Trump’s claim that he didn’t violate campaign finance law is weak — and dangerous - The Washington Post
The case against the president would be far stronger than the case against John Edwards was.
law  politics 
29 minutes ago
Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen says Trump knew it was wrong to make hush-money payments during campaign - ABC News
Michael Cohen spoke out after he was sentenced for campaign finance violations and lying to Congress. He said Trump "knows the truth."
politics  video 
1 hour ago
‘I’m a manila envelope taped to a beige wall’: Mike Pence was bizarrely silent in the Oval Office and everyone noticed
"This holiday season who needs ‘Elf on the Shelf’ when you have ‘Pence on a Chair,’" one person tweeted.
politics  funny 
The Business of Selling Your Location - The Daily
A New York Times investigation has found that the information being collected about us through apps on our smartphones is far more extensive than most of us imagine — or are aware we have consented to. Guests: Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, Natasha Singer and Michael H. Keller, reporters who cover technology for The Times; and Gabriel J.X. Dance, deputy investigations editor. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.A note about this episode: The Times identified a smal…
2 days ago
Movies Starring Women Earn More Than Male-Led Films, Study Finds - The New York Times
The research, covering 2014 to 2017, also showed the power of films that pass the Bechdel test, in which two female characters discuss something other than a man.
movies  gender 
2 days ago
Thoughts on (and pics of) the original Macintosh User Manual
I recently purchased an original Macintosh User Manual (thanks eBay!). I had seen one at a garage sale, and was struck by how it had to explain a total paradigm shift in interacting with computers.…
hci  history 
2 days ago
Maria Butina, accused Russian agent, reaches plea deal with prosecutors that includes cooperation - ABC News
Maria Butina, a Russian gun rights activist who stands accused developing a covert influence operation in the United States, has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy.
3 days ago
Matthew Brennan
“I never tire of looking at videos of Chinese click farms. It's just so surreal to see hundreds of phones playing the same video for the purposes of fake engagment. https://t.co/bHAGLqRqVb”
china  video 
3 days ago
Addis Foto Fest: ‘I’m trying to get African photographers into the international market’
The Addis Foto Fest features 152 photographers from 61 countries, but its central goal is to develop African photography.
photos  africa 
3 days ago
Top 10 Cheap Eats of 2018: A World of New York Stories
Ligaya Mishan lists her favorite places, and celebrates their links to countries around the globe.
food  nyc 
3 days ago
President Trump Really May Go to Jail | Observer
Just how much hot water the president and his retinue are in came into focus with multiple bombshells dropped by the Department of Justice.
3 days ago
Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret
Dozens of companies use smartphone locations to help advertisers and even hedge funds. They say it’s anonymous, but the data shows how personal it is.
privacy  mobile 
3 days ago
George Conway: Administration is 'dumpster fire'
George Conway, husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, has become an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, explaining in a podcast he'd rather leave the US than vote for Trump again.
politics  video 
3 days ago
Seadrift: Vietnamese Refugees, Texans, and the KKK
In 1979, a fatal shooting in Seadrift, Texas ignites a resurgence of the KKK and a maelstrom of hostilities against Vietnamese refugees
movies  race  vietnam 
3 days ago
Right to end life on Earth: Can corporations that spread climate change denialism be held liable?
If a corporation’s propaganda destroys the world, doesn’t that conflict with our right to live?
3 days ago
Andrew C. McCarthy: Why Trump is likely to be indicted by Manhattan US Attorney | Fox News
The major takeaway from the 40-page sentencing memorandum filed by federal prosecutors Friday for Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney, is this: The president is very likely to be indicted on a charge of violating federal campaign finance laws.
law  politics 
4 days ago
Them Trumps - SNL
Based on true events, “Them Trumps” is a reimagining of the Trump family (Kenan Thompson, Leslie Jones, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd) from a diverse perspective.
race  funny  video 
4 days ago
‘Siege warfare’: Republican anxiety spikes as Trump faces growing legal and political perils - The Washington Post
The White House is adopting a ‘shrugged shoulders’ strategy to Mueller’s Russia probe, calculating that GOP base voters will believe whatever the president tells them to believe.

Facing the dawn of his third year in office and his bid for reelection, Trump is stepping into a political hailstorm. Democrats are preparing to seize control of the House in January with subpoena power to investigate corruption. Global markets are reeling from his trade war. The United States is isolated from its traditional partners. The investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian interference is intensifying. And court filings Friday in a separate federal case implicated Trump in a felony.
5 days ago
Opinion | Is This the Beginning of the End for Trump? - The New York Times
Sentencing memos reveal damning evidence about collusion and campaign finance violations.
politics  law 
5 days ago
Live from Los Angeles (with Kumail Nanjiani) - Stay Tuned with Preet
Comedian Kumail Nanjiani is the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of "The Big Sick," and stars in "Silicon Valley". He speaks with Preet about immigrating from Pakistan, getting political on Twitter, and who he’d play in a movie about the Trump administration.Plus, Preet’s take on jail time for Michael Flynn.  Do you have a question for Preet? Tweet them to @PreetBharara with the hashtag #askpreet, email staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 and leave a voicemail.
race  funny 
6 days ago
Beauty and the Beast Ride
A new video gives us an early look at Disney's Beauty and the Beast ride at Tokyo Disneyland, the first ever ride-through attraction based on the movie.
rides  video 
6 days ago
How Movie Trailers Manipulate You
In a world where movie theater attendance has slumped to a 25-year low, more people are watching movie trailers than ever before.
movies  advertising  video 
6 days ago
Lyft drops its 'L' in solidarity with screwed Brooklyn commuters
Outdoor campaign accompanies ride sharing platform's efforts to help city dwellers in time of need
6 days ago
The new Sour Patch Kids cereal is 'kind of a disaster'
Sour Patch Kids are wildly popular, but will the candy's fans want to eat a cereal that turns their milk sour? The Post's Maura Judkis finds out.
food  video 
7 days ago
14 Questions Robert Mueller Knows the Answer To | WIRED
The Russia investigation's known unknowns give valuable hints about the special counsel's next moves.
law  politics 
7 days ago
What the West Got Wrong About China, Part 2 - The Daily
When China first began experimenting with capitalism in the 1980s, the West was certain the experiment would fail. But two of its assumptions — that government controls stifle economic growth, and that the internet cannot be tamed — were quickly proven wrong.Nearly 40 years later, China rivals the United States as a global superpower. Its continued success is challenging not just the West’s assumptions about China, but the West’s assumptions about itself. Guest: Philip P. Pan, the Asia editor f…
china  politics  economics 
8 days ago
Facebook’s Internal Tensions Are Spilling Beyond The Company’s Walls
“It’s the bunker mentality. These people have been under siege for 600 days now. They’re getting tired, getting cranky — the only survival strategy is to quit or fully buy in.”
8 days ago
Opinion | Why Did Manafort Cooperate With Trump Over Mueller? - The New York Times
Mr. Mueller’s mistake is understandable. Mr. Manafort’s lawyers’ communications with Mr. Trump’s lawyers are shocking and unprecedented, a brazen violation of criminal defense norms notable even in an investigation full of them. They are consistent with only one conclusion: Mr. Manafort and his lawyers seek a presidential pardon, not a reduced sentence through sincere cooperation.
law  politics 
8 days ago
Jeffrey Epstein and the Decline of the American Experiment | Vanity Fair
Epstein’s enablers weren’t a handful of Palm Beach rogues. Instead, the higher up the chain you went, the more sympathetic to Epstein the players seem to become. How did our smart set get this bad?
8 days ago
These 5 Numbers Explain Why the French Are in the Streets - The New York Times
The “Yellow Vest” movement has morphed into an outcry over problems that have plagued France for years: declining living standards and eroding purchasing power.
8 days ago
Sex robot conference featuring Steve Bannon implodes as he loses multiple Montana speaking gigs
Former White House adviser Steve Bannon was supposed to headline a sex robot conference — and has lost multiple speaking gigs since it was announced. The Montana Kaimin, a student newspaper at the University of Montana, reported Tuesday that the Athenian Parrhesia Free Speech Forum, a debate event Bannon was supposed to participate in, was cancelled after a growing outcry from the UM community. It was, as the Kaimin noted, the third of his appearances that has …
politics  funny 
9 days ago
Exclusive: Emails of top NRCC officials stolen in major 2018 hack - POLITICO
Republican leaders were not informed until POLITICO contacted committee officials about the incident.
politics  security 
9 days ago
What the West Got Wrong About China, Part 1 - The Daily
From the very beginning, the West was certain that China would not pull off its economic experiment. That certainty came from a set of assumptions about how societies function and political freedoms emerge. But those assumptions were wrong — and China became stronger than ever. Guest: Philip P. Pan, the Asia editor for The New York Times, spoke with us from Beijing. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.
china  history 
9 days ago
Zanele Muholi: Paying Homage to the History of Black Women
Through self-portraits, Zanele Muholi reimagines black identity and challenges the oppressive standards of beauty that often ignore people of color.
photos  race  gender 
9 days ago
No Single News Event Will Take Down Trump - The Atlantic
It won’t be a single news event that takes down the president.
law  politics 
9 days ago
Why Michael Cohen, Trump’s Fixer, Confessed to It All - The New York Times
Mr. Cohen has told friends that he wanted to speed up the process by confessing his crimes quickly so that he could begin serving any sentence he receives.
law  politics 
10 days ago
After the latest Mueller news, these corrupt Trump moves look much worse - The Washington Post
If there is an innocent explanation of all these Trump-Russia occurrences, what is it?
10 days ago
Mattis: Russia tried to interfere in 2018 midterms | TheHill
Defense Secretary James Mattis said Saturday that Russian operatives attempted to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections, apparently confirming for the first time that Moscow attempted to meddle in last month's elections.
12 days ago
'Winners Take All' author Anand Giridharadas - Recode Decode with Kara Swisher
Author and journalist Anand Giridharadas talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about his latest book, "Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World."In this episode: (02:07) Giridharadas' background; (03:38) His two previous books, "India Calling" and "The True American"; (11:56) How much of America lost the American dream; (19:58) The rhetoric of changing the world and "folk memory"; (27:29) How elites help, "only on their terms"; (31:28) There's not a tech solution to everything; (39:…
13 days ago
Conan Rents A Family In Japan
Conan’s real family is tired of him, but his rental family is more than happy to fake laugh at his jokes.
funny  japan  video 
14 days ago
Cooperation between Trump, Manafort camps raises specter of obstruction of justice
Joint defense agreements are for people with common legal interests. Once Manafort began cooperating with Mueller, he and Trump no longer had a common interest.

If Mueller decides to investigate, the Trump team could be in for an unpleasant surprise. Legal experts told NBC News the conversations among the lawyers would not be covered by attorney-client privilege — meaning Mueller in theory could haul Giuliani before the grand jury and force him to testify under oath about them.

"The whole idea that we are talking about a president having a joint defense agreement with 32 other people — because they are all under criminal investigation — is not normal, and we can't let it become normal," she said.
law  politics 
15 days ago
Toronto 2033: science fiction writers imagine the city of the future
https://vimeo.com/301689781 Toronto 2033 is a shared-world science fiction anthology edited by the incomparable and multi-talented Jim Munroe (previously), where authors like Zainab Amadahy, Madeline Ashby, Al Donato, Kristyn Dunnion, Elyse Friedman, Paul Hong, Elan Mastai, Mari Ramsawakh, Karl Schroeder and Peter Watts were challenged to imagine a future for the city. The book's sponsored by…
books  diversity  canada 
15 days ago
The reported Manafort-Assange meeting is a disaster for Trump
Mueller has most likely had Manafort dead to rights on this since the beginning, and may have been trying to trap Trump, when he submitted his written answers to Mueller's questions last week, into repeating whatever lies Manafort told.
politics  law 
15 days ago
The 7 Kinds of Data Visualization People
Data visualization practitioners are a motley group, and while no two may look exactly alike, they all fall into one of 7 distinct categories. You think everyone who does interesting data…
16 days ago
The Human Toll of Instant Delivery - The Daily
With the rise of online retailers like Amazon, consumers’ expectations about the speed of delivery have been transformed. A New York Times investigation examines the cost of that transformation. Guests: Jessica Silver-Greenberg, a business reporter for The Times; Tasha Murrell, a warehouse employee who shared her experience. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.This episode includes disturbing language.
business  inequality 
17 days ago
Atari VCS: Game, Stream, Connect Like Never Before
Gaming and Home Entertainment Streaming Device with Open Platform for Creati | Check out 'Atari VCS: Game, Stream, Connect Like Never Before' on Indiegogo.
games  history 
17 days ago
Are You Sitting Down? Standing Desks Are Overrated - The New York Times
They’re not cures for anything, and standing is not exercise.
18 days ago
Facebook's Former Security Chief on What Went Wrong - If Then
On today’s show, host Will Oremus will discuss the fallout from last week’s New York Times expose about Facebook with the company’s former Security Chief Alex Stamos. The Times story was headlined “Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Leaned Out in Crisis.” Stamos has been at the center of this story both as a critic and an advocate. The story has revolved partly around reports that Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg stifled or downplayed his revelations that their platform was stil…
19 days ago
Tim Cook: Wanted to show kids it’s ok to be gay
While Cook said he didn't come out in order to prompt other CEOs to do it, I agree with him when he says it's “kind of shocking” he is still the first...
lgbt  video 
21 days ago
Roberts, Trump spar in extraordinary scrap over judges
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Chief Justice John Roberts clashed Wednesday in an extraordinary public dispute over the independence of America's judiciary, with Roberts bluntly rebuking the president for denouncing a judge who rejected his migrant asylum policy as an "Obama judge." There's no such thing, Roberts declared in a strongly worded statement contradicting Trump and defending judicial independence. Never silent for long, Trump defended his own comment, tweeting defiantly, "Sorry Justice Roberts."
law  politics 
22 days ago
Shortcut Roulette
A game of chicken that could ruin your life, built on iOS12 Shortcuts.
games  funny 
22 days ago
The Man Behind the Iconic Apple Stores: Ron Johnson - Without Fail
Twenty years ago, Steve Jobs had an idea: he wanted to build an Apple store. Something sleek and iconic and unlike anything else in retail. But he had no idea how to do it. So he called someone who might: retail genius Ron Johnson. Ron tells Alex the story of what it was like to work with Steve and help transform Apple into a household name. And Ron talks about life after Apple—which included a huge and humbling failure.
business  history 
24 days ago
Future Punk | Portfolio
A collection of artworks from the artist Future Punk
art  video 
24 days ago
Mapping Thanksgiving
Analyzing Search Trends and Traffic Data in 25 Cities and Nationally during the Thanksgiving Holiday
25 days ago
Opinion | Facebook and the Fires - The New York Times
The toxic smoke is a bleak backdrop and an apt metaphor for where Silicon Valley finds itself.
26 days ago
Facebook Fallout Ruptures Democrats’ Longtime Alliance With Silicon Valley - The New York Times
Tech giants have found key allies among Democrats for years, a bond strengthened through mutual interests and campaign donations. But a year of scandals has forced a reckoning in Washington.

“Their mantra has been, ‘We’re different, we’re special, we’re tech, all we do is good,’” said Senator Richard Blumenthal, the Connecticut Democrat and ranking member of the Senate subcommittee that oversees consumer protection and data security. “We’ve come to find out, very graphically, that they do a lot of harm, and in fact they cover up the harm they do.”
politics  business 
26 days ago
What Facebook Knew and Tried to Hide - The Daily
The story of Facebook in the past few years has been that of a company slow to understand how powerful it has become. But an investigation by The New York Times finds that once Facebook’s leaders understood the problems they faced, they sought to conceal them. Guests: Nicholas Confessore and Sheera Frenkel, two of the reporters behind the investigation. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.
politics  business  privacy 
27 days ago
Privacy — Seamless & Secure Online Card Payments
Make a unique debit card number for every single purchase online with just 1 click. Never worry again about credit card breaches, shady merchants, or sneaky subscription billing.
privacy  money 
27 days ago
Facebook accused of introducing extremists to one another through 'suggested friends' feature
Facebook has helped introduce thousands of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) extremists to one another, via its 'suggested friends' feature, it can be revealed.
27 days ago
Report: Microsoft’s enterprise products covertly gather personal data on users
Microsoft collects and stores personal data about the behavior of individual users of its enterprise offerings on a large scale, without any public documentation — according to a new report by Privacy Company. The data protection impact assessment (DPIA) was commissioned by the Dutch government to guide its institutions — which includes 300,000 workstations in …
28 days ago
These charts show how Democrats represent the modern economy – and how Republicans are left behind
With a few races still undecided, data from the Brookings Institution show that districts won by Democrats account for 61 percent of America's gross domestic product, districts won by Republicans 38 percent.
economics  politics 
28 days ago
When to Leave on Your Thanksgiving Drive - The New York Times
We compiled the best and worst times to travel from 10 major American cities, according to Google Maps data from last year.


Departure Traffic

Best: Sunday at 5 a.m. Try to avoid driving around 4 p.m., when the traffic is the most congested.

Worst: Wednesday at 3 p.m. If you have to travel that day, leave by 6 a.m. to avoid the worst of it.

Return Traffic

Best: Friday at 6 a.m. Try to avoid driving around 2 p.m., when the traffic is the most congested.

Worst: Saturday at 3 p.m. If you have to travel that day, leave by 6 a.m. to avoid the worst of it.
29 days ago
Wells Fargo: Shareholders can't sue us because they should have known we were lying
The megabank is trying to head off a shareholder lawsuit with the legal concept of "puffery" – the idea that some claims are so transparently false that no one believes them anyway
business  law 
29 days ago
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