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  • Dem senators ask Bannon for more info about Breitbart contact

    04/21/2017 5:13:01 AM PDT · by blueplum · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 20 April 2017 3:36pm | Jordain Carney
    Senate Democrats want White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon to clarify recent contact he's had with Breitbart News, the conservative outlet he once ran.   The senators also want to know if Bannon's contact with the site complies with ethics rules.   Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Ed Markey (Mass.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii) and Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) sent letters Thursday to Bannon and Stefan Passantino, the White House's designated agency ethics official. 
  • Elon Musk Lays Out Plans to Meld Brains and Computers

    04/21/2017 5:08:10 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 48 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4/20/17 | Rolfe Winkler
    Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday confirmed plans for his newest company, called Neuralink Corp., revealing he will be the chief executive of a startup that aims to merge computers with brains so humans could one day engage in “consensual telepathy.” Speaking to writer Tim Urban on the explainer website Wait but Why, Mr. Musk confirmed a Wall Street Journal report last month that Neuralink aims to implant a tiny brain...
  • Putting ‘America First’ in the Mideast

    04/21/2017 5:04:35 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    lgemeiner ^ | 4-20-17 | Ruthie Blum
    America’s surgical strike on Syrian regime targets a week and a half ago — and this past Thursday’s “mother of all non-nuclear bomb” attack on Sunni terrorist infrastructure in Afghanistan — garnered surprisingly widespread bipartisan support, but put some of US President Donald Trump’s critics in a bit of a rhetorical quandary. How could they word their defense of Trump’s bold yet not extreme warning shots without putting a dent in their distrust of the new occupant of the Oval Office? Coming up with a solution to this problem turned out not to be so difficult for those pundits and...
  • HII's LPD-Based Future Surface Combatant Concept Could Replace Ticonderoga-class Cruisers

    04/21/2017 5:04:25 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 19 April 2017
    During the Navy League's Sea-Air-Space 2017 exposition held recently near Washington D.C., Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) was showcasing its "Future Surface Combatant" based on a LPD-17 / San Antonio-class hull form. HII's LPD-Based Future Surface Combatant Concept Could Replace Ticonderoga-class CruisersHII's Future Surface Combatant at Sea Air Space 2017. According to an HII representative, the scale model is representative of what a future surface combatant could look like based on future fleet architecture studies by the US Navy and various think tanks. "It is increasingly clear that they are going to need a combatant with a very large radar to...
  • Egyptian Rafale fighter pilots outperform Qataris: French Aviation Magazine

    04/21/2017 4:56:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Egypt Independent ^ | 06/04/2017
    As part of the bilateral military co-operation between Egypt and France, Dassault Aviation, a multinational Rafale fighter manufacturing company named based in France, delivered three Rafale fighters to Egypt on Wednesday which represents the third batch of the total deal of 24 fighters, according to a statement released by the official army spokesperson on Facebook. This Egypt-France deal is the first of its kind. For France to sell Rafale fighters to any country, as was the case in February 2015, was unprecedented. The deal also includes training Egyptian fighter pilots in these imported Rafale fighters in France. The Egyptian pilots'...
  • The Case Against Media ‘Objectivity’

    04/21/2017 4:52:06 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 4-19-17 | Jeremy Rosen
    Who really believed in the objectivity of journalists? As students we used to debate which was preferable: the Western system of arbitrary rich men owning newspapers, motivated by self-interest and the flow of advertising in determining what sells and what is news, or the communist system of a group of party ideologues deciding what should be published for the public good in Pravda or Izvestia? We knew perfectly well that each side was doctoring the news one way or another. In the Britain of my youth, we knew where the Manchester Guardian, the News Chronicle, and The Times stood on...
  • Teeing Up Trump Tariffs (higher taxes on U.S. steel consumers)

    04/21/2017 4:46:16 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 45 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 20, 2017
    ... Take steel, a Trump preoccupation. One reason for exceptions is that domestic manufacturers have limited capability to produce steel of certain strengths, thickness and flexibility. Most higher-strength steels used in thin-walled pipelines are made overseas. Retrofitting plants to produce a type of steel for one or two projects could delay construction and increase the cost. More U.S. workers would have to be retrained, which may not be practical in the short-term. So contractors often have no choice but to import foreign substitutes. The American Petroleum Institute chronicled some of these supply challenges in its response to Mr. Trump’s earlier...
  • Howard Dean: Ann Coulter's 'hate speech is not protected by the first amendment'

    04/21/2017 4:36:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 92 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 20, 2017 | Ariella Phillips
    Former Vermont governor and Democratic National Comittee chairman Howard Dean called out conservative pundit Ann Coulter on Twitter. Dean said, "Hate speech is not protected by the first amendment."
  • New York Times Exonerates Palestinian Arch Terrorist

    04/21/2017 4:30:07 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | April 20, 2017 | Gideon Israel
    The 'paper of record' attempts to turn a Jew killer into the new Nelson Mandela. The New York Times published an op-ed by arch-terrorist and convicted murderer Marwan Barghouti on Sunday. A respectable international newspaper giving a terrorist and a murderer an outlet to spread his venom and lies is detestable, but it’s also an affront to all those fighting terrorism worldwide. What the New York Times did to Israel is comparable to an international newspaper providing an outlet to Osama Bin Laden to spread his hatred and lies towards America. But who is Marwan Barghouti and why is the New York Times’s...
  • Obama photographer responds to Palin mocking Clinton portrait

    04/21/2017 4:28:27 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/21/2017 | Olivia Beavers
    President Obama's former photographer posted a photo response to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) and musicians Ted Nugent and Kid Rock mocking a portrait of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a White House visit on Thursday. Pete Souza's photo, posted to Instagram, shows Obama sitting with his White House chief of staff Bill Daley beneath a portrait of former President Ronald Reagan. Palin and Nugent can be seen in their Thursday photo standing beside Clinton's official first lady portrait while making exaggerated gestures as Kid Rock stands with his arms folded. Souza is known to use his Instagram...
  • Secret Nazi aerial photos showing the devastation delivered by Britain's famous WWII Dam Busters

    04/21/2017 4:24:46 AM PDT · by DFG · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 04/21/2017 | Katie French
    Photographs described by experts as 'extremely rare' which show the damage wreaked by the famous Dam Busters in World War II are to be auctioned next week. The aerial shots taken by German Intelligence depict the Möhne and Edersee Dams before the raid and after they were breached by the ingenious bouncing bomb, designed by Barnes Wallis, causing catastrophic flooding of the Ruhr valley. Operation Chastise, as the famous raid was officially known, was an attack on major dams in Germany's industrial heartland carried out on 16-17 May 1943 by the Royal Air Force's renowned 617 Squadron, based at Scampton,...
  • This Do-Nothing Congress Is A Travesty

    04/21/2017 3:58:19 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 38 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/20/2017 | Staff
    Agenda: Shortly after Donald Trump won the election, House Speaker Paul Ryan said that Republicans had to "go big, go bold, and do things." So far, the GOP has not delivered. "They have the House, they have the Senate, they have the presidency — and nothing's happening," lamented PJ Media co-founder Roger Simon earlier this week. "Nothing, that is, that Donald Trump doesn't do by himself. ... The Republicans in the legislature are a disgrace." Congress did pass, and Trump signed, 13 bills to undo last-minute Obama administration regulations. And the Senate approved Trump's Supreme Court pick. But what about...
  • John Lamb and Andrea Parker-Update on jurors questions...(BUNKERVILLE STANDOFF TRIAL)

    04/21/2017 3:55:30 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    You Tube ^ | 4/20/2017 | John Lamb/Andrea Parker
    John Lamb (at :06)....the jurors had a question and we all went up there just a few minutes ago.....(at :34)...it looks like right now until possibly next week, the jurors are thinking about going home today at one o clock......Andrea Parker (at 1:16) the first question indicated there's a contradiction in the jury instruction and the jury form....it goes to the conspiracy, what is the object of the conspiracy?......the judge thinks the wording is the confusion...(at 4:02)...I don't see how they can find a conspiracy when the people who supposedly conspired together never testified, they never had that evidence against...
  • Canada Judge Who Wore Trump Hat To Court Faces Disciplinary Hearing

    04/21/2017 2:33:35 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 31 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 21 April 2017
    A Canadian judge who wore a Donald Trump campaign hat into court after the US election is facing a disciplinary hearing and possible removal from the bench after his actions triggered an unprecedented number of formal complaints. In November, the Ontario court justice Bernd Zabel entered his courtroom in Hamilton, Ontario, clad in black robes and a red “Make America Great Again” baseball cap. He reportedly told those in court that the hat was meant to mark an “unprecedented” night in the United States and singled himself out as the lone Trump supporter among his colleagues. Days later, amid public...
  • Report: Pam Bondi suggests Frank Artiles step down over disparaging remarks

    04/21/2017 2:29:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    Floridapolitics.com ^ | 4/20/17 | Michael Moline
    Attorney General Pam Bondi has joined Sen. Frank Artiles’ chorus of critics, suggesting her fellow Republican leave office for directing slurs, including a version of the N-word, at colleagues. “There is simply no room for racial, hurtful language spoken to your colleagues or anyone else,” Bondi
  • ISIS defensive line collapses north of Raqqa as Kurdish forces liberate six villages

    04/21/2017 2:08:51 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 9 replies
    AMN AMSDAR NEWS ^ | 19 Apr 17 | Chris Tomson -
    DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:20 P.M.) – The long-awaited battle for Raqqa may very soon begin as the US-backed ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) advanced several kilometers in the northern Raqqa countryside today, seizing a dozen villages and hamlets from ISIS. As part of stage four of the Euphrates Wrath offensive, units of the YPG-led SDF launched a blitz offensive that saw Kurdish troops seize a large chunk of territory along a road running horizantally north of Raqqa, threatening to cutoff an ISIS bulge in the area. Effectively, the SDF were able to impose full control over the villages of Jisr Shahin, Al-Ruhayyat,...
  • Bill O’Reilly Accuser ‘Hot Chocolate’ Comes Forward On ‘The View’

    04/21/2017 2:05:45 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 56 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 04/20/201
    Coming forward publicly for the first time, Perquita Burgess, along with her attorney Lisa Bloom, appeared on “The View” Thursday to discuss the sexual harassment she claims Bill O’Reilly directed toward her. O’Reilly was let go from Fox News the day before, and co-host Whoopi Goldberg introduced Burgess as potentially “the final nail in the coffin of Bill O’Reilly’s career at Fox News.”
  • Constituents call on Artiles to resign after racial slur

    04/21/2017 1:48:22 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    wplg-TV ^ | 4/20/17 | Peter Burke
    Several dozen protesters gathered Thursday morning outside a state senator's South Florida district office, calling on him to resign. "Resign now," protesters chanted while holding signs aimed at Florida Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami. ....he used a variation of the "n-word" during a Monday night conversation....
  • Borussia Dortmund bombs: 'Speculator' charged with bus attack

    04/21/2017 1:46:22 AM PDT · by MoraBlack · 6 replies
    Police in Germany have charged a man suspected of being behind an attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus. Rather than having links to radical Islamism, he was a market trader hoping to make money if the price of shares in the team fell, prosecutors say. The 28-year-old, identified only as Sergej W, was staying in the team's hotel in a room overlooking the street where the explosion took place.
  • Justice Department Official Leading Trump-Russia Investigation Stepping Down

    04/21/2017 1:21:17 AM PDT · by blueplum · 35 replies
    Time ^ | 20 April 2017 | Staff writers
    Mary McCord, the Department of Justice's acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security who is leading the investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, is stepping down from her post. McCord will officially leave her position next month, the Associated Press reports. According to the AP, she is leaving to pursue "other opportunities."