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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Facebook’s latest manifesto on fighting hate speech feels kinda whiny

June 29, 2017

All eyes are on Facebook for fighting hate speechImage: B. TONGO/EPA/REX/Shutterstock As Facebook works to become more transparent about its strategy to combat hate speech, one of its public policy leaders published a lengthy explainer on the process Tuesday. For all of the post’s enlightening details, though, it felt as if Facebook was saying, “Sorry, guys, it’s hard.” Richard Allan, Facebook’s VP of Public Policy in Europe, the Middle East,…

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Paul Manafort Retroactively Registers As A Foreign Agent For Ukraine Lobbying

June 28, 2017

Manaforts filing Tuesday with the Justice Department shows his firm was paid $17.1 million from 2012 to 2014 for lobbying work he did on behalf of a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine, according to the reports. Manafort, who ran Trumps campaign from March 2016 to August, worked on behalf of the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, a front group for former Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovych. (Yanukovych fled to Russia…

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Here’s Where Key Senators Stand On The GOP Health Care Bill

June 28, 2017

The delay came one day after the Congressional Budget Office estimated that 22 million people would lose coverage under the GOP plan, thanks in large part to massive cuts to Medicaid. Heres a look at where the senators who forced McConnell to postpone the vote currently stand: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) Heller, the first moderate senator to oppose the legislation, has vowed to withhold support for the bill because of…

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Sarah Palin Sues The New York Times

June 28, 2017

Palin filed the complaint over an editorialthe Times published this month following the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) at a baseball game in Virginia. Titled Americas Lethal Politics, the piece initially linked activity by Palins political action committee to another shooting in Arizona in 2011 that killed six people and injured Giffords and a dozen others. That link was never established, and the Times issued a correction…

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Stormont power-sharing talks going down to the wire – BBC News

June 28, 2017

Sticking points as Stormont deadline looms Tory-DUP deal: What you need to know How will the 1bn be spent? How will deal affect Stormont talks? On Tuesday, Secretary of State James Brokenshire said there had been “intensive engagement” but warned that time for a deal was running short, stressing that the deadline was set down in law. The parties have until 16:00 BST on Thursday to restore the executive or…

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

June 21, 2017

Norman, a 63-year-old real estate developer and former state lawmaker, replaces fellow Republican Mick Mulvaney, who left Congress to become President Donald Trumps budget director. Parnell, a 66-year-old tax attorney, mounted an unusually ambitious challenge in the district where the conservative Mulvaney cruised to re-election in 2016.His scrappy campaign, and the support it received from the national Democratic Party, excited local activists accustomed to being written off by party leaders….

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Clutter wants to store your stuff but help you not forget it exists

June 15, 2017

Image: clutter Clutter is disrupting its own name. SEE ALSO: This startup wants to be the QVC of your smartphone The two-year-old startup takes the stuff you don’t use out of your home and makes sure you don’t just put it in a disorganized storage unit. Clutter, based in Los Angeles, employs movers and software engineers who work together to build a sophisticated system of packing and storing, where each…

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Uber board member resigns after making ridiculous, sexist joke

June 14, 2017

Image: ERIC RISBERG/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK Update, Tuesday June 13, 6:30 pm PST: An Uber board member who made a misogynistic remark in a meeting to address the company’s systemic sexual harassment resigned late Tuesday, an Uber spokesperson confirmed. David Bonderman reportedly caused a stunned silence at an all-hands meeting earlier in the day when he joked that a company board with more than one woman means “it’s more likely that there will…

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PM ‘must listen’ to other parties over Brexit says Cameron – BBC News

June 14, 2017

Speaking in Paris after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron, Mrs May said there was a “unity of purpose” to get on with the process, reiterating that she wanted to maintain a “close relationship” with the EU. What are the Brexit options? Gove says Brexit ‘consensus’ needed Reality Check: Has the election changed EU views of Brexit? She is currently trying to negotiate the terms of a deal with the Democratic…

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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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Jeff Sessions And The Trump Team Really Don’t Want To Say ‘Executive Privilege’

June 14, 2017

I am protecting the right of the president to assert it if he chooses, Sessions told members of the intelligence committee, adding that there may be other privileges the White House could invoke in the future. Conversations with the president are inherently confidential, he said, and it would be improper for him to waive that confidentiality without clear approval from Trump. Executive privilege is a loosely defined concept meant to…

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Kim Jong Un Pal Dennis Rodman Reportedly Heading To North Korea

June 13, 2017

Rodman was spotted at Beijing International Airport Monday and is expected to land in North Korea Tuesday, two Pyongyang officials told CNN. Rodman knows PresidentDonald Trump personally he was a contestant on Trumps TV reality program Celebrity Apprentice and endorsed him during the campaign. Rodman said at a talk three months ago at West Point that Trump told him he wanted to visit North Korea. Rodmans agent,Chris Volo, said at…

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Facebook adds badges so your politicians know who you are

June 8, 2017

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke at Harvard's commencement in May 2017.Image: facebook/mark zuckerberg Facebook is turning into more and more of a Town Hall. SEE ALSO: Facebook’s new Pride Month features celebrate the LGBTQ community with style The social network introduced three features Wednesday that are meant to help elected officials better connect with their constituents and vice-versa. The products provide a way for politicians to identify local constituents and…

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James Comey Reportedly Will Testify He Never Told Trump He Wasn’t Under Investigation

June 7, 2017

Former FBI Director James Comey is reportedly set to testify he never told President Donald Trump that he was not under investigation in connection with Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to and . While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively…

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With A Flick Of His Mood, Trump Throws Allies Off Balance

June 7, 2017

President Donald Trump on Tuesday into a complex and escalating dispute between the state of Qatar and several of its Middle Eastern neighbors. Trump tweeted his support for the decision by Saudi Arabia and several other Persian Gulf nations to cut ties with Qatar, accusing the longtime U.S. ally and host to an instrumental U.S. military base of funding extremists. Trumps brazen comments Tuesday were the latest in a series…

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We (Still) Dont Know If Trump Believes In Climate Change

June 3, 2017

But as he pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement Wednesday, officials wanted to do anything but discuss the presidents current views on the issue. Asked about Trumps climate views on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he hadnt discussed the matter with the president. On Friday, Spicer again said he hadnt had a chance to talk to Trump about it. There is widespread scientific…

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Vox could become a better version of Mediumand The Ringer could be its first step

June 1, 2017

Image: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Of all the horrible things the internet has brought us, the word “platisher” is among the worst. That’s the word used back in 2013 when Medium first launched. The brainchild of Twitter cofounder Ev Williams, Medium at the time was one of the most beautiful things onlinevery much the opposite of the word used to describe it. The company also launched with some of its own content,…

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Airbnb removes tone-deaf teepee ad after Native American activist backlash

May 31, 2017

Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Airbnb is in hot water over its clumsy treatment of Native American culture. The housing rental service hastily scrubbed an ad from its social media profiles on Tuesday after Native American scholars and activists slammed it for racial insensitivity. The post featured a listing for an “off-the-grid” teepee, where visitors are promised a “true Sioux style” experience. @NativeApprops @Airbnb Companies only show parts of Indigenous life…

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White House Dodges Questions About Kushner Meetings With Russians

May 31, 2017

White House press secretary Sean Spicer dodged questions Tuesday afternoon about President Donald Trumps son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and what Trump did or didnt know about Kushners meetings last year with Russian officials. Mr. Kushners attorney has said that Mr. Kushner has volunteered to share what he knows with Congress about the meetings, Spicer told reporters during the daily press briefing. The Washington Post and other major outlets reported last week…

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South Carolina Democrat’s Poll Shows Progress Against GOP Rival

May 31, 2017

The margin is an improvement from a 16-point deficit in March, according to a summary of the Anzalone Liszt Grove Research Group polling obtained by HuffPost that wasfirst reported by The Washington Post. The special election to fill the seat vacated by White House budget director Mick Mulvaney will occur the same day Democrats hope to take control of Georgias 6th Congressional District, where Democrat Jon Ossoff is up against…

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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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VS Angel Stella Maxwell Reveals A Bold Trend You Can Rock At The Beach This Summer

May 26, 2017

Now that summer is approaching, Im sure many of us feel inspired by this warm weather to get outside and exercise. I personally wait until May/June to even buy sneakers because lets be real Im spending all winter bundled in bed eating junk food and watching Netflix. However, now that its almost Memorial Day weekend, Id like to uhhhhh, tone my entire body before getting into a swimsuit. And who…

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Trump Should Be ‘Scared’ Of Comey Testimony, Says Former FBI Director’s Friend

May 25, 2017

President Donald Trump should be concerned when former FBI Director James Comey testifies before Congress later this month. That, at least, is the view from a self-described confidant of Comeys, Benjamin Wittes. Wittes spoke to CNNs Anderson Cooper on Tuesday night, telling the anchor, I thoughtit was interesting and very telling that he [Comey]declined any opportunity to tell his story in private. He clearly wants to do it in a…

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Manchester Arena attack: Scots girl still missing – BBC News

May 24, 2017

‘Shock and disbelief’ Mr MacNeil told the BBC on Tuesday: “Laura is in hospital. She’s alive, she’s in a serious condition. We are still very worried for her, of course, the whole island is worried. “We are very worried for Eilidh MacLeod. Our hearts go out to both families. It’s been a huge shock to everyone on the island.” UK threat level raised to highest level Scots in hospital after…

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