Palmer Luckey makes first post-Facebook comments, and he has a lot to say

April 23, 2017

… claim, but did post a Twitter message indicating that he’s seen the story and may disagree with its content, despite the fact that he declined to offer the publication comment on its claims. Meanwhile, Luckey also renewed his presence on Reddit by engaging users on the Oculus subreddit. Although he remained fairly vague on the specifics of anything regarding politics or his departure from Facebook and Oculus, he did offer insight into what he thinks about the nature of living in the public …

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Women in science share a message: Don’t give up

April 23, 2017

Washington (CNN)From across the fields of science they came, marching to show that women in science have a lot to say. Biologists and ecologists, medical researchers and EMTs, doctors and nurses, biomedical engineers and neuroscientists came with stories of why they fell in love with science. They ranged from little girls to seasoned science veterans, all carrying a message of what they’d like to tell other women. …

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Former WH staffer: Obama still Dem. Party leader

April 22, 2017

(CNN)Though recent vacation photos show Barack Obama basking in the warm sun of retirement, while jet-skiing away any political worries, his former staffer alludes to a second act. Currently the chief operating officer of Vice Media, Mastromonaco served as Obama’s White House deputy chief of staff for operations from 2011 through 2014. However, her ties to the nation’s 44th President go back much further, as she first worked for Obama during his days as an Illinois state senator. …

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Sessions has no regrets for Hawaii remark

April 22, 2017

(CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday he was not disrespecting Hawaii or a judge in the state when he said he was “amazed” that the official was able to block President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban halting immigration from several majority Muslim countries. “I wasn’t criticizing the judge or the island,” he told CNN’s Kate Bolduan on “At This Hour.” “I think it’s a fabulous place and had a granddaughter born …

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White House downplays Australia tensions ahead of VP visit

April 22, 2017

(CNN)As Vice President Mike Pence heads to Australia on Friday on the next leg of his Asia-Pacific tour, a White House foreign policy adviser on the trip downplayed President Donald Trump’s early feud with the Australian Prime Minister. The adviser also said the two countries will reaffirm their partnership on security, trade and immigration issues during the visit. But concerns about the US-Australia relationship go beyond a sour first impression, as Pence will have to address thorny …

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Hillary Clinton blasts Trump on LGBT rights

April 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton on Thursday warned that President Donald Trump could roll back progress on LGBT rights. “We may not ever be able to count on this administration to lead on LGBT issues,” Clinton said in a speech in New York. Clinton was addressing a fundraising dinner for The Center, an LGBT community organization, where she received an award and thanked members of the audience for supporting her unsuccessful 2016 presidential bid. But she told those gathered there to …

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House candidates in Montana shoot guns in new ads

April 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)In a Montana House special election, Republicans are fighting to hold onto a seat while Democrats are trying to turn it blue. But new ads from each candidate highlight their similarities on a certain key issue. A new television ad from Democratic nominee Rob Quist shows the country singer-turned-politician shooting a gun at a TV showing an ad for his opponent, Republican Greg Gianforte. Quist has long been a gun owner, he says in the ad: “For generations, this old rifle …

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Zara is getting dragged for embroidering a skirt with an alt-right symbol

April 20, 2017

Spanish fashion retailer Zara is getting dragged on Twitter for selling a skirt featuring Pepe The Frog, an internet meme which has been adopted by neo-Nazis and serves as an icon of the white nationalist alt-right movement. SEE ALSO: Pepe the Frog’s creator: ‘Pepe is love’ The denim skirt which features two distinctly Pepe-like appliqu designs has been pulled from the Zara website following the controversy. Pepe The Frog was created by cartoonist Matt Furie in 2005 as a …

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General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn vows to ‘change poll’s course’ – BBC News

April 20, 2017

The Commons vote, by 522 to 13, paved the way for a seven-week campaign that has taken the country by surprise. ‘Cosy cartel’ In a speech in London, Mr Corbyn will say: “Much of the media and Establishment are saying this election is a foregone conclusion. “They think there are rules in politics, which if you don’t follow by doffing your cap to powerful people, accepting that things can’t really change, then you can’t win. “But of course those …

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Hayden: Why Russia is more worried about war than US

April 20, 2017

(CNN)Amid rising tensions between the United States and Russia, the former CIA and National Security Agency director under President George W. Bush said Wednesday night that Moscow would be at a disadvantage if a war scenario were to develop. “They are by far the weaker power,” Hayden said. He was critical of Russia after two of its bombers were spotted off the coast of Alaska twice in 24 hours. He called it “a little pathetic,” but said it provided a “great …

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EPA head visits community famous for lead contamination

April 20, 2017

(CNN)Environmentalists say USS Lead Superfund in East Chicago, Indiana, is the poster child of environmental injustice. The people who live there are at risk of lead contamination at every turn. It’s in their drinking water and it’s in their soil. More than one thousand people were forced to evacuate, according to Debbie Chizewer at Northwestern Law School, who has worked very closely with the affected residents. A local school was shut down and a public housing complex was also …

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Trump’s Erdogan call reflects terrorism focus, White House says

April 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration issued one mightily mixed message Monday. President Donald Trump congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a contested referendum that granted him broad new powers and deepened concern about the NATO ally’s growing authoritarianways. Trump’s outreach to Erdogan put him on a very short list of those who praised the results, including Hamas, the Palestinian militant group labeled a terrorist organization by the United States. …

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Gen. Allen: Trump should call Turkey’s President back — and say this

April 19, 2017

(CNN)As the White House defends President Donald Trump’s phone call to congratulate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his referendum victory that grants him largely unchecked powers, retired Marine Gen. John Allen is urging Trump to place a follow-up call to the controversial leader — and Allen is giving Trump advice on what he should say. “But,” he cautioned, “my hope would be that there is a second phone call, one that doesn’t require a lot of …

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Donald Trump: ‘You always have to be concerned’ about thermonuclear war with North Korea

April 19, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump said Tuesday ‘you always have to be concerned’ when he was asked how worried Americans should be about the possibility of nuclear war with North Korea. “Look, you always have to be concerned,” Trump told CNN affiliate WTMJ in Wisconsin. “You don’t know exactly who you’re dealing with. I had a great great meeting with the president of China and that meeting tells me a lot and you’ve seen a lot of things happen. They …

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Trump draws on populist campaign roots as 100th day nears

April 19, 2017

Kenosha, Wisconsin (CNN)“America First, you better believe it. It’s time. It’s time, right?” Nearing the 100-day mark of his presidency, President Donald Trump posed this question to a roomful of manufacturing employees and technical students here Tuesday as he promoted a “Buy American, Hire American” executive order and flashed the populist persona that helped make him the first Republican to win this state in three decades. He pilloried the World Trade …

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Oversight Dem blasts Trump family disclosures, wants Prince to testify

April 19, 2017

(CNN)A top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee blasted the family of President Donald Trump on Tuesday, saying that the approval in China of patents for Ivanka Trump set a new bar for ethical conflicts. “Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Trump offers something else that’s even more outrageous and even more troubling,” said Rep. John Sarbanes in an interview with CNN. “They set a new standard of ethical blindness.” The comment follows reports …

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Trump to push ‘Buy American, Hire American’ policy at Wisconsin visit

April 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Tuesday will sign an executive order directing federal agencies to implement the “Buy American, Hire American” rhetoric of his campaign. The order looks to bolster protections for certain American-made goods and calls for a review of the H-1B visa program for skilled workers, with the goal of reforming the program, senior administration officials said. Trump will sign the executive order during a trip Tuesday to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he …

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Sen. Ben Cardin: We don’t know if Trump knows what his North Korea policy is

April 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)The top Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee on Monday implored President Donald Trump to prove he has an effective policy in mind on North Korea. “The Trump administration has not presented to the Congress a coherent policy in regards to North Korea,” Cardin said on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront.” Over the weekend, North Korea trotted out a slew of missiles in a parade before firing one off, which US Pacific Command said blew up almost …

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Immigration arrests rise in first months of Trump administration

April 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)The number of undocumented immigrant arrests rose by roughly one-third in the first weeks of the Trump administration, largely driven by an increase in the number of non-criminals arrested. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement removal authorities made 21,362 arrests from January 20 to March 13 of this year, including 5,441 non-criminals, according to statistics provided to CNN and first requested by The Washington Post. While the arrests by ICE under President Donald Trump in …

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Sarah Paulson is itching for a ‘Feud’ of her own after playing Geraldine Page

April 17, 2017

… of town, like the Blacklist. It was a real tough time. Zeta-Jones admits that she was oblivious to the politics of the studio system when she started out. Myself, growing up I didnt know. It always sounded wonderful. I knew I wanted to be part of it. I came to Hollywood at my time; a different generation, and its not as glamorous. Its not all autographs and sunglasses, as they say. Its sad: women in Hollywood are still having a tougher go at it than men. Its changed somewhat, but its still baby …

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President Trump is spending some hefty coin on travel these days

April 17, 2017

He's leaving on a jet plane, don't know when he'll be back again…Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Where is President Donald Trump this weekend? SEE ALSO: EPA mistakenly tells the truth about Trump’s climate plans If you said his Mar-a-Lago estate, there’s a 54 percent chance you’re right and the Center For American Progress (CAP) is keeping track of all kinds of numbers related to Trump’s frequent Florida fly-away weekends. @BarackObama, the habitual …

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20 cherry blossom items to indulge in if you’re ready for spring

April 17, 2017

… smell like them? Bath & Body Works, purveyor of almost every scent imaginable, has a Japanese Cherry Blossom “room perfume” that will give you exactly the immersive experience you want. Price: $7.50 4. Candle that smells like cherry blossoms (and Washington D.C.) Image: 42 pressed co. We’re not exactly sure that we want to own a candle that smells like Washington D.C. because, you know, politics doesn’t smell good. But if cherry blossom is in it then it’s …

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US Vice President Pence visits DMZ amid high tensions with North Korea

April 17, 2017

(CNN)US Vice President Mike Pence visited the Korean Demilitarized Zone Monday, a day after the embarrassing failure of a North Korean missile test which the US and South Korea said exploded on launch. Pence stood within 60 meters (200 feet) of the North Korean border, saying that all US options regarding the issue were still on the table. His visit followed an impressive parade Saturday to mark the “Day of the Sun,” the most important day in the North Korean calendar, when …

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Ted Lieu, Congressman and Twitter King, is beating Trump at his own dumb game

April 16, 2017

… television, including MSNBC and Real Time with Bill Maher. If you’re a politics junkie who likes to follow Congresspeople on Twitter or even if you aren’t, even if just really, really hate Donald Trump you’ve probably liked a Lieu tweet without realizing it. Lieu gives the platform credit for lending him access to voters he wouldn’t normally be be able to reach. “Consider that 20 years ago, a person who wanted to have discussion with their member of Congress would …

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House Russia investigator travels to Cyprus, island at center of Manafort allegations

April 15, 2017

(CNN)A Democrat on the House intelligence committee flew to Cyprus this week as part of the panel’s broad investigation into allegations that Russian operatives and top aides on President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded to influence the US election. “You go to Cyprus because that’s where Russians launder money,” said Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, in explaining the reason for his trip. The Mediterranean island nation has become a part of the sprawling probe …

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