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Liam Fox faces growing scrutiny over Russian hack of personal email

Opposition MPs and former civilian servants demand to know exactly how UK-US trade dossier appeared onlineLiam Fox is facing questions from opposition politicians, former civil servants and campaignersabout how Russian hackers were apparently able to obtain government documents marked “official sensitive [UK eyes only]” from his personal email last year.The former minister’s account is believed to have been accessed repeatedly between July and October, and 451 pages of emails and policy document...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Russia, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Fox, Hacking, Foreign Policy, Reddit, Liam Fox, UK US, Trade Policy


UK coronavirus live: 89 further deaths recorded as seven-day average nudges up

Total of 8,891 deaths in England and Wales in week to 24 July, reports ONS; researchers warn more testing needed ahead of schools reopeningBAME workers ‘disproportionately hit by coronavirus downturn’Local authority sets up own test-and-tracing schemeUp to 2,000 jobs to go at Pizza Express and Dixons CarphoneGlobal coronavirus live: latest updates 7.03pm BST We will shortly be wrapping up the UK coronavirus liveblog. As ever, thank you for joining us. 6.56pm BST The Labour leader, Keir S...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Wales, UK News, Labour, Boris Johnson, Ons, Keir Starmer, Dixons, Pizza Express, Coronavirus outbreak, Guardian Starmer


Trump signs $3 billion-a-year plan to boost conservation, national parks

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed into law legislation that will devote nearly $3 billion annually to conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands. The measure was overwhelmingly approved by Congress. “There hasn’t been anything like this since Teddy Roosevelt, I suspect,” Trump said about the 26th president, who created many national parks, forests and monuments to preserve the nat...
Tags: Politics, News, Microsoft, Congress, Colorado, Montana, Washington, Senate, White House, America, Sport, Soccer, Gop, House, Associated Press, Gulf Coast


Ignorance or deliberate misinformation or simply convention?

A tale in two pictures:Sarah Hoyt at Instapundit types "AND OF COURSE THE MSM HERE WILL NEVER PUBLISH ANY OF THIS", which I found weird because I was pretty sure I saw it on both the local and national  network news yesterday evening... So I expended one mouse click and nineteen keystrokes and found the following: "Layers of editorial oversight", y'all. Remember that joke from the golden age of blogging? Good times."THE MSM WILL NEVER PUBLISH THIS" has become a formulaic partisan dogwhistle th...
Tags: Politics, Guns, Tam, MSM, Instapundit, Life In The Monkey House, Teh Intarw3bz, Spitting In The Wind, Bread And Circuses, Sarah Hoyt


SQA under fire after downgrading 124,000 predicted exam results

Scottish Qualifications Authority warned it will be deluged with appealsScotland’s exams authority has been warned it will be deluged with appeals after it rejected nearly 124,000 recommendations from teachers for this year’s exam results.The Scottish Qualifications Authority said it had downgraded nearly a quarter of all the recommended results for school pupils this year, after school exams were scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Education, Scotland, UK News, Exams, SQA, Scottish Qualifications Authority


Watch the full, uncut Trump interview with Axios and Jonathan Swan [VIDEO]

[AXIOS on HBO: President Trump Exclusive Interview (Full Episode) | HBO] “We're last...meaning we're first.” Trump pathetically fumbles with charts when pressed on the U.S. coronavirus death rate. In this absolutely not fake or comedy and very much real video, the President of the United States says some mind-boggling things. Axios on HBO's Jonathan Swan: “Oh, you’re doing death as a proportion of cases. I’m talking about death as a proportion of population. That’s where the U.S. is reall...
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Coronavirus relief bill: Both sides dig in as $600 unemployment checks hang in balance

By ANDREW TAYLOR | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Negotiators on a huge coronavirus relief bill reported slight progress after talks resumed in the Capitol, with issues like food for the poor and aid to schools struggling to reopen safely assuming a higher profile in the talks. Multiple obstacles remain, including an impasse on extending a $600-per-week pandemic jobless benefit, funding for the U.S. Postal Service and aid to renters facing eviction. Democratic negotiators spoke of progress Monday...
Tags: Politics, News, Washington, Senate, White House, Sport, Soccer, Gop, House, Mitch McConnell, Graham, Capitol Hill, Associated Press, Nancy Pelosi, Msnbc, Donald Trump


Two Kanye West campaigners are Republican operatives

Two people working on Kanye West's presidential campaign are Republican party men, reports New York Magazine. One of West’s electors in the state of Vermont will also be a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Charlotte. Chuck Wilton, one of the three electors West’s presidential campaign named in a filing submitted with the Vermont secretary of State on Monday, was also elected by the Vermont Republican Party in May to serve as a delegate for President Trump at this year’s RNC. ... ...
Tags: Post, Politics, Kim Kardashian, News, Kanye West, West, Arkansas, Republican Party, Biden, Vermont, Trump, State, Vermont Republican Party, New York Magazine One of West, Charlotte Chuck Wilton, Gregg Keller


Smile more? Some see sexism in debate over Biden VP pick

By SARA BURNETT and ALEXANDRA JAFFE | Associated Press CHICAGO — She’s too ambitious. She’s not apologetic enough. She should smile more. The debate over Joe Biden’s running mate has recently ticked through a familiar list of stereotypes about women in politics as the Democratic presidential candidate and his allies stumble through a search they had hoped would stand out for its inclusion and diversity. Instead, the vice presidential vetting has resurfaced internal party divisions between the ol...
Tags: Politics, News, California, Washington Post, Washington, Politico, India, Sport, Joe Biden, Cnn, Chicago, Soccer, Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, Jamaica, Biden


SQA under fire after rejecting 124,000 exam recommendations

Scottish Qualifications Authority warned it will be deluged with appealsScotland’s exams authority has been warned it will be deluged with appeals after it rejected nearly 124,000 recommendations from teachers for this year’s exam results.The Scottish Qualifications Authority said it had downgraded nearly a quarter of all the recommended results for school pupils this year, after school exams were scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Education, Scotland, UK News, SQA, Scottish Qualifications Authority


James Baldwin Talks About Racism in America & Civil Rights Activism on The Dick Cavett Show (1969)

There are many reasons, some quite literal, that it can be painful to talk about racism in the U.S. For one thing, it often seems that writers like W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells, Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, or James Baldwin, have already confronted questions of racial violence without hedging or equivocation. Yet each time racist violence happens, there seems to be a decorous need in politics and media to pretend to be surprised by what's right in front of us, to pretend to have discovered...
Tags: Google, Politics, Television, College, New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees, America, History, Britain, Ronald Reagan, Npr, Dick Cavett, Gucci, Martin Luther King Jr, Cvs, Henry


UK coronavirus live: deaths in England and Wales below five-year average for sixth week in a row, says ONS

Total of 8,891 deaths in England and Wales in week to 24 July, reports ONS; Researchers warn more testing is needed ahead of schools reopeningLocal authority sets up test-and-tracing to plug gaps in English schemeBoost test and trace before English schools reopen ‘or risk second wave’Concerns persist over plan to reopen schools in EnglandUK virologists criticise handling of Covid testing contractsGlobal coronavirus live: latest updates 10.23am BST The local authority with the highest infecti...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, London, Wales, UK News, Yorkshire, Boris Johnson, East Midlands, Ons, West Midlands, Blackburn, Lancashire, DARWEN, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: calls for more test and trace; virologists question Covid-19 response

Researchers warn more testing is needed ahead of schools reopening to prevent second wave while other experts criticise handling of crisisBoost test and trace before English schools reopen ‘or risk second wave’UK virologists criticise handling of Covid testing contractsGlobal coronavirus live: latest updates 7.46am BST EasyJet has said it is operating more flights than previously planned due to demand exceeding expectations.PA Media reports:The airline is expanding its schedule to 40% of nor...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Clarke, Easyjet, Simon Clarke, PA Media, Coronavirus outbreak


Number of UK citizens emigrating to EU has risen by 30% since Brexit vote

Exclusive: crisis has led to 500% increase in Britons taking up citizenship in an EU stateThe number of British nationals emigrating to other EU countries has risen by 30% since the Brexit referendum, with half making their decision to leave in the first three months after the vote, research has found.Analysis of data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Eurostat shows that migration from Britain to EU states averaged 56,832 people a year in 2008-15, growing...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Germany, Berlin, Eu, Spain, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, OECD, University of Oxford, Brexit, Eurostat


Trump threatens to sue Nevada to block universal mail-in ballots

President Donald Trump’s attacks on Nevada’s mail-in voting bill are unsubstantiated, according to journalists and state officials, but that didn't stop the impeached and manifestly unfit racist despot from threatening to sue the state of Nevada today over that very issue. “We will be suing in Nevada. And that’s already been taken care of, we’ll probably file something tomorrow,” he said during a White House briefing. 2020, man. It's weird. Twitter's roundup: Trump criticized lawmakers in Nev...
Tags: Twitter, Post, Politics, Voting, News, California, Washington, White House, Vote, Post Office, US Postal Service, Usps, 2020, Nevada, Postal Service, Election


Trump Admin Moves to Boot GOP FCC Commissioner Who Hinted Its Social Media Order Is 'Gibberish'

The White House has yanked its nomination to give GOP Federal Communications Commissioner Mike O’Rielly another term at the agency, offering no explanation as to why.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Science, Technology, Fcc, Youtube, White House, Social Media, Federal Communications Commission, Donald Trump, Free Speech, Tech Policy, Section 230, Mike O'Rielly, Mike Orielly


Manga Ads Generate 32,000 Signature Petition for “Body Shaming”

A Japanese petition has secured 32,000 signatures after people were offended by a series of manga-style advertisements that “fat-shamed” people in order to promote beauty products and other supplements. Many of these manga-style advertisements began popping up on YouTube for Japanese netizens, which typically involve an individual who is ridiculed for being overweight or some […]
Tags: Health, Politics, Fitness, Internet, Censorship, Anime, Manga, Petitions


California To Let Absent Lawmakers Vote During Pandemic

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly changed its rules on Monday to let lawmakers at high risk for the coronavirus vote on bills without being present in the chamber, defying advice from the Legislature’s own lawyers who say the new rule is likely illegal. It’s the first time in the state Assembly’s 170-year history that absent lawmakers will be allowed to vote on bills. Assembly leaders say the rule is necessary to protect the health and safety of its members after a coronavirus ou...
Tags: Politics, News, California, Oregon, Senate, California News, Sacramento, San Francisco, Ap, Wisconsin, Atkins, Legislature, Assembly, Brian Jones, Sacramento Calif, Rendon


UK warns drug firms to stockpile in case of Brexit disruption

Companies should ensure six weeks’ worth of drugs for end of transition period, DHSC saysPharmaceutical companies should stockpile six weeks’ worth of drugs to guard against disruption at the end of the Brexit transition period, the government has said.The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has written to medicine suppliers advising them to make boosting their reserves a priority. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Drugs, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, NHS, Pharmaceuticals industry, Brexit, Department of Health and Social Care DHSC, Coronavirus outbreak


Prosecutor seeking Trump tax records cites probe of his business

By LARRY NEUMEISTER | Associated Press NEW YORK — A Manhattan prosecutor trying to get President Donald Trump’s tax returns told a judge Monday that he was justified in demanding them, citing public reports of “extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization.” Trump’s lawyers last month said the grand jury subpoena for the tax returns was issued in bad faith and amounted to harassment of the president. Manhattan District Attorney District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. seeks ei...
Tags: Politics, New York, News, Supreme Court, Microsoft, Congress, Washington Post, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Manhattan, Associated Press, Donald Trump, Trump, Cohen, Stormy Daniels


Bear Cursed With Trump Sticker Perfectly Encapsulates 2020

A poor black bear has been spotted in Asheville, North Carolina, donning a Trump 2020 sticker on its collar. What irony, indeed.Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Bears, North Carolina, Asheville North Carolina, Bears Deserve Better


Russians hacked Liam Fox's personal email to get US-UK trade dossier

Labour queries why MP used insecure account for classified government businessA personal email account belonging to Liam Fox, the former trade minister, was repeatedly hacked into by Russians who stole classified documents relating to US-UK trade talks, the Guardian understands.The security breaches last year, which are subject to an ongoing police investigation, pose serious questions for the Conservative MP who is currently the UK’s nominee to become director general of the World Trade Organiz...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Russia, Conservatives, UK News, Hacking, Foreign Policy, Liam Fox, US UK, Trade Policy, World Trade Organization Continue


Liam Fox is the latest in a long line of victims duped by Russia's GRU

Over the past 20 years, the military intelligence agency has stolen information from targets around the worldLiam Fox, the former UK trade secretary, is merely the latest in a long line of victims apparently duped by the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency.Over the past two decades GRU spies have stolen classified information from numerous targets around the world. According to Reuters, last summer they broke into Fox’s email account. They made off with secret US-UK trade documents later ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Russia, UK News, World news, Fox, Hacking, UK security and counter-terrorism, Espionage, Liam Fox, Reuters, US UK, GRU Russia


Navy Investigating Video Of Dogs Attacking Colin Kaepernick Fill-In

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Navy is investigating an incident in which dogs attacked a “Colin Kaepernick stand-in” during a K-9 demonstration during a 2019 fundraiser at the Navy Seals Museum in Florida. The Navy said in a statement posted on Twitter that officials became aware of the video on Sunday. Kaepernick is a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began kneeling during the playing of “The Star Spangled Banner” before games to protest social injustice and police brutality. H...
Tags: Florida, Politics, News, Minneapolis, Navy, California News, NFL, Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco, US Navy, Atlantic Coast, West Palm Beach, U S Navy, Kaepernick, Fort Lauderdale Fla, Fort Pierce Florida


California Lawmakers Were Globetrotters Before Pandemic

SACRAMENTO (AP) – It was a different era for California lawmakers before the coronavirus pandemic: business-class flights to Japan, stays at 5-star hotels and dinners with local politicians in the name of promoting economic ties. In February, the Japanese government paid to host six California Assembly members in Tokyo and Fukushima. Between city tours, officials were briefed on Olympics preparedness for the now-postponed event and were wowed by the country’s transit system. Being a California l...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Politics, News, California, Washington, France, Senate, China, Israel, California News, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Ap, Portugal, Switzerland


Russians 'hacked Liam Fox's emails' to obtain dossier on US-UK trade talks

Hackers reportedly accessed account last year and obtained dossier cited by Jeremy Corbyn during election campaignClassified documents relating to US-UK trade talks are believed to have been hacked by Russians from an email account belonging to the former minister Liam Fox, it has emerged.A report from Reuters said Russian hackers accessed Fox’s account several times between July and October last year and obtained a dossier that ultimately ended up in the hands of Jeremy Corbyn during the electi...
Tags: Politics, Russia, US, Conservatives, UK News, Fox, Foreign Policy, NHS, Labour, Liam Fox, Jeremy Corbyn, Reuters, US UK, Trade Policy


Tributes paid to John Hume, former SDLP leader and Nobel peace prize winner

Hume, who has died aged 83, won acclaim for his efforts towards achieving Good Friday agreement in Northern Ireland‘Hero and peacemaker’: John Hume rememberedWorld leaders have paid tribute to John Hume, the former SDLP leader, Nobel peace prize winner and leading player in the Northern Ireland peace process, who has died aged 83.His death marks the passing of one of the most important Irish political leaders of the 20th century whose ideas of compromise, opposition to violence and cross-communi...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Northern Ireland, SDLP, Derry, Hume, John Hume, Good Friday Agreement


Classified documents on US-UK trade talks 'hacked from Liam Fox's emails'

Hackers reportedly accessed account last year and obtained dossier cited by Jeremy Corbyn during general electionForeign Office sources have refused to comment on reports that classified documents relating to US-UK trade talks were originally hacked from an email account belonging to MP and former trade minister Liam Fox.It follows a report by Reuters that hackers accessed the account several times between July and October last year and obtained a dossier that ultimately ended up in the hands of...
Tags: Politics, Russia, US, UK News, Foreign Policy, NHS, Labour, Liam Fox, Jeremy Corbyn, Reuters, US UK


Reddit Kicks Off Its Up the Vote Initiative

Reddit kicked off its Up the Vote voter-registration initiative, focused on alerting, educating and activating Redditors on their right to vote. The platform said in a blog post last week, "Content on Reddit receives an average of 165 million votes per day. But did you know that the 2016 presidential election only saw 128.8 million...
Tags: Politics, Advertising, Reddit, Social Pro Daily


Tory-linked PR firm granted £3m Covid-19 contract without tender

Topham Guerin behind idea to rename CCHQ Twitter account during 2019 election campaignThe political communications company behind the Conservative party’s controversial 2019 digital campaign strategy received a £3m government contract to work on Covid-19 messaging without a competitive tender and is negotiating with the Cabinet Office for more work, the Guardian and openDemocracy can reveal.Topham Guerin, founded in 2016 by two young New Zealanders, Sean Topham and Ben Guerin, specialises in pro...
Tags: Twitter, Politics, Technology, Media, Internet, Social Media, Conservatives, UK News, Digital Media, New Zealand, Marketing & PR, Politics And Technology, Cabinet Office, Sean Topham, Ben Guerin, Topham Guerin