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UFO Legacy: What Impact Will Revelation of Secret Government Program Have?

The New York Times and Politico Magazine revealed last month that the United States government ran a mysterious UFO-investigation program from 2007 to 2012. Will this information change the way Americans and the world regard UFOs?

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Republican senator nearly gets laughed out of rural town hall for defending Trump

Republican senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley have been back home in Iowa to hold small town halls in rural areas, places they probably thought would be ‘safe spaces’ from angry voters. WRONG. The rural voters who turned out were not happy with Donal
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Republican senator nearly gets laughed out of rural town hall for defending Trump

Republican senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley have been back home in Iowa to hold small town halls in rural areas, places they probably thought would be ‘safe spaces’ from angry voters. WRONG. The rural voters who turned out were not happy with Donald Trump and they unloaded on Ernst and Grassley. In one particularly embarrassing moment for Sen. Ernst in Red Oak, Iowa (population 5,476), she drew laughter and scorn after this exchange: SEN. ERNST: “He is standing up for a lot of the countries, um... where we have seen...” CONSTITUENT: “Name a few, could you name a few?” SEN. ERNST: “Yeah, you bet. Norway...” Cue the guffaws and laughter. Watch the local report on the town hall and see Iowa voters asking Ernst over and over again to stand up to Trump, and then jump below to see how Sen. Grassley’s town hall went (hint: not good!)

Justice Department hands over files to Republicans, invites them to go after the FBI

The Jefferson Sessions Justice Department has agreed to hand over files on FBI operations to congressional Republicans. The decision, which comes in response to constant Republican claims that the FBI is prejudiced against Donald Trump, thrills Republicans. I
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Justice Department hands over files to Republicans, invites them to go after the FBI

The Jefferson Sessions Justice Department has agreed to hand over files on FBI operations to congressional Republicans. The decision, which comes in response to constant Republican claims that the FBI is prejudiced against Donald Trump, thrills Republicans. It gives them unfettered access to information they can use to paint the agency in any way they want, along with the opportunity to interfere with the Trump–Russia investigation directly. As Bloomberg reports: The Justice Department’s decision to give congressional Republicans access to documents about FBI investigations risks exposing sensitive sources or material and poses a critical early test for bureau Director Christopher Wray, current and former U.S. law enforcement officials say. It’s the latest setback for a law enforcement agency that has long held itself out as doggedly independent and above partisan politics ... It’s not unusual for people to claim that the FBI is secretive, overzealous, and just plain wrong. And considering the agency’s history, it would be impossible to claim that there was any period in which it was either genuinely nonpartisan or apolitical. But handing over the files on an FBI investigation in the middle of that investigation risks the whole concept of the organization, and questions whether the nation can have any “outside” agency if that agency can be gutted on demand. As the Russia investigation continues to hang over the White House, Republicans in Congress have sought to turn the tables on the FBI by calling into question the fairness and methods of senior agents. They’ve been requesting documents and holding public hearings that focus on alleged wrongdoing or political bias by agents. If the destruction of the FBI is the cost of protecting Trump … Republicans are willing to pay that cost.

Eric Trump is turning a sweetheart deal from daddy into an eight-figure penthouse

Campaign Action What looked like a sweetheart deal from Donald Trump to his son Eric when it happened in 2016 is starting to look like a full-on giveaway. Trump the father sold Eric a pair of apartments for the under-market price of $350,000 apiece, less
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Eric Trump is turning a sweetheart deal from daddy into an eight-figure penthouse

Campaign Action What looked like a sweetheart deal from Donald Trump to his son Eric when it happened in 2016 is starting to look like a full-on giveaway. Trump the father sold Eric a pair of apartments for the under-market price of $350,000 apiece, less than half of what they’d previously been listed for. Obviously we don’t know whether Trump reported that deal as the gift it clearly was, since he won’t release his tax returns—though Trump did fail to mark the sale as being between relatives. Now, Eric is combining one of the two apartments with two others to create a penthouse, which could dramatically increase its value In fact, the amount such a penthouse might sell for could be nearly three times what Eric paid for the component apartments and the work to combine them, which makes the tax questions on the deal even bigger: The $350,000 deal he got from Trump “might not only have been a fire sale,” [Valparaiso University Law School tax professor David Herzig] said, “but if this is a key component that you would need to combine them together to make a penthouse, to get the requisite number of rooms, that actually means that this property should have been sold at a premium, not a discount.” It’s not clear why Trump sold unit 14G to Eric for just $350,000, when he sold another unit, the 1,350-square-foot 14D, to Eric for $2 million in 2008. That was much closer to its likely market value. If he had simply given the apartment to Eric for free, Trump could have incurred up to 40 percent tax on its market price. But the sale for $350,000 could have been arranged to look like a “fair market sale” and not a gift. As the developer of the building, Trump had some leeway with how he priced unsold apartments. He could have demonstrated that the real value was very low if, for example, the apartment was still subject to city rent regulations or was in need of significant repairs. The apartment’s new function as the keystone for a penthouse, however, makes that a difficult case to argue, Herzig said. It’s always possible that Trump has damaged the family brand enough that Eric will have trouble unloading an apartment in a building named Trump Parc East. But then again, he has a whole lot of leeway to make money with as good a bargain as daddy gave him. And when the Trumps are involved, it seems like there’s always someone looking to launder money through a luxury real estate purchase. All in all, the most surprising thing here may be that Donald Trump gave even one of his kids this much of a deal.

Trump regime on the verge of okaying two new warheads that could make nuclear war more likely

As has been reported since last summer, the Trump regime seeks to build two new nuclear weapons, one of which—a low-yield warhead for submarine-launched ballistic missiles—could make nuclear war more likely, say critics. The other warhead would be develo
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Trump regime on the verge of okaying two new warheads that could make nuclear war more likely

As has been reported since last summer, the Trump regime seeks to build two new nuclear weapons, one of which—a low-yield warhead for submarine-launched ballistic missiles—could make nuclear war more likely, say critics. The other warhead would be developed to be carried by submarine-launched cruise missiles, which haven’t been equipped with nukes since 2010.  Developing and building these new nukes are elements included in the not-yet-finalized 2018 Nuclear Posture Review. The last NPR was released in 2010. If approved by Pr*sident Trump, a move which is expected later this month, it would mark a significant change from the Obama era when the emphasis on nukes as part of U.S. strategy was reduced. That white dot shows the Hiroshima blast, and the red surrounding it is the explosive power of the W78 workhorse bomb that is currently fitted on 250 land-based U.S. ICBMS. The Union of Concerned Scientists that created the image note that the W78 has a yield of at least 335 kilotons; Hiroshima was 14-15kt. In addition to the ICBMs, the U.S. has hundreds of missiles equipped with the W76 warhead at 100 kilotons, and the W88 at 475kt (31 times as powerful as the Hiroshima bomb). Advocates of installing the lower-yield warhead on the submarine-launched Trident ballistic missile say it is a good thing specifically because it would mean the warhead would be more usable. Currently they complain, there is reluctance to actually launch any nuclear-tipped missiles because their yields make them so incredibly destructive. In other words, having a lower-yield weapon at hand would make it easier to “push the button.” The draft NPR has trickled into the news since September when Bryan Bender first wrote about it at Politico. On Thursday, Ashley Feinberg took up the matter at The Huffington Post, posting a lengthy analysis of what the Pentagon calls a  “pre-decisional” draft of the NPR along with a complete copy of it. On Monday, Michael R. Gordon at The Wall Street Journal reported from behind a paywall on the subject: Supporters of the Pentagon’s plan say it is time for the U.S. to update its nuclear forces to deal with changing threats some three decades after the end of the Cold War. Critics worry that the Pentagon’s search for more flexible nuclear options could lower the threshold for their use.

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U.S. companies list blockchain ETFs as bitcoin proposals languish

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors looking to profit from excitement surrounding bitcoin technology will get a new opportunity this week.
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U.S. companies list blockchain ETFs as bitcoin proposals languish

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors looking to profit from excitement surrounding bitcoin technology will get a new opportunity this week.

Bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies tumble on government crackdown worries

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin slid as much as 18 percent on Tuesday to a four-week low, as worries about a regulatory crackdown on the market spread after reports suggested it was still possible that South Korea could ban trading in cryptocurrencies.
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Bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies tumble on government crackdown worries

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin slid as much as 18 percent on Tuesday to a four-week low, as worries about a regulatory crackdown on the market spread after reports suggested it was still possible that South Korea could ban trading in cryptocurrencies.

Bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies tumble on govt crackdown worries

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin slid as much as 18 percent on Tuesday to a four-week low, as worries about a regulatory crackdown on the market spread after reports suggested it was still possible that South Korea could ban trading in cryptocurrencies.
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Bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies tumble on govt crackdown worries

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin slid as much as 18 percent on Tuesday to a four-week low, as worries about a regulatory crackdown on the market spread after reports suggested it was still possible that South Korea could ban trading in cryptocurrencies.

Bitcoin, rival cryptocurrencies plunge on crackdown fears

LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin slid as much as 18 percent on Tuesday to a four-week low, as fears of a regulatory crackdown on the market spread after reports suggested it was still possible that South Korea could ban trading in cryptocurrencies.
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Bitcoin, rival cryptocurrencies plunge on crackdown fears

LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin slid as much as 18 percent on Tuesday to a four-week low, as fears of a regulatory crackdown on the market spread after reports suggested it was still possible that South Korea could ban trading in cryptocurrencies.

After rising 71% in Dec, five reasons why gold imports will halve in Jan

After rising by a staggering 71% in Dec 2017, the decline in imports this month has its roots in both tradition and economics
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After rising 71% in Dec, five reasons why gold imports will halve in Jan

After rising by a staggering 71% in Dec 2017, the decline in imports this month has its roots in both tradition and economics

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YouTube tightens the rules around creator monetization and partnerships

 In an effort to regain advertisers’ trust, Google is announcing what it says are “tough but necessary” changes to YouTube monetization. For one thing, it’s setting a higher bar the YouTube Partner Program, which is what allows p
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YouTube tightens the rules around creator monetization and partnerships

 In an effort to regain advertisers’ trust, Google is announcing what it says are “tough but necessary” changes to YouTube monetization. For one thing, it’s setting a higher bar the YouTube Partner Program, which is what allows publishers to make money through advertising. Previously, they needed 10,000 total views to join the program. Starting today, channels also need… Read More

TWiT is suing Twitter, alleging breach of contract and copyright infringement

 TWiT, officially known as This Week in Tech, is suing Twitter. The audio and video media platform alleges breach of written contract, breach of oral agreement, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage and trademark infringement. As t
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TWiT is suing Twitter, alleging breach of contract and copyright infringement

 TWiT, officially known as This Week in Tech, is suing Twitter. The audio and video media platform alleges breach of written contract, breach of oral agreement, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage and trademark infringement. As the story goes, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams had previously told Laporte Twitter was simply a text-based microblogging service, the… Read More

The Awl is shutting down

 The Awl, the hard-to-classify site that published compelling personal essays, media commentary and much more, announced today that it will be shutting down at the end of January, along with its sister site The Hairpin. The site was founded in 2009 by
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The Awl is shutting down

 The Awl, the hard-to-classify site that published compelling personal essays, media commentary and much more, announced today that it will be shutting down at the end of January, along with its sister site The Hairpin. The site was founded in 2009 by Gawker alums Choire Sicha and Alex Balk, and while you could definitely hear echoes of the Gawker style, it soon established itself as a home for… Read More

In a cloture vote, the Senate ends debate on warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens

 On Tuesday, the Senate undertook a cloture vote to end the debate on a bill that would renew a controversial legal loophole that provides U.S. intelligence agencies with a means for the warrantless surveillance of American citizens. With 60 for and 38 a
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In a cloture vote, the Senate ends debate on warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens

 On Tuesday, the Senate undertook a cloture vote to end the debate on a bill that would renew a controversial legal loophole that provides U.S. intelligence agencies with a means for the warrantless surveillance of American citizens. With 60 for and 38 against, the Senate voted in favor of cloture, a considerably blow to privacy advocates who have long pushed for reform. A two-thirds… Read More

Curve, the fintech that connects all your cards to a single card and app, gets full consumer launch

 Curve, the London fintech startup that offers a platform that lets you consolidate all your bank cards into a single Curve card and app to make it easier to manage your spending, is finally launching to U.K. consumers. Up until now, the service remaine
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Curve, the fintech that connects all your cards to a single card and app, gets full consumer launch

 Curve, the London fintech startup that offers a platform that lets you consolidate all your bank cards into a single Curve card and app to make it easier to manage your spending, is finally launching to U.K. consumers. Up until now, the service remained in Beta and was only officially available to business users. Read More

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Civil rights veteran Rep. Lewis being honored in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia will speak at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, months after refusing to join President Donald Trump there. A private group called Friends of Mississippi Civil Rights Inc. announced Tuesday t
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Civil rights veteran Rep. Lewis being honored in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia will speak at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, months after refusing to join President Donald Trump there. A private group called Friends of Mississippi Civil Rights Inc. announced Tuesday that it will give awards to Lewis, who helped lead ...

Civil rights veteran Lewis being honored in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia will speak at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, months after refusing to join President Donald Trump there. Friends of Mississippi Civil Rights Inc. announced Tuesday it will give awards to L
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Civil rights veteran Lewis being honored in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia will speak at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, months after refusing to join President Donald Trump there. Friends of Mississippi Civil Rights Inc. announced Tuesday it will give awards to Lewis, who helped lead the historic 1965 march across ...

Dragon Ball FighterZ Gets Another Beta After Troubled Open Beta

After a successful closed beta last summer, Bandai Namco held an open beta for Dragon Ball FighterZ this past weekend. Unfortunately, a great deal of folks (myself included) were unable to get in […] The post Dragon Ball FighterZ Gets Another Beta Afte
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Gets Another Beta After Troubled Open Beta

After a successful closed beta last summer, Bandai Namco held an open beta for Dragon Ball FighterZ this past weekend. Unfortunately, a great deal of folks (myself included) were unable to get in […] The post Dragon Ball FighterZ Gets Another Beta After Troubled Open Beta appeared first on Geek.com.

Watch ‘Doctor Who’ Season 10 Deleted Scenes

Doctor Who may be gone (for now), but it’s not forgotten. BBC America recently released a handful of clips swept up from the tenth series’ cutting room floor. Those fans who invested in […] The post Watch ‘Doctor Who’ Season 10 D
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Watch ‘Doctor Who’ Season 10 Deleted Scenes

Doctor Who may be gone (for now), but it’s not forgotten. BBC America recently released a handful of clips swept up from the tenth series’ cutting room floor. Those fans who invested in […] The post Watch ‘Doctor Who’ Season 10 Deleted Scenes appeared first on Geek.com.

Watchdog: Foreign groups among spenders at Trump properties

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 60 groups, including foreign governments, political campaigns and business organizations, spent money at Trump-branded properties across the U.S. last year, according to a report Tuesday by a watchdog group that has long been criti
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Watchdog: Foreign groups among spenders at Trump properties

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 60 groups, including foreign governments, political campaigns and business organizations, spent money at Trump-branded properties across the U.S. last year, according to a report Tuesday by a watchdog group that has long been critical of how such spending could be used to influence the president. ...

US travel industry launches plan to reverse tourism decline

NEW YORK (AP) - Travel industry representatives sounded an alarm Tuesday over declines in international tourism to the U.S. and announced plans to reverse the trend. Organizers of the new Visit U.S. Coalition portrayed the decline as long-term, going back to
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US travel industry launches plan to reverse tourism decline

NEW YORK (AP) - Travel industry representatives sounded an alarm Tuesday over declines in international tourism to the U.S. and announced plans to reverse the trend. Organizers of the new Visit U.S. Coalition portrayed the decline as long-term, going back to 2015, and said they would work with the Trump ...

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Australian Open: Nadal, Kyrgios set for 2nd-round matches

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Top-seeded Rafael Nadal, second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki and local hope Nick Kyrgios were set to play their second-round matches at the Australian Open on Wednesday.
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Australian Open: Nadal, Kyrgios set for 2nd-round matches

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Top-seeded Rafael Nadal, second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki and local hope Nick Kyrgios were set to play their second-round matches at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Ichiro Suzuki considering return to Japan

Ichiro Suzuki is open to a return to Japan if he is unable to land a job with an MLB team.Ichiro became a free agent after the Miami Marlins bought him out of his contract following the season. His agent had hopes of something coming through with the Seattle
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Ichiro Suzuki considering return to Japan

Ichiro Suzuki is open to a return to Japan if he is unable to land a job with an MLB team.Ichiro became a free agent after the Miami Marlins bought him out of his contract following the season. His agent had hopes of something coming through with the Seattle Mariners or San Diego Padres, but both teams have moved on.MLB.com’s Barry M. Bloom spoke with Ichiro’s agent John Boggs for a story published on Tuesday, and Boggs said the possibility of Ichiro returning to Japan if nothing comes through in MLB exists.“I don’t really like to think about that,” Boggs told MLB.com. “As every day goes by, I keep holding out hope that somebody will realize that he would be a tremendous asset for any organization.”The market is moving slowly, with outfielders such as JD Martinez, Lorenzo Cain and Carlos Gonzalez still available. Ichiro has been told by teams to continue checking in, so he should not be counted out yet. But he may have to continue waiting.The 44-year-old batted .255 in 196 at-bats last season for the Marlins.

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