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White man deems music too loud and kills Lucy McBath’s son. Eight years later, ‘tragic echo’ happens


Every year, I write a letter to my son. Read below – and remember there are still thousands of families in this country being torn apart every single day from gun violence,” McBath tweeted on Nov. 23.

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She continued:

”To Jordan: I miss you. It’s been eight years since I got to hug and kiss you. I had no way to know that the last time I hugged you would be the last time I embraced you in this life.

You didn’t deserve to die that way, but our laws failed you, failed us and countless families like ours. I know the man who killed you was not raised the way I raised you.But I decided not to be silent — to challenge the laws that failed us.

I know you’re looking down on me, & I pray I’m making you proud – taking on the work that I know you were meant to do, Jordan. Can you believe I’m about to start my second term in Congress? This wasn’t in the cards or on any life plan that we had.

I know that you were not taken from us in vain eight years ago today. It cannot be that way.Not a day goes by that I don’t think about you, but I take comfort knowing that one day I’ll get to hug you again and hear your voice and your laugh when I join you.

But until God decides that day has come, my promise to you is that I will continue to fight for you and your legacy. To make this world a safer place for families like ours.Thank you for watching over me as my guardian, Jordan. I love you so much.

Forever, your mom, Lucy”

In Ellison’s death, Robert Keegan, 47, was detained on the scene and taken into custody, Ashland police said in a news release. He now faces charges of murder in the 2nd degree, manslaughter in the first degree, reckless endangerment, and unlawful possession of a weapon. “The investigation indicates that Keegan and the victim, who did not know each other, were engaged in an argument in the parking lot when Keegan pulled a gun from his coat and fired a single shot, striking the victim in the chest,” police said.

Police responded to the scene in the parking lot of the Stratford Inn on Siskiyou Boulevard, where Keegan was also a guest, at about 4:20 AM after a hotel clerk near the shooting called 911. “The suspect and the victim were both guests at the Stratford Inn,” police said in the news release.  

Although police said they found the victim with a gunshot wound to the chest on arrival, it was Ashland Fire and Rescue, not police officers, who attempted “to render aid” and learned the victim was “beyond help,” officials said in the news release. 

Keegan not only obviously murdered the victim, he also recklessly endangered the hotel clerk by discharging the gun near the hotel clerk,” Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara told NBC-affiliate KOBIO’Meara called the incident “utterly senseless” in the interview with KOBI but ultimately said, “unfortunately, there was nothing to be done.” O’Meara added that the shooting “didn’t need to happen, people getting violent with each other for such stupid reasons.”

“I would encourage people to let us handle disputes and not go out and get into arguments with people unnecessarily,” the police chief told KOBI.

O’Meara faced criticism for a since-deleted statement he made on Facebook and his initial characterization of the shooting as the result of the victim playing loud music. “I need to offer a clarification in reference to the horrendous murder that occurred on Monday morning,” O’Meara said in a new statement posted to the Ashland police Facebook page Thursday. “It has been reported in some local media sources that I said this murder was ‘because of’ something. The only thing that caused this murder was suspect’s actions, 100% . It is completely immaterial what led up to it. I cannot control how the local media sources represent the words I give them.

“Yes, there was an argument over music, no, this did not happen because of loud music, it happened because the suspect chose to bring a gun with him and chose to use it, 100% on him, not the poor young man that was murdered. I would like to thank the community members who reached out to me to express their concern over how the situation was reported. Tighe.”

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Precious Edmonds, a spokesperson for the Southern Oregon Black Leaders, Activists and Community Coalition told The Oregonian a culture of white supremacy persists in the area of southern Oregon Ellison was killed in. “The incident where Aidan was shot after an argument listening to his music was really about him not submitting to that man’s perceived authority,” Edmonds said.

Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump tweeted Sunday that his questions in the case extend to more than just the shooter, who Crump called a “white supremacist.” The attorney posed these questions: “1. Why why didn’t Ashland Police render aid on arrival? 2. Why did the Chief of police condemn both for ‘getting into arguments that unnecessarily resolve in violence.’ 3. Why hasn’t Keegan been charged with a hate crime?”  

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Crump also made an important legal distinction between Ellison’s death and that of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old Black teen shot and killed Feb. 26, 2012 on a trip from a convenience store to get candy and tea in Sanford, Florida.

In the case, neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was accused of racially profiling the teen, who wore a hooded sweatshirt when 29-year-old Zimmerman shot Martin. At one point, Zimmerman considered using the “stand your ground” law in his defense. The law gives homeowners in fear of their life or in protection of their property the right to use deadly force. Zimmerman ultimately was found not guilty of second-degree murder and acquitted of manslaughter, according to The New York Times.

Crump tweeted: “For those comparing Aidan Ellison’s murder to Trayvon Martin: Oregon isn’t a ‘Stand Your Ground’ state, but the combo of Oregon’s use of force laws and a 2007 Oregon Supreme Court ruling imply that state law doesn’t require a duty to retreat.”





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A Cat Is Said to Be Joining the Bidens in the White House


When he was running for president, Joseph R. Biden Jr. said it was time for a pet to be put back in the White House.

First it was announced that Champ and Major, the German shepherds belonging to the president-elect and future first lady Jill Biden, would roam the White House. And now, after an absence of more than a decade, a cat is set to also join the ranks of presidential pets, Jane Pauley of “CBS Sunday Morning” reported on Twitter on Friday.

In an interview with Fox 5 in Washington, D.C., Dr. Biden hinted that if her husband won the presidency, she would not mind getting a cat.

“I’d love to get a cat,” she said. “I love having animals around the house.”

The cat’s breed and name were not immediately available. Representatives for Mr. Biden did not respond to a request for comment on Saturday.

The Bidens will be restoring a tradition of presidential pets when they move into the White House in January, as President Trump opted not to have a pet during his term. But the Bidens’ cat won’t be the first in the White House.

Abraham Lincoln’s secretary of state, William H. Seward, gave him two cats, Tabby and Dixie, said Andrew Hager, historian-in-residence at the Presidential Pet Museum. Lincoln was a major “cat fan,” Mr. Hager said, and the president often fed Tabby from the dinner table despite his wife’s criticism.

“At one point, he told a friend that Dixie was ‘smarter than his entire cabinet’ and ‘didn’t talk back, which was a bonus,’” Mr. Hager said.

Other presidential cats include Tom Kitten, who belonged to Caroline Kennedy; Shan Shein, the Siamese cat of President Gerald Ford’s daughter, Susan; and Misty Malarky Ying Yang, who belonged to President Jimmy Carter’s daughter, Amy.

Probably one of the most popular cats in the White House was Socks in the Clinton White House.

The black and white cat was the protagonist of an unreleased Super Nintendo game, “Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill,” and often gained attention from the news media, as he was the only White House pet until the Clintons adopted a chocolate Lab named Buddy in 1997.

Jennifer Pickens, a White House historian and author of “Pets at the White House: 50 Years of Presidents and Their Pets,” said the emergence of the internet had added to Socks’s popularity as a cartoon version of the cat greeted visitors at the White House for Kids website.

The last cat to live in the White House, India (who also had the nickname Willie), belonged to President George W. Bush. Her time at the White House was often overshadowed by the Bush family’s two Scottish terriers, Barney and Miss Beazley, Mr. Hager said.

Protesters in Kerala, India, burned an effigy of Mr. Bush in July 2004 in protest of the cat’s name, citing it as an insult to their country, Mr. Hager said. (According to White House archives, the black shorthair cat was named after the former Texas Rangers baseball player, Ruben Sierra, who went by the nickname El Indio.)

India died in January 2009, just before President Bush left the White House.

Interest in presidential pets has grown over the years as the public has gravitated to more stories of life inside the White House, Ms. Pickens said.

Pets can help humanize presidents as well as soften their image, and with the Bidens’ newest addition, they could also represent a president’s hopes for the nation under new leadership.

“Maybe this is symbolic of Biden’s oft-repeated desire to unify the country,” he said. “I know that that’s kind of trite, but I’m very curious to see how this goes.”





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Trump Now Insists Biden Must ‘Prove’ He Won 80 Million Votes To Enter The White House



Less than 24 hours after Donald Trump said he was ready to step aside for President-elect Joe Biden, he has reversed his position, claiming that Biden must first “prove” he actually won the 80 million votes that states across the nation have tabulated in his favor.

On Friday, a federal appeals court panel in Philadelphia shot down Trump’s legal team’s attempt to challenge election results in Pennsylvania, a state Biden won. Yet in a tweet completely detached from reality, Trump insisted that it’s now Biden who has a “big unsolvable problem.” 

The president-elect can “only enter the White House as President if he can prove that his ridiculous ‘80,000,000 votes’ were not fraudulently or illegally obtained,” Trump tweeted Friday. He did not indicate how Biden was expected to prove the legitimacy of votes that have already gone through a certification process.

Trump also falsely said Biden only did well in the large cities of Detroit, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Milwaukee, which he claimed have “long [been] known as being politically corrupt.” Trump won the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Wisconsin in 2016, but not this year.

Twitter marked both of Trump’s tweets as “disputed.”

“Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here,” Trump appointee Judge Stephanos Bibas wrote in an opinion filed Friday for the three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The judges on the panel were all appointed by GOP presidents.

“Voters, not lawyers, choose the President. Ballots, not briefs, decide elections,” the court said. “The campaign cannot win this lawsuit.”

When reporters had asked Trump on Thursday if he would leave the White House when his term is up, the president had responded: “Certainly I will. … Certainly I will, and you know that.”

But he also said it was “going to be a very hard thing to concede” and again falsely insisted there “was massive fraud.” 

Electors will meet on Dec. 14 to cast their votes in their respective states, a move that constitutionally determines the next president.

Trump refused to say on Thursday if he planned to attend Biden’s inauguration.

The president golfed on Friday at his club in Virginia before traveling on Marine One to Camp David. 





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Why Vanna White Thought She Didn’t Book Wheel of Fortune


It’s hard to imagine Wheel of Fortune without Vanna White.

However, as the longtime game show hostess shared on Friday’s Daily Pop, Vanna wasn’t sure she got the role after her audition. While sharing behind-the-scenes Wheel of Fortune secrets, in honor of Game Show Week on Daily Pop, Vanna revealed that she was “so nervous” during her audition.

She further stated, “Because I wanted the job so badly and I didn’t think I had any chance of getting it.”

However, she did book the job and the rest, as they say, was history. In fact, Vanna noted that she had “no idea” that Wheel of Fortune would “last this long.”

Vanna recalled, “I remember sitting in the makeup chair next to Pat [Sajak] and saying, ‘I wonder where we’ll be in ten years?’ And It’s been 38.”

Speaking of Pat, Vanna made sure to praise her co-star of over 30 years.



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A white man complained about Muslim woman on flight, launching 6-hour ordeal


When al-Khatahtbeh refused to leave without the other passenger’s removal as well, Port Authority officials were called, who escorted her off the plane and took her into police custody. “I refused to get off because they’re not taking the man that made me feel uncomfortable and complained about me off the plane,” she said in a live video streamed to Facebook

But the injustice did not end there, as al-Khatahtbeh was then handcuffed to a bench for refusing to remove her hijab, according to a post she shared on Instagram. According to CBS News, she was charged with trespass and delay of transportation. The whole “traumatizing” ordeal lasted at least six hours.

The incident follows policy changes passed less than a week ago in neighboring New York City allowing people who wear religious head coverings to keep them on during arrests and mugshot photos. The policy change for the New York Police Department applies to not just people who wear the hijab (a headscarf worn by those who practice the Islamic faith), but to all religious headwear including yarmulkes, habits, and turbans, Daily Kos reported.

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In response to Amani’s live tweets of the incident indicating that airline officials were trying to get police to remove her, a spokesperson for American Airlines replied: “We take this issue seriously and our team is working as fast as possible to understand what occurred.”

Bystanders also noted the bias the airline had in handling the incident and called it racist. “I got the gist that they wanted to take her off of the plane, and they didn’t really give her a clear explanation as to why,” Jake Tapia, who was also on the flight, told CBS News. “There were definitely some agitated passengers because they wanted to make the next flight, which I get, but I think complaining about your next flight is really missing the point of the racism that’s happening right in front of you.”

The incident is not a first for Muslims, especially those who wear the veil, and has sparked national outrage. Twitter users are sharing not only their own experiences of Islamophobia under the tag #FlyingwhileMuslim but their disappointment with airlines that have failed to address these recurring issues.

Multiple airlines have been accused of incidents of Islamophobia. While many go unreported, some cases have made headlines nationwide in efforts to seek justice. Last year, Daily Kos reported a similar incident in which another woman wearing the hijab was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight after passengers allegedly complained she was making them “uncomfortable.” Additionally, Delta Airlines was fined $50,000 in January for removing not one but two passengers on separate occasions, despite them being cleared by officials.

The Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is representing al-Khatahtbeh in the matter and has reached out to American Airlines on her behalf. In a statement, both CAIR National and its New Jersey chapter, CAIR-New Jersey, called on the airline to issue an explanation on why only al-Khatahtbeh and not the man equally involved in the dispute was removed from the aircraft.

“Although we do not yet know all of the facts about this incident, we do know that American Airlines has a history of mistreating Muslim travelers,” CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said. “The airline must immediately explain why it singled out Amani by contacting the police and ejecting her from a flight based on the word of a man who had allegedly harassed her.”

“Law enforcement must immediately release Amani from custody and conduct a full and transparent investigation into what happened,” CAIR-New Jersey Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said. “Any investigation must look into the conduct of the unidentified man who allegedly sparked this disturbing incident.”





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White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Cookies


White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Cookies are the perfect combination, of chewy, crunchy, sweet and decadence all wrapped up in a cookie! These amazing cookies have great texture and flavor!

Macadamia nuts are the hidden gem in these cookies. For more recipes that are created at  them in these other recipes like this Chili Macadamia Crusted Tilapia, Macadamia Key Lime Pie and Pineapple Cheesecake Dessert Bars.

Soft, chewy, White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Cookies.

The Best Ever White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies

The cookie base itself is perfection! It is perfectly chewy. And surprisingly enough, I LOVED the cranberry! It wasn’t overpowering but gave the cookie enough cranberry flavor. My first bite was so amazing. The cookie was still warm and the chocolate was still melty. I had four! UGH. Why did these cookies have to be so incredible? All I want is another.

These scrumptious cookies have the holidays written all over them. The red from the cranberry, and white from the chocolate and then there’s the flavor! The sweetness of the white chocolate balances out perfectly with the tartness of the cranberries and the macadamia nuts add ideal crunch for impeccable taste and texture.

Delicious Cranberry Cookie Ingredients

These are just as easy as any cookie recipe, but they taste fancy! White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia cookies will be the little darlings of all your Holiday festivities, cookie exchanges and anytime you are craving something delicious. Everyone is going to love this flavor combo.

  • Flour: All purpose flour works great
  • Baking Soda: This helps make the cookies be fluffy.
  • Salt: Balances sweet
  • White Sugar: Need the white sugar to help brown the cookies
  • Brown Sugar: Use dark brown sugar for a deeper flavor
  • Butter: You can use margarine here, soften either.
  • Eggs: Large eggs, not medium
  • Vanilla: Flavor enhancer
  • White Chocolate Baking Chips: perfect size for perfect cookies
  • Macadamia Nuts: chop the nuts for easier distribution
  • Dried Cranberries: You can find these with the raisins in most stores.

Making These Scrumptious Cookies

Cranberry. Do you love it or hate it? I am personally on the fence with cranberries. It probably wouldn’t be the first thing I grab at a Thanksgiving dinner. But these cookies. BEST.COOKIES.EVER. And yes I just yelled that because I just got done eating four!

  1. Sift: Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Cream: In a separate bowl cream the butter and sugar together till nice and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  3. Stir: Stir in the flour mixture till just mixed. Then fold in the dried cranberries, white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.
  4. Drop: Drop by rounded Tablespoons on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or just until set.

The ingredients and mixing of White chocolate cranberry Macadamia cookies.

Tips for White Chocolate Cranberry and Macadamia Nut Cookies

Perfectly chewy cookies packed with white chocolate, cranberries, and macadamia nuts!

  • White Chocolate: You can chop a white chocolate bar or white chocolate baking bar to give it a more rustic texture. Keep the chunks the same size as the nuts though.
  • Even: You want the same amount of cranberries, chocolate and nuts for a good balance of taste.
  • Cranberries: If you are not fond of cranberries or can’t find them, you can try dried tart cherries instead. I wouldn’t substitute with raisins though, they’re too sweet and it’ll over power the cookie.
  • Nuts: I hear you! Macadamia nuts are expensive and sometimes hard to find. I will tell you they are totally worth the extra cost, however, you can substitute chopped pecans or walnuts instead.
  • Underbake: To get that perfect soft chewy inside and barely crisp outside, you almost want to underbake them. Just cook them till barely set. You won’t regret it!

Soft, chewy, White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Cookies.

Freezing Macadamia Nut Cookies

These are so good, if you have leftovers you’re going to want to keep them around. These will stay soft and chewy when sealed in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. You can also store in an airtight ziplock, make sure to cool completely so they don’t sweat.

You can freeze these cookies two ways:

  • Dough: Freeze the dough once you mix all the ingredients together. Drop by Tablespoons onto a cookie sheet close together. Freeze for 2 hours then transfer the dough to a freezer safe container or bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Bake straight from the freezer, they will need 2-3 min longer is all. Keep on eye on them so you don’t overcook them.
  • Cookies: Once completely cooled place in a freezer safe, air tight container or bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

Soft, chewy, White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Cookies.

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White chocolate is creamy and sweet and pairs so well in these dessert recipe!

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Cookies

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 12 minutes

Total Time 22 minutes

Author Alyssa Rivers

Servings 36 servings

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Cookies are the perfect combination, of chewy, crunchy, sweet and decadence all wrapped up in a cookie! These amazing cookies have great texture and flavor! 

  • 3
    cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 3/4
    teaspoon
    baking soda
  • 3/4
    teaspoon
    salt
  • 3/4
    cup
    white sugar
  • 1
    cup
    packed light brown sugar
  • 1
    cup
    butter
    softened
  • 2
    eggs
  • 1
    tablespoon
    vanilla extract
  • 1
    cup
    white chocolate baking chips
  • 1
    cup
    chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1
    cup
    dried cranberries

Updated on November 11, 2020

Originally Posted on November 14, 2013

Serves: 36

Calories191kcal (10%)Carbohydrates24g (8%)Protein2g (4%)Fat10g (15%)Saturated Fat5g (25%)Cholesterol24mg (8%)Sodium127mg (5%)Potassium54mg (2%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar15g (17%)Vitamin A172IU (3%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium23mg (2%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.





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White Chicken Chili Recipe | The Recipe Critic


White Chicken Chili is loaded with beans, chicken, green chilies and the most luscious creamy broth. A twist on a classic that’s perfect for a cold day. Serve it up with corn bread and a salad and your set for a satisfying comfort meal.

When someone says they’re having Chili they think of recipes like The Best Chili Ever or Instant Pot Chili, but this Chicken White Chili is going to surprise and wow your friends and family.

Creamy, savory, hearty White Chicken Chili.

White Chicken Chili Recipe

There’s nothing better than a bowl of hearty soup on a cold day. This white chicken chili is loaded with flavor and texture, and it’s ready in just 30 minutes! Serve this white chili with a variety of toppings or a side of cornbread for a meal the whole family is sure to love.

It’s such a different kind of chili and perfect for those who aren’t fond of beef or can’t tolerate the acid of tomatoes, but love that chili flavor. The creamy broth is deceptively spicy and mild at the same time. It’s a satisfying Mexican zesty soup that will warm you from the inside out.

White Bean Chicken Chili Ingredients

Nothing super fancy here combine for a fantastic flavor!

  • Olive Oil: To sauté the chicken onion and garlic
  • Onion: Chop the onion
  • Garlic: Minced garlic is best for flavor distribution
  • Chicken: You can use skinless boneless chicken breasts or thighs
  • Cumin: Classic Mexican seasoning
  • Coriander: Adds a wonderful flavor
  • Salt and Pepper: add more or less to taste
  • Chicken Broth: Can substitute vegetable broth
  • Green chilies: Canned chopped green chilies drained
  • White Beans: White beans are often called Great Northern beans
  • Sour Cream: This adds a deep richness and creaminess

Making Easy White Chicken Chili

Super easy for such a marvelous soup!

  1. Sauté: Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes until translucent.

  2. Add: Put the chicken in the pot along with the cumin, coriander, salt and pepper.

  3. Cook:, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through, approximately 5 minutes.

  4. Add: the chicken broth, green chiles and beans to the pot; bring to a simmer.

  5. Cook: for 10 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and whisk in the sour cream.

  6. Serve: immediately with toppings of your choice.

Making creamy, savory, hearty White Chicken Chili.

Tips and Variations for the Best Chili

  • Dice: Keep your chicken the same bite sized pieces to cook evenly.
  • To Drain or not to Drain: This recipe calls to drain your green chilies but I often don’t. I like the extra kick of spice it adds to the broth. There isn’t that much to drain off either, so it’s easier to just dump it all in.
  • Heat: If you really want to spice it up you can use medium or hot chilies or even canned diced jalapenos
  • Toppings: Cheese, sour cream, avocado, cilantro, tomatoes, corn and tortilla strips are all favorite toppings.
  • Beans: I like to use the smaller great northern beans but you can also use white kidney or cannellini beans if you prefer.
  • Slow Cooker: To use a slow cooker, add everything to the slow cooker except the sour cream and cook on high for 4-6 or low 8-10. When done turn it off and add the sour cream, let it sit for about 10 min till heated through.
  • Instant Pot: Cook in the instant pot add everything but the sour cream and beans. Cook on manual for 20 min. Natural release for 10 min. Remove the chicken and shred. Return to the pot and add beans and sour cream. Allow to heat through for about 15 min and serve.

Storing Leftovers

  • Fridge: The soup keeps fantastically in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • Freeze: You can freeze this soup. Cook as recipe instructs except do not add the sour cream. Freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge. Heat on the stove top on medium till hot. Add the sour cream, stir till heated and serve.

Creamy, savory, hearty White Chicken Chili.

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White Chicken Chili

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Author Alyssa Rivers

Servings 4 People

This easy white chicken chili is loaded with beans, chicken and green chiles, all in the most delicious creamy broth. A dinner option that’s perfect for a cold day!

  • 1
    tablespoon
    olive oil
  • 1
    onion
    finely chopped
  • 2
    teaspoons
    minced garlic
  • 2
    cups
    chicken, cooked
    rotisserie works great
  • 1 1/2
    teaspoons
    ground cumin
  • 1
    teaspoon
    ground coriander
  • 1
    teaspoon
    salt
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    pepper
  • 4
    cups
    chicken broth
  • 1
    4 ounce can
    green chiles
    drained
  • 2
    15 ounce cans
    white beans such as great northern beans
    drained and rinsed
  • 1
    cup
    sour cream
  • Assorted toppings such as cheese
    tortilla strips, chopped cilantro and avocado.

Updated on November 3, 2020

Originally Posted on December 9, 2017

Serves: 4

Calories306kcal (15%)Carbohydrates8g (3%)Protein27g (54%)Fat19g (29%)Saturated Fat8g (40%)Cholesterol102mg (34%)Sodium1762mg (73%)Potassium782mg (22%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar3g (3%)Vitamin A435IU (9%)Vitamin C32.5mg (39%)Calcium113mg (11%)Iron2.1mg (12%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

 

 

 





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Herd immunity isn’t possible, will lead to millions of deaths, and is White House policy


From the first entry of the 2019 novel coronavirus into the United States, what Trump has wanted most is to simply ignore it. To say it’s going down to zero. That it’s going away. That magic will intervene. Trump hasn’t merely put his hands over his eyes like monkey #2, he’s actively decided not to test, not to trace, not to set any federal standards. The problem for Trump until recently is that medical experts lingering around the White House kept insisting that allowing people to die needlessly was a bad idea. It took Trump a few months to find someone who disagreed with that statement, but with retired radiologist Scott Atlas at the helm of the coronavirus task force, all pretense is being cast aside. Herd immunity isn’t just a deadly idea, it’s official policy.

Though it seems that Trump is still shying away from the actual phrase “herd immunity.” He could always go with “negligent homicide.” It means the same thing.

On Wednesday evening, The Daily Beast reported that the White House has “embraced” the concept of herd immunity with Atlas leading the charge. Atlas was brought on board in the spring specifically because of his right-wing media appearances, where he had publicly attacked experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci for insisting on testing, social distancing, and the value of masks.

In March, the U.K. government made it clear that herd immunity was a strategy that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was treating seriously. A proposal that appeared both there and in the United States proposed that simply allowing COVID-19 to spread, or even encouraging infection, would create the least disruption and allow the population to quickly reach a level where the pandemic would no longer be sustained. But even as this proposal was being announced, Oxford and others quickly showed that accepting this path forward meant buying into millions of deaths. Not only would COVID-19 carve a path across the nation, taking a percentage of the population equivalent to a world war, the high rate of hospitalization would strain the health system to the point of collapse, placing millions of others at risk. The U.K. backed away from the proposal—though not before casting their COVID-19 effort into such chaos that they still ended up with one of the worst fatality rates in the world.

In the U.S. it took Fauci, Dr. Deborah Birx, and others to walk Trump through the disaster of attempting to reach herd immunity. When Trump appeared in front of a chart that showed a potential two million dead, that chart was explicitly prepared to show him the cost of going with an official do nothing plan. Confronting Trump over the deaths that would result from herd immunity led to the March 13 White House event where Trump hosted CEOs from six major big box stores to announce a nationwide system of testing overseen by a website that, Trump said, was being written by “17,000 engineers at Google.”

But Trump never pulled the trigger on that testing plan. Soon after, Trump and the team of investment bankers and college buddies assembled by Jared Kushner, decided that not testing would be a better idea. They made that decision explicitly because the first surge of disease was generating most of its damage in the Northeast, and just letting those blue states burn would give them a political edge over Democratic governors.

The truth is that Trump never took action. There was no national testing strategy. No contact tracing effort. No national stay-at-home order. Not even any federally enforced guidelines. 

In September, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a statement denying that herd immunity was the official White House strategy. But herd immunity was already the de facto strategy before Atlas arrived. Placing Atlas at the helm made it more obvious. The only thing Trump seems to be trying to dodge is the term “herd immunity.” White House officials confirm that official policy is being set around exactly that idea. They’re just playing “a game of semantics” to avoid saying the phrase.

The number of people who would die from following this policy has not gone down. Neither has the effect following this policy would have on the nation’s already exhausted and strained healthcare system. 

Worse still, Trump is pursuing a policy that is not only murder, it’s fantasy. Multiple studies have, from the very beginning, indicated that natural immunity to COVID-19 may not be long lasting. Studies out of the U.K. in the last week show that the level of antibodies in the population there continued to fall sharply month over month. And that’s happening even though the nation is nowhere close to reaching the levels of infection that would be required to reach anything like effective herd immunity. The absolute futility of a herd immunity strategy has become blindingly clear.

America is no more capable of reaching herd immunity for COVID-19 than it is for the common cold. Except this cold will take 1% to 3% of the population at each pass.





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Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett sworn in at White House



Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in to the nation’s highest court less than two hours after being confirmed by the Senate in a White House ceremony.

Barrett, who was confirmed by the Senate by a 52-48 vote, was sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas at about 9 p.m. on the South Lawn of the White House.

“This is a momentous day for America, for the United States Constitution and for the fair and impartial rule of law,” Trump said in remarks before her swearing in.

“As president, I have no more solemn obligation and no greater honor than to appoint Supreme Court justices,” he added.

Trump highlighted Barrett’s experience, saying she has a “towering intellect” who will become the fifth woman to serve on the nation’s highest court.

“She is one of our nation’s most brilliant legal scholars,” Trump said.

He also thanked Senate leadership, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who brought her confirmation to a vote in the chamber prior to the November presidential election.

All Senate Republicans except for Susan Collins of Maine voted to confirm Barrett, who was tapped by President Trump to fill the seat left vacant after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in September. Her confirmation will tip the balance of the court to a 6-3 conservative majority.

Her nomination touched off a storm of criticism by Democratic lawmakers, who accused Republicans of a double standard after they blocked a pick by President Obama in 2016 because it was an election year.

Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer said in an impassioned speech prior to Barrett’s confirmation that Senate Republicans were guilty of a  “partisan theft of two seats” and a “hypocritical double standard.”

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) added that Barrett’s nomination would usher in an unprecedented chapter of conservatism on the high court.

“Simply put, Judge Barrett as Justice Barrett, I am convinced, will open a new chapter of conservative judicial activism unlike anything we’ve seen,” Coons said.

McConnell, who blocked President Obama’s Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland from having a confirmation vote, said Barrett’s confirmation process was constitutional.

“The process comports entirely with the Constitution. We don’t have any doubt, do we, that if the shoe was on the other foot they’d be confirming,” he said.



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Around Atlanta, Many White Suburbanites Are Sticking With Trump


Democrats could still chip away at Mr. Trump’s margins with such voters, Mr. Thurmond argued, in part by dispelling the notion that supporting racial justice and opposing “rioting and looting” are somehow at odds.

“You don’t have to choose,” he said. “But Republicans know that you can sell fear at a very low price. And they’ve taken the defund-the-police message to mean we don’t want any police, which is ridiculous.”

At the same time, Mr. Thurmond said, “we haven’t done a very good job in defining what it does mean.”

Mr. Thurmond pointed to Ms. McBath as someone trying to wrest the issue back from Republicans. She once more faces Ms. Handel in her re-election bid in Georgia’s Sixth District, among the best-educated congressional districts in the country, and has repeatedly emphasized that she does not want to defund the police. “That has never come out of my mouth,” she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week.

That Mr. Biden’s own insistence against defunding the police hasn’t resonated as deeply with white degree-holders in Georgia is in part a function of resources. With multiple true battleground states up for grabs, from Florida to Pennsylvania, Democratic strategists acknowledged that there’s only a moderate incentive to divert cash and time to places like Georgia and Texas, tight as the polling may be. Ultimately, Mr. Biden has a number of paths to 270 electorate votes should he lose Georgia; Mr. Trump, however, has a much narrower path.

Mr. Trump has visited the state multiple times since taking office, including a rally on Friday in Macon. September alone saw campaign swings from Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump. On Sept. 25, the president appeared in Atlanta as part of his Black Voices for Trump initiative, which he launched in the state last fall. During the Republican National Convention, the campaign featured Vernon Jones, a Black Democratic state representative supporting Mr. Trump. Following the convention, Mr. Jones called on his party to “condemn Black Lives Matter and then Antifa.”

Brian Robinson, a Republican strategist in Georgia, is hopeful that the new Supreme Court vacancy will allow Mr. Trump to solidify any incremental gains he has made through his law-and-order message.

“You’re hearing people now saying that they don’t like Trump, but that the Supreme Court opening has reminded them why it’s important to have a Republican in the White House,” he said. “It’s another example of people who were wavering before, but are now back firmly with Trump.”



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