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Trump budget seeks huge cuts to disease prevention and medical research departments – Washington Post

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

President Trump’s 2018 budget request to Congress seeks massive cuts in spending on health programs, including medical research, disease prevention programs and health insurance for children of the working poor. The National Cancer Institute would be hit with a $1 billion cut compared to its 2017 budget. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute would see a $575 million cut, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases would…

Donald Trump is running the White House like a business. That’s the problem – CNN

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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On her first official trip, Melania Trump is dressed for control and containment – Washington Post

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, in a leather Herve Pierre skirt, board Marine One to begin their first foreign trip. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) Melania Trump this week is in the midst of that awkward activity of being first lady. Accompanying her husband on his debut foreign trip, her role is mostly to be seen and not heard — at least not until the final leg of the…

The MP3 Is Not Dead, And I Can Prove It – Forbes

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Pexels.com MP3s have not gone the way of the dinosaur. There’s been a flurry of articles lately about the death of the MP3, and most of them have got the story wrong. The format itself is, in fact, far from dead, and I’m going to show you why. First, what is an MP3? It’s a file format that basically takes a very large, high-bandwidth audio format (like the AIFF or…

Trump’s budget proposal slashes spending by $3.6 trillion over 10 years – Washington Post

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

President Trump on Tuesday will propose cutting federal spending by $3.6 trillion over 10 years, a historic budget contraction that would severely ratchet back spending across dozens of programs and could completely reshape government assistance to the poor. The White House’s $4.094 trillion budget request for fiscal 2018 calls for cuts that hit Medicaid, food assistance and other anti-poverty programs. It would cut funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides…

Lone attacker blew self up at Manchester concert killing 22, including children, say police – Washington Post

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

LONDON — A lone attacker blew himself up and killed 22 people, including children at a concert hall in the English city of Manchester said police Tuesday, adding it is being treated as a terrorist attack. Police said that they were still trying to piece together what happened when the explosion ripped through a crowd of teenagers and other concert­goers late Monday after a performance by an American pop singer….

Trump condemns ‘evil losers’ behind the Manchester attack – Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

President Donald Trump is expressing solidarity with the United Kingdom in the wake of a deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, condemning the “evil losers” behind the blast. Trump spoke Tuesday after a meeting in Bethlehem with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Manchester police say an apparent suicide bomber set off an improvised explosive device at the end of the concert. Police raised the death toll to…

Trump and the Fifth Amendment: It’s complicated – Washington Post

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump is fickle about the Fifth. In 1990, he invoked his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination by refusing to answer 97 questions in a divorce deposition. But last year, he ripped into Hillary Clinton aides repeatedly for exercising the same privilege during the congressional investigation into her private email server. “The mob takes the Fifth,” Trump told a campaign crowd in Iowa last September. “If you’re…

SEE IT: Melania slaps away President Trump’s hand in Israel – New York Daily News

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

It was the slap seen ‘round the world. Melania Trump was in no mood to play along for the cameras Monday when her husband reached for her hand as they arrived in Israel under a blaze of media security. The First Lady — elegant in a crisp white pencil skirt and blazer with dark glasses over her eyes — slapped President Trump’s hand aside with a sharp…

Celine Dion Saved the Billboard Music Awards – The Atlantic

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dion was once a divisive cultural figure, seeming to embody all of pop’s sentimental excesses in one quivering human. These days, though, she’s taken on elder-stateswoman vibes as a generation of stars raised on her music have loudly proclaimed her influence and critics have given her new respect. There’s also the matter of personal tragedy. In January of 2016, her husband René Angélil died from cancer. Just months later she…

At The Dawn Of Recorded Sound, No One Cared – NPR

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

David Giovannoni uses a reproduction of Scott’s phonautograph. Giovanni is part of the team that recovered the audio from Scott’s recordings. Art Silverman/NPR hide caption toggle caption Art Silverman/NPR David Giovannoni uses a reproduction of Scott’s phonautograph. Giovanni is part of the team that recovered the audio from Scott’s recordings. Art Silverman/NPR This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the man who invented recorded sound — Edouard-Leon…

Global Music Merch Biz Grew to $3.1 Billion in 2016: Study – Billboard

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A new study says music merchandise grew by 9.4% year-over-year. Music merchandising retail sales was one of the fastest growing property type percentage-wise for 2016, according to the international Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association’s annual survey. While all categories of licensed goods and services globally hit nearly $263 billion, which represented a 4.4% increase from the prior year, the music merchandise category grew at more than double that pace. According to…

WATCH: Tony Romo is the most awesomely bad celebrity DJ ever – CBSSports.com

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Need a DJ for your next charity function? You might want to give Tony Romo a call. Or DJ 9, as Romo called himself when he took over DJing duties Sunday night for a charity event in Westlake, Texas. The recently retired Cowboys QB, who will be moving to the CBS booth this fall to call games with Jim Nantz, played some obvious staples of the wedding DJ circuit. On…

At least 19 people dead following ‘terrorist incident’ at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester – Washington Post

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

LONDON — An explosion described by police as a likely terrorist attack ripped through a crowd of teenagers and other concert­goers late Monday after a performance by an American pop singer in the English city of Manchester, leaving at least 19 people dead and about 50 injured. Initial evidence at the scene suggested the attack may have been a suicide bombing, according to two U.S. security officials, who spoke on…

Trump’s budget proposal slashes spending by $3.6 trillion over 10 years – Washington Post

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

President Trump on Tuesday will propose cutting federal spending by $3.6 trillion over 10 years, a historic budget contraction that would severely ratchet back spending across dozens of programs and could completely reshape government assistance to the poor. The White House’s $4.094 trillion budget request for fiscal 2018 calls for cuts that hit Medicaid, food assistance and other anti-poverty programs. It would cut funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides…

Report: Trump asked top intel officials to defend him on Russia claims – CBS News

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

President Trump asked two top-ranking intelligence officials to say publicly that there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russian government in the 2016 election, The Washington Post reported Monday. Mr. Trump made the requests to Admiral Michael Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, and Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence. Both refused to comply, according to the Post’s sources. The president asked Rogers and Coats…

Unusual Place for a President’s Family on a Foreign Trip: Center Stage – New York Times

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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Justices Reject 2 Gerrymandered North Carolina Districts, Citing Racial Bias – New York Times

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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In Israel, Trump urges new Middle East ‘harmony’ but faces old suspicions – Washington Post

Monday, May 22, 2017

JERUSALEM — President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sketched the broad outlines of a new architecture for the Middle East here late Monday, declaring common cause among the United States, Israel and Arab nations such as Saudi Arabia to roll back Iranian aggression and defeat Islamist terrorism. Their joint cooperation could “create conditions for realistic peace” in the region, a beaming Netanyahu said as he praised Trump for…