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Twitter Gives Just a Sliver of Data to Senate Russia Probe

Promoted tweets and account names are all the social network has handed over. Investigators think that’s just the start of what Twitter has on its servers.<p>When it came time to turn over material critical to the Senate’s Russia investigation, all Twitter initially provided was a batch of tweets that …

Social Media

Congress Created the Opioid Crisis. Why Won’t They Fix It?

So far, only six senators have stepped up to undo the harm they caused and restore the DEA’s prior authority.<p>While everyone was watching as the president picked a fight with a pregnant mother last seen hugging the casket carrying the remains of her husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, killed in a …

Tom Marino

The ‘Terrorist Treasury’ Funding Killers Worldwide

BGFIBank DRC, run by Congolese President Joseph Kabila’s brother, not only diverted public funds but made a series of transactions linked to terrorists, according to a new report.<p>The same banks used by kleptocratic governments to divert state assets can also be used by terrorist financing networks. …

Africa

Weed, Nostalgia, and Christmas Music With 98 Degrees’ Nick Lachey

The 98 Degrees crooner talks the value of nostalgia and escapism in these “darker times” and how he’s reliving the glory days past 40.<p>Nick Lachey wears many hats (not fedoras—that’s his bandmate Justin Jeffre). The lifelong 98 Degrees member became a star in his own right in the mid-aughts, when he …

Dancing with the Stars

The Most Nightmarish Horror Movie You’ll See This Year

Yorgos Lanthimos’s twisted new film ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ is like a fairytale gone awry—or more accurately, a ghost story.<p>This year has seen something of a renaissance in the horror genre, and <i>The Killing of a Sacred Deer</i> may be the most impressive of the lot. There aren’t any jump scares, …

Horror Movies

How Fire Has Shaped California’s Wine Industry

The wildfires in Napa and Sonoma are only the most recent fires to hurt the state’s wineries.<p>For 10 long days Jeff Morgan did not know the fate of one of his vineyards in Sonoma County.<p>Morgan, the co-owner of Covenant Wines in Berkeley, had spent part of Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Kenwood-area …

Wine

Trevor Noah Calls Out Trump for His Offensive Call to a Soldier’s Widow

The ‘Daily Show’ host remarked, ‘We’ve all heard him speak. We’re offended every day.’<p>From “day one” of Donald Trump’s presidency, “he has possessed a tremendous ability to conjure scandal out of thin air,” <i>The Daily Show</i>’s Trevor Noah said on Thursday night. This week, it all started when he …

Comedy

Vox Media Fires Editorial Director Lockhart Steele After Misconduct Claims

Lockhart Steele, Vox Media’s Editorial Director and former Curbed CEO and founder, has been fired for allegedly engaging in inappropriate conduct. A Slack message sent out to Vox employees on Thursday said Steele was “terminated effective immediately” after he “admitted engaging in conduct that is …

Journalism

Dodgers Crush the Cubs to Head to the World Series

The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 11-1 on Thursday night to reach their first World Series since 1988. Their victory over the defending champions happened at Wrigley Field—where the Cubs knocked the Dodgers out of the running last year. Dodgers outfielder Enrique Hernandez hit three …

Major League Baseball

Rep. Frederica Wilson Hits Back After John Kelly’s Criticism

Democratic U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson on Thursday night called out White House chief of staff John Kelly for allegedly getting the facts wrong in his defense of President Trump’s condolence call to a soldier’s grieving widow. Kelly lashed out at Wilson earlier Thursday after the congresswoman …

Frederica Wilson

Report: Weinstein’s Sex Addiction Rehab Off to a Bumpy Start

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has reportedly been alienating other patients in his sex addiction rehab facility by falling asleep during therapy sessions, barking into a contraband phone, and attributing the slew of sexual assault allegations against him to a mysterious conspiracy. …

Harvey Weinstein

Cub Scout Booted From Den for Asking Lawmaker About Past Racist Comments

A fifth-grader held a state senator to account for past remarks about African Americans—and then was kicked out of his den.<p>A Cub Scout questioning a local elected official would normally result in a Citizenship in the Community merit badge—but for an 11-year-old Scout in Broomfield, Colorado, …

Racism

On Women’s Health, Trump Is Even Dumber Than We Thought

A leaked memo shows that Team Trump wants American women to go back to relying on total abstinence or the rhythm method to prevent pregnancies.<p>Even before he added Mike Pence to his ticket, we already knew that the Donald Trump was unprincipled-to-wacky when it came to his stances on women’s sexual …

Birth Control

Senate Approves Budget in Step Forward for GOP Tax Cuts

The Senate voted in favor of a Republican-proposed budget on Thursday night, marking a crucial step forward in the party’s efforts to enact tax cuts. The budget is projected to expand the deficit by $1.5 trillion over 10 years, and it will allow the GOP to pass tax legislation in the Senate with a …

Taxes

The 56-Year-Old ‘Millennial’ Opening for Joe Arpaio at a Fringe GOP Event

For a candidate who lost by more than 50 points last year.<p>Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is set to speak at a fundraiser on Thursday night at a Trump-owned golf course in California with a slew of other guests, including 56-year-old clean comedian Dan Nainan, who once masqueraded as a …

Joe Arpaio

The New ‘Will & Grace’ Makes Me Cry. The New ‘Curb’ Makes Me Groan.

Thursday’s ‘Will & Grace’ was the best yet: Moving, biting, and with a shockingly topical Trump joke. The enthusiasm for the new ‘Curb,’ however, has been muted. What gives?<p>Thursday night’s episode of <i>Will & Grace</i> not only proved why the revival works, but more importantly, also just how hard the …

TV

This Time, Harvey Weinstein Could Go to Jail

An unnamed woman says the mega-producer sexually assaulted her four years ago—the first accusation that clearly falls within the statute of limitations.<p>Harvey Weinstein might finally face criminal charges after an Italian model and actress accused him of raping her in February 2013 in interviews …

Justice

Obama Campaigns for Two Gubernatorial Candidates

Former President Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail on Thursday to rally supporters for New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy and Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam. Before heading to Richmond, for the more hotly contested race in Virginia, Obama …

Elections

The Catalan President: A Small-Town Boy Who Could Destroy Europe

Carles Puigdemont's father says, "Independence is in our blood." His uncle remembers he was always "stubborn as a mule," and says proudly he'll probably be thrown in jail.<p>AMER, Spain—Even as a slanting rain pummeled Barcelona’s waterfront on Wednesday, Carles Puigdemont, president of Catalonia and …

Carles Puigdemont

The Gay Radicalism of ‘Torch Song’ Begins and Ends at Home

A new version of Harvey Fierstein’s late 1970s play stars Michael Urie as wisecracking drag queen Arnold Beckoff, confronting the meaning of love and a fearsome mother.<p>Thank you, Mercedes Ruehl. Before the entry of her both hilarious and hurtful mother in <i>Torch Song</i>, it can feel—as witty as many of …

Westworld

With FEMA Overwhelmed, It’s Up to Nurses Left to Feed Starving Puerto Ricans

Barely half of the island has drinkable water, leaving volunteers from the U.S. to provide the basic necessities of life while the federal government drags behind.<p>HUMACAO, Puerto Rico—Nurses came to Puerto Rico from the mainland United States to help treat the sick, but many are instead working to …

Caribbean

Frederica Wilson vs. Trump and Now John Kelly? Easy—Go With Wilson

The South Florida congresswoman was in Myeshia Johnson’s car because she had known La David Johnson since he was a schoolboy. She. Is. Not. Lying.<p>Frederica Wilson is no liar. On Thursday, Gen. John Kelly, President Trump’s chief of staff, confirmed that. Kelly also made clear that he works for a …

Frederica Wilson

Lupita Nyong’o Details Experiences With Weinstein in Op-Ed

Actress Lupita Nyong’o wrote about her experiences with film producer Harvey Weinstein in a <i>New York Times</i> op-ed on Thursday night, in which she detailed predatory behavior from the mogul accused of rape and sexual harassment. In one instance, Nyong’o said Weinstein offered to give her a massage, …

Lupita Nyong'o

U.S. Tourists, FBI Agent May Have Been Hit by Cuba Sonic Attacks

The extraordinary claims of sonic attacks against U.S. embassy workers and their spouses in Cuba were revived Thursday as reports emerged that several private citizens and an FBI agent visiting the country on an assignment believe they may also have been targeted. At least 22 diplomats have said …

Cuba

How to Learn Coding For Less

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Ruby on Rails

Jury Convicts Former Oklahoma Police Officer in 4th Murder Trial

A white former Tulsa police officer has been convicted of first-degree manslaughter following a fourth trial for the 2014 shooting death of his daughter’s boyfriend, who was black. Shannon Kepler, who was off-duty at the time of the killing, told jurors Wednesday that he had no choice but to shoot …

Crime

Iran’s Guards: Missile Program to Expand, Accelerate Despite U.S. Pressure

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards in Iran have announced that the organization will expand its ballistic missile program despite outside pressure to suspend it from the European Union and the U.S., according to the Tasnim news agency in Iran. President Trump has imposed unilateral sanctions in an …

Iran

Spain Will Trigger Direct Rule Over Catalonia From Madrid

The Spanish government has said it will trigger direct rule over Catalonia—an unprecedented measure—after the leader of the autonomous region threatened a formal declaration of independence, escalating the political crisis. In a Thursday morning letter to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, …

Spain

Chelsea Handler Condemns Hollywood Men and Women Who ‘Said Nothing’ on Harvey Weinstein

In this exclusive clip from her Netflix show, Handler delivers her first public comments about the Harvey Weinstein scandal.<p>On the same day she announced that her Netflix talk show would be ending after this season, Chelsea Handler also taped her first <i>Chelsea</i> episode since the Harvey Weinstein …

Harvey Weinstein

Quentin Tarantino Admits He ‘Knew’ About Harvey Weinstein

In a new interview with <i>The New York Times</i>, director Quentin Tarantino admitted that he knew about Harvey Weinstein's pattern of alleged sexual abuse and said nothing. “I knew enough to do more than I did,” Tarantino, who worked closely with Weinstein from 1992's <i>Reservoir Dogs</i> through 2015's <i>The</i> …

Quentin Tarantino