Peter Thiel 'most scared' of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, accuses Google of treason. Trump agrees.

In a Fox & Friends newsbrief, Thiel spurred President Trump to promise to look into baseless claim that Google committed treason.

CNN: WikiLeaks' Julian Assange got 'new computing & network hardware,' maybe hacked 2016 election data, in weird Ecuador embassy meetings

CNN reports that the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, personally received deliveries, potentially including hacked materials related to the 2016 U.S. elections, during a series of odd meetings at Ecuador's Embassy in London. Read the rest

James Alex Fields, Nazi, gets life sentence #2 for killing protester Heather Heyer at Charlottesville racist rally

Never forget: Trump said the Charlottesville racists were 'very fine people.'

Border Patrol investigating 62 employees, 8 ex-employees over racist CBP Facebook group

Some 9,500 members were in the racist 'I'm 10-15' CBP Facebook group

Amazon on Prime Day Strike: 'People who plan to attend the event on Monday are simply not informed'

Workers say they're underpaid and overworked, strikes planned for July 15th & 16th

Mitt Romney delivers totally weak-ass response to racist Trump tweets

Profiles in courage here, folks. Read the rest

Trump on racists being inspired by his tweets: 'It doesn't concern me because many people agree with me'

None of this is a surprise. And none of it is normal or okay. Read the rest

Huawei plans hundreds of layoffs at U.S.-based research subsidiary Futurewei

Some 850 people in research labs across America will lose their jobs.

Why won't the big news outlets call Trump's racist tweets racist?

Why is the American news media so very afraid to just call Trump's racist tweets racist?

We had another chance to see cowardice in action on Sunday. Read the rest

NRA financial records subpoenaed

The attorney general for Washington, DC has issued subpoenas for the National Rifle Association and its charitable foundation. The gun rights organization is in the sights of nonprofit regulators, and under fire separately for connections to convicted Russian military intelligence agent Maria Butina -- not to mention the NRA's own internal power struggles, interpersonal petty drama, and financial ruin. Read the rest

Science offices throughout U.S. government closing under Trump at alarming rate

The great science purge, they'll call it one day.

Donald Trump is closing science offices throughout the federal government.

‘As of June, around 85 percent of all scientific posts in the federal government, including an official scientific advisor to the President, were left unfilled,’ write the editors of I F***ing Love Science blog in an op-ed this week.

Despite the veritable purge of scientists and science communication that has characterized the Trump administration, the White House still has an Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Unfortunately, its science division is now completely lacking any staff whatsoever.

As reported by CBS News, the three remaining employees, all of which were holdovers from the Obama administration, have left. One staffer, the assistant director for biomedical and forensic sciences, tweeted, “Science division out. Mic drop” as she left.

Over the last couple of years, there were up to 100 employees working at the OSTP, which saw a high level of investment from the former President. It is unclear when or even if the roles will be filled again, and by whom.

First established in 1976 by Congress, it is designed to provide the President and others with “advice on the scientific, engineering, and technological aspects of the economy, national security, homeland security, health, foreign relations, the environment, and the technological recovery and use of resources, among other topics.”

We don’t know about you, but that sounds like a vital role to us. The roles should be filled quickly with qualified scientists, but it’s probably best not to hold your breath on this one.

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Here is Alex Acosta's resignation letter to Donald Trump

Acosta calls his role at the Labor Department "the honor of a lifetime."

Starbucks to stop selling newspapers

UPDATE: A Starbucks spokesperson tells Boing Boing, “We are always looking at what we offer our customers in our stores and making adjustments to our portfolio based on changing customer behavior. As part of our continuous efforts to enhance the overall experience in our stores for both partners and customers, we are removing select fixtures from our retail lobby in September. In addition to Newspaper Stands, we have also removed shelving fixtures that display whole bean coffee and different grab and go snacks.” Read the rest

Leaked Palantir 'Gotham' user manual shows how fast police and government can grab your info

“The Palantir user guide shows that police can start with almost no information about a person of interest and instantly know extremely intimate details about their lives.”

Trump wants to fire DNI Dan Coats, eliminate 'unnecessary' Office of Director of National Intelligence: Axios

ODNI, RIP? Huge and also completely unsurprising if true. Read the rest

Mueller testimony may be delayed, or not: Conflicting reports

Two U.S. House of Representatives panels plan to hear testimony from Special Counsel Robert Mueller on July 17, but there are reports today, Friday July 12, of a possible one-week delay that would push that date to July 24 or thereabouts. Read the rest

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta resigns amid scrutiny over Jeffrey Epstein 2008 plea deal

Trump Labor Secretary under fire for his previous handling of Jeffrey Epstein case in Florida

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