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Exxon to Trump: Stay in Climate Agreement

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:32:36 -0400

Oil giant Exxon Mobil is urging Donald Trump to keep the United States signed up to the Paris Agreement on climate change. In a letter to the President's special assistant for international energy and the environment, a senior Exxon official described the historic international deal as an "effective framework for addressing the risks of climate change". But the letter also suggested it was worthwhile staying at the negotiating table to ensure energy markets "remain as free and competitive as possible."(image)



Ex-Writer: Breitbart Broke the Law

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:17:37 -0400

A former Breitbart News writer alleged the site was acting as an illegal influence operation for its Washington, D.C. landlord, an obscure Egyptian politician cited this week by a Capitol Hill media association that denied Breitbart press credentials. Two sources with direct knowledge, including one former Breitbart writer, say a reporter for the pro-Trump news organization was behind a complaint to the Department of Justice implicating then-chairman Steve Bannon and Moustafa El-Gindy, an Egyptian businessman and former legislator and the owner of Breitbart's Washington office.(image)



Jeff Bezos Now World's Second Richest Person

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:16:57 -0400

Jeff Bezos has leapt past Amancio Ortega and Warren Buffett to become the world's second-richest person. Bezos, 53, added $1.5 billion to his fortune as Amazon.com Inc. rose $18.32 on Wednesday, the day after the e-commerce giant said it plans to buy Dubai-based online retailer Souq.com. Bezos has a net worth of $75.6 billion on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, $700 million more than Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s Buffett and $1.3 billion above Ortega, the founder of Inditex S.A. and Europe's richest person. ... Bezos remains $10.4 billion behind Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the world's richest person with $86 billion.(image)



Bye Bye, Internet Privacy

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:26:33 -0400

Congress sent proposed legislation to President Donald Trump on Tuesday that wipes away landmark online privacy protections, the first salvo in what is likely to become a significant reworking of the rules governing Internet access in an era of Republican dominance. In a party-line vote, House Republicans freed Internet service providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast of protections approved just last year that had sought to limit what companies could do with information such as customer browsing habits, app usage history, location data and Social Security numbers. The rules had also required providers to strengthen safeguards for customer data against hackers and thieves.(image)



McCain Calls Kim Jong-Un a 'Crazy Fat Kid'

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:18:01 -0400

New York Magazine: When John McCain went on MSNBC last week and called North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a "crazy fat kid," he may not have known it, but he was essentially declaring war. So says the Foreign Ministry in Pyongyang, where jibes about Kim's jowls are not tolerated. The insult hurt the country's "dignity," a statement said, and was a "grave provocation little short of declaration of war." North Korea "will take steps to counter it," the statement added. "The service personnel and people of the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) are regarding the dignity of their supreme leadership as their life and soul," the statement said.(image)



Ivanka to Become Federal Employee

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:31:11 -0400

Ivanka Trump, the elder daughter of President Trump, is becoming an official government employee, joining her husband in serving as an unpaid adviser to her father in the White House. Ms. Trump already has an office in the West Wing, and she said last week that she would serve as an informal adviser to her father. But that plan prompted criticism from ethics experts, who said it would allow her to avoid some rules and disclosures. "I have heard the concerns some have with my advising the president in my personal capacity while voluntarily complying with all ethics rules, and I will instead serve as an unpaid employee in the White House office, subject to all of the same rules as other federal employees," Ms. Trump said in a statement on Wednesday.(image)



Chelsea Clinton: 'I Am Not Running for Public Office'

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:00:25 -0400

"I am not running for public office. I really am constantly surprised by the stories of me running for, fill in the blank -- Congress, Senate, City Council, the presidency. I really find this all rather hysterical, because I've been asked this question a lot throughout my life, and the answer has never changed. ... I clearly do not support the president and certainly hope that he is defeated in the next election, but I don't think I'm the best person for that job." -- Chelsea Clinton(image)



Trump Did Deals with Mob-Connected Russians

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:30:16 -0400

To expand his real estate developments over the years, Donald Trump, his company and partners repeatedly turned to wealthy Russians and oligarchs from former Soviet republics -- several allegedly connected to organized crime, according to a USA Today review of court cases, government and legal documents and an interview with a former federal prosecutor. The president and his companies have been linked to at least 10 wealthy former Soviet businessmen with alleged ties to criminal organizations or money laundering.(image)



Republicans Backtrack on Obamacare Surrender

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:31:20 -0400

Under extreme pressure from conservative activists, House Republican leaders and the White House have restarted negotiations on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But efforts to revive the legislation in the House could take weeks, lawmakers conceded, as Congress moves forward with a full plate of other time-consuming issues. And the renewed push did not meet with much enthusiasm from Senate Republicans, who said they had other priorities at the moment. Nonetheless, Speaker Paul D. Ryan vowed to renew efforts to repeal the law, despite last's week crushing setback when House Republicans tossed aside a repeal bill because they lacked the votes to pass it.(image)



MSNBC Guests Get Into Yelling Match Over Race

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:40:36 -0400

A panel on MSNBC about a black reporter being treated dismissively by White House spokesperson Sean Spicer erupted into a yelling match where a black guest said he was getting similar treatment. Political analyst Jason Johnson and American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp exchanged heated words. You don't get to tell other people what racism is," Johnson, who is black, interrupted. "You don't either!" Schlapp hit back. "Yes I do," Johnson said. "Because you don't experience it!"(image)



Adele: 'I Don't Know if I Will Ever Tour Again'

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:33:43 -0400

Adele said she may be done touring during a rainy New Zealand show. "I don't know if I will ever tour again," she said, according to News.com.au. "The only reason I've toured is you. I'm not sure if touring is my bag. My greatest accomplishment in my career is this tour." Rumors have swirled that this will be Adele's final tour since back in September. "Touring isn't something I'm good at -- applause makes me feel a bit vulnerable," she told the crowd at her Sunday show in Auckland. Adele wraps her months-long tour in London on July 2.(image)



U.K. Begins Brexit

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:13:39 -0400

[British Prime Minister] Theresa May has signed the letter that will formally begin the UK's departure from the European Union. Giving official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, it will be delivered to European Council president Donald Tusk later. ... Lord Gus O'Donnell, formerly Britain's top civil servant, likened the triggering of Article 50 to being "in a plane being flown by members of the EU and we're about to jump out and we have got a parachute designed by the people flying the plane -- and they have designed it in a way to deter anyone else jumping out."(image)



Sanders: Trump's Morally Repugnant Budget

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:06:17 -0400

Bernie Sanders: Mick Mulvaney, Donald Trump's budget director, recently made a truly remarkable and cynical statement. He claimed the draconian cuts in the president's budget were "one of the most compassionate things we can do" for a single mother living in Detroit. Really? Let's look at what Trump's "compassion" actually means for that mother, her two children and tens of millions of other working-class Americans. If Trump's budget becomes law, the after school programs that provide both enrichment and a safe space for Mick Mulvaney's hypothetical mother's children while she is still at work would be ended.(image)



15 Felonies for Planned Parenthood Stingers

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:30:13 -0400

Two anti-abortion activists whose controversial undercover videos accused Planned Parenthood doctors of selling fetal tissue were charged Tuesday with 15 felonies by California prosecutors. State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra's office alleges that David Daleiden and his co-conspirator, Sandra Merritt, filmed 14 people without their consent at meetings with women's healthcare providers in Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Franciso and El Dorado. The edited videos were published online, prompting outrage among abortion foes and triggering a wave of threats to abortion providers and those who were secretly recorded.(image)



Trump Declines Invitation to Throw First Pitch

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:33:30 -0400

The Washington Nationals' opener will be at home Monday against the Miami Marlins, but a team spokesman told reporters Tuesday that President Trump has declined the team's invitation to throw the first pitch on Opening Day. Thirteen presidents have performed the toss for the Washington Senators or Nationals since President William Howard Taft began the tradition in 1910. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama kept it going at Nationals Park.(image)