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Teachers In Arizona And Colorado Walk Out To Protest Working Conditions

Teachers in Colorado and Arizona walked out Thursday to march to the state capitol buildings. It's a continuation of protests around the country over working conditions and pay for teachers and support staff.

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VA Nominee Ronny Jackson Withdraws Amid Conduct Allegations

Ronny Jackson, President Trump's choice to be Veterans Affairs Secretary, pulled out of consideration amid allegations about his conduct Thursday. But Trump calls the accusations false.

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Otto Warmbier's Parents Sue North Korea, Alleging Torture Of Their Son

Warmbier, an American college student, died last summer after spending more than a year in North Korean custody. He was returned home in a coma. A lawsuit accuses Pyongyang of killing him.

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Covert Action and Clandestine Activities of the Intelligence Community

CRS Report via FAS – Covert Action and Clandestine Activities of the Intelligence Community: Selected Definitions in Brief – “While not defined by statute, DOD doctrine describes clandestine activities as “operations sponsored or conducted by governmental departments in such a way as to assure secrecy or concealment” that may include relatively passive intelligence collection information gathering operations. Unlike covert action, clandestine activities do not require a presidential finding but may require notification of Congress. This definition differentiates clandestine from covert, using clandestine to signify the tactical concealment of the activity. By comparison, covert operations are “planned and executed as to conceal the identity of or permit plausible denial by the sponsor.” Since the 1970s, Congress has established and continued to refine oversight procedures in reaction to instances where it had not been given prior notice of intelligence activities—particularly covert action—that had significant bearing on United States national security. Congress, for example, had no foreknowledge of the CIA’s orchestration of the 1953 coup that overthrew Iran’s only democratically elected government, or of the U-2 surveillance flights over the Soviet Union that ended with the Soviet shoot-down of Francis Gary Powers in 1960. Eventually, media disclosures of the CIA’s domestic surveillance of the anti-Vietnam War movement and awareness of the agency’s covert war in Laos resulted in Congress taking action. In 1974, Congress began its investigation into the scope of past intelligence community activities that provided the basis for statutory provisions for intelligence oversight going forward. The 1974 Hughes-Ryan Amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (§32 of P.L. 93-559) provided the earliest provisions for congressional oversight of covert action. In the late 1970s, Congress established a permanent oversight framework, standing up the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). These committees were given exclusive oversight jurisdiction of the intelligence community. Recent events in North Korea, Yemen, and elsewhere have underscored the important function Congress can have in influencing the scope and direction of intelligence policy that supports United States national security. However, despite Congress’s work during the past decades to establish statutory provisions for conducting intelligence oversight, those efforts have not always achieved Congress’s desired result. For example, there has been occasional confusion over whether the congressional intelligence or defense committees have jurisdiction for oversight purposes. This confusion is due in part to overlapping or mutually supporting missions of the military and intelligence agencies, particularly in the post-9/11 counter terrorism environment. Intelligence and military activities fall under different statutory authorities, but they may have similar characteristics that warrant congressional notification (e.g., a need to conceal United States sponsorship and serious risk of exposure, compromise, and loss of life).”

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'Avengers: Infinity War': From Scope to Story, an Unreplicable Success

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 14:37
The culmination of 10 years and 18 movies is something that's virtually impossible to repeat.
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Scores Of Schools In Arizona Close As Teachers Embark On Massive Walkout

Thousands of demonstrators descended on Phoenix, where they are marching on the Capitol to demand pay bumps and boosted budgets. Across state lines, teachers in Colorado are also protesting.

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Pinterest Wants to Diversify Your Search Results

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 14:00
A new search tool on Pinterest aims to surface more content showing people of all skin tones when you search for beauty tips and products.
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Nature’s Mechanical Secrets Could Help Build Faster Robots

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 14:00
Some small animals can produce bullet-like accelerations—could robots do it, too?
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Bill Cosby Found Guilty Of All Charges In Sexual Assault Retrial

Jurors listened to more than two weeks of testimony from 25 witnesses, including five women who had never before confronted the entertainer in a criminal courtroom.

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CNN's Jake Tapper On McCarthyism, Trump And The 'Jar Jar Binks Principle'

Tapper's new novel, The Hellfire Club, takes place in 1954 during Sen. Joseph McCarthy's Communist "witch hunt" — a time he describes as "very resonant" with the current political climate.

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Arkansas Installs A New Ten Commandments Monument At Its Capitol

The first version of a Ten Commandments monument at the Arkansas Capitol lasted less than 24 hours before it was destroyed by a car last June.

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Bill To Protect Mueller Investigation Approved By Senate Judiciary Committee

While the bill lacks support from GOP leaders in the House and Senate, it's intended to send a message to President Trump that he avoid interfering with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

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A New Startup Wants to Use Crispr to Diagnose Disease

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 12:00
Genetics pioneer Jennifer Doudna has launched the first commercial Crispr platform for detecting disease-causing DNA.
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Benzodiazepines: America's 'Other Prescription Drug Problem'

Drugs like Valium, Xanax and Ativan are more popular than ever. Frequently used to treat anxiety, the medicines can be risky, especially when mixed with alcohol or opioids.

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Greece and the Aegean and Ionian Seas

NASA Image of the Day - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 11:00
This view from above the nation of Turkey looks out across the Aegean Sea, over Greece and onto the Ionian Sea where Sicily and the boot of Italy are barely visible. The sun's glint on the Mediterranean waters highlight the Greek islands while clouds cloak the island of Crete.
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What To Expect From Friday's Summit Between North And South Korea

"President Trump is in for a rude surprise if he thinks ... Kim Jong Un is going to say, 'Sure, I'll hand over my nuclear weapons,'" North Korea expert Jean H. Lee tells NPR.

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Ominous Views of Japan's New Concrete Seawalls

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 09:00
Can these 41-foot-high walls protect the country from another tsunami?
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