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Trump is stoking his base again—only now, it's helping Democrats

Donald Trump spent the past week doing his level best to hit all the hot-button issues that helped him win over a small but ultimately decisive slice of the electorate through the Rust Belt region in 2016. But as November approaches, the very same issues

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Trump to hold “listening session” with students, teachers from Florida shooting

Trump will meet with students and teachers next week, but will he meet with those who have called for action?
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Trump to hold “listening session” with students, teachers from Florida shooting

Trump will meet with students and teachers next week, but will he meet with those who have called for action?

To honor victims of latest mass shooting, White House says Trump will skip one game of golf

After flying to Florida to meet with some of the victims of this nation's latest mass shooting and the law enforcement officers who responded to that shooting, Donald Trump's team quietly announced that he would be making the ultimate sacrifice. President T
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To honor victims of latest mass shooting, White House says Trump will skip one game of golf

After flying to Florida to meet with some of the victims of this nation's latest mass shooting and the law enforcement officers who responded to that shooting, Donald Trump's team quietly announced that he would be making the ultimate sacrifice. President Trump reportedly skipped a day at the golf course on Saturday following the Florida school shooting that took place just miles from his Mar-a-Lago resort. White House aides told Bloomberg that the decision not to golf was a show of respect for the victims and grieving families of the school shooting in Florida. Mar-a-Lago is uncomfortably close the Broward County high school at which the shooting took place, and so Trump went to his club both before and after meeting with victims. xPresident Trump and the First Lady stopped by a Studio 54-themed disco party in the ballroom at Mar-a-Lago last night after returning from the Broward sheriff’s department— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) February 17, 2018 Note that the message only suggests Trump skipped Saturday's planned golf outing in a show of respect for the victims; it does not say he would be skipping a game of golf today as well. That seems a significant omission.

Despite Trump's praise of Rob Porter, domestic violence remains a deadly threat

The emerging facts and photos about former White House staff secretary Rob Porter spell out a dark truth about the prevalence of domestic abuse. It happens no matter how “strong” women are. White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway foolishly argued in
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Despite Trump's praise of Rob Porter, domestic violence remains a deadly threat

The emerging facts and photos about former White House staff secretary Rob Porter spell out a dark truth about the prevalence of domestic abuse. It happens no matter how “strong” women are. White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway foolishly argued in a CNN interview that White House communications director Hope Hicks, who is dating Porter, was «immune” to such abuse because she was a »strong woman.” Earth to Kellyanne: The perpetrator can be a Harvard graduate and a Rhodes Scholar, like Porter, or a high school dropout. He can work at the White House or be unemployed. He can be a Mormon or not take part in any religion at all. As Porter’s first ex-wife, Colbie Holderness, the one with the black eye in the photos, wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post: Abuse comes in many forms. It is visited on the poor and the rich, the least educated and the most, people with a strong and deep network of friends and family and those without a support structure. And an abusive nature is certainly not something most colleagues are able to spot in a professional setting, especially if they are blinded by a stellar résumé and background. Domestic violence is an equal-opportunity evil. It transcends race, economic status, income level, education level, religion, political party, sexual orientation, and ethnic background. Of course, in the case of this White House, it wasn’t just one case. Speechwriter David Sorensen also resigned amid allegations of domestic abuse. Instead of having a black eye like Colbie Holderness, Sorensen’s ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, alleged that Sorenson ran a car over her foot and put out a cigarette on her hand. Rob Porter was one of more than 100 White House staffers with only an interim rather than a permanent security clearance (a scandal all by itself) as late as last November. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders keeps telling ever-changing stories on why that’s so. When she’s not spouting that nonsense, she’s making laughable claims that “we’ve condemned domestic violence in every way possible.” Sanders touted the fact that the budget proposed by Donald Trump “fully funds” the Violence Against Women Act. As if there should ever be any question about that funding. But in the age of President Grab-’em-by-the-pussy, nothing is sure.

Rush Limbaugh admits his immigration fears are about voting, not security

Limbaugh said he would agree to citizenship for all undocumented immigrants, but they can't vote for 15-25 years
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Rush Limbaugh admits his immigration fears are about voting, not security

Limbaugh said he would agree to citizenship for all undocumented immigrants, but they can't vote for 15-25 years

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Switzerland embraces bitcoin & cryptocurrencies amid global crackdown

While financial regulators across the world are cracking down on bitcoin, Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has decided to encourage digital currencies by issuing guidelines on initial coin offerings (ICOs). Read Full Article at RT.com
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Switzerland embraces bitcoin & cryptocurrencies amid global crackdown

While financial regulators across the world are cracking down on bitcoin, Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has decided to encourage digital currencies by issuing guidelines on initial coin offerings (ICOs). Read Full Article at RT.com

Polish central bank secretly funds Youtube videos attacking bitcoin - report

Poland’s central bank has admitted to paying for social media campaigns that attacked cryptocurrencies, according to a popular Polish business news website. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Polish central bank secretly funds Youtube videos attacking bitcoin - report

Poland’s central bank has admitted to paying for social media campaigns that attacked cryptocurrencies, according to a popular Polish business news website. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Fake news is an existential crisis for social media 

 Every gun outrage in America is now routinely followed by a flood of Russian-linked Twitter bot activity. Exacerbating social division is the name of this game. And it’s playing out all over social media continually, not just around elections. Rea
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Fake news is an existential crisis for social media 

 Every gun outrage in America is now routinely followed by a flood of Russian-linked Twitter bot activity. Exacerbating social division is the name of this game. And it’s playing out all over social media continually, not just around elections. Read More

The CC Aurora is actually pretty fun, as far as projectors go

 Projectors are boring. They remind me of vacation slideshows and school film strips — neither of which I’m in a particular hurry to revisit in my adult life. That said, I’ve always harbored some germ of a notion that some day I might b
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The CC Aurora is actually pretty fun, as far as projectors go

 Projectors are boring. They remind me of vacation slideshows and school film strips — neither of which I’m in a particular hurry to revisit in my adult life. That said, I’ve always harbored some germ of a notion that some day I might buy one. XGIMI’s CC Aurora is the closest I’ve seen to being a projector that I could actually muster any reasonable amount of… Read More

Here’s how to keep track of Elon Musk’s Roadster and Starman in space

 Elon Musk’s Starman, the mannequin driver of the Tesla Roadster SpaceX launched aboard its Falcon Heavy rocket, is taking a trip around our solar system, in a large elliptical orbit that will bring him relatively close to Mars, the Sun and other h
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Here’s how to keep track of Elon Musk’s Roadster and Starman in space

 Elon Musk’s Starman, the mannequin driver of the Tesla Roadster SpaceX launched aboard its Falcon Heavy rocket, is taking a trip around our solar system, in a large elliptical orbit that will bring him relatively close to Mars, the Sun and other heavenly bodies. But how to track the trip, now that the Roadster’s onboard batteries are out of juice and no longer transmitting live… Read More

Robot assistants and a marijuana incubator

 We’ve had plenty of time to get used to our robot overlords and Boston Dynamics is helping us get there. This week we talk about the company’s addition of a door-opening arm to its SpotMini robot. It’s not spooky at all. We then switc
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Robot assistants and a marijuana incubator

 We’ve had plenty of time to get used to our robot overlords and Boston Dynamics is helping us get there. This week we talk about the company’s addition of a door-opening arm to its SpotMini robot. It’s not spooky at all. We then switch gears and discuss Facebook’s Messenger for Kids. Is it good, bad or the company’s master plan to get every last human being with… Read More

South Korea aims for startup gold

 Back in 2011, when South Korea won its longshot bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, the country wasn’t widely recognized as a destination for ski and snow lovers. It wasn’t considered much of a tech startup hub either. Fast forward seven y
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South Korea aims for startup gold

 Back in 2011, when South Korea won its longshot bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, the country wasn’t widely recognized as a destination for ski and snow lovers. It wasn’t considered much of a tech startup hub either. Fast forward seven years and a lot has changed. Read More

Asteroid 'time capsules' may help explain how life started on Earth

In popular culture, asteroids play the role of apocalyptic threat, get blamed for wiping out the dinosaurs -- and offer an extraterrestrial source for mineral mining. But for one researcher, asteroids play an entirely different role: that of time capsules sho
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Asteroid 'time capsules' may help explain how life started on Earth

In popular culture, asteroids play the role of apocalyptic threat, get blamed for wiping out the dinosaurs -- and offer an extraterrestrial source for mineral mining. But for one researcher, asteroids play an entirely different role: that of time capsules showing what molecules originally existed in our solar system. Having that information gives scientists the starting point they need to reconstruct the complex pathway that got life started on Earth.

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4 survivors of Grand Canyon helicopter crash still critical

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Authorities say four people who survived when a sightseeing helicopter crashed at the Grand Canyon earlier this month are still hospitalized in critical condition. Three British tourists were killed on Feb. 10 when the helicopter from Las Veg
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4 survivors of Grand Canyon helicopter crash still critical

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Authorities say four people who survived when a sightseeing helicopter crashed at the Grand Canyon earlier this month are still hospitalized in critical condition. Three British tourists were killed on Feb. 10 when the helicopter from Las Vegas went down on tribal land outside Grand Canyon ...

Avalanches kill 2 skiers in France, injure 2 in Switzerland

PARIS (AP) - Authorities say two skiers were killed by an avalanche in the French Alps, and two more people were injured by an avalanche in Switzerland near the border with France. The prefecture in France's Savoie region said the fatal avalanche occurred Sun
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Avalanches kill 2 skiers in France, injure 2 in Switzerland

PARIS (AP) - Authorities say two skiers were killed by an avalanche in the French Alps, and two more people were injured by an avalanche in Switzerland near the border with France. The prefecture in France's Savoie region said the fatal avalanche occurred Sunday at the Val-d'Isere ski resort, close ...

Bolivia blames both Carnival blasts on dynamite

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) - Bolivian authorities now say that both of the explosions that killed 12 people during recent Carnival celebrations were caused by dynamite, not exploding gas tanks as initially thought. Interior Minister Carlos Romero says officials ar
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Bolivia blames both Carnival blasts on dynamite

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) - Bolivian authorities now say that both of the explosions that killed 12 people during recent Carnival celebrations were caused by dynamite, not exploding gas tanks as initially thought. Interior Minister Carlos Romero says officials are still trying to determine who planted the explosives in the ...

Plane lands on California highway median; no one injured

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a small plane has landed on the median of a Northern California highway but no injuries have been reported. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the pilot reported engine trouble before bringing th
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Plane lands on California highway median; no one injured

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a small plane has landed on the median of a Northern California highway but no injuries have been reported. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the pilot reported engine trouble before bringing the plane down Sunday on a grassy strip dividing State ...

South Carolina students see safety concerns at high school

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) - Students touring schools in one South Carolina county saw safety and health concerns at a one high school, including moldy carpet that teachers rip out rather than let students walk on it. The Morning News of Florence reports that the st
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South Carolina students see safety concerns at high school

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) - Students touring schools in one South Carolina county saw safety and health concerns at a one high school, including moldy carpet that teachers rip out rather than let students walk on it. The Morning News of Florence reports that the student facilities committee of Florence School ...

New alliance could manage parks in southwestern Mississippi

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) - An alliance of five counties in southwestern Mississippi could soon manage local parks, including a water park that has been closed indefinitely. The Enterprise-Journal reports that the Scenic Rivers Development Authority Alliance will b
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New alliance could manage parks in southwestern Mississippi

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) - An alliance of five counties in southwestern Mississippi could soon manage local parks, including a water park that has been closed indefinitely. The Enterprise-Journal reports that the Scenic Rivers Development Authority Alliance will be made up of government groups from Amite, Franklin, Pike, Walthall and Wilkinson ...

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Igbanu leads second-half surge in Tulsa's 73-61 victory (Feb 18, 2018)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Martins Igbanu scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and Tulsa beat South Florida 73-61 on Sunday for the Golden Hurricane's fifth straight victory.
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Igbanu leads second-half surge in Tulsa's 73-61 victory (Feb 18, 2018)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Martins Igbanu scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and Tulsa beat South Florida 73-61 on Sunday for the Golden Hurricane's fifth straight victory.

McDavid's hat trick leads Oilers over Avalanche, 4-2 (Feb 18, 2018)

DENVER (AP) Connor McDavid had his third hat trick of the season, and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Sunday to snap a six-game losing streak.
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McDavid's hat trick leads Oilers over Avalanche, 4-2 (Feb 18, 2018)

DENVER (AP) Connor McDavid had his third hat trick of the season, and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Sunday to snap a six-game losing streak.

Paul George wants free agency destination to be his last team

Paul George will be a free agent after the season, and he wants whatever team he signs with to be the final one he plays for.George said Saturday that he wants to build something long-term wherever he chooses to go in free agency and that he doesn’t want t
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Paul George wants free agency destination to be his last team

Paul George will be a free agent after the season, and he wants whatever team he signs with to be the final one he plays for.George said Saturday that he wants to build something long-term wherever he chooses to go in free agency and that he doesn’t want to bounce from team to team during the latter half of his career.“I’m not looking to bounce around and play for multiple teams throughout my career,” George said, via Erik Horne of the Oklahoman. “The decision I make will ultimately be to build something. So, this next decision, whatever it is, is to make sure I’m there for a duration.”George asserted that he has had no talks with the Oklahoma City Thunder about his future and he doesn’t know what he’ll do when the season ends. In his mind, that makes the interpretations of his comments about his future amusing.“I think that’s just the media. They see a headline and immediately, they jump to conclusions,” George said. “It’s funny. At the end of the day, I know where my decision lands, what my decision is, and

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