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West Wing lurches into unknown after Bannon’s exit – Politico

Saturday, August 19, 2017

On the afternoon that President Donald Trump promised “fire and fury” if North Korea launched an act of aggression, chief strategist Steve Bannon sat in his office and schemed about China, fuming about the country’s trade practices and looking for retaliation. He seemed unconcerned with the North Korea situation, one person who spoke to him said, dismissing concerns around the nuclear weapon-wielding state as “just a lot of talk.” Story…

Two Florida police officers killed, 2 injured in separate overnight shootings – Washington Post

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Two officers were killed and two others were injured in two separate Florida shootings that took place Friday night, outbreaks of violence against police that reverberated across the nation. The first shooting happened in Kissimmee, Fla., just south of Orlando. Officers were responding to a report of suspicious activity in a high-crime area when they were taken by surprise, officials said. The second shooting, about 90 minutes later in Jacksonville, left two…

Spain, a Leader in Foiling Attacks, Falls Victim to One Anyway – New York Times

Saturday, August 19, 2017

“What’s astounding is that an attack like this hasn’t taken place inside Morocco,” said Issandr El Amrani, an analyst with the International Crisis Group, which recently published a study of Islamic State activities in North Africa. Spanish counterterrorism relies heavily on cooperation with the Moroccan security forces, who have successfully penetrated migrant communities across Europe through a strong network of informants, despite concerns from human rights groups about their methods,…

More Info On Microsoft’s Xbox One X Coming Tomorrow, August 20 – Forbes

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Credit: Microsoft Xbox One X. Microsoft’s Xbox One has been a known quantity for a while now, first surfacing in leaks as a rumored update to the Xbox One before Microsoft confirmed its existence at E3 last year. Since then we’ve received a steady drip of info, from a breakdown of its technical specifications at Digital Foundry to the final price and name at E3 this year. What we don’t…

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen finds lost WWII ship USS Indianapolis – USA TODAY

Saturday, August 19, 2017

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Microsoft: Bing’s US Market Share Is Wildly Underestimated – Gizmodo

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Photo: AP Microsoft claims Bing, its search engine for people who have just unboxed a new computer and are trying to find out where to download Chrome, is bigger than you think. Stats released by the company this week claim Bing enjoys an astonishing 33 percent market share in the US, which is far higher than the frankly more believable 9 percent it reports worldwide. According to Microsoft, the 33…

A Stanford psychologist says internet culture isn’t as toxic as it feels – Quartz

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The internet feels like a worse place lately. In March, the Pew Research Center cited hate memes, manipulative bots spewing fake news, and media reports declaring the end of internet innocence as evidence that the social web isn’t “a space where disparate views, ideas and conversations [can] constructively converge.” Meanwhile, the risks of going online are widely discussed: It can cause depression, or create a “toxic mirror.” It can even…

The iPad Pro is about to start really competing with laptop computers – Business Insider

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Apple released several videos on Friday focusing on upcoming software that will arrive in the coming months. Six new, slickly-produced videos feature new things that Apple’s iPad Pro models can do with iOS 11, which is still in beta. Apple doesn’t usually make advertisements for beta software, suggesting that a big Apple launch is right around the corner.  That’s because when Apple launched new iPad Pro models June, many…

More Info On Microsoft’s Xbox One X Coming Tomorrow, August 20 – Forbes

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Credit: Microsoft Xbox One X. Microsoft’s Xbox One has been a known quantity for a while now, first surfacing in leaks as a rumored update to the Xbox One before Microsoft confirmed its existence at E3 last year. Since then we’ve received a steady drip of info, from a breakdown of its technical specifications at Digital Foundry to the final price and name at E3 this year. What we don’t…

A Stanford psychologist says internet culture isn’t as toxic as it feels – Quartz

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The internet feels like a worse place lately. In March, the Pew Research Center cited hate memes, manipulative bots spewing fake news, and media reports declaring the end of internet innocence as evidence that the social web isn’t “a space where disparate views, ideas and conversations [can] constructively converge.” Meanwhile, the risks of going online are widely discussed: It can cause depression, or create a “toxic mirror.” It can even…

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…