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Will Donald Trump Be Impeached? | FiveThirtyEight
After a cacophonous two weeks of political news, a new sound has begun to emerge from Washington: the word “impeachment.” Following the news that President Trump may have tried to bully FBI director James Comey out of investigating Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia, Sen.
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How To Use Smart Replies In Gmail
Smartphones have a neat little feature called text replacement. If you often mistype a word or use an informal short version of it, you can use text replacements to automatically replace it with the actual word.
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Mark Dery on the old, weird eBay / Boing Boing
(In the 1920s,) the Surrealists preferred “Les Puces,” as the flea markets on the outskirts of Paris were called.
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What if every human ever born came back to life today? / Boing Boing
The YouTube channel RealLifeLore uses the unusual thought experiment, “What if every human ever born came back to life today?” as a springboard for examining world populations, historical life expectancy, and much, much more.
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The infuriating ways Fox News handles a Trump scandal / Boing Boing
Vox’s Carlos Maza breaks down the ways in which Fox News spins Trump scandals and misleads millions of Americans in the process.
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Charles Babbage left a computer program in Turin in 1840. Here it is. « Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers!
At the Accademia della Scienze di Torino (which was once run by Babbage’s host in Turin, Prof. Giovanni Plana), they still have all the paperwork that Babbage brought with him to Turin, which Babbage left behind as a gift for Plana and his associates.
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Snooty Snobs Should Shut Up | The Digital Reader
Against YA: Read whatever you want. But you should feel embarrassed when what you’re reading was written for children. The more I thought about that, the more pissed-off I got so I had to do this post to refute it.
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Captain Underpants Theme Song (From "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" Soundtrack) - YouTube
Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group InternationalCaptain Underpants Theme Song (From "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" Soundtrack) · "Weird Al" Yankovic · London Voices · John Ashton Thomas · Mark Graham · Thomas BowesCaptain Underpants Theme SongReleased on: 2017-05-12Recordi
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Self-Driving and Electric Tech Will Transform Car Design | WIRED
The driver’s seat may be on the left side, but it has long rested at the center of the way cars are designed.
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Ares Magazine by One Small Step Games —Kickstarter
Bringing you 80 pages of amazing new science fiction and a complete board game in a bi-monthly periodical.
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Brenda Romero versus the systems of pain • Eurogamer.net
Tucked between two shelves at the offices of Romero Games, Ltd in Galway, Ireland is a two-by-two-foot cube of black Plexiglass, mounted on a platform and lit from below.
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MST3K FAQ -- The facts about this FAQ
Q: What's the dreary legal disclaimer you have to put on things like this?A: We think it would go something...like this: Mystery Science Theater 3000and its characters, situations and trademarks are owned by Best Brains Inc.
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Confessions d'un Barjo - Wikipedia
Confessions d'un Barjo (known as Barjo for the English-language market) is a 1992 French film adaptation of Philip K.
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Russia meeting revelation could trigger obstruction investigation - POLITICO
The new special counsel investigation into possible collusion between associates of President Donald Trump and Russia is just getting started — and it could take years to resolve.
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Read-Shaming Starts in the Classroom | The Digital Reader
When Ruth Graham proclaimed that adults shouldn't read any books that had been marketed as YA, she became perhaps the best well-known literary snob to issue diktats as to what counted as proper reading material. She is not the only one, however, nor the most damaging.
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2 days ago
Page Not Found - The Daily Beast
Donald Trump and his senior staffers were headed across the Atlantic when news broke that the president had trash-talked former FBI Director James Comey in a meeting with Russian government officials—a meeting in which Trump reportedly promised the Kremlin more flexibility in their relationship wi
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Getting Closer! | The Tékumel Foundation
The cover for the soon-to-be-released PDF and print-on-demand edition of Empire of the Petal Throne, from the Tékumel Foundation.  This includes errata and maps not included in previous editions.  Look for it soon!
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www.nytimes.com
We are misnamed. We call ourselves Homo sapiens, the “wise man,” but that’s more of a boast than a description.
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WASHINGTON — As Saudi Arabia’s leaders prepared to make a pitch to the White House for a visit by President Trump, a PowerPoint presentation was put together complete with slides describing Saudi demographics, investments in the United States and ambitious plans for reform.
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Consciousness is not a thing, but a process of inference | Aeon Essays
I have a confession. As a physicist and psychiatrist, I find it difficult to engage with conversations about consciousness.
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It’s a lot, right? It’s a lot. It is a firehose of news.
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Stoicism and the “Inadequacy of the Invincible” by Massimo Pigluicci – Modern Stoicism
Stoicism is not new to criticism. Many of the fragments of Stoic texts that we have, especially referring to the early Stoa, are actually from authors who were not just critical, but seriously pissed off at, the philosophy.
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'Star Trek: Discovery' Trailer Proves That TV Is the Best Final Frontier of All | WIRED
Between 1967 and 2005, 684 hour-long episodes of live-action Star Trek and 22 half-hour episodes of the animated series aired on TV. Allowing for commercial breaks, that gives us 521 hours of Star Trek, give or take.
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This Extensions Splits GNOME Status Menu into Individual Indicators - OMG! Ubuntu!
The all-in-one GNOME system status menu introduced in GNOME 3.10 helps save room on the top-bar — but this compact control panel does not suit everyone’s needs.
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Eris of the Month vs. Pepe the Frog | Historia Discordia
One of the crazier rabbit holes to emerge from the 2016 Presidential campaign was the viral meme of a frowning frog named Pepe, who in the election’s aftermath all of the sudden got this shit eating grin on his face (his frown turned upside down) and MAGA cap planted on his head.
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Imeimei — portsherry: Making the bed [Website]...
What? WHAT?! But…if that’s true, why has no one told me before?! Do you know how many human friends I have? How many human schools I’ve been to? One of the first clauses in my contract with Syfy states, “The undersigned avows and acknowledges that he or she is human and/or homo sapiens and
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Retro Computing Roundtable - Episodes - RCR Episode 152 - Future nostalgists
We're nostalgic for our formative computing years now, but lots of that old cool stuff got discarded or broken or traded along the way. D'oh! If only we'd been thinking of now then. But the kids of today will be our age at some point.
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Panasonic’s latest Toughbook hides a surprisingly good computer under its rugged exterior - The Verge
At first glance, Panasonic’s latest Toughbook — the Toughbook 33 — looks a lot like every other Toughbook model out there. Rugged exterior, covered ports, bulky plastic design clearly meant more for durability than aesthetics.
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'Alien: Covenant' Proves 'Franchise Fatigue' Really Means 'Boring Movies' | WIRED
Alien: Covenant is a decent film about android consciousness and ancient secrets wherein Michael Fassbender proves he can play an excellent android.
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Kid's Report on 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' Robot Is Too Pure For This Universe
If you desperately need proof that there’s still some good in this world, look no further than Liam Doyle.
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Kobo Releases a Flurry of Firmware Updates for all e-Readers Good e-Reader
Kobo has begun to push out a flurry of firmware updates that seeks to address a number of issues. This 4.4.9344 upgrade is applicable for the Kobo Touch A/B, Kobo Touch C, Kobo Glo, Kobo Glo HD, Kobo Touch 2.0, Kobo Aura, Kobo Aura HD, Kobo Aura H2O, Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2 and 4.4.
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That weird ‘alien megastructure’ star is dimming again right now | Popular Science
The weird light blips coming from this star might be caused by a family of comets or collision debris, but scientists don't really know. In late 2015, astronomers noticed something absurd happening around a distant star.
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On a July bank holiday in 1841, about four hundred people arrived at the Loughborough train station with tickets for Thomas Cook’s first tour.
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Why your design team should hire a writer – Dropbox Design – Medium
Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz about writing in design. Whether you call it UX writing, product writing, or content design, it’s clear that the words in your design matter. Sounds simple, right? To be a great designer, you need to know how to write. No biggie. You write all the time.
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Real Writers Never Stop Writing | HuffPost
I’m a bit of a local celebrity, and almost everyone at the health club I’ve belonged to for years asks me at some point or another: “What are you working on?” or “Are you writing another book?” This can happen even if I’ve just published a book and it was covered in the loca
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The Tyranny of Free Time, or How to Be Bored In Fiji
Electric Literature published an excerpt of Mary Mann’s new book, Yawn: Adventures in Boredom. In this chapter about the origins, tensions, and limitations of tourism, she lays bare what most travelers are loathe to admit: it’s just as easy to be bored in Paris or on Bora Bora as it is at home.
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Pocket C.H.I.P. Plug and Play Peripherals - YouTube
Monitoring Gas, Temperature & Humidity With Pocket CHIPComing soon On Kickstarter with Lot more peripherals For CHIP.http://ift.tt/25dPwOZ
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Postcards from the Frontiers of Science • New paint colors invented by neural network
So if you’ve ever picked out paint, you know that every infinitesimally different shade of blue, beige, and gray has its own descriptive, attractive name. Tuscan sunrise, blushing pear, Tradewind, etc… There are in fact people who invent these names for a living.
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Seneca on True and False Friendship – Brain Pickings
C.S. Lewis wrote, “like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself… it has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.
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HOW TO TAME A FOX (AND BUILD A DOG) Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution By Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut 209 pp. University of Chicago Press. $26.
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It’s a little hard to focus these days. More crazy shit happened last night than we would expect in a week (month?) of, say, 2015.
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Washington State attorney general is a grandmaster chess player who knows how to beat Trump's game / Boing Boing
"The key to restoring the rule of law is to blunt Trump's aggression and put him on the defensive," says Bob Ferguson, an internationally rated chess master and the attorney general for Washington State.
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When the MP3 first came out in the 1990s, it was a revolutionary digital audio coding format that significantly reduced the file size of audio content. It dropped sizes by 95 percent.
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The Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory: A Tale of Two Filter Bubbles | WIRED
One of the biggest news stories this week is a cover-up, a deception manufactured by hyper-partisan ideologues trying to distract from a burning, uncomfortable truth. That truth—the one those biased muckrakers won’t tell you about—has implications for national security.
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Way More Americans May Be Atheists Than We Thought | FiveThirtyEight
After signing an executive order earlier this month that seeks to relax restrictions on the political activities of tax-exempt churches, President Trump said the order was an important affirmation of the American identity. “We’re a nation of believers,” he said.
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Kickstarting a replica of the original Pioneer Plaque, manufactured by the original craftsman / Boing Boing
You know what would go great with your Voyager Golden Record? A replica of the "galactic greeting card" plaque that rode along with the Pioneer 10 and 11 probes, designed by Frank Drake and Carl Sagan with artwork prepared by Linda Salzman Sagan.
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The abysmal information security at Trump properties has probably already compromised US secrets / Boing Boing
Propublica and Gizmodo sent a penetration-testing team to Mar-a-Lago, the Trump resort that has been at the center of series of controversial potential breaches of US military secrecy (for example, loudly discussing sensitive information about the North Korean missile launch in the club's full, p
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Write for money? Then turn yourself into a Limited Liability Company (LLC)
The business side of writing is often boring and even taxing (see what I did there?). But whatever the source of your freelance income—Amazon, Smashwords, a book publisher, Model Railroader, you name it—you need to track expenses and stay out of jail.
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Meet PatriotHole, the Onion's New Right-Wing-Skewering Mockery Machine | WIRED
The best word to describe PatriotHole’s launch probably won’t ever apply to the site again: quiet. Sometime this morning, The Onion‘s spinoff brand ClickHole became PatriotHole, a new site promising to provide a “loud light in the darkness.
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CONTRARY BRIN: What's new in science & tech?
Okay, let's turn to the side of civilization that is doing best. Doing spectacularly well in fact, despite a relentless campaign to undermine science.
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Matt Ruff's "Lovecraft Country" adapted for TV by Jordan Peele and HBO / Boing Boing
Well, this just made my day: Matt Ruff's outstanding anti-racist novel Lovecraft Country has been picked up for development into a TV show by Jordan "Get Out" Peele, JJ Abrams and HBO.
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God grant me the confidence of a mediocre white man… – Jay O'Connell
Preferably a different mediocre white man—one more confident than I am. So, reader, and God knows who you are really, you five to twenty five hits a day, here I am, praying for the confidence to make the great leap to novel length work.  I’ve wrestled with what to do next.
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A Monument to Outlast Humanity — Blog of the Long Now
Michael Heizer, an eccentric pioneer of the Earthworks movement, is almost done with the mile-and-a-half sculpture he’s been working on for upwards of half a century in a remote Nevada desert. And almost nobody has seen it.
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Trump wanted Comey to throw journalists in prison / Boing Boing
Yesterday, The New York Times ran a story with the headline "Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation." But another nugget was hidden towards the bottom of the article: Alone in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump began the discussion by condemning leaks to the news media, saying that Mr.
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Scientists think parallel universe crashing into ours created galactic ‘cold spot’ missing 10,000 galaxies
In 2015, astrophysicists discovered a strange barren area of the universe which was much colder than the rest of space, and seemed to be missing 10,000 galaxies. The “cold spot” which is 1.
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Humans Accidentally Created a Protective Bubble Around Earth - The Atlantic
The interaction between radio transmissions and high-energy particles in space sometimes forms a shield around the planet, protecting it from dangerous cosmic phenomena. The next time someone says you’re living in a bubble, remind them that we all are.
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Nasa: Humans Have Inadvertently Created Artificial Barrier Around Earth
NASA space probes have discovered an artificial barrier around Earth created through human activity—showing we are not only responsible for shaping the environment on land, but that we are now having an impact on space too.
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Vulcan Language Institute® Introduction
One of the most talked about subjects in Star Trek fandom is alien languages, especially those of the Klingons and Vulcans. Over the past 40 years, fans of the series have written about a Vulcan language of one kind or another, but most left their work incomplete.
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Vulcan Language Institute™
This is the home of the Vulcan languages Traditional Golic Vulcan (spoken by Surak and used for centuries in Literature, Religion and Ceremonies), Modern Golic Vulcan (its contemporary counterpart), Lowlands Golic Vulcan (a sister language to Modern), Insular Golic Vulcan (an extinct sister langua
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Dorothy Jones | Memory Alpha | Fandom powered by Wikia
Dorothy Jones Heydt (born 6 June 1942; age 73), originally Dorothy Jones, is a linguist who beginning in 1967 had a series of Star Trek stories, "Dorothy and Myfanwy", published in Ruth Berman's fanzine T-Negative.
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Ni'Var | Memory Alpha | Fandom powered by Wikia
The Ni'Var was a Vulcan Suurok-class combat cruiser that was in service with the Vulcan High Command in the mid-22nd century. The vessel was commanded by Sopek. In 2151, the Vulcan High Command sent the Ni'Var to transfer Sub-Commander T'Pol off Enterprise NX-01 and back to Vulcan.
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star trek - How realized is the Vulcan language? - Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange
I disagree that the moniker “most extensive” should be applied to Dorothy Jones Heydt’s language. It's true that it is well know and some of her vocabulary survives today. Her work is deserving of tremendous respect.
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25+ Fully Remote Companies That Let You Work From Anywhere
High-speed internet and powerful apps make it possible for just about anyone with a desk job to work from home. Yet today most companies still insist that employees endure the sometimes soul-crushing commute to an office. We get it.
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White House on edge: 'We are kind of helpless' - POLITICO
It was, in the words of one senior White House official, the worst day of Trump’s presidency.
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Bill Gates has a message for every college grad who wants to change the world
Congratulations! You’ve just accomplished something I never managed to do — earn a college degree. Between your commencement speaker and every aunt and uncle at your graduation party, I am sure you are getting a lot of advice. At the risk of piling on, I thought I would share a few thoughts.
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To become a better leader, don't read Steve Jobs's biography — Quartz
Steve Jobs has been called the greatest businessman the world has ever seen and the best CEO of this generation. Whether it’s the 19th-century railroad industrialist George Pullman or Mr. Spacely from The Jetsons, CEOs have always been a surly bunch.
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What know-it-alls don’t know, or the illusion of competence | Aeon Ideas
One day in 1995, a large, heavy middle-aged man robbed two Pittsburgh banks in broad daylight. He didn’t wear a mask or any sort of disguise. And he smiled at surveillance cameras before walking out of each bank. Later that night, police arrested a surprised McArthur Wheeler.
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Celebrating the Revolutionary Optimism of Iain M. Banks | Tor.com
I was all set to finish a piece on the characters who inhabit the world of Iain M. Banks’s Culture novels, the advanced space-humans and artificial intelligences that drive the novels with their struggles and adventures. I’ve gotten distracted from that original plan, though.
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GRRM Confirms No Dunk & Egg, So What Are the Game of Thrones Spin-Offs About? | Tor.com
HBO is developing 4 (now 5) pilot scripts that all take place in the world of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. Since the initial news was based on rumor and not an official announcement from HBO, Martin took to his blog over the weekend to clarify the following:
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Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: Star Trek: The Motion Picture | Tor.com
Captain’s log. Three Klingon ships approach a weird blue swirly thing. The Klingon captain orders torpedoes to be fired into the swirly thing, but they are ineffective, and the captain then orders evasive maneuvers. The swirly thing responds by vaporizing each Klingon ship, one by one.
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Explore the Cosmos in 10 Classic Space Opera Universes | Tor.com
Space operas are fun—they vary greatly in theme and content, but all share a focus on the adventure and sense of wonder that brought so many of us to science fiction in the first place.
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STAINLESS STEEL HIP FLASK
Is That A Flask In Your Pocket? People will always be glad to see you when you’ve got a little something in your hip pocket. This stainless steel flask holds (6) oz. and measures 3-7/8” tall x 3-5/8” wide and is curved like your hip under your pocket.
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GOP leaders laughed about Trump colluding with Russia long before WikiLeaks - The Washington Post
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said in June 2016 that he thought Vladimir Putin had paid then-GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. And it seems entirely possible — if not likely — that he was joking. The problem is that even sarcasm is almost always laced with truth.
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Republicans get radio silence from Trump amid growing crisis - POLITICO
The White House has done little damage control, leaving GOP lawmakers with no way to defend the president. Sen. John McCain stood up in front of the media Tuesday night and compared President Donald Trump's daily scandals to Watergate and Iran-Contra.
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The Trump Presidency Falls Apart - The Atlantic
After an extraordinary 10 days, the tenure of the chief executive may have deteriorated beyond his ability to repair it. After an astonishing week of revelations, Donald Trump’s presidency appears to be on the verge of collapse.
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