Washingtons Blog
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S. and the Saud family. Mehochko ignores that the U.S. co-founded Al Qaeda along with the Sauds in 1979 in order to conquer Russia, which the American aristocracy hate, and conquer Iran, which the Saudi aristocracy hate. But compared to what most American officials and military and intelligence operatives and scholars write about Iran and the nations that are friendly toward it, Mehochko’s paper was remarkably honest, so it’s cited here. The U.S. government has and hides massive reams of rock-solid evidence that leaders of the Saud family, which is the royal family who own all of Saudi Arabia, not only were the top funders of Al Qaeda and of the 9/11 attacks, but continued afterward being the world’s top funders of not only Al Qaeda but also of many of the other jihadist groups that accept and follow Al Qaeda’s leadership. If Trump were sincere, then, he would instead publicly expose the fraud that U.
France 24
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Spotify and other streaming services pay royalties both to performers and songwriters -- who are often lesser known and, for older and more obscure songs, more difficult to identify. Under the settlement filing that needs to be approved by a federal judge in New York, Spotify would set up the $43.45 million fund to compensate songwriters for lack of licensing. Spotify would also pay for streams of the tracks afterward -- which the filing said would "easily total tens of millions of dollars in future royalties." Steven Sklaver, a Los Angeles-based lawyer who co-led the case, called the settlement especially significant as Spotify had already reached a deal last year with the National Music Publishers' Association. The association, which represents songwriters under major US publishers and was not involved in the class-action suit, secured around $21 million from Spotify.
The Event Chronicle
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But perhaps he should not have been so eager to take credit, because what goes up must come down. The following is an excerpt from a recent Vanity Fair articleAccording to Douglas Ramsay, chief investment officer of the Leuthold Group, Trump administration officials will come to regret gloating about the market’s performance. That’s because Trump enters the White House during one of the most richly valued stock markets in U.S. history. The last president to come in at such valuations was George W. Bush, and the dot-com bubble burst soon afterward. Bill Clinton began his second term in a more overvalued stock market in 1997, and exited unscathed. But if his timing were different by just a year, he would have been blamed for the early-aughts market crash. This stock market bubble was not primarily created by Barack Obama, Donald Trump or any other politician.
The Huffington Post
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Dogs playing in the mud can be so amusing. Even if you do have to wash them afterward, you cant help but admire their ability to turn a quagmire into good, dirty fun. CrazyFunnyStuff posted this compilation on Sunday. We hope these pooches have found more luck in the muck since then. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
Design Milk - Tech
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The architecture of that place...it was very...you know, incredible. The lines drawing out into the distance, into the ocean. I think it left its mark on us. We all left blown away and I knew afterward what we needed to do. Afforded this off-script moment, the Concept 8 Series takes on another layer of experience, defined by something as indescribable as the monumental architecture of Louis Kahn. And just like that, as all lines of the Salk Institute draw toward infinitely toward the Pacific Ocean, I can now see all lines of Girard's BMW design team's work exhibited across the BMW Concept 8 Series pointing infinitely toward the road of possibilities.
Futurism
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While some researchers attempt to build artificial intelligences (AI) that can solve problems that humans might not have even thought of yet, others are focused on creating ones that do something most of us take for granted: pick things up. For a robot, knowing how to properly grasp and lift an object is no easy task. To address this issue, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley , trained a deep learning system on a cloud-based data set of more than a thousand objects, exposing it to each one's 3D shape and appearance, as well of the physics of grasping it. Afterward, they tested their system using physical objects that weren't included in its digital training set. When the system thought it had a better than 50 percent chance of successfully picking up a new object, it was actually able to do it 98 percent of the time — all without having trained on any objects outside of the virtual world.
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Voice Of America
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Gregg Allman carried on with the Allman Brothers Band for decades afterward, releasing such famous Southern rock tunes as "Whipping Post," "Ramblin' Man" and "Midnight Rider," and influencing untold numbers of Southern songwriters who followed. In 1995, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It won a Grammy for the instrumental "Jessica" the following year. Allman abused drugs and alcohol until the mid-1990s. While he spent the final two decades of his life sober, his health was affected by the excess of his earlier years. He underwent a liver transplant in 2010. Music was essential Throughout his recovery and later health problems, Allman maintained that playing music was essential to his survival. The year after his liver transplant, he released a solo album called "Low Country Blues." During his five-decade career Allman worked with many of the greats of American blues and rock 'n' roll, including Wilson Pickett, Neil Young, Clarence Carter, Eric Clapton and T-Bone Burnett.
The Sun Daily - Health
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Back on Earth, embryos fertilised in vitro with the sperm produced healthy offspring, and grew into normal adults, "suggesting that the DNA damage observed in the space-preserved sperm samples was largely repaired in embryos after fertilisation", said the report. But the research revealed little about what might happen in space. "Everything that happened afterward was on the ground again," Lehnhardt said. Not good for ovaries For researchers who have examined the effect of deep space radiation on the reproductive organs of female lab mice, the news is not good. A study published in the journal Reproduction this month showed that severe damage to the ovaries of female mice exposed to charged particles is typical of space radiation, "raising concern for premature ovarian failure in astronauts" exposed to deep space travel, it said. One of the study's authors, Ulrike Luderer, a professor of medicine at the University of California, Irvine, said her research shows why the US space agency is worried about the health of deep space astronauts.
BMW Blog
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It actually sets a pretty good lap time thanks to its immense power. It lapped Anglesey Circuit in 1:40.68. Afterward, though, Jethro Bovington claimed it to be pretty horrendous on the track. It just understeered too much and wasn't adjustable until it's going too fast for you to want it to be. It also didn't have as much grip as you'd think. That's the downside of a Haldex-based all-wheel drive system. But he did love the engine, which is a masterclass in small turbocharged engines. Plus, it sounds like fire and brimstone, which is cool. Next was the Porsche. First thing you notice is the engine and exhaust notes, or lack thereof. Porsche's new turbocharged flat-four engine sounds like a Subaru boxer engine and may be the least charismatic engine of any Porsche ever. Bovington wasn't a fan either. But it's quick, putting down a lap time of 1:39.
Politico
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These are organized by subject, but seem to make the same handful of redundant points. Chief among these is the distinction between “self-defense” and “retribution” (illustrated by a story about a dog killing a cat). Narrator James Jarrett also stresses the different perspectives various parties might have during a shooting. You might realize that when a potential attacker merely shifts his weight, that could be a “threat marker” and reason enough to “launch a preemptive strike,” Jarrett explains. But eyewitnesses will probably misinterpret such a strike as an unprovoked attack, he warns. “Therefore it is incumbent upon you that you know how you articulate these threat markers in a way that, not just the prosecutor, but the people in that jury box can understand it and relate to it.” The core emphases of the video training, if there are any, seem to be caution and restraintdont shoot someone unless you have to, and be careful about what you say afterward.
Daily Mail - USA
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Bleacher Report
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Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman joins B/R's Howard Beck and Jordan Brenner on The Full 48 podcast to preview the 2017 NBA draft . Wasserman dives into the league's annual talent assemblage by breaking down prospects Markelle Fultz , Lonzo Ball , De'Aaron Fox and more. He also looks at what the Boston Celtics , Los Angeles Lakers and, yes, Brooklyn Nets will do this June. Afterward, Beck and Brenner discuss the future of Isaiah Thomas , Jimmy Butler vs. Paul George , and the upcoming 2017 NBA Awards on TNT . Subscribe to The Full 48 on iTunes here . The Highlights: On The Scouting Process ... you try to watch these kids starting out in high school there's a lot of events out there that we are invited to whether it's the Jordan Brand Classic, the McDonald's Game, the Nike Hoop Summit, so you get to see these kids grow from when they're 16and I know everyone thinks that it starts when they get to college, but it doesn'tyou get to see their progression from when they're 16 to when they're 20, 21 when they actually get drafted.
Washington Free Beacon
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Futurity
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The Iran Project
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At best, Mr. Trump is extorting our Saudi neighbors, milking them for money they do not have. At worst, he could be turning the United States into Saudi Arabia’s mercenary in the Middle East, a rather ignominious position for America considering where 15 of the Sept. 11 hijackers came from. A security crackdown in Saudi Arabia before Mr. Trump’s visit — as well as the Bahraini regime’s deadly attack on a sit-in immediately afterwardsuggest that the region’s despots feel that they’ve been given carte blanche to stamp out peaceful dissent. In other words, something deeply rotten is unfolding in our part of the world. To avoid the spread of terrorism and militant extremism, responsible leaders in regional and world capitals alike must step up and tackle the momentous challenges at hand. Sword dances and lavish banquets aside, fundamental contradictions must be addressed.
Daily Mail - USA
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Voice Of America
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Afterward, an aide explained the presidential gaffe by saying, “He’s just an exhausted guy.” Trump also later backed out of a scheduled speech about social media, saying he was tired. His daughter Ivanka filled in for him. Barry Strauch, who studied fatigue as an accident investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, said while exhaustion cannot be ruled out, it is not a likely factor in Trump’s case. “The president travels differently than anyone else. He gets to fly on Air Force One, which has pretty good sleeping facilities for a president," Strauch said. Zelizer, who has researched Trump’s earlier career, said Trump’s strategic stumble would be consistent with his past practice in business. “If you’ve been following him since the 1980s, this is who he was,” he said. “So there is an element that this is President Trump as we saw him as a young man.
Voice Of America
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Grande, who reportedly is in Boca Raton, Florida, with her family, has kept a low profile since the blast. An 8-year-old girl was among the dead. Grande took to Twitter afterward to say she was "broken" and "i don't have words." The tour also features rapper BIA, whose real name is Bianca Landrau, and singer Victoria Monet. Some bands — including Blondie and Take Thatcanceled shows after the blast, but representatives for several music acts — including Celine Dion, Shawn Mendes, Guns N' Roses and Phil Collins — said they will honor their European dates this summer.
TIME - Top Stories
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Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is doing the rounds of late night television to promote her upcoming summer blockbuster, so she dropped by the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday to regale him with the story of how she got the career-making part. Fun fact: she had no idea which role she was auditioning for when she was first called up to read lines for the iconic comic book character and she was very close to retiring from acting altogether before she was ultimately cast. I did not know anything, she insisted. I went back to Israel to shoot an Israeli movie, and I didn't know if I wanted to continue acting afterward. Anyway, I'm in Israel and they tell me they want to do a camera test. And I'm like, again? Another camera test? Again? But when Zack Snyder called her up a few days later to spill the beans on the character, she realized it could be a big deal and then forgot about it.
TIME - News
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Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is doing the rounds of late night television to promote her upcoming summer blockbuster, so she dropped by the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday to regale him with the story of how she got the career-making part. Fun fact: she had no idea which role she was auditioning for when she was first called up to read lines for the iconic comic book character and she was very close to retiring from acting altogether before she was ultimately cast. I did not know anything, she insisted. I went back to Israel to shoot an Israeli movie, and I didn't know if I wanted to continue acting afterward. Anyway, I'm in Israel and they tell me they want to do a camera test. And I'm like, again? Another camera test? Again? But when Zack Snyder called her up a few days later to spill the beans on the character, she realized it could be a big deal and then forgot about it.
Washington Free Beacon
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Library of Congress
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Bleacher Report
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But given the stakes of the game, the Cavaliers point guard played through the injury. "With a play like that, you have two choicesyou can wallow in the sorrow of you actually twisting your ankle or capture the moment," Irving said. "My adrenaline is still going at this point. I'm pretty sure when I get home, my body will probably hate me." Tuesday wasn't the first time the Cavs needed Irving to bail them out. After all, he hit the game-winning shot in Game 7 of last year's NBA Finals. Even though this is still James' team, performances like his Game 4 eruption allude to an eventual changing of the guard, which Irving acknowledged afterward. "It hasn't been anything short of difficult to figure out when it will be my time," Irving said. "... With this team, nothing is promised. Who knows what will happen down the line?" For the Celtics, the loss seems like a missed opportunity.