Trump Donates $78,000 To Antietam Battlefield, But National Parks Still Set To Lose $1.5 Billion

July 6, 2017

Marylands Antietam National Battlefield, the site of the bloodiest one-day battle in U.S. history, will receive a $78,333 donation from the president to help fund two restoration projects, and additional donations to the battlefield from the National Park Foundation and several historic trusts will bring the full amount to more than $263,000. As both the Secretary of the Interior and a military veteran, Im deeply honored and humbled to deliver…

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For George Washington a Sword Was Much More Than an Accessory

July 4, 2017

Authors Intro: In Riding with George, I use my background as a war correspondent, sports reporter, and amateur equestrian to focus on Washingtons exploits as a foxhunter, woodsman, warrior, and man of manners, explaining how Georges performances helped crystallize his contribution to our modern ideas of sportsmanship and chivalry, even as they also highlight the intimate ties between sports and war. It isnt difficult to understand George Washingtons interest in…

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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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EPA Plans New Climate Science Critique, Swapping Peer Review For Red Vs. Blue Politics

July 1, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency has already its website dedicated to climate change, of scientific advisory board members, and to alter her congressional testimony to include more political talking points. Now EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt plans to launch a new initiative aimed at challenging the widely accepted conclusion that the climate is changing due to the influx of planet-warming gases caused by burning fossil fuels, industrial farming and large-scale deforestation. The…

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Cuts To Medicaid In GOP Health Bill Would Get Even Bigger Over Time, CBO Says

June 30, 2017

That big cut to Medicaid that Republicans swear isnt part of their health care legislationwould get even bigger in the future, a new government report predicts. In fact, by 2036, the federal government would be spending 35 percent less on Medicaid than it would if current laws remained in place, according to the projection. The report, which the nonpartisanCongressional Budget Office published Thursday afternoon, comes with the usual uncertainty that…

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How to get a job at: Getty Images

June 23, 2017

Image: Shutterstock / lOvE lOvE “How to get a job at:” is a series of interviews with hiring managers at companies in order to provide specific and useful insight into… well, how to get a job. Read the first installment here. Imagine standing on the red carpet of the Met Gala, photographing Rihannas ensemble and immortalizing this moment for years to come. Thats just another day in the life for…

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Let’s Be Honest, Donald Trump Will Survive James Comey’s Testimony

June 8, 2017

When former FBI Director James Comey appears before Congress on Thursday, he will reveal painful truths about the pressures President Donald Trump put on him. He will add explosive chapters to the ongoing saga of Russias interference in the 2016 election. He may very well end up raising questions about Trumps temperament. But one thing hes unlikely to do, even the presidents critics concede, is expedite Trumps demise. Watergate did…

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What does a Facebook Like really mean?

June 7, 2017

Image:  Kay Nietfeld/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images What’re you saying when you “Like” a story about the Syrian Civil War in your Facebook News Feed? Maybe that you enjoyed reading the story. Or maybe the fact the story’s even being covered in the first place. Or just the idea that whoever posted the article is spreading some kind of awareness. Of course, you could just be expressing your approval for the war in…

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A comprehensive look at the antics of national court jester Sean Spicer

June 6, 2017

Sean Spicer drinking his iced coffee from what appears to be a small coffee stirrer, not a straw.Image: REX/Shutterstock Throughout President Trump’s brief time in office, an MVP has stood out in the administration like a head emerging from some neatly trimmed bushes: Sean Michael Spicer. In just a few months, Trump’s White House Press Secretary has distinguished himself as America’s very own court jester, distracting from the political chaos…

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Election 2017: What do leaders do in their spare time? – BBC News

June 4, 2017

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May often heads to the hills with her husband Philip Prime Minister Theresa May likes to stretch her legs up and down hills and mountains, saying she decided to call the current election while walking in the Welsh mountains. Mrs May has also said she and her husband Philip enjoy “quite strenuous walking up mountains in Switzerland”. It may be worth remembering that the…

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New Jersey Democrat Faces Criticism For Goldman Sachs Investment In Abusive Company

June 4, 2017

The campaign of attorney Jim Johnson, Murphys closest competitor in the race, criticized Murphy for serving as president of Goldman Sachs Asia at a time when the division profited from an investment in Yue Yuen Industrial, a Taiwan-based shoemaker. Human rights groups claim to have documented widespread labor abuses by Yue Yuen, including the company docking workers already modest pay for mistakes and running factories where machines sometimes severed workers…

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Election 2017: The area of Scotland where two votes are taking place – BBC News

June 2, 2017

Voters in one part of Scotland will be choosing their MSP as well as their MP on 8 June. Here’s all you need to know about the by-election in Ettrick, Roxburgh and Selkirk. Why two elections? Under previous boundaries, as Roxburgh and Berwickshire, it was won by Lib Dem Euan Robson in 1999 and 2003, with the Conservatives in second place each of those years. Mr Lamont then dethroned Mr…

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Rare cigarette paintings up for auction – BBC News

May 28, 2017

Image copyright Imperial Tobacco The rare paintings, which formed the basis of the company’s advertising campaigns, have never been on public display, the auctioneer said. The Horizon building, which was built in 1972 at a cost of 14m, was one of the most modern factories of the time. Image copyright Imperial Tobacco The oil and watercolour paintings depicting children playing with cigarettes and women gleefully smoking, were painted before awareness…

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Trump Reportedly Asked Intel Chiefs To Publicly Deny Russia Ties

May 23, 2017

According to the report, Trump asked Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers to publicly deny that there is any evidence of connections between Trumps team and Russia. Those requests reportedly came in late March, after then-FBI Director James Comey confirmedthat his bureau was looking into the Trump campaigns ties to Russia. The Post also said that White House officials sought to influence Comey…

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Can you find the scared government official trying to hide?

May 21, 2017

Image: ambar del moral/mashable composite/getty images Washington in the middle of a crisis of historic proportions, and our brave leaders are responding the best way they know how: by hiding in the bushes. The past few months have produced story after story of elected officials trying to run from the people they’re supposed to have relationships with. Constituents can’t find their senators, senators can’t find other senators, and no one…

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Watch Toby Keith Play An All-Male Show In Saudi Arabia During Trump’s Visit

May 21, 2017

Keith,author of a song parenthetically titled The Angry American, performed the free show alongside Saudi singer Rabeh Saqer in the nations capital, Riyadh, on a stage lined with red, white and blue lights and American flags. Keith played some of his own material, including the song Shouldve Been A Cowboy, in addition to some instrumental music with Saqer. Another epic moment @rabehsaqer playing oud (Arabian lute) on @officialtobykeith song #history…

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Another White Supremacist Monument Comes Down. At Least 700 More To Go.

May 20, 2017

Its the fourth and final Confederate monument the city hadslated to take down, and its removal marks the end of one of Americas more successful and publicized campaigns to expel symbols of white supremacy from public property. This cult had one goal, he explained, through monuments and through other means, to rewrite history to hide the truth, which is that the Confederacy was on the wrong side of humanity. The…

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Bush, Obama Lawyers Slam Trump’s Possible Meddling In FBI Russia Probe

May 18, 2017

Asked at a Wednesday conference if he could hypothetically conceive of a similar conversation between former President George W. Bush and a top law enforcement official about an ongoing criminal investigation, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey was emphatic. Neil Eggleston, former President Barack Obamas White House counsel during the last years of his administration, responded similarly. Comey had been leading the FBI investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with…

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