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Who is running for president in 2020?


Reported to us by: ABC News - 2 hours 3 min ago - [CET]
Candidates include Mayors Pete Buttigieg and Wayne Messam, Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, Gov. Jay Inslee and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke.
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NYC’s sober bar scene is a ‘hip’ oasis for booze-free fun


Reported to us by: N.Y. POST - 2 hours 3 min ago - [CET]
Pour one out for the boozy bar scene! Sober nightlife is taking off in New York City, from posh mocktail bars to buzz-free pop-up parties. The objective: to deliver a fun night out without alcohol — which Americans are drinking less of these days, according to a 2018 report by beverage-market analyzer IWSR. Liquor is...
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Senator Urges FTC To Hold Zuckerberg Personally Liable For Facebook’s Failures


Reported to us by: HUFFINGTON POST - 2 hours 6 min ago - [CET]
Ron Wyden says the CEO should be held "individually liable" for Facebook's "repeated violations of American's privacy."
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Jaime And Brienne Share A Ned Stark Connection You May Have Overlooked


Reported to us by: HUFFINGTON POST - 2 hours 6 min ago - [CET]
Jaime Lannister actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hints at a deeper meaning behind the Stark family steel.
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CBS Suspends CEO Search, Extends Ianniello as Acting Chief Until Year-End


Reported to us by: WALL STREET JOURNAL - US. BUSINESS NEWS - 2 hours 6 min ago - [CET]
CBS said it suspended its search for a new chief executive, extending the employment of acting CBS CEO Joe Ianniello through the end of the year.
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Dark web drug dealers who had an NFL player client plead guilty


Reported to us by: NEW YORK POST - 2 hours 7 min ago - [CET]
A pair of Texas drug dealers pleaded guilty Tuesday to peddling millions of dollars in illegal steroids and other substances on the dark web to clients including an NFL football player, Manhattan officials said. The DA’s office said the case marks the first conviction for money-laundering involving cryptocurrency in New York state. The defendants started...
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Dark web drug dealers who had an NFL player client plead guilty


Reported to us by: N.Y. POST - 2 hours 7 min ago - [CET]
A pair of Texas drug dealers pleaded guilty Tuesday to peddling millions of dollars in illegal steroids and other substances on the dark web to clients including an NFL football player, Manhattan officials said. The DA’s office said the case marks the first conviction for money-laundering involving cryptocurrency in New York state. The defendants started...
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Parents arrested in California after toddler sons found in cages


Reported to us by: FOX NEWS - 2 hours 7 min ago - [CET]
Two parents in northern California have been arrested for child endangerment after authorities allegedly found their two toddler boys inside cages bolted to a bedroom wall.
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Tencent Invests in Argentine Mobile Banking Startup


Reported to us by: Voice of America -Economy - 2 hours 7 min ago - [CET]
Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings has invested in Argentine mobile banking service Uala, which also counts George Soros and Point72 Ventures LLC among its investors, the start-up's founder said. Uala founder Pierpaolo Barbieri said the company planned to collaborate with the Chinese social media-to-gaming giant to further develop its app. He declined to disclose the amount of Tencent's investment. Tencent, one of Asia's most valuable listed companies, announced last year it would boost investments in a number of "key areas" including digital payment, where its service jostles with rival Alipay, backed by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Tencent's own messenger-to-payment app WeChat now has more than 1 billion users in China and has launched in-app services that compete with Apple and Google apps. "We are proud of their interest in Uala and look forward to collaborating on new products and services. This investment will allow us to grow even faster with our product roadmap," Barbieri said in an email to Reuters. Argentine startups face regulatory hurdles in South America's second largest economy, but the country has spawned some of the region's most successful tech startups, including U.S.-listed online marketplace MercadoLibre and Internet travel agent Despegar.com. The country, which has a large unbanked population, is also seeing a boom in digital finance from start-ups like Uala to a new wave of online banks competing with more traditional lenders.
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CBS suspends CEO search, fuelling Viacom merger expectations


Reported to us by: CHANNEL NEWS ASIA - 2 hours 8 min ago - [CET]
CBS Corp said on Tuesday decided to suspend its search for a chief executive officer and said acting CEO Joseph Ianniello will continue in his role till the end of the year.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders gets mayor's pension — his campaign co-chair has blasted such 'double dipping'


Reported to us by: CNBC U.S. NEWS - 2 hours 8 min ago - [CET]
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, draws a pension for having once been the mayor of Burlington. His campaign co-chair, Rep. Ro Khanna of California, previously criticized such double-dipping.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders gets mayor's pension — his campaign co-chair has blasted such 'double dipping'


Reported to us by: CNBC - 2 hours 8 min ago - [CET]
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, draws a pension for having once been the mayor of Burlington. His campaign co-chair, Rep. Ro Khanna of California, previously criticized such double-dipping.
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Nasa lander 'detects first Marsquake'


Reported to us by: BBC - 2 hours 9 min ago - [CET]
It is the first seismic signal ever detected on the surface of a body other than Earth and its Moon.
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Small enterprise: The canary in the coal mine of a toxic business environment


Reported to us by: MONEYWEB - 2 hours 9 min ago - [CET]
Does government see small formal enterprises as an asset or a burden? Their demise suggests it is at least indifferent to their plight.
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The Latest: Kim heads to Russia for summit with Putin


Reported to us by: WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 9 min ago - [CET]
North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un has left for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin
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Untraceable gun limits clear Washington Legislature


Reported to us by: WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 2 hours 10 min ago - [CET]

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Following a high-profile federal case the Washington state Legislature has approved new limits - but not a ban - on untraceable firearms.

The proposal would ban outright all guns not detectable by airport metal detectors, and would add limits to obtaining plans for untraceable guns, including ...

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The Latest: No verdict yet in trial over deadly tunnel dig


Reported to us by: FOX NEWS - 2 hours 10 min ago - [CET]
The Latest on the trial of a wealthy stock trader charged with murder in the fire death of a man helping him build tunnels for a nuclear bunker beneath a Maryland home (all times local): 12:50 p.m.
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‘MAGA bomber’s’ lawyers claim steroid use affected his mental health


Reported to us by: NEW YORK POST - 2 hours 11 min ago - [CET]
It’s the ’Roid Defense. Lawyers for “MAGA bomber” Cesar Sayoc — the President Trump fanatic who pleaded guilty to mailing explosive devices to well-known Democratic politicians — have had him evaluated in a bid to show how his “extensive steroid use likely affected his mental health,” according to new Manhattan court documents. The lawyers informed...
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‘MAGA bomber’s’ lawyers claim steroid use affected his mental health


Reported to us by: N.Y. POST - 2 hours 11 min ago - [CET]
It’s the ’Roid Defense. Lawyers for “MAGA bomber” Cesar Sayoc — the President Trump fanatic who pleaded guilty to mailing explosive devices to well-known Democratic politicians — have had him evaluated in a bid to show how his “extensive steroid use likely affected his mental health,” according to new Manhattan court documents. The lawyers informed...
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Hasbro CEO says toymaker's turnaround is on track for 2019


Reported to us by: CNBC - 2 hours 11 min ago - [CET]
The toymaker saw its franchise brands, emerging brands, and gaming business grow in the second quarter and is focused on digital gaming expansion.
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Sri Lanka president vows security shake-up after attacks


Reported to us by: CHANNEL NEWS ASIA - 2 hours 12 min ago - [CET]
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's president on Tuesday (Apr 23) vowed a major shake-up of the military's top brass in the wake of the deadly Easter suicide bombings, after the government admitted warnings were ignored. President Maithripala Sirisena, who is also defence and law and order minister, said he will ...
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Protests grow over defamation suits against environmentalists


Reported to us by: MONEYWEB - 2 hours 12 min ago - [CET]
Civil groups are joining forces to defend what they say is an attack on free speech.
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Review: 'Avengers: Endgame' is Marvel's machine in high gear


Reported to us by: ABC ENTERTAINMENT - 2 hours 12 min ago - [CET]
Film Review: 'Avengers: Endgame' is a surprisingly full feast of blockbuster-making that looks back nostalgically at Marvel's decade of world domination
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Review: 'Avengers: Endgame' is Marvel's machine in high gear


Reported to us by: WT ENTERTAINMENT - 2 hours 13 min ago - [CET]

Satisfaction is a complicated concept in Marvel Land. On the one hand, every morsel of pre-release information is obsessively poured over in feverish anticipation. But by the time the movie is coming out, a sudden hush comes over die-hard fans who, to avoid spoilers, have abandoned their phones, detached from ...

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Treasury's Mnuchin fails to meet deadline to hand over Trump tax returns


Reported to us by: REUTERS - 2 hours 13 min ago - [CET]
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday failed to meet a final congressional deadline for turning over President Donald Trump's tax returns to lawmakers, setting the stage for a possible court battle between Congress and the administration.
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Cramer: Investors betting against Hasbro and Twitter bolstered markets to record highs


Reported to us by: CNBC - 2 hours 14 min ago - [CET]
"Days like today remind us that short-sellers can serve as rocket fuel for a bull market," Jim Cramer says.
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Football: Liverpool announce pre-season tour to United States


Reported to us by: CHANNEL NEWS ASIA - 2 hours 15 min ago - [CET]
LONDON: Liverpool, who are in a battle with Manchester City for the English Premier League title, will play July friendlies at Boston's Fenway Park, New York's Yankee Stadium and Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana, the team announced on Tuesday. Liverpool will kick off the trio of pre ...
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Morgan Stanley shuffles jobs for wealth management executive


Reported to us by: CHANNEL NEWS ASIA - 2 hours 18 min ago - [CET]
Morgan Stanley's Shelley O'Connor, one of two co-heads of the wealth management business, was named on Tuesday to lead two of the bank's regulated entities, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters.
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All Wells Fargo directors elected as hecklers call executives 'frauds'


Reported to us by: CHANNEL NEWS ASIA - 2 hours 18 min ago - [CET]
Wells Fargo & Co shareholders voted to elect all of the company-nominated directors during a rowdy meeting on Tuesday in which more than a dozen attendees were kicked out for heckling executives and board members.
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How much is enough?


Reported to us by: MONEYWEB - 2 hours 18 min ago - [CET]
Three steps to achieving financial freedom.
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The comeback is complete: Wall Street hits new record high


Reported to us by: Sydney Morning Herald - Business - 2 hours 18 min ago - [CET]
The S&P 500 hit an all-time high Tuesday, marking the stock market's complete recovery from a nosedive at the end of last year.
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Pelosi: 'We're not there yet' on impeachment


Reported to us by: FOX NEWS - 2 hours 19 min ago - [CET]
Pelosi called Trump's conduct "unethical, unscrupulous and beneath the dignity of the office he holds."
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Boy thrown from mall balcony has ‘zero brain damage,’ says pastor


Reported to us by: NEW YORK POST - 2 hours 20 min ago - [CET]
The 5-year-old boy thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America this month has “zero evidence of brain damage”, the family’s pastor said. During his Easter service, Pastor Mac Hammond told the Minneapolis congregation the boy’s grandfather called with the good news following a brain scan, CBS Minnesota reported. Identified only as “Landen,”...
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Boy thrown from mall balcony has ‘zero brain damage,’ says pastor


Reported to us by: N.Y. POST - 2 hours 20 min ago - [CET]
The 5-year-old boy thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America this month has “zero evidence of brain damage”, the family’s pastor said. During his Easter service, Pastor Mac Hammond told the Minneapolis congregation the boy’s grandfather called with the good news following a brain scan, CBS Minnesota reported. Identified only as “Landen,”...
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'I personally accept it': Alex isn't holding a grudge despite his father giving away his $560m inheritance


Reported to us by: Sydney Morning Herald - Business - 2 hours 21 min ago - [CET]
The heir to the biggest real estate agency in property-mad Hong Kong doesn't own a house.
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Moleketi refutes empire-building-with-state-pensions claims


Reported to us by: MONEYWEB - 2 hours 21 min ago - [CET]
Former deputy finance minister says allegations of corruption made by Bantu Holomisa have been harmful to his 'well-earned' reputation.
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Mexico's Cemex says to help in Notre-Dame's restoration


Reported to us by: REUTERS - 2 hours 23 min ago - [CET]
Mexican cement maker Cemex said on Tuesday that it will help to reconstruct France's Notre-Dame cathedral, which lost its roof and iconic spire in a massive fire this month.
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Sri Lanka, Supreme Court, Lizzo: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing


Reported to us by: NEW YORK TIMES - 2 hours 23 min ago - [CET]
Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.
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Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson Wore The Infinity Stones To ‘Endgame’ Premiere


Reported to us by: HUFFINGTON POST - 2 hours 24 min ago - [CET]
People loved the actresses’ nods to such a significant part of the Avengers films.
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Modi biopic release will tilt balance: EC to SC


Reported to us by: TIMES OF INDIA - 2 hours 25 min ago - [CET]
"Eulogising of the character Narendra Modi is very clear right through the movie. More than biography, it is hagiography. There are several scenes depicting a major opposition party as corrupt and showing them in poor light," a committee set up by the EC said in its report to the SC.
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Tax Ombud: ‘Systemic investigations the way forward’


Reported to us by: MONEYWEB - 2 hours 25 min ago - [CET]
Outgoing CEO Eric Mkhawane reflects on five years of resolving issues between taxpayers and Sars.
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Egypt Approves New Muscle for Its Strongman Leader


Reported to us by: NEW YORK TIMES - 2 hours 25 min ago - [CET]
Voters approve constitutional amendments giving President el-Sisi new powers, reversing gains of the Arab Spring and allowing him to rule until 2030.
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As Trump harbours suspicions of losing followers, he meets Twitter CEO


Reported to us by: Sydney Morning Herald - 2 hours 26 min ago - [CET]
The meeting comes as Trump continues to attack the tech industry, threatening to regulate social media companies out of concern they censor conservatives.
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Who are the US militia at the Mexico border?


Reported to us by: BBC - 2 hours 26 min ago - [CET]
What's the movement behind the groups of armed US civilians patrolling the US-Mexico border?
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Sri Lanka president vows security shake-up over attacks


Reported to us by: CHANNEL NEWS ASIA - 2 hours 26 min ago - [CET]
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's president on Tuesday (Apr 23) vowed a major shake-up of the military's top brass in the wake of the deadly Easter suicide bombings, after the government admitted warnings were ignored. President Maithripala Sirisena, who is also defence and law and order minister, said he will ...
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Treasury misses House Democrats' second deadline for handing over Trump's tax returns


Reported to us by: WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 2 hours 26 min ago - [CET]

The Treasury Department on Tuesday missed a 5 p.m. deadline from House Democrats to turn over years of tax returns from President Trump and some of Mr. Trump's associated entities, escalating a standoff that could ultimately spill into the federal courts.

The department can't act until it can be sure ...

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Warren Buffett predicts decline of newspapers will continue


Reported to us by: WT ENTERTAINMENT - 2 hours 26 min ago - [CET]

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Investor Warren Buffett says he expects newspapers to continue declining except for a handful of national papers such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Buffett told Yahoo Finance that newspapers aren't nearly as essential today because readers can easily find out about the ...

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U.S. Navy drafting new guidelines for reporting UFOs


Reported to us by: POLITICO TOP PICKS - 2 hours 27 min ago - [CET]

The U.S. Navy is drafting new guidelines for pilots and other personnel to report encounters with "unidentified aircraft," a significant new step in creating a formal process to collect and analyze the unexplained sightings — and destigmatize them.

The previously unreported move is in response to a series of sightings of unknown, highly advanced aircraft intruding on Navy strike groups and other sensitive military formations and facilities, the service says.

"There have been a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years," the Navy said in a statement in response to questions from POLITICO. "For safety and security concerns, the Navy and the [U.S. Air Force] takes these reports very seriously and investigates each and every report.

"As part of this effort," it added, "the Navy is updating and formalizing the process by which reports of any such suspected incursions can be made to the cognizant authorities. A new message to the fleet that will detail the steps for reporting is in draft."

To be clear, the Navy isn’t endorsing the idea that its sailors have encountered alien spacecraft. But it is acknowledging there have been enough strange aerial sightings by credible and highly trained military personnel that they need to be recorded in the official record and studied — rather than dismissed as some kooky phenomena from the realm of science-fiction.


Chris Mellon, a former Pentagon intelligence official and ex-staffer on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said establishing a more formal means of reporting what the military now calls "unexplained aerial phenomena" — rather than "unidentified flying objects" — would be a “sea change.”

“Right now, we have situation in which UFOs and UAPs are treated as anomalies to be ignored rather than anomalies to be explored,” he said. “We have systems that exclude that information and dump it.”

For example, Mellon said “in a lot of cases [military personnel] don’t know what to do with that information — like satellite data or a radar that sees something going Mach 3. They will dump [the data] because that is not a traditional aircraft or missile.”

The development comes amid growing interest from members of Congress following revelations by POLITICO and the New York Times in late 2017 that the Pentagon established a dedicated office inside the Defense Intelligence Agency to study UAPs at the urging of several senators who secretly set aside appropriations for the effort.

That office spent some $25 million conducting a series of technical studies and evaluating numerous unexplained incursions, including one that lasted several days involving the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in 2004. In that case, Navy fighter jets were outmaneuvered by unidentified aircraft that flew in ways that appeared to defy the laws of known physics.

Raytheon, a leading defense contractor, used the reports and official Defense Department video of the sightings off the coast of California to hail one of its radar systems for capturing the phenomena.

The Pentagon's UFO research office, known as the Advanced Aerospace Threat Intelligence Program, was officially wound down in 2012 when the congressional earmark ran out.


But more lawmakers are now asking questions, the Navy also reports.

"In response to requests for information from Congressional members and staff, Navy officials have provided a series of briefings by senior Naval Intelligence officials as well as aviators who reported hazards to aviation safety," the service said in its statement to POLITICO.

The Navy declined to identify who has been briefed, nor would it provide more details on the guidelines for reporting that are being drafted for the fleet. The Air Force did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Advocates for treating such sightings as a potential national security threat have long criticized military leaders for giving the phenomenon relatively little attention and for encouraging a culture in which personnel feel that speaking up about it could hurt their career.

Luis Elizondo, the former Pentagon official who ran the so-called AATIP office, complained after he retired from government service that the Pentagon's approach to these unidentified aircraft has been far too blasé.

"If you are in a busy airport and see something you are supposed to say something," Elizondo said. "With our own military members it is kind of the opposite: 'If you do see something, don't say something.'"

He added that because these mysterious aircraft "don't have a tail number or a flag — in some cases not even a tail — it's crickets. What happens in five years if it turns out these are extremely advanced Russian aircraft?"

Elizondo will be featured in an upcoming documentary series about the Pentagon UFO research he oversaw. He said the six-part series will reveal more recent sightings of UAPs by dozens of military pilots.

Both Elizondo and Mellon are involved with the To The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences, which supports research into explaining the technical advances these reported UAPs demonstrate.


Article originally published on POLITICO Magazine

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The Trailer: What a 17-way race in North Carolina says about the GOP


Reported to us by: WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 2 hours 27 min ago - [CET]
In this edition: A special election on the North Carolina coast, Tim Ryan and the young not-Bidens, and why everyone is wrong about impeachment.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Says Impeachment Would Be Divisive But Is Not Off the Table


Reported to us by: TIME - 2 hours 27 min ago - [CET]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi maintained that impeaching President Donald Trump would be incredibly divisive for the country while speaking at the first annual TIME 100 Summit on Tuesday in New York City. But she also said it wasn’t off the table.

“The Russians had a systemic overall assault on our electoral system and what we also did see is that the President of the United States engaged in behavior that was unethical, unscrupulous and beneath the dignity of the office that he holds,” she said. “What’s surprising about it is that the Republicans seem to have an unlimited appetite for that kind of behavior. Instead of being ashamed of what that report said, they gave their blessing once again to the President.”

“[Impeachment is] one of the most divisive paths we could go down in our country, but if the path of fact-finding takes us there, we have no choice,” the California Democrat and 2019 TIME 100 honoree added a bit later. “We’re not there yet.”

On the question of whether Trump’s actions were criminal, Pelosi responded that it “remains to be seen” after Congress can see the rest of the report, sans redactions. She also reiterated previous statements that she and fellow Democrats were not interested in seeing less-redacted versions in secure rooms a few legislators at a time.

“This is about being totally free from passion, from prejudice, from politics,” she said. “It’s about the presentation of the facts. And when we have the facts, we’ll have a better idea of how we go forward.”

She also expressed disappointed in how the Trump administration has acted in the days since the report was released.

“We now see the administration engage in stonewalling of the facts,” she said in reference to the Trump administration suing the Democratic chairman of the House Oversight Committee in efforts to block a subpoena sent last week seeking information about Trump’s finances.

The Mueller report was not the only thing Pelosi talked about, however. She also discussed the issues Democrats are prioritizing in this congressional session.

Instead of letting the Mueller report solely dominate discussion over the next several months, Pelosi said Democrats are trying to lower healthcare costs by reducing prescription drug prices, raise paychecks by building infrastructure and end partisan gerrymandering.

“We really have to do the people’s business because their kitchen table concerns are our concerns,” she said.

Those goals would certainly be easier to accomplish if Democrats win the White House in 2020, but Pelosi said she hasn’t picked a favorite contender just yet.

“Whether it’s 20, 21, 22, the number [of Democratic candidates] is growing — any one of them would be a better President than the present occupant,” she said. “I think they’re all wonderful, but it’s up to the public to decide.”

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Gregg Williams makes fiery first impression at Jets minicamp


Reported to us by: N.Y. POST - 2 hours 27 min ago - [CET]
The Jets opened a three-day minicamp Tuesday with some light drills and jogging through plays. The offense and defense practiced on separate fields at separate times. There were no pads, no hitting, nothing intense. Well, there was one thing — or person — that was intense. New defensive coordinator Gregg Williams did not dial it...
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Two Years Later, Sailor Wounded During Syria Deployment is Finally Home


Reported to us by: MILITARY HEADLINES - 2 hours 28 min ago - [CET]
The homecoming his family had eagerly awaited for nearly two years finally happened for Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy.
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‘Deadwood’ creator David Milch diagnosed With Alzheimer’s


Reported to us by: N.Y. POST - 2 hours 28 min ago - [CET]
David Milch, the creator of “Deadwood,” revealed he had been diagnosed with the disease in an interview published Tuesday.
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Texas Instruments says slowdown in chip demand may continue; shares fall


Reported to us by: CHANNEL NEWS ASIA - 2 hours 28 min ago - [CET]
REUTERS: Chipmaker Texas Instruments said on Tuesday a slowdown in demand for microchips that started late last year may last a few more quarters. The warning from the company, often seen as a bellwether for a semiconductor industry, dragged its shares 3 percent lower to US$113.88. "We have ...
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London is using Ukraine as a tool in confrontation with Moscow — Russian embassy


Reported to us by: TASS (Russian News Agency) - 2 hours 28 min ago - [CET]
The Russian Embassy in London commented on British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt's statements made as he was congratulating Vladimir Zelensky on being elected as President of Ukraine
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'Avengers: Endgame' triumphantly caps Marvel universe


Reported to us by: CNN ENTERTAINMENT - 2 hours 29 min ago - [CET]
Having set up a formidable task and then some with the finish of "Infinity War," "Avengers: Endgame" rises to the challenge, delivering an epic finale that proves immensely satisfying. Without being too grandiose, it also feels like the culmination of everything Marvel has built in conquering the pop-culture universe.
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8@eight: ASX to rise on back of record night on Wall Street


Reported to us by: Sydney Morning Herald - Business - 2 hours 30 min ago - [CET]
What happened overnight and what's ahead for the ASX.
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New Zealand, France plan bid to tackle online extremism


Reported to us by: REUTERS - 2 hours 30 min ago - [CET]
In the wake of the Christchurch attack, New Zealand said on Wednesday that it would work with France to bring together countries and tech companies in an effort to stop social media from being used to promote terrorism and violent extremism, .
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Months later, Trump closes in on U.N. nomination


Reported to us by: POLITICO TOP PICKS - 2 hours 31 min ago - [CET]

President Donald Trump is expected to formally nominate Kelly Knight Craft next week to be the new United States ambassador to the United Nations, a position that has remained unfilled for months at a time of global concerns that president is not committed to such diplomatic institutions.

But Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, faces a tough Senate confirmation process for the same reasons believed to have held up her nomination since Trump first tweeted his intent to pick her two months ago: There are questions about her family’s extensive business interests and her dearth of knowledge about international issues at a time when the U.S. faces numerous geopolitical challenges, including from Russia and a fast-rising China. Her husband, Joe Craft, is a billionaire coal executive with close ties to the White House.

As America’s top diplomat in Canada, Craft has an important but relatively easy diplomatic position compared to the U.N. role, which former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley held until the end of 2018. Craft’s nomination would follow Trump’s botched attempt to place former State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert in the U.N. role, an effort that stalled for two months before she withdrew from consideration. The position is almost certain to be less powerful than under Haley, given indications that Trump, a skeptic of multilateral international organizations, will take it out of the Cabinet.

Although Craft has staunch backing from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a fellow Kentuckian, suggesting she will ultimately be confirmed, Senate Democrats say they will show no mercy during the process.


New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s top Democrat, told POLITICO days after Craft’s tweet-nod from Trump that her upcoming confirmation hearing is sure to differ from her previous one. Craft largely sailed through that earlier hearing, though she stumbled over a question from Menendez on whether she believed Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, saying “that it looks as if yes,” but that she’d “have to investigate this further or learn more points on this.”

The U.N. ambassador “is one of the most senior diplomatic positions we have,” Menendez said. “She got a fairly easy pass because she was nominated to Canada. That’s not the type of pass she’ll get for this nomination.”

Democrats are sure to press Craft on Russia, China, human rights issues and climate change, Menendez said. The U.N. helps manage the global Paris climate pact, which Trump said the U.S. will withdraw from in 2020. And Craft briefly became an internet sensation in October 2017, when she told a CBC News reporter that there are “sciences … on both sides that are accurate.”

Despite her previous vetting, Craft and her husband’s financial situations will also probably face renewed scrutiny from Democrats — particularly given that the U.N.’s climate change efforts could directly impact Joe Craft’s line of work.

Kelly Craft can expect a warmer reception from several Foreign Relations committee Republicans, many of whom have received campaign contributions from her and her billionaire husband. At least half of the GOP members of the panel have gotten financial infusions from Kelly or Joe Craft since the 2012 cycle, according to Federal Election Commission records reviewed by POLITICO. The review was limited to candidates' campaign committees and leadership PACs.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), whom the Crafts backed in the 2016 presidential race before fundraising for Trump, told POLITICO he’d support her nomination. “She’d do a good job,” he said. “I know her well.”

Canadian officials and lawmakers describe Craft as accessible and helpful in relaying messages to high-level contacts in Washington — a lengthy list that includes Trump, McConnell and Vice President Mike Pence. That built goodwill in a foreign capital otherwise simmering in anger at Trump, who is deeply unpopular in Canada in part over his hard-nosed approach to trade.

Craft was in the middle of hosting reporters for a happy hour in September at her Ottawa residence when Trump berated Canada during a news conference. Craft answered pointed questions about the president defended Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland after Trump said Freeland "hates America."


Two people familiar with the matter said Craft expects her nomination will be sent to the Senate next week, though one warned that the White House often changes course at the last minute. She plans to meet members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee soon after the nomination is submitted. The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

Craft has received regular briefings on international issues ever since Trump tweeted on Feb. 22 that she was his choice for the role, two people familiar with the issue said. The briefings have been held via secure conference lines and in-person in Ottawa, they said. Craft did make a trip to Dallas earlier this month to the Bush Center’s 2019 Forum on Leadership.

The delay in Craft’s nomination has raised feelings of déjà vu as well as worries that her nomination, like Nauert’s, could be scuttled, people familiar with the matter said. Trump initially announced Nauert as his U.N. choice on Dec. 7. But the nomination was scrapped in mid-February, ostensibly over Nauert’s previous employment of a nanny who lacked a proper work permit.

There also may be more potential financial conflicts of interest for Craft at the U.N. than for her current post, particularly given her husband’s coal industry work.

“Observers underestimate the amount of time it takes to fill out the financial disclosure forms,” a person familiar with the process told POLITICO. “Every holding must be disclosed and explained. The Office of Government Ethics comes back with multiple questions that have to be answered to their satisfaction.”

The United Nations faces any number of challenges in the coming weeks and months, including the potential for an all-out civil war in Libya that could further exacerbate the global migration crisis. Getting nominations through the Senate can take months, but Trump will probably want his new ambassador in place before world leaders gather for the annual U.N. General Assembly in September.

At the U.S. mission to the U.N., staffers have been sanguine about the recent turbulence in their leadership ranks.

Haley was well-regarded among the career staffers in the mission, who said she treated them well. Nauert’s scuttled nomination caused some internal consternation at the U.N., but a staffer told POLITICO that the acting chief, Ambassador Jonathan Cohen, is managing well despite being short-handed.


“It’s fine,” the staffer said about the overall mood. That said, Cohen's recent nomination to be U.S. ambassador to Egypt was recently submitted to the Senate, adding unease about yet another U.N. leader departing and an urgency to get Craft confirmed, two people with knowledge of the process said.

The U.S. mission to the U.N. has drawn attention this week after reports that it threatened to veto a U.N. Security Council Resolution against rape in conflict zones over objections to language referring to “sexual and reproductive health.” Some Trump administration political appointees believe that such phrases are actually coded references to abortion.

One reality U.N. staffers are preparing for is that their leader will likely no longer be considered a Cabinet-level position whenever Haley’s replacement is confirmed. That means the U.S. mission will have to coordinate more closely with the State Department. Under Haley, whom Trump included in his Cabinet, tensions flared at times between State and the U.S. mission.

There’s also the sense among staffers that Craft will have even less independence than Haley, who closely guarded her relationship with Trump, because of the presence of John Bolton as Trump’s national security adviser. Bolton previously served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and he’s long been skeptical about the world body’s value and competence.

“What to watch for is less guidance from State and it’s more to what extent does John Bolton become the primary decision-maker,” another person familiar with the nomination process said.


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