Zack Beauchamp: I reported from the "Unite the Right 2" rally in Washington on Sunday. It was a dreary failure that attracted around 30 people in total and literally ended before it was supposed to start. I interviewed one alt-right supporter who had been confused by the poorly updated rally website and ended up missing the entire demonstration; I walked around the crowd of counter protesters that dwarfed the neo-Nazis by orders of magnitude. But as pathetic as of all that was, none of it was quite as hilariously humiliating to the alt-right as the video below -- in which the rally's organizer, Jason Kessler, is yelled at by his father to get out of his parents' room in the middle of a live stream with a fellow alt-righter. read more
Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 -- August 16, 2018) was an American singer and songwriter. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister. In 1960, at the age of 18, she embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but only achieving modest success. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "Spanish Harlem" and "Think". By the end of the 1960s she had gained the title "The Queen of Soul". read more
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may have just handed Republicans a ready-made campaign ad for his rumored 2020 presidential bid -- by declaring Wednesday that America "was never that great." The Democratic star made the seemingly offhand remark as part of his rebuke of President Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan during a New York speech. But the line drew gasps from the crowd. "We're not going to make America great again. It was never that great," Cuomo said, to an awkward blend of gasps and chuckles. "We have not reached greatness, we will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged, we will reach greatness when discrimination and stereotyping against women, 51 percent of our population, is gone and every woman's full potential is realized and unleashed and every woman is making her full contribution," he said. read more
An Oklahoma school has been temporarily closed after a group of parents hurled abuse at a transgender student on Facebook. Twelve-year-old "Maddie" (not her real name) has identified as a girl since 2016. She had previously used the staff bathroom, but following renovations she struggled to find it and instead used the girls' facilities. read more
The Christian baker whose refusal to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court is suing Colorado after the state ruled that he had discriminated against another customer, this time a transgender woman.
A Phoenix father is behind bars after he said he punched a man who had tried to get into the bathroom stall his daughter was using. The man eventually died of his injuries and now Melvin Harris III is facing murder charges.
Subaru has issued a recall for the 2019 Subaru Ascent because some of the vehicles may be missing crucial spot welds on the B-pillar, per Consumer Reports. This isn't exactly the kind of thing you can correct with a quick pop over to the dealer, so to fix the issue, the automaker is just giving every affected owner a new vehicle.
If anything, the good economic performance paradoxically will hurt the GOP. Why? Because it's not trickling down to ordinary people. Voters hear news reports and claims about the strong economy but know that their own wages are still lousy. This reinforces their sense that someone else is making off with the gains. And the statistics bear them out. Because of structural changes in the job market, real wages adjusted for inflation are actually flat.
The debate over whether progressivism is the way forward for Democrats didn't start this year. It's been raging at least since the 2016 presidential primary, when Sanders's formidable run demonstrated the popularity of progressive policies like Medicare for all. But now that we're more than halfway through the 2018 primary season, we can get a more conclusive reading of where Democrats are heading. read more
President Donald Trump has revoked former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Wednesday. Sanders said Trump has a "unique constitutional responsibility to protect the nation's classified information." Brennan has been an outspoken critic of Trump. read more
In its investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 election, the Senate Intelligence Committee has spent more than a year trying to follow the money. But its efforts, unparalleled on Capitol Hill, have been hampered by a surprising force: the US Treasury Department, which has delayed turning over crucial financial records and refused to provide an expert to help make sense of the complex money trail. Even some of the department's own personnel have questioned whether Treasury is intentionally hamstringing the investigation.
From breaking voice authentication and remote-controlling airplanes to hijacking emergency sirens and protecting self-driving cars, this year's Black Hat conference was a wild ride. In 2014, researcher Ruben Santamarta presented several proof-of-concept attacks on satellite communications (SATCOM) systems. Four years later, he returned to Black Hat to show that his concepts were not only real but far rosier than the truth. Not only are SATCOM systems loaded with backdoors, making them desperately easy to control remotely, but Santamarta also found that many are accessible via the internet. During his research, he was able to find airplane systems registering on the Shodan search engine while the planes were flying. He even saw malware trying to automatically install itself on an airplane, and he found all kinds of botnets sitting on maritime SATCOM systems.
Illinois' attorney general is suing Chicago's Trump International Hotel & Tower for allegedly breaking environmental laws. Lisa Madigan's suit claims the property draws and releases millions of gallons of water from the Chicago River without necessary permits. Moreover, the property has not studied the effects of this on the river's fish population as required by law, it says. Her suit alleges the hotel draws in nearly 20 million gallons (75m litres) of water a day for its air conditioning and ventilation system. read more
Sinclair Broadcasting's failed effort to buy Tribune Media may soon become more than just a costly embarrassment. It could result in the company ultimately losing its broadcast licenses. Bottom line: The conservative broadcaster has been accused of lying to the FCC, and of acting in bad faith with Tribune. That's an argument being made by Cowen media analyst Paul Gallant, who calls this scenario "underappreciated" and notes that Sinclair's first batch of licenses comes up for renewal in June 2020.
Americans' beliefs about politics are as inaccurate and bizarre as ever. ... The other week, Donald Trump was upstaged at a campaign rally in Florida, not by Representative Ron DeSantis, for whom the rally was ostensibly held, and not by some rowdy supporters, and not by the media. No, Trump was eclipsed by an alleged shadowy figure named Q -- a person at the heart of the "QAnon" conspiracy theory, which holds, among other things, that special counsel Robert Mueller is not actually investigating Russian election interference, but rather top Democrats' involvement in a variety of criminal enterprises, including child sex trafficking.