September 29, 2016

Prosecutions for Lying on Gun Background Checks Fall to New Low

An audit of the federal firearms background check system released on Wednesday found prosecutions for those who illegally try to buy a gun from a firearms dealer had fallen to new lows.

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Witness says Christie aides prepped bridge case testimony

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The government's key witness in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal says people close to Gov. Chris Christie gathered on a conference call to prep a cover story for the gridlock prosecutors contend was political revenge. reports ( ) David Wildstein testified on Thursday that ...

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Massad Ayoob: Reconsidering The .357 SIG

"SIG P229 .357 is good enough to protect the First Family in the holsters of Secret Service, my P229 .357 is certainly good enough to protect mine."

Via: The Daily Caller

The first episode of the MegaBots webseries takes a wrecking ball to its six-ton robot

giphy-1 Seems like we've been waiting forever for the big showdown between Team USA and Japan. We're seemingly no closer at the moment, but at least the team at MegaBots can offer a bit of good old-fashioned destruction to tide  us over before the massive machines go toe-to-toe. In the premier of its new web series (the trailer for which was shown off at Disrupt the other week), the… Read More

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Donald Trump: Bernie Sanders Sold Out to the Devil

Speaking at a rally in New Hampshire, Donald Trump criticized Senator Bernie Sanders for supporting his former rival Hillary Clinton.

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GAO: Obama Admin Lacks Authority to Bail Out Insurers With Funds Meant for Taxpayers

The Department of Health and Human Services lacks the authority to bail out insurers through the transitional reinsurance program with taxpayer funds that were meant to go to the U.S. Treasury, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

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Tesla Employs 'Aggressive' Discount Ploy To Inflate Delivery Numbers

'Detected aggressive Model S discounting at U.S. sales centers to maximize third-quarter deliveries'

Via: The Daily Caller

BlackBerry's device head outlines the company's post-hardware future

BlackBerry DTEK50 In May, Ralph Pini was given the somewhat unenviable task of heading up BlackBerry's device team. The announcement of his promotion to that role came roughly a month after the one-time smartphone leader announced yet another troubled quarter, with a nearly 30-percent revenue drop. Five months later, the company put the final nail in the coffin of its in-house hardware development team… Read More

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Clinton Pushes Democrats to Vote Early in Battleground States

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is pushing early voting to try to outrun Republican Donald Trump in battleground states and she faces a crucial test in Iowa, where voters never quite embraced the Democratic nominee.

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Sheriff accused of discrimination vows to stay on job

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - Howard County Sheriff James Fitzgerald says he will not resign amid accusations of discrimination and harassment against his employees.

Fitzgerald held a news conference Thursday and announced he intends to continue to stay in office.

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman is now seeking ways in which ...

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Amazon Has A New 'Alexa' Product

Cable cutters rejoice

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Beyoncé becomes a tech startup investor

beyonce-investor Joining celebrity investors like Snoop Dogg, Ashton Kutcher, and Justin Bieber, Queen Bey is bringing her supreme business skills to the tech world. Beyoncé and the management company she started called Parkwood Entertainment have invested $150,000 into Sidestep, an app for buying concert merchandise and skipping the line to pick it up at the show. Sidestep originally started selling… Read More

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Debate Mention of Bill Clinton Issues Would Backfire: Fallon

It would "completely backfire" if Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump decides to attack Bill Clinton's infidelities and related issues in next debate, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's spokesman Brian Fallon tells reporters. "Even his own campaign doesn't think it's a winning issue" If Trump goes that route, he would be "pursuing it from a position of weakness" "It's not going to throw her off her game" if Trump pursues route; doesn't say if Clinton campaign hopes Trump does it Says

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State Dept Ordered to Release 3,000 Clinton Emails Before Election

The State Department will publicly release nearly 3,000 pages of emails recently recovered by the FBI from Hillary Clinton's private server ahead of the November election.

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White House slams Congress for misgivings on 9/11 veto override

The White House blasted lawmakers Thursday for suffering "buyer's remorse" in their first override of a veto by President Obama, after the top two Republican leaders said they're prepared to rewrite the measure that allows victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts.

"It's hard ...

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GOP Lawmaker Probes SEC's Investigation Against Exxon

'Couched in concerns related to the science of climate change'

Via: The Daily Caller

Apple's new ad focuses on background animations for Messages

screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-5-26-52-pm Apple is releasing a new video advertisement for the iPhone and iOS. Like previous ads, this video shows a stark departure from previous Apple ads. You can feel Tor Myhren's influence on this ad. The recently hired VP of Marketing Communications has an impressive background in the advertising industry and is now in charge of Apple's ads. That's probably the reason why these… Read More

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Congress Signals Regret After Overriding Veto of Saudi Bill

The two top Republicans in Congress are talking about changing legislation allowing victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia -- less than 24 hours after Congress took the extraordinary step of overriding President Barack Obama's veto of the measure to make it law.

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Breaches Into State Election Databases Broader Than Initially Thought

Cyber attacks against state election databases were more widespread than initially believed, law enforcement officials said Thursday.

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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, Sept. 29, 2016

Measure 4 not the way to raise tax

Sometimes a goal can have merit but the method of achieving it can fall short. Such is the case with Measure 4.

Supporters of Measure 4 argue it will discourage young ...

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NASA Is Collaborating With China In The Weakest Way Possible

China is challenging US dominance in space

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How to communicate with your board in tough times

Folders and pens on meeting table For startup CEOs, tough economic periods are like stressful stretches in a marriage: They test your mettle while making ugly truths impossible to hide. These days, amid industry-wide belt-tightening, "down rounds" and a still-moribund IPO market, many venture-backed CEOs are baring it all to their board members. But how should you communicate with your investors when navigating a… Read More

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Tug-of-war in Trumpworld

Donald Trump faces a dangerous duo of internal conflicts: one inside his campaign, and one inside his own head. There are new reports of turmoil and frustration within Trumpworld, mainly surrounding the candidate's debate performance on Monday night. Trump and his staff are now pushing back on that narrative, but there still seems to be a wave of tension enveloping Trump Tower. So: How much disarray is there inside Trump's campaign? Why are the Republican nominee's aides leaking these stories? A

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Report: 15 Million May Not Vote Over Fear of Hacked Election

More than 15 million people may not vote on Election Day over cyber security doubts, according to a new report.

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Newt Gingrich: 'You're not supposed to gain 60 pounds' as Miss Universe

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich defended Donald Trump's attacks against former Miss Universe Alicia Machado Wednesday night, telling a crowd of Log Cabin Republicans that "you're not supposed to gain 60 pounds during the year that you're Miss Universe."

Ms. Machado, a newly naturalized U.S. citizen who has come out ...

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Anti-Trump Enviro-Billionaire Says GOP Totally Changing Its Mind On Global Warming

'Republican voters have really moved'

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Apple launches Enhanced Editions of "A Game of Thrones" on iBooks

screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-11-52-18-am Apple today announced the launch of "Enhanced Editions" for George R. R. Martin's series, "A Game of Thrones," beginning with the author's first title, "A Song of Ice and Fire," to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the novel's release.  Books Two through Five will follow in the months ahead, says Apple. These Enhanced Editions… Read More

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Goldman Sachs Sees Mexican Peso Gaining 10% If Clinton Wins

The Mexican currency would fall 15%-20% if Trump wins U.S. election, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. London-based analysts Mark Ozerov and Kamakshya Trivedi. A Trump-driven depreciation could be smaller if Banxico policy makers are more aggressive with rate hikes than market is pricing in and/or Trump softens trade-agreement rhetoric Goldman expects Mexico central bank to hike key rate by 50bps Thursday

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John Kerry threatens the Russians

(Scott Johnson) Secretary of State John Kerry has threatened to stop talking with the Russians if they and their Syrian ally don't quit bombing Aleppo. So New York Times reporter Michael Gordon lets on at the top of his story "Syria talks will end if Aleppo bombing continues, U.S. tells Russia." Adam Entous and Felicia Schwartz add some details in their Wall Street Journal story "Obama administration threatens to suspend talks with

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Three Killed, More Than 100 Hurt in New Jersey Train Crash

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three people were killed and more than 100 people were injured, some of them critically, when a New Jersey Transit train derailed and crashed through the station in Hoboken, New Jersey during the morning rush hour on Thursday, U.S. media and a transit official said.

MSNBC reported that three people were killed, citing medical officials.

There were well over 100 people with injuries, many of them with critical injuries, New Jersey Transit spokeswoman Jennifer Nelson told reporters. She did not say if there were any fatalities.

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Prominent voucher advocate takes Harwell, Dean on trip

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A prominent school voucher advocate in Tennessee paid for a private plane to take public officials including potential Republican and Democratic candidates for governor to North Carolina on a private school tour.

The Tennessean reports ( ) the trip organized by Lee Barfield included Republican House ...

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There May Not Be That Much Time Left For Outdoor Lounging, But This Sure Is A Great Deal On Premium Patio Chairs

$150 off

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Drizly transforms its on-demand booze delivery service into a marketplace

drizly Drizly, the service that lets you order alcohol online, has today announced a major transition of the company with the launch of its marketplace. The Drizly marketplace will let any retailer integrate with the Drizly software to generate extra sales. And for the user, the marketplace will allow more pricing transparency and flexibility. The old Drizly, by comparison, would use a set of criteria… Read More

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