who are stuck in an exercise rut, Miller recommends they “try something else!” Families should consider yoga, running or high-intensity interval training in order to mix things up, she says in a HWCF blog post. “Find something you enjoy and you will look forward to working out more.”

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Uh Oh. Latest Brexit Poll Says 55% of Brits Will Vote to Leave the EU

With less than two weeks until the “Brexit” referendum, when residents of the United Kingdom vote on whether to exit the European Union, a new poll finds a big jump in the “leave” contingent.

This is worrisome news for global markets, which would surely be roiled if the U.K. really does leave the EU. Interest rates of U.S. Treasuries have been falling all week as foreign buyers flock to safe haven U.S. government bonds. Read More»