June 11, 2016

NPR + NYT: A Recipe for Cluelessness

(John Hinderaker) What happens when a National Public Radio host interviews a New York Times reporter on the subject of Venezuela's economic collapse? You get a perfect storm of cluelessness. The host is Terry Gross, the guest is New York Times reporter Nicholas Casey, and the program is Fresh Air. Gross asks Casey about the utter disaster that Venezuela has become. Casey understands the depth to which Venezuela has fallen–he lives in

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Investment opportunities in the autonomous vehicle space

lidar sensor As companies race to make autonomous vehicles a reality, investment activity in the space is heating up. The AV investment landscape is complex. It includes both hardware and software players; it features competitors ranging from early-stage startups to large publicly traded corporations. This article provides a primer for those interested in understanding and investing in the rapidly evolving… Read More

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Guatemala arrests 2 ex-cabinet ministers, hunts for 3 more

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) - Two senior Guatemalan cabinet ministers were arrested Saturday on corruption charges and authorities said they were seeking to detain three more as part of a continuing crackdown that has already seen a former president jailed.

Both former officials served under ex-President Otto Perez Molina, who faces ...

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Alabama House Speaker falls from ethics champion to violator

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - In December 2010, Mike Hubbard had reached a pinnacle: Sworn in as the first Republican speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives in more than a century, he promised a strong ethics reform law to root out corruption in Montgomery.

On Friday night, he suffered a ...

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Line's beauty and fashion portal rolls out its Persian carpet

tehran Benita, a portal designed to deliver the latest news on fashion, beauty and lifestyle, debuted in Iran this May. The portal will offer daily content produced by a team of local Iranian staff writers and a forum where users are encouraged to share and discuss the topics that matter most to them. Read More

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Ex-officer get probation for helping defraud firearms dealer

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - A former Southeast Texas police officer has received probation and will give up his law enforcement license as part of a plea agreement for teaming up with a man- who impersonated an officer - to defraud a firearms dealer.

The Beaumont Enterprise (http://bit.ly/1U6wd7E ) reports Keith ...

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Donald Trump Mocks Romney After 'Trickle-Down Racism' Comment

Donald Trump returned to the combative form that helped him win the U.S. Republican presidential nomination, slamming Democrats, calling for his party to unite behind him, and responding to Mitt Romney's suggestion that his election could lead to "trickle-down racism."

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Despite Hillary Clinton's previous claims, 2012 private email had classified marking: Report

A Fox News Channel investigation appears to challenge presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's insistence that "nothing" she sent or received on a private e-mail server was classified when she was secretary of State.

"Hillary Clinton, from the moment her exclusive use of personal email for government business was exposed, ...

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Why there will never be an Uber for healthcare

doctor and little girl patient in hospital You should walk away from anyone who says there can be an "Uber for healthcare." It is the equivalent of someone saying they "have a bridge to sell you." Or, more precisely, it shows a complete lack of understanding for how healthcare works and how positive health outcomes are actually achieved. Read More

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Power Line University (1)

(Steven Hayward) A number of readers have asked periodically whether any of my courses are online, or available by videotape. Unfortunately not, though I may try to change this next year depending on whether I make a move to a more conventional lecture format. Right now, most of my classes are long, and seminar style, which means lots of classroom discussion and a sometimes chaotic direction that would make for awful viewing.

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Dismissal of most charges against ex-mayor won't be appealed

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania attorney general's office has decided not to appeal dismissal of most of the charges against former Harrisburg mayor Stephen Reed in the purchase of thousands of artifacts for museums that were never built.

A Dauphin County senior judge in May agreed with Reed's lawyer ...

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PorcFest, 'largest gathering of libertarians in the world,' to meet in New Hampshire

While Democrats and Republicans are busy planning their national conventions in July, Libertarians have the upcoming Porcupine Freedom Festival — or "PorcFest" — next week.

Staged in the piney woods of northern New Hampshire, this political and cultural gathering is described by organizers as the "the libertarian version of Burning ...

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Watch this short Sci-Fi movie with a script-written by an AI

Screen Shot 2016-06-11 at 8.05.30 AM You know when you just keep pressing the predictive text button on your mobile phone and the sentence just starts making less and less sense? The team behind Sunspring used the same technology to write a screenplay. Then they found some actors — including Thomas Middleditch, who plays Pied Piper's Richard Hendricks in Silicon Valley — and turn it into a real short film.… Read More

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Will Anti-Trump Republicans Elect Hillary?

(John Hinderaker) Yesterday on CNN, Mitt Romney ruled out supporting Donald Trump on grounds of character. Romney called Trump a racist, referring repeatedly to "trickle-down racism," by which I take it he means racism inspired in future generations by a racist president. When asked at the end of the interview by Wolf Blitzer whether he thinks Trump is a racist, Romney wouldn't quite say that, but instead responded that Trump's "comments, time

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Interest in Hamilton sites grows in wake of musical

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. (AP) - Want to see Hamilton? Nothing easier.

What - you thought we meant the smash Broadway show? Dream on. With ticket "get in" prices in the thousands of dollars and the show sold out through January 2017, the Broadway phenomenon "Hamilton" - up for a record-setting ...

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Google, Baidu and the race for an edge in the global speech recognition market

Talking bubbles Speech recognition technology has been around for more than half a decade, though the early uses of speech recognition — like voice dialing or desktop dictation — certainly don't seem as sexy as today's burgeoning virtual agents or smart home devices. Read More

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College grad juggled work, classes and new country

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - When Mehak Tahir emigrated from Karachi to Ellicott City with her family three years ago, she had never before stepped foot in the United States.

"When we came in we all dressed differently, we all spoke differently," she said. "There were so many words we didn't ...

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With All Due Respect: Best of the Week (06/11/16)

Bloomberg Politics' Mark Halperin and John Heilemann present some of the biggest moments from the political week that was on "With All Due Respect." (Source: Bloomberg)

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FFS, Facebook

venus-flytrap For your convenience. For your security. To better serve you. To offer you the best experience. To better fit our future plans. To comply with regulations. To optimize our resources. These are the blandly vicious lies that companies proffer when they want to take something away from you. I thought I was used to this game, but this week I was actually upset by it again. Et tu, Facebook? Read More

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"Days of Rage" revisited

(Scott Johnson) Bryan Burrough's book Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence was published in paperback this past April. I read the book when it came out last year in hardcover last year and flipped over it. I recommend it highly to Power Line readers. Trying to copy Jay Nordlinger's approach in his Impromptus columns at NR, I wrote about the book in "Notes

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Campaign to remove judge in Stanford rape case gains steam

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A fledgling campaign to recall the judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman gained momentum as three prominent political consultants joined the effort.

The Recall Judge Aaron Persky campaign on Friday said media consultant ...

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When Architects Smiled at the Future

It was as streamlined as a coffeemaker. As compact as an electric shaver. As modular as a Lego-block kitchen. As impossible as a dream. The Monsanto House of the Future may have been the most comically over-rationalized construction ever allowed to escape an architect's sketchbook and actually get itself built. But there was nonetheless a kind of weird joyousness about the absurd thing, which stood as the centerpiece of Disney's Tomorrowland from 1957 to 1967.

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Ethics conviction removes Alabama House speaker from office

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard's conviction on ethics charges automatically removes him from office and could mean years in prison for the powerful Republican.

Friday night, a jury found the one-time GOP star guilty of 12 counts of public corruption for using the influence and prestige ...

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HP's Whitman Is Considering Supporting Clinton, ABC Reports

Hewlett Packard Enterprise's CEO Meg Whitman indicated at Mitt Romney's closed-door summit Friday that she would probably support Hillary Clinton in November, ABC News reports, citing unidentified people in the room. NOTE: HP's Whitman Says Won't Back Trump for President NOTE: Romney Warns of 'Trickle-Down Racism' If Trump Elected

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Tesla's weird week

Tesla Model S It's been a weird few days for Tesla. In a span of just 72 hours the Model S was accused of having major suspension issues, the NHTSA supposedly got involved, Tesla explained that there is nothing wrong and the NHTSA isn't actually investigating the issue, and Elon Musk tweeted that the whole thing was a giant conspiracy. Woah. Ok, let's take a step back and dissect… Read More

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