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The Latest: Trump takes another swipe at Hillary Clinton – Washington Post

Monday, October 16, 2017

President Trump said “we’re going to be looking into” a report about Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), his drug czar nominee, in the wake of the Washington Post/“60 Minutes” investigation that found the lawmaker helped steer legislation that made it harder for the government to take some enforcement actions against giant drug companies. The president’s comments came as congressional Democrats reacted sharply to the report that Marino helped guide the legislation…

Iraqis seize military base, oil field from Kurdish forces near contested Kirkuk – Washington Post

Monday, October 16, 2017

BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces took control of the contested city of Kirkuk on Monday, as the two U.S. allies face off over territory and oil in the wake of the Kurdish region’s independence vote last month.  Iraqi forces advanced into the disputed province with the goal of returning to positions they held before 2014, when they fled in the face of an Islamic State push. They recaptured military bases, an…

Trump finally comments on Green Beret deaths, knocks Obama – CNN

Monday, October 16, 2017

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Trump promises to ‘look into’ report on drug czar nominee Marino in wake of Post/’60 Minutes’ probe – Washington Post

Monday, October 16, 2017

President Trump said “we’re going to be looking into” a report about Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), his drug czar nominee, in the wake of the Washington Post/“60 Minutes” investigation that found the lawmaker helped steer legislation that made it harder for the government to take some enforcement actions against giant drug companies. The president’s comments came as congressional Democrats reacted sharply to the report that Marino helped guide the legislation…

What Trump isn’t tweeting about – CNN

Monday, October 16, 2017

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The Pi-Top turns a Raspberry Pi into a laptop to help teach coding – The Verge

Monday, October 16, 2017

The original Pi-Top was a modular laptop powered by a Raspberry Pi that came out on Indiegogo back in 2014. Now, the company (also called Pi-Top) is back with an updated version of the laptop that looks to improve on the original in a couple of key ways, via Engadget. The Raspberry Pi is best known as a diminutive mini-computer that’s good for coding projects due to its low cost…

How to get a good MacBook deal this Black Friday – TechRadar

Monday, October 16, 2017

If you think Christmas will be here before you know it, Black Friday (November 24) most certainly will, bringing the usual dizzying array of discounts across innumerable pieces of gadgetry. And that price chopping extends to notebooks, an arena in which Apple’s MacBooks are ripe for reductions. Mainly because they are, generally speaking, so expensive in the first place, so there’s plenty of headroom for discounting (particularly in the case…

Alleged deserter Bowe Bergdahl doubts he could get a fair trial after Trump comments – ABC News

Monday, October 16, 2017

Former Taliban prisoner Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after a short military hearing at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, today after expressing doubts that he could get a fair trial after campaign statements by Donald Trump. Despite surviving five years in a Taliban cage, Bergdahl, Trump said in several campaign speeches as a presidential candidate, was a “traitor” who should be executed….

Iraqi Forces, in Kirkuk, Say They’ve Taken Key Sites – New York Times

Monday, October 16, 2017

Local officials said Arab and Turkmen residents of Kirkuk, a city of about one million, fired weapons into the air as national forces drove through the city. Iraqi troops took over the provincial governor’s compound, the military command in Baghdad said. The operation came as divisions within the Kurdish command broke into the open on Monday, with officials from a Kurdish opposition party, the Patriotic Union or Kurdistan, or P.U.K.,…

If Trump doesn’t want a nuclear war with North Korea, a ‘No First Use’ pledge might work better than threats – Washington Post

Monday, October 16, 2017

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un is said to be inspecting artillery launchers ahead of a military drill marking the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) on April 25, 2017. (NORTHKOREA-TOURISM/WONSAN KCNA/via REUTERS) Donald Trump has threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea with “fire and fury” should it cross some ambiguous tripwire. By being vague about where that…

Scientists detect gravitational waves from a new kind of nova, sparking a new era in astronomy – Washington Post

Monday, October 16, 2017

Some 130 million years ago, in a galaxy far away, the smoldering cores of two collapsed stars smashed into each other. The resulting explosion sent a burst of gamma rays streaming through space and rippled the very fabric of the universe. On Aug. 17, those signals reached Earth — and sparked an astronomy revolution. The distant collision created a “kilonova,” an astronomical marvel that scientists have never seen before. It was…

Bernie Saunders: Republicans step up their assault on working class America – Irish Times

Monday, October 16, 2017

After failing to pass a “healthcare” Bill that would have thrown up to 32 million Americans off of health insurance, a Bill that was more unpopular than the Wall Street bailout, Donald Trump and the Republican leadership in congress are back. Now, they are pushing one of the most destructive and unfair budget and tax proposals in the modern history of our country – a plan that would do incalculable…

Microsoft is redesigning Outlook for Mac and Windows – The Verge

Monday, October 16, 2017

Microsoft is working on a big redesign for its Outlook for Mac and Windows apps. The software giant revealed teasers for the new design during an Ignite conference session last month, and the goal is to simplify the user interface on both Mac and Windows versions. A lot of the changes look very similar to the Outlook for iOS app, with a single-line ribbon and a smaller set of default…

Microsoft shows off its Fluent Design changes to Windows 10 – The Verge

Monday, October 16, 2017

Microsoft first unveiled its Fluent Design language earlier this year, promising subtle changes to the company’s software in the future. The first part of Fluent Design will appear in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update release tomorrow, but Microsoft is preparing more in the coming months. Most of the existing changes include subtle additions like blur effects, which is a type of design we saw back with Windows Vista. All…

Microsoft’s New Android Invasion Has Started – Forbes

Monday, October 16, 2017

Following on from Joe Belfiore’s announcement that Windows 10 For Mobile has been effectively killed (security updates and patches will continue, but there will be no new features added), there has been a renewed online interest in Redmond’s mobile software. This has been helped by two major software announcements last week that potentially pushes Microsoft’s mobile vision into the hands of hundreds of millions of consumers. Microsoft PR Microsoft advertises…

The Latest: State-backed Iraqi militias seen inside Kirkuk – Washington Post

Monday, October 16, 2017

KIRKUK, Iraq — The Latest on Iraq, where federal forces have attacked the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk (all times local): 1:15 p.m. State-sanctioned Iraqi militias have taken up positions inside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk after federal forces clashed with Kurdish forces outside the city. The mostly Shiite Arab militias, known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, are viewed with deep suspicion by the city’s Kurdish community. Prime Minister Haider…

Colin Kaepernick’s Collusion Claim: Does He Have a Case? – Sports Illustrated

Monday, October 16, 2017

According to multiple sources, free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the NFL for collusion. In March, I wrote a legal analysis of this scenario occurring and explained how it would work for Kaepernick and the NFL. The March article details the relevant procedures at play and how they are governed by the collective bargaining agreement. Here’s an update, and 16 key points to stress. 1. Collusion…

Hurricane Ophelia: Thousands lose power as storm hits Ireland – BBC News

Monday, October 16, 2017

Media captionWinds of up to 80mph are expected to hit the UK Thousands are without power in southern Ireland as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia reach the British Isles. The Met Office has warned of “potential danger to life”, with winds off the south coast of Ireland reaching 109mph (176km/h) at Fastnet Rock. In the Republic of Ireland, Met Eireann has issued a red wind warning and the government has…

‘I’m intact,’ Tillerson says, brushing off drama with Trump – Washington Post

Monday, October 16, 2017

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday ducked, danced and sidestepped the question of whether he truly called President Donald Trump a “moron,” dismissing the brouhaha as the “petty stuff” of Washington. Though they keep coming, Tillerson insisted the persistent queries aren’t hindering his mission as the nation’s top diplomat. Asked about a leading GOP senator’s comment — “You cannot publicly castrate your own secretary of state” —…