NEW YORK — Singer-songwriter Roberta Flack was under observation at a Manhattan hospital Saturday after suddenly feeling ill before her appearance at Harlem's Apollo Theater.The 81-year-old Grammy award-winner was taken to Harlem Hospital in an ambulance Friday evening, TMZ reported . Flack apparently became very dizzy as she was about to receive a lifetime achievement award from The Jazz Foundation of America.She was in the theater's green room, waiting to go onstage, when she suffered some kind of "episode" those around her feared might have been related to a stroke she suffered two years ago, said Jazz Foundation spokeswoman Bobbi Marcus.On Saturday, Marcus said she spoke to Flack's manager "and am happy to report that she's doing well."Flack has been transferred from the Harlem hospital to another Manhattan hospital where she's under the care of her private doctors, Marcus said. "They are keeping her for observation and expect she'll be released in the next couple of … [Read more...] about Mitt Romney forced into a Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat — #Mapoli
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During the start of his testimony before Congress Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Russian interference in U.S. elections “an arms race.” He made the remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Sen. Dianne Feinstein, discussing Facebook’s efforts to deal with foreign meddling in U.S. elections. Zuckerberg called that one of his “top priorities in 2018.” “On of my greatest regrets in running the company is that we were slow in identifying the Russian information operations in 2016,” Zuckerberg said. “We expected them to do a number of more traditional cyber attacks which we did identify and notify the campaigns that they were trying to hack into them, but we were slow at identifying the type of new information operations.” Those new operations were recognized “right around the time of the 2016 election itself,” he said. Zuckerberg noted 2018 wasn’t just a significant time for U.S. elections, … [Read more...] about Zuckerberg on Russian Meddling in U.S. Elections: ‘This Is An Arms Race’
We don’t usually think about it, but most of how a relatively free society functions is through unwritten rules. The law is only capable of insuring consequences for a tiny fraction of bad behavior, so our civilization as a whole is pretty much responsible for maintaining social standards the rest of time.In politics, much of the enforcement of these unwritten rules has always been largely through self-policing. If someone was caught in a scandal, even if maybe the evidence against them wasn’t necessarily air-tight, or the violation really all that horrible, they were expected to do the right thing and resign their position, or drop out of a race (Gary Hart leaving the 1988 presidential race under circumstances so beatable that they would make Donald Trump giggle out loud today, immediately comes to mind).If a politician didn’t take the first hints from their own political party, the idea of co-existing with a bunch of people who would ostracize you for your … [Read more...] about It’s Pathetic, But Roy Moore Is Still Probably Going to Be a U.S. Senator
Many Republican lawmakers have been frantically distancing themselves from Roy Moore on Thursday afternoon following the publication of a shocking Washington Post story — which accuses Moore of having relationships with four teenaged women while in his 30s. Moore does have his defenders in conservative media, although they are few and far between. But one Fox News personality who seldom goes against the family spoke out Thursday and called for the former Alabama Supreme Court justice to quit the race. On Thursdays edition of The Five, the reliably conservative Jesse Watters came out against Moore. “[I]f these allegations are true, I feel horrible for these women,” Watters said. “It’s disgusting. Even just the allegation itself. It’s not just one person. It’s multiple people.”Watters went on to call for the judge to withdraw. “[T]he whole cloud, the whole stench around this guy, I don’t see how he can represent Alabama in the … [Read more...] about Jesse Watters on Roy Moore: ‘I Don’t See How He Can Represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate’
Edward Snowden. While the media coverage has largely shifted to the international manhunt for Snowden, for some reason there are people who think government snooping is the slightly more important story, and so are holding rallies nationwide, from Burlington to San Diego.Official sponsors of today’s protests included the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights advocacy group, Mozilla, the internet browser company that has been very outspoken against the NSA programs, and Reddit, which has previously engaged in similar protests such as with its site blackout to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act last year. An official Restore the Fourth subreddit was even created on the site for people to organize and plan protests for today.User op9466 posted this picture of a large crowd gathered in New York City today.Fox News estimates that the rallies in New York and Washington D.C. were attended by 400 people each, while there were reportedly 300 protestors at the San Francisco … [Read more...] about Restore The Fourth: Anti-NSA Protestors Rally All Over The U.S.