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Please enjoy a photo of Emmanuel Macron crushing Donald Trump's hand
French president Emmanuel Macron added another chapter to his ongoing handshake journey with Donald Trump on Saturday. It all started in May 2017, the first time the two leaders met. via Pocket
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3 days ago by evansthompson
Twitter’s lax account security should give pause to online activists - The Verge
The Interface is a daily column about the intersection of social media and democracy. Subscribe to the newsletter here. One reason I write this newsletter about social networks is to cover the new and exotic methods that state actors employ to bend …
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4 days ago by evansthompson
Human curation of Apple News stops it being 'total crazy land' - 9to5Mac
Apple has for the first time allowed a reporter to cover the human curation process used to pick which news stories are included – and featured – in the Apple News app. The Cupertino company is unusual in having people, not algorithms, pick its top …
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4 days ago by evansthompson
How Net Neutrality Repeal Is Fueling VPN Adoption | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
The FCC's rollback of net neutrality rules has sparked an ongoing battle over the future of the internet. via Pocket
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6 days ago by evansthompson
Commentary: California’s Data Privacy Law Is a Bad Idea | Fortune
When the European Union adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2016, many in the technology industry saw it as just the first of many such data privacy laws to come. They were right. And, as a result, we may be on the brink of a co…
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6 days ago by evansthompson
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The rising price of insulin has created a multibillion-dollar business for the pharmaceutical oligopoly that controls the market — and a deep sense of anger and fear among people who need the drug to stay alive. via Pocket
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6 days ago by evansthompson
Nigerian Army Uses Trump’s Words to Justify Fatal Shooting of Rock-Throwing Protesters - The New York Times
DAKAR, Senegal — The Nigerian Army, part of a military criticized for rampant human rights abuses, on Friday used the words of President Trump to justify its fatal shootings of rock-throwing protesters. via Pocket
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11 days ago by evansthompson
Some Presidential Lies Are Impeachable Offenses - The Atlantic
President Trump is a committed liar, as even his most dependable supporters openly concede. The Washington Post columnist and former George W. via Pocket
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18 days ago by evansthompson
'Lyin' Ted' Cruz is now 'Beautiful Ted': how a change of nickname reveals Trump's midterm fears | US news | The Guardian
Ted Cruz was “a little bit of a maniac”, “a totally unstable individual” and “Lyin’ Ted”. Donald Trump was a “braggadocious arrogant buffoon”, “a snivelling coward” and a “pathological liar”. via Pocket
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20 days ago by evansthompson
Trump just appointed himself the White House's top AI adviser
The White House last week proudly announced the formation of a committee to advise the president and Federal government on AI. It’s a shame that it’s a total sham. Sure, the US is forming the committee, that part’s real. via Pocket
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20 days ago by evansthompson
Trump begs big tech for free labor to avoid federal hirings
The White House wants the nation’s big tech companies to make it easier for employees to do a civic “tour of duty” with the government. Another way of putting it: the President needs to bring in temps now that his plan to cheat Federal workers out o…
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21 days ago by evansthompson
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The Houston Chronicle is endorsing Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate over incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz, the paper's editorial board announced Friday. via Pocket
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22 days ago by evansthompson
Twitter now counts all emoji equally, regardless of gender or race - The Verge
With only 280 characters to work with you already have to be pretty careful about how you phrase your Tweets. However, a quirk in the way Unicode handles emojis has meant that some of the symbols take up many more characters than others. via Pocket
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26 days ago by evansthompson
O'Rourke raises record $38M, triples Cruz amid sagging polls
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat Beto O’Rourke said Friday that he raised a record-breaking $38.1 million in the last three months, more than tripling the haul of his Republican opponent, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, in a Texas race that’s become one of the cou…
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26 days ago by evansthompson
Midterms looked horrible for GOP. Then Kavanaugh happened (Opinion) - CNN
Jack Kingston, a CNN political commentator, is a Republican from Georgia who served in Congress from 1993 to 2015. He has been a senior adviser to Donald Trump's campaign since 2016 and is a lobbyist in Washington. The views expressed in this commen…
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27 days ago by evansthompson
Kavanaugh impeachment? How it might work if Democrats take the House. - The Washington Post
Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court has been confirmed. So what comes next? via Pocket
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27 days ago by evansthompson
Grassley says he would not allow Supreme Court vacancy to be filled in 2020 - The Washington Post
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said Tuesday that he would not allow a Supreme Court vacancy to be filled in 2020, a position that puts him at odds with the Senate’s top Republican on an issue that has inflamed parti…
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27 days ago by evansthompson
The Post Office wants to raise the fees it charges Amazon and other shippers
The U.S. Postal Service has proposed a 9-12% increase to the shipping service used by Amazon, just months after President Donald Trump criticized the USPS for giving too good of a deal to Amazon. via Pocket
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27 days ago by evansthompson
Chinese spy chips would be a ‘god-mode’ hack, experts say - The Verge
Chinese operatives allegedly poisoned the technical supply chain of major US companies, including Apple and Amazon by planting a microchip on their servers manufactured abroad, according to a Bloomberg report today. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago by evansthompson
Brett Kavanaugh FBI report: Everything we know about the investigation and confirmation vote.
In the early hours of Thursday morning, the Senate announced that the FBI had concluded its background investigation into sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh and that it had received the results. The White House has made up its mind a…
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5 weeks ago by evansthompson
Stopping China from planting microchips in American electronics for espionage will be nigh impossible.
Cybersecurity is full of hard problems, but perhaps none so difficult as securing the supply chain for our electronic devices. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago by evansthompson
The image of Julian Assange grows darker by the day - The Washington Post
Julian Assange faces deepening isolation as his asylum at Ecuadorian Embassy in London is well into its seventh year. The new president of Ecuador is showing exasperation with Assange’s presence, and the embassy has restricted his Internet access an…
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6 weeks ago by evansthompson
Kavanaugh is lying. His upbringing explains why. - The Washington Post
By Shamus Khan Shamus Khan Bio Follow Shamus Khan, the chair of the sociology department at Columbia University, is the author of “Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School.” September 28 Brett Kavanaugh is not telling the wh…
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6 weeks ago by evansthompson
Brett Kavanaugh allegations: Prep-school elites take care of their own
These are the key players to know before Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh addresses the multiple sexual assault allegations against him. USA TODAY The whores on the hill. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago by evansthompson
Conway: ‘I’m a victim of sexual assault’ - POLITICO
White House adviser Kellyanne Conway startled CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday by saying she herself was a victim of sexual assault. "I don’t expect Judge Kavanaugh or Jake Tapper or Jeff Flake or anybody to be held responsible for that. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago by evansthompson
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By the numbers: After the hearings, 51% of people said they are less likely re-elect their senators. And people found Dr. Christine Blasey Ford more believable (50%) and credible (48%) than Kavanaugh (44% for both. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago by evansthompson
Canada agrees to join trade accord with U.S. and Mexico, sending new NAFTA deal to Congress  - The Washington Post
Canada agreed late Sunday to join the trade deal that the United States and Mexico reached last month, meeting negotiators’ self-imposed midnight deadline designed to allow the current Mexican president to sign the accord on his final day in office …
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6 weeks ago by evansthompson
Statue of Matilda facing down Donald Trump unveiled near Roald Dahl's home
The statues, which depicts Matilda Wormwood looking defiant with hands on hips in the face of the US president, have been installed to mark the 30th anniversary of the publication of the children's book Matilda. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago by evansthompson
Is compassion fatigue inevitable in an age of 24-hour news? | News | The Guardian
We have never been more aware of the appalling events that occur around the world every day. But in the face of so much horror, is there a danger that we become numb to the headlines – and does it matter if we do? By via Pocket
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august 2018 by evansthompson
How Did the Climate Apocalypse Become Old News?
There has been a lot of burning lately. Last week, wildfires broke out in the Arctic Circle, where temperatures reached almost 90 degrees; they are still roiling northern Sweden, 21 of them. via Pocket
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august 2018 by evansthompson
Russian hackers accessed US electric utilities' control rooms - CNET
Hackers working for Russia were able to gain access to the control rooms of US electric utilities last year where they could have caused blackouts, federal officials tell the Wall Street Journal. via Pocket
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august 2018 by evansthompson
Michael Cohen Releases Tape of Trump Discussing Hush Money for Playboy Model - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — President Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, escalated his dispute with the president on Tuesday by releasing a secret recording of a conversation in which Mr. via Pocket
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august 2018 by evansthompson
Paul Manafort Trial: Manafort Dunks Lawyer Note in Coffee - The Atlantic
Paul Manafort lumbered into the courtroom, his movements as stiff as you would expect of a man who now sleeps on a concrete bed. Over the years, Manafort constantly explored novel methods for preserving his youth, for tending to the details of his a…
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august 2018 by evansthompson
Putin’s Soccer Ball for Trump Had Transmitter Chip, Logo Indicates - Bloomberg
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s gift of a soccer ball to U.S. President Donald Trump last week set off a chorus of warnings -- some of them only half in jest -- that the World Cup souvenir could be bugged. via Pocket
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august 2018 by evansthompson
Michael Cohen Secretly Recorded Trump Discussing Payoff to Playboy Model - Towleroad Gay News
Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen secretly recorded at least one conversation with Donald Trump two months before the election in which he discussed payoffs to Stormy Daniels with the then candidate. The recording was swept up as part of the FBI rai…
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august 2018 by evansthompson
Trump slowly starts to realize his North Korea gambit is failing | MSNBC
Publicly, Donald Trump pretends his policy toward North Korea is a historic success. The Republican president has assured the American public that he’s “solved” the problem posed by the rogue nuclear state, to the point that North Korea is no longer…
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august 2018 by evansthompson
Trump's adult sons are costing taxpayers a fortune as they gallivant around the world doing private business deals
Eric and Donald Trump Jr. cost taxpayers $250 000 in one month of travel last year in Dubai. The information was gathered by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) using Secret Service documents that the Freedom of Informati…
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july 2018 by evansthompson
Trump Weighs Stripping Security Clearances From Officials Who Criticized Him - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — President Trump threatened on Monday to strip the security clearances of top former officials who criticized his refusal to confront Russia over its election interference, signaling a willingness to use the powers of the presidency to r…
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july 2018 by evansthompson
Secret Service agent traveling with Trump dies in Scotland
Since President Trump took office, the secret service has spent almost $150,000 on golf cart rentals. Josh King has the story (@abridgetoland). Buzz60 Trump arrived in Scotland Friday evening to massive crowds of protesters. via Pocket
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july 2018 by evansthompson
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