Electronics

Allies Warn Trump of Conservative Revolt Unless He Backs Off Sessions – New York Times

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The persistent presidential barrage against Mr. Sessions “says more about President Trump than it does Attorney General Sessions, and to me, it’s a sign of great weakness on the part of President Trump,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina. “I hope Jeff Sessions doesn’t give in to this humiliation campaign.” The president’s pique at Mr. Sessions stems from the attorney general’s decision to step aside from overseeing the…

The Daily 202: Growing GOP backlash to transgender troop ban underscores Trump’s political miscalculation – Washington Post

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Donald Trump speaks yesterday at the White House. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) THE BIG IDEA: President Trump tweets first and asks questions later. His surprise announcement Wednesday that he will ban transgender people from serving in the military in any capacity, reversing an Obama administration decision to allow them to serve openly, caught the Pentagon and Capitol Hill off guard. — Reflecting how dramatically the national conversation on LGBTQ rights has shifted in…

Scaramucci fast accruing power in White House – The Hill

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Scaramucci era has begun at the White House, and Trump World is buzzing about the Priebus era coming to an end. New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has fast become one of the most powerful people in the West Wing, putting allies of White House chief of staff Reince Priebus on edge.  Priebus and press secretary Sean Spicer, both veterans of the Republican National Committee (RNC), vehemently opposed…

‘Aggressive thrill’ ride at Ohio State Fair snaps in mid-air, killing one and injuring seven – Washington Post

Thursday, July 27, 2017

When Travis and Mitch Taylor climbed from their seats on the Ohio State Fair’s Fire Ball ride Wednesday evening, the 18-year-old cousins pondered another spin. The Fire Ball, an “aggressive thrill” carnival ride that swoops like a pendulum and swings in a circle, had been their favorite for eight years. But Travis had just come from work and was hungry, so he suggested they first get some food. “And thank God he did,”…

The Pentagon’s history of resisting transgender troops – Washington Post

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

More than 200 flags were given to members of the Air Force’s 354th Fighter Wing and residents of Fairbanks, Alaska, for Pride Month in 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Nicole Taylor) In late October, the superintendent for a Defense Department school in Germany informed one of her students — the 11-year-old transgender daughter of a service member stationed at Ramstein Air Base — that the child was no longer allowed…

Health Care Vote: Senate Rejects Repeal Without Replace – New York Times

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The vote, 45-55, underscored the bind that Republican leaders have found themselves in. Seven Republicans voted against the measure — Senators Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Susan Collins of Maine, Dean Heller of Nevada, John McCain of Arizona, Rob Portman of Ohio, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — showing that repealing the health law without an immediate replacement lacks crucial support among Republicans. Advertisement Continue…

The other side of The Open coin: Kuchar’s perspective – Golf Channel

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Perspective can be relative. Consider Jordan Spieth’s 13th hole on Sunday at The Open. You know the one that took more than 20 minutes for the Golden Child to play a shot and will be a highlight reel special for the next 20 years. For Spieth, the foul-ball tee shot and frantic moments that led to an unlikely bogey was nothing less than a sea change in the round, a…

Sanders welcomes cameras back to the White House briefing with a strategic monologue and letter from ‘Dylan’ – Washington Post

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Reporters came to Wednesday’s White House press briefing — the first since new communications director Anthony Scaramucci lifted a ban on TV cameras — armed with tough questions about President Trump’s Twitter campaign against his own attorney general and his decision to bar transgender people from serving in the military. So what did incoming White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders do? She devoted the first six minutes of the…

Trump launches new attacks on Sessions – Washington Post

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

President Trump renewed his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, questioning on Twitter why the top U.S. law enforcement official had not replaced the acting FBI director — a move that Trump himself has the authority to do. In two tweets just before 10 a.m., Trump wrote: “Why didn’t A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation but…

Trump Says Transgender People Will Not Be Allowed in the Military – New York Times

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

It was not clear what prompted Mr. Trump’s decision. The Pentagon referred questions about the policy change to the White House, where several officials did not immediately respond to questions about the reasoning and timing behind Mr. Trump’s decision. But the announcement came amid a debate on Capitol Hill over the Obama-era practice of requiring the Pentagon to pay for medical treatment related to gender transition. The dispute has unfolded…

The Health 202: GOP’s Obamacare rollback quest is about to get skinny – Washington Post

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

THE PROGNOSIS Obamacare repeal is probably about to get “skinny.” It’s looking likely that GOP legislation to revamp Obamacare will undergo a pretty major weight loss program before all is said and done. Expectations are building that Senate leaders will ultimately present Republicans with a “skinny” bill after more aggressive  measures fail during some 20 hours of floor debate over the next few days.  The way it’s being presented to senators, this scaled-back version of an Obamacare rollback may…

Killer of 3-year-old girl apologizes in final statement before execution – CBS News

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

LUCASVILLE, Ohio — Ohio put a child killer to death Wednesday, carrying out the state’s first execution after a 3½-year delay and signaling the possible resumption of capital punishment in the state. Ronald Phillips was executed by lethal injection at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. He was sentenced to die for the 1993 rape and killing of Sheila Marie Evans, his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter. His chin and chest moved…

Trump pressures Sessions to replace the acting FBI director – Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Trump called McCabe, a 31-year veteran of the FBI, a “Comey friend who was in charge of the Clinton investigation.” McCabe was James B. Comey‘s deputy before Trump fired Comey in June. At that point, McCabe took over running the bureau, but he hasn’t been running the Russia investigation, which is directed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Trump’s tweets are based on several false claims.  McCabe’s wife Jill McCabe, a…

Rep. Steve Scalise discharged from hospital 6 weeks after shooting – ABC News

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Tuesday, the hospital said in a statement today, nearly six weeks after he and three others were shot at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. The House majority whip “is now beginning a period of intensive inpatient rehabilitation,” the hospital said. “He is in good spirits and is looking forward to his return to work once he completes…

The Daily 202: Senate Republicans still face narrow path to pass health-care bill after procedural victory – Washington Post

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Republican Sens. John Cornyn (Tex.) and John Barrasso (Wyo.) leave the Senate chamber after Vice President Pence breaks a 50-50 tie to formally open debate on Republican health-care legislation. (Oliver Contreras For The Washington Post) THE BIG IDEA: Mitch McConnell is like a quarterback who has just converted on fourth and long. The Senate majority leader kept the drive to repeal Obamacare alive, but he’s still trailing by a…

Trump Says Immigrant Gang Members ‘Slice and Dice’ Young, Beautiful Girls – Newsweek

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

President Donald Trump compared America to a nation under wartime occupation that needs to be liberated from illegal immigrants during a “Make America Great Again” rally in Ohio Tuesday night. Trump said illegal immigrant gang members are like “animals” and that they’re not using guns to kill people “because it’s too fast and it’s not painful enough.” He claimed gang members will “take a young, beautiful girl, 16, 15 and…

To America, It Looks Like Chaos. For Trump, It’s Just Tuesday. – Politico

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

It started Monday morning with Donald Trump calling his own attorney general “beleaguered.” It continued with an Air Force One flight to West Virginia and a rambling, partisan speech to thousands of hollering Boy Scouts. And it kept going with another manic jag of tweets on Tuesday, as the president took a second shaming swipe at Jeff Sessions, delegitimized the acting director of the FBI, urged senators to “step up…

Posing As Prime Minister, Prankster Punks Ex-Texas Gov. Perry In ‘Pig Manure Biofuel’ Talk – Patch.com

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

AUSTIN, TX — Rick Perry, who resided at the governor’s mansion in Austin for 14 years as the state’s longest-running governor, was the victim not of Russian hackers recently, but Russian pranksters. A man passing himself as the Ukrainian prime minister with his translator fooled Perry, now Energy Secretary in the Trump administration into a long, wonkish conversation primarily on the virtues of pig manure as a power source, according…

Wildfires Force Thousands to Evacuate in Southern France – New York Times

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

“It looked as though the whole of the Cap Bénat seemed to be on fire,” Mr. Harris said, adding that people had evacuated calmly to the nearest beaches. Brave pompiers of Bormes-les-Mimosas worked all night to save hundreds of homes. 10,000 people evacuated pic.twitter.com/5EvB92lFN2 — Robert Harris (@Robert___Harris) July 26, 2017 Summer fires are a common occurrence in the region and elsewhere in southern Europe, where blazes spread rapidly through…

Senate Votes Down Broad Obamacare Repeal – New York Times

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

But the victory could be fleeting: Senate Republicans still have no agreement on a repeal bill that they can ultimately pass to uproot the law that has provided health insurance to millions of Americans. How Each Senator Voted on Full Obamacare Repeal-and-Replace Republican leaders brought the first of several expected amendments to a vote Tuesday night. The Senate is now moving ahead with debate, amendments and ultimately a final vote…