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White House budget official is prepared to testify on frozen Ukraine aid

Mark Sandy, a senior White House budget official, is prepared to testify Saturday to House impeachment investigators about his knowledge of President Donald Trump’s decision to halt nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine, his lawyer indicated Thursday. Sandy’s lawyer, Barbara Van Gelder — who is also representing former National Security Council aide Tim Morrison — said Sandy intends to testify if he receives a subpoena from lawmakers, a step Democrats have repeatedly taken with other cooperative witnesses to sidestep orders from the White House to refuse to testify. A series of witnesses have indicated Trump ordered a freeze on military aid in early July, just as he and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani were leaning on senior Ukrainian officials to announce investigati...

Cybersecurity expert Alex Stamos on what scares him most about the upcoming U.S. presidential election

Alex Stamos rose to fame as the former chief security officer for Yahoo and then Facebook. But today he’s the director of Stanford’s Internet Observatory, where he’s immersed in teaching and research safe tech — and understands better than most the threats that the U.S. is facing, particularly as we sail toward the next U.S. presidential election. Last night, at a StrictlyVC event in San Francisco, he talked with New York Times cybersecurity correspondent Sheera Frenkel about a small number of these massively impactful issues, first by revisiting what happened during the 2016 president election, then catching up the audience on whether the country’s defenses have evolved since. (The short version: they haven’t. If there’s any good news at all, it’s...

Battleground Democrats make USMCA push amid impeachment furor

A group of battleground House Democrats on Thursday staged a dramatic show of support for President Donald Trump’s NAFTA update at a special caucus meeting on the issue, upping pressure on Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the final stretch of negotiations. The moderate Democrats privately worked to rally support for the trade deal ahead of the caucus-wide discussion, encouraging each other to show up and voice support for the deal, according to multiple people familiar with the conversations. “Some of them said, ‘Hey, we’re the ones that brought the majority and we want this. We need to go back and show that we can do something,’” Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), a vocal supporter of USMCA, told POLITICO. “Nobody wants to just talk about impeachment.” The meeting comes at a pivotal moment for th...

VoltServer adds a data layer to electricity distribution in a move that could help smart grid rollout

Stephen Eaves, the chief executive of a new startup which promises to overlay data on electricity distribution has spent years developing data management technologies. Eaves’ first company, the eponymous Eaves Devices focused on energy systems in aerospace and defense — they converted the military’s fleet of B2 bombers to use lithium ion batteries. The second company he was involved in was developing modular array devices to install in central offices and cell towers and conducted early work on electric vehicle development. His goal, Eaves says, was to “make electricity inherently safe”. VoltServer is the latest company from Eaves to pursue that goal. Eaves makes transmission safer by breaking electrical distribution into packets and those packets are sent dow...

AWS confirms reports it will challenge JEDI contract award to Microsoft

Surely just about everyone was surprised when the Department of Defense last month named Microsoft as the winner of the decade-long, $10 billion JEDI cloud contract — none more so than Amazon, the company everyone assumed all along would be the winner. Today the company confirmed earlier reports that it was challenging the contract award in the Court of Federal Claims. The Federal Times broke this story. In a statement, an Amazon spokesperson suggested that there was possible bias and issues in the selection process. “AWS is uniquely experienced and qualified to provide the critical technology the U.S. military needs, and remains committed to supporting the DoD’s modernization efforts. We also believe it’s critical for our country that the government and its elected leade...

Quincy Jones Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at 70th Anniversary of AKG

The most prominent name in recording celebrated the finest producer in music history. Tuesday evening shimmered as the recording industry’s most prolific and potent cultural leaders gathered for a red carpet evening at Capitol Studios. The night marked AKG’s 70th anniversary in the music business with acclaimed figures from a decorated and rich history as well as what looks to be a shining future.  The event was peppered with genius from the upper echelons of greatness hailing from music production and recording industries. The theme for the evening was aptly titled “A History of Making History.” It was a banner true to the AKG brand, which in everything it does proves that greatness happens when music is appreciated so strongly that your contribution to it both defines th...

Austin Feldman Delivers Dark House Heater, “Frank Ocean”

Pantheon Select has provided a platform for a four-on-the-floor weapon. Being that house is all the rage in today’s electronic music market, producers need to do more to stand out than ever before. Austin Feldman has proven more than capable of the task at hand. He just  delivered an addictive single titled “Frank Ocean” via Pantheon Select. True to tradition, the intro of “Frank Ocean” gives DJs ample runway before the concept fully unfolds. Between the warm, rubbery bass line and the vocal sample for which the single is named, you can’t help but dance to what Feldman has turned out. View the original article to see embedded media. Stream or download Austin Feldman’s “Frank Ocean” by way of Pantheon Select across platforms he...

Republicans eye rebellion against Trump with Turkey sanctions

At one point during his extraordinary joint press conference with President Donald Trump, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan turned his attention to the U.S. Senate. The chamber, he contended, would stop the “vicious cycle” started by the House, which had passed biting sanctions on his country. But senators have a clear response to Erdogan that’s at odds with Trump’s friendly rhetoric toward the strongman leader: Don’t count on it. From Trump critics to stalwart allies of the president, many Republicans said Thursday that Erdogan’s visit to Washington had not changed any hearts or minds about Turkey, even after Trump lavished Erdogan with praise and he met privately with five Senate critics. At that meeting, Erdogan showed senators an anti-Kurd propaganda video, which seemed to backfir...

Dimitri Vegas on 2019 DJ Mag #1: “It Actually Caught Us Off Guard this Time” [Interview]

EDM.com caught up with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike about music, their Garden of Madness events, the DJ Mag Top 100 and more. Few names in EDM carry the same weight as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. The Belgian brothers recently took home their second #1 in the annual DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll – and apparently they didn’t even see it coming. Perhaps they were simply too busy to give it much thought. Between high-profile collaborations, gaming crossovers, and the first-ever Stateside Garden of Madness event, the DJ/producer duo have been active to say the least. Be that as it may, they recently took the time to catch up with EDM.com about their recent goings on. Read on to see what Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike told us, and don’t miss their Tomorrowland ...

‘Act like a stiff’: To fight impeachment, Trump tries to look presidential

President Donald Trump typically mocks the idea of acting too presidential — equating it with being boring. He performs a theatrical riff about the concept at campaign rallies, where he’ll dangle the idea of acting more like a traditional politician as many people outside his orbit have encouraged him to do. Before a giant crowd, Trump contorts his face into a sour, serious expression, straightens his posture, buttons his blazer and then delivers a stiff wave from the podium before saying in a mock monotone: “It is a great honor to be with you this evening.” It’s a shtick repeated over and over, including recently at a mid-October rally in Dallas just weeks after Democrats formally announced their impeachment inquiry. “I can be more presidential than any president in history except for Hon...

Trump shows GOP senators summary of his first call with Ukraine president

President Donald Trump hosted a group of Republican senators Thursday afternoon for lunch and showed them an account of his first call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, according to three sources familiar with the matter. The Republican senators who attended the lunch included Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Ted Cruz of Texas, Steve Daines of Montana, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Jerry Moran of Kansas. Trump tweeted Monday that he would release a transcript of the April 21 call this week but the White House has yet to publicly share the document. The administration previously released a summary of Trump’s July 25 call with Zelensky, which showed he...

California School Shooting Leaves At Least Two Dead, Suspect in Critical Condition

A student opened fire on classmates at the Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California on Thursday morning, killing at least two students and wounding another three before shooting himself.The student, who has not been identified, is in custody and is being treated at a local hospital where he is in grave condition, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. The suspect turned 16 on Thursday, which means he was ineligible to purchase or possess a hand gun under California law.The two victims who were killed were ages 14 and 16. The suspect's motive has not yet been determined."The only thing I saw was this figure, I just saw a figure with a gun," Gerardo Alvarez, a 15-year-old sophomore, told the Wall Street Journal. "It was just a pistol but I don’t k...