(Newsweek) – Obama Says He Will Issue Executive Order for Jon Stewart to Continue Hosting Daily Show

President Barack Obama makes an appearance on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” in New York City on July 21. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

“I can’t believe that you’re leaving before me,” Obama said during his final appearance as commander-in-chief with Stewart on The Daily Show. “In fact, I’m issuing a new executive order that Jon Stewart cannot leave the show. It’s being challenged in the courts.”

Stewart has led his late-night talk and news satire program since 1999. His last day hosting will be August 6. He will be replacedby 31-year-old South African comedian and Daily Show contributor Trevor Noah, whose first show as host will be on September 28.

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During the 30-minute interview, which was taped on Tuesday afternoon in New York City and aired that night, Stewart pressed Obama on the Iran nuclear deal, mismanagement at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, media and climate change.

“I finally know what I’m doing,” Obama said. “[There are] a bunch of other things that we want to get done, some of them we got started early.”

“Whose team are we on in the Middle East?” Stewart asked.

“Right now we’re going after ISIL, and we’ve got a 16-country coalition, and that’s a top priority,” Obama responded, using an acronym for the militant group, the Islamic State, better known as ISIS.

With the Iran deal reached last week, leaders won’t be able to obtain a nuclear weapon because the decision cuts off four major pathways for getting one, and the administration has international unanimity around an unprecedented inspection regime, Obama said. Congress has less than 60 days to vote on the deal. Obama has promised to veto a “no” vote from the leaders.

And as for presidential candidate Donald Trump entering the field for the Republican nomination?

“I’m sure the Republicans are enjoying Mr. Trump’s current dominance of their primary,” Obama joked. The real estate mogul, who spent months being skeptical of Obama’s original birth certificate, has been making headlines with some of his outlandish statements, most recently on Tuesday, when he revealed the personal cell phone number of South Carolina Lindsey Graham during a televised campaign speech.

Despite acknowledging there is work to finish, Obama noted his achievements with the economy.

“Stuff gets better if we work at it and we stay focused on where we’re going. It doesn’t immediately get all solved,” Obama said during an extended 20-minute interview posted to the show’s website. “It’s not just ‘fix it,’ it’s ‘how do we work together to get things done?'”

Obama’s appearance marked his seventh time on the Comedy Central show, including three appearances as president. In the past, Obama has met with other comedians, including with Jimmy Fallon on his late-night shows and with Zach Galifianakis on Between Two Ferns. He also recently sat down in a Los Angeles garage to speak candidly with comedian Marc Maron.

 

 

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 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) – UPMC moves closer to opening international medical center in China 

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UPMC has completed the first phase in its plans to establish an international medical center in the Hunan Province of China.

Nearly a year after announcing its collaboration with Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, four floors on an existing 14-story tower have been renovated, including 36 beds and two floors of outpatient clinics. More than 20 UPMC staff members have also provided training in customer service, infection control and post-hospital care.

When completed, Xiangya International Medical Center will be expanded to 200 beds within the 3,500-bed hospital.

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(The New York Times) –   Ikea to Offer Repair Kits for Furniture at Risk of Tipping 

(ABC News) – 15 Drowned When Boats Collided on the Nile in Egypt 

Egypt’s Interior ministry says at least 15 civilians have drowned when a passenger boat traveling down the Nile near Cairo collided with a scow, causing the boat to capsize.

The ministry said the collision late Wednesday damaged the passenger boat, causing it to sink. The ministry said six people have been rescued and the skipper of the scow has been arrested.

The health ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar told The Associated Press the rescue efforts continue, hampered by the darkness. Abdel-Ghaffar said only 12 bodies have arrived in the morgues of hospitals nearby.

Traffic has been heavy along the Nile, particularly near Cairo, where Egyptians have been out in droves celebrating the feast after the holy month of Ramadan. Nile rides are one of the holiday favorites, but many city dwellers also use passenger boats to travel between the Nile rivers.

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(CBS News) – Donald Trump to visit the U.S-Mexico border

Republican presidential candidate and business mogul Donald Trump will be travelling to the U.S-Mexico border tomorrow, Trump’s campaign confirms to CBS News.

Trump will be visiting Laredo, Texas, a town along the most active part of the southern border, accompanied by border patrol agents. He told Fox News on Wednesday that after his inflammatory comments on Mexican immigrants, the tour will be an effort to “honor” him.

“I’ve been invited by border patrols and they want to honor me, actually, and thousands and thousands of ’em because I’m speaking up” Trump said in an interview with Fox News. “It could even be tomorrow.”

Trump added that border patrol officers were “tremendous” and “tough” people but that “they are not allowed to do their job and they called me.”

“I may never see you again,” Trump said, “but we’re going to do it.”

A local chapter of the National Border Patrol Council invited Trump earlier this month on a trip to Texas. The local chapter president, Hector Garza, told CNN that he wanted “to give Donald Trump a state of the border” and a “boots on the ground perspective.”

Trump also addressed the recent firestorm that erupted after he read out the phone number of Republican presidential candidate South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham’s phone number during a campaign rally Tuesday.

“I don’t regret it,” Trump said Wednesday in an interview on Fox News. “It seems to have gotten a lot of press.”

At a campaign stop in Bluffton, South Carolina, Trump read out Graham’s phone number to a crowd of under one thousand people, in part to fire back at the South Carolina senator’s criticisms of the Trump campaign.

After Trump lambasted Arizona Sen. John McCain over the weekend and said that the Vietnam veteran was only “a war hero ’cause he was captured,” Graham came to the defense of his fellow senator.

“I don’t care if he drops out. Stay in the race, just stop being a jackass,” Graham said in an interview Tuesday on CBS This Morning.

Trump remained unapologetic for reading out Graham’s phone number to a campaign crowd and added that he “just did it for fun, and everyone had a good time.”

The billionaire real estate developer said that Graham just “started calling me a jackass on every program,” and speculated that even in his own state, Graham wasn’t a popular figure, saying that “he’s got nothing going anyway.”

“He’s got nothing. He’s got nothing going anyway,” Trump said. “You heard the applause I was getting.”

Trump added that he was “trying to be nice” while campaigning, but “everyone’s calling me names.”

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(CRN) – Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet Launches Into ‘Big Niche’ Among Police, Factories, ‘Adventurers’

 

Dell on Tuesday launched its first fully rugged tablet designed for field workers, first responders, the military and other users who take their technology into situations where it may fall, be dropped or get wet and dirty.

Originally targeted for launch late in the second quarter, the Windows-based Dell Latitude 12 tablet joins the rest of the rugged Latitude line, which includes 12- and 14-inch fully rugged notebooks, and it comes at a time when certain customers are looking for rugged products, but adoption hasn’t been particularly strong.

The Latitude 12 tablet starts at $1,599.

[Related: Dell Intros TLC 3D NAND Flash, Brings All-Flash SC4020 To $1.66/GB Raw]

Stephen Monteros, vice president of business development and strategy at Ontario, Calif.-based Sigmanet, a Dell partner, said the Latitude 12 tablet is a good match for the channel.

In the past, rugged products have been cumbersome and hard to work with, Monteros said. But they’ve come a long way and Monteros sees increased demand on the horizon, especially for technology integrators that work with the public sector, specifically police departments and other first responders.

“It’s a niche product, but it’s a big niche,” Monteros told CRN. Police departments, especially, “are looking to put more of this stuff out there, and this makes it easier to do that,” he said.

Monteros also said Dell is introducing the Latitude 12 tablet at the right moment. “Dell, when they think something’s mature and dialed in, they’ll capitalize on it immediately. Panasonic is one of the leaders (in rugged products), but it hasn’t seen widespread adoption, so this product is coming out at the right time.”

The Latitude 12 tablet includes fourth-generation QuadCool thermal management technology to help it cope with severe temperatures. It runs on fifth-generation Intel Core M processors and boasts up to 12 hours of battery life with two 2-cell batteries.

The tablet comes with solid-state storage up to 512 GB, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, optional broadband and dedicated GPS. It is secured with Dell Data Protection, available Intel vPro and Intel TPM 1.2.

The tablet has a docking interface for component expansion, a variety of compatible attachments and docks for desks and vehicles, and an optional full-size keyboard.

The Dell Latitude 12 tablet joins the rest of the rugged Latitude line, which includes 12- and 14-inch fully rugged notebooks.
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(Entertain This!) – James Bond’s life shaken and stirred in ‘Spectre’ trailer | 

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James Bond is in a whole heap of globe-trotting trouble again in the new trailer for the 24th 007 film Spectre (out Nov. 6), and he’s even rethinking his career as a secret agent. GASP! Starting in Mexico City — with Daniel Craig’s superspy looking cool in a Day of the Dead mask — and venturing throughout the globe, the movie puts Bond in big-time car chases against new foes such as Mr. Hinx (Dave Bautista) and in the arms of new love interests such as Italian widow Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci) and Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux), an old arch-enemy’s daughter and a romantic entanglement with whom Bond has a heart-to-heart.

“Is this really what you want, living in the shadows? Hunting, being hunted, always alone?” she asks him. His cool-as-a-cucumber reply? “I don’t stop to think about it.” (MIC. DROP.)

Old-school Bond fans will salivate over the confirmation of the return of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., the nefarious organization that appeared in the 1960s 007 films. This time around, the secret agent seems to have a mysterious connection to this new world order, plus there’s the villainous Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz) outing himself as the “author” of all his pain. (MIC. DROP. AGAIN.) Just give him a cat and call him Blofeld already.

Also of note: Ralph Fiennes’ M getting really irked at Bond going rogue, lots of explosions, Andrew Scott (the excellent Moriarty of Sherlock) looking somewhat diabolical as a political foil for MI-6, and, yes, Bond still finding time to make out with the ladies.

>007 looks good even in a Day of the Dead mask.
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(BuzzFeed News) – Leader Of Khorasan Group Killed In U.S. Airstrike, Pentagon Says 

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The U.S. Department of Defense said Tuesday that a senior al Qaeda member, among the few leaders who received advance notice of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, was killed earlier this month in an airstrike in Syria.

Muhsin al-Fadhli, the leader of veteran al Qaeda operatives sometimes called the Khorasan Group, was killed on July 8 while traveling in a vehicle near Sarmada, Syria, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for the Defense Department said in a statement.

“His death will degrade and disrupt ongoing external operations of al-Qaida against the United States and its allies and partners,” Davis said.

Davis said the Khorasan Group that al-Fadhli led was plotting attacks against the United States and its allies. Al-Fadhli was also involved in terrorist attacks that took place in October 2002, including against U.S. Marines in Kuwait and the French ship MV Limburg.

BuzzFeed News previously reported the Khorasan Group had been targeted by the Obama administration with airstrikes alongside ISIS. The group was almost totally unknown to the American public until the U.S. started bombing them, though sources said the group has been known to the administration and to Congress for some time.

Little was known about al-Fadhli, but last year the Department of State said he was based in Iran.

House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member, Adam Schiff, in a statement said the intelligence community and Department of Defense had worked hard to track down al Qaeda operatives, particularly Khorasan members.

The California Democrat said al-Fadhli’s position will not be easily filled.

His death, Schiff said, “means that a seasoned, knowledgeable, and dangerous terrorist who actively sought to harm the United States and its allies has been taken off the battlefield for good.”

Adolfo Flores is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
Contact Adolfo Flores at adolfo.flores@buzzfeed.com.

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