Apple may have a less wasteful method of replacing the new MacBook Air’s battery

Apple may have a less wasteful method of replacing the new MacBook Air’s battery

Apple has developed a way to replace the new MacBook Air’s battery without swapping out the entire top of the keyboard, MacRumors reports based on Apple’s internal service guide for the device. That’s slightly more environmentally friendly than the situation on other modern MacBooks, which have so much glue inside the frame that the entire thing would have to be replaced in the event that the old battery needed to be changed. Apple will now…

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Ford buys e-scooter company Spin for $40 million

Ford buys e-scooter company Spin for $40 million

Ford is buying dockless electric scooter company Spin for $40 million, according to Axios. The acquisition cost roughly what Spin was valued at after its Series A funding last year. The deal isn’t the first time Ford’s entered the e-scooter market; the company started conducting a test run of scooter rentals at Purdue University under the name “Jelly” last month. Ford has also been exploring new mobility solutions since it acquired San Francisco-based shuttle service…

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Lindsey Graham said there’d be “holy hell to pay” if Trump fired Sessions. But that was then.

Lindsey Graham said there’d be “holy hell to pay” if Trump fired Sessions. But that was then.

Graham used to defend Sessions. Now he’s defending the president. “If Jeff Sessions is fired, there will be holy hell to pay.” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said those words while speaking to reporters in July 2017, when he was still somewhat critical of President Donald Trump and the mounting pressure on the attorney general to resign. But that was before Graham turned into a staunch Trump ally, defending many of the president’s most controversial moves….

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Muslim women, Native Americans, and LGBTQ candidates had a night of historic wins

Muslim women, Native Americans, and LGBTQ candidates had a night of historic wins

Voters in the 2018 midterms chose to elect candidates who look, worship, and love like them. Tuesday was a historic night for women and minorities in America, with voters sending the first LGBTQ, Native American, and Muslim women to the halls of Congress and governor’s mansions. More women will be serving in Congress than ever before after the 2018 midterms — many of them minorities as well. In Kansas, Democrat Sharice Davids became one of…

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Samsung will put notches on its future phones

Samsung will put notches on its future phones

Samsung has stood as the major holdout in a year when seemingly every other smartphone maker moved to releasing displays with a notch cutout. But at the company’s developer conference today, Samsung confirmed that it’s soon going to join in on the trend. A slide during the keynote showed several notch designs that are almost certainly coming to Samsung-branded devices in 2019 and beyond. Hassan Anjum, a director of product marketing at Samsung, took the…

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Matt Whitaker suggested the Attorney General might keep Robert Mueller’s conclusions secret forever

Matt Whitaker suggested the Attorney General might keep Robert Mueller’s conclusions secret forever

A stealthy way to kill the inquiry Before he joined the Trump Justice Department — and before he became Acting Attorney General — Matt Whitaker tweeted approval of an NPR article suggesting that the public might never learn what Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation reveals because the Attorney General might simply decline to release Mueller’s report. The article Whitaker tweeted urged Trump foes not to get their hopes up that Mueller would ever shake up…

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Jeff Sessions gave Trump the immigration crackdown he wanted

Jeff Sessions gave Trump the immigration crackdown he wanted

Sessions built an enduring legacy — for himself and the president who spurned him — during less than two years in office. Jeff Sessions has resigned as President Trump’s Attorney General, after months of harassment. But his legacy is going to get the last laugh. If President Trump and all his appointees left office tomorrow, instead of Sessions, the mark Sessions has left on policy would be the most enduring. While other Cabinet officials have…

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Matthew Whitaker has called the Mueller probe a “witch hunt.” He’s now in charge of it.

Matthew Whitaker has called the Mueller probe a “witch hunt.” He’s now in charge of it.

Trump has tapped Jeff Sessions’s chief of staff as his acting replacement. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is out. President Donald Trump has just named Matthew Whitaker as the acting attorney general to replace him — giving a man who once suggested special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation was a “witch hunt” control of the fate of the probe. Whitaker served as Sessions’s chief of staff — one of the most powerful positions at the Justice Department….

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Read Jeff Sessions’s resignation letter

Read Jeff Sessions’s resignation letter

There’s one particularly intriguing ambiguous paragraph. Embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned on Wednesday afternoon at the president’s request. Effectively, that means he was fired, but the administration didn’t quite want to phrase it that way. As a result of this arrangement, Sessions penned an official resignation letter, which is common for departing Cabinet members. Much of it focuses on what he sees as his accomplishments in office; to my mind, the most interesting part…

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The 2018 midterm elections may have exposed a shift on gun control

The 2018 midterm elections may have exposed a shift on gun control

Gun control advocates didn’t get every win they wanted, but there were some big victories. Gun control advocates didn’t get all the wins they were hoping for on Election Day, but all in all, the 2018 midterm elections were pretty good for supporters of stronger gun laws. First, the one statewide ballot initiative regarding guns, which strengthened Washington state’s gun laws by curtailing access to assault rifles, won. That’s not exactly shocking in a liberal…

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