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Trump reportedly treats Putin like a 'confidant' and the 2 men commiserate about how the 'fake news' and 'deep state' are against them

President Donald Trump reportedly treats Russian President Vladimir Putin as a confidant while bullying and ignoring other world leaders.<p>Trump consults Putin on international policy and the two commiserate over American forces they believe to be acting against them, according to The Washington Post.<p>…

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So you want a conservative Supreme Court? Consider the cost.

Conservatives for whom the selection of federal judges is the top issue – and there are many of them – are feeling vindicated by their support for President Trump. He has already appointed one reliable conservative to the Supreme Court (Neil M. Gorsuch). And now, in all likelihood, he’s about to …

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Trump’s ‘Purple’ Family Values

In the months leading up to Donald Trump’s election, I noticed a divide in how my acquaintances spoke about his family values — or lack thereof.<p>People I knew from college or had met in New York expressed distaste for Mr. Trump’s behavior. If they were religiously conservative, they stressed his …

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Blinded by Darkness: Here's Why Evangelicals Are Choosing Trump Over Jesus

John Fea is an evangelical Christian and a historian. When Donald Trump was elected with 81 percent of the self-described white evangelical vote, Fea …

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Apple finally acknowledges its new MacBook keyboards suck

The butterfly keyboards on the new MacBook and MacBook Pro are officially defective.<p>After months of outcry from angry customers, Apple has finally acknowledged that the new keyboards have some serious problems. The company says the issues are limited to a small percentage of MacBooks, but its …

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Why You Should Slack Off to Get Some Work Done

How much do you slack off at work?<p>If you’re the average white-­collar drone, the odds are it’s an astonishing amount. A 2015 survey by a UK firm …

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Software localization isn’t an annoying chore, it’s a crucial opportunity

<i>This post is brought to you by MacPaw, maker of Mac app subscription service Setapp.</i><p>One of the amazing benefits of selling software on the internet is that you can reach customers from all over the world. So why would you cut out a huge potential market just by assuming everyone who wants to use …

A Senior White House Official Defines the Trump Doctrine: ‘We’re America, Bitch’

The president believes that the United States owes nothing to anyone—especially its allies.<p>Many of Donald Trump’s critics find it difficult to ascribe to a president they consider to be both subliterate and historically insensate a foreign-policy doctrine that approaches coherence. A Trump Doctrine …

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New Yorker's Adam Davidson: The media is missing a 'very simple' story about Trump

The near-constant stream of news out of Washington is muddying a "very simple, easy-to-understand story" about President Donald Trump's ties, path to office, and presidency, the New Yorker's Adam Davidson says.<p>Davidson, who previously covered the Iraq War and the 2008 financial crisis, told CNN's …

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Week 55: Constitutional Crisis? What Constitutional Crisis?

Why I’m not sweating Trump’s kingly ambitions.<p>What if that constitutional crisis over the subpoena or indictment of Donald Trump that every TV pundit, wringing sweaty palms, has forewarned us of never comes to pass?<p>By constitutional crisis, I mean an unprecedented state of affairs that contributes …

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The open-source, private cloud alternatives to Dropbox and Slack

Mattermost, Nextcloud, Seafile, and other companies offer security-minded organizations storage and productivity options to run on private cloud servers.<p>In a flash, much of our cyberlife—both private and professional—has moved to the cloud. Mega-tech companies hold the data crucial to millions: Our …

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Dot lets you invest in property without the hassle of a traditional mortgage

Dot, a new U.K. startup de-cloaking today, aims to make it easy to invest in property without the hassle of taking out a traditional ‘buy to let’ mortgage. The company is founded by Gray Stern, who previously co-founded London-based Buy to Let mortgage lender Landbay, and so knows at least a thing …

YES, THERE IS EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION SO WHY DOES THE PRESS KEEP UNDERMINING ITS OWN REPORTING?

Last week, the New York Times published a sprawling piece on the inception and evolution of the FBI’s investigation into the connection between the …

Here are the winners of the 2018 Nebula Awards

The best science fiction and fantasy stories of 2017<p>The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) is currently holding its annual conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this weekend, and last night, the organization announced the winners of its prestigious Nebula Awards.<p>N.K. Jemisin’s</i> …

Why does Trump get away with corruption? Because Bill and Hillary Clinton normalized it

As the Trump administration corruption scandals mount and yet President Donald Trump's poll numbers continue to tick upward, Democrats ask: Why don't voters care? Doesn't corruption matter?<p>Here's one reason the Trump corruption scandals aren't connecting as much as they should: Before Democrats …

15 online trends to watch for in 2018 and beyond

The digital space is evolving at a rapid pace. We have the ability to do almost anything we desire online. From choosing our groceries to having them delivered by a drone, online capabilities are on the rise and new trends are just on the horizon.<p>To find out what online trends we can expect to see …

Hey entrepreneurs: Here's how to fix your sucky product

Sales are a puzzle game and even top sale champions are daily facing challenges of reaching out to potential customers, developing business cases, convincing different stakeholders, and closing deals.<p>Things are even more complex when it comes to new entrepreneurs who worked hard to develop their …

Trump’s team underestimates the extent of his exposure

Surely among the worst attorneys ever to represent the president of the United States, Rudolph W. Giuliani asserted that there is nothing wrong with looking for dirt on political rivals, “Even if it comes from a Russian, a German, an American, doesn’t matter.” Wrong!<p>Let’s be clear. Special counsel …

Apple’s Done Making Airport Routers, So Try These Instead

Close observers of Apple’s networking products—surely they exist—know that the company hasn’t updated its Airport line of Wi-Fi routers since 2013. …

Why Trump Gets Away With Lying

When people feel marginalized, blatant lies can pass for authenticity.<p>Over the past two years, Donald Trump has lied incessantly and brazenly, and trampled all over traditional norms of respectable behavior. Yet his supporters still admire him and, bizarrely, see him as an authentic figure, …

A veteran defense lawyer explains how the feds could flip Michael Cohen

Donald Trump and his advisors are increasingly worried that Michael Cohen—Trump’s longtime lawyer, whose home and offices were raided by the FBI last week—will be impelled to cooperate with federal prosecutors.<p>“They’re going to threaten him with a long prison term and try to turn him into a canary …

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Presidential historian Gil Troy: Donald Trump has committed “a crime against the American people”

<b>(Getty/Olivier Douliery)</b><p>Scholar Gil Troy says it’s not too late for Trump to change — but history will judge his enablers harshly<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>April 9, 2018 11:15am (UTC)<p>Donald Trump is president of the United States by title and law. He is not president of all Americans. Trump cares only about …

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Researchers Discover Common Thread Among Christians Who Voted For Trump

This could explain why some evangelicals are willing to overlook that Trump is not a choir boy.<p>Social scientists have a number of theories on why President Donald Trump captured the votes of 80 percent of white evangelical Protestants in the 2016 election, much more than his support from any other …

Here are the 2018 Hugo Award nominees

The best science fiction and fantasy of 2017<p>The nominees for the 2018 Hugo Awards were announced today, representing the best science fiction and fantasy literature published in 2017.<p>The Hugo Awards are one of speculative fiction’s most prestigious prizes. Named for <i>Amazing Stories</i> editor Hugo …

“A triumph of collective narcissism”: How Trump unleashed forbidden desires

<b>(AP/Ross D. Franklin)</b><p>Therapist Elizabeth Mika: Trump embodies hidden yearnings “that people do not necessarily want to admit”<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>April 2, 2018 9:00am (UTC)<p>Donald Trump embodies almost everything wrong with America: He is a greedy, craven, untruthful bigot and bully, the living product of …

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macOS 10.13.4 lands with eGPU support and business chat in iMessage

Mac owners can finally use an external GPU to boost their computing power now that Apple has released macOS 10.13.4 to the public.<p>The software update has been in beta testing with developers for months and is now available to everyone for the first time. macOS 10.13.4 brings a number of …

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Bigger, Brighter, Simpler: A Tablet for the Mature User

Social media is designed <i>by</i> the young, <i>for</i> the young. Snapchat’s swipe-every-which-way interface? Baffling to anyone who didn’t grow up with a …

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Trump Can't Get What He Wants and Doesn't Know Why

The president’s irate criticism of the omnibus spending bill demonstrates his continued attachment to a flawed theory of the presidency.<p>In the end, Donald Trump had to sign the bill—for the military, he said. But he didn’t have to like it.<p>That was the upshot of a peculiar and rambling set of …

War, Not Scandal, Is What Will End Donald Trump

A review of the Clinton and Bush years reminds us what really dooms a presidency.<p>As we mark the 15th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, one of the shrewdest observations this week came from <i>Spectator</i> columnist <b>Daniel McCarthy,</b> who suggests it’s “not surprising that the Iraq War faction of the …

“The Truth Could Be Really Bad for Trump”: The Nightmare Legal Scenario Facing Trump’s Lawyers

The president has plenty to worry about if Mueller issues a subpoena—and even more to fear if he doesn’t.<p>Representing President <b>Donald Trump</b> is not exactly a lawyer’s dream job. True, there are high stakes and lots of media attention. The downsides, though, include a slippery client who barely …