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In Europe, Standing Up to America Is Now Patriotic

Trump’s decision to leave the Iran deal is bigger than Iran. It’s exposing more cracks in the trans-Atlantic alliance.<p>The United States and Europe have had serious foreign-policy disputes before—notably during the Iraq war, when France and Germany split with the U.S. over the invasion. But since he …

Europe

Bill Gates: Trump Is Even Dumber Than You Thought

And creepier, too!<p>As the past 35 months have made painfully clear, <b>Donald Trump</b> is not a particularly smart man. At least, not in the traditional way that Americans used to expect of their president. “We just got back from the Middle East,” he told a room full of Israelis, upon arriving in Jerusalem …

Donald Trump

Panasonic's rugged 4K FT7 compact has a built-in EVF

Panasonic has unveiled one of the first, if not the first ruggedized compact cameras with a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF), the Lumix FT7 (the TS7 outside of North America). It packs a fairly high-resolution 20.4-megapixel back-side illuminated CMOS sensor and a reasonably fast and long …

Panasonic

Australia Is Rich, Strong and Afraid of the World

<i>Want the</i> <i>Australia Letter</i> <i>by email?</i> <i>Sign up</i> <i>and forward my weekly dispatches to your friends so they can join our discussion about Australia and the world.</i><p><i>______</i><p>The ritual of Australia’s federal budget, with leaks, a lockup and then a flood of coverage about winners and losers often reminds me of an …

Foreign Policy

McCain Defends Giving Trump Dossier to Comey: ‘Duty Demanded I Do’ It

The senator describes that fateful decision in his upcoming book, ‘The Restless Wave.’<p>In his new book, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) defends his decision …

Donald Trump

Trump Is Already Freaking Out About the New Cohen Allegations

A report tweeted Tuesday night by Stormy Daniels' lawyer details a number of suspicious payments made to Michael Cohen<p>After being nudged to the …

Donald Trump

Why the Revelations About Michael Cohen’s Business Dealings Could Be a Very Big Deal

“This is so huge that it makes sense to have some caution,” <i>The New Yorker’s</i> Adam Davidson told me on Tuesday evening, referring to a document released earlier in the day by Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels’s lawyer. And yet, already, several of the most astounding facts in the document have been …

Donald Trump

Rats can't resist the wiring in newer cars: Here's why

ROYAL OAK, Mich. — Every evening, Janice Perzigian puts Pine-Sol on the ground around her 2017 Ford Mustang.<p>Dryer sheets go under the front seat and in the trunk. Spray made with essential oils is applied to the tires, the sides and the back.<p>Why does she go through this 5-minute routine?<p>She has a …

Class Action

Every Culture Appropriates

The question is less whether a dress or an idea is borrowed, than the uses to which it’s then put.<p>Meet the Death Metal Cowboys of Botswana. In black leather decorated with metal studs, they play a pounding style of music that people who know more than me trace to the British band “Venom” and its …

Death Metal

Trump and His Aides Have No Idea What They're Talking About

A procession of contradictory statements leaves the public no closer to understanding the president’s deal with Stormy Daniels, but clearly shows the White House’s dishonesty.<p>As yet another bizarre week comes to a close for the president, no one seems to know the reality of what happened between …

Donald Trump

Obama martial law scare was stoked by Russian bots, say ex-director of CIA

Speculation about a US armed forces exercise that led some Texans to fear that the Obama administration was plotting martial law was stoked by a Russian disinformation campaign, according to a former director of the CIA.<p>Russian bots were so successful in planting wild ideas during a military …

Government

The Problem with The Last Jedi's New Star Destroyer

What's with the obsession with pizza wedge spaceships?<p><i>Star Wars</i> combat vehicles are iconic, sure, but almost always dumb in design and employment. Look no further than all-terrain transports that have legs instead of treads and are now shaped like apes for no good reason. So when <i>Star Wars</i> spilled …

Military

5 Reasons 'Star Wars' Spaceships Make Absolutely No Sense

An exercise in overthinking a great sci-fi series.<p>The <i>Star Wars</i> films are great escapist fantasies, and like all escapist fiction, it's best not to think about it too much. The films take place, as the saying goes, "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away," where apparently almost everything is …

Military

Fox News Host Neil Cavuto Tells Trump He Stinks In Fiery Takedown

"I guess you’re too busy draining the swamp to ever stop and smell the stink you’re creating."<p>Fox News host Neil Cavuto had some harsh words for Donald Trump on Thursday: Mr. President, you stink.<p>The host listed some of Trump’s worst lies and misstatements, including claiming there was widespread …

Donald Trump

More than 1,000 economists warn Trump his trade views echo 1930s errors

Over a thousand economists have written to Donald Trump warning his “economic protectionism” and tough rhetoric on trade threatens to repeat the mistakes the US made in the 1930s, mistakes that plunged the world into the Great Depression.<p>The 1,140 economists, including 14 Nobel prize winners, sent …

Globalization

How to speak puppy: a visual guide to doggy body language

From tail height and posture to pricked ears and eye contact, vet and clinical animal behaviourist Kendal Shepherd reveals what your dog is trying to tell you

Pets

Is This the Documentary That Can Take Down Trump?

How Jack Bryan parlayed rich-kid know-how into Active Measures, the very first feature-length doc about Trump and Russia.<p><b>Jack Bryan</b> was your average Upper East Side-raised son of a millionaire trying to get his filmmaking career started when <b>Donald Trump</b> began persistently popping up in his life. In …

Donald Trump

Why I Left The U.S. 20 Years Ago... And Why I Won't Be Coming Back

In hindsight, growing up in white, middle-class suburbia in 1980s America was kind of like being brainwashed. I grew up believing that having money was an objective to strive for and that life was a ruthless competition. I worked hard in school and got a good job because that was what was expected …

United States

The 53 most stunning lines from Donald Trump's 'Fox & Friends' interview

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Minutes after his nominee to head the Veterans Affairs department withdrew from consideration amid a maelstrom of negative headlines, President Donald Trump called into his favorite show on his favorite network: "Fox & Friends" on Fox News Channel.<p>And he talked. And talked. And …

Donald Trump

The US military had a savage response to Russia sending Syria defenses it says can thwart US strikes

Russia has ratcheted up military tensions in Syria by announcing it would send the advanced S-300 missile defense system to Syria, and the US military had a savage response.<p>Asked for comment on the announced movement of the missile defense batteries to Syria, Maj. Josh T. Jacques of the US …

Middle East

Astonishingly detailed map of the Milky Way will blow your mind

We now have the most detailed catalogue of stars in our Milky Way galaxy yet.<p>The new map — created using data collected by the Gaia satellite — shows …

Universe

Americans Startled by Spectacle of President Who Can Speak English

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Americans who were watching television on Wednesday morning witnessed the startling spectacle of an English-speaking President, viewers have confirmed.<p>All of the major cable news networks interrupted their regularly scheduled programs to cover the phenomenon, as a …

Satire

Goose levels golfer, reasserting dominance over all humankind

<b>(CNN) —</b> Geese are terrifying. Everyone knows this. Their bites hurt like hell and they have no respect for children or the elderly. In fact, they are the second-most terrifying bird behind turkeys (large, tenacious) and ahead of crows (eidetic, vengeful).<p>So this momentous trio of photographs …

Trucking

Wildlife photographer captures osprey carrying shark, carrying fish in 'one-in-a-trillion photograph'

A wildlife photographer in Florida captured a stunning photo of an osprey carrying what appeared at first to be a fish in its talons. But after taking a closer look, the photographer realized that the bird’s next meal was in fact a small shark.<p>"It was very far away so I couldn't see it through my …

Nature Photography

Bezos Says That When Pee Tape Is Released It Will Be Free for All Amazon Prime Members

SEATTLE (The Borowitz Report)—Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, announced on Tuesday that when the purported “pee tape” becomes available it will be offered free to all Amazon Prime members.<p>Speaking to reporters in Seattle, Bezos said that the pee-tape offer was “consistent with Amazon’s mandate …

Enterprise Tech

The Trump-Hannity Relationship Takes Conservatives One More Step Toward the Moral Low Ground

Conservatives had every right to complain about coziness between Democratic presidents and liberal media figures. Now it’s just one more thing that …

Donald Trump

Pulitzer-winning reporter David Cay Johnston: “The evidence suggests Trump is a traitor”

<b>David Cay Johnston; Donald Trump (Simon & Schuster/Bonk Johnston/AP)</b><p>Investigative reporter who has covered Trump for 30 years dares to imagine impeachment — and President Nancy Pelosi<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>April 23, 2018 9:00am (UTC)<p>The saga of President Donald Trump consists of several parallel and …

Donald Trump

India Oxenberg ‘brainwashed’ by sex cult, family says

Her “masters” are in jail, but she’s still slaving away.<p>Alleged Nxivm sex-cult “slave” India Oxenberg toiled at menial tasks at her Manhattan …

Crime

Trump -"Russia will tell you, there’s been nobody tougher than Donald Trump.” Twitter Spit Takes.

<i>“President Donald Trump boasted Wednesday about taking a tough stance on Russia despite backing off on issuing new sanctions over its support of</i> …

FDA approves new drug that prevents migraines without side effects

When other medications have failed, new injection treatment may help some patients with disabling headaches.<p>The Food and Drug Administration approved a new migraine drug on Thursday.<p>Aimovig, known generically as erenumab, is the first drug in a new class of headache medicines. It's been shown to …

Headaches