What’s happened with the outstanding midterm races in the last 48 hours

What’s happened with the outstanding midterm races in the last 48 hours

Plus, where the rest of the outstanding races stand. After a weekend full of midterm results, many of the most contentious outstanding 2018 elections have now been called. A number of high-profile Democrats have conceded following recounts, but the blue wave has continued in California. Results are still being finalized, almost two weeks since election day — and for some, there may be many more weeks of waiting. You probably thought you’d be waking up…

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The first trailer for season 4 of Syfy’s The Magicians teases a magical revolution

The first trailer for season 4 of Syfy’s The Magicians teases a magical revolution

Syfy renewed its urban fantasy show The Magicians for a fourth season in February, and announced that the next season would hit next January. This weekend, the network gave us a look at what to expect with the first full trailer for the upcoming season. The series is based on Lev Grossman’s The Magicians trilogy, in which a student named Quentin Coldwater (played by Jason Ralph) discovers that magic is real when he enters a…

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Trump attacks retired Navy SEAL Admiral Bill McRaven, suggests he should have gotten bin Laden sooner

Trump attacks retired Navy SEAL Admiral Bill McRaven, suggests he should have gotten bin Laden sooner

Trump was responding to ongoing criticism from McRaven. President Donald Trump showed Sunday where his deferential respect for military officers stops: when they criticize him. In a wide-ranging interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, Trump insulted retired Navy SEAL Adm. Bill McRaven, who commanded the 2011 raid that took down Osama bin Laden, calling him “a Hillary Clinton backer and an Obama backer” and asking “wouldn’t it have been nice if we got Osama bin…

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Steve Carell donned a bald wig to troll President Trump as Jeff Bezos on SNL

Steve Carell donned a bald wig to troll President Trump as Jeff Bezos on SNL

Comedian Steve Carell hosted Saturday Night Live last night, and Amazon’s announcement of the final selections for its secondary headquarters in Queens, New York and Crystal City, Virginia was the main focus of one sketch. In it, Carell portrayed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to explain the real reason why those two locations made the cut: to troll President Donald Trump. Carell uses the sketch to paint a picture of Bezos using his company and wealth…

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American Horror Story: Apocalypse was somehow both absolutely nuts and largely forgettable

American Horror Story: Apocalypse was somehow both absolutely nuts and largely forgettable

In the end, Apocalypse was more about scenery chewing than telling a story. Every week, we pick a new episode of the week. It could be good. It could be bad. It will always be interesting. You can read the archives here. The episode of the week for November 11 through 18 is “Apocalypse Then,” the season finale of the eighth season of American Horror Story. Although American Horror Story bills itself as an anthology…

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Trump refuses to commit to Kirstjen Nielsen continuing as DHS secretary into the future

Trump refuses to commit to Kirstjen Nielsen continuing as DHS secretary into the future

“There’s a chance, there’s a chance everybody, I mean that’s what happens in government, you leave, you make a name, you go,” said the president. President Donald Trump gave Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace a rundown of his state of mind on Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen — and things are not looking good for her. Trump told Wallace in a pre-taped interview that aired Sunday that while he liked and respected Nielsen, he wanted…

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Smart speakers have no idea how to give us news

Smart speakers have no idea how to give us news

One of the most exciting things about a new kind of device is how little we know about what it’s good for. At this point, we basically know what a smartphone can do, but the possibilities for a voice-activated, internet-enabled speaker are still more or less untested. There are lots of ideas, some good and some bad, and we’re still figuring out which is which. A new report from the Reuters Institute suggests that the…

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A podcast reopens a grisly and complicated cold case in New Hampshire

A podcast reopens a grisly and complicated cold case in New Hampshire

In 1985, a hunter walking through Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire made a grisly discovery: a 55 gallon drum left deep in the woods, containing the bodies of two two skeletons, which investigators believed had been left in the woods for years. A subsequent investigation yielded little results until 2000, when a second barrel containing another pair of bodies was discovered, just a hundred meters away. Forensics experts determined that the first…

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