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Trump loses big, again, in the House Republican leadership race

So much for that effort by the unindicted co-conspirator to get his guy in at the helm of the much diminished House Republicans. Trump's guy, Freedom Caucus founder and child molestation enabler Rep. Jim Jordan is not going to be minority leader. Outgoing Sp
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Trump loses big, again, in the House Republican leadership race

So much for that effort by the unindicted co-conspirator to get his guy in at the helm of the much diminished House Republicans. Trump's guy, Freedom Caucus founder and child molestation enabler Rep. Jim Jordan is not going to be minority leader. Outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan's guy, Kevin McCarthy, won easily, getting nearly four times as many votes as Jordan, 159-43. That might have had something to do with Jordan's campaign for leadership which consisted of «we all suck.» Jordan was running on the platform that Republicans lost the House last week because they weren't Trumpy enough, suggesting that Jordan is, in addition to being a maniac, an idiot. Trump might still get his wish of having Jordan named ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, where presumably he would be in a position to try to derail all of the things that committee intends to do about Trump. But since Jordan has been so strongly rebuked, and along with him Trump, by the Republican conference no one should be holding their breath on that. Expect a White House tweet meltdown any minute now.

Midday open thread: Fire, Google, and STDs

Today’s comic by Matt Bors is Trump deploys Space Force against alien invasion: Good God: The day before California's deadly Camp Fire started, with 42 victims and more than 200 missing so far, Pacific Gas & Electric knew of an electri
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Midday open thread: Fire, Google, and STDs

Today’s comic by Matt Bors is Trump deploys Space Force against alien invasion: Good God: The day before California's deadly Camp Fire started, with 42 victims and more than 200 missing so far, Pacific Gas & Electric knew of an electrical problem that may have set off the blaze. The day before the fire began, PG&E reportedly emailed a local landowner about «problems with sparks» and the need for workers to enter her property and work on the high-power lines. Betsy Ann Cowley owns Pulga, a renovated former railroad town that is rented out for corporate retreats and private functions. She was away on vacation when an email arrived. Neighboring town Paradise was destroyed by the fire. What the hell, Google? U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) was caught on tape «joking» about her willingness to attend a lynching at a campaign event in November. «If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row,» Hyde-Smith said on November 2. [...] One corporation that apparently was unbothered by Hyde-Smith’s remarks: Google. On Tuesday, Google donated $5000 to Hyde-Smith’s campaign, according to documents filed with the FEC. Who knew? Johns Hopkins researchers are spearheading efforts to raise awareness and learn more about a sexually transmitted disease few people know about but scientists believe makes people infertile. Many people infected with mycoplasma genitalium, or Mgen for short, don’t show symptoms and might not know they are carrying the disease. There’s no approved test for it, which makes it difficult to track, but doctors believe it’s more common than gonorrhea, infecting about 1 to 3 percent of the population. Ho, ho, HUH? A company that produces novelty glassware embedded with a bullet as if it had been shot has decided to give every employee a handgun as a Christmas present. Giving employees their choice of revolver as a gift is part of an effort to promote personal safety and team building, Ben Wolfgram, who co-owns Hortonville-based BenShot, said Tuesday. Interesting defense: A football fan who was charged with driving drunk after a car crash told police he drank too much because his team–the New York Jets—“suck.” Christopher Greyshock, 57, rear-ended another vehicle about 5:15 p.m. Sunday—about an hour after the Jets, lost 41-10 to the Buffalo Bills, to fall to 3-7 this season. Authorities say Greyshock, from West Milford, New Jersey, told officers: “I drank too much because the Jets suck.” ​​​​​​​ On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter once again join forces in analyzing election results and the path forward from here. Who's really being divisive in the leadership contests? It’s been a bad week for armed guards. And for Trump meltdowns, too. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!)

Dems make massive gains in Texas courts. Here's why it matters

The full Texas story is still being written, as massive Democratic gains continue to get tallied. Beto O’Rourke may have narrowly lost the Senate race, but the movement he helped fuel has transformed Texas and put it straight onto the path of “purple” s
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Dems make massive gains in Texas courts. Here's why it matters

The full Texas story is still being written, as massive Democratic gains continue to get tallied. Beto O’Rourke may have narrowly lost the Senate race, but the movement he helped fuel has transformed Texas and put it straight onto the path of “purple” status in 2020 Among those gains: the courts. And they matter. In fact, Karl Rove’s first target in leading the Republican takeover of Texas was exactly that—the courts.  First, the extent of our victories: xThe blue wave broke hard in the Texas Courts of Appeals last week, where Dems flipped 24 judgeships. In four courts, they went from *zero* seats to a majority. pic.twitter.com/EnzCyB7qPp— Nicholas Warren (@NLVWarren) November 14, 2018

Trump isn't just blowing up with anger, he's blowing off every duty of his office

Donald Trump’s weekend in a Paris hotel, spent hunched over Twitter and recordings of his favorite Fox shows while the rest of the world tried to carry on the business of preserving civilization, was even worse than it seemed. Because Trump was even worse
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Trump isn't just blowing up with anger, he's blowing off every duty of his office

Donald Trump’s weekend in a Paris hotel, spent hunched over Twitter and recordings of his favorite Fox shows while the rest of the world tried to carry on the business of preserving civilization, was even worse than it seemed. Because Trump was even worse than he seemed. He did’t just skip out on ceremonies and make claims of voter fraud with no evidence, he was in a foul mood and he took it out on everyone—everyone except Vladmir Putin. The Washington Post reports that even on the way to Paris, Trump had gone to Asscon level 2. When British Prime Minister Theresa May tried to call Trump to congratulate him on Republican Senate wins, Trump didn’t respond with a thanks. He immediately went on the attack. Trump berated May for Britain not doing enough, in his assessment, to contain Iran. He questioned her over Brexit and complained about the trade deals he sees as unfair with European countries. May has endured Trump’s churlish temper before, but still her aides were shaken by his especially foul mood, according to U.S. and European officials briefed on the conversation. Donald Trump sulked through his time in Europe. He blamed his failure to visit an American cemetery on the inability of his “Sea King” marine rescue helicopter to fly in damp conditions. He blamed the Secret Service for not letting him stroll a few blocks on the Champs-Élysées with other world leaders. He insisted that he braved “pouring rain” to speak at a memorial in Paris, even though he was the only one carrying an umbrella. And he sat through speeches where people attacked the infantile politics of nationalism—though it’s not clear he understood any of what was said until he came home so Fox could explain it to him. But Trump’s weekend in Paris, spent cooped up in his hotel having overseas “executive time” with Twitter, was even worse than it seemed in public. Trump snarled at his staff. Lashed out at French President Macron. Snapped at other leaders. There was only one person in his days of fury who merited a smile. And there was just one other leader who played hooky from his apparent leadership duties while visiting Paris.

Not this frigging guy again: Former acting ICE director reportedly in running to replace Nielsen

Good grief, not this evil motherfucker again. “President Donald Trump is reportedly ready to get rid of his Department of Homeland Security secretary as early as this week and is mulling replacing her with Thomas Homan, a former acting director of the Immi
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Not this frigging guy again: Former acting ICE director reportedly in running to replace Nielsen

Good grief, not this evil motherfucker again. “President Donald Trump is reportedly ready to get rid of his Department of Homeland Security secretary as early as this week and is mulling replacing her with Thomas Homan, a former acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, because he likes his tough-talk on immigration, Politico reported.” “Tough-talk,” as in being so extreme that his nomination to permanently lead ICE never went to the Senate for a vote because it may have actually failed. Homan became one of the most dangerous men in America during his tenure, speaking at hate group events and vindictively threatening to escalate raids and detain immigrants far from their families in response to California passing pro-immigrant legislation—and followed through on that threat: Angelo Paparelli, a Los Angeles-based immigration attorney with the firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP told the Chronicle, “Serving 77 notices of inspection on different employers in the last three days within a single area of responsibility, in this case, San Francisco, appears unprecedented.” When Homan shamelessly lied about one of these raids and pressured a spokesperson to do the same, that person quit instead. “I quit because I didn’t want to perpetuate misleading facts,” said James Schwab. Under Homan’s watch, unshackled agents flouted their own policy dictating that schools and churches should be mostly off-limits, even arresting immigrant men as they left a church hypothermia shelter in Virginia. Ice cold. So can another Homan nomination pass the Senate when the Senate didn’t even try the first time around? Maybe not if we’re loud enough—that is, if the report about Homan actually being in contention even pans out. Some of these Trump people like spreading news about themselves, after all. If it does, his record will be right there waiting for him. “I have many questions for the administration's ICE nominee Tom Homan,” U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin tweeted shortly before Homan’s retirement earlier this year. “He’s been acting director for over a year, but hasn’t come before the Senate for confirmation. Why? My colleagues and I want to know what’s keeping away a key player in the President’s mass deportation agenda.”

House Republican begins his last term by whining about life in the minority

Election Day was scarcely a week ago, but we already have our first retirement of the next election cycle. In fairness, Republican Rep. Rob Bishop announced last year that this term would be his last—a term he easily and predictably secured in a rout, give
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House Republican begins his last term by whining about life in the minority

Election Day was scarcely a week ago, but we already have our first retirement of the next election cycle. In fairness, Republican Rep. Rob Bishop announced last year that this term would be his last—a term he easily and predictably secured in a rout, given the deep red hue of Utah's 1st District. (It voted 50-22 for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, with conservative independent Evan McMullin just a hair behind and also at 22, and Mitt Romney won here 77-20 four years earlier.) While he’s sure to be replaced by a fellow Republican, progressives will be glad to see him go: For the last four years, he’s wielded the gavel on the Natural Resources Committee, despite a 2 percent lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters. Of course, politicians who make promises like these often change their minds, but this isn't some long-ago term limits pledge that Bishop, who's 67 and first won office in 2002, is hoping voters will now forget. While he doesn't appear to have re-iterated his plans to step down since the election, Bishop did recently give an interview to the Salt Lake Tribune in which he complained how much it sucked to get cast into the minority after Democrats took the House in 2006. Now that the same thing has happened again, he says he's «not going in with a whole lot of anticipation of something being very positive,» so he definitely doesn't sound like someone who wants to stick around. Bishop could certainly still reverse course, but that would be news if he does. In the meantime, local Republicans politicians—of which there's no shortage—are undoubtedly plotting their moves to succeed the congressman, though our old friend the Great Mentioner has yet to make an appearance. In any event, Bishop wins the honor of being the first member of Congress to appear on our 2020 House open seat tracker, though since many of his colleagues will wind up sharing his feelings about life in the minority, he's certain not to be the last.

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How IL&FS used its subsidiary Kanak Resources for suspicious fund transfers

Manipulation, exploitation and eventual acquisition of Kanak Resource Management Limited has unearthed a raft of shady lending and borrowing ops
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How IL&FS used its subsidiary Kanak Resources for suspicious fund transfers

Manipulation, exploitation and eventual acquisition of Kanak Resource Management Limited has unearthed a raft of shady lending and borrowing ops

Black Friday 2018 deals at Best Buy: Roku, OLED TVs, Sonos, HomePod and Google - CNET

The original big box tech retailer busts out the bargains for the biggest sale day of the season.
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The original big box tech retailer busts out the bargains for the biggest sale day of the season.

Black Friday 2018 deals at Best Buy: TVs, Nintendo Switch, Apple HomePod and more - CNET

Best Buy could very well have the best buys of the Black Friday season. Here are the top deals from the tech specialist.
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Black Friday 2018 deals at Best Buy: TVs, Nintendo Switch, Apple HomePod and more - CNET

Best Buy could very well have the best buys of the Black Friday season. Here are the top deals from the tech specialist.

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Gift Guide: 10 suitcase-friendly gifts for frequent flyers

I’ve been traveling a lot this year — more than any year in the past. It’s been both a blessing and a curse, so thanks TechCrunch for that. Honestly, I should probably be packing for Asia instead of writing this.
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Gift Guide: 10 suitcase-friendly gifts for frequent flyers

I’ve been traveling a lot this year — more than any year in the past. It’s been both a blessing and a curse, so thanks TechCrunch for that. Honestly, I should probably be packing for Asia instead of writing this.

International Team, NASA Make Unexpected Discovery Under Greenland Ice

An international team of researchers, including a NASA glaciologist, has discovered a large meteorite impact crater hiding beneath more than a half-mile of ice in northwest Greenland.
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International Team, NASA Make Unexpected Discovery Under Greenland Ice

An international team of researchers, including a NASA glaciologist, has discovered a large meteorite impact crater hiding beneath more than a half-mile of ice in northwest Greenland.

Where Are All the Aliens? 'Out There' Book Excerpt

In 'Out There' (Grand Central Publishing, 2018), Space.com senior writer Mike Wall tackles the search for alien life from many different angles and discusses humanity's drive to get off its natal rock. Read an excerpt from the new book here.
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Where Are All the Aliens? 'Out There' Book Excerpt

In 'Out There' (Grand Central Publishing, 2018), Space.com senior writer Mike Wall tackles the search for alien life from many different angles and discusses humanity's drive to get off its natal rock. Read an excerpt from the new book here.

Scientists Are '99 Percent' Sure There's a Huge Exoplanet Very Close to Our Solar System

Scientists think there's a giant new planet full of frozen water, and it's right down the cosmic street from Earth.
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Scientists Are '99 Percent' Sure There's a Huge Exoplanet Very Close to Our Solar System

Scientists think there's a giant new planet full of frozen water, and it's right down the cosmic street from Earth.

Cold Super-Earth found orbiting closest single star to Sun

The nearest single star to the Sun hosts an exoplanet at least 3.2 times as massive as Earth -- a so-called super-Earth. One of the largest observing campaigns to date using data from a world-wide array of telescopes has revealed this frozen, dimly lit world
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Cold Super-Earth found orbiting closest single star to Sun

The nearest single star to the Sun hosts an exoplanet at least 3.2 times as massive as Earth -- a so-called super-Earth. One of the largest observing campaigns to date using data from a world-wide array of telescopes has revealed this frozen, dimly lit world. The newly discovered planet is the second-closest known exoplanet to the Earth. Barnard's star is the fastest moving star in the night sky.

Here’s the teaser trailer for Niantic’s Pokémon GO-style Harry Potter game

The good news: Niantic/WB Games/Portkey has released a trailer for “Wizards Unite,” the Harry Potter game built in the same spirit as Pokémon GO. The bad news: It… doesn’t show much. If you were hoping for gameplay footage or really a
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Here’s the teaser trailer for Niantic’s Pokémon GO-style Harry Potter game

The good news: Niantic/WB Games/Portkey has released a trailer for “Wizards Unite,” the Harry Potter game built in the same spirit as Pokémon GO. The bad news: It… doesn’t show much. If you were hoping for gameplay footage or really anything detailing how the game will work, you’re out of luck. Alas! It’s just a […]

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US adds new sanctions on Cuba tourist attractions

HAVANA (AP) - The Trump Administration is adding new names to a list of Cuban tourist attractions that Americans are barred from visiting. The 26 names range from the new five-star Iberostar Grand Packard and Paseo del Prado hotels in Old Havana to modest sho
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US adds new sanctions on Cuba tourist attractions

HAVANA (AP) - The Trump Administration is adding new names to a list of Cuban tourist attractions that Americans are barred from visiting. The 26 names range from the new five-star Iberostar Grand Packard and Paseo del Prado hotels in Old Havana to modest shopping centers in beachside resorts far ...

Robot Drawing Machine Brings da Vinci into 21st Century

It’s impossible to know what Leonardo da Vinci—the man who invented what many consider the first robot—would make of modern computer science. Would he embrace the impending android revolution, or back calls to […] The post Robot Drawing Machin
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Robot Drawing Machine Brings da Vinci into 21st Century

It’s impossible to know what Leonardo da Vinci—the man who invented what many consider the first robot—would make of modern computer science. Would he embrace the impending android revolution, or back calls to […] The post Robot Drawing Machine Brings da Vinci into 21st Century appeared first on Geek.com.

How to Help Victims of the California Wildfires: Red Cross, GoFundMe, Airbnb, and More

Wildfires in California have caused massive destruction, claiming 48 lives, displacing thousands of residents, and destroying thousands of homes and structures. It is the worst fire in state history. As of Tuesday, 130,000 […] The post How to Help Victi
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How to Help Victims of the California Wildfires: Red Cross, GoFundMe, Airbnb, and More

Wildfires in California have caused massive destruction, claiming 48 lives, displacing thousands of residents, and destroying thousands of homes and structures. It is the worst fire in state history. As of Tuesday, 130,000 […] The post How to Help Victims of the California Wildfires: Red Cross, GoFundMe, Airbnb, and More appeared first on Geek.com.

$10 off $35 at Walmart, $10 off NES and SNES Classic Consoles, Buy Amazon Fire TV Stick Get Amazon Echo Dot Free, and More

Today Only – $10 off Your Order of $35 or More at Walmart The first 50,000 people can get $10 off your Walmart order of $35 or more with coupon code “ELLEN10” as […] The post $10 off $35 at Walmart, $10 off NES and SNES Classic Console
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$10 off $35 at Walmart, $10 off NES and SNES Classic Consoles, Buy Amazon Fire TV Stick Get Amazon Echo Dot Free, and More

Today Only – $10 off Your Order of $35 or More at Walmart The first 50,000 people can get $10 off your Walmart order of $35 or more with coupon code “ELLEN10” as […] The post $10 off $35 at Walmart, $10 off NES and SNES Classic Consoles, Buy Amazon Fire TV Stick Get Amazon Echo Dot Free, and More appeared first on Geek.com.

Forest Service authorizes Vail Mountain expansion project

VAIL, Colo. (AP) - Federal officials have approved an expansion to Vail Mountain. The Vail Daily reports the U.S. Forest Service authorized the expansion last week, as the Golden Peak Improvements Project final environmental impact statement, along with a dra
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Forest Service authorizes Vail Mountain expansion project

VAIL, Colo. (AP) - Federal officials have approved an expansion to Vail Mountain. The Vail Daily reports the U.S. Forest Service authorized the expansion last week, as the Golden Peak Improvements Project final environmental impact statement, along with a draft record of decision, was published by the White River National ...

NASA Builds Spider-Like Lander, Launches Strange Science to ISS

Following a (so far) fruitless search for life on Mars, NASA is turning its attention to the moons of Saturn and Jupiter. But getting landers to these gas giants—which orbit as far as […] The post NASA Builds Spider-Like Lander, Launches Strange Scien
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NASA Builds Spider-Like Lander, Launches Strange Science to ISS

Following a (so far) fruitless search for life on Mars, NASA is turning its attention to the moons of Saturn and Jupiter. But getting landers to these gas giants—which orbit as far as […] The post NASA Builds Spider-Like Lander, Launches Strange Science to ISS appeared first on Geek.com.

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Marcellus Wiley defends Le'Veon Bell's decision to sit out for the entire 2018 NFL season

Marcellus Wiley talks NFL on today's show. Hear why Marcellus Wiley respects Le'Veon Bell's decision to not report to the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2018 NFL season.
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Marcellus Wiley defends Le'Veon Bell's decision to sit out for the entire 2018 NFL season

Marcellus Wiley talks NFL on today's show. Hear why Marcellus Wiley respects Le'Veon Bell's decision to not report to the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2018 NFL season.

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