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Shanahan Withdraws as Defense Secretary Nominee; Mark Esper Named Acting Pentagon Chief

NY Times - 1 hour 24 min ago
President Trump on Tuesday pulled the nomination of Patrick Shanahan to be the permanent defense secretary, saying on Twitter that Mr. Shanahan would devote more time to his family.

This is Donald Trump's secret 2020 weapon

CNN - 1 hour 25 min ago
• Trump fights to regain 2020 spotlight with Orlando launch • Opinion: Five keys to Trump re-election bid • Analysis: Trump launches immigration rant in bid to rekindle 2016 rage

Nine recent deaths of US tourists in the country have some travelers wondering whether it's safe to go there

CNN - 1 hour 43 min ago
• New Jersey man dead after falling ill in Dominican Republic, family says • Another American tourist died in her hotel room in the Dominican Republic, resort says

Shanahan didn't want to put his children in the spotlight

CNN - 1 hour 56 min ago
President Donald Trump tweeted that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has "decided not to go forward with his confirmation process." This comes as details of his contentious divorce, which dragged out over six years, are gaining attention. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

The Youngest Known Child Separated From His Family at the U.S. Border Under Trump

NY Times - 1 hour 57 min ago
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The World’s Far Corners and Deepest Depths

NY Times - 1 hour 57 min ago
Robert Macfarlane talks about “Underland: A Deep Time Journey,” and Julia Phillips discusses “Disappearing Earth.”

Hacking the Russian Power Grid

NY Times - 1 hour 57 min ago
Attacks by the United States risk escalating a digital Cold War and renew questions about whether certain targets should be off limits in cyber conflict.

Boaty McBoatface makes significant climate change discovery on first mission

CNN - 1 hour 58 min ago
The British research submarine Boaty McBoatface has made an impressive debut in the scientific arena, discovering a significant link between Antarctic winds and rising sea temperatures on its maiden outing.

New Zealand judge sends neo-Nazi to prison for sharing mosque shooting video

Ars - 2 hours 1 min ago

Enlarge / A photo of Philip Arps that was taken from a Facebook page. (credit: Facebook photo)

A New Zealand court today sentenced a man to 21 months in prison for sharing a video of the white-supremacist terrorist attacks that killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch.

As we noted in previous coverage, New Zealand and many other countries don't have US-style free-speech protections. After the mosque shootings on March 15, New Zealand's chief censor determined that a 17-minute video livestreamed during the shooting is objectionable under the country's law.

"It's illegal to have a copy of the video or document, or to share these with others," the New Zealand government explained.

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Global Economic Growth Is Already Slowing. The U.S. Trade War Is Making It Worse.

NY Times - 2 hours 2 min ago
President Trump’s trade war is stirring uncertainty, weighing on manufacturing and disrupting increasingly delicate global economic growth.

As Recession Fears Grow in Europe, Central Bank Signals Stimulus Increase

NY Times - 2 hours 9 min ago
Mario Draghi, the central bank’s president, said “additional stimulus will be required” unless the economy improves. Action could come as early as July.

Chris Lane and 'Bachelor' alum Lauren Bushnell are engaged

CNN - 2 hours 22 min ago
Looks like Chris Lane doesn't have "Girl Problems" anymore.

After Years Of Hit-Making For Others, Mark Ronson Puts His Feelings First

NPR All Things Considered - 2 hours 26 min ago

On Late Night Feelings, Mark Ronson tapped into the melancholy side of disco, pop and country for what he calls "sad bangers." The super-producer spoke with NPR's Audie Cornish about making the album.

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'Queer Eye' renewed for two more seasons

CNN - 2 hours 30 min ago
"Queer Eye" has been renewed for Seasons 4 and 5.

Trump and Xi Will Meet at G-20 Amid Stalled Trade Talks

NY Times - 2 hours 30 min ago
President Trump confirmed an “extended” meeting with President Xi Jinping of China next week, suggesting that their countries were once again trying to find compromise.

Google Pledges $1 Billion to Ease Bay Area Housing Crisis

NY Times - 2 hours 30 min ago
Google is the latest technology company to address the housing problems caused by the tech industry’s success.

Boeing finds the first buyer for a 737 Max since its grounding

CNN - 2 hours 33 min ago
Boeing got a huge vote of confidence for its troubled 737 Max on Tuesday as International Airlines Group announced it plans to buy 200 of the jets.
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