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President Donald Trump announced a new office for victims of “immigration crime” and honored the widow of a Navy SEAL in his first big speech. Two women accused of assassinating the North Korean leader’s half-brother were charged with murder. And Uber's CEO said he’s “seeking leadership help” after a video showed him aggressively arguing with a company driver.
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President Donald Trump made big promises but left it to Republicans to figure out the details in his first joint address to Congress.
From the budget to health care and tax reforms, Trump spoke for an hour in mostly broad strokes, offering his vision for the country — a more optimistic one than he’s presented in past speeches. Republican members of Congress walked away from Trump’s primetime speech impressed, but are far from settled on how they’ll make his big plans a reality.
“Recent threats targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms,” Trump said at the beginning of his address. But earlier, Trump told a group of state attorneys, “Sometimes it’s the reverse, to make people — or to make others — look bad,” when asked about anti-Semitic threats.
The president also talked about his directive to the Department of Homeland Security to create an office called VOICE, or Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement, which Democrats called “scary.”
And a little extra.
Trump on Friday railed against the media’s use of anonymous sources in stories, but four days later, he was one himself.
The president ordered government agencies to begin unraveling one of Barack Obama’s signature environmental regulations, meant to protect more US waterways from pollution.
Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) aren’t getting the funding push they asked for in Trump’s new executive order.
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Uber’s CEO says he’s seeking “leadership help” after a video showed him yelling at a driver.
Uber’s public relations crisis continued on Tuesday when Bloomberg published a dash-cam video of CEO Travis Kalanick aggressively arguing with driver Fawzi Kamel after he claimed he was making less money due to company fare cuts.
“Some people don’t like to take responsibility for their own shit,” Kalanick exclaims in the video, after Kamel claims he lost $97,000 because of Uber. “They blame everything in their life on somebody else. Good luck!”
Kalanick issued a company-wide apology following the release of the video footage.
Background on Uber’s PR nightmare
In January, Uber faced criticism when Kalanick joined President Trump’s economic advisory group, sparking the viral #DeleteUber campaign that caused about 200,000 users to delete their accounts. And last month, a former Uber engineer penned a viral account of her experience at the company with detailed allegations of systemic sexism. In response, Uber launched an internal investigation into the accusations.
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What will it take for Dev Patel to be a leading man?
It’s been nine years since Patel was introduced to the international film community through Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, and it’s taken that long for him to find a place in mainstream Hollywood conversation again. It’s far from a sure thing that his Oscar nomination — or the fact that the internet is obsessed with his hair — will translate into more of the big roles Hollywood still reserves for a certain kind (and color) of man.
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World news: Meet the people who want Barack Obama to become the next president of France. And two women accused of killing Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s dictator, have been charged with murder and could face the death penalty.
US News: A Georgia couple have been sentenced to a combined 19 years in prison after they made racist comments and waved Confederate flags at a child’s party. Four mosques have been burned in seven weeks, leaving many Muslims and advocates stunned.
JCC bomb threats: Authorities said voice-masking technology called “spoofing” was used to call in bomb threats to Jewish community centers and schools around the US.
In tech: YouTube has unveiled YouTube TV, an app that’ll let you watch over 40 cable and broadcast channels via the internet for $35 per month. Amazon Web Services suffered a massive outage, bringing down a big chunk of the internet. And Venmo could be a big winner as Obama-era financial rules are scrapped.
Barackbuster book deal: Barack and Michelle Obama have sold the rights to their memoirs after several major book publishers had reportedly engaged in a $60-million bidding war.
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