US officials scramble to limit Trump’s diplomatic damage over Qatar tweets

Government agencies sought to mitigate the impact of president’s lambasting, restating existing policy and playing down the significance of the tweets

The US state and defence departments have scrambled to limit the diplomatic damage done by Donald Trump’s morning tweets lambasting Qatar, which is the hub for US military air operations across the Middle East.

Related: Donald Trump tweets support for blockade imposed on Qatar

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Bill Maher Says He Wants Controversy Magnet Milo Yiannopoulos Back On Real Time!

Bill Maher and Milo Yiannopoulos on the same stage again?

That’s either ratings gold or a shitstorm waiting to happen. Actually, maybe both…

Related: Ice Cube Is More Than Ready To Face Off Against Bill Maher!

We’re sure the Real Time host is hoping more for the former as he told Esquire he wanted to invite the alt-right sympathizer back on:

“I actually want to have him back. I don’t think he would be that hard to bring around to a much more reasonable position.”

Interesting position considering after the last time he was on, Maher wanted the credit for Milo losing all his positions (even though it was Larry Wilmore and not Maher himself who hilariously told him off).

BTW, if you’re wondering whether this is just because Bill wants a decoy to draw the Internet’s ire, it’s a definite no. This interview was given before the controversy over Maher’s use of a racial epithet Friday night.

No, he actually believes Milo’s provocateur trolling ways can be redirected. Maybe so. But we think it’ll take a LONG time before he grows tired of taking positions just to piss people off — and longer still before anyone forgives him for such a mercenary attitude.

Related: Whoopi Goldberg Isn’t Mad At Bill — But Not Everyone On The View Agrees!

The begrudging respect apparently goes both ways, as Esquire reached out to Yiannopoulos as well, who said of Maher:

“Bill and I agree on the two major issues of the day: free speech and Islam. He is one of the few people, left or right, not afraid to express themselves on difficult subjects.”

Maher is indeed a frequent critic of Islam, though to be fair he hates every religion, even making a documentary about how he thinks they’re all harmful to humanity.

We’d be remiss not to mention the profile also has similar quotes praising Maher’s no-bullshit stance from Chelsea Handler and ultra-liberal Rob Reiner.

What do YOU think of Maher having Milo back to Real Time?

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Under Armour Officially Reveals the Curry 4

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Brand: Under Armour

Model: Curry 4 “Finals”

Key Features: Knitted construction, sock-like collar, Metallic Gold speckling

Release Date: TBA

Price: TBA

Availability: Under Armour and select retailers

Editor’s Notes: The Golden State Warriors are two wins away from being crowned as the 2017 NBA Champions, and Stephen Curry has been leading the team while wearing the brand new Under Armour Curry 4 — the successor to last year’s Curry 3.

Compared to its predecessor, the basketball silhouette flaunts a sleeker and slightly higher-cut profile with its extended sock-like ankle collar. A knitted construction with reinforcing tonal side panels comprises its pristine upper, while adhered atop an icy translucent outsole. Finally, Metallic Gold speckling on the midsole unit is reflective of the Larry O’Brien championship trophy.

Stay tuned for its official availability.

Now here’s a look at the 22 best sneakers spotted at Sneaker Con Chicago 2017.

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MPower UPS Takes Power Protection to the Next Level with UK Launch of CumulusPower

Leading provider of uninterruptible power supplies, MPower UPS, has joined forces with CENTIEL to market CumulusPowerTM for the first time in the UK. CumulusPowerTM is a three-phase UPS system which offers continuous power availability, fault-tolerance and a Distributed Active Redundant Architecture (DARA) which removes single points of failure and is now available exclusively through MPower UPS.

“For the past decade, MPower has successfully provided direct UPS sales, servicing and maintenance to its valued world-wide client base,” confirms Gerardo Lecuona, co-founder and sales director, CENTIEL. “To eliminate risks that may cause the computer downtime of business-critical applications, we are delighted to be working closely with the MPower team who will now supply and support CumulusPowerTM.

Michael Brooks, managing director, MPower UPS explains: “Availability continues to be a major concern for data center managers and those working in other critical environments. Unlike traditional multi-module systems, the CumulusPowerTM technology combines a unique Intelligent Module Technology (IMT), with a fault-tolerant parallel Distributed Active Redundant Architecture (DARA), to offer industry leading availability of 99.9999999%.

“This is achieved through fully independent and self-isolating intelligent modules, with individual power units, intelligence (CPU and communication logic), static bypass, control display and battery,” confirms Brooks. “In the unlikely event of a failure, modules can simply be swapped without transferring the load to raw mains.

“The solution has also been designed to reduce the total cost of ownership through low losses: high double conversion efficiency of 97% at the module level continues Brooks. “The small footprint contributes to achieving a high-power density of 412kW/m2 with an input THD < 3%.

“In addition, vertical and horizontal scalability means clients can pay as they grow as CumulusPowerTM intelligent modules can be connected in parallel configurations to provide redundancy or to increase a system’s total capacity,” confirms Brooks. “Serviceability is also straightforward with simple fault clearance and tool-less replaceable, hot-swappable modules.”

Brooks concludes: “As the latest generation of fault-tolerant modular UPS solutions, CumulusPowerTM will achieve unparalleled availability. Our dedicated team is excited now to introduce this solution to existing and new customers, taking power protection to the next level across the globe.”

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Notes to Editor

About MPower UPS

Founded in 2005, MPower UPS is a leading international provider of comprehensive, high quality and reliable uninterruptible power solutions for a diverse customer base, drawn from a broad range of industries across the public and private sectors – from multi-nationals to government departments, from large conglomerates to fledgling concerns.
Operating in UPS markets across the UK, Europe and as far afield as the Middle East, MPower is geared to providing the essential equipment, fast response and requisite specialist support to keep power running, wherever and whenever the mains should go down. For more information please see: http://mpowerups.co.uk/

About CENTIEL

CENTIEL is a Swiss-based technology innovation company with a highly experienced team of designers, who have developed the first 3 phase-modular fault-tolerant UPS-system. For further information please see: http://www.centiel.com/

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Bill Cosby ‘Humiliated’ & ‘Damaged’ Sexual Assault Accusers, According To Second Day Of Testimony

Will justice come down on Bill Cosby? We shall see.

As we reported, the first day of testimony in the comedian’s sexual assault case against Andrea Constand was as horrifying as you’d imagine, with witness and alleged victim Kelly Johnson telling the court that Cosby “intimidated” her into taking a pill at the Bel-Air Hotel in 1996. Johnson worked as Cosby’s agent’s assistant at William Morris.

The second day of the trial was as, if not more, harrowing for everyone involved.

Related: Cosby Breaks Silence On His ‘Nefarious’ Accusers Ahead Of Trial

On Tuesday, Constand — the woman at the center of the controversy — took the stand for 90 minutes where she emotionally recalled a night in January 2004 where she visited The Bill Cosby Show star’s house. According to the former Temple University employee, the actor gave her three blue pills which he said would help her relax. Later that night:

“I have no recollection until at some point later I was jolted conscious, I was jolted awake, and I felt Mr. Cosby’s hand groping my breasts. I also felt his hand inside my vagina moving in and out. And I felt him take my hand and place it on his penis and move it back and forth.”

The next morning, the former director of operations woke up disoriented, and was “confused” by the ordeal.

“I felt really humiliated and I was really confused… I just wanted to go home.”

When Andrea went back to Cosby’s house to confront him about what happened, he was “evasive” in his response:

“Mr. Cosby looked at me and said ‘I thought you had an orgasm? Did you?'”

Additionally, Dr. Patrice Sewell — Kelly Johnson’s mother — took the stand to testify how her daughter’s experience with the now-79-year-old caused her immense strife and anguish.

“She changed considerably…[She became] Anxious. Depressed. Sad… She folded down on herself… Her circle of friends became narrower. She’d go to work, she’d come home. She had very little social life. Her self esteem was really damaged. She lost her ability to take risks with friendships. Being around a lot of people made her uncomfortable.”

Sewell said her husband — a Los Angeles police detective — didn’t want his daughter to report the incident to authorities in fear of “embarrassment.”

“Her father didn’t want her to be humiliated and feel shame and embarrassment as he’d said other women go through when they went to the police at that time.”

Tuesday was an emotional — yet necessary — day for Bill Cosby and his accusers.

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