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Big Names Descend on White House
for Trump’s Technology Summit
Bloomberg Technology, by Toluse Olorunnipa    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/19/2017 4:28:24 PM     Post Reply
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner welcomed executives from many of the world’s largest technology companies to a meeting at the White House, saying he hoped they would help the administration“unleash the creativity of the private sector” on government challenges. The event, scheduled to last four hours Monday, brought to the White House top executives from an industry whose leaders haven’t shied away from publicly criticizing Trump. Among those attending included Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook, who castigated Trump for his travel ban and the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate treaty. Alphabet Inc. Executive Chairman

Boost to Redskins case: Supreme Court says
government can’t refuse disparaging trademarks
Washington Times, by Alex Swoyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/19/2017 4:25:03 PM     Post Reply
The government cannot censor trademarks on the grounds they may be offensive to some, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a major decision that could also clear the way for the Washington Redskins football team to maintain its trademarks. The case before the high court involved an Asian rock band named “The Slants.” The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office originally denying the band’s name, saying it was a racial slur that violated the agency’s policy, based on federal law, that prohibits granting disparaging trademarks. Justices, though, said that violated the First Amendment. “Speech may not be banned on the ground

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
Discusses ‘Invest in USA’ Strategy…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 6/19/2017 3:55:29 PM     Post Reply
Commerce Secretary Wilbur “Wilburine” Ross discusses the ongoing Trump economic growth strategy and the economic policy initiatives surrounding trade, tax reform, and more recently, investment in U.S. Wilburine delivers a timeline of mid-July China trade meeting and also a mid-July outline to congress, put together by Ross and U.S. Trade Rep Robert Lighthizer, explaining the NAFTA trade renegotiation objectives which will begin mid-August. (Video) Secretary Wilburine also politely explains how the current valuation of the Mexican Peso and Canadian dollar appears to be weakened vs. the U.S. dollar as an outcome of markets predicting the NAFTA agreement will be far more

  


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Senior Adviser Jared Kushner Remarks
at American Technology Council…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 6/19/2017 3:52:18 PM     Post Reply
Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser to the office of the president, delivered remarks at an event for the American Technology Council. Mr. Kushner generally keeps the lowest of low profiles so his appearance and public speaking immediately stunned the MSM and created atomic level ‘splodey heads. The media was caught off-guard. Mr Kushner was speaking about the ongoing Trump administration efforts to put operational efficiencies into government functions, reducing the overall size, scope, and cumbersome bureaucracy inherent in the out-dated systems. (Video) Amid the audience members and participatory business leaders were various corporatist ideologues who are aligned

EPA Ends $1 Million Taxpayer-Funded
Gym Membership Program
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/19/2017 3:42:06 PM     Post Reply
The Environmental Protection Agency has ended a nearly $1 million program that provided gym memberships for employees. The new administration under EPA administrator Scott Pruitt identified the gym memberships as an abuse of taxpayer dollars. Examples of the program´s misuse included $15,000 for gym memberships for 37 EPA scientists in Las Vegas last year. "We have ended taxpayer-funded fitness centers at EPA; a program that was costing American taxpayers $900,000 per year," said EPA spokesperson Jahan Wilcox. "Disinvestment in using federal funds for EPA fitness centers will allow the agency to invest this money in core activities to protect the

Senate Democrats Plan to Stall Obamacare
Repeal, Threaten to Freeze Chamber in Protest
Gateway Pundit, by Christina Laila    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/19/2017 3:31:08 PM     Post Reply
Senate Democrats plan to stall Obamacare repeal late Monday in a protest against the GOP’s ‘closed-door’ repeal and replace process. (Photo) Circa News reports: Senate Democrats will move to freeze the chamber late Monday to protest the GOP’s closed-door process to repeal and replace ObamaCare, a senior Democratic aide told CNN. Democrats reportedly plan on rejecting routine requests to let the Senate function, including scheduling votes and allowing committees to meet for extended hearings. House Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer said, “If Republicans won’t relent and debate their healthcare bill in the open for the American people to see, then they

Breaking: Mosque in East London
evacuated after bomb threat
Daily Express [UK], by Belinda Robinson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/19/2017 3:20:15 PM     Post Reply
AN EAST London mosque has been evacuated after a bomb threat was called in, just hours after this morning´s terror attack in Finsbury Park. The East Lonodn mosque confirmed that it had evacuated its members after they received a bomb threat. It tweeted: "The Mosque received a telephone threat a short while ago. Buildings were evacuated and sweeps carried out by Police and Mosque staff. "While we understand this incident to be a hoax, we still urge vigilance in our community." The police arived on scene quickly to carry out an investigation. Meanwhile, pictures on social media show a group

  


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Saudi Arabia detains three
members of Iranian elite forces
RT News [Moscow, Russia], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/19/2017 3:17:50 PM     Post Reply
Saudi Arabia has detained three members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards near the offshore Marjan oil field, the Saudi Information Ministry has said in a statement. The military reportedly seized a boat packed with “weapons for [a] subversive purpose.” The incident happened on Friday, when three boats entered Saudi territorial waters and headed towards offshore structures at the oilfield, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Monday, citing an official source. “On Friday, 16th June, three small boats, bearing red and white flags, entered the Saudi territorial waters in the Arabian Gulf. They headed at speed towards

'We will retain the right to
self defense' says White House after
F-18 blasted Syrian fighter-bomber*
Agence France-Presse & Daily Mail, by Staff & Francesca Chambers    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/19/2017 3:10:31 PM     Post Reply
The White House hit back at Russia on Monday after the Kremlin warned it would track US-led coalition aircraft in Syria as potential ´targets´ and halted an incident-prevention hotline with Washington after US forces downed a Syrian jet. ´I think that the escalation of hostilities among the many factions that are operating in this region doesn´t help anybody,´ White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said ´and the Syrian regime and the others in the regime need to understand that we will retain the right to self defense of coalition forces aligned against ISIS.´ Spicer told a reporter later that he was not

Tropical storm 80-percent likely to form on
the Gulf coast, and could bring dangerous
flooding and damaging winds anywhere
from Florida to Texas this week
Daily Mail [UK], by James Wilkinson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/19/2017 2:57:07 PM     Post Reply
A cyclone appears to be brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, meteorologists say - and it could make landfall this week anywhere from Texas to the Florida panhandle. Warm sea surface temperatures and a lowering in disruptive winds mean there´s an 80 per cent chance the system will strengthen this week, experts said - meaning bad news for those on the Gulf coast. If the storm system does come, it will likely make landfall on Wednesday or Thursday, bringing with it flooding, high winds and rough seas, AccuWeather reported. The farther the weather system moves from Mexico´s Yucatan Peninsula, the higher the

Supreme Court strikes down sex
offender social media ban
Associated Press, by Mark Sherman    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 6/19/2017 1:53:40 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina law Monday that bars convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites. The justices ruled unanimously in favor of North Carolina resident Lester Packingham Jr. His Facebook boast about beating a traffic ticket led to his conviction for violating a 2008 law aimed at keeping sex offenders off internet sites children might use. The court rejected the state’s argument that the law deals with the virtual world in the same way that states keep sex offenders out of playgrounds and other places children visit.

  


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Bidding war? The market says Whole
Foods could go for more than
Amazon’s $42 a share offer
CNBC, by Alex Rosenberg    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 6/19/2017 1:43:32 PM     Post Reply
Is a Whole Foods bidding war coming? Is a Whole Foods bidding war coming? Friday, 16 Jun 2017 | 4:00 PM ET | 06:52 Whole Foods shares are rising as high as $43.64 on Monday, as some traders continue to believe the stock will sell for more than the $42 per share at which Amazon has agreed to buy the grocery company. "A strategic bidder has significantly greater synergies that they can put through on their valuation multiple on Whole Foods, which would mean that they could top Amazon´s bid," Barclays analyst Karen Short said late Friday on CNBC´s "Trading Nation." If the expectation was

To Put America First Is To Put
Our Planet´s Climate First
Breitbart Big Government, by WILLIE SOON AND ISTVÁN MARKÓ*    Original Article
Posted By: FormerDem- 6/19/2017 1:23:50 PM     Post Reply
On June 2, 2017, in a Letter regarding US withdrawal from Paris climate agreement addressed to the MIT community, Professor Rafael Reif, president of MIT, criticized President Trump’s decision to exit the Paris Climate Accords. In this refutation, we propose to clarify the scientific understanding of the Earth’s climate and to dispel the expensively fostered popular delusion that man-made global warming will be dangerous and that, therefore, the Paris Agreement would be beneficial. Professor Reif wrote, “Yesterday, the White House took the position that the Paris climate agreement – a landmark effort to combat global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions

SCOTUS Could End Political Gerrymandering,
Imperil GOP Majorities
Daily Caller, by Kevin Daley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/19/2017 1:21:29 PM     Post Reply
The Supreme Court decided Monday to take up a landmark challenge to partisan gerrymanders, raising the prospects of a significant rearrangement of legislative political power at the state and federal level. “Gerrymandering” refers to the practice of drawing legislative district lines to favor incumbents, political parties or interest groups. Although the justices have frequently invalidated district maps that disadvantage minorities, they have stopped short of striking down maps favoring one political party over the other. A ruling that partisan gerrymanders are unlawful would dramatically recast the apportionment process and shuffle the balance of power in Congress and state legislatures. “This

A Republican National Committee
database of nearly every voter was
left exposed on the Internet for
12 days, researcher says
Washington Post, by Brian Fung & Craig Timberg    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/19/2017 1:13:28 PM     Post Reply
A Republican National Committee database of nearly every registered American voter was left vulnerable to theft on a public server for 12 days this month, according to a cybersecurity researcher who found and downloaded the trove of data. The lapse in security was striking for putting at risk the identities, voting histories and views of voters across the political spectrum, with data drawn from a wide range of sources including social media, public government records and proprietary polling by political groups. Chris Vickery, a risk analyst at cybersecurity firm UpGuard, said he found a spreadsheet of nearly 200 million Americans

  


  

USS Fitzgerald Update – U.S. Navy
Identifies Deceased Sailors…
Conservative Tree House, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/19/2017 1:05:39 PM     Post Reply
YOKOSUKA, Japan– The remains of seven Sailors previously reported missing were located in flooded berthing compartments, after divers gained access to the spaces, June 18, that were damaged when the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) was involved in a collision with the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal. The deceased are: Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, Palmyra, Virginia -Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, San Diego, California -Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, Oakville, Connecticut -Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez, 26, Weslaco, Texas -Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlosvictor Ganzon Sibayan, 23,

New earpiece translates foreign
languages as you have a conversation
Independent [UK], by Matt Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/19/2017 1:03:22 PM     Post Reply
A new device that delivers foreign language translations directly to your ear almost instantly has just gone on sale. The Translate One2One has been hailed as a real-world equivalent of the Babel fish, the famous fictional creature from The Hitchhiker´s Guide to the Galaxy. It’s powered by IBM’s supercomputer, Watson, and takes between three and five seconds to complete a translation and play it to you. It currently works across English, Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, German and Chinese. However, both people in a conversation need to be wearing one. Lingmo International, the company behind it,

Supreme Court suggests constitutional
right to Facebook, other social media
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/19/2017 12:51:23 PM     Post Reply
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a convicted sex offender can’t be barred from getting on the internet, in a decision that lays out the beginnings of a constitutional right to surf the web Justices struck down a North Carolina law that had prohibited sex offender from logging onto social media, saying that such a broad ban would be cutting someone off from what has become the most robust forum for politics, free speech and commercial activity. (Snip) Writing a concurring opinion, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. seemed shocked by how far Justice Kennedy was willing to go, calling the majority ruling “undisciplined dicta.”

Mueller team lawyer brings witness-
flipping expertise to Trump probes
Reuters, by Karen Freifeld    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/19/2017 12:41:03 PM     Post Reply
A veteran federal prosecutor recruited onto special counsel Robert Mueller´s team is known for a skill that may come in handy in the investigation of potential ties between Russia and U.S. President Donald Trump´s 2016 campaign team: persuading witnesses to turn on friends, colleagues and superiors. Andrew Weissmann, who headed the U.S. Justice Department´s criminal fraud section before joining Mueller´s team last month, is best known for two assignments - the investigation of now-defunct energy company Enron and organized crime cases in Brooklyn, New York - that depended heavily on gaining witness cooperation.

Supreme Court ruling paves way for
Redskins to resume, likely win trademark fight
Omnisport, by Bob Hille    Original Article
Posted By: DaddyO- 6/19/2017 12:37:47 PM     Post Reply
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that federal trademarks of terms some consider derogatory are covered by the First Amendment, a decision that, in all likelihood, will clear the way for the Washington Redskins to get back trademarks that were canceled in 2014 after complaints by Native Americans. Monday´s ruling came in a case involving an Asian-American rock band called "The Slants" in the case Matal, interim director, United States Patent and Trademark Office vs. Tam. "It offends a bedrock First Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend," Justice Samuel Alito wrote

  



England is drunk on PC Kool-Aid
Washington Times, by Renee Garfinkel    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/19/2017 12:27:57 PM     Post Reply
Britain has lost its way, lost its moral compass…and lost its mind In the midst of a season of repeated and deadly terror attacks, the British decided to permit Hezbollah, Iran’s proxy and international terrorist organization, to march in a parade through London on Sunday. The parade marked Al Quds Day, an occasion invented by the late Ayatollah Khomeini to call for Israel to be destroyed. In his words “… any freedom lover and justice seeker in the world must do its best for the annihilation of the Zionist regime.” Make no mistake. There is nothing pro-Palestinian or pro-Arab about Hezbollah. It is heavily engaged in the ongoing

Carrie Fisher Had Heroin, Cocaine
in System When She Died, Report
Reveals — As Daughter Billie
Releases Emotional Statement
People Magazine, by MIKE MILLER AND JODI GUGLIELMI    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 6/19/2017 12:27:03 PM     Post Reply
Carrie Fisher had heroin and cocaine in her system at the time of her death, according to her toxicology report. PEOPLE obtained official documents from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office on Monday that reveal the late actress had cocaine, methadone, ethanol and opiates in her system when she passed away at the age of 60 in December. “The exposure to cocaine took place sometime approximately in the last 72 hours of the sample that was obtained,” stated the report. The report also stated that Fisher had a “remote exposure to MDMA.” Though Fisher had multiple substances in her system,

The Company That Ate America
American Spectator, by Frank Schell    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/19/2017 12:16:43 PM     Post Reply
Amazon.com Inc. has announced that it will acquire Whole Foods Market Inc. for $13.7 billion, which represents a 27% premium for shareholders of Whole Foods. This is a stunning foray into the $800 billion grocery industry, and a massive shot over the bow of its competitors Walmart, Target, and Kroger, gouging $32 billion out of their market capital in only a few hours. Pundits will write about how Amazon will introduce new technologies and distribution to improve the performance of Whole Foods. Other analysts will joyfully and glibly quote Joseph Schumpeter, the Austro-Hungarian economist and later Harvard professor who gave us the

Paris attack: Champs-Elysees driver
had explosives, rifle in car
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: dvc- 6/19/2017 12:16:05 PM     Post Reply
A suspect who tried to attack security forces on the Champs-Elysees shopping district in Paris Monday afternoon -- when he rammed his car into a police van -- had a rifle and explosives in his vehicle, French investigators said. The attacker died shortly after the incident, the French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said. The attacker, a 31-year-old man, was badly burned after his car exploded when he deliberately crashed it into a police van. The police van caught fire, but it was quickly contained, officials said. The bomb squad was called to the scene. Authorities discovered a gas tank and

Town hall protests to escalate, sit-ins,
clashes planned with cops, staff
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 6/19/2017 12:00:08 PM     Post Reply
A summer of heated protests are being planned against Republican House and Senate members, with organizers already forecasting clashes with police and staffers over their efforts to stop GOP reform of Obamacare. A leading organizer, Indivisible, has issued a new "tool kit" to guide protesters on how to conduct a sit-in that could last a very long time. One rule: Don´t rat out the protest leaders to cops. (Snip) Clashes with congressional staff in district offices around the nation are also expected. Said the memo, "If something unexpected happens—if the staff threatens you, for example—your Action Coordinator should make a

Amazon Plans Cuts to Shed
Whole Foods´ Pricey Image
Bloomberg, by Spencer Soper and Craig Giammona    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 6/19/2017 11:42:14 AM     Post Reply
When Amazon.com Inc. completes its acquisition of Whole Foods Market Inc., Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos will try to keep the grocer’s reputation for premium fresh foods while cutting prices to shed its “Whole Paycheck” image. Amazon expects to reduce headcount and change inventory to lower prices and make Whole Foods competitive with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other big-box retailers, according to a person with knowledge of the company’s grocery plans. That included potentially using technology to eliminate cashiers. An Amazon spokesman denied any job cuts were planned.

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