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|Pelosi Says She ‘Doesn’t Care’ After DHS Contradicts Claim that SOTU Should be Cancelled
Speaker Nancy Pelosi reacted with ambivalence Wednesday night after the Department of Homeland Security contradicted her claim that the upcoming State of the Union address should be cancelled due to security concerns resulting from the ongoing government shutdown. “I don’t care what they said,” Pelosi told reporters when asked about the secret service’s claim that they cold secure the House chamber for President Trump’s upcoming State of the Union speech. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen pushed back Wednesday afternoon after Pelosi sent a letter to Trump asking him to deliver the State of the Union in writing, or delay it until the record government shutdown is resolved and the requisite agencies are better able to secure the venue.
POSTED JANUARY 17, 2019 8:51 AM
|Kenya police detain nine in connection with deadly hotel attack
Kenyan detectives have arrested nine suspects in connection with a Somali militant attack on a Nairobi hotel and office complex that killed 21 people, police said on Friday, indicating the search for possible accomplices in the raid is gathering pace. President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Wednesday evening that a 20-hour siege had ended with security forces killing five militants who had stormed the hotel complex, forcing hundreds of people into terrifying escapes. "The detectives are looking for a woman suspected to have ferried weapons from Kiunga through the port city of Mombasa to Nairobi," a police official who did not wish to be named said, referring to a region near the Somali border.
POSTED JANUARY 18, 2019 5:32 AM
|Rep. Steve King raising money off controversy from white nationalism, supremacy comments
Republicans and Democrats are condemning King over his comments on white supremacy, but the congressman is using the backlash to raise campaign money.
POSTED JANUARY 17, 2019 1:24 PM
|'Where's Mitch?' Dems look to deliver letter
New House Democrats walked across the Capitol from the House to the Senate side to call for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass bills that would reopen parts of the government. (Jan. 16)
POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 7:58 PM
|An All-Electric Ford F-150 Pickup Truck Is Happening
A hybridized truck is in the cards from Ford, too; both will likely appear once the F-150 gets redesigned.
POSTED JANUARY 17, 2019 11:40 AM
|The Latest: Son: Jailed Iran state TV anchor would help FBI
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on detention of American-born news anchor for Iran's state television (all times local):
POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 5:14 PM
|Enes Kanter: Turkey 'seeking arrest' of New York Knicks player
Turkish prosecutors are seeking the arrest and extradition of New York Knicks enter Enes Kanter, accusing him pf being a member of an "armed terrorist group". Mr Kanter is accused of ties to Fethullah Gulen, who Turkish authorities allege is behind the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2016, the Daily Sabah reported. Mr Gulen has repeatedly denied any involved in the failed coup.
POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 7:20 PM
|Goldman Sachs, Bank of America rock earnings
Goldman Sachs reported better-than-expected profits on Wednesday despite higher legal costs as it works through the 1MDB scandal, while Bank of America's earnings were lifted by higher interest rates. Goldman reported mixed operational performance across its trading, investing and lending businesses, while Bank of America saw its profits triple compared to a year earlier. Goldman Chief Executive David Solomon described conditions in the real economy as "quite robust," echoing other bank executives who downplayed as exaggerated the economic worries that have roiled markets in recent weeks.
POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 5:31 PM
|Apple boss Tim Cook attacks 'shadow economy' of data in call for new privacy law
Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has called for the US to introduce a national privacy law, attacking a “shadow economy” in which people’s personal data is bought and sold without their knowledge. Mr Cook said companies should have to collect as little data as possible and make it easy for people to delete the information that is held about them. It is the latest attempt from Apple to position itself as the steward of consumers’ privacy, and to draw a line between itself and companies such as Facebook and Google. Mr Cook said that people need to “win back their right to privacy” and that companies that sell data should have to register with the Federal Trade Commission, the US consumer watchdog. “I and others are calling on the US Congress to pass comprehensive federal privacy legislation - a landmark package of reforms that protect and empower the consumer,” Mr Cook wrote in Time Magazine. He singled out “data brokers”, companies that purchase, bundle up and sell data on individuals, such as credit reference agencies, saying that most people were unaware of how companies transact in their data. “Right now, all of these secondary markets for your information exist in a shadow economy that’s largely unchecked. Let’s be clear: you never signed up for that,” Mr Cook wrote. The US does not have a national equivalent to the UK’s Data Protection Act or the European privacy legislation, GDPR. Facebook, Amazon and Google have all said they would support a law, but failed to put forward any concrete proposals. Mr Cook said companies should aim to minimise the amount of data they collect and make it easier for people to delete or correct it. Mr Cook has played up Apple’s privacy credentials in recent months, as sales of its iPhones stumble and as Google and Facebook have been embroiled in repeated data controversies. Its privacy commitment has come under scrutiny, since Apple receives billions of dollars a year from Google to be the default search engine on the iPhone. Mr Cook has defended the deal, saying the company has built in controls to limit how much users can be tracked.
POSTED JANUARY 17, 2019 1:36 PM
|F-35s, Lasers, Drones and More: The U.S. Military’s Missile-Defense Plan Won’t Work
The Trump administration wants the U.S. military to develop new lasers, drones and missiles in order to destroy enemy missiles in the first few minutes after the missiles launch toward their target. That might not be so easy.
POSTED JANUARY 17, 2019 3:26 PM