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IKEA has created the cheapest Sonos speaker ever – you won't believe what it looks like

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Is it a shelf, lamp or speaker?
'We love multi-tasking objects in the home.Give us a bookcase that doubles as a desk or a makeup mirror that is also a lamp and we’re sold.Related:  The Ikea desk that’s a HUGE hit on Instagram But IKEA has just blown these out the water with the ultimate multi-tasking home gadget.The SYMFONISK is the result of the IKEA’s latest collaboration with the speaker experts at Sonos.The range combines IKEA design and Sonos speaker quality.They have created two multi-tasking speakers available in both black and white and designed to blend seamlessly into the home.Like all Sonos speakers, they are Wifi enabled and can be controlled from the Sonos app.Why don’t we take a quick peek at the range?SYMFONISK book-shelf This is one of the coolest home speakers we’ve ever come across, for the basic reason that it doubles as a shelf!The speaker comes supplied with a bracket so you can attach it to the wall as a shelf that can take about 3kg.This works out as about a couple of Harry Potter books, so it will easily bare enough weight to function as a bedside table or carry a small houseplant . The shelf comes supplied with a mat to sit atop the speaker to absorb the vibrations, so you don’t have to worry about anything dancing off the shelf.Coming soon:  SYMFONISK book-shelf, £99, IKEA The speaker can also be hung from a kitchen rail with supplied hooks or tucked away on an existing shelf.Priced at £99, it is the cheapest speaker that Sonos has ever made, but don’t worry they haven’t sacrificed on the sound quality.SYMFONISK table lamp Sound and light go hand in hand when creating an atmosphere in a home.This SYMFONISK lamp speaker has done away with the extra clutter in your living room of having both a speaker and lamp on a surface, by combining the two.The speaker base works the same as the bookshelf speaker and can be used together from the Sonos app.The lamp functions like any other with a straightforward switch on the side.Coming soon:  SYMFONISK table lamp, £150, IKEA Alternatively, you can swap in an IKEA bulb that can be controlled from IKEA’s smart app.So you can control the whole system from your phone or smart home assistant. ‘Creating a great atmosphere can help enhance the quality of life at home and that’s why this focus has been at the heart of the IKEA Smart concept and the SYMFONISK design,’ says Björn Block, Business Leader for IKEA Home Smart. ‘By integrating technology with home furnishing products and solutions we can do that in an even better way,’ he adds. ‘We set out to create products neither of us would or could develop independently.Given music an light are both instrumental in creating a sense of place, we have worked hard to develop a product that can deliver both,’ explains Tad Toulis, Vice President of Design at Sonos.Related:  IKEA hacks – simple updates on best-selling basics that anyone can do The speakers will be available from the 1st August. . The post IKEA has created the cheapest Sonos speaker ever – you won't believe what it looks like appeared first on Ideal Home .'

Nancy Pelosi calls for Labor Secretary Alex Acosta’s resignation over deal cut for Jeffrey Epstein

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tweeted that Acosta 'must step down' for his 'unconscionable' a plea deal he cut with Jeffrey Epstein in 2007.
'Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called for the resignation of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta for his involvement in a non-prosecution deal for financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was then being investigated under suspicion of sexually abusing underage girls in Florida.The non-prosecution deal reached with then-US Attorney in Miami Acosta required Epstein to plead guilty to state counts of soliciting prostitution and to register as a sex offender.As part of the deal, Epstein served 13 months in a private wing of a county jail and was allowed leave the jail six days a week to work out of his Palm Beach office. “This was known by [President Donald Trump] when he appointed him to the cabinet,” Pelosi wrote in the Tweet.Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.The indictment of financier Jeffrey Epstein on charges of child sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking reignited demands for Labor Secretary Alex Acosta’s resignation, including from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.Pelosi tweeted on Monday, calling on Acosta to “step down” over his “unconscionable agreement” regarding a non-prosecution deal he cut regarding Epstein in 2007, which was reported in detail by The Miami Herald . . @SecretaryAcosta must step down.As US Attorney, he engaged in an unconscionable agreement w/ Jeffrey Epstein kept secret from courageous, young victims preventing them from seeking justice.This was known by @POTUS when he appointed him to the cabinet. #AcostaResign — Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 9, 2019 Read more: Nancy Pelosi is reportedly pushing back on impeachment because she wants ‘to see Trump in prison’ instead Acosta, who was then a US Attorney in Miami, signed a deal that only called for Epstein – who was staring down a 53-page federal indictment related to accusations of sex trafficking – to plead guilty to two counts of soliciting prostitution and register as a sex offender.As part of the agreement, he only served 13 months in a private wing of a county jail that allowed him to leave the jail six days a week on a work arrangement, according to The Miami Herald . The deal was unknown to the alleged victims, which Pelosi noted in her tweet. “As US Attorney, he engaged in an unconscionable agreement w/ Jeffrey Epstein kept secret from courageous, young victims preventing them from seeking justice,” she wrote.Under federal law, it is required that crime victims be made aware of plea bargains, according to the Associated Press . “This was known by [President Donald Trump] when he appointed him to the cabinet,” Pelosi added.Acosta has defended the deal.According to The Washington Post, “Acosta in 2011 wrote a letter seeking to explain his reasoning, saying that he faced ‘a year-long assault on the prosecution and the prosecutors’ by ‘an army of legal superstars.’ He also wrote that defense lawyers ‘investigated individual prosecutors and their families, looking for personal peccadilloes that may provide a basis for disqualification.'” During his Senate confirmation hearing, Acosta said that the deal had requried Epstein to register as a sex offender and serve a jail sentence.Epstein was arrested on Saturday, related to new federal charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.He pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday in court. . The post Nancy Pelosi calls for Labor Secretary Alex Acosta’s resignation over deal cut for Jeffrey Epstein appeared first on Business Insider Nederland .'

AOC’s chief of staff slams Pelosi on Twitter over op-ed controversy: ‘Pelosi is just mad that she got outmaneuvered (again)’

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After Speaker Pelosi downgraded four freshman congresswoman, including Ocasio-Cortez, to the New York Times, AOC's Chief of Staff hit back on Twitter.
'Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Chief of Staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, called out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a series of tweets on Saturday and Sunday after a New York Times opinion piece featuring Pelosi downgraded “the Squad” of freshman congresswomen that includes Ocasio-Cortez.Pelosi commented on Ocasio-Cortez, along with Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Presley, saying “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world, but they didn’t have any following.They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.” Chakrabarti criticized Pelosi and the opinion piece, tweeting “All these articles want to claim what a legislative mastermind Pelosi is, but I’m seeing way more strategic smarts from freshman members […] Pelosi is just mad that she got outmaneuvered (again) by Republicans.” Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Chief of Staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, called out Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a series of tweets on Saturday and Sunday after her comments denouncing the “following” of freshman congresswomen, including Ocasio-Cortez, ran in a Saturday New York Times opinion piece . “All these articles want to claim what a legislative mastermind Pelosi is, but I’m seeing way more strategic smarts from freshman members,” Chakrabarti tweeted . “Pelosi is just mad that she got outmaneuvered (again) by Republicans.” . @AOC , @RashidaTlaib , @AyannaPressley and @IlhanMN voted against the House bill because they believed McConnell would go back on his 'promise' to Pelosi that he'd pass the House bill.They believed pre-compromising based on McConnell's word was a naive strategy.They were right. https://t.co/D8P6KsHdfy — Saikat Chakrabarti (@saikatc) July 7, 2019 In the opinion piece , Pelosi refers to “the Squad” of freshman congresswomen that includes Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Presley. “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi told The New York Times . “But they didn’t have any following.They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.” Read more: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accuses Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats of ‘sitting on their hands’ on impeaching Trump Her comments were in response to The New York Times’ opinion writer Maureen Dowd asking about the $4.6 billion emergency funding bill for border security and better conditions at migrant detention centers that Pelosi agreed to, which has been criticized by progressives, including Ocasio-Cortez . Chakrabarti tweeted that the four congresswomen voted against the bill “because they believed McConnell would go back on his ‘promise’ to Pelosi that he’d pass the House bill […] They were right.” All these articles want to claim what a legislative mastermind Pelosi is, but I'm seeing way more strategic smarts from freshman members like @AOC , @IlhanMN , @RashidaTlai and @AyannaPressley . Pelosi is just mad that she got outmaneuvered (again) by Republicans. — Saikat Chakrabarti (@saikatc) July 7, 2019 He also questioned whether Pelosi was a “legislative mastermind” after her “claims we can’t focus on impeachment because it’s a distraction from kitchen table issues.” “I’d challenge you to find voters that can name a single thing House Democrats have done for their kitchen table this year,” Chakrabarti tweeted . Pelosi claims we can't focus on impeachment because it's a distraction from kitchen table issues.But I'd challenge you to find voters that can name a single thing House Democrats have done for their kitchen table this year.What is this legislative mastermind doing? — Saikat Chakrabarti (@saikatc) July 7, 2019 Then, Chakrabarti tweeted that the four freshman congresswomen “weren’t happy about giving a blank check to Trump, but they decided to use their ‘public whatever’ to bring focus to injustice at the border.Pelosi decided to use hers to belittle her freshman colleagues?This is so baffling.” . @AOC , @RashidTlaib, @AyannaPressley , and @IlhanMN weren't happy about giving a blank check to Trump, but they decided to use their 'public whatever' to bring focus to injustice at the border.Pelosi decided to use hers to belittle her freshman colleagues?This is so baffling. https://t.co/y13REVdRLQ — Saikat Chakrabarti (@saikatc) July 7, 2019 “We are in a time that calls for leaders to lead,” he tweeted next. “Voters want representatives who will fight, even if they lose.The fact that House Democratic leadership doesn’t see this is incredibly troubling.” We are in a time that calls for leaders that lead — leaders like @AOC , @IlhanMN , @RashidaTlaib and @AyannaPressley . Voters want representatives who will fight, even if they lose.The fact that House Democratic leadership doesn't see this is incredibly troubling. https://t.co/D8P6KsHdfy — Saikat Chakrabarti (@saikatc) July 7, 2019 Chakrabarti then criticized Pelosi for “minimizing rape allegations against Trump” in her quotes in the opinion piece, along with “thinking that the House version of the border bill may have passed if Trump was in the country.” Two more bizarre parts of this article: 1) Pelosi minimizing rape allegations against Trump.Congress does, in fact, have a role when the President commits a crime. 2) Pelosi thinking that the House version of the border bill may have passed if Trump was in the country.Really? https://t.co/D8P6KsHdfy — Saikat Chakrabarti (@saikatc) July 7, 2019 \'So what else is new about him?\' is NOT an acceptable excuse for Democratic leadership to not hold Trump accountable.We can't let him just normalize violence and sexual assault just like that.Congress should be allowed to do it's job. — Saikat Chakrabarti (@saikatc) July 7, 2019 On Sunday, he tweeted “Pelosi kept claiming that everyone had to vote for it because it was either this or the worse Senate bill — that it was the best we could do.And as predicted, Senate killed it anyway.Why not start with an actually good bill?” Yup — the House bill was still a bad bill.But Pelosi kept claiming that everyone had to vote for it because it was either this or the worse Senate bill — that it was the best we could do.And as predicted, Senate killed it anyway.Why not start with an actually good bill? 🤷‍♂️ https://t.co/OowXHTedOt — Saikat Chakrabarti (@saikatc) July 7, 2019 Chakrabarti wasn’t the only one to find fault in Pelosi’s quotes, with Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib tweeting about the article, too.Read more: Congress sends massive border-funding bill to Trump’s desk after Nancy Pelosi caves under pressure Nancy Pelosi says most Americans don’t understand what impeachment means: ‘They think that if you get impeached, you’re gone.’ Today is Nancy Pelosi’s 79th birthday – here’s how she went from San Francisco housewife to the most powerful woman in US politics Rep.Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she’s ‘happy to welcome’ the US Women’s National Team to Capitol Hill after its feud with Trump . 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Nancy Pelosi said she doesn’t want to impeach Trump because that would be giving him what he wants

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's talk show to discuss Robert Mueller and impeaching President Donald Trump.
'House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Thursday night, which is filmed in her state of California.Her and host Jimmy Kimmel discussed former special counsel Robert Mueller’s recent public statement and the calls from many in her party to begin an impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump.She said the Republican-controlled Senate is “completely in the pocket of Donald Trump,” and will continue to side with him, even if they know he committed a crime.Throughout the segment, Pelosi emphasized the need to be “ready” before pursuing impeachment, and said she believes the president wants Democrats to impeach him.Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories . House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made clear that she’s fed up with discussing President Donald Trump during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel on his late-night talk show. “Myself, I’m done with him in terms of talking about him,” Pelosi said Thursday, just one day after former special counsel Robert Mueller delivered his first public, televised statement regarding his two-year investigation into Russian election interference.Mueller said if his team “had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” adding that he was legally unable to charge the president with a crime because it’s against Department of Justice policy.Read more : Mueller laid out 2 reasons for why he investigated Trump even though he knew he couldn’t charge him.Both of them are bad news for the president.Foto: Thus far, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has resisted impeachment, likely worried that it could end up helping Trump.sourceAssociated Press Mueller said during his statement that only Congress could “formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing,” spurring Democratic lawmakers to intensify their calls for Pelosi to begin an impeachment investigation into Trump.Several 2020 candidates and prominent Democrats, including Sen.Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sen.Kamala Harris of California, and Sen.Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, have vocalized their support for impeachment.Pelosi thinks Trump wants Democrats to impeach him But Pelosi continues to stand firm and resist impeachment efforts.She told Kimmel that she believes Trump wants Democrats to impeach him. “He knows it’s not a good idea to be impeached, but the silver lining for him is then he believes he would be exonerated by the United States Senate and there’s a school of thought that says if the Senate acquits you, why bring charges against him in the private sector when he’s no longer president?” Pelosi said. “When we go through with our case, it’s got to be ironclad.” She said the Republican-controlled Senate is “completely in the pocket of Donald Trump,” and will continue to side with him, even if they know he committed a crime.The Trump v.Pelosi feud escalates While Pelosi and Trump have clashed throughout his presidency, their feud has reached new heights as of late.Last Wednesday, Pelosi said the president is “engaged in a cover-up,” prompting Trump to call a last-minute press conference – after walking out of a meeting with Democrats over infrastructure policy – to lambaste Democratic leadership and hit back on Pelosi’s remarks.Pelosi appeared to be referencing White House efforts to stonewall House investigations into the president and not comply with subpoenas.The following day, the president tweeted a misleading Fox Business video compilation of Pelosi appearing to stammer during a press conference . Doctored videos of Pelosi, to make it appear as if she slurs her words, have spread quickly across social media, according to The Washington Post.Following Mueller’s statement, Trump said on Thursday he “can’t imagine the courts allowing” Congress to impeach him, even though that process doesn’t involve the judicial branch. “To me it’s a dirty word, the word ‘impeach.’ It’s a dirty, filthy, disgusting word,” he said.Foto: President Donald Trump speaks to the press before departing from the South Lawn of the White House on May 30, 2019.sourceSarah Silbiger for The Washington Post via Getty Image “How are things going in Washington?Anything interesting happening?” Kimmel said with a grin to start off Thursday’s show. “I’m really happy to be here,” Pelosi responded.She told the comedian that “we have to be ready” before pursuing impeachment, emphasizing how it could divide the country. “Will we be ready before the year 2020?” Kimmel asked. “Yeah, we will,” Pelosi said with a laugh.She said instead of focusing on Trump, “what we want to talk about is, let’s build the infrastructure of America and not have him stomp out of the room.” Read more: Elizabeth Warren says she’d reverse the DOJ policy that says a sitting president can’t be indicted Angela Merkel told students to ‘tear down walls of ignorance’ in a Harvard commencement address, in an obvious swipe at Trump Trump and congressional Democrats are taking Washington gridlock to a whole new level . 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