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Scott Pruitt’s condo story is starting to fall apart

Scott Pruitt’s condo story is starting to fall apart
New details have emerged about Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s condo deal with the wife of an energy industry lobbyist, raising fresh questions about the ethics of the rental arrangement. According to the Associated Press, the original lease agreement for the condo — which Pruitt rented for $50 a night for a period of about six months...

Replace your clackety boring keyboard with one of these insanely futuristic ones

Replace your clackety boring keyboard with one of these insanely futuristic ones
Can you think of the last time you upgraded your keyboard? No?? We can't blame you.  After all, why would you even need to? The keyboard that came with your computer is perfectly okay. And the one you use on your smartphone is, well, just as tiny as its always been. Besides, keyboard design hasn't really changed all that...

How to make sense of all of Trump’s statements on Syria this week

How to make sense of all of Trump’s statements on Syria this week
President Donald Trump’s lack of a strategy in Syria was put into sharp focus this past week when he repeatedly called for U.S. troops to leave the county, against the recommendations of his security advisors. At a rally in Ohio last week, Trump surprised the Pentagon and the State Department by saying U.S. troops would be out of Syria...

Shell also knew

Shell also knew
Dutch oil giant Shell knew about the impacts of climate change as early as the 1980s, according to newly uncovered documents. But as one confidential document shows, Shell also knew the world would not take action quickly enough to stop the effects of climate change. As time went on, the oil company’s lobbying efforts helped make that warning a...

3 tests show Facebook is determined to make Stories the default

3 tests show Facebook is determined to make Stories the default
Facebook isn’t backing down from Stories despite criticism that it copied Snapchat and that Instagram Stories is enough. Instead, it’s committed to figuring out how to adapt the slideshow format into the successor to the status update. That’s why today the company is launching three significant tests that make Facebook Stories a default way to share. “The way...

Stripe launches a new billing tool to tap demand from online businesses

As more and more spending moves online — whether that’s shopping or subscribing to services like Netflix and Spotify — there’s increasing demand for tools that allow those companies, especially smaller ones, to start getting paid. Stripe has made its name by providing developers with a simpler way to start charging customers and handling transactions, but today they...

Something has gone wrong with jury selection in Mississippi, and the Fifth Circuit is to blame

Something has gone wrong with jury selection in Mississippi, and the Fifth Circuit is to blame
More than three decades ago, in a case called Batson v. Kentucky, the Supreme Court laid out the means by which judges should sniff out race discrimination in jury selection and prevent prosecutors from excluding African Americans from juries. Ever since then, a federal appeals court that oversees three conservative Southern states has fought a quiet war against Batson —...

Rick Perry’s former campaign manager lobbies for coal plant owner seeking bailout

Rick Perry’s former campaign manager lobbies for coal plant owner seeking bailout
A GOP lobbyist and strategist, who managed Rick Perry’s 2016 presidential bid, reportedly dined with President Trump Wednesday night. The dinner comes at the same time as one of the lobbyist’s clients, FirstEnergy Solutions, is seeking emergency intervention by the administration to save its coal and nuclear power plants. Jeff Miller, president of lobbying firm Miller Strategies LLC, attended a...

NRA supporting lawsuit against city that banned assault weapons after Parkland massacre

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The National Rifle Association (NRA) is throwing its weight behind a lawsuit targeting the Chicago suburb of Deerfield, Illinois, which recently passed an ordinance banning assault-style weapons from city limits. Deerfield’s Village Board of Trustees approved the ban, which also targets high-capacity magazines, on Monday, in a unanimous vote. According to the Chicago Tribune, the new ordinance amends a previous rule...

GitLab gets a native integration with Google’s Kubernetes Engine

GitLab gets a native integration with Google’s Kubernetes Engine
GitLab, one of the most popular self-hosted Git services, has been on a bit of a roll lately. Barely two weeks after launching its integration with GitHub, the company today announced that developers on its platform can now automatically spin up a cluster on Google’s Kubernetes Engine (GKE) and deploy their applications to it with just...

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