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US to alert public to foreign operations targeting Americans - CNET

A new Justice Department policy aims to combat hacking operations like those conducted by Russia during the 2016 election.

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Senate Republicans insist they'll be reining in 'emergency' powers—even after blocking those efforts

Last week, the Republican-controlled Senate passed a resolution that would have ended Donald Trump's clearly nonsensical declaration of a «national emergency» on the United States-Mexico border. But with only a handful of Republicans willing to
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Senate Republicans insist they'll be reining in 'emergency' powers—even after blocking those efforts

Last week, the Republican-controlled Senate passed a resolution that would have ended Donald Trump's clearly nonsensical declaration of a «national emergency» on the United States-Mexico border. But with only a handful of Republicans willing to vote with Democrats to do so, the vote was not enough to override the promised Trump veto. The «national emergency,” then, continues to stand. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has expressed no desire to hold a re-vote to attempt to overturn that veto, but that doesn't mean Senate Republicans aren't still attempting mightily to show resolve in the face of Trump's clear abuses of emergency powers—so long as that resolve doesn't actually rein in this abuse of power. McConnell is now tasking Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson with crafting a new bill that would limit emergency powers in the future in some as-of-yet unspecified way. It will likely end up mirroring an existing bill by South Dakota Sen. Mike Lee that would require Congress to affirmatively approve a national emergency declaration within 30 days of presidential announcement, rather than the current law requiring Congress to vote to disapprove of one. Sen. Lee’s bill has been the subject of heated (and hilarious) negotiations these last few weeks between the senator and the Trump White House. Vice President Mike Pence floated the notion that Trump might agree not to veto such a bill, if Republicans agreed to not vote their disapproval at his current »national emergency" declaration; Donald Trump then called up Lee himself, during a luncheon, to personally disavow Pence's proposal by saying he would agree to no such thing. Trump is promising a veto of any bill that would limit his emergency powers, all but daring Senate Republicans to put up or shut up. The likely endgame here remains what it has been. Only a handful of Republicans are willing to challenge Trump on a clear, multibillion-dollar abuse of presidential power. But the party is united in scrambling to craft some new law that would limit the ability of future presidents (read: a Democratic successor) to take such extreme actions in the future. That is what the Pence compromise was geared toward, and what the Trump-captured Senate leadership is attempting to piece together now. And it may still be vetoed—or simply ignored—by a White House that has open contempt for the legislative branch.

Midday open thread: Flooding in the Midwest, 'surf guitar,' and plastic in the ocean

Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is Back to the stupidverse: What you missed on Sunday Kos … Women's History Month: Reclaiming the herstories of black woman suffragists, by Denise Oliver Velez Sexist campaign coverage can't be fixed if me
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Midday open thread: Flooding in the Midwest, 'surf guitar,' and plastic in the ocean

Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is Back to the stupidverse: What you missed on Sunday Kos … Women's History Month: Reclaiming the herstories of black woman suffragists, by Denise Oliver Velez Sexist campaign coverage can't be fixed if media won't admit to 2016 fiasco, by Eric Boehlert Too many Democrats? History shows that a large presidential field bodes well for our chances in 2020, by Ian Reifowitz How the college admissions process illuminates the reality of the American caste system, by Rebecca Renner Donald Trump’s 10 most pathetically predictable broken promises, by Jon Perr Sorry, Trump: Coal is going down, renewables are headed up, by Sher Watts Spooner Affirmative action and the myth of structural reverse racism, by Frank Vyan Walton Preparing for war in Venezuela? I’ve seen this play before, by Egberto Willies The Ohio gerrymandering court case: 'A map that Speaker Boehner supports,' by David Akadjian I, for one, welcome our robot overlords—they can't be any worse than Trump, by Mark E Andersen Flooding in the Midwest: Residents in parts of southwestern Iowa were forced out of their homes Sunday as a torrent of Missouri River water flowed over and through levees, putting them in a situation similar to hundreds of people in neighboring Nebraska who have been displaced by the late-winter flood. Heavy rainfall and snowmelt have led to dangerously high water in creeks and rivers across several Midwestern states, with the Missouri River hitting record-high levels in many areas. At least two deaths were blamed on flooding, and two other men have been missing for days. In addition: Even the U.S. Air Force couldn’t stop the Mighty Missouri River from flooding Offutt Air Force Base. [...] By Sunday morning, one-third of the base was underwater, she said. Thirty buildings, including the 55th Wing headquarters and the two major aircraft maintenance facilities, had been flooded with up to 8 feet of water, and 30 more structures damaged.  Rest in peace: Dick Dale, known as the «King of the Surf Guitar,» has died at the age of 81. The legendary guitarist's death was confirmed by his live bassist, Sam Bolle. [...] The legendary, often overlooked guitarist virtually singlehandedly invented surf-rock, and influenced everyone from The Beach Boys to Eddie Van Halen. Sigh: A young whale whose carcass washed up in the Philippines died of «dehydration and starvation» after consuming 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of plastic bags, scientists have found. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: The need for a world & national leader in the wake of the NZ shooting drove Trump batty this weekend. The drive to replace him rolls on. Greg Dworkin reports. More unsavory figures at Massage-a-Lago. Are the Sauds dialing back on the bone saws? x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!)

Kellyanne Conway urges people to read New Zealand shooter's sick manifesto 'in its entirety'

Top Trump White House aide Kellyanne Conway took to Fox News Monday to urge viewers to read the hate-filled manifesto of the New Zealand shooter «in its entirety.» Sure, Donald Trump is named in the racist, anti-immigrant screed that lauds him as
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Kellyanne Conway urges people to read New Zealand shooter's sick manifesto 'in its entirety'

Top Trump White House aide Kellyanne Conway took to Fox News Monday to urge viewers to read the hate-filled manifesto of the New Zealand shooter «in its entirety.» Sure, Donald Trump is named in the racist, anti-immigrant screed that lauds him as «a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose,” but the shooter also mentioned China and claimed he wasn't a conservative, or a Nazi either. So apparently that pretty much frees up Trump from taking any responsibility for his normalizing of white nationalists as “very fine people.” »I guess everyone scoured it, [and] searched for Donald Trump's name,« Conway told Fox of the manifesto. »But people should read the entire—in its entirety,« she said of the document.  Trump downplayed the global rise of white nationalism Friday, saying the violence was just the work of »a small group of people« that have »serious problems.« He also used Twitter Monday morning to declare himself the real victim of the horrific massacre in New Zealand. »The Fake News Media is working overtime to blame me for the horrible attack in New Zealand," Trump groused. Poor Trump, always the victim, even when 50 innocent Muslim worshippers lost their lives at the hands of one of his fans. Watch Conway implore people to consume the venomous document below.

After New Zealand, we can't view white supremacist hate as «just trolling»

Leftists were called paranoid for seeing the OK sign as a coded white nationalist signal. Turns out they were right
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After New Zealand, we can't view white supremacist hate as «just trolling»

Leftists were called paranoid for seeing the OK sign as a coded white nationalist signal. Turns out they were right

Rep. Ilhan Omar calls for a two-state solution to Israel-Palestine conflict in new op-ed

The freshman lawmaker, whose remarks prompted claims of anti-Semitism, calls for a «balanced, inclusive approach»
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Rep. Ilhan Omar calls for a two-state solution to Israel-Palestine conflict in new op-ed

The freshman lawmaker, whose remarks prompted claims of anti-Semitism, calls for a «balanced, inclusive approach»

Fox News hires former Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile as a contributor

Brazile left her analyst role at CNN after it was revealed she'd shared debate questions with the Clinton campaign
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Fox News hires former Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile as a contributor

Brazile left her analyst role at CNN after it was revealed she'd shared debate questions with the Clinton campaign

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Apple announces new $499 iPad Air and $399 iPad Mini, both with Pencil support and faster A12 processor - CNET

Ahead of next week's expected video-streaming service debut, Apple updates its iPad portfolio.
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Apple announces new $499 iPad Air and $399 iPad Mini, both with Pencil support and faster A12 processor - CNET

Ahead of next week's expected video-streaming service debut, Apple updates its iPad portfolio.

The classic Volkswagen Beetle is a sensational blank canvas - Roadshow

This selection of vehicles from the Volkswagen Coachbuilt Beetle Class at the 2019 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance demonstrates the versatility of The People's Car.
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The classic Volkswagen Beetle is a sensational blank canvas - Roadshow

This selection of vehicles from the Volkswagen Coachbuilt Beetle Class at the 2019 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance demonstrates the versatility of The People's Car.

The Volkswagen Coachbuilt Beetle Class at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance shows spicy variety - Roadshow

Seven cars built on the same Beetle platform present a beautiful celebration of differences.
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The Volkswagen Coachbuilt Beetle Class at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance shows spicy variety - Roadshow

Seven cars built on the same Beetle platform present a beautiful celebration of differences.

Meet Aurora, the US entrant in the global exascale supercomputer race - CNET

The Intel-Cray system should arrive in 2021, but Chinese, Japanese and European rivals could come a year earlier.
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Meet Aurora, the US entrant in the global exascale supercomputer race - CNET

The Intel-Cray system should arrive in 2021, but Chinese, Japanese and European rivals could come a year earlier.

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Lyft’s driver wage lawsuit in NYC continues

As Lyft gears up to list its stock on the NASDAQ, the transportation company is facing ongoing litigation regarding driver wages in New York City. Today, a judge denied Lyft’s motion for an injunction blocking the recent ruling that sets a minimum wage
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Lyft’s driver wage lawsuit in NYC continues

As Lyft gears up to list its stock on the NASDAQ, the transportation company is facing ongoing litigation regarding driver wages in New York City. Today, a judge denied Lyft’s motion for an injunction blocking the recent ruling that sets a minimum wage for drivers. Still, the judge said she’ll think it over and file […]

Trump’s views about ‘crazy’ self-driving cars are at odds with his DOT

President Donald Trump is an automated-vehicle skeptic, a point of view that lies in stark contrast with agencies within his own administration, including the U.S. Department of Transportation . According to a recent scoop by Axios, Trump has privately said h
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Trump’s views about ‘crazy’ self-driving cars are at odds with his DOT

President Donald Trump is an automated-vehicle skeptic, a point of view that lies in stark contrast with agencies within his own administration, including the U.S. Department of Transportation . According to a recent scoop by Axios, Trump has privately said he thinks the autonomous-vehicle revolution is “crazy.” Trump’s point of view isn’t exactly surprising. His […]

Kevin Tsujihara is stepping down as Warner Bros CEO

Kevin Tsujihara is leaving his role as chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment. He joined Warner Bros. back in 1994 and took charge of the film and TV studio in 2013. As part of broader leadership changes at WarnerMedia — which is now under the owner
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Kevin Tsujihara is stepping down as Warner Bros CEO

Kevin Tsujihara is leaving his role as chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment. He joined Warner Bros. back in 1994 and took charge of the film and TV studio in 2013. As part of broader leadership changes at WarnerMedia — which is now under the ownership of AT&T — his role was recently expanded […]

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World’s First 5G-Powered Remote Brain Surgery Performed in China

A surgeon in China has performed the world’s first remote brain surgery using 5G technology while the patient was more than 1,800 miles away, according to local media. The patient, who has Parkinson’s […] The post World’s First 5G-Powe
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World’s First 5G-Powered Remote Brain Surgery Performed in China

A surgeon in China has performed the world’s first remote brain surgery using 5G technology while the patient was more than 1,800 miles away, according to local media. The patient, who has Parkinson’s […] The post World’s First 5G-Powered Remote Brain Surgery Performed in China appeared first on Geek.com.

The Latest: Officials say man linked to heist not mistreated

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Latest on the release from prison of reputed Connecticut mobster who federal authorities believe has information on a still-unsolved heist of $500 million worth of artwork from a Boston museum (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Federal pr
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The Latest: Officials say man linked to heist not mistreated

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Latest on the release from prison of reputed Connecticut mobster who federal authorities believe has information on a still-unsolved heist of $500 million worth of artwork from a Boston museum (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Federal prison officials say there is no evidence to support ...

J.K. Rowling Is Under Fire for Dumbledore/Grindelwald ‘Love’ Reveal

J.K. Rowling recently made a statement about the gay relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald and some of the movie’s fans aren’t thrilled about it. Rowling recently discussed the pair in a feature that was […] The post J.K. Rowling
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J.K. Rowling Is Under Fire for Dumbledore/Grindelwald ‘Love’ Reveal

J.K. Rowling recently made a statement about the gay relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald and some of the movie’s fans aren’t thrilled about it. Rowling recently discussed the pair in a feature that was […] The post J.K. Rowling Is Under Fire for Dumbledore/Grindelwald ‘Love’ Reveal appeared first on Geek.com.

Geek Pick: Comixology Is Still Netflix for Comics

It’s a shame the comic book industry seems set on becoming increasingly insular because theoretically there’s never been an easier time to get into comic books. Superhero movies are the biggest cultural events […] The post Geek Pick: Comixology Is S
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Geek Pick: Comixology Is Still Netflix for Comics

It’s a shame the comic book industry seems set on becoming increasingly insular because theoretically there’s never been an easier time to get into comic books. Superhero movies are the biggest cultural events […] The post Geek Pick: Comixology Is Still Netflix for Comics appeared first on Geek.com.

Eerie ‘Super Worm Moon’ Will Illuminate the Night Sky on March 20

March’s creepy full moon, called the “Super Worm Moon,” will light up the night sky on the first day of spring. The “Super Worm Moon” will take place on Wednesday, March 20 at […] The post Eerie ‘Super Worm Moon’
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Eerie ‘Super Worm Moon’ Will Illuminate the Night Sky on March 20

March’s creepy full moon, called the “Super Worm Moon,” will light up the night sky on the first day of spring. The “Super Worm Moon” will take place on Wednesday, March 20 at […] The post Eerie ‘Super Worm Moon’ Will Illuminate the Night Sky on March 20 appeared first on Geek.com.

1929 Bentley Gets Top Lot At Bonhams

The 1929 Bentley 4½-Liter Tourer will be offered at Bonhams’ upcoming auction “Goodwood Members' Meeting” that will be held on April 7, 2019, in Chichester, Goodwood. This car will be presented in one of the top lots (lot number 48) at the auction wit
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1929 Bentley Gets Top Lot At Bonhams

The 1929 Bentley 4½-Liter Tourer will be offered at Bonhams’ upcoming auction “Goodwood Members' Meeting” that will be held on April 7, 2019, in Chichester, Goodwood. This car will be presented in one of the top lots (lot number 48) at the auction with an estimate of £600,000 - £800,000. “Early success in the 1922 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, when Bentleys finished second, fourth, and fifth to take the Team Prize, led to the introduction of the TT Replica (later known as the Speed Model). However, by the middle of the decade the 3-Liter’s competitiveness was on the wane and this, together with the fact that too many customers had been tempted to fit unsuitably heavy coachwork to the excellent 3-Liter chassis rather than accept the expense and complexity of Bentley's 6½-liter ‘Silent Six,’ led to the introduction of the ‘4½,’” stated the auction house. Some of the important details of the present car is that it has an original chassis, engine, gearbox, body, and registration. It is in a single family ownership since 1939 (80 years); it is exceptionally well documented; it has been well maintained throughout its life and it was recently recommissioned by Brewster Mudie Ltd. The coachwork of this unique car is done by Vanden Plas. Bonhams added to the information about this car and mentioned in its release, “The original 4½-Liter car, nicknamed by the team ‘Old Mother Gun’ and driven by Frank Clement and Leslie Callingham, promptly set the fastest race lap of 73.41mph before being eliminated in the infamous ‘White House Crash’ multiple pile-up. The 4½-Liter was produced for four years, all but eleven of the 662 cars made being built on the 3-Liter’s ‘Long Standard,’ 10' 10"-wheelbase chassis. Purchasers of the 4½-Liter model were, in common with those of all vintage-period Bentleys, free to specify their preferences from a very considerable range of mechanical and electrical equipment, in addition to whatever body style and coachbuilder might be required.” The auction house added, “The new 4½-Liter model effectively employed the chassis, transmission and brakes of the 3-Liter, combined with an engine that was in essence two-thirds of the six-cylinder 6½-liter unit. Thus the new four-cylinder motor retained the six’s 100x140mm bore/stroke and Bentley’s familiar four-valves-per-cylinder fixed — “head architecture, but reverted to the front-end vertical camshaft drive of the 3-Liter. Bentley Motors lost no time in race-proving its new car.” https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

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Can analytics help you win your NCAA tournament pool? Don't bet on it

Back in the days before the internet became an all-consuming repository of humanity’s foibles, I decided to attempt a new method for filling out my NCAA Tournament bracket. I called my brother and had him put my infant nephew on the phone. I told my brothe
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Can analytics help you win your NCAA tournament pool? Don't bet on it

Back in the days before the internet became an all-consuming repository of humanity’s foibles, I decided to attempt a new method for filling out my NCAA Tournament bracket. I called my brother and had him put my infant nephew on the phone. I told my brother to hold up a newspaper and ask my nephew to point out, or coo at or drool on, whichever team he thought might win a game. Full disclosure: I did not win my pool that year. In fact, my nephew is now in college, and I still haven’t won an NCAA Tournament pool since I was a kid myself and chose Indiana to win it all in 1987 — mostly because I admired its candy-striped warmup pants and Bobby Knight’s Tasmanian devil combustibility.  I’ve picked the tournament badly during years when I’ve watched college basketball games five nights a week; I’ve picked the tournament badly during years when I hardly watched college basketball all season. And this is what makes the tournament such an utterly fantastic event: No matter what you think you know, you don’t really k

Wild sign former Gophers goaltender Robson to entry-level contract

The Minnesota Wild are bringing in former Gophers goaltender Mat Robson on a two-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Monday.
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Wild sign former Gophers goaltender Robson to entry-level contract

The Minnesota Wild are bringing in former Gophers goaltender Mat Robson on a two-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Monday.

Fresh and ready, Cards' Flaherty builds off rookie season

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty is hoping to build off a rookie season that went well until he seemed to wear down in September
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Fresh and ready, Cards' Flaherty builds off rookie season

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty is hoping to build off a rookie season that went well until he seemed to wear down in September

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