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Brexit 'bad boys' Nigel Farage and Arron Banks investigated for Russia links during EU referendum

The interactions between Brexit campaigners, Arron Banks and Nigel Farage, and the Trump campaign have drawn the interest of Robert Mueller as part …

Donald Trump

Trump’s top economics adviser lies about ‘rapidly’ falling budget deficit

There's just one problem.<p>Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, said that the deficit is “coming down rapidly” in a Friday …

Economics

A Future Without Unions Is a Terrifying Dystopia

From even crazier rent to low pay to no weekends and shitty bosses, it's a lot like the world we live in now—just worse.<p>It's mid-afternoon in late June two decades from now, and the weather in New York City is gross: hot, humid, slimy. You're trying to find your way to a job interview when you pass …

Public Sector

Trump is clueless about the global market

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you haven't heard, President Trump is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He regularly brags about his education because Wharton is famous for its graduate programs in economics. What he doesn't mention is that he was not a graduate student at Wharton, but …

Economics

Group funded by conservative billionaires launches anti-union campaign following Supreme Court ruling

Following a U.S. Supreme Court decision that millions of public sector workers can stop paying union fees, a group tied to Republican billionaires long opposed to organized labor — and its support of the Democratic Party — has pledged to build on the landmark ruling to further marginalize employee …

Middle-class

Botnets Evolving to Mobile Devices

Millions of mobile devices are now making requests in what's described as "an attack on the economy."

Mobile Devices

Facebook patent turns phone mics on to record reactions to ads

Facebook has repeatedly denied tapping into phones microphones for targeted advertising, but just because it isn't doesn't mean it can't. According to <i>Metro</i>, Facebook has applied for a controversial patent for software that will allow smartphones to begin recording when they hear secret messages …

Targeted Advertising

Thousands of Swedish citizens have adopted biochips over wallets

Biohacking is as lively as ever in Sweden, with thousands of citizens now opting for surgically implanted microchips to access their personal …

Personal Information

Facebook patents system that can use your phone's mic to monitor TV habits

Facebook has filed to patent a system that can remotely activate the microphone on someone’s phone using inaudible signals broadcast via a television.<p>The patent application describes a system where an audio fingerprint embedded in TV shows or ads, inaudible to human ears, would trigger the phone, …

Targeted Advertising

California passes 'strongest in nation' privacy bill limiting data harvesting

California has passed a landmark privacy bill that restricts the data-harvesting practices of technology companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon and gives consumers more control over their personal information.<p>The California Consumer Privacy Act is designed to provide new protections to the …

Privacy

California just passed one of the toughest data privacy laws in the country

California lawmakers passed one of the toughest data privacy laws in the United States today, as they faced pressure from an even stronger ballot measure in the state.<p>The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 is set to dramatically change how businesses handle data in the most populous state. …

Privacy

It's not just people in the U.S. illegally — ICE is nabbing lawful permanent residents too

In 2001, Jose Luis Garcia was convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. Whatever tumult it caused within his family, the event seemed to fade with every passing year as Garcia became a grandfather and inched closer toward retirement.<p>This month, the nearly 20-year-old conviction came …

Immigration

Trump threatens to turn Harley-Davidson into roadkill

Welcome to the depressing reality of Donald Trump’s immature approach to trade and tariffs: Our view<p>Donald Trump was supposed to be the president who saved U.S. manufacturing jobs, not sent them packing. As president-elect, he helped broker a deal for Carrier to retain some jobs in Indiana. And not …

Donald Trump

Do we have to erase the name of Laura Ingalls Wilder to ‘fix’ history? And who will be next?

Should writers who wrote long ago, describing life in the past, be held to 21st century standards of political correctness? The question has arisen many times – most recently about Laura Ingalls Wilder, who was born in 1867 and died in 1957. She is best known for writing the “Little House on the …

Literature

Rising seas: 'Florida is about to be wiped off the map'

In 1890, just over six thousand people lived in the damp lowlands of south Florida. Since then the wetlands that covered half the state have been largely drained, strip malls have replaced Seminole camps, and the population has increased a thousandfold. Over roughly the same amount of time the …

Climate Change

How an Affair Between a Reporter and a Security Aide Has Rattled Washington Media

The pearl bracelet arrived in May 2014, in the spring of Ali Watkins’s senior year in college, a graduation gift from a man many years her senior. It was the sort of bauble that might imply something more deeply felt than friendship — but then again, might not.<p>Ms. Watkins, then a 22-year-old intern …

Journalism

Ohio Cop Fired For Pulling Over His Daughter’s Black Boyfriend Without Cause

An Ohio police officer was fired for abusing his authority after pulling over his daughter’s black boyfriend without cause. The officer, who is …

Crime

Sen. Mark Warner on Mueller Probe: “If you think you've seen wild stuff so far, buckle up."

So, Senator Mark Warner might have gotten a little in his cups and spoken slightly out of turn last night at a fundraiser, prompting the NY Time’s …

Russia Probe

Robert Mueller Wants to Talk to Roger Stone’s Comedian Frenemy

The comedian told The Daily Beast that he won’t talk to the special counsel unless he gets subpoenaed.<p>Bob Mueller has some questions for comedian …

Roger Stone

Expert: Sarah Sanders broke ethics rules with tweet about restaurant ejection

A tweet by the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, about her ejection from a Virginia restaurant on Friday broke federal ethics rules, a leading expert said.<p>On Saturday, Sanders posted: “Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington [Virginia] to leave because I work for POTUS …

Donald Trump

Trump’s Insidious Reason for Leaving the UN Human Rights Council

While his administration cited its criticism of Israel, the White House also wants to distance itself from a body critical of its own policies.<p>When the Trump administration commits to a decision, it goes full throttle—and often with little regard for the consequences. One such decision was …

Human Rights

Why are Americans so sad?

Suicide rates in the US have increased nearly 30% in less than 20 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported June 7. These mind-numbing statistics were released the same week two very famous, successful and beloved people committed suicide—Kate Spade, a tremendous entrepreneur, …

Mental Health

Trump and Kirstjen Nielsen’s embarrassing surrender on separating families at the border

The Trump administration insisted it didn't have a policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. It said that it was merely following the law. And it said “Congress alone can fix” the mess.<p>It just admitted that all that was nonsense — and that it badly overplayed its …

Donald Trump

Lies, China And Putin: Solving The Mystery Of Wilbur Ross' Missing Fortune

<b>Amid President Trump’s headaches</b> confirming cabinet secretaries, from neophyte Rex Tillerson to conflict-prone Scott Pruitt to unprepared Betsy DeVos, all of whom squeezed through, Wilbur Ross was a tonic. With his blue power suit and decades of dealmaking, he had the look and the résumé of a …

Wilbur Ross

Pittsburgh cartoonist says he was fired after 25 years for making fun of Trump

A cartoonist who lost his job at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes his searing portrayals of Donald Trump were the most likely cause of his firing.<p>Rob Rogers was terminated on Thursday by the paper for which he had worked for 25 years, after six cartoons in a row were spiked and his employer …

Donald Trump

Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day: Devin Nunes

Week 56: Trump Bellows at Deep State as Mueller Puts Manafort in Manacles

Fresh from his date with destiny in Singapore, the president returns to a future that is all Russia.<p>Stripped of one of his tailored suits and dispatched to a jail cell by a federal judge for violating bail by asking witnesses via encrypted messages to lie for him in court, will former Trump …

Donald Trump

Trump’s 2020 campaign might include ex-Cambridge Analytica staff

A handful of former Cambridge Analytica employees might be working on Donald Trump's re-election campaign. The <i>Associated Press</i> reports that two of its reporters overheard Matt Oczkowski, Cambridge Analytica's former head of product, say that he and the firm he now leads were "doing the president's …