Rep. Pete King is the first Republican to sign on to the assault weapons ban – New York Daily News

King himself leans only slightly Republican…

King stepping forward could encourage other Republicans to do so and prod Democrats in districts that have partisan makeups similar to King’s district, which leans only slightly Republican.”It might give cover to some other Republicans, it might give some incentive to Democrats,” King said of his move.

Source: Rep. Pete King is the first Republican to sign on to the assault weapons ban – New York Daily News

Chicago Teachers Union group’s trip to Venezuela, praise of socialist leader slammed as ‘propaganda tour’ – Chicago Tribune

The recent trip to Venezuela by a group calling itself a Chicago Teachers Union delegation has upset some union members and expats who question the point of the tour and take issue with the group’s praise of the country’s disputed government.

The four travelers, who crowdfunded the July trip under the banner of the CTU, met with Venezuelan government officials and educators, visited a commune and were featured in local media.

They wrote online about wanting to connect with Venezuelan teachers, students and unionists, criticized U.S. economic sanctions against the South American nation and wrote admiringly of its socialism, its communes and high literacy rates.

Source: Chicago Teachers Union group’s trip to Venezuela, praise of socialist leader slammed as ‘propaganda tour’ – Chicago Tribune

Bill Clinton’s Legacy Is Up for Debate Among Democrats – The Atlantic

Clinton is not quite a full-on pariah in the modern Democratic Party—the one he did so much to reshape and rebuild. But some of his signature policies are the butt of attacks by the current crop of Democratic contenders, and the sitting president has floated the utterly unproven conspiracy theory that Clinton may have had something to do with the jailhouse death of Jeffrey Epstein, the serial sex trafficker whose company he once kept.

Clinton’s checkered past with women—his acknowledged infidelity and serious allegations of predation—left him sidelined as a surrogate in last year’s midterms, too toxic to raise money or stump for candidates in the #MeToo era. He is no longer the party’s reigning “Secretary of Explaining Stuff,” as Barack Obama famously dubbed him. It seems more than likely that he won’t have a prime speaking slot at next summer’s Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee—if he appears at all.

Source: Bill Clinton’s Legacy Is Up for Debate Among Democrats – The Atlantic

Russell Simmons surfaces in the Hamptons after fleeing to Bali post-rape accusation

He’s been spending time on the Indonesian isle since February 2018. He’s been accused of misconduct — including rape — by more than 10 women. In April, the Blast obtained documents from a Jane Doe rape accuser who claimed, he’d “fled to Indonesia which has no extradition treaty … in an apparent attempt to protect himself.”

Source: Russell Simmons surfaces in the Hamptons after fleeing to Bali post-rape accusation

Kirsten Gillibrand Identifies as “Uber-Progressive”, “Moderate”, and “Bipartisan”

“This is an opportunity for Democrats to really see what we stand for as a party,” Gillibrand said. “There’s a false debate in the party right now. Either you have to be an uber-progressive who can inspire the base or you have to be a moderate who wins those red and purple areas. I believe you have to do both, and my candidacy is both… I know how to bring people together, Democrats and Republicans on a bipartisan basis.”

Source: Kirsten Gillibrand: “False Debate” Between “Uber-Progressives” And Moderates In Democratic Primary; Candidate Must Be “Both” | Video | RealClearPolitics

Paging Big Brother: In Amazon’s Bookstore, Orwell Gets a Rewrite – ENM NEWS

I started browsing Orwell on Amazon after writing about the explosion in counterfeit books offered by the retailer. The fake books appeared to help Amazon by, for example, encouraging publishers to advertise their genuine books on the site. The company responded in a blog post that it prohibits counterfeit products and has invested in personnel and technology tools including machine learning to protect customers from fraud and abuse.

On Sunday, Amazon said in a statement that “there is no single source of truth” for the copyright status of every book in every country, and so it relied on authors and publishers to police its site. “This is a complex issue for all retailers,” it said. The company added that machine learning and artificial intelligence were ineffective when there is no single source of truth from which the model can learn.

Source: Paging Big Brother: In Amazon’s Bookstore, Orwell Gets a Rewrite – ENM NEWS

China’s spying on US military and corporations is nothing new in Oklahoma – Oklahoma Energy Today

Through the course of years of meetings and telephone conversations, I learned how certain Chinese students at OU were constantly seeking military information and intelligence, especially at Tinker Air Force base in Oklahoma City.

He nicknamed one “the Dragon Lady.”They even supplied him with a shopping list of the kind of technology they wanted to learn more about regarding the AWACS planes based at Tinker.Over the years, MH met with other Chinese contacts who arrived at Will Rogers World Airport where MH had arranged for me to observe from a distance.

The FBI later had him wine and dine the wife of a Chinese scientist who worked for a defense contractor in California. Actually, it was more than ‘wine and dine’ but that’s beside the point.

Source: China’s spying on US military and corporations is nothing new in Oklahoma – Oklahoma Energy Today

Russian Nuclear Monitoring Stations Went Silent After Missile Blast – WSJ

Russia has denied the accusation and complained that the Trump administration is looking for an excuse to formally withdraw from the accord.The missile that was being tested during the accident is believed to be part of a Russian effort to circumvent U.S. missile defenses, should Washington ever build a nationwide defense system.

At least seven employees of Rosatom, Russia’s atomic energy monopoly, and its Defense Ministry were killed in the accident, Russia has said.

Source: Russian Nuclear Monitoring Stations Went Silent After Missile Blast – WSJ