• Obama to Make 1st Post-Presidency Appearance at U of ChicagoObama to Make 1st Post-Presidency Appearance at U of Chicago

    Former President Barack Obama is scheduled to make his first public appearance since leaving the White House on Monday, with plans to hold a conversation at the University of Chicago.Obama will discuss...Photo Credit: Getty Images

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  • Redskins Draft Preview: Tennessee DE Derek BarnettRedskins Draft Preview: Tennessee DE Derek Barnett

    The NFL draft begins on April 27th in Philadelphia and the Redskins have the No. 17 selection in the first round. This is the third in a series of stories analyzing 15 players who could be a good fit for Washington at that position. Derek Barnett Defensive end 6-foot-3 259 pounds Tennessee Barnett broke Reggie White’s long-standing sack record at Tennessee to cap an insanely productive career in the SEC (33). But does he have the physical tools to keep that up at the NFL level? The idea is a team would get a player consistently capable of reaching double-digit sacks somewhere in the 10 to 20 range.  That fits a big need for the Redskins. How he fits: Some scouts see a base 4-3 defensive end. Others believe Barnett can play as a 3-4 outside linebacker. There’s no real consensus – just a host of opinions on how he’d best be used. Whatever the case, Barnett knows how to get to the quarterback and isn’t that the whole point? Because the Redskins have a desperate need there. Ryan Kerrigan is a reliable double-digit sack player. No one else on the roster is. Junior Galette hasn’t played since 2014. Preston Smith fell off after a strong rookie year. Trent Murphy has been suspended the first four games of the 2017 season. You can never have enough pass rushers. Barnett is a smooth athlete with strong hands. He can chop offensive linemen away to shed blocks and is good against the run. He’s capable of punishing hits. There’s a lot to like here. Plus, his college tape is consistently strong. Questions: The questions always come down to Barnett’s explosiveness and physical tools. He’s not as quick off the ball as most top-end pass rushers, but makes up for it with a good closing burst and natural pass-rushing instincts. The concern is that against bigger NFL tackles those gifts will be swallowed whole. Doesn’t have long arms. Again, that could negate the strength of his hands. Some teams are skeptical, according to multiple draft insiders. What they’re saying: Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network: “I was around Terrell Suggs a little bit with the Ravens, who is another guy that didn’t test all that well. Man, he was plenty fast enough when you got on the football field. I think you see some of those same things with Barnett.” Todd McShay, ESPN: “I don’t know what his 40 time was. I really don’t even care. But when he gets to a point where it’s a straight line to close to the quarterback, he closes as quickly as anyone in this class probably outside of Myles Garrett.”   Follow Brian McNally on Twitter.

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  • Redskins Draft Preview: Washington WR John RossRedskins Draft Preview: Washington WR John Ross

    The NFL draft begins on April 27th in Philadelphia and the Redskins have the No. 17 selection in the first round. This is the fourth in a series of stories analyzing 15 players who could be good fits for Washington at that position. John Ross Washington 5-foot-11 188 pounds Washington A gasp went through the media room at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on March 4. Washington wide receiver John Ross was expected to run fast. But to break an official 9-year-old event record? Ross certainly has a flair for the dramatic. His 40-yard dash time (4.22 seconds) stunned onlookers and sealed his status as one of the upcoming draft’s most electric athletes. How he fits: Didn’t the Redskins just do this? Washington selected a wide receiver in the first round last season. Josh Doctson didn’t contribute much because of constant pain and soreness in his Achilles’ tendons. But he is on hand this year to help stabilize a position of need after Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson both left via free agency. Jackson is the intriguing name here. He’s actually friendly with Ross, who also shares his mentor’s skillset: A blazing fast deep threat with the ability to track the ball well and better-than-you-think pass-catching skills underneath. Who better to replace Jackson with? Questions: Injuries are an issue here. Ross had two knee surgeries in three months in 2015 (meniscus tear in right knee, ACL tear in left knee) at Washington and shoulder surgery in March. He has a slight frame. Jackson has held up reasonably well over the years with a similar build, but it’s a concern for anyone of that size. Plays with an edge that can bleed over into too competitive at times. Will getting off the line of scrimmage against physical cornerbacks be an issue? Maybe. Ross struggled with that at times in college. Ross’ take: “Basically [DeSean Jackson showed] how to use my speed. When to turn it on, when to turn it off. Growing up, I ever had anyone to monitor with me on that. I just was basically running out there. I was so gifted with speed; I just used that versus a lot of people. As you get older, a lot of people get faster and a lot of people get smarter. You just can’t run past everybody.” What they’re saying: Mike Mayock, NFL Network: “The concern there, and there are some teams that have pushed him down the board or off the board because of injury, he’s got the surgery on his shoulder, he’s had surgery on both knees, and he’s got a small frame. So the durability is a big issue with him right now.” Bucky Brooks, NFL Network: “He can take the top off the defense. He’s a big-time play- maker. He’s a guy that reminds me a little bit of T.Y. Hilton, a guy that started out his career as a number two, but eventually grows into the role as a number one receiver.”   Follow Brian McNally on Twitter.

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  • Ronda Rousey and Travis Browne’s wedding will surely be a — wait for it — knockoutRonda Rousey and Travis Browne’s wedding will surely be a — wait for it — knockout

    MMA fighters Ronda Rousey and Travis Browne are now engaged. Rousey shared the news and flashed her diamond ring in a paparazzi video posted on TMZ Sports last week. Browne said in the video that he proposed under a waterfall in New Zealand. Rousey added that they intend to get married “soon,” but that they’re […]

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  • Transcript of AP interview with TrumpTranscript of AP interview with Trump

    A transcript of an Oval Office interview Friday with President Donald Trump by AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace. Where the audio recording of the interview is unclear, ellipses or a notation that the recording was unintelligible are used. AP: I do want to talk to you about the 100 days. TRUMP: Good. AP: I want to ask a few questions on some topics that are happening toward the end of the interview. TRUMP: Did you see Aya (Hijazi, an Egyptian-American charity worker who had been detained in the country for nearly three years) … AP: Can you tell me a little bit about how that came about? TRUMP: No, just — you know, I asked the government to let her out. … TRUMP: You know Obama worked on it for three years, got zippo, zero. AP: How did you hear about this story? TRUMP: Many people, human rights people, are talking about it. It’s an incredible thing, especially when you meet her. You realize — I mean, she was in a rough place. AP: Did you have to strike a deal with (Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah) el-Sissi over this? TRUMP: No. No deal. He was here. He — I said, “I really would appreciate it if you would look into this and let her out.” And as you know, she went through a trial. And anyway, she was let go. And not only she, it was a total of eight people. … ___ TRUMP: Yeah, it’s funny: One of the best chemistries I had was with (German Chancellor Angela) Merkel. (Crosstalk) AP: Really? TRUMP: Chancellor Merkel. TRUMP: And I guess somebody shouted out, “Shake her hand, shake her hand,” you know. But I never heard it. But I had already shaken her hand four times. You know, because we were together for a long time. AP: Did you expect you would have good chemistry with her? TRUMP: No. Because, um, I’m at odds on, you know, the NATO payments and I’m at odds on immigration. We had unbelievable chemistry. And people have given me credit for having great chemistry with all of the leaders, including el-Sissi. … TRUMP: So it was a great thing to see that happen. ___ AP: Do you feel like you have changed the office of the presidency, how the presidency can be used to effect change? TRUMP: I think the 100 days is, you know, it’s an artificial barrier. It’s not very meaningful. I think I’ve established amazing relationships that will be used the four or eight years, whatever period of time I’m here. I think for that I would be getting very high marks because I’ve established great relationships with countries, as President el-Sissi has shown and others have shown. Well, if you look at the president of China, people said they’ve never seen anything like what’s going on right now. I really liked him a lot. I think he liked me. We have a great chemistry together. … TRUMP: I’ve developed great relationships with all of these leaders. Nobody’s written that. In fact, they said, “Oh, well, he’s not treating them nicely,” because on NATO, I want them to pay up. But I still get along with them great, and they will pay up. In fact, with the Italian prime minister yesterday, you saw, we were joking, “Come on, you have to pay up, you have to pay up.” He’ll pay. AP: Did he say that? In your meeting? Your private meeting? TRUMP: He’s going to end up paying. But you know, nobody ever asked the question. Nobody asked. Nobody ever asked him to pay up. So it’s a different kind of a presidency. AP: Do you feel like that’s one thing that you’ve changed, that you maybe are actually asking the direct questions about some of these things? TRUMP: Yeah. Let me give me an example. A little before I took office there was a terrible article about the F-35 fighter jet. It was hundreds of billions of dollars over budget. It was seven years behind schedule. It was a disaster. So I called in Lockheed and I said, “I’m sorry, we’re going to have to bid this out to another company, namely Boeing,” or whoever else. But Boeing. And I called in Boeing and I started getting competing offers back and forth. … TRUMP: I saved $725 million on the 90 planes. Just 90. Now there are 3,000 planes that are going to be ordered. On 90 planes I saved $725 million. It’s actually a little bit more than that, but it’s $725 million. Gen. Mattis, who had to sign the deal when it came to his office, said, “I’ve never seen anything like this in my life.” We went from a company that wanted more money for the planes to a company that cut. And the reason they cut — same planes, same everything — was because of me. I mean, because that’s what I do. TRUMP: Now if you multiply that times 3,000 planes, you know this is on 90 planes. In fact, when the Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe of Japan came in because they bought a certain number of those … The first thing he said to me, because it was right at the time I did it, he said, “Could I thank you?” I said, “What?” He said, “You saved us $100 million.” Because they got a $100 million savings on the 10 or 12 planes that they (bought). Nobody wrote that story. Now you know that’s a saving of billions and billions of dollars, many billions of dollars over the course of — it’s between 2,500 and 3,000 planes will be the final order. But this was only 90 of those 2,500 planes. AP: And you expect those savings to carry out across that full order? TRUMP: More. I’m gonna get more than that. This was a thing that was out of control and now it’s great. And the woman that runs Lockheed, Marillyn (Hewson), she was great. But all of a sudden it was a different kind of a thing. You know? ___ AP: Do you feel like you’ve been able to apply that kind of a relationship to your dealings with Congress as well? TRUMP: I have great relationships with Congress. I think we’re doing very well and I think we have a great foundation for future things. We’re going to be applying, I shouldn’t tell you this, but we’re going to be announcing, probably on Wednesday, tax reform. And it’s — we’ve worked on it long and hard. And you’ve got to understand, I’ve only been here now 93 days, 92 days. President Obama took 17 months to do Obamacare. I’ve been here 92 days but I’ve only been working on the health care, you know I had to get like a little bit of grounding right? Health care started after 30 day(s), so I’ve been working on health care for 60 days. …You know, we’re very close. And it’s a great plan, you know, we have to get it approved. AP: Is it this deal that’s between the Tuesday Group and the Freedom Caucus, is that the deal you’re looking at? TRUMP: So the Republican Party has various groups, all great people. They’re great people. But some are moderate, some are very conservative. The Democrats don’t seem to have that nearly as much. You know the Democrats have, they don’t have that. The Republicans do have that. And I think it’s fine. But you know there’s a pretty vast area in there. And I have a great relationship with all of them. Now, we have government not closing. I think we’ll be in great shape on that. It’s going very well. Obviously, that takes precedent. AP: That takes precedent over health care? For next week? TRUMP: Yeah, sure. Next week. Because the hundred days is just an artificial barrier. The press keeps talking about the hundred days. But we’ve done a lot. You have a list of things. I don’t have to read it. ___ AP: You did put out though, as a candidate, you put out a 100-day plan. Do you feel like you should be held accountable to that plan? TRUMP: Somebody, yeah, somebody put out the concept of a hundred-day plan. But yeah. Well, I’m mostly there on most items. Go over the items, and I’ll talk to you … (Crosstalk.) TRUMP: But things change. There has to be flexibility. Let me give you an example. President Xi, we have a, like, a really great relationship. For me to call him a currency manipulator and then say, “By the way, I’d like you to solve the North Korean problem,” doesn’t work. So you have to have a certain flexibility, Number One. Number Two, from the time I took office till now, you know, it’s a very exact thing. It’s not like generalities. Do you want a Coke or anything? AP: I’m OK, thank you. No. … TRUMP: But President Xi, from the time I took office, he has not, they have not been currency manipulators. Because there’s a certain respect because he knew I would do something or whatever. But more importantly than him not being a currency manipulator the bigger picture, bigger than even currency manipulation, if he’s helping us with North Korea, with nuclear and all of the things that go along with it, who would call, what am I going to do, say, “By the way, would you help us with North Korea? And also, you’re a currency manipulator.” It doesn’t work that way. AP: Right. TRUMP: And the media, some of them get it, in all fairness. But you know some of them either don’t get it, in which case they’re very stupid people, or they just don’t want to say it. You know because of a couple of them said, “He didn’t call them a currency manipulator.” Well, for two reasons. Number One, he’s not, since my time. You know, very specific formula. You would think it’s like generalities, it’s not. They have — they’ve actually — their currency’s gone up. So it’s a very, very specific formula. And I said, “How badly have they been,” … they said, “Since you got to office they have not manipulated their currency.” That’s Number One, but much more important, they are working with us on North Korea. Now maybe that’ll work out or maybe it won’t. Can you imagine? … AP: So in terms of the 100-day plan that you did put out during the campaign, do you feel, though, that people should hold you accountable to this in terms of judging success? TRUMP: No, because much of the foundation’s been laid. Things came up. I’ll give you an example. I didn’t put Supreme Court judge on the 100 (day) plan, and I got a Supreme Court judge. AP: I think it’s on there. TRUMP: I don’t know. … AP: “Begin the process of selecting.” You actually exceeded on this one. This says, “Begin the process of selecting a replacement.” TRUMP: That’s the biggest thing I’ve done. AP: Do you consider that your biggest success? TRUMP: Well, I — first of all I think he’s a great man. I think he will be a great, great justice of the Supreme Court. I have always heard that the selection and the affirmation of a Supreme Court judge is the biggest thing a president can do. Don’t forget, he could be there for 40 years. … He’s a young man. I’ve always heard that that’s the biggest thing. Now, I would say that defense is the biggest thing. You know, to be honest, there are a number of things. But I’ve always heard that the highest calling is the nomination of a Supreme Court justice. I’ve done one in my first 70 days. TRUMP: Our military is so proud. They were not proud at all. They had their heads down. Now they have their heads up. … TRUMP: I’m rebuilding the military. We have great people. We have great things in place. We have tremendous borders. I mention the F-35 because if I can save $725 million — look at that, that’s a massive amount of money. And I’ll save more as we make more planes. If I can save that on a small number of planes — Gen. (Jim) Mattis (the defense secretary) said, “I’ve never seen anything like this,” because he had to sign the ultimate (unintelligible) … He had to sign the ultimate, you know. He said, “I’ve never seen anything like this before, as long as I’ve been in the military.” You know, that kind of cutting. AP: Right. TRUMP: Now, if I can do that (unintelligible) … As an example, the aircraft carriers, billions of dollars, the Gerald Ford, billions and billions over budget. That won’t happen. AP: Is that something you’re going to take on? TRUMP: (unintelligible) But as we order the other ones, because they want to order 12, the other ones are going to come in much less expensive. … ___ AP: Can I ask you, over your first 100 days — you’re not quite there yet — how do you feel like the office has changed you? TRUMP: Well the one thing I would say — and I say this to people — I never realized how big it was. Everything’s so (unintelligible) like, you know the orders are so massive. I was talking to — AP: You mean the responsibility of it, or do you mean — TRUMP: Number One, there’s great responsibility. When it came time to, as an example, send out the 59 missiles, the Tomahawks in Syria. I’m saying to myself, “You know, this is more than just like, 79 (sic) missiles. This is death that’s involved,” because people could have been killed. This is risk that’s involved, because if the missile goes off and goes in a city or goes in a civilian area — you know, the boats were hundreds of miles away — and if this missile goes off and lands in the middle of a town or a hamlet …. every decision is much harder than you’d normally make. (unintelligible) … This is involving death and life and so many things. … So it’s far more responsibility. (unintelligible) ….The financial cost of everything is so massive, every agency. This is thousands of times bigger, the United States, than the biggest company in the world. The second-largest company in the world is the Defense Department. The third-largest company in the world is Social Security. The fourth-largest — you know, you go down the list. AP: Right. TRUMP. It’s massive. And every agency is, like, bigger than any company. So you know, I really just see the bigness of it all, but also the responsibility. And the human responsibility. You know, the human life that’s involved in some of the decisions. ___ AP: You’ve talked a little bit about the way that you’ve brought some business skills into the office. Is there anything from your business background that just doesn’t translate into the presidency, that just simply is not applicable to this job? TRUMP: Well in business, you don’t necessarily need heart, whereas here, almost everything affects people. So if you’re talking about health care — you have health care in business but you’re trying to just negotiate a good price on health care, et cetera, et cetera. You’re providing health. This is (unintelligible). Here, everything, pretty much everything you do in government, involves heart, whereas in business, most things don’t involve heart. AP: What’s that switch been like for you? TRUMP: In fact, in business you’re actually better off without it. AP: What’s making that switch been like for you? TRUMP: You have to love people. And if you love people, such a big responsibility. (unintelligible) You can take any single thing, including even taxes. I mean we’re going to be doing major tax reform. Here’s part of your story, it’s going to be a big (unintelligible). Everybody’s saying, “Oh, he’s delaying.” I’m not delaying anything. I’ll tell you the other thing is (unintelligible). I used to get great press. I get the worst press. I get such dishonest reporting with the media. That’s another thing that really has — I’ve never had anything like it before. It happened during the primaries, and I said, you know, when I won, I said, “Well the one thing good is now I’ll get good press.” And it got worse. (unintelligible) So that was one thing that a little bit of a surprise to me. I thought the press would become better, and it actually, in my opinion, got more nasty. ___ AP: But in terms of tax reform, how are you going to roll that out next week? TRUMP: Well I’m going to roll (out) probably on Wednesday, around Wednesday of next week, we’re putting out a massive tax reform — business and for people — we want to do both. We’ve been working on it (unintelligible). Secretary Mnuchin is a very talented person, very smart. Very successful (unintelligible). … We’re going to be putting that out on Wednesday or shortly thereafter. Let me leave a little room just in case (unintelligible). … And that’s a big story, because a lot of people think I’m going to put it out much later. AP: Do you have any details on that in terms of rates? TRUMP: Only in terms that it will be a massive tax cut. It will be bigger, I believe, than any tax cut ever. Maybe the biggest tax cut we’ve ever had. … ___ AP: Obviously, that’s going to come in a week where you’re going to be running up against the deadline for keeping the government open. If you get a bill on your desk that does not include funding for the wall, will you sign it? TRUMP: I don’t know yet. People want the border wall. My base definitely wants the border wall, my base really wants it — you’ve been to many of the rallies. OK, the thing they want more than anything is the wall. My base, which is a big base; I think my base is 45 percent. You know, it’s funny. The Democrats, they have a big advantage in the electoral college. Big, big, big advantage. I’ve always said the popular vote would be a lot easier than the electoral college. The electoral college — but it’s a whole different campaign (unintelligible). The electoral college is very difficult for a Republican to win, and I will tell you, the people want to see it. They want to see the wall, they want to see security. Now, it just came out that they’re 73 percent down. … That’s a tremendous achievement. … Look at this, in 100 days, that down to the lowest in 17 years and it’s going lower. Now, people aren’t coming because they know they’re not going to get through, and there isn’t crime. You know the migration up to the border is horrible for women, you know that? (Unintelligible.) Now, much of that’s stopped because they can’t get through. AP: It sounds like maybe you’re beginning to send a message that if you do get a spending bill that doesn’t have border funding in there, you would sign it. TRUMP: Well, first of all, the wall will cost much less than the numbers I’m seeing. I’m seeing numbers, I mean, this wall is not going to be that expensive. AP: What do you think the estimate on it would be? TRUMP: Oh I’m seeing numbers — $24 billion, I think I’ll do it for $10 billion or less. That’s not a lot of money relative to what we’re talking about. If we stop 1 percent of the drugs from coming in — and we’ll stop all of it. But if we stop 1 percent of the drugs because we have the wall — they’re coming around in certain areas, but if you have a wall, they can’t do it because it’s a real wall. That’s a tremendously good investment, 1 percent. The drugs pouring through on the southern border are unbelievable. We’re becoming a drug culture, there’s so much. And most of it’s coming from the southern border. The wall will stop the drugs. AP: But, just trying to nail you down on it one more time, will you sign a spending bill if it doesn’t have — TRUMP: I don’t want to comment. I just don’t know yet. I mean, I have to see what’s going on. I really do. But the wall’s a very important thing to — not only my base, but to the people. And even if it wasn’t, I mean I’ll do things that aren’t necessarily popular. … The wall is very important to stopping drugs. AP: If you don’t have a funding stream, your message to your base is what? TRUMP: My base understands the wall is going to get built, whether I have it funded here or if I get it funded shortly thereafter, that wall’s getting built, OK? One hundred percent. One hundred percent it’s getting built. And it’s also getting built for much less money — I hope you get this — than these people are estimating. The opponents are talking $25 billion for the wall. It’s not going to cost anywhere near that. AP: You think $10 billion or less. TRUMP: I think $10 billion or less. And if I do a super-duper, higher, better, better security, everything else, maybe it goes a little bit more. But it’s not going to be anywhere near (those) kind of numbers. And they’re using those numbers; they’re using the high numbers to make it sound impalatable (sic). And the fact it’s going to cost much less money, just like the airplane I told you about, which I hope you can write about. ___ (Off-the-record discussion.) ___ TRUMP: They had a quote from me that NATO’s obsolete. But they didn’t say why it was obsolete. I was on Wolf Blitzer, very fair interview, the first time I was ever asked about NATO, because I wasn’t in government. People don’t go around asking about NATO if I’m building a building in Manhattan, right? So they asked me, Wolf … asked me about NATO, and I said two things. NATO’s obsolete — not knowing much about NATO, now I know a lot about NATO — NATO is obsolete, and I said, “And the reason it’s obsolete is because of the fact they don’t focus on terrorism.” You know, back when they did NATO there was no such thing as terrorism. AP: What specifically has NATO changed? TRUMP: (Cites Wall Street Journal article) … I did an interview with Wolf Blitzer, and I said NATO was obsolete — I said two things — obsolete, and the country’s aren’t paying. I was right about both. I took such heat for about three days on both, because nobody ever criticized NATO. I took heat like you wouldn’t believe. And then some expert on NATO said, “You know, Trump is right.” But I said it was obsolete because they weren’t focused on terror. … It’s not fair that we’re paying close to 4 percent and other countries that are more directly affected are paying 1 percent when they’re supposed to be paying 2 percent. And I’m very strong on it and I’m going to be very strong on it when I go there in a month.” __ AP: This morning you tweeted that after the possible terrorist attack in Paris, that it will have a big effect on the upcoming French election. What did you mean by that? TRUMP: Well, I think it will have a big effect on who people are going to vote for in the election. AP: Do you think it’s going to help Marine Le Pen? TRUMP: I think so. AP: Do you believe that she should be the president? TRUMP: No, I have no comment on that, but I think that it’ll probably help her because she is the strongest on borders and she is the strongest on what’s been going on in France. AP: Do you worry at all that by saying that, that a terrorist attack would have an impact on a democratic election, that it would actually embolden terrorists to try to —. TRUMP: No. Look, everybody is making predictions who is going to win. I am no different than you, you could say the same thing. … AP: I just wonder if you are encouraging, you are the president of the United States, so to say that you worry that it encourages terrorists … TRUMP: No, I am no different than — no, I think it discourages terrorists, I think it discourages. I think what we’ve done on the border discourages it. I think that my stance on having people come in to this country that we have no idea who they are and in certain cases you will have radical Islamic terrorism. I’m not going to have it in this country. I’m not going to let what happened to France and other places happen here. And it’s already largely, you know — we have tens — we have hundreds of thousands of people that have been allowed into our country that should not be here. They shouldn’t be here. We have people allowed into our country with no documentation whatsoever. They have no documentation and they were allowed under the previous administrations, they were allowed into our country. It’s a big mistake. AP: Just so that I am clear. You are not endorsing her for the office, but you are — TRUMP: I am not endorsing her and I didn’t mention her name. AP: Right, I just wanted to make sure I have that clear. TRUMP: I believe whoever is the toughest on radical Islamic terrorism and whoever is the toughest at the borders will do well at the election. I am not saying that person is going to win, she is not even favored to win, you know. Right now, she is in second place. ___ AP: I have a question on the markets, actually. One thing that I think has been different about this White House is that you do point to the markets as a sign of progress. Do you worry, though — I mean, the markets go up and down. TRUMP: You live by the sword, you die by the sword, to a certain extent. But we create a lot of jobs, 500,000 jobs as of two months ago, and plenty created since. Five hundred thousand. … As an example, Ford, General Motors. I’ve had cases where the gentleman from China, Ma, Jack Ma (chairman of Alibaba Group), he comes up, he says, “Only because of you am I making this massive investment.” Intel, only because of you. … The press never writes that. ___ AP: What about NAFTA? What’s the plan on NAFTA? TRUMP: What would you like to know? AP: I would like to know what your plan is in terms of renegotiating. TRUMP: I am very upset with NAFTA. I think NAFTA has been a catastrophic trade deal for the United States, trading agreement for the United States. It hurts us with Canada, and it hurts us with Mexico. Most people don’t even think of NAFTA in terms of Canada. You saw what happened yesterday in my statements, because if you look at the dairy farmers in Wisconsin and upstate New York, they are getting killed by NAFTA. AP: Is your plan still, though, to renegotiate the whole deal? TRUMP: I am going to either renegotiate it or I am going to terminate it. AP: Termination is still on the table. TRUMP: Absolutely. If they don’t treat fairly, I am terminating NAFTA. AP: What’s a timeline for that decision? TRUMP: It’s a six-month termination clause, I have the right to do it, it’s a six-month clause. ___ AP: If I could fit a couple of more topics. Jeff Sessions, your attorney general, is taking a tougher line suddenly on Julian Assange, saying that arresting him is a priority. You were supportive of what WikiLeaks was doing during the campaign with the release of the Clinton emails. Do you think that arresting Assange is a priority for the United States? TRUMP: When Wikileaks came out … never heard of Wikileaks, never heard of it. When Wikileaks came out, all I was just saying is, “Well, look at all this information here, this is pretty good stuff.” You know, they tried to hack the Republican, the RNC, but we had good defenses. They didn’t have defenses, which is pretty bad management. But we had good defenses, they tried to hack both of them. They weren’t able to get through to Republicans. No, I found it very interesting when I read this stuff and I said, “Wow.” It was just a figure of speech. I said, “Well, look at this. It’s good reading.” AP: But that didn’t mean that you supported what Assange is doing? TRUMP: No, I don’t support or unsupport. It was just information. They shouldn’t have allowed it to get out. If they had the proper defensive devices on their internet, you know, equipment, they wouldn’t even allow the FBI. How about this — they get hacked, and the FBI goes to see them, and they won’t let the FBI see their server. But do you understand, nobody ever writes it. Why wouldn’t (former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John) Podesta and Hillary Clinton allow the FBI to see the server? They brought in another company that I hear is Ukrainian-based. AP: CrowdStrike? TRUMP: That’s what I heard. I heard it’s owned by a very rich Ukrainian, that’s what I heard. But they brought in another company to investigate the server. Why didn’t they allow the FBI in to investigate the server? I mean, there is so many things that nobody writes about. It’s incredible. AP: Can I just ask you, though — do you believe it is a priority for the United States, or it should be a priority, to arrest Julian Assange? TRUMP: I am not involved in that decision, but if Jeff Sessions wants to do it, it’s OK with me. I didn’t know about that decision, but if they want to do it, it’s OK with me. ___ AP: On Iran, which is another thing you talked a lot on the campaign — TRUMP: And the other thing that we should go after is the leakers. … AP: On Iran, you also talked about it quite a bit on the campaign trail. And you said in the press conference yesterday that you think that Iran is violating the spirit of the agreement. When you say that, do you mean in terms of the actual nuclear accord, or do you mean what they are doing in the region? TRUMP: In terms of what they are doing all over the Middle East and beyond. AP: So you believe that they are complying with the agreement? TRUMP: No, I don’t say that. I say that I believe they have broken the spirit of the agreement. There is a spirit to agreements, and they have broken it. AP: In terms of what they are doing elsewhere in the Middle East? TRUMP: In terms of what they are doing of all over. AP: When you talk to European leaders, when you talk to Merkel, for example, or Teresa May, what do they say about the nuclear deal? Do they want you to stay in that deal? TRUMP: I don’t talk to them about it. AP: You don’t talk to them about the Iran deal? TRUMP: I mention it, but it’s very personal when I talk to them, you know, it’s confidential. No, they have their own opinions. I don’t say that they are different than my opinions, but I’d rather have you ask them that question. AP: At this point, do you believe that you will stay in the nuclear deal? TRUMP: It’s possible that we won’t. ___ AP: Dreamers, you’ve talked about them, you’ve talked about heart earlier. This is one area where you have talked — TRUMP: No, we aren’t looking to do anything right now. Look, the dreamers … this is an interesting case, they left and they came back and he’s got some problems, it’s a little different than the dreamer case, right? But we are putting MS-13 in jail and getting them the hell out of our country. They’ve taken over towns and cities and we are being really brutal with MS-13, and that’s what we should be. They are a bad group, and somebody said they are as bad as al-Qaida, which is a hell of a reference. So we are moving criminals out of our country and we are getting them out in record numbers and those are the people we are after. We are not after the dreamers, we are after the criminals. AP: And that’s going to be the policy of your administration to allow the dreamers to stay? TRUMP: Yes. Yes. That’s our policy. I am not saying … long-term, we are going to have to fix the problem, the whole immigration problem. But I will tell you: Right now we have a great gentleman, one of my real stars is Gen. (John) Kelly, now (Homeland Security) Secretary Kelly. We are down 73 percent at the border, we are cleaning out cities and towns of hard-line criminals, some of the worst people on earth, people that rape and kill women, people that are killing people just for the sake of having fun. They are being thrown in jails and they are being … all over the country and nobody’s ever done it like us, so we are being unbelievably thorough with that. We are out in Long Island cleaning out the MS-13 scum, they are all scum, that’s probably the worst gang anywhere on Earth. … AP: A lot of the dreamers have been hoping to hear something from you. I don’t want to give them the wrong message with this. TRUMP: Here is what they can hear: The dreamers should rest easy. OK? I’ll give you that. The dreamers should rest easy. … ___ (An aide talks about the president’s address to Congress.) TRUMP: A lot of the people have said that, some people said it was the single best speech ever made in that chamber. AP: You seem like you enjoyed it. TRUMP: I did. I did. I believed in it and I enjoyed it. It was a great feeling to introduce the wife of a great young soldier who died getting us very valuable information. Have you seen the tremendous success? … That’s another thing that nobody talks about. Have you seen the tremendous success we’ve had in the Middle East with the ISIS (an abbreviation for the Islamic State group)? When (current Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al) Abadi left from Iraq, he said Trump has more success in eight weeks than Obama had in eight years. … We have had tremendous success, but we don’t talk about it. We don’t talk about it. AP: Do you mean you don’t talk about it personally because you don’t want to talk about it? TRUMP: I don’t talk about it. 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AP: In terms of the strategy, though, that you have accepted, it sounds like, from the generals — TRUMP: Well, they’ve also accepted my strategy. AP: Does that involve more troops on the ground, it sounds like? TRUMP: Not many. AP: So a small increase? TRUMP: It could be an increase, then an increase. But not many more. I want to do the job, but not many more. … This is an important story. I’ve done a lot. I’ve done more than any other president in the first 100 days and I think the first 100 days is an artificial barrier. And I’m scheduled … the foundations have been set to do some great things. With foreign countries. Look at, look at President Xi. I mean … AP: What do you think it was about your chemistry? TRUMP: We had good chemistry. Now I don’t know that I think that’s going to produce results but you’ve got a good chance. AP: Uh-huh. TRUMP: Look, he turned down many coal ships. These massive coal ships are coming where they get a lot of their income. 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He’s an Oxford scholar at the highest level. The No. 1, you know, one of the great academics, one of the great writers. No bad decisions with all … nothing. He’s like a … AP: Do you think that you can break through that? I mean this — TRUMP: Yeah, I do. AP: Is one of the biggest challenges for a president. TRUMP: I think (I) can to an extent. But there’s a, there’s a basic hard-line core that you can’t break though, OK, that you can’t break through. There’s a hard-line group you can’t break through, you can’t. It’s sad. You can’t. Look, I met with Congressman Cummings and I really liked him, a lot. Elijah Cummings (of Maryland). I really liked him a lot. And during the conversation because we have a very strong mutual feeling on drug prices. He came to see me, at my invitation, because I saw him talking about, he came to see me about drug prices because drug prices are ridiculous. And I am going to get them way, way, way down and he liked that. 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  • Appalachian Power chief looks toward renewable energyAppalachian Power chief looks toward renewable energy

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Reflecting a conservative judicial philosophy, Leo says the unusual number of vacancies that Trump is inheriting could reorient the courts of appeals, in particular, “in a way that better reflects the traditional judicial role, which is interpreting the law according to its text and placing a premium on the Constitution’s limits on government power.” That philosophy was a priority for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, whom Gorsuch replaced, and Trump has said he wants the federal judiciary to reflect those values. There are currently 20 vacancies in the federal appeals courts, which are one step below the Supreme Court, and roughly 100 more in district courts, where cases are originally tried. Former President Barack Obama had around half that number of vacancies when he took office in 2009. Of the current vacancies, 49 are considered judicial emergencies, a designation based on how many court filings are in the district and how long the seat has been open. 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    ★★★★☆ In 2015, world leaders across the world came together to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, a tragedy in which 1.5 million Armenians were systematically killed by the Ottoman government. Two years later, Director Terry George, best known for his films “Hotel Rwanda” and “In the Name of the Father,” has decided to memorialize the events of the genocide through film in “The Promise.” George’s film tells a powerful story of love, drama and loss over the historical backdrop of the Armenian Genocide. In 1914, Mikael Boghosian, played by Oscar Isaac, travels to Constantinople to attend medical school. While there, he meets Ana, played by Charlotte Le Bon, and the two bond instantly over their shared Armenian heritage. This attraction causes a rivalry to form between Mikael and Ana’s boyfriend, Chris Myers, played by Christian Bale. Myers is an American journalist for the Associated Press who soon realizes that Turkey is no longer a safe place for Armenians. As the government of the Ottoman Empire begins to carry out the genocide, the three characters are forced to find ways to ensure their own survival as well as the survival of their families. The visuals in the film are stunning. Mikael’s journey through the mountains of his small village to the vibrant city of Constantinople is captured beautifully. The lighting in the beginning of the film is bright, but as the genocide initiates, it darkens, symbolizing the harsh and sudden brutalities of war. Images of labor camps and mass deportations by train are depicted on-screen as the story begins to darken. The film’s official release date in the United States was Friday. However, on March 22, the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues in conjunction with Open Road Films, Survival Pictures and the Armenian National Committee of America hosted a viewing at the United States Capitol Visitor Center. George and film producer Eric Esralian were in attendance, and the two spoke about the making of the film and its relevance today. George emphasized the importance of creating realistic characters. “I want people to be with Ana and Mikael and Chris and go through these events,” George said. “It’s important that people are taken through these events from the inside. For me, that is the greatest thing in filmmaking.” Isaac, well known for his role as known as Poe Dameron in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” portrays Mikael with passion and emotion. Similarly, Le Bon, best known for her work as Marguerite in “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” matches his authenticity and honesty; the actors share a strong sense of chemistry. Christian Bale also delivers a skilled and engaging performance. The Armenian Genocide can be a sensitive subject. Although most scholars and historians agree the events constituted genocide, only 28 countries in the world officially recognize this fact. In fact, two of the countries that do not officially recognize it are the United States and Turkey. Esralian wanted to make sure that the filmmakers’ position was clear. “Of course, the Armenian Genocide is undeniable. My great-grandparents were genocide survivors. It’s not a debatable question in our minds,” Esralian said. “When you see the film and you feel moved by it, you should know that there are obviously places in the world today that need our assistance. There are people who are in danger today and genocide, unfortunately, is not a thing of the past.” George also echoed this position by pointing out how these events are being recreated today in Syria, where many Syrians have been forced to flee the war-torn country, and in Iraq with the genocide of the Yazidi community by Islamic State militants. When creating the film, George struggled with making a story that was both historically accurate as well as engaging for audiences. “You have a film about the Armenian Genocide, but within that is a movie love story and something that people who either have no knowledge of the political subject matter or even no interest could go into the film and be moved,” George said. “We need to persuade people that this is a piece of entertainment as well as education.” With Armenian Genocide Memorial Day coming up on Monday, both George and Esralian hope that the film will call people to action. “We feel like this is not just a movie, but it’s a movement to keep the promise which is the message that we have been talking about on social media,” Esralian said. “There are people that want to share stories like this and try to make the world a better place.”The post Movie Review: ‘The Promise’ appeared first on .

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  • Nevada Poetry Out Loud champ heads for Washington, DC - Reno Gazette JournalNevada Poetry Out Loud champ heads for Washington, DC - Reno Gazette Journal

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  • Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting CongressPossible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers returning to Washington this coming week will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall. Trump’s GOP allies control Congress, but they’ve been unable to send him a single major bill as his presidency faces the symbolic 100-day mark on April 29 — the very day when the government, in a worst-case scenario, could shut down. Feeling pressure to deliver results, Trump wants to revive a troubled health care measure from House Republicans to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Trump also hopes to use a $1 trillion catchall spending bill to salvage victories on his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall, a multibillion-dollar down payment on a Pentagon buildup, and perhaps a crackdown on cities that refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement by federal authorities. Congress faces a midnight Friday deadline to avert a government shutdown. But negotiations on the spending measure, a huge pile of leftover business from last year that includes the budgets of almost every federal agency, have hit a rough patch. Rank-and-file Republicans received few answers on a Saturday conference call by top House GOP leaders, who offered little detail and said deals remained elusive on both health care and the catchall spending measure, with no votes scheduled yet. It’s looking like a one- or two-week temporary measure will be needed to prevent a shutdown and buy time for more talks. Negotiations have faltered because of disputes over the border wall and health law subsidies to help low-income people afford health insurance. Trump’s Capitol Hill allies had been tempering expectations that the president will win much in the budget talks. Democratic support will be needed to pass the spending measure and Republicans fear taking the blame if the government shuts down on their watch. “We have the leverage and they have the exposure,” House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California told fellow Democrats on a conference call Thursday, according to a senior Democratic aide. Pelosi wants the spending bill to give the cash-strapped government of Puerto Rico help with its Medicaid obligations, and Democrats are pressing for money for overseas famine relief, treatment for opioid abuse, and the extension of health benefits for 22,000 retired Appalachian coal miners and their families. An additional Democratic demand is for cost-sharing payments to insurance companies that help low-income people afford health policies under Obama’s health law. The payments are a critical subsidy and the subject of a lawsuit by House Republicans. Trump has threatened to withhold the money to force Democrats to negotiate on health legislation. Trump’s presidential victory makes it “completely reasonable to ask and to insist that some of his priorities are funded,” White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said in an interview. “We are more than happy to talk to the Democrats about some of their priorities but we encourage them to recognize that they are a minority party.” Both the White House and Democrats have adopted hard-line positions on Trump’s $1 billion request for a down payment on construction of the border wall, a central plank of last year’s campaign. Talk of forcing Mexico to pay for it has largely been abandoned. But in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday, Trump stopped short of demanding that money for the project be included in the must-pass spending bill. Health care is on a separate track and facing trouble, too. The White House is pressing House Republicans to rally behind a revised bill so GOP leaders can schedule a vote this coming week that could let Trump fulfill a 100-days promise. A quick vote, let alone approval, seems unlikely. GOP leaders have shown no desire to revisit the issue until they’re assured they have enough votes to succeed, a point House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., reiterated to lawmakers Saturday, according to participants in the call. An initial attempt in March ended in a legislative train wreck, stinging Trump and Ryan. The measure would have repealed much of Obama’s 2010 overhaul and replaced it with fewer coverage requirements and less generous federal subsidies for many people. As part of the White House drive to resuscitate the bill, members of Trump’s team including Vice President Mike Pence and chief of staff Reince Priebus have made multiple calls to Republicans. Two leaders of the House GOP’s warring moderate and conservative factions devised a compromise during Congress’ recess to let states get federal waivers to ignore some requirements of the health law. Those include one that now obligates insurers to cover specified services such as for mental health, and one that bars them from raising premiums on seriously ill patients. But there are widespread doubts that the new attempt has achieved the support it needs. Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., an opponent of the bill, said last week that “it doesn’t cure the issues that I had concerns” about. The moderate said his objections included changes to Obama’s law that would still leave people with excessive out-of-pocket costs. The potential amendment was brokered by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who heads the conservative House Freedom Caucus and Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., a leader of the moderate House Tuesday Group. Ryan called off a March 24 House vote on the measure after realizing that objections by conservative and moderate Republicans would have assured its defeat. Democrats were uniformly against the legislation. The post Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress appeared first on WTOP.

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  • AP FACT CHECK: When Trump takes credit and assigns blameAP FACT CHECK: When Trump takes credit and assigns blame

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the most consistent features of President Donald Trump’s public statements is his drive to take credit and assign blame. It’s a tendency that consistently lands him in trouble with history, either recent or long ago, and has been on display as he approaches his 100th day in office. Over the past week, the president claimed unprecedented achievement as he tried to shape perceptions of his 100-day legacy. He then pooh-poohed that benchmark as time ran short for him to get big things done. He disparaged the record of his predecessor, specifically on fighting the violent MS-13 gang, and Trump addressed his abandonment of a central campaign promise on China by denying he’d changed his mind. A look at some of his statements: TRUMP: “No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!” — Tweet on Friday, singling out his successful Supreme Court nomination. THE FACTS: The president may consider the 100-day standard “ridiculous” now, but he completely bought into it during his presidential campaign. In an appearance at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 22, he issued a “contract ” with voters that he called a “100-day action plan.” In it, he promised 18 steps within 100 days to overhaul the government, protect workers and improve national security, and 10 legislative initiatives. “On November 8th, Americans will be voting for this 100-day plan to restore prosperity to our economy, security to our communities and honesty to our government,” the “contract” says, with his signature. “This is my pledge to you.” His performance on them is mixed . ___ TRUMP: “No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days.” — Tuesday at the Kenosha, Wisconsin, headquarters of Snap-on tools. THE FACTS: Trump’s legislative victories are minor, surpassed by those of a variety of high achievers in the White House. The concept of a president’s first 100 days (a benchmark Trump reaches in a week) started with President Franklin Roosevelt, because he got so much done. Taking office in the Great Depression, Roosevelt quickly declared a banking holiday to quiet panic, called a special session of Congress and won passage of emergency legislation to stabilize the banking system. He came forward with a flurry of consequential legislation that set the pillars of the New Deal in place within his first 100 days, “the most concentrated period of U.S. reform in U.S. history,” say Alan Brinkley and Davis Dyer in “The Reader’s Companion to the American Presidency.” No fewer than 14 historic laws were enacted in that time. Trump’s big agenda items, like his promised tax overhaul and infrastructure plan, have yet to reach Congress. His attempt to secure the borders from people from terrorism-prone regions is so far blocked by courts. His first attempt to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s health care law failed in Congress. Trump needn’t look as far back as FDR to see a president who got off to a fast start. Obama signed a $787 billion stimulus package into law in his first month, while also achieving laws expanding health care for children and advancing equal pay for women in that time. Like Roosevelt, Obama came to office in an economic crisis, the worst since the Depression. Lawmakers from both parties were inclined to act quickly and did, even as they fought over the details of the big stimulus package that defined Obama’s early days. President Ronald Reagan’s 100 days were considered the hardest-driving since FDR’s time, even though Reagan was shot March 30, 1981. He presented Congress with the most consequential tax, spending and government-overhaul plan it had seen in decades, a comprehensive package that exceeds in scope anything Trump has brought forward, including his first run at health care. Congressional approval came later. ___ TRUMP:  “The weak illegal immigration policies of the Obama Admin. allowed bad MS 13 gangs to form in cities across U.S. We are removing them fast!” THE FACTS: Obama can’t be blamed for allowing MS-13 to form as a nationwide gang because that happened long before he became president. A fact sheet from Trump’s own Justice Department states that the gang, which originated in the 1980s in the Central American community in Los Angeles, “quickly spread to states across the country.” The department indirectly credits the Obama administration, in its early years, with helping to rein in the group: “Through the combined efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement, great progress was made diminishing or severely (disrupting) the gang within certain targeted areas of the U.S. by 2009 and 2010.” The U.S. carried out record deportations during the Obama administration and, on MS-13 specifically, took the unprecedented action of labelling the street gang a transnational criminal organization and announcing a freeze on its U.S. assets. Such actions were not enough to bring down the group and the Trump administration says it will do more. According to an FBI assessment from January 2008, before Obama took office, the gang was operating in at least 42 states and the District of Columbia, roughly the same number of states estimated now. The assessment said the group was made up of Salvadoran nationals and first-generation Salvadoran-Americans. The FBI at the time did not provide a breakdown of how many of the gang’s members were immigrants or U.S. citizens. ___ TRUMP: “I didn’t soften my stance” on China. “Nobody’s ever seen such a positive response on our behalf from China, and then the fake media goes ‘Donald Trump has changed his stance on China.’ I haven’t changed my stance. China’s trying to help us.” — Fox interview. THE FACTS: It’s hard to imagine a clearer switch in positions than the president’s abandonment of his campaign pledge to declare China a currency manipulator, a move that would have set the stage for trade penalties. China had once devalued its currency to make its exports artificially cheaper, crowding out other countries’ products, but in recent years has let market forces do more to shape currency exchange rates. Even as Trump railed against Chinese currency manipulation in the presidential campaign, there already were signs that China was taking steps to keep the value of the yuan from sinking further against the dollar. Trump didn’t let go of his accusation easily. As recently as April 2 he told The Financial Times that the Chinese are “world champions” of currency manipulation. ___ TRUMP, speaking about fellow NATO members, says he wants to “make sure these countries start paying their bills a little bit more. You know, they’re way, way behind.” — Remarks in Kenosha. THE FACTS: That’s an oversimplification of NATO financial obligations, and one Trump has made repeatedly. NATO members are not in arrears on payments. They committed in 2014 to ensuring that by 2024, they would be spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product on their military budgets. Most NATO countries are spending less than that now, and Washington is putting pressure on them to do more. In any event, the commitment is for these nations to spend more on their own military capabilities, which would strengthen the alliance, not to hand over money. ___ Associated Press writers Alicia A. Caldwell, Josh Boak and Robert Burns contributed to this report. ___ Find all AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd EDITOR’S NOTE _ A look at the veracity of claims by political figures The post AP FACT CHECK: When Trump takes credit and assigns blame appeared first on WTOP.

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  • Hawks Romp on Wizards in Game 3 On Road in AtlantaHawks Romp on Wizards in Game 3 On Road in Atlanta

    ATLANTA — Paul Millsap scored 29 points, Dennis Schroder had 27 and the Atlanta Hawks delivered an early knockout blow against Washington, cruising to a 116-98 victory Saturday that sliced the Wizards’ lead to 2-1 in the opening-round playoff series. After two tight losses in Washington exposed some bad blood between the teams, Atlanta returned home and built a 25-point lead by late in the first quarter. The Hawks were never seriously challenged by the Wizards, who were essentially a one-man team. John Wall kept up his dazzling play in the series, scoring 29 points, but the point guard got no help from his teammates. The other Washington starters combined to score 30 points on 14-of-45 shooting. Millsap also had 14 rebounds, while rookie Taurean Prince chipped in with 16 points. Game 4 is Monday night in Atlanta. The Hawks came out intent on moving the ball, getting open looks and cutting down on the turnovers that plagued them in the first two contests. Talk about following the game plan. Atlanta pushed out to a double-digit lead before the game was 3 minutes old and stretched the margin to 38-13 with just under a minute to go in the opening quarter on Schroder’s 3-pointer. Wall did everything he could to spark the Wizards. He posed along the baseline after a thunderous dunk, which might have had more effect if the Wizards weren’t losing by 23 at the time. He also darted through the lane against a collapsing defense to bank in an improbable shot, drawing gasps from the Atlanta crowd. Wall made all but one shot and scored 21 points in the first half, but the Wizards trailed 64-46 heading to the locker room. The other four Washington starters had just 18 points. Beal, in particular, had a miserable night after averaging 26.5 points in the first two games. He was held to 12 points on 6-of-20 shooting, missing all six of his attempts beyond the arc. TIP-INS Wizards: Wall is averaging 31 points per game in the series. … F Otto Porter Jr. left in the third quarter with a strained neck and didn’t return. … After a video review, Jason Smith was called for a flagrant foul against Millsap late in the third quarter. Hawks: C Dwight Howard remains a non-factor in Atlanta’s offense. He scored five points and took just four shots, giving him a mere 15 attempts over the first three games. He did have 11 rebounds. … Schroder had some issues at the free-throw line, making only half of his eight attempts. Millsap did, too, going 5 of 9. … Atlanta had a double-digit lead for the final 44:24 of the game. … Prince picked up a technical foul for taunting the Wizards after an alley-oop dunk in the closing minutes. … The Hawks had just 11 turnovers.   Follow 106.7 The Fan on Twitter (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press and 106.7 The Fan. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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  • Wizards’ Otto Porter Injures Neck, Leaves Game 3 EarlyWizards’ Otto Porter Injures Neck, Leaves Game 3 Early

    WASHINGTON — At the break between the third and fourth quarters of Game 3 against the Atlanta Hawks, the Washington Wizards announced that Otto Porter, who left the game midway through the third, would not be returning: Injury Update: Otto Porter (strained neck) out for the remainder of tonight's #WizHawks game — Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) April 22, 2017 Porter was injured midway through the third quarter, leaving the game immediately, replaced by Kelly Oubre Jr. Here is footage of the play via CSN Washington, which was initially called a chest, pectoral, or “right chest” injury by the analyst crew: Otto Porter injured his chest on this screen. Dirty play or just bad luck? #WizHawks pic.twitter.com/wJ3sruuNKh — CSN Wizards (@CSNWizards) April 22, 2017 Before leaving the game, Porter scored seven points in 23 minutes of action. With the nature of neck injuries, it is unclear if Porter will be available for Game 4 between the Wizards and Hawks, set to tip off Monday at 8 p.m. Stay tuned to 106.7 The Fan for updates on his injury and condition.   Follow Brian Tinsman and 106.7 The Fan on Twitter.

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  • WATCH: Wizards’ John Wall Plays Well When AngryWATCH: Wizards’ John Wall Plays Well When Angry

    WASHINGTON — John Wall had every right to be angry at the end of the first half of Game 3 vs. the Atlanta Hawks, after the Washington Wizards trailed by as many as 25 points. He handled his frustration by throwing up some highlight plays of his own, both with a slam dunk and from outside of the arc. First with the dunk, which came immediately after another Hawks’ three-pointer that pushed their lead to 25. The Hawks shot 46 percent from beyond the arc in the first half. On his way down the court, Wall sent the ball around behind his back and posterized a hapless Hawks defender: John Wall got fed up pic.twitter.com/O8IZVM6p7H — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 22, 2017 @JohnWall (1/2)#WizHawks pic.twitter.com/ukuroddWVh — Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) April 22, 2017 That’s a slam dunk, in traffic, off an inbound pass, for those of you counting at home. Wall also showed off his sharpshooting skills in the first half, hitting a fadeaway three-pointer from the corner as he landed out of bounds: @JohnWall (2/2)#WizHawks on @CSNMA pic.twitter.com/90LrXljcgt — Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) April 22, 2017 The Wizards trailed by 18 at halftime, but not for lack of effort or productivity from Wall. The All-Star point guard had 21 points and four assists, on pace for the best playoff statistical performance of his career. Beal, conversely, had missed all six of his three-point attempts through the first three quarters of play. Early in the third quarter, the Wizards closed the deficit to 13 points before ballooning back to 19 points. It was then that Wall ran the length of the court again, taking the layup and foul: John Wall continues to amaze #dcfamily If only others would follow the lead pic.twitter.com/Xi5cDIpfOl — Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) April 22, 2017 At the end of the third quarter, the Wizards again trailed by 23. The Wizards will need a Herculean comeback in the fourth quarter if they want to push the Hawks to the brink of elimination.   Follow Brian Tinsman and 106.7 The Fan on Twitter.

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  • Scenes from the 'other Washington': D.C.'s March for Science sparks a chain reaction - GeekWireScenes from the 'other Washington': D.C.'s March for Science sparks a chain reaction - GeekWire

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  • New composting initiative in DC introduced on Earth DayNew composting initiative in DC introduced on Earth Day

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  • Scientists rally on National Mall for Earth Day, March for ScienceScientists rally on National Mall for Earth Day, March for Science

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I’m actually from Los Angeles, and I was there during the time frame when the riots occurred. I remember seeing tanks roll across Ventura Boulevard and having the curfew, knowing everyone across LA had to be home by a particular time. TJ- Happy to speak with you as well, Adam. And you are correct, I remember what you remember (laughs). AB- I really enjoyed the way you’ve told the story, through your use of images and video. I’m curious if you could describe the process in deciding to create it the way you did. Can you take us through the editing and what your primary objective was in creating this piece? TJ- Well, we do a series for the Smithsonian Channel, of which this is a part. The series is called, The Lost Tapes, and we’ve done a few of these before that have no narration and no interviews. I used to be a newspaper reporter here in Los Angeles, and I worked at the old Santa Monica Outlook and after that the LA Times, but that’s where I was at the time. When I changed to doing documentaries for television, it was great to interview people and put together pieces with a narrator to explain. I love telling stories, I still do. And I had reached a point a few years ago where I thought [that] there’s got to be a better way to make people really experience what these events were like. It’s been done a few times over the years, but it’s a very difficult format, in that we got rid of the narrator. We didn’t do any interviews, and we relied just on the media from that time to tell the story. So we go out and gather all of this material that we can get our hands on. Then it becomes this huge jigsaw puzzle to use other people’s words and reporting to put it all together in a way that makes it feel like you’re actually experiencing what went on. The story would just continue to flow, almost like a movie. The difference is, everything in this documentary is real and accurate. So we’re taking factual information and presenting it in a way that I think viewers will find much more experiential. We wanted people to feel like this is happening right now. With the state of the world today, so much division in the country, picking a story like the LA Riots to do in this format felt very right and necessary. Hopefully you experience it in a way that is unique to other accounts of what went on. Then in your own mind, [you’ll] be able to say, “Gee, that’s what it was really like to be around in LA in 1992. How has the world changed today compared to that experience I just had from watching this? Has it changed?” So the point of doing it [this way] was to make it come alive in a way that other documentaries, that have people telling stories from the past, just can’t do. AB- And I think you did a great job of that, as someone who kind of lived through it. The other interesting aspect is you are telling it for the first time to younger people, who may have never seen images like this before. TJ- I started out doing History Channel docs after I was a reporter, and it attracted a certain audience of people who were really into history. And that’s great, I am too. There are wonderful and important stories to tell in that format. But for younger people, who really don’t know about something that is relatively modern American history, I think it’s better to let them live through it, experience it, like we did. It’s intended to just reach out and grab viewers. I always joke that when we do a film like this, people are waiting for the narrator to come and save them. And the narrator never shows up (laughs). It engages you in a different way. Television is so reflexive. Images bounce off your eyes while you’re listening to something, and it’s easy to check out. But it’s hard to check out of this format of storytelling. You’re interacting almost with the story in a way that other forms don’t [allow]. AB- I love that, “You’re waiting for the narrator, and he never comes.” So I’d like to touch on, having been there at the time, some of the more personal things and your feelings about being there. I’m curious if you remember when you saw the Rodney King video and the emotions you had after that initial viewing? TJ- A lot of the riots at the time, especially having been a reporter, are a blur to be honest. Because you just went on autopilot when the thing started and woke up six days later like, “What just happened?”. But there are key moments I recall distinctly. Working at the paper in Santa Monica — it was a pretty good-sized paper — and when I first saw both the King video and the eventual verdicts of the trial, I was in the newsroom. We had a television hanging from the ceiling, and people were gathering around. When that first report came out with the King beating — I was covering cops at the time — I remember being with a few other reporters when this report came on. It was a video shot by a guy named George Holliday out in the northern section of LA. At first it was hard to comprehend exactly what I was looking at because it almost seemed like a movie. Then you realize that this isn’t a movie, this is just going on and on and on. There were some more cynical reporters who said, “Well, he was leading police on a 100 mph chase,” which is true, he didn’t stop. But even they after a while said, “Now that’s too much.” People ask me about my first reaction to it when I was a reporter, and I thought somebody should have said, “Stop!” It just didn’t stop. I remember I was horrified, and I was thinking [that] this is going to cause all kinds of trouble. Los Angeles at the time had this subtext of racial unrest. There had been a young girl killed, named Latasha Harlins, prior to that by a Korean-American grocery store owner, and she was convicted of voluntary manslaughter by a white judge, but given no jail time. We also had riots in ’65 in Watts and a lot of those issues from back then. We liked to think they had been settled, but they really hadn’t. Los Angeles was, and in some ways still is, a very segregated city. You didn’t go to South Central, you stayed out of certain neighborhoods, and it was like everyone didn’t want to admit that. We just wanted to live in the land of endless summer and [think] everything was fine. The King beating was hard to watch, it was a lot to take. And I just remember thinking, well, something is going to come from this with the legal system, you just can’t do that. AB- It’s interesting, thinking about it now, you almost have to explain to the new generation [that] it wasn’t something standard, as it is today. You couldn’t just record something. It was unique in the sense that someone did that. TJ- Oh, it was very unique, George Holliday just happened to be living out there. I think he was in his apartment, and this started to unfold across the street from where he was at. He just happened to have one of those old camcorders, and must have said, “Gee this is weird.” He didn’t even get the very beginning of it. I was talking to someone the other day, and I said, “George Holliday was the outlier in terms of capturing horrific things on tape by members of the public. Today we’re all George Hollidays, every one of us. If you have a phone, you’re George Holliday.” AB- Were there moments from your coverage of the riots that stick out to you, moments when it really hit you how dangerous the environment around you had become? TJ- I remember distinctly, I was on some street in central LA; I was curious and wanted to get closer [to the heart of the riots]. As you get closer, there’s buildings burning, people smashing storefronts. Then, just wandering in, and all of a sudden I hear gunshots. Now, before we went out, one of the photographers at our newspaper had served in the Vietnam War, and he gathered us around. He described what a bullet sounds like coming towards you versus going away from you. So, if you here this sound, you need to hide. But if it’s going away from you, you can probably keep moving. Later on that night, the lights were out. There was smoke everywhere. [I] didn’t see a cop, the fire department couldn’t get there because they were being shot at. And I heard gunfire. I remember going into a little storefront alcove and crouching down to hide in the shadows, I was scared because the sound that guy had described, those bullets were coming in my direction. I didn’t feel like I was being shot at personally, but those bullets were coming down the street that I was on. And I remember distinctly thinking, “Wow, I am in LA. This is a city I know, I know exactly where I’m at. The streets are paved. I speak the language, this is the U.S. And I am freaked out.” AB- The truth is I think it’s all come around. Do you feel that had an impact on what you’ve created? TJ- It was a very hard story to tell the way we did it. Normally it’s hard to tell [in] that format to begin with, but I wanted to try to find some balance in it. It’s very easy in a story like that to just be one-sided, and it was tough because there were so many points of view to try to explain in a relatively short period of time. We just had a screening last night actually at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center. Nate Holden was a councilman at the time, he was there last night along with other LA dignitaries. So this was the true litmus test of how good the film is. People would say afterwards just when you thought, “Oh you’re showing too many rioters, you pull it back and show the first AME Church from inside and people of reason trying to figure out what to do.” So I agree, my experience as a reporter helped me in picking and choosing which images and which sounds to put in. Regarding format, people say, “Oh isn’t it funny you were a reporter, you used words for a living to tell stories, and now you don’t write any words at all.” To that I reply, it’s actually all writing, I’m just using other people’s words. It’s actually harder that way because I have to rely on what they said. There’s no crutch, there’s no narrator to turn a corner in the story. We have to rely on what was written in the past to bring it to life in the present. One thing I want to say about that, there was a radio station in Compton called KJLH. It’s owned by Stevie Wonder, and they were an all-music station at the time who went to an all-talk format. They kind of went into crisis mode, and we found their tapes from then. In telling the story, I was kind of looking for a hero, something positive to hold on to. They reported it themselves but also became kind of a beacon for the community to call in and share their very dramatic stories and emotions. They were obviously frustrated and upset, but they kept it together and allowed people to vent. And we juxtaposed those sounds with the horrible images of the city burning down. That was key in helping tell the story in the most balanced way possible, and it was tough. When I was watching it last night with this audience, I thought people might be really outraged by it. But they all thought it was well done and as balanced as you could possibly make it. AB- I agree, and I’d like to congratulate you, not only on last night and that screening, but as a person who lived through it in that city I thought it was incredibly well done, and it was great talking with you today! Really appreciate your time. TJ- Thank you, my pleasure Adam! The Lost Tapes: LA Riots will air on the Smithsonian Channel at 8:00 PM (ET/PT) on Sunday April 23rd. But you can view the documentary on demand right now at Smithsonianchannel.com. Check your local listings for more information.

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  • Bruce Allen: Plans for a new NFL stadium remain on scheduleBruce Allen: Plans for a new NFL stadium remain on schedule

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  • Donald Trump greets Aya Hijazi, Egyptian-American woman, after working behind scenes to free herDonald Trump greets Aya Hijazi, Egyptian-American woman, after working behind scenes to free her

    President Trump met at the White House Friday with an Egyptian-American woman whose freedom he had personally worked to secure after she had been imprisoned in Egypt for nearly three years. Mr. Trump greeted Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian who holds U.S. citizenship, in the Oval Office shortly after her return ...

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  • DC licenses to change to clear up name confusion | WTOP - WTOPDC licenses to change to clear up name confusion | WTOP - WTOP

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  •  U.S. accuses Syrian government of retaining unspecified amount of chemical weapons U.S. accuses Syrian government of retaining unspecified amount of chemical weapons

    TEL AVIV, Israel - During his tour of the Middle East, U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, along with his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman said that the Syrian government has retained an un

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  • The savage, ‘civilized’ world of ‘The Lost City of Z’The savage, ‘civilized’ world of ‘The Lost City of Z’

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  • ‘Free Fire’ hits the mark‘Free Fire’ hits the mark

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  • TEDCO launches $1M fund to help Maryland startups bridge the 'funding gap'TEDCO launches $1M fund to help Maryland startups bridge the 'funding gap'

    The Maryland Technology Development Corp. is launching a $1 million fund to help technology startup firms cover the gap between seed funding and venture capital investments. The Gap Investment Fund program was included in Gov. Larry Hogan’s fiscal year 2018 budget. State-backed TEDCO will provide up to $500,000 in gap funding to Maryland startups to help with hiring, expanding technology, scaling a product and increasing market reach. The funds must at least be used to hire additional employees…

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  • Adam Pascal & Anthony Rapp team up at StrathmoreAdam Pascal & Anthony Rapp team up at Strathmore

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  •  Trump raises prospect of new tariffs on steel imports, launches crackdown on dumping Trump raises prospect of new tariffs on steel imports, launches crackdown on dumping

    WASHINGTON, U.S. - U.S. President Donald Trump has launched an investigation into countries that export steel to the U.S.The probe has been launched in a bid to crackdown on countries that f

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  •  Trump’s H-1B order intensifies worries for India, officials from both nations engage in talks Trump’s H-1B order intensifies worries for India, officials from both nations engage in talks

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  • Charm City Helicopters offers a new view of Baltimore, and I took them up on itCharm City Helicopters offers a new view of Baltimore, and I took them up on it

    We've all been to or at the least heard of Fort McHenry. It is historic for its part in the War of 1812 as well as serving as inspiration for the "Star Spangled Banner." But did you know about Fort Carroll? The fort, newer than Fort McHenry by a handful of decades, sits in the Patapsco River just south of the Key Bridge. It never amassed the history of its fellow structure and has sat vacant for nearly 100 years. Maybe its because I am relatively new to Baltimore — hitting my year mark last month…

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  • BID report: Downtown D.C. a mixed economic bag in 2016BID report: Downtown D.C. a mixed economic bag in 2016

    Employment is strong and its tax contributions are up, but population is flat and office vacancy rates continue to be a problem. Those are the main takeaways from the Downtown D.C. Business Improvement District’s 2016 State of Downtown report, a document considered to be a bible of statistics detailing the strengths and weaknesses of the city’s core. The report, released Friday, mirrors the previous year's analysis as somewhat of a mixed bag for the BID, the 138-block district that is marking…

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  • The return of the Treasure HuntThe return of the Treasure Hunt

    Washington’s Main Street will be the place to be again on Saturday nights. The Knights of Columbus 630 begins its Treasure Hunt. It’s been over four months since Montgomery’s Josh Miller claimed the more than $1.8 million prize in December.…

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  • Loogootee School Board approves "comfort dog"Loogootee School Board approves "comfort dog"

    LOOGOOTEE — A “comfort dog” will be coming to Loogootee schools for the rest of this school year under a trial run approved Thursday afternoon by the Loogootee School Board.

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  • Indiana Historical Society presents History on WheelsIndiana Historical Society presents History on Wheels

    INDIANAPOLIS — A one-of-a-kind history experience is headed to Hoosier communities across the state. The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is proud to present History on Wheels, a 53-foot double expandable semi-trailer and state-of-the-art traveling exhibit that will visit festivals, schools…

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  • County leaning toward new construction annexCounty leaning toward new construction annex

    The Daviess County Commissioners and County Council appear to have reached a consensus to build a new annex building just northeast of the current courthouse. No formal vote was taken but near the end of a joint meeting where officials…

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  • VIEWPOINT: Uncovering the Stories that Bind UsVIEWPOINT: Uncovering the Stories that Bind Us

    During my time as a Georgetown student, I walked across the trolley tracks on O Street, slipped on their smooth surface in the blizzard last year and even pointed them out in a neighborhood tour for newly admitted students and their families. But I did not understand their significance outside of the charm they seemed to add to my present-day experiences. It was not until my grandmother visited me in Washington, D.C., that I learned that her mother, my great-grandmother, might have taken the trolley that ran on those tracks more than 50 years ago. My great-grandmother had left her small family farm in Pennsylvania to attend nursing school at what was once Garfield Memorial Hospital in the District. According to my grandmother, she graduated sometime between 1928 and 1932, though she might have left school for a short time when she was ill. The details were unclear, and we did not have any pictures. Previously, I remembered my great-grandmother Elizabeth by her old, walnut-stained wooden trunk, filled with folded quilts. The trunk came with her when she started living with us, and when she was gone, I thought it was all she had left behind. My newfound understanding of the trolley tracks led me to wonder whether she had left behind more than just a trunk. I searched through online records, not even to find her, but just to locate the hospital where she had attended nursing school. It had closed decades ago, and senior apartments were now standing where the hospital complex once spread on Florida Avenue, still surrounded by the hospital’s original wrought-iron fence. My online search yielded a brief history of the hospital and several boxes of records kept by the Library of Congress. I spent a long Friday afternoon sifting through the boxes, until I finally found her name, typed out but spelled incorrectly, among the 29 nursing students in the alumnae record of the class of 1931. This led me to a picture of her graduating class, where she stood, smiling, in the second row. My grandmother, my mother, who is also a nurse, and I all saw this picture of her for the first time after uncovering the records. Before taking on this project, I had lived in the District for almost two years, travelling on Florida Avenue and studying at the Library of Congress, without knowing that these remaining artifacts of my great-grandmother were waiting for me to find.  My research into my family’s history was in large part a process of learning more about myself, not only because of our familial relationship but because I carry her name as my own middle name: Elizabeth Beyond being able to share the related pictures and documents with my family members, my genealogical knowledge has enriched my experience in this city. It is fulfilling to know and be able to share this history, just as it is to walk through the National Mall and understand the political circumstances of the construction and location of its monuments. More than anything, it has challenged me to consider what I myself leave behind here and whether or not that will fade into the background of the city that I love.  Emma Wenzinger is a sophomore in the College.The post VIEWPOINT: Uncovering the Stories that Bind Us appeared first on .

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  • Senior Launches VentureSenior Launches Venture

    Not many college graduates can claim to be a published author. But at Georgetown, one professor’s class, “Launching the Venture,” has allowed students in the McDonough School of Business to be just that. Over the past year, Matthew Busel (MSB ’17) has devoted his time to learning about the world of augmented reality and its relation to sports, culminating in his book, Game Changer: How Augmented Reality Will Transform the World of Sports. “‘Game Changer’ is about the emerging technology of augmented reality and how it applies to sports,” Busel said. “The book ... covers the Fortune 500 companies as well as the startups that are about to change the way we play sports, watch sports, practice, etc.” Busel has always had a passion for sports and augmented reality, and, in exploring the synthesis of the two, he has tapped into a cutting-edge field that aims to optimize athletic performance through the development of technologies that enhance the real world, adding virtual features to what an athlete already sees on the court or field. Busel started by making a video that simulated how basketball players might use such technology in practices. When he presented this video to Eric Kester, professor of “Launching the Venture,” Kester suggested that he hold off on attempting to start a business in this area and instead tackle the challenge of writing a book on the subject. Looking back, Busel believes this process was extremely beneficial, as he had the opportunity to interview dozens of experts on the subject and make connections to people in the field who were eager to hear about his work. Additionally, in exploring the technology, Busel has refined his ideas for using the technology. “I think, in the next five years or so, you’ll start to see teams use augmented reality headsets and do things kind of like what I mentioned or showed in the video,” Busel said. “Imagine showing up to practice and, instead of having a coach have to explain a play one by one to each player, having contextual information already out on the court, so they can see exactly where they should be at what time, when to pass the ball, when to ... roll off a screen etc.” Although he cites examples of where this technology is already being used, such as in Olympic swimming to show names, times and flags on lanes in the television broadcast, Busel sees an opportunity for this industry to expand rapidly over the next few years and unseat the virtual reality technologies that few teams now employ. “The same way that . . . 10 or 15 years ago, sports and data was super early, like teams might have had one data guy or stat guy, and now they have full staff and teams within their own organization, I expect a similar kind of growth [for augmented reality in sports],” Busel said. Ideally, ‘Game Changer’ would be a jumping-off point for Busel into a career in the world of augmented reality in sports with an organization like Georgetown basketball or the Washington Wizards. Alternatively, Busel would also like to delve deeper into the technology of the software before returning to the sports world with more expertise on this emerging tool. Although this technology is not yet widespread in the professional sports world, Busel says he still sees a place for augmented reality to be incorporated here at Georgetown. “If we’re saying that virtual reality is the now, the new ‘it’ technology that teams are trying out, I think augmented reality is the next one,” Busel said. “I think for a team like Georgetown, who has struggled the past few years and is now undergoing a lot of change, I think it’s the perfect time to just at least start experimenting with this type of stuff and maybe be able to gain some type of edge.” Busel is excited about the buzz surrounding the technology and the door that Game Changer has opened for him, piquing the interest of major companies to work with him and be among the first to design and champion the benefits of a potentially revolutionary technology. The publication date for ‘Game Changer:’ How Augmented Reality Will Transform the World of Sports is April 25th.The post Senior Launches Venture appeared first on .

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  • CHRISTOVICH: Thomas Battles Personal TragedyCHRISTOVICH: Thomas Battles Personal Tragedy

    Expectations for Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas’ performance in this week’s playoff series against the Chicago Bulls were high — the NBA star was expected to lead his team in an attempt to advance closer to the NBA Finals. Though the Celtics lost the first two games of their series, Thomas met those expectations. This week, Thomas performed as well as he ever has in the most devastating of circumstances. At the end of Celtics practice Saturday afternoon in anticipation of Sunday’s series opener, Thomas was informed that his 22-year-old sister, Chyna Thomas, had passed away earlier that morning in a car crash. With just 24 short hours to process the heartbreaking news, Thomas suited up on Sunday evening, eyes glazed over with tears and took the court. Thomas scored 33 points in Game 1 of the series and led his team in scoring while adding five rebounds and six assists. With a roaring crowd and an entire team behind him, Thomas did a job no one expected him to do. A day after the shocking passing of his sister, no one would have questioned Thomas for taking the game off. But he did not. And on Tuesday evening, he came out firing again scoring 20 points, another team high. Even the rest of the members of the Celtics attributed their overall opening losses in part to the difficult atmosphere surrounding their locker room, but Thomas performed incredibly well despite his own grief. Thomas will not miss a minute of basketball. He returned home to his family in Seattle on Wednesday, but will return to the court in the third game of this series Friday. Teammates, coaches and other members of the NBA community have all commented on his incredible display of character this past week. Bulls’ forward Jimmy Butler, for example, commented specifically on the type of “player and man” Thomas is that Butler believes the nation is seeing in Thomas’ ability to play exceptionally well despite his tragic situation. But does playing in these circumstances make Isaiah Thomas any more of a man than he would be if he had stayed off the court this week? There is no doubt Thomas is doing an incredible thing. Nothing but respect can be attributed to the way he channels his grief into the sport he loves in order to contribute to a possible Celtics championship. Thomas has chosen to include basketball in his grieving process — a familiar method of dealing with tragedy for not only athletes, but any person with a passion. On Sunday night, he brought his sister’s memory onto the court by not only penning her memory onto his shoes, but also making baskets with tears in his eyes. But here is the tricky thing about sports: Sometimes, life is bigger. When tragedy strikes, sports can provide a safe haven, an escape and a solace. But they can also contribute to stress, fail to assuage pain and generate poor performances due to lack of focus. Like any job, sometimes life gets in the way of sports. Isaiah Thomas has not allowed his grief to adversely affect his performance — but that does not mean that playing a game in the face of earth-shattering events will always be the right answer. It is a personal choice whether playing in these tragic circumstances is an obligation, an escape or a burden. The circumstances are unique to each athlete and each human being. But if this week has shown us anything, it is that there exists one consistency in sports that will always help in these trying times. There is always one reason a game can help when life becomes too big to leave off the court. That reason is community. The Celtics organization, the city of Boston, the NBA and the greater sports community — including media outlets — have all rallied around Thomas in this time of indescribable tragedy. If nothing else, maybe that extra support system is what sports can offer to any person in the face of life’s most difficult moments; a team, a community and even a family. Isaiah Thomas has proven to be incredibly strong this week, even if he did not have to be. Regardless of the role the orange ball and net played in that strength, the community surrounding the sport gave their hearts to Thomas in his time of need. And is that not what a team is all about? Amanda Christovich is a sophomore in the College. THE ANALYST appears every Friday.  The post CHRISTOVICH: Thomas Battles Personal Tragedy appeared first on .

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  • Baseball | Offense Leads GU Past Mt. St. Mary’sBaseball | Offense Leads GU Past Mt. St. Mary’s

    The Georgetown baseball team rebounded from a weekend series sweep by Creighton with a resounding 13-2 victory over Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday. The Hoyas (21-14, 0-2 Big East) were plagued by poor pitching in pivotal moments against the Bluejays (15-16, 5-1 Big East). However, they shook off their start to Big East play by putting up 17 hits against the Mountaineers (4-26, 2-11 NEC). “It’s just what the doctor ordered. I was very happy to see us bounce back like that. It went about as well as I could possibly have drawn it up, which they rarely do,” Georgetown Head Coach Pete Wilk said. Georgetown’s dominant victory came after Creighton routed them at home, where the Blue and Gray bullpen struggled heavily with an ERA of 8.91 over the three-game stretch. “Our bullpen blew up,” said Wilk. “We’ve done it three or four other times this year where we’ve pitched tentatively and put guys on base without them earning it, whether by walk or hit by pitch.  You simply cannot do that late in games.” Senior second baseman Eric Garza carried the Hoyas throughout the series, going a combined 4-13 with four RBIs, three runs scored and his second home run of the year. “I wasn’t playing much earlier in the season, I was just waiting for my opportunity and trying to be a good teammate,” Garza said.  “And then I got it, and luckily took advantage of it. It’s just cool trying to help the team, be the best player I can be, the best teammate I can be. And hopefully, that helps win games.” In Sunday’s series finale, Georgetown took a comfortable 9-5 lead into the ninth inning. Despite this, relief pitchers freshman Nick Morreale and graduate student Alex Deise allowed six runs to score on six hits and two walks, resulting in a 11-9 win for Creighton. “It was pretty demoralizing, but we try to stay together as a team and remember that it’s not the end of our season,” Garza said. “As long as no one’s pointing fingers and we’re in it together, we can try and move on to the next conference series and keep playing our brand of baseball.” Georgetown regained its winning ways behind an offensive outburst against Mount St. Mary’s. Sophomore third basemen Ryan Weisenberg powered the Hoyas’ offense, finishing 3-5 at the plate with six RBIs and two home runs, both of which came in the fourth inning. “Hitting two homers in the same inning was a great feeling,” Weisenberg said in an email to The Hoya. “The team did a great job putting together good at-bats. Homering twice in an inning, let alone hitting twice in a game, shows a great team effort at the plate.” Senior pitcher Nick Leonard started the game for Georgetown and lasted three innings, surrendering one run on two hits with no walks. Relief pitchers freshmen Brent Killam and Jeremiah Burke, sophomore Casey Goldenberg and senior Jordan Chudacoff followed with a combined six innings and four strikeouts to secure the win for the Hoyas. “It was kind of an effort to keep Nick fresh if we need him on the weekend,” Wilk said.  “It was also an opportunity to see some of the younger guys, to see if maybe they could step up [for] some weekend bullpen roles that we haven’t been getting the job done with every guy.” Up next, the Hoyas will return to Big East conference play as they take on the Seton Hall Pirates (18-16, 2-4 Big East) for a three-game weekend series. “We need to continue our offensive approach into the weekend, as well as good relief pitching,” Weisenberg said. “Our coaching staff has done an excellent job preparing us, now we must take care of what is in front of us this weekend and the rest of conference.” The series opener is slated to begin Friday at 6 p.m., with Saturday’s game following at 1 p.m. and Sunday’s series finale at 12 p.m. All three games will be played at Seton Hall’s Owen T. Carroll Field, with live stats available at GUHoyas.com and Sunday’s game broadcasted by the Big East Digital Network.  The post Baseball | Offense Leads GU Past Mt. St. Mary’s appeared first on .

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  • Tennis | Women Seek Fourth Straight WinTennis | Women Seek Fourth Straight Win

    With the Big East Championship scheduled to begin April 27, both the Georgetown men’s and women’s tennis teams have only two matches remaining. Both teams cap off the regular season with away matches against Big East rival Villanova on Saturday. Before its match against Villanova (7-15, 1-3 Big East), the Georgetown women’s tennis team (11-4, 1-1 Big East) will host Navy (17-10, 4-2 AAC) on Friday. The women have not played a match since its strong victory against DePaul (12-7, 3-2 Big East) on April 8. Georgetown’s 4-3 victory over DePaul marked the team’s third consecutive win. The Hoyas’ victory against the Blue Demons, who have won the Big East two of the past three years, demonstrates that the Hoyas can compete with the top teams in the conference. “I like our chances because we’re so competitive and this has been a goal of ours, especially for the seniors, for four years. We’re just going to go down there and give it our all,” Head Coach Gordie Ernst said. In contrast to the women’s team, the Georgetown men’s tennis team (7-12, 0-2 Big East) has struggled for much of the season, but the team has improved as of late. Georgetown’s last match on April 13 was a close loss to Emory University (14-4) by a score of 5-2, halting the Hoyas’ winning streak at three. The Hoyas narrowly missed out on the doubles point. At the number one position, junior Marco Lam won the first set but then starting cramping and dropped the two remaining sets.  “Some cramping and an injury, and we lose. But with everyone going, with everyone healthy and with everyone battling, I like to say we win that match,” Ernst said. Ernst also cited the close doubles matches as a reason for the Hoyas’ loss, noting that the team had several match points in the doubles matches. The men’s team looks to rebound from its loss to Emory in its final two matches before the conference tournament. Georgetown played George Washington (15-6, 1-1 A-10) on Thursday,  losing 4-2 behind strong singles play from the Colonials’ top three players. On Saturday, the men will travel to Villanova (13-9, 0-1 Big East) to conclude the regular season. Although the men’s team has not had the success that the women’s team has seen this season, Ernst is still optimistic about the team’s chances in the tournament. “We’re so excited. The Big East is wide open: There’s no real, clear front-runner. Everyone is somewhat even. We lost to St. John’s and Xavier, but even those matches were tight. This is first year in a long time where there isn’t one team that stands out,” Ernst said. Although the Big East is rapidly approaching, Georgetown’s focus remains on the Villanova match. The Georgetown women’s team will also compete against Villanova in Philadelphia on Friday.The post Tennis | Women Seek Fourth Straight Win appeared first on .

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  • Women’s Lacrosse | Sophomores Shine In Key VictoriesWomen’s Lacrosse | Sophomores Shine In Key Victories

    After clinching a spot in the Big East Championship Tournament with two comfortable wins against Cincinnati and Marquette over Easter break, the Georgetown women’s lacrosse team faces the No. 13 Denver Pioneers this Saturday in a game to help determine the seeding. “Honestly, it comes down to execution,” Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried said of the two wins. “Shooting, I think we were over 50 percent both games, which helps a lot. We have talented players getting in good spots, now it’s just a matter of finishing the shots.” Georgetown (8-7, 6-1 Big East) defeated Cincinnati (5-10, 1-6 Big East) 19-7 on April 12 before beating Marquette (4-11 overall, 2-5 Big East) 19-11 three days later. Sophomore midfielder Francesca Whitehurst scored six goals over the two games, earning her Big East Midfielder of the Week honors for the second consecutive week. Sophomore attack Taylor Gebhardt also scored six goals, five of which came against Cincinnati. Georgetown showcased its offensive depth, as 10 different Hoyas scored against Cincinnati, while nine Hoyas scored against Marquette. Fried credited his team’s improvement to the continuing development of this year’s sophomores. “It shows that we’re improving from the beginning of the season to now. I think we had some close games, and it’s tough to lean on sophomores early in the year. But now that they are a little bit more seasoned, they are taking that leadership role, and they’re OK with that. At every position we are pretty young, but they are able to now execute better than they were at the beginning of the year because they are more comfortable and they have more game experience,” Fried said. Georgetown’s greatest test this season comes Saturday against Denver (12-2, 6-1 Big East). Pioneer sophomore attacks Elizabeth Behrins and Julia Feiss have scored 40 and 35 goals, ranking No. 4 and No. 7 in the conference, respectively. Fried continues to emphasize execution on both ends of the field and believes the Hoyas and Pioneers are more evenly matched than Denver’s better record might suggest. “[The Pioneers] play a zone, where they pressure out, so us handling that pressure and being able to move the ball and finish, as I said. Offensively, they are very structured and disciplined, so maintaining our discipline is going to be really important in executing the game plan,” Fried said. “Really, at the end of the day, it’s going to be who executes better, as it usually is. I think we are pretty evenly matched even though our records may not indicate that. They might be a tad bit more athletic than we are, but skill set-wise, I think we have the advantage there. So we’ll kind of see which one wins out.” Georgetown’s game against Denver is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Cooper Field.  The post Women’s Lacrosse | Sophomores Shine In Key Victories appeared first on .

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  • OSIBAJO & BAH: Toward Authentic ReparationsOSIBAJO & BAH: Toward Authentic Reparations

    In the last several months, Georgetown has created a new chapter of its history. It is one that will acknowledge the university’s history of slavery and the descendants of the slaves who were sold by the school. As admirable as this new campaign is, it is not without flaws. Over the course of this reconciliation with its past, the university has responded to the issue in a number of ways. Most recently, the university has renamed Freedom Hall to Isaac Hawkins Hall, a rededication that commemorates the life of the first slave who appeared in the draft that sold the Georgetown slaves. On Tuesday, the Working Group on Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation convened a Liturgy of Remembrance, Contrition and Hope, serving as an official apology for its complicity in the sale. Moreover, the university created an online compilation of records from the 1838 sale of 272 slaves, held vigils and town halls, invited the descendants to the campus and more. All of these events facilitate reconciliation by openly acknowledging Georgetown’s direct participation in the slave trade by buying and selling slaves. But the most direct reconciliation effort is evident in the future relationship that descendants will have with Georgetown. For example, the university will grant the descendants legacy status in the admissions process and will offer admitted descendants a full-tuition scholarship. While this effort seems helpful, it fails to fully offer the remedies and reparations that descendants may need. The term “legacy,” in itself, is an inappropriate label for the descendants. It sugarcoats the relationship that Georgetown has with slavery. To call these descendants legacies makes it seem as if their relatives were enrolled at the university, and this fails to highlight that these 272 slaves were sold to benefit Georgetown, and that they did not delight in the freedoms and rights that other students at Georgetown had. To group the descendants and legacy students under one umbrella does not create an equitable boost to the admissions process. A “legacy” status should serve as a boost to a prospective student’s application. Traditionally, legacy aids students who plan to attend their relatives’ alma mater. These students are typically already prepared for the rigors of college and the specific institution due to the longevity of their family history with the school. Most traditional legacy recipients are already prepared to enter college and often could gain admissions without the leverage. In fact, according to the Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Charles Deacon, about 80 to 90 percent of legacy students were accepted without consideration of legacy status. Traditional legacy recipients have someone who can give them insight into the university’s admissions process or the campus culture. The descendants, however, are deprived of the benefits of actually having an immediate relative who attended the institution or who can give beneficial insight on how to succeed there. This issue is compounded by the fact that the disenfranchisement caused by slavery has not allowed slave descendants to access a college education like legacy students have. Unlike traditional legacy students, it is not guaranteed that these students have had best quality of secondary school education, nor is it guaranteed that they are indeed prepared for Georgetown’s academic rigor. Though legacy status is intended to give a boost to a student’s application, it cannot make up for centuries of lingering effects that our country has had on people of color. Furthermore, these reparations only affect descendants who apply and are admitted to Georgetown, but fails to assist those who choose not to come to Georgetown or have not gained admittance. The university has yet to propose a recommendation that adequately aids all descendants of the 272 slaves, rather than just admitted students. This creates a flaw that makes Georgetown’s effort incomplete. Though these reparations show a continuing effort on Georgetown’s part to be an inclusive community, paying homage to the memory of these slaves will never remedy the continuing aftermath. These efforts are a great start, but the university cannot stop there. Georgetown bought and sold slaves at some point in the past. In the future, Georgetown must consciously ensure that its participation in slavery and salience of these slaves is recognized in the university’s history books. Anu Osibajo and Isatou Bah are freshmen in the College. This is the final installment of FIRESIDE CHATS.The post OSIBAJO & BAH: Toward Authentic Reparations appeared first on .

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