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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An airport in Houston is using facial recognition technology on U.S. citizens

July 2, 2017

Image: michael Reynolds/Epa/REX/Shutterstock Customs and Border Protection (CBP) evidently doesn’t need Congress to begin using facial recognition of United States citizens. Officials at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and Logan International Airport in Boston earlier this week began to scan faces of U.S. citizens and other passengers on specific flights. Congress has nine times passed legislation authorizing the use of biometric technology on non-U.S. citizens as a way of…

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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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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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Trumps Tech Week did not make America great because Trump’s Tech Week was a sham

June 27, 2017

Image: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GETTY It was a full house last week at the White House as President Donald Trump opened his doors to a gaggle of tech CEOs to talk about modernizing the U.S. government. Among the all-star lineup: Apple’s Tim Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, and Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt. This week, they’re gone. They leave behind desks at departments key to bringing the government into the 21st century that have remained…

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How Hollywood Celebs Like Johnny Depp Are Hurting the Liberal Cause

June 26, 2017

On Friday morning, President Trump partook in one of his favorite rituals this side of hitting the links or avoiding Tiffany: a bill signing. The commander-in-chief, surrounded by ornamental backers, inked the Veterans Affairs Reform Acta measure that will make it easier to terminate VA employeesbefore soaking up camera flashes and cabinet applause. Among the admiring spectators was Al Baldasaro, a military veteran and New Hampshire state representative. The presence…

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Mom shares the crushing cost of her son’s medical care before the Senate votes on healthcare bill

June 26, 2017

Before the Senate votes on its bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, many people are sharing stories of how the bill would affect them. One story struck a chord with thousands of Twitter users this weekend. The mom of 3-year-old Ethan Vikash shared a photo of a medical bill for her son’s open heart surgery. The 24-line item bill came to $231,115 for 10 hours in surgery, one week…

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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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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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Marco Rubio gives Ivanka Trump a vastly one-sided hug

June 22, 2017

This is just awkward.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Sometimes a photo really is worth a thousand words. Ivanka Trump arrived at the Capitol Tuesday morning to talk paid family leave with Sen. Marco Rubio and others, but things got a little weird before they got down to business. SEE ALSO: Marco Rubio pretends he’s a winner, convinces no one Rubio went in for a hug from the first daughter and judging by this…

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College offers courses in becoming a bona fide social media influencer

June 21, 2017

Image: AFP/Getty Images Wanna become an Instagram star? Now, you can get a formal education for that. A university in China is offering courses that are meant to equip students with the skills they need for online fame. SEE ALSO: Instagram influencers are utter nonsense, and Fyre Fest proves it From make-up classes, catwalk practice to dance performances, the Yiwu Industrial and Commercial College (YWICC) near Shanghai says it knows…

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Trump called on tech giants and most of them came

June 20, 2017

President Donald Trump wants to modernize government systems, and he is asking the CEOs of the world’s largest tech companies for help. Many executives, like those at Apple, Amazon, and Google, are listening and offering their words of wisdom, while others, like Facebook, appear to be keeping their distance at least publicly. SEE ALSO: Former Twitter chief likens Trump meeting to ‘waterboarding’ On Monday, tech leaders, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos,…

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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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Miley Cyrus and Dolce & Gabbana are in a political Instagram feud. Alright!

June 19, 2017

Miley Cyrus is not noddin' her head like yeah to Dolce & GabbanaImage: Stevan A Henry/Getty Images The greatest celebrity social media beefs are the ones we never saw coming, and Miley Cyrus vs. Dolce & Gabbana over Melania Trump certainly checks that box. What a truly dizzying collection of proper nouns! It started, as these things often do, with one of the less famous members of a famous family…

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Obviously UK politicians are using WhatsApp to plot who will take over Theresa May’s job

June 11, 2017

Hey, May, what's the word about your future on WhatsApp?Image: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock The last few days have been rough for United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May. The election she called for, meant to consolidate power for her conservative party ahead of Brexit negotiations, backfired and cost her side a crucial majority in parliament. SEE ALSO: This photo perfectly sums up the state of British politics in 2017 That self-inflicted blow,…

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Student who refused to take photo with Paul Ryan just wrote a searing op-ed about why she resisted

June 6, 2017

Image: Getty Images The leader of the resistance to Paul Ryan is not even old enough to drive yet. Jordan McCray-Robinson was one of close to 100 8th grade students from South Orange Middle School who recently refused to participate in a photo-op with House Speaker Paul Ryan in May. Now, McCray-Robinson is back resisting Ryan. The young student published an op-ed today for her local newspaper, The Village Green,…

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Ivanka Trump’s brand gets Memorial Day very, very wrong

May 30, 2017

Image: chip somodevilla/Getty Images Memorial day is supposed to be the day Americans come together to pay respect to the people who’ve died while serving the countryor, if you’re Ivanka Trump, make popsicles. On Sunday, the Ivanka Trump brand posted a painfully tone deaf tweet just in time for the holiday. SEE ALSO: 8th graders refuse to take a photo with Paul Ryan because they don’t “want to be associated…

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8th grade students refuse to take a photo with Speaker Ryan because they just don’t like him

May 29, 2017

Image: win mcnamee/Getty Images Speaker Ryan is one of the most unpopular politicians in the country and he’s polling particularly poorly among one 8th grade class. Eighth grade students from South Orange Middle School in South Orange, New Jersey were on a school trip to Wasshington D.C. on Friday when they were given a very special opportunity: a photo-op with Speaker Paul Ryan. Under normal circumstances, many students would leap…

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Political ‘bromances’ that rival Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron

May 29, 2017

Some would argue that the word “bromance” does not belong in the world of politics, but they’d be wrong. It’s hard not to get swept up in the budding friendships of international leaders with all the photo ops and viral videos. You may be familiar with Barack Obama and Joe Biden’s solid relationship, but that’s not the only political bromance you need to know. Here are some friendships that have…

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10 apps Donald Trump needs way more than Twitter

May 26, 2017

Image: vicky leta/mashable Donald Trump’s using his iPhone wrong. The President reportedly (finally!) has an iPhone. And yet, he’s only installed a single, solitary app on it: Twitter. Of course. SEE ALSO: Twitter has all the answers for Trump’s ‘orb of doom’ photo No matter what side of the political aisle you fall on, most of us can probably agree that more access to Twitter isn’t exactly something Trump needs,…

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J.K. Rowling claps back at Fox contributor in the wake of the Manchester attack

May 26, 2017

J.K. Rowling was not impressed with Laura Ingraham's tweet.Image: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock/mashable composite Tributes and vigils have been taking place across the world in the days following Monday’s bomb attack in Manchester. The Eiffel Tower went dark on Tuesday to honour the victims. This is something that’s been done before in the wake of previous terror attacks. It’s meant as a show of solidarity, and a way to pay tribute to…

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