An Area 51 Warning, Trump Takes on California, and More News

An Area 51 Warning, Trump Takes on California, and More News

An Area 51 aficionado gives a warning, Trump is fighting with California over vehicle emissions, and the FDA is struggling to regulate vaping.That's the estimated number of people who use vapes, or e-cigarettes, up from 7 million in 2011.

California Vows Fight as Trump Takes Aim at Clean-Car Authority

California Vows Fight as Trump Takes Aim at Clean-Car Authority

Under Trump’s plan, the Environmental Protection Agency will revoke the so-called waiver underpinning the state’s ability to set tailpipe greenhouse-gas emissions standards that are more stringent, as well as the state’s electric vehicle sales mandate.

While You Were Offline: KFC Has a Colonel Sanders Dating Sim Now

While You Were Offline: KFC Has a Colonel Sanders Dating Sim Now

Yes, that is the President of the United States, days before the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, revealing a previously unknown plan to host the Taliban at Camp David.

National Security Is in Trump's Hands

National Security Is in Trump's Hands

I think it’s super dangerous for us and the world,” Chris Murphy, the Democratic senator from Connecticut, told reporters at the Capitol earlier this week, right as news broke—via a presidential tweet—that John Bolton was no longer national security advisor.

White House Plans Biofuel Quota Boost Amid Appeals From Iowa

White House Plans Biofuel Quota Boost Amid Appeals From Iowa

Top administration officials have developed plans to give a 5% boost to U.S. renewable fuel-blending quotas in 2020, as President Donald Trump seeks to temper farm-state criticism he has undermined U.S. mandates compelling the use of corn-based ethanol and soybean-based biodiesel.

Trump’s Trade War Isn’t Just a US–China Problem

Trump’s Trade War Isn’t Just a US–China Problem

The $9.9 billion trade deficit between the US and Mexico, in Mexico's favor, for the month of June this year was the largest monthly imbalance on record between the two countries, according to the Census Bureau.

Truckers Gain More Freedom, Thanks to Tech’s Watchful Eye

Truckers Gain More Freedom, Thanks to Tech’s Watchful Eye

The would-be rules don’t change how long drivers can stay on the road—still limited to 14 hours on duty, with at most 11 actually driving, followed by at least 10 hours off.One new rule would change that to a 30-minute break after eight hours of behind-the-wheel driving.

Russia Is Going to Up Its Game for the 2020 Elections

Russia Is Going to Up Its Game for the 2020 Elections

As the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Warner has long been a vocal proponent of new legislation to strengthen election protections, such as the Honest Ad Act, which would compel Silicon Valley firms to disclose when political ads are paid for by a foreign nation.

Robert Mueller's Work Is Done. Now It's Congress's Turn

Robert Mueller's Work Is Done. Now It's Congress's Turn

During close to six hours of Mueller’s testimony before two committees, House Democrats learned the hard way that you can lead a special counsel to an impeachment hearing, but you can’t make him testify.

Watch Robert Mueller's Testimony Live Right Here

Watch Robert Mueller's Testimony Live Right Here

Mueller will start his day at 8:30 am ET with a three-hour House Judiciary Committee session focused on obstruction of justice.

The Truth About Trump’s Love-Hate Relationship With Big Tech

The Truth About Trump’s Love-Hate Relationship With Big Tech

Why, just last week Trump hosted a social network conference—held in the East Wing of the White House no less—where the president and the assembled right-wing pot-stirrers made loud noises about the alleged bias that platforms like Twitter and Facebook have against conservatives.

The Meaning Behind the #UnwantedIvanka Meme

The Meaning Behind the #UnwantedIvanka Meme

In the clip, the first daughter looks less welcome than a geek at the cool-kid table, and less than 24 hours after it made the rounds, writer Erin Ryan kicked off the #UnwantedIvanka meme by asking the internet to place Trump into other scenes, like soccer player Megan Rapinoe's goal celebration and Beyoncé's Coachella performance.

The Spooky Symmetry of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

The Spooky Symmetry of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

Depth of Field: The Spooky Symmetry of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. This week, nothing brought that notion to light more starkly than the image of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner standing, uniformly framed, in a window at Buckingham Palace.

Robert Mueller Breaks His Silence on Russia Investigation

Robert Mueller Breaks His Silence on Russia Investigation

Special Counsel Robert Mueller ended his two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election with his sole public comment Wednesday, a surprise appearance at the Justice Department that had a clear and stark message: America, read my report.

Robert Mueller Speaks, Amazon’s New Echo Show, and More News

Robert Mueller Speaks, Amazon’s New Echo Show, and More News

Robert Mueller breaks his silence, Amazon unveils a new device with more privacy features, and we pontificate on the philanthropy of billionaires. Amazon unveils a new device and privacy features.

Watch Robert Mueller’s Statement on the Russia Investigation

Watch Robert Mueller’s Statement on the Russia Investigation

The public response was made all the more muddy by Attorney General William Barr's initial four-page summary of the report, which appeared to downplay the special counsel's findings around obstruction of justice.

Snapchat Employees Reportedly Spied on Private Snaps

Snapchat Employees Reportedly Spied on Private Snaps

Security News This Week: Snapchat Employees Reportedly Spied on Private Snaps. Motherboard reports that according to former and current employees, Snapchat developed a tool called SnapLion to allow the company to access user accounts in order to comply with legitimate legal requests from law enforcement.

Ted Cruz's Space Pirates Comments Top This Week's Internet News Roundup

Ted Cruz's Space Pirates Comments Top This Week's Internet News Roundup

Senator Ted Cruz voiced support for President Trump's proposed Space Force last week. What Really Happened: There's no way to sugarcoat this: The war over abortion has intensified beyond what most would have expected in the past couple of weeks, with new bills being signed into law that significantly limit the freedom of those with wombs in certain states.

The Saga of Trump's Tax Returns Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

The Saga of Trump's Tax Returns Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

What Happened: As US attorney general Bill Barr faces censure from Congress for his handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report , the Department of Justice's defensive position got a little extreme.

Only Two Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Have a Climate Plan

Only Two Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Have a Climate Plan

Biden was the first senator to propose climate legislation, but he has not endorsed a Green New Deal or any other specific policies recently.

Trump's Trade War With China Hasn't Wrecked Tech—Yet

Trump's Trade War With China Hasn't Wrecked Tech—Yet

Now for your latest installment of the on-again, off-again trade war between the US and China, we have President Trump blasting Beijing for reneging on commitments to clamp down on intellectual property theft, end forced technology transfers from US tech companies, and allow US companies greater access to the domestic Chinese market, including in cloud computing.

Why Is Facebook Abetting Trump’s Reckless Foreign Policy?

Why Is Facebook Abetting Trump’s Reckless Foreign Policy?

When I asked Fishman to justify this policy, he said it’s designed to keep Facebook on the right side of the law, which prohibits Americans from providing “material support” to any group deemed a “Foreign Terrorist Organization.”.

Facebook Can Ban Whomever It Wants. Just Ask Trump's Lawyers

Facebook Can Ban Whomever It Wants. Just Ask Trump's Lawyers

If the Trump administration believes that the President's own Twitter account can't infringe on people's free speech rights, then it seems dubious at best to claim that a privately-owned company with no ties to the government can, Citron says.

Trump's Bank Lawsuit Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Trump's Bank Lawsuit Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Whatever the reason, the Trumps filed suit against Deutsche Bank and Capital One early last week, in an attempt to prevent Congress from seeing what was going on inside his financial dealings. What Happened: Speaking of that Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week, how'd attorney general Bill Barr do broadly?

President Trump's Meeting With Jack Dorsey Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

President Trump's Meeting With Jack Dorsey Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

What Happened: With all the important matters needing his attention, perhaps it's a good thing that President Trump spent part of last week meeting with the man responsible for his—and everyone's!—favorite social media platform, Twitter.

Trump’s Twitter Meeting, an Ethereum Thief, and More News

Trump’s Twitter Meeting, an Ethereum Thief, and More News

President Donald Trump tweeted invective at Twitter again this morning, but this time Jack Dorsey took the conversation off-platform to the White House. In other news, a controversial US Census question creates some strange bedfellows, and a "blockchain bandit" is pilfering millions in cryptocurrency.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Met With President Trump

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Met With President Trump

Twitter policy head Vijaya Gadde notified employees Tuesday that their boss was supposed to meet with Trump in a 30-minute, closed-door meeting later that afternoon, according to a company email reviewed by WIRED.Louise Matsakis covers cybersecurity, internet law, and online culture for WIRED.

14 Mueller Report Takeaways You Might Have Missed

14 Mueller Report Takeaways You Might Have Missed

A close read of Robert Mueller's 448-page report on Russian interference and potential Trump obstruction yields some fascinating tidbits. Robert Mueller’s final 448-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 election—and Donald Trump’s apparent attempts to obstruct justice along the way—takes some time to read fully.

While You Were Offline: Was the Mueller Report Worth the Wait?

While You Were Offline: Was the Mueller Report Worth the Wait?

What Happened: As if Bill Barr hadn't demonstrated that he was hardly the most independent attorney general with his four-page summary of the findings of the Mueller report last month, his press conference ahead of the release called his allegiances into question even more.

The Mueller Report Is Much Worse for Trump Than Barr Let On

The Mueller Report Is Much Worse for Trump Than Barr Let On

Even as he correctly summarized that Mueller did not find that Trump’s campaign conspired—distinct from colluding, which the report makes clear—with the Russian government, Barr appears to have misled the public about the severity of the evidence on obstruction of justice.