Breaking with tradition, Trump White House forgoes Ramadan dinner

June 25, 2017

(CNN)For the first time in nearly two decades, the White House did not host an iftar dinner to commemorate Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. “Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity,” they said. “Now, as they commemorate Eid with family and friends, they carry on the tradition of helping neighbors and breaking bread with people from all walks of life.” …

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Gowdy decries leaks out of Coats meeting with House intelligence

June 23, 2017

Washington (CNN)Rep. Trey Gowdy on Thursday warned his fellow lawmakers about leaking information from closed briefings. His comments came after CNN’s report that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers met individually last week with the Senate intelligence committee in two closed briefings that were described to CNN by Democratic and Republican congressional sources. …

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Amid partisanship, lawmakers unite for White House picnic

June 23, 2017

Washington (CNN)Lawmakers took a rare break from bitter partisan politics and went to the White House Thursday evening for a good old-fashioned picnic. “We’ve gotten to know many of you over the last weeks and months, and developed many friendships with politicians,” Trump said in brief remarks to lawmakers. “Can you believe it? Some really great people, I have to say, mostly. Mostly. A couple of bad ones, but that’s OK.” …

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Little movement on White House probe into voter fraud

June 23, 2017

Washington (CNN)On Super Bowl Sunday this year, President Donald Trump told Fox News that Vice President Mike Pence would head a commission into voter fraud allegations — ones that he made, claiming that between three to five million people voted illegally in the 2016 election. But state-level commission members say if they were to get underway, Russia should be center stage. …

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No tapes? Trump has us through the looking glass

June 23, 2017

(CNN)As the Mad Hatter of the White House tweeted his response to Congress’s questions on Thursday about the existence of audiotapes related to James B. Comey’s firing as FBI director, he stayed true to character. “I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings,” President Trump announced. But he also added that “with all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea…” …

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What an autopsy may (or may not) have revealed about Otto Warmbier’s death

June 22, 2017

(CNN)What happened to Otto Warmbier while he was in North Korean custody is a mystery. And it’s likely to remain that way. Following his death on Monday, Warmbier’s parents Cindy and Fred asked the coroner not to perform an autopsy on their son. “No conclusions about the cause and manner of Mr. Warmbier’s death have been drawn at this time, as there are additional medical records and imaging to review and people to interview,” the statement said. …

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Conservatives on Capitol Hill anxiously await health care bill

June 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might be on the verge of releasing a bill to repeal Obamacare, but he’s got conservatives to convince before he can be sure he has the votes to pass it. “I think they’ve forgotten all the rallies where we said we’re going to repeal it. We had thousands of people standing up and cheering us on, saying we’re going to repeal it and now they’ve gotten pretty weak-kneed and I think they want to keep it,” …

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Asgardia: the world’s first space nation

June 21, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)Coming soon: a nation in space for humans. Russian scientist Dr Igor Ashurbeyli announced his plans to form the world’s first independent nation that operates in outer space in October 2016. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have signed up to be citizens. …

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Warmbier death raises pressure on White House

June 20, 2017

… innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency,” Trump’s statement continued.”The United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.” US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, also issued a statement that said Warmbier’s fate would be “an indelible reminder to us of the barbaric nature of the North Korean dictatorship.” Tillerson said that “we …

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‘The Plot Against America’ is even more relevant today

June 19, 2017

A young Charles Augustus Lindbergh addresses the American people from the Washington Monument in 1927.Image: Historia/REX/Shutterstock The Dystopia Project is Mashable‘s book series looking at what dystopian fiction has to teach us in our new political climate. You can read past entries here. The first time I read The Plot Against America was the same year Philip Roth published it, 2004. Back then I thought it a thoroughly readable cautionary tale set in an alternate America one that …

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Boomer Phelps’ Instagram is the best thing about social media these days

June 19, 2017

… by boomer phelps (@boomerrphelps) on Apr 14, 2017 at 12:57pm PDT Nicole explained that we see a lot of negativity on social media these days, so she and Michael are doing their best to teach Boomer to find beauty in everyday life. “I think that our biggest thing is that we want people to smile when they see Boomer, and if that is where they find their light on a daily basis then so be it,” she said. So whos the voice of Boomer’s Instagram? It turns out Michael Phelps is …

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

June 19, 2017

… lucrative mobile. Layoffs have swept major outlets in the past weeks, including Time Inc., HuffPost, and Vocativ. Many of these companies are frantically doubling down on video production, through which they can sell more expensive ads. Blood in the water Despite its comparatively tiny stature, the free-wheeling world of open-web ads has long been a thorn in the side of Google and Facebook. Annoying, clunky, and intrusive ads drive people to ad blockers, which Google currently pays a reported …

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

June 18, 2017

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 so they could be easily found. At the scene By BBC reporter, Mark Lobel …

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DREAMers get well-deserved reprieve from Trump — for now

June 17, 2017

(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 young …

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Trump gives away his most consequential decision to the Pentagon

June 16, 2017

… important as making sure the American people feel invested in that and any other decisions made about the war strategy. One way to ensure this rigorous debate occurs is to have it attended by, if not presided over, the nation’s elected leaders. This delegation of authority the President seems to fancy is a “double edged sword that our leaders have not yet fully considered,” he said. “Troop-level decisions and delegation of authorities made outside the public view …

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Congressional baseball players: We must unite

June 16, 2017

… Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, and, as was announced Wednesday, the Capitol Police Memorial Fund), and to remind the American people that this violence will not define or divide us. Pete Aguilar represents the 31st Congressional District of California. He was re-elected in 2016 and serves on the House Appropriations Committee. In the 115th Congress, Aguilar holds the leadership positions of whip of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and is an assistant whip in the House Democratic …

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The return of leftist terrorism?

June 15, 2017

(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 the shooting if the …

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Trump makes hospital visit after congressional baseball shooting

June 15, 2017

… Obama’s reactions often did. But Trump did strike a similar tone of solemnity, which has become rare during his public appearances until this point. “Everyone on that field is a public servant — our courageous police, our congressional aides who work so tirelessly behind the scenes with enormous devotion, and our dedicated members of Congress who represent our people,” Trump said. “We may have our differences, but we do well, in times like these, to remember that …

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5 things we learned at Jeff Sessions’ hearing

June 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions captivated Washington Tuesday, beating back rumors of a private meeting with Russia’s ambassador to the US and mounting a defense for President Donald Trump, one week after former FBI Director James Comey artfully unloaded on both men. Here are the top five things we learned. …

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It’d be shocking if the Warriors went to the White House

June 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)It would be quite a shock and seriously awkward if the Golden State Warriors went to the White House for the customary congratulations from the President. He went on a post-election rant at a team news conference where expressed his disappointment that “the man who’s going to lead you has used racist, misogynist words.” …

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Why can’t Trump just say whether he has a secret recording system in the White House?

June 13, 2017

… White House. But, the “stay tuned for more developments…!!!” approach is decidedly jarring when it comes to something as serious as whether or not the President of the United States has a secret taping system in the White House. That questions feels like the sort of thing the White House should be working to clarify immediately. Not string people along until the next episode. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsIMSC Rapid Mailer – Advanced Training Fearless …

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All the clever and poignant signs from Sunday’s Equality Marches

June 12, 2017

Marchers unfurl a huge rainbow flag at the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington on June 11, 2017.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock In Washington, Los Angeles, and dozens of cities in between, thousands of people took to the streets on Sunday to celebrate and defend the rights of LGBTQ communities. At marches and rallies across the country, participants walked with joy and pride, carrying giant rainbow flags and poignant posters exclaiming phrases like “Love Has No Gender” and …

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Australia’s most well-known landmark is so sacred it’s tricky to photograph. This is how Google brought it to Street View.

June 11, 2017

… Anangu people, navigating the ancient cultural rules governing the remote site. SEE ALSO: Google Street View is finally taking you to one of Australia’s most stunning, sacred treasures That means the images alone are notable, given how cautious the Anangu are about the site being photographed commercially. Tourists are prohibited from capturing certain sacred areas around the rock, due to the belief that its sanctity will diminish if its image is captured. To the Anangu, who’ve …

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Banking with your personal assistant will be the future, whether you like it or not

June 11, 2017

… is in the bank’s interests to push the service as it helps cut back on manpower and costs,” Chia Tek Yew, head of Financial Services Advisory at KPMG Singapore, told Mashable. “And at home, it will be a convenient channel of choice given the prevalence of home assistants Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple HomePod,” Chia added. “[people] will be drawn to shop and transact via voice.” A customer sets the Touch ID of his new iPhone 7 at an Apple Store in …

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

June 11, 2017

… democratically-elected chamber and a government needs to have at least 326 MPs (which is just more than half the total number) in order to pass its legislation. To create a government like the one in Switzerland the UK would have to completely restructure its political systems. Even it it was acceptable to voters it would take years to put in place. Why don’t we have a written constitution? Although people refer to the “constitution”, in the UK it does not exist in the …

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