A Republican lawmaker invoked Paul Manafort’s adult children in a bizarre defense of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

AP A Republican lawmaker likened the Trump administration’s discontinued child separation policy at the US-Mexico border to the children of Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman. Manafort, who faces increased scrutiny after allegedly breaching his plea agreement to charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice in the special counsel’s investigation, is the father of […]

The ‘father of the internet’ says that Google employee backlash to its defense work was just ‘a lot of misunderstanding’ (GOOGL)

Troy Wolverton/Business Insider Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the internet, this week defended Google’s work on Project Maven — its controversial pilot program with the Pentagon.  Employee objections to the work, which involved developing artificial-intelligence technologies for use by the Defense Department, were based on a misunderstanding of the nature of the work, […]

Senator buys (and drops) thousands in defense stock after pushing Trump for bigger military budget

A Republican senator who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee bought thousands of dollars-worth of stock in arms manufacturer Raytheon after pushing the Trump administration to approve massive hikes in defense spending. Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma purchased between $ 50,000 and $ 100,000 of Raytheon stock last Tuesday – just days after news broke […]

Netanyahu takes over as defense minister, claims times too difficult for early election

Assuming the position of Defense Minister after several high-profile resignations, Israeli Pime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has, for the sake of national security, warned remaining ministers against pushing for an early election. While Netanyahu is known for cleverly playing the security card in the past, there’s no guarantee that it will be enough to hold his […]

Outrage at govt. advisor’s date rape comments sees right-wing come to his defense

Calls to sack philosopher Sir Roger Scruton, from an unpaid government role, have grown after quotes stating there was “no such crime” as date rape were attributed to him. Buzzfeed News unearthed that in a 2005 lecture, Scruton dismissed both date rape and sexual harassment, saying the latter was just “impoliteness,” claiming that there was […]

Yemen president names new defense chiefs as govt forces continue assault on key port

Yemen’s President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi has replaced the defense minister and the army chief of staff, as government forces press ahead with a five-month assault on the rebel-held port of Hodeida. The president on Thursday named Mohammad al-Maqdashi as defense minister to replace Mahmoud al-Subaihi who has been detained by the rebels for years, […]

Megyn Kelly's Blackface Defense Was 'Ignorant and Racist,' Says Today Colleagues — Watch Her Latest Apology

Megyn Kelly‘s Today show colleagues did not hold back when addressing her inexcusable defense of blackface. To recap: Kelly on Tuesday stated on-air that it isn’t “racist” for white people to darken their skin with makeup on Halloween as long as they’re portraying an actual person or character. Later that day, she sent an internal email […]