Here Are All The Winners Of The 2017 BET Awards

June 26, 2017

… & Usher PartyDJ Khaled Ft. Beyonc & Jay Z ShiningMigos Ft. Lil Uzi Vert Bad and BoujeeRae Sremmurd Ft. Gucci Mane Black Beatles Best Female Hip-Hop ArtistCardi BMissy ElliottNicki MinajRemy MaYoung M.A. Video director of the YearBenny BoomBruno Mars & Jonathan Liadirector XHype WilliamsKahlil Joseph & Beyonc Knowles-Carter Album of the Year24K Magic Bruno Mars4 Your Eyez Only J. ColeA Seat at the Table SolangeColoring Book Chance The RapperLemonade Beyonc Best …

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Lawsuit Accuses Donald Trump Of Illegally Destroying White House Records

June 23, 2017

… recoverable. Using encrypted messaging apps that prevent any kind of preservation raise serious concerns that presidential records are at risk, said Tom Blanton, director of the National Security Archive. Presidential records are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act while a president is in office. But they are accessible by law five years later provided they have been preserved. The White House hasnt yet commented on the suit. More than 190 Democratic lawmakers also sued Trump …

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Cumulative extremism: Why terror is like a ‘perverted comic book’

June 22, 2017

… climate, says Brian Levin, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. “I’ve been studying extremism for decades, and there will often be some catalytic event that becomes part of a folklore and helps galvanize where aggression is directed to and amplified towards,” Levin told CNN. “(It’s) almost like a perverted comic book. What we have is the beginning of a folklore narrative that identifies warrior heroes and villains. And what’s so …

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New US sanctions on Russia inflame old tensions

June 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)Russia’s frustration with the Trump administration boiled over Wednesday, with Moscow abruptly canceling talks designed to improve ties with the US and threatening retaliation for sanctions the White House renewed Tuesday. Analysts say that Russia’s leaders also want to convey in no uncertain terms that, after waiting for Trump to establish warmer ties, they’re now ready to get more adversarial if need be. …

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DoD still using 8-inch floppies and other infrastructure horror stories from Jared Kushner

June 21, 2017

… boss (and father-in-law) might have tweeted the news: DoD running 50-year-old technology to run NUCLEAR opps: DISASTER! As head of the White House Department of Innovation, Kushner oversees a somewhat calmer group of tech geeks, many of whom have temporarily left the private sector to join the governments U.S. Digital Services (USDS). Formed by President Barack Obama in 2014, the group is currently led by Acting director Matt Cutts. The former Googler posted a USDS update on Medium on Friday, …

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Trump Killed A Key Obama Immigration Program. But What He Didn’t Do Matters More.

June 17, 2017

… administration; and not on Thursday. That Trump has been unwilling or unable to move on this front is both a product of an intense, at times underappreciated, lobbying effort by immigration advocates and a testament to the difficulties of removing a benefit once it is in place. Their stories and their contributions are the most significant thing protecting DACA, Cecilia Muoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council under President Barack Obama, said. On some level, it is widely …

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Rosenstein must recuse himself from involvement in Mueller probe

June 17, 2017

(CNN)The President’s latest Twitter attack on the special counsel investigation by Robert Mueller is likely to claim a new victim: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the lawyer at least nominally in charge of the investigation. Shortly thereafter, the President shocked the nation with the announcement that he had fired the controversial FBI director he had only recently praised. The White House press office immediately pointed to Rosenstein’s detailed memo as the …

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Instagram finally accepts branded content with official tool

June 15, 2017

… of how long its taken us to get here, we wanted to be very careful about it. We want to make a product that serves the creators, the brands and also the community,” said Charles Porch, creative program director at Instagram. Instagram also added analytics reach and engagement metrics that are shared directly with the selected brand when the tool is used. Brands can see these numbers on their Facebook Page manager, and creators can see it in the app. There was no legal pressure to add …

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Jeff Sessions’ explanation for firing Comey just doesn’t make sense

June 15, 2017

Washington (CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions tried to have his cake and eat it too when it came to his explanations during congressional testimony Tuesday for the firing of FBI director James Comey. On the other hand, Sessions told the Senate intelligence committee that he and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had discussed removing Comey as FBI director and agreed that it was time for a “fresh start” at the bureau before either man was confirmed to their current …

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Grab joins Uber in making plans to offer helicopter rides in congested cities

June 15, 2017

… passengers over the weekend. Image: grabid/instagram But while novelty rides such as these have typically served as marketing stunts for both Grab and Uber, this is the first time Grab has said it’s seriously considering offering helicopter rides as a commercial service. Grab’s Indonesia marketing director, Mediko Azwar, was quoted by AFP saying the past weekend’s trial was part of a feasibility study, and that the company was “exploring the possibility” of the …

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Uber just lost its head of business

June 14, 2017

… business, meaning he helped locked down all those big partnerships to make Uber the global tech giant that it is today. His departure comes the day after Uber’s board of director reviewed and agreed to all proposals made by an external investigation by former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder into the company’s toxic workplace culture. Michael’s exit is the most high-profile removal of an executive at Uber in the wake of the investigation, though it is far from the only one. He …

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Reed: Sessions’ involvement with Comey firing ‘highly questionable’

June 13, 2017

(CNN)A Democratic senator who will question Attorney General Jeff Sessions at tomorrow’s Senate intelligence committee hearing wants to know why he was involved in the decision to fire former FBI director James Comey after he had recused himself from the Russia investigation. The White House initially cited memos from Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recommending Comey’s firing over his handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe as the reason for his dismissal, …

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Sanders allies emboldened by Labour’s gains in UK election

June 10, 2017

… the triumph of moderate liberal technocrats in France and Canada — both closer philosophically to former President Barack Obama than Sanders — as the more appealing international parallel. Former Sanders campaign digital organizing director Claire Sandberg emailed her concerns from the UK, as she made her way to the Midwest after a whirlwind spell supporting Labour-aligned groups ahead of the vote. “I fully expect Establishment Democrats to reject the obvious lessons from …

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It’s Simple: Either Trump Or Comey Is Lying. Who Is More Credible?

June 9, 2017

Comey laid out his version of events before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday,detailing comments the president had made to him about the FBIs investigation into links between Russia and the Trump campaign and its probe of Trumps former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Comeys account suggests that the president attempted to interfere with the bureaus investigations,pressed the then-FBI director to pledge Trump his loyalty and asked him to get out the word that the president …

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Is Reality Winner A Leaker, A Whistleblower Or Something Else?

June 9, 2017

Whats the difference? Leakers, on the other hand, can become targets for prosecution for mishandling classified information. Not all leak are crimes, however. Sharing unclassified materials such as former FBI director James Comey did with some of his memos about his private conversations with President Donald Trump is not illegal, experts say. Sean Rayford via Getty Images Reality Winner is a leaker, according to the U.S. Attorneys Office in Southern Georgia. Theyve charged her with …

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EPA Inspector General Probing Whether Agency Staffer Colluded With Monsanto

June 7, 2017

… March 2015that glyphosate is carcinogenicin October 2015 associate director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, to the president of the European Commission stating that he had re-examined some raw data of animal studies EFSA used to conclude that glyphosate did not cause cancer, and found eight instances of tumors that EFSA had not included in its assessment. Portier recently retired after 40 years of employment in the United States government and is now a part-time …

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Key Witnesses In A California Jailhouse Snitch Scandal Refuse to Testify

June 3, 2017

… entries, Garcia and Grover both describe the related to the Special Handling unit. In another entry, Grover describes a that he, Garcia and another deputy did of files in a desk drawer. Johnson, when asked this week about the destruction of jail records, testified that he approved the destruction of some Special Handling records in 2009 and 2010 while supervisor. He also said he wasnt aware of the 2009 legal hold. Carol Ann Morris, assistant director of the support services division of the …

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How Wonder Woman finally made it to the big screen

May 30, 2017

… Woman movie, but did get to direct two Avengers films. Image: Masatoshi Okauchi / REX During and after her show’s run, Wonder Woman continued to pop up in animated projects like Super Friends. She still regularly appears in animated shows (like the web series DC Super Hero Girls) and direct-to-video movies (like Justice League Dark). However, the big screen remained elusive for a long time. 1996: Ivan Reitman joins Wonder Woman. Yes, that Ivan Reitman, as in the director of …

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How a Silicon Valley veteran created an app that 400 nonprofits use to help refugees

May 30, 2017

Image: Mashable Composite; RefAid / Trellyz Shelley Taylor calls herself a Silicon Valley veteran. Veteran, she tells me, “means old.” Raised in Palo Alto, Taylor has an extensive tech background. She isn’t an engineer, but she wrote the “bible of user interface” back in 1995 at the dawn of website creation, inventing a lot of the language still used to this day to describe websites and ecommerce. She’s launched a bevy of startups and advised companies like …

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How ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ has become the meme of the resistance

May 29, 2017

Image: Christopher Mineses / mashable  Earlier this week, 18 women dressed up in red cloaks and white bonnets, stood in pairs in the rotunda of the Texas state capitol, and began chanting, “Shame!” in unison. They didn’t stop shouting for eight minutes. They call themselves the Texas handmaids. You probably first saw them back in March, when images of their original protest in Austin went viral. That’s when they sat silently in the Texas senate gallery, watching as …

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Apple launches its first store in Southeast Asia

Image: Ng Yi Shu/MAshable Khajorn Chiaranaipanich flew for more than two hours to be one of the first people to experience Apple’s first store in Singapore. Witnessing its opening was very important for the managing director at a Thai social news company so important, that he had been waiting in the queue at 5 a.m, five whole hours before the store officially opened. SEE ALSO: Apple’s first store in Southeast Asia is here, and this is what it looks like Located at the heart of …

May 28, 2017
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REPORT: Trump To Set Up ‘War Room’ To Repel Russia Probe Attacks

… has gained new urgency since the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to head the investigation, the sources said. A person in regular touch with the White House said it needed a different structure to focus on the new reality that there would be continued leaks to the media from the law enforcement and intelligence communities, leaks that have increased in frequency since Trump fired former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey on May 9. The White House declined to …

May 27, 2017
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… Alitalia’s doubled, to more than €400 million, and Virgin Australia’s surged 140 percent, to A$225 million ($167 million). Etihad faces a stark choice, according to Diogenis Papiomytis, a onetime executive at the airline who’s director of aerospace in Dubai at consulting firm Frost & Sullivan Inc.: Pour good money after bad and continue building its equity alliance, or sever ties and focus on its own business at a time when earnings across the oil-dependent Gulf …

May 25, 2017
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Trump Reportedly Asked Intel Chiefs To Publicly Deny Russia Ties

According to the report, Trump asked director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and National Security Agency director Michael Rogers to publicly deny that there is any evidence of connections between Trumps team and Russia. Those requests reportedly came in late March, after then-FBI director James Comey confirmedthat his bureau was looking into the Trump campaigns ties to Russia. The Post also said that White House officials sought to influence Comey directly: The White House does not …

May 23, 2017
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David Fincher and Conan OBrien: Halo 4s Secret Weapons

A $100 million movie isnt cool. You know whats cool? A $500 million videogame. At least thats what David Fincher, the acclaimed director of The Social Network, seems to think. According to two Microsoft executives who have spoken exclusively to The Daily Beast, the auteurs next big project isnt a movie, or even a trailer for one. Instead, Fincher has produced a mysterious, two-minute teaser for a videogame: Halo 4, the long-awaited sequel to Xboxs blockbuster action trilogy. Fincher is a Halo …

May 22, 2017
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