Don’t force the Congress to take the only remedy that Congress can take,’ ” said Flake (R-Ariz.). “To remind the president of that is the best way to keep him from going down that road. “If [Trump] fires [Mueller] without cause, how different is that from what Nixon did with the ‘Saturday Night Massacre’?” Flake asked. Earlier Tuesday, Graham told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that firing Mueller, “if he did it without cause,” would “probably” be an impeachable offense. As soon as you mention the i-word, that’s all people want to talk about.”But Flake said Republicans must confront the fragility of the Mueller investigation as it withstands Trump’s assaults.
March 20, 2018 21:58 UTC
International Business Machines Corp. on Tuesday launched a deep-learning tool for businesses, aiming to bridge a skills gap for creating custom artificial-intelligence systems to draw value from data. Deep-Learning-as-a-Service, unveiled at IBM’s annual IT industry conference in Las Vegas, seeks to lower barriers to deploying AI and deep-learning tools, a complex and painstakingly repetitive process […]
March 20, 2018 21:57 UTC
Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski narrowly defeated a primary election challenge from an abortion-rights advocate to hold his Illinois House seat. The Associated Press called the race for Mr. Lipinski early Wednesday with 97% of precincts reporting votes. His margin over nonprofit executive Marie Newman was less than 2 percentage points, the AP reported.
March 20, 2018 21:56 UTC
The Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an Australian woman last summer has been charged with murder and manslaughter in the shooting, which caused international outrage and forced out the city’s veteran police chief. Noor, the officer who fired at Damond, declined to speak with investigators, who said they cannot compel him to be interviewed. Officer Noor encountered, appreciated, investigated or confirmed a threat that justified the decision to use deadly force,” the charges said. He said from the driver’s seat he had a better vantage point to determine a threat than Officer Noor would have had from the passenger seat. Officer Harrity then heard a sound that sounded like a lightbulb dropping on the floor and saw a flash.
March 20, 2018 21:54 UTC
(CNN) If you have been trying to keep up with the various legal battles brewing around President Donald Trump over his pre-presidential treatment of and relationships with women, today was especially busy. Three different cases regarding the President and his alleged relationships with women are simultaneously in different courts. That a President's private attorney would be battling to maintain a hush-money contract keeping an alleged affair out of the news -- paid for by personal lawyer Michael Cohen -- is a big deal. That there would be a second contract keeping a separate alleged affair out of the news -- paid for by a sympathetic news outlet and his friend David Pecker -- is approaching incredible. That a third case involving defamation and harassment would be playing out at the same time is without precedent.
March 20, 2018 21:45 UTC
What is Cambridge Analytica? Cambridge Analytica, whose parent company is Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), is a data firm based in London that specializes in political and commercial marketing campaigns. Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix was recorded bragging in recent months that his company and SCL has secretly influenced more than 200 elections around the world. Henry Nicholls / Reuters Alexander Nix, CEO of Cambridge Analytica, is seen outside his offices in London on Tuesday. Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie, who helped found the data firm and worked there until 2014, has described Bannon as his former boss.
March 20, 2018 21:33 UTC
(CNN) John Oliver's parody book about Vice President Mike Pence's family pet has sold out. The "Last Week Tonight" host appeared on "Ellen" on Tuesday to talk about his new children's book, "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo." The book, which Oliver is using to troll Pence, coincides with the Pence family's release of their own children's book about the family pet rabbit, Marlon Bundo. Oliver's book, released on Sunday, a day before the Pence family released their book, is described as a "picture book about a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny." Oliver told Ellen DeGeneres that the inspiration for his book stemmed from the release of the Pences' book, saying the "family has written a book about their bunny, so we on top of that have released our own book about his bunny where his bunny falls in love with another male bunny."
March 20, 2018 21:32 UTC
On Tuesday, a new video that deals specifically with Cambridge’s work in the United States during the 2016 election raises more significant questions about the role the firm played. There are a few questions that have surrounded Cambridge’s role in Trump’s campaign. For one thing, the firm was employed both by Trump’s campaign and by a pro-Trump independent group called Make America Number 1 PAC. But what Turnbull suggests — that they quietly leak information to those outside groups — is much more questionable. As a contractor with Trump’s campaign, Cambridge can’t coordinate with any outside groups — even outside groups for which Cambridge is also working.
March 20, 2018 21:29 UTC
(Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)Part of a historic Maryland bridge that served as a lifeline to African Americans during segregation will be preserved on a recreational trail that will run along the future Purple Line, Montgomery County officials said Tuesday. You couldn’t do anything without crossing the bridge.”Construction on the 16-mile light-rail Purple Line between Montgomery and Prince George’s counties started in August. The state had initially required the contractor, Purple Line Transit Partners, to keep at least one of the bridges open at all times. Coffield said she and other residents once again felt blindsided by Maryland transit officials making a decision without consulting the community it will affect. She said proposals to reroute vehicles, except heavy trucks, through the neighborhood during Purple Line construction would bring too much traffic to narrow streets.
March 20, 2018 21:19 UTC
"It is now clear that only Mr. Emmert himself can testify regarding the reasons why he said what he said, whether he exhibited reckless disregard for the truth or falsity of his statements and what he meant by his words," the motion said.
Source:Los Angeles Times
March 20, 2018 21:17 UTC
A former Playboy playmate who says she had an extramarital affair with President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to extricate herself from a contract with the publisher of the National Enquirer that prevented her from telling her story publicly in the months before the 2016 presidential election. American Media Inc., run by a Trump friend, agreed in August of that year to pay Karen McDougal $150,000 for her exclusive story of the alleged 2006 affair, which it then didn’t publish, a tactic known in the tabloid...
March 20, 2018 21:15 UTC
Mohamed Al-Sayaghi/Reuters People carry water across a field of rubble north of Sanaa, Yemen, after a Saudi-led air strike on March 8, 2018. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) introduced the bill to end the American role in the war three weeks ago, and it attracted high-profile co-sponsors like Sens. Earlier Tuesday, Sanders said it would be cowardly and irresponsible for lawmakers to oppose putting his bill to a vote. Still, the proposal’s backers secured significant Democratic support to at least consider the legislation, including from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). We still had 44 senators that took the step not just of blocking a bomb sale, but of [considering] actually withdrawing U.S. armed forces from the conflict altogether.
March 20, 2018 21:01 UTC
While the well-researched and thoughtfully stitched together stories would be interesting on their own, what makes each episode actually fun to listen to (Who listens to anything for an hour straight these days?) is the easy-going stoner rapport between the co-hosts. They previously worked together on the web-series version of "Bong Appetit," and they begin each episode by getting high — and encouraging listeners to do likewise. The result is that, even if you're stone-cold sober, you'll feel as if you've got a contact high about halfway through the episode.
Source:Los Angeles Times
March 20, 2018 20:48 UTC
Questioned by a persistent lawmaker on Tuesday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said private schools that discriminate against LGBTQ students should not be eligible for federal dollars, backtracking from an answer she gave last year. Such programs ― which are currently only supported at the state and local level ― help families use public dollars to fund scholarships to private schools. “State dollars flow to private schools that are allowed to discriminate. DeVos repeatedly tried to evade the question, saying that “where federal dollars flow, federal law must be adhered to,” along with variations of that response. Pinned down, DeVos complied with Clark’s request and said that “yes,” schools with discriminatory polices should be precluded from federal funds.
March 20, 2018 20:48 UTC
PhotoIn a move to combat the epidemic of false and unreliable information on the internet, Google is pledging to spend $300 million over the next three years to support authoritative journalism. Google’s campaign, which was announced at an event in New York on Tuesday, will be known as the Google News Initiative. Among the initiative’s goals are making it easier for Google users to subscribe to news publications, and giving publishers new tools to create fast-loading mobile pages. The project is Google’s most ambitious attempt yet to improve the quality of information it shows to users at a time when tech companies have come under criticism for letting hoaxes and misinformation bloom on their services. Google and YouTube, the video site owned by Google’s parent company, have been criticized for allowing conspiracy theories and unreliable partisan sources to filter to the top of search results for breaking news and for having failed to stop the spread of false news during the 2016 presidential race.
Source:New York Times
March 20, 2018 20:48 UTC