Bill Barr haltingly admits campaigns offered stolen dirt by foreign enemies should maybe call FBI

Christ, what an asshole. Read the rest

Mass shooting at UNC Charlotte leaves 2 killed, 4 injured [DEVELOPING]

Two people were killed and four others were injured at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the Mecklenburg Emergency Medical Services Agency confirmed in a post on Twitter on Tuesday evening. Read the rest

Trump revokes global arms treaty in NRA convention rant, someone tosses object at him on stage

As Donald Trump spoke at today's National Rifle Association convention in Indianapolis, someone threw an object on stage.

Also at the NRA convention today, Trump went on a bananas rant about a failed “coup,” and told the audience at the NRA’s “leadership forum” he will “never, ever let [them] down.”

Oh. And Trump also announced the U.S. is withdrawing from a global arms treaty. Read the rest

This 23-year-old who is charged with posing as a NYC lawyer to grift 'clients' also co-founded 'Students for Trump'

John Lambert, a 23-year-old Tennessee man, has been charged by prosecutors with pretending to be a Manhattan attorney and grifting thousands of dollars from his would-be clients.

Oh, and by the way: he was also the co-founder of Students for Trump. Read the rest

CDC: Now 695 Measles cases in U.S., the highest total since year 2000

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control report today that the number of measles cases nationwide stands at 695. Read the rest

Trump campaign won't say no to hacked political dirt, Democrats agree not to use illegally obtained data

Rudy Giuliani: “nothing wrong with taking information from Russians.”

Trump and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey held a closed-door meeting

Said Dorsey to staff: “Some of you will be very supportive of our meeting [with] the president, and some of you might feel we shouldn’t take this meeting at all." Read the rest

Here are 20 questions raised by the Mueller Report

Barr's redactions aside, I have questions.

Read the full text of the Mueller report here, as redacted by Barr

Dems fight for unredacted report's release

Facebook working on creepy new voice assistant nobody wants or needs

Just what we needed, said exactly no one.

Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

A fire at Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral was reportedly started by accident, and is related to ongoing work, according to France 2 News which cites police. The Paris bureau chief for Reuters said the news “is terrible and a hideous blow to the symbolic heart of the city.” Read the rest

Most Americans believe Trump has made race relations worse in America: Pew Research

Americans have a mostly negative view of the state of racial progress under Trump.

Teens 'not damaged by screen time', new Oxford study finds

Research by Oxford University scientists finds “little evidence of a relationship between screen time and wellbeing in adolescents.” Based on data from over 17,000 teenagers, the study “casts doubt on the widely accepted notion that spending time online, gaming or watching TV, especially before bedtime, can damage young people’s mental health.”

This isn't the first time a scientific study has disproven the notion of a direct link between the amount of time teenagers spend on devices and their well-being, but it's good to know we can worry less about teens' time on-screen. Read the rest

Trump hires new lawyer who says not to hand over tax returns as Democrats demand

William S. Consovoy, the attorney hired by Trump last Friday, told Treasury it should not turn over Trump's tax returns until it receives a legal opinion from DoJ.

News organizations have all but abandoned their archives

Sharon Ringel and Angela Woodall have published a comprehensive, in-depth look at the state of news archiving in the digital age, working under the auspices of the Tow Center at the Columbia Journalism Review; it's an excellent, well-researched report and paints an alarming picture of the erosion of the institutional memories of news organizations. Read the rest

Three dead in Netherlands tram shooting

Police are hunting for a gunman who shot at least four passengers on a train in Utrecht, killing three of them, then fled. BBC:

Police say the gunman is still at large. Trains and trams have stopped running and schools have been asked to keep their doors closed. Counter-terror police reportedly say the shooting "appears to be a terrorist attack". Dutch anti-terrorism co-ordinator Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said all efforts were now focused on catching the gunman. He also said there could be more than one perpetrator.

Updates:

10:30 a.m. EDT Three of the victims are reported dead. Police say they are hunting a 37-year-old Turkish man named Gokmen Tanis. They issued a photograph of Tanis taken by security camera and warned everyone to stay away from him.

1:40 p.m. EDT Police arrested a suspect. Read the rest

Calls of 'active shooter' lead to evacuation of Century City Mall, Los Angeles police respond to reports of 'Man with a Gun'

“Nothing has been confirmed,” an LAPD officer told LA Times. “We’re trying to resolve the situation.”

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