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Trump dismisses query about Michael Cohen pardon with two words: 'stupid question'

Trump was asked whether he is ‘considering a pardon’ for Cohen, who has come under scrutiny after the FBI raided his New York office, home and hotel<p>Donald Trump has dismissed a query about whether he is considering pardoning his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, as “a stupid question”.<p>Appearing in …

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Why More Young Married Couples Are Keeping Separate Bank Accounts

It doesn’t signal a lack of trust—to some, it’s a way for spouses to show they trust each other more.<p>A joint bank account has, traditionally, been a sign of commitment. As newlyweds start their lives together, it is perhaps the clearest way for them to say, to each other and to the world, “What’s …

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These Countries Changed Their Names. Here's How It Worked Out.

Swaziland's change to eSwatini is the latest in a series of shifts in country names around the world. Here's a look back at some of the most famous.<p>To celebrate his 50th birthday, Africa’s last absolute monarch changed the name of his country. Instead of Swaziland, it will now be known as the …

Travel Photography

Things were already looking bad when, several people told me, Chelsea Clinton popped the Champagne. It was just after 9 p.m. on election night and she was having her hair and makeup done in the family’s suite at the Peninsula hotel. She stopped to pour what someone said was Veuve Clicquot into …

Government

The End of the Joint As We Know It

Willie Nelson may be a legendary country musician, but he is first and foremost the world’s most famous joint ambassador. Legend has it that he once …

Cannabis

Why City Accents Are Fading in the Midwest

And why tariffs won’t bring back the blue-collar heyday they represent.<p>A few years ago, I was sitting at the bar of Wrong’s Tap, a tavern in the Irish-American neighborhood of Beverly, watching a Bears game. Suddenly, a classic Chicago accent was hurled across the room.<p>“Hey,” someone shouted. “What …

Linguistics

The leaked Comey memos just blew up in Trump's face

Opinion: The Plum Line<p>Probes into Russia, Trump campaign<p>The past 12 hours brought two very big revelations involving former FBI director James Comey, President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation, and they must be looked at side by side to fully grasp their collective importance.<p>Comey's memos …

Donald Trump

“Michael Cohen Is Going to Be Indicted”: Stormy Daniels’s Attorney Is Now Cooperating with the Feds

Michael Avenatti previews the next chapter of the Cohen paper trail—and why he’s still in the game to depose Donald Trump.<p>A little more than a week ago, <b>Michael Avenatti</b> was, indisputably, overexposed. A lantern-jawed soundbite-master, <b>Stormy Daniels’s</b> attorney had been on every possible cable …

Donald Trump

The Judge in the Michael Cohen-Stormy Daniels Case Is Perfect

A porn star in the courtroom? The president’s secrets at stake? Why Kimba Wood isn’t even blinking.<p>The blog—now defunct—was called Underneath Their Robes, the poll was on “Superhotties of the Federal Judiciary,” and the winner in the female category was a New York judge named Kimba M. Wood. After …

Ronald Reagan

When an Email Exchange Turns Ugly

It was Monday morning, and Lee opened his inbox to find an email from his manager: “Lee, I’ve decided to have Carlos present to the governing board, instead of you. I’m sure you’re good with this.”<p>Lee had spent the entire weekend preparing for the presentation. Not only did he know the numbers …

FaceTime

Citizen Zuck: The making of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

<i>"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up." <br>-Pablo Picasso</i><br>(Listed on Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook profile under "Favorite Quotes")<p><b>There's a story</b> about Mark Zuckerberg visiting his hometown of Dobbs Ferry, New York: A few years ago<b>,</b> he and his wife, Priscilla …

Silicon Valley

Nikki Haley Talks Trump, #MeToo, and Running for President

Ambassador Nikki Haley has the tricky job of being the diplomatic face of an administration whose foreign policy is often set in motion by a president who tweets his thoughts to the world before most of us have even had our morning coffee. Suffice it to say, any given day can be quite a wild …

North Korea

How Veteran Fighter Pilot Tammie Jo Shults Saved Crippled Southwest Flight 1380

Capt. ‘Sully’ Sullenberger could rely on automated help to pull off the ‘Miracle on the Hudson.’ Ex-fighter pilot Tammie Jo Shults saved hundreds of …

Southwest Airlines

Scott Pruitt’s $43,000 soundproof phone booth violated spending laws, federal watchdog finds

The nearly $43,000 soundproof phone booth Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt had installed in his office last year violated federal spending laws, the Government Accountability Office said Monday.<p>In an eight-page letter to lawmakers, GAO general counsel Thomas H. Armstrong …

Scott Pruitt

More and more House Republicans are deciding they want no part of the 2018 elections

And that will help Democrats.<p>More and more Republicans are looking at how the 2018 elections are shaping up and deciding they want no part of them — with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) just the latest to announce they won’t run for reelection this year.<p>This makes 25 House …

Republicans

The Tragedy of Paul Ryan

He began as a Jack Kemp conservative. He ended as Donald Trump’s man on Capitol Hill.<p>Paul Ryan came to Congress as a Jack Kemp conservative and will depart as a Donald Trump Republican.<p>It’s more complicated than that, certainly. History requires nuance and texture. But legacies are reductive by …

An Internal Email Contradicts Scott Pruitt's Account of Controversial Raises

The EPA administrator has said he “didn’t know” about unusual salary bumps given to a pair of trusted aides, but a message from one of those staffers claims otherwise.<p><i>This story was updated on April 9 at 4:26 p.m. ET</i><p>An email that suggests Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt …

Scott Pruitt

Bill Cosby paid Andrea Constand $3.4 million to settle civil suit in 2006

Bill Cosby's criminal trial on charges of sexual assault began Monday as the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.<p>NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial began Monday with prosecutors revealing that Cosby paid his accuser, Andrea Constand, nearly $3.4 million in a 2006 civil …

Justice

Good luck leaving your Uber driver less than five stars

Have you ever given an Uber driver five stars who didn’t deserve it? If you’ve ever taken any ride-hailing service, the answer is probably yes.<p>Uber asks riders to give their drivers a rating of one to five stars at the end of each trip. But very few people make use of this full scale. That’s …

Gig Economy

Conor McGregor charged with assault, criminal mischief after attack on bus at UFC event

Conor McGregor has been charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief stemming from an incident at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a police spokesperson confirmed to USA TODAY Sports early Friday morning.<p>Detective Adam Navarro of the New York Police Department said McGregor, …

Conor McGregor

Irish Psychiatrist Claims Cannabis 'Does More Damage To Humans Than Any Drug That Is Out There'

An Irish psychiatrist made quite a stir at the Irish Medical Organisation Annual General Meeting with his comments regarding medical marijuana on …

Cannabis

Robert Mueller Reportedly Knows That Erik Prince Lied To Congress About His Secret Russian Meeting

Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears to have Blackwater founder Erik Prince directly in the crosshairs of his wide-ranging Russia probe. Recently, Mueller linked Prince’s attempt to set up a Trump-Russia backchannel to Vladimir Putin’s family. The meeting in question, which took place in the …

Robert Mueller

Here's exactly why Donald Trump finally answered a question about Stormy Daniels

<b>(CNN) —</b> After months of steady silence on Stormy Daniels, President Donald Trump finally answered a question Thursday about the porn star who alleges she had a sexual encounter with him.<p>Here's the exchange between Trump and reporters on Air Force One:<p><i>Reporter: "Did you know about the $130,000</i> …

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What really happened at Chappaquiddick? A new movie explores the truth we’ll never know.

The grill was too small for the steaks, and the island cottage was too small for the people: six men and six women, drinking rum, vodka and scotch on a hot, breezeless night in July 1969. By the end, one of the women would be trapped in the back seat of a submerged car, as saltwater swelled around …

Chappaquiddick Island

Why Whales Got So Big

It’s often said that the ocean releases them from the constraints of life on land. It’s actually the opposite.<p>The first time I came face to face with a sea lion, I nearly screamed. I was snorkeling, and after a long time spent staring down at colorful corals, I looked up to see a gigantic bull, a …

Marine Mammals

The ISIS Files: When Terrorists Run City Hall

We unearthed thousands of internal documents that help explain how the Islamic State stayed in power so long.

City Halls

These 7 Common Speaking Habits Undercut Your Credibility

These simple behaviors are easy to fall into when you’re nervous, but they can make listeners think twice about taking you seriously.<p>Every speaker needs to be credible. If your audience spends the duration of your talk mulling over whether or not to take you seriously, you can kiss goodbye to any …

Public Speaking

Dwayne Johnson: The Pain and the Passion That Fuel the Rock

Hollywood's most dependable good guy on saving the day in 'Rampage,' his beef with Vin Diesel, presidential rumors and more<p>If the world seemed a …

Tom Hanks

Moment lenses — the DSLR killer?

I travel with a Canon DSLR and two primes, a 35mm f1.4 and an 85mm f1.2 (endearingly nicknamed, “the fat kid”). Switching lenses is cumbersome and not ideal in certain environments, like a Saigon street market, densely crowded with vendors, tourists and thieves.<p>After lugging this camera kit through …

Mobile Photography

Apple iPad 2018 review: The iPad for everyone - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The 2018 entry-level iPad supports the Apple Pencil for art work and annotation, and adds a faster A10 processor. iOS continues to offer the best overall selection of free and paid apps on affordable tablets.<p><b>The Bad</b> Lacks the bigger, better screen, quad speakers and Smart Connector found …

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