Elizabeth Warren takes on ‘Pocahontas’ slur in speech to Native Americans.

Donald Trump is fond of giving people insulting monikers that, presumably, have gotten more than a few people to crack a smile: “Crooked Hillary.” “Sloppy Steve.” But the name he calls Elizabeth Warren has never been funny.

The Massachusetts Senator is a political lightning rod known for “persisting” in even the most heated situations. On Feb. 14, she did it again — pushing back against the “Pocahontas” slur given to her by Trump and conservative critics.

“Our country’s disrespect of Native people didn’t start with President Trump, ” Warren said. “But now we have a president who can’t make it through a rite honoring Native American war heroes without reducing Native history, Native culture, Native people to the butt of a joke.”

She did it in front of the National Congress of American Indians.

Warren could have easily built the statements all about her. Instead, she had the heroism to address the legacy of discrimination against Native Americans head-on during a surprise appearance at the National Congress of American Indians’ Executive Council Winter Session and Tribal Nations Policy Summit.

After going through a list of crimes against Native peoples — everything from racial slurs to tax policy — Warren made it clear the verbal assaults against her are just a funnel into addressing bigger issues.

“Washington owes you respect. But this government owes you much more than that. This government owes you a fighting chance to build stronger communities and a brighter future — starting with a more prosperous economic future on tribal lands.”

That didn’t stop a number of critics from going after Warren using the same insulting, offensive language and phrasing that she was criticizing.

Still, Warren didn’t let herself off the hook.

Warren’s nickname has its roots in accusations that Warren lied about her heritage to farther her career. She decided to address this claim immediately in front of the group of people arguably most qualified to repudiate her authenticity.

“You won’t find my family members on any rolls, and I’m not enrolled in a tribe, ” she said. “And I want to attain something clear. I respect that distinction. I understand that tribal membership is determined by tribes — and merely by tribes. I never employed my family tree to get a break or get ahead. I never used it to advance my career.”

It’s OK to blame Warren and anyone else in politics — and even to have a little fun along the way. But it’s never acceptable to use racist tactics.

If Warren’s critics were actually concerned about cultural appropriation or the lives of Native American communities, they’d do something about it. Instead, they’re employing the opportunity to troll her for political gain.

For everybody else, it’s an opportunity to turn a painful situation into a more hopeful one. As Warren told the members of the NCIA, “I’m here today to make a promise: Every day someone brings up my family’s narrative, I’m going to use it to lift up the story of your families and your communities.”

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Jeffrey Tambor slams Amazon, ‘Transparent’ after firing following sexual harassment claims

Jeffrey Tambor is speaking out.

Amazon confirmed to ET on Thursday that the actor would not be returning to “Transparent” after he was accused of sexual harassment by his former deputy, Van Barnes, and his co-star, Trace Lysette. Just hours later, Tambor released a statement to ET, carrying his frustration in the streaming service and Transparent co-creator Jill Soloway for the decision.

“I am profoundly very disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me. I am even more disappointed in Jill Soloway’s unfair characterization of me as someone who would ever cause harm to any of my fellow cast mates, ” Tambor said. “In our four-year history of working together on this incredible prove, these accusations have NEVER been disclosed or discussed directly with me or anyone at Amazon. Therefore, I can only surmise that the investigation against me was deeply flawed and biased toward the toxic politicized atmosphere that afflicted our set.”

“As I have consistently stated, I deeply regret if specific actions of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone and I will continue to vehemently defend myself. I also deeply regret that this ground-breaking demonstrate, which changed so many lives, is now in jeopardy, ” he continued. “That, to me, is the biggest heartbreak.”

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Moritz sabotages Sequoia, again

Michael Moritz is legendary for many of the investments he has led throughout his long career with the venture firm Sequoia Capital. Among his biggest makes: PayPal, Zappos and Google.

Moritz stepped away from managing the firm some time ago( now partner Roelof Botha is its primary steward ), but continues to invest in startups and sit on boards. He’s a director at Instacart, Klarna and Stripe, for example.

Sequoia’s limited partners must be exceedingly happy that Moritz continues to play an active role in the firm, which is considered among the most successful in Silicon Valley. His mere presence on a board is a signaling event.

Still, we’re beginning to wonder if Sequoia’s investment team might wish Moritz would also maintain his mouth shut.

Two years ago, Moritz attracted unwanted attention to Sequoia during a Bloomberg interview in which he was asked why Sequoia’s U.S. partnership hadn’t yet hired a female partner. Moritz told interviewer Emily Chang that the firm was looking for the right candidate but that it didn’t want to “lower its criteria” simply to fulfilled outsiders unhappy with its all-male team of investors.

The answer speedily created a shit cyclone of negative criticism; smartly, less than a year later, the firm announced its first female U.S. investing partner, Jess Lee.

Now Moritz, a skilled former journalist for Time who clearly still enjoys write, has placed a target on Sequoia’s back is again by publishing a controversial opinion piece in the Financial Times, comparing Silicon Valley unfavorably to China.( That China is a de facto dictatorship doesn’t come up in his editorial .)

To say it is extreme is an understatement.

While Silicon Valley technology companies increasingly complain about striking the right work-life balance, Moritz notes approvingly that in China, top managers show up for work on 8 a. m. and frequently don’t leave until 10 p.m ., sometimes seven days a week. In fact, he writes that it is “quite usual for the management of 10 and 15 -year-old[ China-based] companies to have working dinners followed by two or three meetings. If a Chinese company schedules tasks for the weekend , nobody complains about missing a Little League game or skipping a basketball outing with friends. Little wonder it is a common sight at a Chinese company to assured many people with their heads resting on their desks taking a nap in the early afternoon.”

Moritz( alas) continues on: “Many of these high-flyers only see their children — who are often raised by a grandmother or nanny — for a few minutes a day. There are even examples of spouses, eager to spend time with their spouses, who travel with them on business trip-ups as a way to preserve contact.”

Then there’s this: “There is also a deep-rooted sense of frugality. You don’t watch $700 office chairs or large flat panel computer screens at most of the leading technology companies. Instead, the furniture tends to be spartan and everyone works on laptop.”

The title of the piece: “Silicon Valley would be wise to follow China’s lead.”

While I agree that Silicon Valley is changing in ways that are concerning( I’m especially worried that people can no longer speak freely here ), Moritz’s disdain for U.S. tech workers is not just shocking but impossibly out of touch.

I’m sure my colleagues and many of you reading are familiar with high numbers of U.S. startup employees who work their brains out, answering calls at 8 p. m. on a Saturday night, routinely taking 2 week of vacation or less, and receiving a large portion of their pay in the form of equity that will never be worth anything. They are living hand to mouth, often with more roommates than they would like, simply to be within commuting distance of the companies where they work.

When was the last time Moritz spent 12 hours coding? How many household dinners did he have to miss? How many weekends did he have to give up to work on a new product release?

As for those working expensive chairs and flat-screen computer monitors, it might be worth acknowledging that long hours in front of a computer can cause both back and vision problems. Perhaps Silicon Valley companies have figured out something that China-based companies will detect soon enough: it’s worth taking care of your employees if you want to keep them alive and well and in service to you.

Moritz has hit a few balls out of the park, yes. But that doesn’t mean we should take his opinion as gospel. In fact, I would argue that mega-billionaires like Moritz have absolutely no place telling anyone how hard they should be working, in the U.S. or anywhere else. This is especially true if they’ve expended most of their careers not as operators but as venture capitalists — a plum chore if ever there was one.

Sequoia has been actively the investment in China for years. If Moritz wants to win points with China-based companies to keep its winning streak there alive, fine. But in my opinion, he has done his partners at Sequoia a disservice by so publicly rejecting today’s employees in Silicon Valley, where many companies have attained him an exceedingly wealthy man — and will likely continue to do so.

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Heartbreak isn’t enough. Shootings will continue until laws are changed | Shannon Watts

We deserve to have lawmakers who understand that prioritizing public safety is not a political issue it is a matter of common sense, says Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

VA’s chief of staff steps down after travel flap

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Friday that the agency’s chief of staff has stepped down after an investigation alleged she had doctored emails to justify Secretary David Shulkin’s wife accompanying him on a European journey at taxpayer expense.

The internal investigation by the department’s inspector general saw “serious derelictions” by Shulkin and his staff and urged administrative action against Chief of Staff Vivieca Wright Simpson.

Veterans Affairs spokesman Curt Cashour said Simpson “elected to retire.” He said the VA is opening a formal investigation into her actions and left open the possibility of “additional personnels accountability actions.” The Department of Justice decided not to pursue criminal prosecution.

Cashour said President Donald Trump has made clear he expects VA leaders to hold themselves and other employees accountable when they don’t live up to standards veterans and taxpayers deserve.

Shulkin has said he would pay back more than $4,000 for his wife’s airfare.

The inspector general’s findings are the latest in a series of disputes involving expensive or wasteful aircraft travel by top Trump administration officials. Tom Price resigned as Health and Human Services secretary last year after topics arise about his use of private airplanes for multiple government trips. House Democrats are exhorting a hearing to review Shulkin’s travel.

Shulkin has told reporters that the email attributed to Wright Simpson may have been sent by a hacker. The VA also announced that it has opened an investigation into allegations of email hacking.”

“To be clear, while VA is still currently investigating these hacking accusations, we have thus far seen no believable or conclusive evidence of a compromise to our email system or a user’s account, ” Cashour said.

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11 Sickening Signs Youre Dealing With A Sneaky Female Narcissist

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1. She can’t stand being the center of attention . This is someone who continually hogs the limelight, especially from person she views as security threats. No sum of attention is ever enough. A narcissistic female could have a loving family, but she will still step outside of her most intimate relationships to try thrills from “members attention” of strangers. She will fabricate situations of conflict out of thin air to get the focus back onto her and her deliberate crazymaking. She will make accomplishments and fights all about herself. She will constantly steer the conversation back to herself without fail, time and time again, to highlight her own perceived achievements or to stage pity ploys that build her seem like the victim when she is actually the culprit.

2. She use her sexuality to manipulate others . While histrionic females tend to use their sexuality and appearance indiscriminately and across all context, female narcissists are said by experts to use their sexuality to achieve a specific aim or mission. Whether it be climbing the corporate ladder or getting a boyfriend to forgive her infractions, a female narcissist has no qualms about use her body to get ahead and get over on someone.

3. Her sense of borders is twisted . Making on your significant other? A weekly instance. Sleeping with a friend’s recent ex? No problem. Flirting salaciously with her significant other’s friend? Fun! Female narcissists feel excessively entitled to all of it and have no issue with contravening bounds to get the attention and resources they desire. They care little about whom they hurt in the process.

4. Her lack of empathy is startling . Much like narcissists of any gender, female narcissists absence a core sense of empathy for others. When they see person hurting, even if they caused that ache, they’re unlikely to feel any disgrace or regret. Their shallow , nonchalant questions about your welfare, their own lives, and your goals are often reframed and rerouted to serve their own requires. They only care about the predicaments of others so long as it relates to them and their agenda. If you’re feeling sick or need a listening ear, she’s nowhere find work unless it helps her to benefit somehow.

5. They see others- like their own children- as extensions of themselves . Narcissistic females as mothers can be horrific and self-centered. They treat their children as objects, praised merely to the extent where their children satisfy their selfish requires. Otherwise, their children are devalued, dismissed, abused and neglected. Narcissistic moms especially have a tendency to do this as their children grow older, especially with their daughters. They compete with their young daughters, especially if their daughters represent a threat in terms of beauty and talent. Narcissistic mothers may even view their daughters as challengers for their husband’s attention.

6. They sabotage those they are envious of. Female narcissists engage in a great deal of relational aggression to undermine and extinguish those they perceive to be threats. This means you’ll find them underhandedly running behind the scenes to one-up you, sabotage your relationships, spread rumors, stage a smear campaign or ensuring that any attention or recognition that would’ve been paid to you gets outsourced to them or one of their cronies( in other words, enablers) instead.

7. They idealize, devalue, and discard. Whether you’re a friend, a partner or family member of the narcissistic female, she only maintains you around so long as you’re useful to her. She will put you on a pedestal, simply to throw you off of it when she perceives you’re not doing enough to venerate her, satisfy her arbitrary demands or when you’re shining bigger and brighter than she ever could. She then begins to “groom” a new target to become your eventual replacement, in an attempt to paint you as the toxic one not worthy of her affections.

8. She enjoys generating harems and love triangles. This is the type of friend that enjoys flirting with her best friend’s spouse in front of her, all while knowing they are having an affair. She will ruin a family member’s budding relationship if she feels it takes the focus off of her. She will triangulate her significant other to the nth degree. She ensnares her admirers, various exes, and even complete strangers into her toxic web because she gets off on the attention that her various flirtations, indiscretions, and sins award her.

9. She becomes enraged at the slightest criticism and feelings she has to eliminate the source. The narcissistic female’s fury is not unlike the narcissistic man’s in intensity, but because of social stigma surrounding female fury, the narcissistic female may communicate her rage in more subtle styles. You’ll hear her communicate her rage in a restraint but angry tone of voice, giving backhanded compliments with a sweet smile, voicing insults couched in fear or putting you down and humiliating you in public with a sadistic glimmer in her eye. She does this all while maintaining a pristine, polished image to the rest of the world. If she’s more of an overt narcissist, she may hurl objects, lash out in verbal attacks or even intensify to physical violence depending on where she falls on the narcissistic spectrum.

10. She is hypercritical and micromanages those she feels represent a threat to her grandiose self-image. The pathological envy of a female narcissist is immense and it oozes into the route the narcissistic female fabricates imaginary flaws and shortcomings in others. She nitpicks the specific objectives she perceives to be most threatening( in both public and private) all while maintaining an innocent demeanor so that if you dare to complain, you’re labeled as the unhinged one.

11. She takes a sadistic pleasure in duping, abusing and bullying you. Perhaps the most malignant trait of any narcissist, of any gender, is his or her mirth at watching you fall. Research reveals that more malignant narcissists rejoice in inflicting ache. They enjoy putting you down to keep you feeling off balance. They take actual pleasure in the ache they render. They will introduce new sources of adversity and inject chaos into any peace you may be enjoying. They can’t stand having a reaction from you- so they will do anything and all is elicit you into reacting.

If you’ve been victimized by a narcissist, whether male or female, know that it is not your fault. You were targeted because you’re an empathic, compassionate individual- usually someone with strengths and assets that the narcissist covets. It is not your job to fix them or educate toxic, malignant people on how to be decent human being. They likely don’t care to change their behaviour and feel rewarded by it. The best course of action is doing what you can to move forward in your success and channel your experiences into your victory.

Remember, indifference is their kryptonite. It’s helpful to view their absurd tactics from a more detached view and think,” Oh, children .” Invest your energy in building your own resources and sense of strength rather than wasting it on morally impoverished people. Emotional toddlers cannot be schooled properly on empathy- they will continue to operate from the dark realms of their character disorder.

But take heart- all narcissists eventually unmask themselves and many eventually gratify their downfall, all while their victims move onto bigger and better things.

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Team Penske stakes claim as Daytona 500 favorites

Roger Penske has a car capable of winning the Daytona 500.

Maybe even three of them.

Penske again went 1-2 at Daytona International Speedway for its second sweep of Speedweeks. This time, Ryan Blaney went to victory lane after winning the first of two Thursday evening qualifying races that are used to set the Daytona 500 field.

Chase Elliott won the second race in a Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to put a temporary halting on the Team Penske dominance.

Joey Logano finished second to Penske teammate Blaney for the Ford sweep in the first race. Kevin Harvick was second to Elliott in the second race and Harvick was also in a Ford — proving the automaker has the same speed it did a year ago when it swept all four restrictor-plate races.

“I definitely think we have the fastest cars down here, ” Harvick said. “Obviously, the Penske guys have done well in both races they’ve run this week. We’ll have the speed.”


Logano has finished second now twice in Speedweeks. He was beaten last week by teammate Brad Keselowski in an all-star race that opened activity at Daytona International Speedway.

Keselowski is the Las Vegas favorite to win Sunday’s season-opening Daytona 500, but he wrecked with two laps remaining in the qualifier and he’ll need a backup for the main event.

No matter, it seemed, because the Penske vehicles so far have the Daytona field covered.

“We’re going to make it happen, ” Logano said about the Penske endeavor Sunday.

The three Penske drivers dominated the all-star race and were at the front of the field for the entire Thursday night race. Blaney won it in overtime after Keselowski’s accident brought forward the caution.


Blaney did it with a pass that didn’t work last week. When he tried to pass Keselowski in the all-star race, he pulled out of traffic and didn’t get the help he needed to complete the move. This time he was capable of get past leader Logano, then the Keselowski accident brought out the caution.

“I didn’t make a good move and I kind of lost that( all-star) race, ” Blaney said. “I learned a little bit and I thought about that forever. I thought we learned a little bit from our mistakes. Hopefully we can make it another one here on Sunday. That would be the one that counts.”

On the restart in overtime, Blaney got a huge push from best friend Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. and pulled away for the win.

“I saw( he) was third and I’d figure he’d give me a good pushing, ” Blaney said about Wallace.

Wallace finished third and was congratulated with a huge hug from squad owner Richard Petty, the seven-time NASCAR champion.

“That is likely the highlighting of the night, better than finishing third, just seeing how pumped-up he was, ” Wallace said.

Jimmie Johnson was in his second accident of Speedweeks. The seven-time NASCAR champion dropped out of line just minutes after his race began with an apparent tire problem, and his car took an unexpected hard right into traffic. The contact wrecked Johnson, Daniel Suarez and Aric Almirola, and sent Johnson and Almirola to backup autoes. He also wrecked on Sunday in the all-star exhibition race.

“Tough way to start Speedweeks, ” Johnson said.

It wasn’t all bad for Hendrick Motorsports, though, as Elliott won his qualifying race for the second consecutive year. He might have won the Daytona 500, too, had he not run out of gas last year.

“We have the big one on Sunday — that is the main thing, ” Elliott said.

Hendrick has one victory at Speedweeks and the pole for the Daytona 500. Both are firsts for Chevrolet’s new Cup effort, the Camaro.

The second qualifying race began with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers watching from the top of girlfriend Danica Patrick’s pit box. The Daytona 500 is her final NASCAR race and Rodgers arrived in Daytona on Wednesday, Valentine’s Day, to supporting her effort.

He ignored questions from media as he climbed off the pit box following her 14 th-place finish in her race. Patrick’s plan for the qualifier was simply to stay out of trouble and maintain her Premium Motorsports entry clean for her final Daytona 500.

“I was just playing it safe, ” she said.

Alex Bowman has the pole for the Daytona 500 based on last weeks’ period trials, and much like Patrick, his goal was simply to make it through the qualifying race unscathed. So Bowman dropped to the back of the pack and just made laps, a move that was criticized by veteran Harvick, a series champ and former Daytona 500 winner.

“Alex Bowman didn’t learn anything today, in my opinion, ” Harvick said. “Riding around starting on the pole is great, but not knowing what your vehicle is going to do is a complete waste of time.”

Bowman said it was obvious his Hendrick entry was set to contend for the pole and needs adjustments before it will be strong in race trim.

“We came down here to sit on the pole, ” Bowman said. “We have an entire different setup that we can just make it drive better for the 500. “

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This team stood up against gender inequality in sports. Their fight hit home for one girl.

When the U.S. Women’s Hockey team takes the ice at the 2018 Winter Olympics, their objective may be to win gold, but there’s another prize at hand.

They will help girls all over the country, like 14 -year-old Nina Herceg, fall in love with their sport .

Herceg has been enamored with hockey players’ athleticism and ability ever since her dad started taking her to games when she was little. It didn’t take her long to want to lace up her own pair of skates.

“After a little bit of begging, my dad finally let me play hockey, ” Herceg says. “And I promptly fell in love with the sport.”

Herceg on the ice. Photo courtesy of Nina Herceg .

Herceg has now played for six years and is a member of the Long Island Lady Islanders. Thanks to the experience, she’s constructed many good friends and connected with her daddy on a deeper level.

She’s also learned an important lesson about herself.

“I found out I’m resilient, ” she says. “It’s devoted me confidence in other areas of my life to try new things — merely by learning how to play hockey .

Since the 2006 -2 007 season, girls and women who registered to play hockey under USA Hockey jumped 32%, from around 50,000 players to 75,832 players.

The uptick of daughters playing may have a correlation to the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team’s recentgender equality advocacy.

It’s definitely deep affected Herceg.

“They’re willing […] to fight for what they knew was right, ” says Herceg. “It inspired me.”

The women’s hockey team’s activism both on and off the ice has sparked Herceg to continue pushing women’s hockey forward.

Last year in Herceg’s English class, students were assigned to write a letter to any business or company on a topic they were passionate about. She wrote to NBC Athletics about the lack of coverage of women’s athletics, particularly hockey.

“It would be great if we could get more coverage for the women because it would inspire little girls all over the world to see them on TV and to have them suppose, ‘That could be me someday, ‘” she says.

While NBC responded to her letter stating they do whatever they can to air women’s sports, Herceg has yet to see much altered in coverage.

Still, this has only motivated her to continue playing hockey. After all, she’s seen the members of the U.S. team persevere despite being treated unfairly and unequally.

Herceg with the rest of the Long Island Lady Islanders. Photo courtesy of Nina Herceg.

With the women’s team getting ready to fight their way to the rostrum, Herceg often wonders what inspires them to maintain pushing forward despite the challenges they face as women athletes?

“How do they not get discouraged? ” she wonders.

While she may not have the chance to ask the players this question directly, one thing is for certain: With girls being inspired by their example, we will continue to see them breaking down obstacles. Because for them, it’s more than a sport; it’s about carrying on a legacy of women reclaiming spaces that are rightfully theirs.

“They’re proving that it’s possible for us to chase our dreams, ” Herceg says.

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Boston Dynamics newest robot learns to open doors

We knew this day would come sooner or later. Like the cloned velociraptors before it, Boston Dynamics’ newly redesigned Spot Mini has figured out how to open doors — with either its arm or face, depending on how you look at it.

The team behind the Big Dog proves that it’s still the master of viral robotic marketing, even after switching teams from Google to SoftBank. Three months after debuting a more streamlined version of its electronic Spot Mini, the company’s got another teaser, wherein one robot equipped with a head-mounted arm builds( relatively) quick work of a door, letting his buddy waltz through.

The video’s impressive for both the agility of the limb itself, as well as the robot’s ability to maintain balance as it sways open what looks to be a fairly heavy doorway.

“Clever girl, ” indeed.

Like the last video, the teaser doesn’t offer a ton of insight into what’s new with the bumble bee-colored version of the company’s already announced robot. Last time out it seemed as though we got a preview of a pair of Kinect-style 3D cameras that could dedicate a little more insight into the robot’s navigation system.

That tech seemed to hint at the possibility of an advanced autonomous control system. Devoted the brevity of the video, however, it’s tough to say whether someone’s controlling the’ bots just out of frame.

If the company managed to program Spot Mini to actually open the door on its own in order to assist free its friend, well, perhaps it’s time to be concerned.

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Maid’s body found in Kuwait freezer returned to Philippines

The body of a Filipino housemaid received stuffed in a freezer in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait has been returned to the Philippines to her mourning family.

A sister of Joanna Daniela Demafelis broke into tears and tried to embrace the casket but was pulled away at the Manila airport Friday.

Demafelis’s death is the latest tragedy to befall a Filipino worker abroad and the government banned Filipino workers from being deployed to Kuwait since her body was found.

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said at the airport that Kuwait was also outraged by the death of Demafelis and will do everything to render justice.

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