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New audio adds to mystery of attacks on US diplomats – CNN

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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Why we really, really, really like repetition in music – Vox

Saturday, October 14, 2017

A few months ago, Vince Staples released his second album, Big Fish Theory. It’s bombastic, chock-full of gritty electronic sounds that pay respect to Detroit techno. There are a lot of moments on the album that I love, but there’s one I absolutely can’t get out of my head. It’s the hook for “Yeah Right,” and it sounds like this: Boy yeah right, yeah right, yeah right (Boy yeah right,…

Trump Disavows Nuclear Deal, but Doesn’t Scrap It – New York Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Mr. Trump, in declaring his intention not to certify Iran’s compliance with the deal, essentially kicked to Congress a decision about whether to reimpose sanctions on Iran and blow up the agreement. His aides, however, insisted that was not the goal, and that they instead wanted Congress to enact legislation defining what would incite the United States to reimpose sanctions. The president listed three such triggers — the deployment of…

Death toll from Northern California fires jumps to at least 34; 5700 structures destroyed – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The grim toll from the Northern California wildfires continued to rise Friday as officials said an estimated 5,700 structures were destroyed and that at least 34 people died. Firefighters continued to gain control of some fires scorching wine country, thanks in part to continued calm winds in some parts of the region. Officials expect the death toll to rise as search efforts continue in neighborhoods from Santa Rosa to the…

Trump budget chief defends move to cut key ObamaCare payments – The Hill

Saturday, October 14, 2017

White House budget director Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyOvernight Finance: White House requests B for disaster relief | Ex-Equifax chief grilled over stock sales | House panel approves B for border wall | Tax plan puts swing-state Republicans in tough spot Dems baffled by Trump’s Puerto Rico debt comments Mulvaney walks back Trump’s comments on wiping out Puerto Rico debt MORE on Friday defended President Trump’s move to to end key payments…

Trump says he spoke to US Virgin Islands’ ‘president’ — which is him – CNN

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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Film Academy to Vote on Revoking Harvey Weinstein’s Membership – New York Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

“We support Amazon’s decision as in light of recent news and out of respect for all those affected we have decided together that it is best to not move forward with this show,” Mr. Russell said in a statement with two stars of the series, Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore. Mr. Weinstein, who was fired by his company on Sunday, has responded to allegations of sexual misconduct with a…

Congress’ uncertain path on Obamacare subsidy fix – Politico

Friday, October 13, 2017

Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander’s bipartisan effort with Democrat Patty Murray has already encountered skepticism from GOP conservatives and growing opposition from the White House. | M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO In the short term, a bill to restore funding faces huge hurdles on Capitol Hill, where the White House’s decision has reignited partisan warfare. By JENNIFER HABERKORN and ADAM CANCRYN 10/13/2017 04:21 PM EDT Congressional Republicans were caught off guard by the…

Trump’s frustration with Congress reaches a breaking point – Politico

Friday, October 13, 2017

President Donald Trump’s frustration with the failure of the Republican-led Congress to deliver wins has reached a breaking point. In the span of a few weeks, the president has threatened to torch the Iran deal, scrap protections for Dreamers, and to touch off an Obamacare death spiral. He has said it’s up to Congress to come up with fixes for all three, even as a major overhaul of the tax…

Californians say they didn’t receive emergency wildfire alerts – CNN

Friday, October 13, 2017

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ANALYSIS: Why Trump’s remarks about times ‘changing back’ are troubling – ABC News

Friday, October 13, 2017

Candidate Donald Trump got to the highest office in the land with a line that inspired millions of Americans: Make America Great Again. Those four words, Trump once said, came to him as he pondered our nation’s problems. He trademarked it. He put it on hats. He ran on it. And among his supporters, it sparked a hope that our country could return to a time when life was better…

Black lawmakers pushing for more aid, attention to Virgin Islands – USA TODAY

Friday, October 13, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE Aerial video shows the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on St. Thomas in the U.S Virgin Islands. (Sept. 12) AP Rep. Stacey Plaskett, a Democrat from the Virgin Islands, discusses the need for disaster aid during a news conference of the Congressional Black Caucus in the Capitol on Oct. 12, 2017(Photo: Deborah Barfield Berry/USA TODAY) WASHINGTON — Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are pushing for a trip…

The Daily 202: Throwing a bomb into the insurance markets, Trump now owns the broken health-care system – Washington Post

Friday, October 13, 2017

President Trump prepares to sign his executive order on health care in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on Thursday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve THE BIG IDEA: President Trump took two giant steps Thursday to disembowel the Affordable Care Act. The administration announced late last night that he will immediately halt cost-sharing reductions. These $7 billion in annual subsidies to health insurers allow around 7…

Death toll rises to 31 as fire crews make progress in California firestorm – Los Angeles Times

Friday, October 13, 2017

Firefighters continued to gain control of some fires scorching Northern California on Thursday night, thanks in part to continued calm winds in some parts of the region. Altogether, the fires have burned more than 180,000 acres and caused at least 31 deaths. Officials expect the death toll to rise as search efforts continue. Officials began to gain a toehold Thursday night and early Friday against fires raging in Sonoma County,…

Trump gets hero’s welcome at Christian summit – The Hill

Friday, October 13, 2017

President Trump received a rock star reception at a gathering of religious conservatives in Washington, D.C. on Friday, where he vowed to protect Christian values and be an anti-abortion champion for the right. Trump received multiple standing ovations as the first-ever sitting president to address the Values Voter Summit, a yearly gathering of social conservatives at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington. The summit was standing room only while the president spoke, the…

‘The Taliban Can’t Win,’ Says Commander Of US Forces In Afghanistan – NPR

Friday, October 13, 2017

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (second right) stands with Gen. John W. Nicholson (right) during an Oct. 7 ceremony after receiving two Black Hawk helicopters donated by the U.S. government, in Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan. Massoud Hossaini/AP hide caption toggle caption Massoud Hossaini/AP Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (second right) stands with Gen. John W. Nicholson (right) during an Oct. 7 ceremony after receiving two Black Hawk helicopters donated by the U.S….

Emma Thompson: Harvey Weinstein Is Not a Sex Addict, "He’s a Predator" – Hollywood Reporter

Friday, October 13, 2017

“This has been part of our world — women’s world — until time immemorial,” said the actress in a lengthy video interview about Weinstein, the “conspiracy of silence” and the unnamed others who are like him. Emma Thompson very firmly believes Harvey Weinstein is a sexual predator, not a sex addict, and that he is far from the only one in Hollywood. Like many of the women and men who…

Dangerous sound? What Americans heard in Cuba attacks – ABC News

Friday, October 13, 2017

It sounds sort of like a mass of crickets. A high-pitched whine, but from what? It seems to undulate, even writhe. Listen closely: There are multiple, distinct tones that sound to some like they’re colliding in a nails-on-the-chalkboard effect. The Associated Press has obtained a recording of what some U.S. Embassy workers heard in Havana in a series of unnerving incidents later deemed to be deliberate attacks. The recording, released…

Pioneer HDJ-X10 review: great for listening, terrible to DJ with – The Verge

Friday, October 13, 2017

When I first heard about Pioneer’s new flagship HDJ-X10 headphones priced at $349, I called them over-engineered. What touring DJ actually needs headphones with a frequency response that tops out at twice the limits of human hearing? Not one, I’ll tell you. I’ve been a touring DJ for a decade, and I can tell you half of us have probably lost a chunk of high-end hearing range anyway from blasting…

Infamous Murderer Of Children Can’t Be Cremated To Music Of Berlioz, Court Says – NPR

Friday, October 13, 2017

Ian Brady, seen here in police custody prior to a court appearance, was sentenced to life in prison after killing five children. William H. Alden/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption William H. Alden/Getty Images Ian Brady, seen here in police custody prior to a court appearance, was sentenced to life in prison after killing five children. William H. Alden/Getty Images Ian Brady killed five children in the 1960s, in an…