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

April 23, 2017

Oculus co-founder Palmer LuckeyImage: web summit via flickr The founder of Oculus, Palmer Luckey, quietly slipped back onto the public stage this week after a tumultuous year that ended with his departure from Facebook in March. First, Luckey appeared on Twitter on Wednesday, after months of silence, using a telling new bio image instead of his own face: Obi-Wan Kenobi, the mysterious, sometimes misunderstood Jedi in Star Wars who fights for the good side of The Force. SEE ALSO: Oculus …

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Ann Coulter isn’t letting Berkeley off easy for messing with her speech

April 21, 2017

(CNN)The showdown continued Thursday between the University of California, Berkeley, and Ann Coulter over if and when the conservative firebrand will speak at the famously progressive school. Citing safety concerns, administrators on Wednesday postponed Coulter’s scheduled April 27 appearance, saying it needed more time to find a “suitable venue.” But Coulter was not having it. In a Twitter rampage and a Fox News appearance, she accused the school of canceling the event and …

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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

… 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 …

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GOP Rep. Mike Coffman stands by his call for Trump to fire Sean Spicer

April 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)A moderate Denver-area Republican repeated his call for President Donald Trump to fire White House press secretary Sean Spicer. “I don’t think he’s serving this President very well,” said Rep. Mike Coffman on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” Thursday. Speaking with constituents at a rowdy town hall event Wednesday evening, Coffman faced vocal criticism from constituents who said they wanted him to push back against Trump. When one asked …

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Report: VA hospital in D.C. putting ‘patients at unnecessary risk’

April 13, 2017

(CNN)The Department of Veterans Affairs’ inspector general says practices at the Washington VA Medical Center are putting “patients at unnecessary risk,” and the VA has removed the director of the hospital from his position, assigning him to temporary administrative duties. A report out Wednesday raised several concerns related to staffing shortages, dirty storage areas and failure to keep track of medical equipment, leading to shortages that could endanger patient health. …

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White House: Federal hiring freeze over, ‘surgical’ cuts begin

April 12, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration, in an attempt to remake the size and scope of the federal government, will inform federal agencies Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s federal ban on hiring is over. But the Office of Management and Budget expects agencies to begin implementing more “targeted” and “surgical” cuts to agency staffing. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Tuesday the guidance, which will go out to agencies Wednesday …

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CNN 10 – April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017

… the U.S. capital, where Senate Republicans have been working to get President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, confirmed to the high court. A few Democrats said they’d vote for Judge Gorsuch as well, but most of them have been working to block the nomination. And in the back and forth between the political parties, both a filibuster and the nuclear option came into play yesterday. We defined these terms on Wednesday’s show. You can find that in our archives at …

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Schiff: Trump promised documents, but WH staff is fighting release

April 6, 2017

(CNN)The top Democrat on the House Russia investigation, Rep. Adam Schiff, said Wednesday President Donald Trump personally promised documents at the center of “unmasking” allegations would be made available to all members of the House intelligence committee, but that White House staff is fighting those documents’ release. “The President, when I met with him, said that he is happy to have whoever we wanted review the documents. His staff has opposed that, they were …

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Planned Parenthood’s Richards wishes more women made health decisions in Congress

April 6, 2017

(CNN)Amid ongoing calls to defund Planned Parenthood by many conservative Republicans in Congress, the group’s leader declared Wednesday that they’d face less fire if there were more legislators “that could get pregnant.” “They’ve come at us and come at women in a way that is much harsher than I even imagined,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said during a panel at the Women in the World conference Wednesday in New York. “Frankly, if …

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Amid tension, cultural exchange and appreciation at the Russian embassy

April 6, 2017

… stunning,” said another. Homestead band co-director Steve Barber, who connected with the Russian embassy through the Embassy Series program, said he had no concern bringing his students to Wednesday’s concert. “This is a cultural experience,” Barber said. “We’re looking to expose our kids to the world around them.” But the evening’s program indicated awareness that the situation was unusual. “We realize that we live in different and …

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Melania Trump, Queen Rania visit DC public charter school

April 6, 2017

Washington (CNN)First lady Melania Trump and Jordan’s Queen Rania traveled Wednesday to an impoverished area of Washington to visit DC’s first and only public charter school for girls in pre-K through eighth grade, where they participated in a listening session and visited classrooms. The model and the monarch visited Excel Academy located in southeast Washington, and were greeted by students bearing bouquets of flowers. “That’s so beautiful, thank you,” the first …

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