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Raul Castro leaves Cuba with new freedoms, deep problems

HAVANA (AP) - In 2008 Raul Castro took over a country where most people couldn't own computers or cellphones, leave without permission, run most types of private businesses or enter resort hotels. Castro set about re-engineering the system he had helped creat

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Leaked memo shows Trump administration carefully plotted how to hurt migrant children and families

Toss a few more on the vast pile of lies we know the Trump administration has told about its cruel family separation policy. Sen. Jeff Merkley released a draft memo, leaked by a whistleblower, showing that the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security thor
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Leaked memo shows Trump administration carefully plotted how to hurt migrant children and families

Toss a few more on the vast pile of lies we know the Trump administration has told about its cruel family separation policy. Sen. Jeff Merkley released a draft memo, leaked by a whistleblower, showing that the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security thoroughly gamed out different ways they could tear children from their parents and use it as a deterrent to keep migrants from seeking asylum at the border. The memo dates to December 2017, when border crossings were dramatically lower than in December 2016, yet is titled “Policy Options to Respond to Border Surge of Illegal Immigration.” In the memo and in comments on it, Trump administration officials floated the possibility of taking children from their parents but then denying them a hearing before an immigration judge and deporting the whole family—without necessarily reunifying them first. “It appears that they wanted to have it both ways,” ACLU lawyer Lee Gelernt said. “To separate children from their parents but deny them the full protections generally awarded to unaccompanied children.” The draft memo also considered restricting green cards available to abused, abandoned, or neglected children, as well as previewing the policy of intensive background checks of people who agreed to sponsor unaccompanied migrant children. Publicly, the Trump administration claims that this is for the safety of the children—children they held in detention camps—but the memo acknowledged that the policy would lead to kids being held longer. A lot of Trump administration policies are based on whim-tweets by Donald Trump and then implemented by his loyal flunkies. This was not. This was carefully gamed-out cruelty to children.

«Standoff at Sparrow Creek»: Michigan militia men unravel in this claustrophobic thriller

«Politically, I can say the characters are not alt-right,» filmmaker Henry Dunham tells Salon
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«Standoff at Sparrow Creek»: Michigan militia men unravel in this claustrophobic thriller

«Politically, I can say the characters are not alt-right,» filmmaker Henry Dunham tells Salon

Sarah Huckabee Sanders relies on Giuliani statement to deny Trump told Cohen to lie

Reporters finally caught up with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders Friday afternoon and, frankly, her response to the bombshell report that Donald Trump told Michael Cohen to lie to Congress was both predictable and telling. Asked point-blan
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Sarah Huckabee Sanders relies on Giuliani statement to deny Trump told Cohen to lie

Reporters finally caught up with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders Friday afternoon and, frankly, her response to the bombshell report that Donald Trump told Michael Cohen to lie to Congress was both predictable and telling. Asked point-blank whether Trump directed Cohen, Sanders did not give a simple yes or no. Instead, she deflected by referring back to the statement from Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.  “That’s absolutely ridiculous,” she said of the BuzzFeed article. “I think that the President’s outside counsel addressed this best and said in a statement earlier today that it’s ‘categorically false.’” Giuliani had finally issued a statement on the matter several hours earlier, saying, "Any suggestion from any source that the president counseled Michael Cohen to lie is categorically false.” That Sanders would defer to Giuliani isn’t exactly news. Still, when White House aides have been asked about the accusation, not a single one of them has simply said, “No, it’s not true.” Referring back to Giuliani’s statement gives Sanders some measure of cover, which is something every White House aide seems to be looking for at the moment. Check out the Sanders video below. 

Remember when Mitch McConnell covered up Putin's interference to elect Trump?

Campaign Action With Individual 1 sinking deeper and deeper into impeachment territory, it's worth remembering that he didn't get there without a lot of help from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who's currently carrying his water by refusing to vot
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Remember when Mitch McConnell covered up Putin's interference to elect Trump?

Campaign Action With Individual 1 sinking deeper and deeper into impeachment territory, it's worth remembering that he didn't get there without a lot of help from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who's currently carrying his water by refusing to vote on reopening government. McConnell's willingness to jeopardize the nation by going along with this manufactured crisis is one thing. But his efforts to keep the nation in the dark about what the government knew—before the election—about Russia's interference on behalf of Trump is quite another. For if there's a whiff of illegality around Trump for his Russia dealings and coverup efforts, then it has to surround McConnell, too. Remember that in 2016, when it became clear after Trump had secured the nomination that Russia was interfering, and the nation's intelligence agencies had that information and presented it to congressional leadership, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell covered it up. He and then Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid were told that Putin was overseeing an operation to disrupt the election and to help Trump. McConnell's reaction, in the words of Washington Post reporter Greg Miller, who initially broke this story: «'McConnell is basically telling [the CIA], 'you're telling us that Russia is trying to help elect Trump. If you try to come forward with this, I'm not going to sign onto any sort of public statement that would condemn Russian interference. But I will condemn you and the Obama administration for trying to mess up this election.'» The briefing from the CIA had Reid so alarmed that he wrote, and made public, a letter to then-FBI chief James Comey, saying «The evidence of a direct connection between the Russian government and presidential campaign continues to mount and has led Michael Morrell, the former Acting Central Intelligence Director, to call Trump an ‘unwitting agent’ of Russia and the Kremlin. The prospect of a hostile government actively seeking to undermine our free and fair elections represents one of the greatest threats toward democracy since the Cold War ...» The evidence presented to Reid that so alarmed him was also presented to McConnell. He knew full well that the CIA was deeply concerned before the election, and made the decision to cover it up. McConnell also knew full well that Russia wanted to get involved in our elections, because his own leadership PAC received a cool $2.5 million filtered through Len Blavatnik, a dual U.S.-U.K. citizen, from a web of Putin's oligarchs. He started getting that money in 2015, and kept on getting it through at least 2017. Among those business associates of Blavatnik is none other than Oleg Deripaska, Paul Manafort's boss both in Ukraine and while he was nominally working on the Trump campaign. McConnell is deep into this, at least up to his third chin. He is by no means an innocent bystander. Every action he takes—including his refusal to do his constitutional job and stand up to Trump on the government shutdown—has to be viewed through the filter of his complicity with Trump's lawlessness.

Democrats shouldn't wait for Robert Mueller, because America can't afford to leave Trump in charge

Until recently, suggestions that Donald Trump be impeached were primarily met with what seemed a reasonable suggestion: Wait for Robert Mueller to finish his report. After all, conducting an impeachment process at the same time that the special counsel is i
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Democrats shouldn't wait for Robert Mueller, because America can't afford to leave Trump in charge

Until recently, suggestions that Donald Trump be impeached were primarily met with what seemed a reasonable suggestion: Wait for Robert Mueller to finish his report. After all, conducting an impeachment process at the same time that the special counsel is in the process of investigation seems like overkill. Even if it is exactly what happened with Nixon. And Clinton. However, given that recent information has revealed that Trump is under investigation as an agent of the Russian government working against the interests of the United States, compounded by the overnight news that Trump is alleged to have ordered his attorney to lie to Congress about his connections to Russia, Democrats seem much more willing to proceed straight to the kicking-Donald-Trump-out-of-Washington part of the agenda. Which seems reasonable. After all, even if the charges that Trump suborned perjury in an attempt to obstruct justice turn out not to be true, there’s still more than enough to create a laundry list of impeachment articles.  Impeachment now seems to be in the wind. In fact, it seems safe to say that it would at this point take a compelling argument from Democratic leadership—or an equally compelling statement that Mueller was going to wrap up Real Soon Now—to halt at least the opening rounds of impeachment proceedings. Because … damn. At this very moment, the American government is being purposely shut down, at a cost of 0.2 percent of economic growth per week, by a man who is suspected of acting to harm the United States. It’s exactly the kind of position that makes all those “you can’t indict the president, because it would be distracting” arguments so ludicrous. As an alternative to an indictment that could be brought by a prosecutor and determined by a grand jury that is not under a high-powered microscope, the government is in the position of following partisan procedures that will take, at best, months and which, when they finally leave the House, are 99.95 percent certain to run into a brick wall of Trump-is-the-hill-on-which-we-die supporters in the Senate. And in the meantime, the economy keeps shrinking by 0.2 percent. Per week. And 800,000 people don’t get paid. And national security, which is supposed to be the big concern here, goes to absolute … whatever. We’re at a point where Republicans are left arguing that it’s not Donald Trump’s intention to murder the nation, even though he does have his hands around the nation’s throat. And he is squeezing. And she is starting to look a little pale. So, even if Republicans are still committed to fall on their swords rather than face the facts about the man at the head of their party, Democrats are preparing to move. And that’s a good thing.

Fox News host Laura Ingraham complains about the «minority privilege» of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Ingraham claims Ocasio-Cortez has «the privilege of being a protected member of a class you can never criticize»
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Fox News host Laura Ingraham complains about the «minority privilege» of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Ingraham claims Ocasio-Cortez has «the privilege of being a protected member of a class you can never criticize»

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Netflix or Hulu: Which Fyre Festival documentary you should watch - CNET

Get a healthy dose of internet schadenfreude with Hulu and Netflix's competing documentaries on the doomed music festival.
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Netflix or Hulu: Which Fyre Festival documentary you should watch - CNET

Get a healthy dose of internet schadenfreude with Hulu and Netflix's competing documentaries on the doomed music festival.

Qualcomm didn't have all the license negotiating power, exec testifies - CNET

And the company never stopped supplying chips to companies during disputes, Qualcomm SVP Fabian Gonell said.
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Qualcomm didn't have all the license negotiating power, exec testifies - CNET

And the company never stopped supplying chips to companies during disputes, Qualcomm SVP Fabian Gonell said.

RBI governor Shaktikanta Das favours flexible policy objectives

The RBI Act was amended in November 2016 to make the goal as «maintaining price stability keeping in mind the objective of growth.» Before that, growth was a clear objective of the RBI
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RBI governor Shaktikanta Das favours flexible policy objectives

The RBI Act was amended in November 2016 to make the goal as «maintaining price stability keeping in mind the objective of growth.» Before that, growth was a clear objective of the RBI

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Curious 23andMe twin results show why you should take DNA testing with a grain of salt

If you’ve ever enthusiastically sent your spit off in the mail, you were probably anxious for whatever unexpected insights the current crop of DNA testing companies would send back. Did your ancestors hang out on the Iberian peninsula? What version of y
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Curious 23andMe twin results show why you should take DNA testing with a grain of salt

If you’ve ever enthusiastically sent your spit off in the mail, you were probably anxious for whatever unexpected insights the current crop of DNA testing companies would send back. Did your ancestors hang out on the Iberian peninsula? What version of your particular family lore does the science support? Most people who participate in mail-order […]

Free to play games rule the entertainment world with $88 billion in revenue

They may be free, but they sure pay. Games with no upfront cost but a plethora of other ways to make money generated a mind-blowing $88 billion in 2018 according to SuperData’s year-end report — leaving traditional games (and indeed movies and TV) in
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Free to play games rule the entertainment world with $88 billion in revenue

They may be free, but they sure pay. Games with no upfront cost but a plethora of other ways to make money generated a mind-blowing $88 billion in 2018 according to SuperData’s year-end report — leaving traditional games (and indeed movies and TV) in the dust. While it may not come as a surprise that […]

Curious 23andMe twin results show why you should take DNA testing services with a grain of salt

If you’ve ever enthusiastically sent your spit off in the mail, you were probably anxious for whatever unexpected insights the current crop of DNA testing companies would send back. Did your ancestors hang out on the Iberian peninsula? What version of y
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Curious 23andMe twin results show why you should take DNA testing services with a grain of salt

If you’ve ever enthusiastically sent your spit off in the mail, you were probably anxious for whatever unexpected insights the current crop of DNA testing companies would send back. Did your ancestors hang out on the Iberian peninsula? What version of your particular family lore does the science support? Most people who participate in mail-order […]

FanDuel cofounder Tom Griffiths just closed a seed round for his decidedly noncontroversial new startup, Hone

Tom Griffiths has founded four companies, two of which “weren’t much to write home about,” he jokes. The third captured the world’s attention: FanDuel, the fantasy sports company that was routinely in the press — not always for 
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FanDuel cofounder Tom Griffiths just closed a seed round for his decidedly noncontroversial new startup, Hone

Tom Griffiths has founded four companies, two of which “weren’t much to write home about,” he jokes. The third captured the world’s attention: FanDuel, the fantasy sports company that was routinely in the press — not always for desirable reasons— from nearly the day it launched, to its near merger with rival DraftKings, to its ultimate […]

Sony venture arm invests in geocoding startup what3words

Sony’s venture capital arm has invested in what3words, the startup that has divided the entire world into 57 trillion 3-by-3 meter squares and assigned a three-word address to each one. Financial details were not disclosed. The startup’s novel add
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Sony venture arm invests in geocoding startup what3words

Sony’s venture capital arm has invested in what3words, the startup that has divided the entire world into 57 trillion 3-by-3 meter squares and assigned a three-word address to each one. Financial details were not disclosed. The startup’s novel addressing system isn’t the whole story. The ability to integrate what3words into voice assistants is what has […]

Salesforce is building new tower in Dublin and adding hundreds of jobs

Salesforce put the finishing touches on a tower in San Francisco last year. In October, it announced Salesforce Tower in Atlanta and today it was Dublin’s turn. Everyone gets a tower. Salesforce first opened an office in Dublin back in 2001, and has e
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Salesforce is building new tower in Dublin and adding hundreds of jobs

Salesforce put the finishing touches on a tower in San Francisco last year. In October, it announced Salesforce Tower in Atlanta and today it was Dublin’s turn. Everyone gets a tower. Salesforce first opened an office in Dublin back in 2001, and has expanded to 1400 employees today. Today’s announcement represents a significant commitment to expand even […]

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Products made of threatened African wildlife sold at US expo

WASHINGTON (AP) - Photos and video taken by an animal welfare activists at a recent trophy hunting convention show an array of products crafted from the body parts of threatened big-game animals, including boots, chaps, belts and furniture labeled as elephan
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Products made of threatened African wildlife sold at US expo

WASHINGTON (AP) - Photos and video taken by an animal welfare activists at a recent trophy hunting convention show an array of products crafted from the body parts of threatened big-game animals, including boots, chaps, belts and furniture labeled as elephant leather. Vendors at the Safari Club International event held ...

Netflix to Reboot ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ Docuseries With ‘Stranger Things’ Producers

Unsolved Mysteries, the chilling crime docuseries that creeped out fans for decades, is coming back to Netflix. On Friday, Netflix announced in a press release that the docuseries is being revived by its […] The post Netflix to Reboot ‘Unsolved My
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Netflix to Reboot ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ Docuseries With ‘Stranger Things’ Producers

Unsolved Mysteries, the chilling crime docuseries that creeped out fans for decades, is coming back to Netflix. On Friday, Netflix announced in a press release that the docuseries is being revived by its […] The post Netflix to Reboot ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ Docuseries With ‘Stranger Things’ Producers appeared first on Geek.com.

Watch: World’s Longest Dragon Boat Is Almost the Same Length as the Statue of Liberty

A team from Cambodia is now in the Guinness Book of World Records for building a dragon boat that’s nearly as long as the State of Liberty is tall. The record-setting dragon boat […] The post Watch: World’s Longest Dragon Boat Is Almost the
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Watch: World’s Longest Dragon Boat Is Almost the Same Length as the Statue of Liberty

A team from Cambodia is now in the Guinness Book of World Records for building a dragon boat that’s nearly as long as the State of Liberty is tall. The record-setting dragon boat […] The post Watch: World’s Longest Dragon Boat Is Almost the Same Length as the Statue of Liberty appeared first on Geek.com.

Russians plunge into icy waters to mark feast of Epiphany

MOSCOW (AP) - Across Russia, the devout and the daring are observing the Orthodox Christian feast day of Epiphany by immersing themselves in frigid water through holes cut through the ice of lakes and rivers. Epiphany celebrates the revelation of Jesus Chris
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Russians plunge into icy waters to mark feast of Epiphany

MOSCOW (AP) - Across Russia, the devout and the daring are observing the Orthodox Christian feast day of Epiphany by immersing themselves in frigid water through holes cut through the ice of lakes and rivers. Epiphany celebrates the revelation of Jesus Christ as the incarnation of God through his baptism ...

‘Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid’ Is A Real Ranger Fighting Game

90s nostalgia has never been stronger so we shouldn’t be shocked that Power Rangers as a #brand is arguably more powerful than it has ever been, at least since it first debuted. Not […] The post ‘Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid’ Is A Real Range
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‘Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid’ Is A Real Ranger Fighting Game

90s nostalgia has never been stronger so we shouldn’t be shocked that Power Rangers as a #brand is arguably more powerful than it has ever been, at least since it first debuted. Not […] The post ‘Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid’ Is A Real Ranger Fighting Game appeared first on Geek.com.

Body Painting Might Protect You From Insect Bites, Study Finds

Repellents might keep blood-sucking bugs away, but research just revealed an innovative insect bite protection strategy: body painting. A study led by Hungarian and Swedish researchers found that white, painted stripes on bodies […] The post Body Painti
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Body Painting Might Protect You From Insect Bites, Study Finds

Repellents might keep blood-sucking bugs away, but research just revealed an innovative insect bite protection strategy: body painting. A study led by Hungarian and Swedish researchers found that white, painted stripes on bodies […] The post Body Painting Might Protect You From Insect Bites, Study Finds appeared first on Geek.com.

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Healthy Rams look to alter NFL with win over banged up Saints

The injury report clearly points in the Rams favor heading into the NFC Championship, so what does that mean for the rest of the NFL?
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Healthy Rams look to alter NFL with win over banged up Saints

The injury report clearly points in the Rams favor heading into the NFC Championship, so what does that mean for the rest of the NFL?

Rays sign OF Avisail Garcia to 1-year $3.5 million contract with chance to earn additional $2.5 million in incentives

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent outfielder Avisaíl García worth $3.5 million and the chance to earn incentives.
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Rays sign OF Avisail Garcia to 1-year $3.5 million contract with chance to earn additional $2.5 million in incentives

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent outfielder Avisaíl García worth $3.5 million and the chance to earn incentives.

Reds, Braves minor leaguers suspended for drug violations

Cincinnati outfielder Nate Scantlin has been suspended for 50 games and Atlanta pitcher Carlos Caminero for 25 games under baseball's minor league drug program
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Reds, Braves minor leaguers suspended for drug violations

Cincinnati outfielder Nate Scantlin has been suspended for 50 games and Atlanta pitcher Carlos Caminero for 25 games under baseball's minor league drug program

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