A study compared the happiness of couples with children to those without children, and found a very interesting result.
Couples with children were happier than those without children, but only after the children move out of the home.
"We find that children are positively correlated with well-being and lack of depressive symptoms. However, our analyses show that this overall positive association is due to children after they left home," the study concluded.
It also found that children had negative effects for parents if they stayed at home.
The study was conducted by Christoph Becker at Heidelberg University and his research team. They assessed "parenthood, marital status and social networks" from 55,000 people in 16 European countries.
The researchers believe that children who leave home become important sources of social support for their parents.
A separate analysis from 2017 found that the percentage of Millennials who are staying at home is on the rise. In 2005, only 25 percent of those between 18 and 34 years old lived with their parents, but just 12 years later, that figure had jumped to 34 percent.
A different study by the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2014 found that older couples who had children were also seen to retain greater metrics of happiness than younger couples with children.
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A self-appointed "delegation" from the Chicago Teachers Union has caused quite a stir, after taking a trip to Venezuela — while promoting socialist policies and dictator Nicolas Maduro — in what critics are calling a "propaganda tour."
Last month, a CTU organizer and three members took a crowd-funded tour of the economically crippled country, calling themselves a delegation of the union, the Chicago Tribune reported. The trip followed a formal CTU resolution condemning the United States for interfering with Venezuela's disputed regime and calling for America to lift its sanctions against the country.
While on the trip, the group blogged about their experiences on the site Radical Educator Collective, praising the country's "free social programs" which "began under Hugo Chavez, and continue to operate under Nicolas Maduro."
The U.S. government no longer considers Maduro to be Venezuela's leader, but formerly recognizes opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's president.
Although CTU has since tried to distance itself from the group's controversial charade, the union promoted the delegation's trip on Twitter, even retweeting a message from one of the travelers, Sarah Chambers, who wrote, "While staying in #Venezuela, we didn't see a single homeless person. USA is the richest country in the world; yet, there are homeless people everywhere. Over 17k CPS students are homeless...This is why @CTULocal1 is fighting for fair housing #CTUAgainstVezIntervention."
One follower responded, "What the Delegation fails to acknowledge is they used the CTU name to raise the funds, to set up meetings, to blog their 'findings.' This was never voted on. They don't get it. Irresponsible and reckless."
Not every member of the union is happy about the trip, either. One CTU teacher told the Tribune, "I am appalled a delegation representing themselves as CTU went to Venezuela, not to support striking teachers, not to object to human rights violations, but to go on what appears to be a state-chaperoned propaganda tour."
After the Chicago Tribune's story broke, Sarah Chambers went on attack against not only the delegation's critics, but the paper. The teacher wrote on Twitter, "It's absurd that the racist Trib, attacks rank&file teachers 4 traveling to Venezuela, w/a former CPS sub tour guide (not the gov), to hear their stories and learn about the consequences of USA's economic war. Trib has never supported black/brown self-determination in Chi or abroad."
Chambers added in follow-up posts, "Ppl here who have never been to countries attacked by the USA sure have a lot of opinions. We wanted 1st hand stories," explaining how the group not only visited schools but "worker owned factories, 50k ppl protests" and unions. She added, "Why do ppl believe the USA propaganda news before these ppl?"
In the latest installment of "Louder with Crowder," BlazeTV's Steven Crowder detailed the top six reasons why CNN's Chris "Fredo" Cuomo is this month's undisputed winner of the honorary "What a Piece of Sh*t" Award.
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POS Reason #6: Cuomo argued that Native American activist Nathan Phillips just "wanted to diffuse the tension" by banging his drum in Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann's face during the viral video clash in front of the Lincoln Memorial earlier this year. He also claimed that Sandmann chose to "turn it into a stand off." A full-length video of the incident revealed that Phillips approached the students and targeted Sandmann, who wore a MAGA hat.
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POS Reason #5: Cuomo claimed that the phrase "America first" and the term "Nationalist" are "stained words" that are somehow on par with calling border facilities "concentration camps." When his guest disagreed, he flatly stated, "You are wrong."
"No, I'm not wrong. You don't get to define what nationalism means for me," said the guest.
"Yes, I do," came Cuomo's "fair and unbiased" response.
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POS Reason #4: Even as he took President Donald Trump's now-famous "on both sides" comment out of context, Cuomo flip-flopped and argued that Antifa is "true to a cause that is a good cause. They want social justice. They want whatever they want -- in that context." What context he was referring to, the world may never know. He also tweeted out a meme that likened Antifa to the hero soldiers who fought during WWII's D-Day invasion. For the record, more than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded on that day on the beaches of Normandy, France.
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POS Reason #3: Cuomo mocked the rape victim who appeared in an NRA ad advocating her right to protect herself and her two children with a firearm.
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POS Reason #2: Cuomo stated that offering "thoughts and prayers" is the equivalent of mocking mass murder victims.
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POS Reason #1: Cuomo tweeted the assertion that 12-year-old girls who don't "want to see a penis in the locker room" are the daughters of bigots who don't "teach tolerance."
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Convicted sex offender and disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein signed his last will and testament only two days before killing himself in a Manhattan jail cell, according to an exclusive report by the New York Post.
A court filing obtained by The Post shows Epstein signed his will on Aug. 8, and the document was filed in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Epstein was being detained on sex trafficking charges at the time, and committed suicide in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on Aug. 10.
According to the filing, the former hedge fund manager left behind an estate worth roughly $580 million, but some of his personal property has not yet been appraised — including his art collection.
Epstein had just under $57 million in cash, $195 million in held in hedge funds and private equity investments, and several properties. His real estate holdings included a New York City home worth around $55 million; a Palm Beach, Fla., home worth $12 million; a place in Paris worth $8 million; and two islands in the U.S. Virgin Islands worth $22 million and $64 million, respectively, Fox News reported.
The assets are being held in a private trust.
Prior to Epstein's death, he was sued by dozens women who accused him of sexual abuse. The New York Times reported that one of Epstein's accusers sued his estate last week. More are sure to follow, leaving the estate in limbo until all creditors are paid — including any victims who may be awarded damages by a court.
Epstein's beneficiaries are his trustees, none of whom were not named in the will. The financier's brother, Mark Epstein, is named as sole heir of the estate in the instance that the deceased "had left no will."
Critics of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) demanded she respond to reports that the Palestinian Authority banned LGBT activities, and she tweeted very dismissively about the silencing of the group.
"Pretending that this act somehow balances or mitigates Israel violating the dignity & rights of Palestinians - or undermines case for defending Palestinian rights - is deplorable!" she tweeted.
She referred to the criticism as a mere distraction in a
follow up tweet.
"LGBTQ rights are human rights and we should condemn any effort to infringe upon them," she said.
"But we should also condemn any effort to equate this with the occupation or use this as a distraction," Omar concluded.
The Palestinian Authority announced that they would not allow an LGBTQ group to hold a demonstration, and called their activities "harmful to the higher values and ideals of Palestinian society."
Omar has been among the most vocal members of Congress against Israel and in favor of the Palestinian cause. She has also been an advocate for LGBTQ causes, but apparently that takes a back seat to her animosity against Israel.
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A television anchor was harassed and knocked out by activists during a live broadcast in Mexico City on Friday, as he was providing live coverage of a so-called "glitter protest" that turned violent.
The Daily Mail reported that Juan Manuel Jiminez of station ADM 40 was attacked as he was broadcasting from a "feminist" demonstration that drew roughly 500 people onto the streets of the Mexican capital. Protestors were calling for stronger laws for sexual offences in the country, after two teenagers accused police officers of rape.
The sexual assault allegations against officers prompted demonstrations which have been dubbed "glitter protests," after activists dumped pink glitter on Mexico City's police chief earlier in the week, Fox News reported.
Video footage of the event on Friday shows Mr. Jiminez being yelled at by a female protestor — who was leading a little girl by hand through the crowd — before a man sucker-punches him, knocking him unconscious.
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Jimenez later thanked his supporters via Twitter, and said he has filed a complaint in the incident.
According to the Associated Press, protestors at the demonstration chanted, "Rapist police!" and, "My friends protect me, you don't!"
Six Mexico City police officers have been suspended in connection with the two sexual assault allegations. Earlier this month, a 17-year-old said four police officers raped her in a patrol car in north Mexico City, and a 16-year-old girl accused a Mexico City police officer of rape just days later, the BBC reported.
The tension in the Democratic party between far left progressives and the establishment exploded into an online firestorm after a liberal actress mocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during an introduction for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
Liberal think tank president Neera Tanden excoriated Sarandon in a tweet that was widely ridiculed by progressives on Twitter.
"News like this has become commonplace and every once in a while, I just want to thank @SusanSarandon for her campaigning, not just voting, third party," Tanden tweeted bitterly. "Instead of working to stop Trump, she helped him."
Sarandon appeared to respond at a rally for Sanders in Iowa.
"When people know and when they hear the senator's policies, when they see his track record, when they know how authentic he is and how he has been fighting for these issues for so long, he is the only one who has that reputation," Sarandon said.
"He is not someone who used to be a Republican," she added. "He is not someone who used to take money—or still takes money—from Wall Street. He is the real deal."
Many took the comment to be a swipe at Warren because she had once been registered as a Republican voter.
"Sarandon doesn't hold a candle to 'former Republican' Elizabeth Warren on advancing Democratic causes," fired back Brandon Friedman.
"Like congratulations, you've been a Democrat longer," he added. "You also took a blowtorch to your Democratic membership card in 2016 and caused genuine harm. So please spare us the lectures."
Others fired back at Tanden:
"The people who lost a presidential campaign to Donald J. Trump should've been forced out of politics. At minimum, they should've accepted responsibility. Instead, they're now approaching their third anniversary of blaming everyone but themselves, from Russia to Susan Sarandon," responded activist Aaron Maté.
"Counterpoint: you're not helping the movement to stop Trump by sitting in your office at your corporate funded think tank and tweeting absurdly silly insults at Susan Sarandon," responded Sanders speechwriter David Sirota.
Muslim activist Linda Sarsour defended Sarandon, tweeting, "She stands up and speaks out for what she believes in. You don't have to agree with her, just show up like she does."
Whichever side of the Democratic party is closer to the truth, it is no doubt that the internecine fighting can only help the president in his 2020 re-election campaign.
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Republican Rep. Peter King (N.Y.) on Monday signed on to the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019, becoming the first GOP House member to co-sponsor the legislation backed by 200 Democrats.
The bill, H.R. 1296, "makes it a crime to knowingly import, sell, transfer, or possess a semiautomatic assault weapons (SAW) or large capacity ammunition feeding device (LCAFD).
Congressman King told the New York Daily News that such firearms "are weapons of mass slaughter," and he "doesn't see any need for them in everyday society."
While the New York Republican had already been considering signing on to the legislation — which was proposed by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) back in February — King said , "I think the assault weapons ban is timely now, especially in view of the shooting in El Paso and Dayton."
King also said that he hoped his move would encourage more of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join him in backing the ban, adding, "It might give cover to some other Republicans, it might give some incentive to Democrats."
Cicilline praised King for signing on to the legislation, telling the Daily News, "These weapons belong on the battlefield, not in our homes, schools, houses of worship or workplaces. I'm pleased that Congressman King has joined this effort. I sincerely hope that more of my Republican colleagues will put their service to our country and the safety of their constituents ahead of their need to raise campaign money from the gun lobby."
The Hill reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has promised to block such legislation in the Republican-led upper chamber, and President Donald Trump has "expressed opposition to the bill."
Rep. King has sponsored a number of gun control proposals in the past, as noted by Newsday, and the GOP congressman has an "F" rating from the National Rifle Association.
On Monday show of "The White House Brief," Jon discussed the New York Times' project that had declared America's founding as being built on slavery and racism rather than liberty. Later, 181 CEOs announced that maximizing profits for shareholders was no longer their primary focus. Jon explained the potential pros and cons that could occur as a result of the new corporate focus.
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Two major social media platforms announced Monday that they had shut down hundreds of accounts that were spreading misinformation about the pro-Democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong against China.
Twitter said it shut down 936 accounts that it identified as part of a Chinese state misinformation campaign against the protesters who are demanding to keep their sovereignty.
Facebook also said that they identified and shut down accounts that they identified as a part of a Chinese campaign to spread fake news about the demonstrations.
The government in China has signaled that they are gearing up for a violent crackdown of the anti-communist demonstrations.
Facebook offered an example of the kind of propaganda being spread by the government-sponsored accounts in a blog post about their actions. In one, the pro-Democracy protesters were compare to ISIS terrorists.
"Protesters. ISIS fighters. What's the difference?" the ad reportedly said in Chinese.
As Twitter is banned from users in China, the propaganda appeared to be focused on pushing public opinion in the West, where Twitter use is more ubiquitous.
The micro-blogging platform also announced that it would not allow Chinese state controlled news platforms to promote their messaging on Twitter.
The Hong Kong protests were a response to plans to increase extradition of prisoners to the Chinese mainland. Hong Kong residents opposed the policy because China is one of the worst human rights violators, and the move would almost certainly lead to repression of political speech.
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HBO's "Real Time" host Bill Maher doubled down on recent remarks Friday, saying he's "hoping for a recession" because "it would get rid of Trump."
"It is worth it," Maher, whose net worth is reportedly $100 million, said after guest Josh Barro pointed out that a recession would cause people to "lose their jobs and their homes."
"I have been hoping for a recession, people hate me for it, but it would get rid of Trump, so you shouldn't hate me for it," Maher said.
"That's bad, I mean, recessions are really bad. People lose their jobs and their homes and we shouldn't wish for that," Barro argued.
"I know. But it's worth it," Maher responded. "Yes, a recession would be very worth getting rid of Donald Trump. A recession would definitely knock him out of office."
On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere talked about the left's all-consuming hatred for President Donald Trump and Maher's "elitist attitude" about the hardships of the American people.
"I can't imagine being on the air and saying I hope this economy falls apart," Glenn said. "Can you imagine if we were actively pushing for people losing their life savings, people losing their jobs, people losing their insurance and health care? The pain and suffering that goes on. I mean, you want to talk about an elitist attitude?"
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"Relatable" host Allie Beth Stuckey sat down Friday with Candace Owens to discuss Blexit, politics, and what Candace sees for herself in the future.
In this clip, Allie briefly explained that Candace began her career in politics with a student organization called Turning Point USA where Candace learned the game of politics. From there, Candace started an organization called Blexit, which focuses on informing black Americans about and encouraging them to leave the left.
Candace emphasized that she does not want people to leave the Democratic Party and sprint to the GOP. Instead, she wants people to educate themselves and form individual views.
"Do you feel like people are waking up?" Allie asked.
"Yes! I do," Candace said.
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California's governor signed the newly passed "Stephon Clark's Law" bill Monday. The legislation tightens rules for when police officers can fire on suspects and is one of the strictest use-of-force laws in the U.S.
The law, which will go into effect Jan. 1, is named after Stephon Clark, who died in 2018 after being fatally shot by police officers in the backyard of his grandmother's home. The cops reportedly believed the 22-year-old Clark was armed, but he was discovered to be carrying only a cellphone.
The law mandates police are to "use deadly force" only when "necessary in defense of human life" and must use all other avenues of de-escalation instead of pulling their service weapons and firing on a suspect. The new law, however, does not concretely define what is considered "necessary" with regard to defending human life.
During a Monday ceremony, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said, "I'm ready to sign this damn thing," and called those families who advocated for the measure to stand up alongside him as he signed the bill into law. "I would be honored if you would join us up on stage," he said.
"As California goes, so goes the rest of the United States of America," he promised. "And we are doing something today that stretches the boundaries of possibility and sends a message to people all across this country."
Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D) introduced the bill in 2018 because she believed the permission to fire on suspects were too murky and broad. On Monday, Weber said that the new law will change the "culture of policing."
"Significant change is never easy, but those who voted today looked to their conscience and found the courage to do the right thing for California," Weber said. "I have to thank the families who have lost loved ones to police violence. They have been the energy and the moral compass for making this possible."
The ACLU said of the new law, "It is a common-sense bill modeled after best practices already in place in some departments — and that we know work to reduce police killings and save lives."
The Palestinian Authority has banned members of an LGBTQ advocacy group from conducting activities in Palestinian-controlled territories, threatening them with arrest and urging citizens to report violators, according to the Jerusalem Post.
The ban is aimed at the group Al-Qaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society, which recently held an event in the city of Nablus and was planning another for later this month in the same location.
A spokesman for Palestinian Authority Police said the LGBTQ group's activities were "harmful to the higher values and ideals of Palestinian society" and "unrelated to religions and Palestinian traditions and customs, especially in the city of Nablus."
According to the Post, PA Police will actively pursue members of Al-Qaws for arrest and prosecution, and encouraged citizens to report anyone they suspect to be involved.
Al-Qaws issued a statement in response to the ban:
The Palestinian police announcement about our activities is very unfortunate. It's very strange that they are accusing us of being a suspicious entity working to take apart Palestinian society. Al-Qaws is a Palestinian organization that has been operating since 2001, and is carrying out educational and professional programs on sexual and gender diversity. We totally reject the attempt to create an atmosphere of prosecution and intimidation, as well threats of arrest.
Al-Qaws has been operating since 2001, aiming to "fighting for vibrant Palestinian cultural and social change, building LGBTQ communities and promoting new ideas about the role of gender and sexual diversity in political activism, civil society institutions, media, and everyday life."
The Times of Israel reported that Ahmad Harb, commissioner-general of the Independent Commission for Human Rights, expressed fear that the police were inciting violence against LGBTQ people.
"The Palestinian police's statement regarding the barring of the gathering of 'gays' and activists from the Al-Qaws organization and threatening to pursue them and asking citizens to secretly inform on 'suspects' is very bad," Harb wrote on Facebook. "It rises to the level of calling for 'community violence and inciting a crime.' Many understood this statement as a call to wastefully spill blood and take the law into one's hands by implementing killing operations."
North Carolina State University's dean for academic and student affairs resigned his post last week after getting called out for a tweet characterizing the Republican Party as the party of "neo-Nazis" and 'the KKK," the News & Observer reported.
Mike Mullen — who's been in the position since 2012 — resigned Thursday but will stay on as a professor, the paper said.
While the resignation announcement didn't include a reason, the paper said it came hours after N.C. State senior Luke Stancil wrote about that tweet — and others — in a story for The College Fix.
A tweet from April 15, 2018 — according to screenshots critics shared, the News & Observer said — replied to conservative activist Charlie Kirk saying "now the GOP is the party of the NRA, neo-Nazis, the KKK, and all manner of alt-right crazies. You have betrayed your history."
"It's hypocritical for him to preach for an inclusive environment and also to effectively call students who are Republicans neo-Nazis and members of the Klan," Stancil wrote. "His intention may not have been to alienate conservative students, but it is the result of his actions. I certainly feel this way."
Mullen — who earns an annual salary of $283,206 — is a professor in the university's crop sciences department and didn't respond to requests for comment Thursday, the paper said.
But Stancil did comment, telling the News & Observer he believes Mullen should be completely gone from N.C. State.
"He deserves to be fired for his actions," Stancil added to the paper Thursday before wondering if students wearing "Make America Great Again" hats in his class could believe he'd "grade them fairly" after this episode.
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In a Nov. 10, 2018, opinion piece for the student newspaper, The Technician, one student wrote that Mullen had recently tweeted: "Sitting in the Renaissance lounge, working, listening to three redneck businessmen discussing democratic mobs and violence. Lots of coded language. #bloodboiling."
That student, Jacob Trubey, wrote that many N.C. State students come from rural areas and may take the dismissal of rednecks as a personal affront — especially given the school's focus on farming and other agricultural pursuits.
"When university administrators use terms such as 'redneck,' it undermines not only N.C. State's student population, but the very history of our institution," he wrote, according to the paper.
The day the Technician op-ed ran, Mullen tweeted: "Yesterday I tweeted a message that has, rightfully, resulted in many pushing back. I believe my track record on respect for others speaks for itself, but unfortunately, I did not live up to that record yesterday."
(H/T: The College Fix)