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Trump lashes out at Russia probe; Pence hires a lawyer – Washington Post

Friday, June 16, 2017

A heightened sense of unease gripped the White House on Thursday, as President Trump lashed out at reports that he’s under scrutiny for obstructing justice, aides repeatedly deflected questions about the probe and Vice President Pence acknowledged hiring a private lawyer to handle fallout from investigations into Russian election meddling. Pence’s decision to hire Richard Cullen, a Richmond-based lawyer who previously served as a U.S. attorney in the Eastern District…

The Latest: Gunman’s wife says she didn’t know his plans – Washington Post

Friday, June 16, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Latest on the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (all times local): 6:30 p.m. The wife of the gunman who wounded a Republican congressman and several others says her husband went to Washington because he wanted to work with people on changing tax brackets. Sue Hodgkinson told reporters outside her Illinois home Thursday that she was busy with her job and didn’t know a lot…

Mueller Is Coming for Trump – Slate Magazine

Friday, June 16, 2017

This strategy now appears poised to backfire spectacularly. On Wednesday, both the New York Times and the Washington Post reported that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Trump’s inner circle for financial crimes. This aggressive shift toward Trump associates’ personal dealings is disastrous news for the president, his allies, and his enablers. At long last, federal investigators will probe Trump’s sprawling network for wrongdoing, picking up where reporters left off,…

UK to hold inquiry into London tower block fire as death toll rises to 17 – Reuters

Friday, June 16, 2017

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday promised a public inquiry into a fire that gutted a 24-story apartment block killing at least 17 people, as the government faced questions about how such a devastating blaze could have occurred. Smoke was still wafting out of the blackened shell of the Grenfell Tower on Thursday where specialist firefighters and dog search teams faced hazardous conditions as they scoured the wreck,…

UK to hold inquiry into London tower block fire as death toll rises to 17 – Reuters

Friday, June 16, 2017

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday promised a public inquiry into a fire that gutted a 24-story apartment block killing at least 17 people, as the government faced questions about how such a devastating blaze could have occurred. Smoke was still wafting out of the blackened shell of the Grenfell Tower on Thursday where specialist firefighters and dog search teams faced hazardous conditions as they scoured the wreck,…

Republicans brush off Trump calling health bill ‘mean’ – The Hill

Friday, June 16, 2017

House Republicans are publicly brushing off comments from President Trump about the House’s healthcare bill being “mean.” Several lawmakers said they do not regret voting for the legislation and questioned whether Trump even made such a remark.  That comment, first reported by the Associated Press and confirmed by The Hill, came Tuesday during a private meeting between Trump and Republican senators. Trump also said during the meeting that he wanted…

Republicans brush off Trump calling health bill ‘mean’ – The Hill

Friday, June 16, 2017

House Republicans are publicly brushing off comments from President Trump about the House’s healthcare bill being “mean.” Several lawmakers said they do not regret voting for the legislation and questioned whether Trump even made such a remark.  That comment, first reported by the Associated Press and confirmed by The Hill, came Tuesday during a private meeting between Trump and Republican senators. Trump also said during the meeting that he wanted…

Otto Warmbier’s father denounces North Korea as his son is treated for a ‘severe neurological injury’ – Washington Post

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fred Warmbier, father of Otto Warmbier, speaks during a news conference in Wyoming, Ohio. (Bryan Woolston/Reuters) WYOMING, Ohio — Wearing the jacket his son Otto Warmbier wore at the sham trial that ended with his imprisonment in North Korea, Fred Warmbier denounced the “pariah” regime that had brutalized his son and fought back tears Thursday as he talked about kneeling to hug him when he was returned to the United States in…

Christopher Ruddy, the Trump whisperer: ‘I’m honest with him’ – Washington Post

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Nobody in President Trump’s orbit stirs up headlines quite like Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of the right-leaning media outlet Newsmax and his longtime friend. Since the early days of the administration, Ruddy has fashioned himself into something of an unofficial spokesman for Trump, a freelance translator of sorts with a unique insight into the president’s thought process and the workings of his inner circle. Put differently, he’s a Trump whisperer. Ruddy has…

After shooting at GOP baseball practice, investigators probe trail of political anger left by attacker – Washington Post

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Law enforcement officials worked Thursday to piece together the final nomadic months of the shooter whose anger toward President Trump apparently erupted in a rage of gunfire that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others wounded on a baseball field. Among the many questions for investigators is whether the gunman — James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old unemployed home inspector from southern Illinois — had long planned Wednesday’s assault…

London fire: Prime minister orders full public inquiry – BBC News

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Image caption A fire can be seen burning inside a flat in Grenfell Tower on Thursday Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the fire that engulfed a west London block of flats, killing at least 17 people. That figure is expected to rise, as fire chiefs do not expect to find any more survivors in the burnt-out Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington. People have been…

Qatar Buys US F-15s Days After Trump Says Country Funds Terror – NBCNews.com

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Qatar said Wednesday it has signed a $12 billion deal to buy F-15 fighter jets from the United States — just days after President Donald Trump accused the country of being a “high-level” sponsor of terrorism. The announcement came after the country’s defense minister met with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Washington. News of the sale comes amid a diplomatic crisis. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates…

Deadly explosion rocks Chinese kindergarten – CNN

Thursday, June 15, 2017

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Microsoft Surface Pro review: the new normal – The Verge

Thursday, June 15, 2017

In Microsoft’s relatively young hardware division, the Surface Pro has always stood for what the company believes is the future of personal computing. Originally billed as “the tablet that can replace your laptop,” it straddles the line between a traditional computer and something different. Times have changed in the five years since the Surface debuted. Every company that makes PCs has its own take on the “productive tablet,” many of…

What should I consider when buying a laptop for university? – The Guardian

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Our granddaughter is off to university this year and we will be buying her a laptop. We will discuss this with her, but some advice from you would be welcome. Mike and Joan This is a common question every summer, so a broad reply might help a few people. There are lots of things to consider, including course requirements, the usage scenario (portability, ergonomics etc), the user’s previous experience, support…

Review: Microsoft’s First Laptop Is Beautiful, But Has One (Fixable) Flaw – TIME

Thursday, June 15, 2017

When Microsoft debuted its first Surface device in 2012, it was pitched as the tablet that could replace your laptop. But Windows fans have been dying for the software giant to release a full-blown laptop for years. The Surface Laptop, starting at $999 and launching on Thursday, is that device. Microsoft dipped its toes into the notebook space with 2015’s Surface Book, but it was still a tablet hybrid. The…

Review: Microsoft’s First Laptop Is Beautiful, But Has One (Fixable) Flaw – TIME

Thursday, June 15, 2017

When Microsoft debuted its first Surface device in 2012, it was pitched as the tablet that could replace your laptop. But Windows fans have been dying for the software giant to release a full-blown laptop for years. The Surface Laptop, starting at $999 and launching on Thursday, is that device. Microsoft dipped its toes into the notebook space with 2015’s Surface Book, but it was still a tablet hybrid. The…

The U.S. Will Expand The Laptop Ban To 71 More International … – Jalopnik

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Photo credit: John Moore/Getty Images Maybe, just maybe, the U.S. government found its compassionate side and decided to think about our on-flight sanity before enforcing a sweeping laptop ban on incoming flights from other countries. According to reports, the U.S. could back off if international airports beef up security screening. Talks of electronics bans on incoming flights into the U.S. have been going on for several months now, sparked by…

Origin PC’s Slimmest Laptop Just Got a Serious Max-Q Boost – Laptop Mag

Thursday, June 15, 2017

LOS ANGELES – While I definitely love a big ole hulking gaming laptop, thin and lights have a place in my heart as well. And if notebooks like the new Origin PC Eon15-S have their way, they will earn even more of my attention. The latest version of the high-performance iteration of the Eon15-S will be available very soon, starting at around $1,600. That’s compared to $2,073 for the previous model. I…

Surface Laptop: A trip on the Windows 10 S express you’ll end quickly – ZDNet

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Microsoft has been busy building out its Surface family of devices in recent times, and the latest addition is the Surface Laptop. While it is easy to see the use cases that Microsoft imagines for each of its devices, the Surface Laptop is more the budget all-rounder of the family; although the Surface Book is the actual all-rounder of the lineup, it is hardly cheap. But just when you thought…