GOP Still Trusts Trump With Classified Intel After He Gave It To Russians

May 17, 2017

WASHINGTON A day after The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump shared highly classified intelligence with Russian officials, Republicans on Capitol Hill said they feel perfectly comfortable with the presidents ability to handle sensitive information. Sure, said Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) when asked if he trusts the president with classified materials. No reason not to. The White House disputes those reports, and Trump sent out his national security adviser, Gen. H.R. McMaster, …


Trump Reportedly Revealed Classified Info During Meeting With Russian Officials

May 16, 2017

… coordination with other nations on sensitive foreign policy issues. Trump revealed information to the Russian visitors that jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State, the Post the report, adding that (Several Senate Intelligence Committee members told NPRs Scott Detrow they had not been briefed on the disclosure.) A White House spokeswoman did not immediately return a request for comment on whether Trump shared classified information with the Russian officials. …


Experts poke holes in marketing claims about fidget spinners

May 15, 2017

… evidence that those things work across the board,” Scott Kollins, a clinical psychologist and professor at Duke University, told NPR on Sunday. SEE ALSO: We, your child’s school, regret banning fidget spinners after seeing what toy came next That doesn’t mean the three-pronged plastic phenomena don’t provide any real benefits, or that parents and educators are wrong when they say it helps some children focus in the classroom. But retailers may be stretching the truth …


Can the ad industry beat ad blockers with … ad blockers?

May 11, 2017

… years through various sets of advertising standards. Two years ago, the bureau launched a set of guidelines called LEAN aimed at setting the bar for what’s acceptable. More recently, a host of companies Google among them launched an arm within the group called the Coalition for Better Ads, which scores ads based on a checklist of user-friendly criteria. Instead of eliminating the worst ads, though, the rules have generally served to bifurcate where they appear, according to Scott …


Snapchat is helping make QR codes cool again

May 9, 2017

… Scott A. Savage (@Scottasavage) May 8, 2017 No college student I know thinks QR codes are convenient,” said Jordan Gonen, 19, who attends Washington University in St. Louis. But when asked directly about Snapcodes, the tone change. “It was big first week of college actually, quick way to exchange contact info. Everyone held out their phone and was like ‘snap my code,’” Gonen said. A main concern for some was not having a QR code reader that …


The Chainsmokers make some dreams come true with prom-crashing appearance

May 1, 2017

… several weeks before the duo dropped in. Chainsmokers decided to make an appearance @hhshuntley Prom 2017 Bradley Aney (@MrAneyHHS) April 30, 2017 The band reportedly got an email from a student, checked their schedule, and then reached out to the school about making a short appearance at the dance. Principal Scott Rowe told the Herald, “It was probably the toughest secret I’ve ever kept, because I knew the kids were going to go crazy for it.” …


Here’s why these companies want Trump to stay in the Paris Climate Agreement

April 27, 2017

… retail giant Wal Mart, and major electric utility PG&E, among others. The Paris Agreement commits the world to limiting global warming to well under 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, of warming compared to preindustrial levels by the year 2100. This target is viewed as ambitious, given the recent increase in global emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. Several members of Trump’s team, including Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt and chief …


Trump Wants Clean Water Rule Gone. Now Comes The Hard Part.

April 21, 2017

… senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, noted. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, noted for his close ties with industry interests during his tenure as Oklahoma attorney general, is considering a plan to hire private lawyers, instead of EPA employees, for the agencys rewrite of the rule,Politico reported this week. Pruitt himself has also been a vocal critic of the rule. As Oklahomas top attorney, he sued the EPA over the rule in 2015. Since he was confirmed at the EPA, he has …


EPA head visits community famous for lead contamination

April 20, 2017

… evacuated after soil tests showed lead and arsenic contamination levels 228 times the amount the Environmental Protection Agency considers potentially hazardous to children. It was the first superfund site EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has visited — making a trip there Wednesday — and the agency said he was the first administrator to visit this particular site. Pruitt visited “to discuss cleanup and hear directly from East Chicago residents affected by contamination in their …


United booted an engaged couple headed to their wedding in Costa Rica

April 18, 2017

… refusing to give up his $1,000 seat to “somebody more important.” A man on a flight from Houston to Calgary was stung by a scorpion after it fell on his head. Competing airlines trolled United, and Saturday Night Live made fun of it, too. Rev. Jesse Jackson leads a small protest outside the United Airlines terminal at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. Image: Scott olson/Getty Images Dao was forcibly removed to make room for United crew members. This weekend, the …


Corona never paid a dime for millions of dollars of ‘Fast and Furious’ product placement

April 15, 2017

Image: Scott Olson/Getty Images Vin Diesel’s constant plugging of Corona throughout the Fast and Furious movies can make certain installments feel like extended beer commercials. But the company has apparently never paid a dime for the prolific product placement. SEE ALSO: Yup, there’s going to be a ‘Fast & Furious’ global arena tour That’s according to a new feature story in The Ringer that examines the franchise’s longstanding relationship with the …


Masters 2017: Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia lead into final round at Augusta

April 9, 2017

… a five-time Tour winner with two top 10s in majors, while Scott, Schwartzel and two-time runner-up Westwood form a formidable chasing pack. The 25-year-old Pieters, who played a starring role for Europe in the 2016 Ryder Cup with four wins out of five matches, is bidding to become the first debutant since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979 to win the Masters. In all, 14 players will go into Sunday within six shots of the lead, including grand slam-chasing Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman, who needs the …