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Planetary orbits for the Heliocentric and Geocentric systems visualized. 🤔 https://t.co/ZWifPrSzmr

‘Today I renounce my membership’: Longtime GOP strategist Steve Schmidt announces he’s leaving the party

Republican strategist Steve Schmidt, a senior adviser to the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), announced early Wednesday that he is leaving the Republican Party, which he decried as “fully the party of Trump” and “a danger to our democracy and values.”<p>In early-morning tweets, …

Donald Trump

Customs and Border Protection agent faces inquiry after questioning reporter about her sources

The actions of a Customs and Border Protection agent who confronted a reporter covering national security issues about her confidential sources are being examined by the CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility, the agency said in a statement Tuesday.<p>The agent, Jeffrey A. Rambo, contacted …

Surveillance

ZTE isn't safe yet: Trump will reportedly try to stop Senate bid to kill deal

Senate Democrats and Republicans don't often work together. But they're joining forces to undo a deal that saves Chinese smartphone maker ZTE.<p>Senators plan to add a provision that would ban US suppliers from selling to ZTE to the National Defense Authorization Act, according to The Wall Street …

Donald Trump

Tony

I was still on the sofa at four in the afternoon, still half-dressed, when I decided that my life could not be complete if I did not somehow become …

Foreign Policy

The Bullshit-Job Boom

For more and more people, work appears to serve no purpose. Is there any good left in the grind?<p>Bullshit, like paper waste, accumulates in offices with the inevitability of February snow. Justification reports: What are these? Nobody knows. And yet they pile up around you, Xerox-warmed, to be …

London School of Economics

Rachel Maddow baffled by German embassy official under Trump who doesn’t know what D-Day is

Rachel Maddow opened her show talking about D-Day on Wednesday. “Today is D-Day, the date on which 160,000 allied troops threw themselves into the …

D Day

This should not be hanging in my soon-to-be-kindergartener’s classroom. https://t.co/mWiJVdddpH

Neighbor Snaps Photo of Black Man Walking Dogs, Makes Him Suspect in Criminal Manhunt

A California man discovered that his face had been plastered all over newspapers, local television stations and the internet after a woman saw him …

Crime

Trump Unable to Remember Words to ‘God Bless America’ at Fake Fan Rally

Faced with the embarrassment of his poorly attended ceremony to honor Super Bowl champions the Philadelphia Eagles, President Trump announced that he …

Armed Forces

Trump’s legal theory, in one paragraph

I didn’t collude with Russia or obstruct justice. If I did, it wasn’t bad. If it was bad, it wasn’t illegal. If it was illegal, it’s not illegal for me. If it’s illegal for me, I can’t be charged. If I can be charged, I can’t be convicted. If I can be convicted, I can pardon myself. If I can’t …

Donald Trump

normal person: should we start using async/await in our codebase? me, giggling like a moron: https://t.co/BNPdER7W5F

Private equity bosses took $200m out of Toys R Us and crashed the company, lifetime employees got $0 in severance

Private equity's favorite shell game is to take over profitable businesses, sell off their assets, con banks into loaning them hundreds of millions …

Employment

A debate over plant consciousness is forcing us to confront the limitations of the human mind

The inner life of plants arouses the passions of even the mildest-mannered naturalists. A debate over plant consciousness and intelligence has raged in scientific circles for well over a century—at least since Charles Darwin observed in 1880 that stressed-out flora can’t rest.<p>There’s no doubt that …

Consciousness

Just for context: The guy pictured here with @potus, NoKo Gen. Kim Yong-chol, is alleged to have: —Overseen 2010 attack on South Korean ship, which killed 46. —Was responsible for management of NoKo gulag (aka death camps). —Supervised 2014 Sony hack. https://t.co/iUafzYTvE6