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In a notably unhinged press conference Wednesday, Donald Trump explicitly requested Russia hack more email accounts belonging to a former Secretary of State, just minutes after denying that Russia was involved in the hack at all.
Trump, who unwillingly yielded the press’s attention this week to the DNC, scheduled the impromptu press conference from Doral, Florida, where he owns a golf course. Veering wildly from topic to topic, Trump declared “David Hinckley should not have been freed,” in apparent reference to John Hinckley and joked that, “Anthony Weiner is locked in a room and they will not let him out,” to explain why he believes Weiner’s wife and long-time Clinton aide Huma Abedin should be fired. But his most treasonous request involved Russian hackers.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” he said, looking directly into the cameras. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
His insane request—that a foreign adversary hack a United States citizen—was made all the more outrageous by the fact that just minutes before he’d denied Russia’s involvement, suggesting that Chinese hackers promulgated the DNC hack.
But there was, in fact, a silver lining. Trump later explained he would only outsource the job to Russia because he doesn’t currently have the power to hack Clinton himself.
“I wish I had that power,” Trump said. “I’d love to have that power”
This post was originally published at 11:30 today, and was backdated. It is a duplicate of this post
The Kremlin unequivocally denied on Tuesday reports that it was involved in hacking the Democratic National Committee’s emails, even as American intelligence agencies become increasingly convinced that their Russian counterparts did in fact have something to do with it.
“We are again seeing these maniacal attempts to exploit the Russian theme in the U.S. election campaign,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “This is not breaking new ground, this is an old trick which is being played again. This is not good for our bilateral relations, but we understand that we simply have to get through this unpleasant period.”
However, investigators believe that the hacker who called himself “Guccifer 2.0,” who leaked a large sampling of the documents to news organizations weeks before the WikiLeaks dump, is in fact an agent of Russia’s military intelligence service, G.R.U. The New York Times reports:
The federal investigation, involving the F.B.I. and the intelligence agencies, has been going on since the Democratic National Committee first called in a private cybersecurity firm, Crowdstrike, in April.
Preliminary conclusions were discussed on Thursday at a weekly cyberintelligence meeting for senior officials. The Crowdstrike report, supported by several other firms that have examined the same bits of code and telltale “metadata” left on documents that were released before WikiLeaks’ publication of the larger trove, concludes that the Federal Security Service, known as the F.S.B., entered the committee’s networks last summer.
The G.R.U., a competing, military intelligence unit, was a later arrival. Investigators believe it is the G.R.U. that has played a bigger role in releasing the emails.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry raised the issue with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a meeting in Laos on Tuesday. Asked by reporters for his response to the allegations, Lavrov said: “I don’t want to use four-letter words.”
One of the two attackers who were shot dead after taking hostages and killing a priest
The Paris prosecutor, Francois Molins, identified one of the attackers as 19-year-old Adel Kermiche, who grew up in the town where the church is located: Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen. According to the Associated Press, Kermiche was detained outside of France twice last year—once in Germany, and once in Turkey—trying to travel to Syria using family members’ identity documents. He received preliminary terrorism charges and was ordered to wear a tracking bracelet.
Kermiche was the middle child of three—his younger brother was reportedly detained following Tuesday’s attack. Their parents had moved to France from Algeria. The Guardian reports:
His mother, a professor, spoke to a Geneva newspaper in May 2015, shortly after her son had been apprehended attempting to enter Syria for the second time, about her efforts to keep her son out of the grasp of jihadis.
“He said that [Muslims] couldn’t exercise their religion peacefully in France,” his mother said. “He spoke with words that didn’t belong to him. He was under a spell, like a cult.”
She said authorities refused her request to give him an electronic bracelet after he ran away to Syria the first time. “Fortunately we managed to catch him in time, twice. If he had made it to Syria, I would have written off my son. I want to know who messed up my kid. “We don’t know where to turn for help.”
Kermiche had been released over prosecutors’ protests, having convinced the judge that he wanted “to get back my life, to see my friends, to get married.” The tracking bracelet turned off four hours every day, and he was only permitted to leave his house between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm. It was during this window that he—and the other attacker, who has not yet been identified—stormed the church.
Classmates who knew Kermiche described him as “easily influenced” and a “buffoon.” According to the Guardian, one told RTL radio that he wasn’t surprised to learn Kermiche had been involved in the church attack: “I wasn’t surprised. He talked about it all the time. He talked about Islam, the things like this he was going to do. He talked about the Qur’an and Mecca and he told me ‘I’m going to attack a church’. He said this two months ago on leaving the mosque. On my mother’s life I didn’t believe him.”
On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton became the first woman nominated
For many huge publications, the lead story was Hillary Clinton’s big win, but they tried their best to take the face of the woman making history completely out of it. The Wall Street Journal, for example, went with a photo of Bernie Sanders. Simple, elegant, to the point.
Many others seemed to have Googled “Clinton + president” and come up with an image of Bill.
The Chicago Tribune:
The Washington Post:
The Houston Chronicle:
The New York Times did manage to feature photos of women, or girls, by their own label:
Whoa, USA Today nailed it, in the sense that they actually used a picture of the nominee:
Look, pictures of old white men sell newspapers. Love the player, hate the game.
On Sunday, former Harrisburg city councilman Brad Koplinski was arrested at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia after being caught on security cameras stealing parking passes and food vouchers from a media logistics operation for the Democratic National Convention.
Court documents show that Koplinski, who served on the Harrisburg city council for eight years before running for lieutenant governor, is charged with burglary, trespassing, theft, and receiving stolen property. He is due in court for a preliminary hearing on August 8 after posting $10,000 bail.
Cameron Kline, a spokesman for the D.A.’s office, told Philly.com that Koplinski used a press pass from last week’s Republican National Convention to enter the convention center and steal a bunch of DNC passes. In addition to being caught on security cameras, a DNC staffer noticed the passes were missing, because they were numbered.
But what was Koplinski, a staunch Democrat, doing at the RNC? Having fun! A Republican friend from Iowa invited him to attend, he told PennLive.com last week offering a pass with privileges to see the convention floor, in exchange for help selling campaign paraphernalia.
“Conventions are as much spectacle as policy statements,” he said. “I’m also a political junkie...Watching from a pure political standpoint is interesting.”
Also, he collects pins: “You can find unique items here that you can’t find anywhere else.” Yeah you can, you sly sonuvabitch.
The officers who have not had their cases heard were Garrett Miller and Alicia White. A third officer, William Porter, went to trial last December. That case ended in a hung jury and Porter was set to be retried in September.
Pretrial hearings in Miller’s case were scheduled to start this morning. One of Gray’s arresting officers, Miller was charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and two counts of misconduct in office. White, a supervising officer, was charged with manslaughter for failing to secure Gray in a police van and for ignoring his subsequent injuries.
The possibility of the prosecution dropping these remaining charges was speculated openly in the press following the full acquittal of Lt. Brian Rice, the highest ranking officer of those tried, who was cleared of all charges on July 18th. He was the third officer to be found not guilty, following patrolmen Caesar Goodson
In May, officers White and Porter filed a defamation suit against Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore Sheriff’s Office Major Sam Cogen and the state of Maryland. The officers claim that the group knowingly filed false charges against them.
Speaking to the press this morning, Mosby said her office maintains its belief that Gray’s death, as ruled by a coroner, was a homicide:
A lot of American cities have fucked up in a very important way: they haven’t been building enough housing. And just turning the shed in the back yard into a rental ain’t gonna cut it.
In California, lawmakers are set to pass laws that would make it easier for homeowners to build “granny flats” on their existing property—either converting garages or other buildings into new apartments, or building tiny new apartments in their yards. In San Francisco, home to one of America’s worst affordable housing crises, “city officials are expected to pass legislation allowing landlords to carve fresh apartments out of underutilized spaces, including storage areas and utility rooms.”
Fine. We need the apartments. But this approach is akin to telling children that turning off the lights when they leave the room will prevent global warming. It’s gonna take more than that. In San Francisco, planners estimate the new rule could eventually “add some 14,000 units to the city’s housing stock.” That’s nice. San Francisco is a city that issued less than 13,000 new building permits last year, which was a significant increase from the prior year. Meanwhile, experts estimate that the city needs 30-40,000 new units per year just to keep pace with demand. The entire amount of new housing that this rule might create is not even enough to plug the hole in a single year of demand. The situation is so bad that even highly paid tech employees are getting zero money down loans to buy multimillion-dollar homes. (If we have another tech crash, perhaps the zeroing-out of the value of their collateral, shares in tech companies, will open up some new housing for people with more pedestrian jobs).
There’s another problem. We need housing that is affordable for middle class and poor people. Without a vast increase in the housing supply of in-demand cities, the free market simply will not create apartments with rents that low. And even though, in theory, building a ton of unaffordable apartments will eventually have a positive effect on rents at the bottom of the market, the nature of housing is that we need it now. Today. It is a human need, like food and health care. It is not something we are in a position to allow the free market decades to maybe sort out.
Here is a good explanation of why it is extremely hard to rely on private developers to build affordable housing: because it is extremely hard for them to make affordable housing projects profitable. They can only push down their fixed costs so much before they’re erecting mud huts in far-flung exurbs; and they can only raise their prices so much before their affordable apartments are no longer affordable.
The reality is that funding for affordable housing has to come from the government. In hot markets like San Francisco or New York City, where the mayor says his affordable housing plan is actually ahead of schedule, there are enough renters at the high end that requiring builders to include affordable apartments in their developments can be balanced out to a certain extent. This can also be used as a tool for the economic integration of cities. Which is nice. But even here, it’s not enough. Ultimately, if we want to create large (meaning “anywhere close to sufficient to meet demand”) amounts of affordable housing, it will have to be paid for with tax dollars, either through tax breaks and incentives for developers or through a huge boost in funding for public housing. Our city’s public housing authority already has $17 billion in unfunded capital needs. The cost of adding tens or hundreds of thousands of units and maintaining them would be high. It would require a large permanent commitment of funds, and a lot of tax money out of our pockets.
But like other human needs, it’s always better to pay up front. If you don’t, you end up paying more on the back end. Just like paying for preventative health care is cheaper than waiting until you’re sick, paying for public housing is better than being afflicted with widespread homelessness, as all of these unaffordable cities are. Housing is the biggest cost most people have. It is intimately tied to the existence of poverty. To tackle poverty, we need affordable housing. To have affordable housing, we need to spend a lot of money.
It’s a good investment.
Taking reporters’ questions after an appearance at Trump National Doral, in Doral, Florida, Donald Trump delivered some of his most unhinged proclamations of an already unhinged campaign.
Trump denied the veracity of allegations that the Kremlin directed Russian intelligence agencies to hack the Democratic National Conventions’ emails in order to benefit his campaign. Then, he said he hoped that such hackers would find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails.
“Trump has just publicly called on Russia to cyber-invade the United States to help get him elected,” the New Yorker’s Philip Gourevitch tweeted. “Talk about high crimes & misdemeanors.”
In an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday morning, former National Review editor George Will speculated that his so far unreleased tax returns could reveal the nature of Trump’s relationship with Russia. “Perhaps one more reason why we’re not seeing his tax returns — because he is deeply involved in dealing with Russian oligarchs and others,” Will said. “Whether that’s good, bad or indifferent, it’s probably the reasonable surmise.”
Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort reiterated the candidate’s commitment to not releasing his returns. “Mr. Trump has said that his taxes are under audit and he will not be releasing them,” Manafort told CBS. “It has nothing to do with Russia, it has nothing to do with any country other than the United States and his normal tax auditing process.”
Editor’s Note: We mistakenly published two versions of this story, one of which we have backdated to remove it from the front page; it can be found here
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You do get to choose between a 15.6" or 14" touchscreen display, though both share a 1366x768 resolution. They also rotate a full 360 degrees, meaning you can use this as a tablet, or in a “tent” mode to watch movies.
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We’ve posted deals on these several times now, but today’s $17 and $14 price points are all-time lows.
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Once you go IPS, you never go back, and this 24" 1080p display from LG is marked down to $100 today on Newegg’s eBay storefront. For comparison’s sake, it’s currently selling for $110 on Amazon, but frequently goes for $140.
Everyone should own an OBDII scanner to diagnose check engine lights without schlepping to the auto parts store, and you’ve got three options to choose form today.
If you don’t want to futz with connecting a dongle to your phone, there’s also a standalone reader available on eBay for $14. I own this exact model, and it gets the job done just fine.
Aukey’s clearing out Bluetooth selfie sticks for just $4 right now, which is as cheap as we’ve ever seen. Just please, use them responsibly.
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Honestly, the $22 model (with code AUDIO4M8) is your best bet here. It has two drivers instead of one, and much longer battery life than the tire-shaped model, but $15 is an awfully tempting price (with code AUDIO4M4) if your needs are pretty basic.
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I think it’s safe to say that much of the country is going through a Pokémon nostalgia trip right now, and you can re-live the original Blue, Red, and Yellow versions on 3DS for just $8 each today (down from $10), courtesy of Best Buy.
The new Apple TV is good, and getting better, and Walmart is taking $20 off the 32GB model, or $40 off the 64GB model. We’ve seen a few better deals in the past, but this is still a solid discount as far as Apple products go.
If you were waiting for a good discount to dive back into the world of XCOM, Amazon’s taking $30 off physical PC copies of XCOM 2 today for Prime members, which is the best price we’ve ever seen. Good luck, Commander.
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The Logitech MX Master Mouse comes with all the accoutrements you’d expect form a high end mouse—namely a rechargeable battery, adjustable DPI, and a dark field laser that works on glass—and a few that you wouldn’t, like a side thumb wheel for horizontal navigation and gestures, and the ability to connect over Bluetooth to three devices simultaneously.
$68 is the best price we’ve ever seen, but I wouldn’t expect it to last, so click on over to Amazon to lock in your order.
The Razer Orochi is billed as a “travel” gaming mouse, but if its compact size doesn’t bother you, the specs here look as good as just about any full sized gaming mouse you could buy.
Sound tempting? Today’s $45 deal is an all-time low, and about $15 less than usual.
It would be disingenous to call any 20,000mAh battery pack “small,” but Anker’s PowerCore Edge is at least thin. A mere centimeter thin, in fact.
Other than the unique design, this is the same PowerCore battery you know and love
No, this Honeywell thermostat doesn’t look like a futuristic work of art like the Nest Learning thermostat. But that’s easy to forgive when you realize that it still includes Wi-Fi, meaning you can program and control it from your phone, and costs less than $90.
The R2 can shoot at resolutions exceeding standard 1080p (2560x1080 or 2304x1296), and its 170 degree field of view means you’ll never miss a license plate, crash, or meteorite. This deal is a match for the best we’ve seen on this model, so grab yours while you still can.
As long as you don’t mind buying a refurb, VIZIO’s SB3851 38" 5.1 surround sound system is on sale for $169 on Amazon right now. I own this exact system, and absolutely love it, as do many of our readers.
The system’s three front audio channels are housed in an attractive 38" sound bar, while the two satellite speakers connect to a Bluetooth subwoofer, meaning you don’t have to run any cables from your TV to the back of the room to enjoy true surround sound (though to be clear, you do have to plug the satellite speakers into the subwoofer). The best part? You don’t even need a receiver to operate this thing; it’ll plug straight into your TV.
There are surely systems out there that sound better or offer more options, but for the majority of non-audiophiles, this system is basically a miracle for the price.
Mpow basically invented the cheap Bluetooth earbud market, but even by their standards, $10 is an amazing price (with code QUE7TESP). Mpow’s Petrels include Bluetooth 4.0, 5.5 hours of battery life, and a sweatproof coating so you can wear them to the gym (or just for a walk outside during the heat dome).
We’ve seen a lot of deals on Bluetooth car receivers, but I don’t think any of them have looked as nice as this model from Aukey. It even lets you pair two phones at once, and comes with a three-port USB charger to keep all of your devices charged as well. Just note that your car will need an AUX jack for this to work.
Several Miyazaki classics are down to $15 or today on Amazon, which is about as low as they get, with few exceptions. You can’t go wrong with any of them, and really, you should own all of them. Let us know your favorites in the comments!
Your GoPro longs to go everywhere with you, and with this ridiculously-affordable accessory kit, it finally can. It’s also worth noting that these accessories will work with any action cam that uses a GoPro-style mounting system, like the Yi Action Cam.
Indochino is your favorite
Some of our peers have Melania’d the discount we launched with Indochino back in May, so we can’t call it an exclusive anymore. However, it’s still the best pricing they’ve ever offered, so if you missed out last time or want more suits, here’s your chance. Read more here.
Running low on digital storage space, or just want to start keeping better backups? Amazon’s marked the 2TB WD Elements external drive to $70, which is about as low at that capacity ever gets.
If you enjoy eating at Chili’s, Macaroni Grill, Maggiano’s, or On The Border, this discounted Brinker gift card is basically a free entree.
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Donald Trump held a patently absurd press conference this morning, in which he offered that foreign governments should hack Hillary Clinton, asked reporters if they’re familiar with the “n-word,” and referred to John Hinckley—the man who tried to kill Ronald Reagan—as “David.”
As a result, the room seemed tense. Attendant reporters pressed Trump on his casual assertions, and Trump tried to freestyle his way out of trouble. At one point, NBC’s Katy Tur drilled Trump on whether it was appropriate for him to ask—even as a joke—that Russia or China to search for the emails Clinton deleted from her private server. In the midst of a back-and-forth, Trump says to Tur: “Be quiet—I know you wanna, you know, save her.”
The way to annoy Trump
One bizarre strain of analysis about the recent hack of the DNC’s emails is: “Hey, the real story here is that Russia is trying to influence our election, which is bad.” That’s crazy!
Let us accept, for the moment, the assertion that this hack was perpetrated by the Russian government for the express purpose of influencing the U.S. election—an assertion that remains very much unproven. Let’s say that Vladimir Putin had his people steal all the DNC’s emails, passed them to Wikileaks, and then had Wikileaks put them out on the eve
From a strictly journalistic perspective: so fucking what?
News is news. The emails that came out in the DNC hack had real news value. They had so much news value, in fact, that they got the (corrupt!) head of the DNC deposed from her job. They had so much news value that the DNC was forced to issue a groveling apology to a major presidential candidate because of the “inexcusable” behavior exposed in the emails. Absolutely no one anywhere of any political persuasion can argue that the DNC hack did not contain serious, meaningful, valuable news that added significantly to the public understanding of the operations of a major political party during the course of a presidential election.
So, if Russia really did get these emails released, I say: Thanks, Russia. News is news. When Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden broke the law in order to release troves of newsworthy emails that meaningfully increased public understanding of secretive, powerful government operations, they did something good. I thank them, too. Whether or not you think that both of them should be in jail is a secondary issue. Even if you believe that they are vile criminals, that does not change the news value of the information they helped release. We, the media, whose job it is to get valuable information like this out to the public, should be pleased that this valuable information was released. It’s news. Its origin is also news, and it is also worth discussing, but it is certainly not more important than the actual substance of what was released.
Despite this fact, people like Paul Waldman in the Washington Post would have you believe that Russia’s attempt to influence our election is the real story here, and that, bolding mine, “the political reporters covering it have gotten distracted by the content of the emails.” This is like arguing that Edward Snowden’s personal motives in releasing the NSA information were more important than all of the information that he released. It is the ass-backwards product of a “politics is everything” mindstate. It leads professional journalists to argue that it would be preferable if the release of important and valuable information about powerful political institutions never happened—in essence, that they would prefer that the public know less.
Also, the pundits who are dropping their monocles in their soup over this “strike against our civic infrastructure” by a foreign government should recall that that U.S.A. has meddled in a few foreign governments in our time. We might not want to hang our outrage on that one.
PHILADELPHIA — Three sources, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they feared professional repercussions, have told Gawker that ABC News is not allowing Fusion staffers attending the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week to eat the free snacks in the ABC News tent.
Fusion has access to the ABC News tent for two connected reasons: a quirk of scheduling and the rapid pace of change in the media business. The credentialing process for the conventions begins long before the gavels drop. For the media organizations—mainly television stations—that bring large crews, have many complex technical and logistical needs, and have the budget to pay for private workspace at the convention site, decisions about convention accommodations are made months in advance of the actual event.
Fusion, a millennial-focused digital news organization (and little-watched cable news channel), was formerly a joint venture of Disney, the parent company of ABC, and Univision. The Wall Street Journal reported last December that Disney was looking to end the partnership, which did eventually happened in April 2016, when Univision acquired Disney’s stake in Fusion and became the sole owner. (A brief disclosure: Univision has reportedly considered investing in or partnering with Gawker Media, the parent company of Gawker.com.)
The deadline for 2016 DNC credentials for large broadcast networks was back in January. So when Fusion applied for credentials to cover the DNC, it was still partially owned by ABC’s parent company, and they applied jointly with ABC News. At the time this would have seemed like a great deal: ABC News has the institutional experience, influence, and budget to give Fusion reporters a privileged position from which to cover the convention compared to other digital media startups. And indeed, ABC’s headquarters at the DNC is a large, well-appointed tent in the middle of the broadcast media compound, adjacent to the Wells Fargo Center.
While smaller shops—such as your pals here at Gawker—squeeze into a shared media tent with no available food or beverage, unreliable internet connections, and limited work space, broadcast networks such as ABC have their tents all to themselves, and they keep them stocked with free coffee and snacks to help their reporters make it through the grueling days and long nights of the DNC.
But all is not well in the ABC News tent. According to our sources, now that Fusion is an entirely separate entity, albeit one that still has access to ABC’s work facilities, ABC has been treating Fusion reporters like second-class citizens. Gallingly, Fusion staffers are now officially barred from the snack table in the ABC News tent.
The snacks available at that table include pretzels, Gatorade, “goldfish” crackers, and candy, including sour gummy worms.
An ABC insider, speaking to Gawker, downplayed the snack situation: “Everyone is responsible is for their own catering, and we’re sharing the space like everybody else.”
That sounds reasonable enough—after all, ABC no longer has anything to do with Fusion, and Univision could be feeding its employees out of its own pocket—but that’s little relief for Fusion’s parched, sour gummy worm-starved millennial content producers, camped out here in the shadow of the Wells Fargo Center.
Philadelphia — It’s hot as hell here in the city of brotherly love, but I’d give up all the air conditioning and the free “I’m a Union Fan” fan for a good wifi connection. Here inside the white media tents, now blessedly free of Bernie protestors, the chairs are free but the wifi is not—media outlets, companies and some woman named Doreen all refuse to share their kbps with me, and I’m having a hard time guessing their passwords.
Here are some of the networks available in the media tent right now; if you know any of the passwords, drop them in the comments—thanks!
Make Wifi Great Again
opennetwork (it’s locked)
Before you jokesters even get started, I already tried and howarddean69 doesn’t work for any of them.
PHILADELPHIA — Bill de Blasio, the current mayor of New York City, just spoke to Democratic National Convention delegates at the Wells Fargo Center about the merits of Hillary Clinton and the evils of Donald Trump. He spoke at around 5:30 p.m., when many TV viewers are still working or on the way home, and there were noticeable holes in the arena crowd.
Michael Bloomberg, the previous mayor of New York City, will also speak to Democratic National Convention delegates at the Wells Fargo Center about the merits of Hillary Clinton and the evils of Donald Trump this evening. Bloomberg will speak sometime before 10 p.m., during the prime-time telecast, and the crowd will likely pay close attention.
Bill de Blasio is a Democrat, the first member of Hillary Clinton’s party to hold the New York mayoralty since 1993. Michael Bloomberg is an independent, and he first ran for mayor as a Republican.
Bill de Blasio’s campaign for mayor largely focused on the ways in which he was different from Michael Bloomberg on issues like policing and corporate influence in the city. Last year, Bloomberg spent a good chunk of a speech at a charity dinner lightheartedly owning his successor on issues like his celebrity status and his feud with Governor Andrew Cuomo. The relationship between the two men has gotten better since de Blasio’s inauguration in 2014, but they’re not exactly good buddies. I wonder how de Blasio and Bloomberg feel about the scheduling of tonight’s remarks.
PHILADELPHIA — Welcome to the 27th and penultimate night of the Democratic National Convention. Two nights ago, my close personal friend, First Lady Michelle Obama gave a gorgeous speech that left a nation in tears. Four more years of Michelle, we cried! (Melania Trump no doubt took notes
Join us tonight as Barack Obama tries to outdo her.
Wednesday evening, several news outlets announced that Wikileaks had JUST RELEASED 29 new Democratic National Committee voicemails, a brilliant bit of counter-programming against tonight’s Democratic convention events if true.
In fact, true to the voicemail genre, the ones obtained by WikiLeaks were boring as hell, apparently drawn from messages sent to DNC headquarters—not between staffers. Arguably the juiciest of the lot are from angry supporters complaining about perceived preferential treatment for the candidates.
I guess you haven’t gotten enough of that from your college friends on Facebook, then it is BREAKING.
PHILADELPHIA — Just a few hours ago, in an interview with Gawker, Karl Rove finally offered an answer to the question on everyone’s mind: Is Karl “the Architect” Rove ready to get behind Donald Trump?
Rove and Trump have had a strained relationship, to say the least, but according to a New York Times report from June, the two have at least started trying to work it out.
But is it enough for the former George W. Bush strategist to get behind the man he once called “the dumbest human being on Earth”?
Can you guess what Karl Rove said?
Alright, here’s what Karl Rove said:
This has been your bombshell Karl Rove DNC exclusive.
When you have an important guest over to your home, it’s good etiquette to give them a gift to show them your gratitude. Even though redditors don’t have the reputation for being the nicest
Reddit gold is a membership program through which Reddit earns revenue. Redditors can pay $3.99/month or $29.99/year to get special features on the site, like no ads, custom themes and avatars, the ability to create Reddit “secret societies,” and more.
According to Reddit, a single gild costs $3.99, although you can buy “creddits” in bulk for cheaper. If you buy 36 creddits at a time, they even out to about $2.50 a pop.
Trump fans did not hold back during the AMA. On the initial post alone, redditors gifted Trump with 106 months of Reddit gold (as of 7/27/2016 at 9:50PM.)
Combined with what was gilded to him on the other posts in the AMA, Trump was gifted 134 months—which is over 11 years—of Reddit gold, meaning redditors spent between $335 and $534.66 total on the event.
Meanwhile, I have donated a fat sum of $0 to Fiorina, Jeb, Rubio, Cruz, Trump, Chafee, O’Malley, Bernie, and Hillary combined.
Earlier today, Donald Trump held a Reddit AMA
That unblinking stare. The deftly placed baby hands. A laptop. All signs of a master hacker at work. Russia, we’re sorry for jumping to conclusions. You’ve been framed