Trump Collapses From Exhaustion After Ninety Minutes of Faking Empathy | The New Yorker


“In all my years of practicing medicine, I have never met a patient as healthy and vigorous as President Trump,” Dr. Ronny Jackson said.

“But the sustained effort of simulating compassion proved too much for someone who has never exercised that part of his brain before.”

Source: Trump Collapses From Exhaustion After Ninety Minutes of Faking Empathy | The New Yorker

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Proofreads State of the Union One Last Time to Remove Any Remaining Facts | The New Yorker


Once Sanders is confident that she has obliterated any lingering traces of reality from the script, she will forward it to Donald J. Trump, who will insert misspellings.

“It makes him more comfortable reading it on the teleprompter if things are spelled his way,” she said.

Source: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Proofreads State of the Union One Last Time to Remove Any Remaining Facts | The New Yorker

2018 Laboratory Design Conference | RegOnline


The Laboratory Design Conference (LDC) is a meeting place where experts in the lab design field come together with high-level users and lab facility owners. Dynamic speakers from top lab design, engineering, construction and consulting firms offer presentations on sustainability, science trends, lab costs, and other hot topics.

Since 2002, the Laboratory Design Conference has provided a dynamic educational and networking event for those involved in planning, designing, engineering, constructing and operating laboratory facilities.

When: Monday, April 23-25, 2018
Where: Philadelphia, PA

Source: 2018 Laboratory Design Conference – RegOnline

Joseph P. Kennedy III Gives Democratic Response to State of the Union | The New York Times


Without uttering the president’s name, Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III chastised the Trump administration Tuesday night for what he said was its abandonment of the fundamental values for which the nation stands.

“Their record is a rebuke of our highest American ideal: the belief that we are all worthy, we are all equal and we all count,” Mr. Kennedy said as he delivered the official Democratic Party response to Mr. Trump’s State of the Union address.

Source: Joseph P. Kennedy III Gives Democratic Response to State of the Union – The New York Times

Winners and losers from Trump’s State of the Union address | The Washington Post


President Trump delivered his second address to Congress and his first official State of the Union address Tuesday night.

And a year after that address earned plenty of praise, Trump did his best to re-create its aspirational, highflying tone. At least for most of the speech.

So what were the big takeaways?

Some winners and losers …

Source: Winners and losers from Trump’s State of the Union address – The Washington Post

Analysis: Trump speech puts emotion ahead of problem-solving


In vivid detail, President Donald Trump told stories of American heroism, heartbreak and tragedy in his emotionally charged first State of the Union.

What he didn’t detail were solutions to the crises ahead.

Trump’s 80-minute speech surveyed familiar territory for a president drawn to drama. He warned of gangs, nuclear threats, the drug epidemic and unlawful immigrants.

He highlighted guests in the crowd, a group representing a mix of valor and victimhood, which he used to illustrate his calls for patriotism and perseverance.

Source: Analysis: Trump speech puts emotion ahead of problem-solving

Lobbying’s top 50 pour $540M into influence campaigns | TheHill


The top 50 lobbying spenders in Washington, hailing almost exclusively from corporate America, spent more than $540 million on influence campaigns last year.

That total represents almost a quarter of the $3.34 billion that was spent overall on lobbying and a modest increase over the amount the top 50 organizations spent in 2016.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” said James Thurber, a professor at American University who studies government and lobbying. “We’ve got shadow lobbying going on, we’ve got dark money, things that don’t get recorded. There’s lot of gambling going on in this city, like in ‘Casablanca.’ ”

Source: Lobbying’s top 50 pour $540M into influence campaigns | TheHill

Five takeaways from Trump’s State of the Union | TheHill


What were the main takeaways?

  • Immigration dominates
  • Keeping the base happy
  • Unity? Not so much
  • Few minds changed
  • Silence on Russia — from the podium

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Source: Five takeaways from Trump’s State of the Union | TheHill

South Korea says no plans to ban cryptocurrency exchanges, uncovers $600 million illegal trades


South Korea’s finance minister said the government has no plans to shut down cryptocurrency trading, welcome news for investors worried that authorities might go as far as China’s tough action in blocking virtual coin platforms.

South Korea has been at the forefront of pushing for broad regulatory oversight of cryptocurrency trading as many locals, including students and housewives, jumped into a frenzied market despite warnings from policy makers around the world of a bubble.

Source: South Korea says no plans to ban cryptocurrency exchanges, uncovers $600 million illegal trades

Japan’s Fujifilm to take over Xerox in $6.1 billion deal, create joint venture


The acquisition announced on Wednesday comes as Xerox has been under pressure to find new sources of growth as it struggles to reinvent its legacy business amid waning demand for office printing. Fujifilm is also trying to streamline its copier business with a larger focus on document solutions services.

Consolidation of R&D, procurement and other operations would enable Fuji Xerox to deliver at least $1.7 billion in total cost savings by 2022, the two companies said.

Fujifilm now owns 75 percent of Fuji Xerox, the joint venture going back more than 50 years ago which sells photocopying products and services in the Asia-Pacific region.

Source: Japan’s Fujifilm to take over Xerox in $6.1 billion deal, create joint venture