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Apple co-founder on stage for disputed monologue

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WASHINGTON — Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is to join a benefit performance of a controversial monologue about the iconic computer giant’s production lines in China, a theater in Washington said Tuesday.

“The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” made headlines earlier this year when it emerged that its creator, Mike Daisey, had fabricated some of its content for dramatic effect.

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The frank-talking Wozniak, 61, “will be doing a post-show conversation” with Daisey on August 4, the eve of the show’s final performance at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, spokeswoman Brooke Miller told AFP.

Wozniak famously assembled the first Apple computer in Jobs’ garage in 1976, a year before they co-founded the company. No longer active at Apple, he recently sung the praises of Microsoft Windows Phone, a rival to the iPhone.

Last January, radio program “This American Life” aired part of Daisey’s show dealing with visits he said he had made to Foxconn factories in China, where iPhones are put together and where working conditions have been criticized.

Two months later, public radio retracted the broadcast after it emerged, in part through the channel’s fact-checking with Daisey’s Chinese interpreter, that it contained “numerous fabrications.”

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“The most powerful and memorable moments in the story all seem to be fabricated,” host Ira Glass told listeners, while Daisey said he had used artistic license to heighten concerns about Apple’s corporate practices.

Woolly Mammoth, which hosted the first performances of “The Agony and the Ecstasy” in 2010, said the show’s new run on its stage — opening July 17 — “cuts the contested material and addresses the controversy head-on.”

Tickets for the August 4 evening performance start at $100, more than double the regular price of $40.

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Alternatively, Daisey has posted the entire transcript of “The Agony and the Ecstasy” on his blog (mikedaisey.blogspot.com) and invited anybody who wants to perform it themselves to use it.


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New testimony adds 2 stunning — and previously unknown — details about the Ukraine extortion

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New testimony released Monday from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Ukraine scandal included at least two new stunning details about the quid pro quo scheme at the heart of the matter.

Overall, the transcripts for depositions of Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, who were advisers to U.S. envoy Kurt Volker, built on the story of that we already know: that President Donald Trump pushed a shadow foreign policy to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political opponents, a scheme that involved using his office and military aid as leverage over the country in opposition to the official policy.

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Trump blasted for his ‘Endorsement of Doom’ after Sean Spicer loses on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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Team Trump had gone all in urging supporters to vote for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the game show "Dancing with the Stars."

Votes had been urged by RNC officials and Trump himself had urged his 66 million Twitter followers to vote for Spicer.

Despite the full heft of the Trump campaign, Spicer lost on Monday's show.

Trump deleted his failed tweet urging votes for Spicer -- and instead said it was a "great try" by his former advisor.

Looks like this endorsement was as successful as your last one!

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‘He’s misunderstood’: Nikki Haley tells Fox News how Trump is actually a really good listener

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Former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley defended President Donald Trump during a Monday appearance with Fox News personality Sean Hannity.

Hannity asked the former South Carolina governor if Trump was "misunderstood."

"I do think he’s misunderstood," Haley replied.

"I can tell you, from the first day to the last day that I worked for the president, he always listened, he was always conscious of hearing other voices, allowing people to debate out the issues, and then he made his decision," Haley claimed.

She argued that, "I saw a president that was very thoughtful, looked at all of the issues, made decisions, and it was a pleasure and honor to work with him."

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