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Painting found in Romania studied as possibly stolen Picasso

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Romanian prosecutors are investigating whether a painting by Pablo Picasso that was snatched from a museum in the Netherlands six years ago has turned up in Romania. Four Romanians were convicted of stealing Picasso's «Tete d'A

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Never mind that shutdown business, House Republicans want more tax cuts

Really, House Republicans? Really? House Republicans will try again this week to pass a year-end package of tax cuts after revamping the measure a second time to win broader political support. They're washing their hands entirely of their duty to the natio
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Never mind that shutdown business, House Republicans want more tax cuts

Really, House Republicans? Really? House Republicans will try again this week to pass a year-end package of tax cuts after revamping the measure a second time to win broader political support. They're washing their hands entirely of their duty to the nation to figure out how to keep the government open over Christmas, because they gotta get one last tax cut vote in before it's all over. Maybe that's what's behind Paul Ryan's foray into unintentenial docu-comedy, his «series» on his tax-cutting legacy. Or maybe it's their total lack of imagination. I mean, for fuck's sake: «It includes a provision, first sought by Ryan over a decade ago, that would give taxpayers a charitable deduction for making donations to college fraternities and sororities for housing improvements.» So that young Republicans can stand around a keg in a nicer room, dreaming about demolishing Medicaid. Big dreams, anyway. The problem is going be convincing the newly cublicle-dwelling lame duck Republicans to come back to town, because there aren't going to be any Democrats working to get it passed.

After Russia helped Trump win the presidency, it set its sights on kneecapping Robert Mueller

Lookie here—turns out Donald Trump not only got a boost from the Kremlin to get into office, but he also got some help staying there. Just as Trump has launched an all-out disinformation assault on special counsel Robert Mueller, so too did Russia followin
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After Russia helped Trump win the presidency, it set its sights on kneecapping Robert Mueller

Lookie here—turns out Donald Trump not only got a boost from the Kremlin to get into office, but he also got some help staying there. Just as Trump has launched an all-out disinformation assault on special counsel Robert Mueller, so too did Russia following the election. Recently released in-depth reports on Russia's 2016 disinformation campaign on social media also found that Russia aimed the tools it developed during the election at Mueller after he was appointed to lead the Russia probe. The Washington Post writes: The Russian operatives unloaded on Mueller through fake accounts on Facebook, Twitter and beyond, falsely claiming that the former FBI director was corrupt and that the allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election were crackpot conspiracies. One post on Instagram — which emerged as an especially potent weapon in the Russian social media arsenal — claimed that Mueller had worked in the past with “radical Islamic groups.” The reports, prepared for the Senate Intelligence Committee, highlight both how broad and sweeping the Russian campaign was and how sophisticated and difficult to squelch Russia’s presence has proven to be. Not only did Russian operatives use Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram, but they also utilized less-noted platforms such as PayPal, Tumblr, Medium, Vine, Reddit, and others. On top of that, operatives' use of the various platforms was so fluid that it was particularly difficult to identify and rectify problems in any sort of meaningful way. It's like the whack-a-mole of social media: As soon as you stamp it out one place, it pops up somewhere else. But again, Mueller is just one more instance of Russia’s interests and messaging aligning with those of Trump and his associates. There sure is a lot of coincidence—everywhere, all the time.

Federal judge orders officials to reunite migrant mom and child separated for eight months

A Salvadoran mom was reunited with her child after being separated for months by the Trump administration, and it was a separation based on a lie: officials at the border had accused her of gang affiliations. “He shoved me in an office, and he said, I ne
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Federal judge orders officials to reunite migrant mom and child separated for eight months

A Salvadoran mom was reunited with her child after being separated for months by the Trump administration, and it was a separation based on a lie: officials at the border had accused her of gang affiliations. “He shoved me in an office, and he said, I need you to give me information about the gangs in your country,” Yvette, who asked to have her last name disclosed, told NPR. “I want you to tell me what you're coming to do here.” But Yvette isn’t a gang member. Neither is Carlos, or Julio, but that hasn’t stopped immigration officials from flinging false accusations at parents in order justify taking their children away. In late November, a federal judge sided with Yvette, ordering officials to return her son to her, calling their separation «arbitrary, capricious and punitive.» The two had been separated for eight months by the time she saw his little face again. “He came running towards me, calling, Mama,” she said. “And he hugged me and kissed me. I was crying. I had felt an emptiness in my heart. But once I was finally with him, everything changed.” But like so many of the thousands of children who were stolen from parents and families at the border under the barbaric “zero tolerance” policy, he’s traumatized. “When he sleeps, he wants to be hugging me,” she said. “Whenever I start to move away, he holds on. I think he feels I'm going to leave him again.” Lizzy, another child recently reunited with her mom after months of separation, is also imprisoned by her trauma. When she was hug her mom, she asked “are they coming to take me away again?” Despite a federal judge’s reunification deadline, other children kidnapped from families at the border continue to remain in U.S. custody, some because their parents were so carelessly deported by officials they have no idea of their current whereabouts. In fact, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has had to navigate “treacherous roads, distrustful communities and remote villages” in search of some parents. Donald Trump’s policy has created orphans. Today, Tuesday, Dec. 18, marks 145 days since the judge’s deadline. Family separation remains a crisis.

White House spokesperson: We're just going to use the treasury as a slush fund for Trump's wall

There are signs that Individual 1 is backing down on his demand that he get $5 billion for his wall or shut the government down, all based on the idea that he can just get the money from other places. That's the line press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders g
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White House spokesperson: We're just going to use the treasury as a slush fund for Trump's wall

There are signs that Individual 1 is backing down on his demand that he get $5 billion for his wall or shut the government down, all based on the idea that he can just get the money from other places. That's the line press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gave in a rare briefing Tuesday. «Look,» she said, «we're not asking American taxpayers for that. We are looking at existing funding through other agencies right now.» Which would indeed be taxpayer dollars, since that's what funds those other agencies—just not «new» taxpayer dollars. Apparently this is what they're going with, as Trump's way of saving face and getting his money anyway, or at least what his staff is trying to convince him can happen. Never mind that it doesn't so much work that way. If the administration tries to move money around from other sources without congressional approval, as one expert in appropriations told Fox News' Chad Pergram, «It would create a shitstorm.» There's also the question of whether Congress could act soon enough to actually get something done. The answer is: maybe. But it gets sketchier with every hour that passes, particularly when you've got a Republican lame-duck House in total disarray and off on another tax-cutting tangent. Assuming that part of the government does shut down, at least temporarily, what gets closed? Right now, the Senate is at an impasse with Democrat Chuck Schumer rejecting Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's proposal of tacking an additional $1 billion Trump could use however he wanted onto the previously agreed to $1.6 billion. Schumer said there was no way they'd offer Trump this «slush fund.» Of course, as far as Trump is concerned, the entire treasury is a slush fund. That's always been how he operates. McConnell has, supposedly, finally decided to get involved, and says «I'm in conversation with the White House on the way forward.» Nice of McConnell to decide to do something, now that we're just three days away from a partial government shutdown.

Arizona Republican who lost 2018 Senate race gets appointed to state's other seat

On Tuesday, Gov. Doug Ducey announced that he was appointing Rep. Martha McSally, who narrowly lost the 2018 Senate race to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, to Arizona’s other Senate seat. McSally, who will take over after interim Sen. Jon Kyl resigns on Dec. 31, w
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Arizona Republican who lost 2018 Senate race gets appointed to state's other seat

On Tuesday, Gov. Doug Ducey announced that he was appointing Rep. Martha McSally, who narrowly lost the 2018 Senate race to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, to Arizona’s other Senate seat. McSally, who will take over after interim Sen. Jon Kyl resigns on Dec. 31, will need to face the voters again in a November 2020 special election for the final two years of the late John McCain’s term. Whoever wins will be up again in 2022 for a full six-year term. National Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have reportedly been pushing Ducey to appoint McSally for a while. However, McSally does have her detractors, some of whom reportedly are in Ducey’s inner circle. Washington Post reporter Sean Sullivan wrote back in November that McSally skeptics griped that she didn't do a better job utilizing opposition research about Sinema's past as an anti-war organizer and a member of the Green Party. McSally, a former former combat pilot, very much did run ugly attacks on Sinema, calling the contest a battle between a “between a patriot and a protester,” but apparently, that still didn’t go far enough for some Republicans. McSally skeptics also complained that she distanced herself too much from McCain, who is utterly despised by Donald Trump but has his fans among swing voters. McSally's detractors also argued that her decision to run as a Trump loyalist caused her problems in November. Democrats are also going to be sure to remember that in 2015, McSally didn’t just vote for the House version of Trumpcare, but she reportedly rallied her colleagues behind the bill by declaring that it was time to get this “fucking thing” done. Still, while the governor himself reportedly had lost some of his enthusiasm for picking McSally, he still went ahead and did so on Tuesday. For all her faults, McSally is a strong fundraiser who has experience running statewide. She also may be able to avoid an expensive primary this time now that she’ll be running as an incumbent, albeit an unelected one. Democrats are very likely to target this seat, which Team Blue almost certainly would need to flip in order to take the Senate in 2020, so McSally will be in for another competitive race two years after losing her first one. Let's beat Martha McSally again and take the Senate. Please chip in $3 to our Democratic nominee fund today!

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SpaceX, Blue Origin scrub rocket launches, eye Wednesday to try again - CNET

Four missions were scheduled for Tuesday and then postponed, but all, including the Falcon 9 and New Shepard launches, will get another go.
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SpaceX, Blue Origin scrub rocket launches, eye Wednesday to try again - CNET

Four missions were scheduled for Tuesday and then postponed, but all, including the Falcon 9 and New Shepard launches, will get another go.

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Why a bunch of people are suing Epic Games over Fortnite’s dance moves

A growing cluster of actors, musicians and viral internet stars have Fortnite in their crosshairs. The smash hit third-person shooter is free to play but generates mountains of revenue through in-game microtransactions. Those purchased lure avid Fortnite play
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Why a bunch of people are suing Epic Games over Fortnite’s dance moves

A growing cluster of actors, musicians and viral internet stars have Fortnite in their crosshairs. The smash hit third-person shooter is free to play but generates mountains of revenue through in-game microtransactions. Those purchased lure avid Fortnite players to spend real life cash on virtual cosmetic items, like special character skins (today: a winter skiing […]

Oath officially becomes Verizon Media Group on January 8

A year and a half after giving birth to Oath, Verizon’s officially rebranding its media group as…wait for it…Verizon Media Group. It’s simple, it’s straightforward, it says what it does on the package — and most importantly, it makes a hell of a l
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Oath officially becomes Verizon Media Group on January 8

A year and a half after giving birth to Oath, Verizon’s officially rebranding its media group as…wait for it…Verizon Media Group. It’s simple, it’s straightforward, it says what it does on the package — and most importantly, it makes a hell of a lot more sense than “Oath.” Division head Guru Gowrappan confirmed that the […]

After $130M+ in funding, AR startup Blippar collapses

While proponents swore 2018 would be the year AR moved mainstream, by year’s end it seems the biggest trend has been the movement of early startups to financial collapse. Blippar, an early augmented reality app that raised more than $130 million in vent
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After $130M+ in funding, AR startup Blippar collapses

While proponents swore 2018 would be the year AR moved mainstream, by year’s end it seems the biggest trend has been the movement of early startups to financial collapse. Blippar, an early augmented reality app that raised more than $130 million in venture funding from investors like Qualcomm and Candy Ventures, announced today that it […]

Graphene's magic is in the defects

A team of researchers has solved a longstanding puzzle of how to build ultra-sensitive, ultra-small electrochemical sensors with homogenous and predictable properties by discovering how to engineer graphene structure on an atomic level.
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Graphene's magic is in the defects

A team of researchers has solved a longstanding puzzle of how to build ultra-sensitive, ultra-small electrochemical sensors with homogenous and predictable properties by discovering how to engineer graphene structure on an atomic level.

Today's children reach bone maturity earlier, study reveals

Children born in the most recent century have bones that reach full maturity earlier -- by nearly 10 months in girls and nearly seven months in boys -- according to a new study.
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Today's children reach bone maturity earlier, study reveals

Children born in the most recent century have bones that reach full maturity earlier -- by nearly 10 months in girls and nearly seven months in boys -- according to a new study.

Artificial intelligence meets materials science

A research team is harnessing the power of machine learning, data science and the domain knowledge of experts to autonomously discover new materials.
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Artificial intelligence meets materials science

A research team is harnessing the power of machine learning, data science and the domain knowledge of experts to autonomously discover new materials.

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Yellowstone again sees more than 4 million visits

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Figures show that November was not an abnormally busy month for Yellowstone National Park. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports park statisticians estimate the park had about 13,849 visits during the month, about a 3,000-visit increase ov
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Yellowstone again sees more than 4 million visits

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Figures show that November was not an abnormally busy month for Yellowstone National Park. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports park statisticians estimate the park had about 13,849 visits during the month, about a 3,000-visit increase over November 2017. It brings the total for 2018 to almost ...

Google Transformed Cloud Storage Traffic Into Cool Data Art

Cloud storage traffic might not be a top conversation topic, but Google’s Cloud team aims to have people see data differently through visualization art. On Tuesday, Google announced in a blog post that […] The post Google Transformed Cloud Storag
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Google Transformed Cloud Storage Traffic Into Cool Data Art

Cloud storage traffic might not be a top conversation topic, but Google’s Cloud team aims to have people see data differently through visualization art. On Tuesday, Google announced in a blog post that […] The post Google Transformed Cloud Storage Traffic Into Cool Data Art appeared first on Geek.com.

Build Your Very Own Robot With These Discounted Arduino Kits

Electronics development sounds like a difficult concept but it’s actually easier than you might think, especially when you learn with Arduinos. While simple to use, Arduinos are powerful and versatile micro-controllers that form […] The post Build You
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Build Your Very Own Robot With These Discounted Arduino Kits

Electronics development sounds like a difficult concept but it’s actually easier than you might think, especially when you learn with Arduinos. While simple to use, Arduinos are powerful and versatile micro-controllers that form […] The post Build Your Very Own Robot With These Discounted Arduino Kits appeared first on Geek.com.

RTD: Denver's tall buildings partly to blame for line issues

DENVER (AP) - The Regional Transportation District says that high-rise growth in downtown Denver is one of the main causes of the district's ongoing issues with the metro area's commuter rail network. That discovery came in an action plan the district submitt
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RTD: Denver's tall buildings partly to blame for line issues

DENVER (AP) - The Regional Transportation District says that high-rise growth in downtown Denver is one of the main causes of the district's ongoing issues with the metro area's commuter rail network. That discovery came in an action plan the district submitted to federal regulators Friday and made public Monday. ...

Yemeni mom wins travel ban waiver to see dying son in US

A Yemeni mother blocked by the Trump administration's travel ban has won her fight for a waiver that would allow her to travel to California to see her dying 2-year-old son. Basim Elkarra of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Sacramento said Shaima
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Yemeni mom wins travel ban waiver to see dying son in US

A Yemeni mother blocked by the Trump administration's travel ban has won her fight for a waiver that would allow her to travel to California to see her dying 2-year-old son. Basim Elkarra of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Sacramento said Shaima Swileh was granted a visa Tuesday and ...

Some Bottlenose Dolphins Have Cliquey Social Circles, Study Says

Just like humans, ocean animals can be picky about who they’re friends with: Researchers have discovered that some bottlenose dolphins have cliquey social circles and avoid rival squads. On Tuesday, the University of […] The post Some Bottlenose D
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Some Bottlenose Dolphins Have Cliquey Social Circles, Study Says

Just like humans, ocean animals can be picky about who they’re friends with: Researchers have discovered that some bottlenose dolphins have cliquey social circles and avoid rival squads. On Tuesday, the University of […] The post Some Bottlenose Dolphins Have Cliquey Social Circles, Study Says appeared first on Geek.com.

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Big East to represent Team USA at 2019 Pan Am Games

The Big East Conference will represent USA Basketball for the 2019 Pan American Games, beating out the other Power Five conferences for the honor
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Big East to represent Team USA at 2019 Pan Am Games

The Big East Conference will represent USA Basketball for the 2019 Pan American Games, beating out the other Power Five conferences for the honor

Darlington's 2019 NASCAR Throwback Weekend to honor 1990-1994

The upcoming season will also mark the 70th running of the Southern 500. Darlington will honor specific moments and heroes of the 1990-94 era of the sport’s storied history, including the conclusion of Hall of Famer Richard Petty’s career and the beginnin
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Darlington's 2019 NASCAR Throwback Weekend to honor 1990-1994

The upcoming season will also mark the 70th running of the Southern 500. Darlington will honor specific moments and heroes of the 1990-94 era of the sport’s storied history, including the conclusion of Hall of Famer Richard Petty’s career and the beginning of Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Gordon’s career. The track will also pay special tribute during its 2019 race weekend to Spartanburg ... Keep reading

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