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What Trump’s Increasing Isolation Could Mean For His Presidency – NPR

Saturday, August 19, 2017

President Trump speaks on the phone Jan. 28 with Russia’s Putin, flanked by top aides, from left, Reince Priebus, Vice President Pence, Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer and Michael Flynn. Only Pence remains. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Drew Angerer/Getty Images President Trump speaks on the phone Jan. 28 with Russia’s Putin, flanked by top aides, from left, Reince Priebus, Vice President Pence, Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer and Michael…

1 Florida police officer killed, 3 others injured in separate shootings – CBS News

Saturday, August 19, 2017

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – One police officer was killed and three wounded in nighttime shootings in two Florida cities where the officers were responding to suspected drug activity and reports of a suicide attempt, police said Saturday. One officer was killed and another gravely injured late Friday night in Kissimmee in central Florida just south of the theme park hub of Orlando. The other two officers were injured a couple of hours…

Spain, France press manhunt for ringleader in dual attacks – Washington Post

Saturday, August 19, 2017

BARCELONA, Spain — Authorities in Spain and France pressed the search Saturday for the supposed ringleader of an Islamic extremist cell that carried out vehicle attacks in Barcelona and a seaside resort, as the investigation focused on links among the Moroccan members and the house where they plotted the carnage. Early Saturday, police searched two buses in northwest Catalonia in the hunt for any remaining members of the cell. Nothing…

Charlottesville Wounds Still Fresh, Boston Girds for Dueling Protests – New York Times

Saturday, August 19, 2017

On Friday evening, several hundred people gathered in downtown Portland, Ore., for an “Eclipse Hate” rally. Later, others joined in, and more than 1,000 protesters marched on downtown streets, chanting, “No KKK, No fascist U.S.A., No Trump.” The march was loud but relatively peaceful. Protesters swarmed two of the city’s bridges, halting traffic in both directions. At one point, they chanted, ”Whose bridge? Our Bridge.” Then protesters returned quietly to…

Finnish police call fatal stabbing an act of terrorism – Washington Post

Saturday, August 19, 2017

BERLIN — Police in Finland said Saturday they were classifying a fatal stabbing attack in a southwestern city as terrorism. Two people were killed and six others wounded Friday when an 18-year-old Moroccan man went on a stabbing rampage, authorities said. He was shot in the leg by police and was being treated in intensive care. The attack unfolded in Turku, about 100 miles west of Helsinki, jolting a continent…

Stephen Bannon Out at the White House After Turbulent Run – New York Times

Saturday, August 19, 2017

His removal is a victory for Mr. Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general whose mission is to impose discipline on White House personnel. A caustic presence in a chaotic West Wing, Mr. Bannon frequently clashed with other aides as they fought over trade, the war in Afghanistan, taxes, immigration and the role of government. In an interview this week with The American Prospect, Mr. Bannon mocked his colleagues, including Gary…

Missing Calif. Man in Europe for First Anniversary Was Killed in Barcelona Attack, Dad Says – PEOPLE.com

Saturday, August 19, 2017

A California man who vanished in the chaos of a deadly van attack in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday has been confirmed dead, his father told a local TV station. While the official identities of any American casualties in the violence have not been confirmed, Jared Tucker’s dad, Dan Tucker, told KGO that he was among those killed. Two friends of Jared and his wife, Heidi Nunes, also confirmed his death…

Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon fired – CNN

Saturday, August 19, 2017

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Carl Icahn’s Failed Raid on Washington – The New Yorker

Saturday, August 19, 2017

If you squint, Trump and Icahn look alike. Both grew up in Queens and have an outer-borough chip on their shoulders. Both first came to tabloid prominence against the gaudy backdrop of the nineteen-eighties. Both are brash, plainspoken street fighters, examples of an American archetype: the populist rich guy. But Trump comes from the wealthy enclave of Jamaica Estates, whereas Icahn grew up in a lower-middle-class family in Bayswater. His…

Charlottesville car attack suspect charged with five additional felonies – WENY-TV

Saturday, August 19, 2017

By Nadeem Muaddi and Nora Neus CNN (CNN) — Charlottesville police on Friday announced they have charged James Alex Fields, Jr. with five additional felony counts related to last week’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he allegedly rammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one person and injuring 19 others. Fields has already been charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failure…

China launches cyber-court to handle internet-related disputes – The Verge

Saturday, August 19, 2017

China’s new cyber-court in the city of Hangzhou will start hearing cases today that exclusively deal with e-commerce and internet-related cases, according to China Law Blog. The court will have the ability to handle all aspects of a case online from beginning to end. The court will accept filings electronically and try cases via live stream for the following areas of dispute: contract disputes arising from online shopping, product liability…

Taylor Swift’s new music appears to be imminent, according to the Internet – Washington Post

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Taylor Swift during a concert in Los Angeles. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) Taylor Swift is planning something. Yes, we know we said that a few months ago. But this time, that something appears imminent. On Friday afternoon, the pop megastar’s Internet presence mysteriously vanished. Instagram photos? Gone. Twitter account? No profile photo, following zero people, and tweets are being deleted by the minute. Facebook page? Zapped. Tumblr? Nothing. Her website? A literal…

Neo-Nazis Expose the Internet’s Big Weakness – Bloomberg

Saturday, August 19, 2017

An obscure internet executive’s decision to shut down a neo-Nazi website has rightly sparked a debate about how to govern the global computer network. On a technical level, though, it also demonstrates how vulnerable this supposedly resilient mode of communication has become. The Daily Stormer, which spreads neo-Nazi propaganda using cartoon frogs and anime avatars, was far from the most beloved page on the web. The site had already relocated…

Trump gets rid of Stephen Bannon, a top proponent of his nationalist agenda – Washington Post

Friday, August 18, 2017

President Trump on Friday dismissed his embattled chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, an architect of his 2016 general election victory and the champion of his nationalist impulses, in a major White House shake-up that follows a week of racial unrest. With his presidency floundering and his legislative agenda in shambles, administration officials said Trump’s empowered new chief of staff, John F. Kelly, moved to fire Bannon in an effort to…

Spanish probe points to wider network in attacks; American among dead – Washington Post

Friday, August 18, 2017

BARCELONA — Spain was seized Friday with the realization that it had incubated a large-scale terrorist plot, as authorities across Europe mounted a manhunt following the deadliest attacks to strike the country in more than a decade: two vehicle assaults in Barcelona and a Catalan coastal town. Investigators believe that at least eight people plotted the attacks, putting them at a level of sophistication comparable to major strikes in Paris and Brussels in…

Romney Takes Trump to the Woodshed, Calls for Presidential Apology – New York Magazine

Friday, August 18, 2017

The 2012 GOP presidential nominee accuses the 2016 GOP presidential nominee of undermining the military and U.S. foreign policy with his expressions of solidarity with the white rioters of Charlottesville. Photo: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images The cavalcade of Republican dignitaries criticizing, or at least distancing themselves from the president’s mealymouthed response to Charlottesville grows longer each minute. But one particularly heavy wingtip just dropped, as Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential…

Latest: Streets remain closed in downtown Durham following counter protest in Durham – WRAL.com

Friday, August 18, 2017

Durham, N.C. — 4:30 p.m.: More people join Durham rally, which originally started in response to rumors of a white supremacist rally. 4:00 p.m.: Despite reports of Main Street reopening, crowds of demonstrators remain in the streets of downtown Durham. There is still no evidence of a white supremacists rally. No arrests or acts of violence have been reported. 3:43 p.m.: Main Street reopens in downtown Durham, according to a…

Finland stabbings: Two dead and suspect shot in Turku – BBC News

Friday, August 18, 2017

Image copyright AFP Image caption The attack was over in a matter of minutes Two people have been killed and at least six others wounded in a stabbing in Turku in south-west Finland, say police. Police, who were on the scene within minutes, shot the suspected attacker and arrested him. He has been taken into custody. The attack took place in the Puutori-Market Square area of Turku. Police initially asked…

State Department suffers worldwide email outage – Politico

Friday, August 18, 2017

Officials said the outage was not caused by “any external action or interference.” | Getty By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 08/18/2017 02:28 PM EDT U.S. officials say the State Department has suffered a worldwide email outage affecting its entire unclassified system. The officials said the outage began early Friday morning and that technicians were working to restore email as soon as possible. The officials said the outage was not caused by…

“Bing is bigger than you think,” Microsoft boasts, at 33% of US searches – Ars Technica

Friday, August 18, 2017

reader comments 185 Bing is bigger than you think! #SEM #PPC #bingadswebcast pic.twitter.com/fFtEDvM634 — Bing Ads (@BingAds) August 17, 2017 We’ve known from Microsoft’s financial reports that Bing has been growing. The search engine became profitable in the third calendar quarter of 2015, and Microsoft says it has continued to grow both the market share and revenue-per-search since then. But how big is Bing? Via OnMSFT, Microsoft tweeted yesterday that…