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F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims

WASHINGTON — President Trump accused the F.B.I. on Friday, without evidence, of sending a spy to secretly infiltrate his 2016 campaign “for political purposes” even before the bureau had any inkling of the “phony Russia hoax.”<p>In fact, F.B.I. agents sent an informant to talk to two campaign advisers …

Donald Trump

'Why isn't this all over the news?': Fox News commentator lashes out over lack of coverage of a police officer who stopped a school shooting one day before the Santa Fe massacre

A Fox News commentator railed against media outlets for what he perceived as lackluster coverage of a thwarted mass shooting at an Illinois high school.<p>"An amazing thing took place Wednesday but I bet you didn't hear much about it," Greg Gutfeld, a host on Fox News' "The Five," said in his in his …

Guns

The Latest: Trump misspells wife's name in homecoming tweet

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on first lady Melania Trump (all times local):<p>2:40 p.m.<p>President Donald Trump has welcomed his wife home from the hospital in a tweet that misspells her first name.<p>Here's what the president wrote: "Great to have our incredible First Lady back home in the White House. …

Donald Trump

Astronomers found new evidence that a giant ghost planet may lurk in our solar system

NASA/ JPL<p><b>Scientists found surprising evidence that there may be a ninth planet in our solar system.</b>• <b><br>In a new paper, scientists announced the discovery</b> …

Universe

Tucker Carlson is suddenly very unconcerned about the Las Vegas shooting

He was very talkative back when he thought he could blame the massacre on immigrants and Muslims<p>On Wednesday, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police …

Las Vegas

McCabe lawyer fires back at Trump: 'You need to stop lying’

A lawyer representing former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeThe Hill's Morning Report: Mueller probe hits one-year mark Sally …

Donald Trump

Trump supporter brings handgun, American flag to Texas high school following deadly shooting

A man carrying a large American flag and what appeared to be a sidearm arrived at the scene of a mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas that …

Santa Fe

Trump’s increasingly desperate, tortured claims about the Russia probe

The Trump team's strategy on the special counsel's Russia investigation is to foment chaos, throw things at the wall, and worry about the facts later — or not at all.<p>The New York Times's Maggie Haberman on Friday crystallized this in a CNN interview. “The through line is: They don't care,” she …

Donald Trump

NASA Just Released the First Photo From Its Planet-Hunting Satellite & It's Breathtaking

NASA's new TESS satellite, a space telescope designed to discover alien planets far outside of our solar system, is gearing up to begin its two-year …

James Webb Space Telescope

Republicans Can’t Even Cut Red Tape Correctly

When Republicans look at what they’ve gotten out of their current moment of unified government, they can point to cutting corporate taxes, some judicial appointments and … not much else. Beyond that, they claim that they’ve teed up the economy for explosive growth through the magic of …

Economics

This physicist’s ideas of time will blow your mind

Time feels real to people. But it doesn’t even exist, according to quantum physics. “There is no time variable in the fundamental equations that describe the world,” theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli tells Quartz.<p>If you met him socially, Rovelli wouldn’t assault you with abstractions and math to …

Quantum Mechanics

Trump: Countries not meeting NATO obligations will be 'dealt with'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that NATO members that do not contribute fully to the group would be "dealt with," and singled out Germany as a country he said was not doing enough.<p>At a Cabinet meeting attended by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's …

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Trump says undocumented immigrants "aren't people, they're animals"

The undocumented immigrants the Trump administration has been kicking out of the U.S. are “animals,” President Donald Trump said.<p>"We're taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people; they’re animals,” the president said during a White House …

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A State Attorney General Calls Out Betsy DeVos on For-Profit Colleges

The attorney general of New Jersey said on Thursday that federal education officials had stopped cooperating on issues involving fraudulent activities at for-profit colleges, and requested that the Education Department renew its investigations into the institutions or hand them over to the …

Education

House committee rejects Trump's defense of ZTE

Panel unanimously approves amendment upholding sanctions against the Chinese phone maker.<p>The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday unanimously approved an amendment to a bill that would uphold sanctions against ZTE, rejecting President Donald Trump's defense of the embattled Chinese phone …

Donald Trump

Here's Why Israel And Iran Could Be Set For A "Very Long And Bloody" Summer

How the new frontier in the Israeli-Iranian conflict could escalate into full-blown regional war.<p>BRUSSELS — Hours after President Donald Trump exited the Iran deal last week, Israel and Iranian-led forces exchanged tit-for-tat rocket fire and airstrikes over the increasingly dangerous Golan Heights …

Middle East

Poland busts Russian 'hybrid warfare' ring

The group was allegedly attempting to exacerbate tensions with Ukraine and promote the Kremlin's interests. Several Western nations have accused …

Russia

'No Man's Sky' will come to Xbox One June 24th

In March Hello Games announced that <i>No Man's Sky</i> would come to Xbox One this summer, and now we have a release date: July 24th. Hello Games founder Sean Murray made the announcement while showing off the upcoming Next update on Inside Xbox, but so far we haven't heard if it applies to PS4 and Steam …

No Man's Sky

More Than Half of Russian Facebook Ads Focused on Race

More than half of the Facebook ads created by the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency to influence Americans during and after the last …

Social Media

Putin is cutting down on military spending to pay for his 'Russia First' agenda

• <b>In his fourth term as the president of Russia, Putin has declared his intentions with the 'Russia First' program.</b>• <b><br>The funds allocated to Russia's military department will be reduced, and the money will instead be used to enhance healthcare, education and infrastructure.</b>• <b><br>This decision is not likely to</b> …

Russia

Donald Trump’s Mommy Issues

He may not have bonded successfully with his mother and that made him the adult—and the politician—that he is.<p>Donald Trump is easily the most psychoanalyzed president of modern times. His decision-making style and behavior have been hotly debated by journalists, voters, politicians, world leaders …

Psychology

‘Americans are Being Held Hostage and Terrorized by the Fringes’

An exit interview with the American Enterprise Institute’s Arthur Brooks.<p>Arthur Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute, the center-right Washington think tank that has, amid a decade of turmoil inside the Republican Party, remained a sober, respected voice on matters of …

Political Science

Some madman built a Mario Kart clone in pure CSS

Historically, CSS has been used for one thing: decorating webpages. But later versions of the stylesheet language have added extra bells and whistles, allowing developers to do more ambitious (and, dare I say, bonkers) things.<p>Case in point: London-based developer Stephen Cook built a barebones …

Mario Kart

The Guardian view on US religion: the Christian right is breaking up

The alliance between fundamentalist Protestants and Roman Catholics cannot survive the humiliations of evangelical support for President Trump<p>One of the most interesting and important developments in the American culture wars, which is to say in American politics and self-understanding, is playing …

Religion

Critical PGP and S/MIME bugs can reveal encrypted emails—uninstall now [Updated]

The flaws can expose emails sent in the past and "pose an immediate threat."<p><i>The research for this post is now public. See this post for details. A</i> …

Information Security

Founder of Chinese company with billions in B.C. assets gets 18 years for fraud

A court in Shanghai sentenced the founder of a Chinese insurance company that owns extensive assets in B.C. to 18 years in prison Thursday after he …

China

How the Online Left Fuels the Right

I think I know what it feels like to be “red-pilled,” the alt-right’s preferred metaphor for losing one’s faith in received assumptions and turning toward ideas that once seemed dangerous.<p>For me, it happened over several visits to the West Bank. I’d inherited, without really thinking about it, a …

Alt-Right

Kenneth Starr Was a Witch Hunter. Robert Mueller Is a Prosecutor.

Starr went on for four long years. No Republican said that was too long. And Mueller has a heck of a lot more to investigate than Starr did.<p>Each time …

Donald Trump

Trump Has No Plan For Michael Avenatti

A president who loves to counter punch has, for some reason, stayed out of the ring.<p>Michael Avenatti, the pitbull lawyer representing the porn star …

Donald Trump

US F-22s intercept Russian strategic bombers flying in international airspace near Alaska

American F-22 jets intercepted two Russian strategic bombers dispatched to the air-defense zone near Alaska on Friday, US Northern Command said.<p>Two Tu-95 Bear bombers intruded into the 200-mile Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the Bering Sea near the Alaska coast early Friday, said Navy …

Military