The flotilla of boats passes by the London Eye during the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant on June 3, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend's celebrations. The Queen along with all members of the royal family will participate in a River Pageant with a flotilla of a 1,000 boats accompanying them down the Thames. LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: The flotilla of boats passes by the London Eye during the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant on June 3, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend's celebrations. The Queen along with all members of the royal family will participate in a River Pageant with a flotilla of a 1,000 boats accompanying them down the Thames. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Staten Island’s City Council representatives celebrated the council’s unanimous vote approving that giant Ferris wheel by indulging in some truly cringe-worthy punsmanship. “I’m ecstatic,” Councilwoman Debi Rose told the Staten Island Advance. “And to quote (Councilman) Vinny Ignizio, I’m wheely, wheely, wheely, happy.” Ugh. Thank god they’re only doing thisonce.
What else are you going to talk about when the Brazilian president’s in town than how terrible John McCain was?
Trump, sitting next to the Brazilian president at the White House, attacks McCain again, says he’s “very unhappy” with the late senator and calls his vote against a narrow health care repeal “disgraceful.” And he adds: “I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be.”
More than 1,000 people were feared dead in Mozambique four days after a cyclone slammed into the country, submerging entire villages and leaving bodies floating in the floodwaters, the nation’s president said.
“It is a real disaster of great proportions,” President Filipe Nyusi said.
Cyclone Idai could prove to be the deadliest storm in generations to hit the impoverished southeast African country of 30 million people.
It struck Beira, an Indian Ocean port city of a half-million people, late Thursday and then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi with strong winds and heavy rain. But it took days for the scope of the disaster to come into focus in Mozambique, which has a poor communication and transportation network and a corrupt and inefficient bureaucracy.
Everyone’s talkin’ about getting rid of the electoral college
The popular vote accurately reflects the will of the voters. The Electoral College does not. That’s why I’m advocating to get rid of the Electoral College. The popular vote will ensure that every vote carries the same weight, no matter what state you live in.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has reached an agreement with Attorney General William Barr to stay on at the Justice Department “a little while longer,” a source familiar with their conversation told Fox News – despite initial plans to step down by now.
Fox News and other outlets previously reported that Rosenstein had planned to step down in mid-March. However, sources close to the deputy attorney general say Rosenstein has not yet given his two weeks notice. He remains at the DOJ as Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe enters what is widely believed to be its final phases. There has been much speculation that Rosenstein would like to stay in his post until the investigation concludes.
Seems like a natural next step for a Trump enabler
Rupert Murdoch adds another big league political figure to his stable: ex Speaker Paul Ryan becomes new Fox Corp director. Past include Trump Transportation Secy Elaine Chao (Mitch Mcconnell’s wife); Ex PM Spain; ex Sen Ayotte; Ex Asst AG Viet Dinh etc etc
Michael Cohen was an investigation target early on in the Mueller probe
Federal authorities began investigating the email accounts of Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, as early as July 2017, only months after Mr. Trump took office, according to documents unsealed on Tuesday.
The emails, dating back to January 2016, were sought by the office of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel conducting the Russia investigation, the documents show.
Hundreds of pages of documents about the inquiry into Mr. Cohen were released in response to a request by The New York Times and other media organizations.
More details on tech companies’ Sisyphean efforts to keep the New Zealand shooting video off their sites
YouTube and Facebook have defended themselves against accusations that they failed to act quickly enough in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack, arguing that their moderation is as good as possible given the number of videos uploaded.
Facebook said on Tuesday that the original stream of the attack was viewed live fewer than 200 times and non-live by 4,000 people before it was removed from the site.
Copies of it spread rapidly and by Saturday evening the company had removed 1.5m uploads. By Tuesday morning more than 800 distinct edits of the footage had been posted to the site.
Opponents of the New York Amazon deal were a vocal minority – emphasis on minority
Most voters in New York think it was bad for the state when Amazon dropped plans to put a second headquarters in Queens and many think U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bears blame for the deal falling through, according to a new poll released Monday.
The Siena College poll of registered voters in New York state found that 67 percent of those surveyed said the internet retailer’s decision last month was detrimental to New York. Sixty-one percent support the state and city again offering Amazon up to $3 billion in incentives to create 25,000 jobs if the internet giant reconsiders.
“While some may have celebrated Amazon’s announcement to pull the plug, the vast majority of New Yorkers of every stripe thought it was bad for the Empire State,” said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg. “Clearly, jobs outweigh the cost of government incentives in the minds of most voters.”
USC says it’s reviewing the status of the kids in the college admissions scandal and they may be expelled
Updated information on the College Admissions Issue:
• USC has placed holds on the accounts of students who may be associated with the alleged admissions scheme; this prevents the students from registering for classes or acquiring transcripts while their cases are under review
on why Mulvaney may soon become permanent, not acting, White House chief of staff
New Zealand’s prime minister has vowed never to say the Christchurch shooter’s name
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — The man accused of carrying out the attack that killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, is expected to represent himself in court, but the country’s prime minister said on Tuesday that she wants to do everything possible to deny him the attention he craves.
“He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in an address to Parliament. “But he will, when I speak, be nameless.”
“And to others, I implore you,” she added, “speak the names of those who were lost, rather than name of the man who took them. He may have sought notoriety, but we in New Zealand will give him nothing. Not even his name.”
Boeing begins the process of rehabbing the 737 MAX
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said Monday that Boeing will offer pilot training for the 737 Max following two deadly crashes involving the aircraft in recent months.
Muilenburg wrote in a letter to airlines, passengers and the aviation community that Boeing would offer the training and release updated software for the aircraft to “address concerns,” according to the Associated Press.
The new software in the plane is thought to have played a role in a crash earlier this month in Ethiopia that killed all 157 people aboard and an October crash in Indonesia that left 189 people dead, the AP noted.
Another sign of the Mueller investigation’s (somewhat) impending wrap-up
A top Robert Mueller prosecutor who handled Michael Flynn’s guilty plea has left the special counsel’s office amid growing signs that the Russia investigation is nearing its end.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Zainab Ahmad “has concluded her detail” under Mueller “but will continue to represent the office on specific pending matters that were assigned to her during her detail,” said Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel.
Ahmad, an expert in international criminal and terrorism cases, is the third senior member of Mueller’s team whose plans have been confirmed in recent weeks to leave the team investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The surprisingly simple story of how the National Enquirer received Jeff Bezos’s texts
Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos and his allies have publicly speculated about how the National Enquirer acquired racy texts he sent his girlfriend, including at one point hinting Saudi Arabia or the White House may have been involved.
The reality is simpler: Michael Sanchez, the brother of Mr. Bezos’ lover, sold the billionaire’s secrets for $200,000 to the Enquirer’s publisher, said people familiar with the matter.
In most cases, the company’s source agreements require it to pay for information upon publication; if a story is never published, American Media doesn’t have to pay. By contrast, the contract with Mr. Sanchez stipulated he was to paid upfront, regardless of whether any story was published, the people familiar with the contract said.
Prepare for a legal battle over who gets to see the Mueller report, and in what order
White House lawyers expect to have an opportunity to review whatever version of Robert Mueller’s report Attorney General Bill Barr submits to Congress before it reaches lawmakers and the public, multiple sources familiar with the matter said, setting up a potential political battle over the hotly anticipated document.
The attorneys want the White House to have an opportunity to claim executive privilege over information drawn from documents and interviews with White House officials, the sources said.
While Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani suggested privilege could be used to keep parts of the report from public view, the issue is up to the White House, not the President’s personal attorneys.
Startling numbers in a city that is around 25 percent black
At Stuyvesant High School, out of 895 slots in the freshman class, only seven were offered to black students. And the number of black students is shrinking: There were 10 black students admitted into Stuyvesant last year, and 13 the year before.
Jumaane Williams, the city’s newly elected public advocate and a graduate of Brooklyn Tech, said his opposition to completely scrapping the test remains unchanged. “The numbers are abysmal, we knew that,” said Mr. Williams, who is black. “The question is what do we do about it, how do we do it without needlessly pitting communities against each other?”
Though black and Hispanic students make up nearly 70 percent of New York City’s public school system as a whole, just over 10 percent of students admitted into the city’s eight specialized high schools were black or Hispanic, according to statistics released Monday by the city. That percentage is flat compared to last year.