December 4, 2016

Edgar Maddison Welch arrested after bringing gun to Comet Ping Pong to investigate #PizzaGate

D.C. police quickly apprehended Sunday a North Carolina man with a rifle who walked into the Comet Ping Pong restaurant on Connecticut Avenue in Northwest seeking to investigate a debunked internet conspiracy theory.

Just before 3 p.m. members of the Second District received a call for a man with a ...

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Liberal Denialism 101: The More Terrible Your Actions, The Less They're Your Fault

'Willing to kill a billion infidels in retribution for a single DISABLED Muslim'

Via: The Daily Caller

WTF is AI?

wtf_is_ai Cogito, ergo sum. We've all heard that famous assertion, foundation for a modern philosophy of self, consciousness, and individualism. But Descartes had it easy: for him, thought was self-evident — he didn't have to define it. What is thought? What is intelligence? And can a machine be said to possess either? The field of artificial intelligence, it turns out, is as much… Read More

Source: TechCrunch

Paul Ryan Says U.S. Will Not Wall Off Entire Mexican Border

President-elect Donald Trump's much-discussed Mexican wall may be a fence in places, or a barrier, or something else that secures the border, said House Speaker Paul Ryan, who also rejected the idea of a deportation force to move undocumented immigrants out of the U.S.

Source: Bloomberg Politics

The Week in Videos

(Steven Hayward) I'm not saying this will become a regular feature, but a few good ones have piled up on the spindle, starting with this extended version of the schadenfreudtastic video of the predictions that Trump would never make it (4 minutes): And I haven't seen Tucker Carlson's new show on Fox News, but this segment with New York Times editor Liz Spayd is pretty good, as Spayd is remarkably honest about the

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Paul Ryan: Obamacare repeal to avoid disruption in coverage

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan says the next Congress will pursue a repeal of Obamacare immediately, even before Republicans have a replacement in hand, though that repeal will not pull the rug out from 20 million-plus Americans who gained coverage from President Obama's signature program.

The road map outlined by ...

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Pelosi Says Democratic Party Doesn't Want New Direction

'What we want is a better connection of our message to working families in our country'

Via: The Daily Caller

Illegal immigrants seek asylum, claim fear of home country as 'magic words'

Nearly one out of every 10 illegal immigrants crossing the southwest border is now demanding asylum, using "magic words" to claim they fear their home country, and turning a program intended to be a humanitarian lifeline into a new path for unauthorized migrants to gain a foothold in the U.S.


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Marine Commandant Says 'Mad Dog' Mattis Is Measured, Avoids Unnecessary Fights

'He listens and he's decisive'

Via: The Daily Caller

Obama administration fails to check immigrants against FBI databases, approves citizenship

Some 175 immigrants were approved for citizenship even though their names weren't properly run through the FBI's name-check databases, potentially missing red flags that may have disqualified them from naturalization, the Obama administration admitted this weekend.

Homeland Security officials blamed computer code for the problem, which affected about 15,000 applications ...

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Encouraging First Steps For Pro-Lifers From President-Elect Trump

The grassroots need to remain vigilant in demanding our new President keep every one of his pro-life promises.

Via: The Daily Caller

These science superstars just won the 2017 Breakthrough Prize

breakthrough-prize-taylor-hatmaker Today at the 5th annual Breakthrough Prize, some of Silicon Valley's biggest names will award more than $25 million to scientific research in departments across the globe. The event splices together research scientists far more accustomed to red tape than red carpets with tech's deepest-pocketed and most idealistic upper echelons. The result is a flashy, hopeful hybrid event… Read More

Source: TechCrunch

Trump's Taiwan Call Riles China

With her precedent-breaking conversation with Donald Trump, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is betting that a little recognition from the incoming U.S. leader was worth the risk of backlash from China. Bloomberg's Tom Mackenzie has more on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia." (Source: Bloomberg)

Source: Bloomberg Politics

Have Kellogg and Other Companies Been "Dragged Into" Politics?

(John Hinderaker) The Minneapolis Star Tribune reprints an article from the Washington Post under the headline "U.S. companies get dragged into a volatile political climate." The article centers on Kellogg, which stirred outrage when it announced that it was blocking advertising on because Breitbart isn't "aligned with our values as a company." There was a lot of pushback from conservatives, including us, but does that mean that Kellogg was "dragged into"

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Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees aided by Harry Reid's filibuster 'nuclear option'

Democrats are increasingly antsy over the lineup President-elect Donald Trump has announced for his Cabinet, but they are also powerless to do very much to stop him — thanks to their own leader, Sen. Harry Reid.

It's unlikely Mr. Reid had a President Trump in mind when he pulled the ...

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Anger After Court Orders French Town To Remove Virgin Mary Statue

'A new tyranny'

Via: The Daily Caller

Trump conversation with Taiwan angers China

TAIPEI, Taiwan | Government officials and analysts here are celebrating behind the scenes over President Tsai Ing-wen's phone conversation with President-elect Donald Trump, even as concerns mount over potential fallout with China, where authorities expressed outrage over the development over the weekend.

Friday's call is believed to be the first ...

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President-Elect Trump Picks Fight With China On Twitter

'I don't think so!'

Via: The Daily Caller

How to make debt pay

Image: Getty Images/Guido Rosa/Ikon Images Not all debt is bad debt. It's conventional wisdom in the world of finance that the strategic use of debt builds better companies. The same is true for software. Companies that are strategic in their use of debt — in this case, technical debt — can develop products quicker, push them out faster and win in the market. The key word here is strategic. Read More

Source: TechCrunch

Open For Business: These Could Be The Five Newest Drilling Areas Under A President Trump

Going from 'an administration that's hostile to oil and natural gas development to one that's not'

Via: The Daily Caller

It ain't over til it's over

(Paul Mirengoff) Yesterday, in a post called "It's Over," I noted that Jill Stein and her friends have withdrawn their state court suit which sought a recount of the Pennsylvania presidential vote. But Team Stein hasn't quit, after all. Instead, it has resorted to federal court. Team Stein's lawyer explained: Over the past several days, it has become clear that the barriers to verifying the vote in Pennsylvania are so pervasive and

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Report: FBI agent told statehouse sting targeted Democrats

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An FBI agent says an informant in a Pennsylvania statehouse bribery sting told him he was discouraged from targeting Republicans in a case that brought down five Democrats.

The Philadelphia Inquirer ( reports that the FBI agent's comments come in a defense filing for state Rep. Vanessa ...

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Trump Expands Secretary of State Search as Petraeus Defends Past

President-elect Donald Trump is widening his search for a secretary of state even as one of the contenders, former General David Petraeus, defended his qualifications for the role.

Source: Bloomberg Politics

Trump calls 'Saturday Night Live' skit mocking him 'unwatchable'

Donald Trump gave a thumbs down to a "Saturday Night Live" spoof featuring Alec Baldwin as the Republican president-elect, calling it "unwatchable."

"Just tried watching Saturday Night Live — unwatchable!" said Mr. Trump on Twitter. "Totally biased, unfunny and the Baldwin impersonation just can 't get any worse. Sad."

The ...

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New Audio: Ellison Claimed Jews 'Mobilized' By Israel To 'Do Its Bidding In America'

Is a conspiracy theorist going to take over the DNC?

Via: The Daily Caller

User's Guide to Disrupt London 2016

Hard to believe that Disrupt London starts tomorrow! Check out this guide for helpful event info. Logistics We want you to have a successful experience at Disrupt. Check out these tips to have a great day.   Official Disrupt Mobile App:  Make sure to download the latest Disrupt app to connect and message with other attendees at Disrupt, check out exhibitors and peruse the agenda.… Read More

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Report: Stutzman 'campaign' trip featured family events

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A family trip to California that Indiana congressman Marlin Stutzman paid for with campaign money included visits to Universal Studios and Capitol Records, lunch with a TV producer his wife admires and a VIP dining experience beside Ronald Reagan's airplane.

Those were among details that emerged last ...

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Paul Ryan Says Trump Will Restore Constitution, Separation Of Powers

Trump has expressed skepticism about key constitutional provisions

Via: The Daily Caller

Petraeus Defends Candidacy to Run State Despite Past 'Mistake'

Former General David Petraeus defended his qualifications to be the Trump administration's secretary of state despite a scandal that led to his resignation from the helm of the Central Intelligence Agency and a conviction for mishandling classified information.

Source: Bloomberg Politics

California Dreaming?

(Steven Hayward) It's hard to single out the most delicious example of the post-Trump liberal freak out, but the din about California secession has to rank high on the list. Among other obvious things, California provided Hillary Clinton with her entire margin of victory in the popular vote—without California, Trump wins the popular vote in the other 49 states handily. (Without California and the five boroughs of Manhattan, Trump's popular vote victory

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Pence 'mystified' by criticism of Trump's Taiwan call despite praise for Obama's Cuba deal

Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Sunday defended Donald Trump's conversation with the president of Taiwan, calling it "mystifying" that those outraged over the "courtesy call" had no problem with the Obama administration's outreach to Cuba.

"It's a little mystifying to me that President Obama can reach out to a murdering ...

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These 5 EPA Regs Could Be The First In Trump's Crosshairs

Lots of EPA power grabs of dubious legality

Via: The Daily Caller

GoPro releases the $299 Karma Grip handheld stabilizer

osmo-vs-karma-grip-5-of-7 The GoPro Karma Grip is now available. The camera maker announced today that the handheld stabilizer is for sale in select stores and for $299. This is the same handheld grip that shipped with the Karma drone — at least before the drone was recalled for battery issues. The Karma Grip competes directly with the DJI Osmo though both offer distinct advantages as I and.… Read More

Source: TechCrunch

Pelosi: Congressional Democrats Don't Want A New Direction

The post Pelosi: Congressional Democrats Don't Want A New Direction appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Source: Washington Free Beacon

After Saturday Night Live Mocked His Twitter Habits, Donald Trump Is Firing Back

'Can't get any worse...'

Via: The Daily Caller

Mook Attempts To Defend Clinton's 'Joyless Campaign'

The post Mook Attempts To Defend Clinton's 'Joyless Campaign' appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Source: Washington Free Beacon

Clinton campaign manager: FBI director's letter to Congress cost her the election

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook on Sunday blamed the Democratic presidential nominee's loss primarily on the letters from FBI Director James Comey regarding her secret email server.

Mr. Mook said the letters — particularly the Oct. 28 letter to Congress saying the FBI was reviewing newly emerged emails — were ...

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Cheap, Lethal Chinese Drones Are Filling Distant Skies

Lower quality, but they get the job done

Via: The Daily Caller

VeeCee gives kids a shoppable wish list with virtual currency

Giving kids a new way to get the things they want, with greater parental oversight, VeeCee is a hack created by a four-person team from London's Barking Dagenham suburbs. The group's pitch was handled by 12-year-old, Ebenezer Odubanjo — the youngest presenter at this year's Disrupt London hackathon. A programmer since 9, Odubanjo may be a kid, but he's no… Read More

Source: TechCrunch

Ellisonian gleanings

(Scott Johnson) Keith Ellison is trying to plug the leaks that have sprung in his nascent campaign to head the Democratic National Committee. Ellison seeks to plug the leaks with lies and he's lying as fast as he can talk. Let's tune on him in action. Last week the Investigative Project on Terrorism released audio of Ellison speaking during a 2010 political fundraiser, criticizing what he saw as the inappropriate and disproportionate

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Iowa, Nebraska lawmakers prepare push for gun-rights laws

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Iowa and Nebraska legislators are preparing a new push for gun-rights laws next year, and they may be in a good position to succeed after past failures.

Republicans will soon hold majorities in both the Iowa House and Senate, and in Nebraska, a leading gun-rights advocate ...

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Climate Expert Says Science Under Attack By Academics And Biased Media

he was astonished by 'the degree to which journalists and academics joined the campaign' to derail his career

Via: The Daily Caller

Trump Warns U.S. Companies Against 'Very Expensive Mistake'

President-elect Donald Trump warned U.S. companies that moving manufacturing to other countries would be a "very expensive mistake" as they will face heavy new taxes.

Source: Bloomberg Politics

Imprisoned former CIA officer fights conviction over leak

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A former CIA employee serving a 3 1/2 year-prison for leaking government secrets to a reporter is taking his case to a federal appeals court.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear Jeffrey Sterling's case Tuesday.

A jury convicted the ...

Source: stories: Politics

Three cheers for Valley capitalism

31346402885_238d6c87b1_c It's easy to be critical of the tech industry, and even easier to be critical of capitalism itself. Let us all continue to do so; criticism is valuable. But let's remember that we do so because they are so important. Capitalism is still what lifts the world's least fortunate out of poverty, and technology increasingly feels like the last, best hope of a world otherwise dead… Read More

Source: TechCrunch

Trump Threatens Payback for US Companies That Move Abroad

Washington (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump is threatening heavy taxes as retribution for U.S. companies that move their business operations overseas and still try to sell their product to Americans.

Source: Bloomberg Politics

My Bricks Online puts your smartphone in Lego to make playtime fun again

147a9507 Lego! Lego! Lego! Who doesn't like Lego? One of the most fascinating entries to the hackthon at TechCrunch Disrupt London used the beloved little bricks to help take young eyes away from screens and electronics devices. Read More

Source: TechCrunch