A thesaurus of vaguely critical words Republicans use to chideTrump instead of taking action

July 23, 2017

Image: mark wilson/Getty Images Over the past few months, Republicans in Congress have bravely taken on President Trump by using some of the toughest adjectives they remember from their SAT workbook. Sure, they could theoretically take “real” action by demanding his tax returns, challenging him on his non-divestment from his businesses, or not voting for his dangerously under-qualified appointees. But why act, when you can instead vote for his entire…

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Business witches of Instagram take sorcery to a new level

July 23, 2017

Image: ambar del moral/mashable Katie Karpetz is a business witch. No, really. Karpetz, a Canadian who identifies as a bog witch because of her unruly hair, is literally in the business of selling products marketed specifically for other witches. SEE ALSO: Instagram shares magical ‘Harry Potter’ illustration to mark 20-year anniversary She sells everything from vintage amethyst tower wands designed to soothe insomnia, to custom-made “witch bottles” whose recipes are…

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Twitter imagines who else could have possibly been at Trump Jr.’s Russia meeting

July 17, 2017

Donald Trump Jr. delivers a speech for the opening of Trump International Tower and Hotel in Canada.Image: Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images The world is slowly piecing together more and more of the puzzle that is Donald Trump Jr. meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016. A cascade of revelations on Friday made it clear that the gathering wasn’t as intimate as first suggested. In fact, the…

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9 nicknames I gave Donald Trump that did nothing to stop his authoritarianism

July 10, 2017

Image: andrew harrer/Getty Images Since Donald Trump’s election, it has felt hopeless staring down the barrel of the rise of fascism, feeling as if nothing we do or say is being heard by our government. But I, however, will not stand down. So I came up with these rude and crude nicknames for our president that, sadly, did not have the affect on the Trump administration I imagined they would….

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Ivanka Trump sat in for her dad at a G20 session, but no one remembers electing her

July 10, 2017

Image: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images It’s fairly common practice for government ministers to briefly sub in for world leaders at summits like G20. What’s less common and more controversial is for the unqualified children of world leaders to take their parents’ seats. Anyway, guess what happened! Ivanka Trump, who, as you’ll recall, “tries to stay out of politics,” did exactly the opposite at a G20 session on Saturday. SEE ALSO: Ivanka…

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Angela Merkel is the internet’s newest hero. Here’s why.

July 9, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump execute a near-perfect handshake on the eve of theG20 summit in Hamburg on July 6, 2017.Image: AFP/Getty Images Angela Merkel is the last politician you’d expect to go viral. The German chancellor is typically careful and measured. She’s consistently worn the same haircut and pantsuit combination for years. Her hands are regularly folded into what observers call the Merkel diamond. She…

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We went through and rated every Trump handshake so far at G20

July 8, 2017

Image: Getty Images The G20 summit is fully underway in Hamburg, and even though our fearless* leader Donald Trump had a lot of trouble finding a hotel room, he showed up. And he shook some hands. As Mashable’s resident Handshake Expert, I went through all the pictures I could find of Trump shaking hands with another person and carefully studied each one. SEE ALSO: A step-by-step guide to utterly botching…

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Carry a watermelon if you want to be Instagram trendy this summer

July 8, 2017

Flamingos are old hat. For this summer’s most coveted accessory, you need not look any further than your fruit bowl. The watermelon trend is exploding all over Instagram right now, and it’s a refreshing if not slightly odd change from the tired old unicorns in our feed. SEE ALSO: Watermelon dresses are the only hot new summer fad that won’t annoy you Fashion journalist Ana Kinsella spotted the proliferation of…

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Justin Trudeau casually hung out with Queen Elizabeth II, to the internet’s delight

July 7, 2017

We heard the internet really has a thing for a little-known politician named Justin Trudeau (ever heard of him?). Because the summer news slowdown is REAL, we figured we show you another cool thing he did. The Canadian Prime Minister travelled to Scotland Wednesday for a private audience with the Queen herself at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg. It looks like he had a…

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How Americas Aircraft Carriers Could Become Obsolete

July 3, 2017

President Donald Trump has been consistent in his argument that the U.S. Navy has shrunk to a woefully inadequate size. The Republican has repeatedly said he wants the service to expand, including a fleet of a dozen aircraft carriers. That plan isn’t in the Pentagon’s current budget, but on July 22 the Navy will formally commission precautionary signal to North Korean aggression. The is the first of four planned -class carriers,…

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Justin Trudeau forgot about Alberta during his Canada Day speech

July 3, 2017

Image: Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock Well, well, well… look who’s human after all. Justin Trudeau accidentally forgot to mention Alberta while passionately listing Canada’s states and provinces during his Canada Day speech Saturday. SEE ALSO: Ring in Canada Day with Trudeau’s best moments (and forget about Trump for a while) The gaffe did not go unnoticed. Got too excited somewhere over the Rockies. Sorry Alberta, I love you. Happy Canada Day! Justin…

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This Canada Day, let’s celebrate Justin Trudeau, the guy who distracts us from Trump

July 3, 2017

Image: Mashable composite: pool/getty images O Canada! it’s a big day, eh? To celebrate Canada Day 2017, which marks 150 years since the country’s founding on July 1, 1867, please allow us to reminisce fondly on Justin Trudeau‘s year in the spotlight. In the midst of America’s own political dumpster fire, Canada’s prime minister has captured hearts and inspired joy with his charming demeanor and undeniably adorable antics. We thank…

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The Rock is very happy Elizabeth Warren is a huge ‘Ballers’ fan

July 3, 2017

Image: Getty Images for Paramount Pictu Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson can smell what Elizabeth Warren is cooking … and he likes it. On Friday afternoon, the movie star tweeted this after it was revealed that the Democratic senator from Massachusetts was a big fan of the HBO show Ballers, which is basically Entourage but with sports agents:

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Grandparents in these sweet family pictures are so supposedly threatening they need to be banned

July 2, 2017

Trump's revised travel ban is keeping certain relatives from coming to the U.S.Image: David McNew/Getty Images The Trump administration’s travel ban from earlier this year just won’t go away. Now it’s affecting grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and other family members that don’t make the cut as “bona fide” relations at least, as the State Department sees it. SEE ALSO: Hilarious photo series shows the alarmingly normal lives of immigrants After…

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Trump chastises photographers for pushing and shoving in Oval Office

July 1, 2017

President Trump blasted the media yet again Friday as photographers got a bit rowdy fighting for a good spot in the Oval Office. They were jostling for space during a meeting with South Korean president Moon Jae-in. SEE ALSO: CNN gives Trump opening to blast the mediaand ignore healthcare “Fellas, easy,” Trump warned, stretching his hands out as the pack encircled him. “You guys are getting worse.” This is crazy….

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Joe and Mika ask Trump not to watch their show in blistering, but sticky, editorial

July 1, 2017

Image: michael stewart/WireImage After Trump tweeted about “Psycho Joe” and “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” yesterday, the two decided to fight back with more than his trademark, lazy 140 characters. Scarborough and Brzezinski wrote a powerful op-ed for The Washington Post Friday morning, alleging that the President had an “unhealthy obsession” with the show and encouraging him to “keep his 60-inch-plus flat-screen TV tuned to Fox & Friends instead.” SEE ALSO:…

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GOP senator compares health care to porcupine sex and then the AP fact checked him

July 1, 2017

Image: Getty Images/shutterstock/mashable composite When it comes to the intricacies of healthcare policy in the United States of America in the year 2017, there feels no better or accurate way that sums it up than the following real quote from GOP Kansas Senator Pat Roberts: “Once in Glacier National Park I saw two porcupines making love,” Roberts told reporters. Uh, Senator Roberts, the question was about health care? SEE ALSO:…

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How the internet turned harmless prank videos into a terrible embarrassment

July 1, 2017

Image: MASHABLE COMPOSITE: SAMUEL CORUM/ANADOLU AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES/YOUTUBE “It’s just a prank!” What started as a playful trend has turned into an embarrassment for the internet. It’s not “just” a prank anymore. Prank videos were once the darling of YouTube. But somewhere between the classic gags of surprising someone with an airhorn under their chair and the recent death of 22-year-old Pedro Ruiz, who was shot in the chest during a…

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MashTalk: What is Uber’s future without Travis Kalanick?

June 25, 2017

After this week, Uber is forever changed. Co-founder Travis Kalanick was forced to resign as CEO after pressure from investors over recent scandals. Those scandals? Where to begin: There are the allegations of sexual harassment and HR incompetence from Susan Fowler Rigetti. There’s the ongoing lawsuit from Alphabet’s Waymo that alleges Uber benefited from intellectual property that the now-fired head of self-driving may have stolen. There’s the Greyball program that…

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Johnny Depp issues an apology for his remarks about Donald Trump and assasinations

June 24, 2017

Image: Samir Hussein/Redferns Less than 24 hours since his foreboding question to a Glastonbury crowd, Johnny Depp has issued an apology. During remarks that proceeded a film screening, Depp suggested Donald Trump should be in attendance before asking “when was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” The uncomfortable joke sparked headlines and controversy, and now the actor is back-pedaling. SEE ALSO: Johnny Depp had a question about Donald…

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Here’s why Sean Spicer is secretly a genius

June 24, 2017

Image: alex wong/Getty Images When it comes to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, most people would not immediately label him as a “smart guy.” He has drawn criticism for making false and often controversial statements, and his general combativeness with the press. But he is human, is he not? Are you perfect? He deserves a champion. And that champion is me. I’m going to outline exactly how Sean Spicer…

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Travis Kalanick apologists sound a lot like Donald Trump supporters

June 24, 2017

Mandatory Credit: Photo by AP/REX/Shutterstock (8875114h) President Donald Trump is greeted by supporters during a rally, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Trump, Cedar Rapids, USA – 21 Jun 2017 Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock They might not be perfect, but they’re winners. In 2017, it’s a common refrain. For example: It’s how Donald Trump supporters justify supporting Donald Trump. And it’s also how Travis Kalanick supporters still justify supporting Travis Kalanick. Let’s be clear:…

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Nicola Sturgeon to face Scottish farming leaders – BBC News

June 23, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRuth Davidson asked Nicola Sturgeon whether the Scottish government will ask for an extension to the farm payments deadline Nicola Sturgeon is to address farming leaders the day after it emerged the Scottish government has again asked for an extension to the deadline for making EU subsidy payments. The European Commission has confirmed the government wants next week’s deadline extended until 15…

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Social media pressure is linked to cosmetic procedure boom – BBC News

June 22, 2017

In 2015 one market research company estimated the UK market could be worth as much as 3.6bn. But there is little doubt it has grown significantly over the past decade. Focus on body image The report identifies several factors that are encouraging young people in particular to focus on body image. These include increasing levels of anxiety around appearance, the rise of social media where photos can receive positive or…

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