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Friday, October 18, 2019

PG&E Corp.'s chief executive said Friday that it could take as long as 10 years for the company to improve its electric system enough to significantly diminish the need to pull the plug on customers to reduce the risk of sparking fires. Bill Johnson, who joined the company in May, made the disclosure at a California Public Utilities Commission hearing where the panel's president, Marybel Batjer, sharply criticized the company's "inadequate execution" of a shut-off in which it turned off power to large portions of Northern California. read more


Saturday, October 12, 2019

President Trump took another jab at the NBA's Steve Kerr after the coach known for his outspoken liberal political views refused again to comment on the controversy over China roiling the league. Mr. Trump said the Golden State Warriors coach looked "weak and pathetic" in answering questions from reporters about the NBA's response to Chinese retaliation over a tweet in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. "So funny to watch Steve Kerr grovel and pander when asked a simple question about China. He chocked [sic], and looks weak and pathetic. Don't want him at the White House!" tweeted Mr. Trump on Friday. read more


The California Democratic Party has spent more than $800,000 in legal costs associated with lawsuits alleging discrimination and sexual misconduct by former party chairman Eric Bauman. The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that sum includes $430,000 in legal fees, including payments to law firms representing Bauman, and $378,348 in legal settlements for three cases. Alton Wang, Will Rodriguez-Kennedy and Kate Earley jointly filed a lawsuit in January that alleged Bauman fostered a culture of harassment and sexual misconduct which was "well-known and apparently tolerated" by top party officials. read more


Pakistan. It's not exactly on every solo female traveler's bucket list. But that doesn't mean that it shouldn't be. Especially if you ask vlogger and content creator Eva zu Beck, who thinks Pakistan could be the world's #1 tourism destination. And she doesn't say this lightly. Having visited 60 countries and with more than 381,000 followers on Instagram, 421,000 followers on Facebook, and 324,000 YouTube channel subscribers as a result of the incredible travel content she creates " from videos exploring forgotten islands in Yemen to exploring Aleppo, Syria alone " she knows a thing or two about the world's most under-the-radar destinations. read more


My discomfort in the last few years, first with Russiagate and now with Ukrainegate and impeachment, stems from the belief that the people pushing hardest for Trump's early removal are more dangerous than Trump. Many Americans don't see this because they're not used to waking up in a country where you're not sure who the president will be by nightfall. They don't understand that this predicament is worse than having a bad president. But a parallel story was ignored. Leaks from the intelligence community most often pertain to foreign policy. The leak of the January, 2017 "meeting" between the four chiefs and Trump " which without question damaged both the presidency and America's standing abroad " was an unprecedented act of insubordination. read more


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