Electronics

For some veterans, John Kelly’s remarks add to a worrying military-civilian divide – Washington Post

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The deaths of four Special Forces soldiers in Niger this month have sparked wider debate about military service, the civilian-military divide in the United States and the contours of public discourse about one of the most country’s most hallowed communities: the families of troops killed in combat. When White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly defended President Trump’s call to the wife of one of the soldiers killed in…

Catalonia crisis: Puigdemont to ask region’s parliament to discuss ‘attack’ by Madrid – CNN

Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Billionaire Babis scores big in Czech election – Reuters

Saturday, October 21, 2017

PRAGUE (Reuters) – Czech billionaire Andrej Babis won a thumping victory in Saturday’s parliamentary election, giving the anti-establishment businessman facing fraud charges a strong mandate to cut taxes, lift public investment and fight immigration. Babis’s ANO movement held an unbeatable 30.04 percent of the vote with 94.4 percent of voting stations having reported — almost three times any other party and giving it a chance to rule with just one…

Five ex-presidents to attend hurricane relief concert; Trump appearing in video message – CNN

Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Hikers May Have Died in ‘Sympathetic Murder-Suicide’ After Battling the Elements, Family Says – TIME

Saturday, October 21, 2017

(SANTA ANA, Calif.) — The family of a young woman who died in a murder-suicide in Joshua Tree National Park says they hold no grudges against her hiking companion who is believed to be the gunman. Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 22, had been missing for nearly three months after going hiking in the sprawling desert park in late July. Their disappearance launched an exhaustive search — crews spent…

Spain Will Remove Catalan Leader, Prime Minister Announces – New York Times

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Mr. Rajoy said the Catalan government had never offered real dialogue with the central government in Madrid but had instead tried to impose its secessionist project on Catalan citizens and the rest of the country in violation of Spain’s Constitution. He said his government was putting an end to “a unilateral process, contrary to the law and searching for confrontation” because “no government of any democratic country can accept that…

Trump plans to release JFK assassination documents despite concerns from federal agencies – Washington Post

Saturday, October 21, 2017

President Trump announced Saturday morning that he planned to release the tens of thousands of never-before-seen documents left in the files related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination held by the National Archives and Records Administration. “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” Trump tweeted early Saturday. Kennedy assassination experts have been speculating for…

Trump takes another shot at ‘wacky’ Florida congresswoman who criticized his condolence call – Washington Post

Saturday, October 21, 2017

President Trump in the Oval Office on Thursday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) President Trump took fresh aim Saturday at Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.), claiming on Twitter that the “wacky” congresswoman who criticized Trump over a military condolence call was “killing the Democrat Party!” The president’s morning tweet extended a nearly week-long controversy over Trump’s handling of the deaths of four service members in an ambush in Niger and was the latest…

Steve Bannon delivers blistering attack on former President George W. Bush – CNN

Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Video shows Kelly made inaccurate claims about lawmaker in feud over Trump’s condolence call – Washington Post

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The White House’s aggressive effort to discredit a Florida congresswoman who criticized President Trump over a military condolence call ran into a new set of problems Friday when a video emerged showing that the chief of staff had made false claims about her. It marked the fifth day of a controversy that has raged since Trump attempted to deflect criticism of his handling of the deaths of four service members…

Republicans could now unexpectedly try to ‘steamroll’ Trump’s massive tax plan through Congress – Business Insider

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, and Paul Ryan Getty Images/Pool The Senate passed its budget resolution Thursday night, setting up the path to tax reform. Indications from the GOP leaders is that Congress may speed up the process to pass tax reform sooner rather than later. Challenges still lay ahead, and a tax code overhaul is not guaranteed. Republicans hit high gear on their plan to reform the US tax code…

Missing couple in Joshua Tree died in murder-suicide, authorities say – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, October 21, 2017

A couple who disappeared in Joshua Tree National Park nearly three months ago died in a murder-suicide, authorities said Friday. Investigators say Joseph Orbeso, 22, shot and killed his girlfriend, Rachel Nguyen, 20, and then turned the gun on himself, according to a release Friday from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin station. Investigators recovered a handgun at the scene, San Bernardino sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said. Orbeso and…

3 charged in shooting after Richard Spencer speech – Philly.com

Saturday, October 21, 2017

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Three men were charged with attempted homicide after they argued with a group of people protesting a white nationalist’s speech and fired a shot at them, police said Friday. About 90 minutes after Richard Spencer’s speech Thursday at the University of Florida – which generated so much controversy that the governor declared a state…

What the Hell Happened in Niger? – The Atlantic

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Atallah was hesitant to suggest that the attack on the troops, which came immediately after a meeting with local leaders, was premeditated to specifically target them. While nailing down the motivation behind the assault will be difficult, he said he wouldn’t be surprised if the attackers thought they were only attacking Nigerien troops. Regardless, the Trump administration’s policymakers may now be forced to reassess the U.S. presence in the Sahel,…

Video shows Kelly made inaccurate claims about lawmaker in feud over Trump’s condolence call – Washington Post

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The White House’s aggressive effort to discredit a Florida congresswoman who criticized President Trump over a military condolence call ran into a new set of problems Friday when a video emerged showing that the chief of staff had made false claims about her. It marked the fifth day of a controversy that has raged since Trump attempted to deflect criticism of his handling of the deaths of four service members…

Republicans could now unexpectedly try to ‘steamroll’ Trump’s massive tax plan through Congress – Business Insider

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, and Paul Ryan Getty Images/Pool The Senate passed its budget resolution Thursday night, setting up the path to tax reform. Indications from the GOP leaders is that Congress may speed up the process to pass tax reform sooner rather than later. Challenges still lay ahead, and a tax code overhaul is not guaranteed. Republicans hit high gear on their plan to reform the US tax code…

Conflicting Accounts in Niger Ambush Are Subject of Pentagon Investigation – New York Times

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The inconsistencies are at the heart of why the Pentagon has not been forthcoming with details about what happened in Niger, according to American military officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a continuing investigation. Four Americans were killed in the attack, including three Green Berets, as well as four Nigerien soldiers. Two Americans and six Nigeriens were wounded. The contradictions added to the major questions emerging…

Ohio State University denies appearance by white nationalist Richard Spencer – Chicago Tribune

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Ohio State University has denied a request to rent space for an appearance by white nationalist Richard Spencer, citing risks to public safety. An attorney representing Ohio State said in a letter sent Friday that the university consulted with law enforcement and considered Spencer’s appearance at the University of Florida earlier in the week before deciding to turn down the request from Cameron Padgett, a Georgia university student organizing a…

Texas city requires no Israel boycott in exchange for hurricane relief – Fox News

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dickinson, Texas was among the cities hardest-hit by Hurricane Harvey in August.  (REUTERS/Rick Wilking) A civil rights group on Friday called unconstitutional a Houston suburb’s hurricane repair grant program that says residents cannot boycott Israel as a condition of receiving any money. The American Civil Liberties Union said it’s considering legal action against the city of Dickinson over its Hurricane Harvey repair grant program, which will provide money…

After Video Refutes Kelly’s Charges, Congresswoman Raises Issue of Race – New York Times

Friday, October 20, 2017

While she stopped short of accusing Mr. Kelly, a retired Marine general, of racial animus, she did say that others in the White House are racially biased. “They are making themselves look like fools. They have no credibility,” she said. “They are trying to assassinate my character, and they are assassinating their own because everything they say is coming out and shown to be a lie.” But Mr. Trump and…