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.

'Simjacker' Attack Can Track Phones Just by Sending a Text

'Simjacker' Attack Can Track Phones Just by Sending a Text

The good news is that the so-called Simjacker attack revealed this week by AdaptiveMobile Security doesn't appear to affect the major US carriers.The Treasury Department this week leveled sanctions against three North Korean hacking groups, including the Lazarus Group, a team thought responsible for the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures and other major targets.

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.

A History of Plans to Nuke Hurricanes (and Other Stuff Too)

A History of Plans to Nuke Hurricanes (and Other Stuff Too)

In those heady early years of the atomic age, many scientists imagined a world where humans could routinely use nuclear weapons to cleave the earth and remake its climate.

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.

China Trade Spillover, LA’s Pollution by Block, and More News

China Trade Spillover, LA’s Pollution by Block, and More News

Worldwide spillover from US-China trade wars, block by block road emissions in LA, and America's history of wanting to nuke hurricanes.On Sunday, President Trump said he would use emergency powers to force private companies to relocate out of China.

Trump Lashes Out After Automakers Agree to California's Standards

Trump Lashes Out After Automakers Agree to California's Standards

That deal represents the most clear-cut example of auto industry unease with the Trump administration’s August 2018 proposal to dramatically ease fuel economy and vehicle greenhouse gas emissions standards drafted by the Obama administration, which sought to boost average fuel efficiency to roughly 50 miles per gallon by 2025.

John Ratcliffe Is a Dangerous Pick for Director of National Intelligence

John Ratcliffe Is a Dangerous Pick for Director of National Intelligence

The news Sunday that Trump planned to tap representative John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) as director of national intelligence, replacing former senator Dan Coats, left many even on Capitol Hill scratching their heads: Who?

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.

A Preview of Mueller's Testimony, an Electric Ford F-150, and More News

A Preview of Mueller's Testimony, an Electric Ford F-150, and More News

Robert Mueller visits Congress tomorrow, the most popular vehicle in America is going electric, and the youths are fueling a Snapchat comeback. Don't, however, expect any shattering new details—if we know anything about Robert Mueller, it's that he's probably going to stick pretty close to the book.

Depth of Field: The Hollow Poetry of the Eric Garner Decision

Depth of Field: The Hollow Poetry of the Eric Garner Decision

That same day, in New York, the US Justice Department announced that it would not bring federal charges against NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in the 2014 death of Eric Garner.

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.

President Trump Is the Latest Critic of Facebook's Libra

President Trump Is the Latest Critic of Facebook's Libra

Gregory Barber covers cryptocurrency, blockchain, and artificial intelligence for WIRED.Late Thursday, President Donald Trump unleashed a three-tweet squall declaring himself “not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies,” and referring to the use of “unregu­lated digital assets” for “drug trade and other illegal activities.” He included Libra in that category, saying the platform "will have little standing or dependability" and would fall prey to similar dependability issues.

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.

Surprise! Huawei Can Actually Innovate—and Win Fans

Surprise! Huawei Can Actually Innovate—and Win Fans

In the US, the Chinese telecom giant is best-known for the government’s national security concerns—and allegations that it stole intellectual property from companies like Cisco and Motorola. "#Huawei is using the tactics of patent trolls to attack U.S. companies in retaliation for Trump administration national security actions against them," Rubio tweeted.

Twitter Will Quarantine Politicians’ Tweets If They Violate Rules—Finally

Twitter Will Quarantine Politicians’ Tweets If They Violate Rules—Finally

Public officials whose tweets are restricted for violating the platform’s rules will not be notified directly, nor will they have an opportunity to appeal the decision, Twitter confirmed.“There won't be any appeals and there won't be any communication to the user, however, it [the restriction] will be noticed very quickly,” the spokesperson said, chuckling.

Hollywood Tried to Save America with a Live Reading of the Mueller Report

Hollywood Tried to Save America with a Live Reading of the Mueller Report

The movie stars gathered at the Riverside Church in New York to read an adaptation of special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Trump's possible obstruction of that investigation written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Shenkkan.

Depth of Field: The Metaphor of Trump and the MAGA Hat

Depth of Field: The Metaphor of Trump and the MAGA Hat

Depth of Field: The Metaphor of Trump and the MAGA Hat. President Trump announced his bid for reelection in Orlando on Tuesday. In the photo, it's the particular tension between Trump and the hat that I'm hypnotized by: man versus message.

Fiat Leans Toward Trump as Industry Agonizes Over Fuel Rules

Fiat Leans Toward Trump as Industry Agonizes Over Fuel Rules

In its written comments submitted to regulators last year, Fiat Chrysler said it agrees with one of the Trump administration’s central arguments: Stricter fuel-efficiency mandates drive up new vehicle prices, keeping older, dirtier and less-safe cars on the road longer.

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.

Security News This Week: A Teen Waltzed Into Mar-a-Lago

Security News This Week: A Teen Waltzed Into Mar-a-Lago

Security News This Week: A Teen Waltzed Into Mar-a-Lago. Emily Dreyfuss covers the intersection of tech and culture for WIRED.Of course, it wouldn’t be a week in security news if there wasn’t an update from Robert Mueller.

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.

A Critical Hit to Huawei, the Student Space Race, and More News

A Critical Hit to Huawei, the Student Space Race, and More News

Trouble is brewing for a Chinese electronics giant, students sent a rocket into actual space, and the highly infectious measles just won't go away. More News You Can Use. Far-right propaganda flooded Facebook ahead of EU elections .

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.”.