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Reince Priebus is very, very nervous that one of Comey's notes might record their conversations

Daily Kos - 11 hours 12 min ago

Jared is with Trump. Ivanka is with Trump. Tillerson is with Trump. Creepy bodyguard guy is with Trump. Spicer is … enjoying knowing that everyone else got to meet the Pope but the one Catholic member of the entourage got sent out for gelato. Bannon is back home after seeing too many scary Muslims. Conway is chilling with the kids. And … that’s everyone. There’s no one else in the Trump White House. That’s definitely all his advisers and such. Definitely.

Oh, except for that other guy. What was his name?

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is nervous about what could be in store for him if the former FBI director reveals more details of his secret memos.

Chief of Staff is supposed to be the power position in the White House, but that was before Trump invented a whole stack of new positions that he could fill through definitely not nepotism. Honestly, at this hour, do you know what continent Reince Priebus is on? Do you think Donald Trump knows what planet Reince Priebus is on? Still, if Trump isn’t worried about Priebus, that doesn’t mean that Priebus is short of reasons to worry.

Three White House officials told The Daily Beast that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has privately expressed worry about a possible Comey memo specifically involving one of their reported chats, and how it might play in the press and to investigators.

Priebus apparently nabbed phone calls to everyone he could find in an effort to do that old “would you tell the press that the FBI isn’t investigating Trump?” routine. This included soliciting then FBI director Comey along with Andrew McCabe to say to everyone they weren’t doing … what Comey was about to appear in front of a House committee to say they were doing.

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Apple News hires prominent New York Magazine editor as first-ever editor-in-chief

9to5Mac - 11 hours 13 min ago

Apple News is gaining its first-ever editor-in-chief, according to a new report from Politico. Lauren Kern will take on the newly created role at Apple after serving in prominent positions at both The New York Times Magazine and New York Magazine.


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New York Magazine’s Executive Editor named Editor in Chief of Apple News

iDownloadBlog - 11 hours 13 min ago

Apple has created a new Editor-in-Chief position for Apple News, naming Lauren Kern, Executive Editor at New York Magazine, to the position. It’s unclear what exactly Kern’s new role will entail, Politico said.

The move is being described as “sure to raise eyebrows” in media circles.

Kern is one of New York magazine’s “most high-ranking editors,” said Politico. Prior to joining New York Magazine, she was a deputy editor at The New York Times Magazine. The hiring suggests Apple intends to advance the Apple News service and the stock News app.

Apple executive Eddy Cue said in February that Apple wants to cut down on clickbait on Apple News. The company, said Cue, wants to “vet and make sure that the news providers in Apple News are legitimate.”

Following its 2015 debut which replaced Apple Newsstand, Apple News is currently available in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. iOS 10 brought out an Apple Music-like redesign for Apple News with bold headings, larger images and other visual tweaks.

Kern declined to comment and Apple has yet to confirm the hiring.

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Mar-a-Lago manager apparently has second job—working for the Trump White House?

Daily Kos - 11 hours 13 min ago

Donald Trump's team continues to openly mock all attempts at getting them to not be crooked.

Heather Rinkus, the guest reception manager at Trump's "Winter White House," is working with the president's advance and logistics team, while Trump's exclusive club, Mar-a-Lago, closes for the summer. She has an official White House email and government-issued phone, two sources familiar with Rinkus’ trip told BuzzFeed News.

That's right, one of the members of the advance team planning out Trump's Italy trip is the Mar-a-Lago guest reception manager. Who, apparently, is now also working for the Trump administration during the Trump resort's down time. So who's paying her? What's she actually doing? If someone wants to book a weekend trip to Mar-a-Lago, should they contact her through her new White House address or through the old one? And exactly how removed is Donald Trump from his businesses if he's got his business employees working second shifts in government jobs? The answers are hell-if-we-know, because the White House isn't talking.

Neither the White House nor Trump Organization returned multiple requests for comment. They also did not answer a list of questions regarding Heather Rinkus’ role, including who was paying for her government work — taxpayers or Mar-a-Lago — or if Rinkus had resigned from Mar-a-Lago (Asked about Heather Rinkus, a Mar-a-Lago employee, who answered the main phone line at the club, said Rinkus was traveling abroad for two to three weeks and would be back after).

That's right, the federal government itself, in the form of the Trump White House, is so far refusing to clarify just what the Mar-a-Lago reception manager is doing for the government. That's just great.

Oh, and by the way her husband is a convicted felon who's been bragging to companies that he has access to Trump via his wife—but when it comes to the kind of people Trump has surrounded himself with, that part almost goes without saying.

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extra_recipe+yaluX reaches Beta 3: now with Substrate

iDownloadBlog - 11 hours 15 min ago

As many of you will by now be aware, the yalu+mach_portal tool for iOS 10.1(.1) is no more. Troubled as it was with stability issues stemming from the mach_portal exploit it used, many iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus owners struggled with it, or chose not to use it at all. Luckily, that struggle is now over, as an updated tool entitled extra_recipe+yaluX has been released.

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US Intelligence Community Has Lost Credibility Due To Leaks

Slashdot - 11 hours 17 min ago
Two anonymous readers and Mi share an article: U.K. police investigating the Manchester terror attack say they have stopped sharing information with the U.S. after a series of leaks that have so angered the British government that Prime Minister Therese May wants to discuss them with President Donald Trump during a North Atlantic Treaty Organization meeting in Brussels. What can Trump tell her, though? The leaks drive him nuts, too. Since the beginning of this century, the U.S. intelligence services and their clients have acted as if they wanted the world to know they couldn't guarantee the confidentiality of any information that falls into their hands. At this point, the culture of leaks is not just a menace to intelligence-sharing allies. It's a threat to the intelligence community's credibility. [...] If this history has taught the U.S. intelligence community anything, it's that leaking classified information isn't particularly dangerous and those who do it largely enjoy impunity. Manning spent seven years in prison (though she'd been sentenced to 35), but Snowden, Assange, Petraeus, the unknown Chinese mole, the people who stole the hacking tools and the army of recent anonymous leakers, many of whom probably still work for U.S. intelligence agencies, have escaped any kind of meaningful punishment. President Donald Trump has just now announced that the administration would "get to the bottom" of leaks. In a statement, he said: "The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling. These leaks have been going on for a long time and my Administration will get to the bottom of this. The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security. I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. There is no relationship we cherish more than the Special Relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.

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How Paul Ryan turns an 800 percent increase in premium costs into good news for Trumpcare: He lies

Daily Kos - 11 hours 22 min ago

House Speaker Paul Ryan passed one very low bar in responding to the very bad CBO score on Zombie Trumpcare: he didn't violently assault any reporters asking him about it. But Ryan being Ryan, he did violently assault the truth.

After the release of the score, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) responded saying,“This CBO report again confirms that the American Health Care Act achieves our mission: lowering premiums and lowering the deficit.”

Wait! Wasn't the mission supposed to be providing people "access" to health care? There goes Ryan's moving goal posts again. But let's look closely at that "lowering premiums" claim. Direct from the CBO report:

Community-rated premiums would rise over time, and people who are less healthy (including those with preexisting or newly acquired medical conditions) would ultimately be unable to purchase comprehensive nongroup health insurance at premiums comparable to those under current law, if they could purchase it at all—despite the additional funding that would be available under H.R. 1628 to help reduce premiums.

That some pretty darned selective reading of the report there, Mr. Ryan. Then there's this part:

Although the agencies expect that the legislation would increase the number of uninsured broadly, the increase would be disproportionately larger among older people with lower income—particularly people between 50 and 64 years old with income of less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

That's an understatement there from the CBO. When they say "disproportionate" they're talking about an 800 percent increase over what a 64-year-old with an income of $26,500 pays under Obamacare. Her annual premium now would be $1,700. Under Trumpcare? $13,600.

Yeah, that's not a lower premium, Mr. Ryan. While he'd like to erase older, poor Americans from the face of the earth, they still exist, and in fact are Republicans' most loyal voters. And they are getting royally screwed.

Make the 24 House Republicans who voted against their constituents for this bill pay. Please give $1 to each of our funds targeting the most vulnerable House Republicans.

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Update Your Linux Machines Folks

Balloon Juice - 11 hours 31 min ago

Researchers found a major bug in Samba, a core component of many Linux and Unix systems as it controls storage and interfaces with Windows and other non-Unix things.

The issue allows a bad guy to run unapproved code uploaded remotely as a root user. Your firewall has to have the right port open, but lots of folks do that to solve a temporary need and then forget to close the port to outsiders.

So, should you have home or work Linux machines, take a few minutes and update them. This also applies to many less-obvious Linux machines such as my personal favorite, the RaspberryPi.

Many use them as cheap controllers for home storage, media centers, home automation, etc.  So don’t neglect them folks – if they get compromised, that’s just a ticking time bomb waiting to get worse.

Unrelated to this news, we’ll be tightening the site up a bit more in anticipation of increased efforts by bad guys.

On the test server front, the good news is that it’s up and running. There are still a few more details to take care of, and I’m pretty much not doing any work from now until Tuesday as I have lots of IT duties and plan to take apart, re-organize and put back together my home office. Fun fun.

Finally, don’t forget that tomorrow at 12:30 Eastern, my guest post on Oceanography will launch, with the author in the comments ready to answer questions. I found his intro to be very interesting, and it led he and me into an in-depth discussion of the numerous crises in our oceans that are here, or will be soon.


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Excellent (Depressing) Read: “The Seth Rich conspiracy shows how fake news still works”

Balloon Juice - 11 hours 38 min ago

Today, Dave Weigel published a story in the Washington Post on “The life and death of the Seth Rich conspiracy theory”:

When Seth Rich’s Gmail account received an alert this week from, attempting to start a new account on a website created by the New Zealand-based Internet businessman and convicted hacker Kim Dotcom, his family knew that something was off.

Over seven frenzied days, Dotcom had become a leading purveyor of the theory that Rich, a staffer at the Democratic National Committee who was shot dead near his home in Northeast Washington last summer, had supplied DNC documents to WikiLeaks and was killed as a result. Multiple security analysts and an FBI investigation have tied the release to hackers with ties to Russia. D.C. police have said repeatedly that they think Rich was slain in a random robbery attempt…

All that began to unravel Tuesday afternoon when Fox News retracted a story that had claimed the same Rich-WikiLeaks connection, telling readers that the article was “not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting.” Fox News did not respond to a request for comment, but Dotcom wrote on his website that he would not speak further about his allegations…

Of course, this being the internet (and certain people & networks happy to be ghouls for profit) the morbid feasting on other peoples’ tragedy will never actually end.

Here’s Weigel’s original story, on May 20:

On July 10, at 4:19 a.m., gunfire was detected in the District’s Bloomingdale neighborhood. Not five minutes later, police found Seth Rich, a 27-year-old Democratic National Committee staffer, lying on the ground, dying from a bullet wound to his back. A conscious Rich was transported to the hospital; by daybreak, he was dead.

Nearly one year later, Rich’s death remains one of America’s thousands of unsolved murders — and the focus of endless conspiracy theories, spread this past week by Fox News, alt-right social media, a local D.C. news station and the Russian embassy in Britain. The reemergence of the conspiracy theory this week, which did not lack for real news, revealed plenty about the fake news ecosystem (or to use BuzzFeed’s useful phrase, “the upside-down media”) in the Trump era. It also happened to cause untold pain for the Rich family…

TV news can be an easy mark. This iteration of the Seth Rich story started when the District’s own Fox 5 ran a Monday night “exclusive,” citing one source — a Fox New legal commentator, Rod Wheeler — for a “big break in the investigation.” Reporter Marina Marraco reported that “conspiracy theories” could “be proven right,” as Wheeler was saying what had been rumored since last year: Rich might have leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks, making him the target of an assassination…

Within 24 hours, reporters at NBC News, CNN and The Washington Post had debunked the story. First, Rich’s family quickly corrected the idea that Wheeler was on their payroll; he was hired by Ed Butowsky, a Texas businessman who had grown interested in the case. Next, Wheeler told CNN he hadn’t actually obtained information linking Rich to WikiLeaks — Fox 5, he insisted, had told him to say so…

Most forms of reporting have guardrails that this story would have crashed against. Had the channel waited to run the story until the family or the police weighed in, it couldn’t have aired. But that’s the problem — there’s a fluff allowance on TV, one that lets sensational videos through even if they’ve not been fully vetted…

Fake news has weakened on Facebook, but its bots still own Twitter. With very little fanfare, likely a result of the backlash it got from conservatives after Gawker revealed its editorial policy for newsfeeds, Facebook has seriously cracked down on the ability of conspiracy and clickbait sites to make stories trend. There’s been no similar crackdown on Twitter, where conspiracy theorists can still coordinate, start trends, and benefit when bots chime in…

Debunking a story still doesn’t end it. Sean Hannity, who’s now a sort of elder statesman in Fox News’s prime time lineup, devoted parts of three episodes this week to the Rich story…

As the phrase goes: That escalated quickly…

Never thought I’d be recommending anything by John Podhoretz, but this piece is actually worth a read:

… Although, with any justice, it may end the public career of Sean Hannity…

… While the World’s Dumbest Professional Republicans will do their best to keep the story churning.

There’s stuff circulating at the top of every septic tank, too also.

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Continuation patent shows that Apple is still exploring virtual keyboards for MacBooks

9to5Mac - 11 hours 50 min ago

Apple has patents for virtual keyboards on MacBooks dating back as far as 2009, but a continuation patent application published today shows that the company is still exploring the idea.

A virtual keyboard was of course a headline feature of the iPhone when it was launched in 2007, and Apple also introduced the feature to the latest MacBook Pro models in the form of the Touch BarPatently Apple illustrated the patent using a Lenovo Yoga Book, showing what is in effect a giant Touch Bar replacing a physical keyboard.

If the idea fills you with horror, as it does me, we may not need to worry too much …


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Montana Congressional Candidate Is Charged With Misdemeanor Assault

Crooks and Liars - 11 hours 50 min ago
Montana Congressional Candidate Is Charged With Misdemeanor Assault

As we've seen, being a multimillionaire can lead to certain, shall we say, impulse control problems.

Greg Gianforte, Montana congressional candidates and all-around Republican jerk who donated to white supremacists, was charged with misdemeanor assault after attacking a reporter last night.

Sheriff Brian Gootkin released this statement:

“Following multiple interviews and an investigation by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office it was determined there was probable cause to issue a citation. Greg Gianforte received a citation on Wednesday night and is scheduled to appear in Gallatin County Justice Court between now and June 7, 2017.”

Gianforte can be fined and sentenced to jail time if convicted.

Remember, this wasn't someone punching someone in the nose in a drunken brawl. This was a stone cold sober candidate choking a reporter after knocking him to the ground.
Today, according to the Washington Post, three of the state's largest newspapers have withdrawn their endorsements.

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Northern Ohio city dealing with aggressive wild turkeys

Medina Gazette - 11 hours 53 min ago

HURON — Police in northern Ohio say residents have been complaining about a small flock of aggressive wild turkeys on the loose.

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Two teens killed in Geauga County crash

Medina Gazette - 11 hours 53 min ago

CHARDON — Police say two young Ohio women were killed in a crash when they failed to stop at stop sign.

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Alleged Apple vacation blackout could suggest iPhone keynote in September

iDownloadBlog - 11 hours 56 min ago

Apple is reportedly canceling vacations for retail specialists between September 17 and November 4, according to a leaked memo sent to AppleCare Advisors and Leaders which was shared on Twitter this morning by prolific leakster Benjamin Geskin.

Based on the aforementioned blackout days, and assuming the pattern follows previous years, it’s easy to imagine an iPhone keynote on either Wednesday, September 20 or September 13.

Conversely, pre-orders should go live on Friday, September 22, meaning iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus (maybe even iPhone 8?) could go on sale on Friday, September 29.

Here’s an excerpt from Apple’s message:

The upcoming months are going to very exciting for all of us and for our customers. As you know, there are new product announcements and launches in September. In anticipation of the upcoming events and the corresponding heightened call volume expected, we will be increasing our staff across all of our programs over the summer.

In order to support our client during this very important time of year, we will be implementing Black Out Days in all AppleCare programs for Advisors and Leaders. The upcoming Black Out dates will be September 4 through November 4.

Apple notes that these dates are subject to change “as our support volume expectations fluctuate.” During blackout days, employees are restricted from requesting vacation.

“It is extremely important that everyone works their assigned scheduled days during this period—absences are unacceptable,” notes the firm.

As with all leaks by Geskin, take this report with a pinch of salt until we’re able to verify this piece of information with other sources. For instance, there are spelling mistakes in the memo.

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Bitcoin Surges 10% To All-Time High Above $2,700, Has Now Doubled in May

Slashdot - 11 hours 57 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: In another intraday jump of more than $200, bitcoin surged to a record Thursday on strong Asian demand overnight. Bitcoin jumped more than 10 percent to an all-time high of $2,752.07, more than twice its April 30 price of $1,347.96 according to CoinDesk. The digital currency last traded near $2,726. At Thursday's record, Bitcoin has now gained more than 45 percent since last Thursday and more than 180 percent for the year so far. "There is no question that we are in the middle of a price frenzy," said Brian Kelly of BKCM, in a note to clients Thursday. "There will be a correction and it could be severe, but it's unclear if that correction will start from current prices of $2700 or from some place much higher."

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Your YDR subscription entitles you benefits

Ecuador news - 12 hours 39 sec ago

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Cartoon: Roger Ailes dies, and a celestial grip loosens...

Daily Kos - 12 hours 6 min ago

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Three Traits. . . . .

The Daily Buddha - 12 hours 14 min ago

Buddhism, like most of the great religions of the world, is divided into a number of different traditions. Having studied world religions and researching many of them I have found that these three traits are almost universal, so lets have a look:

These three consist of:

Sila: Virtue, good conduct, morality. This is based on two fundamental principles:

The principle of equality: that all living entities are equal.

The principle of reciprocity: This is the “Golden Rule” in
Christianity — to do onto others as you would wish them to do
onto you. It is found in all major religions.

Samadhi: Concentration, meditation, mental development. Developing one’s mind is the path to wisdom which in turn leads to personal freedom. Mental development also strengthens and controls our mind; this helps us maintain good conduct.

Prajna: Discernment, insight, wisdom, enlightenment. This is the real heart of Buddhism. Wisdom will emerge if your mind is pure and calm.

Regardless of our views or religious choices these values are timeless and concerned with righting the world through our own behaviors. Honor them in your own life and to honor a better way and better balance in times when we need it most.

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Political Correctness Be Damned: It’s Truth-Bomb Time

Balloon Juice - 12 hours 18 min ago

We have a problem, fellow citizens. Ignoring it won’t make it go away. Taking the “politically correct” stance that it’s an issue that is equally distributed across demographic groups may make us feel better, but it’s a lie. Only facing the situation honestly will allow us to address it.

I’m not going to sugarcoat it: A certain group in our country doesn’t share traditional American values like honesty and fair play. This group glorifies thuggery, revels in stupidity and makes excuses for and even rewards lying, theft and sociopathic behavior. This group’s dysfunction is dragging us all down.

It’s not up to decent people to carry the load for this dysfunctional group or teach their lawless children morals. It’s up to the members of that group to pull themselves up out of the gutter. Parents in this group have to teach their children right from wrong. This demographic’s communities must establish and enforce moral frameworks.

So, I’ll just say it: Republicans need to start taking personal responsibility. Now. They need to own up to their dysfunctional behavior and correct it. They must stop blaming everyone else for their impulsive reactions to adverse events. They need to stop acting like they’re perpetual victims and assume some agency in their own lives.

I’m tired of hearing about how this self-destructive behavior has its roots in conservatives’ upbringing or socioeconomic status. I began life in a seedy Florida trailer park, and I managed to pull myself up by the bootstraps and leave the chaos and dysfunction behind. If I can, they can. No more excuses.

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Crocodile tears alert: Republican lawmaker 'choked back tears' when told what Trumpcare does

Daily Kos - 12 hours 21 min ago

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On Wednesday night, the Congressional Budget Office released its score on the Trumpcare bill that House Republicans had gleefully passed earlier this month, and the news was exactly what anyone with more than two brain cells had expected: millions losing coverage, skyrocketing premiums for those most in need, a nice big tax cut for the rich … and, of course, screwing over people with pre-existing conditions. 

So, with all that in mind, check out this load of codswallop from Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, who “played a pivotal role” in including the option that specifically hurts those with pre-existing conditions:

When reporters pointed out the portion of the CBO report saying individuals with preexisting conditions in waiver states would be charged higher premiums and could even be priced out of the insurance market — destabilizing markets in those states — under AHCA, Meadows seemed surprised.

“Well, that’s not what I read,” Meadows said, putting on his reading glasses and peering at the paragraph on the phone of a nearby reporter. [...]

After reading the paragraph, Meadows told reporters he would go through the CBO analysis more thoroughly and run the numbers, adding he would work to make sure the high-risk pools are properly funded.

Meadows, suddenly emotional, choked back tears and said, "Listen, I lost my sister to breast cancer. I lost my dad to lung cancer. If anybody is sensitive to preexisting conditions, it’s me. I’m not going to make a political decision today that affects somebody’s sister or father because I wouldn’t do it to myself.”

Well, sure. How could Meadows have known? After all, it was only pointed out by every Democratic lawmaker, every health organization and every sentient human being who had opposed Trumpcare. In short, sell it up the street, Mr. Meadows. You—and every other Republican who supported this bill—own your vote. 

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