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White House staff might have landed on a way out of shutdown: Lying to the boss about wall funding

Whether or not 800,000 federal employees get a paycheck for Christmas is entirely up to Individual 1. No one but him wants a government shutdown, and now it's all about someone being able to convince him not to do it. For the Democrats' part, they've heard no
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White House staff might have landed on a way out of shutdown: Lying to the boss about wall funding

Whether or not 800,000 federal employees get a paycheck for Christmas is entirely up to Individual 1. No one but him wants a government shutdown, and now it's all about someone being able to convince him not to do it. For the Democrats' part, they've heard nothing from him about their offer. Senate Republican leadership has no plan. And Trump? Well, he's «frustrated» because «he does not have much leverage in the fight.» That's what two of his advisers told the Washington Post. They say there won't be a shutdown because «there was no way the president could win.» So what's the plan? «The White House plan is to not shut down the government, both of these people said.» How does that happen? Who knows! «He's not going to get $5 billion for the wall,» one of these people said. «They can say on TV all they want that it's going to happen, but it's not going to happen.» That is going to mean convincing him that what Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told him last week is true. There aren't Republican votes in the House to pass his $5 billion. After House leadership made a half-hearted push to have that vote, but ended up slinking out of town without doing it, the «eventually told the president that there were not enough votes to pass it.» The official White House line now is «At the end of the day we don’t want to shut down the government, we want to shut down the border,» according to Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She didn't say how they were telling her boss that, but it's probably by convincing him that «We have other ways that we can get to that $5 billion.» She says there «a number of different funding sources that we’ve identified that we can use,» although there really aren't. But if he buys that, what the hell. It doesn't help that border patrol is trash. They're actually clamoring for a shutdown. «We would support the president 100 percent if he were to force the government to shut down over wall funding,» Brandon Judd, the president of the National Border Patrol Council, said Monday. «We absolutely, 100 percent, know the importance of the wall.» The union actually wants to work without pay. The other tens of thousands of government employees who will be screwed probably don't agree. But, hey, he made it safe to say «Merry Christmas» in the U.S. again. Merry Christmas and happy shutdown.

Judge shreds Mike Flynn at sentencing, 'You sold your country out!'

Michael Flynn showed up for sentencing at a D.C. courthouse Tuesday to receive a verbal lashing from the federal judge for the argument his attorneys made in court filings that the FBI was somehow partially to blame when Flynn lied to federal agents abou
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Judge shreds Mike Flynn at sentencing, 'You sold your country out!'

Michael Flynn showed up for sentencing at a D.C. courthouse Tuesday to receive a verbal lashing from the federal judge for the argument his attorneys made in court filings that the FBI was somehow partially to blame when Flynn lied to federal agents about his Russian contacts. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan started by asking Flynn whether he was aware that lying to the FBI was illegal, a reference to his attorneys’ suggestion last week that the FBI ambushed him when they went to question him early in Trump’s administration.    ”I was aware,” Flynn said. Sullivan also asked Flynn several times whether he wanted to withdraw his guilty plea. He declined. The court recessed until 12:30 p.m. ET without sentencing Flynn. The special counsel has recommended no jail time for Flynn based on his cooperation, but Judge Sullivan reportedly asked Flynn whether he wanted the judge to consider the possibility of further cooperation before being sentenced. xSullivan asked Flynn if he would like a recess to consider a delay in sentencing if, for example he wanted the judge to consider further cooperation.Flynn said yes. We are in recess until 12;30— Spencer Hsu (@hsu_spencer) December 18, 2018

Republicans squash bill to pay for Vietnam vets' health care ... say they're worried about deficit

In June, the House voted 382-0 to pass the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, which would extend veterans’ benefits to the numerous men who served off the coast of Vietnam during the war. Many of these men have had to spend a considerable part of thei
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Republicans squash bill to pay for Vietnam vets' health care ... say they're worried about deficit

In June, the House voted 382-0 to pass the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, which would extend veterans’ benefits to the numerous men who served off the coast of Vietnam during the war. Many of these men have had to spend a considerable part of their lives trying to prove that they were exposed to Agent Orange, leading to some, if not most, of their health problems. Since June, the act has been stuck in the Republican-led Senate. Last Monday, Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) attempted to get the unanimous consent of the Senate to pass the bill. If the Senate can get unanimous consent on a bill, it can move through approval considerably quicker, and this bill is a seeming no-brainer for Democrats and Republicans. There are no “poison pills” attached to the act, no secret money for food assistance (giving to people who need it money for food is something that can really scare off Republican legislators). The only drawback to asking for a unanimous approval on the Senate floor is that the moment a single senator opposes the bill, the entire unanimous consent enterprise is scuttled. Of course, who would object to extending healthcare benefits to Vietnam veterans? Like, for real? Who? According to the Stars and Stripes, that would be Senator Mike Enzi (WY-R), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. “On this bill, many of us have been made aware of the potential cost growth and the budgetary and operational pressures that would happen at the VA,” he said. “They’re having a lot of problems, anyway.” He seems to be referring to the problems Trump’s VA has had doing anything right. Of course, Enzi also voted for the deficit-exploding Republican tax cuts for the wealthy. “There’s clearly more work to do just on figuring out the spending and administration of this and the deficit impacts this bill will have,” Enzi said on the Senate floor. Yup. The man that ignored the enormous deficit cost estimates the CBO calculated for his tax cuts is suddenly worried about how much paying for care for veterans with terminal illnesses—the result of them going to war for our country. According to the Stars and Stripes, Utah’s Republican Senator Mike Lee, a man who is so full of manure he could cultivate thousands of acres of soil, said he was waiting on “science,” specifically a study Republicans asked for, after conservative elements in the VA argued that there wasn’t conclusive evidence that these veterans had imbibed the Agent Orange by way of water distillation plants aboard the carriers they rode during the war.

Senate GOP 'leadership: 'Not aware' of any plan to avoid shutdown but 'think it will all work out'

The Republican-led lame-duck House is still out until tomorrow afternoon, and Speaker Paul Ryan seems to be more interested in polishing the turd of his «legacy» than actually doing anything to avert a government shutdown. Individual 1 is melting
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Senate GOP 'leadership: 'Not aware' of any plan to avoid shutdown but 'think it will all work out'

The Republican-led lame-duck House is still out until tomorrow afternoon, and Speaker Paul Ryan seems to be more interested in polishing the turd of his «legacy» than actually doing anything to avert a government shutdown. Individual 1 is melting down on Twitter over the WITCH HUNT, occasionally throwing in a WALL, and the Senate, well, here's the number 2 guy Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) with NBC reporter Marianna Sotomayor. Q: Are we avoiding a shutdown? CORNYN: No... I take that back. If there is, I’m not aware of it. Q: Is there a sense of where the president wants to go? CORNYN: No. Q: Why not? CORNYN: He hasn’t told us. Q: What are the chances of a shutdown at this point? CORNYN: I think it will all work out, but I don’t know of any specific plan yet. Q: Short term [continuing resolution]? CORNYN: Well, I’ve heard that mentioned, but I don’t think the president will accept that. So he would have to sign it or it would have to be passed over his veto. Q: You don’t know what the president wants? CORNYN: Well, he wants a wall. «I think it will all work out, but I don't know of any specific plan yet» should be the new GOP motto. Helluva way to run a government. Just wing it.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg welcomes new U.S. citizens: 'We are a nation made strong by people like you'

For the second time this year, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg addressed a naturalization ceremony, where the “daughter and granddaughter of immigrants” told dozens of new U.S. citizens that “we are a nation made strong by people like you, p
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg welcomes new U.S. citizens: 'We are a nation made strong by people like you'

For the second time this year, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg addressed a naturalization ceremony, where the “daughter and granddaughter of immigrants” told dozens of new U.S. citizens that “we are a nation made strong by people like you, people who traveled long distances, overcame great obstacles and made tremendous sacrifices, all to provide a better life for themselves and their families.” The justice addressed 31 immigrants from 26 different countries in the darkened rotunda of the National Archives in Washington, “which is dimly lit to protect the fragile documents including the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.” There she shared her family’s own immigration story. My own father arrived in this land at age 13 with no fortune and speaking no English. My mother was born four months after her parents—with several children in tow—came by ship to Ellis Island. My father and my grandparents reached, as you do, for the American dream. What is the difference between a bookkeeper in New York City's Garment District and a Supreme Court Justice? One generation. In April, she presided over a naturalization ceremony for more than 200 immigrants from nearly 60 countries—and it was all her idea. The justice had read an article about the New-York Historical Society’s Citizenship Project, which “offers free classes to green card holders who are studying for the naturalization test, involving art, documents and artifacts at the museum.” It was already a special day for the dozens of new Americans, and Ginsburg’s appearance made it all the more special. “Yusif Abubakari, 42, born in Ghana, was struck by Justice Ginsburg’s ‘humbleness,’ he said,” the New York Times reported. “‘She is supposed to be at home but she came because of me, because of us, and that made me feel so special today,’ Mr. Abubakari said, adding, ‘May God bless her and give her more life and prosperity.’”

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LIC makes open offer to acquire 26% stake in IDBI Bank

The open offer has been made at a price of Rs 61.73 a share, which is in connection with LIC#39;s acquisition of 51 percent controlling stake in IDBI Bank.
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LIC makes open offer to acquire 26% stake in IDBI Bank

The open offer has been made at a price of Rs 61.73 a share, which is in connection with LIC#39;s acquisition of 51 percent controlling stake in IDBI Bank.

Facebook shares progress on civil rights audit: 'We need to do more' - CNET

The report shows improvements on tackling problems like false information, fake accounts and voter suppression.
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Facebook shares progress on civil rights audit: 'We need to do more' - CNET

The report shows improvements on tackling problems like false information, fake accounts and voter suppression.

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Here’s Google’s new Street View Trekker backpack

Years ago, Google’s Street View program expanded from streets to virtually everywhere, thanks to Google’s Trekker program that put 360-degree Street View cameras into a single backpack. Today, Google announced its upgraded Trekker backpack, which
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Here’s Google’s new Street View Trekker backpack

Years ago, Google’s Street View program expanded from streets to virtually everywhere, thanks to Google’s Trekker program that put 360-degree Street View cameras into a single backpack. Today, Google announced its upgraded Trekker backpack, which is significantly smaller and lighter than before. The old one weighed in at about 44 pounds. It’s not just a […]

Levandowski’s Pronto.ai plans to ship automated driving systems for trucks in 2019

Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer and serial entrepreneur who was at the center of a trade secrets lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, has taken his newest autonomous vehicle technology company out of stealth mode with a product aimed at the commer
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Levandowski’s Pronto.ai plans to ship automated driving systems for trucks in 2019

Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer and serial entrepreneur who was at the center of a trade secrets lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, has taken his newest autonomous vehicle technology company out of stealth mode with a product aimed at the commercial trucking industry. Technically, Levandowski involvement in a self-driving trucking company was first revealed by […]

The 5G wars have entered the petty stage

If you’re reading this the year it was written, you’re almost certainly not getting it over 5G. If you’re reading this in the future, congrats, you made it. And hey, remember polar bears? 5G is the latest buzzword to send the mobile industry into a tizz
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The 5G wars have entered the petty stage

If you’re reading this the year it was written, you’re almost certainly not getting it over 5G. If you’re reading this in the future, congrats, you made it. And hey, remember polar bears? 5G is the latest buzzword to send the mobile industry into a tizzy. This one’s got a particular weight to it, too, […]

Google still claimed to be blocking search rivals on Android, despite Europe’s antitrust action

Mobile licensing changes made by Google this fall, when it tweaked terms for OEMs wanting to license its Android smartphone platform on devices destined for the European market, don’t appear to be offering succour to search rivals — despite being
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Google still claimed to be blocking search rivals on Android, despite Europe’s antitrust action

Mobile licensing changes made by Google this fall, when it tweaked terms for OEMs wanting to license its Android smartphone platform on devices destined for the European market, don’t appear to be offering succour to search rivals — despite being triggered by an antitrust ruling intended to reset the competitive playing field. The European Commission […]

At cobotics startup Formant, ex-Googlers team up humans & machines

Our distinct skillsets and shortcomings mean people and robots will join forces for the next few decades. Robots are tireless, efficient, and reliable, but in a millisecond through intuition and situational awareness, humans can make decisions machine canR
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At cobotics startup Formant, ex-Googlers team up humans & machines

Our distinct skillsets and shortcomings mean people and robots will join forces for the next few decades. Robots are tireless, efficient, and reliable, but in a millisecond through intuition and situational awareness, humans can make decisions machine can’t. Until workplace robots are truly autonomous and don’t require any human thinking, we’ll need software to supervise them […]

Peering into Little Foot's 3.67 million-year-old brain

MicroCT scans of the Australopithecus fossil known as Little Foot shows that the brain of this ancient human relative was small and shows features that are similar to our own brain and others that are closer to our ancestor shared with living chimpanzees.
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Peering into Little Foot's 3.67 million-year-old brain

MicroCT scans of the Australopithecus fossil known as Little Foot shows that the brain of this ancient human relative was small and shows features that are similar to our own brain and others that are closer to our ancestor shared with living chimpanzees.

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Genoa announces $220M project to replace collapsed bridge

MILAN (AP) - Genoa's mayor has announced that a 200 million euro ($220 million) project by hometown architect Renzo Piano inspired by a naval ship has been chosen to replace the Morandi Bridge that collapsed last summer, killing 43 people. Mayor Marco Bucci a
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Genoa announces $220M project to replace collapsed bridge

MILAN (AP) - Genoa's mayor has announced that a 200 million euro ($220 million) project by hometown architect Renzo Piano inspired by a naval ship has been chosen to replace the Morandi Bridge that collapsed last summer, killing 43 people. Mayor Marco Bucci announced Tuesday that the project will be ...

Family: Blind Michigan woman vanishes during visit to Peru

DETROIT (AP) - A blind American woman from Michigan has gone missing after traveling to Peru for a wedding. Relatives say 35-year-old Carla Valpeoz has been missing for nearly a week in the South American country. She was last seen on Dec. 12 after she return
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Family: Blind Michigan woman vanishes during visit to Peru

DETROIT (AP) - A blind American woman from Michigan has gone missing after traveling to Peru for a wedding. Relatives say 35-year-old Carla Valpeoz has been missing for nearly a week in the South American country. She was last seen on Dec. 12 after she returned to a hostel from ...

Netflix Sued by Detective Over ‘Making a Murderer’ Docuseries

A former detective has sued Netflix over the Making a Murderer docuseries. On Monday, Andrew Colborn, a former Mantiowoc County Sheriff’s (MTSO) detective, filed a lawsuit against Netflix and Making a Murderer directors […] The post Netflix Sued b
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Netflix Sued by Detective Over ‘Making a Murderer’ Docuseries

A former detective has sued Netflix over the Making a Murderer docuseries. On Monday, Andrew Colborn, a former Mantiowoc County Sheriff’s (MTSO) detective, filed a lawsuit against Netflix and Making a Murderer directors […] The post Netflix Sued by Detective Over ‘Making a Murderer’ Docuseries appeared first on Geek.com.

GHOSTKUBE: A Series of Interlocking and Buildable Block Transformations by Erik Åberg

Swedish designer Erik Åberg (previously) wanted to recreate the concept of origami out of wood, while focusing on how the objects moved, rather than their specific form. During these experiments he developed a system of interlocking, moveable cubes called
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GHOSTKUBE: A Series of Interlocking and Buildable Block Transformations by Erik Åberg

Swedish designer Erik Åberg (previously) wanted to recreate the concept of origami out of wood, while focusing on how the objects moved, rather than their specific form. During these experiments he developed a system of interlocking, moveable cubes called GHOSTKUBE.  “I was searching for a precise, and organic life-like movement like a school of fish or a flock of birds,” explains Åberg. “There is something in human beings that when we see that kind of movement, the nature, we are drawn to it. More

Toy Tuesday: 11 Goriest ‘Resident Evil’ Toys

Capcom’s Biohazard series – known here in the West as Resident Evil – was a major factor in establishing their dominance in the PlayStation 1 era, and the franchise has continued to evolve […] The post Toy Tuesday: 11 Goriest ‘Re
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Toy Tuesday: 11 Goriest ‘Resident Evil’ Toys

Capcom’s Biohazard series – known here in the West as Resident Evil – was a major factor in establishing their dominance in the PlayStation 1 era, and the franchise has continued to evolve […] The post Toy Tuesday: 11 Goriest ‘Resident Evil’ Toys appeared first on Geek.com.

El Chapo trial becomes New York's latest tourist attraction

NEW YORK (AP) - There was a time, after a spectacular prison escape, when Joaquin Guzman was the most wanted man in the world. The thrill of being able to see the man known as El Chapo up close - and live to tell the tale - has been drawing ...
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El Chapo trial becomes New York's latest tourist attraction

NEW YORK (AP) - There was a time, after a spectacular prison escape, when Joaquin Guzman was the most wanted man in the world. The thrill of being able to see the man known as El Chapo up close - and live to tell the tale - has been drawing ...

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Derek Fisher explains how Lonzo Ball benefits from Rajon Rondo’s presence

Derek Fisher explains the rationale behind the Los Angeles Lakers signing PG Rajon Rondo. Hear why he believes that Rondo's presence is beneficial to Lonzo Ball.
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Derek Fisher explains how Lonzo Ball benefits from Rajon Rondo’s presence

Derek Fisher explains the rationale behind the Los Angeles Lakers signing PG Rajon Rondo. Hear why he believes that Rondo's presence is beneficial to Lonzo Ball.

Salt Lake City bids for 2nd Olympics in changed climate

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - When Salt Lake City pursued the Winter Olympics more than two decades ago, competition was so fierce that hardly anyone thought twice about lavishing International Olympic Committee members with gifts and favors. Salt Lake City got caugh
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Salt Lake City bids for 2nd Olympics in changed climate

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - When Salt Lake City pursued the Winter Olympics more than two decades ago, competition was so fierce that hardly anyone thought twice about lavishing International Olympic Committee members with gifts and favors. Salt Lake City got caught in a bribery scandal that nearly derailed the ...

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