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Steve Bannon stayed at the White House to advise Trump on how to coddle Nazis

Daily Kos - 7 hours 39 min ago

Steve Bannon was all set to get a graceful boot in the ass back in July as new Chief of Staff John Kelly made Trump’s most special adviser an offer he couldn’t refuse.

John F. Kelly, the new White House chief of staff, told Stephen K. Bannon in late July that he needed to go: No need for it to get messy, Mr. Kelly told Mr. Bannon, according to several people with firsthand knowledge of the exchange. 

But while Kelly kindly offered to have Bannon escorted off the premises without the use of whips and chains, Donald Trump’s latest dive into overtly supporting white supremacy interfered with the chief’s plan.

As Mr. Trump struggled last week to contain a growing public furor over his response to a deadly, race-fueled melee in Virginia, Mr. Bannon clashed with Mr. Kelly over how the president should respond. Give no ground to your critics, Mr. Bannon urged the president, with characteristic truculence.

So Steve Bannon hung around the White House to give Donald Trump extra-special stick-with-team-Nazi advice. The Monday appearance in which Trump dutifully—and with obvious reluctance—read from a text that condemns white supremacists, was all Kelly. The Tuesday appearance, where Trump let rip on the shocking fact that people opposed Nazis without a permit and maintained that a torch-wielding mob contained “many fine people,” was bolstered by the keen insight of Steve Bannon.

Bannon managed to alienate everyone in the White House, including Trump. But when it came time to deal with the alt-Reich, he was Trump’s most valued asset.

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'We're Getting The Ramifications Of What Having A Sick Man In The White House Means'

Crooks and Liars - 7 hours 41 min ago

I'm not going to pretend to be a Washington insider. I am not now nor will I ever be a Villager. But over the almost fifteen years of blogging here at C&L, I've been part of listservs with activists, journalists-both blogosphere and mainstream--think tanks members, and other political institution officials. I've cultivated relationships with congressional staffers for when I needed to get a statement. I've gotten and given tips from producers of comedy and news shows you've watched.

I'm not writing this to humblebrag. Lots of bloggers can say the same. I simply want to point out that I communicate with many people both in front of the camera and behind the scenes on a fairly regular basis. And like them, my membership and participation on those lists is dependent upon my respecting the confidentiality of the other members and the specifics of our conversations (I'm no Tucker Carlson).

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The Windows App Store is Full of Pirate Streaming Apps

Slashdot - 7 hours 41 min ago
Ernesto Van der Sar, reporting for TorrentFreak: When we were browsing through the "top free" apps in the Windows Store, our attention was drawn to several applications that promoted "free movies" including various Hollywood blockbusters such as "Wonder Woman," "Spider-Man: Homecoming," and "The Mummy." Initially, we assumed that a pirate app may have slipped past Microsoft's screening process. However, the 'problem' doesn't appear to be isolated. There are dozens of similar apps in the official store that promise potential users free movies, most with rave reviews. Most of the applications work on multiple platforms including PC, mobile, and the Xbox. They are pretty easy to use and rely on the familiar grid-based streaming interface most sites and services use. Pick a movie or TV-show, click the play button, and off you go. The sheer number of piracy apps in the Windows Store, using names such as "Free Movies HD," "Free Movies Online 2020," and "FreeFlix HQ," came as a surprise to us. In particular, because the developers make no attempt to hide their activities, quite the opposite.

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Two factors will help Apple Pay grow thru 2022, predicts payment report

9to5Mac - 7 hours 47 min ago

A research report into the Point of Sale industry has predicted that two factors will greatly assist the growth of Apple Pay and other mobile payment services.

The first is the requirement by both VISA and MasterCard that all payment terminals across many major markets must support contactless payment by 2020 …


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Cartoon: Crisis of the week

Daily Kos - 7 hours 50 min ago

I understand that there are multiple Trump crises in any given week, but I thought that “Crisis of the Week” was punchier than “Crisis of the Last Day and a Half,” or maybe “Crisis of the Last Twelve Hours.”  

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If you missed out on the big Kickstarter compilation last year, IDW has just published an expanded second edition of 25 Years of Tomorrow, featuring every TMW cartoon from the strip’s earliest days through the election of Donald Trump.

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It’s OK If You Don’t Have Eclipse-Mania

Kevin Drum - 8 hours 7 min ago

Some of you don’t have eclipse-mania. I’m here to tell you that it’s OK:

Now get back to work.

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Some of the best eclipse links you'll need all in one place

Daily Kos - 8 hours 10 min ago

Eclipse 2017 is on and here are some last minute links to help your eclipse experience! You may not be in the path of totality, but rest assured, if you are in the lower 48 you’ll notice some cool lighting changes and probably notice a strange, twilight chill creep over the landscape.

  • Time Magazine comes through with a really useful a tool showing how the eclipse will look from any ZIP code and dials in the exact local times over which it transpires. The whole thing takes an hour or two from the time the moon fist touches the sun to when it completely clears, depending on location.
  • Not to be outdone, for you more veteran, technical eclipsers, there are numerous interactive graphics using Google maps like this that show local times and places.
  • Twitter will probably be where the best netizen pics of crowds and sky first appear, and it looks like the most popular general tags initially will be #Eclipse2017 and #EclipseSolar2017.

It’s not the end of the world, but it may look like it. So remember to think ahead and be safe, not just when your eyes are turned up at the spectacle, but driving and standing on roads, especially before and after, as tens of millions of people make a last minute dash to get as close to totality as possible. And if you plan to visit Daily Kos and share the once in a lifetime experience, keep an eye for eclipse diaries under the recent diary and recommended list in the right margins of the site.

Happy Eclipse 2017 viewing Kossacks!

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How to watch today’s total solar eclipse on your Apple devices

9to5Mac - 8 hours 20 min ago

If you’re lucky enough to be in the path of today’s total solar eclipse, or close enough to get there, we gave a few tips last week on how to photograph it with your iPhone. But if you’re not, you can still get to experience it live via one of the many online feeds available …


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Kasich Offers More Meaningless Mush On Trump, Then Waffles On Third Run For President

Plunderbund - 8 hours 24 min ago

Ohio Gov. John Kasich showed yet again that all he has to offer on the brazen idiocy Donald Trump has exhibited throughout his candidacy and seven months into his presidency is more meaningless mush.

Now a lame-duck governor whose status as a very weak leader back home will be validated again this week when GOP lawmakers return to Columbus to override some vetoes from his last budget bill, Kasich tried but failed last year to carve out a niche for himself as the “adult in the room.”

Sadly, for Kasich, the only niche he’s been able to carve out for himself throughout his 40 years in the pubic limelight is that of the petulant CEO teenager in the room, who knows that if he spikes his bogus calls for unity and bipartisanship with attention grabber jackpot words like “pathetic” and his now patented exclamation of “are you kidding me?” media will lap it up. The governor’s Kasichisms try to make a point, but usually fall short of what the glib governor should be saying.

Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union with Jake Tapper on Sunday, Ohio’s 69th governor, whose has now underperformed the national job creation average for 56 straight months, said he doesn’t have any plans to square off against Trump in 2020, should he still be president then.

“I don’t have any plans to do anything like that,” said the man who Trump beat silly last year. “I’m rooting for him to get it together,” Kasich said, again falling far short of taking a stand for decency and the moral high ground he so wants to be associated with. “We all are. I mean, we’re only, like, seven months into this presidency.”

On President Trump going to Phoenix on Tuesday to make a speech at another campaign season rally, and maybe issuing a pardon to former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was recently convicted by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton of contempt of court for ignoring a judge’s 2011 instructions in a racial profiling case, Kasich, who these days prefers speaking to Washington Beltway media, offered more advise to The Donald to “say something that’s going to bring people together.”

Bringing people together is the bowl of mush Kasich uses as his trump card, even though he has yet to say in words what that “something” is. The former Fox News talk show pundit and former Lehman Brothers banker who wrote a book called “Stand for Something,” is unable to drive a stake into the president’s heart no matter what the White House does.

Ohio’s timid governor, whose rhetoric on Trump actions and words sound threatening but normally turn out to be more bluster than speaking truth to power, told CNN that Trump “proved he has the capacity to bring the country together” based on his State of the Union address earlier this year.

“If he [Trump] can maintain discipline,” Kasich told his national audience, it will help avoid all the “fighting and yelling back and forth that’s harming the country… Everybody in America needs to take a deep breath and think about your children and think about our country,” Kasich said, maintaining his discipline of saying nothing anybody can use to gauge whether he stands with or against President Trump. His stunning revelation to Tapper on Sunday said this: “We don’t do well when all we do is fight.”

Poor John Kasich, he tried last year, for the second time in his life, to mount a campaign as a Republican for the White House. He would love to do it a third time in 2020 if he can manage to convince voters and campaign donors he’s serious enough the next time when the field could have many of the same candidates who tried and failed last year to beat Trump, who beat Kasich who lost 49 races, winning only one, his home state.

Kasich likely won’t hold any public office after his second term as state CEO ends in about 15 months. And whatever alternate group he affiliates with, if any will have him or fund him, won’t help his call to duty or his mushy call for unity.

By refusing to call out Trump on his many bigoted, misogynist, racist actions and comments, John Kasich, a standard bearer for establishment lane Republicans,  shows he’s full to the brim with meaningless mush that media eat up even though its nutritionally bankrupt.

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How to temporarily disable Touch ID at the Lock screen & require a passcode

iDownloadBlog - 8 hours 36 min ago

iOS 11 includes a new shortcut that allows users to temporarily disable Touch ID right from their Lock screen without the need to permanently disable the fingerprint sensor in Settings.... Read the rest of this post here

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USAToday: The Secret Service Has Run Out Of Money To Protect Trump

Crooks and Liars - 8 hours 37 min ago
 The Secret Service Has Run Out Of Money To Protect Trump

All that carping about Obama's vacations? Seems a little ironic now. USAToday reports that Trump has cleaned out the Secret Service funding allotment:

WASHINGTON — The Secret Service can no longer pay hundreds of agents it needs to carry out an expanded protective mission – in large part due to the sheer size of President Trump's family and efforts necessary to secure their multiple residences up and down the East Coast.

Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex'' Alles, in an interview with USA TODAY, said more than 1,000 agents have already hit the federally mandated caps for salary and overtime allowances that were meant to last the entire year.

The agency has faced a crushing workload since the height of the contentious election season, and it has not relented in the first seven months of the administration. Agents must protect Trump – who has traveled almost every weekend to his properties in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia – and his adult children whose business trips and vacations have taken them across the country and overseas.

"The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,'' Alles said. "I can't change that. I have no flexibility.''

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Sasse Wants To Say Something Deep About Race, Gets Sidetracked Preemptively Blaming Left, Media

Crooks and Liars - 8 hours 41 min ago
Sasse Wants To Say Something Deep About Race, Gets Sidetracked Preemptively Blaming Left, Media

This Friday night, Senator Ben Sasse posted a long, disjointed Facebook essay titled "The Next Charlottesville." Sasse wants to be thought of as a different kind of Republican -- he's opposed to President Trump and he's skeptical of (some) ongoing partisan battles. But he's still, in many ways, a modern culture-war Republican, much as he tries not to seem like one.

Sasse's post begins:

Over the last week, many Nebraskans have told me some version of this: ‎“There are lots of us here who are ‎scared about where the country is headed. I think more violence is inevitable." That much seems obvious. Less expected was where some of them went next. One of my constituents, a fairly energetic Trump supporter and a middle-aged man, told me:

**"To be clear, I think the alt-Right are a bunch of a**holes."‎

**"And we should admit that the President has done a bad job getting us through this."

**But "when the next rounds of violence come, I'll bet you most of it will come from the left."

**"And then some folks I know will respond in kind. It's gonna be a powder-keg."

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Donald Trump drains Secret Service budget, agents go without pay

Daily Kos - 8 hours 42 min ago

Providing protection for Donald Trump’s frequent trips, his New York home, and an unprecedented number of people in his extended family, has been a huge drain on the Secret Service. Agents have hit overtime limits, and annual budgets have been burned through in only seven months, leaving no funds to pay agents following Trump on his extended vacation. As reported by USA Today ...

Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex'' Alles, in an interview with USA TODAY, said more than 1,000 agents have already hit the federally mandated caps for salary and overtime allowances that were meant to last the entire year. …

Under Trump, 42 people have protection, a number that includes 18 members of his family.

The agency is covering not just every golf outing for Trump, but the travels of Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump, Ivanka, Tiffany, and … obviously quite a few more. Following the Trump family around is soaking up the Secret Service budget at a breakneck pace. But the biggest cost is the one that’s used the most often.

The president's jaunts to Mar-a-Lago are estimated to cost at least $3 million each, based on a General Accounting Office estimate for similar travel by former President Obama. The Secret Service has spent some $60,000 on golf cart rentals alone this year to protect Trump at both Mar-a-Lago and Bedminster.

Now, Congress has to act to expand the agency, up the budget, and authorize additional pay for agents who are now working overtime for free.

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Times Reporter: Bannon Pushed To Privatize Afghanistan War

Crooks and Liars - 8 hours 57 min ago

Chris Cuomo said Steve Bannon will still be backing Trump on keeping more U.S. troops from being deployed in Afghanistan.

"Because this is such a fundamental part of his philosophy, that we should be out of there, the president supposedly bought into it and that leads us to tonight," Cuomo said, referring to Trump's planned address. (Who gets higher ratings: Trump, or the solar eclipse?)

Maggie Haberman, NY Times reporter, agreed.

"Look, there were many issues on which Bannon clashed with almost everybody else within the White House on that," she said.

"He believed that the U.S. should not be further drawn in and then he, you know, was advocating this privatization plan that was pushed by somebody named Erik Prince, who was a relative of a cabinet secretary. As it turns out, that did not go through any of the normal channels, it was all this side process that Bannon had going.

"I do think that Bannon sees himself as the keeper of this campaign pledge that the president made which was, you know, not getting further drawn into these foreign wars. I suspect you will see Breitbart, Bannon's website, reacting pretty strongly to whatever comes out of the president's mouth tonight."

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WSJ: iPhone 8’s deep-sensing 3D scanner works in complete darkness

iDownloadBlog - 9 hours 11 min ago

iPhone 8 is said to pack in sophisticated 3D sensors on its front and back capable of scanning a user’s face within “millionths of a second”. The Wall Street Journal has now learned that the phone’s deep-sensing scanners work in low-light situations, even in complete darkness.... Read the rest of this post here

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Another working Apple I being auctioned on CharityBuzz, with interesting history & extras

9to5Mac - 9 hours 15 min ago

Despite there being only a handful of Apple I computers still in working order, they do seem to come up for sale with surprising frequency. The latest one, due to be auctioned next month, has an interesting history and extras …


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Cheers and Jeers: Monday

Daily Kos - 9 hours 25 min ago


Monday Margaret and Helen Blogging

The blogosphere's feistiest octogenarians have a few post-Charlottesville words for Lord Dampnut. Helen Philpot writes…

No, Mr. President.  There were not many sides in Charlottesville.  There were just two. Right and wrong. There were white supremacists on one side and Americans who believe all people are created equal on the other side.  There were hate groups and there were Americans who oppose hate. There were neo-Nazis and… Do we really have to go beyond that? Isn’t that what we call a non-starter?  There were Nazis you stupid piece of shit and still that wasn’t clear enough for you?  Really?  You couldn’t even get this one right? On one side there were Nazis and on the other there were no Nazis, and you still came down on the wrong side? […]

Margaret and Helen blog photo True fact: their battleship is a rental.

Everyone wants to claim that we need to get back to the issues that Trump ran on.  We are quick to say that the majority of Trump voters were voting because of the economy. Well pardon my French but in this case the bullshit is both walking and talking.  This is exactly the issue he ran on.  He kicked off his campaign accusing immigrants from Mexico as being rapists and murderers.  The Republican Party owns this.  If you are a Republican today, you condone this.

Hillary Clinton called them a basket of deplorables. I prefer to call them a confederacy of dunces.  My heart goes out to Charlottesville and to this great country of ours as we suffer this fool of a man who was too stupid to know he was too stupid to be President. I mean it. Really.

Read the whole piece, including Margaret's coup de grâce, here. God only knows what we're in for this week. Hold onto your butts.

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John Oliver To Sobbing Fox Anchor: 'No One Is Making You Do It'

Crooks and Liars - 9 hours 27 min ago

John Oliver recapped the events of the past week. (I know -- I can't believe it was only one week, either) and delivered a hard truth to sobbing Fox News employees:

“Here’s a tip," he said.

“If you’re getting emotionally overwhelmed and feeling judged for defending Trump in his ‘Nazi sympathizer’ phase, stop f*king doing it."

“It’s that simple. No one is making you do it. Also, and I cannot stress this enough, how did you manage to make this about you? That’s almost impressive.”

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iPhone 8’s new 3D sensors can reportedly sense a face within millionths of a second

iDownloadBlog - 9 hours 37 min ago

According to a new report Monday from the Korea Herald, those 3D sensors said to be coming to iPhone 8 will be capable of scanning a user’s face within the millionths of a second.... Read the rest of this post here

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Durham/Triangle meet-up on 8/23

Balloon Juice - 9 hours 39 min ago

Good morning —
For the RTP-ers in the readership, let’s meet at Ponysaurus Brewing Company for beer and bites this Wednesday at 5:30. I will have green balloons on the back of my chair.



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