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This Old Brett Kavanaugh Speech About Drunk Partying Resurfaced With The Recent Allegation

Four and a half years ago, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh spoke at a Yale Law School Federalist Society banquet about his days as a student in …

Brett Kavanaugh

Hackers have planted credit card stealing malware on local government payment sites

Security firm FireEye has confirmed that a widely used web payment portal used to pay for local government services, like utilities and permits, has been targeted by hackers.<p>Hackers have broken into self-hosted Click2Gov servers operated by local governments across the US, likely using a …

City Politics

Why Europe’s Trains Are So Much Better Than America's

High-speed rail is great for the environment and the economy—and it’s going to be a while before the U.S. catches up.<p>Riding the high-speed train between Berlin and Hamburg, Germany’s two largest cities, is a radically different experience from riding its American counterpart, Amtrak’s Acela, which …

Trains

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig burglarized for the fourth time

The home of Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig was burglarized on Tuesday night, the fourth time a police report has been filed on a residence owned by the baseball star in the last 18 months.<p>It's the third time Puig's current house in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley has been …

Kansas City Royals

Trump’s latest abuse of power is likely to blow up in his face

President Trump and his Republican allies in Congress are running a systematic campaign of harassment and disruption directed at legitimate law enforcement activity being conducted on behalf of the American people — with the active goal of protecting Trump and his cronies from accountability and …

Donald Trump

He’s been studying in the U.S. legally for 7 years. Bank of America froze his account anyway

Saeed Moshfegh woke up earlier this month to discover the strangest thing: Though he had plenty of money in his Bank of America account, he couldn’t …

Bank of America

American Weirdness: Observations From an Expat

The disorientation of coming home and buying toothpaste<p>Sometimes it begins with the toothpaste. Whenever I go back to the United States from Europe, where I’ve lived for more than half my adult life, I’ll often find myself in a jet-lagged fog at a huge American drugstore staring at the toothpaste …

Customer Service

Trump orders declassification of surveillance application, release of Comey texts

The move also includes an effort to reveal the details of Bruce Ohr’s interviews connected to the Russia investigation.<p>President Donald Trump moved on Monday to immediately release a tranche of former FBI Director James Comey's text messages and declassify 20 pages of a surveillance application …

U.S. Politics

Meet the Billionaire Dreamer Taking Musk's Rocket to the Moon

In a country known for conformity, Yusaku Maezawa has always sought to stand out.<p>He skipped college, moved to California to play in a rock band and …

World Peace

Cut Your Losses on Kavanaugh, Republicans

The woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teenagers is now speaking out. Given that most Senate Democrats already opposed him due to his conservative views and very partisan background, the question about confirmation becomes: What are …

Sexual Harassment

Can Samantha Bee's Comedy Quiz App Gamify Getting out the Vote?

Samantha Bee has a problem: 54 percent of her audience isn’t registered to vote. Yes, more than half of the people who watch <i>Full Frontal</i>—a group that …

Samantha Bee

Another financial crisis is coming, and thanks to Donald Trump we may not be able to solve it

A decade ago, my world fell apart during the 2008 financial crash when the bank I worked for bit the dust. My 30-year career in financial services …

Interest Rates

Read the letter Christine Blasey Ford sent accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> <i>The following is the text of the letter Christine Blasey Ford wrote to Sen. Dianne Feinstein detailing an event in which she accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. CNN was not provided a copy of the letter sent to Feinstein, but a source who had the</i> …

Freedom of Information

California professor, writer of confidential Brett Kavanaugh letter, speaks out about her allegation of sexual assault

Earlier this summer, Christine Blasey Ford wrote a confidential letter to a senior Democratic lawmaker alleging that Supreme Court nominee Brett M. …

Here’s How That Letter From 65 Women Supporting Brett Kavanaugh Came Together So Quickly

A group of women who have known Brett Kavanaugh since his high school days decided Thursday to put together the letter of support for him — a day …

Brett Kavanaugh

Ohio’s Richest Republican Backer Leslie Wexner Quits Party After Visit From President Obama

Former President Barack Obama visited Ohio looking to boost the campaign prospects of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray, who served …

Donald Trump

How to perfectly season your cast-iron pan

This cast-iron skillet has seen a lot of action. Inside its cooking surface are lots of deposits from carbonized oil that will make delicate food stick. To remedy the situation, it's time to clean it out and re-season the pan.<p>Published:15 September 2018 Caption:Brian BennettPhoto:Tyler …

Cast Iron Skillet

Scoop: Republicans secretly study their coming hell

Congressional Republicans are getting ready for hell. Axios has obtained a spreadsheet that's circulated through Republican circles on and off …

Donald Trump

Trump is reportedly upset about old video footage showing him throwing rolls of paper towels at first-responders in Puerto Rico

As Hurricane Florence continued its destructive path in North and South Carolina on Friday, President Donald Trump has reportedly been fixated on unflattering news reports about his response to Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico in September 2017.<p>Trump has particularly been irritated by video …

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico hurricane: How was the 3,000 death toll worked out?

<b>United States President Donald Trump has disputed official findings that nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico as a result of last year's hurricane.</b><p>He added that the death toll had been inflated by adding people who died of other causes.<p>"If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add …

Puerto Rico

Male Birth Control Study Killed After Men Report Side Effects

Whether it's an IUD, a shot, an implant, or a daily pill, birth control is a regular part of many adult women's lives. It has left a lot of women asking: Why not men?<p>For years, people have tried to create birth control for men. The World Health Organization commissioned what sounded like a …

Contraception

Boston suburbs gas pipeline accident biggest since 2010

ANDOVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Some 8,000 people in Boston’s suburbs had little hope of returning home soon as investigators scrambled on Friday to find out the cause of dozens of gas explosions that destroyed scores of homes in the biggest such accident in nearly a decade.<p>The blasts on Thursday killed …

Pipelines

Who’s overrated and who’s underrated as a 2020 Democratic presidential prospect?

A few of our favorite long shots.<p>It’s obviously way too early for anyone to have a realistic sense of who is going to prevail in Democrats’ large field of 2020 presidential candidates, but it’s never too early to start breathless speculation about at least parts of it.<p>The betting website PredictIt …

Los Angeles

Trump's Narcissism and Cowardice Are Making the Government Dysfunctional

The president's tweets about Puerto Rico show how he is corroding the institutions he's supposed to be running.<p>Perhaps the most remarkable thing about living through the Donald Trump presidency is that against all odds, the man has retained his ability to shock. Last month, he was complaining about …

Hurricane Maria

Women’s pockets are the only reason to buy an iPhone XS

Apple, what if you made a better phone that was also smaller?<p>The iPhone X is dead. In its place, we now have three new options: the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Apple loves to name its phones stupid things as much as I love to complain about it, and so we find ourselves in perfect sync. …

IPhone 7

Trump may never leave the White House

When President Trump responded on Monday to reports about the contents of Bob Woodward's <i>Fear</i> with the suggestion that one day he would write a "real …

U.S. Politics

The vindication of Mitch McConnell

There's one overwhelming takeaway from the mind-numbing spectacle that was Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation …

Mitch McConnell

The dangerous myth we still believe about the Lehman Brothers bust

The 10th anniversary of the Lehman Brothers bust this week resounds with retrospectives on the great financial crisis. Having immersed myself in the life of one of the protagonists, I have my own perspective. When my biography of former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan first published two …

Opinion

When a fact-checking experiment goes horribly awry

ThinkProgress’ Ian Millhiser wrote a compelling piece over the weekend, making the argument that Judge Brett Kavanaugh, if confirmed to the Supreme …

Social Media

How Dare You Call Me a Snollygoster, You Pillock

Photo: via Budweiser<p><b>Definition</b> - a very stupid or foolish person<p>Pillock (which has also on occasion been spelled pilloch, pillok, and pillick) is one …