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'The world is now more vulnerable to smallpox'

Daily Mail - 2 hours 30 min ago
Experts have attacked the publication of the new study, led by scientists at the University of Alberta, Canada. It shows precisely how to construct horsepox - a close relative of the feared bug.

Mexican woman was dismembered and cooked on a stove by ex

Daily Mail - 2 hours 32 min ago
The dismembered remains of 28-year-old Magdalena Aguilar Romero were found on Monday inside pots on a stove in Taxco in the state of Guerrero in southern Mexico.

Albuquerqe girl brings marijuana-infused candy to school

Daily Mail - 2 hours 34 min ago
The candy belonged to the student's grandfather. She brought it to her elementary school, Albuquerque School of Excellence (pictured), believing that it was normal candy.

Gamer finds a cat asleep inside an arcade game machine

Daily Mail - 2 hours 36 min ago
The crafty feline manages to blend in with the rest of the stuffed toys as it sleeps peacefully in the arcade game in Dubai.. But after noticing the cat, the man tries several times to wake it up.

You can now share Snapchat Stories with anyone

Daily Mail - 2 hours 37 min ago
At launch, the feature is limited to Official Stories created by celebrity users like Rhianna, Our Stories, related to specific events such as music festivals, and Search Stories that appear in search.

Emma Pangelina found dead in a southern California park

Daily Mail - 2 hours 38 min ago
Emma Pangelinan, 13, was found dead around noon on Monday in a Mission Viejo, California park. She was last seen in the same town the previous day at 3:30pm.

Axios: Wray threatened to resign if McCabe removed

Hot Air - 2 hours 45 min ago

If Donald Trump had gotten his way, according to Axios’ Jonathan Swan, Jeff Sessions would have had to choose the third FBI director in less than a year. Trump has put pressure on his attorney general to get Christopher Wray to fire Andrew McCabe, the deputy director who has become a lightning rod for criticism in the wake of FBI probes into Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Wray, who took office after the controversial firing of predecessor James Comey, threatened to resign if McCabe was removed — which convinced Sessions and White House counsel Don McGahn to back off:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions — at the public urging of President Donald Trump — has been pressuring FBI Director Christopher Wray to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, but Wray threatened to resign if McCabe was removed, according to three sources with direct knowledge.

  • Wray’s resignation under those circumstances would have created a media firestorm. The White House — understandably gun-shy after the Comey debacle — didn’t want that scene, so McCabe remains.
  • Sessions told White House Counsel Don McGahn about how upset Wray was about the pressure on him to fire McCabe, and McGahn told Sessions this issue wasn’t worth losing the FBI Director over, according to a source familiar with the situation.
  • Why it matters: Trump started his presidency by pressuring one FBI Director (before canning him), and then began pressuring another (this time wanting his deputy canned). This much meddling with the FBI for this long is not normal.

That’s true enough, but these aren’t exactly normal times at the bureau either. The appearance of politicization at the FBI predates Trump, and McCabe is one of the loci of that problem. While McCabe had oversight on the Hillary Clinton probe, his wife ran for political office with the support of longtime Clinton crony Terry McAuliffe, at the time governor of Virginia. Her campaign got almost $500,000 from a McAuliffe-aligned super-PAC and another $207,000 from the state Democratic Party, over which McAuliffe exerted significant leadership if not control. That set up an obvious conflict of interest which should have resulted in McCabe either being reassigned away from the Clinton probe or taking a leave of absence.

As we are discovering now, the politicization at the FBI went beyond appearances, too. The text messages between two FBI agents talking about a “secret society” of anti-Trump agents and the establishment of an “insurance policy” against his election are evidence of direct politicization. McCabe was in an oversight position here too. If Trump wants him gone, it’s not just a tantrum, even if under normal circumstances it would be considered “meddling.”

All of this seems as though it’s old news, though. Trump was giving McCabe public beatings in July of last year, as Wray was taking over, not recently. McCabe has decided to retire as soon as he’s eligible, so he can’t really be the point of this walk down Memory Lane. Why would this leak out of the White House now? Swan has a good track record on getting stories out of the West Wing in the Trump administration, but this looks like a story someone wants told. Perhaps it’s to establish that Wray is his own man, which could mean that Wray or someone on his team leaked it — but Wray wouldn’t have been privy to McGahn’s advice, at least not directly. Team Trump might want this out in order to establish Wray’s credibility and independence, two qualities that will be needed for the Trump administration if Wray decides to push harder on the FBI’s performance in 2015-16 on the Hillary and Trump investigations.

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German Shepherd loses his temper at a puppy

Daily Mail - 2 hours 54 min ago
This four-year-old German Shepherd, Merlin, sits patiently while Magni, the new nine-month-old puppy yaps at him. But he grows increasingly annoyed by Magni's barking despite trying to keep his cool.

OMG LOL! The Onion wins the Internet (and triggers the Left) ALL in 1 tweet about the shutdown

Twitchy - 2 hours 57 min ago

We officially love The Onion.

Plenty of conservative-leaning media outlets have been making fun of Schumer and the Dem’s shutdown, but when The Onion (who honestly seems to slam people on both sides of the aisle) goes after Chucky well, that’s super special.

They couldn’t have been more accurate about this if they tried:

Nonessential Government Employee Gets Back To Work https://t.co/fvKBSvYUfH pic.twitter.com/Goe30xA7HZ

— The Onion (@TheOnion) January 22, 2018

Gold star for The Onion.

And wow, did they upset a bunch of Lefties … EL OH EL:

Only Donald tweets this early…

— Doug (@BlasDoug) January 23, 2018

And his nonessential Party.

— SMH (@NYG2348) January 22, 2018

Sad.

but it sounds like the got CHIP and didn't need to go to a filibuster. now all roads lead to DACA https://t.co/AftXj794Lj check mate

— kelley davis (@shampoovta) January 22, 2018

Eh. Actually, the GOP funded CHIP in the Continuing Resolution before the Democrats shut down the government so no … they didn’t really get anything.

But embarrassed.

The Onion did also receive some positive feedback for this tweet:

pic.twitter.com/edQUA3dSGz

— Ty (@Ty_Atty) January 23, 2018

Or at least we think it’s positive.

Why is this on he Onion? This is a real news headline.

— Daniel (@D___C___M) January 23, 2018

This actually hints to an important dysfunction in our current system. Politicians make little progress so that they seem "needed." #TermLimits

— Article V (@sgchance) January 23, 2018

Did The Onion accidentally stumble into real news here?

Even better.

Look out CNN! (ha!)

Related:

‘Dems CAVED.’ Brit Hume HUMILIATES Schumer and the Dems over their ‘shutdown’ as only HE CAN

Embrace the SUCK: Joy Reid spins Schumer’s shutdown loss as a WIN and even Dems ain’t buyin’ it

The post OMG LOL! The Onion wins the Internet (and triggers the Left) ALL in 1 tweet about the shutdown appeared first on twitchy.com.

Former Sheriff David Clarke’s Twitter Hacked by ‘Turkish Cyber Army’

Info Wars - 2 hours 57 min ago
Alleged Turkish hackers targeting prominent media figures on social media

Trump says 'nobody knows' if Congress can save DACA

Daily Mail - 2 hours 59 min ago
President Trump said Tuesday that while a deal to save the program isn't certain, last weekend's government shutdown didn't help to move the ball forward.

Trump's Tariffs On Imported Solar Panels Could Hurt The US Economy

Newsy - 3 hours 2 min ago

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The Trump administration's decision to impose new tariffs on imported solar panels could do more harm than good for the U.S. economy, critics of the move say.

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg argues the 30 percent tariff on solar panel components will cost thousands of American jobs, raise electric bills and even harm the environment.

And some in the industry say the decision could slow U.S. investment in solar power.

The president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association said in a statement that the tariffs "will create a crisis in a part of our economy that has been thriving."

Still, some U.S.-based manufacturers stand to benefit from the new tariffs as prices for competing, foreign-made solar panels go up.

It's still unclear exactly when the new tariffs will be imposed.

Facebook Employee Says New ‘Trust’ Algorithm Will Prevent Infowars & Breitbart ‘Gaming’ the System

Info Wars - 3 hours 2 min ago
Social media giant set to roll out new system that will bury more news content.

Tonya Harding's ex, Jeff Gillooly, jokes on Facebook

Daily Mail - 3 hours 4 min ago
Tonya Harding's ex, Jeff Gillooly (inset) has posted online about the attack on Nancy Kerrigan (main) for which the Oregon man was jailed - and has made comments about the film I, Tonya, now in theaters

'The Shape Of Water' Leads The Pack Of 2018 Oscar Contenders

Newsy - 3 hours 4 min ago

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The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday, and there were definitely some favorites.

"The Shape of Water" led the pack with 13 nominations, including nods for best director, original screenplay and best picture. 

Christopher Nolan's World War II film "Dunkirk" also scored big, thanks to a bunch of nominations for behind-the-scenes work like film editing and sound mixing. 

And no surprise here: "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was nominated for seven awards, including best picture, lead actress and supporting actor. 

One of 2017's biggest hits — "Get Out" — scored nominations for best picture, lead actor, directing and original screenplay. The only horror film to ever win the best picture Oscar was "The Silence of the Lambs" in 1992. 

Other films up for best picture include "Call Me by Your Name," "Darkest Hour," "Dunkirk," "Lady Bird," "Phantom Thread" and "The Post."

Jimmy Kimmel is once again hosting the Oscars ceremony, which will take place March 4. 

It would be funny if the White House replaced all of the candy in the restocked vending machine with healthy snacks

Twitchy - 3 hours 7 min ago

Just to come full circle, the White House press break room’s vending machine was restocked on Monday even though the government was still technically shut down:

Important update from the White House press area. The Government is still shutdown however the vending machine has been restocked. pic.twitter.com/nKc2K5C6i7

— Noah Gray (@NoahGrayCNN) January 22, 2018

WTH. Feeding reporters is an essential service? They can’t break in snacks from home?

As we told you over the weekend, the machine was cleaned out and reporters had nothing to munch on as they covered the funding crisis:

Nothing so clearly says long day and late night at WH press room: pic.twitter.com/ZNUuvKour9

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 20, 2018

Someone even finally ate the last pack of Elfin Crackers:

Update: In what was certainly an act of utter desperation someone went for the Elfin crackers and thus the @WhiteHouse press break room snack vending machine is now depleted. #governmentshutdown pic.twitter.com/IMIoHFgazV

— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) January 20, 2018

Well, since the press is so concerned about the president’s diet and weight and all, maybe the White House should replace all of the candy and chips in the vending machine with healthy snacks? You know, so the people in the media can lead by example.

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Mark Knoller tweets sad photo of White House vending machine as shutdown looms https://t.co/FGVAsHsS4Z

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 20, 2018

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Facebook Created A Unit Of Time You Probably Won't Use

Newsy - 3 hours 7 min ago

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Facebook made a new unit of time — frame ticks, or flicks. One flick is equal to exactly one 705,600,000th of a second, and you probably won't use it unless you work with visual or audio effects. 

That's because flicks deal with frames per second. The typical movie is shot with 24 frames per second, so each of those frames equals 29,400,000 flicks. 

SEE MORE: Facebook Basically Says Social Media Can 'Damage' Democracy

It's a really big number, but the idea is to make life a little easier for people working with video or audio, because they have to work with fractions of a second. 

Facebook is offering its code online free for people who want to download it and put flicks to use. 

Blind woman looks after 12 grandchildren in rural China

Daily Mail - 3 hours 10 min ago
A blind grandmother who lives in a rural village in China has to look after her 12 grandchildren together with her husband, who is partially deaf. The disabled couple have four sons, who live and work in cities.

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