The Russian ruble dropped suddenly against the U.S. dollar on an ABC News report that Michael Flynn will testify that he was directed by Donald Trump to make contact with officials of the country. The dollar gained more than 1.1 percent against the ruble Friday. Flynn also pleaded guilty to knowingly making materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements to FBI agents, a felony.
Rosie Gray, The Atlantic: The conservative provocateur James O'Keefe's latest stunt is possibly his biggest backfire: He attempted to sting The Washington Post with a fake Roy Moore accuser, but found himself stung, as the Post exposed the scheme in a detailed report on Monday night. ... The Washington Post incident is just his most recent own-goal. Last year, O'Keefe's Project Veritas accidentally left a voicemail for a George Soros group it was trying to sting, laying out its whole plan; there was the 2010 blunder when O'Keefe plotted to embarrass CNN reporter Abbie Boudreau by mock-seducing her on a boat equipped with sex toys; and there was O'Keefe and his colleagues' arrest in New Orleans in 2010 during an attempted sting of Senator Mary Landrieu. read more
A Faraday cage, named for 19th century scientist Michael Faraday, effectively blocks electromagnetic fields. Faraday found that an enclosure -- or, in this case, the foil-lined interior of the cheesy corn snack bag -- can keep these charges out if there's enough conductive material. It appears [Tom] Colella, 60, had slipped his company-mandated, GPS-enabled personal digital assistant into the bag to block the signals that enabled the device to track his movements. "As an experienced electrician, Mr. Colella knew that this bag would work as a [Faraday] cage, thereby preventing the PDA from working properly -- especially the provision of regular GPS co-ordinate updates," Fair Work Commissioner Bernie Riordan said in his decision.
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said on Thursday that people close to President Trump told him during the campaign that Trump has "early stages of dementia." During MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Scarborough said Trump is "completely detached from reality." "You have somebody inside the White House that the New York Daily News says is mentally unfit," Scarborough said. "That people close to him say is mentally unfit, that people close to him during the campaign told me had early stages of dementia."
It had been an unusual day in Britain, with President Trump retweeting several videos from far-right group, Britain First. Taking aim at Prime Minister Theresa May's sharp rebuke of his actions, Trump wanted May to know he was unhappy. In Trump fashion, he took to Twitter to air his grievances but targeted the wrong @TheresaMay. Unfortunately for Trump, the target of his tweet was not the prime minister of the United Kingdom as he had intended, but in fact another woman named Theresa May Scrivener who has just six followers and a protected account. read more