Justice Department officials invited Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House intelligence committee, and committee member Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) to review information about an FBI informant who reportedly attempted to make contact with Donald Trump’s campaign advisers prior to the 2016 election. The FBI had received evidence that the advisers had suspicious contacts linked to Russia. Last week President Trump accused the FBI of “spying” on his campaign for “political purposes” and demanded the Justice Department probe that investigation and alleged surveillance. and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a frequent Trump critic who is not seeking re-election this year, tweeted that excluding Democrats from the classified briefing “is not right.”
May 23, 2018 17:37 UTC
Paddy Power Betfair PLC said Wednesday it has agreed to merge its U.S. operations with FanDuel Inc., in a deal that will give Paddy Power 61% ownership of the combined business. The Dublin-based betting company said the deal helps position it for opportunities in the U.S. after a Supreme Court ruling last week opened the door to legal sports betting across the country.
May 23, 2018 17:37 UTC
NetflixA year after the first season of Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” sparked a debate over its unsettling depiction of teenage suicide, showrunner Brian Yorkey has unfurled a new, increasingly graphic batch of episodes. And it features not one but two significant events that, when taken together, equate to a highly disturbing finale. It’s a plot decision that ― like Hannah’s suicide scene from last season ― has caused a divisive rift in the show’s fandom. 13 reasons why does not “raise awareness for mental health, bullying, etc.” it’s a disgusting show that show’s horrific/traumatizing/triggering scenes. “I don’t think any of us imagined we would be on a show with this level of importance,” he said.
May 23, 2018 17:37 UTC
Uber Technologies Inc. is closing down its self-driving vehicle program in Arizona about two months after the state barred it from road-testing the technology when one of the company’s robot cars struck and killed a pedestrian. Eric Meyhofer, the head of Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group, announced the decision Wednesday in a memo to staff in Arizona.
May 23, 2018 17:22 UTC
THE FILM Rosemary’s Baby, which premiered at Cannes in May 1968, was incredibly prescient, eerie in the way it predicted our current cultural moment. Somewhere in its biology, in miniature, was the entire tree, a huge oak that throws twisted shadows on every part of America’s front lawn. I was born a few weeks after Rosemary’s Baby was released and grew up alongside it. I first saw the movie when I was 12 and have seen it again many times. It’s a different film with every watching.
May 23, 2018 17:15 UTC
The NFL made sweeping changes to its national anthem policy Wednesday in a bid to quell a controversy that has rattled the league for two years and drew the ire of President Donald Trump. Under a new policy approved by NFL owners this week at a meeting in Atlanta, teams can be fined if their players are on the field during the national anthem and do not “stand and show respect” for the flag. Players, however, now can elect to remain in the locker room until after the national anthem. They had previously been required to...
May 23, 2018 16:52 UTC
The suit also names Jones’ Infowars contributor Wolfgang Halbig and Halbig’s associate, Cory Sklanka, according to a statement released by attorney Josh Koskoff. Part of Jones’ false narrative has been that parent interviews conducted by CNN were fake. In a 2015 Facebook post, Halbig floated a false claim that a father of a Sandy Hook victim and Aldenberg were the same person. The parents of two Sandy Hook children filed one in April alleging they have been harassed by conspiracy theorists because of Jones. Koskoff said in a statement that Jones “saw an opportunity” to profit off Sandy Hook tragedy.
May 23, 2018 16:43 UTC
And, regardless of how they personally feel about the subject, just 40 percent now think passing new gun laws is politically possible, down from 50 percent. Similarly, tracking data from the progressive pollster Civiqs showed voters’ support for gun control spiking after Parkland, but then slowly declining. Their advocacy kept the debate over gun laws in the news, even after the immediate details of the shooting had faded. In largely rural Santa Fe, last week’s shooting didn’t spark the same kind of push for gun control. So it doesn’t matter.”Gun restrictions proposed in the wake of the Parkland shooting, meanwhile, remain broadly popular, according to the HuffPost/YouGov poll.
May 23, 2018 16:41 UTC
"When I look at fining people, the conversation I want to have with our players is, 'Do you want us to have a conversation with the league, or could we come together and figure out if we could write a check to a group that's doing work? Can do we do something collectively that might be a better way to spend money?' I just think that there's a more encompassing approach that we, the 49ers, can take," York said.
Source:Los Angeles Times
May 23, 2018 16:32 UTC
The NFL adopted a policy that would fine teams and league personnel who do not “stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem,” the league announced Wednesday. The teams agreed to the following requirements:"All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem." "The Game Operations Manual will be revised to remove the requirement that all players be on the field for the Anthem." NFL players reportedly defended Kaepernick and slammed league owners during an October meeting in New York City, demanding to know why the former 49ers player was, they believed, being blackballed. The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) released a statement regarding the policy.
May 23, 2018 16:29 UTC
The engagements were part of an effort by the Obama administration to stabilize military relations with Beijing even as Washington challenged China to stop placing military assets in the South China Sea. The Pentagon cited what it called strong evidence that China has deployed anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missile systems and electronic jammers to contested areas in the Spratly Island region of the South China Sea. "As an initial response to China's continued militarization of the South China Sea we have disinvited the PLA Navy from the 2018 Rim of the Pacific (RimPac) Exercise," he added. China maintains that the South China Sea is its sovereign territory and that it is within its rights to build up defenses on the islands. "At the same time, it doesn't really do anything to deter China in the South China Sea," Poling said.
May 23, 2018 16:19 UTC
William Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management LP is joining another activist investor in Lowe’s Cos., hoping to profit as the retailer tries to make improvements under a new chief executive. Pershing Square has built a stake in the home-improvement chain valued at roughly $1 billion as of Tuesday’s close in what is expected to be a friendly investment, according to people familiar with the matter. Lowe’s had a market value of roughly $78.3 billion at Wednesday’s close.
May 23, 2018 16:18 UTC
In a letter to the Trump campaign, Horvath wrote that the "people of West Hollywood have seen the devastation and destruction that hatred and hate speech can bring. We are home to Jewish immigrants who escaped Nazi occupation in Soviet Russia, to LGBTQ people of all ages including survivors of the AIDS crisis, and to many other diverse constituencies, of which we are most proud."
Source:Los Angeles Times
May 23, 2018 16:07 UTC
It’s hard to get people to care about local political races. Getting people to feel like it’s important to go vote for your representative is a struggle in off-year elections. “Your vote in 2018 is every bit as important as your vote in 2016,” President Trump said during an event Tuesday in Washington. But it certainly suggests Trump’s “campaigning for every last vote” might be less robust than Republicans might hope. Trump’s demonstrated political priority is Trump, and it’s not clear that he’ll actually invest that much time and energy on another focus.
May 23, 2018 15:57 UTC
The Hutto Independent School District organized the reunion for Navy Chief Petty Officer Marqueta Grant and her daughter, Christina Zamora. I anticipated it," Grant told FOX7. “It's hard to be away from the family but I know what I'm doing serves a purpose,” Grant told FOX7. Her 22 years of service is something her family told FOX7 they are thankful for. “She told me to be brave sometimes when she's overseas and to think about something else instead of crying,” Zamora told FOX7.
May 23, 2018 15:43 UTC