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  • "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh is released from prison

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    John Walker Lindh, the Californian who took up arms for the Taliban and was captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2001, got out of prison Thursday after more than 17 years, released under tight restrictions that reflected government fears he still harbors radical views.

    Thu, 23 May 2019 21:57:38 -0400
  • The F-21 Could Be One Tough Fighter (With F-35 DNA). Here's the Problem.

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    For the purposes of Lockheed's marketing campaign, the F-21 is a new fighter, although it shares many of its major features with the F-16V the company has sold to Bahrain, Greece, Slovakia, South Korea and Taiwan. Lockheed can build new F-16Vs or upgrade older F-16s to the V-standard.Lockheed Martin is developing a new variant of its iconic F-16 single-engine fighter in order to compete in India’s 2019 tender for 110 new warplanes.(This first appeared earlier in the month.)But don’t count on the American firm’s “F-21” to win the contract.According to journalist Angad Singh, the likely winner is French company Dassault’s Rafale twin-engine fighter.Singh explains his rationale in the May 2019 issue of Combat Aircraft magazine. India previously ordered 36 Rafales as part of an earlier fighter tender. “With 36 aircraft already on order and the infrastructure in place for an additional 36, a case could certainly be made that training, basing and sustainment costs for additional aircraft would not be an impossible burden.”Other candidates for the Indian tender are the Saab Gripen from Sweden, the European Eurofighter Typhoon, the MiG-35 from Russia and the Boeing Super Hornet from the United States. Whichever fighter New Delhi selects, it needs the new jets now, according to Singh.

    Thu, 23 May 2019 04:04:00 -0400
  • The Real Green New Deal Doesn’t Belong to AOC

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    Climate change has long been a disaster in the making, but until recently the American public tended to treat it as an afterthought. The Green New Deal brought climate change front and center, and made Americans think about big bold solutions instead of technical tweaks and half measures. The think tank Data for Progress has a plan that actually predates Ocasio-Cortez’s, but which goes into much greater detail about how to combat climate change both at home and abroad.

    Thu, 23 May 2019 10:30:13 -0400
  • India's Modi stuns opposition with huge election win

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    Official data from the Election Commission showed Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party ahead in 302 of the 542 seats up for grabs, up from the 282 it won in 2014 and more than the 272 seats needed for a majority in the lower house of parliament.

    Thu, 23 May 2019 11:51:37 -0400
  • Serial con artist arrested after scamming woman he met on Match.com out of $85,000

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    A serial con artist was arrested Wednesday after allegedly scamming a Georgiawoman he met on Match

    Wed, 22 May 2019 14:20:10 -0400
  • Dem. Rep. Accuses DHS Secretary of Choosing to Let Migrant Kids Die: ‘This Is Intentional’

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    Representative Lauren Underwood (D., Ill.) on Wednesday accused the acting Department of Homeland Security secretary of intentionally implementing border-security policies that would lead to the deaths of migrant children.During his appearance before the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday, Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan was asked to explain why five children have died in federal custody after being apprehended at the southern border since December.“These stories are appalling and yet they keep happening,” Underwood said, referring to the recent migrants deaths, as well as reports of inadequate housing and medical care for migrant children apprehended at the border. “Now Congress just provided half a billion dollars in February to address the humanitarian crisis at the border and will soon provide more. Why do these tragedies keep happening?”McAleenan, who succeeded Kirstjen Nielsen in April, responded that the resources provided by Congress are insufficient to address the record number of asylum seekers, many of whom are women and children, arriving at the border each day.“They're happening because the crisis is exceeding the resources provided. That's why we've asked for more and we've asked for more authority to prevent this crisis from happening in the first place and to prevent the children from being placed at risk,” he said.Underwood, a 32-year-old freshman lawmaker, dismissed McAleenan's claims, suggesting instead that he was implementing policies intended to result in the death of children.“People keep dying, sir. People keep dying. So, this is obviously more than a question of resources,” she said. “Congress has been more than willing to provide the resources and work with you to address the security and humanitarian concerns, but at this point, with five kids that have died, 5,000 separated from their families, I feel like — and the evidence is really clear — that this is intentional. It's a policy choice being made on purpose by this administration and it's cruel and inhumane."“That's an appalling accusation and our men and women fight hard to protect people in our custody every single day,” McAleenan responded.> The acting DHS secretary denies the accusation that migrant deaths are "intentional" policy. pic.twitter.com/7xiThg8IVY> > -- VICE News (@vicenews) May 22, 2019Republicans on the panel reacted forcefully to Underwood's assertion. The ranking Republican on the committee, Representative Mike Rogers (R., Mich.) called for a vote to strike her comments from the record. The vote passed 9-7.“You cannot impugn the character of the witness by stating that he intentionally murders children. That is completely inappropriate and her words should be taken down,” Rogers said during the hearing. “She was very explicit.”“It’s absolutely disheartening to see some radical Democrats stoop so low to say that the Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan is murdering children. McAleenan left the private sector to serve his country after the towers fell on 9/11. This is a sad day for America and the Democrat party,” Representative Mark Green (R., Tenn.) said in a statement provided to National Review.On Monday, 16-year-old Carlos Hernandez Vasquez became the fifth migrant child to die in federal custody in the last six months.Vasquez crossed into the U.S. without his parents and died of the flu at a Border Patrol station in Weslaco, Texas after spending a week in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CPB). His death has drawn scrutiny from Democratic lawmakers, who have pointed out that policy dictates he should have been transferred to the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) within 72 hours of his apprehension.“Make no mistake: This is a pattern of death. This is an epidemic of death by the Trump administration,” Representative Joaquin Castro of Texas told reporters during a press conference Tuesday. “As I mentioned, nobody had died for ten years. And in the last six months, you've had five deaths.”The Trump administration has for months urged Congress to provide resources for medical care and the construction of housing units that can accommodate the new asylum-seekers arriving at the southern border. The existing detention centers lack the capacity to handle the record influx and were built to accommodate the mostly single men who formerly comprised most of the illegal-migrant population.The administration has also urged Congress to reform the asylum system through legislation in order to limit the number of migrants who must be detained on U.S. soil while their claims are being adjudicated.

    Wed, 22 May 2019 12:48:53 -0400
  • NASA unveils schedule for 'Artemis' 2024 Moon mission

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    NASA on Thursday unveiled the calendar for the "Artemis" program that will return astronauts to the Moon for the first time in half a century, including eight scheduled launches and a mini-station in lunar orbit by 2024. The original lunar missions were named for Apollo -- Artemis was his twin sister in Greek mythology, and the goddess of hunting, wilderness and the Moon. Administrator Jim Bridenstine confirmed that Artemis 1 will be an uncrewed mission around the Moon planned for 2020.

    Thu, 23 May 2019 15:58:21 -0400
  • 3 dead, state capital battered as storms rake Missouri

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    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An outbreak of nasty storms spawned tornadoes that razed homes, flattened trees and tossed cars across a dealership lot, injuring about two dozen people in Missouri's capital city and killing at least three others elsewhere in the state.

    Fri, 24 May 2019 02:48:04 -0400
  • Judge Unseals Records in Jussie Smollett Case

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    A Cook County judge Thursday ordered Jussie Smollett's criminal file to be unsealed, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

    Thu, 23 May 2019 12:37:38 -0400
  • Poll finds wide support for Mueller and McGahn to testify in Congress

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    Despite the president's claim that "you can’t investigate and legislate simultaneously," most Americans want Congress to continue asking questions.

    Wed, 22 May 2019 17:22:17 -0400
  • This is the first time Apple’s iPhone 11 model numbers have been spotted in public

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    Try as Apple might, the company simply can't keep details about upcoming iPhone models from leaking out months ahead of time. While most leaks tend to come from the supply chain, sometimes we're able to glean information about Apple's next-gen iPhone lineup from legal filings Apple is obligated to make in certain jurisdictions.To the latter point, it was discovered that Apple recently registered eleven new iPhone models in the Eurasian Economic Commission database, and it's the first time Apple's new iPhone 11 model numbers have ever been spotted in a public database. The new registrations (via MySmartPrice) have the following model numbers: A2111, A2160, A2161, A2215, A2216, A2217, A2218, A2219, A2220, A2221, and A2223.While the registration certainly doesn't tell us anything about what features we can expect to see out of Apple's forthcoming iPhone lineup, it seemingly corroborates reports which relay that Apple's 2019 iPhone lineup, much like last year, will consist of three distinct models. Hardly a surprise, we've been hearing for months that Apple this September will release successors to the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max.Feature-wise, the entry-level "iPhone 11R" will boast a dual-lens camera scheme while the successors to the iPhone XS and XS Max will reportedly boast a triple-lens camera design. The triple lens camera option is particularly intriguing as it will offer users improved zoom capabilities, ultra wide-angle shots, crisper photos, and more. As for other camera details, there have been reports that the two rear cameras on the iPhone 11 Max will boast 10-megapixel and 14-megapixel sensors.Aesthetically, Apple's iPhone 11 release will offer up a familiar design, with the lone difference being a conspicuous camera bump on the rear that will house a flash and three camera sensors. The final iPhone 11 design remains to be seen, but there's a good chance it's going to look a lot like this.There are also reports that Apple's iPhone 11 lineup will include bilateral charging, a feature that should allow the iPhone to charge other Apple devices such as AirPods. Battery life on the iPhone 11 line is also said to be improved, and we can naturally expect some distinct speed improvements with the anticipated A13 chip.Size wise, Apple's iPhone 11 models will be the same as what we saw this year, which is to say that the entry-level device will boast a 6.1-inch LCD display while the two premium models will feature 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED displays, respectively. Unfortunately, there's no indication that we're going to see Apple introduce a next-gen iPhone SE 2 anytime this year.If all goes according to plan, we can expect Apple to introduce its new iPhone 11 lineup sometime this September at the company's annual special media event.

    Thu, 23 May 2019 13:44:02 -0400
  • Ben Carson Blames Democrats’ ‘Alinsky’ Tactics for His ‘Oreo’ Moment

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    The morning after Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson embarrassingly confused a basic real-estate term with a famous cookie during a contentious House hearing, the former neurosurgeon claimed the Democratic lawmakers who grilled him were taking their cues from community activist Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.Carson made national headlines Tuesday when he, the secretary of housing, appeared confused by various real-estate terms. At several points, he asked Democratic congresswomen to explain fundamental terminology for him.During an unsurprisingly sympathetic interview with Fox Business Network’s Stuart Varney on Wednesday morning, the Trump official complained that news networks only picked “sound bites that they can use to ridicule” before blaming his highly mocked “Oreo” moment on his “difficulty hearing” Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA).After insisting he was “very familiar” with the term “REO” (an acronym for “real estate holding,” which Carson appeared entirely unfamiliar with) and foreclosed properties, Carson criticized Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) for taking him to task over a HUD plan that could result in thousands of immigrant children becoming homeless.“These are the same people who are for late-term abortions,” he declared. “Who take a child who is viable outside of the womb and willing to slaughter them. Now tell me how is that consistent?”My Hunt for Hillary’s ‘Radical’ ThesisVarney, meanwhile, said he was “appalled” at the Democrats’ attempts to “talk down to a man of such accomplishment,” adding that he was glad Carson came to Fox to “refute that rudeness.”This prompted Carson to insist that the House Financial Committee Democrats were using the tactics of one of the right’s most-invoked bogeyman.“If you read Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, that is exactly what they’re doing,” he said. “Look at rule 5 and rule 13. They don’t even know they’re being used.”Those rules, for the record, are “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon” and “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."“Fascinating, Mr. Secretary,” Varney concluded, adding that the way Carson was treated made it “hard to contain” himself.Carson has long accused Democrats of adhering to “Alinsky tactics” and was particularly obsessed with that talking point during the 2016 Republican primaries. During his speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention, for example, he noted that Hillary Clinton wrote her college thesis on Alinsky while linking the community organizer and Clinton to the devil.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Wed, 22 May 2019 11:41:16 -0400
  • First satellites for Musk's Starlink internet venture launched into orbit

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    SpaceX, the private rocket company of high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched the first batch of 60 small satellites into low-Earth orbit on Thursday for Musk's new Starlink internet service. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellites blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at about 10:30 p.m. local time (0230 GMT Friday), clearing a key hurdle for a business venture that Musk hopes will generate much-needed cash for his larger ambitions in space.

    Fri, 24 May 2019 01:19:12 -0400
  • In new charges against Assange, groups see cause for concern

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — New charges filed against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange quickly drew alarm Thursday from media organizations and others. The groups are concerned that the Justice Department is charging Assange for actions that ordinary journalists do routinely in their jobs.

    Thu, 23 May 2019 21:43:07 -0400
  • Congress leader Rahul Gandhi loses his home seat in humiliating election defeat

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    The Indian National Congress Party went from understated optimism to shellshocked defeat within the space of a few hours on Thursday as Narendra Modi and his party celebrated another landslide victory. For the Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi, the performance by his party was nothing short of a humiliation, with several members of his own party demanding he step down and lay the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty to rest for good. Mr Gandhi suffered the sting of losing the iconic seat of his family homestead in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, which he had held since 2004  and was controlled by his father before him. He won in his second constituency – candidates can run from two in India – but the symbolism of the defeat was one from which he may never recover. Modi vowed to build an 'inclusive' India after a first term marred by accusations of fomenting religious hatred Credit: AFP At a brief press conference as the results were still coming in, Mr Gandhi congratulated Mr Modi and said “the people are king and they have directed that the BJP and Modi have won this election”. He added: “I don't want to get into what went wrong today, this is not the time for that. I fully respect the Indian people's decision.” During the briefing he also conceded defeat in the Amethi election and congratulated his opponent Smriti Irani, of the BJP, who was more than 28,000 votes ahead at the time. Congress party officials did not return calls by The Telegraph but there were widespread reports in Indian media that the party had wildly miscalculated the margin of any potential loss with its internal polling, and now all that was left was to call for its talisman's head. “If they want to change anything, change the leadership,” a Congress official in Rajasthan told Reuters, referring to Mr Gandhi and the party's high command. “You need to give young people a chance.” However Mr Gandhi, 48, will probably not face an immediate leadership challenge as India's establishment party does some soul searching after an inglorious defeat. Some reports claimed Mr Gandhi had offered to resign. “According to sources, Sonia Gandhi and senior Congress leaders advised him to bring up the matter before the party forum,” reported India Today TV. “The CWC (Congress Working Committee) will meet in a week in which the proposal will be discussed,” it added. Ironically the youthful pretender had grown into his role as leader in the past 18 months after previously being seen as a reluctant heir to his political lineage which stretched back to India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. He campaigned vigorously and was not shy on calling out Mr Modi on the economy, national security, Hindu nationalism and women's rights. After a while the media started to take notice. However behind the scenes his inability to foster good relations with a host of regional party leaders that could have generated a tenable anti-Modi alliance may have damaged his chances. "The BJP fought these elections on the basis of social and religious divisive policies and the agenda was set by them on this basis," said Atul Kumar Anjaan, national secretary of the Communist Party of India, a potential ally.  "But more significant is the fact that the unity of the opposition has been damaged by the Congress. The policies and decisions of Rahul Gandhi has weakened opposition unity, led to divisions and opened the doors for Modi's victory.” Congress has ruled India for most of its history since independence from Britain in 1947, and boasts three prime ministers from the Nehru-Gandhi clan. But its weak performance in the last two elections seems to suggest it needs a drastic change of direction to take on someone with Mr Modi's political savvy.

    Thu, 23 May 2019 12:46:02 -0400
  • Toyota Yaris Recalled Because Airbags Might Not Deploy in a Crash

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    Toyota is recalling 43,221 of its 2015 to 2017 Yaris hatchbacks because faulty wiring might prevent side and curtain airbags from deploying in a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic S...

    Wed, 22 May 2019 15:43:39 -0400
  • Rain, flooding expected in U.S. Southern Plains after deadly storms

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    Weather forecasters on Wednesday expected drenching rains to roll into the storm-ravaged U.S. southern and central states, where thunderstorms and tornadoes killed at least three people and triggered widespread flooding. More than 30 tornadoes struck a swath from Texas to Iowa since Monday, according to the National Weather Service, and residents in at least three Oklahoma riverfront communities were urged to evacuate due to flooding. One person was killed and another was injured when a tornado struck the rural town of Adair, Iowa, about 50 miles (80 km)west of Des Moines, at about 1:30 a.m. local time, the weather service said.

    Wed, 22 May 2019 16:02:03 -0400
  • View Photos of the 2019 Opel Corsa-e

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    Thu, 23 May 2019 15:59:00 -0400
  • Trump Gives Barr Green Light to Declassify Docs Related to FBI Campaign Surveillance

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    President Trump issued a memo on Thursday granting attorney general William Barr the authority to declassify all documents related to the FBI's surveillance of his campaign in 2016.The memo also instructs all intelligence-community officials to cooperate with Barr in his investigation into the origins of the counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign and its alleged ties to Russia.“The heads of elements of the intelligence community . . . and the heads of each department or agency that includes an element of the intelligence community shall promptly provide such assistance and information as the Attorney General may request in connection with that review," the memo reads.In a statement released on Thursday evening, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders argued that the declassification was both in keeping with precedent and necessary to provide the public with answers about whether the FBI's probe was tainted by partisanship.“The Attorney General has also been delegated full and complete authority to declassify information pertaining to this investigation, in accordance with the long-established standards for handling classified information," the statement read. “Today’s action will help ensure that all Americans learn the truth about the events that occurred, and the actions that were taken, during the last Presidential election and will restore confidence in our public institutions."House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff lashed out at Trump in response to the memo, which he cast as part of the administration's concerted effort to distract from the Mueller report itself by impugning the motivations of the investigators who eventually produced it.> While Trump stonewalls the public from learning the truth about his obstruction of justice,> > Trump and Barr conspire to weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies.> > The coverup has entered a new and dangerous phase.> > This is un-American.> > -- Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 24, 2019Top Democrats have lambasted Barr for his use of the term “spying” to describe the surveillance the FBI conducted on the Trump campaign.“I think spying did occur. The question is whether it was adequately predicated,” Barr testified last month, after announcing that he had formed a team within the Department of Justice to investigate the matter.

    Fri, 24 May 2019 08:08:17 -0400
  • Samsung’s next foldable smartphone may avoid the pitfalls of the Galaxy Fold

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    The age of the foldable smartphone stumbled right out of the gate as multiple Galaxy Fold review units suffered from serious malfunctions before the device could even make it to market. As a result, Samsung was forced to delay the launch of its first foldable smartphone (which still doesn't have a release date).With that in mind, it's worth noting the Galaxy Fold won't be Samsung's last foldable phone, and this week, Patently Mobile dug up a recent Samsung patent for a device with similar ambitions, but a completely different design. Rather than have the main screen fold in on itself and slap a tiny screen on the outer shell, the device described in the patent would feature a "fold-out" form factor, with the main display on the outside.The patent says the fold-out phone will have a flexible display spread across two cases which are joined by a hinge with a sliding mechanism. When the phone folds outward, the slide cover slides along a rail groove, which allows the phone to fold out evenly. Samsung has also including a locking unit to keep the unfolded device firm.In the first image from Patently Mobile, you can see what the device would look like fully unfolded:In the second image, you can see what the phone looks like when it is completely folded in half, as well as when it is in the process of being unfolded. This is clearly a totally different concept than the Galaxy Fold:As exciting as new form factors can be, the Galaxy Fold has shown the potential pitfalls of releasing an exciting new device before it's ready for primetime. Hopefully, Samsung has learned its lesson, so when or if this fold-out foldable smartphone ever hits the market, it will be sturdy enough to last.

    Thu, 23 May 2019 16:50:09 -0400
  • Democratic Rep. Tells Acting DHS Chief: Migrant Kid Deaths Under Your Watch Are ‘Intentional’

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    Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/CSPANThe acting head of the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday was accused of overseeing the “intentional” deaths of five migrant children, in an aggressive line of questioning by a Democratic member of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Rep. Lauren Underwood, an Illinois Democrat serving her first term, called the deaths the logical result of “a policy choice being made on purpose by this administration,” an assertion that Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan disputed as “an appalling accusation.”McAleenan, who was first tapped to replace outgoing secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in April, previously served as commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, where he was an architect of the administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their families. That policy, Underwood said, as well as a spate of recent deaths of children in DHS custody, amounts to more than simple administrative negligence.“People keep dying, sir. People keep dying,” Underwood said at the conclusion of five minutes of aggressive questioning, disputing that overcrowding and lack of access to medical treatment at migrant detention facilities is the result of a lack of appropriations. “Congress has been more than willing to provide the resources and work with you to address the security and humanitarian concerns, but at this point, with five kids that have died, 5,000 separated from their families, I feel like—and the evidence is really clear—that this is intentional. It’s intentional.”DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Blames Migrant Girl’s Death in Border Patrol Custody on Her FamilyAs colleagues protested her characterization, Underwood continued, calling the deaths “a policy choice being made on purpose by this administration, and it’s cruel and inhumane.”McAleenan, who co-authored a memo to then-Secretary Nielsen asserting that Homeland Security could “direct the separation of parents or legal guardians and minors held in immigration detention so that the parent or legal guardian can be prosecuted,” protested Underwood’s remarks.“That’s an appalling accusation, and our men and women fight hard to protect people in our custody every single day,” said McAleenan, adding that Congress providing adequate resources “would have prevented this from happening.”Republican committee members—as well as one Democrat, Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan—voted to strike Underwood’s remarks from the congressional record.On Monday, a 16-year-old Guatemalan boy became the fifth minor to die in U.S. government custody since December after being kept in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facility for more than a week. Federal law requires minors to be held in Border Patrol stations, which are not equipped to house children or the infirm, for no longer than 72 hours.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Wed, 22 May 2019 12:13:39 -0400
  • When it comes to abortion, conservative women aren't a monolith

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    Nearly one in four women in the United States will have an abortion by age 45 — obviously not all of them share the same political views.

    Wed, 22 May 2019 12:40:59 -0400
  • Lawmaker's censure sought after comments about Trump Jr.

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers abruptly adjourned after one lawmaker called for the censure of another over comments that included calling the president's son "evidently retarded."

    Thu, 23 May 2019 10:31:33 -0400
  • Ford, Hyundai, and GM Headline List of Memorial Day Discounts for Military Service Members

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    Thu, 23 May 2019 14:40:00 -0400
  • Trump antagonist Avenatti indicted for ripping off Stormy Daniels, extorting Nike

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    The Nike indictment concerns charges announced in March that Avenatti tried to extort more than $20 million from the athletic wear company by threatening to expose what he called its improper payments to recruits for college basketball teams it sponsored. Avenatti also faces dozens of charges in southern California, where prosecutors on April 11 accused him of stealing millions of dollars from clients to pay for personal and business expenses, and lying to the Internal Revenue Service and a Mississippi bank about his finances. If convicted on all charges, Avenatti could face more than 400 years in prison, but would likely face a lesser punishment.

    Wed, 22 May 2019 22:03:45 -0400
  • The Latest: Tornadoes move through southwest Missouri towns

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on storm damage in the Southern Plains and Midwest (all times local):

    Thu, 23 May 2019 02:39:15 -0400
  • Five challenges for India's victorious Modi

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    Last year 19 million applied for 63,000 positions at Indian Railways. Non-farm sectors are hampered by stringent labour laws and insufficient investment in skills, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Many of those looking for work are those escaping from a dire crisis gripping Indian agriculture that has driven thousands of farmers to suicide in recent years.

    Thu, 23 May 2019 11:51:07 -0400
  • China Urges U.S. to Fix ‘Wrong Practices’ to Resume Trade Talks

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    China blamed Washington for wrecking trade talks and insisted the U.S. must alter its “wrong practices” before negotiations can resume, leaving the next move to President Donald Trump as financial markets slump amid prospects for a prolonged dispute. “China’s stance on the talks has been clear -- if the U.S. wants to resume talks, they should show sincerity and correct their wrong practices,” ministry spokesman Gao Feng said in Beijing on Thursday. The comments are the latest sign that China has no intention of making concessions to the U.S. to restart talks, which collapsed earlier this month.

    Thu, 23 May 2019 06:43:53 -0400
  • Google unveils a fresh new look for Search on mobile devices

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    Google unveiled a new look and feel today for the way it presents Google Search results on mobile, and the update has been regarded in a few corners now as somewhat News Feed-like.It's easy to see why that's the case, as the search giant's changes include putting emphasis on a website name and favicon above the search results. Whereas the source of results had previously not been so clearly emphasized, which makes the new design for showing results feel a little like scrolling through a feed of posts from publishers and the like."With this new design, a website's branding can be front and center, helping you better understand where the information is coming from and what pages have what you're looking for," explains Google Senior Interaction Designer for Search Jamie Leach in a company blog post today. "The name of the website and its icon appear at the top of the results card to help anchor each result, so you can more easily scan the page of results and decide what to explore next."The post notes that the refreshed look for what's arguably Google's most important product will start showing up to users over the coming days. As part of the changes, Leach continues, when you search for a product or service and Google feels like it's got a relevant, "useful" ad that would be worth including in the results, you'll now see an ad label in bold at the top of a search results card. The web address will also be included, so you can quickly determine where the information you're seeing is coming from.The other important thing to note about the Google Search refresh on mobile is that this also lays the foundation for Google to add more action buttons and information previews to search results cards, with Google wanting you to be able to now do everything from buying movie tickets to playing podcasts right there from within the results. "Our goal with Search always has been to help people quickly and easily find the information that they're looking for," Leach says. "Over the years, the amount and format of information available on the web has changed drastically -- from the proliferation of images and video to the availability of 3D objects you can now view in AR." Which is why the company thought a "visual refresh" of Search on mobile would do a better job of helping people find the information they need and quickly determine where it came from.

    Wed, 22 May 2019 20:03:01 -0400
  • Scouted: Brooklinen’s Luxe Sheets Are Some of the Best and Now They’re on Amazon

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    There haven’t been many moments where I’ve actually taken a second to appreciate what I was lying on in bed. That was until I decided to get myself Brooklinen sheets. I’m telling you, they’re worth the investment. And they’ve made it easier to add a set to your bedroom because they’re available on Amazon now.With two-day Prime Shipping, you can get a set of 100 percent long-staple cotton sheets that are luxurious but sturdy. With a 480-thread count, you can choose from six different colors to fit any bedroom style. Even without a wash, they’re incredibly soft. And even after multiple washes, they haven’t pilled at all. They also have a lifetime guarantee, which means if you somehow don’t like them (I won’t judge you that much), you can get a full refund. A full or queen set will run you $149 and a king or California king set is $169.Scouted is internet shopping with a pulse. Follow us on Twitter and sign up for our newsletter for even more recommendations and exclusive content. Please note that if you buy something featured in one of our posts, The Daily Beast may collect a share of sales.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Wed, 22 May 2019 16:00:00 -0400
  • Freshman congresswoman tells Trump's Homeland Security chief that deaths of migrants were 'intentional'

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    The acting Homeland Security secretary was grilled over his department's treatment of migrant children, five of whom have died since December.

    Wed, 22 May 2019 13:59:20 -0400
  • Nancy Pelosi says she is praying for President Trump, that he needs an intervention

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    Is Nancy Pelosi our new religious leader? Reaction from columnist Mark Steyn on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.'

    Thu, 23 May 2019 20:48:48 -0400
  • The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Is More Cayenne Than Coupe

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    We come to peace with a practical Porsche that's been made less practical.

    Thu, 23 May 2019 08:00:00 -0400
  • U.S. judge approves PG&E $105 million wildfire assistance fund

    PG&E Corp may set up a $105 million housing fund for victims of 2017 and 2018 wildfires in California, which set records for devastation and were blamed on the utility's equipment, the judge overseeing the investor-owned power producer's bankruptcy ruled on Wednesday. Creditors, which include wildfire victims, are fighting for funds as PG&E navigates bankruptcy stemming from the blazes and as the state plans for increasingly long and dangerous fire seasons its officials attribute to climate change. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali at a hearing approved a motion by PG&E seeking permission to establish the fund for people who lost homes in the fires and were uninsured or have used up or will exhaust their insurance.

    Wed, 22 May 2019 14:23:21 -0400
  • The Latest: Iran supreme leader critical of FM in nuke deal

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    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on increased tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local):

    Wed, 22 May 2019 18:21:53 -0400
  • Across US, women have unequal access to abortion

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    While abortion is legal nationwide, Americans have unequal access to the procedure, depending on their location in the United States and how much they are able to spend. The disparities are great indeed, from the more than 150 abortion clinics available in the most populous state of California, to only one in states like Mississippi in the South or Missouri in the Midwest. State laws also vary widely on other matters like speed limits for drivers and marriage age requirements, but the Supreme Court has set a "minimum standard throughout the entire country," noted Meg Penrose, of the Texas A&M School of Law.

    Thu, 23 May 2019 15:09:20 -0400
  • 14 Garage Organization Ideas That'll Give You Back Your Parking Spot

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    Thu, 23 May 2019 10:00:00 -0400
  • Trump tax returns: Judge rules major banks can hand over president's financial documents

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    A judge has ruled that Deutsche Bank and Capital One can hand over Donald Trump’s financial documents in response to congressional subpoenas.US District Court Judge Edgardo Ramos rejected a request by Mr Trump and his family to block subpoenas issued by Democrats on the House Financial Services and Intelligence committees on Wednesday, striking a blow to the president’s longstanding attempt to keep his financial records secret from the American public.The subpoenas are seeking years of documents, including tax returns and evidence of suspicious activity. In the case of Deutsche Bank, which has lent Mr Trump’s real estate company millions of dollars, the subpoenas are also seeking any internal communications regarding Trump and his ties to foreign individuals.Capital One is home to one of Mr Trump’s personal accounts. In August 2017, Mr Trump wrote a $35,000 cheque to Michael Cohen from this account. That money was linked to the president’s attempt to pay off Stormy Daniels, the porn star who alleged that she had an affair with Mr Trump before he took office. Last month, the president and his children sued both Deutsche Bank and Capital One to block the subpoenas, claiming they were “too broad.”Deutsche Bank told CNBC on Wednesday following the judge’s ruling that they would not fight his order. Capital One has not yet responded to the ruling.Judge Ramos’s ruling follows a decision by a different federal judge on Monday, which concluded that the House Oversight Committee could subpoena Trump records held by the accounting firm Mazars USA. Mr Trump is appealing this decision.This morning, Mr Trump abruptly left a scheduled meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to enter the White House Rose Garden, where he told reporters that he refused to work with Democrats until they "get these phony investigations over with".

    Wed, 22 May 2019 18:21:16 -0400
  • Ford presents home-delivery robot

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    The American automaker Ford has unveiled "Digit," a two-legged, almost human-like robot capable of making home deliveries. Designed in collaboration with Agility Robotics, Digit can walk, go up and down stairs, and carry packages of up to 40 pounds (just over 18kg), like a human. Ford's technology, research and development department is full of surprises.

    Thu, 23 May 2019 11:08:02 -0400
  • A $1.4 Trillion India Spending Push Tops Modi 2.0 Agenda

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    The Bharatiya Janata Party pledged cash handouts to farmers, $1.44 trillion to build roads, railways and other infrastructure, a boost to manufacturing, and a doubling in exports. Consumer spending has taken a knock as a crisis among shadow banks curbed lending. The government has already widened its budget deficit target for the year through March 2020 to 3.4% of gross domestic product.

    Thu, 23 May 2019 21:41:22 -0400
  • Tesla may set a quarterly record for deliveries, according to leaked Elon Musk email

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    It's sometimes hard to make sense of what's going on with Tesla. Is the company on the verge of going bankrupt, or poised to set new records for deliveries? Well, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the answer to both questions could be "yes."A few days ago, an internal email from Musk to Tesla employees claimed that the company was in danger of running out of cash in just 10 months time. As a result, Musk said that the company was going to implement "hardcore" cost-cutting measures, an initiative Musk claims is the only way for the company "to become financially sustainable and succeed in our goal of helping make the world environmentally sustainable."In the following days, a pair of research reports from analysts laid out rather dire bear-case scenarios for Tesla, with Morgan Stanley noting that Tesla, in a worst case scenario, might only be worth $10 a share. As a point of reference, Tesla was trading at $376 less than six months ago.All that said, demand for Tesla vehicles appears to be growing and on the verge of setting new records. According to a new internal email from Musk (via CNBC), the Tesla CEO relayed that the company was on pace to set a new record for deliveries for the June quarter."As of yesterday," Musk said, "we had over 50,000 net new orders for this quarter. Based on current trends, we have a good chance of exceeding the record 90,700 deliveries of Q4 last year and making this the highest deliveries/sales quarter in Tesla history!"Of course, Musk's statement was tempered with the qualification that Model 3 production needs to remain steady at 1,000 units per day, at a minimum."We've averaged about 900/day this week," Musk added, "so we're only about 10% away from 7,000/week. If we rally hard, we can do it."The larger takeaway from all of this Tesla hoopla is that demand, contrary to some analyst opinions, does not appear to be a huge issue for the company. Still, the company is burning through cash at an alarming rate and, as Musk notes, needs to pick up production to meet swelling demand.

    Thu, 23 May 2019 20:08:43 -0400
  • People Are Convinced This 2011 Game of Thrones Poster Revealed Who Was Destined to Win the Throne

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    Was it right in front of us all along?

    Wed, 22 May 2019 11:58:46 -0400
  • Explainer: China's rare earth supplies could be vital bargaining chip in U.S. trade war

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    Rare earth elements are used in a wide range of consumer products, from iPhones to electric car motors, as well as military jet engines, satellites and lasers. Rising tensions between the United States and China have sparked concerns that Beijing could use its dominant position as a supplier of rare earths for leverage in the trade war between the two global economic powers. WHAT ARE RARE EARTHS USED IN?

    Wed, 22 May 2019 18:14:35 -0400
  • Back in 2015, Iran Staged a Massive Mock Attack on a U.S. Aircraft Carrier

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    Some scary history. Iran has carried out a massive attack on a mock version of an American Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Tehran wanted everyone to know about it—state TV broadcasted the military exercise live.(This first appeared back in 2015.)It’s a revealing look at Iranian naval assault tactics, involving several waves of ships backed by helicopters and shore-launched missiles. The timing isn’t a coincidence. The United States and Iran are deadlocked over a deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.The Iranians built the giant, 1:1-scale mock-up of the carrier on top of a barge almost one year ago. Photos released from Iranian news agencies on Feb. 25 now show it as a smoldering wreck. The missiles Iran fired at it are very real.But don’t panic. The exercise—known as Great Prophet 9—didn’t factor in American escort warships and warplanes responsible for defending real carriers. It was mostly just for show.The exercise occurred near Larak Island near the Strait of Hormuz. On the island, Mohammad Ali Jafari—the chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps—and the head of the conservative parliament watched from stands.

    Thu, 23 May 2019 11:26:00 -0400
  • Deadly new air strikes as Syria army battles jihadists

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    Syrian government aircraft bombed several towns in northwestern Syria on Thursday killing eight civilians as troops and militia battled jihadists on the ground, a monitor said. The new bombardment of the largely jihadist-controlled region of Idlib followed strikes on Tuesday night and Wednesday that killed 23 civilians, 12 of them at a busy market. In the Idlib town of Kafr Aweid, airstrikes on Thursday blew in the facades of buildings, littering their interiors with mounds of rubble, an AFP photographer reported.

    Thu, 23 May 2019 10:21:30 -0400
  • The 2020 Cadillac CT5-V Officially Debuts May 30

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    Could the 500-plus-hp Blackwing V-8 make its way under the hood of Cadillac's newest sports sedan?

    Thu, 23 May 2019 10:04:00 -0400
  • Teen arrested in attack on off-duty firefighter defending elderly couple on Upper East Side

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    The 17-year-old suspect told reporters that he was "defending his friend." He's charged with second-degree assault.

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  • Pelosi walks fine line between defying Trump and resisting impeachment

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    Despite calls from her caucus, the speaker of the House has made the case that Congress is not yet in place to impeach the president Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House, has proven uniquely capable with getting under Donald Trump’s skin. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/APWhen Nancy Pelosi reclaimed the speaker’s gavel in January, Donald Trump had led the US into what would become the longest government shutdown in its history.“I’m the mother of five, grandmother of nine,” Pelosi wryly told reporters amid the impasse. “I know a temper tantrum when I see one.”The statement was an indictment of Trump’s decision to shut down the government over funding for a border wall – and indicative of how Pelosi intended to go toe-to-toe with a president who, in two years, has largely governed on his own terms.Five months into leading the House majority, Pelosi, who for a second time is serving as the highest-ranking elected woman in the country, has proven uniquely capable of getting under Trump’s skin.But, as she defies the president and maintains a steady hand over her own caucus, Pelosi has been forced to contend with growing Democratic calls for impeachment. And as the battle between Trump and Democrats in Congress soars to new heights, some wonder how long the veteran California lawmaker can hold the line.“I don’t envy the position that she’s in right now,” said Jim Manley, who served as an aide to former House majority leader Harry Reid and the late senator Ted Kennedy.“Despite all that she’s done to keep the caucus in line, the president of the United States keeps on adding fuel to the fire that’s the impeachment process.”Although polling has shown that a majority of Americans do not want Congress to impeach Trump, the administration’s unprecedented refusal to comply with any subpoenas issued by Democratic investigators in Congress have left some in the party questioning their options.As of now, 25 House Democrats are publicly in favor of impeachment; others have indicated impeachment proceedings might be the only way to compel the White House to hand over information to congressional investigators.Pelosi has openly acknowledged she believes Trump’s actions amounted to obstruction, but made the case that Congress is not yet in a place to impeach the president.Addressing her caucus at a closed-door meeting on Thursday, Pelosi’s message was clear: Trump, she argued, was trying to goad Democrats into launching impeachment proceedings in a bid to seize on a politically divisive issue.“Understand this: he wants to be impeached,” she said, according to a Democratic aide. “This is time for – long overdue time – for a major intervention on this person.”“His actions are villainous to the constitution of the United States.”This week, the House speaker was once again unbowed in the face of Trump’s pressure tactics amid a contentious showdown over congressional investigations into his conduct.Incensed by Pelosi’s suggestion that he had “engaged in a cover-up”, Trump on Wednesday stormed out of a meeting with Democratic leaders on infrastructure policy. Speaking from the White House Rose Garden, Trump vowed not to work with Democrats in Congress unless they ceased all inquiries concerning him and his administration.It was clear Pelosi’s words had triggered Trump, who on Thursday referred to the House speaker as “crazy Nancy” and said she was “a mess”.“She’s not the same person. She’s lost it,” he said.“The president has structured his adult life and career so he rarely deals with a peer or near-peer who is female,” said Michael Steel, a former aide to the ex-House speaker John Boehner. “And provoking the president in this way is very good for Speaker Pelosi’s popularity within her own caucus.“I think she has a keen sense of her own place in history, a high regard for her own capabilities combined with a very good understanding of where her caucus is generally.”

    Fri, 24 May 2019 01:00:02 -0400
  • FACTBOX-Global tech companies shun Huawei after U.S. ban

    Global tech firms, including chip suppliers, are cutting ties with China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd after the U.S. government put the world's largest telecom equipment maker on a trade blacklist citing national security concerns. The United States has effectively banned its companies from doing business with Huawei, exacerbating an ongoing Sino-U.S. trade war. Huawei is allowed to buy U.S. goods until Aug. 19 to maintain existing telecoms networks and provide software updates to its smartphones.

    Thu, 23 May 2019 14:22:17 -0400
  • Apple Watch Series 4 models are back on sale on Amazon at all-time low prices

    Popular new Apple products rarely go on sale with worthwhile discounts, but there are exceptions to every rule. One such exception can be found right now on Amazon, where there are multiple Apple Watch Series 4 models that have just gone back on sale at all-time low prices. The Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS, 40mm) with Space Gray Aluminum Case and Black Sport Band is down to just $349.99, while the 44mm version of the same popular setup is just $379.99. If you want to upgrade to the models with cellular connectivity, you can save $50 on an Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular, 44mm) with Space Gray Aluminum Case and Black Sport Band or $70 on a high-end Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular, 40mm) with Space Black Stainless Steel Case and Black Sport Band. There's no telling how long these deals will stick around, so you had better check them out soon. Also, be sure to click around because there are other models on sale as well!Here are the highlights from the product page: * GPS + Cellular * Over 30% larger display and 50% louder speaker * Electrical and optical heart sensors * Digital Crown with haptic feedback * 50% louder speaker * S4 SiP with faster 64-bit dual-core processor * Improved accelerometer and gyroscope for fall detection * Swimproof * watchOS 5 * Aluminum or stainless steel case

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