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Department of Justice says 'their thing' would be reopening Kavanaugh inquiry, if Trump wanted it

Campaign Action The Department of Justice has issued a statement, finally, on the calls for an FBI investigation into the allegations from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Since the unindicted co-conspirator in the Ova
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Department of Justice says 'their thing' would be reopening Kavanaugh inquiry, if Trump wanted it

Campaign Action The Department of Justice has issued a statement, finally, on the calls for an FBI investigation into the allegations from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Since the unindicted co-conspirator in the Oval Office keeps yammering on about how the FBI investigating in this circumstance is not «their thing,» they decided to say, basically, it's our thing if Trump tells us it should be. «The Department of Justice and the FBI conduct background investigations in accordance with a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by then-Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., and then-White House Counsel Robert F. Bauer in March 2010,» the statement says. «[I[f the FBI becomes aware of new information that raises questions about the suitability or trustworthiness of an Appointee,» before the confirmation of the appointee, «the FBI will so apprise the President or his designated representative as soon as possible.» They make clear that the FBI got the letter from Dr. Ford alleging the assault on Sept. 12, and «forwarded this letter to the White House Counsel's Office.» Then the kicker: «The FBI's role in such matters is to provide information for the use of the decision makers.» The decision maker is Trump. We all know this is how it works already, though the entire Republican party is feigning mass amnesia about the process. You'd think they would remember that they've all been through this already, with Anita Hill's allegations against Clarence Thomas in 1991, when the FBI was asked to «launch an inquiry to determine their validity.» The FBI just wanted to remind everybody about how that works. It's time to take back the Senate. Please help with $3 to our Senate candidates.

Grassley intent on making Kavanaugh hearings an even bigger farce

Campaign Action Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley actually had the gall to say «journalists are insensitive to Chuck Grassley because I'm the only chairman, when it says Chairman Chuck Grassley chairman of the aging, uh chairman of the Judiciary Committee, 84 y
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Grassley intent on making Kavanaugh hearings an even bigger farce

Campaign Action Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley actually had the gall to say «journalists are insensitive to Chuck Grassley because I'm the only chairman, when it says Chairman Chuck Grassley chairman of the aging, uh chairman of the Judiciary Committee, 84 years old.» Cry us a fucking river you old coot. Yes, I'm calling you old—not because you are 84, but because you are an anachronism in 2018. Anyway, Grassley went on a Twitter tirade this morning about how fair he is being to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her when they were both in high school. He starts out by proving how fair he intends to be by warning his committee members «on both sides of the aisle» that she «shouldn’t be threatened or insulted & she deserves to be heard.» Yes, he apparently finds it necessary to warn his committee members that they shouldn't threaten or insult women appearing before them. Doesn't say a whole helluva lot about his colleagues, does it? He goes on to say that he expects his colleagues to «be respectful & treat this situation with the sensitivity it deserves.» Then says: «We’re going to continue to try to hear from Dr. Ford in any format she's comfortable w[ith].» Right. So he wants her to be comfortable and to treat the situation with sensitivity. BULLSHIT. Dr. Ford's lawyers, in their letter to him Tuesday night, point out just how “sensitive« he is being: »While Dr. Ford’s life was being turned upside down, you and your staff scheduled a public hearing for her to testify at the same table as Judge Kavanaugh in front of two dozen U.S. Senators on national television to relive this traumatic and harrowing incident.« Then, the man who's been calling for »both sides of the aisle" to play nice attacks the Democrats for not taking the letter to the FBI on July 30, and for even suggesting the FBI should investigate.

Kavanaugh being prepped for Senate testimony by Fox News cover-up expert Bill Shine

Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey reports that Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is being prepped for next Monday's testimony by a team that includes «Donald McGahn, Bill Shine, Sarah Sanders, Raj Shah & more.» One of those name
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Kavanaugh being prepped for Senate testimony by Fox News cover-up expert Bill Shine

Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey reports that Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is being prepped for next Monday's testimony by a team that includes «Donald McGahn, Bill Shine, Sarah Sanders, Raj Shah & more.» One of those names stands out, though it stands to reason he would have a role to play in Kavanaugh preparations: Bill Shine. Deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine was added to the White House team last July. Until last year, however, he was known as the long-serving co-president of Fox News. He was finally forced out due to his role in covering up years of sexual harassment by network head Roger Ailes and other top Fox names. His resignation came two weeks after the network’s top-rated host Bill O’Reilly was ousted from Fox News following revelations that he and the network had paid out $13 million to settle complaints against him from five female co-workers. So one of the White House figures who is helping to prepare Kavanaugh for a new round of testimony after a woman came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of a violent sexual assault is the Fox News network's top cover-up man, an executive with many years of experience in denying that those around him were engaged in repulsive behavior and who kept up the charade even as lawsuits mounted and the perpetrators were finally cast out. You have to think Shine was hired into this particular White House precisely for those talents. We also don't have to guess what his advice to Kavanaugh will be: Deny, deny, deny.

Poll: Support for Kavanaugh was really low ... and then it dropped some more

Support for Brett Kavanaugh to be confirmed to the Supreme Court was historically low before sexual assault allegations surfaced against him. That support is getting lower. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds just 31 percent support for Kavanaugh, with 36 perc
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Poll: Support for Kavanaugh was really low ... and then it dropped some more

Support for Brett Kavanaugh to be confirmed to the Supreme Court was historically low before sexual assault allegations surfaced against him. That support is getting lower. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds just 31 percent support for Kavanaugh, with 36 percent of people opposed. That opposition had risen six points from an August poll. Even among Republicans, Kavanaugh has just 64 percent support. A CNN poll last week similarly found numbers in the 30s with Kavanaugh’s overall approval underwater by a point, prompting Joan McCarter to point out that: For a bit of perspective, that makes him more unpopular than any nominee in the last three decades. Even Harriet Miers (who was also -1) reached approval levels in the 40s. Even Robert Bork was more popular, at a +3 approval. The Reuters/Ipsos poll puts him underwater by five points. There’s not only no reason for any Democrat to vote for Kavanaugh—there’s ample reason for Republicans in swing states to think twice about it, too. We need a better Senate. Please give $1 to elect Beto O’Rourke in Texas and Jacky Rosen in Nevada.

Donald Trump is sad, disappointed, and confused because 'I don't have an attorney general'

It’s not true that Donald Trump completely lacks sympathy. He feels very bad—for Donald Trump. In an overnight interview with Hill.TV, Trump revealed the sad, sad hole in the heart of his regime. Trump: I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sa
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Donald Trump is sad, disappointed, and confused because 'I don't have an attorney general'

It’s not true that Donald Trump completely lacks sympathy. He feels very bad—for Donald Trump. In an overnight interview with Hill.TV, Trump revealed the sad, sad hole in the heart of his regime. Trump: I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad. See? Sad. It wasn’t the only thing dampening Trump’s solar eclipse viewers. There’s more that’s harshing Trump’s buzz, beyond the cursed inevitable betrayal of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. He’s also not happy with how Sessions is handling things “at the border” and “not happy with numerous things.” Yes, he’s not happy that the government has only managed to lose another 1,500 children.  Sessions is just not losing them fast enough. Trump: I’m so sad over Jeff Sessions because he came to me. He was the first senator that endorsed me. And he wanted to be attorney general, and I didn’t see it. So damn sad. Trump couldn’t see that Sessions, who was involved in his campaign and in his transition, and who met at least three times with the Russian ambassador, would recuse himself from an investigation about meetings between Trump’s campaign and transition team and Russian officials. Just because he’s neck-deep in the crime is no reason that Sessions shouldn’t hold the strings on the investigation. In fact, for Trump that’s exactly why Sessions should have kept his fingers on the button. Trump: We’ll see how it goes with Jeff. I’m very disappointed in Jeff. Very disappointed. And sad. Don’t forget sad.

Trump rants about Kavanaugh accuser: 'I've given her a lot of time'

Donald Trump had more to say about Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Wednesday morning, and as you’d expect, he was a lot more convincing and sincere when he was defending Kavanaugh.  Trump
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Trump rants about Kavanaugh accuser: 'I've given her a lot of time'

Donald Trump had more to say about Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Wednesday morning, and as you’d expect, he was a lot more convincing and sincere when he was defending Kavanaugh.  Trump claimed that “If she shows up and makes a credible showing, that'll be very interesting, and we'll have to make a decision. But I can only say this: he's such an outstanding man, very hard for me to imagine that anything happened.” So the bar on Ford making a credible showing is virtually unattainable, in other words.  He also complained angrily that “I’ve given her a lot of time, the Senate has given her a lot of time, we continue to give her a lot of time. We’ve held up the whole hearing.” That “lot of time” has consisted of Trump refusing to have the FBI investigate and Republicans taking about 10 minutes to pretend to listen to Ford, followed by a sustained smear campaign against her. Trump did get one thing right: Sen. Dianne Feinstein mishandled this issue. But that doesn’t mean Kavanaugh should get a free pass onto the Supreme Court. “Did the nominee commit attempted rape” is one of those questions it’s worth taking a little time to properly answer—and remember, Republican moaning about how this is delaying the process comes on top of their rushing to a hearing and a vote without all of Kavanaugh’s official papers having been made public. It’s not just that Republicans don’t care about sexual assault if it’s committed by one of their own (though they don’t). It’s that they want Kavanaugh in that seat yesterday and they’re not willing to slow their push—especially for something that might disqualify him.

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NCLAT sets aside Rs 87 crore CCI penalty on Hyundai Motor

A three-member bench of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) headed by Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhaya said the CCI order against Hyundai Motor was «not based on any specific evidence».
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NCLAT sets aside Rs 87 crore CCI penalty on Hyundai Motor

A three-member bench of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) headed by Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhaya said the CCI order against Hyundai Motor was «not based on any specific evidence».

Banks led by SBI had asked ArcelorMittal to clear dues of two firms: NuMetal to SC

SC had asked NuMetal to establish that there was «subterfuge» on part of rival ArcelorMittal in divesting its shares in two debt-ridden firms before bidding for Essar Steel
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Banks led by SBI had asked ArcelorMittal to clear dues of two firms: NuMetal to SC

SC had asked NuMetal to establish that there was «subterfuge» on part of rival ArcelorMittal in divesting its shares in two debt-ridden firms before bidding for Essar Steel

State Bank of India raises $650 m in maiden green bond sale

The five-year dollar money is priced at the US treasury plus 165 basis points, while from for a British investor the coupon will be 3 Libor plus 151 bps.
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State Bank of India raises $650 m in maiden green bond sale

The five-year dollar money is priced at the US treasury plus 165 basis points, while from for a British investor the coupon will be 3 Libor plus 151 bps.

Lender banks cannot be left hanging for forever: SC

The bench also made it clear that if the resolution plans fails to take off, then the NPA firm needed to be wound up to ensure that the banks get their dues.
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Lender banks cannot be left hanging for forever: SC

The bench also made it clear that if the resolution plans fails to take off, then the NPA firm needed to be wound up to ensure that the banks get their dues.

Hackers mine bitcoin & other cryptos using leaked spy tool from US govt – report

Bitcoin, monero and other popular cryptocurrencies are being mined by fraudsters who use EternalBlue, the US National Security Agency (NSA) hacking tool that was leaked last year, according to a recent report. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Hackers mine bitcoin & other cryptos using leaked spy tool from US govt – report

Bitcoin, monero and other popular cryptocurrencies are being mined by fraudsters who use EternalBlue, the US National Security Agency (NSA) hacking tool that was leaked last year, according to a recent report. Read Full Article at RT.com

No such thing as crime in Britain if you’re an aristocrat – RT’s Keiser Report

The royal tax authority HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) has admitted allowing Britain’s most powerful members of society to escape prosecution for financial crimes. Read Full Article at RT.com
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No such thing as crime in Britain if you’re an aristocrat – RT’s Keiser Report

The royal tax authority HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) has admitted allowing Britain’s most powerful members of society to escape prosecution for financial crimes. Read Full Article at RT.com

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GitLab raises $100M

GitLab, the developer service that aims to offer a full lifecycle DevOps platform, today announced that it has raised a $100 million Series D funding round at a valuation of $1.1 billion. The round was led by Iconiq. As GitLab CEO Sid Sijbrandij told me, th
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GitLab raises $100M

GitLab, the developer service that aims to offer a full lifecycle DevOps platform, today announced that it has raised a $100 million Series D funding round at a valuation of $1.1 billion. The round was led by Iconiq. As GitLab CEO Sid Sijbrandij told me, this round, which brings the company’s total funding to $145.5 million, will […]

Twilio is working toward a 50% female workforce by 2023

Diversity fatigue is a real thing, but that’s not news to Twilio Global Head of Culture & Inclusion LaFawn Davis. What that does mean for her, however, is less talk and more action. Since coming on board as Twilio’s diversity and inclusion lea
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Twilio is working toward a 50% female workforce by 2023

Diversity fatigue is a real thing, but that’s not news to Twilio Global Head of Culture & Inclusion LaFawn Davis. What that does mean for her, however, is less talk and more action. Since coming on board as Twilio’s diversity and inclusion leader about one and half years ago, Davis has been focused on creating […]

Einstein Voice gives Salesforce users gift of gab

Salespeople usually spend their days talking. They are on the phone and in meetings, but when it comes to updating Salesforce, they are back at the keyboard again typing notes and milestones, or searching for metrics about their performance. Today, Salesforc
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Einstein Voice gives Salesforce users gift of gab

Salespeople usually spend their days talking. They are on the phone and in meetings, but when it comes to updating Salesforce, they are back at the keyboard again typing notes and milestones, or searching for metrics about their performance. Today, Salesforce decided to change that by introducing Einstein Voice, a bit of AI magic that […]

When a chemical tag makes the difference in cell fate and gene expression

Scientists have uncovered the role of special chemical 'tags' in controlling vital genes involved in early mammalian development.
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When a chemical tag makes the difference in cell fate and gene expression

Scientists have uncovered the role of special chemical 'tags' in controlling vital genes involved in early mammalian development.

New insight into aging

Researchers examined the effects of aging on neuroplasticity in the primary auditory cortex, the part of the brain that processes auditory information. Neuroplasticity refers to the brain's ability to modify its connections and function in response to environ
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New insight into aging

Researchers examined the effects of aging on neuroplasticity in the primary auditory cortex, the part of the brain that processes auditory information. Neuroplasticity refers to the brain's ability to modify its connections and function in response to environmental demands, an important process in learning.

Mineral weathering from thawing permafrost can release substantial CO2

The amount of carbon dioxide released from thawing permafrost might be greater than previously thought, according to a new study by ecologists. The research is the first to document the potential for substantial contributions of CO2 from thawing permafrost t
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Mineral weathering from thawing permafrost can release substantial CO2

The amount of carbon dioxide released from thawing permafrost might be greater than previously thought, according to a new study by ecologists. The research is the first to document the potential for substantial contributions of CO2 from thawing permafrost to the atmosphere through an inorganic process called mineral weathering.

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Buy This Comic: CRIMINY

“Daggum Criminy’s peaceful life is suddenly interrupted as pirates invade his island, casting Criminy’s family out as refugees into the wild unknown in search of a new home. Soon, the Criminy’s find themselves […] The post Buy Th
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Buy This Comic: CRIMINY

“Daggum Criminy’s peaceful life is suddenly interrupted as pirates invade his island, casting Criminy’s family out as refugees into the wild unknown in search of a new home. Soon, the Criminy’s find themselves […] The post Buy This Comic: CRIMINY appeared first on Geek.com.

The Human Figure Takes Shape in New Steel, Graphite, and Gypsum Sculptures by Emil Alzamora

The human figure is the through line of sculptor Emil Alzamora‘s emotive work previously covered both here and here. The body’s many poses and positions are explored in his multi-material practice which uses gypsum, graphite, stainless steel, a
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The Human Figure Takes Shape in New Steel, Graphite, and Gypsum Sculptures by Emil Alzamora

The human figure is the through line of sculptor Emil Alzamora‘s emotive work previously covered both here and here. The body’s many poses and positions are explored in his multi-material practice which uses gypsum, graphite, stainless steel, and more to create his often life-size works. “I like to explore both material and form as well as the seemingly infinite sculpting processes to discover new visual narratives about life and art,” he tells Colossal. More

Hubble Telescope Uncovers Unusual Environment of Neutron Star

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope uncovered never-before-seen features around a neutron star. An unusual infrared light emission from the nearby orb could indicate a dusty disk, or an energetic wind coming off the object […] The post Hubble Telescope
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Hubble Telescope Uncovers Unusual Environment of Neutron Star

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope uncovered never-before-seen features around a neutron star. An unusual infrared light emission from the nearby orb could indicate a dusty disk, or an energetic wind coming off the object […] The post Hubble Telescope Uncovers Unusual Environment of Neutron Star appeared first on Geek.com.

France to create a memorial museum for victims of terrorism

PARIS (AP) - French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to create a memorial museum to honor the victims of terrorism. Macron, speaking Wednesday at a ceremony organized by victims' associations, said a committee will immediately start working on the projec
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France to create a memorial museum for victims of terrorism

PARIS (AP) - French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to create a memorial museum to honor the victims of terrorism. Macron, speaking Wednesday at a ceremony organized by victims' associations, said a committee will immediately start working on the project. Macron also announced more financial aid to survivors and relatives ...

The PlayStation Classic is Sony’s Answer to the NES Mini

Not to be outdone by Nintendo’s insanely popular NES and SNES Classic Edition retro consoles, Sony has announced the PlayStation Classic. Like the NES mini, this diminutive device comes with 20 pre-installed titles. […] The post The PlayStation Cl
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The PlayStation Classic is Sony’s Answer to the NES Mini

Not to be outdone by Nintendo’s insanely popular NES and SNES Classic Edition retro consoles, Sony has announced the PlayStation Classic. Like the NES mini, this diminutive device comes with 20 pre-installed titles. […] The post The PlayStation Classic is Sony’s Answer to the NES Mini appeared first on Geek.com.

Uncanny Resemblances Between Classic Dog Breeds and Humans Captured by Gerrard Gethings

Gerrard Gethings has captured a lot of personalities as an animal photographer, including his own canine muse Baxter. Therefore when he began shooting his latest series that paired humans and look-a-like dog breeds, it would only make sense that he would fi
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Uncanny Resemblances Between Classic Dog Breeds and Humans Captured by Gerrard Gethings

Gerrard Gethings has captured a lot of personalities as an animal photographer, including his own canine muse Baxter. Therefore when he began shooting his latest series that paired humans and look-a-like dog breeds, it would only make sense that he would first focus on finding the perfect animal models before locating matching humans. For the memory game Do You Look Like Your Dog? Gethings spent a year creating images that examine the classic trope of owners looking just like their canine friends. More

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Wawrinka reaches St. Petersburg Open quarterfinals

Stan Wawrinka continued his injury comeback with a hard-fought win over Karen Khachanov to reach the quarterfinals of the St. Petersburg Open on Wednesday
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Wawrinka reaches St. Petersburg Open quarterfinals

Stan Wawrinka continued his injury comeback with a hard-fought win over Karen Khachanov to reach the quarterfinals of the St. Petersburg Open on Wednesday

Florida QB Feleipe Franks still gets 'chills' from ending of Gators' win over Tennessee in 2017

Florida Gators QB Feleipe Franks has completed 53 percent of his passes this season for 570 yards, with nine touchdowns, two interceptions and three sacks.
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Florida QB Feleipe Franks still gets 'chills' from ending of Gators' win over Tennessee in 2017

Florida Gators QB Feleipe Franks has completed 53 percent of his passes this season for 570 yards, with nine touchdowns, two interceptions and three sacks.

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