Ivanka Trump is getting her own West Wing office

While she won’t have an official position in her father’s administration or take a salary, Ivanka Trump will be getting an office in the West Wing in order to better serve as President Trump’s “eyes and ears,” her attorney said Monday. “Having an adult child of the president who is actively engaged in the work of the administration is new ground,” Jamie Gorelick told Politico Monday. “Our view is that the conservative approach is for Ivanka to voluntarily comply with the rules that would apply if she were a government employee, even though she is not.” Ivanka Trump is in the process of obtaining a security clearance, and will also… Read More

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Fortney: “The Girl in the Photo” speaks out for refugees, war’s innocent victims

For much of the past 25 years she’s called Canada home, Kim Phuc has become accustomed to being stopped by strangers on the street. “They recognize me everywhere,” she said with a shy laugh. “When they say, ‘your story touched my life,’ that’s OK.” The 53-year-old mother of two is, understandably, a reluctant celebrity, but one at peace with her unique sort of fame and the opportunities it provides. “The picture is a powerful gift for me,” she said, “to work for peace.” The picture she refers to is the antithesis of peace. On June 8, 1972, Associate Press news photographer Huynh Cong “Nick” Ut snapped a photograph of a… Read More

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Most electronics being banned on certain US-bound flights

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL and DAVID KOENIG WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is temporarily barring passengers on nonstop U.S.-bound flights from eight Middle Eastern and North African countries from bringing laptops, iPads, cameras and some other electronics in carry-on luggage starting Tuesday. The ban was revealed Monday in statements from Royal Jordanian Airlines and the official news agency of Saudi Arabia. A U.S. official said the ban will apply to nonstop flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight countries. The official did not name the airports or the countries. The official was not authorized to disclose the details of the ban ahead of a public announcement and… Read More

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Varcoe: Ceci faces business backlash as budget reaction builds

Give Joe Ceci full marks for wading into a skeptical crowd Monday morning, but the finance minister is finding out he won’t get an easy ride from Alberta’s business community on his new budget. The Calgary-Fort MLA is busy pitching the fiscal plan, and stopped at a Calgary Chamber of Commerce breakfast to discuss the Notley government’s $54.9-billion spending blueprint. Once Monday’s speech ended, chamber chief executive Adam Legge wrapped up the affair by dissecting the budget with surgical precision. In just two minutes, he carved up what the business community dislikes most about it: a hefty $10.3-billion deficit despite a stronger economy, a sharp increase in borrowing that swamps… Read More

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Google to simplify YouTube ad controls amid outcry over extremist videos

By Stu Woo, Dow Jones Newswires LONDON — An executive for Alphabet Inc.’s Google apologized on Monday for commercials that appeared before extremist videos on its YouTube site and said it would simplify tools that enable advertisers to control where their ads appear. Google already provides such controls, but advertisers weren’t using them perhaps because they were too complex, said Matt Brittin, Google’s president for Europe, Middle East and Africa. “If the controls are there but people aren’t using them, that’s our problem,” Brittin said at an Advertising Week conference in London. Pressure on Google, the world’s biggest advertising platform, has risen after major advertisers, including the U.K. government and… Read More

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Who is Bonner Bolton, the bull-riding ‘Dancing With the Stars’ contestant?

Bonner Bolton will compete with pro Sharna Burgess on season 24 of ‘DWTS,’ which premieres Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC Watch video In a “Dancing With the Stars” season stuffed with pro dancers, Olympic athletes and beloved pop culture figures, could Bonner Bolton be the man beat? Bolton, a 29-year-old bull rider and professional model, is one of the least famous contestants competing on “DWTS” this season, but his good looks along with down-home appeal and a near-death experience (he was temporarily paralyzed after a bull riding accident in 2016) could prove to be a winning combination. The former worked for Nyle DiMarco, the deaf model and actor who… Read More

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