• Father pays tribute to son who died aboard the USS Fitzgerald
  • At slain Muslim teen’s funeral, mourners say ‘it could have been me’
  • Why this millennial Democrat’s concession speech sounds like he’s doing an Obama impression
  • What an autopsy may (or may not) have revealed about Otto Warmbier’s death
  • New US sanctions on Russia inflame old tensions

Facebook and Google are taking unprecedented steps to crack down on bad ads

The world of online advertising remains split: there’s the Wild West and then there’s the corporate dystopia. In the wild west, dozens of shadowy firms churn out annoying two-bit ads for a quick buck; fake news sites feed off ad exchanges not entirely unlike those that serve the country’s paper of record; Russian cybercriminals routinely bilk the world’s biggest brands out of millions through ad fraud. SEE ALSO: Can Google’s…

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The controversial Trumped-up production of Julius Caesar was interrupted by protestors, and Twitter went off

The controversial production of Julius Caesar was hit by alt-right protests.Image: AFP/Getty Images Alt-right figures Jack Posobiec and Laura Loomer attempted to shut down a performance of Shakespeare in the Park’s controversial, Trump-themed production of Julius Caesar by storming the stage and condemning other audience members for their participation in the spectacle. The show was paused, but ultimately, not shut down. Loomer, a writer for right-wing Canadian website Rebel Media,…

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There’s a good reason governments aren’t startups

Jeb Bush wearing a hoodie in a video message to Mark Zuckerberg.Image: shutterstock/jeb!/mashable composite The hot new name in tech is France, a centuries-old startup that provides security, healthcare, and education in exchange for taxes. Newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that the country needs to “think and move more like a startup” and, presumably, less like a stodgy social democracy. SEE ALSO: Trump’s treasury secretary is…

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Early vote tally foretells soaring turnout in most expensive House race ever

(CNN)More than 140,000 voters had cast their ballots by the time early voting in Georgia closed Friday — another indication of sky-high turnout in the closely watched runoff for a House seat between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel. The pool of early voters includes more than 36,000 who did not participate in the April primary contest for the seat, which was vacated when former Rep. Tom Price became…

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Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent in to Kensington and Chelsea Council – BBC News

Police fear the number of the dead could increase. The BBC understands the death toll could rise to about 70 people in total. As part of the new move by the government, a team of civil servants has been embedded into the council office. Other measures outlined by the prime minister following a meeting with residents on Saturday, included more staff covering phone lines and ground staff wearing high-visibility clothing…

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Brexit: 2018 Queen’s Speech cancelled by government – BBC News

The last time it was cancelled was in 2011 by the then Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government. That decision, the first time it had been taken since 1949, was criticised at the time by Labour as an “abuse of power” aimed solely at easing the passage of controversial legislation. Announcing the scrapping of the 2018 event, Mrs Leadsom said the European Union exit legislation would begin with the “Great Repeal Bill”.

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Philip Hammond attacks Tory general election campaign – BBC News

But a deal designed to “punish” the UK would be even worse, he said on BBC One’s Andrew Marr show. Campaign criticism Despite being one of the most senior members of Theresa May’s government, Mr Hammond did not play a leading role in the campaign before the general election, and it was reported he faced being replaced. “It’s true that my role [in the campaign] was not the one I…

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This is the story of 30 years of The Proclaimers – BBC News

Proclaimer Craig Reid says the twins saw Dexy’s Midnight Runners in 1980, when they were 18. Image caption Paul Heaton says The Proclaimers were brilliant live Kevin Rowland helped The Proclaimers make a demo which found its way to The Housemartins, another popular 80s band famous for being outside the pop orthodoxy. The Housemartins invited The Proclaimers to tour with them in 1986. Charlie Reid says: “The first gig was…

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A warning to Washington from Kansas

(CNN)Last week, Republican state legislators in Kansas finally acknowledged what we have known since 2012: Gov. Sam Brownback’s “Kansas Experiment” burdened our businesses, wrecked our state’s finances, and mortgaged our children’s future, all in the name of giving tax breaks to the wealthy. Kansas’ job growth actually declined since Brownback’s tax giveaway to the most well-off Kansans. We’ve fallen 47,000 jobs short of the promise made by the governor’s revenue…

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DREAMers get well-deserved reprieve from Trump — for now

(CNN)Score a partial victory for immigration activists. Donald Trump’s administration has announced that the so-called DREAMers — young people who were brought to this country illegally as children — will be allowed to stay and work here legally after all. These young people were beneficiaries of President Barack Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which celebrated its fifth anniversary this week. This is welcome news for the…

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Rosenstein must recuse himself from involvement in Mueller probe

(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…

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Why we still really need to see Donald Trump’s tax returns

(CNN)President Donald Trump released a 98-page financial disclosure form Friday, detailing the broad outlines of his wealth but still leaving a number of unanswered questions about the specifics of not only Trump’s income but also the details of his vast holdings. Trump raked in $288 million from his golf courses alone; he made at least $37 million from Mar-a-Lago, his Florida resort and a frequent weekend stomping ground for the…

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Trump family makes first visit to Camp David

Washington (CNN)Think “Trump orbit” in a recreational sense, and it’s likely golf or gilded interiors come to mind — a vision of uber-comfortable playgrounds replete with ribeye steaks and crystal chandeliers. It’s an unusual decision for the President, who is widely known as someone who doesn’t like to disrupt his daily routine or spend weekends anywhere except at Trump-branded properties.

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Trump delegates troop decisions, to praise and concern

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s decision to delegate authority over troop levels in Afghanistan has been lauded by those who feel he’s correcting Obama administration overreach, even as it raises concerns that he may be ceding too much civilian control of the military. Former defense officials say civilian oversight of the military is not just an important check in a healthy democracy, it ensures that larger strategic considerations are taken into…

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The best and worst countries to be a kid

(CNN)Children growing up in Niger are at the highest risk of having their childhood cut short, according to a report by Save the Children. Norway and Slovenia share the top position as the best places to grow up. (The top 10 best and worst places are listed below) See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. “Given what we know about the risks…

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Kamala Harris is every woman who stands up to speak

(CNN)Washington may be a tough town where the big boys roam free, but apparently, freshman Sen. Kamala Devi Harris makes these career politicians nervous. Again and again during the Senate intelligence committee hearings into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, Harris, who is of black and Indian descent, has been reprimanded by her all-white male colleagues for simply doing her job: asking direct questions and expecting direct answers in return….

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Trump gives away his most consequential decision to the Pentagon

(CNN)President Trump has given Secretary of Defense James Mattis full authority to set US troop levels in Afghanistan. Fair enough. But there are — and should be — honest concerns about the degree to which the President’s hands-off approach to the military provides for a proper set of checks and balances and is healthy for civil-military relations in this country. This is not a man, let’s remember, well known for…

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Wenstrup: Baseball aside, we’re all playing for the same team

(CNN)I never expected a baseball field in America to feel like being back in a combat zone, but Wednesday morning it did. I was pulling on my batting gloves and heading to the batting cages along the first base line when I heard the crack of a rifle shot. I turned — only to hear my Mississippi colleague and fellow Iraq War veteran Trent Kelly yell, “shooter!” Join us on…

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Washington Post: Mueller investigating Jared Kushner’s business dealings

Washington (CNN)The business dealings of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and trusted aide Jared Kushner are being investigated by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, the Washington Post reported Thursday, citing officials familiar with the matter. Mueller’s investigation is still in a relatively early phase, and it is unclear if any criminal charges will be brought when it is complete, the Post pointed out. Sources have stressed to CNN that there…

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Congressional baseball players: We must unite

(CNN)After the shooting at the Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, we asked members of the Democratic and Republican baseball teams to weigh in on the attack. The opinions expressed in these commentaries are solely those of the authors. The vicious and horrific attack we saw Wednesday in Alexandria at the Republican team’s practice was nothing short of a direct assault on the institution we all serve and a deranged…

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

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…

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The return of leftist terrorism?

(CNN)On Wednesday morning, a gunman attacked congressional Republicans practicing baseball, injuring five people including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. The man identified as the shooter, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson III, was taken into custody and later died. Two Republican congressmen who were at the baseball practice, Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis and South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan, also said that a man who looked like the shooter had asked them before…

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