Space 

Trump administration continues support of outer space norms of behavior

WASHINGTON – A former Obama administration official is optimistic that the Trump administration will continue to pursue the development of non-binding international agreements to promote norms of behavior in outer space. In a Feb. 1 speech at a U.S.-Japan space policy forum here, Frank Rose, chief of government relations at the Aerospace Corporation and a former assistant secretary of state and deputy assistant secretary for space and defense policy, said he was encouraged by statements by administration officials calling for continued development of such agreements on issues like orbital debris…

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Black unemployment spikes after Trump bragged about record lows

Black unemployment spiked this month, undoing nearly all the progress made during President Donald Trump’s first year in office, according to new numbers released Friday. In January’s jobs report, the black unemployment rate jumped to 7.7 percent, just below the 7.8 percent black unemployment rate Trump inherited in January 2017. During his first State of the Union address Tuesday, Trump took credit for the country’s record-low black unemployment rate — 6.8 percent. Do Friday’s numbers pour cold water on the president’s boasts? A one-month change to the unemployment rate is…

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‘Stop punishing Britain’ Italy Five Star leader demands EU strikes good Brexit deal

Luigi Di Maio, leader of the Five Star Movement (5SM), could become the next Italian Prime Minister if the votes go his way next month. And he is now urging the EU to thrash out a good Brexit deal in both the bloc and Britain’s interests.  He has previously hinted his party could hold a referendum on the EU if there are not fundamental changes to the way it was run. And he hit out at the EU again today over its treatment of Britain, saying member states would suffer…

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Maldives crisis: Regime under fire as exiled leader threatens to run for president

Mohamed Nasheed, the south Asian holiday paradise’s first democratically elected leader, was driven from office in 2012, leaving the Maldives mired in political unrest. He was later sentenced to 13 years in jail on terrorism charges following a trial the UN denounced as hasty and unfair. But he was granted leave in 2016 for medical treatment in London and the former leader was granted political asylum. He has remained in exile ever since but has always vowed to attempt to run for the leadership again. And yesterday, the the Supreme…

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Entertainment 

Paddington classroom screening contained ‘pornographic’ images: School issues statement

Poor old Paddington is being linked to sex. Again. The cuddly bear from Peru is not usually associated with X-rated shenanigans, but already caused major uproar when the original movie was released in 2016 and given a higher rating than expected due to “mild sex references.” This time the references are not so mild after an unsuspecting classroom of children was accidentally shown “a deeply inappropriate pornographic pop up image” during a school treat. The Walsall school swiftly issued a public statement. WHY THE FIRST PADDINGTON FILM WAS PENALISED FOR…

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Bitcoin loses more than half its value amid crypto crash

The decline has erased gains for newcomers who had bet their pocket change, credit card lines or, in some cases, second mortgages on one of the most-hyped investments in decades. Websites and apps, such as the popular Coinbase, made it accessible to buy bitcoin on a smartphone and credit card while waiting in line at the supermarket, turning everyone from schoolbus drivers and ironworkers to students and homemakers into amateur crypto day traders. Because crypto can be bought in fractional amounts, regular people can buy in for just a few…

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Democrats, some GOP lawmakers criticize release of Nunes memo

Democrats criticized the release of a previously classified GOP memo on Friday, characterizing its declassification by President Donald Trump as a potential threat to national security and a “shameful” attempt to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and parallel congressional probes. All nine Democrats on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence issued a scathing and lengthy statement calling the memo incomplete, saying it misrepresents the counterintelligence investigation into Russia’s alleged 2016 election interference and purported links to the Trump campaign. “The sole purpose of the Republican document is…

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Experts warn of dangerous politicizing of U.S. intelligence

WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee’s release of a memo declassified Friday by President Donald Trump alleging a government cover-up creates a dangerous precedent of partisans politicizing the government’s secrets, according to veterans of the intelligence world. “There is no precedent for this: to take a memorandum about the FISA application process, write a memo, vote it out on party lines — and then clearly there was some coordination with the White House,” said Michael Allen, a former staff director for the committee under then-Chairman Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican.…

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Experts warn: Dangerous politicizing of U.S. intelligence

WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee’s release of a memo declassified Friday by President Donald Trump alleging a government cover-up creates a dangerous precedent of partisans politicizing the government’s secrets, according to veterans of the intelligence world. “There is no precedent for this: to take a memorandum about the FISA application process, write a memo, vote it out on party lines — and then clearly there was some coordination with the White House,” said Michael Allen, a former staff director for the committee under then-Chairman Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican.…

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