WASHINGTON, United States — Donald Trump erupted in fury Wednesday at unrelenting probes into his links to Russia, as the top Democrat in Congress accused the president of a "cover-up" that could be an impeachable offense. A livid Trump abruptly shut down a White House meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, announcing he could not deal with them on policy until "phony investigations" are brought to a close. The clash marked a dramatic escalation in Trump's war of words with congressional opponents seeking to bring him to account for what they say is presidential wrongdoing. Trump's ire was seemingly triggered by House Speaker Pelosi, his nemesis in Congress, who declared following an emergency meeting with lawmakers earlier Wednesday: "We believe that the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up." "I don't do cover-ups," Trump shot back at a hastily arranged Rose Garden press event moments after the aborted White House talks. "So … [Read more...] about Trump walks out on Democrats as impeachment talk heats up
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By Heather Mallick Star Columnist Mon., May 13, 2019 Canada’s federal election on Oct. 21 will be one of the most important in our nation’s history. That’s why the Star is offering free digital subscriptions to university and college students from now until Oct. 31. Coincidentally, the Art Gallery of Ontario will now be free for visitors under age 25. Get them while they’re young and they’re yours for life, I say hopefully. Given that news websites need cash to prosper and in some cases survive, it’s a generous offer but a necessary one. For this election in particular, young people need to be fully informed so they can vote for the party that best understands an increasingly grave future. Personally, I call it reparations. Most of the damage done to the planet was done in the past 30 years, which were the years of my adulthood. I and my cohort inadvertently did you harm. We could have known; we chose not to. My generation … [Read more...] about Free news, art the least we can do for our youth
LONDON — In Spain, activists were convicted for social media posts that violated an expanded anti-terrorism law. The Twitter accounts of German citizens were blocked because of rules enacted last year that prohibit hate speech. And a Dutch court determined Google must remove search results about a doctor punished for poor performance, in compliance with a privacy law. Heralded as the world’s toughest watchdog of Silicon Valley technology giants, Europe has clamped down on violent content, hate speech and misinformation online through a thicket of new laws and regulations over the last five years. Now there are questions about whether the region is going too far, with the rules leading to accusations of censorship and potentially providing cover to some governments to stifle dissent. The unintended consequences may be compounded as European governments pursue more laws and policies to restrict what communication can be shared online. Last month, Britain proposed appointing … [Read more...] about News Europe takes on big tech: Has it gone too far?
By Allyson Chiu The Washington Post Mon., April 29, 2019 As the country reeled after Saturday’s deadly shooting at a synagogue in Poway, California, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Meghan McCain and other prominent conservatives turned a critical eye toward Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who has been accused by critics of anti-Semitism. “The anti-Semitic Left . . . is getting worse,” Cruz tweeted Sunday afternoon, tagging Omar and writing that she “repeated anti-Israel slurs.” He added: “Responsible Dems need to say Enough is Enough.” Hours earlier, McCain called out Omar during a discussion of the shooting on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “When we’re having conversations about anti-Semitism, we should be looking at the most extreme on both sides,” McCain said. “I would bring up Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and some of her comments that got so much attention.” Over the weekend, … [Read more...] about Rep. Ilhan Omar responds to barbs from Ted Cruz, Meghan McCain after synagogue shooting: ‘Shame on you’
By Hilary Potkewitz WSJ Mon., April 29, 2019 Most gym-goers can agree on basic gym etiquette: If you sweat on it, wipe it down. Don’t hog equipment. Rack your weights. But what about selfies? “The other day somebody was taking pictures of herself posing in the mirror. She had a great physique, don’t get me wrong—but other people were in the locker room!” says April Masini, a relationship and etiquette expert who isn’t shy about policing tech behavior of fellow gym members at Busy Body Fitness, in Boca Raton, Fla. “At first she gave me one of those ‘mind your own business’ looks, but I don’t back down,” Ms. Masini says. Reliable Wi-Fi, unlimited data plans and pixel-perfect phone cameras have turned the gym into a hot zone for questionable tech behavior. People walk into the locker room chatting on FaceTime or snap workout-selfies for Instagram, heedless of those sweating in the background. Others sit on … [Read more...] about The Most Aggravating Smartphone Sins at the Gym