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Fireball Finds! Meteorite Fragments from Dazzling Michigan Meteor Found on Ice

Meteorite hunters in Michigan found six rocks Thursday (Jan. 18) that likely came from a spectacular fireball that lit up local skies earlier this week.

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Trump pulled Brennan's clearance because he thinks it made him look 'strong,' wants to do it again

Donald Trump is always on the hunt for another way to hurt people who don’t clear the hurdle of only saying good things about Trump, all the time. Sometimes that’s firing them. Sometimes that’s making sure they don’t get a pension. Sometimes that’s
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Trump pulled Brennan's clearance because he thinks it made him look 'strong,' wants to do it again

Donald Trump is always on the hunt for another way to hurt people who don’t clear the hurdle of only saying good things about Trump, all the time. Sometimes that’s firing them. Sometimes that’s making sure they don’t get a pension. Sometimes that’s hitting them with a racist insult. Or another racist insult. Or really … racist insults is the big thing. But Trump has been mulling over the idea of suspending security clearances ever since news began circulating of just how many of his own White House staff had flunked the test to get those clearances in the first place. Since the spring, Trump has floated a list of names of former intelligence and law enforcement officials, some of whom did not actually have any continuing clearance in the first place, with the idea that he would remove that clearance as some kind of punishment. On Wednesday, he took the extraordinary step of claiming to remove clearance from former CIA director John Brennan and he broke every rule in the process.  Apparently, this feeling was so satisfying that Trump is just itchin’ to exercise his security-stealing finger again. And as the Washington Post reports, it’s all about the Russia investigation. Over the past 19 months, Trump has fired or threatened to take action against nearly a dozen current and former officials associated with the inquiry, which he has labeled a “rigged witch hunt,” including former FBI director James B. Comey, former deputy attorney general Sally Yates and former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe.  While firing Comey required Trump to having Rod Rosenstein draft an excuse letter and Trump sticking with that excuse for almost 48 hours before ‘fessing up to Lester Holt that it was all about the Russia investigation, with Brennan’s security clearance that process was accelerated. Trump merely had Sanders read a Stephen Miller-generated excuse, then immediately stepped on his own lie in an interview that same day. Apparently, Donald Trump has made the whole obstruction process much quicker. He’s the Henry Ford of the obstruction assembly line.  But the problem with Trump’s punish-’em-by-taking-away-their-clearance idea is it doesn’t actually punish anyone. It made a difference when Jared Kushner or Rob Porter couldn’t clear the lowest bar for security because they were working in the White House, and looking at classified documents came with the job. For those no longer actively in those roles, not having clearance makes no difference, because in day-to-day actions, they have no access to classified materials. The only one really hurt by Trump’s actions, is the nation.

The jury is still out on Manafort, but Trump is offering him a sad, a very sad, a very very sad

At this hour, the jury is literally still out on the trial of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort. In this trial, Manafort is facing 18 charges of bank fraud and tax evasion. Jurors got the case yesterday, were allowed to go home overnight, and returne
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The jury is still out on Manafort, but Trump is offering him a sad, a very sad, a very very sad

At this hour, the jury is literally still out on the trial of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort. In this trial, Manafort is facing 18 charges of bank fraud and tax evasion. Jurors got the case yesterday, were allowed to go home overnight, and returned to deliberations this morning. But while jurors contemplate whether taking tens of millions under the table from Russian oligarchs, funneling it through shell companies to unreported accounts at Cyprus-based banks, and failing to report those funds to the IRS while tapping them for you-really-should-not-make-a-coat-out-of-that jackets is a bit of an issue, Donald Trump has already delivered a verdict. xNEW: «I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad,» Pres. Trump says. «I think it's a very sad day for our country.»«He happens to be a very good person, and I think it's very sad what they've done to Paul Manafort.» https://t.co/Ay5aRgcW0j pic.twitter.com/huHZyqqHJV— ABC News (@ABC) August 17, 2018 Which should go a long way to making Manafort comfortable with the idea that, no matter what the jury says, this justice system thing is all kind of irrelevant as long as Trump has his pardon gun. And hey, money laundering and bank fraud. Everyone does that kind of stuff. Like locker-room talk.

Pro-Christian Russian MP threatens Facebook with boycott over pro-Nazi memorial page

A Russian lawmaker known for his staunch pro-Christian and anti-gay stance has urged other MPs to boycott Facebook over its refusal to block a page dedicated to a Latvian volunteer unit that fought with the Nazis in WWII. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Pro-Christian Russian MP threatens Facebook with boycott over pro-Nazi memorial page

A Russian lawmaker known for his staunch pro-Christian and anti-gay stance has urged other MPs to boycott Facebook over its refusal to block a page dedicated to a Latvian volunteer unit that fought with the Nazis in WWII. Read Full Article at RT.com

Trump thinks 'Democrats give up when I turn out.' Democrats everywhere fall down laughing.

Hahahahahahaha [pause for breath] hahahaha: “I think the Democrats give up when I turn out,” Trump said. “If you want to know the truth, I don’t think it energizes them. I think it de-energizes them. I think they give up when I turn out.” Yes,
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Trump thinks 'Democrats give up when I turn out.' Democrats everywhere fall down laughing.

Hahahahahahaha [pause for breath] hahahaha: “I think the Democrats give up when I turn out,” Trump said. “If you want to know the truth, I don’t think it energizes them. I think it de-energizes them. I think they give up when I turn out.” Yes, Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb was so demoralized when Donald Trump rallied for state Rep. Rick Saccone that Lamb went on to win a deep-red House district. Is Trump getting the “Trump is attacking us—we need your help” Democratic fundraising emails that go out when he attacks a Democrat and believing that those mean panic rather than the reality of gleefully raking in the small-dollar contributions? This is hilarious. But you know what? This is one where the New York Times and the rest of them may be right not to call a wildly inaccurate Trump statement a lie: this is massive denial. If he’s lying to anyone it’s himself because admitting how energized Democrats are around beating Trump means that when Republican lose, it’s his own fault.

'He's gonna kill us,' says a Nebraska soybean farmer as Trump offers, 'Don't blame me'

The question facing many soybean farmers these days relating to Donald Trump's trade war with China is: «How long can I hold out?» That's exactly what Nebraska farmer Doug Saathoff told the Los Angeles Times about his dilemma over the falling pr
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'He's gonna kill us,' says a Nebraska soybean farmer as Trump offers, 'Don't blame me'

The question facing many soybean farmers these days relating to Donald Trump's trade war with China is: «How long can I hold out?» That's exactly what Nebraska farmer Doug Saathoff told the Los Angeles Times about his dilemma over the falling price of soybeans and whether his business could absorb the financial blow. For now, Saathoff still supports Trump, but it may be a test of time. Saathoff can wait it out for at least a few more months partly because he was able to sell some of his fall harvest in advance, before soybean prices dropped. The question is: Will he and other farmers stick with Trump when they really start to feel the pain? China's retaliatory tariffs have hit soybean farmers particularly hard as exports plummeted 14.1 percent in July and prices have dropped from $11 per bushel earlier this year to $9 per bushel now. That's basically a «break-even point» for most soybean farmers, according to the Times. “He’s gonna kill us,” groused Joel Samuleson, 81, at a meeting with his fellow farmers, many of them Trump supporters. About the only thing they all agreed on was their collective disdain for the administration’s plan to provide aid to farmers. Otherwise known as Trump's $12 billion payoff to farmers in hopes of keeping them happy before the midterms. Just a guess that very few of those soybean farmers have heard what Trump told donors at a fundraiser in Utica, New York, earlier this week. 

Russian ombudsman urges legislative changes to allow for prisoner swaps with Ukraine

The Russian Commissioner for Human Rights, Tatyana Moskalkova, has said that Russia and Ukraine must sign a separate treaty or make some changes in their laws that would allow mutual exchange of prisoners between the two nations. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Russian ombudsman urges legislative changes to allow for prisoner swaps with Ukraine

The Russian Commissioner for Human Rights, Tatyana Moskalkova, has said that Russia and Ukraine must sign a separate treaty or make some changes in their laws that would allow mutual exchange of prisoners between the two nations. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Govt forms working group to set up domestic council for jewellery sector

In a first move that will set the ball rolling for implementing comprehensive gold policy, government has set up working group for setting up of the domestic council for Gem and Jewellery sector. The group is headed by the joint secretary of ministry of comme
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Govt forms working group to set up domestic council for jewellery sector

In a first move that will set the ball rolling for implementing comprehensive gold policy, government has set up working group for setting up of the domestic council for Gem and Jewellery sector. The group is headed by the joint secretary of ministry of commerce, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi. «The group has participation from all stake holders of the industry from mines to market and will work out composition and details of the council,» Said Mohit Kamboj, president Indian Bullion and Jewellers Association.According to commerce ministry order issued yesterday, the working group has mandate to prepare data base of all association of Gem and Jewellery sector, product wise and region wise. Decide eligibility criteria for association to be part of it and work out other details.Interestingly the group doesn't have the representation of the erstwhile Gem and Jewellery Federation (GJF) which has recently changed its name to all India Gem and jewellery domestic council. The members of the group ...

Take selfies from the sky with the DJI Spark: Just $250 - CNET

That's the lowest price to date on DJI's amazingly capable quadcopter, which can be controlled using just your hands. Plus: Two bonus deals!
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Take selfies from the sky with the DJI Spark: Just $250 - CNET

That's the lowest price to date on DJI's amazingly capable quadcopter, which can be controlled using just your hands. Plus: Two bonus deals!

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Tesla shares tumble in early trading, after another Elon Musk-powered PR blunder

Elon Musk, the embattled chief executive of electric automaker and sustainable energy company Tesla, tried to “set the record straight” about his recent behavior in an hour-long exclusive interview with the New York Times. Instead, it only served to furth
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Tesla shares tumble in early trading, after another Elon Musk-powered PR blunder

Elon Musk, the embattled chief executive of electric automaker and sustainable energy company Tesla, tried to “set the record straight” about his recent behavior in an hour-long exclusive interview with the New York Times. Instead, it only served to further underscore how out-of-touch the billionaire chief executive seems from the ongoing operations at his company. […]

Facebook’s Kodi box ban is nothing new

According to recent reports, Facebook has updated its Commerce Policy to specifically ban the sale of Kodi boxes on its site – that is, devices that come with pre-installed Kodi software, which are often used for illegally streaming digital content. Ho
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Facebook’s Kodi box ban is nothing new

According to recent reports, Facebook has updated its Commerce Policy to specifically ban the sale of Kodi boxes on its site – that is, devices that come with pre-installed Kodi software, which are often used for illegally streaming digital content. However, the ban is not a new one – Facebook confirms its policy on Kodi box […]

Google said to be releasing its own smart display this year

Back at CES in January, Google put on a big show with the launch of a new product category designed to take on Amazon’s Echo Show and Spot. Three companies — LG, Lenovo and JBL — were waiting in the wings with their own take on the screen-powered smart
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Google said to be releasing its own smart display this year

Back at CES in January, Google put on a big show with the launch of a new product category designed to take on Amazon’s Echo Show and Spot. Three companies — LG, Lenovo and JBL — were waiting in the wings with their own take on the screen-powered smart speaker. Google itself, on the other […]

Klarity uses AI to strip drudgery from contract review

Klarity, a member of the Y Combiner 2018 Summer class, wants to automate much of the contract review process by applying artificial intelligence, specifically natural language processing. Company co-founder and CEO Andrew Antos has experienced the pain of con
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Klarity uses AI to strip drudgery from contract review

Klarity, a member of the Y Combiner 2018 Summer class, wants to automate much of the contract review process by applying artificial intelligence, specifically natural language processing. Company co-founder and CEO Andrew Antos has experienced the pain of contract reviews first hand. After graduating from Harvard Law, he landed a job spending 16 hours a […]

Google updates Location History language after tracking backlash

Four days after admitting that it continues to track users even after the Location History tracking has been disabled, Google has updated its website to more accurately reflect the nature of its location policy.  “This setting does not affect other locatio
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Google updates Location History language after tracking backlash

Four days after admitting that it continues to track users even after the Location History tracking has been disabled, Google has updated its website to more accurately reflect the nature of its location policy.  “This setting does not affect other location services on your device, like Google Location Services and Find My Device,” the updated […]

Moderate carbohydrate intake may be best for health, study suggests

A new study has found that diets both low and high in carbohydrates were linked with an increase in mortality, while moderate consumers of carbohydrates had the lowest risk of mortality. The study also found that low-carb diets that replace carbohydrates wit
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Moderate carbohydrate intake may be best for health, study suggests

A new study has found that diets both low and high in carbohydrates were linked with an increase in mortality, while moderate consumers of carbohydrates had the lowest risk of mortality. The study also found that low-carb diets that replace carbohydrates with proteins and fats from plant sources were associated with lower risk of mortality compared to those that replace carbohydrates with proteins and fat from animal sources.

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Jewels in the Night Sea: Luminous Plankton Captured in the Dark Waters of the Osezaki Sea

Japanese marine life photographer Ryo Minemizu focuses his lens on some of the tiniest and most abundant life forms in our oceans. His series Phenomenons explores the diverse beauty and extravagant colors of plankton, and is shot amongst the dark waters of
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Jewels in the Night Sea: Luminous Plankton Captured in the Dark Waters of the Osezaki Sea

Japanese marine life photographer Ryo Minemizu focuses his lens on some of the tiniest and most abundant life forms in our oceans. His series Phenomenons explores the diverse beauty and extravagant colors of plankton, and is shot amongst the dark waters of the Osezaki sea near Mount Fuji. To capture the small creatures Minemizu sets his shutter speed to just a fraction of a second, while ensuring that his own movements don’t disturb the surrounding organisms. More

Boner-Boosting Beer Chock Full of Salad Greens

For most people, alcohol is not an aphrodisiac—despite what last week’s drunken night out suggested. Yes, booze can help lower your inhibitions. But it also decreases the chances of male sexual arousal, lessens […] The post Boner-Boosting Beer C
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Boner-Boosting Beer Chock Full of Salad Greens

For most people, alcohol is not an aphrodisiac—despite what last week’s drunken night out suggested. Yes, booze can help lower your inhibitions. But it also decreases the chances of male sexual arousal, lessens […] The post Boner-Boosting Beer Chock Full of Salad Greens appeared first on Geek.com.

Dolce & Gabbana Debuts Glow in Rome Makeup Collection for Fall

With the Glow in Rome Makeup Collection, the fashion house Dolce & Gabbana is drawing inspiration from the vibe of the capital of Italy in the run up to fall.Rome, the heart of Italy’s culture and history, is this year being captured in a new light beca
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Dolce & Gabbana Debuts Glow in Rome Makeup Collection for Fall

With the Glow in Rome Makeup Collection, the fashion house Dolce & Gabbana is drawing inspiration from the vibe of the capital of Italy in the run up to fall.Rome, the heart of Italy’s culture and history, is this year being captured in a new light because of the Glow in Rome Makeup Collection. Created by Dolce & Gabbana, the luxury Italian fashion house that specializes in catering to women’s fashion and launched its first female centered collection in 1985, the new collection allows users to get an ethereal complexion that glows with health and vitality.The makeup collection features a Millennialskin On-The-Glow Longwear Concealer, nail lacquers in various colors, and matte lipsticks in shades of red. A moisturizer with a tinted finish, an Eyeliner Stylo for creating high definition around the eyes, a limited edition Creamy Illuminator pressed powder and eye shadow in four shades round off the collection.Model Chiara Scelsi was roped in to front the campaign for the Glow in Rome Makeup Collection and she posed along with locals and centurions before the Coliseum. Scelsi sported the perfect glow on her face created by mixing the various products in the collection so that they suited her skin tone and highlighted her features.Importantly, the products in the range help protect the skin and the Millennialskin On-The-Glow Tinted Moisturizer has SPF 30 level sunscreen included. The moisturizer is an integral part of the collection and forms a perfect base for the concealer and Creamy Illuminator.Click on the slideshow to check the collection and campaign.http://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin

What Does Climate Change Mean for the Bloody Mary?

More severe weather, dirtier air, higher wildlife extinction rates, growing sea levels, a shortage of iconic brunch drinks: Climate change has far-reaching consequences. And, according to Clark University’s Ed Carr, it’s coming for […] The p
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What Does Climate Change Mean for the Bloody Mary?

More severe weather, dirtier air, higher wildlife extinction rates, growing sea levels, a shortage of iconic brunch drinks: Climate change has far-reaching consequences. And, according to Clark University’s Ed Carr, it’s coming for […] The post What Does Climate Change Mean for the Bloody Mary? appeared first on Geek.com.

MCU News: The Smartest Hero Confirmed, Runaways’ Return & More

It’s an odd time to be a Marvel fan. There are no movies to look forward to until next year, and while both of them are incredibly exciting, we have a while to […] The post MCU News: The Smartest Hero Confirmed, Runaways’ Return & More
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MCU News: The Smartest Hero Confirmed, Runaways’ Return & More

It’s an odd time to be a Marvel fan. There are no movies to look forward to until next year, and while both of them are incredibly exciting, we have a while to […] The post MCU News: The Smartest Hero Confirmed, Runaways’ Return & More appeared first on Geek.com.

These Tags Convert Just About Anything Into a Smart Device

The revolution of smart devices marches on as researchers have made printable tags that mirror some functionality of standard smart gadgets. While that might sound like a major leap at first, it obviously […] The post These Tags Convert Just About Anyth
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These Tags Convert Just About Anything Into a Smart Device

The revolution of smart devices marches on as researchers have made printable tags that mirror some functionality of standard smart gadgets. While that might sound like a major leap at first, it obviously […] The post These Tags Convert Just About Anything Into a Smart Device appeared first on Geek.com.

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Greg Jennings shares his expectations for Baker Mayfield in tonight’s preseason game

Greg Jennings discusses with Rob Parker and Jason McIntyre on Undisputed how Baker Mayfield may perform tonight against the Buffalo Bills.
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Greg Jennings shares his expectations for Baker Mayfield in tonight’s preseason game

Greg Jennings discusses with Rob Parker and Jason McIntyre on Undisputed how Baker Mayfield may perform tonight against the Buffalo Bills.

Chase Elliott leads opening Cup practice from Bristol

Elliott’s fastest average lap speed of 126.645 mph just edged Kyle Larson (126.312 mph). Alex Bowman ended up third (126.295 mph). Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney completed the top-five. In five career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Bristol, Elliott
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Chase Elliott leads opening Cup practice from Bristol

Elliott’s fastest average lap speed of 126.645 mph just edged Kyle Larson (126.312 mph). Alex Bowman ended up third (126.295 mph). Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney completed the top-five. In five career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Bristol, Elliott’s best finish of fourth came in his first series race in 2016. This spring, he started 16th and finished 29th. Rounding out the Top ... ... Keep reading

Magnussen sets sights on «Class B championship» title

The Haas driver is eighth in the 2018 standings on 45 points, just seven behind Renault's Nico Hulkenberg. However, the next-placed driver – Max Verstappen – has more than Magnussen and Hulkenberg combined thanks to the gulf in performance between Mercede
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Magnussen sets sights on «Class B championship» title

The Haas driver is eighth in the 2018 standings on 45 points, just seven behind Renault's Nico Hulkenberg. However, the next-placed driver – Max Verstappen – has more than Magnussen and Hulkenberg combined thanks to the gulf in performance between Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull and the rest of the field. «I'm kind of creating this big championship in my head,» Magnussen told ... ... Keep reading

Rival GM believes Bryce Harper will sign with Phillies

Bryce Harper’s impending free agency not surprisingly continues to dominate the Major League Baseball rumor mill. With that in mind, the latest batch of speculation comes courtesy of Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman, who relays that one rival MLB general manage
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Rival GM believes Bryce Harper will sign with Phillies

Bryce Harper’s impending free agency not surprisingly continues to dominate the Major League Baseball rumor mill. With that in mind, the latest batch of speculation comes courtesy of Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman, who relays that one rival MLB general manager has a good inkling where the Washington Nationals slugger will land.“I think Harper winds up with the Phillies,” the anonymous GM told Heyman.The Phillies have long been believed to be among the front-runners to sign Harper. Heyman also adds in his report that one “Phillies-connected” person believes the team will make a run at both Harper and Manny Machado.That said, a report this week indicated Machado has his eyes on the New York Yankees, another team expected to be major players in the Harper sweepstakes, for myriad reasons.Along with the Phillies and Yankees, the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves are also teams who have been mentioned as serious suitors for Harper’s services. And it would be presumptuous to assu

Russell Wilson defends Earl Thomas: ‘This is our livelihoods’

Earl Thomas’s absence leaves the Seattle Seahawks without a key defender, but quarterback Russell Wilson understands why the All-Pro safety is holding out.While the signal-caller would undoubtedly prefer Thomas be with Seattle, Wilson acknowledged the simpl
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Russell Wilson defends Earl Thomas: ‘This is our livelihoods’

Earl Thomas’s absence leaves the Seattle Seahawks without a key defender, but quarterback Russell Wilson understands why the All-Pro safety is holding out.While the signal-caller would undoubtedly prefer Thomas be with Seattle, Wilson acknowledged the simple, important reason his teammate wants a new contract, per Gregg Bell of The News Tribune.“I think also, too, is that anytime in sports there’s business to it. I think a lot of people forget that. This is our livelihoods, and everything else. This isn’t just…it is fun, and it is games. But it’s not just fun and games, if that makes sense. It’s real life.”Seahawks coach Pete Carroll isn’t so understanding, given his recent comment that “he should be here.”Thomas, however, is entering the final season of his contract. He’s due $8.5 million this season, per Spotrac, and seeks long-term stability. At 29 years old, Thomas knows he’s likely reaching the last big-money deal of his career.That’s why he’s been willing to sacrifice a bit of cash this offseason in hop

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