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For a Democrat, Andrew Cuomo shares a lot of big-time donors with Donald Trump

Lousy Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo shares quite a few donors with Donald Trump, from relatively obscure billionaires like Nelson Peltz and John Paulson to some big names on Team Trump: Anthony Scaramucci, who was briefly Trump's communications director, in
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For a Democrat, Andrew Cuomo shares a lot of big-time donors with Donald Trump

Lousy Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo shares quite a few donors with Donald Trump, from relatively obscure billionaires like Nelson Peltz and John Paulson to some big names on Team Trump: Anthony Scaramucci, who was briefly Trump's communications director, in 2010 was the finance chairman of «Republicans For Cuomo» while former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is on Trump's current legal team, co-chaired Cuomo's transition committee on public safety in 2010. A Cuomo spokesperson dismissed the issue, pointing out that many of these donors have given money to other prominent Democrats. Fine! But being a donor to both parties and being the finance chair of “Republicans for Cuomo” or a co-chair of a Cuomo transition committee are two different things. And on Cuomo’s part, being a Democrat who actively works to keep Democrats from power in the state legislature lines up rather nicely with his Scaramucci and Giuliani ties. So he won’t get out of it that easily. Can you chip in $3 to help Cynthia Nixon beat Andrew Cuomo in the New York Democratic primary?

The Art of the Worst Possible Deal: Diplomatic expert breaks down Trump's terrible China negotiating

In the midst of a Trump-designed trade war, President Xi Jingping and a group of Chinese officials visited D.C. to lay the groundwork for a new trade agreement. What they found was a bungling group of ‘keystone cops’ who were incapable of showing a unifie
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The Art of the Worst Possible Deal: Diplomatic expert breaks down Trump's terrible China negotiating

In the midst of a Trump-designed trade war, President Xi Jingping and a group of Chinese officials visited D.C. to lay the groundwork for a new trade agreement. What they found was a bungling group of ‘keystone cops’ who were incapable of showing a unified front—and the Chinese took full advantage of the Trump administration’s incompetence. The New York Times summarized the meetings thusly: By the time American negotiators wrapped up high-level talks with a visiting Chinese delegation last week, President Trump’s ambitions for a multibillion-dollar trade agreement had, for the time being, shriveled into a blandly worded communiqué without any dollar figures. It was not clear that the talks set a path to success. Ceaseless infighting and jockeying for influence on the White House’s trade team helped deprive Mr. Trump of a quick victory on his most cherished policy agenda, several people involved in the talks said. The deep internal divisions carried over into how officials characterized the agreement and muddied the outlook for the next phase of the negotiations between Washington and Beijing. The internal divisions of Trump’s White House staff and Cabinet have been simmering for months. Earlier this year in Beijing, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Trump trade advisor Peter Navarro had a heated argument in front of Chinese officials: During that trip, Mr. Mnuchin agreed to a private meeting with China’s top economic official, Liu He, without Mr. Navarro or any other members of the American delegation. He and Mr. Navarro stepped outside to engage in a profanity-laced shouting match, an unmistakable demonstration to the Chinese of their deep differences of opinions. Mr. Mnuchin sought to play down tensions between the American officials, saying on CNBC that Mr. Navarro was “an important part of the team.” Swell. Nice united front you put on there, fellas. Worse than that, the NYT notes the Chinese officials could tell Donald Trump was desperate for any type of a ‘symbolic’ victory that could be trumpeted as a win for himself. So, the Chinese made a few concessions and Trump gave away the farm. 

Trump gets the go-ahead to strip money from Children's Health Insurance Program

Republicans took the Children’s Health Insurance Program hostage late last year and into this year. Now, months after finally funding it, they're doing this: The Government Accountability Office on Tuesday delivered a victory to the Trump administratio
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Trump gets the go-ahead to strip money from Children's Health Insurance Program

Republicans took the Children’s Health Insurance Program hostage late last year and into this year. Now, months after finally funding it, they're doing this: The Government Accountability Office on Tuesday delivered a victory to the Trump administration by greenlighting a proposal to claw back more than $7 billion in unused cash from the Children’s Health Insurance Program. [...] With that legal approval, the White House’s plan for so-called rescissions will likely retain its filibuster-proof powers in the GOP-controlled Senate, easing the way for potential passage with a simple majority vote. Health care for kids used to be a bipartisan concern. Now it’s a target and a bargaining chip as far as Republicans are concerned. 

Midday open thread: Symptoms of American greatness

● Today’s comic by Jen Sorensen is Ballcap semiotics: ● Dirty dirty graduation cake: When they opened the box, there it was: “Congrats Jacob! Summa — Laude Class of 2018.” Jacob was “absolutely humiliated,” Koscinski said to Th
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Midday open thread: Symptoms of American greatness

● Today’s comic by Jen Sorensen is Ballcap semiotics: ● Dirty dirty graduation cake: When they opened the box, there it was: “Congrats Jacob! Summa — Laude Class of 2018.” Jacob was “absolutely humiliated,” Koscinski said to The Post. “It was unbelievable. I ordered the special graduation edition cake. I can’t believe I’m the first one to ever write “Summa Cum Laude” on a cake. ● Teen must pay $36M for starting massive Oregon fire. His lawyer calls sum 'absurd.' Yeah, good luck collecting on that. ● USA! USA! xwhat a chart pic.twitter.com/A5eVZ4JkSf— Jon Stone (@joncstone) May 20, 2018 ● Woman who filmed Oakland, California's BBQ Becky speaks out. ● The primaries keep rolling! Voters in Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky all head to the polls to choose their nominees for this November's midterm elections, while Texans will vote in runoffs in races where no candidate took a majority in the state's March primary. At the top of the list is the battle for governor in Georgia, where former state House Minority Leader (and Daily Kos endorsee) Stacey Abrams is looking to secure the Democratic nomination and become the first black woman governor in American history this fall. You can find our guide to this race and all the other key contests here, and join us when the first polls close at 6 PM ET for our liveblog at Daily Kos Elections. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Time for your morning constitutional! Crisis, that is. Trump gets his DoJ probe. Autocrats are automatically attracted to Trump. They just start kissing ass. It's like a magnet. They don't even wait for elections. And when you’re a crown prince, he lets you do it. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!)

White House staffers say they mimic Trump's ridiculous tweets to stick it to the 'elites'

So there's this Boston Globe scoop going around in which internal White House sources appear to be bragging that when they write tweets for Trump's Twitter feed they write them to sound intentionally stupid so it sounds like him. They overuse the exclamatio
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White House staffers say they mimic Trump's ridiculous tweets to stick it to the 'elites'

So there's this Boston Globe scoop going around in which internal White House sources appear to be bragging that when they write tweets for Trump's Twitter feed they write them to sound intentionally stupid so it sounds like him. They overuse the exclamation point! They Capitalize random words for emphasis. Fragments. Loosely connected ideas. All part of a process that is not as spontaneous as Trump’s Twitter feed often appears. [...] Some staff members even relish the scoldings Trump gets from elites shocked by the Trumpian language they strive to imitate, believing that debates over presidential typos fortify the belief within his base that he has the common touch. This is either true or it isn't, and it's a coin flip as to which. I'm not immediately buying it, partly due to this White House communications staff being liars about everything, all the time, and partly because a hallmark of idiot speech is claiming I meant to do what when called out on grammatical errants or using the wrong worbs. Ha ha, they will say, I only did that to get a rise out of you for doing that! In reality I knew the correct way to do that all along, I only did it the wrong way to prove your elitism! But we could take them at their word—that they are dumbing down their speech to a few notches above illiteracy, including the word-spews of «loosely connected ideas» that make no apparent sense to anyone, in order to mimic their boss—and that they are intentionally dumbing down the presidency because they believe the elites who believe it should be more dignified than that need to get a good what-for. According to them, though, this is also being done because they believe his «base» is made up of people who believe his barely literate speech counts as having the «common touch,» which strongly suggests even the people working in the White House, or perhaps especially the people working in the White House, believe Donald Trump's «base» to be made up of morons. Not just morons, but morons who are damn proud of being morons and who resent elites telling them which words to CaPiTaLiZe or What Grammar Is.

Alabama sues over undocumented immigrants in census: 'This is America, not the United Nations'

Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks—an extremely smart person who recently blamed rising sea levels on “soil or rock or whatever it is that is deposited into the seas”—and his state are suing over the 2020 Census, claiming that «Congressional seats should
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Alabama sues over undocumented immigrants in census: 'This is America, not the United Nations'

Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks—an extremely smart person who recently blamed rising sea levels on “soil or rock or whatever it is that is deposited into the seas”—and his state are suing over the 2020 Census, claiming that «Congressional seats should be apportioned based on the population of American citizens, not illegal aliens. After all, this is America, not the United Nations”: In the lawsuit filed Monday, Alabama argues the predicted 2020 census numbers will cause Alabama to lose a congressional seat, and thus an electoral vote, to a state with a »larger illegal alien population." The state and U.S. Rep Mo Brooks of Alabama are plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in federal court against the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Census Bureau. But the law states everyone, even gross racists like Mo Brooks, are to be counted. According to the Birmingham Business Journal, Alabama has been experiencing some population growth, so the motivation here might simply be what Republicans like him do during an election year: anti-immigrant fear mongering, because that’s all they know how to do. Of course, they should know better, and Alabama should know this first-hand, after what happened when the state passed anti-immigrant legislation in 2011: Brian Cash can put a figure to the cost of Alabama's new immigration law: at least $100,000. That's the value of the tomatoes he has personally ripening out in his fields and that are going unpicked because his Hispanic workforce vanished literally overnight. Some people, specifically Mo Brooks and his associates, never learn.

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Best Buy offers unlimited Geek Squad support for $200 a year - CNET

The retailer's new Total Tech Support membership program offers Geek Squad assistance for all of your gadgets and appliances -- no matter where or when you bought them.
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Best Buy offers unlimited Geek Squad support for $200 a year - CNET

The retailer's new Total Tech Support membership program offers Geek Squad assistance for all of your gadgets and appliances -- no matter where or when you bought them.

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New tech may make prosthetic hands easier for patients to use

Researchers have developed new technology for decoding neuromuscular signals to control powered, prosthetic wrists and hands. The work relies on computer models that closely mimic the behavior of the natural structures in the forearm, wrist and hand. The tech
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New tech may make prosthetic hands easier for patients to use

Researchers have developed new technology for decoding neuromuscular signals to control powered, prosthetic wrists and hands. The work relies on computer models that closely mimic the behavior of the natural structures in the forearm, wrist and hand. The technology could also be used to develop new computer interface devices for applications such as gaming and computer-aided design.

Alexa gets smarter about calendar appointments

As digital assistants improve, we’re learning new things to expect from them, but the tasks that a real-life assistant may have handled before can still be a bit of a challenge to home assistants. Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is gaining function
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Alexa gets smarter about calendar appointments

As digital assistants improve, we’re learning new things to expect from them, but the tasks that a real-life assistant may have handled before can still be a bit of a challenge to home assistants. Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is gaining functionality to help it get smarter about working with your calendar. The new abilities will […]

First record of large-antlered muntjac in Vietnam

In November 2017 -- under a biodiversity monitoring and assessment activity supported by the US Agency for International Development -- scientists and conservationists captured photographs of one of the rarest and most threatened mammal species of Southeast A
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First record of large-antlered muntjac in Vietnam

In November 2017 -- under a biodiversity monitoring and assessment activity supported by the US Agency for International Development -- scientists and conservationists captured photographs of one of the rarest and most threatened mammal species of Southeast Asia, the large-antlered muntjac, in Quang Nam province, central Vietnam.

New brain development disorder identified by scientists

Researchers have identified a new inherited neurodevelopmental disease that causes slow growth, seizures and learning difficulties in humans.
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New brain development disorder identified by scientists

Researchers have identified a new inherited neurodevelopmental disease that causes slow growth, seizures and learning difficulties in humans.

Decoding digital ownership: Why your e-book might not feel like 'yours'

People feel very differently about owning physical books versus e-books, a recent study shows. While stereotypes suggest that younger consumers prefer digital books, that is not actually the case, researchers found.
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Decoding digital ownership: Why your e-book might not feel like 'yours'

People feel very differently about owning physical books versus e-books, a recent study shows. While stereotypes suggest that younger consumers prefer digital books, that is not actually the case, researchers found.

Two-and-a-half-year expedition ends in world's most biodiverse protected area

After a two-and-a-half-year expedition through the world's most biodiverse protected area, the Identidad Madidi explorers have concluded their epic quest of completing a massive biological survey of Madidi National Park, uncovering more than 120 potentially n
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Two-and-a-half-year expedition ends in world's most biodiverse protected area

After a two-and-a-half-year expedition through the world's most biodiverse protected area, the Identidad Madidi explorers have concluded their epic quest of completing a massive biological survey of Madidi National Park, uncovering more than 120 potentially new species of plants, butterflies and vertebrates in the process.

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Tribes, senators seek buffer around world heritage site

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A swath of northwestern New Mexico's oil and gas country would be off limits to drilling under proposed federal legislation that seeks to make permanent a buffer zone that has kept development away from Chaco Culture National Historic
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Tribes, senators seek buffer around world heritage site

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A swath of northwestern New Mexico's oil and gas country would be off limits to drilling under proposed federal legislation that seeks to make permanent a buffer zone that has kept development away from Chaco Culture National Historical Park and other sites held sacred by Native ...

'Wake-up call': Vegas casino workers vote on citywide strike

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Hundreds of unionized Las Vegas casino workers packed a university arena in red T-shirts and resort uniforms as they voted Tuesday on whether to call for a citywide strike that could have huge financial implications for the tourist-dependent
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'Wake-up call': Vegas casino workers vote on citywide strike

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Hundreds of unionized Las Vegas casino workers packed a university arena in red T-shirts and resort uniforms as they voted Tuesday on whether to call for a citywide strike that could have huge financial implications for the tourist-dependent destination. Members of the Culinary Union cast ballots ...

Zinke stresses need for projects catch-up at national parks

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reiterated his support for addressing a maintenance backlog at national parks during a visit Tuesday to the one named for a U.S. president known for championing conservation. Zinke toured the Peaceful Val
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Zinke stresses need for projects catch-up at national parks

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reiterated his support for addressing a maintenance backlog at national parks during a visit Tuesday to the one named for a U.S. president known for championing conservation. Zinke toured the Peaceful Valley Ranch at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, a former dude ...

Experimental nuclear reactor opens for tours on Friday

ARCO, Idaho (AP) - Federal officials in eastern Idaho say the first nuclear reactor to produce a usable amount of electricity will be open for free guided tours starting Friday. The Idaho National Laboratory says visitors can also tour the Experimental Breede
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Experimental nuclear reactor opens for tours on Friday

ARCO, Idaho (AP) - Federal officials in eastern Idaho say the first nuclear reactor to produce a usable amount of electricity will be open for free guided tours starting Friday. The Idaho National Laboratory says visitors can also tour the Experimental Breeder Reactor-I on their own by following the self-guided ...

Facelift of Seattle's Space Needle nears completion

SEATTLE (AP) - Tourism is booming in Seattle. Just take a look at the Space Needle. The family-owned landmark is set to unveil the biggest renovation in its 56-year history next month, a $100 million investment in a single year of construction that transforme
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Facelift of Seattle's Space Needle nears completion

SEATTLE (AP) - Tourism is booming in Seattle. Just take a look at the Space Needle. The family-owned landmark is set to unveil the biggest renovation in its 56-year history next month, a $100 million investment in a single year of construction that transformed the structure's top viewing level with ...

6 Han Solo Comics You Should Be Reading

Han Solo is a man who seems to have lived many different lives among the galaxy. In the Star Wars universe, there’s a couple of ways writers, artists, developers, creators and more have […] The post 6 Han Solo Comics You Should Be Reading appeare
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6 Han Solo Comics You Should Be Reading

Han Solo is a man who seems to have lived many different lives among the galaxy. In the Star Wars universe, there’s a couple of ways writers, artists, developers, creators and more have […] The post 6 Han Solo Comics You Should Be Reading appeared first on Geek.com.

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AP Interview: Phelps says mental health is new passion

Michael Phelps was hanging at the pool on Tuesday. No, he's not planning another comeback. He's got a bigger goal to tackle. Mental health. After revealing the depths of his depression - and even thoughts of suicide after his second drunken-driving arrest - P
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AP Interview: Phelps says mental health is new passion

Michael Phelps was hanging at the pool on Tuesday. No, he's not planning another comeback. He's got a bigger goal to tackle. Mental health. After revealing the depths of his depression - and even thoughts of suicide after his second drunken-driving arrest - Phelps is hoping to make a difference ...

Jets trade Christian Hackenberg to Raiders for conditional pick

Jon Gruden may be ready to start flexing his quarterback-building muscles on a new project.The New York Jets announced on Tuesday that they have traded Christian Hackenberg to the Oakland Raiders for a conditional 2019 7th-round pick.Hackenberg was a second-r
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Jets trade Christian Hackenberg to Raiders for conditional pick

Jon Gruden may be ready to start flexing his quarterback-building muscles on a new project.The New York Jets announced on Tuesday that they have traded Christian Hackenberg to the Oakland Raiders for a conditional 2019 7th-round pick.Hackenberg was a second-round pick by the Jets (No. 51 overall) in 2016 despite his regression in college at Penn State. He was always buried on the Jets’ depth chart and didn’t show much, which is why he has yet to throw a pass in an NFL game. He also changed his throwing motion without telling the team.The Jets had several quarterbacks on their roster with the draft pick of Sam Darnold coupled with Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater, so they didn’t have a lot of use for Hackenberg. Now he goes to Oakland where he’ll compete with EJ Manuel and Connor Cook behind Derek Carr.

Brickyard to toy bricks: Danica Patrick gets Lego statue

NEW YORK (AP) When Danica Patrick drives her final race in the Indy 500 on Sunday, she'll certainly be the only competitor with a Lego statue in her image.
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Brickyard to toy bricks: Danica Patrick gets Lego statue

NEW YORK (AP) When Danica Patrick drives her final race in the Indy 500 on Sunday, she'll certainly be the only competitor with a Lego statue in her image.

NFL suspends Chiefs TE Harris one game for drug violation

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris was suspended one game without pay by the NFL on Tuesday for violating its substance abuse policy.
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NFL suspends Chiefs TE Harris one game for drug violation

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris was suspended one game without pay by the NFL on Tuesday for violating its substance abuse policy.

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