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Massive nor'easter bears down on East Coast  

The fourth nor'easter in a month is set to pummel New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, with up to 18 inches of snow expected in some areas. This is majestic and dangerous, possibly deadly, storm to watch. Just sit back and watch this storm evolve over the next 12 hours. — NY NJ PA Weather (@nynjpaweather) March 21, 2018 Nicknamed Winter Storm Toby, the forecast includes the potential for coastal floo...

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2018-03-21 14:45:58

Ivanka Trump's Weird Scientist Snap Sparks A Huge 'Photoshop Battle'  

Of course Trump makes an appearance.

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2018-03-21 13:24:07

Mike Pence's Daughter Is 'All For' The Gay Bunny Book That's Trolling Her Dad  

"I think imitation is the most sincere form of flattery."

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2018-03-21 12:44:59

Trump Administration Sued On Elephant Trophy Ban Flip-Flop  

Environmental groups say the new policy encourages big-game hunters to kill African elephants for "cheap thrills."

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2018-03-21 11:14:50

The White House's nondisclosure agreement for staff is practically unenforceable. Trump makes everyone sign it anyway.  

Last year, White House Counsel Don McGahn drew up a nondisclosure agreement for senior staff at President Trump's insistence, even while quietly reassuring aides that the document was practically unenforceable, The New York Times reports. The issuing of an NDA that covers even unclassified and non-confidential White House matters was a first, and it likely could not actually dictate the statements of federal employees were it to be tested, experts say. One former official said he was told that

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2018-03-21 10:26:04

In undercover video, Cambridge Analytica executives take credit for Trump's 2016 victory  

On Monday, Britain's Channel 4 broadcast undercover video of Cambridge Analytica executives bragging about using shady techniques to influence dozens of elections around the world, inflame conflicts, and sow chaos. On Tuesday, the network aired a second round of clips showing Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix and other senior executives talking about using those techniques to help President Trump win. Nix said he'd met Trump "many times" and Cambridge Analytica essentially formed the backbo

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2018-03-21 10:13:58

Tweeters School 'Amazingly Dumb' Donald Trump Over 'Special Council' Typo  

"The Special Council is a unit of the Space Force."

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2018-03-21 09:41:26

The Trump White House is 'furious and rattled' over the Putin phone call leak  

Only a small circle of people in the White House knew that President Trump ignored all-caps advice from his national security advisers for his phone call Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin — "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" him on his re-election — and one of them leaked it to The Washington Post, leaving Trump and his senior staff "furious and rattled," Axios reports. Each of the possible leakers "is trusted with sensitive national secrets," and "the speed and sensitivity of the leak promp...

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2018-03-21 09:11:02

The daily business briefing: March 21, 2018   

1. Facebook said Tuesday that the Federal Trade Commission had warned the company that it would get a letter this week with questions about data that Cambridge Analytica collected on Facebook users. The data firm, which did work on contract for President Trump's campaign, accessed data on more than 50 million Facebook users in 2014, but Facebook failed to notify users. Facebook also faces questions from U.S. and European lawmakers. The FTC is reviewing whether Facebook is in compliance with a 20

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2018-03-21 09:03:19

Mark Zuckerberg Tried To Censor Me When I Published His Harvard Application. Here It Is Again.  

"I rarely find myself doing anything more enjoyable than fencing a good bout."

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2018-03-21 08:51:37

The lessons of Illinois' dispiriting primaries  

Tuesday's fiercely fought Democratic and Republican primaries in Illinois proved to be tough for underdogs and great for the status quo. The state's embattled Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, narrowly avoided the embarrassment of losing to an unhinged Trumpist challenger named Jeanne Ives, mostly by pouring millions of his own dollars into the race. On the Democratic side, a billionaire named J.B. Pritzker basically bought his party's nomination with the backing of the state's party elite. An

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2018-03-21 08:40:52

Scott Pruitt spent more than $17,000 of your money by somehow missing 3 separate flights to Morocco  

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who is allergic to economy class seats on airplanes, spent some $105,000 on first class flights during his first year in office, the EPA has told the House Oversight Committee, as reported by Politico. Perhaps the most baffling trip of all was a four-day excursion to Morocco in December, where Pruitt somehow missed his connecting flight to Rabat and was forced to stay overnight in Paris, and then missed two additional flights. Total co

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2018-03-21 07:20:16

Elizabeth Warren Has A Plan To Make Health Care Coverage Cheaper And More Reliable  

The Massachusetts senator's new bill would increase consumer subsidies and force insurers to accept tougher rules.

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2018-03-21 07:02:33

How to update antitrust law for the Facebook era  

The feds are coming after Facebook. According to Bloomberg, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether the social media company "violated terms of a 2011 consent decree" when the Trump-linked firm Cambridge Analytica pulled the data of about 50 million people off the platform. Coming on the heels of reports that Russian agents used Facebook to influence the 2016 election, the Cambridge Analytica revelations have sent Facebook's stock tumbling and its chief information security o

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2018-03-21 06:54:49

Billionaires, centrists, and a Holocaust denier advance in Illinois primaries  

On Tuesday, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) beat back a primary challenge from state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R), who attacked him from the right, and fellow billionaire investor J.B. Pritzker won a three-way contest for the Democratic nomination to challenge Rauner in November. Pritzker, an heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune, beat Chris Kennedy, the son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, and state Sen. Daniel Bliss. Pritzker has already put $70 million of his own money into the race and Rauner has put in $50

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2018-03-21 06:44:07

You're not Facebook's customer. You're Facebook's product.  

Over the past several days, lawmakers and pundits have professed shock and anger over the actions of Trump campaign contractor Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy, in scraping loads of personal data from Facebook. Many of these criticisms and attacks assume that the issue is unique and aberrant. But in reality, the exploitation and commercialization of personal data may well be the point of social media platforms. Facebook needs to face tough questions. And indeed, Mark Zuckerberg and

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2018-03-21 06:16:14

African nations join together to create the biggest free trade area since the World Trade Organization  

Forty-four African nations have signed an agreement to establish the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), a deal that could eventually unite all 55 countries in the African Union in the biggest free trade accords since the World Trade Organization was formed in 1995, CNBC reports. The deal would link some 1.2 billion people and a gross domestic product of $2.5 trillion. "The promise of free trade and free movement is prosperity for all Africans, because we are prioritizing the producti

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2018-03-21 06:15:06

Louie Gohmert Wants 'National Border Control Day' Celebrated On Cesar Chavez's Birthday  

The GOP congressman was skewered on Twitter for the suggestion.

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2018-03-21 06:11:35

Republicans Head Into Mid-Terms With A Problem President  

Where to send Trump to campaign where he can't hurt his party -- how about Nice? Or Marseilles?

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2018-03-21 05:59:54

10 things you need to know today: March 21, 2018   

1. The Austin bombing suspect, identified only as a 24-year-old white male, was killed early Wednesday in a standoff with police along Interstate 35 just north of the Texas capital, police said. The suspect killed himself by detonating a bomb inside his vehicle as police closed in. An officer fired a shot when the device exploded. Since March 2, five explosions have killed two people in Austin and injured five others, including one at a FedEx facility 60 miles away. Investigators tracked down th

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2018-03-21 05:58:50

Billionaire Democrat Wins Illinois Gubernatorial Nomination  

J.B. Pritzker has a big bank account -- and he's gonna need it.

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2018-03-21 05:54:54

Stephen Colbert is bemused by Trump's legal shakeup, Ivanka's lab act, and Trump's 'atta boy' call to Putin  

Last week, lawyers for President Trump and Special Counsel Robert Mueller sat down to discuss which topics investigators could ask Trump about, Stephen Colbert said on Tuesday's Late Show, showing an artist's rendition of what Trump's lawyers asked for: "They will allow questions on the 2016 electoral map and noises trucks make, but nothing about Stormy's bathing suit area or 'Vlad stuff.'" Trump is also shaking up his legal team, Colbert added, introducing viewers to former U.S. attorney, Fox

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2018-03-21 05:54:31

Ben Carson has two new excuses for that $31,000 office dining table: his wife, and danger  

Tuesday's House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Housing and Urban Development Department's budget ended up largely being about HUD Secretary Ben Carson's office furniture budget — specifically, the $31,000 mahogany dining set Carson's office ordered. Carson "offered a rambling, at times contradictory, explanation of the purchase of the table, chairs, and hutch," The New York Times notes, pinning the blame variously on safety considerations; his wife, Candy Carson; and staff members...

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2018-03-21 05:39:48

Melania Trump Mocked For 'Teach Kids To Be Responsible Digital Citizens' Tweet  

"You always tweet as though you've never met your husband."

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2018-03-21 05:28:16

American teenagers' quiet despair  

Most statistics are meaningless. But once in a while one comes across a figure that cannot be summarily dismissed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2006 and 2016 there was a 70 percent increase in the number of white children aged 10 to 17 who committed suicide in this country. For black teenagers, the increase was even higher, at 77 percent. Only 48 American teenagers in 100,000 die each year; at present some 4,600 Americans between the ages of 10 and 24 tak

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2018-03-21 05:19:14

GOP Rep's Office Got A Student Suspended For Cursing While Asking For Gun Control  

"Welcome to the world where words have impact."

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2018-03-21 05:15:09

Holocaust denier wins Illinois GOP congressional primary  

After running unopposed in Tuesday's Republican primary, it's now official: Arthur Jones, a Holocaust denier, is the GOP nominee for a House race in Illinois' 3rd congressional district. The Anti-Defamation League says Jones has been involved with anti-Semitic and racist organizations for several decades, and he has a section on his campaign website called "Holocaust?" where a document called "The Holocaust Racket" is posted. Earlier this year, the Illinois Republican Party said it "strongly" o

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2018-03-21 05:04:14

At least 29 people killed in Kabul suicide bombing  

At least 29 people were killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday morning and 52 injured when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device on the road to a Shiite shrine. Wednesday is the Persian new year, Nowruz, which Afghanistan's minority Shiites celebrate by visiting shrines. The Islamic State, a Sunni group, claimed responsibility for the attack through its Aamaq news agency. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danesh said the bomber, traveling on foot, was trying to get to the shrine, whic

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2018-03-21 04:44:56

Veteran Latino Progressive Wins Primary For Open Chicago House Seat  

Jesús "Chuy" Garcia, whose election in November is virtually assured, previously lost a mayoral bid against Rahm Emanuel.

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2018-03-21 04:24:37

The Parkland shooter's brother might have his guns seized under a law passed after the attack  

A law passed in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, shooting is being used in an attempt to temporarily seize firearms from the attacker's brother, Zachary Cruz, CNN reports. Cruz, 18, was arrested Monday for trespassing on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School grounds, where his older brother, Nikolas Cruz, killed 17 people last month. The Broward County Sheriff's Office filed a risk protection order against Zachary Cruz after his arrest, which, if granted, "will prohibit Cruz from possessin

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2018-03-21 04:12:18

Stephen Colbert explains perfectly why everyone is dumping on Facebook now  

"Does anybody here use Facebook? Still?" Stephen Colbert asked on Tuesday's Late Show, noting that the world's biggest social network is in hot water over the unauthorized harvesting of the private information of 50 million American users by Cambridge Analytica, President Trump's campaign contractor — and also "the scientific name for John Oliver." "Now, people are blaming Facebook for this because they handed over all your data willingly," Colbert said. "It's less like they're a bank tha

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2018-03-21 03:33:35

Chick-fil-A cashier saved regular customer's change for weeks after he left it behind  

After customer Danny Cadra drove away from a Chick-fil-A in Lubbock, Texas, without his $3 in change, cashier Marcus Henderson stuffed it into an envelope, knowing the regular would be back sometime soon. For three weeks, Henderson carried the envelope in his back pocket while at work, never knowing if that would be the day he saw Cadra. He could have put it back in the cash register, but Henderson wanted to ensure Cadra received what was rightfully his. When Cadra came back to the restaurant l

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2018-03-21 03:25:48

Former CIA Director John Brennan says Trump is 'mean-spirited' and 'dishonest'  

Former CIA Director John Brennan appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Wednesday to unload his candid thoughts about President Trump's leadership, as well as Trump's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "He is mean-spirited; he is dishonest; he has shown a lack of integrity; he has continued to, I think, demean the office of the presidency," Brennan said of Trump. Brennan served as CIA director under former President Barack Obama, from March 2013 until January 2017. Brennan has been

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2018-03-21 03:23:23

In the 'grain glitch,' the GOP is reaping what it sowed  

Predictable as a sunrise, Republicans have encountered the first major unintended consequence of a tax cut bill that was ill-considered to begin with and then hurried madly across the finish line. Wags are calling it the "grain glitch": A late change to the legislation altered a deduction for United States production in a way that permitted farmers to deduct 20 percent of their total sales to cooperatives — agricultural organizations owned by groups of farmers that operate for the benefit of ...

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2018-03-21 03:18:26

Stormy Daniels Says She 'Technically' Didn't Sleep With Trump  

"There was no sleeping (hehe)," she tweeted.

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2018-03-21 03:13:22

Trump Ignored Explicit, All-Caps Instructions to 'NOT CONGRATULATE' Putin: Report  

He also refrained from criticizing Russia for meddling in U.S. elections and attacking a former spy with nerve gas.

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2018-03-21 02:59:20

95 percent of shoppers just want salespeople to leave them alone  

Do you dread walking into a store only to have some chipper salesperson pop up out of nowhere and ask, "Do you need help finding anything?" You're not alone, Racked reports. A stunning 95 percent of people "want to be left alone in stores," per a new study of 2,900 North American shoppers conducted by HRC Retail Advisory. Many other studies have looked into the effect of salespeople on shoppers, including an extremely relatable one from 2016, where researchers at the Chinese University of Hong

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2018-03-21 02:54:11

Trevor Noah is skeptical of Trump's opioids plan. Jordan Klepper jokes 'bad' PSAs and killing drug dealers might just work.  

President Trump went to New Hampshire on Monday to roll out his plan to fight the opioid crisis, and he couldn't quite agree with himself on whether America was ready for his proposal to kill drug dealers, Trevor Noah said on Tuesday's Daily Show. "One of my favorite things about Trump is that he has inner monologues out loud — it's like America elected Gollum as president." Sill, killing drug dealers won't solve America's opioid crisis, Noah said. "Do you also kill doctors who overprescr

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2018-03-21 02:40:28

Can anyone stop Trump from firing Mueller?  

President Trump is ready to fight. Apparently because the multitude of lawyers in his employ weren't displaying the proper legal je ne sais quoi he's after, this week he added yet another attorney to his team, longtime Washington fixture Joseph diGenova. DiGenova, however, is known less for his courtroom wizardry than for his regular appearances on Fox News, which is no doubt where Trump learned about him and became convinced of his qualifications. Not long ago, for instance, diGenova told Tuck

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2018-03-21 02:38:33

The Fed shouldn't control interest rates. It should control taxes.  

As the Federal Reserve announces its latest interest rate decision this afternoon, one economic fact will doubtlessly be forgotten: Interest rates are terrible. They can tank markets. They can throw people out of work. They can even cause recessions. They're just not a very good way to manage business cycles. But there's a better tool, one that we should take out of the hands of government's most dysfunctional institution, Congress, and put into the hands of one of its most functional, the Fed.

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2018-03-21 02:16:33

This cruise ship is being cut in half to make room for a 49-foot-long extension  

It will take more than 500 workers a combined 450,000 hours to complete what Silversea Cruises says is a first-of-its-kind project: The lengthening of a luxury cruise ship. The 642-foot-long Silver Spirit, which first set sail in 2009, was cut in half earlier this month while in a dry dock in Palermo, Sicily. A new 49-foot segment is being built for the ship's midsection, which will include a large pool area, restaurants, spa, and more cabins. It will take 846 tons of steel, 360,892 feet of cab

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2018-03-21 02:15:14

Conservative Democrat Dan Lipinski Survives Primary Challenge From The Left  

He's one of just three anti-abortion Democrats remaining in the House of Representatives.

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2018-03-21 02:13:21

The dark side of tech  

If you want to understand how Donald Trump became president of the United States and why his fellow populists and nationalists are on the march across wide swaths of Europe, you could do worse than to glance at the smartphone you interact with about 500 times a day. No, the incredibly powerful computer nearly all of us carry around in our pockets and purses didn't give us Trump. But this ubiquitous piece of technology is as much an avatar of our historical moment as the factory or sweat shop wa

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2018-03-21 02:11:22

Police: Austin serial bomber suspect killed in police standoff  

The suspect in the serial bombings that terrorized Austin this month was killed early Wednesday during a standoff with police along Interstate 35 in Round Rock, just north of Austin, police tell local media. The suspect detonated an explosive device and possibly shot himself, CBS News reports. A high-ranking law enforcement official tells the Austin American-Statesman that authorities identified the suspect within the past 24 hours, thanks mostly to evidence gathered from when the suspect shipp

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2018-03-21 02:09:49

Another Obamacare Stabilization Bill Is In Trouble, This Time Because Of Abortion  

But it's not just a reproductive rights dispute standing in the way of passage.

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2018-03-21 02:09:06

Scott Pruitt Went To Italy, And It Only Cost Taxpayers $120,000  


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2018-03-21 02:08:49

CNN's Anderson Cooper presses Michael Cohen's lawyer for 'assuming' Stormy Daniels violated NDA  

Lawyers for Stormy Daniels and Michael Cohen appeared on CNN on Tuesday night to battle it out over the ongoing legal dispute regarding a nondisclosure agreement Daniels, a former adult film actress, signed in 2016. Arthur Schwartz, representing President Trump's personal attorney Cohen, mostly traded barbs with Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti over the nitty-gritty of the contract that barred the actress from discussing an alleged affair with Trump. But Schwartz clashed with host Anderson Coop

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2018-03-21 01:50:11

Study says to avoid getting sick on an airplane, pick a window seat  

Airplane window seats: They let you curl up a little easier, avoid getting hit by the beverage cart, keep an eye out for gremlins on the wing, and apparently cut your risk of catching the flu. In a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team led by Vicki Hertzberg of Emory University wrote about the model they put together, called "Fantasy Flights," that showed how pathogens spread through airplanes. The team put together different simulations of how pa

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2018-03-21 01:47:48

Former Apprentice contestant's defamation suit against Trump can move forward  

A New York judge on Tuesday rejected President Trump's motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by Summer Zervos, a contestant on The Apprentice in 2005. Zervos has claimed that in 2007, while in Trump's New York office, he kissed her on the lips twice, making her "uncomfortable, nervous, and embarrassed." She also alleged that while at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Trump kissed and groped her, and pressed his genitals against her. In January 2017, Zervos filed a defamation suit against Trump, a

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2018-03-20 22:38:17

Former Playboy model sues to break silence on alleged Trump affair  

A former Playboy model who says she had an affair with President Trump is suing the media company that paid her to stay silent about the allegations back in 2016, The New York Times reports. The model, Karen McDougal, filed a lawsuit Tuesday to be released from the agreement. The New York Times reports that McDougal was paid $150,000 by American Media Inc., the parent company of The National Enquirer, in the summer of 2016. The media company then buried the story, never publishing her allegatio

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2018-03-20 21:48:18

Judge Temporarily Blocks Mississippi's 15-Week Abortion Ban  

The law has been deemed the most restrictive abortion ban in the country.

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2018-03-20 21:27:14

Google will invest $3 million in news literacy programs for teens  

Google is ready to shell out $3 million in the battle against fake news. A new project called Mediawise, which is being funded by the tech giant, aims to help teenagers identify fake news online. The Poynter Institute, a resource for journalists, will head the project, which intends to enlist the help of educators and YouTube content creators, including author John Green. Mediawise will include a media literacy curriculum for middle and high school students and a "first-of-its-kind teen fact-ch

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2018-03-20 21:22:03

Ex-Playboy Model Who Claims Affair With Trump Sues To Break Silence  

Karen McDougal says a tabloid publisher, Trump's team and her own lawyer conspired to keep her quiet.

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2018-03-20 19:35:20

Trump Congratulates Putin On Totally Expected Victory In Russian Election  

It seems the U.S. president at least has no hard feelings toward Russia.

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2018-03-20 19:26:30

'Ashamed' Fox News analyst quits after calling network 'a propaganda machine'  

After spending a decade at Fox News as a strategic analyst, retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters did not renew his contract, and sent colleagues a farewell email detailing all of the issues he has with the network, which he calls a "propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration." Peters, who often appeared on Fox as a vocal critic of former President Barack Obama's foreign policy, wrote in his email that he believes Fox News is "assaulting our constitutional order and the r

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2018-03-20 19:15:44

In Tight Vote, Senate Bucks Bernie And Allows U.S. Role In Yemen War To Continue  

10 Democrats aligned with most Republicans to kill the Sanders proposal. But it got more support than expected, and activists say it's given them momentum.

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2018-03-20 18:48:35

Hm, I Wonder What Mark Zuckerberg's Up To On Facebook Right Now  

We're watching you, Mark.

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2018-03-20 17:57:28

America can't 'dictate how other countries operate,' Sarah Sanders says about the Russian election. But that's kind of our thing.  

Putting "Russia" and "elections" in the same sentence makes for a touchy subject, given the country's spotty record of voting integrity. So it's no wonder that a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders whether Russia's elections were "free and fair" in Tuesday's press briefing, in light of reports that President Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on winning re-election. "We don't get to dictate how other countries operate," Sanders respon

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2018-03-20 17:14:55

Trump reportedly ignored advisers telling him not to congratulate Putin on re-election  

Before he called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, President Trump was warned in all caps by national security advisers not to congratulate Putin on his re-election, officials familiar with the phone call told The Washington Post. Trump did congratulate Putin, and later said they also discussed arms control and the situations in Syria and North Korea. His briefing materials included the note "DO NOT CONGRATULATE," and aides told Trump he needed to condemn the poisoning of former Russ

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2018-03-20 15:58:57

Cambridge Analytica suspends CEO after undercover video released  

Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix was suspended by the company on Tuesday, following the release of a secret recording that features Nix talking to an undercover reporter about how to obtain compromising material on an opponent. The data company worked for President Trump's campaign, and in the tapes, Nix and other executives hint they used bribes and other underhanded techniques to influence more than 200 elections around the world. The undercover reporter was from Britain's Channel 4, and

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2018-03-20 14:50:21

DeVos Finally Agrees Federal Dollars Shouldn't Fund LGBTQ Discrimination In Schools  

Democratic Rep. Katherine Clark demanded a 'yes' or 'no' answer from the education secretary.

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2018-03-20 14:03:14

Watch the deeply uncomfortable dressing-down House Democrats gave Betsy DeVos  

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testified on her department's budget before the House Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday, on the heels of her disastrous appearance on 60 Minutes last week. The hearing did not go much better: DeVos found herself facing a hostile crowd of Democrats, who expressed open frustration with her lack of answers. Watch some of the most uncomfortable moments below. Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.): Is there some problem? Yes or no. Will you guarantee— DeVos: I think

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2018-03-20 13:56:56

Cuomo ally Christine Quinn calls Cynthia Nixon an 'unqualified lesbian'  

Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn dismissed Cynthia Nixon as being an "unqualified lesbian" after the actress announced she is going to challenge New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary. Quinn, who made her comments to the New York Post, also expressed irritation that Nixon endorsed her Democratic primary opponent for New York City mayor in 2013, Bill de Blasio. "Cynthia Nixon was opposed to having a qualified lesbian become mayor of New York City," Quinn said. "

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2018-03-20 13:49:24

New York Gov. Cuomo Orders Investigation Into Why DA Never Prosecuted Harvey Weinstein  

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is under fire for never filing charges against the disgraced Hollywood mogul, despite evidence pointing to assault.

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2018-03-20 13:49:18

Man convicted of hate crime after training dog to give Nazi salute  

A Scottish man who was arrested after he trained a dog to give a Nazi salute was found guilty of a hate crime Tuesday. In 2016, Mark Meechan posted a video that showed him teaching his girlfriend's pug to raise his paw upon hearing "sieg heil" or "gas the Jews." The video was viewed more than a million times. Meechan defended his behavior as a way to prank his girlfriend, and said after he was arrested that he doesn't "actually hate Jewish people." In the video, Meechan says that his girlfriend

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2018-03-20 13:35:19

Another bomb was discovered in the Texas FedEx facility where a morning explosion injured 1  

Police have discovered a second explosive device at a FedEx facility in Schertz, Texas, where an early morning explosion left one employee injured, The Washington Post reports. The second device had not yet detonated when it was uncovered by the police, and authorities hope it will offer clues to help identify a suspect believed to be serially bombing residents of Austin, where the devices at the Schertz facility were reportedly headed. The Schertz police chief told reporters that investigators

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2018-03-20 13:31:53

Congress Races Against Time To Avoid Yet Another Shutdown  

Lawmakers are reportedly scrapping several controversial riders in an effort to pass a massive bill to fund the government.

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2018-03-20 12:03:34

It's a beautiful day to watch this Mister Rogers documentary trailer  

The first trailer for the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood documentary is here, and it's a tearjerker. Won't You By My Neighbor follows the classic children's show from its low-budget start on a Pittsburgh public TV station to earning its place in pop culture history. It promises an inside look at how Fred Rogers introduced tough topics to children, how he used the show as a vehicle for equality, and an explanation for his welcome message that became documentary's title. It also promises to give you

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2018-03-20 11:59:34

Cynthia Nixon Got Stuck On The Subway On Her Way To Talk About Fixing The Subway  

The actress criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo for failing to fix "our broken subway" in an ad announcing her run on Monday.

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2018-03-20 11:58:29

The daily business briefing: March 20, 2018   

1. U.S. stocks dropped sharply on Monday as Facebook led a selloff of technology shares. Facebook's stock fell by 7.1 percent as its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, faced calls from lawmakers to explain how a data firm linked to President Trump's campaign got access to information on 50 million Facebook users. Facebook shares finished the day down 13 percent from a record high reached on Feb. 1. Other major tech stocks also fell on rising speculation of tighter regulation in the tech sector. The Dow Jones

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2018-03-20 11:57:35

Baseball-sized hail pelts Alabama during overnight storms, causing 'significant damage'  

Severe storms hit Alabama on Monday night, causing major damage and leaving debris that trapped several people as winds shredded buildings and cut off power lines. Tornadoes swirled and hail pelted the region, slamming northern Alabama and bringing strong winds and stormy weather to parts of Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina. "There has been significant damage tonight in parts of Alabama," Gov. Kay Ivey (R) said in a statement. That damage caused at least one person to be injured in Jackso

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2018-03-20 11:55:18

The U.S. invaded Iraq 15 years ago today. Americans are still split on whether that was a good idea.  

Tuesday, March 20, marks 15 years since the United States invaded Iraq to depose Saddam Hussein and find those elusive weapons of mass destruction. At the time of the invasion, nearly 3 in 4 Americans said using military force was the right choice, but since 2006, public opinion has almost always shifted toward opposition. As of this year, Pew Research reports, 48 percent say the war was the wrong choice, and 43 percent still believe it was a good idea. (Pew Research Center) Among those who su

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2018-03-20 11:47:41

Six months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico faces a suicide crisis  

It's been six months since Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico, and the island still has a long way to go in recovering from the storm, which left hundreds of thousands of citizens without homes, electricity, or running water. But beyond infrastructure reconstruction, Puerto Rico faces another challenge as a result of the storm: skyrocketing suicide rates. The number of suicide attempts between November 2017 and January 2018 was more than double the same period a year ago, Vox reported, based

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2018-03-20 11:30:05

Former Tennessee Judge Allegedly Voided Traffic Fines In Exchange For Sex  

Casey Moreland faces multiple charges of embezzlement and obstruction of justice.

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2018-03-20 11:27:41

Trump calls Putin to 'congratulate' him on re-election  

President Trump spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone Tuesday morning, congratulating Putin on his electoral victory over the weekend. In a statement, the Kremlin said Trump called to "congratulate" Putin on his win, calling the conversation "constructive" and "businesslike." Kremlin readout: @POTUS called to "congratulate" Putin on reelection. Discussion of potential summit meeting."In general, the conversation was constructive, businesslike and focused on overcoming the accumula

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2018-03-20 11:23:40

Cambridge Analytica Suspends CEO After Alarming Reports On Its Election Maneuvers  

The firm's chief data officer will step in as questions linger over data misuse.

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2018-03-20 10:33:25

Lawmakers Want Mark Zuckerberg To Explain Misuse Of Facebook Data  

"I think he should explain to the American people how this happened," a senator said.

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2018-03-20 10:11:35

Stormy Daniels Passed Polygraph Test About Alleged Trump Affair: Report  

Psychologists are largely skeptical about the accuracy of polygraphs.

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2018-03-20 09:11:45

Pro-abstinence Trump appointees overruled HHS experts to end pregnancy prevention program, costing taxpayers millions  

Trump administration appointees directed the cancellation of a successful teen pregnancy prevention program, despite opposition from Department of Health and Human Services experts, an NBC News report found. The federal Teen Pregnancy Program was abruptly ended in August 2017, after seven years spent training more than 7,000 health-care workers and 3,000 organizations, NBC News reports. The $213 million program helped lead to an all-time low in teen pregnancies and had bipartisan and medical ex

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2018-03-20 08:22:19

Cambridge Analytica was testing Trump campaign themes in 2014, whistleblower says  

Facebook's big Cambridge Analytica problem began when former Cambridge Analytica research director Christopher Wylie came forward with evidence that his company had harvested the private data of 50 million Americans on Facebook without authorization. Cambridge Analytica said in a statement that it deleted "all Facebook data and their derivatives" and did not use any of that data in its work for President Trump's campaign, but Wylie told CNN's Don Lemon on Monday night that the company's denial

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2018-03-20 08:17:55

Trump Loses Bid To Dismiss Accuser's Defamation Lawsuit  

The ruling could force Trump to submit to questioning by lawyers for a former "Apprentice" contestant accusing him of sexual harassment.

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2018-03-20 08:04:20

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy taken into custody, faces allegations he received illegal campaign financing from Gadhafi  

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been taken into custody by the police over allegations that he received suitcases containing millions of euros in illegal campaign financing from the government of then-Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, The Associated Press reports. Sarkozy has denied the allegations, which first arose in 2013 and were later fueled by French-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine telling an investigative website that he was involved in the transportation of the cash. Sarko

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2018-03-20 07:18:08

San Antonio police chief says he 'misspoke' when reporting a 2nd bomb in shipping facility  

Update 2:26 p.m. ET: The San Antonio police chief told the Austin-American Statesman that he "misspoke when he claimed a second suspicious package was found at a FedEx facility in Schertz." A second device was not found, and The Washington Post has likewise amended their reporting. Our original article appears below. Police have discovered a second explosive device at a FedEx facility in Schertz, Texas, where an early morning explosion left one employee injured, The Washington Post reports. Th

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2018-03-20 07:17:32

Seth Meyers and Trevor Noah examine the mounting evidence that Trump wants to fire Robert Mueller  

"Man, crazy s--t happens so fast in this presidency, sometimes it feels like I'm binge-watching it," Seth Meyers said on Monday's Late Night, trying to digest the weekend's news. "It's like, 'He's suing the porn star? Two hours ago he said he didn't even know her! Where's my Chinese food?'" He compared Trump's shifting story on whether he had a relationship with Stormy Daniels to Trump's shifting story on whether he has a relationship with Vladimir Putin, with a compelling video montage. And he

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2018-03-20 06:23:09

Trump's Latest Ideas To Combat The Opioid Epidemic Are Also His Dumbest  

The president proposed the death penalty for drug dealers and a new anti-drug ad campaign. Just say no.

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2018-03-20 06:22:40

College students, patients with dementia bond during spring break volunteer trip  

Several students from the University of Miami decided to have a different kind of spring break, leaving the beach for Colorado, where they volunteered for a week at the Chelsea Place memory care facility. The students spent their days in Aurora getting to know the residents, who have dementia. They ate lunch together, shared stories, and at the end of the week, split up into pairs and created paintings that represented their experience, with the artwork then placed in a small gallery set up by

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2018-03-20 06:09:04

1 injured after explosion at Goodwill store in Austin  

Authorities in Austin, Texas, responded to an explosion at a Goodwill store in the southern part of the city Tuesday night, which left one person injured. The victim is a male in his thirties, and his injuries are described as serious but not life-threatening. The Austin Police Department later tweeted that it was "not a bomb, rather an incendiary device" that went off inside a package, and "at this time, we have no reason to believe this incident is related to previous package bombs." There ha

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2018-03-20 05:56:06

Federal Judge Rips Kris Kobach For Failing To Fully Comply With Court Order  

She wasn't pleased when the Kansas secretary of state said she hadn't written down the specific steps he had to take.

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2018-03-20 05:32:06

What You Need To Know About Cambridge Analytica  

How is it related to President Trump and what does it have to do with Facebook? We've got you covered.

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2018-03-20 05:29:44

Why Trump can't get over his wall  

President Trump has always understood the power of symbolism. As a real estate developer, he counted on it to turn his ambitions into reality: Create physical manifestations of what you want people to believe, and eventually they'll believe it. Put your name in 20-foot-high letters on the side of a building, and people will think you're a giant. Despite his many business failures, Trump never lost faith in that kind of symbolism. When he ran for president, one symbol rose above them all: a big,

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2018-03-20 05:27:52

Mississippi governor signs 15-week abortion ban  

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signed legislation Monday banning abortion in the state after 15 weeks of gestation, joined in the closed-door signing ceremony by lawmakers who pushed through the legislation and other abortion opponents. If it survives court challenge, it will be the nation's strictest abortion law. About an hour after the signing, Mississippi's lone abortion clinic sued to block the law, arguing that it violates Supreme Court precedence by banning abortion before a fetus coul

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2018-03-20 05:04:18

New York City Council Launches Probe Into Kushner Company's False Tenant Records  

State attorney general is also talking to tenants.

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2018-03-20 04:48:45

Obesity can make you lose your sense of taste  

New research suggests that the key to understanding obesity might be hidden in your taste buds. In a study published Tuesday in the journal PLOS Biology, scientists discovered that mice that were fed a high-fat diet lost about 25 percent of their taste buds in just eight weeks, Science News reported. Taste buds are clusters of cells on the tongue that help the brain identify flavors, Pacific Standard reported. Although taste buds have a natural life span of about 10 days, in mice with high-fat

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2018-03-20 04:35:30

The Weinstein Co. declares bankruptcy, releases some employees from NDAs  

The Weinstein Co. has filed for bankruptcy, the company announced Monday, after dozens of women accused co-founder Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct and harassment. Several women came forward last fall with their allegations of abuse against Weinstein, at the time one of the most powerful producers in Hollywood, and as more and more accusations were made, the company couldn't stay afloat. Earlier this month, a group of investors announced they made a deal to buy the Weinstein Co., but that

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2018-03-20 04:31:48

Bernie Sanders' Economic Inequality Town Hall Draws 1.7 Million Live Viewers  

The Vermont senator is using his reach to try to shape a national progressive narrative.

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2018-03-20 04:23:59

Austin police chief says bomber is 'taunting' law enforcement  

The suspected serial bomber targeting Austin, believed to have set up explosions that killed two people and injured five, is "showing that he's quite good," Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said Monday. Since March 2, four bombs have gone off around the city — three were left on doorsteps, and one was triggered Sunday night when two men on their bicycles hit a trip wire; they were seriously injured, but are expected to survive. Due to similarities between the devices, it's believed that all f...

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2018-03-20 04:22:08

Supreme Court's First Abortion Case Of The Trump Era Has Arrived  

The high court will decide whether Christian pregnancy centers have a right to mislead women.

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2018-03-20 04:12:40

Facebook execs are reportedly struggling to figure out how to deal with disinformation backlash  

Executives at Facebook are at odds over how to best respond to the spread of disinformation on the platform, several current and former Facebook employees told The New York Times. The Times reports that Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief security officer, is leaving the company by August because of the tension. Stamos has been vocal about how important it is for the public to know how Russians used Facebook to spread fake news and propaganda before the 2016 presidential election, the current and fo

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2018-03-20 04:10:13

Ben Carson Blames His Wife For $31,000 Dining Set Purchase For HUD Office  

His spokesman initially denied that the secretary and his wife were involved in the lavish purchase decision.

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2018-03-20 04:03:45

Trump reportedly will make it easier for America to export lethal drones  

President Trump will loosen rules governing the export of lethal drones to U.S. allies, Reuters reports, and may announce these changes as soon as this month. The president has been lobbied by American drone manufacturers, who say foreign rivals are beating them on the international market thanks to fewer restrictions in their home countries, like China and Israel. Trump is expected to cast the change as a feature of his "Buy American" campaign, which also includes his steel and aluminum tariff

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2018-03-20 03:49:39

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