Trump ‘seriously’ considering commuting Blagojevich sentence

Trump made the comments to members of the press while traveling aboard Air Force One, Crain’s Chicago Business reported. “I thought he was treated unbelievably unfairly; he was given close to 18 years in prison,” Trump said. “And a lot of people thought it was unfair, like a lot of other things — and it was the same gang, the Comey gang and all these sleazebags that did it. “ JESSE JACKSON URGES TRUMP TO PARDON FORMER ILLINOIS GOV. ROD BLAGOJEVICH Blagojevich, 62, has been serving his sentence at a federal prison in Colorado since 2012. Blagojevich’s family and attorneys have argued that he received an unfair sentence and have failed at attempts to appeal. GET THE FOX NEWS APP Advocates including …

These Trivia Questions Will Stump A Computer, But Can You Answer Them?

Computers certainly aren’t dumb. However, if you’ve ever talked to a chatbot or a virtual assistant, you’d be forgiven for occasionally thinking so. For all their brainpower, machines are still surprisingly clunky and awkward in the art of conversation, especially when it comes to answering questions To overcome this weakness, computer engineers at the University of Maryland have been feeding machine learning algorithms questions designed to challenge them, hoping they will become better trained at communicating with humans using language. As reported in the journal Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics, the research has generated a collection of over 1,200 questions that completely bewilder even the best computer answering systems today, despite being comparatively easy for people to answer. Here are a select …

50 Memes That Make Fun Of The Idea That Video Games Cause Violence

Some myths have more lives than cats and Mario combined. That’s the way plenty of us feel whenever we see someone blaming video games for every new armed atrocity that shocks the world. Look, we get it, video games are an easy target. It’s far easier to blame them for somebody acting violently than it is to confront the tangled, messy, complex web of interrelated reasons that’s actually at fault. But it doesn’t mean that we should power down our critical thinking, just because we want easy answers. Donald Trump, the President of the United States, and other politicians recently used video games as a scapegoat to (at least in part) explain the recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton. …

Biden criticized after saying: ‘Poor kids are as bright as white kids’

Former vice-presidents remarks prompt criticism from left and right amid Democrats history of gaffes Joe Biden, the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for president, found his record on race tweeted: Poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids? To quickly dismiss @JoeBidens words as a mere slip of the tongue is as concerning as what he said. We need to have a real conversation about the racism and sexism behind electability. Donald Trumps re-election campaign also swooped, insisting this was not a gaffe but rather part of a pattern of racially tone-deaf remarks. The president himself he urged viewers to visit a website that does not exist. Gaffes of that nature can be laughed off, but on …

Kamala Harris: Trump Was ‘Tweeting Out The Ammunition’ For El Paso Shooter

Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) delivered a powerful condemnation of President gunman targeted Mexicans, killing 22 people and injuring dozens more. Presidential Gun Sense Forum hosted by Everytown for Gun Safety in Des Moines, Iowa. condemned by Democratic candidates after it was reported the the shooter allegedly posted a The four-page xenophobic screed warned of “the Hispanic invasion of Texas,” decried “race-mixing” and called the shooting a defense against “ethnic replacement.” used Twitter to attack “We need a president of the United States who … understands that one of her greatest powers is to use the microphone in a way that is about not beating people down, but lifting people up,” she said. “I say put your money where your mouth is for …

What induces men to imitate the Christchurch massacre? | Jeff Sparrow

After Christchurch and El Paso we need an open discussion without euphemisms and evasions about what fascism is and how it works In general, I support the Christchurch shooter and his manifesto. Thats how 8chan. The atrocity comes in the wake of a murderous attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue in California on 27 April. The man detained for that crime also posted a manifesto to 8chan and also described the Christchurch shooter as a catalyst, saying: He showed me that it could be done. What might induce people to imitate the Christchurch massacre, an atrocity in which a self-identified fascist allegedly murdered 51 innocents in cold blood? To answer that question, we must grasp the historical evolution of …

Scottish school pupils receive exam results

What happens on results day? Image copyright Getty Images Children’s charity’s Childline also has counsellors available to help pupils who are worried about their grades. Leanne Ferries, Childline’s service manager for its Aberdeen base, said: “There can be an incredible pressure for children and young people during the exam period and this can turn to extreme anxiety around results time, especially if their marks don’t match up to their expectations or hopes. “They can often think these exams represent their last chance to make something of their lives, but this is certainly not the case and there are plenty of other options for those who do not get the results they expect or need. “We would encourage every pupil who …

Viral crowdfunding campaign for border wall under criminal investigation

Legal troubles continue to plague the viral crowdfunding campaign We Build the Wall (WBTW). The organization is now under criminal investigation in Florida, where it is registered as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit. As first reported by DCReport, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed there is a criminal investigation into the organization. The department oversees Florida charities. It is not clear what precipitated the investigation. WBTW founder and president Brian Kolfage Jr. denied that the organization was subject to a criminal inquiry to both DC Report and BuzzFeed News. Kolfage did not respond to follow-up inquiries from the two pointing out that Florida officials had confirmed the investigation in writing. On Twitter, he implied that the BuzzFeed story was …

No-deal poses ‘big unanswered questions’ for music

Classical musicians agree no-deal could mean uncertainty over work permits, delays at European borders and complications with moving instruments across the continent. “The nice and simple crossing at Calais, with 100 musicians and no obstacles,” could instantly become a thing of the past by Halloween, says Mark Pemberton, director of the Association of British Orchestras. Orchestral manoeuvres in the dark “We’ve got orchestras that are going on tour in November who do not know what the work permit restrictions and extra costs are going to be in, say, France or Germany. In terms of their preparation, there are some very big unanswered questions.” Even if work permits are granted, he believes European concert halls may look elsewhere as “there’s only …

Kris Kobach: why Democrats hope the GOP won’t stop his run for US Senate

Tolerance for Kansass former secretary of state is waning, with Republican politicians saying the party has become too rightwing It was only nine months ago that Kansas Democrats were bidding good riddance to Kris Kobach as Donald Trumps closest political ally in the conservative midwestern state went down in flames. But now Kobach, who briefly spearheaded Trumps commission on the illusion of voter fraud after using his stint as Kansas secretary of state to target immigrants and then losing a disastrous campaign that cost Republicans the governors office is back and narrowly unseated the sitting governor in the Republican primary but then lost in the general election amid distaste among moderate voters for some of his positions, including calls for …

Trump Echoes Infamous ‘Both Sides’ Quote By Comparing White Supremacy To Antifa

Donald Trump on Wednesday deflected a question about the rise of white supremacist violence in the U.S., suggesting without prompt that “antifa” and “other kinds of supremacy” are hate groups worthy of equal concern. “I am concerned about the rise of any group of hate,” he said. “I don’t like it. … Whether it’s white supremacy, whether it’s any other kind of supremacy. Whether it’s antifa. Whether it’s any group of hate. I am very concerned about it and I’ll do something about it.” The quote echoed his infamous 2017 speech after the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia ― at which a neo-Nazi killed a counter-protester ― when he declared there were “ Both quotes were misleading …

Trump’s response to the weekend massacres show he is an ethical black hole | Moustafa Bayoumi

Trump is playing the country like hes a conductor of a symphony of racist violence Donald Trump continues to play his cynical game of dodging responsibility, shifting blame and exploiting tragedy. In a press conference called to address the horrors of two mass shootings in the United States over the past weekend, the president said nothing about his pivotal role in stoking fear and racism among certain segments of the population, said nothing about the fact that five of the 10 deadliest tweeted earlier, Trump also and by extension blamed immigrants, who themselves are the victims of the very racism that has been unleashed by this president. With this ethical black hole of leadership and narcissistic exploitation of other peoples …

Republican state lawmaker criticizes his party for ‘enabling white supremacy’

(CNN)A Republican state representative is speaking out against what he believes is his own party’s complicity in “enabling white supremacy,” and says history won’t judge his fellow Republicans kindly. “We have a Republican president who continually stokes racist fears in his base. He calls certain countries ‘sh*tholes,’ tells women of color to “go back” to where they came from and lies more than he tells the truth,” he added. He finished the tweets asking his colleagues to no longer look the other way. “When the history books are written, I refuse to be someone who said nothing,” he said. “The time is now for us Republicans to be honest with what is happening inside our party. We are better than …

Marianne Williamson’s campaign isn’t funny to disability activists

Both skeptics and supporters alike are enamored with Williamsons longshot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, from her quirky stances to herpassionate deliveries. And although her polling remains low, shes been the subject of social media adoration after each of her debate performances, even from credible journalists. prompted journalistsThough many Americans are just now learning about Williamson for the first time, she enjoyed a long career as an author, spiritualist, and self-help guru to the stars, whereshe promoted questionable and even dangerous scientific, or pseudoscientific, ideas. #CripTheVote is to hold Williamson accountable. The movement, which is nonpartisan, works to engageWhen disability activists saw Williamsons warm debate reception Tuesday night, they set to work reminding the world of her past actions …

Kashmir: New violence feared in old flashpoint, as Indian ruling party pushes long-held agenda

New Delhi (CNN)Hindu nationalists in India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have long dreamed of stripping Indian-controlled Kashmir — named Jammu and Kashmir state — of its decades-old special status. The “abrogation of Article 370” was also mentioned in the BJP election manifesto, released in April ahead of India’s general elections. It was part of a promise “to overcome all obstacles that come in the way of development and provide adequate financial resources to all regions of the state.” A long-held goal On Monday, Modi’s government finally moved to revoke Article 370, in what analysts say is part of a Hindu nationalist agenda. Pakistan, which also claims Kashmir, described the move as illegal. It is not clear what happens next, …

An Expert Explains What You Should Know About Private Insurance & Medicare For All

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News/Getty Images By Shelby Black and Lilli Petersen 2 days ago The 2020 Democratic presidential debate has brought up a number of issues ranging from immigration to equal pay, but there’s been one topic that’s been at the center of the race — health care. While many candidates support a universal health care plan, some are butting heads over whether to keep or ban private health insurance for United States citizens. Given the drama about health care already in American politics, you have to wonder, why is the big deal? What would happen if private insurance was banned? Here’s what to know. In a twist from previous election cycles, a universal health care plan which would allow …