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Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary

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Political Editor, LeNora Millen

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced his resignation on Friday morning, after telling President Donald Trump that he strongly disagreed with the selection of Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director, The New York Times reported.

Trump offered Scaramucci the top communications post on Friday morning and, according to the Times’ sources, Spicer told the president that he believed the decision was a significant misstep.

Amid the dysfunction appearing to hang over the White House like a dark cloud, Spicer’s decision could be linked to the appointment New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.  Sources with knowledge of Spicer’s decision spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the personnel matter publicly.

Scaramucci, an investment-firm founder, Trump surrogate and donor took on the role of senior vice president and chief strategy officer of the Export-Import Bank last month.  Throughout Trump’s campaign and since his inauguration, Scaramucci has played a visible role as one of Trump’s staunches defenders on various media networks.  As Communications Director, he is expected to continue to play a visible role to defend the office of the presidency.

According to unnamed sources, Spicer and other officials questioned Scaramucci’s hiring as Communications Director, specifically when confronted with Trump’s push to overhaul the tax system and other policy issues. Spicer objected to Trump’s vision for the future of the media operation according to one of the White House officials,

Scaramucci was initially denied the role of director of the White House office of public liaison when implicated in unethical behavior.  Questions arose over ethics conflicts stemming from the sale of Scaramucci’s firm, SkyBridge Capital, to a division of HNA Group, a Chinese company with ties to the Communist Party, according to The New York Times.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus reportedly said Scaramucci does not possess the necessary political experience and skillset to lead the communications team.  Despite his concerns about Scaramucci’s level of experience, he told reporters Friday that he supported Scaramucci “100%.”

Spicer’s resignation comes two months after Trump’s former communications director, Mike Dubke, resigned after just three months on the job. Spicer took on some of Dubke’s responsibilities after his resignation.  Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders assumed Spicer’s press briefing duties to ease some of the responsibilities that Spicer was juggling.  Spicer would have reported to Scaramucci, had he stayed on.

Spicer previously served as the spokesperson for the Republican National Committee (RNC) and has been described by many within the political arena as a significant fixture of the Washington political establishment.

Spicer parodies on “Saturday Night Live” were widely criticized by the media and Democrats for his missteps in reporting and numerous inaccurate statements he’s made at the podium during his White House briefings.

In April, Spicer made headlines when he falsely claimed that Adolf Hitler, unlike Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, “did not use chemical weapons during World War II.”

When asked during a White House press briefing whether Spicer thought there was any reason to think Russia would pull back its support of Syria, its decades-long ally, Spicer seemed to muddle some facts regarding World War II history.

“We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II,” he said. “You had someone as despicable as Hitler didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons. If you’re Russia, you have to ask yourself if this is a country and regime that you want to align yourself with.”

The Holocaust, also referred to as the Shoah, was a genocide in which some six million European Jews were exterminated by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany, and the World War II collaborators with the Nazis.

Spicer’s statement was immediately rebuffed by reporters, in the room and on social media online, where his comments went viral. Some Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, called on Spicer to resign.

He later apologized for his comment. “I made a mistake; there’s no other way to say it,” he said the following day.

Spicer began a tumultuous 182-day-long tenure in the White House amid the smoke and mirrors of “alternative facts’ and half-truths when he attacked reporters in at his first White House press briefing—falsely claiming that the crowd size at Trump’s inauguration was the largest in American history.

“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, and both in-person and around the globe,” he said, despite photos and other factual evidence showing a much smaller audience than the large crowd former President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration.

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Apple Pledges $350 billion Investment in US economy Over Next Five Years

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Apple is about to give the U.S. economy a huge boost in the form of a $350 billion five-year investment. As part of that, it will commit $55 billion this year alone and plans on adding 20,000 new jobs over that time frame. Following in the footsteps of Amazon, it also plans to add a new campus somewhere in the U.S. this year.

There is a lot of news here. Let’s start with the big-picture investment of $350 billion, which Apple says does not include ongoing tax payments, the tax revenues generated from employees’ wages or the sale of Apple products.

It will, however, involve taxes on repatriation of some of Apple’s cash reserves, which are currently in the $256 billion range. It anticipates $38 billion coming from repatriation taxes, but much of it will be capital expenditures on the part of the company.

For starters, there will be $30 billion, which will help fund a number of projects, including building the aforementioned new campus. The plan is for this to initially house technical support for customers. Apple says it will announce the location of this new facility later this year, with a plan to make the building run on 100 percent renewable energy sources.

But wait, it’s not done yet. It will also invest $10 billion of that money in new data centers in the U.S., adding to the seven already in operation or planned. There is a new one coming in Iowa and they broke ground on one in Reno just today, in addition to data centers already in operation in North Carolina, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona. (This number includes co-location facilities not owned and operated by Apple.)

Apple announced that it planned several investments that will contribute more than $350 billion to the United States economy over the next five years. (Photo/NationalTurk).

The company also plans to expand the advanced manufacturing fund it started last spring, from $1 billion to $5 billion. The idea is to bring advanced manufacturing jobs to the heartland and it is already funding projects in Kentucky and rural Texas.

Finally, Apple plans to expand its coding initiatives, helping students and teachers from K-12 and at community colleges across the country learn valuable coding skills.

While there is clearly a large public relations element to this announcement, the amount of money and investment involved from a private company here is just staggering and should help create new jobs, stimulate local economies and help educate students for the next generation of jobs. Hard not to like that.

 

Source:  Techcrunch

@LeNoraMillen      0-18-18

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Amazon Reveals ‘20 Cities’ That Could Be The Home Of Its Next Headquarters

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Amazon has revealed 20 cities that could be the next home of its second North American headquarters, dubbed HQ2.

The candidates, selected out of 238 applicants, will move to the next round of Amazon’s selection process, the company said Thursday. Amazon will make a final decision on the site of its next headquarters this year.

The list of candidates includes Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Washington, DC, and Columbus, Ohio.

Amazon said it will work with each city to “dive deeper into their proposals, request additional information, and evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership that can accommodate the company’s hiring plans as well as benefit its employees and the local community.”

Amazon has promised a $5 billion investment and up to 50,000 high-paying jobs to the city that wins its selection process.

“Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” said Holly Sullivan, head of public policy for Amazon. “Through this process, we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”

Here are all the potential candidates:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Montgomery County, MD
  • Nashville, TN
  • Newark, NJ
  • New York City, NY
  • Northern Virginia, VA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Toronto, ON
  • Washington DC

 

Source: Business Insider

@LeNoraMillen     01-18-18

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Former Heavyweight Champion: Mike Tyson’s 40-arce Marijuana Ranch

Former Heavyweight Champion: Mike Tyson’s 40-arce Marijuana Ranch

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Former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, Mike Tyson, and his two business partners plan to open a 40-acre marijuana ranch 60 miles southwest of Death Valley National Park. According to mirror.com Tyson Ranch will allow growers to cultivate their crop and there will also be a cultivation school to help growers get the most out of their strains.

The operating company, Tyson Holistic, will employ mainly veterans and bring much needed jobs to the city it’s in.

 

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Tyson is a long time believer in the medicinal benefits of marijuana use and with California legalizing recreational use of the plant, his plans to open the ranch are free to move full steam ahead.v

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