"He came to recognize, I can say it from my standpoint, he is viewing, I believe, Iran a lot different than he did before he walked into the Oval Office," Trump said of Macron. However, in Macron's address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, he outlined additions to the deal to placate Trump, but stood by the agreement and said the United States should, too.
Source:Los Angeles Times
April 26, 2018 15:27 UTC
Parents worry about a lot of things—like whether their children will get into college, or become drug addicts, or get abducted by strangers. But I spend a lot more time worrying that my children are going to live with us forever because robots have taken all their potential jobs. As somebody who has spent her adult life focused largely on two things—studying technology trends and raising children—I’m acutely aware of the effect that continued advances in artificial intelligence could have on my children’s opportunities.
April 26, 2018 15:26 UTC
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are scheduled to meet Friday for a discussion aimed at getting the relationship between Asia’s two rising powers back on track after a bumpy year. The two men haven’t specified the agenda for their two-day meeting in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. But analysts expect the discussions will touch on border disputes, trade imbalances, the sensitive issue of China’s growing ties with India’s foe Pakistan and China’s expanding economic and political influence...
April 26, 2018 15:23 UTC
Joy Reid has dropped out of an event she was scheduled to participate in Thursday amid mounting scrutiny over her claims that she was the victim of a cyberattack, in which dozens of homophobic statements were posted to her now-defunct blog. The Change Summit is an event organized by former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and his media venture CAFE. Reid was set to moderate a panel featuring Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana; Ravi Bhalla, the mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey; and Washington Lt. Gov. Reid’s withdrawal from the event follows her recent claims that new screenshots of anti-gay posts shared on her now-defunct blog, The Reid Report, were the result of a cyberattack. Charlie Crist (D) between 2007 and 2009 after Twitter user @Jamie_Maz shared screenshots of the posts.
April 26, 2018 15:22 UTC
(CNN) The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved legislation to protect the special counsel from being fired, a rare bipartisan step that sends a warning signal to President Donald Trump not to remove Robert Mueller. But the committee's 14-7 vote to approve the measure still provides a symbolic message that the Senate would not tolerate Mueller's firing. Four Republicans voted yes: Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona. The special counsel bill was authored by four senators — Democrats Chris Coons of Delaware and Cory Booker of New Jersey and Republicans Tillis and Graham — and was finalized earlier this month amid rising concerns from Democrats that Trump might try to fire Mueller. Thursday's vote occurred following lengthy negotiations between senior members of the committee over an amendment to the bill from Grassley, which added congressional reporting requirements to the bill.
April 26, 2018 15:22 UTC
ET, State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. Nauert also relayed a statement from Pompeo, in which he said, "I'm delighted to be secretary of state and completely humbled by the responsibility. Today, he has my congratulations on becoming America's 70th Secretary of State." "No other Secretary in recent history has gone on a trip as quickly as he has," Nauert noted just before Pompeo boarded his flight to applause from State Department staffers. President Donald Trump fired his first Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a Twitter message in March.
April 26, 2018 15:20 UTC
President Trump vowed last year to release all the long-secret files related to the JFK assassination, but the administration announced Thursday that some documents will remain redacted until October 2021 for national security reasons. Trump said the next deadline for release of more documents would be Oct. 26, 2021. “Trump said that all the JFK files will be released, but the truth is that thousands of JFK files are still secret. Bush signed the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act. ‘It brought him nothing but heartbreak.’‘‘Foul traitor’: New JFK assassination records reveal KGB defector’s 3-year interrogation
April 26, 2018 15:02 UTC
Judge Kimba Wood outlined a general framework for how the process will be managed but left many decisions to be made by the special master. They cited Trump's comments to Fox News Thursday morning -- after the President said Cohen, performed a "tiny, tiny little fraction" of legal work -- to argue that the documents are "unlikely to contain voluminous privileged documents." Prosecutors seized the documents early in April in a raid of Cohen's house, office and a hotel room where he was staying. Since then, Cohen's attorneys fought to see the documents before prosecutors could use them and also asked for a special master. Trump's lawyers have objected to a special master.
April 26, 2018 14:54 UTC
WASHINGTON—Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, fought back Thursday against Democratic criticism of his spending and policies, asserting that the attacks were driven by opposition to President Donald Trump’s agenda. In largely partisan House subcommittees hearings, Mr. Pruitt said he recognized the “very troubling reports” on his travel, housing and personnel actions, but that much of what had been reported was twisted. “Let me be clear, I have nothing to hide,” he said.
April 26, 2018 14:54 UTC
President Trump had been ranting for 2 minutes and 52 seconds about former FBI director James B. Comey, “fake news CNN” and the Justice Department when “Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy interjected. “It's your Justice Department!” Doocy exclaimed while interviewing Trump by phone on Fox News's morning show on Thursday. You've got a Republican running it.”Even Doocy, an ardent Trump apologist, seemed flabbergasted by the logical fallacy of Trump's deep-state conspiracy theory. On and on Trump fumed about being “very disappointed in my Justice Department.” He spoke for 34 more seconds. “Fox & Friends” cut away from the hosts' facial reactions, showing a wall bearing Trump's photograph and a live shot of the White House.
April 26, 2018 14:38 UTC
A penthouse in a Soho building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Italian architect Renzo Piano is slated to go on the market for $40.5 million. On New York’s Broome Street, the 112-unit development is Mr. Piano’s first residential project in New York. The architect is known for designing buildings such as The Shard, an office and residential skyscraper in London, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art. When it is completed at the end of 2018, the 290-foot building will be one of...
April 26, 2018 14:31 UTC
Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer answers questions in Britain's Parliament (AFP/PRU)Facebook told British lawmakers on Thursday that it never read the terms and conditions for an app that ultimately allowed Cambridge Analytica to access 87 million users’ names, “likes” and other personal information. Schroepfer is representing Facebook in British parliamentary hearings, one of multiple investigations around the world into the company's privacy practices. On Thursday, Jo Stephens, a member of Parliament, asked Facebook whether it had read and evaluated the terms and conditions for Kogan’s app, called ThisIsYourDigitalLife, before allowing it on the platform. Facebook said 1,040 people in Britain had installed Kogan’s app, which allowed it access to around 1 million friends’ personal information. They and others have been notified, as Facebook undergoes a review of all apps on its platform and their privacy practices.
April 26, 2018 14:19 UTC
Boeing's impressive earnings beat in the first quarter reflects the performance of an enterprise that is firing on all cylinders. As chance would have it, I participated in a meeting with Boeing Chairman and CEO Dennis Muilenburg only hours after his Wednesday earnings call, and was able to put some questions to him about the company's long-term strategy (Boeing is a contributor to my think tank). Muilenburg's long-term strategy is aimed at assuring that Boeing will never again have to deal with that kind of cyclicality. For example, demand for airliners tanked after 9-11, but military spending skyrocketed. Thus by remaining committed to the defense business, Boeing is able to take the edge off of any cyclicality in commercial markets.
April 26, 2018 14:15 UTC
The number of adults under criminal justice supervision continued its long decline in 2016, according to new data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The total correctional population dropped by almost 63,000 adults, reflecting decreases in both the incarcerated (jail or prison) and community supervision (probation or parole) populations. After growing for decades, the correctional population hit its historical zenith in 2007 when 3,210 of every 100,000 adults (3.21 percent of the entire adult population) were either behind bars or under community supervision. 2016 was the ninth straight year the country and its criminal justice system decreased the number of people under supervision. A smaller correctional population is a dividend of lower crime rates combined with a national wave of sentencing and rehabilitation reforms at the state level.
April 26, 2018 14:15 UTC
Within that existing order, once the matter of who is taking the decisions has been settled, the actual answers are predictable and – for the most part – need not alarm business or foreign investors. To thwart President Quang, Trong’s anti-corruption drive has been trained on Quang’s prior stomping ground, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS), the country’s state security apparatus. They will impact on economic interests, and often unknowing foreign investors, to which the targeted officials can be connected, even distantly. Highly unpredictable, only the most well-informed foreign investors would see politically-driven investigations coming, or understand their origin and implications. Big money deals involving foreign capital and private conglomerates such as Vingroup attest to wider interest in Vietnam.
April 26, 2018 14:15 UTC