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The Health 202: Three reasons Obamacare might not get another big SCOTUS moment

Washington Post - Tue, 2018-06-12 14:30
We can't imagine Justice Roberts is eager to revisit the law.

Transcript of Trump's news conference after Singapore summit with North Korea's Kim

Washington Post - Tue, 2018-06-12 14:30
President Trump held a news conference Tuesday after meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore, providing details of the agreement they reached and taking questions from reporters.

How Obama's team lost its innocence

CNN - Tue, 2018-06-12 14:23
Way back in the 20th century, America's foreign policy principles were described with genteel phrases like the "Truman Doctrine," "containment" and the "Pottery Barn rule." In today's cruder world, the policy of the Obama administration was summed up by its leader as "don't do stupid shit." And now, we learn from Jeffrey Goldberg's conversation with a "senior White House official with direct access to the president and his thinking" that the Trump doctrine is "We're America, bitch."

Dealmaster: Take $50 off a PlayStation 4 Pro, plus many more deals for E3

Ars - Tue, 2018-06-12 14:20

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. With E3 in full swing this week, today's list is led by a slew of deals on gaming hardware and services from Sony and Microsoft.

On the PlayStation 4 side, the offers cover Sony's beefed-up PlayStation 4 Pro, the PlayStation VR headset, newer games like God of War, and a limited-edition version of the PlayStation 4 Slim. Xbox diehards, meanwhile, can save on Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass subscriptions as well as Microsoft's 4K- and HDR-capable Xbox One X.

Beyond the gaming stuff, various retailers have also started up deals in preparation for Father's Day this weekend. Amazon has cut prices on almost all of its major devices, for one, while a variety of audio gear and other gadgets can be had for cheaper than usual as well.

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The Dandy Is Dead

NY Times - Tue, 2018-06-12 14:18
The sartorial order of the day is anything but refined. In fact, as designers like Demna Gvasalia and Rick Owens are proving, it’s downright fugly.

Where U.S.-Canadian Border Is Marked by Petunias, Not a Wall

NY Times - Tue, 2018-06-12 14:13
In one Vermont village bordering Canada, the Trump-Trudeau rift has been jarring. Residents spend their lives straddling the border, and many like it that way.

Talk: Gayle King Thinks #MeToo Needs Due Process

NY Times - Tue, 2018-06-12 14:05
The broadcast journalist and magazine editor on Charlie Rose, “Roseanne” and Colin Kaepernick.

Grandma irons her granddaughter's Pride flag, and the internet swoons

CNN - Tue, 2018-06-12 14:05
It was a mundane gesture. And yet for Lexie Nobrega, it was so much more.

Tesla lays off thousands of workers in corporate restructuring

Ars - Tue, 2018-06-12 14:02

Enlarge / Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (credit: Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Tesla is cutting nine percent of its workforce, CEO Elon Musk announced today in a memo to staff.

"We are a small company in one of the toughest and most competitive industries on Earth," Musk wrote. He argued that cost cutting was necessary to turn Tesla into a sustainably profitable company.

The layoffs are "almost entirely" in salaried positions and won't impact Tesla's efforts to increase Model 3 production, Musk said.

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History is made as Trump and Kim meet, but will they produce something historic?

Washington Post - Tue, 2018-06-12 14:00
The two leaders began with handshakes and smiles at the start of the most difficult negotiations Trump has ever undertaken.

The Ohio Purge and the Future of Voting

NY Times - Tue, 2018-06-12 14:00
The Supreme Court’s upholding of a program that disqualifies infrequent voters has national ramifications that could hurt minorities and veterans.

Facing Defeat on Brexit, May Gives Ground to U.K.’s Parliament

NY Times - Tue, 2018-06-12 13:54
The prime minister will allow a vote on a final package well before the deadline, allowing lawmakers to send the negotiators back to the table.

Books of The Times: ‘Unbound’ Shows Transgender Men Ripping Up Old Scripts

NY Times - Tue, 2018-06-12 13:46
In her new book, the sociologist Arlene Stein follows four subjects connected by their experiences at a Florida clinic for gender affirmation surgery.

Trump Concession Over Military Drills Blindsides Many South Koreans

NY Times - Tue, 2018-06-12 13:44
The Trump-Kim meeting was initially greeted with relief in South Korea. Then Mr. Trump delivered a shocker: an end to joint military drills.

A Small Slice of Versailles

NY Times - Tue, 2018-06-12 13:43
The culture of the French court inspires two apricot desserts: one elaborate, the other more attainable.

4,000-year-old genomes point to origins of bubonic plague

Ars - Tue, 2018-06-12 13:41

Enlarge / These two 3,800-year-old plague victims were interred together in a Bronze Age burial mound in Russia. (credit: Spyrou et al. 2018)

Geneticists are a step closer to understanding how plague evolved into one of the great scourges of human history. Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that causes bubonic plague, spreads through the bites of infected fleas. In the flea’s gut, plague bacteria multiply until a mass of bacteria blocks the passage to the flea’s stomach. The starving flea bites a host and feeds frantically, but since it can’t swallow its meal, it ends up regurgitating blood and bacteria back into its prey’s bloodstream, spreading the disease to a new host.

Inside a mammalian host, Y. pestis travels through the lymph system until it reaches a lymph node, like the ones near the armpits or the groin. There, the bacteria multiply, causing the dark, swollen lump called buboes that give the plague its name. Plague patients also face dangerously high fevers, along with headaches, nausea, coughing, and (in modern times, at least) the horrifying realization that they got it from flea vomit.

That ruthlessly efficient system helped bubonic plague kill nearly 25 million people and made the ancient world shudder in its tracks during the Justinian plague of 541–542. Its likely return, according to the most widely accepted data at least, killed somewhere between 75 million and 200 million more during the Black Death of 1347-1351.

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Southern Baptists confront 'painful crisis'

CNN - Tue, 2018-06-12 13:39
First it was the pastor in Memphis, whose megachurch applauded when he confessed to having a sexual encounter with a teenager 20 years ago. He was later placed on leave.

Childish Gambino surprises students

CNN - Tue, 2018-06-12 13:37
Students in Chicago can thank hometown star Chance the Rapper for a mini Childish Gambino concert.

Trilobites: Do You Know What Lightning Really Looks Like?

NY Times - Tue, 2018-06-12 13:37
Paintings by artists over centuries have consistently underestimated the number of root-like veins in a lightning strike, researchers found.
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