Arrests at Capitol of health bill protesters

Arrests at Capitol of health bill protesters

McConnell typically uses offices reserved for members of Senate leadership, which are located in the main Senate building.

“Don’t touch Medicaid, save our liberty”, the protesters chanted outside his office.

Protesters were organized by a group called ADAPT, which identifies itself as a nonprofit for people with disabilities.

The legislation McConnell unveiled Thursday included deep cuts to Medicaid, the government program that provides healthcare to poor or disabled Americans.

The protesters rely on Medicaid to help them live and she says the health bill amounts to “tax cuts for the wealthy on the backs of people with disabilities”, Barkoff said.

Online footage of the protest shows Capitol Hill Police lifting protesters from the floor outside McConnell’s office. “Our lives and liberty shouldn’t be stolen to give a tax break to the wealthy”.

RT.com has contacted McConnell’s office for comment. Another tweet from NBC’s Steve Kopack showed a man being carried away by police.

“These are literally people outside who are taking over McConnell’s office who are on ventilators and wheelchairs”, she said.

This could have an especially negative impact on people with disabilities, as Medicaid covers 30 percent of all adults with disabilities.

As protesters gathered to make their voices heard, U.S. Capitol police allegedly warned demonstrators to “cease their unlawful activities” or risk being arrested, The Washington Post reported.

One of the protesters who was arrested, Mike Oxford, told CNN that the police acted professionally and used accessible paddy wagons with wheelchair lifts to transport the protesters with mobility disabilities.

While the dramatic scene unfolded, Democratic senators lead by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) blasted the bill as “heartless” and a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”.

Mexico came from behind to beat New Zealand — FIFA Confederations Cup

Mexico came from behind to beat New Zealand — FIFA Confederations Cup

The 23-year-old Mexico worldwide, who will join the Eagles this summer, appeared to pick up a serious shoulder injury after falling badly during his side’s 2-1 win over New Zealand on Wednesday.

“I don’t think it will be Argentina now they have the coach they have”, Hudson added, referencing the appointment of Jorge Sampaoli earlier this month. Oswaldo Alanis is Mexico’s only other natural left-footed centre-back but Osorio might think there’s a lack of leadership in the back and might go with legend Rafael Marquez to play a role one way or another. I don’t want the opponents to know.

They can not catch Mexico or Portugal – both of whom are on four points – going into their last match against the European champions on Saturday. We have a team rule: the maximum trust, the maximum respect and the maximum attitude.

“We need to control the game and show to ourselves that we can compete under such hard circumstances, take a step forward and keep growing as a team so we are capable of playing against any team and any style”.

The safe bet is Portugal to win and Mexico to advance via draw or win. Top two teams from the Group will qualify for the semi finals. Vidal took Man of the Match, thanks to the instrumental part he played in the midfield, and may well prove to be Chile’s pivotal player going forward, especially in light of the uncertainty regarding Sanchez’s continued participation.

Defender Georgy Dzhikia headed over the bar from the game’s final corner in added time with Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov agonising on the sidelines.

Portugal always played well otherwise we wouldn’t be European champions“.

Portugal is a heavy favourite to make it back-to-back victories on Saturday and progress as group winners but Santos was impressed by the efforts of tournament outsiders New Zealand in its battling 2-1 loss to Mexico. We have a definite plan but I would not want to go into details. “We weren’t European champions by accident”, Ronaldo, Portugal’s all-time leading scorer, told reporters after taking his worldwide tally to 74 goals.

“We will try to approach it (the game against Portugal) with the right attitude and organisation”. We need to play with motivation. He’s the best player in the world. Majority come from orphanages, foster homes and low income families.

Captain (r) Safdar appears before Panama JIT

Captain (r) Safdar appears before Panama JIT

According to details, the JIT had asked Malik to bring over a report on the past investigation into the Hudaibiya Paper Mills.

He added that he had provided additional evidence to the JIT.

Malik, a former bureaucrat, also served in the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on various posts, and later became the agency’s director general.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif was summoned before the JIT on June 17, whereas sons of the Prime Minister, Hussain and Hassan Nawaz, have so far made multiple appearances before the probe panel.

He said: “An worldwide investigation into the scams against the Sharif family was carried out by him and his associates including Deputy Director Waseem Ahmad, Deputy Director Ahmad Riaz Shaikh, Additional Director General Basharat Sajjad, Kamran Attaullah, Javaid Hasan, Ghulam Asghar Jatoi, Shaukat Ali, Sanaullah and Sajjad Haider”.

The issue of properties surfaced when Panama leaks showed that Sharif’s children were managing these properties through offshore companies.

Former interior minister said “His party leaders Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Asif Ali Zardari have allowed him to appear before the JIT and present relevant documents related to the inquiry carried out by him”.

Taking a jibe at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, Malik said that he was claiming the accountability of the Sharifs was an outcome of his struggle, but had forgotten it was him (Malik) who “prepared the pitch of the ground”.

He also carried briefcases, claiming that they were full of proofs.

“I remained impartial in the past and will remain so”, he added.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar reached the Federal Judicial Academy on Saturday to appear before the joint investigation team (JIT), constituted by the Supreme Court to probe businesses and financial dealings of the Sharif family. The document details charges of corruption against Nawaz Sharif.

The Supreme Court has already directed the JIT to complete its investigations within the stipulated time period i.e. 60 days and submit a final report on July 10.

Trump Tweetstorm Disputes Russian Interference in 2016 Election

Trump Tweetstorm Disputes Russian Interference in 2016 Election

US intelligence agencies concluded that the Kremlin orchestrated a wide-ranging influence operation that included email hacking and online propaganda in order to discredit Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump, a Republican, win the White House.

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified Wednesday that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) refused advice from the Department of Homeland Security in the summer of 2016 on how to address a Russian cyberattack.

President Donald Trump rattled off several tweets Thursday that called the alleged Russian hacking of the DNC a “Dem HOAX”, and at the same time pointed a finger at the Obama administration for failing to stop this alleged interference by Russia in the 2016 election.

On Wednesday, Johnson said it was “plain and simple” that Russia, at the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin, orchestrated cyberattacks in the United States in order to influence the election.

Trump’s tweets came shortly after former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) suggested on “Fox and Friends” that the Trump administration should blame Russian interference on the Obama administration. “Why didn’t they stop them?”, Trump asked.

The report comes just one day after Homeland Security officials confirmed to the Senate intelligence committee that Russian hackers oversaw a widespread election hacking campaign.

The big question now is whether any of the stolen private information made its way to the Trump campaign. The Senate intelligence committee plans a hearing on the same election issues with current Federal Bureau of Investigation, homeland security and state election officials.

In his testimony, Johnson said the DNC shrugged off the help. Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III also is investigating whether any of President Donald Trump’s current or former associates colluded with the Russian effort.

The Russia issue has cast a shadow over President Trump’s first five months in office.

“The big issue, and let’s not lose sight of it, the big issue is the cyber intrusions on our democracy previous year and how to prevent that from happening in the future for the sake of our democracy”, Johnson added.

But Johnson says secretaries of state and other chief election officials spurned his offer.

Johnson told the panel that the Obama administration was cautious about going public on Russia’s involvement, fearing they would appear to be meddling, especially after Trump warned on the campaign trail that the election would be “rigged” for Hillary Clinton.

However, “In Illinois, more than 90% of the almost 90,000 records stolen by Russian state actors contained drivers license numbers, and a quarter contained the last four digits of voters’ Social Security numbers”, according to Ken Menzel, general counsel of the Illinois State Board of Elections, the piece said.

Johnson told the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday that his department developed a plan to offer cybersecurity assistance to state election officials.

“In 2016 the Russian government, at the direction of Vladimir Putin himself, orchestrated cyberattacks on our nation for the goal of influencing our election – plain and simple”, said Johnson, who warned that cyberattacks would get worse before they get better. One last shot at me.

On Thursday, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attempted to clarify Trump’s use of the word “hoax” during the press briefing. Trump has variously said Russian Federation may or may not have been responsible for hacking but has dismissed allegations his associates colluded with Moscow as “fake news”.

Alex Jones leaks Megyn Kelly tapes ahead of controversial Sunday interview

Alex Jones leaks Megyn Kelly tapes ahead of controversial Sunday interview

He says the interview aims to paint him in a bad light, and by releasing the entire interview the truth will come out.

The firestorm started last Sunday, when a preview of the interview aired at the end of Kelly’s new show.

As readers know, Jones has been at the center of many political and social controversies, most notoriously that of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting – an incident, which he claimed, was “completely fake, synthetic, with actors – in my view, manufactured”.

NBC told The Hill it remains committed to airing the interview.

WVIT says it will include a report on the Kelly-Jones interview in its Sunday night 11 p.m. broadcast. Jones, in the new recently for a high-profile child custody case, is known for pushing a range of conspiracy theories, most noticeably that the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax.

Lawyers who represent 12 people who lost loved ones in the 2012 massacre urged NBC News officials not to air the interview. “I’ve never recorded another journalist, but I knew it was a fraud, that it was a lie”, Jones says in a clip.

Ahead of Megyn Kelly’s Sunday night interview with Infowars’ Alex Jones, Jones released about 30 minutes of private conversations he had with Kelly prior to the interview.

The decision was made to re-cut the interview to make it look like Kelly is being harder on Jones, and now Jones, who has built his empire of hate fighting the mainstream media, is fighting back against Kelly.

In another section, Kelly gushes to Jones about why she wanted to sit down with him.

“I’ve never done this in 22 years”. God, she was like, ‘I want to get steaks with you, I’m obsessed with you, oh my god, ‘ wiggling around in her seat.

Megyn Kelly’s controversial interview with Alex Jones will air Sunday as planned, but not without changes.

News Chairman Andy Lack said the story will be edited with the sensitivity of its critics in mind. According to The Hill, Jeff Zucker, former head of NBC, criticized the promotion of the piece, saying, “If you’re going to do this story, the tease needs to be you holding up a picture of the dead kids at Sandy Hook and saying, ‘How dare you?’ And I think their marketing of this has thus far been unfortunate”.

The Hartford Courant reports that Susan Tully, the general manager of WVIT-TV, sent a memo to staff of the NBC owned and operated station, explaining the decision not to air the interview.

However, Jones was adamant that Kelly did precisely what she said she would not do – which was to produce a “hit piece” on him. She promised him that the network would show the material it plans to use to Jones before airing – a uncommon practice in journalism.

Beloved Actor Adam West, TV’s Original Batman, Has Died Aged 88

Beloved Actor Adam West, TV’s Original Batman, Has Died Aged 88

There’s no doubt that Adam West helped define many of our childhoods, whether as Batman or Mayor.

While there have certainly been plenty of heartfelt tributes that have poured in since the announcement that the actor had died, the one from Burt Ward is perhaps the most heartbreaking.

Although the beloved actor is most known as Batman from the 1960’s series of the same name, Adam West had a very successful television career before playing The Bat. I will miss him in the physical world and savour him always in the world of imagination and creativity.

Ward, a longtime resident of Norco, in Riverside County, just past year celebrated the 50th anniversary of the “Batman” TV show at a film festival, where there was a screening of the 1966 film “Batman: The Movie”.

Although the TV series only aired for three seasons on ABC, West’s campy flare and slapstick turn as Batman remained a source of inspiration for fans.

Burt Ward, who played Batman’s sidekick, Robin, was friends with West for more than 50 years.

“I had a long, engaging conversation with him and his wife, Marcelle, about their life in Montana”, she explained.

However, the performer found reoccurring work as the Mayor of Quahog, Adam West, on the Family Guy series created by Seth Macfarlane. He knew comedy, and he knew humanity.

“I am beyond fortunate to have had the privilege of working with him, and he will be profoundly missed by all of us”. West’s family confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and BBC, writing, “Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives”. As an older actor, he played “Timothy North” on the hit TV show Kim Possible. He realized that he would be forever remembered for Batman, so he made a decision to have some fun steering into it rather than thinking about this as some sort of curse.

Big names descend on White House for technology summit

Big names descend on White House for technology summit

He said Trump’s decision to withdraw from the accord was “wrong for our planet”.

While tech leaders – or their companies – have spoken out against some Trump policies, including withdrawing the USA from the Paris Climate Agreement and a travel ban that was later overturned, it was still a full house for Monday’s meeting, where Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos were among those in attendance.

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Uber’s Travis Kalanick and Tesla’s Elon Musk have already left a presidential advisory council over President Donald Trump’s goal to gut the H-1B visa program, which is frequently used to employ foreign engineering talent in the USA, and Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

The day-long meeting kicked off a week of working sessions and conversations about modernising the government’s systems, cybersecurity, the H-1B visa programme, talent recruitment and other issues. Opening the discussion, Kushner outlined how the government is going to take what he called the creativity of the private sector and make the “government more transparent and responsive to citizens”.

Additionally, Trump hasn’t filled several top technology positions within the federal government, including those of chief technology officer and director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. As an example of how far the government is behind in technology, he discussed the Pentagon’s use of floppy disks and costly data centers that could be moved to the cloud.

“Many of our federal systems are decades old with our ten oldest being between 39 and 56 years old”, Kushner said.

The gathering is the first event for a technology-focused effort within the White House Office of American Innovation.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg, who attended the Trump Tower meeting in December, gave the latest meeting a miss. “The question is, how much does the president bring up issues that are more controversial, or do the executives?”

“Our goal is to lead a sweeping transformation of the federal government’s technology that will deliver dramatically better services to citizens, stronger protection from cyberattacks”, said Trump, adding that the possible changes could produce up to $1 trillion in savings over 10 years.

According to Axios, Cook will personally use the meetings to address a number of key issues with the Trump administration – most chiefly among them being the implications of the US visa program for bringing highly-skilled foreign workers into the country, as well as addressing four key points of disagreement between the administration and the tech industry.

What Facebook’s new mission can and can’t fix

What Facebook’s new mission can and can’t fix

So today, as Facebook approaches 2 billion monthly users, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed a new mission statement, to “Give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together”.

In a lengthy post on his personal Facebook page, Mark Zuckerberg outlined the social network’s new mission and how it all fits with his vision for the world going forward. On Thursday, Zuckerberg shared a manicured hand on his Instagram that features the Facebook logo, the “heart” and “like” reactions, and, naturally, Zuck’s likeness. Facebook wants to do exactly this with its Groups, the core communities of its platform that will help drive the change Zuckerberg wants to make in real life.

Despite what the teens say, Facebook is getting bigger and bigger. While the company doesn’t now place ads in its groups, it “can’t speak to future plans”, Alex Deve, the product director for Facebook Groups, said in a statement.

As participation in local communities declines across the globe, the 33-year-old executive said building “meaningful” groups online can help strengthen existing physical communities “by helping people come together online as well as offline”.

On Facebook’s new emphasis on groups: “A lot of the important stuff that needs to happen in the world [is] global…whether that’s addressing challenges like stopping climate change, or stopping pandemic diseases or terrorism”.

“When enough of us feel a sense of support in our own lives, we can start to care about broader issues, too”, said Zuckerberg.

Facebook said it aims to have 1 billion people involved in “meaningful groups”.

Zuckerberg hopes to accomplish the company’s new mission with the maximization of Facebook Groups.

Zuckerberg announced new tools for Facebook groups at the event, including a dashboard that admins can use to see growth and membership metrics.

In fact, Facebook explicitly defines a “meaningful” group as one that someone spends at least 30 minutes a week in. Therefore, they need more power to grow the number of community members while also maintaining the sanity of the groups they create. “This is not about friends and family”, said Chris Cox, Facebook’s product chief. In addition, he announced a mission for Facebook that will bring the world closer together. Admins can now remove a person and the content they created within the group-including posts, comments, and other people they added to the community-in one step.

With this new tool Facebook has allowed groups admins to customize membership request like if an admin is running a sports group and he/she wants people with specific age, gender or preferences, the admin can do it with this new tool.

NBA Draft: Winners and steals

NBA Draft: Winners and steals

“What’s up, Philly? You good?” While it doesn’t quite reach the levels of Dion Waiters’s opus in April, it’s pretty good. LaVar Ball had said his son would only play for the Lakers, and it was clear that would happen when Lonzo got a phone call with the Lakers on the clock.

Then Keith [Fultz’s trainer] hit me up and said, “New plan”.

That is why Fultz’s team-mate Embiid is fully on board with the opinion, as outlandish as it may be for a team that have won 75 games in their last four full seasons combined. Not only was Embiid subject to those, he also wasn’t allowed to play on back-to-back nights.

The Sixers might have to be patient again because Fultz and Simmons will not only be learning how to play together but will also be doing so while playing their first National Basketball Association minutes ever, after Simmons missed all of last season with a foot injury.

“He plays with reckless abandon and some of that has got to be controlled”, Colangelo said.

“Joel will come out and [say] something similar”, Sixers head coach Brett Brown said.

However, Brooklyn traded away their picks which is why Philadelphia got to choose first.

No worries, for now.

Jackson will be unable to play in the Summer League because of the foot surgery, but Demps said he expects him to be ready for the start of training camp. Eat them while you can, Markelle! The 76ers are expected to take Markelle Fultz with the first overall pick. He found one in Butler, who the Wolves acquired along with the 16th overall pick for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick, which ended up being – what else? – another freshman, Arizona’s Lauri Markkanen.

Sacramento shocked the National Basketball Association world when they proceeded to conduct one of the most common sense drafts they have had in years, perhaps even a decade. Swanigan provides them with the gritty toughness they’ve lacked in the post and helps them with their rebounding; he’s a flawless fit (as well as an underrated passer) on a team full of jump shooters. “And trying to identify veterans that have the ability to nurture and help those three, especially, is one of the main priorities”. When the fan pulled the same stunt on the very next pick, Tatum couldn’t contain his laughter.

When you might get drafted to a city with no Chick-fil-A. The Golden State Warriors, winners of two of the last three titles, were so enamored with Bell that they ponied up $3.5 million just to buy him off of the Chicago Bulls. As NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum took the stage to announce the Denver Nuggets’ pick, fans yelled out “Monte Morris!” from the stands during the pregnant pause Tatum took.

Markelle Fultz, along with his Sixers teammates, seem to be fitting right in and are going to try and prove wrong those who don’t trust the process.