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Government drops prosecution of 129 inauguration defendants

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is abandoning its prosecution of more than 120 defendants charged with crimes over their involvement in violent protests on the day of Donald Trump's inauguration one year ago.<p>A statement Thursday evening from the U.S. attorney's office said the government will …

Did Russia funnel money through NRA to help elect Trump?

It sounds like something out of a liberal conspiracy theory: Vladimir Putin takes advantage of dark money loopholes under the infamous Citizens …

Conservative Nicolle Wallace Says Trump Listens to 'Anybody Who Calls Him Smart and Handsome’

According to conservative MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly might be sticking around to protect President Donald …

Here's How a Bitcoin Crash Could Bring Down the Entire Stock Market

What to watch for.<p>Conventional wisdom says that even if the Bitcoin bubble pops, as it’s been threatening to lately, the damage won’t spill over into …

Fusion GPS interview with House panel leaves huge pile of breadcrumbs for Trump-Russia investigators

The House Intelligence Committee on Thursday released the transcript of the panel's November interview with Glenn Simpson, the cofounder of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS.<p>The House investigators' line of questioning touched upon subjects that the Senate Judiciary Committee did not delve …

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Gov't scientists scramble to save research ahead of shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's premier medical research institute is in "a scramble" to prepare for a partial government shutdown that could ruin costly experiments and leave sick patients unable to enter cutting-edge studies, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health said …

New York Times crowdsources the case for Trump, embarrasses pundit class

There is a monotony to telling the truth about President Trump. He is as unfit for office today as he was in June 2015, in November 2016 and on Jan. 20, 2017. He has failed to school himself on the issues before him. He is incorrigible and a spewer of lies and falsehoods.<p>The New York Times …

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Transcript: Trump dossier focused on "opaque" business deals

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's "opaque" business deals in the former Soviet Union, history of tax disputes and real estate projects abroad were critical areas of research that led to the dossier alleging a compromised relationship between the president and the Kremlin, according to the transcript …

Lebanese hackers stole a ton of data then left it on an open server

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and mobile security company Lookout released a report today detailing a major hacking campaign -- dubbed Dark Caracal -- that's believed to have originated from Lebanon's General Directorate of General Security (GDGS), one of the country's intelligence agencies. …

Newly FDA-approved platform will rapidly "manufacture" stem cells to repair our bodies

Stem Cells Fast<p>Up until now, any patient receiving stem cells for a medical treatment has had to wait months for their doctors to create enough cells …

Trump Announces ‘Fake News Awards’ Winners, Celeb Anoints Him ‘Fake President’

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter last week that he would be doling out special honors for the “Fake News Awards.” Sadly, there weren’t any …

On the Presidency’s Fraught Relationship With the Press

Two releases this month have put the relationship between the press and the Oval Office on display: “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff, which caused a media whirlwind and was denounced by President Donald Trump, and “The Post,” the Steven Spielberg film that highlights …

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Breaks Out Into Civil War Over Appalling MLK Day Editorial

Rare is the occasion when a newspaper’s union aligns with much of the family that owns it. But the <i>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette</i> helped build the odd …

Researchers have discovered a new kind of government spyware for hire

A Lebanese hacking campaign could be part of something much larger<p>There’s a string of spyware campaigns operating out of a government building in Lebanon, according to new research from Lookout Security and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Dubbed “Dark Caracal,” the new group is linked to …

A newly discovered strain of Android malware contains never-seen surveillance features

A new research report from Kaspersky Labs details their analysis of Skygofree, a newly discovered strain of malware that offers some of the most …

One year in, Trump's environmental agenda is already taking a measurable toll

A massive coal ash spill near Knoxville, Tenn., in 2008 forever changed life for Janie Clark's family and left her husband with crippling health problems. So Clark was astounded late last year when she heard what the Environmental Protection Agency had done.<p>In September, at the behest of power …

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Apple Is Blocking an App That Detects Net Neutrality Violations From the App Store

Update: Apple backed off.<p><b>Update:</b> After this article was published, Apple told Dave Choffnes that his iPhone app, designed to detect net neutrality violations, will be allowed in the iTunes App Store. According to Choffnes, Apple contacted him and explained that the company has to deal with many …

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China criticizes US moves on intellectual property, telecoms

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday criticized recent moves by the U.S. targeting the sale of fake goods and Chinese telecoms equipment, saying Washington lacked "objectivity" in its approach to Chinese businesses.<p>Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng told reporters the U.S. Trade Representative lacked …

Rick Perry hugged a coal baron. This photographer got the picture. Then he was placed on leave.

Energy Department photographer Simon Edelman is seeking whistleblower protection after the department placed him on administrative leave and seized personal belongings he kept at the office.<p>In a Jan 4. complaint, Edelman,the department’s chief creative officer,said that he had given official photos …

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EPA eases path for new chemicals, raising fears of health hazards

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is shifting course under the Trump administration on how it assesses new chemicals for health and environmental hazards, streamlining a safety review process that industry leaders say is too slow and cumbersome.<p>But some former EPA officials, as well …

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Trump Hands Out ‘Fake News Awards,’ Sans the Red Carpet

WASHINGTON — President Trump — who gleefully questioned President Barack Obama’s birthplace for years without evidence, long insisted on the guilt of the Central Park Five despite exonerating proof and claimed that millions of illegal ballots cost him the popular vote in 2016 — wanted to have a …

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Michael Rapaport Responds to Trump's 'Fake News Awards' by Giving Him the 'Fake President Award' (Video)

“All the s— that’s going on in the world and you release the ‘Fake News Awards’? You f—ing bum,” he says<p>Comedian Michael Rapaport ripped into Donald …

Fact-checking President Trump’s ‘Fake News Awards’

The “Fake News Awards” announced on the Republican National Committee website and touted by President Trump pose a conundrum: Does it really count if the news organization admits error?<p>Regular readers of The Fact Checker know that we do not award Pinocchios if a politician admits error. Everyone …

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If Aubrey de Gray is right, you could live forever

I first met Aubrey de Grey over ten years ago, when he presented at a conference I attended. And his core message blew my mind. It was -- and remains …

Trump faces backlash as he reveals 'Fake News Awards' winners

President highlights journalists’ errors despite anger from some in his own party over his treatment of the media<p>Donald Trump, who has routinely peddled conspiracy theories and mistruths from the office of the presidency, sought to question the accuracy of the media on Wednesday by unveiling the …

In The Category of 'Fake News,' The Award Winner Is...

President Trump's long-awaited announcement of the "Fake News Awards" was temporarily delayed Wednesday when the website of the Republican Party, where the awards were to be listed, crashed.<p>But the site recovered and the awards were unveiled.<p>All in all, eleven "winners" were listed, beginning with</i> …

Trump's Approval Rating Among Black And White Americans is Sinking, Despite What the President Says

President Donald Trump, contrary to what he told his 46.8 million Twitter followers on Tuesday, is not gaining ground with black voters.<p>"Unemployment …

The New York Times gives its editorial page over to Trump supporters, sparking a debate

The New York Times will do away with its editorial page on Thursday temporarily to run a full-page of letters from supporters of the president, a move that comes amid a tense climate in the country between the media and Trump, who has constantly assailed supposed biases at many publications since …

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Divers Have Discovered the World’s Longest Underwater Cave

When exploring new corners of the globe, the common wisdom is to “dive deep,” but rarely is that advice literal. Now it is: A team of divers in …

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Scientists Just Recalibrated Our Future Climate Scenarios And We Need to Pay Attention

They've narrowed it down.<p>Climate scientists on Wednesday suggested that they may be able to rule out some of the most dire scenarios of what would …

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