James Comey: Democrat by birth, Republican by trade, thorn in the side of both | US news | The Guardian


The imposing FBI director has drawn both praise and scorn from both major parties. But his biggest test – the investigation of Trump’s alleged ties to Russia – lies ahead

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Google’s bad week: YouTube loses millions as advertising row reaches US – Olivia Solon in San Francisco Saturday 25 March 2017 06.00 EDT


Major brands including Verizon and Walmart pulled their ads after they were found to be appearing next to videos promoting extremist views or hate speech

Many major brands have pulled their ads from Google’s video sharing platform.

Many major brands have pulled their ads from Google’s video sharing platform. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

It’s been a bad week for Google, with major brands pulling millions of dollars in advertising amid rows over extremist content on YouTube.

In America, telecom companies AT&T and Verizon, as well as pharmaceutical company GSK, Pepsi, Walmart, Johnson & Johnson and car rental firm Enterprise, have all pulled advertising from Google’s video sharing platform, a contagion spreading from Europe where a number of high-profile advertisers pulled out of YouTube following an investigation by the Times.

Major brands were found to be appearing next to videos promoting extremist views or hate speech, with a cut of the advertising spend going to the creators – the row has now spilled across the Atlantic to the US.

Verizon’s ads featured alongside videos made by Egyptian cleric Wagdi Ghoneim, who was banned from the US over extremism and hate preacher Hanif Qureshi, whose preachings inspired the murder of a politician in Pakistan.

“We are deeply concerned that our ads may have appeared alongside YouTube content promoting terrorism and hate,” an AT&T spokesman said in a statement. “Until Google can ensure this won’t happen again, we are removing our ads from Google’s non-search platforms.”

Following the exodus of some of its high-profile advertisers, Google has publicly apologized and pledged to give brands more control over where their ads appear.

 

9 questions for Neil deGrasse Tyson – Updated by Sean Illing Mar 25, 2017, 9:30am EDT


The astrophysicist on curiosity, bad intellectual habits, and reading National Review.

Javier Zarracina

This week, Neil deGrasse Tyson — astrophysicist, author, and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City — answers our questions.

What’s the first piece of media you consume every day?

The weather on my smartphone. Next, New York Times articles forwarded to me by my wife.

Name a writer or publication you disagree with but still read.

The National Review, on occasion. An attempt to understand the brain wiring of as many points of view as I can.

Who is the person who has most influenced the way you think? 

Isaac Newton.

When was the last time you changed your mind about something?

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Utah Republicans Look to Rescind Status of New National Monument – By  Jim Carlton March 25, 2017 7:00 a.m. ET


Protection for Bears Ears came in waning days of Obama administration; state leaders object to federal restrictions

President Obama designated Bears Ears, near Bluff, Utah, as a national monument in the final weeks of his presidency, over the objections of Republican leaders in the state.

President Obama designated Bears Ears, near Bluff, Utah, as a national monument in the final weeks of his presidency, over the objections of Republican leaders in the state. Photo: Jim Carlton/The Wall Street Journal

BLUFF, Utah—The Bears Ears National Monument, just a few months old, has no visitor’s center, information kiosks or even a highway entrance sign.

Chris Russell and his wife, Alissa, learned they had entered the newly protected area only when a visitor informed them on a dusty back road.

“I’m OK with it as long as I can go explore it,” said the 30-year-old Mr. Russell of Dana Point, Calif., as he drove his wife and their 6-year-old son in a four-wheel-drive vehicle on a recent afternoon.

Designated a national monument by Barack Obama in the waning days of his presidency—over objections of many Utah officials–Bears Ears is starting to draw visitors to its buttes, mesas and Native American artifacts in the Four Corners area of Utah.

But as the state’s tourism industry gears up for a new stream of visitors, state political leaders and Utah’s congressional delegation are trying to shut down the national monument and reduce the federal government’s control over its public lands.

Western states have been feuding with the federal government for decades over the U.S.’s control of a vast part of the region’s public lands. Ranchers, miners and other workers in traditional industries believe more stringent environmental policies by the federal government have threatened their way of life, and that animosity has led to a grass-roots movement known as the Sagebrush Rebellion to fight back. Early last year, armed protesters of federal land policy staged a 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, which ended after one person was fatally shot in a highway confrontation with police.

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Are Washington girls really going missing? – By Katie Shepard BBC News, Washington, DC


"Missing person: Angel Burl, 16"

DC Police DepartmentA recent missing person tweet from Metro Police Department’s twitter account

The Washington, DC Metro Police Department’s Twitter feed suggests an epidemic of missing children. But are young girls really disappearing from the streets of DC at a high rate?

Metro Police Department (MPD) has always shared some missing persons on social media, but early this year the new police commander decided to use Twitter for every critical case.

“If more people in the public are aware, then that’s more eyes on the road for us,” said Alaina Gertz, a spokesperson for the department.

Since then, the faces behind the nearly 200 people – many of them children, many of them female – who go missing each month have loomed large on social media.

Many see the missing person tweets but often miss the follow-up tweets once someone has been found, says Gertz.

The result is a sense that girls in DC are going missing at an alarming rate – and that no one is paying attention.

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Photos of girls who have already been found are still circulating

A recent social media post claimed, incorrectly, that 14 girls had gone missing this week alone.

Soon the hashtags #findmysisters and #MissingDCgirls were circulating.

“If 14 white suburban teenage girls from Long Island went missing you think @CNN or @FoxNews would report it?” tweeted the singer Richard Marx.

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