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ICE continues being terrible by arresting a record number of immigrants with no criminal record

The Trump administration’s 2017 move throwing out Obama-era immigration enforcement priorities continues to have devastating consequences. USA Today reports that federal immigration officials have arrested a record number of immigrants who have no criminal
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ICE continues being terrible by arresting a record number of immigrants with no criminal record

The Trump administration’s 2017 move throwing out Obama-era immigration enforcement priorities continues to have devastating consequences. USA Today reports that federal immigration officials have arrested a record number of immigrants who have no criminal record at all. According to the data, a staggering 36.5 percent of immigrants who were swept up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the end of last year had no criminal record, and were arrested simply for being here without papers. By comparison, USA Today reports, 18 percent of immigrants arrested in Obama’s final month in office had no criminal record. Obama-era guidelines dictated that priorities were to be “focused on national security threats” and “immigrants convicted of serious crimes,” but immigrant rights advocates know that rogue office directors and agents oftentimes ignored this. Mass-deportation agents have now found a friend in Donald Trump, a friend who has made up ridiculous stories about American towns supposedly being “liberated” from scary brown people. In reality, ICE has detained babies as young as 5 months old, asylum-seekers who had their children stolen from them at the southern border, a 72-year-old grandfather with Alzheimer’s, and U.S.-born citizens, including a military veteran who was detained for three days. ICE is an out-of-control agency, and the last thing it needed was ongoing funding to carry out abuses, but that’s what just happened under the recent funding deal. Simply put, our tax dollars are hurting immigrant families. «We're wasting resources deporting a lot of people who are assets to their communities who have families and mortgages and careers and car notes, and we're going after them with the same vigor that we're going after kidnappers and murderers and bank robbers,” said Douglas Rivlin of America’s Voice. “That's not a smart approach to law enforcement.»

'I know nothing about it': Trump denies any knowledge of Jared, Ivanka using personal email accounts

After filling an entire election cycle with «Lock Her Up!» chants over Hillary Clinton's personal email use, Donald Trump is denying knowing anything about allegations that his daughter and son-in-law have used personal email accounts for officia
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'I know nothing about it': Trump denies any knowledge of Jared, Ivanka using personal email accounts

After filling an entire election cycle with «Lock Her Up!» chants over Hillary Clinton's personal email use, Donald Trump is denying knowing anything about allegations that his daughter and son-in-law have used personal email accounts for official White House business.  “I know nothing about it,« Trump told reporters Friday on the South Lawn of the White House, 24 hours after Rep. Elijah Cummings queried the White House counsel on the issue. »I’ve never heard that. I’ve never heard about it.”  We take that to mean that either a) Trump doesn't read, which has been widely reported; b) it wasn't reported on Fox, his fake news bubble of choice; c) he doesn't speak to his White House counsel, Pat Cipollone; d) Cipollone briefed him on it but didn't include cool pictures of Javanka using WhatsApp and taking selfies with MBS, so Trump forgot; e) Trump lied; or f) all of the above. Remember in January when Trump told the New York Times that he had absolutely nothing to do with approval of Kushner's sketchy top-secret security clearance? «I don’t think I have the authority to do that. ... But I wouldn't. I wouldn't do it. ... I was never involved with the security. ... I don't want to get involved in that stuff. ... I have the right to do it, but I never thought it was necessary, Maggie [Haberman]. I never thought it was necessary.» Then the Times reported in February that Trump had personally approved Kushner’s clearance over the objections of career intelligence officials, and then several days later Kellyanne Conway started peddling Trump's «absolute right» to approve Kushner's clearance. Then we learned he reportedly also interfered in order to get Ivanka’s clearance approved.  Yeah. Well, just like the White House is stonewalling House Oversight on Javanka's use of private email and other digital issues, it is also stonewalling the panel on its inquiry into Javanka's security clearances.

Judge temporarily blocks Wisconsin Republican lame-duck laws passed to limit new governor's powers

A Dane County, Wisconsin, judge blocked former Gov. Scott Walker's lame-duck electoral revenge scheme, which stripped key powers from the new governor, Democrat Tony Evers. Thursday's  temporary injunction from Judge Richard Niess invalidates 82 appointment
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Judge temporarily blocks Wisconsin Republican lame-duck laws passed to limit new governor's powers

A Dane County, Wisconsin, judge blocked former Gov. Scott Walker's lame-duck electoral revenge scheme, which stripped key powers from the new governor, Democrat Tony Evers. Thursday's  temporary injunction from Judge Richard Niess invalidates 82 appointments Walker and the lame-duck Republican legislature made, giving Evers the opportunity to fill the positions. It also allowed Wisconsin to immediately withdraw from the multi-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Evers had made stopping the state's fight against Obamacare a key campaign promise. Immediately following the ruling, he ordered the state Department of Justice to withdraw from the lawsuit. Attorney General Josh Kaul immediately complied, and issued a public statement: «Today, we are seeking to end the State of Wisconsin's involvement in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.» A partisan Republican federal judge struck down the ACA, ruling the whole law unconstitutional in the case brought by over 20 Republican states and supported by the Trump administration. The judge stayed his own ruling pending appeal, and a number of states have stepped into the vacuum left by the federal Justice Department to defend the law.

Officials in charge of sanctions 'defect' as Trump's trade war ramps up damage to the economy

The sanctions office within the Department of the Treasury is experiencing its own kind of shortage: people. It’s not a matter of being unable to find people knowledgeable enough about sanctions to do the work. The problem is keeping them. Because, as Bloom
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Officials in charge of sanctions 'defect' as Trump's trade war ramps up damage to the economy

The sanctions office within the Department of the Treasury is experiencing its own kind of shortage: people. It’s not a matter of being unable to find people knowledgeable enough about sanctions to do the work. The problem is keeping them. Because, as Bloomberg reports, those staffers are fleeing from a department that’s enacting policy sure to cause the nation harm. As Trump has applied sanction after sanction—because, he says “trade wars are good, and easy to win”—approximately 20 staffers have fled from the office charged with putting those sanctions in place. Not only have sanctions been imposed as part of attempts to pressure other nations into trade deals, or out of Trump’s basic misunderstanding of trade deficits, but increasingly Trump has attempted to apply them as political tools. But sanctions against nations like Iran or Venezuela are only effective if they are broadly recognized and followed by many nations. By announcing unilateral sanctions, Trump has often hurt U.S. manufacturers and agriculture rather than his declared target. Prices for wheat, corn, and soybeans are all down as Trump’s actions cause former U.S. partners to seek goods elsewhere. Trump’s trade wars have cost farmers billions, and required that the government pay out billions more to partially offset the damage done. The fiscal pressure placed on farms is likely to lead to long-term changes both in U.S. food production and in international trade. The trade wars Trump has created were directly cited by the Federal Reserve as one of the factors leading to a decreased growth rate and possible recession ahead. When it comes to Trump’s sanction office, the depletion of staff has to do with more than just people becoming overworked by the rapid changes in rules and targets. The rising tide of tariffs and the complications represented by frequent political exemptions, kickbacks, and workarounds have created a demand for specialists at D.C.-based lobbying and law firms working with foreign companies. The sanctions “police” working under Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are literally defecting to the other side of the trade war, where they can help nations and companies avoid the Trump sanctions. That doesn’t sound good for America, but for those in Treasury making the switch, the decision probably did come easy.

Kansas Democrats get Medicaid expansion through the state House

Democratic state Rep. Kathy Wolfe Moore secured the first win in Kansas' legislature to extend healthcare coverage to 130,000 low-income Kansans. Republican leadership had been blockading expansion through the session, but through a procedural motion and wit
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Kansas Democrats get Medicaid expansion through the state House

Democratic state Rep. Kathy Wolfe Moore secured the first win in Kansas' legislature to extend healthcare coverage to 130,000 low-income Kansans. Republican leadership had been blockading expansion through the session, but through a procedural motion and with enough Republican support, Wolfe Moore got the bill to the floor Wednesday. «Today is most definitely the day to stand with the people of Kansas,» Wolfe Moore said, as the chamber advanced the expansion package by a 70-54 vote. On Thursday, the House passed the final version, sending it on the Senate. «This was a rare demonstration of political bravery in the House,” said Democratic Rep. Brett Parker. »Kansans are better off for the bipartisan coalition that cast aside partisan obstruction to deliver a desperately needed policy." It didn't come without Republican amendments. They got provisions blocking abortion coverage and a $25-per-month service cost for enrollees, with a $100 cap for a single household. Acceptance of that provision staved off a more punitive work requirement for new enrollees. It should provide enough revenue to pay the state's portion of the expansion. As a way to mollify Republicans, Wolfe Moore added a provision that authorizes the state Department of Health and Environment to back out of expansion if the federal match rate drops below 90 percent. That's unlikely to happen, even under Trump. It's also a win for newly elected Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, as well as for the state’s people. There’s nothing wrong with Kansas this week.

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Sebi tightens norms for valuing below investment grade debt securities

Regulator says all money market and debt securities rated below investment grade shall be valued at the price provided by the valuation agencies.
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Sebi tightens norms for valuing below investment grade debt securities

Regulator says all money market and debt securities rated below investment grade shall be valued at the price provided by the valuation agencies.

Apple March 25 event: How to watch and what to expect - CNET

What we know so far about Apple's TV series, subscription news service and everything else it could announce at its next launch event on Monday, March 25.
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Apple March 25 event: How to watch and what to expect - CNET

What we know so far about Apple's TV series, subscription news service and everything else it could announce at its next launch event on Monday, March 25.

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Day and Night Are Perfectly Balanced in Spring Equinox Photo Snapped from Space

Earth just got another dazzling glamour shot, thanks to a satellite that snapped its photo on the March 20 spring equinox.
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Day and Night Are Perfectly Balanced in Spring Equinox Photo Snapped from Space

Earth just got another dazzling glamour shot, thanks to a satellite that snapped its photo on the March 20 spring equinox.

Firefox is now a better iPad browser

Mozilla today announced a new iOS version of Firefox that has been specifically optimized for Apple’s iPad. Given the launch of the new iPad mini this week, that’s impeccable timing. It’s also an admission that building a browser for tablet
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Firefox is now a better iPad browser

Mozilla today announced a new iOS version of Firefox that has been specifically optimized for Apple’s iPad. Given the launch of the new iPad mini this week, that’s impeccable timing. It’s also an admission that building a browser for tablets is different from building a browser for phones, which is what Mozilla mostly focused on […]

Talk about the big news from GDC with TechCrunch writers

The Game Developers Conference concludes today in San Francisco but that doesn’t mean our coverage is over. TechCrunch writer Lucas Matney and Extra Crunch contributor Eric Peckham were at the Moscone Center and got a first-hand glimpse into what is com
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Talk about the big news from GDC with TechCrunch writers

The Game Developers Conference concludes today in San Francisco but that doesn’t mean our coverage is over. TechCrunch writer Lucas Matney and Extra Crunch contributor Eric Peckham were at the Moscone Center and got a first-hand glimpse into what is coming up for gamers and developers alike. And at noon PT today they’ll be sharing […]

Crunchyroll raises its monthly subscription price to $7.99

Crunchyroll is announcing its first major price increase since the anime streaming service launched in 2006. Prices for its premium subscription will go up in the United States, Great Britain, Australia and the Nordics — in the U.S. and Australia, the month
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Crunchyroll raises its monthly subscription price to $7.99

Crunchyroll is announcing its first major price increase since the anime streaming service launched in 2006. Prices for its premium subscription will go up in the United States, Great Britain, Australia and the Nordics — in the U.S. and Australia, the monthly price will increase from $6.95 to $7.99 (or $79.99 per year), while British […]

Hears the pitch: Team invents a new mode of photoacoustic imaging

Physicists developed a new mode of photoacoustic imaging called F-mode. This new mode selectively enhances photoacoustic image features based on the size of the object and the sounds it produces.
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Hears the pitch: Team invents a new mode of photoacoustic imaging

Physicists developed a new mode of photoacoustic imaging called F-mode. This new mode selectively enhances photoacoustic image features based on the size of the object and the sounds it produces.

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Frankfurt flights briefly suspended over drone sightings

BERLIN (AP) - Flights to and from Frankfurt Airport have been interrupted briefly after two drones were seen in the area. The news agency dpa reported that operator Fraport said takeoffs and landings at Germany's busiest airport were suspended as a precautio
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Frankfurt flights briefly suspended over drone sightings

BERLIN (AP) - Flights to and from Frankfurt Airport have been interrupted briefly after two drones were seen in the area. The news agency dpa reported that operator Fraport said takeoffs and landings at Germany's busiest airport were suspended as a precaution for 29 minutes late Friday afternoon. They resumed ...

Hands-On: ‘Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice,’ Like ‘Dark Souls,’ Is Bad

You can now buy Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice for yourself. But here’s why maybe you shouldn’t? First off, some very important disclaimers. I really hate Souls games. I think difficulty in video games […] The post Hands-On: ‘Sekiro: Shadows Di
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Hands-On: ‘Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice,’ Like ‘Dark Souls,’ Is Bad

You can now buy Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice for yourself. But here’s why maybe you shouldn’t? First off, some very important disclaimers. I really hate Souls games. I think difficulty in video games […] The post Hands-On: ‘Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice,’ Like ‘Dark Souls,’ Is Bad appeared first on Geek.com.

1934 Duesenberg Model J Prince of Wales Gets High Estimate at Bonhams

The 1934 Duesenberg Model J Prince Of Wales Berline will be offered at Bonhams’ upcoming auction, “The Tupelo Automobile Museum Auction” that will be held on April 27, 2019, in Tupelo, Mississippi. The pre-auction estimate of this car is US$ 500,000 - 6
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1934 Duesenberg Model J Prince of Wales Gets High Estimate at Bonhams

The 1934 Duesenberg Model J Prince Of Wales Berline will be offered at Bonhams’ upcoming auction, “The Tupelo Automobile Museum Auction” that will be held on April 27, 2019, in Tupelo, Mississippi. The pre-auction estimate of this car is US$ 500,000 - 600,000 and it will be presented in lot 450 at the auction. “The Berline produced by famed New York coachbuilder Rollston on the elite Duesenberg Model J chassis was featured in Duesenberg’s catalogs for 1931 and 1933, priced at a remarkable $16,000 in the latter year. Over the years several variations on the design were produced, including a pair of Ladies Berlines with storage for cosmetics and accouterments in the rear compartment, one of which was reportedly delivered to Elizabeth Arden,” states the auction house. Some of the important features of the present car are that it is equipped with 419ci DOHC Inline 8-Cylinder Engine; it has Single Stromberg Downdraft Carburetor; it has an original chassis, engine, firewall, body, and it has 3-Speed Manual Transmission. Other details include 265bhp at 4,200 rpm and 4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes. It is a part of the collection since 1996 and early Duesenberg enthusiasts Allen Thurn and Homer Fitterling formerly owned it. Bonhams says, “Today offered for the first time in nearly a quarter-century, the Prince of Wales Berline retains its original chassis, firewall, engine, and coachwork, less only the front fenders, which are presently those from a Henney hearse. Some of the exterior trim, such as the running board trim strips and the original luggage rack, are missing, and the headlamps are incorrect later sealed-beam units. The drivetrain is largely complete, as is the interior, although there are some missing components to both, and some of the woodwork appears to have been dismantled; further, some of the gauges are incorrect. Overall, the car is an excellent basis for extensive freshening and tour use, or an ideal beginning for a complete, Concours-quality restoration, at the end of which it will be most certainly one of the finest and most beautiful Duesenberg sedans extant.” The auction house adds, “Among Classic Era coachbuilders, Rollston stands virtually without peer in the quality and fine detail of their work – making this exceptionally elegant sedan, the one-off Prince of Wales Berline, truly worthy of the Mighty Duesenberg chassis.” https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Watch Sliced Fruits and Vegetables Disappear Before Your Eyes in Vibrant Animations by Kevin Parry

Kevin Parry creates stop-motion animations that turn the quotidian task of slicing vegetables and fruit into a near psychedelic exploration of each food’s interiors. Through a common technique called strata-cut, the Toronto-based animator creates video
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Watch Sliced Fruits and Vegetables Disappear Before Your Eyes in Vibrant Animations by Kevin Parry

Kevin Parry creates stop-motion animations that turn the quotidian task of slicing vegetables and fruit into a near psychedelic exploration of each food’s interiors. Through a common technique called strata-cut, the Toronto-based animator creates videos that slowly peel away the exteriors of peppers, avocados, and onions, revealing patterns we might not notice while preparing a simple stir-fry or stew. Although Parry is used to taking his time perfecting each frame, for this series he had to race against the clock to avoid the organic materials browning or losing their vivacious color. More

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2, Episode 10 Recap: The Needs of the Many

If you needed concrete proof that Michael Burnham and Spock were raised by the same people, look no further. Just as Spock will do one day when he’s a much older Vulcan, Burnham […] The post ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2, Episode 10
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2, Episode 10 Recap: The Needs of the Many

If you needed concrete proof that Michael Burnham and Spock were raised by the same people, look no further. Just as Spock will do one day when he’s a much older Vulcan, Burnham […] The post ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2, Episode 10 Recap: The Needs of the Many appeared first on Geek.com.

Vega Rocket Takes Earth-Watching PRISMA Satellite to Space

On March 21, a European Vega rocket launched a new Earth-watching satellite for the Italian Space Agency, which will help scientists monitor the planet’s environmental state. The PRISMA Earth observation satellite, which blasted […] The post Vega
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Vega Rocket Takes Earth-Watching PRISMA Satellite to Space

On March 21, a European Vega rocket launched a new Earth-watching satellite for the Italian Space Agency, which will help scientists monitor the planet’s environmental state. The PRISMA Earth observation satellite, which blasted […] The post Vega Rocket Takes Earth-Watching PRISMA Satellite to Space appeared first on Geek.com.

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