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Mad Catz is going out of business, so let's remember its wackiest controllers

Here's to the crazy ones. Mad Catz just filed for bankruptcy, after decades of serving the gaming peripheral market. The company bet big on <i>Rock Band 4</i>, which didn't pan out as well as it had hoped, and now the company has been shut down, with its assets up for auction. Mad Catz might be best known …

Airlines launch smart workarounds for electronics ban

Electronics ban be damned, Qatar Airways is going to get its hard-working business travelers typing away on laptops no matter what.<p>Less than a week …

The Visual Encyclopedia

One of the great things about the <i>Star Wars</i> galaxy is how incredibly rich it is with details that make it feel truly like a galaxy far, far away. From …

Habitats

Feast Your Eyes on All the Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Coming Out in April

Feast your eyes on this huge list of April releases, and maybe consider dabbling in weird science to grow an extra pair of peepers. There are tons of …

The Trump Administration Has Pushed the Limits of American Absurdity

Unity via insanity.<p><i>(Permanent Musical Accompaniment To The Last Post Of The Week From The Blog's Favourite Living Canadian.)</i><p>It long has been taken as gospel in this here shebeen that one of the best things about the United States of America is that it is the greatest country in the history of the …

For April Ryan, Clashes With the White House Bring a New Kind of Prominence

WASHINGTON — By the time April D. Ryan left the White House briefing room on Tuesday, she was already making headlines: on live television, President Trump’s press secretary, Sean M. Spicer, had cut off her questions to chastise her for what he deemed an inappropriate shake of her head.<p>In Ms. …

Why Men Will Do Anything to Try to Make Trans People Like Me Disappear

On Transgender Day of Visibility we try to amplify the stories of trans people in the United States. Our greatest barrier to being heard? Men.<p>There was a time when men in dresses and women in suits were classified as criminals in this country because of their clothing. Back in those days, I've been …

The Best Books of April 2017: From Anne Lamott to Sheryl Sandberg

A Novel<p>Omar El Akkad<p>The year is 2076 and the Second American Civil War is underway. Omar El Akkad’s brilliant and compelling debut imagines what happens when America splits at the seams and turns in on itself. The surreal setting feels oddly familiar, as the Mississippi River Delta is sinking, …

If the White House spied on the FBI, there’s a problem

The latest available information sheds quite a bit of light on who leaked sensitive information to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes …

‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Really Did Take Us To Space Jerusalem

If you love <i>Star Wars</i> and lore, have I got a treat for you today. With the release of <i>Rogue One: A Star Wars Story</i> on home video happening next week, Lucasfilm was kind enough to set me up on a phone interview with Lucasfilm VP and Executive Creative Director Doug Chiang about how he and his team …

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1,000 Paid Russian Trolls Spread Fake News On Hillary Clinton, Senate Intelligence Heads Told

A former FBI agent testified that President Donald Trump helped spread fake news by embracing the stories against his opponents.<p>Senate intelligence committee leaders have received reports that Russia hired at least 1,000 trolls to spread fake news stories to hurt Democratic candidate Hillary …

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Trump’s “buy American” pledge may be at risk with his border wall

<b>(Jason Hoekema/The Brownsville Herald via AP)</b><p>Current trade agreements mean foreign companies might well get in on the building of the president’s wall<p>T. Christian Miller<p>March 31, 2017 11:00am (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on ProPublica.<p>In one of his first tweets as president, here’s how Donald …

Immigration

27 of April 2017's best streaming debuts on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO, and more

The month is stacked with great streaming options.<p>We’ll level with you: April 2017 is absolutely <i>stacked</i> with new streaming options, to the point where the committed viewer could get away with not leaving the house for the entire month. There’s a true bounty, featuringhotly anticipated original TV …

Marble Wallpaper Is the Latest Trend You’ll Want Your Home to Rock

Once you’ve got your marble kitchen countertops, marble nail bling, and faux marble DIYs, you *need* to embrace the latest rendition of the swirly trend: wallpaper. The pattern is a luxe accent in any home, but hanging it will bump your decor to a whole new planet of chic. And just think about how …

This stag with a bra stuck on its antlers has some serious explaining to do

It's not uncommon to see herds of deer out in the Scottish Highlands, especially during spring time.<p>It is less common to see a leading herd member …

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The Trump White House is in deep legal trouble, according to Trump’s own standards

President Trump on Friday urged his former top adviser, Michael Flynn, to seek an immunity deal from Congress, after news broke late Thursday that Flynn was seeking such a deal. Trump said Flynn should cut a deal because the entire thing is “a witch hunt” that ostensibly won't lead anywhere.<p>Trump …

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Trump nixes Obama order preventing federal workers from being fired because they’re LGBT

<b>(Getty/Shawn Thew)</b><p>With a stroke of his pen Trump has knocked the teeth out of federal compliance regulations protecting LGBT workers<p>Nico Lang<p>March 30, 2017 10:58pm (UTC)<p>President Trump has repealed an executive order that advocates believe will provide loophole for employers to discriminate against …

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“That white men might roll in ease”: I feel like the first real American in my family, which has been here for centuries

<b>Frederick Douglass; D. Watkins; Thomas Jefferson (Wikimedia/Peter Cooper/Salon)</b><p>“You don’t seem patriotic at all,” my student said to me after class. “What’s up with that?”<p>D. Watkins<p>March 30, 2017 11:00pm (UTC)<p>“Professor Watkins, you got a sec?” a student asked at the end of class last week as I …

Black History

The 100 best books to read in your lifetime, according to Amazon

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>"I'm so busy."<p>"I'm binge-watching 'Stranger Things.'"<p>"I don't know <i>which</i> book to read."<p>If you fall into the last category, Amazon's here to …

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Michael Flynn Offers to Testify Before Congress in Exchange for Immunity

WASHINGTON — Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser, has offered to be interviewed by House and Senate investigators who are examining the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia in exchange for immunity from prosecution, according to his lawyer and a congressional official.<p>But the …

Hannity breaks with Trump on health care debacle

In a notable moment of divergence between the White House and perhapsits most reliable media booster, Fox News host Sean Hannity said Thursday that President Donald Trump was wrong to blame the failure of the Republican health care bill on the faction of GOP lawmakers known as the Freedom …

Experience: a car crashed into me in the bath

I was in the bath when I heard a car outside. Its exhaust was screaming. I knew something was going to happen<p>It was June 2014, three months after my 17-year-old daughter Maisie and I moved into a small terrace house. I had split from my husband and was working as a painter and decorator. It had …