Donald Trump appears to have received a decent-sized bump in the polls from the Republican National Convention. The RealClearPolitics rolling average of a two-way matchup shows a Trump jump of about three and half percentage points. Before the RNC he trailed Hillary Clinton by 3.2 points. Now he's up 0.2. However, Trump's bump doesn't necessarily mean he's suddenly the favorite in the race. The Democratic National Convention will similarly affect the national mood in ways yet unforeseen. read more
Facebook admitted Sunday that it had blocked links to the Wikileaks trove of emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee. In a Twitter post late Saturday, WikiLeaks accused the social media giant of "censorship" and gave its followers an online workaround, saying "try using https://archive.is."
The WikiLeaks allegation followed a firestorm of controversy that erupted earlier this year when former Facebook workers admitted routinely suppressing conservative news. read more
Conservative Twitter users erupted on Friday after the social media platform torpedoed #DNCLeaks from its trending-news feed after Wikileaks released 20,000 emails by Democratic National Committee staff members. Embarrassing emails sent and received by DNC members had enough momentum to propel the story to Twitter's top "trending" news feed on Friday afternoon. The #DNCLeaks entry vanished in the evening, but returned 20 minutes later after users cried foul. read more
Despite the Transportation Security Administration's ten-point action plan to reduce long lines at airports across the country, lengthy queues remain. Now, the TSA's summer may be getting even worse: According to a recent report from the House Homeland Security Commission entitled "Misconduct at TSA Threatens the Security of the Flying Public", nearly half of the TSA's 60,000 employees have been cited for misconduct in recent years. read more
After years of development, Facebook's solar-powered, internet access-providing drone has successfully carried out its first test flight. Upon the completion of the Aquila, Facebook said in a blog post that the drone will be able to beam down internet connections from a height of over 60,000 feet across regions covering a diameter of 60 miles. Aquila will utilize laser and millimeter wave systems for the task, and is expected to be up in the air for as long as three months before needing to land. read more