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Travis Kalanick is already back running a company with a $150M investment

Travis Kalanick, the former Uber CEO who was shown the door in June last year amid a series of major controversies, has already found his next leading role following his announcement of a new investment fund just weeks ago. Kalanick said on Twitter that his f

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This Afghanistan vet spent his 40th birthday in Mexico, but only because he was deported there

U.S. military veteran Miguel Perez, Jr. spent his 40th birthday in Mexico, not because it was a trip of his own choosing, but because he was deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last month. Perez had been detained since 2016, after gettin
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This Afghanistan vet spent his 40th birthday in Mexico, but only because he was deported there

U.S. military veteran Miguel Perez, Jr. spent his 40th birthday in Mexico, not because it was a trip of his own choosing, but because he was deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last month. Perez had been detained since 2016, after getting his green card revoked over a nonviolent drug conviction. Perez “said that what he saw and experienced in Afghanistan sent his life off the rails,” leading him to struggle with PTSD and addiction. He needed help. Instead, the Trump administration deported him, “homeless and penniless in a dangerous place, without food or money or clothes or needed medications,” said Rev. Emma Lozano, one of his advocates. “This is an intolerable way to treat a man who fought bravely for this nation”: Perez was deported last month after a year-and-a-half-long battle with the immigration court system. He said he was left in Matamoros, Mexico, a border city across the bridge from Brownsville, Texas, without money or clothes. Perez says he was given a few doses of Prozac and two other medications that he takes to treat his PTSD. A fellow veteran traveled from Chicago to Matamoros to help Perez get to Tijuana, where he has been living since. Perez, Jr. spent his birthday there and called it “great” because he was “free” from detention. But he misses Chicago, his home. “I’m still fighting to get back home,” he told Latino USA. “My family, friends and my community are there.” Following his deportation, the Chicago Tribune reported that “Perez is one of many veterans, some of whom sustained injuries and emotional trauma during combat, who have been decorated for service, then confronted with the possibility of deportation after committing a crime”: As with many others, Perez mistakenly thought he became a U.S. citizen when he took an oath to protect the nation. He discovered that was not the case when he was summoned to immigration court shortly before his release from a state penitentiary.

Manafort and Gates were already interviewed by the FBI before they were hired by Trump campaign

Before he came on board as first an adviser, then the chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Paul Manafort had at least two meetings with the FBI. The documents filed late Monday by prosecutors in the office of special counsel Robert S. Muelle
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Manafort and Gates were already interviewed by the FBI before they were hired by Trump campaign

Before he came on board as first an adviser, then the chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Paul Manafort had at least two meetings with the FBI. The documents filed late Monday by prosecutors in the office of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign, show that the FBI had interviewed Manafort in March 2013 and again in July 2014. Manafort’s deputy, Rick Gates, who also held a top role with Trump’s campaign, was interviewed by the FBI in July 2014, the documents show. They weren’t alone. The FBI had also interviewed Carter Page, who was a known recruitment target for Russia and the world’s least-stealthy would-be double agent. Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page bragged that he was an adviser to the Kremlin in a letter obtained by TIME that raises new questions about the extent of Page’s contacts with the Russian government over the years. Manafort, Gates and Page were already on the FBI’s radar well before they were on Trump’s payroll. And it’s not as if the Moscow connection of any of the three was hidden. Manafort played up his Russian connections and the work he had done in Ukraine as the highlight of his consulting work. And still both Donald Trump—and the RNC—hired Paul Manafort. The information raises fresh questions about how closely the Trump campaign vetted staff members and whether Manafort and Gates told officials about their interactions with the FBI. Actually, it just delivers the definitive answer to the same old question: Donald Trump doesn’t vet anyone. He just hires on the basis of flattery.

Trump's short-term health insurance expansion a big dud with the whole health sector

The reviews—in the form of public comment on proposed regulation—are in, and the Trump administration's most recent Affordable Care Act sabotage scheme is getting panned by all the right people. Trump wants to expand short-term, stop-gap plans that are cu
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Trump's short-term health insurance expansion a big dud with the whole health sector

The reviews—in the form of public comment on proposed regulation—are in, and the Trump administration's most recent Affordable Care Act sabotage scheme is getting panned by all the right people. Trump wants to expand short-term, stop-gap plans that are currently allowed to be sold without all of the consumer protections in the law and without providing coverage for the essential benefits required in all other plans, like maternity or mental health or prescription drug coverage. The administration has proposed making these plans last longer (for up to one year) and potentially be renewable. While premiums for these plans would be substantially lower, they would provide much less coverage for much larger out-of-pocket costs, and they could leave people bankrupt after an unexpected injury or illness. They would also likely destabilize the individual market and throw much of the system into chaos. For all of these reasons, basically every component of the health sector is opposed to the proposal. The American Medical Association has warned it could “disrupt and destabilize the individual insurance market.” The American Academy of Family Physicians said it would allow insurers to avoid covering “vulnerable, expensive patients.” More than 100 patient groups have signed a letter in opposition. […] America’s Health Insurance Plans, the largest association representing health insurers, yesterday urged HHS to allow such plans to be purchased for just six months, not a full year, and ensure consumers are aware of what the plans don’t cover. “We are concerned that this proposed rule will lead to more people being uninsured and under-insured, and to higher costs in the long run,” incoming AHIP president Matt Eyles said in a statement. “Short-term plans can provide an important temporary bridge for comprehensive coverage. But they are not a replacement for comprehensive coverage.” Likewise, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association says it «would cause rates to increase for those who need or want comprehensive health insurance coverage.»  

Midday open thread: Criminals and invisibles, children's menus, and a media failure

● Today’s comic is Identity politics by Jen Sorensen: ● Children's menus in the 20th century. ● Travis Reinking is what happens when black people are «criminals» and white people are allowed to be invisible. ● «It'
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Midday open thread: Criminals and invisibles, children's menus, and a media failure

● Today’s comic is Identity politics by Jen Sorensen: ● Children's menus in the 20th century. ● Travis Reinking is what happens when black people are «criminals» and white people are allowed to be invisible. ● «It's over»: How the Wikileaks emails were handled in the media. Logically, if emails are obtained illegally and strategically distributed to favor one candidate, extra care should be taken to ensure that stories are newsworthy and that the spin of the people distributing the emails is examined critically. Instead, perversely, the privacy issue was turned on its head: the fact that information was obtained illegally made trivia seem newsworthy. ● This is just a really interesting conversation on Twitter. ●  xJust a reminder, folks: pic.twitter.com/3dYV7hwm6Q— Cameron Joseph (@cam_joseph) April 23, 2018 On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Sean Hannity «helps» poor neighborhoods by paying thieves to steal homes. WTF with Ronny Jackson? Toronto attack. Gun nuts blow up expensive belongings to trigger you, again. Twitter pal Lisa Iannucci gives us her view of the contest in NJ-04. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!)

Golfing while black becomes the latest reason to call police officers on black people

Earlier this month, after two black men were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia for waiting while black, Starbucks decided to close its stores nationwide on May 29 for an implicit bias training. While this may seem like a responsive approach, it is un
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Golfing while black becomes the latest reason to call police officers on black people

Earlier this month, after two black men were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia for waiting while black, Starbucks decided to close its stores nationwide on May 29 for an implicit bias training. While this may seem like a responsive approach, it is unlikely to bring about change on its own. This is because while Starbucks may take the steps to begin helping its employees confront their irrational fear of black people, it does nothing to change the larger culture we’ve been socialized in—which not only supports but foments racial bias. As Damon Young from The Root points out, it is America that needs to close for a racial bias training.  Sadly, what happened at Starbucks is not an isolated incident. On Saturday, April 21, a little more than a week after police were called to the Starbucks, a group of black women went golfing at the Grandview Gold Club in York, Pennsylvania. They, too, had the police called on them—this time for “playing too slowly” and refusing to leave the golf course. As described by the AP :   At the second hole, a white man whose son co-owns the club came up to them twice to complain that they weren’t keeping up with the pace of play. [Sandra] Thompson, an attorney and the head of the York chapter of the NAACP, told the newspaper it was untrue. On the same hole, another member of the group, Sandra Harrison, said she spoke with a Grandview golf pro, who said they were fine since they were keeping pace with the group ahead of them. Despite that, the women skipped the third hole to avoid any other issues, she said. Just to be clear, this was not a group of newbies out for their first time on the golf course. This is a group of local women who refer to themselves as “Sisters on the Fairway” and who have been golfing together for over a decade. They knew what they were doing. Even after the complaint, they checked in with a staff person at the golf club to make sure they weren’t holding anyone up. In fact, they were so considerate of the group behind them that they decided to skip the next hole. But apparently that wasn’t good enough. Their thoughtful consideration and adherence to the rules merited a call to the police along with getting them kicked off of the course. 

Comparing Trump's polling numbers to his predecessors' foretells big midterm losses for the GOP

Gallup released new polling this week showing the percentage of Americans who think Donald Trump deserves re-election, 37 percent, tracks almost identically to where Barack Obama (37 percent) and Bill Clinton (38 percent) stood at this point—and that's a go
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Comparing Trump's polling numbers to his predecessors' foretells big midterm losses for the GOP

Gallup released new polling this week showing the percentage of Americans who think Donald Trump deserves re-election, 37 percent, tracks almost identically to where Barack Obama (37 percent) and Bill Clinton (38 percent) stood at this point—and that's a good thing in terms of Democrats gaining seats this November.  Clinton and Obama both saw their party suffer huge losses in their first midterm elections, when fewer than four in 10 voters thought they deserved re-election. In 1994, Democrats lost 53 seats in the House, and in 2010, they lost 63 seats. Those losses were large enough to make Republicans the majority party in the House of Representatives. George W. Bush comparisons are useless because his re-elect numbers were off the charts (60 percent) due to a post-9/11 bump.  Democrats still have the hurdle of heavily gerrymandered districts to overcome this fall. But there's one more way Trump could help them: He continues to be far more deeply unpopular than either Obama or Clinton at this juncture, notes the Washington Post's Greg Sargent: What’s more, as Gallup reminds us today, if you look at Trump’s approval ratings, as opposed to the reelect numbers, those have steadily been worse than those of his recent predecessors — by sizable margins, in fact. So not only is Trump on track to face large midterm losses — he is also substantially less popular than those predecessors. As of mid-April, Gallup put Trump's favorability ratings at the lowest point of his presidency: 38 percent. Wanna help drive a big blue wave in November? Please consider giving $3 to the Daily Kos effort to flip the House to Democratic control.

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Cambridge Analytica: We didn't use Facebook data in Trump campaign - CNET

The company says it didn't use improperly handled data on millions of Facebook users in the 2016 election because of its «effective uselessness.»
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Cambridge Analytica: We didn't use Facebook data in Trump campaign - CNET

The company says it didn't use improperly handled data on millions of Facebook users in the 2016 election because of its «effective uselessness.»

Stormtroopers, Chewbacca, R2-D2 to announce 49ers NFL draft picks - CNET

Commentary: The NFL is trying to make Day 3 of the draft more (at all?) interesting. So it's letting teams make «entertaining» announcements.
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Stormtroopers, Chewbacca, R2-D2 to announce 49ers NFL draft picks - CNET

Commentary: The NFL is trying to make Day 3 of the draft more (at all?) interesting. So it's letting teams make «entertaining» announcements.

OtterBox drops Avengers: Infinity War phone cases ahead of movie opening - CNET

OtterBox's Avengers: Infinity War Symmetry and Defender Series cases are available for the latest iPhones and Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.
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OtterBox drops Avengers: Infinity War phone cases ahead of movie opening - CNET

OtterBox's Avengers: Infinity War Symmetry and Defender Series cases are available for the latest iPhones and Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.

Why most-valued TCS is number eight in free float market capitalisation

Infosys, with a market cap of just 40% of that of TCS, has greater standing in the benchmark indices because of low promoter shareholding
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Why most-valued TCS is number eight in free float market capitalisation

Infosys, with a market cap of just 40% of that of TCS, has greater standing in the benchmark indices because of low promoter shareholding

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Airborne dust threatens human health in Southwest

Researchers have found that in the coming decades, increased dust emissions from severe and prolonged droughts in the American Southwest could result in significant increases in hospital admissions and premature deaths.
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Airborne dust threatens human health in Southwest

Researchers have found that in the coming decades, increased dust emissions from severe and prolonged droughts in the American Southwest could result in significant increases in hospital admissions and premature deaths.

Digit’s first move beyond saving money is a feature to pay down credit card debt

Digit, the developer of a wildly popular automatic savings mobile app, is moving beyond its core business with a new feature enabling users to pay down credit card debt from their Digit account. Announced earlier today the new Digit Pay service, which uses sa
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Digit’s first move beyond saving money is a feature to pay down credit card debt

Digit, the developer of a wildly popular automatic savings mobile app, is moving beyond its core business with a new feature enabling users to pay down credit card debt from their Digit account. Announced earlier today the new Digit Pay service, which uses savings in a Digit account to pay off credit card debt for […]

IoT ‘conversation’ and ambient contextuality

A few years back, I wrote about the way we communicate with our technology. It was obvious even then that a big game-changer would be enabling a reliable conversational interaction with technology in order to overcome the friction humans experience when we
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IoT ‘conversation’ and ambient contextuality

A few years back, I wrote about the way we communicate with our technology. It was obvious even then that a big game-changer would be enabling a reliable conversational interaction with technology in order to overcome the friction humans experience when we use our modern tools, be they apps, phones, cars or semi-autonomous coffee makers. Too much typing and swiping and app management crowds our experiences with our connected “things.”

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The Latest: Judge rejects mistrial bid in Copperfield trial

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Latest on civil trial involving Las Vegas Strip headliner David Copperfield and a British tourist who claims he was seriously hurt in a fall while taking part in a signature Copperfield illusion in 2013 (all times local): 12:55 p.m. A jud
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The Latest: Judge rejects mistrial bid in Copperfield trial

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Latest on civil trial involving Las Vegas Strip headliner David Copperfield and a British tourist who claims he was seriously hurt in a fall while taking part in a signature Copperfield illusion in 2013 (all times local): 12:55 p.m. A judge in Las Vegas has ...

Yemenis protest ban in advance of supreme court arguments

NEW YORK (AP) - Yemeni Americans in New York are speaking out against a U.S. travel ban as the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments over whether it should be upheld. Some Yemeni owners of bodegas, the corner stores so prevalent in New York City, shut
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Yemenis protest ban in advance of supreme court arguments

NEW YORK (AP) - Yemeni Americans in New York are speaking out against a U.S. travel ban as the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments over whether it should be upheld. Some Yemeni owners of bodegas, the corner stores so prevalent in New York City, shut down for an ...

Promoting Global Dialogue: The Power of (Street) Photography on the African Continent

Curator Bisi Silva discusses the changing global perceptions of photographers from Africa, highlighting the importance of engaging with local perspectives to deepen our understanding of the rapidly-changing world.
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Promoting Global Dialogue: The Power of (Street) Photography on the African Continent

Curator Bisi Silva discusses the changing global perceptions of photographers from Africa, highlighting the importance of engaging with local perspectives to deepen our understanding of the rapidly-changing world.

Son of Hitler Will Leave You Speechless in the Best Way Possible

“The never-before-told tale of Adolf Hitler’s secret child and how this son was the key to ending World War II is now revealed in this audacious graphic novel based upon one of history’s […] The post Son of Hitler Will Leave You Speechless in the
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Son of Hitler Will Leave You Speechless in the Best Way Possible

“The never-before-told tale of Adolf Hitler’s secret child and how this son was the key to ending World War II is now revealed in this audacious graphic novel based upon one of history’s […] The post Son of Hitler Will Leave You Speechless in the Best Way Possible appeared first on Geek.com.

Aggretsuko is What Happens When Hello Kitty Gets a Soul-Crushing Job

If you spent any amount of time this weekend combing through Netflix in search of something to watch (so every weekend), you likely came across Aggretsuko. The new series from Hello Kitty purveyors Sanrio dropped onto the […] The post Aggretsuko is
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Aggretsuko is What Happens When Hello Kitty Gets a Soul-Crushing Job

If you spent any amount of time this weekend combing through Netflix in search of something to watch (so every weekend), you likely came across Aggretsuko. The new series from Hello Kitty purveyors Sanrio dropped onto the […] The post Aggretsuko is What Happens When Hello Kitty Gets a Soul-Crushing Job appeared first on Geek.com.

Geek Deals: 55-Inch 4K TV for $250, $100 Cordless Vacuum with Brushroll, and more

We’re now at the point where the entry-level 4K television sets are incredibly affordable. Right now, Walmart is offering up a 55-inch Sceptre 4K model at a 37 percent discount. We’ve also found […] The post Geek Deals: 55-Inch 4K TV for $25
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Geek Deals: 55-Inch 4K TV for $250, $100 Cordless Vacuum with Brushroll, and more

We’re now at the point where the entry-level 4K television sets are incredibly affordable. Right now, Walmart is offering up a 55-inch Sceptre 4K model at a 37 percent discount. We’ve also found […] The post Geek Deals: 55-Inch 4K TV for $250, $100 Cordless Vacuum with Brushroll, and more appeared first on Geek.com.

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Stevenson to defend WBC light heavyweight title in Toronto

TORONTO (AP) Adonis Stevenson of Canada will defend his WBC light heavyweight title against Badou Jack of Sweden in Toronto on May 19.
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Stevenson to defend WBC light heavyweight title in Toronto

TORONTO (AP) Adonis Stevenson of Canada will defend his WBC light heavyweight title against Badou Jack of Sweden in Toronto on May 19.

Vikings' Cook making strong offseason comeback in knee rehab

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings made a splash on the free agent market last month, with their fully guaranteed contract for quarterback Kirk Cousins and the signing of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson for another instant upgrade for the starting l
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Vikings' Cook making strong offseason comeback in knee rehab

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings made a splash on the free agent market last month, with their fully guaranteed contract for quarterback Kirk Cousins and the signing of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson for another instant upgrade for the starting lineup.

Chris Paul wary of Rockets’ 3-1 lead, has brought up Clippers’ 2015 collapse

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, especially if their name is Chris Paul.With a blowout win on Monday, the Houston Rockets took a 3-1 lead in their first-round series against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Addressing reporters on Tuesd
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Chris Paul wary of Rockets’ 3-1 lead, has brought up Clippers’ 2015 collapse

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, especially if their name is Chris Paul.With a blowout win on Monday, the Houston Rockets took a 3-1 lead in their first-round series against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Addressing reporters on Tuesday, James Harden hinted that Paul was wary of the lead and brought up the 3-1 advantage his old team, the LA Clippers, blew to (ironically) the Rockets in the 2015 playoffs, per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. Paul has good reason to preach caution — he still has yet to make a conference finals in his 13-year career and (unfair or not) carries a bit of a reputation as a playoff choker, aided in part by that notorious collapse in 2015.As for the Rockets, they now head into a potential closeout Game 5 at home Wednesday against the Wolves and obviously cannot get ahead of themselves. The good news though is that their leaders won’t let them get overconfident.

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