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 in the hospital’s cardiac intensive care unit, and one week on the hospital’s cardiac floor. With …

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This guy created a live feed of Trump’s tweets on his living room wall

June 25, 2017

… news,” he said over the phone Thursday. “The way that he tweets is such a new way of running both politics and running the world.” The name couldn’t be more fitting. Image: peder dinkelspiel/visionect The artwork is called “Sign of the Times,” and the screen updates through Wi-Fi every five minutes. But what happens when, or if, Trump stops tweeting? “My guess is I’ll look for the next thing to put on my wall,” he said which, he joked, …

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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 live in rural areas. In those regions, nearly 40 percent …

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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 village …

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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 is actually a genius, and how everything he’s doing is actually …

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We now live in a world in which White House press briefings must be drawn to be seen

June 24, 2017

CNN sent a sketch artist to cover Spicer's Friday meeting.Image: Bill Hennessy When life gives you off-camera White House press briefings, make your Supreme Court sketch artist draw them. That seems to have been CNN’s thought, anyway. SEE ALSO: Twitter comedian Mike Huckabee burns CNN with 100% flawless joke The network sent its Supreme Court sketch artist Bill Hennessy to visit White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s domain on Friday. While he didn’t have his easel to …

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Here are the funniest lines from a coal CEO’s attempted takedown of John Oliver’s coal industry takedown

June 23, 2017

… announced their intention to ignore them on national television? Clinton conspiracy “[HBO parent Time Warner] is widely reported as a top ten donor of Hillary Clinton, as tracked by the Center for Responsive politics at OpenSecrets.org. As a presidential candidate, Mrs. Clinton’s agenda was to ‘put a lotta coal miners and coal companies outta business.’” Murray’s lawyers have connected the dots. This one goes all the way to the top. Anti-Trump agenda “[The …

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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 snap she was really not here for it. Nothing about @IvankaTrump‘s body …

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Republicans Hold On To Mick Mulvaney’s Old House Seat In South Carolina

June 21, 2017

… leaders. South Carolinians still have not gotten to the point where they can look at issues versus keeping it strictly partisan politics, said Horne, a co-founder of the progressive #DemEnter group. On the issues, Archie is clearly a better choice for anybody who lives in the state other than very wealthy people. Norman campaigned heavily on his commitment to helping Trump enact his agenda, including the repeal of Obamacare. He has also embraced raising the Social Security retirement age …

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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, Apple’s Tim …

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Venezuela accuses Twitter of censoring

June 20, 2017

Image: bethany clarke/getty images Venezuela is not happy with Twitter, and Twitter is staying silent. President of Venezuela Nicols Maduro accused Twitter of censoring by suspending 180 government-related Twitter accounts, including TV and radio stations, Reuters reported. SEE ALSO: Twitter’s 2-factor authentication has a serious problem President Maduro suggested the suspensions were directed at Twitter users who supported late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, who was his predecessor. …

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‘The Plot Against America’ is even more relevant today

June 19, 2017

A young Charles Augustus Lindbergh addresses the American people from the Washington Monument in 1927.Image: Historia/REX/Shutterstock The Dystopia Project is Mashable‘s book series looking at what dystopian fiction has to teach us in our new political climate. You can read past entries here. The first time I read The Plot Against America was the same year Philip Roth published it, 2004. Back then I thought it a thoroughly readable cautionary tale set in an alternate America one that …

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

June 19, 2017

… Apparently, Miley has a brother named Braison, and he made his runway debut in the fashion duo’s show. Then things got political. SEE ALSO: Miley Cyrus singing about the bees dying seems about right Cyrus (the one who’s actually famous) Instagrammed a photo from the show congratulating her brother on his career milestone. She ended her caption with a note to the designers, “PS D&G, I STRONGLY disagree with your politics…. but I do support your company’s effort …

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Google exec’s op-ed lists 4-point plan to combat terrorism on YouTube

June 19, 2017

Image: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Following a wave of terrorist attacks in the UK in recent months, Google’s senior vice-president and general counsel, Kent Walker, used one of the leading publications in the country to outline a plan to combat the use by terrorists of Google’s tools. SEE ALSO: Theresa May renews her call for internet regulation following the London Bridge attack On Sunday, Walker posted an op-ed in the Financial Times that listed four distinct steps Google is …

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The controversial Trumped-up production of Julius Caesar was interrupted by protestors, and Twitter went off

June 19, 2017

The controversial production of Julius Caesar was hit by alt-right protests.Image: AFP/Getty Images Alt-right figures Jack Posobiec and Laura Loomer attempted to shut down a performance of Shakespeare in the Park’s controversial, Trump-themed production of Julius Caesar by storming the stage and condemning other audience members for their participation in the spectacle. The show was paused, but ultimately, not shut down. Loomer, a writer for right-wing Canadian website Rebel Media, took …

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There’s a good reason governments aren’t startups

June 19, 2017

Jeb Bush wearing a hoodie in a video message to Mark Zuckerberg.Image: shutterstock/jeb!/mashable composite The hot new name in tech is France, a centuries-old startup that provides security, healthcare, and education in exchange for taxes. Newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that the country needs to “think and move more like a startup” and, presumably, less like a stodgy social democracy. SEE ALSO: Trump’s treasury secretary is ‘not worried …

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

June 18, 2017

… revenue and stores in 16 states plus D.C. provides her a much bigger platform to influence their lives than anyone in her family had two generations ago. Its also why shes decided to take on the president of the United States to stop him from rolling back decades of public land protections. We have to fight like hell to keep every inch of public land, Marcario, 52, told HuffPost last month. I dont have a lot of faith in politics and politicians right now. Ventura, California-based …

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Trump says he has over 100 million social media followers, but the math doesn’t add up

June 18, 2017

I have way more social media followers then you, loser.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock President Donald Trump, as we know, enjoys inflating the size of crowds. Even digital crowds … The president implied he had more than 100 million social media followers in a tweet on Friday morning and, well, that’s… (almost certainly) not true, unless he’s counting several government accounts. SEE ALSO: Trumpniks have no defense for the James Comey mess, so duh, they’re blaming the …

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‘Minority Report’ becomes reality with new Japanese law

June 17, 2017

Abe said the bill will help combat terrorism.Image: ROBICHON/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Minority Report came out 15 years ago but it’s now one step closer to becoming a reality. On Thursday morning, Japanese lawmakers passed a bill that allows prosecutors to monitor and arrest terrorist groups or criminal organizations who are in the process of planning a crime, Bloomberg reported. Did precrime just come to mind? The bill is eerily similar to the premise of Minority Report, the Tom Cruise film …

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Here’s a draft of the Senate’s healthcare bill they’ve been trying to hide

June 17, 2017

Image: Getty Images For weeks, Republicans in the Senate have done everything they can to try and hide their proposed healthcare bill from the public because transparency is sooooo 2016. Thankfully, we’ve obtained a very special draft of the proposed legislation, courtesy of an anonymous owl that flew by and dropped it on my desk. The owl asked that he not be named in our report for security reasons. SEE ALSO: Give Trumpcare a break: Here are all the pre-existing conditions it will …

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GOP Senator gets trolled with a perfect email prank

June 17, 2017

Look at this photograph.Image: Drew Angerer/Getty Images It’s 2017 and trolling by way of Nickelback still shows no sign of slowing down. Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska announced on Twitter Friday that he was the victim of some pretty hilarious internet trolling. Someone found a few of his email addresses, and signed him up for a bunch of promotion and fan newsletters about the most hated band on the internet, Nickelback. SEE ALSO: The secret to sounding like Nickelback, in case …

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Dennis Rodman just gave Kim Jong-un Trump’s key to success, and hoo boy here we go

June 17, 2017

Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman presents "Trump: The Art of the Deal" to North Korea's Sports Minister Kim Il Guk.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Tremendous news, everyone! There is a good chance that right at this very moment, Kim Jong-un you know, the leader of North Korea holds in his powerful hands President Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal. Yep. In a series of completely comforting and not at all stressful events, retired professional basketball player Dennis …

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Artist cleverly inserts ‘The Simpsons’ characters into real life

June 16, 2017

Artist Francois Dourlen has been tipping his cap to The Simpsons on Instagram by inserting the show’s characters into non-animated situations. Marge smiling from a flower bush, Moe mixing a cocktail likely fancier than a Flaming Moe they’re all lurking in the real world and Dourlen wants to help you spot them. SEE ALSO: Ukraine tweeting a ‘Simpsons’ GIF at Russia is peak 2017 politics #thesimpsons #flowers #marge #spring #hollidays #francoisdourlen #instagram …

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