President Barack Obama on Monday challenged the US media stop chasing ratings and take on 2016 election candidates who are willing to \\\"lie out loud\\\" and whose campaigns are \\\"untethered from reason.\\\"Without calling out Donald Trump by name, Obama used a journalism award ceremony in Washington to deliver his toughest condemnation yet of the caustic tone of the presidential election campaign and the media coverage of it.
Training fire on television networks\\\' often breathless coverage of Trump\\\'s campaign and wall-to-wall interviews with the controversial businessman, Obama said \\\"a job well done is about more than just handing someone a microphone.\\\"
He said the electorate would be better served if the media were to \\\"probe and to question and to dig deeper and demand more.\\\"It would be better served if billions of dollars in free media (coverage) came with serious accountability,\\\" he added.That was one in a string of clear references to the former reality TV star, who has leveraged his fame to appear almost constantly on television news.
\\\"What we are seeing right now does corrode our democracy and our society,\\\" Obama in remarks that were notable for their frankness and how much they reveal about the White House\\\'s unease.\\\"I\\\'m not one who is faint of heart,\\\" Obama insisted. \\\"But when our elected officials and our political campaigns become entirely untethered from reason and facts and analysis, when it doesn\\\'t matter what\\\'s true and what\\\'s not that makes it all but impossible for us to make good decisions on behalf of future generations.\\\"
The outgoing president dismissed disdain for political correctness -- another common theme in Trump\\\'s campaign -- as \\\"increasingly just an excuse to say offensive things or lie out loud.\\\"Obama pointed to the success of Oscar-wining journalism film \\\"Spotlight\\\" as evidence that the public still had a hunger for truth and respect for reporting.He also indicated that the tone of the debate, which has included harsh rhetoric against several foreign countries, was already having an impact.
Britain’s May Wins PM Race After Pro
Interior minister Theresa May will become Britain’s prime minister on Wednesday, with the task of steering its withdrawal from the European Union, after rival Andrea Leadsom abruptly terminated her short-lived and disastrous leadership campaign.May, 59, will succeed David Cameron, who announced he was stepping down after Britons unexpectedly voted last month to quit the EU. Britain’s planned withdrawal has weakened the 28-nation bloc, created huge uncertainty over trade and investment, and shaken financial markets.May and Leadsom had been due to contest a ballot of grassroots Conservative party members, with the result to be declared by Sept. 9. But Leadsom unexpectedly quit on Monday after a campaign dogged by ill-judged comments about her rival’s lack of children and questions about whether she had exaggerated her CV.“I am honored and humbled to have been chosen by the Conservative Party to become its leader,” said May, who favored remaining in the EU but has made clear there is no going back on the result of the June 23 referendum.
“Brexit means Brexit, and we’re going to make a success of it.”Earlier, Cameron told reporters in front of his 10 Downing Street residence that he expected to chair his last cabinet meeting on Tuesday and take questions in parliament on Wednesday before tendering his resignation to Queen Elizabeth.“So we will have a new prime minister in that building behind me by Wednesday evening,” he said.May will become Britain’s second female prime minister after Margaret Thatcher.
Her victory means that the complex process of extricating Britain from the EU will be led by someone from the losing side of the acrimonious referendum campaign. She has said Britain needs time to work out its negotiating strategy and should not initiate formal divorce proceedings before the end of the year.In a speech earlier on Monday in the central city of Birmingham, May said there could be no second referendum and no attempt to rejoin the EU by the back door.“As prime minister, I will make sure that we leave the European Union,” she said.Leadsom, 53, is a junior energy minister who has never served in cabinet and was barely known to the British public until she emerged as a prominent voice in the successful Leave campaign.
She had been strongly criticized over a newspaper interview in which she appeared to suggest that being a mother meant she had more of a stake in the country’s future than May, who has no children. Some Conservatives said they were disgusted by the remarks, for which Leadsom later apologized, while others said they showed naivety and a lack of judgment.Leadsom told reporters she was pulling out of the race to avoid nine weeks of campaign uncertainty at a time when strong leadership was needed. She acknowledged that May had secured much greater backing in a vote of Conservative members of parliament last week.
“I have … concluded that the interests of our country are best served by the immediate appointment of a strong and well supported prime minister,” she said. “I am therefore withdrawing from the leadership election and I wish Theresa May the very greatest success.”Graham Brady, head of the Conservative party committee in charge of the leadership contest, confirmed that May had been elected with immediate effect.The pound, which has hit 31-year lows since the referendum on concern about potential damage to the British economy, bounced slightly on the news that the Conservative leadership question would be resolved much sooner than expected.It was trading around $1.2970, up 0.1 percent on the day but still down around 13 percent since the day of the vote. The FTSE 250 index of mid-sized companies rose 3.27 percent.“Welcome news we have 1 candidate with overwhelming support to be next PM. Theresa May has strength, integrity & determination to do the job,” finance minister George Osborne tweeted.
The 52-to-48 percent vote to quit the EU after 43 years of membership was a stunning rebuke to Britain’s political leaders and especially Cameron, who had argued that breaking away would bring economic disaster.Britons ignored his warnings, swayed by the arguments of the Leave campaign that ‘Brexit’ would enable them to regain ‘independence’ from Brussels and clamp down on high immigration, something hard to achieve under EU rules allowing people to live and work anywhere in the bloc.May’s leadership hopes had appeared at risk of being damaged by her failure, in six years as interior minister, to bring immigration down, and the fact she found herself on the losing side of the referendum campaign.
But her two best-known rivals on the Leave side were felled by political back-stabbing when Justice Secretary Michael Gove brought down former London mayor Boris Johnson and was then punished for his perceived treachery by being eliminated from a ballot of Conservative MPs.In her speech in Birmingham on Monday, May set out her vision for the economy, calling for “a country that works for everyone, not just the privileged few”.In a pitch for the political center, she said she would prioritize more house-building, a crackdown on tax evasion by individuals and companies, lower energy costs and a narrowing of the ‘unhealthy’ gap between the pay of employees and corporate bosses.“Under my leadership, the Conservative Party will put itself completely, absolutely, unequivocally, at the service of ordinary working people … we will make Britain a country that works for everyone,” she said.
May’s biggest challenge will be to map out the course of Britain’s withdrawal, a process still clouded in uncertainty, and to sort out new terms of trade with the other 27 EU nations.“We will have difficult negotiations with Britain, it will not be easy,” Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday.European Economics Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said: “We should open the negotiations as quickly as possible in order to limit uncertainty.”More than 1,000 British lawyers said in a letter to Cameron that members of parliament, not lawyers, should decide whether Britain leaves the EU because the referendum was not legally binding.Opposition members of parliament, responding to the impending appointment of May, demanded a general election.“It is crucial, given the instability caused by the Brexit vote, that the country has a democratically elected prime minister,” Labour party election co-ordinator Jon Trickett said.
Labour too has been thrown into upheaval by the referendum, with leader Jeremy Corbyn widely criticized for failing to make a sufficiently passionate case in favor of staying in the EU.Minutes before Leadsom’s announcement, Labour lawmaker Angela Eagle launched a leadership challenge to Corbyn.“Jeremy Corbyn is unable to provide the leadership that this party needs — I believe I can,” Eagle said.Corbyn was elected last year with overwhelming support from grassroots Labour activists. He has ignored a vote of no confidence from the party’s lawmakers, saying he has a responsibility to carry out that mandate.
15 killed in Pakistan blast
Islamabad: At least 15 people were killed and 25 others injured in a bomb blast in a bus in Pakistan\\\'s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Wednesday morning, a media report said.The blast occurred near Peshawar\\\'s Sunehri Masjid. The area was cordoned off and the injured transferred to the Lady Reading Hospital, where an emergency has been declared, a police official said.The bus was carrying passengers from Mardan city to Peshawar. A TV footage showed a severely damaged bus after the blast and the injured trooping out of the vehicle.The official said the bomb was planted in the rear portion of the bus.
Bomb Disposal Unit personnel claimed that a high-grade explosive weighing eight kg was used.Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak condemned the blast and directed for proper medical care to the injured, an official said.
Khattak said government employees were travelling in a privately-operated bus and that the government cannot ensure security of private vehicles.Expressing grief over the loss of lives, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also strongly condemned the blast.Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan also condemned the explosion and asked the provisional government to provide excellent medical care to the injured.
The explosion comes a day after Pakistan military said that the army was about to conclude the military offensive in North Waziristan\\\'s Shawal valley.Despite implementation of the 20-point National Action Plan to combat terrorism, there have been multiple attacks in the country since the beginning of the year.
In January, Pakistan witnessed another Army Public School-style attack on Charsadda\\\'s Bacha Khan University, engineered by the mastermind of the horrific December 16, 2014, massacre.Since then, there have been numerous attacks targeting security forces\\\' convoys and checkposts.
The most recent attack was witnessed in Charsadda\\\'s Shabqadar area, an attack claimed by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan\\\'s splinter group Jamatul Ahrar. The group claimed the attack had been carried out to avenge the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri, the killer of former Punjab governor Salman Taseer.On the other hand, official reports claim there have been thousands of intelligence-based operations, and scores of militants have been arrested and eliminated as per the implementation of the National Action Plan.
BMW’s I3 Electric Vehicle Can Suddenly Lose Power
A U.S. owner of a BMW i3 has filed a lawsuit claiming that the German automaker’s electric vehicle can experience a sudden loss of power when a feature designed to nearly double its driving range is deployed.The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles federal court, seeks damages for i3 drivers nationwide and in California alone, or to force BMW to buy the vehicles back.It focuses on “Range Extender,” an optional i3 feature in which a 34-horsepower, two-cylinder gas engine switches on when the vehicle’s battery runs low, boosting the advertised range to 150 miles (241 km) per charge from 81 miles.According to the plaintiff Edo Tsoar, the i3’s speed can plunge without warning if the vehicle is under a “significant load,” including when it is filled with passengers or going uphill, when Range Extender kicks in.
He said this has happened to him “multiple” times, and that he now avoids driving farther than 80 miles.The lawsuit also said drivers have told the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the speed of their i3 vehicles fell by half in similar incidents, even under full throttle.
“Having a sudden and unexpected loss of power in a motor vehicle can result in a catastrophic situation,” Tsoar’s lawyer Jonathan Michaels said in a statement on Wednesday. “These cars are dangerous and should not be driven.”BMW’s full name is Bayerische Motoren Werke AG. The company declined to comment.The case is Tsoar v BMW of North America LLC, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, No. 16-03386.
Cop Sorry for Image of Mushroom Cloud, Reference to Islam
A Massachusetts police officer has been placed on administrative leave for posting an image of a mushroom cloud with a reference to Islam.Medford Officer Jason Montalbano apologized Wednesday, saying said he thought the image was meant to support action against the Islamic State group. He says he didn\\\'t intend to demean Muslims.He had shared an image on his Facebook page of a mushroom cloud with a caption referencing the atomic bomb dropped on Japan during World War II and saying, \\\"It\\\'s time we made peace with Islam.\\\"Lt. Paul Covino says the department takes the situation seriously and will take whatever action is necessary to correct it.Mayor Stephanie Burke says police officers should be held to a higher standard when using social media.
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