Campaign Action If House Speaker Paul Ryan wasn't complicit in suppressing information about Russia's interference in the 2016 election, he sure as hell is complicit in allowing it to happen again in 2018. The head of a federal agency who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being removed from his post by Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House. Matthew Masterson, currently chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and a former Ohio state official, has been passed over for a second four-year term as one of the agency's four commissioners, according to sources familiar with the matter. […] Masterson has spent the last year as the commission’s chairman, focusing largely on election cyber security, state election officials said. Twenty-one states experienced probing of their systems by Russian hackers during the 2016 election, according to U.S. officials. […] «It is pretty remarkable that in this environment, given the importance of this issue, that the speaker would choose this moment to not reappoint the person doing the most work in this area,» said Judd Choate, Colorado's election director and the immediate past president of the National Association of State Election Directors. State elections official are already sounding the alarm over November's elections. They don't have the information they need, they say, to combat what the entire intelligence community is telling them—Russia is and will continue to be meddling in this fall's election. But is it remarkable, or is it Ryan and the White House figuring that they need every advantage they can get in the blue wave that's coming toward them?
Arizona Rep. Martha McSally, Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, Utah hopeful Mitt Romney—just a glimpse of the succession of Republicans so desperate to protect their electorate interests, that they’re selling their souls to arguably the most divisive president of the modern political era. The New York Times writes: Mitt Romney did not vote for Donald J. Trump in 2016. Representative Martha McSally of Arizona may not have, either, but she will not say. And Senator Dean Heller of Nevada now insists that he did cast his ballot for Mr. Trump, but for many months, he would not reveal his vote. Senator Bob Corker supported Mr. Trump, but seemed to regret it last year when he concluded that the country had deposited an unruly toddler in the Oval Office. [...] Mr. Corker, who once suggested that the president required day care and that he might blunder the country into World War III, has mounted a charm offensive to win back the president’s affection — a prerequisite if the senator is to delay his retirement plans and capture a Republican nomination in Tennessee. Mr. Romney, who in 2016 excoriated Mr. Trump as an amoral con man, graciously accepted the president’s Twitter-born endorsement on Monday night. Their change of heart has triggered no small amount of eye-rolling. These people are desperate. For his part, Trump would do absolutely anything to avoid getting trounced on Nov. 6, and the GOP candidates need to fend off a primary challenge. They are also either totally delusional or simply lying to themselves. What has made it easier for the Trump skeptics to come around is that the president has governed more like a conventional Republican than the populist he campaigned as in 2016. Is this an admission that calling neo-Nazis «very fine people» or giving your full-throated endorsement to a serial sexual predator is «conventional» Republicanism. If not, it may as well be, because that's exactly what they're aligning themselves with when they cling to Trump. It's not going to play well for the GOP writ large on Nov. 6.
A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Republican Gov. Eric Greitens on felony invasion of privacy charges
All the money in the world won't stop a police culture of disregard for human life
Taiwan police have arrested four men over a bitcoin robbery worth 5 million Taiwanese dollar (USD 170,000) in what they said was the first case of its kind on the island. Bitcoin is a virtual currency created from computer code that allows anonymous transactions and its value has soared since it came into being in 2009. Taiwan police said three men in their early twenties lured a man surnamed Tai to the central city of Taichung, pretending to be interested in buying bitcoins. After Tai showed proof of his bitcoins on his phone, the scammers assaulted him and his friend, then transferred 18 bitcoins worth 5 million Taiwanese dollar from Tai's account via his phone. The suspects attempted to pass off the heist as a drunken row by forcing the victim to drink Kaoliang, a strong Taiwanese liquor, Taichung city police said in a statement. Police arrived at the scene after receiving a call about a dispute and one man was detained. The other two had fled. "The police saw bloodstains at the ...
Days before MWC, LG unveils two new midtier Android Nougat phones.
It'll go on sale in March, but I suppose you can wait by the port if you want to get near one sooner.
Days before MWC 2018, LG announced two mid-tier Android Nougat phones.
The online game Bad News lets you build your own fake-news empire. Who knew selling your social media soul could be so grotesquely fulfilling?
Samsung is revealing its answer to the iPhone X on Sunday in Barcelona. Here's how you can follow along.
Snap’s stock investors haven’t made much money since the company went public last year, but CEO Evan Spiegel still got a hefty payday. According to an SEC filing, he was granted an RSU of 37,447,817, which vested at the time of the IPO. In other words, that was worth nearly $636.6 million. His salary for the year was $98,078, and he had over $1 million in other benefits, so all in… Read More
The types of snacks a child chooses could be linked to genetics, a new study found. The study investigated whether genetic variants in taste receptors related to sweet, fat and bitter tastes influence the snacks preschoolers choose and found nearly 80 per cent carried at least one of these genotypes that could predispose them to poor snacking habits. These findings could help parents tailor their kids' diets based on their genetics of taste.
Catching a star begin to go supernova is a 'one in 10 million' chance. This man just won the cosmic lottery.
A brain-infecting parasite causes a surprising number of hospitalizations in the United States.
Similar to the way people insure their cars, houses and lives, slave-owners would sometimes insure their slaves. Fearful of not getting their money’s worth from their slaves, owners would sometimes take out insurance policies on them. In the 1800s, for example, some slave-owners who rented out their slaves would insure them so that, in the event their slaves died or were severely injured… Read More
MCALESTER, Okla. (AP) - A medical marijuana advocate from Colorado is facing a felony drug charge after an Oklahoma traffic stop. The McAlester News-Capital reports Regina Nelson of Boulder faces one count of marijuana possession with intent to distribute. Nelson's adult son and a fellow advocate also were arrested ...
LAS VEGAS (AP) - People catching a flight at the airport in Las Vegas can now get rid of any leftover weed before taking to the skies thanks to metal receptacles installed outside the facility. Ten green metal containers were set up last week at McCarran International Airport in response ...
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - For the second time this winter someone has broken into a holding pen for Yellowstone National Park bison, allowing the escape of 73 animals that had been captured to prevent the spread of a wildlife disease. Park officials said the Stephens Creek pen was broken into ...
Have you ever tried to sound like your favorite anime character? It’s pretty difficult to do if your voice doesn’t match the timber or pitch of your waifu, but there’s a new product […] The post This Megaphone Transforms Your Voice Into An Anime Character’s appeared first on Geek.com.
Robots have known how to walk and run for years now. Just play a Metal Gear game or check out what Boston Dynamics is up to. So it’s about time they learn how to […] The post These Robots Crawl With the Power of Snakes appeared first on Geek.com.
We’re another day closer to Doctor Who‘s anticipated autumnal return. And while the BBC remains tight-lipped about what’s in store for the new series, new showrunner, and new Doctor, that doesn’t mean we can’t […] The post Doctor Who News: New Logo Revealed, 7th Doctor Returns for Comics appeared first on Geek.com.
The tough year for the Montreal Canadiens continues, as Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports that Carey Price has a concussion and will be out indefinitely. The tough year for the Montreal Canadiens continues, as Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports that Carey Price has a concussion and will be out indefinitely. Price was struck in the mask by a shot in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers but did not undergo the concussion protocol and stayed in the game.With 23 games remaining in the Canadiens’ season, they’ve now seen Price and Shea Weber — arguably their two best players — ruled out on the same day. Though Price has not been ruled out for the remainder of the year, there does seem to be little incentive for him to get back in the net in a season that is already lost. Montreal sits 27 points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for third in the Atlantic Division and 13 points out of a playoff spot in general.Price’s year overall hasn’t been good, recording just a .904 save percentage while battling injuries all
Tim Tebow hasn’t played in a regular-season NFL game since 2012, but in a recent interview, the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback noted that teams are still trying to bring him back to the gridiron.CNBC’s Suzy Welch asked Tebow if there was a point where he decided that his football career was done. “Well, no. It wasn’t like that,” Tebow said in the interview. “I mean, I still have offers to go play other positions in … ” “Not play quarterback, though,” Welch interjected. “For me, it was doing more of my dream, because I loved playing quarterback,” Tebow continued. “But I love hitting a baseball, too. So I’m gonna go live out my dreams, not just what other people want me to do. You know?” It would certainly be interesting to know which teams have talked to Tebow. While he is limited at the quarterback position, it’s also the only position he’s ever played — save for some brief appearances at fullback for the New York Jets in 2012. Tebow is now 30, past the age where one normally learns a new position.
A report broke surely after their 2017 season concluded that the Los Angeles Rams were likely going to place the dreaded franchise tag on wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Given that he recorded just 39 receptions for less than 600 yards last season, it didn’t seem to make a ton of sense that the defending NFC West champs would guarantee Watkins north of $16 million under the tag.Now comes this report from NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo indicating that the Rams might in fact be forced to franchise defensive back Lamarcus Joyner instead of Watkins. Unlike Watkins, Joyner has been more of a long-term fixture with the Rams. A second-round pick back in 2014, the Florida State product has started 20 games over the past two seasons. This past year saw him play almost exclusively at free safety for the first time in his career. In turn, Joyner recorded 49 tackles, nine passes defended and three interceptions in a Pro Bowl caliber performance. The market for his services in free agency would likely be more robust than an injur
Imagine what the narrative would have been surrounding former No. 1 pick Michael Vick had he entered the NFL in the social media age. We’re talking hot take after hot take. As the first player off the board to the Atlanta Falcons back in 2001, Vick transcended the quarterback position. He was the first of a new breed of athletic signal callers who could do as much damage with their feet as through the air.Fast forward nearly two decades, and former Heisman winner Lamar Jackson is currently being given the hot take treatment. It started when Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian indicated that he views the Louisville product as more of a receiver than a quarterback at the next level. Needless to say, reactions to that take weren’t positive.Vick himself is now engaging in the Jackson debate. More than defending the possible first-round pick, Vick sees a lot of himself in Jackson.“I could not believe what I had seen. I could not believe the things he was able to do — It was a spitting image of me,” Vick said, via N
It is still early in the offseason, but it is worth pointing out there is currently a lack of communication between the Jacksonville Jaguars and impending free agent, wide receiver Allen Robinson.According to Jaguars beat writer, Mike Kaye, the two parties have not discussed a contract extension for Robinson since training camp last year. Robinson is one of this year’s better free agent options in a somewhat thin pool of receivers. There is the possibility the Jaguars will place a franchise tag on him, however. This is their star receiver who scored a league-high 14 touchdowns along with recording 1,400 yards in 2015.If for some reason the Jaguars do not make a move to secure Robinson, he will soon garner a lot of attention. Free agency opens on March 14. The San Francisco 49ers for one, are a team that has its radar on Robinson.Either way things play out, a guy of Robinson’s talent won’t go jobless very long at all.