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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5 Trump theme songs as sung by his lawyer’s ’70s rock cover band

June 22, 2017

… person in the Trump orbit to enter the spotlight as, over the weekend, he appeared on several Sunday morning news shows to defend Trump over the ongoing Russia investigation, including one on Fox News which didn’t go so well. Sekulow has his own unique history as a conservative pundit and an attorney who may be out of his depth defending a sitting president, as this great Washington Post profile notes. And he’s also in a suburban dad cover band. There was a bit of a kerfuffle on …

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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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Time Warner will create 10 original shows for Snapchat

June 20, 2017

… Warner expressed similar interest in the audience. Partnering with Snap will help drive this compelling new format, exposing its user base to innovative and engaging video from brands and characters they trust and enjoy,” Gary Ginsberg, Time Warner’s executive vice president of corporate marketing and communications, said in a statement. “Were confident this partnership will help drive larger audiences to our shows and to the new direct to consumer platforms we continue to …

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Is it safe to live on a former landfill site? – BBC News

June 20, 2017

Prof Kate Spencer from Queen Mary University of London led the investigation and has now raised serious concerns about the impact not only on the environment – but on public health. Image caption Barry Falgate, site manager at Dunbar landfill In 1990, the Environmental Protection Act set out a regime for regulating and licensing the disposal of controlled waste. One site in Dunbar, on the east coast of Scotland, handles 5,000 tonnes of waste every week from Edinburgh, which is …

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Megyn Kelly’s Alex Jones Interview Had Lower Ratings Than A Game-Show Rerun

June 20, 2017

… job and that the parents of the 20 students slain at Connecticuts Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 were actorswho helped fake the slaughter of children and school employees. Followers include president Donald Trump, who appeared on Jones radio show during the presidential campaign. The NBC affiliate in Connecticut, where the Sandy Hook shooting happened, chose not to air the interview, putting a small dent in Kellys ratings.The affiliate came to the decision after it listened intently to …

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Carla Bruni on Music, Melanias Nudes, and Those Pesky Donald Trump Rumors

June 19, 2017

… year. Its so untrue and Im deeply embarrassed by it all. Ive only ever met him once, about a year ago, at a big charity party in New York. And I havent seen him since, of that Im sure. When I bring up the unfortunate episode to her, she shifts around uncomfortably on the sofa and lets out a deep sigh. Actually, the whole situation was very vague and just did not exist. So I was very surprised when he went to the press, Bruni says of the current president of the United States. JEWEL …

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France votes in final round of parliamentary elections

June 18, 2017

(CNN)Polls have opened Sunday for France’s legislative elections and president Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party is projected to win a huge majority in Parliament. Macron’s party, founded just a year ago, won on the first-round of elections on June 11 with less than half of eligible voters going to the polls. Nonetheless, it represented a remarkable achievement for Macron, who won the French presidency last month without the support of a traditional mainstream …

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

June 17, 2017

WASHINGTON The Trump administration formalized an immigration policy shift on Thursday evening that was notable for what it didnt do as much as what it did. The Department of Homeland Security rescinded DAPA, a never-implemented program that would have allowed some undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents to stay in the country. But more significantly, it left in place the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a policy that president Donald Trump promised …

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

June 15, 2017

… doing exactly the right thing. You had no criticism of him. You felt that in fact he was a skilled professional prosecutor. You felt that his last statement in October was fully justified. So how can you go from those statements to agreeing with Mr. Rosenstein and then asking the president, or recommending he be fired? SESSIONS: I think, in retrospect, as all of us begin to look at that clearly and talk about it, as perspectives of the Department of Justice, once the director had first got …

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Uber just lost its head of business

June 14, 2017

Image: bloomberg/getty images Emil Michael, an executive known to be very close with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, is out at the ride-hailing company, the New York Times reported. Uber confirmed the departure to Mashable and had no additional comment. You probably didn’t know his name, but Michael was one of the most powerful people at the ride-hailing service used by millions around the world. he was the close confidant of CEO Travis Kalanick and served as the senior vice president of …

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The tool banks hope will defeat Venmo is here

June 13, 2017

… screenshot/zelle But more than just stealing users from Venmo, Zelle is hoping to sign on the millions of consumers who don’t yet send money to their friends through an app a.k.a. non-millennials. “Through mobile banking, it’s a safe and secure way to bring P2P beyond just millennials into a mainstream audience,” said Early Warning vice president of marketing and branding Melissa Lowry. Money sent through Zelle, Lowry said, will deposit in your account within minutes a …

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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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Special counsel team members donated to Dems, FEC records show

June 13, 2017

Washington (CNN)Four members of the legal team known to have been hired so far by special counsel Robert Mueller to handle the Russia investigation have given political donations almost exclusively to Democrats, according to a CNN analysis of Federal Election Commission records. Over the weekend, news outlets including CNN identified five attorneys that Mueller has already brought on board to help investigate potential collusion between associates of president Donald Trump’s campaign and …

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Theresa May Fast Facts

June 12, 2017

… Angela Merkel, and to Paris, to meet with French president Francois Hollande. January 26-27, 2017 – During a visit to the United States, May becomes the first serving foreign leader from outside the US to speak at the annual congressional Republican retreat and the first foreign leader to meet with president Donald Trump since his inauguration. April 18, 2017 – Calls for an early general election to take place. May 22, 2017 – Following the Manchester explosion, May announces …

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Samsung’s 49-inch ultrawide curved monitor is really ultrawide

June 11, 2017

… provide the most stunning visuals to deliver the ultimate gaming experience, Samsung’s vice president for product marketing Andrew Sivori said in a statement. These QLED gaming monitors represent the future of gaming for both casual and dedicated players alike, and were confident that our innovative design and state-of-the-art features will enhance the entire gaming arena. Samsung first revealed its QLED Quantum Dot technology at CES back in January. SEE ALSO: Besides asking Bixby to call …

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Election 2017: What you want to know about the result – BBC News

June 11, 2017

Members are elected for four-year terms by a joint session of both houses of parliament, although in practice changes in membership are rare, making the Federal Council one of the world’s most stable governments. Each year a different member of the council fills the largely ceremonial post of federal president on a rotating basis. However, the office does not confer the status of head of state, which is held jointly by all the councillors. In the UK the House of Commons is the …

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Amazon’s great at selling its own batteries and baby wipes. But Food and fashion? Not yet

June 11, 2017

… and low prices. “[Brands] can no longer view Amazon as solely a channel and need to acknowledge them as a competitor, Jed Alpert, senior vice president of marketing at 1010data, said in a recent report. Amazon’s many tentacles Private labels are standard practice for big retailersthey’re the generic names you see in supermarket aisles or the typically bland clothes on department store racks. Stores like them because they undercut supplier markups and don’t require a ton …

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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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Trump adds Poland stop during G20 trip

June 10, 2017

(CNN)The White House announced that president Donald Trump will visit Poland during a trip to Europe next month for the G20 summit. Poland, a more conservative-leaning government, provides a natural stop for Republican politicians. …

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Apple ad pushes environmentalism during NBA Finals

June 10, 2017

… such as China. Cook personally called president Donald Trump to try to persuade him to remain in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, an entreaty which did not succeed. The timely cause is a departure from Apple’s usual apolitical marketing. While CEO Tim Cook often comments on the topics of the day, Apple mostly sat out the growing trend towards social commentary in advertising until now. …

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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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