Pentagon Spending Flexibility at Stake in Border Wall Fight

first_img ADC AUTHOR President Trump’s emergency declaration to build a border wall could end an informal agreement between Congress and the Pentagon permitting it to shift billions of dollars within its budget, Roll Call reported last week.House Democrats are expected to try to end DOD’s ability to easily move funds among various Pentagon accounts by reasserting their “power of the purse” authority.If restricted, the Pentagon could lose its ability to transfer up to $4 billion of its base budget and an additional $2 billion in warfighting funds that are not subject to fiscal year spending limits.The accounts comprise less than 1 percent of the defense budget but provide DOD the flexibility to respond to unanticipated funding crises.DOD recently used reprogrammed funds for disaster aid, including $600 million for Hurricane Florence damage to North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune, and $200 million for Hurricane Michael damage to Florida’s Tyndall Air Force Base, as ADC has reported.Army Corps of Engineers photo by Brooks Hubbard IV last_img read more

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Studentonly Mini Oxford Edition now extended to current former US military

first_imgEnlarge ImageIt’s a nice move on Mini’s part, but above all, it’s an excellent marketing ploy to reel ’em back in later, after a few promotions. Mini Mini’s Oxford Edition is a clever play, offering a low starting price just for college students while cramming it full of standard equipment that would cost any other buyer thousands of dollars. But a deal that good can’t be limited to one specific subset of civilization, so Mini’s loosened the reins a bit.Less than a year after its debut, Mini has expanded the Oxford Edition’s availability, now offering it to former and active members of the US military. Prior to this, it was only accessible for part- and full-time students of two- or four-year accredited schools, in addition to recent graduates and postgrad students. Mini sells two versions of the Oxford Edition. The two-door variant starts at $19,750 and throwing two more doors into the mix brings the price up to $20,750, neither of which include $850 for destination. Despite the low price, there’s a load of standard equipment in here, including a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, parking sensors, a panoramic roof, heated seats and 17-inch alloy wheels. Both manual and automatic transmissions are available, and the car comes in six different colors.Mini estimates that the standard equipment on the Oxford Edition would cost around $6,900 on other models, making it one hell of a screaming deal. Appealing to college grads and veterans is a solid way to establish a customer base that, in the future, may remember the experience and come back with more money to spend. There are some limitations, though. Active-duty citizens are included in the offer, as are recently retired and honorably discharged members, so long as the retirement or discharge took place within the last 12 months. For those with dishonorable discharges, well, them’s the breaks. 2020 Mini Cooper SE: Mini’s electrified Cooper shows promise Mini Mini Tags Hatchbacks 2019 Fiat 500X first drive: New engine, same problems 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouscenter_img More From Roadshow More about 2018 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop Share your voice 1 Comment 38 Photos Review • 2018 Mini JCW Hardtop: Small and sporty, but a bit too sharplast_img read more

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Elizabeth Warren tech breakup billboard hits San Francisco

first_img Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Share your voice Politics Tech Industry Internet Online Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 1 • Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See All E-commerce Amazon Facebook Google Apple Comment Tags reading • Elizabeth Warren tech breakup billboard hits San Francisco Apple Elizabeth Warren’s tech breakup billboard in San Francisco. Angela Lang/CNET Democratic presidential candidate and Sen. Elizabeth Warren has taken her fight to break up big tech companies to the streets of San Francisco, posting a billboard downtown.Warren wants tech giants like Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple broken up because they have too much power over economy, society and democracy.”They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit and tilted the playing field against everyone else,” Warren wrote in a March blog post. “And in the process, they have hurt small businesses and stifled innovation.”The billboard, earlier spotted by The Verge, is headed with “Warren” and says, “Break up big tech.”It also urges readers to “join our fight” by texting TECH to 24477.The billboard is located at 4th and Townsend streets, not far from the headquarters of Pinterest, Airbnb and Zynga.Back in March, Facebook temporarily removed Warren’s tech breakup ads from its platform.She has suggested laws that would prevent large e-commerce platforms with global revenue of $25 billion or more from owning the platform and any sellers on it.last_img read more

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Researcher claims alien spaceship visited ISS says NASA is involved in coverup

first_img“I was looking at the live Internet NASA cams when I caught an object near the space station. I first caught a small object, which is the same UFO, just further away and a few hours earlier. Then I caught the same UFO closer up. This time it was about 30-50 meters away from the space station. It was huge! The UFO was partially cloaked but was revealed by sunlight bouncing off of it,” wrote Waring on his website.Waring also alleged that NASA is involved in an alien coverup, and the space agency is intentionally hiding dark secrets about extraterrestrial existence fearing public panic. As per Waring, despite the coverup measures adopted by NASA, bitter truths are now getting opened up, and people will soon know the real facts about alien life in the near future.A few weeks back, Scott C Waring had urged Donald Trump to make him the head of the United States space agency, so that he can unveil all the mysteries associated with alien existence. Waring made this demand after he spotted fossil-like structures on the Red Planet. UFO Sightings DailyScott C Waring is now one of the most popular figures among conspiracy theorists and alien enthusiasts. The self-proclaimed researcher, over the course of time, has spotted many anomalies in NASA images takes from Mars and Moon, and it has made many people believe that alien life is a reality. Now, Waring has claimed to have spotted a cloaking alien ship near the International Space Station (ISS).In a recent post on his website ‘UFO Sightings Daily’, Waring revealed that the object was spotted from the NASA live feed. He also added that the alleged flying ship was almost 30-50 meters away from the space station.Waring assured that this flying object is not the SpaceX Dragon Capsule, and he made it clear that this spacecraft is not manmade. After analyzing the nature of the video, Waring revealed that this object could be an alien spaceship from deep space that paid a visit to the International Space Station.last_img read more

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Hungary against Franceled European Union

first_imgHungarian prime minister Viktor Orban reviews the honour guard during an official welcome ceremony at Podgorica airport on 23 July 2018. Photo: AFPHungarian prime minister Viktor Orban on Friday said in an interview he did “not want a European Union led by France”, adding that May 2019 elections to the European Parliament would be “decisive”.”We have never been faced with such a decisive election,” Orban told the German Bild newspaper in comments published online.”The Germans should above all be vigilant. There is a French concept, which fundamentally means: French leadership of Europe, paid for by German money,” he said, without mentioning French president Emmanuel Macron by name.”This is something I reject. We do not want a European Union under French leadership… The Europeans must be heard and we must wait for the European elections before taking some important decisions” on matters such as immigration and the budget, he added.Orban won a third consecutive term in April on a fiercely anti-migration platform and his government has repeatedly clashed with the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, especially since the migration crisis erupted in 2015.The EU is currently intensifying legal action against Hungary in a bid to make it comply with EU asylum rules, amid broader fears that Hungary, Poland and other eastern countries from the former Soviet-bloc are turning away from the values on which the EU is built.Orban regularly accuses German Chancellor Angela Merkel of having encouraged the 2015 influx of migrants by declaring them welcome.Hungary announced last week that it was withdrawing from a UN pact on migration, saying that the global deal encourages movements of people which are “dangerous for the world”.The US is also not party to the pact.Orban also said in Montenegro earlier this week that Hungary was ready to help the small eastern European country “defend its territory” against migrants.”Europe continues to make serious mistakes. (It) does not want to understand and acknowledge that it needs to refrain from moves that may be interpreted as an invitation in Africa or the Middle East… That is why people drown in the sea and remain jammed on migration routes,” he said.last_img read more

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YouTube Limits Relationship With Logan Paul After His Video Depicting Dead Body

first_img Share Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for iHeartMediaLogan Paul came under heavy criticism for a video he posted on YouTube depicting a dead body, apparently the result of suicide.Nearly two weeks after Logan Paul posted a YouTube video depicting an apparent suicide victim — and just over a week after he removed it and apologized — the online video platform has announced it is scaling back its relationship with the vlogging star.“In light of recent events, we have decided to remove Logan Paul’s channels from Google Preferred,” a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement to NPR on Thursday, referring to the program connecting advertisers with top-tier content producers on the site. “Additionally, we will not feature Logan in season four of ‘Foursome’ and his new Originals are on hold.”Those projects include The Thinning: New World Order, Paul’s follow-up to his 2017 feature-length film for YouTube. The launch of that sequel has also been shelved.The move represents a punishment for Paul, whose work on YouTube boasts some 15 million subscribers and — by at least one estimate — earns him up to $1.3 million a month. The vlogger violated its policies on gory content with a video showing his visit to Aokigahara, a forest near Japan’s Mount Fuji that has developed a worldwide reputation for the number of suicides carried out among its trees.During that visit, Paul discovered a person who had apparently killed themself. In the footage that followed, which blurred the person’s face, Paul and his friends stood beside the body and reacted initially with jokes and laughter. Later, according to The Verge, he spoke to directly to the camera, saying his laughter was a coping mechanism and adding: “Suicide is not a joke. Depression and mental illnesses are not a joke.”A version of the video that cut the images of the dead body can be viewed below.Logan Paul and his friends laughing and smiling after discovering a dead body pic.twitter.com/azY7EAiuC4— JhbTeam (@JhbTeam) January 2, 2018The video drew millions of views — but it also quickly drew rebukes from people on social media who said it made light of a tragic and pervasive issue. One of those people, Anna Akana, referenced the horror of her own sister’s death and added, “You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness.”Dear @LoganPaul,When my brother found my sister’s body, he screamed with horror & confusion & grief & tried to save her. That body was a person someone loved.You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness.— Anna Akana (@AnnaAkana) January 2, 2018Paul eventually took the video down and posted multiple apologies, including a video in which he said, “There’s a lot of things I should have done differently, but I didn’t. And for that, from the bottom of my heart, I’m sorry.”In an open letter posted to Twitter on Tuesday, YouTube acknowledged a “lack of communication” in its response to Paul’s video, referencing Akana’s comment and saying, “Suicide is not a joke, nor should it ever be a driving force for views.”“We expect more of the creators who build their community on @YouTube, as we’re sure you do too,” the company said. “The channel violated our community guidelines, we acted accordingly, and we are looking at further consequences.”And the note promised that “we’ll have more to share soon on steps we’re taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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