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Trump Ordered Mueller Fired, but Backed Off When White House Counsel Threatened to Quit

WASHINGTON — President Trump ordered the firing last June of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, according to four people told of the matter, but ultimately backed down after the White House counsel threatened to resign rather than carry out the directive.<p>…

The White House

Sean Hannity’s Reaction After Fox News Confirmed That Trump Tried To Fire Robert Mueller Is Beyond Parody

Shortly before Sean Hannity hit the Fox News airwaves on Thursday night, the <i>New York Times</i> reported that President Trump ordered the biggest pain in his butt, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, to be fired last summer. Multiple <i>NYT</i> sources weren’t good enough for Hannity, who barreled into denial mode …

Sean Hannity

Twitter Comes Together To Make ‘Nice Allegations’ About Celebrities Who Aren’t Terrible

With harrowing stories coming out about Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., and many others, some of us may be dreading whatever fresh hell awaits us in our news feeds. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to hear about nice people for a change?<p>A mainstay of weird Twitter kicked things off by …

Harvey Weinstein

Ditch Daylight Saving Time? Massachusetts and Maine are considering it

“Why do we keep doing this to ourselves?” Donna Bailey, a Democratic state representative in Maine and crusader against anachronistic and dangerous institutions, asked the Wall Street Journal (paywall). It’s an excellent question.<p>Earlier this year, Bailey sponsored a bill that would move Maine to …

Tesla Turns Power Back On At Children's Hospital In Puerto Rico

Tesla has used its solar panels and batteries to restore reliable electricity at San Juan's Hospital del Niño (Children's Hospital), in what company founder Elon Musk calls "the first of many solar+battery Tesla projects going live in Puerto Rico."<p>The project came about after Puerto Rico was hit by …

Puerto Rico

The internet is obsessed with a woman who can transform herself into virtually any character

The term "cosplay" finally seems to be making its way into the mainstream. Usually reserved for conventions, the act of "costume playing" is becoming more visible thanks to its presence all over Instagram and Tumblr.<p>Alyson Tabbitha is the latest cosplayer making a splash with her incredibly …

Gal Gadot

Donald Trump went to an Ivy League school -- and other random thoughts from that absolutely wild press conference

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump wasn't scheduled to talk to the press on Wednesday. He spent the morning at the White House and was set to jet off to a fundraiser in Dallas this evening.<p>Except that as he walked to Marine One, which was idling on the White House lawn, Trump stopped to take a few …

Tesla delivers its first 30 Model 3s in historic moment

Tesla handed over the keys (or, in this case, keycards) to the first 30 Model 3 owners at the automaker's manufacturing plant in Fremont, California Friday night.<p>The jubilant event marked the culmination of a long journey to deliver an affordable electric car. With its first three vehicles — the …

Tesla

Associated Press News

FCC votes to overturn net neutrality rules

<b>The US Federal Communications Commission has voted to overturn rules that force ISPs to treat all data traffic as equal.</b><p>Commissioners at the agency voted two-to-one to end a "net neutrality" order enacted in 2015.<p>Ajit Pai, head of the FCC, said the rules demanding an open internet harmed jobs and …

Net Neutrality

Report: Trump says firing 'nut job' Comey took off pressure

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told Russian diplomats last week his firing of "nut job" James Comey had eased the pressure on him, even as …

Campaign Trail Heats Up Before Super Tuesday 3: Pictures

Xbox Live now supports cross-platform multiplayer with PS4

At this point, there’s very little difference between the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. But there was one key differentiating point. Xbox gamers could only play with Xbox and PC players as Microsoft was restricting access to the multiplayer component. Microsoft just announced that game developers …

Simple figures: the surreal beauty of Hans Breder’s transfigured forms

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Sculpture

‘Racists for Trump’ Ad Parodies The Donald’s Support on ‘Saturday Night Live’

“The media’s been saying pretty negative things about Donald Trump,” your typical campaign ad voiceover said in <i>Saturday Night Live’</i>s first commercial …

Louis C.K.

John Oliver Mocks Donald Trump’s Penis: ‘A Cheeto With the Cheese Dust Rubbed Off’

For months, John Oliver avoided skewering Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. It was, it seems, beneath him. Then last week, after Trump …

Marco Rubio

Jay Pharoah Flawlessly Impersonates Every Major Black Comedian

Move over, Ariana Grande, there’s a new master impersonator in the house. Jay Pharoah appeared on <i>SNL</i>’s Weekend Update to discuss the recent feud between Kevin Hart and Katt Williams, which, according to Pharaoh, was patched up at a secret black comedians’ meeting in Hollywood. “We hold one every …

Chris Rock's Girl Scout cookie competitor addresses rivalry

When Chris Rock brought out the big guns to help his daughters sell their Girl Scout cookies Sunday, hawking them to captive celebrities during the …

Sacha Baron Cohen: Oscars appearance as Ali G was against Academy's orders

Comedian had been asked to present best picture nominee as himself but changed into costume in disabled toilets with help from wife Isla Fisher<p>Related: Oscars 2016: 10 things we learned<p>Sacha Baron Cohen has revealed his appearance as Ali G at Sunday’s Oscars ceremony was in defiance of the …

Ali G

How Lady Gaga and Hollywood unexpectedly tackled rape at the Oscars

By Danielle Paquette<p>Danielle Paquette<p>Reporter focusing on national labor issues<p>Email Bio Follow<p>As Lady Gaga performed a song about sexual assault, the curtain behind her slowly lifted. About 50 people emerged, black figures against a blue screen. They stepped forward, out of the shadows, and onto …

College & University

A 1950’s Post & Beam Home Gets a Modern Addition

The Sycamore House is a project from Aaron Neubert Architects that restores a 1950’s post & beam house in Los Angeles while also incorporating a …

Astronaut Scott Kelly’s historic year-long space mission is coming to an end

By Rachel Feltman<p>Rachel Feltman<p>Bio<p>It has been a long, long time, but record-breaking rocket man Scott Kelly is finally coming back to Earth. On Tuesday, the 52-year-old NASA astronaut will wrap up a 342-day mission on the International Space Station. It's not the longest jaunt in space — back in …

Space Science

Super Tuesday: What to watch

<b>(CNN) —</b> Super Tuesday is here, and as the presidential race goes national, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are hoping to put themselves way ahead. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio need strong turnouts to show they can fight Trump over the long-term. And Bernie Sanders hopes to stem Clinton's momentum with …

Super Tuesday

The top 10 books of war reportage

From George Orwell to John Reed, the celebrated correspondent chooses great writing that has borne witness to the worst of human conflict<p>The first time I went to besieged Sarajevo, I carried a copy of Martha Gellhorn’s The Face of War with me, along with a flashlight. At night, huddled in my …

Justice Dept. questions Apple's motives in refusing to help FBI

The battle over Apple's refusal to give the FBI the tools to unlock a terrorist's smartphone escalated sharply Friday when the government urged a federal judge to immediately compel the tech giant to comply, arguing that it appears more concerned with marketing strategy than national security.<p>In a …

Apple