Paul Ford: Facebook Is Why We Need a Digital Protection Agency

Over and over in the last 20 years we’ve watched low-cost or free internet communications platforms spring from the good intentions or social curiosity of tech folk. We’ve watched as these platforms expanded in power... Read More

EU leaders accused of not protecting citizens’ rights in Brexit deal

Campaigners for the rights of British nationals and EU citizens after Brexit have criticised Donald Tusk and said the deal about to be signed in Brussels leaves them with a bleak future. In a strongly... Read More

Will We Ever Learn What Bob Mueller Knows?

Over the weekend, Jon Lovett—a former speechwriter for President Obama and a fixture of the Pod Save America podcast—tweeted an interesting question: Question I don’t know the answer to – is it possible that we... Read More

Breitbart’s readership plunges

Breitbart, the alt-right news site whose executive chairman Steve Bannon was pushed out in January after feuding with President Donald Trump, has lost about half its readership according to comScore, raising questions about its future.... Read More

The James Mattis moment

by Brent Budowsky With Secretary of State Rex Tillerson summarily fired in a tweet, national economic advisor Gary Cohn having resigned in protest and national security adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster apparently destined to leave his... Read More

White House opposed Republican picked to replace Cochran

White House officials this week told Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant that President Donald Trump did not plan to campaign for or endorse Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith if she was appointed to the state’s open Senate seat,... Read More

Peru’s president offers resignation on eve of impeachment

Kuczynski, a 79-year-old former Wall Street banker who once held U.S. citizenship, promised a constitutional and orderly transition of power and blamed his departure on the opposition’s persistent efforts to depict him as corrupt. “The... Read More

Trump Having Second Thoughts About Spending Deal

President Donald Trump is having second thoughts about supporting the omnibus spending deal that was reached Wednesday morning, according to a source familiar with the president’s thinking. The source also said House Speaker Paul Ryan... Read More

The Case for Regulating the Internet

It will be fantastically satisfying to see the boy genius flayed. All the politicians—ironically, in search of a viral moment—will lash Mark Zuckerberg from across the hearing room. They will corner Facebook’s founding bro, seeking... Read More

Playmate, porn star and reality TV contestant in court over Trump

A judge ruled Tuesday that a former “Apprentice” contestant’s defamation lawsuit against President Trump may proceed, potentially allowing her lawyers to begin collecting evidence to support her claim that he forcibly kissed and groped her... Read More

This Hat Can Fool a Face Recognition System Into Thinking You’re Moby

Facial recognition software is becoming more advanced and ubiquitous—I mean, you can unlock your phone with your face now. As this progresses, researchers are trying to make systems more secure by getting ahead of any... Read More

China will ban people with poor ‘social credit’ from planes and trains – The Verge

Starting in May, Chinese citizens who rank low on the country’s burgeoning “social credit” system will be in danger of being banned from buying plane or train tickets for up to a year, according to... Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Fired FBI official authorized criminal probe of Sessions, sources say

Nearly a year before Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired senior FBI official Andrew McCabe for what Sessions called a “lack of candor,” McCabe oversaw a federal criminal investigation into whether Sessions lacked candor when testifying... Read More

The Buyback Boondoggle is Beggaring America

by Robert Reich Trump and Republicans branded their huge corporate tax cut as a way to make American corporations more profitable so they’d invest in more and better jobs. But they’re buying back their stock... Read More

Declan Donnelly to host Saturday Night Takeaway without Ant McPartlin

Declan Donnelly will host Saturday Night Takeaway without his partner Ant McPartlin when the show returns on 31 March. An ITV spokesman said: “We can confirm that Saturday Night Takeaway, presented by #Declan Donnelly, will... Read More

Michael Steele calls out GOP cowards who ‘whisper’ about Trump’s ties to Russia — but won’t say it out loud

Michael Steele, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, blasted GOP lawmakers for staying publicly silent on the president’s ties to Russia — which they privately worry about with reporters and one another. The... Read More

NHS staff 6.5% pay rise deal backed by healthcare unions

Leaders representing 1.3 million NHS staff have endorsed a deal that will deliver a 6.5% pay rise over three years, despite concerns it will mean a further fall in real incomes. Thirteen unions backed the... Read More

Something that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg said years ago could haunt him amid the Cambridge Analytica scandal

A 2010 New Yorker profile of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg could haunt him now amid Cambridge Analytica news. The profile, written by Jose Antonio Vargas, details a leaked exchange between the Facebook creator and a friend who wasn’t... Read More

GOP’s Susan Collins slams DHS chief on elections: ‘When I listen to your testimony, I hear no sense of urgency’

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) on Tuesday called out DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen for not acting with a sense of urgency to secure U.S. election systems from Russians and other foreign actors. During a Senate Intelligence... Read More

PwC charges more than £20m for first eight weeks of Carillion collapse

MPs have accused the accountancy firm tasked with salvaging money from Carillion on behalf of its creditors and pensioners of charging “superhuman” fees, after racking up a bill for £20.4m in eight weeks. Partners from... Read More

Farenthold weighs resigning from Congress

Texas GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold is considering stepping down from Congress before the end of his term, according to multiple Republican sources with direct knowledge of private party conversations. Farenthold already announced he would not... Read More

Tory Brexiters urge PM to reject transition deal over fishing policy

Tory Brexiters have demanded that Theresa May reject the transition deal agreed between David Davis, the Brexit secretary, and his EU opposite number, Michel Barnier, in Brussels on Monday. The 13 Conservative MPs and Sammy... Read More

A black girl’s take on “A Wrinkle in Time”

by Rev. Irene Monroe “A Wrinkle in Time” was a must-see film for me. And, a must- see flick worldly different from dashing out to see “Black Panther.”  It doesn’t mean, however, Ava Duvernay’s $100... Read More

Ben Carson Defends Buying $31,000 Dining Set to Congress: ‘I Left It to My Wife’ – The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Ben Carson, the secretary of housing and urban development, told a House committee on Tuesday that he had “dismissed” himself from the decision to buy a $31,000 dining room set for his office... Read More

A stunning leak rattles Trump and his aides – Axios

One of the most startling leaks — and stunning revelations — of this whole administration has left President Trump and his senior staff furious and rattled. The Washington Post reports in its lead story: “Trump... Read More

Trey Gowdy blisters Trump’s attorney for making him look guilty: ‘If you have an innocent client then act like it’

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) on Sunday blasted President Donald Trump’s lawyer for calling for an end to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. In a statement over the weekend, Trump attorney John Dowd said that Mueller... Read More

Donald Trump and the Craven Firing of Andrew McCabe

If you wanted to tell the story of an entire Presidency in a single tweet, you could try the one that President Trump posted after Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired Andrew McCabe, the deputy director... Read More

Source: McCabe gave interview, memos to Mueller – Axios

Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director who was fired Friday night, has met with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team and has turned over memos detailing interactions with President Trump, according to a source familiar... Read More

Patient safety hit by lack of staff, warn 80% of NHS workers

A huge majority of NHS workers say they are worried about staffing levels, according to new survey findings that suggest a dangerous level of under-resourcing in the health service. Four-fifths (80%) of respondents – which... Read More

The Mad King

by Robert Reich Trump is moving into a new and more dangerous phase. Before, he was constrained by a few “adults” – Rex Tillerson, Gary Cohn, H.R. McMaster, and John Kelly – whom he appointed... Read More