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John Legere says he'll challenge AT&T's 'fastest network' claims with cease and desist letter

A major point of T-Mobile's CES presentation today was the carrier's fast data speeds. CEO John Legere boldly proclaimed that his company now has the fastest 4G LTE network in the United States, claiming superiority over rivals AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint. And he's apparently going to try …

France slaps Google with $204,000 fine for violating privacy laws

Google's run in with France's privacy regulator has come to a rather undignified end. After months of deliberation, the National Commission on Computing and Freedom (CNIL) today hit the search giant with a €150,000 ($204,000) fine for breaking the law with its unified privacy policy. According to …

T-Mobile Will Cover Switching Fees To Steal More Customers From AT&T, Sprint, And Verizon

T-Mobile, the self-proclaimed “UnCarrier,” has a lot to crow about after a banner 2013 that saw the wireless carrier add 4.4 million customers. On Wednesday afternoon from CES, T-Mobile announced plans to build on that success by stealing more customers from incumbents AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint …

A Glue That Seals Heart Defects

The glue—which researchers showed is able to hold fast on live beating hearts—could be a gentler alternative to stitches.<p>Nearly a decade ago, Jeffrey Karp was playing around with a new, biodegradable polymer he'd made. He was a post-doctoral researcher at MIT. He ended up gluing together two pieces …

Some brain regions stay ‘childlike’ after we grow up

In adults, some brain regions retain a “childlike” ability to establish new connections, potentially contributing to our capacity to learn new skills …

The Brain

Washing Dollar Bills With Carbon Dioxide Could Save Billions

Now that's what you call "real" money laundering.<p>Nothing is better than a crisp, brand new George Washington bill that a vending machine gobbles up. And nothing is more frustrating than trying to flatten out an old, grimy, torn-up one dollar bill that a vending machine refuses to take. Thankfully, …

Tiny fungi in roots lock down lots of carbon

Microscopic fungi that live in plants’ roots play a major role in the storage and release of carbon from the soil into the atmosphere, according to …

Fungi

W.H. responds to Gates book

The White House scrambled late Tuesday and early Wednesday to respond to a political fragging from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates <b>.</b><p>Gates’s new book accuses Vice President Joe Biden of “poisoning the well” with the military and being “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national …

New Year Likely To Ring In Old Debt Ceiling Fight

At the moment, Washington fiscal policy is a good news, bad news story.<p>The good news is that the budget agreement, overwhelmingly passed by the House last week in a bipartisan vote, is likely to be approved by the Senate this week. That takes another costly government shutdown off the table.<p>The bad …

This Is What a Post-Nuclear Senate Looks Like

Since the Sen­ate re­turned from re­cess sev­en days ago, it has con­firmed a re­mark­able 13 pres­id­en­tial nom­in­ees, all of whom would have been …

Bernanke's Explanation For The Weak Economy Will Infuriate Republicans

In his final speech as Fed Chair, Ben Bernanke identifies the No. 1 thing that's caused the economy to be so slow: not enough government spending. He specifically calls fiscal policy "excessively tight."<p>To this list of reasons for the slow recovery--the effects of the financial crisis, problems in …

Economics

Politics at play under the surface of unemployment benefits debate

On its face, the political showdown over extending long-term unemployment benefits to 1.3 million Americans is about offering a lifeline to those struggling to recover from a job market that hasn't caught up to the recovering economy.<p>But just below the surface is a political fight that will …

Why the American Middle Class Is Dying

The skills gap is widening, the middle class is shrinking, and wages are stagnant. America has underinvested in areas of competitiveness over the …

Income Inequality

''Honey, I Shrunk Killed the Middle Class''

A new <i>Bloomberg</i> story, Americans on Wrong Side of Income Gap Run Out of Means to Cope, is a zeitgeist indicator: the …

The Widening Wealth Gap: Bringing Income Inequality Into Focus

The widening gap between the rich and poor in the U.S. has become a central touch point for economists, pundits and politicians across the U.S. New York City's newly sworn-in mayor, Bill deBlasio, was elected after campaigning against a city divided between the haves and have-nots. President Obama …

Study: Polarization and Gridlock Work Well for Rich Americans

Shutterstock.com<p>At the end of 2013, only 12 percent of Americans held a positive view of Congress – three points above the all-time low set earlier …

Associated Press News

U.S. Nuclear-Weapons Plan Is So Expensive, It Can’t Be Implemented

The U.S. plan for mod­ern­iz­ing the na­tion’s nuc­le­ar ar­sen­al is so ex­pens­ive that it can­not be im­ple­men­ted, the au­thors of a new study …

Macy's Laying Off 2,500 Employees

The cuts are expected to save the retailer $100 million annually.<p>Macy's, among the nation's biggest department-store chains, said it is slashing 2,500 jobs as part of a cost-cutting plan that will save it $100 million per year.<p>Among the positions to be eliminated include certain "central office, …

Chris Christie Says He Was ‘Misled’ on GW Bridge Closings

In a state­ment re­leased from Chris Christie, the New Jer­sey gov­ernor dis­tances him­self from the emer­ging scan­dal over his of­fice hav­ing …

Palin: I didn't read 'Duck' interview

Turns out Sarah Palin, who has been one of Duck Dynasty’s biggest defenders, hasn’t actually read the GQ interview that includes cast member Phil Robertson’s controversial comments on homosexuality and other subjects.<p>When pressed by Fox News host Greta Van Susteren whether the language Robertson …

The 5 worst political villains of 2013 | Salon.com

• Previous<br>• Next<p>Ted Cruz<p>Almost from the very first moment he stepped into the Senate, Ted Cruz has been the political equivalent of a wrecking ball. First and foremost among his sins, of course, was October’s failed, disastrous government shutdown, a hideous spectacle, largely orchestrated by Cruz, …

The real history of the “war on Christmas”

Christmas isn’t under attack — and it’s always been commercial<p>Do you ever feel that Christmas, the most celebrated and supposedly sacred holiday on the American calendar, has long since lost its spiritual core and become little more than a soulless annual smörgåsbord for the consumer capitalist …

10 most surprising things interviewees told me in 2013

From an angry Tea Party congressman to an MSNBC host, here are the quotes I received in 2013 that surprised me most<p>As a reporter, sometimes people tell you just what you’d expect they would. But not always. Here are ten of the most surprising on-the-record things I’ve heard since joining Salon in …

Evangelical church’s ugly truth: “Duck Dynasty” and Christian racists

Many people of faith have rushed to denounce Phil Robertson’s homophobia — but his racism is a different story<p>The Evangelical Church has a racism problem. And it is incumbent on us in this Christmas season to tell the truth about that. Recently A&E suspended Phil Robertson, the patriarch of its hit …

Why The Religious Right Is Losing 'The War On Christmas'

A woman attacked a bell ringer in Phoenix, Arizona because she was angry at being wished a "Happy Holidays" instead of honoring Jesus' birth by saying "Merry Christmas".<p>In another act of Christmas violence, unidentified arsonists tried to torch one of the Freedom from Religion Foundation's …

'Festivus' writer grieves about Paul

One of the writers of the famed “Festivus” episode of “Seinfeld” isn’t too happy Sen. Rand Paul used the holiday to tweet a rant against Washington.<p>Airing his own grievance on Tuesday, writer Dan O’Keefe took a swipe at the Republican senator from Kentucky.<p>“When Rand Paul tries to seem relevant …

The 10 best segments from “The Daily Show” and “Colbert Report” this year

Celebrating some of the year’s best satire and parody<p>Prachi Gupta<p>December 24, 2013 3:00pm (UTC)<p>What a year for America: The NSA is spying on us, the government shut down, "Accidental Racist" is a real song, and plenty of non-accidental racists still exist in troves. "The Daily Show" and "The …

We Are Two Nations: A Christmas Serial, Part Two

(Optional Musical AccompanimentTo This Post)<p><i>Scrooge started back, appalled. Having them shown to him in this way, he tried to say they were fine children, but the words choked themselves, rather than be parties to a lie of such enormous magnitude. "Spirit! are they yours?" Scrooge could say no</i> …