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The CIA Runs ‘Shark Tank’ Competitions Internally For New Tech Ideas

The ABC show Shark Tank gives aspiring entrepreneurs a chance to pitch business investors on their ideas. And according to new reports, the CIA has its own version of Shark Tank to get personnel thinking about espionage technology in innovative ways. R… Continue reading

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Swedish Prosecutors Drop Rape Investigation of Julian Assange Based on a Technicality

Swedish prosecutors just announced that they are dropping the rape investigation against Julian Assange, the cofounder of Wikileaks. But it’s not yet clear if Assange will leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London anytime soon.

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Which Astronaut Recently Got Fired From NASA for $1,600 in Fake Taxi Receipts?

Last December, an astronaut with NASA was fired for submitting over $1,600 in fake reimbursements for taxis they didn’t take. And strangely enough, we don’t know who it is.

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Chris Cornell’s Last Tweet Shows Just How Surprising His Death Was Last Night at 52

When a celebrity dies unexpectedly, there’s a strange new ritual that fans partake in as we remember the person’s contributions to our lives. We scour the internet for the social media posts for a glimpse of their last moments. In the case of Chris Cornell, the lead singer for Soundgarden who died last night at the…

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How to Watch Trump’s Speech Today in the Middle of His Administration’s Complete and Total Meltdown, No Cable Required

President Donald Trump is making the commencement speech today at the US Coast Guard Academy graduation ceremony in Connecticut. It’s the president’s first appearance since Trump’s complete and total meltdown last night following the revelations that he had told FBI Director James Comey he didn’t want Michael Flynn

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What’s the Emoji For Treason?

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates was fired by Donald Trump after she declined to enforce his unconstitutional Muslim travel ban. But before she got the boot, Yates warned Trump that his national security advisor, Michael Flynn, might be compromised by the Russians. And in a new interview with the New Yorker

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Here’s How to Watch Today’s Press Briefing About Trump’s Leaks to the Russians

Yesterday, Donald Trump’s national security advisor H.R. McMaster told America that the reports about Trump leaking classified info to the Russians were fake. That seems to have been a lie. But hopefully it will all get straightened out during today’s live press briefing.

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The Intel Trump Reportedly Gave the Russians Was Beyond Top Secret

On Monday, The Washington Post broke the story that President Trump told Russian officials highly classified information when he met with them in the Oval Office last week. The story has been verified by multiple news outlets, and even Trump himself seemed to verify the story in tweets from this morning. But what kind…

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Trump’s Staff Literally Gives Him Fake News That’s Printed From the Internet

Have you seen that 1977 Time magazine cover proclaiming that you need to prepare for the coming Ice Age? It’s popular on right wing sites that claim climate change is a hoax. But the magazine cover itself is 100 percent fake. Good thing nobody printed it off and showed it to the president though, right?

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Death Row Inmate Asks For Firing Squad After Multiple Botched Executions in the US

A death row inmate in Atlanta, Georgia has asked the court to execute him by firing squad. He argues that the pain medication he’s been on for the past decade would make him less susceptible to a fast death by lethal injection. And even people who aren’t taking pain medication have died in horrifying ways over the…

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North Korea Releases Video of Latest Successful Missile Test

North Korean state media just released a video showing the country’s latest missile test, the first successful test in some time. The intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) has been identified as the Hwasong-12, a new name given to the missile by North Korea. The missile was first put on display during a military…

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Guess Who Comes Up When You Google The President of the United States?

President Trump isn’t going to like this. Journalist Patrick Züst noticed something funny when he googled “donald trump office.” Can you spot it? It’s not exactly subtle.

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Trump Says He Didn’t Know Michael Flynn in 2015, Which Is a Big Fucking Lie

Last night, President Trump spoke with Lester Holt in an interview for NBC News. It’s truly a jaw-dropping conversation for a number of reasons, but there’s one important lie that everyone seems to have missed. Trump said that he didn’t know Michael Flynn in 2015. This simply isn’t true.

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Russia’s Flickr Shows Meeting With Trump, While the White House Flickr Has Mike Pence’s Rabbit

During yesterday’s meeting with Russian officials, President Trump banned all American press from attending. News outlets weren’t even allowed to take customary pre-meeting photos. But Russian state media were there. And they’ve kindly shared photos from the meeting on Flickr, complete with a Creative Commons license!

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Russia’s Flickr Shows Meeting With Trump, While the White House Flickr Has Mike Pence’s Rabbit

During yesterday’s meeting with Russian officials, President Trump banned all American press from attending. News outlets weren’t even allowed to take customary pre-meeting photos. But Russian state media were there. And they’ve kindly shared photos from the meeting on Flickr, complete with a Creative Commons license!

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Correction: Sean Spicer Wasn’t Hiding In the Bushes, He Was Merely ‘Among’ the Bushes

After the news on Tuesday that Donald Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey, one of the most surreal moments featured White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer hiding in the bushes to stay away from the press. But Spicer clearly wasn’t happy with that description.

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Correction: Sean Spicer Wasn’t Hiding In the Bushes, He Was Merely ‘Among’ the Bushes

After the news on Tuesday that Donald Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey, one of the most surreal moments featured White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer hiding in the bushes to stay away from the press. But Spicer clearly wasn’t happy with that description.

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Russian Blogger Sentenced to 3.5 Years in Prison For Playing Pokémon Go in Church

Ruslan Sokolovsky, a blogger who was arrested for played Pokémon Go in a Russian church, was found guilty today of charges ranging from “violating religious feelings” to illegal possession of a pen that contained a video camera.

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American Political Media Is Officially Beyond Parody

This is a very real graphic that appeared on very real American television sets last night. American political discourse is officially beyond the realm of parody. It’s simply impossible to skewer a world that is so completely unhinged. May God have mercy of American satirists, who are all presumably out of a job after…

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This Machine Gun Robot Will Probably Lead the Uprising One Day

Do you ever wonder what tomorrow holds? Some people are pretty convinced that the future will be filled with flying cars and jetpacks and robot butlers. But here in the year 2017, I’m not so sure anymore. I have a suspicion that our future might be filled with more machine gun-toting robots, like the one seen above,…

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