January 21, 2017

Gen. James Mattis, Gen. John Kelly confirmed for Trump Cabinet spots

As President Trump’s limousine drove the Washington, D.C. parade route on Friday, the Senate was busy at work stocking Trump’s Cabinet – though not fully.

Gen. James Mattis was confirmed as Secretary of Defense and Gen. John Kelly was confirmed as Secretary of Homeland Security in a pair of Friday evening votes.

Mattis was approved by a vote of 98-1. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., was the lone vote against. Kelly was approved 88-11. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., did not vote on either Kelly or Mattis. Sessions has been nominated to be Attorney General.

Trump signed the commissions for Mattis and Kelly later Friday. Vice President Mike Pence swore in both Generals.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/01/20/gen-james-mattis-confirmed-as-secretary-defense.html

US won’t sent delegation to Syria talks in Kazakhstan, will be represented by ambassador

US won’t sent delegation to Syria talks in Kazakhstan, will be represented by ambassador
The US will not send a special delegation to the Syria talks, which are due to be held in the Kazakhstan capital, Astana on January 23, according to the US State Department. Instead, the US will be represented by its ambassador to Kazakhstan.

Given our presidential inauguration and the immediate demands of the transition, a delegation from Washington will not be attending the Astana conference,” the US State Department acting spokesman, Mark Toner said in a statement, cited by Reuters.

On Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced Russia’s invitation to the US to take part in the upcoming talks on Syria.

https://www.rt.com/news/374601-syria-talks-astana-washington/

Fox declines to renew contracts for several contributors

Fox declines to renew contracts for several contributors
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Fox News has declined to renew contributor contracts for longtime political commentator George Will, Republican strategist Ed Rollins and actress Stacey Dash, according to a network spokesperson.

Will, 75, is a Pulitzer-winning conservative columnist who was with ABC from 1981-2011 before coming to Fox in 2013.

In June of 2016, he declared he was leaving the Republican party because of Donald Trump, a decision the then-nominee appeared to embrace.

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/315480-fox-declines-to-renew-contracts-for-several-contributors

Chinese selfie app raises red flags with security researchers over privacy concerns

Chinese selfie app raises red flags with security researchers over privacy concerns
A Chinese beautifying selfie app, that is taking the world by storm with it’s ability to turn mere mortals into anime characters, has raised red flags with security researchers for its apparent excessive collection of data.

Meitu, which is available for iphone and android, has been popular in China since its launch in 2008, but is only now gaining prominence elsewhere as selfie lovers have turned to the app in their droves sharing their perfected pictures across social media sites.

https://www.rt.com/viral/374479-chinese-selfie-app-privacy/

Raids in Austria as terror suspect grilled

Authorities say alleged Islamic extremist may have been planning an attack to be executed in the immediate future

VIENNA, Austria — Austrian police raided several addresses early Saturday as they grilled a suspected Islamic extremist thought to have been planning an attack, authorities said.

“There were several raids on homes in Vienna and Lower Austria (state),” interior ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck told AFP.

“Material recovered in these searches is now being evaluated… So far there has only been one arrest, the one which took place yesterday (Friday),” he said.

The 18-year-old man arrested on Friday evening in Vienna was meanwhile being questioned, Konrad Kogler, national security chief, said on public radio.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/raids-in-austria-as-terror-suspect-grilled/

Apple sues Qualcomm for withholding $1 billion ‘as retaliation’

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Following FTC anti-competition suit against Qualcomm

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