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It's official: Twitter bots were enough to sway election to Trump

Twitter bots may have been influential enough to sway the 2016 presidential election to Trump, a new economic study says. According to a paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research, automated tweets were responsible for adding 3.23 percentage points to the overall vote total for Trump,...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 5:39 PM

Scientists have pinpointed the exact age at which puppies are the cutest

Puppies: Always adorable! But if you're susceptible to adoption or the inability to stop bestowing boops and num-nums, beware. Science has determined the precise age when pups reach peak cuteness. A new study found there's an "optimal age" for puppy cuteness to humans, which is...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 5:06 PM

Does Donald Trump write his own tweets? Only sometimes

In a presidential administration defined by uncertainty, one thing has been consistent: The Trump Twitter voice, a mixture of emotional volatility, baseless allegations, unnecessary capitalization and copious exclamation points. But perhaps unsurprisingly for a man who earned a living by licensing...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 3:49 PM

Michael Cohen once sent the Onion an actual cease-and-desist letter

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen once sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Onion about an op-ed written in Donald Trump's voice, seemingly unaware that the publication is satirical. It sounds like a typical Onion report, but Politico has validated that the exchange actually happened: In 2013, Cohen...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 6:59 PM

Donald Trump's refusal to use iPhone security puts him at risk for hacking and surveillance

President Trump is using an unsecured cellphone because stronger security measures would be "too inconvenient," a new report says. Trump uses two iPhones, one that's only capable of making calls, the other pre-loaded with Twitter and a few select news sites. Neither phone is equipped...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 5:24 PM

After racist rant, lawyer tweets apology; Twitter does not accept

Aaron Schlossberg, the Manhattan lawyer who was filmed berating a midtown restaurant manager for allowing his employees to speak Spanish and threatening to call immigration, issued an apology today. But Twitter isn't having it. On May 15, Schlossberg went viral after his racist rant was posted...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 4:44 PM

Meet Erik Prince, the man who set up the Trump Tower meeting

Over the weekend, the "New York Times" reported that in August 2016, Donald Trump Jr. met at Trump Tower with an Israeli social-media expert and a representative of two wealthy Arab princes about how they could help Trump's presidential campaign. The meeting was set up by Erik Prince...

Monday, May 21, 2018, 6:09 PM

Will Robert Mueller's investigation really end on September 1?

Over the weekend, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said that special counsel Robert Mueller assured him that the investigation into whether President Trump obstructed justice in the Russia inquiry would be over by Sept. 1. As the one-year anniversary of the special counsel's assignment approached on...

Monday, May 21, 2018, 5:11 PM

These are the only 7 people who can call Trump directly — and one's an Obama donor

Legal analysts have described President Trump as a "nightmare client" because, for one, "he doesn't listen." But he does take some people's calls. So, who can call Donald Trump directly? In fact, the president's inner phone circle is very specific, and limited to...

Monday, May 21, 2018, 4:28 PM

Trump faked phone call about book sales while on 'SNL' set

In his first year in office, President Trump has told literally thousands of lies. And it's nothing new. In fact, before ascending to the highest office in the land, Trump was a wholesale rusemaker, known to literally create people who didn't exist in attempts to make himself look better....

Friday, May 18, 2018, 5:10 PM

More than 40 percent of Americans can't afford basic necessities: study

By traditional indicators — unemployment, inflation — the U.S. economy is blazing. But for many American families, it's their house that's on fire: Almost half can't afford basic necessities like rent and food, a new study says. Nearly 51 million U.S. households — or...

Friday, May 18, 2018, 3:08 PM

Black voters intentionally suppressed by Bannon using Cambridge Analytica

Cambridge Analytica, the Trump-aligned data firm which was found to have improperly harvested personal data from 87 million Facebook users, and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon worked to suppress the black vote in the 2016 election, a former employee told Congress on Wednesday. Christopher Wylie...

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 5:58 PM

What is Crossfire Hurricane?

Yesterday, the New York Times published a story detailing the beginnings of the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's relationship to Russia, which reported that — contrary to Trump's complaints — the agency erred on the side of secrecy about the inquiry, so as not to...

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 5:18 PM

Why one group wants to carve Trump's face into a glacier and watch it melt

Taking activist street art to sea level, a Finnish group aims to raise $500,000 so they can carve President Trump's face into a glacier and livestream it melting. The project lends several metaphors to an administration that can't be accused of being poetic: It's partly a takeoff on...

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 4:18 PM

Senate votes to save net neutrality: Here's what happens next

The Senate voted to overturn the FCC's repeal of net neutrality on Wednesday afternoon, but experts say the measure faces a tough road ahead. By 52 to 47, the Senate passed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) to undo the FCC's vote to deregulate broadband internet. The bill now heads to the...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 5:27 PM

Millennials would rather date a convicted felon than a Trump supporter

President Trump is seriously underwater with millennials. Apparently, so are his millennial supporters. That's at least according to conservative website The Daily Caller, which hit the D.C. streets to ask millennials if they would rather date a convicted felon or a Trump supporter....

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 4:39 PM

Conservatives claim liberals forced them to vote for Donald Trump

As President Trump's objectionable words and deeds continue to pile up on the world stage, a new conspiracy theory is spreading in conservative circles: It's not our fault we support Donald Trump despite his offensive actions — liberals made us do it. In Salon, "Troll Nation...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 3:17 PM

This is why Trump is suddenly really concerned about saving jobs in China

On Sunday, President Trump tweeted, "President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast. Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!" The message was widely seen as...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 3:37 AM

Eric Trump follows in Donald's footsteps, virtually shuns wife and mom on Mother's Day

On Sunday, President Trump wished his late mother a happy Mother's Day but pointedly neglected to mention first lady Melania Trump or his other two babymamas. The president's middle son, Eric, followed suit, not mentioning his mother, Ivanka, or wife, Lara. It was left to Lara to wish...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 5:20 PM

Trump mental health is proof US beef is safe for consumption: Wilbur Ross

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the U.S. beef supply is safe from mad cow disease, because President Trump eats it. The Chinese have been reluctant to accept imported American beef because they fear it's contaminated with the brain-destroying illness. Ross said there's nothing to be...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 4:29 PM