Todays top headlines

Hi, everyone, let’s see what happening in today’s headlines. According to NY Daily News,  Rep. Adam Schiff says Trump wants to ‘take down’ Robert Mueller as new doubts arise over Russia probe. In another article, the headline was U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Saturday that the recent shooting at a congressional baseball practice should …

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Hi, everyone, let’s see what happening in today’s headlines. According to NY Daily News,  Rep. Adam Schiff says Trump wants to ‘take down’ Robert Mueller as new doubts arise over Russia probe. In another article, the headline was U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Saturday that the recent shooting at a congressional baseball practice should be a “wake-up call to us all,” urging greater civility on both sides of the aisle.

“For anyone in the body politic who is inflaming personal hatred, this week’s shooting ought to be a strong word of caution that we are all brothers and sisters, we are all Americans,” Cruz said during an interview in which he lamented that the “viciousness in political rhetoric today is sad and unfortunate.”

“We may disagree on whether the federal government should have a simple flat tax or a massively confiscatory federal income tax, but those differences should not lead to demonization, vilification and personal attacks,” Cruz added.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others were injured in the attack Wednesday at a field outside Washington, D.C. The gunman, who was killed by police, left behind a number of statements on social media expressing animosity toward President Donald Trump and other Republicans.

“This deranged gunman was obviously filled with hate, and that hatred spilled out with a murderous rage,” Cruz said when asked if he thought the shooting was politically motivated.

In this occasional series, we will bring you up to speed on the biggest national security stories of the week.

On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation is widening its probe to include a look at whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice. In a sign of the investigation’s new focus, Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team is interviewing a number of intelligence officials who we know had conversations with Trump about the Russia investigation.

Trump seemed to confirm that he is under investigation on Friday morning when he criticized the special counsel’s probe in a tweet.

“I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt,” Trump said.

The fact that the president is being investigated is an astonishing development on its own. But what’s also striking is that Trump has gone to great lengths to prove that he wasn’t under investigation. Former FBI Director James B. Comey has testified that the president asked him to publicly clear his name, and the director declined. Once the president fired Comey, though, things appear to have changed.

Why is this important?

At this point, the FBI’s investigation has lasted for almost a year and focused on whether there was any coordination between Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 race, as well as the Kremlin’s alleged interference in the 2016 election.

Trump has repeatedly sworn that he is personally not under investigation, and Comey assured him that he wasn’t. Now, that’s no longer the case. The special counsel’s interviews with the senior officials will likely focus on Trump’s firing of Comey and what motivated him.

Who is the special counsel planning to talk to and why do they matter?

Mueller’s investigators plan to speak with Daniel Coats, the director of national intelligence, and Mike Rogers, the head of the NSA, according to five people briefed on the interview requests.

Coats told associates that Trump asked him if he could intervene with Comey to get the FBI to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to officials. Coats ultimately decided that interfering would be inappropriate.

That particular interaction suggests that Trump hoped to get top officials to push back on the bureau’s probe and could be relevant to investigators who want to understand the conversations the president was having regarding the FBI probe.

Investigators might be interested in Rogers because Trump at one point asked him to issue a public statement denying the existence of any evidence of coordination between his campaign and Russia, according to officials. This, too, could be a sign of the president acting inappropriately.

Mueller also hopes to talk with former NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett, who left the agency recently but wrote an internal NSA memo documenting the president’s call with Rogers. It is unclear who the FBI has already questioned.

Can’t the White House just prevent the officials from talking?

Potentially. The White House and the president in theory can try to invoke executive privilege, which protects the private deliberations of the executive branch.

During the Watergate scandal, former president Richard Nixon attempted to use executive privilege to conceal information. However, the Supreme Court ruled that officials cannot invoke executive privilege to suppress evidence in a criminal probe.

Can the president really be charged?

Experts say the Justice Department has held that it would not be appropriate to indict a sitting president. The responsibility would fall to Congress to review any findings of misconduct

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Happy Fathers Day to my awesome dad

Ever since I was a little child, I always liked and always respected my parents as well as my brothers. I am so happy and feel to be very lucky to have the best parents in the whole world, I and my brothers turned out to be very well raised and will continue to make …

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Ever since I was a little child, I always liked and always respected my parents as well as my brothers. I am so happy and feel to be very lucky to have the best parents in the whole world, I and my brothers turned out to be very well raised and will continue to make our parents happy and as well as live up to our parent’s expectations. There are only  a few people who aren’t as lucky as we are I believe to have faced many obstacles and hurdles and still we love and support each other. I am still trying to make my way into working even harder so I go to graduate school and end up in a job that I will truly be passionate and happy in as a result. So this day which is marked “Happy Fathers Day” shouldnt be for one day, we should celebrate our mom and dad everyday, because who would we really be if it wasnt for them.  Thanks dad for always being there for us, for always being awesome and a fun loving dad. You  always did everything for us, and I promise that I will work and pay more attention in class, and I promise you wont have to work anymore, because I and my brothers will soon have jobs, if I ever done anything or ever let you down, I just want to apologize for that. I hope and really pray that an awesome dad like you lives longer. I know that you always worry about me, and I promise you that I will put my best foot forward and will study and work hard everyday to get good grades in all of my classes.

 

                

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Modern VHS

Here at camp I’ve finally worked through my Bootstrap tutorials and created a spec site for a much larger project that I’m hoping to work on this summer. As part of my learning to code binge , I’m planning to learn the basics of Python and OpenCV to try and make an image processing application. The […]

Here at camp I’ve finally worked through my Bootstrap tutorials and created a spec site for a much larger project that I’m hoping to work on this summer. As part of my learning to code binge , I’m planning to learn the basics of Python and OpenCV to try and make an image processing application. The goal is to make a tool which would allow someone to upload still(s) from a modern movie and create a retro VHS case design. I know I can create all the cover design assets – box format, stickers, logos, and worn edges – but building the tool will be daunting. I’ve always wanted to build an image editing tool, Ryan and I have loved so many awesome ones. I have Python and OpenCV tutorials to get me started, so we’ll see how much I can figure out! The Modern VHS site‘s form actually works (my PHP skills in action!), so if I ever get it working and you want to know about it join the mailing list.

And to be good about summer camp letters to myself, I’m reporting out on my Modern VHS spec site built in Bootstrap.

I’m definitely getting a bit more comfortable with creating custom css to adapt all the various components to look the way I want them. But working with all the classes in particular the break points for columns and the offsets requires a lot of futzing. And getting the inline form to actually center, was only possible due to Stackoverflow. I love how much people share solutions on that site. Amazing. Also, I did get my card stack of the three example VHS covers to break from three, to two, to one. I like the two columns much better than seeing three columns really narrow.

And as for campers, well no students showed yesterday but today I have one. Also, Mariana Funes and I are still keeping each other company via a Google Doc. It’s starting to become a nice little record of our learning and discourse. I definitely helps me keep going. Thanks Mariana!

 

Letter from Camp

Code summer camp has been off to a nice start. There have been about six students who have taken advantage of the offer to come into York College and use the lab and each other to get some work done. In particular, shout out to Neyser who’s come three out of our first four days. […]

Code summer camp has been off to a nice start. There have been about six students who have taken advantage of the offer to come into York College and use the lab and each other to get some work done. In particular, shout out to Neyser who’s come three out of our first four days. He’s working on rebuilding his portfolio in Bootstrap after having learned a ton on his final project which was a UX for a college roommate finder.

It’s also been nice to have a little discourse going with Mariana Funes via a google doc about her efforts to prepare for her upcoming web development bootcamp. I’m hoping she’ll find useful some of the tutorials I made for this year’s web design and web development courses. The nice thing is that some of the c-Panel, FTP, and PHPMyAdmin stuff is Reclaim Hosting specific. So you Relcaimers will benefit. 😉

For myself, I’m finally getting into some tutorials and have really gotten into Bootstrap. I guess it’s about time! So powerful and fairly straightforward to use. I’ve been using Bootstrap 4’s alpha version 6, which uses Flexbox’s grid system by default. So that’s something else to learn. I haven’t been able to get too much done yet as last week required a bunch of finishing of end of semester chores – grading and the like – but a little navbar, forms/tables, and few other components.

Overall very happy to see students coming to the lab during the summer. It’s already been a big help for me productivity-wise, and I’m hoping them as well. As the summer progresses I’m hoping to transition to tutorials for half the day and project work the second half. I’ve some ideas that I want to pursue, but some skills must be built first!

EYE & I Recap

May 21st 2017 marked our first Photography Exhibit featuring six skilled Photographers. Each displaying their own unique style and bring forth amazing energy. Below you can check out interviews conducted with each Photographer and photos taken by our own David Hunter with a  video recored by Anthony Berry and edited in house! Paige Ariel Neli Rodriguez Diego […]

May 21st 2017 marked our first Photography Exhibit featuring six skilled Photographers. Each displaying their own unique style and bring forth amazing energy. Below you can check out interviews conducted with each Photographer and photos taken by our own David Hunter with a  video recored by Anthony Berry and edited in house!

Paige Ariel

Neli Rodriguez

Diego Campoverde

Elvir Ali

Natalia Luna

Joangel Hernandez

 


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