The asylum ban — Trump’s boldest immigration power grab yet — explained

The asylum ban — Trump’s boldest immigration power grab yet — explained

It’s an escalation of the Trump administration’s war against the asylum system on the southern border. But it’s far more legally dicey. Everything about the Trump administration’s plan to radically restrict asylum for people crossing from the US into Mexico without papers — banning adults and families who cross between ports of entry (official border crossings) from entering the asylum process — has moved quickly. The policy itself has been developed in the last few…

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Trump loyalist Matthew Whitaker was privately counseling the White House on investigations

Trump loyalist Matthew Whitaker was privately counseling the White House on investigations

He advised the president while working as chief of staff for Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Matthew Whitaker, whom President Donald Trump named as his acting attorney general on Wednesday, privately provided advice to the president last year on how the White House might be able to pressure the Justice Department to investigate the president’s political adversaries, Vox has learned. Whitaker was an outspoken critic of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe before he became the chief…

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Trump tweets about Arizona’s Senate race — and gets basic facts wrong

Trump tweets about Arizona’s Senate race — and gets basic facts wrong

The president asks if there’s “call for a new election.” There isn’t. Aboard Air Force One on his way to France for ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, President Trump is tweeting angrily about the ongoing vote tally in Arizona. “SIGNATURES DON’T MATCH,” he tweeted in all caps, suggesting this represents “electoral corruption” (it doesn’t) and might require a “new election” (it won’t, and he couldn’t order one anyway…

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Facebook is ending forced arbitration for sexual harassment complaints

Facebook is ending forced arbitration for sexual harassment complaints

Facebook will no longer force employees to settle sexual harassment claims in private arbitration, following a similar change at Google yesterday, according to The Wall Street Journal. Facebook reportedly announced the news to employees internally today, and vice president of people Lori Goler told the Journal that it wants to “be part of taking the next step” at “a pivotal moment” in the tech industry. It also announced an updated policy on dating among employees,…

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Tesla releases track mode and a new key fob for the Model 3

Tesla releases track mode and a new key fob for the Model 3

With major production hurdles looking more like they’re in the rearview mirror, Tesla is starting to roll out small updates for the now tens of thousands of Model 3 owners in North America. One of the stranger decisions Tesla made with the lower-cost Model 3 sedan was to give owners just two ways to unlock the car’s doors: with a credit card-sized key or with their smartphones. But the company has changed course and, Friday,…

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YouTube creators like Shane Dawson, Jake Paul are among SoCal wildfire evacuations

YouTube creators like Shane Dawson, Jake Paul are among SoCal wildfire evacuations

Thousands of Californians have evacuated their homes in the wake of disastrous wildfires over the past few days, and five have been killed. Among the most recent to leave their homes have been a number of YouTube creators, including Shane Dawson, Jake Paul, and members of FaZe Clan, as the affected region has become a popular place for creators to live and work. There are currently three major fires affecting communities in Northern and Southern…

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T-Mobile Mini streaming box leaks in FCC filings

T-Mobile Mini streaming box leaks in FCC filings

News of T-Mobile’s rumored internet TV service has been circulating since 2017, and a new FCC filing of its set-top box finally hints at an imminent launch. Spotted by Variety, the filing contains a user manual PDF which calls the device the “T-Mobile Mini,” and features some photos of the streaming box. The filing was made by Kaonmedia, the company that built set-top boxes for Layer3 TV, a small cable company that was acquired by…

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Facebook quietly launches a TikTok competitor app called Lasso

Facebook quietly launches a TikTok competitor app called Lasso

Facebook has quietly released an app called Lasso that lets users create fun, short videos designed to compete with TikTok, the viral 15-second video app that recently merged with Musical.ly. Lasso is Facebook’s latest bid to win over teens, which the large social media platform has lost its hold over. In 2018, only half of teens say they still use Facebook, compared to in 2014, when 71 percent of them said they did. The app…

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Stores use these tricks to get you to spend money. Don’t fall for it.

Stores use these tricks to get you to spend money. Don’t fall for it.

Two experts explain the psychology of sales, coupons, and gifting. The holiday season in America is one giant spending fest, as the months of November and December can account for 30 percent of a brand’s sales, according to the National Retail Federation. Between Black Friday deals and other pre-Christmas shopping, Americans will spend about $720 billion — and companies employ many time-tested tactics to ensure they do. It’s not so much tricking shoppers as it…

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