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This Former GOP Congressman Loathed Obamacare -- Until He Lost His Own Coverage

Former Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) said being unemployed with a preexisting condition made him appreciate the Affordable Care Act.<p>David Jolly, a former Republican member of Congress who campaigned against Obamacare, said he’s had a change of heart since losing his own health insurance this …

Health Care

The cars owners most regret buying, according to Consumer Reports

Trucks

Warren Buffett Makes The Case For Single-Payer Health Care

One government insurer would be "more effective" at controlling costs, the billionaire says.<p>Billionaire investor Warren Buffett expressed support for adopting a single-payer health care system on Monday, arguing that it would likely do a better job of controlling runaway costs.<p>In an interview on …

Health Care

Halle Berry Says Her Historic Oscar Win “Meant Nothing” for Hollywood Diversity

Fifteen years later, Berry is still the only black woman to win the best-actress Oscar.<p>In 2002, when <b>Halle Berry</b> became the first black woman to win the best-actress Oscar, she dedicated the award to “every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been …

Entertainment

Google refuses to hand over salary data after Labor Dept accuses it of underpaying women

Google is refusing to hand over salary data to the government after the Labor Dept accused it of underpaying female employees …<p>The government sued Google back in January after an initial analysis suggested a problem.<p>The Labor Department sued Google in January after the company refused to submit 19 …

We took a tour of one of the first Apple HomeKit homes [Video]

We reported last week that developer and homebuilder Brookfield Residential announced that it will begin including HomeKit accessories in new homes it’s building as a standard feature, starting in Southern California.<p>Now we’ve taken a tour of Brookfield’s Apple based connected home at Delano at …

Home Automation

The Coolest Cosplay From Houston Comicpalooza 2017

Houston Comicpalooza is making waves in Texas this weekend, and Canada’s getting its cosplay on with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. io9's Evan …

Cosplay

Seattle law letting Uber and Lyft drivers unionize is temporarily blocked

A federal judge has temporarily blocked Seattle's first-in-the-nation law allowing drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to unionize over pay and working conditions.<p>U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik ruled Tuesday after hearing arguments last week in a case brought by the U.S. …

Uber

The Salary Required to Be “Middle Class" in Every State

“Middle class” doesn’t have a definite, official definition. But the Pew Charitable Trust defines it as households that earn between 67 and 200 …

Equality

Inventor Of The Web Skewers Donald Trump's 'Disgusting' Internet Privacy Rollback

"That bill was a disgusting bill because when we use the web, we are so vulnerable," Tim Berners-Lee said.<p>The Trump administration’s rollback on Obama-era internet privacy rules is “disgusting” and “appalling,” says the man who created the world wide web.<p>Tim Berners-Lee spoke out against the repeal …

Privacy

Court: Civil Rights Act Protects Orientation

Equality

Native Americans don’t have their own TV channel. A Canadian network wants to change that.

In Canada, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network has been telling stories about Native Canadians for nearly 20 years. Now, its owners want to expand into the United States. If they succeed, they promise to bring some innovative programs to US airwaves.<p>“In the United States, there are 5 million …

TV Stations

Google expands its African initiatives

Alphabet is committing to training another 1 million students under its Digital Skills for Africa program in the next 12 months, the company said at events in Lagos, Nairobi, and Johannesburg.<p>The commitment follows the company’s 1 million mark milestone reached today and follows the opening of …

Africa

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING

Assume you can do anything you put your mind to,<br>through all the fires and tribulations you’ve come through<p>Fuck all the self-hating negativity,<br>Just …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Issues Stark Warning To Donald Trump's Administration

Hold him back!<p>Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is holding off on commenting on President Donald Trump’s administration. At least, for now.<p>On Tuesday, the scientist told “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert that “lately people are just talking” about the government’s scientific policies and that he …

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Seth Meyers Shuts Down Steve King Over His 'Overtly Racist' Tweet

"You got a shout-out from David Duke!"<p>Seth Meyers pulled no punches Tuesday when it came to discussing Rep. Steve King’s (R-Iowa) recent tweet lauding white nationalism.<p>The “Late Night” host noted how the post ― in which King stated that “we can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s …

Seth Meyers

Upgraded your tech? Sell your extra gear with ease.

<b>How do I sell electronics on eBay?</b><p>Whether you’re looking to sell a TV, computer, gaming console, or other electronics, the first step is to determine the condition of any pre-owned electronics. For example, if you're trying to sell used headphones but the built-in mic no longer works or a used …

A handbag sells every 10 seconds...

<b>How do I sell pre-owned designer handbags or used designer handbags on eBay?</b><p>Click <b>Sell</b> at the top of the homepage and enter a descriptive title. This should include the bag’s brand, material, and any distinguishing characteristics, like gemstones. Then, you’ll be prompted to fill in your product …

People want what you've got! Here's what sells on eBay.

Millions of buyers are searching for popular items on eBay. Cash in now on top-selling categories.

The latest Sprint promotion offers up to $800 for families who switch carriers

Sprint is trying once again to get people to switch from their current carrier to the company’s network. The latest promotion, which began today, is offering families up to $800 in pre-paid Visa cards if they move their lines to Sprint.<p>If you are on another carrier and want to switch and get that …

Telecoms

Democrats vow to skip inauguration on Twitter after latest Trump attack

Donald Trump's inauguration may be sparsely attended. Not only has the president-elect struggled to find a single (genuine) celebrity to perform, but …

Donald Trump

Apple commemorates Martin Luther King Jr Day by devoting homepage to photo & quote

Apple is commemorating Martin Luther King Jr Day by devoting its homepage to a full-page photo and quote.<p>Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.<p>Tim Cook also tweeted in honor …

Tim Cook

Beware This New Gmail Scam That Is Tricking Even Tech-Savvy Users

Here is what you need to know in order to stay safe from a new, sophisticated phishing attack.<p>Hackers have launched a new phishing attack that is tricking even tech-savvy users. Here is what you need to know in order to protect yourself.<p>The attack works like this: Hackers who have breached …

Identity Theft

ACLU accuses Facebook of racial bias in hate speech takedowns

In an open letter, almost 80 advocacy groups say the social network needs to be more transparent about its censorship decisions.<p>With almost 1.8 billion users, Facebook is constantly making decisions about what it allows on its social network and what gets nixed as hate speech.<p>On Wednesday, almost …

Censorship

'Jitney': Theater Review

Actor-turned-director Ruben Santiago-Hudson's natural feel for the plays of August Wilson yields a superb production of this final work in the late …

Broadway Theatre

These Are The Jobs Most Likely To Be Taken Over By Robots

If you saw our list of least stressful jobs of 2017 and considered a pivot into a new profession, you may want to reconsider. It sounds like science …

Robots

Thank You, Mr. President

Dear Mr. President,<p>As you leave office, I must say this:<p>Thank you...<p><b>For helping me believe progress is possible.</b><p><b>For helping our children understand their potential.</b><p><b>For asserting that health care is a right, not a privilege.</b><p><b>For relationship goals.</b><p><b>For your sense of humor.</b><p><b>For being the kind of father</b> …

Happiness

Real-deal robocop spotted patrolling streets of NYC

Robocop has nothing on this latest piece of tech.<p>An R2-D2 style crime-detecting robot was seen patrolling the streets of New York City on Thursday, drawing the attention of curious pedestrians.<p>The Knightscope robot comes equipped with sensors that detect “concerns or threats in its vicinity and …

Robots

Why You Shouldn't Skip Brushing Your Teeth (Even If You're Feeling Lazy)

When you're feeling tired and lazy, it's easy to skip your nightly toothbrushing. But is it as harmless as you hope it is when you're prematurely …

Wellness