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In John Kelly, Trump gets a plain-spoken disciplinarian as his chief of staff – Washington Post

Saturday, July 29, 2017

John F. Kelly was not the sort of Marine general who dreamed of working in Washington. He probably never expected he would work in the White House. In choosing Kelly to be his new chief of staff, President Trump has turned to someone who in many ways is the opposite of his predecessor, Reince Priebus, a seasoned political operator. Kelly, like the president he serves, has limited experience in politics…

As North Korea intensifies its missile program, the US opens an $11 billion base in South Korea – Washington Post

Saturday, July 29, 2017

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — This small American city has four schools and five churches, an Arby’s, a Taco Bell and a Burger King. The grocery store is offering a deal on Budweiser as the temperature soars, and out front there’s a promotion for Ford Mustangs.  But for all its invocations of the American heartland, this growing town is in the middle of the South Korean countryside, in an area…

Trump’s speech encouraging police to be ‘rough,’ annotated – Washington Post

Saturday, July 29, 2017

On Friday, President Trump traveled to Long Island to address a group of law enforcement officials and speak about the administration’s efforts to eradicate the gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. His speech stuck largely to that theme, though he also made note of Thursday night’s failed health-care vote. Trump’s speech was noteworthy, though, for its embrace of aggressive tactics by police officers. He insisted that his team was “rough” and…

Lawmakers Have Bipartisan Health Ideas. Now to Persuade Their Leaders … – New York Times

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Without a Republican majority to approve either a comprehensive replacement for the health law or a repeal-only bill, Republican leaders had fallen back on what they called the lowest common denominator. And that failed, too. Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, who cast the decisive vote against the Republican bill around 1:30 on Friday morning, appealed for a bipartisan approach. “The vote last night presents the Senate with an opportunity…

As Tesla Delivers First Model 3s, Musk Warns Of "Manufacturing Hell" Ahead – Forbes

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Tesla Tesla says it has more than 500,000 orders for its Model 3 electric sedan, priced from $35,000, but initially starts with a $44,000 variant. On a day when Elon Musk should be giddy, with Tesla achieving an 11-year old goal of creating a widely affordable electric car for the masses with the Model 3, its multitasking CEO seemed almost downbeat talking about the task ahead: Transitioning to high-volume production that’s…

Reince Priebus Is Ousted Amid Stormy Days for White House – New York Times

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Mr. Priebus said he had tendered his resignation to the president on Thursday, the same day the newly appointed White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, was quoted vowing to force the chief of staff out. Even so, as late as Friday morning, Mr. Priebus told colleagues that he thought he would have a week before the announcement to make a graceful exit, but he evidently learned otherwise later in the…

McConnell’s Strange Achievement – Politico

Saturday, July 29, 2017

For obvious reasons, the big story out of the failed Republican effort to repeal Obamacare was the surprise tie-breaking vote cast by Senator John McCain. For political drama, it’s hard to beat a cancer-stricken war hero defying his party to save the health reforms engineered by the Democrat who denied his presidential dreams. But the “no” votes cast by Republicans Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski were just as important as…

Elon Musk just made Tesla history — the Model 3 has officially arrived – Business Insider

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Tesla’s Model 3 has a base range of 220 miles.Tesla Tesla on Friday delivered Model 3 sedans to its first 30 customers. The base Model 3 can drive 220 miles on a single charge, accelerate to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, and has a top speed of 130 mph. Tesla will also sell a Premium Model 3 that can drive 310 miles on a single charge, accelerate to 60 mph in…

North Korea Tests a Ballistic Missile That Experts Say Could Hit California – New York Times

Saturday, July 29, 2017

North Korea’s official news agency said Saturday that Kim Jong-un had called the test a “stern warning” to the United States. He also boasted that the North was “capable of the surprise launching of an intercontinental ballistic missile at any time and from anywhere and that all of the mainland United States is within the range of our missiles.” The United States has gone to extraordinary lengths — feeding flawed…

Trump’s speech encouraging police to be ‘rough,’ annotated – Washington Post

Saturday, July 29, 2017

On Friday, President Trump traveled to Long Island to address a group of law enforcement officials and speak about the administration’s efforts to eradicate the gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. His speech stuck largely to that theme, though he also made note of Thursday night’s failed health-care vote. Trump’s speech was noteworthy, though, for its embrace of aggressive tactics by police officers. He insisted that his team was “rough” and…

Trump names Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly as White House chief of staff, ousting Reince Priebus – Washington Post

Friday, July 28, 2017

President Trump ousted White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and replaced him with Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly on Friday, a major shake-up designed to bring order and military precision to a West Wing beset for six straight months by chaos, infighting and few tangible accomplishments. With his legislative agenda largely stalled, Trump became convinced that Priebus was a “weak” leader after being lobbied intensely by rival advisers to remove the establishment…

McCain Provides a Dramatic Finale on Health Care: Thumb Down – New York Times

Friday, July 28, 2017

“The vote last night presents the Senate with an opportunity to start fresh,” Mr. McCain said in a statement on Friday. “I encourage my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to trust each other, stop the political gamesmanship, and put the health care needs of the American people first. We can do this.” McCain releases a statement pic.twitter.com/KUwcam9uk4 — Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) July 28, 2017 His decision to reject…

AT&T executives to run combined company after Time Warner deal – Business Insider

Friday, July 28, 2017

Stankey listens to a question during a Reuters Global Technology Summit in New York Thomson Reuters NEW YORK (Reuters) – AT&T Inc said on Friday that its executives will head its media and wireless businesses following the close of its $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc . As of Aug. 1, John Stankey, who currently leads DirecTV and other entertainment businesses for the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier, will…

Trump’s speech encouraging police to be ‘rough,’ annotated – Washington Post

Friday, July 28, 2017

On Friday, President Trump traveled to Long Island to address a group of law enforcement officials and speak about the administration’s efforts to eradicate the gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. His speech stuck largely to that theme, though he also made note of Thursday night’s failed health-care vote. Trump’s speech was noteworthy, though, for its embrace of aggressive tactics by police officers. He insisted that his team was “rough” and…

Trump condemns North Korean long-range missile launch – CNN

Friday, July 28, 2017

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YouTube wants to fix its awkward relationship with the music industry – The Verge

Friday, July 28, 2017

For the past few years, the biggest fight in the music industry has been against ad-supported music. Apple attempted to kill Spotify’s free tier before it launched Apple Music; the industry has railed against what it perceives as low payments from YouTube for years; and SoundCloud, one of the most popular ad-supported streaming sites in the world, is on the brink of collapse. But the truth is that ad-supported streaming…

Music is escape for library’s ‘hip-hop intern’ – Charlotte Observer

Friday, July 28, 2017

Music is DeAdria Brown’s escape. Since she was 9 years old, Brown hasn’t hesitated to try out for school musicals or the choir. Music is her way of expressing herself. “I’m in my happy place when I sing,” Brown, 18, said. “As soon as I start, I’m being myself and enjoying myself.” A passion for music is what landed the Bosse High School graduate the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library’s paid…

New Music Friday: 23 releases to hear now – EW.com (blog)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Every Friday, artists drop anticipated albums, surprise singles, and hyped collaborations. As part of New Music Friday, EW’s music team chooses some of the essential new tunes. From Charli XCX’s addictive new jam — and it’s instantly memorable video — to an unexpected new collaboration by Future and Nicki Minaj, here are the week’s most noteworthy releases. Got Spotify? Stream all of EW’s picks by following our playlist (embedded below) for…

Five takeaways from ObamaCare repeal’s collapse – The Hill

Friday, July 28, 2017

Three Republicans dealt what appears to be a final, fatal blow to their party’s ObamaCare repeal effort on Friday morning after a yearslong odyssey that now leaves the GOP in the wilderness. Here are five takeaways from this morning’s drama and the monthslong Senate repeal fight. Leadership is ready to move on Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzFive takeaways from ObamaCare repeal’s collapse Conservative House leader urges GOP to not give up on ObamaCare repeal…

North Korea Successfully Tests Another ICBM, Pentagon Says – NPR

Friday, July 28, 2017

A man looks at images depicting missile launches and military exercises, on a display board in Pyongyang, North Korea, earlier this week. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images A man looks at images depicting missile launches and military exercises, on a display board in Pyongyang, North Korea, earlier this week. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images Updated at 2:05 p.m. ET North Korea has fired another intercontinental ballistic missile,…