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The Navy Wanted to Take Battleships and Make Them Into Nuclear 'Bombers'

The Navy Wanted to Take Battleships and Make Them Into Nuclear 'Bombers'Today the naval gunfire argument rages on. Even in the age of drones and precision warfare there are still occasional calls to bring the heavily manned, imprecise Iowa class back to service. There’s a certain romance to battleships, and having four Iowas sitting around in good condition has beguiled naval enthusiasts and planners for more than 60 years with schemes to bring them back.In the early 1980s, four Iowa-class fast battleships originally built during World War II—Iowa, Missouri, New Jersey and Wisconsin—were taken out of mothballs and returned to active duty.(This first appeared several years ago.)Nearly 900 feet long and displacing close to 60,000 tons, the battlewagons could fire a nine-gun broadside sending 18 tons of steel and explosives hurtling towards their targets.The battleships were modernized to include cruise missiles, ship-killing missiles and Phalanx point-defense guns. Returned to the fleet, the ships saw action off the coasts of Lebanon and Iraq. At the end of the Cold War the battleships were retired again. All were slated to become museums.



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Trump told border agents to break the law but bosses told them to ignore him, report claims

Trump told border agents to break the law but bosses told them to ignore him, report claimsDonald Trump reportedly encouraged agents working at the US-Mexico border to deny asylum seekers entry, an action which would have violated US law.The president first discussed the idea during an Oval Office meeting on 21 March with senior administration officials.Those present included Kirstjen Nielsen, who was then secretary for Homeland Security and Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel, according to CNN.Mercedes Schlapp and Dan Scavino, the president’s advisers, were also present, as was Jared Kushner, Mr Trump’s son-in-law.Ms Nielsen told the president that barring asylum seekers from the US was against the law.The official discussed the issue with Mr Cipollone, who confirmed that she was correct.Under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, people arriving at the border “may apply for asylum”, a right which is reinforced under international law as the US is a signatory to the UN’s 1951 Refugee Convention.Mr Trump visited border agents in Calexico, a city in California on 5 April.“We’re full, our system’s full, our country’s full — can’t come in!” he said during the visit.“Our country is full, what can you do?” We can’t handle any more, our country is full. Can’t come in, I’m sorry. It’s very simple.”CNN reported two sources said the president privately told border agents to deny asylum seekers entry to the US.They said he encouraged them to tell judges who objected to the idea that the US had no room for migrants, but that after Mr Trump departed, the border agents looked to their superiors for guidance.Officials told the agents to follow the law, adding that they were not being told to deny migrants entry and that if they did so, they would bear personal legal liability.Following the Oval Office meeting in March the president also ordered Ms Nielsen to close the border in the Texan city of El Paso.The official criticised the idea, which was eventually abandoned.It comes days after the president said "frankly, we should get rid of judges", during an extended attack on the country's asylum system.On Sunday the president announced Ms Nielsen would be leaving her post.During her tenure the 46-year-old became the face of some of the president’s most controversial immigration policies, including that of separating children from their parents at the border.In May 2018, it was reported that she drafted a resignation letter after Mr Trump berated her in front of other Cabinet secretaries over the situation at the border.Kevin McAleenan, the current US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner​, has been appointed Acting Secretary of Homeland Security following Ms Nielsen’s departure.



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Wife of ex-Defense secretary defends Biden, says viral photo of them used 'misleadingly'

Wife of ex-Defense secretary defends Biden, says viral photo of them used 'misleadingly'"The Joe Biden in my picture is a close friend helping someone get through a big day, for which I will always be grateful," Stephanie Carter wrote.



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MAX effort: Boeing tests changes to grounded planes to get them back in the air

MAX effort: Boeing tests changes to grounded planes to get them back in the airPilots from five airlines tested upgrades to the 737 MAX's flight-control system over the weekend at Boeing’s facility outside Seattle.



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Give them a break: Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman deserve less anger in admission scandal

Give them a break: Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman deserve less anger in admission scandalSince the college admissions bribery scandal broke, Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman could scarcely be treated worse if they were serial killers.



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Sling them out or long delay: Europeans weigh Brexit options

Sling them out or long delay: Europeans weigh Brexit optionsBy Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders will tell Prime Minister Theresa May next week how much longer Britain can stay in the bloc as British lawmakers struggle to agree on how and when, or even if, the country is leaving. EU leaders meet for a two-day summit starting on Thursday, with many in two minds about how long Britain should get beyond the March 29 Brexit day, which is enshrined in law. May, meanwhile, will ask the British parliament to back the deal she has negotiated with the EU for a third time, after it was twice roundly rejected. …



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Elon Musk shoots back at US regulators, accusing them of 'retaliation and censorship'

Elon Musk shoots back at US regulators, accusing them of 'retaliation and censorship'Tesla's chief executive Elon Musk shot back against US financial regulators on Monday, arguing that his recent tweet about his company's production numbers did not violate a previous fraud settlement and that he cannot be held in contempt. Lawyers for Mr Musk said that his "single, immaterial" tweet to more than 24 million Twitter followers, claiming that Tesla would produce around 500,000 electric cars in 2019, complied with the communications policy his company has been forced to adopt.  The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had asked a court in New York City to hold Musk in contempt, saying his tweet in February violated a fraud settlement from September which barred him from sharing material information about Tesla on social media without the company's pre-approval. Bur Mr Musk's lawyers argued in a court filing that the SEC was exceeding its power in attempting to hold him in contempt, saying its action “smacks of retaliation and censorship”. "This contempt action, following Musk's sincerely-held criticism of the SEC on 60 Minutes [a US TV show], also reflects concerning and unprecedented overreach on the part of the SEC," the filing said. In December, Musk said in an interview with the US news programme 60 Minutes that: "I do not have respect for the SEC." The settlement between Musk, Tesla and the SEC resolved an SEC lawsuit over claims Mr Musk made on Twitter in August that he had "funding secured" to take Tesla private at $ 420 per share. The SEC called those tweets "false and misleading", and a deal never materialized. As part of that settlement, Musk stepped down as the company's chairman and he and Tesla agreed to pay $ 20m each (£15m) in fines. The renewed public battle between Tesla's chief executive and the top US securities regulator adds pressure on Mr Musk, the public face of Tesla, who is struggling to make the company profitable after cutting the price of its Model 3 sedan to $ 35,000. Tesla has backed off a plan to close all its US stores and said it will instead raise prices of its higher-end vehicles by about 3 percent on average. In the filing, Mr Musk's lawyers said his tweet was a "proud and optimistic restatement of publicly disclosed information." Mr Musk corrected his tweet four hours later to say that the "annualized production rate" at year-end 2019 would probably be about 500,000, with deliveries expected to be about 400,000. Moreover, Mr Musk has exhibited self-censorship in dramatically reducing the volume of tweets since the settlement, they wrote, adding that the SEC's request, if granted, would raise free speech issues. "This self-censorship is reflective of his commitment to adhering to the Order and avoiding unnecessary disputes with the SEC," they wrote in the filing. Mr Musk called the regulator the "Shortseller Enrichment Commission" on Twitter after the settlement, and tweeted that "something is broken with SEC oversight" just one day after the agency started pursuing the contempt order. Legal experts have said the SEC could now pursue multiple avenues, including a higher fine, imposing further restrictions on Mr Musk's activities or removing him from Tesla's board or helm. Tesla published a new communications policy in December for senior executives as part of the settlement. It called for Tesla's general counsel and a newly designated in-house securities law attorney to pre-approve any written statements about Tesla that could be material. A disclosure controls committee, made up of board members Brad Buss, Antonio Gracias and James Murdoch, was tasked with overseeing compliance with the new policy.



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Tech Startup Investors Are Wary of Warren's Plan to Protect Them

Tech Startup Investors Are Wary of Warren's Plan to Protect Them“To reach consumers you have to pay Facebook and Google” for advertising and attention, said Garry Tan, co-founder and managing partner of Initialized Capital. Large companies “spend billions of dollars a year on Facebook and Google ads,” he said.



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KitchenAid has a new line of cooking utensils exclusive to Walmart, and we want them all

KitchenAid has a new line of cooking utensils exclusive to Walmart, and we want them allKitchenAid has a new Walmart-exclusive line of cooking gadgets and tools – possibly as a tribute to KitchenAid's 100th birthday a few months ago — and we are psyched. KitchenAid is our jam. There are no new stand mixers in the collaboration (boo), but other gorgeous cooking gear like utensils, strainers, bowls, and more can up the style factor in your kitchen. And that stuff is just as important as the big appliances.SEE ALSO: Walmart just launched a new line of furniture and it's actually really niceNot surprisingly, you can expect premium materials, heat-resistant handles, stainless steel blades, and dishwasher-safe plastic. It's all super affordable like the rest of Walmart's prices (nothing over $ 40, actually), but still rocks that KitchenAid name and quality. That's a win-win you won't find anywhere else. A few of our favorite pieces are below, but you can shop the whole collection here. KitchenAid 15-piece kitchen tool and gadget set – $ 39.97Image: kitchenaidBuying the must-have utensils separately just doesn't make sense when you can snag 'em in a set. New college students, homeowners, or anyone learning to cook more than noodles will appreciate having a slotted spatula, basting spoon, euro peeler, can opener, a set of four measuring cups, and a set of five measuring spoons, all in one box for less than $ 40. Get it all here. Nonslip ice cream scoop — $ 8.97Image: kitchenaidWhy does it seem like there's never an ice cream scoop around when you need one? This stainless steel head was designed to push through even the toughest straight-from-the-freezer ice cream, and the silicone handle won't freeze your hand. Skip the defrosting process, scoop your dessert, and throw it in the dishwasher. Get it here. 4-piece prep bowls and lids — $ 9.97Image: kitchenaidConserve some of that precious cabinet space with this set of four bowls that double as meal prep or storage containers. Use the included lids to stack them in the fridge, or nest the set when they're not being used. Get them here. 7-inch stainless steel mesh strainer – $ 12.97Image: kitchenaidPasta ain't the only thing you need a clean strainer for – especially with summer not so far away. Strain your noodles, fresh veggies, and fruits with this premium oval strainer, made with durable stainless steel mesh and a metal lip for hands-free straining over a bowl. Get it here. Stainless steel tongs — $ 12.97Image: kitchenaidStop using a spatula to pick up a steak or a spoon to serve salad — it's time to get tongs like an adult. These stainless steel tongs are topped with silicone grabbers to gently grasp meats, veggies, spaghetti, and more. The silicone is heat-resistant up to 500 degrees (!), and they can go in the dishwasher. Get them here. Image: kitchenaid Shop the Walmart-exclusive KitchenAid collection See Details



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Cohen asks for protection from threats by Trump, because he used to make them all the time

Cohen asks for protection from threats by Trump, because he used to make them all the timeCohen testified that he did this regularly. “Fifty times?” asked Rep. Jackie Speier. “More” said Cohen. “A hundred times? Two hundred times?” asked Speier. When she got to 500, Cohen agreed, “Probably.”



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