June 17, 2016

The Latest: Cuomo, top lawmakers reach ethics reform deal

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Latest on the New York Legislature as it works toward adjournment (all times eastern):


7:45 p.m.

Top lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo have reached a deal on a proposed Constitutional amendment to strip the state pensions from lawmakers convicted of corruption.

The compromise ...

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Full Show: With All Due Respect (06/17/16)

Mark Halperin and Margaret Talev are joined by Republican strategist Katie Packer Gage, the New York Times' Carl Hulse, the Arizona Republic's Dan Nowicki, NBC News' Katy Tur and Kasie Hunt on "With All Due Respect."

Source: Bloomberg Politics

Prosecutors argue against governor's order on rights

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A bipartisan group of 43 commonwealth's attorneys are fighting Gov. Terry McAuliffe's restoration of voting and other rights for more than 200,000 ex-felons.

In a brief filed Friday with the Virginia Supreme Court, the prosecutors said each ex-felon's rights restoration should be handled individually, rather than ...

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Bigly vs. Big League: What Is Donald Trump Saying?

The Bloomberg Politics "Bigly/Big League" Decision Desk weighs in.

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Department of Defense expanding Hack the Pentagon program

Marten Mickos of HackerOne speaks at TechCrunch Disrupt NY. Wanna hack the military? The Department of Defense is starting to give hackers more opportunities to test its systems without the threat of prosecution. The department announced today that it is expanding its Hack the Pentagon program to include more DoD systems and networks. Hack the Pentagon pays hackers to find and report vulnerabilities in exchange for cash, and so far it's proved… Read More

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Republicans Fill Crucial Posts Ahead of Potentially Hectic Convention

The Republican National Committee has found someone to do what could be an intensely challenging job in July: serve as chair of the Rules Committee at the party's convention in Cleveland.

Source: Bloomberg Politics

Reporter to State Dept: Some Officials Fear Authors of Critical Syria Memo Are Risking Careers

The post Reporter to State Dept: Some Officials Fear Authors of Critical Syria Memo Are Risking Careers appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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VA won't use law that allows expedited firing of executives

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Department of Veterans Affairs will no longer use its authority to fire senior executives in an expedited manner - dropping a key portion of a law Congress passed in response to a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care.

VA officials have ...

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U.S. ELECTION WRAP: Rubio For Senate? Democrats Are Ready

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio may not have tipped his hand yet on whether he'll seek a second Senate term, but Democrats are gearing up just in case.

Source: Bloomberg Politics

Major Setback in Murder Investigation of Argentine Prosecutor

An Argentina high court said on Thursday that there is not enough evidence to prove that prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered, kicking the case back to a lower court judge, which is expected to rule that his mysterious death last year was a suicide.

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Elizabeth Warren tells Hillary Clinton she must beat Trump: 'Don't screw this up'

Sen. Elizabeth Warren put pressure on Hillary Clinton on Friday, telling the former first lady in no uncertain terms she must prevail in the fight against Republican Donald Trump.

"Don't screw this up," the Massachusetts senator told Mrs. Clinton during a meeting at Clinton headquarters in Brooklyn, according to reports ...

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Startups and immigration: Myths, lies and half-truths

visa Immigrants play a significant role in job creation, entrepreneurship and the startup ecosystem in the U.S. However, the U.S. has a strict immigration policy and has yet to pass the bill for the "startup visa." For entrepreneurs determined to stay in the U.S. to create or work at a startup, it's important to learn about the myths, lies and half-truths about startups and… Read More

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Constitutional amendment on ethics to appear on Nov. ballot

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island voters will be asked in November to approve a constitutional amendment that would restore the state's Ethics Commission power investigate and sanction lawmakers for conflicts of interest.

House and Senate lawmakers on Thursday unanimously passed legislation putting the question on the ballot. It would ...

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13 TechCrunch stories you don't want to miss this week

wwdc This week, Microsoft bought up LinkedIn, Apple's WWDC took place and the E3 gaming trade show had the tech world talking. These are the stories you don't want to miss this week. Read More

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Trump Fallout: Who's Opting Out of GOP Convention?

The Republican Party is set to gather in Cleveland next month for the GOP convention, but they're finding that their usual sponsors are not so quick to support the party and presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump. Bloomberg's Sahil Kapur reports on "Bloomberg Markets." (Source: Bloomberg)

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Hitler Learns the Journal of American Greatness Has Shut Down

(Steven Hayward) Our friends at the Journal of American Greatness (or "JAG" as I call them for short), who offered the most serious defense of Trumpism, if not necessarily Trump himself, have decided to fold up the site. They credit Power Line with giving them their first major boost in traffic, after which they acquired still more high profile attention, and started quite a few fights. So naturally, there's only one thing

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Vladimir Putin Again Calls Donald Trump 'Bright'

Russian President Vladimir Putin reaffirmed his characterization of Donald Trump as a "bright" person Friday, praising his commitment to revamp relations between Washington and Moscow.

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Joe Biden to senators: Show 'courage' in gun-control votes

Vice President Joseph R. Biden called on senators Friday to summon the "courage" to enact gun-control measures "once and for all."

"You know in your heart that this is the right thing to do," Mr. Biden told lawmakers in an email. "You know that by stepping up, your action has ...

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Watch Microsoft Accelerator's Tel Aviv Demo Day here

Tel-aviv-Gibor-Sport-005 TechCrunch is pleased to bring you Microsoft Accelerator's Tel Aviv Demo Day this Tuesday, June 21st starting at 5:30pm IDT, 7:30am PST. The Microsoft Accelerator is an immersive three- to six-month program aimed at helping entrepreneurs get through the challenges of building a company, finding customers and scaling to global markets. There are seven accelerators located around the… Read More

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Leaked DNC Document Shows Preference to Clinton Ahead of Primaries

A hacker who claimed responsibility for breaching the Democratic National Committee's computer system leaked a document appearing to show the group discussing Hillary Clinton as the party's nominee months ahead of the first primary election.

The post Leaked DNC Document Shows Preference to Clinton Ahead of Primaries appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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ICE makes arrests in Indiana, Illinois in multi-state sweep

CHICAGO (AP) - Federal authorities have arrested 331 people in six Midwest states including Illinois and Indiana as part of a sweep targeting immigrants living illegally in the U.S. previously convicted of crimes and other immigration violators.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a news release Friday saying the operation ...

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Favor shutters service in five big cities, focuses on second-tier markets

Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 9.25.18 AM Favor, the Postmates-esque on-demand logistics company that launched out of Austin in 2013, has today announced that it will shutter service in five U.S. cities: Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami, and Washington DC. Before this announcement, Favor was operational in 23 cities including Toronto, CA, so this takes the company down to 18 markets. Here's what Jag Bath, Favor CEO, had to… Read More

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Jolly Won't Run for Senate, Seeks Re-Election: Times

(Corrects attribution in headline to Tampa Bay Times)

Source: Bloomberg Politics

De Blasio Plan Will Fight Crime by Installing LED Lights

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to fight the increase in crime in the city's public housing properties is adding more than 300 LED lights to lighten darkened areas.

The post De Blasio Plan Will Fight Crime by Installing LED Lights appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Juror out in Pennsylvania congressman's racketeering case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A juror has been dismissed in the racketeering case against a veteran Pennsylvania congressman.

No explanation was given for the dismissal in U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's (SHAW'-kah fa-TAHZ') case Friday. An alternate replaced the missing member, and U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III ordered jurors to begin ...

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Talking Kleiner 3.0 with Eric Feng, its new head of consumer investing

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 5.01.01 PM Kleiner Perkins has been through the wringer since go-go dot com days of the late '90s. After making a bundle on Google, the storied venture firm raised too much money from investors and grew too ambitious in scope before dramatically retrenching a few years ago — but not before being hit with the one of the highest-profile lawsuits in venture industry. (It won the case,… Read More

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CNN Asks Rick Scott If He Is Responsible For Orlando Attack Because of FL Gun Laws

The post CNN Asks Rick Scott If He Is Responsible For Orlando Attack Because of FL Gun Laws appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Paul Ryan: House Republicans can follow their 'conscience' on Trump

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan says Republican House members can follow their 'conscience' on whether or not to support presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, but said as speaker he doesn't want to lead a 'chasm' in the middle of the party.

"The last thing I would do is tell anybody ...

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VTB's Kostin: Putin Never Showed Preference for Trump

Andrey Kostin, chairman at VTB Bank, talks about comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and the nation's relationship with Trump and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. He speaks with Bloomberg's Ryan Chilcote from the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia on "Bloomberg 'GO'." (Source: Bloomberg)

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Philadelphia Passes Soda Tax

The Philadelphia City Council passed a soda tax of 1.5 cents per ounce on Thursday, CNN Money reported.

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The evolution of the mobile payment

mobilepay It's anticipated that there will be more than 4.8 billion individuals using a mobile phone by the end of 2016. Because of this enormous growth, we can expect to see the mobile payments industry and startups in the space evolve to meet the growing demands of users. To understand how big this industry is going to be, you need to understand the history of mobile payments and their… Read More

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