Trump called himself “Tariff Man.” The internet did the rest.

Trump called himself “Tariff Man.” The internet did the rest.

Trump tweets about his trade war with China, and a meme is born. America, meet your newest superhero: He likes protectionist trade policies! Even though it’s not clear if he understands how they work. It’s Tariff Man! Okay, it’s not a real superhero. But it is Trump’s latest nickname — for himself. The United States president introduced us to his alter ego in the middle of a series of tweets about a recent trade compromise…

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More than 400 former DOJ officials call on Trump to replace Matthew Whitaker 

More than 400 former DOJ officials call on Trump to replace Matthew Whitaker 

They say the role of acting attorney general should be filled by “the Senate-confirmed official who is next in the line of succession.” More than 400 former Justice Department officials are objecting to President Donald Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general. “Because of our respect for our oaths of office and our personal experiences carrying out the Department’s mission, we are disturbed by the President’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker to serve as…

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Apple patents interchangeable AirPods design with biometric sensors

Apple patents interchangeable AirPods design with biometric sensors

Apple’s AirPods may be best-in-class wireless earbuds, but they’re not for everyone. Due to the shape of some people’s inner ear, the headphones simply don’t fit every possible ear shape well, or in some cases, cause pain when placed firmly inside the ear. That’s a major drawback for a $160 pair of headphones, especially ones that could be easily lost and are definitely not cheap to replace. But a new patent, filed originally last year…

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Tom Cruise stars in impassioned PSA against motion smoothing

Tom Cruise stars in impassioned PSA against motion smoothing

Tom Cruise has a new public service announcement that he wants people to become super aware of: he’s taking a stand against motion smoothing on TVs. Cruise and Mission: Impossible — Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie — reunited on the set of Top Gun: Maverick — appeared in a 90-second video meant to bring attention to motion smoothing, known more technically as interpolation or more casually as the “soap opera effect.” Cruise acknowledges in the video…

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Is morganite tacky? The light-pink engagement ring gemstone, explained

Is morganite tacky? The light-pink engagement ring gemstone, explained

With a morganite engagement ring, millennial pink is forever. Moriah Robinson knew exactly what kind of engagement ring she wanted: a silver double halo with a diamond at the center. She was 20; her boyfriend was 21. Technically, they’d gone to high school together, but they didn’t really meet until after graduation, when they both went to college in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Their real, official meet-cute happened at a dance, which Moriah had attended as…

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Live results for Georgia’s secretary of state election

Live results for Georgia’s secretary of state election

The Tuesday runoff between John Barrow and Brad Raffensperger has become a referendum on the future of voting rights in the state. It’s been one month since Georgia’s high-profile governor race between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp, a contest that was marred by voting problems and accusations of voter suppression. Now, voters will get the chance to elect a new official to oversee the electoral process. On Tuesday, Georgians headed to the polls for a…

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When Tumblr bans porn, who loses?

When Tumblr bans porn, who loses?

Verizon is leaving the engine of internet culture to sputter and die, and its communities to scramble for a new home. On Monday, Tumblr CEO Jeff D’Onofrio announced in a post on the staff blog that explicit visual content will be banned from the site starting on December 17. That means no more sex acts, no more nudity, and no more “female-presenting nipples,” whatever that means. The move comes after the Tumblr app was removed…

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The Secret Service wants to test facial recognition around the White House

The Secret Service wants to test facial recognition around the White House

The US Secret Service has revealed plans for a test of facial recognition surveillance around the White House, with the goal of identifying “subjects of interest” who might pose a threat to the president. The document was published in late November, but the American Civil Liberties Union publicized its existence today. It describes a test that would compare closed circuit video footage of public White House spaces against a database of images — in this…

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Trump administration releases Postal Service review after Amazon attacks

Trump administration releases Postal Service review after Amazon attacks

The Treasury Department today released a 70-plus-page report on the Postal Service’s finances, part of a task force review ordered by the Trump administration after the president publicly bashed mail deals between the service and Amazon. The review, a detailed examination of the service’s “unsustainable” business model, credited e-commerce platforms with contributing to an increase in package volume and revenue, but said future increases in package delivery won’t be enough to offset financial problems. Without…

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