Beast Fiction: Christopher Bollens The Destroyers

July 4, 2017

Ive never known the specifics of Charlies familys wealth. Like pools or country houses or fathers with healthy, poorly hidden porn collections, money was just a condition that some kids had and others didnt. Thats not to say I didnt realize early on that the Konstantinou fortune trumped my ownthat I was a votive candle set beside a bonfire. Their residence was a labyrinthine, low-ceilinged duplex on the forty-eighth floor…

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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 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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This course can help you finally figure out how to make money while using Facebook

July 2, 2017

Image: Pixabay Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Let’s be real. After you picked up that fancy diploma, you lost all interest in learning skills that won’t help you earn a higher paycheck. If you work in marketing, you probably already know the importance of Facebook in advertising, building brand awareness, and driving purchases. But nearly anyoneeven marketing neophytescan…

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Showcase your obsession with Murica with red, white, and blue everything

July 1, 2017

Keep your beer close at hand with this patriotic fanny pack.Image: Tipsy elves Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. You know who looks good in stars and stripes? Everyone. If dads old American flag muscle tee isnt looking too hot anymore or you cant seem to get the red, white, and blue face paint just right, these products may…

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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 the U.S. can defend its elections from cyberattacks

June 30, 2017

Mandatory Credit: Photo by MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock (7426437h) Voting Polls Virginia US presidential election voting, Alexandria, Virginia, USA – 08 Nov 2016 Image: MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock Amid the cybersecurity whirlwind that has been May and Junewhen the world got its first taste of what widespread ransomware attacks are capable of (WannaCry) and the continued wave of attacks that is still unfolding globally (Petya/NonPetya)the publics attention has yet again been pulled away from the news…

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Life Under Trumpcare ‘Would Be Terrifying’: Stories From The Front Lines Of Health Care

June 29, 2017

WASHINGTON Much of the deliberation over the Senates bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act is taking place behind closed doors. Key senators have yet to make their views heard. Some have sought to avoid reporters questions about the bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell(R-Ky.) had hoped to vote on the legislation without so much as a single hearing. But with the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Officeanalysis showing that the bill…

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Democrats Pan ‘Cynical And Immoral’ GOP Health Care Bill After CBO Score Released

June 27, 2017

The legislation intends to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, and has already faced tough criticism from Democrats like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who last week described the proposals tax savings for the wealthy as blood money. Throwing 22 million Americans off of health insurance, raising premiums for older Americans, defunding Planned Parenthood and giving $231 billion in tax breaks to the top 2 percent…

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Are Republicans feeling the pressure on health care? They’re sure acting like it

June 27, 2017

Atrio of keyRepublican senators indicated on the major Sunday morning shows that they either cant support the bill in its current form or are still weighing concerns about it. Maine Sen.Susan Collins, for one, said she has serious concerns about the bill, citing its deep cuts to Medicaid and its stripping of federal funds from Planned Parenthood. And with the high-stakes vote potentially just days away, Collins cast doubt on…

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A Look at Energy Markets After the First Five Months of Trump

June 26, 2017

As the White House kicks off “Energy Week,” here’s a look at how energy markets are faring so far this year — and how the Trump administration stands to change them: COAL: President Donald Trump has killed a stream-water protection rule that threatened to curb coal operations, directed the Interior Department to lift a amid supply cuts in China and Australia that spurred a price rally for metallurgical coal (the…

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Could Trump’s vague plan to expand rural broadband actually work? It’s hard to tell

June 25, 2017

A sign in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hangs on a farming tractor near a polling station in Cave Creek, Arizona. (Photo by )Image: Ralph Freso/Getty Images If you live in the country, there’s a good chance you don’t have broadband-speed internet. Only one in ten Americans lack access to a connection that meets the government’s new standard for the designation, but more than two thirds of them…

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Toilet charity renames Indian village after Trump to raise awareness

June 24, 2017

A poster with the image of U.S. President Donald Trump is set up at Marora village, unofficially renamed "Trump Village."Image: MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images During Donald Trump’s first few months in office he’s unexpectedly inspired a great deal of bathroom-related discussion, ranging from urine-themed jokes to trademarked Trump toilet paper. But the latest association between the U.S. President and toilets comes from a charity effort that hopes to provide a small…

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The rise of the Facebook star

June 24, 2017

Image: Laura Clery Laura Clery lives the Hollywood dream. She moved to Los Angeles at 17 to be an actress. She slept on friends’ couches and ate their food as she worked to get an agent and learn the ins and out of the industry. She ended up landing the first commercial she auditioned for. “I was like, ‘Oh, this is easy,’” Clery said with a laugh. Thirteen years later,…

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Most Americans Don’t Think Religious-Based Discrimination Should Be Lawful

June 22, 2017

A number of Christian groups and outlets applauded the bill. But according to a new report by the Public Religion Research Institute, support for religiously based service refusals is quickly declining. Thats roughly the same percentage that opposed such refusals in a similar study PRRI conducted last year. But a breakdown of the results reveals that across religious groups, support for religiously based service refusals is declining. No group witnessed…

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Instagram Stories is hurting Snapchat more than we thought

June 21, 2017

Image: lili sams/mashable Instagram Stories is still eating Snapchat alive, and we have fresh data to prove it. Instagram’s Stories now have 250 million daily active users, up from 200 million in April, according to the company. At the same time, engagement with Snapchat Stories declined 50 percent in June compared with the same time last year, according to new numbers from social analytics company Delmondo. “We saw a decline…

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Megyn Kelly’s Alex Jones Interview Had Lower Ratings Than A Game-Show Rerun

June 20, 2017

In the end, the fierce dispute over whether Kelly should have given air time to Jones seems to have garnered a lot more attention than her interview with him. Kellys show was not only beaten out by an ABC rerun of Americas Funniest Home Videos that attracted 3.7 million viewers, but also by a CBS rerun of 60 Minutes watched by 5.3 million viewers, and Foxs U.S. Golf Open Championship…

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Patagonia’s CEO Is Ready To Lead The Corporate Resistance To Trump

June 18, 2017

NEW YORK On a cloudy May morning, Rose Marcario, the chief executive of outdoor retailer Patagonia, stared out a second-story window of a Manhattan restaurant, watching construction workers jackhammer the street below. The workers made her think of her grandfather, an Italian immigrant who, after making it through Ellis Island in the 1920s, got his first job digging the streets of this city. He earned 10 cents a day and…

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Snap’s stock price is hovering at an all-time low

June 16, 2017

Image: mashable/lili sams Own a piece of Snapchat, they said. You’ll be cool, they said. SEE ALSO: Snapchat is on a crusade to show why it’s better than Facebook (hint: size isn’t everything) If you took that advice, you’re probably not in a good place. Snap’s stock fell to its IPO price of $17 on Thursday, a significant barometer for the company since it went public. It’s been tumbling down…

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Ralph Northam Wins In Democratic Primary For Virginia Governor

June 14, 2017

Although Perriello enjoyed greater support among millennials, liberals and residents of Southwestern Virginia, his campaign hopes depended on getting many of them to turn out for the first time. Its still an uphill climb for groups that are farther to the left to succeed even in a Democratic Primary, said Geoffrey Skelly, an expert in state politics at the University of Virginia. Theres a lot of excitement. But at the…

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Smirnoff uses vodka ad to epically troll President Trump

June 13, 2017

Smirnoff just served America a massive glass of IDGAF on the rocks. The vodka company’s icy-cold new ad campaign goes right after President Trump. Because we’ve now reached a point where even liquor companies can’t resist taking part in (or capitalizing on) the political resistance, Smirnoff decided to promote its America-made vodka while simultaneously trolling President Trump’s ties to Russia, using his very own words against him. SEE ALSO: James…

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Snapchat releases new research that says its for close friends

June 13, 2017

Image: snap inc. Snap’s got a message for their haters, naysayers, and short-sellers pointing to their supposedly slowing growth: New users are overrated (especially when our existing users are so engaged). At a time when Snap’s stock is hovering at a disappointingly low $18 while Facebook rolls out copycat product after copycat product, Snap released two new studies on Monday showing who’s using Snapchat, and why that is. SEE ALSO:…

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