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Top White House aide to lead AI Safety Institute

The Biden administration named a lead for a new institute for artificial intelligence (AI) safety on Wednesday, underlining the White House’s focus on the developing technology. Elizabeth Kelly, an economic adviser to the president, will lead the AI Safety Institute at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), a subset of the Commerce Department. Kelly was an integral part of drafting legislation to found the institute last year, the department said. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said…

Former aide to Gavin Newsom speaks out about their affair while he was San Francisco mayor

The woman gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom had an affair with when he was mayor of San Francisco spoke out about their relationship on Wednesday after questions about the liaison emerged in the governor’s race.Ruby Rippey Gibney said that although their relationship destroyed her home life, it probably shouldn’t be part of the discussion about sexual misconduct surrounding the #MeToo movement.“I fully support the #metoo movement. In this particular instance, however, I am doubtful that it applies,” Rippey Gibney…

A Clarence Thomas Aide Was Venmoed by Lawyers Arguing at SCOTUS

Image: Erin Schaff-Pool (Getty Images)While the rest of us were Venmo-ing our friends for the dinner check, an aide to conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was apparently receiving payments on the app from lawyers that appeared before the high court.Gizmodo's Favorite New EmojisThe Guardian reports that the aide, Rajan Vasisht, served Thomasfrom July 2019 to July 2021 and received at least seven payments from lawyers via Venmo during November and December 2019. One of the lawyers in question is Patrick

God Only Knows why: when a Reagan aide took aim at the Beach Boys | Beach Boys

Forty years ago, Ronald Reagan’s interior secretary, James Watt, decided to take a stand for “wholesomeness”, against undesirable elements. The Beach Boys, he announced, would be banned from the 1983 Independence Day celebrations on the National Mall.Watt, who died in May at 85, was a lightning rod of a cabinet secretary who compared environmentalists to Nazis and divided fellow citizens into ‘‘liberals and Americans”. According to him, “hard rock” bands like the Beach Boys attracted the “wrong element” – drug-using,…

Linda Yaccarino takes over as new Twitter CEO on June 5, hires key aide

Twitter`s new CEO Linda Yaccarino is all set to take over her position on June 5, as Elon Musk aims to focus more on Tesla and SpaceX, according to media reports. Yaccarino, former chairman of Global Advertising and Partnerships at NBC Universal, has also hired Joe Benarroch, executive vice-president at NBC Universal, to work along with her at Twitter. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) late on Sunday, Benarroch has been a trusted adviser to Yaccarino. "Tomorrow, I start a different professional…

TikTok hires another former Biden aide in push to avoid US ban

A former Biden aide is lobbying on behalf of TikTok as the hugely popular social media platform launches an all-out push to avert a U.S. ban.  TikTok contracted with Ankit Desai, a for-hire lobbyist who briefly served as an aide to then-Sen. Biden in 2005, according to a document filed with Congress Thursday. TikTok hired Desai in late January to lobby on “regulation of content platforms.”  The most recent lobbying hire comes as Washington appears closer than ever to banning the app, citing data privacy and…

Buhari’s aide asks Reps to pass ease of doing business bill

The Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business/PEBEC, Jumoke Oduwole, has asked the House of Representatives to pass the Business Facilitation bill. Ms Oduwole, in a statement on Wednesday, said the executive bill seeks to provide a legal framework for Executive Order 001 of 2017 on the promotion of transparency and efficiency in the business. She said the bill is an Omnibus Bill that seeks to consolidate all existing bills toward removing bureaucratic bottlenecks that impede business in Nigeria.…

Minister’s aide arrested for displaying Indian flag on car

Punjab Police have arrested Joney Kapoor for displaying the Indian national flag on his private car and also installing a hooter. The man Joney Kapoor is an aide of Punjab’s Minister of Defence Services Welfare, Food Processing Fauja Singh Sarari. The Police have booked Joney Kapoor under sections 170 & 336 of IPC. He is also booked under Section 2 of the Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act, 1971. Also read: 10 DC Design cars & how they look in the REAL world: Maruti Swift to Mahindra XUV500 Police…

Bradley Cooper dating Hillary Clinton’s former aide Huma Abedin

Cooper and ex-wife Irina Shayk have a 5-year-old daughter, Lea De Seine. After four years together, he and the model, 36, called it quits in 2019 Bradley Cooper. Pic/AFP Rumours spread that Bradley Cooper and Huma Abedin, who is the former top aide to Hillary Clinton and former wife of politician Anthony Weiner, are dating. According to Page Six, the A "Star Is Born" actor and director, 47, and Abedin, 45, have been dating for…

Johnny Depp’s PR comeback helped by aide for Trump, Ivanka

People can debate the extent to which Johnny Depp’s lurid defamation trial against Amber Heard has rehabilitated the star’s battered public image, but he can thank more than his skillful lawyers for giving him at shot at working in Hollywood again. Depp also owes some of the credit to his high-powered PR team, which includes a former Trump administration aide recommended by Ivanka Trump and the New York-based crisis communications expert, Matthew Hiltzik, who previously helped Alec Baldwin, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte and…