Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella promised his employees that "we will go through this process in the most thoughtful and transparent way possible." Analysts told USA Today that the number being let go was "larger than expected."The "vast majority" of employees will reportedly be notified "within the next six months" and "earn severance and job transition help in many locations." Microsoft employs 125,000 people. read more
Outwardly, they put on a show of unity -- but privately, the Obamas and Clintons, the two power couples of the Democrat Party, loathe each other. "I hate that man Obama more than any man I've ever met, more than any man who ever lived," Bill Clinton said to friends on one occasion, adding he would never forgive Obama for suggesting he was a racist during the 2008 campaign. The feeling is mutual. Obama made excuses not to talk to Bill, while the first lady privately sniped about Hillary.On most evenings, Michelle Obama and her trusted adviser, Valerie Jarrett, met in a quiet corner of the White House residence. They'd usually open a bottle of Chardonnay, catch up on news about Sasha and Malia, and gossip about people who gave them heartburn.Their favorite bête noire was Hillary Clinton, whom they nicknamed "Hildebeest," after the menacing and shaggy-maned gnu that roams the Serengeti. read more
As Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski has written, prosecutorial misconduct has become "an epidemic." And evidence has come to light that our president, the nation's chief law enforcement official, seeks his counsel from the worst. f ever a picture was worth a thousand words, it is a recently released White House photo of President Obama and his muses -- if one only knew the truth behind those muses whispering in the President's ear as they strategized in the aftermath of the Benghazi tragedy. To understand the (politely-put) "lack of transparency" from the White House, the enormous politicization of the Department of Justice, the release of Taliban leaders from Guantanamo, refusal to cooperate with congressional investigations, the IRS's harassment of political opponents, and the cover-up of Benghazi, read on.
The effort to remake the intelligence relationship between the United States and Germany after it was disclosed last year that the National Security Agency was tapping Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone has collapsed, according to German officials, who say there will be no broad intelligence sharing or "no-spy" agreement between the two countries when Chancellor Merkel arrives at the White House on May 2. read more
"The U.S. is a living hell as elementary rights to existence are ruthlessly violated," reads an article titled "News Analysis on Poor Human Rights Records in US" that was published Wednesday by North Korea's state news agency. Putting aside an inexhaustible list of ironies, some of the accusations from supreme leader Kim Jong-un's propaganda arm provide an unnervingly accurate overview of some of America's most pressing social and economic issues.The KCNA news agency report backs up its assertion that "the U.S. is the world's worst human-rights abuser," with a dozen fiery accusations and a handful of statistics that cite racial disparity, misuse of political funds, gun violence, and widespread unemployment and poverty. These are bold statements for a country with a record so bloody that an official United Nations inquiry recently compared its practices to Nazi war crimes. read more