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Hasbro launches a subscription service for games

 Toy company Hasbro is belatedly entering the subscription service market with today’s launch of Hasbro Gaming Crate – a service that ships a themed box containing three board games to users every three months. The service, which costs $49.9

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Medicaid for Idaho headed for the November ballot

Phenomenal news from Idaho, where a huge group of dedicated activists have done what the Republican legislature tried to make impossible: get a ballot initiative qualified. xWe estimate that we have more than 55,000 valid signatures & will exceed the 56,
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Medicaid for Idaho headed for the November ballot

Phenomenal news from Idaho, where a huge group of dedicated activists have done what the Republican legislature tried to make impossible: get a ballot initiative qualified. xWe estimate that we have more than 55,000 valid signatures & will exceed the 56,192 total required by the deadline. We have qualified 18 districts to meet the requirement lawmakers added after citizens rejected the Luna Laws. And THAT was the hardest part. #ReclaimIdaho pic.twitter.com/NZss4s7r8R— Medicaid for Idaho (@Medicaid4Idaho) April 26, 2018 That picture is their chart of of legislative districts, because in Idaho you don’t have to just get a set number of valid signatures—in this case 6 percent of registered voters—you have to get 6 percent of registered voters in each of 18 of the state’s 35 legislative districts. Given how huge and how rural most of the state is, doing that is definitely the hard part. Which is exactly what the Republican legislature in this state intended when they adopted this hurdle in 2013, after being humiliated when citizens overturned three unpopular education laws in 2012.

Paul Ryan fires House chaplain, reportedly for being way too Christian

«Devout» Catholic Speaker Paul Ryan has apparently fired House Chaplain Patrick Conroy, whose resignation explicitly says Ryan forced him out. «As you have requested, I hereby offer my resignation as the 60th Chaplain of the United States H
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Paul Ryan fires House chaplain, reportedly for being way too Christian

«Devout» Catholic Speaker Paul Ryan has apparently fired House Chaplain Patrick Conroy, whose resignation explicitly says Ryan forced him out. «As you have requested, I hereby offer my resignation as the 60th Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives.» the April 15 letter to Ryan, obtained by The Hill, states. […] The thinking among Democrats is that Ryan pushed Conroy out «because Republicans thought he was aligned with Democrats,» according to a senior Democratic aide familiar with the discussion. Conroy has served as chaplain since 2011, where he has been what he's supposed to be. A Christian. Like in the prayer he gave back in November on the first day of the mark-up of the tax scam bill and gently nudged members to think about the meek. «May all Members be mindful that the institutions and structures of our great Nation guarantee the opportunities that have allowed some to achieve great success, while others continue to struggle,» Conroy said at the time. «May their efforts these days guarantee that there are not winners and losers under new tax laws, but benefits balanced and shared by all Americans.» So apparently Conroy was too aligned with Democrats. Maybe because Jesus would be aligned with the Democrats. That's how much of a sociopath Paul Ryan is.

FBI confirms White House knew of allegations against Rob Porter nearly a year before he left

The best people. Only the best people. The F.B.I. first gave the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, a file containing spousal abuse allegations against Rob Porter in March 2017, according to a detailed new timeline the bureau has given to Congress tha
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FBI confirms White House knew of allegations against Rob Porter nearly a year before he left

The best people. Only the best people. The F.B.I. first gave the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, a file containing spousal abuse allegations against Rob Porter in March 2017, according to a detailed new timeline the bureau has given to Congress that casts further doubt on the West Wing’s account of how accusations against one of President Trump’s closest advisers were handled. Mr. Porter, Mr. Trump's staff secretary, resigned under pressure in February after allegations that he had been physically violent toward two former wives were aired in the press. The White House—which initially sprang to his defense—has issued several competing accounts of how Mr. Trump's team handled the allegations, which they insisted no senior officials knew about until just before Mr. Porter left his job. But in a letter this month to the leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is investigating how Mr. Porter could have received a security clearance given the allegations, a top official at the F.B.I. said that on March 3, 2017, the bureau sent a «partial report» on Mr. Porter «addressed to the Counsel to the President, Donald F. McGahn, which contained derogatory information.» A former federal law enforcement official said the violent abuse allegations were included in that file. McGahn did not comment on the story to the Times but a White House official is pushing back, saying «Don never saw it.»  The anonymous official says «The right people never saw it.» Supposedly McGahn was too busy dealing with the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch, like that was a thing to be managed what with the Republican Senate totally rolling over for him. When it comes to McGahn receiving the file that the FBI says they gave to him, either the White House or the FBI is lying about the contents of it. Because the White House says all that was in there was his basic employment information. That certainly wouldn't have been enough to trigger Porter's security clearance failure. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (which released the letter Thursday), made an important point. In a statement with the letter, Cummings says «White House officials ignored this information and continued granting Porter access to our nation's most highly classified secrets—just as they did with Michael Flynn and Jared Kushner.» He also points out that the White House is «refusing to provide documents to the Oversight Committee, yet Chairman Gowdy refuses to issue a subpoena or demand interviews of White House staff that he promised.» 

Scott Pruitt lied—and leaked—in an effort to justify his first class flights and security costs

In a pair of hearings, EPA chief Scott Pruitt has gotten the kid glove treatment from Republicans and some solid kicks from Democrats. Throughout the course of the day, Pruitt has contradicted his earlier statements. This includes admitting that he did kno
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Scott Pruitt lied—and leaked—in an effort to justify his first class flights and security costs

In a pair of hearings, EPA chief Scott Pruitt has gotten the kid glove treatment from Republicans and some solid kicks from Democrats. Throughout the course of the day, Pruitt has contradicted his earlier statements. This includes admitting that he did know about requests for raises for his two Oklahoma friends (though he now claims he didn’t know the amount of those raises) and saying that what he previously characterized as a $43,000 SCIF (Secure Compartmentalized Information Facility) for receiving classified calls was not actually a SCIF, and blaming its purchase on “career individuals” at the EPA. But as Pruitt skated around questions on his lobbyist-provided townhouse in DC and his lobbyist-provided real estate flip back in Oklahoma, one topic that he kept pushing back on was his inordinate spending on security. Again and again through the first hearing, Pruitt defended his first class travel and $2 million a year personal security detail as required by an “extraordinary level” of threats. Threats far higher than those faced by previous cabinet officials. Though FOIA requests had failed to turn up this massive stack of threats, Pruitt claimed that this personal risk had been verified by a report from the Inspector General.  In two separate hearings Thursday, Pruitt presented to lawmakers a “threat assessment” that he said came from Inspector General Arthur Elkins detailing various death threats against him. But at the start of the second hearing, Democratic Representative Betty McCollum asked Pruitt again about his first class flights, and when she got the same response as those who asked earlier, she was ready. McCollum: We reached out to the Inspector General’s office. We asked Inspector General Elgins if he made such comments. And he disputed your claim. Please explain yourself, administrator. Do you need to correct the record? In response, Pruitt held up a report he said “came from the Inspector General.” McCollum pressed and asked to see the paper, insisting that it be entered into the record. But it wasn’t a report, and it wasn’t from the Inspector General.

Voters to Republicans: Don't cut Medicaid

The 2018 midterm election is shaping up to be not just a referendum on popular vote loser Donald Trump, but on Republican efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act. Health care has been among the most dominant policy issues for voters in elections since la
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Voters to Republicans: Don't cut Medicaid

The 2018 midterm election is shaping up to be not just a referendum on popular vote loser Donald Trump, but on Republican efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act. Health care has been among the most dominant policy issues for voters in elections since last November and in public polling. That includes, according to new polling from PPP, Medicaid. In a national poll they completed this week they found «voters nationally strongly support Medicaid and are opposed to cutting it, especially to fund tax breaks.» How strongly? This: «66% of voters oppose cutting Medicaid, as opposed to just 19% who support cuts.» 74% of Democrats and Independents oppose cutting Medicaid, while a plurality of Republicans, 49%, also oppose cuts. Only 34% of Republicans support cutting Medicaid. Rather than cut Medicaid, a majority of voters (52%) want to see it expanded, compared to just 35% who don't. […] Learning that Medicaid covers 6 in 10 nursing home residents, and 40 percent of costs for long-term care that seniors depend on, made voters 63% less likely to support cuts. Voters were 53% less likely to support cuts after learning that if Medicaid funding is cut, 1 in 5 Americans—seniors, children, and individuals with disabilities—will be at risk of losing access to healthcare. A whopping 71 percent say that Medicaid should not be cut to pay for the Republican tax scam, including 60 percent of Republicans. Because even Republicans get (or are) old and might have to have help from Medicaid at the end of their lives. Medicaid protection should be an easy sell for Democrats this election—that includes fighting against harsh work requirements for recipients at the state level and in federal legislation. As for Obamacare, repeal fever is over and done with. Only 29 percent says they want it repealed, while «66% say they want to keep what works about the law and fix what doesn't.» That includes 44 percent of Republicans, 82 percent of Democrats, and 68 percent of independents. Repeal might feature in Republican primary races, but that will just provide more fodder for Democrats in the general. Please give $1 to our Senate and House funds so that Republicans pay the price for sabotaging our care.

Trump's Jackson nomination was an unmitigated disaster, even by Trumpian standards

Donald Trump's White House does most things poorly—that's a given. But Trump's failed nomination of Dr. Ronny Jackson (aka the «candyman») to head the vast Veterans Affairs bureaucracy really just boggles the mind, even in an era of Trumpian low
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Trump's Jackson nomination was an unmitigated disaster, even by Trumpian standards

Donald Trump's White House does most things poorly—that's a given. But Trump's failed nomination of Dr. Ronny Jackson (aka the «candyman») to head the vast Veterans Affairs bureaucracy really just boggles the mind, even in an era of Trumpian lows. Jackson pulled his name from consideration early Thursday morning. But it wasn’t until Tuesday night—just 24 hours before Jackson began saying he might pull the plug—that the White House really began defending Trump’s pick.  At the White House briefing Wednesday afternoon, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed the vetting process had been “thorough.” On Wednesday night, spokesperson Raj Shah added, “We need evidence to be presented to corroborate” the flood of eye-popping allegations dotting the headlines. Yet asked if they were prepared for Jackson to withdraw his name, Shah told reporters: “We're prepared for everything.”  By that time, Shah clearly had an inkling where things were headed. Still, it was quite a statement for a White House that did zero prep work on Jackson’s nomination to begin with. First off, no one really thought Jackson had the management chops to oversee a 375,000-person agency in the first place, and that was before we learned how badly he mismanaged the White House medical team of 70. Then, after putting forward a completely shaky nomination at the outset, came the silent treatment from the White House (courtesy of the Washington Post). When allegations of professional misconduct by White House physician Ronny L. Jackson started trickling during the past week to the Senate committee considering his nomination to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, its chairman, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), called the White House twice seeking information. The answers did not appear to satisfy him. Following that stellar performance, the White House left it to the C-team to prep Jackson and grease the skids on Capitol Hill.

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Jeep's Grand Commander is the China-only SUV we wish we'd get here - Roadshow

The full-size, three-row SUV is big, attractive, luxurious and economical, and we're bummed it's not coming stateside.
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Jeep's Grand Commander is the China-only SUV we wish we'd get here - Roadshow

The full-size, three-row SUV is big, attractive, luxurious and economical, and we're bummed it's not coming stateside.

Japan's Coincheck posts $433 million writedown in year to March

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc recorded an estimated writedown of 47.3 billion yen ($432.56 million) for the year ended March, its parent Monex Group Inc said on Thursday.
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Japan's Coincheck posts $433 million writedown in year to March

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc recorded an estimated writedown of 47.3 billion yen ($432.56 million) for the year ended March, its parent Monex Group Inc said on Thursday.

Should Aadhaar, the world's largest biometric system, be on blockchain?

Opinion on the issue is divided, with some saying the move would protect privacy, and others saying the technology is very expensive
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Should Aadhaar, the world's largest biometric system, be on blockchain?

Opinion on the issue is divided, with some saying the move would protect privacy, and others saying the technology is very expensive

Russian aluminum magnate Deripaska won’t give up on RUSAL despite US ultimatum – report

Sanctioned Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska won’t sell his stake in Russia’s largest aluminum producer RUSAL, Bloomberg reports. The US Treasury hinted it would scrap sanctions if he quits the firm. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Russian aluminum magnate Deripaska won’t give up on RUSAL despite US ultimatum – report

Sanctioned Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska won’t sell his stake in Russia’s largest aluminum producer RUSAL, Bloomberg reports. The US Treasury hinted it would scrap sanctions if he quits the firm. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Apple iTunes finally arrives in the Windows Store

With Microsoft’s BUILD 2018 conference right around the corner, the company just made good on a promise from last year’s conference; Apple iTunes is finally coming to the Windows Store. The music software was originally forecast to arrive by the e
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Apple iTunes finally arrives in the Windows Store

With Microsoft’s BUILD 2018 conference right around the corner, the company just made good on a promise from last year’s conference; Apple iTunes is finally coming to the Windows Store. The music software was originally forecast to arrive by the end of 2017, but it took a bit longer to finally find its Windows home. […]

Apple ends production of AirPort base stations

It’s an end of an era in Cupertino today. Apple just announced the end of production on its AirPort line of base stations, a list that includes the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule. In a statement provided to TechCrunch, the compan
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Apple ends production of AirPort base stations

It’s an end of an era in Cupertino today. Apple just announced the end of production on its AirPort line of base stations, a list that includes the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule. In a statement provided to TechCrunch, the company noted that it will continue to sell its remaining stock, but […]

Your annual Amazon Prime membership fees are about to increase

On today’s wildly successful earnings call, Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky dropped a bit of a bombshell for Amazon Prime subscribers. The retailer’s everything-and-the-kitchen-sink annual subscription plan is about to get pricier. On May 11, Prime annual membe
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Your annual Amazon Prime membership fees are about to increase

On today’s wildly successful earnings call, Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky dropped a bit of a bombshell for Amazon Prime subscribers. The retailer’s everything-and-the-kitchen-sink annual subscription plan is about to get pricier. On May 11, Prime annual memberships will jump $20, from $99 a year to $119. The news follows a similar announcement back in January, […]

Pro-Trump social media duo accuses Facebook of anti-conservative censorship

Following up on a recurring thread from Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional appearance earlier this month, the House held a hearing today on perceived bias against conservatives on Facebook and other social platforms. The hearing, ostensibly about “ho
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Pro-Trump social media duo accuses Facebook of anti-conservative censorship

Following up on a recurring thread from Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional appearance earlier this month, the House held a hearing today on perceived bias against conservatives on Facebook and other social platforms. The hearing, ostensibly about “how social media companies filter content on their platforms,” focused on the anecdotal accounts of social media stars Diamond and […]

Snap’s updated Spectacles are doubling-down on an unfulfilled vision

Snap showed off a new update to it’s fabled Snap Spectacles today. They’re new, but only sort of, and it’s not clear that they’ve learned much since the glasses first debuted in fall of 2016. The changes they did make with V2 (water-pr
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Snap’s updated Spectacles are doubling-down on an unfulfilled vision

Snap showed off a new update to it’s fabled Snap Spectacles today. They’re new, but only sort of, and it’s not clear that they’ve learned much since the glasses first debuted in fall of 2016. The changes they did make with V2 (water-proofing, higher-def video, slightly updated design) have fundamentally been tweaks towards perfecting a […]

Native Union’s new speaker strikes directly at my weakness for tasteful brass accents

Bluetooth and smart speakers are a dime a dozen these days, and many of them aren't bad — so what it often comes down to is style. Native Union has my number with its latest device, which accentuates the classic bookcase speaker look with a tech-heavy back
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Native Union’s new speaker strikes directly at my weakness for tasteful brass accents

Bluetooth and smart speakers are a dime a dozen these days, and many of them aren't bad — so what it often comes down to is style. Native Union has my number with its latest device, which accentuates the classic bookcase speaker look with a tech-heavy back end and brass volume knob.

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Pizza Hut Museum opens on Wichita State University campus

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The original Pizza Hut building has opened as a museum at Wichita State University. WSU Foundation CEO Elizabeth King told The Wichita Eagle that staff from the school came together «to collaborate and create this fabulous museum th
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Pizza Hut Museum opens on Wichita State University campus

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The original Pizza Hut building has opened as a museum at Wichita State University. WSU Foundation CEO Elizabeth King told The Wichita Eagle that staff from the school came together «to collaborate and create this fabulous museum that will be curated by the students.» The museum ...

This Philosophical Theory Is Your Best Defense Against Flat Earthers

It’s bad enough some people dismiss scientific opinion on climate change. But to go on believing that the Earth is flat is just ludicrous. Yet, this weekend, folks from around Britain will flock […] The post This Philosophical Theory Is Your Best
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This Philosophical Theory Is Your Best Defense Against Flat Earthers

It’s bad enough some people dismiss scientific opinion on climate change. But to go on believing that the Earth is flat is just ludicrous. Yet, this weekend, folks from around Britain will flock […] The post This Philosophical Theory Is Your Best Defense Against Flat Earthers appeared first on Geek.com.

Check Out Dragon Ball Legends’ New Swordsman Character

Dragon Ball fans have seen their fair share of new content over the last year or so, even as the anime series Dragon Ball Super has come to an end. But it’s not […] The post Check Out Dragon Ball Legends’ New Swordsman Character appeared fir
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Check Out Dragon Ball Legends’ New Swordsman Character

Dragon Ball fans have seen their fair share of new content over the last year or so, even as the anime series Dragon Ball Super has come to an end. But it’s not […] The post Check Out Dragon Ball Legends’ New Swordsman Character appeared first on Geek.com.

After years of talks, former Girl Scout camp protected

Advocates for a former Girl Scout camp rife with waterfalls and wetlands no longer have to fear outside development on the land now that it has been transferred to the National Park Service. The mostly wooded area spanning more than 1,000 acres along Pennsylv
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After years of talks, former Girl Scout camp protected

Advocates for a former Girl Scout camp rife with waterfalls and wetlands no longer have to fear outside development on the land now that it has been transferred to the National Park Service. The mostly wooded area spanning more than 1,000 acres along Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains plays host to raptors, ...

Geek Deals: Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet One-Day Sale for $100, Dell XPS 8930 Refurb for $1250, and more

Need a new tablet or PC? Now’s a great time to buy! Amazon is selling the 10.1-inch Fire HD 10 tablet today for just $99.99, and you can grab a high-end refurb desktop […] The post Geek Deals: Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet One-Day Sale for $100, Dell X
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Geek Deals: Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet One-Day Sale for $100, Dell XPS 8930 Refurb for $1250, and more

Need a new tablet or PC? Now’s a great time to buy! Amazon is selling the 10.1-inch Fire HD 10 tablet today for just $99.99, and you can grab a high-end refurb desktop […] The post Geek Deals: Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet One-Day Sale for $100, Dell XPS 8930 Refurb for $1250, and more appeared first on Geek.com.

GEEK PICK OF THE DAY: Legend of Zelda Master Sword Letter Opener

I love The Legend of Zelda. Link to the Past and Link Between Worlds are two of my favorite games, and Breath of the Wild was a masterpiece for a launch game. Part of the reason is […] The post GEEK PICK OF THE DAY: Legend of Zelda Master Sword Lett
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GEEK PICK OF THE DAY: Legend of Zelda Master Sword Letter Opener

I love The Legend of Zelda. Link to the Past and Link Between Worlds are two of my favorite games, and Breath of the Wild was a masterpiece for a launch game. Part of the reason is […] The post GEEK PICK OF THE DAY: Legend of Zelda Master Sword Letter Opener appeared first on Geek.com.

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Giants pass on QB, take running back Saquon Barkley at No. 2

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants passed on an heir apparent to two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning and took a running back that many think is the best to come out of college in decade.
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Giants pass on QB, take running back Saquon Barkley at No. 2

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants passed on an heir apparent to two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning and took a running back that many think is the best to come out of college in decade.

Reavie-Glover, Xhang-Dou share Zurich Classic lead

AVONDALE, La. (AP) Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover teamed to shoot a 12-under 60 on Thursday for a share of the Zurich Classic lead with China's Zhang Xinjun and Dou Zecheng.
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Reavie-Glover, Xhang-Dou share Zurich Classic lead

AVONDALE, La. (AP) Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover teamed to shoot a 12-under 60 on Thursday for a share of the Zurich Classic lead with China's Zhang Xinjun and Dou Zecheng.

SDSU says new stadium could be expanded for NFL team

SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego State says its proposed new 35,000-seat football stadium could be expanded to 55,000 seats if the NFL ever returns to the city.
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SDSU says new stadium could be expanded for NFL team

SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego State says its proposed new 35,000-seat football stadium could be expanded to 55,000 seats if the NFL ever returns to the city.

Browns select Baker Mayfield No. 1 overall

The Browns have a new franchise quarterback, as Cleveland has selected Oklahoma signal-caller Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. At various points in the pre-draft process, the Browns had reportedly been eyeing other quarterba
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Browns select Baker Mayfield No. 1 overall

The Browns have a new franchise quarterback, as Cleveland has selected Oklahoma signal-caller Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. At various points in the pre-draft process, the Browns had reportedly been eyeing other quarterbacks, such as USC’s Sam Darnold and Wyoming’s Josh Allen. Instead, they’ve gone with a former Heisman Trophy winner in Mayfield in an effort to solidify their quarterback position for years to come.Cleveland, of course, has been trying and failing to land a long-term passer for some time, and notably passed on prospects such as Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson in recent drafts. With a new general manager in place, and the first and fourth overall picks at their disposal, the Browns always seemed likely to use a top selection on a quarterback.Mayfield, a former walk-on at both Texas Tech and Oklahoma, is a favorite of many in the analytic community, and posted at 3,700 yards and 35 touchdowns in each of his three campaigns for the Sooners. An excellent passer

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