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President Donald Trump sent out another tweet regarding the rising tensions with Iran, saying that the news media has been publishing false information.

“The Fake News put out a typically false statement, without any knowledge that the United States was trying to set up a negotiation with Iran,” the president wrote. “This is a false report.”

Trump continued with the tweet, stating that “Iran will call us if and when they are ever ready. In the meantime, their economy continues to collapse – very sad for the Iranian people!”

It is unclear as to what news report the president is complaining about.

The Los Angeles Times ran a headline on Sunday, “Trump’s plaintive but welcome message to Iran: Can we talk?” for an article by longtime columnist Doyle McManus.

In the column, McManus suggested that Trump’s “tough talk and menacing warships” fits a familiar pattern for him where his end game is to force negotiations.

McManus wrote, “For Trump, the solution is simple: direct negotiations with Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, much like the two summits he has held with North Korea’s Kim.”

However, it is uncertain if Trump was referring to this, a similar report, or something else entirely.

Source: NewsMax

A Republican senator is proposing a bill to give Internet users a single-click button on their browsers to turn off online data tracking, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

“Big tech companies collect incredible amounts of deeply personal, private data from people without giving them the option to meaningfully consent,” Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., told the Free Beason. “They have gotten incredibly rich by employing creepy surveillance tactics on their users, but too often the extent of this data extraction is only known after a tech company irresponsibly handles the data and leaks it all over the Internet.

“The American people didn’t sign up for this, so I’m introducing this legislation to finally give them control over their personal information online.”

The browers selector would be the equivalent of the “Do Not Call” list for phone scammers. The proposal includes “strict penalties” on companies violating the data to profile users who select the Do Not Track option on their browser. Also, it would ban companies from discriminating against Do Not Track users.

“You don’t allow consumers to stop your tracking of them,” Sen. Hawley told Google at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing earlier this year, per the report. “You tell them that you do, you would anticipate that they do, a consumer would have a reasonable expectation based on what you’ve told them that they’re not being tracked, but in fact you’re still tracking it.

“Americans have not signed up for this. They think that the products that you’re offering them are free — they’re not free. They think that they can opt out of the tracking that you’re performing — they can’t meaningfully opt out.”

Source: NewsMax

Tim Cook addresses Tulane University graduates at Commencement 2019

Tim Cook addresses Tulane University graduates at Commencement 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on May 18, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Josh Brasted/Getty Images

On Saturday, Apple CEO Tim Cook, who was recently acclaimed as an even better leader than the legendary Steve Jobs, carved out a morning from his very busy schedule to deliver a commencement speech for the 2019 graduates of Tulane University in New Orleans.

Back in February, when Tulane confirmed Cook as its commencement speaker for this year, the university’s president Mike Fitts touted that the Apple CEO, who enjoys the reputation as one of the world’s most workaholic bosses, “represents the kind of success we hope all of our graduates can attain.”

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But as soon as Cook stepped up to the podium on Saturday, his message to Tulane’s graduates became the very opposite of what was expected of him—instead of presenting himself as a role model for the young graduates in the audience, Cook encouraged them to challenge older generations’ successes and to find their own.

“In some important ways, my generation has failed you,” Cook said. “We spent too much time debating, too focused on the fight and not enough on progress.”

“You don’t need to look far to find an example of that failure,” he continued, pointing to an example that no one understands better than those living in the natural disaster-dogged New Orleans: climate change.

“This problem doesn’t get easier based on who wins an election. It’s about who has one life’s lottery and has the luxury of ignoring this issue, and who stands to lose everything. The costal communities, including some right here in Louisiana, that are already making plans to leave behind the places they’ve called home for generations and head for higher ground… When we talk about climate change, I challenge you to look for those who have the most to lose and find the real, true empathy that comes from something shared. When you do that, the political noise dies down and you can feel your feet planted on solid ground.”

Cook’s most important message actually went beyond climate change. Expanding the discussion to how young people can filter out the “political noise” and find their real goals, he encouraged them to fight against what today’s tech giants—including Apple—want them to see and regain their own perspective.

“If you find yourself spending more time fighting than getting to work, stop and ask yourself, ‘Who benefits from all the chaos?’” Cook said. “There are some who would like to believe that the only way you can be strong is by bulldozing those who disagree with you… We forget sometimes that our pre-exiting beliefs have their own force of gravity. Today, certain algorithms pull toward you things that you already know, believe or like. And they push away everything else. Push back! It shouldn’t be this way.”

Below is Cook’s full speech from Tulane University on Saturday.

A month into former Vice President Joe Biden’s Democratic presidential primary campaign and President Donald Trump already is calling a top challenger “history.”

The slam on Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a candidate he once praised in 2016 for creating a “movement,” came via Twitter on Monday morning:

“Looks like Bernie Sanders is history. Sleepy Joe Biden is pulling ahead and think about it, I’m only here because of Sleepy Joe and the man who took him off the 1% trash heap, President O! China wants Sleepy Joe BADLY!”

President Trump’s rip into “Sleepy Joe” comes after reports Biden and his son Hunter had ties to business deals with China.

Amid a trade war with China, the world’s second-largest economy and a country with a population almost four times the United States, Trump economic adviser Stephen Moore warned Sunday of the dangers of putting a “China apologist” in the White House.

Still, Biden leads Sen. Sanders by almost 20 percentage points in RealClearPolitics national average of polls. A field of around two dozen Democratic primary candidates are jockeying for position to face off against Biden, former President Barack Obama’s running mate.

Source: NewsMax

U.S. President Trump speaks with the Governor of Missouri Parson as he arrives in St. Louis, Missouri
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with the Governor of Missouri Mike Parson as he arrives in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

May 20, 2019

(Reuters) – Missouri’s Republican governor could sign a law as early as this week banning most abortions in the Midwestern state after the eighth week of pregnancy, part of a wave of restrictions aimed at driving a challenge of abortion to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Republican Governor Mike Parson told reporters on Friday he planned to sign the bill, which was approved by the Republican-controlled state legislature last week and would enact one of the United States’ most restrictive bans. He did not set a date for the signing but has until July 14 to do so, according to local media reports.

The state is one of eight where Republican-controlled legislatures this year have passed new restrictions on abortion. It is part of a coordinated campaign aimed at prompting the nation’s now conservative-majority top court to cut back or overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy.

The most restrictive of those bills was signed into law in Alabama last week. It bans abortion at all times and in almost all cases, including when the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest, but allows exceptions when the mother’s life is in danger. The Missouri bill also offers no exception for cases of rape or incest.

The American Civil Liberties Union has said it will sue to block Alabama’s law from taking effect. Last week, the ACLU joined Planned Parenthood, the women’s reproductive healthcare provider, in suing Ohio over its recent six-week abortion ban.

Abortion is one of the most bitterly contested social issues in the United States. Opponents often cite religious belief in saying that fetuses deserve rights similar to those of infants. Abortion rights advocates say the bans deprive women of equal rights and endanger those who end up seeking riskier, illegal methods to end a pregnancy.

Kentucky, Georgia, Utah, Mississippi and Arkansas have also passed new restrictions on abortion this year.

Conservative lawmakers have been emboldened in their efforts to roll back Roe v. Wade by two judicial appointments by President Donald Trump that have given conservatives a 5-4 majority on the court.

The Supreme Court could act as early as Monday on appeals seeking to revive two abortion restrictions enacted in Indiana in 2016.

Abortion rights activists on Sunday marched on the Alabama state capital in Birmingham to protest that state’s new law, which would take effect in two months.

(Reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York; editing by Scott Malone and Jonathan Oatis)

Source: OANN

Calls to break up Google and other tech giants have “no basis in law” and would damage consumers by forcing up prices and cutting transparency, according to Eric Schmidt, the billionaire technology investor and former chairman and chief executive of Google.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Mr Schmidt, who is due to step down from the board of Alphabet, Google’s parent, next month after 18 years at the company, hit back at growing pressure from EU and US regulators to curb the power of big technology companies by forcing them to sell off businesses.

“I don’t see a basis in law for a break-up,” said Mr Schmidt, one of Alphabet’s biggest individual shareholders with a fortune worth over…

It’s The 11th hour In IRAN Getting Nukes! @RealDonaldTrump Says not On His Watch! Do You Support Conflict If Needed?

Trump vows to not let Iran get nukes; Buttigieg makes his 2020 case at Fox News town hall

Trump vows to not let Iran get nukes, takes on Biden and Buttigieg in Fox News interview
President Trump vowed, in a wide-ranging interview with Fox News, not to let Iran get nuclear weapons – but reiterated his reluctance to go to war. “I will not let Iran have nuclear See More weapons,” he told Steve Hilton, host of “The Next Revolution.” “I don’t want to fight. But you do have situations like Iran, you can’t let them have nuclear weapons — you just can’t let that happen.” Earlier Sunday, the president tweeted that a war would result in “the official end of Iran” and warned the nation to “[n]ever threaten the United States again!” Trump tweeted hours after a rocket landed less than a mile from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, the first such attack since September.

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have risen in recent weeks after the Trump administration ordered warships and bombers to the Middle East earlier this month to counter threatened attacks against U.S. interests by Iran or Iranian-backed forces. During his interview, the president also addressed the rising challenge 2020 presidential candidate, South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg and 2020 Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden’s questionable ties to China and role in the Iran nuclear deal Trump withdrew from last year.

Buttigieg defends appearance on Fox News town hall
Insurgent Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg acknowledged at the Fox News town hall in Claremont, N.H. Sunday evening that he needs to do more to appeal to “black and brown” voters, even as he parried a series of policy questions — and, on several occasions, went directly after President Trump.

Buttigieg argued that minority voters are “skeptical of people who seem to come out of nowhere,” after moderator Chris Wallace noted that he was polling at one-percent support among nonwhite primary voters according to a recent Fox News poll. Buttigieg also took on the controversial newly passed pro-life legislation passed in Alabama, as well as similar bills making their way through other state legislatures, Trump’s tweets, tax hike proposals and explained his decision, as a Democrat, to appear on a Fox News town hall.

Jimmy Carter – kingmaker, once again
Jimmy Carter appears to again be a kingmaker in the race for the White House. At least three Democratic presidential hopefulshave ventured to the tiny town of Plains, Ga., to meet with Carter, 94, and his wife, Rosalynn,91. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, have visited with the Carters and attended the former president’s Sunday School lesson in Plains. It’s quite a turnabout for a man who largely receded from party politics after his presidency, often without being missed by his party’s leaders in Washington, where he was an outsider even as a White House resident.

Sweden calls for Assange’s detention over alleged rape
A top Swedish prosecutor on Monday formally asked that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be detained in absentia over the alleged rape of a woman in her home nearly a decade ago, reports said. The move was seen as the first step in his possible extradition from Britain. The Australian also faces a U.S. extradition warrant for allegedly conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer.

A merciful ‘Terminator’
Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Sunday that he won’t press charges against the man accused of assaulting him over the weekend. “A lot of you have asked, but I’m not pressing charges,” the 71-year-old “Terminator” star tweeted. “I hope this was a wake-up call, and he gets his life on the right track. But I’m moving on and I’d rather focus on the thousands of great athletes I met at @ArnoldSports Africa.” On Saturday, a video went viral of the former Republican governor of California at an Arnold Classic Africa event in Johannesburg, South Africa, when a man rushed and dropkicked Schwarzenegger from behind.

‘Game of Thrones’ comes to an end – and fans dump on the finale
The much-anticipated series finale of “Game of Thrones” aired on HBO on Sunday and many “GoT” fans were not impressed. Without giving up spoilers (that’s a warning), some fans unhappy with who ultimately wound up on the Iron Throne. Other fans online have called the finale the “worst episode of the entire series.” Some are grouping end of “Thrones” with “The Sopranos” and “Lost” as among the worst TV finales of all time. It looks like a petition demanding that HBO remake the final season “with competent writers” will likely get many, many more signatures.

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President Trump threatened to destroy Iran in a tweet sent in the wake of reports that a rocket was fired into Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone less than a mile away from the US Embassy.

“If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!,” Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon.

It’s unclear exactly what promoted Trump’s posting, but news outlets reported explosions in Iraq’s capital and that a rocket launcher was discovered in eastern Baghdad, an area that is home to Iranian-backed Shiite militias.

Roads leading into the Green Zone were briefly closed and no casualties were reported.

Amid escalating tensions between the US and Iran there have been concerns that Iraq, where Iranian forces and about 5,000 American troops are stationed, could become entangled in the standoff.

A Saudi Arabian diplomat said his country doesn’t want to go to war with Iran but but will defend itself after two Saudi oil tankers were targeted by acts of sabotage off the coast of the United Arab Emirates last week.

No group has claimed responsibility for the sabotage but US officials in reports signaled that Iran encouraged Iraq-based Iranian militants to carry it out.

Riyadh also accused Tehran of being behind a drone attack on two oil pumping stations in the Kingdom, which Yemen’s Iranian-aligned Houthi group claimed responsibility for.

“The kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not want war in the region and does not strive for that… but at the same time, if the other side chooses war, the kingdom will fight this with all force and determination and it will defend itself, its citizens and its interests,” Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Abel al-Jubeir told reporters.

The top commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, the country’s elite fighting force, echoed the same sentiments through state media on Sunday.

“Iran is not looking for any type of war, but it is fully prepared to defend itself,” said Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami.

Tensions have been heightened between Washington and Tehran after reports said Iran was planning to carry out attacks on American troops and ships in the region.

Earlier this month, the White House sent warships and bombers into the Persian Gulf to counter any threats from Iran and evacuated non-emergency personnel from Iraq.

The US Navy said the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group conducted exercises in the Arabian Sea over the weekend in a show the US military’s “lethality and agility to respond to threat” and to protect US interests.

Trump has employed such bluster before including when he was negotiating with North Korea to ditch its nuclear weapons program.

Responding to reports that North Korea had succeeded in attaching nuclear warheads to ballistic missiles, Trump warned leader Kim Jong-un not to threaten the US.

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Trump told reporters in August 2017. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

With Post wire services

DONALD Trump threatened Iran with destruction today as tensions flared after a rocket almost hit the US Embassy in Baghdad.

The US President tweeted: “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!”

 Trump threatened Iran with destruction today as tensions flared

AP:Associated Press

Trump threatened Iran with destruction today as tensions flared

He issued the stark warning after a rocket landed less than a mile from the US Embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone, further stoking hostility in the region.

Tensions between the US and Iran have escalated in recent weeks after American warships and bombers were ordered to the Middle East to counter an unexplained threat.

The US embassy in Baghdad and its consulate in the northern city of Erbil evacuated non-essential staff this week, following the escalating tensions with Iran.

Trump has also tightened economic sanctions against Iran after accusing the country of threatening US troops and interests.

The US President appeared to have softened his tone in recent days, saying he expects Iran to seek negotiations with his administration.

When asked on Thursday if the US might be on a path to war with Iran, the president answered, “I hope not.”

TENSIONS FLARE

But he has changed his tune after an apparent rocket attack on the Iraqi capital’s heavily fortified Green Zone.

No casualties were reported, according to officials.

US diplomats have warned commercial jets flying over the Gulf are at a risk of being “misidentified” and shot down as tensions with Iran career towards war.

The worrying warning from officials in Kuwait and the UAE follows a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Notice to all American pilots.

It said all US air carriers and commercial operators flying over the waters of Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman should exercise caution due to “heightened military activities and increased political tension.

RISK TO COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS

This presents “an increasing inadvertent risk to US civil aviation operations due to the potential for miscalculation or misidentification,” the FAA said.

It also warned that aircraft flying over the region could experience inadvertent GPS interference and communications jamming “with little to no warning”.

The region is home to Dubai International Airport regularly used by long haul carriers including Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways.

They all said they were aware of the notice and their operations were unaffected. Oman Air did not respond to a request for comment Saturday about the warning.

The warning seems rooted in what happened during Operation Praying Mantis, a day-long naval battle in the Gulf between American forces and Iran during the country’s long 1980s war with Iraq.

On July 3, 1988, the USS Vincennes chased Iranian speedboats that allegedly opened fire on a helicopter into Iranian territorial waters, then mistook an Iran Air jet heading to Dubai for an Iranian F-14.

The Vincennes fired two missiles at the airplane killing all 290 aboard the flight sparking outrage in Tehran.

The warning came as flights between Iraq and Syria continue to be delayed “until further notice” because of the escalating tensions.

US SENDS WARSHIPS

Over the past week, Washington has increased economic sanctions and built up its military presence in the region, accusing Iran of threats to US troops and interests.

Tehran has described those steps as “psychological warfare” and a “political game” and a defiant Iranian military leaders then said they could “easily” hit US ships.

Meanwhile, authorities allege that an Iranian sabotage operation targeted four oil tankers off the coast of the UAE, and Iran-aligned rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility for a drone attack on a crucial Saudi oil pipeline.

Saudi Arabia directly blamed Iran for the drone assault, and a local newspaper linked to the Al Saud royal family called on Thursday for America to launch “surgical strikes” on Tehran.

This all takes root in Trump’s decision last year to withdraw the US from the 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and world powers and impose wide-reaching sanctions.

 The most popular routes in and out of those countries (in red) affected by the warning
The most popular routes in and out of those countries (in red) affected by the warning
 Mourners carry coffins through Tehran in 1988 after the warship USS Vincennes shot down Iran Air Flt. 655

AP:Associated Press

Mourners carry coffins through Tehran in 1988 after the warship USS Vincennes shot down Iran Air Flt. 655
 The fragile Middle East is already haunted by several possible military flashpoints
The fragile Middle East is already haunted by several possible military flashpoints
US B-52 bombers have ‘already flown missions’ after Iran threatened to attack Israel if the US launches an assault

Defense officials are being criticized by the press for not being transparent enough as tensions with Iran have increased, The Hill reported on Sunday.

A Defense Department press secretary has not held an on-camera briefing in a year – they used to be routine – and off-camera gaggles, which used to be held regularly on a weekly basis have not occurred since late last year.

Journalists months ago urged that press briefings resume, but mre urgent complaints have surfaced with the situation in the Persian Gulf.

Mark Cancian, a Center for Strategic and International Studies senior adviser, explained the Pentagon’s press relations by saying, “You don’t have to explain what you don’t say,” emphasizing that “there’s a reluctance to get out in front on issues because with the White House it’s a little hard to say where they’ll end up, and the president values loyalty very highly.”

Although Cancian noted it is not unusual for the Pentagon to remain mum on operations leading up to sensitive military movements, the current situation is indicative of a broader trend, especially since former Defense Secretary James Mattis was keen to have limited engagement with reporters.

The spokesman for Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan indicated it was the secretary’s interim status that was the problem, declaring that once Shanahan was confirmed by Congress, routine on-camera briefings and off-camera gaggles would resume.

President Donald Trump on Twitter over the weekend slammed “The Fake News Media” saying it “is hurting our Country with its fraudulent and highly inaccurate coverage of Iran. It is scattershot, poorly sourced (made up), and DANGEROUS. At least Iran doesn’t know what to think, which at this point may very well be a good thing!”

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