The Week (281)

Trump tweets congratulations to Doug Jones for his 'hard fought victory' in Alabama

If you were expecting an angry tweet from President Trump after the candidate he supported in the Alabama Senate special election, Republican Roy Moore, lost to Doug Jones, the Democrat, nope. On Tuesday night, Trump tweeted out his cordial congratulations to Jones. Congratulations to Doug Jones on ...

Republicans are already blaming Alabama Senate loss on Stephen Bannon

Moments after several media outlets projected Democrat Doug Jones winning the Alabama special Senate election, the president and CEO of the Senate Leadership Fund super PAC released a short but scathing rebuke of the person he holds responsible for the stunning loss. "This is a brutal reminder that ...

Democrat Doug Jones wins Alabama special Senate election

Democrat Doug Jones will be the next senator representing Alabama, The Associated Press, Fox News, and The New York Times project. The former U.S. attorney defeated Republican Roy Moore in a contentious election that took a turn last month when several women came forward and accused Moore of sexual ...

Alabama Senate race too close to call

The results are still coming in for Alabama's special Senate election between Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore, and with 86.7 percent of precincts reporting, they are tied with each having 49.2 percent of the vote. Moore was far ahead in the polls until several women accused him in ...

White House attorney says Mueller is done with staffer interviews he requested

White House attorney Ty Cobb says that on Tuesday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced he's finished the interviews he requested with about two dozen current and former White House witnesses as part of the investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election. Attorneys have refused ...

If Moore wins in Alabama, GOP senators will meet Wednesday to discuss next steps

Should Roy Moore win the Alabama special Senate election Tuesday night, Senate Republicans will meet Wednesday morning to discuss where they go from here, several Republicans with knowledge of the meeting told NBC News. Moore has been accused by several women of groping them when they were in their ...

Tillerson: U.S. is ready to talk to North Korea without preconditions

During a speech in Washington on Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he's ready to start talking directly with North Korea, without any preconditions. "Let's just meet," he said in front of the Atlantic Council. "We can talk about the weather if you want. We can talk about whether it's ...

Republicans close to agreeing on tax bill that lowers the top individual tax rate

As it stands now, the tax bill Republican lawmakers are working on in the hopes of getting it to a final vote next week would lower the corporate tax rate to 21 percent and the top individual tax rate from 39.6 to 37 percent, The New York Times reports. The versions of the bill passed by the House ...

Jake Tapper just asked Roy Moore's spokesman if Moore thinks 'homosexual conduct' should be illegal. His answer: 'Probably.'

Ted Crockett, a spokesperson for Alabama Republican Senate Candidate Roy Moore, really didn't want to answer a question Tuesday on whether Moore thinks homosexuality should be illegal. But CNN's Jake Tapper eventually nailed him down. "Homosexuality is a sin in the biblical sense. That is where Roy ...

This robot just smashed through a wall to deliver the Olympic torch

The Olympic torch relay ceremony just had its most heavy metal moment in its more than 80-year history. On day 41 of the torch relay, which begins in the original site of the ancient Olympics in Olympia, HUBO the humanoid robot walked briefly with the Olympic flame, for some reason. It then drilled ...

Scientists spot the first interstellar space rock and wonder if aliens made it

A bizarre, fast-moving rock with the "proportions of a giant cucumber" has entered our galaxy, becoming the first stony object of its sort ever observed zipping through the Milky Way, The Washington Post writes. As if the interstellar passerby wasn't exciting enough, extraterrestrial researchers are ...

Tinder thinks you need a timeline for your matches

One of the world's most popular dating apps just got a little bit creepier. Tinder announced Tuesday that it's testing out a new feature letting users see more social media content from people they match with. The "Feed" — which is being tested in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada — is an ...

61 percent of Americans want Roy Moore kicked out of the Senate if he wins

Sixty-one percent of Americans think Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore should be kicked out of the Senate if he wins the special election on Tuesday night, a new Politico/Morning Consult poll has found. A plurality of Republicans also agree that Moore should be removed, at 45 percent, while 29 ...

Roy Moore rode his horse Sassy to go vote today

Sassy and Roy Moore arrived in Gallant, Alabama, on Tuesday to vote in the state's special election. Moore was voting, anyway; Sassy is a horse: Here is Roy Moore arriving to vote on horseback. pic.twitter.com/nwtWPFGfsI — Steve Kopack December 12, 2017 It is not the first time the former ...

Elizabeth Warren blasts Trump's attack on Kirsten Gillibrand, misuses the phrase 'slut-shame'

Sen. Elizabeth Warren came to the defense of her colleague Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday after President Trump tweeted that Gillibrand "begged" and "would do anything for" campaign donations. Are you really trying to bully, intimidate and slut-shame @SenGillibrand? Do you know who you're ...

What galloping cockroaches can teach the robots of the future

As if giant cockroaches weren't freaky enough already, new research shows the insects have learned how to gallop. A study published in Frontiers in Zoology found that giant cockroaches can increase their velocity and lateral mobility when they run in a rolling gait, similar to a horse's gallop, ...

The White House claims these 2 dubious 'eyewitnesses' prove Trump didn't harass women

President Trump and the White House have vehemently denied renewed accusations of Trump's sexual misconduct, with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders telling reporters Monday that "the president has denied of these allegations, as have eyewitnesses." How, exactly, eyewitnesses can confirm that ...

Auschwitz survivor deems North Korean camps worse than Nazi concentration camps

The brutality of prison camps in North Korea is on par with that of Nazi concentration camps, says Thomas Buergenthal, a former judge on the International Court of Justice who is now serving on a panel of human rights investigators probing whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un should be tried for ...

Russia views Trump tweets as official policy statements

When President Trump posts a tweet, it is shared with and analyzed for Russian President Vladimir Putin as any official statement by the president of the United States would be, Moscow indicated Tuesday. "In any case, everything which is published from Twitter account is perceived by Moscow as his ...

Trump suggests Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand 'begged' him and 'would do anything' for campaign cash

President Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to attack Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand , suggesting she had a history of trading favors for campaign donations. Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging" for campaign ...

For the first time in his career, GOP pollster Frank Luntz says he's stumped by an election

Republican pollster Frank Luntz admitted Monday night that for the first time in his career, he can't call an election. Looking at Tuesday's Alabama Senate race between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones, Luntz said he's told people to ignore all the polls "because you really don't know ...

Trump's legal team wants a special counsel to investigate the investigators

Who investigates the investigators? President Trump's legal team, frustrated by the ongoing probe into their client's potential ties with Russia, is now proposing naming a second special counsel to investigate the FBI and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Axios reports. The idea of naming an ...

GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold's office is apparently fueled by beer, sexual innuendo, and lewd texts from lobbyists

Rep. Blake Farenthold is not stepping down despite an $84,000 sexual harassment settlement he reached with his former press secretary, Lauren Greene, a new House Ethics Committee investigation of that settlement, and five Republican challengers in his safe GOP district. "It's lonelier than it's ...

Merriam-Webster picks 'feminism' as the 2017 word of the year

In a year bookended by worldwide Women's Marches and the #MeToo movement, it is perhaps no surprise to hear that "feminism" is the 2017 Merriam-Webster dictionary word of the year. "No one word can ever encapsulate all the news, events, or stories of a given year," said the editor-at-large for ...

The daily business briefing: December 12, 2017

1. Apple is buying music recognition app Shazam, both companies confirmed Monday. Apple did not disclose how much it would pay for Shazam, but the deal reportedly is worth around $400 million. The London-based Shazam started out in 2002 as a phone-based service, allowing people to dial a number, ...

The House and Senate have resolved 'nothing really' on a final tax bill

The Senate hopes to vote on a negotiated final version of the Republican tax plan early next week, with the House voting no later than Wednesday and the whole package landing on President Trump's desk by a Dec. 20 deadline. But the progress of reaching an agreement between the chambers is slow ...

10 things you need to know today: December 12, 2017

1. A man with a pipe bomb strapped to him detonated the device in the New York City subway on Monday, burning himself in the hands and abdomen, lightly injuring three other people, and sending commuters fleeing one of the nation's busiest subway corridors. Authorities called the incident an ...

The Pentagon will allow transgender applicants for military service starting Jan. 1

On Monday, the Pentagon announced that it will allow qualified transgender people to enlist in the military starting in January, in compliance with an order from the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. The Trump administration had appealed the court ruling, and the district court rejected an ...

Trump calls accusations of sexual misconduct made against him 'fake news'

President Trump is once again denying allegations of sexual misconduct after several of his accusers came forward for "round two" on Monday: Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia - so now they are moving ...

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is dead at 65

Ed Lee, San Francisco's mayor, died Tuesday morning, according to a statement from his office. He was 65, and no cause of death was given. "It is with profound sadness and terrible grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 1:11 a.m. at Zuckerberg San Francisco ...

Sean Spicer is writing a book to 'set the record straight' about his Trump tenure

On Fox News Monday night, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced that he is writing a book about his brief and tumultuous tenure at the White House and on President Trump's presidential campaign. The book, The Briefing, will be published in July by Regnery Publishing, a leading ...

Trump is reportedly furious at Nikki Haley for saying his female accusers 'should be heard'

The White House has been working to insulate President Trump from the #MeToo moment that has toppled prominent men at top levels of media, entertainment, and politics, given Trump's own roster of women accusing him of sexual misconduct and his hot-mic bragging about assaulting women on the Access ...

America's dawning authoritarianism

What does it feel like when a liberal democratic country turns the corner into authoritarianism? America is changing. It isn't always obvious and flagrant — like Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announcing that some opposition parties will not be allowed to take part in the country's 2018 ...

How to buy Christmas gifts your mom will actually love

All year long, I look after everyone else's needs, from my husband to our son to our extended family. It's all the little details I have to remember that take the most toll on my emotional well-being and make me feel depleted. I am the one who remembers the dental appointments and the school events, ...

Which tech giant will become master of the cloud?

By now most people are aware that the cloud is a bunch of computers that, while not literally in the sky, might as well be. Indeed, most people think of the cloud as simply the ability to store your files and run services through the internet. But those who really care about technology know that ...

The GOP's bummer in 'Bama

Anyone who tells you they know what is going to happen in the Alabama special election today is lying, either to you or themselves. But one thing's for sure: No matter what happens, we're going to be talking about Roy Moore for a long time. It really is almost impossible to tell who's going to win ...

The skeleton warriors of the GOP

The best way to make sense of the Republican Party's present woes, I think, is to recall Skeleton Warriors, an obscure children's program that ran on CBS circa 1995. Skeleton Warriors concerned the efforts of one Baron Dark to cement his position among the aristocracy on a faraway planet by means of ...

North Korea has already deterred America

For the last several decades, the idea that Iran is run by "Mad Mullahs" has been one of the most common racist stereotypes in American foreign policy discourse — and that is saying something. The idea is that the Iranian leadership is so brown and Muslim that if they get a nuclear weapon, they ...

The genius of Riverdale and the teenage girls who love it

Though I am a 35-year-old woman, my Wednesday night ritual has become tittering, over Twitter, about Riverdale, a teen-centered soap opera airing on The CW. And I am far from alone, watching redheaded hero Archie Andrews and his pals Jughead, Betty, and Veronica solve vicious murders and hook up, ...

What the Star Wars 'who-shot-first' controversy tells us about modern-day fandom

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Why bitcoin is fool's gold

When most analysts think of bitcoin, they think of tulips. The cryptocurrency's run-up in recent months, in which it's rocketed from around $2,500 in mid-2017 to about $16,000 today, has all the hallmarks of a legendary bubble, right up there with the infamous tulip craze of the 17th ...

Charles Barkley calls on Alabama voters to 'show we're not a bunch of damn idiots'

During a rally for Doug Jones in Birmingham on Monday, Alabama native Charles Barkley urged voters in the state to support the former federal prosecutor in his bid to become the first Democratic senator to represent the state since the 1990s. "At some point, we got to stop looking like idiots to the ...

Stephen Colbert tests some ideas for Trump's imagined presidential reality TV show

Stephen Colbert started Monday's Late Show by mocking the man who tried to set off a bomb in the subway station near New York City's Port Authority terminal Monday morning. "Luckily, none of the bystanders were seriously hurt, and the police got the guy," he said. And Colbert had a message for the ...

Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel laugh about Roy Moore's new interview with a 12-year-old girl

Tuesday is the big election in Alabama, with either Roy Moore or Doug Jones being sent to the Senate. On Monday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel said he did not understand why Moore is slightly favored to win the race, given his alleged predatory behavior toward teenage girls and related ban from ...

Jimmy Kimmel enlists his infant son, Billy, to remind Congress it needs to fund children's health care, stat

No American infant has done more than Billy Kimmel to thwart this year's health-care overhaul envisioned by Republicans, and Jimmy Kimmel introduced his son on Monday's Kimmel Live, after taking last week off for Billy's second heart surgery. "Daddy cries on TV but Billy doesn't, it's unbelievable," ...

Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show makes Star Wars characters sing Hanson's 'MMMBop' to whet your appetite

To celebrate the eagerly anticipated new Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show took snippets from the previous eight Star Wars films to recreate Hanson's last No. 1 single, "MMMBop." You might have to watch the video a few times to catch all the characters contributing to the ...

Charles Barkley calls on Alabama voters to 'show we're not a bunch of damn idiots'

During a rally for Doug Jones in Birmingham on Monday, Alabama native Charles Barkley urged voters in the state to support the former federal prosecutor in his bid to become the first Democratic Senator to represent the state since the 1990s. "At some point, we got to stop looking like idiots to the ...

Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show makes Star Wars characters sing Hanson's 'MMMBop' to whet your appetite

The celebrate the eagerly anticipated new Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show took snippets from the previous eight Star Wars films to recreate Hanson's last No. 1 single, "MMMBop." You might have to watch the video a few times to catch all the characters contributing to the ...

Roy Moore's friend recounts the time they accidentally went to a brothel with 'very young' girls

A man who served in Vietnam with Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore thought it would be a good idea on Monday night to share what he obviously thought was an affirming story about the time the two went to a brothel that had girls who were "certainly pretty" but "young, some were probably ...

At Roy Moore rally, Bannon mocks Alabama grad Joe Scarborough for not making 'the cut' at Bannon's elite 'Yankee' alma maters

Stephen Bannon, Breitbart News chairman and former strategist to President Trump, was a main speaker at Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore's closing rally in Midland City on Monday night, and he pitched Moore as a Trump-like economic nationalist who will help bring an end to Trump's ...