Electronics

Controversial Trump Adviser Sebastian Gorka Resigns – HuffPost

Saturday, August 26, 2017

“Regrettably, outside of yourself, the individuals who most embodied and represented the policies that will ‘Make America Great Again,’ have been internally countered, systematically removed, or undermined in recent months. This was made patently obvious as I read the text of your speech on Afghanistan this week,” Gorka continued in his resignation letter. “The fact that those who drafted and approved the speech removed any mention of Radical Islam or…

North Korea has launched what may be another ballistic missile, South Korean military says – Washington Post

Saturday, August 26, 2017

TOKYO — North Korea launched three missiles into the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan on Saturday morning, reigniting tensions after a month of heated rhetoric between Pyongyang and Washington. The launches coincide with joint exercises between the U.S. and South Korean militaries, exercises that North Korea always strongly protests because it considers them preparation for an invasion. The first and third missiles failed in flight, while the second appears…

Trump Gives Mattis Wide Discretion Over Transgender Ban – New York Times

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Mr. Mattis has six months to develop a plan to implement Mr. Trump’s directive, which also applies to the Department of Homeland Security, where the Coast Guard is housed. The White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity under White House ground rules for the briefing, described the memo as a return to policies in place before the Obama administration moved last year to allow transgender people to…

The natural disaster test: Trump braces for Hurricane Harvey – CNN

Friday, August 25, 2017

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Key Trump staffer was on the brink of resigning after Charlottesville response – CNN

Friday, August 25, 2017

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Yellen Distances Herself From Trump in Jackson Hole Speech – Bloomberg

Friday, August 25, 2017

In the end, it sounded more like a swan song than a job audition. By broadly defending the sweeping financial rules put in place in the past decade, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen distanced herself on Friday from the anti-regulatory rhetoric of the man who will decide whether to replace her, President Donald Trump. Yellen, whose term as Fed chair ends in February, used the high-profile setting of the central…

Trump tightens Venezuela’s access to US financial system – Washington Post

Friday, August 25, 2017

President Trump moved Friday to restrict the Venezuelan government’s access to the U.S. financial system and squeeze the oil-based economy that sustains President Nicolás Maduro but stopped short of imposing a full oil embargo. Trump signed an executive order barring dealings in new bonds and stocks issued by the government and the state oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the parent of Citgo. Banks also cannot engage in new lending…

Leggings make girls bigger than size 2 look ‘fat,’ principal reportedly tells students – Miami Herald

Friday, August 25, 2017

A high school principal in South Carolina began the new school year with a controversial fashion statement about girls who wear leggings. During a discussion about the dress code at a 10th-grade assembly earlier this week, Heather Taylor, principal of Stratford High School in Goose Creek, S.C., reportedly told students that girls bigger than size 2 look fat in leggings. She has since said she didn’t mean to offend any…

Hurricane Harvey grows stronger as Texas braces for historic storm to make landfall Friday evening – Washington Post

Friday, August 25, 2017

CORPUS CHRISTI, Tex. — Hurricane Harvey continued to intensify early Friday and is on track to be the strongest hurricane to strike the United States in 12 years. The storm is expected to make landfall late Friday night near this South Texas city, where officials have issued a voluntary evacuation notice. A light rain has already begun to fall as the wind picks up. In the Gulf of Mexico, Harvey’s…

Gary Cohn, Trump’s Adviser, Said to Have Drafted Resignation Letter After Charlottesville – New York Times

Friday, August 25, 2017

On Thursday, Mr. Cohn spoke publicly for the first time about the issue in the Financial Times interview, which largely focused on tax reform. “Citizens standing up for equality and freedom can never be equated with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the K.K.K.,” Mr. Cohn said. “I believe this administration can and must do better in consistently and unequivocally condemning these groups and do everything we can to heal the deep…

Trump slams another Republican senator, warning Bob Corker that ‘Tennessee not happy!’ – Washington Post

Friday, August 25, 2017

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) talks to reporters at the Capitol on Aug. 2. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) President Trump attacked another fellow Republican on Friday, taunting Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman last week publicly questioned the president’s stability and competence. Trump said Friday morning on Twitter, “Strange statement by Bob Corker considering that he is constantly asking me whether or not he should run again in ’18….

India’s ‘guru of bling’ is convicted of raping two followers. After the verdict, deadly violence breaks out. – Washington Post

Friday, August 25, 2017

India’s self-styled guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh poses prior to the release of his film ‘MSG Messenger of God’ II in New Delhi in 2015. (EPA/STR) In times of trial a child’s place is near the father, they believe. So they went, thousands of obedient sons and daughters marching the roads of India together. All week, followers of the Dera Sacha Sauda religious sect converged on the city of Panchkula, where…

Morning Agenda: Samsung Heir’s Conviction Shakes Up Empire – New York Times

Friday, August 25, 2017

• Chey Tae-won, the chairman of SK Group, who was convicted of fraud in 2003 and of embezzlement in 2013 But The New York Times notes that this time might be different: South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, took power after his predecessor was impeached because of corruption. And Mr. Moon has promised to take on his country’s business empires. The Amazon Effect The most notable reaction to Amazon’s coming changes…

Hurricane Harvey strengthens, threatens US with most powerful storm in 12 years – Reuters

Friday, August 25, 2017

GALVESTON, Texas (Reuters) – Hurricane Harvey intensified early on Friday into potentially the biggest hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland in more than a decade, as authorities warned locals to shelter from what could be life-threatening winds and floods. Harvey is set to make landfall late Friday or early Saturday on the central Texas coast where Corpus Christi and Houston are home to some of the biggest U.S. refineries. Oil…

Samsung’s heir apparent guilty of corruption, sentenced to five years in prison – Washington Post

Friday, August 25, 2017

 TOKYO — Lee Jae-yong, the scion of the Samsung dynasty and the most powerful tycoon in South Korea, was found guilty Friday for his part in a sensational corruption scandal that had already brought down a president. Lee, who is 49 and had been in detention since February, was sentenced to five years in prison — far less than the 12 years special prosecutors had asked for, but still an astounding turn…

Trump drama doesn’t deter Koch groups from tax reform push – CNN

Friday, August 25, 2017

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Latest: Authorities ID chef slain at Charleston restaurant – Washington Post

Friday, August 25, 2017

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Latest on shooting and hostage situation in Charleston, South Carolina (all times local): 11:35 p.m. Authorities have identified the chef who was fatally shot at a restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston County deputy coroner Sheila Williams said in an email late Thursday that the slaying victim was 37-year-old Anthony Shane Whiddon, the executive chef at Virginia’s restaurant. Authorities and one of the restaurant’s owners said…

Harvey forecast to slam Texas coast as major hurricane with ‘devastating’ flood potential – Washington Post

Friday, August 25, 2017

(This article, originally published at 11:05 a.m., is regularly updated to reflect the latest information and forecast.) Harvey rapidly intensified Thursday morning in the central Gulf of Mexico, and it officially became a hurricane early in the afternoon. The extremely dangerous storm is predicted to strengthen and plow into southeast Texas on Friday as the first major hurricane, rated Category 3 or higher (on the 1-5 Saffir-Simpson intensity scale), to…

Trump distances himself from GOP lawmakers to avoid blame if agenda stalls – Washington Post

Friday, August 25, 2017

President Trump is strategically separating himself from Republicans in Congress, an extraordinary move to deflect blame if the GOP agenda continues to flounder. Trump deepened the fissures in the party on Thursday when he accused the top two leaders on Capitol Hill of mismanaging a looming showdown over the nation’s borrowing authority. Republican lawmakers and aides responded to the president’s hostility with broadsides and warnings of their own. Frustrated by…