Trump’s UN ambassador pick Kelly Craft grilled on her 300 absences as Canada envoy

Trump’s UN ambassador pick Kelly Craft grilled on her 300 absences as Canada envoy

Craft sounded very unlike a future Trump administration official in a hearing, promising to prioritize humanitarian aid and tackle climate change. United Nations ambassador nominee Kelly Craft appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for her confirmation hearing Wednesday, and while she praised the UN as a “vital institution,” much of the hearing was spent examining her record as the US’s top diplomat in Canada. Craft has served as the US ambassador to Canada since…

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Biden’s competitors want an apology for his boasting about “civility” with segregationists

Biden’s competitors want an apology for his boasting about “civility” with segregationists

“I’m disappointed that he hasn’t issued an immediate apology,” said Sen. Cory Booker. A number of Democratic presidential candidates, including Sen. Cory Booker and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, are calling on former Vice President Joe Biden to apologize for his recent comments about “civility” in Washington, in which he boasted about being able to work with segregationist senators. “Vice President Biden’s relationships with proud segregationists are not the model for how we…

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Google employees join protest at Alphabet’s shareholder meeting

Google employees join protest at Alphabet’s shareholder meeting

Workers joined community activists in demanding change from Google on how it handles sexual harassment in the workplace and its plans to build a censored search engine for China. For the first time, Google employees coordinated with multiple activists and investors to create several proposals that they presented at a company shareholder meeting on Wednesday. Around 100 Google employees and community activists also protested as a united group outside Alphabet headquarters during the meeting. It…

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House Democrats vote to repeal 9/11-era law used to authorize perpetual war

House Democrats vote to repeal 9/11-era law used to authorize perpetual war

Democrats want Trump to know: Any military action against Iran needs congressional authorization. As the United States escalates tensions with Iran, House Democrats are sending President Donald Trump a message: If he wants to take any military action, he has to get permission from Congress first. The House voted Wednesday to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which was passed in the days after 9/11, and gave President George W. Bush…

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Microsoft and Kano are launching a build-your-own Windows 10 PC kit

Microsoft and Kano are launching a build-your-own Windows 10 PC kit

Kano, educational startup known for creating build-your-own computer kits for kids, has partnered with Microsoft to create a DIY touchscreen laptop that runs Windows 10 S, a lite version of the OS. Called Kano PC, the laptop closely mirrors the design of a Surface PC, with a 11.6” display that latches onto a keyboard case. Everything about the Kano PC, from the transparent backing that reveals the modular pieces of the computer, to the included…

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Trump says Iran attacked 2 oil tankers. Some of his critics agree.

Trump says Iran attacked 2 oil tankers. Some of his critics agree.

The “Iran did it” claim may not be bogus after all. It’s becoming clearer that Iran was responsible for an attack on two oil tankers in a strategic Middle Eastern waterway last week. That conclusion, reached even by some of President Donald Trump’s political opponents, could put significant pressure on the administration to deter a similar strike from happening again — perhaps even with force. On June 13, two vessels — one belonging to a…

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Microsoft’s Chromium Edge browser now available on Windows 7 and Windows 8

Microsoft’s Chromium Edge browser now available on Windows 7 and Windows 8

Microsoft is making its Chromium-powered Edge browser available on both Windows 7 and Windows 8 for testing today. The release comes two months after Chromium Edge first debuted on Windows 10, and a month after it appeared on macOS. Microsoft is releasing the daily Canary builds initially, and plans to support the weekly Dev channel “soon.” You can download the installer over at Microsoft’s Edge Insider site. “You will find the experience and feature set…

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