Professor Who Sent Porn Link Attacks ‘Tabloid Journalists’ Who Ran The Story

April 26, 2015 by  
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia law school professor says she was “mortified” when she discovered that she had inadvertently sent students a link to a porn site rather than an article about writing legal briefs earlier this month.

Professor Lisa McElroy teaches legal writing and teaching methods at Drexel University’s law school. She said in an op-ed Friday in The Washington Post ( ) that she cares deeply about her students and university and about being a role model for her adolescent daughters.

But McElroy called the incident “pretty trivial” and criticized what she called “tabloid journalists” who ran with the story. She said there are worse things than humiliation, including, as she put it, “the willingness – even the desire – to bring others down to lift yourself up.”

A university spokeswoman says Drexel looked into the matter and “cleared the way for her to continue her academic and research responsibilities.”

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Janesh Rahlan: G.O.P. Creates New Welfare Campaign

April 26, 2015 by  
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The campaign, still in beta and referred to as “The Reagan Reach-Around,” is being spear-headed by Speaker of the House and tangerine stunt-double John Boehner. Boehner, tired of playing second fiddle to GOP members that “people give a shit about,” wanted to raise the possibility of bi-partisan agreement between the tea-party and the GOP.

Read more: John Boehner, Ronald Reagan, Gop, Rand Paul, Welfare, Satire, Comedy News

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Obama Rips CNN, Speaks On Detained Washington Post Journalist Jason Rezaian

April 25, 2015 by  
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President Barack Obama ruthlessly joked about CNN during his speech at the 2015 White House Correspondents’ dinner on Saturday in Washington, D.C.

Commending WHCD host Cecily Strong, Obama said it was notable that Strong impersonates CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

“Usually the only people impersonating journalists on CNN are journalists at CNN,” Obama said.

On a more serious note, Obama spoke about Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post Tehran bureau chief who’s been imprisoned in Iran since July 2014. Obama said “we will not rest” until Rezaian is released from prison and returned to the U.S.

Obama also mentioned James Foley and Steven Sotloff, two journalists who were executed by the Islamic State this year.

Rezaian’s brother Ali attended Saturday’s dinner as a guest of The Washington Post.

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Bruce Jenner, After Coming Out As Transgender, Says He’s A Conservative

April 25, 2015 by  
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Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner came out as transgender in a Friday interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC’s “20/20.”

He also came out as a conservative.

Sawyer, after highlighting issues of unemployment and workplace discrimination faced by the transgender community, asked Jenner if he cheered on Obama earlier this year when the president became the first to use the word “transgender” as he called for action on these issues during his State of the Union Address.

“He actually was the first one to say the actual word transgender, I will certainly give him credit for that,” Jenner replied. “But not to get political, I’ve just never been a big fan — I’m kind of more on the conservative side.”

“Are you a Republican?” Sawyer asked.

“Yeah! Is that a bad thing? I believe in the Constitution.”

Sawyer wondered whether a transgender individual affiliating with the Republican Party might be “an unsettling thing” for conservative Republicans, but Jenner told her neither party “has a monopoly on understanding.” Sawyer asked Jenner whether he would ask Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) or House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to “help champion this cause.”

“I would do that, yeah, in a heartbeat,” Jenner said. “Why not? And I think they’d be very receptive to it.”

Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo issued a statement of support for Jenner following the special, applauding Jenner for “being true to himself”:

As the nation’s only organization representing LGBT conservatives and straight allies, Log Cabin Republicans congratulates Bruce Jenner in the tremendous courage he demonstrated tonight, being true to himself both in terms of his personal identity as well as his political identity. There is a home for you in Log Cabin Republicans — as there is for all lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender conservatives and straight allies.

Note: Though Jenner has come out as “for all intents and purposes a woman,” he has not yet indicated that he would like to be known by a new name or female pronouns, so this story uses male pronouns.

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Not Sure What An Apple Watch Is For? Try These 12 Apps

April 24, 2015 by  
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The Apple Watch officially hit stores on Friday. It’s already sold out, even though critics say it’s not particularly a must-have item.

Perhaps more interesting than the gadget’s standard features are the third-party apps created to use this technology in ways that go beyond what Apple specifically developed.

For a truly comprehensive view of every single app that’s been approved for the Apple Watch, look no further than the site Watch Aware, which has collected all of them (over 2000 at this point) onto one page. As of right now, the apps are all extensions of iPhone apps, rather than completely new, “native” apps programmed for the Apple Watch. Original apps are expected later this year. Still, a lot of the current ones are pretty neat.

Here’s a look at a handful of apps that, if nothing else, show the broad range of things you’ll soon be able to do from your wrist:

1. Do Button

ifttt do button

The app IFTTT lets you create “recipes” to automate some of your tedious everyday actions, and its spinoff “Do Button” app lets you assign those actions to a button. With the Apple Watch, you can put said buttons on your wrist. If you have “smart” devices in your home, you can have the Do Button do things like flip off your lights or turn on the coffee machine. The app can also connect to a variety of other apps and services. If you sync it to Gmail, for example, it’ll send form emails (“I made it home!”) to certain contacts (your worried mother).

2. Skin

skin apple watch

With Skin, a new app from ModiFace, you can use your iPhone’s camera to zero in on a region of your bare flesh and monitor the area. Since you’ll be able to view the snapshot of your skin on your Apple Watch, you can have a close friend grab your phone and poke around in your hardest-to-reach places. You’ll also be able to save your scans and compare them. The Skin app will “evaluate skin dryness, flakiness and redness,” according to an email sent to The Huffington Post by a company rep, but you’ll probably use it to fixate on moles.

ModiFace notes that you should see a doctor or dermatologist if anything on your Apple Watch screen concerns you.

3. Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List


By definition, any watch can function as a timer. But not as many of them are capable of being a “smart timer,” which is exactly what Epicurious offers in its app.

Pull up a recipe on your iPhone, and your Apple Watch will help you make it. If you’re cooking a steak, a countdown clock will tell you how long it needs to sizzle, then the app will use the Watch’s Taptic Engine to literally tap you on the wrist and remind you to flip the meat at the perfect moment. It may not seem necessary, strictly speaking, but it does seem to provide the extra bit of convenience that essentially defines the Apple Watch.

4. StubHub


Go to a lot of events? Stubhub will put everything you need on your wrist, from start times to actual, digital tickets. It will also show you nearby events and let you purchase tickets.

5. Yelp

yelp apple watch

It’s Yelp, on your wrist. Similar to Yelp’s app for the Pebble smartwatch, this lets you discover restaurants, cafes and bars around you and read reviews that others have left.

6. Help


On iPhones, Help lets you set up a list of emergency contacts, who can be notified at a moment’s notice if you’re in trouble. When activated, Help sends contacts a message and shows them your location.

The Apple Watch version will do the same thing, but it might provide an extra second or two of opportunity — which could make a difference in an emergency.

7. Microsoft PowerPoint

powerpoint apple watch

Hear us out.

If you want to use PowerPoint to give a quick presentation to someone, you can. Maybe you’re trapped in an elevator with a venture capitalist who wants to invest in your startup. Maybe you spilled a beer on your MacBook. In either case, you’re probably the sort of person who has an Apple Watch. This app lets you control your presentations from your wrist, so anyone you’re presenting to can hold your iPhone and focus on the slides.

8. 1Password


To be totally secure, you should have a different password for each service you use, and they should be hard to remember. That’s where a service like 1Password can make a difference: It keeps all of your codes in one place (securely) and, on Apple Watch, will let you quickly pull them up, should you ever forget them.

9. Knock

knock app

Speaking of passwords, wouldn’t it be great to not have to worry about them? Ever? The iPhone version of the Knock app sends a Bluetooth signal to unlock your computer. And the Apple Watch version lets you do the same without pulling out your phone. Imagine the seconds you’ll save.

10. Cufflink Browser


Dubbed the “first and only” web browser for the Apple Watch, Cufflink lets you search via voice command and read entire articles — with teensy images inline — on your watch. It’s probably not quite as great as reading on your phone, or almost any other device imaginable, but it could make for a neat party trick — or for some surreptitious browsing if you’re in a lame meeting, assuming no one hears you tell your gizmo to search for “Huffington Post.”

11. Sidekicks: Dragor


A major concern voiced by critics of the Apple Watch is that it will invade your life with notifications. Many of those notifications are arguably pretty important: emails from coworkers, alerts from your bank and so on. But if you simply must have something completely superfluous, try Sidekicks: Dragor, which puts on your wrist an adorable virtual pet that demands food, play, water and sleep.

12. Merriam-Webster Dictionary


Ask your Apple Watch what something means, and Merriam-Webster shall deliver. Simple enough.

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Sharyl Attkisson To Host New Investigative Journalism Sunday Show

April 23, 2015 by  
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Sharyl Attkisson is getting her own Sunday show.

The former CBS News correspondent, who resigned from the network last year, will host a new, 30-minute Sunday morning national news program based in Washington, D.C., Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. announced in a press release Wednesday. The show will air on the company’s ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX affiliates. Sinclair said the journalist will come on board in June, but the show will likely not debut until next fall.

“We are excited to have Sharyl on board as we launch this group-wide news program,” vice president of news for Sinclair Television Group Scott Livingston said in the press release. “Our goal is to provide the context and perspective on major issues impacting our viewers. Sharyl has a proven track record of exposing the truth behind stories that other news organizations shy away from. I admire Sharyl’s determination and passion to seek the truth.”

The show, Sinclair announced, will mix both investigative and political journalism. It will also focus on “accountability.” In 2013, Attkisson alleged that both her personal and professional computers had been hacked by the U.S. government for more than two years during her time reporting on the Benghazi attack.

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John Feffer: The Case for a Robot-in-Chief

April 23, 2015 by  
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To: John Brennan, Langley HQ
From: Operative 650, McMurdo Sound
Re: Politics 2.0

Greetings from Antarctica. It’s not so bad here, as long as you like…

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New York Daily News, CNN Run Exploitative Photos Allegedly Of Bruce Jenner

April 22, 2015 by  
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The New York Daily News featured photos of what the newspaper identified as Bruce Jenner wearing a black-and-white striped dress on Wednesday alongside the headline: “First look at the new Jenner” and “Bruce in a dress.”

Jenner, a former Olympic athlete, recently sat for a two-hour interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer in which it is anticipated Jenner will make a controversial revelation, which many people speculate has something to do with Jenner’s gender identity. Presently, Jenner has made no comments about the rampant rumors regarding Jenner’s gender identity currently reported by many gossip sites.

Promos for the interview, which airs on Friday, April 24 during a special edition of “20/20,” show Jenner speaking about Jenner’s relationship with family members.

“Those are the only ones I’m concerned with,” Jenner says. “I can’t let myself hurt them.”

The Daily News first shared its front page via Twitter Tuesday night:

See the pics here:

— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) April 22, 2015

CNN also aired the alleged photos of Jenner Tuesday night, followed by a panel discussion led by anchor Don Lemon.

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Shelley Smith Returns To ESPN This Month Following Battle With Breast Cancer

April 21, 2015 by  
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After a six-month absence while being treated for breast cancer, ESPN reporter Shelley Smith will return to work on April 30, Sports Illustrated reported on Monday.

Smith, 56, announced in October that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She proceeded to undergo months of radiation treatment, the final cycle of which reportedly ended last week.

The journalist, who joined ESPN in 1993 before being hired full-time in 1997, lost her hair as a result of the treatment. But Smith said she not only wants to embrace her new look, but have it serve as a reminder of her own strength and help raise cancer awareness.

Earlier in February, Smith shared a powerful photo on Twitter of her getting her head shaved:

Getting clipped by the best!! World famous Chuck Taylor. Yesterday Shaw, today me

— Shelley Smith (@ShelleyESPN) February 19, 2015

Smith shared another photo earlier this month, noting both her “chemo hair” and excitement for the Masters Tournament:

In the chemo chair and all i can think about is the Masters coming on ESPN in two hours! #forbryanandstu

— Shelley Smith (@ShelleyESPN) April 9, 2015

As for her recovery, Smith said she is “basically cancer-free,” but will undergo five more rounds of radiation, beginning in May, to get rid of any possible microscopic fibers that may remain. ESPN senior writer Andy Katz tweeted his support for Smith on Monday:

Thinking of you today @ShelleyESPN

— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) April 20, 2015

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Relive This Day In History With These Hysterically Inaccurate Vines

April 21, 2015 by  
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History is funny.

The comedians of Daily History Society think it’s important for people to know their history. Granted, their versions of history …

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