Pence pleads at Capitol, Gaetz' Venmos, recruiting at Facebook, Google AI departures
The Associated Press citing a previously undisclosed document prepared by the Pentagon for internal use.
From a secure room in the Capitol on Jan. 6, as rioters pummeled police and vandalized the building, Vice President Mike Pence tried to assert control. In an urgent phone call to the acting defense secretary, he issued a startling demand.
“Clear the Capitol,” Pence said.
The Daily Beast citing Venmo transactions.
In two late-night Venmo transactions in May 2018, Rep. Matt Gaetz sent his friend, the accused sex trafficker Joel Greenberg, $900. The next morning, over the course of eight minutes, Greenberg used the same app to send three young women varying sums of money. In total, the transactions amounted to $900.
The memo field for the first of Gaetz’s transactions to Greenberg was titled “Test.” In the second, the Florida GOP congressman wrote “hit up ___.” But instead of a blank, Gaetz wrote a nickname for one of the recipients. (The Daily Beast is not sharing that nickname because the teenager had only turned 18 less than six months before.) When Greenberg then made his Venmo payments to these three young women, he described the money as being for “Tuition,” “School,” and “School.”
A recruiter joined Facebook to help it meet its diversity targets. He says its hiring practices hurt people of color
The Washington Post citing a video of a meeting to discuss Facebook's goal of hiring more Black engineers.
In the meeting, a White manager played a Drake song in the background whose chorus repeats the phrase “Where the [n-word]s be at?" five times, according to videos of the incident reviewed by The Washington Post.
Reuters citing an internal email.
Google research manager Samy Bengio said on Tuesday he was resigning, according to an internal email seen by Reuters, in a blow to the Alphabet Inc unit after the firings of his colleagues who questioned paper review and diversity practices.
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