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  • Cambridge Analytica CEO talks bribery and honeypots on hidden camera

    ProTip: When discussing nefarious techniques to entrap politicians and swing elections, first make sure you're not secretly being filmed.  That, apparently, was a memo the CEO of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, missed. The executive was caught on film by investigators with London's Channel 4 News discussing all the ways his company can influence elections around the world — and it's not pretty.  SEE ALSO: It's time to protect yourself — and your friends — from Facebook The entire report is...

  • CEO of Trump-Linked Data Firm Sure Sounds Like a Monstrously Bad Person

    Welcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle. Read more...

    The Slot
  • When Truth and Reason Are No Longer Enough

    In his new book, Steven Pinker is curiously blind to the power and benefits of small-town values.

    The Atlantic
  • Global Tech Slump Carries Over to Asian Stocks

    Asian stocks opened lower after tech shares fell sharply in the U.S. overnight.

  • Break out your 'SATC' jokes, Cynthia Nixon is running for New York governor

    Aside from the (very depressing, long drawn-out) drama between Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrell, opportunities to break out our best Sex and the City jokes are few and far between. But now, loyal HBO viewers, we have our chance: Cynthia Nixon of SATC fame announced Monday that she will run for governor of New York.  Miranda 2018! SEE ALSO: 'Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon announced a run for New York governor and I can see clearly now, the rain is gone I love New York, and today I'm...

  • Hidden Camera Exposes Cambridge Analytica's Tactics

    In a meeting with the head of Cambridge Analytica — the political data firm used by the Trump campaign in 2016 — reporters from NBC News’ U.K. partner ITN Channel 4 News posed as potential clients interested in changing the outcome of the Sri Lankan elections. The reporters, who were trying to find out how the company operated, quickly learned about the novel and deceptive methods employed by the company, including bribes, blackmail, and misinformation campaigns. The findings were broadcast by...

  • Facebook Is Pummeled by User-Data Blowback

    Facebook confronted an intensifying crisis as political leaders in the U.S. and Europe called for aggressive inquiries into whether the technology giant failed to stop improper access and handling of user data, scrutiny that sent the company’s stock to its biggest decline in four years.

  • I didn't hear the word 'Trump' for 4 days, and I very much recommend it

    You have to try pretty hard to escape hearing Donald Trump's name for four days, but I promise it is really worth the effort. Last week, I disappeared, along with a large group of friends, into Joshua Tree National Park for a long camping weekend of moderate boozing, unhealthy eating, and staying completely away from politics. A Trump ban wasn't something that the 20 of us agreed on beforehand. (It would have been impossible as we were sharing the campground with another 1,200 people.) But we...

  • Trump Melted down This Weekend, Going After Robert Mueller for the First Time Ever

    Trump Melted down This Weekend, Going After Robert Mueller for the First Time Ever

  • Italy Seizes Spanish Aid Vessel in Dispute Over Migrants

    Crew of the Open Arms had refused to hand over migrants to Libya, as required in a Libyan-Italian agreement, because of concerns about the conditions in which returned migrants are being held in Libya.

  • N.Y. Attorney General to Meet With Tenants About Kushner Report

    New York’s top cop plans to meet with tenant representatives to discuss a report by a housing watchdog group that claims Jared Kushner’s family real-estate firm under-reported the number of rent-regulated units in dozens of buildings to escape extra scrutiny of construction projects.

  • Toothless Gestures Won’t Stop Putin

    While Washington dreamed of an orderly world, revisionist powers upended it.

  • U.S. Stocks Plummet Amid Tech Selloff

    Facebook shares posted their largest percentage decline in nearly four years, jolting investors who have rallied behind a handful of hot technology firms and raising fresh questions about the resiliency of a nine-year-old bull market in U.S. stocks.

  • Lawyer Who Supports Conspiracy Theory Joins Trump's Team

    President Donald Trump has added a longtime Washington lawyer to his legal team who has publicly promoted a conspiracy theory that officials in the FBI and Justice Department are plotting to frame the president with a "false crime" in the Russia investigation. Joseph diGenova, a former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, recently joined Trump's legal team, Jay Sekulow, one of the president's lawyers, confirmed to NBC News Monday. Facebook Data Whistleblower: 'Fake News to the Next...

  • Study: 1% of Reddit communities spark 74% of conflicts

    Stanford researchers reveal how tribalism and infighting ignite the “front page of the internet.”

  • President Trump bans the use of Venezuelan cryptocurrencies

    Americans won't be able to buy or trade the oil-backed digital currency called the Petro.

  • The Senate’s Iran Helpers

    A Senate coalition tries to hamstring U.S. aid for the Saudis in Yemen.

  • Europe’s Russia Knot

    A stern statement on the chemical attack is the best Britain will get.