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Senate Braces for Health Showdown With McCain on Hand but a Plan Unclear – New York Times

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The remarks from Mr. Trump, who has been largely absent from the policy debate, had the ring of a threat by a president who has grown frustrated watching Republicans repeatedly try, and fail, to reach consensus on his campaign promise to immediately roll back the health law and enact a better system. He said their constituents would exact a price for inaction — “you’ll see that at the voter booth,…

Trump blasts ‘fabricated’ Syria story, appears to confirm covert CIA program – Washington Post

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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Microsoft Monday: Goodbye Microsoft Paint, GLAS Smart Thermostat, LinkedIn App For Windows 10 – Forbes

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Microsoft’s signage being displayed at an exhibition hall during the Inspire partner conference in Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg Microsoft Monday is a weekly column that focuses on updates in regards to the Redmond giant. This week, Microsoft Monday includes details about Paint being phased out, an upcoming smart thermostat powered by Cortana, a new partnership with Baidu, the LinkedIn app for Windows 10, the financial results for the fiscal…

Hackers undermine Russia’s attempts to control the internet – The Guardian

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Moscow’s attempt to control the internet inside Russia has come unstuck following a campaign by hackers who have subverted a system of blacklisting sites deemed inappropriate. Since Vladimir Putin’s re-election in 2012, authorities have banned thousands of sites – some for promoting “social ills”, others for political dissent – by inscribing their particulars on a blacklist and forcing internet service providers (ISPs) to block them. But in recent weeks, activists…

Trump slams GOP senators, ‘dishonest’ press, Obama and Clinton in a rambling speech to national Boy Scouts Jamboree – Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

President Trump took jabs at Republican senators, “dishonest” reporters, his predecessor and his 2016 election rival in a rambling and surprisingly partisan speech before about 30,000 Boy Scouts and their troop leaders Monday evening in West Virginia.  In one aside during remarks to the National Scout Jamboree in Glen Jean, W.V., the president asked, “Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m in front of the Boy Scouts?” Yet he…

From ‘fake media’ to Clinton, Trump brings political attacks to the Scout Jamboree – Washington Post

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Ahead of President Trump’s appearance Monday at the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, the troops were offered some advice on the gathering’s official blog: Fully hydrate. Be “courteous” and “kind.” And avoid the kind of divisive chants heard during the 2016 campaign such as “build the wall” and “lock her up.” But from the moment he took the stage, Trump — who was never a Scout himself but touted…

Israel Agrees to Remove Metal Detectors at Entrances to Aqsa Mosque Compound – New York Times

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mr. Netanyahu thanked President Trump for “directing” Jared Kushner, his senior adviser and son-in-law, and for dispatching Jason Greenblatt, his special representative for international negotiations, to the region to help with the effort to bring the Israeli Embassy staff home quickly. Mr. Netanyahu also thanked King Abdullah II “for our close cooperation.” The crisis began with a brazen attack on the morning of July 14, when three armed Arab citizens…

In Taking Aim at His Attorney General, Trump Tests Sessions’s Views – New York Times

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The fractured relationship between the president and Mr. Sessions — one of Mr. Trump’s earliest supporters — has prompted speculation about how long he may endure, particularly given that Mr. Sessions offered Mr. Trump his resignation months ago. Anthony Scaramucci, the White House’s new communications director, told CNN on Monday the president and Mr. Sessions needed to “sit down face-to-face, and have a reconciliation and a discussion of the future.”…

McCain’s return to Senate injects momentum into GOP health-care battle – Washington Post

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Senate Republicans’ drive to pass a sweeping rewrite of the nation’s health-care laws took another unexpected turn late Monday when the office of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced he would return to Washington for a planned Tuesday vote. McCain, who was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, could provide a critical vote to open debate on the GOP bill. The senator had been recuperating from surgery…

Microsoft Paint’s Days May Be Numbered – New York Times

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Still, the news was greeted online with real and exaggerated dismay as people mourned the loss of what, for many, was their first introduction to Microsoft’s globally dominant computer operating system. The word “Paint” even began trending worldwide on Twitter. still reeling from this MS paint news — Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) July 24, 2017 Goodbye Paint, goodbye CHILDHOOD pic.twitter.com/oDHj26TbpN — Melanie Murphy (@melaniietweets) July 24, 2017 Microsoft might be getting…

‘I Did Not Collude,’ Kushner Says After Meeting With Senate Investigators – New York Times

Monday, July 24, 2017

In his prepared remarks to investigators, Mr. Kushner said he had been unaware that a June 2016 meeting he attended at Trump Tower was set up in the hope that a Russian lawyer would provide the Trump campaign with damaging information about Mrs. Clinton. Document: Read Jared Kushner’s Prepared Remarks He said he arrived at the meeting late and had been so uninterested in the discussion that he emailed his…

McConnell warns wavering Republicans on big Obamacare vote – Politico

Monday, July 24, 2017

Mitch McConnell is bringing down the hammer on Obamacare repeal. As pessimism mounted among Republicans about advancing any health care bill this week, the Senate majority leader took a tough tack Monday, warning his caucus that a critical vote Tuesday is the only way Republicans can even begin to make changes to Obamacare. McConnell also met with a coalition of outside conservative groups that are amping up pressure on wavering…

San Antonio driver says he didn’t know immigrants were in truck – CNN

Monday, July 24, 2017

San Antonio (CNN)James Matthew Bradley Jr. says he had no idea dozens of undocumented immigrants were stuffed inside the brutally hot semi truck he was driving. ‘);$vidEndSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–active’);}};CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;var configObj = {thumb: ‘none’,video: ‘us/2017/07/23/san-antonio-fire-chief-austere-conditions-trailer-bodies-new-day-weekend.cnn’,width: ‘100%’,height: ‘100%’,section: ‘domestic’,profile: ‘expansion’,network: ‘cnn’,markupId: ‘body-text_16’,adsection: ‘const-article-inpage’,frameWidth: ‘100%’,frameHeight: ‘100%’,posterImageOverride: {“mini”:{“height”:124,”width”:220,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170723070412-san-antonio-tractor-trailer-small-169.jpg”},”xsmall”:{“height”:173,”width”:307,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170723070412-san-antonio-tractor-trailer-medium-plus-169.jpg”},”small”:{“height”:259,”width”:460,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170723070412-san-antonio-tractor-trailer-large-169.jpg”},”medium”:{“height”:438,”width”:780,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170723070412-san-antonio-tractor-trailer-exlarge-169.jpg”},”large”:{“height”:619,”width”:1100,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170723070412-san-antonio-tractor-trailer-super-169.jpg”},”full16x9″:{“height”:900,”width”:1600,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170723070412-san-antonio-tractor-trailer-full-169.jpg”},”mini1x1″:{“height”:120,”width”:120,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170723070412-san-antonio-tractor-trailer-small-11.jpg”}}},autoStartVideo = false,callbackObj,containerEl,currentVideoCollection = [],currentVideoCollectionId = ”,isLivePlayer = false,moveToNextTimeout,mutePlayerEnabled = false,nextVideoId = ”,nextVideoUrl = ”,turnOnFlashMessaging = false,videoPinner,videoEndSlateImpl;if (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === false) {autoStartVideo…

‘Man, we about to die’: Teen driver arrested after live-streaming crash that killed her sister – Washington Post

Monday, July 24, 2017

Obdulia Sanchez aimed the camera phone at her face as she rapped along to the song blaring over the radio and tried to control the car she was driving on a road in California’s Central Valley. Then came tragedy, live-streamed in a horrifying Instagram video. The video is the latest example of how people have used live-streaming tools in ways technology companies such as Facebook, which owns Instagram, have struggled to contain. …

Minnesota cop who fatally shot Australian woman was ‘fast-tracked’ into the force – Fox News

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Justine Damond was put on an accelerated police cadet program that required only seven months of training, a nontraditional route that aims to help those who have a college degree enter law enforcement. Mohamed Noor, 31, shot Damond, 40, after she called 911 to report a sexual assault behind her home. When she approached the driver’s side of the squad car, Noor…

Microsoft is entering the war over AI chips – CNBC

Monday, July 24, 2017

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Rest in peace, Microsoft Paint – Washington Post

Monday, July 24, 2017

A candid photo of me finding out MS Paint has been killed #RIPMSPaint pic.twitter.com/Ky0ppeyTuN — Mel Eshaghbeigi (@eshaghbeigi) July 24, 2017

Why Microsoft Corporation Shareholders Have Nothing to Worry About – Motley Fool

Monday, July 24, 2017

Shares of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) rallied 30% over the past 12 months, beating the NASDAQ’s 25% gain and silencing the naysayers who believed that its heyday had passed. But with the stock near historic highs, and its P/E of 33 exceeding the industry average of 31 for software infrastructure providers, investors are likely wondering if they should take profits. I personally believe investors should keep holding Microsoft for four simple reasons:…

Driver due in court after deaths of 10 migrants from sweltering truck – CNN

Monday, July 24, 2017

San Antonio (CNN)The inhumane conditions from a boiling-hot tractor trailer have killed a 10th person in San Antonio — making it one of the deadliest human smuggling cases in recent history. ‘);$vidEndSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–active’);}};CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;var configObj = {thumb: ‘none’,video: ‘us/2017/07/23/san-antonio-fire-chief-austere-conditions-trailer-bodies-new-day-weekend.cnn’,width: ‘100%’,height: ‘100%’,section: ‘domestic’,profile: ‘expansion’,network: ‘cnn’,markupId: ‘body-text_28’,adsection: ‘const-article-inpage’,frameWidth: ‘100%’,frameHeight: ‘100%’,posterImageOverride: {“mini”:{“height”:124,”width”:220,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170723070412-san-antonio-tractor-trailer-small-169.jpg”},”xsmall”:{“height”:173,”width”:307,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170723070412-san-antonio-tractor-trailer-medium-plus-169.jpg”},”small”:{“height”:259,”width”:460,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170723070412-san-antonio-tractor-trailer-large-169.jpg”},”medium”:{“height”:438,”width”:780,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170723070412-san-antonio-tractor-trailer-exlarge-169.jpg”},”large”:{“height”:619,”width”:1100,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170723070412-san-antonio-tractor-trailer-super-169.jpg”},”full16x9″:{“height”:900,”width”:1600,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170723070412-san-antonio-tractor-trailer-full-169.jpg”},”mini1x1″:{“height”:120,”width”:120,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170723070412-san-antonio-tractor-trailer-small-11.jpg”}}},autoStartVideo = false,callbackObj,containerEl,currentVideoCollection = [],currentVideoCollectionId = ”,isLivePlayer = false,moveToNextTimeout,mutePlayerEnabled = false,nextVideoId = ”,nextVideoUrl = ”,turnOnFlashMessaging =…

Kushner spends two hours being questioned by Senate investigators on Russia – Washington Post

Monday, July 24, 2017

Jared Kushner, President Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, spent about two hours Monday answering questions from Senate investigators on his contacts with Russian officials, insisting he had not colluded with foreign agents before or after the 2016 presidential campaign. Kushner emerged smiling from Senate offices shortly after noon and got into a waiting vehicle, on his way to what aides said would be a public statement delivered at the White…