Of course Boris Johnson wants a royal yacht. Hes the king of fake-it-till-you-make-it | Suzanne Moore

Johnsons latest vanity project is part of a plan to make the country more like him, says Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore Boris Johnson has no policies, it appears, beyond tax cuts for the rich and oh optimism. Act happy. Act big. He wants the Queen to have a great big yacht. At a a quarter of a million pounds a year. The Telegraph It was regretful, he said in 2016, that this was not a priority for Theresa Mays government. Some of us find the necessity of food banks and conditions of rough sleepers regretful, but heigh ho! What floats Johnsons and many other Tory MPs boats is literally a big boat. A peculiar vision of a yacht as a …

White House directs former aide not to answer more than 200 Democratic questions

(CNN)Former Deputy White House Counsel Annie Donaldson did not answer more than 200 questions from House Judiciary Committee Democrats under direction from the White House, in another case that’s likely to be part of the looming court fight between congressional Democrats and the White House over executive privilege and special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. But questions that touched on the substance of what Donaldson had seen, heard or taken notes about were largely met with the same response: The White House had directed her not to answer. Still, there were some tidbits included in Donaldson’s responses. She confirmed that she had prepared to resign alongside McGahn in June 2017. McGahn, according to the Mueller report, had decided to resign after …

NASA leadership shakeup comes as space agency pushes to meet Trump’s moon mission deadline

(CNN)The head of NASA’s human exploration program was abruptly demoted from his job as the space agency faces a deadline from the Trump administration to send Americans to the moon by 2024. In his memo, Bridenstine said the reassignment was in an effort to meet the goal of sending a man and the first-ever woman to the moon within the next five years. He named Kenneth Bowersox, a former NASA astronaut who made five space shuttle flights, as the new acting associate administrator. “(Gerstenmaier’s) been at NASA for 42 years and we love him, and in fact, we have an opportunity now to land on the Moon in the year 2024 because of the hard work that he has put …

Trump backs away from census citizenship question, orders agencies to hand over citizenship information to Commerce

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump retreated from his quest to add a question about US citizenship to the 2020 census on Thursday, instead asking government agencies to provide records that could determine a head-count of citizens without polling census-takers directly. Trump repeatedly said in Rose Garden remarks that he was not backing away from attempting a count of US citizens, but acknowledged legal setbacks in inserting a citizenship question on the nationwide population survey. “We are not backing down on our effort to determine the citizenship status of the US population,” Trump said in laying out his plan. Still, the announcement reflected a setback in the President’s bid to cement his reputation as an immigration hawk. Trump believes the immigration matter …

Iran set to announce further reductions to nuclear commitments on Sunday

(CNN)Iran will announce on Sunday new reductions to its nuclear commitments agreed to in the unraveling Iran nuclear deal, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported Saturday. Under the 2015 deal, formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iran agreed to slash its stockpile of enriched uranium by 90% and cap uranium enrichment at 3.67%. The agreement also reduced the number of its centrifuges by two-thirds. During Saturday’s phone call, Macron voiced “his strong concern about the risk of a further weakening of the 2015 nuclear agreement, and the consequences that would necessarily follow,” the palace said in a statement. He agreed to explore options with Rouhani “for a resumption of dialogue between all parties” by July 15, according …

Elizabeth Warren: ‘My faith animates all that I do’

(CNN)Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who does not usually speak about her faith on the campaign trail, talked at length on Saturday morning at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition’s annual convention in Chicago about the role her faith plays in the decisions she’s made in her life. She continued: “As I traveled this country and I hear from the American people they share their struggles, they share their fears, they share their concerns but the people know what is right and they are ready to act. They know that they have been called for such a time as this. And they are willing to step up, I am here today to say that none of us is alone in this fight. When I am …

Michael Cohen tells Congress that Jay Sekulow knew Cohen’s testimony on Trump Tower was false

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen alleges that the President’s attorney Jay Sekulow knew that Cohen’s claim to Congress that the Trump Tower Moscow project ended in January 2016 was false, Cohen told the House Intelligence Committee in March. Cohen said it was Sekulow who was the one who decided to pick January 2016 as when they stopped working on Trump Tower Moscow. Sekulow’s attorneys said in a statement Monday that Cohen was trying to “blame others” “Michael Cohen’s alleged statements are more of the same from him and confirm the observations of prosecutors in the Southern District of New York that Cohen’s ‘instinct to blame others is strong,’” Jane Serene Raskin and Patrick Strawbridge said the statement. …

5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos

If you had a choice between a better, faster cell phone signal and an accurate weather forecast, which would you pick? That’s the question facing federal officials as they decide whether to auction off more of the wireless spectrum or heed meteorologists who say that such a move could throw US weather forecasting into chaos. On Capitol Hill Thursday, NOAA’s acting chief, Neil Jacobs, said that interference from 5G wireless phones could reduce the accuracy of forecasts by 30 percent. That's equivalent, he said, to the quality of weather predictions four decades ago. “If you look back in time to see when our forecast scale was roughly 30 percent less than today, it was 1980,” Jacobs told the House Subcommittee …

A gay president? The majority of Americans believe the country isn’t ready

(CNN)First things first: The theme song of the week is from the television show Beverly Hills, 90210. These poll results suggest that most Americans — and Democrats in particular — are open to electing him president, so long as he meets other qualifications. Yet, it seems like Buttigieg may run into electability concerns for the simple reason that Democrats don’t think (perhaps wrongly if you believe this poll) the country is ready. It’s also possible that some voters are not willing to admit to homophobia, while signaling it by saying essentially, “I’m ready, but others may not be.” Either way, this poll suggests that Buttigieg might hit a wall in a Democratic primary in which voters are placing a high …

Tories and Labour suffer Brexit backlash as Lib Dems gain in local elections

Vince Cable says voters showed they have no faith in Tories as party chair laments tough night Both the Conservatives and Labour have been punished by voters in local elections, with early results showing dissatisfaction with the two main parties, while the Liberal Democrats, Greens and independents picked up large numbers of seats. The Lib Dems were particularly buoyant, gaining nearly 300 seats so far and a series of councils, including taking Bath and North East Somerset, and Cotswolds district council from the Conservatives. The party was hoping for its best set of council results since 2004, in the aftermath of the Iraq war, though the gains followed poor results the last time these seats were contested in 2015, at …

DOJ lays out case for striking down Obamacare in its entirety

(CNN)The Trump administration offered its first full argument Wednesday for its reversal on the Affordable Care Act, arguing in new court filings that the entire law “should not be allowed to remain in effect.” If the law is struck down, it would be a major victory for President Donald Trump, who has worked his entire presidency to wipe away a signature legislative achievement of the Obama administration. “Instead of rewriting the statute by picking and choosing which provisions to invalidate, the proper course is to strike it down in its entirety,” government lawyers wrote. This is a breaking story and will be updated. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourkes teenage hacker life

An extremely curated collage of Buttigieg's life.Image: peteforamerica.com Pete Buttigieg is taking online campaigning to a very 2019 level. The South Bend mayor, who announced his official presidential bid on Sunday, understands the undeniable power of the internet, and he plans on using it to his full advantage. Buttigieg, his husband Chasten, and their dogs Truman and Buddy, already have beloved Twitter presences, but the millennial mayor and his team took things a step further this weekend by releasing an entire set of digital assets, social media guidelines, and detailed explanations behind each of his visual campaign aesthetics so that influencers and fans can easily show him support online. The Design ToolKit, created by design firm Hyperakt and available through …

New Jersey forest fire burns over 11,000 acres

Pete Buttigieg flexed his multilingual talents with a message for France in the wake of the Notre-Dame Cathedral fire.Image: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has just set the gold standard when it comes to responding to the devastating fire at Paris’ famous Notre-Dame cathedral. Speaking to a reporter for French station BFM TV, Buttigieg, who is currently the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, delivered his condolences and solidarity with the French people in perfect, fluent French. The Cathedral of Notre Dame has been a gift of civilization to all humanity, and we are of one spirit with the French people this evening. https://t.co/Hwx1I4iCaH — Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) April 16, 2019 Buttigieg speaks seven languages, and his message …

Trump’s campaign video featuring ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ soundtrack taken down from Twitter

A Trump campaign video was taken down following a copyright claim.Image: getty images Twitter has taken down a video posted by Donald Trump following a copyright complaint. The apparent 2020 campaign video was posted on Trump’s Twitter account on Tuesday, and featured the soundtrack to The Dark Knight Rises, which was the last film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman series. SEE ALSO: Trump tweeted a bizarre 2020 hype video set to music from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ In a matter of hours, the video had amassed more than 2.5 million views, but later that day, the video was removed from Twitter, displaying a message that it had been taken down due to a copyright complaint.

CBP terminates controversial $297 million Accenture contract amid continued staffing struggles

Washington (CNN)Customs and Border Protection on Thursday ended its controversial $297 million hiring contract with Accenture, according to two senior DHS officials and an Accenture representative. This week, the entire contract was terminated for “convenience,” government speak for agreeing to part ways without placing blame on Accenture. While government hiring is “slow and onerous, it’s also part of being in the government” and that’s “something we have to accept and deal with as we go forward,” said one of the officials. For its efforts, CBP paid Accenture around $19 million in start-up costs, and around $2 million for 58 people who got job offers, according to the officials. Over the last couple of months, CBP explored how to modify the …

Trump’s Space Command to be based in Colorado, Alabama or California

(CNN)The Air Force has identified the six military bases that could house the military’s newest combatant command, US Space Command, according to an Air Force memorandum obtained by CNN. Following Waltz’ comments, Democratic Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado joked: “With all due respect to my colleague from Florida, Colorado is a mile closer to space than Florida is and a great place for space assets.” The six finalist locations are Buckley Air Force Base, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Peterson Air Force Base, and Schriever Air Force Base — all in Colorado — as well as the Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Alabama and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The memo, which has been approved by Secretary of the Air …