Live from CPAC, it?s Bannon and Priebus
Polished White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and pugnacious chief presidential strategist Steve Bannon took their strained buddy routine to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, reminiscing about Donald Trump?s election victory, promising revolutionary change in Washington, denying their ongoing West Wing power struggle and ? naturally ? bashing the news media. Bannon, the rumpled adviser who never tires of calling reporters ?the opposition party,? lasted not quite three and a half minutes after their awkward opening handshake before making sure everyone in the room knew that he was the scrappy one and the former Republican National Committee chairman was the softy. Priebus had just dismissed news reports about their rivalry as all just a big ?misconception? and had embarked on a chummy description of their work day just a stumble away from the Oval Office ? ?we share an office suite together, we?re basically together from 6:30 in the morning until about 11 o?clock at night? ? when Bannon cut in.
Vice President Pence downplays concerns over disruptions to health care
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Kellyanne Conway touts ?conservative feminism? at CPAC
Addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway promoted herself as a model for an alternative to modern, progressive feminism. ?I look at myself as a product of my choices, not as a victim of my circumstances, and that?s what conservative feminism is all about,? Conway said.
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Video of 'chubby' tigers taking down a drone may be way darker than you think
A video of "chubby" Siberian tigers taking down a drone, complete with a silly soundtrack ? like so much viral content ? is more than what it seems. While the video's been shared far and wide, but the origins of the footage have been a cause for concern for a while now. SEE ALSO: Watch a bunch of chubby tigers take down a drone and try to eat it As science journalist John R. Platt tweeted, the footage is "obviously a tiger farm." Reminder: China has an estimated *7* wild tigers left. Many more in this video = obviously a tiger farm. They'll be turned into bone & wine https://t.co/7hxmkSDei2 ? John R Platt (@johnrplatt) February 23, 2017 While the name of the park isn't mentioned in the description of the videos (as to avoid searching of the park's record according to Platt,) the location is. Heilongjiang Province in China is the home of Harbin Siberian Tiger Park. It's one of the two biggest tiger-breeding facilities in the country, according to a 2013 report on the country's clandestine tiger trade by the Environmental Investigation Agency. The park is advertised as a tourist attraction, where visitors can offer meat and even live animals, to the tigers. As per a report by McClatchy, the number of visitors doesn't cover the cost of feeding or breeding hundreds of tigers each year. The real money comes from the sale of tiger pelts, tiger bone wine, and other products that have been banned in China. McClatchy visited Harbin Siberian Tiger Park, and reported bottles of tiger bone wine on display ? albeit not advertised as tiger bone wine, but some had images of tigers on the packaging. Some of these "bone strengthening wines" advertise the use of tiger bone in its manufacture to distinguish itself from other wines in its category, according to the Environmental Investigation Agency's report. The same park was under scrutiny after conservation groups were outraged at images of obese tigers, thought to be seriously ill. Last word on tiger-drone video: Chinese media often share cute tiger videos. They're all propaganda to hide the reality of tiger farms. ? John R Platt (@johnrplatt) February 24, 2017 Since 1993, there has been a ban on the trade of tiger bones, but the state has encouraged the growth of tiger farms. In 2007, India and the UK called on China to ban tiger farms due to concerns over the impact it had on the wild population. [h/t Motherboard] BONUS: This organization is providing kids with 3D-printed prosthetics ? free of charge