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Kodak is Making Its Own Cryptocurrency For Some Reason

I can already feel it in my bones that cryptocurrency is going to lead to another economic collapse soon. Real innocent working-class people are going to lose their homes and livelihoods because sociopathic […] The post Kodak is Making Its Own Cryptocur

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Here's a new way to visualize how much ground we gained in the House

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last six weeks, you know that the Democrats won a pretty smashing victory on Election Day, picking up a net 40 seats in the House of Representatives and overperforming most prognosticators’ expectations. You’
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Here's a new way to visualize how much ground we gained in the House

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last six weeks, you know that the Democrats won a pretty smashing victory on Election Day, picking up a net 40 seats in the House of Representatives and overperforming most prognosticators’ expectations. You’re probably also aware that the Republican casualties weren’t randomly distributed among their entire caucus, or that Republican losses weren’t tilted toward their loudest-mouthed doofuses and their most incompetent political practitioners. (Granted, Steve King nearly managed to lose, quite an accomplishment given how dark-red his district is. But, for instance, Louie Gohmert’s asparagus managed to escape without any aspersions being cast upon it.) Instead, the losses were heavily concentrated in the nation’s swing districts, the ones closest to the national political midpoint. Accordingly, the Republicans who lost were disproportionately among the most moderate members of the GOP caucus—not because moderation is more off-putting to voters in swing districts, though. Elected officials in swing districts tend to be more moderate because they believe it’ll help them get re-elected (and, if multiple political science studies are correct, that's true). Any moderation advantage, however, is small, and as political polarization continues to increase, it becomes even more likely that if you’re in the wrong party in a closely-divided district in a wave year, you’re probably dead regardless of how much you try to distance yourself from your party. (Just as many moderate Democrats found out to their chagrin in, for example, 2010.) The orderly precision with which a wave strikes swing district representatives down, though, regardless of their voting record and regardless of their skill as a campaigner, is pretty abstract unless you see it depicted visually. So, I’ve tried to create a graphic that shows just that. Try thinking of the House as a coastal town, with some streets lined with oceanfront property and some set further back from the water. With a big enough wave, just about everything in the first few blocks facing the water gets wiped out. Compared with previous decades when there was more ticket-splitting, it just doesn’t matter much anymore whether you’ve tried to build your own durable brand on a solid foundation of moderation or good constituent service or aw-shucks demeanor; the wave simply doesn’t care. The dark blue blocks, mostly in the middle of the chart, are where all the wave damage is: in other words, the seats that the Democrats picked up in 2018.

Yes, Trump cares about that Supreme Court double jeopardy case. A lot.

Terance Martez Gamble was convicted of second-degree robbery, a felony, in 2008. As a result, he was barred under both state and federal law from possessing a firearm. Nevertheless, he was caught with a gun during a traffic stop in 2015. He was successfull
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Yes, Trump cares about that Supreme Court double jeopardy case. A lot.

Terance Martez Gamble was convicted of second-degree robbery, a felony, in 2008. As a result, he was barred under both state and federal law from possessing a firearm. Nevertheless, he was caught with a gun during a traffic stop in 2015. He was successfully prosecuted for that offense—first by Alabama and then by the federal government. The state conviction earned him just a year in prison, which he completed in May 2017, while the federal conviction resulted in a sentence almost four times as long. As a result, Gamble isn’t due to be released from prison until February 2020. Gamble’s contesting that outcome: He argued from the outset that the federal prosecution violated the Constitution’s double jeopardy clause, which resides in the Fifth Amendment. “No person shall ... be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb“ means that the state and federal government shouldn’t be able to prosecute him for the exact same offense, Gamble argues. On its face, it seems clear enough. But double jeopardy precedent is more complicated than that. For more than a century, since the 1850s, the Supreme Court has maintained that “separate sovereigns” are each entitled to exercise their own jurisdiction. That means a prosecution by one sovereign—the federal government, the military, states, and tribes—doesn’t bar subsequent prosecution by another sovereign. Separate sovereign doctrine was thoroughly reaffirmed in a pair of 1959 cases, one in which a state conviction preceded a federal conviction for the same conduct and a second in which the federal conviction preceded the state conviction. The bar for overturning Supreme Court precedent is high. It would be, to put it lightly, unusual for the justices to throw out 170 years of precedent, especially precedent that so fundamentally affects how the criminal justice system operates, just as the court observed in 1959. It’d also be a massive abrogation of states’ rights and, specifically, police powers—on some views—to make it the case that federal prosecution could pre-empt state prosecution. At a minimum, it would radically change the balance of power between state and federal government in criminal justice. Unsurprisingly, a group of 36 states led by Texas is objecting to any change to separate sovereign doctrine. The states argue that “[d]enying a State the ability to [prosecute an individual under its laws] would transform the nature of sovereignty.” They point to precedent that just two terms ago the Supreme Court referred the principle of separate sovereigns as “fundamental” to “constitutional order” and “the very bedrock of our Union.” That said, separate sovereign doctrine is an excellent example of precedent that bears revisiting given subsequent developments.

Progressive prosecutors are not 'cops.' They are needed to enact criminal justice reform

As Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) receives more and more media attention these days as a potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, she has staunch Democratic supporters and vituperative right-wing detractors.  Since 2017, when she succeeded Sen. Barb
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Progressive prosecutors are not 'cops.' They are needed to enact criminal justice reform

As Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) receives more and more media attention these days as a potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, she has staunch Democratic supporters and vituperative right-wing detractors.  Since 2017, when she succeeded Sen. Barbara Boxer, she’s garnered national attention after being seen in high-profile Senate committee hearings, effectively and forcefully questioning administration officials such as Jeff Sessions, Kristjen Nielson, and Supreme Court nominee (at the time) Brett Kavanaugh, which earned her high marks with many Democrats, and the fury of Republicans. It was clear that in those hearings she used skills honed over the years as a prosecutor in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, and the City Attorney of San Francisco's office; as district attorney of San Francisco; and as California's attorney general. Though her continuation on the Senate Judiciary Committee was in question, it was announced this week that she will keep her seat, which means that we can look forward to her participation in hearings in the coming years.  xAs a former prosecutor, @SenKamalaHarris has strived every day for a more fair judicial system for all Americans. I’m proud that we successfully fought to keep her seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. https://t.co/h1KYQR94kc— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) December 11, 2018 I’m not bothered by the attacks aimed her way by racist, misogynist Democrat-haters—they are to be expected. Especially since she is a black woman, who is also Indian-American.  What I am disturbed by is a dismissive critique aimed at her by folks who call themselves “left,” many of whom are not Democrats. It boils down to, “I won’t vote for her, ever—because ‘she’s a cop.’’”

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Maldives seize $6.5 million from former president Abdulla Yameen

He has been dogged by allegations that he received close to USD 1.5 million in illicit payments during his failed bid for re-election in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation.
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Maldives seize $6.5 million from former president Abdulla Yameen

He has been dogged by allegations that he received close to USD 1.5 million in illicit payments during his failed bid for re-election in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation.

5,000 compressed bio gas plants will be set up by 2023: Dharmendra Pradhan

Pradhan was speaking at a road show organised by oil marketing companies here to sensitise the stakeholders to participate in the SATAT (Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation) initiative.
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5,000 compressed bio gas plants will be set up by 2023: Dharmendra Pradhan

Pradhan was speaking at a road show organised by oil marketing companies here to sensitise the stakeholders to participate in the SATAT (Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation) initiative.

Maldivian president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih arrives for three-day visit

Solih, who surprisingly defeated Maldivian strongman Abdulla Yameen in polls in September, arrived here this afternoon on his first foreign visit after assuming office and was received by Union minister Hardeep S Puri.
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Maldivian president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih arrives for three-day visit

Solih, who surprisingly defeated Maldivian strongman Abdulla Yameen in polls in September, arrived here this afternoon on his first foreign visit after assuming office and was received by Union minister Hardeep S Puri.

Germany to tighten rules on foreign takeovers: Report

The update of the Foreign Trade Regulation would allow the German government to review or bloc foreign purchases of stakes as low as 10% in such companies, down from 25% now.
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Germany to tighten rules on foreign takeovers: Report

The update of the Foreign Trade Regulation would allow the German government to review or bloc foreign purchases of stakes as low as 10% in such companies, down from 25% now.

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3D-printed heads let hackers – and cops – unlock your phone

There’s a lot you can make with a 3D printer: from prosthetics, corneas, and firearms — even an Olympic-standard luge. You can even 3D print a life-size replica of a human head — and not just for Hollywood. Forbes reporter Thomas Brewster commission
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3D-printed heads let hackers – and cops – unlock your phone

There’s a lot you can make with a 3D printer: from prosthetics, corneas, and firearms — even an Olympic-standard luge. You can even 3D print a life-size replica of a human head — and not just for Hollywood. Forbes reporter Thomas Brewster commissioned a 3D printed model of his own head to test the face […]

HQ Trivia and Vine co-founder Colin Kroll found dead of suspected overdose

Colin Kroll, the 35-year-old co-founder and CEO of the HQ Trivia app, has been found dead of an apparent drug overdose in his apartment, TechCrunch has confirmed. A spokesman for the NYPD told us that a female called 911 for a wellness check on Kroll’s
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HQ Trivia and Vine co-founder Colin Kroll found dead of suspected overdose

Colin Kroll, the 35-year-old co-founder and CEO of the HQ Trivia app, has been found dead of an apparent drug overdose in his apartment, TechCrunch has confirmed. A spokesman for the NYPD told us that a female called 911 for a wellness check on Kroll’s apartment and he was found dead inside at 08:00 hours […]

In the winds of crypto winter

Well, it was surreal while it lasted, by which I mean the 2017-18 cryptocurrency bubble. For a while there, Coinbase was #1 in the App Store, Bitcoin was above $10K, and there were more notional crypto zillionaires out there than you could shake a Merkle tre
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In the winds of crypto winter

Well, it was surreal while it lasted, by which I mean the 2017-18 cryptocurrency bubble. For a while there, Coinbase was #1 in the App Store, Bitcoin was above $10K, and there were more notional crypto zillionaires out there than you could shake a Merkle tree at. Those were the crazy days. Now, though, a […]

Ten pieces of friendly VC advice for when someone wants to buy your company

David Frankel Contributor David Frankel is a managing partner at Founder Collective. More posts by this contributor Startups should read this checklist before they go ‘whale hunting’ for big partners You earn a million dollars a year and can’
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Ten pieces of friendly VC advice for when someone wants to buy your company

David Frankel Contributor David Frankel is a managing partner at Founder Collective. More posts by this contributor Startups should read this checklist before they go ‘whale hunting’ for big partners You earn a million dollars a year and can’t get funded? I’ve been fortunate to have been part of half a dozen exits this year, […]

NASA's Insight Lander on Mars Spotted from Space

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter photographed the InSight lander, as well as the hardware that helped the stationary robot ace its Nov. 26 touchdown on the equatorial plain known as Elysium Planitia.
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NASA's Insight Lander on Mars Spotted from Space

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter photographed the InSight lander, as well as the hardware that helped the stationary robot ace its Nov. 26 touchdown on the equatorial plain known as Elysium Planitia.

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15 Last-Minute Tech Gifts From Amazon Under $50

Christmas is less than two weeks away, which means the clock is ticking to find last-minute tech gifts. If you’re still scrambling to buy some gadgets for everyone on your list, Amazon has some […] The post 15 Last-Minute Tech Gifts From Amazon U
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15 Last-Minute Tech Gifts From Amazon Under $50

Christmas is less than two weeks away, which means the clock is ticking to find last-minute tech gifts. If you’re still scrambling to buy some gadgets for everyone on your list, Amazon has some […] The post 15 Last-Minute Tech Gifts From Amazon Under $50 appeared first on Geek.com.

Tea thrown into harbor for anniversary of Boston Tea Party

BOSTON (AP) - Tea will once again be thrown into Boston Harbor to mark the 245th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. Sunday is the anniversary of the protest during which colonists protesting taxation without representation threw British tea into Boston Harb
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Tea thrown into harbor for anniversary of Boston Tea Party

BOSTON (AP) - Tea will once again be thrown into Boston Harbor to mark the 245th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. Sunday is the anniversary of the protest during which colonists protesting taxation without representation threw British tea into Boston Harbor in what is considered a pivotal event that ...

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts receives gift of Chinese art

BOSTON (AP) - Boston's Museum of Fine Arts has received what museum officials are calling a transformative gift of nearly 200 pieces of Chinese art that have been in the same family for six generations. The gift from Wan-go H. C. Weng is the largest and most
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Boston's Museum of Fine Arts receives gift of Chinese art

BOSTON (AP) - Boston's Museum of Fine Arts has received what museum officials are calling a transformative gift of nearly 200 pieces of Chinese art that have been in the same family for six generations. The gift from Wan-go H. C. Weng is the largest and most significant gift of ...

Prescott's Sharlot Hall Museum to begin $2 million expansion

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - After 90 years, a Prescott museum known for its large collection of photos and documents of Arizona history is getting an update. The Sharlot Hall Museum will break ground in January on a planned expansion that will include a new educat
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Prescott's Sharlot Hall Museum to begin $2 million expansion

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - After 90 years, a Prescott museum known for its large collection of photos and documents of Arizona history is getting an update. The Sharlot Hall Museum will break ground in January on a planned expansion that will include a new education center, the Daily Courier in ...

S. Indiana county seeks more time on clearing of forest land

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Officials in a southern Indiana county want more time to comment on a U.S. Forest Service proposal to clear land within the Hoosier National Forest. The Monroe County Council last week approved asking forestry officials for another 30
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S. Indiana county seeks more time on clearing of forest land

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Officials in a southern Indiana county want more time to comment on a U.S. Forest Service proposal to clear land within the Hoosier National Forest. The Monroe County Council last week approved asking forestry officials for another 30-day public comment period when the current comment period ...

Save Over 70 Percent Off on Private Internet Access VPN

Web browsing can be risky business. That’s because with relative ease, hackers can gain access to your stream and steal your information. Want top-notch protection? Get it with a subscription to Private Internet […] The post Save Over 70 Percent Off o
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Save Over 70 Percent Off on Private Internet Access VPN

Web browsing can be risky business. That’s because with relative ease, hackers can gain access to your stream and steal your information. Want top-notch protection? Get it with a subscription to Private Internet […] The post Save Over 70 Percent Off on Private Internet Access VPN appeared first on Geek.com.

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The Cowboys are on a hot streak, but how far will they go in 2018? The FOX NFL Sunday crew breaks it down

Are the Cowboys for real? The FOX NFL Sunday crew has plenty of opinions.
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The Cowboys are on a hot streak, but how far will they go in 2018? The FOX NFL Sunday crew breaks it down

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