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13 Russians Indicted as Mueller Reveals Effort to Aid Trump Campaign

The Justice Department said Mr. Mueller’s work was not complete. The indictment does not address the hacking of Democratic email systems or whether Mr. Trump tried to obstruct the F.B.I. investigation into Russian interference. Mr. Mueller is negotiating with the president’s lawyers over the terms of a possible interview.The Russian operation began four years ago, well before Mr. […]

How Steve Bannon and Donald Trump Rode the Honey Badger Into the White House

Green reminds us that it wasn’t long ago that both men were looked at as political jokes, and not even bad ones. When Ivanka Trump told Rupert Murdoch over lunch that her father intended to run for president, the media baron replied, without even looking up from his soup: “He’s not running for president.”As for Bannon, when Green first met him in 2011 he came across as a “political grifter seeking to profit from the latest trend.” Later, as Bannon took the reins of the Trump campaign, he was seen by Beltway Republicans as “an Internet-era update of the Slim Pickens character in ‘Dr. Strangelove’ who rides the bomb like a rodeo bull, whoopin’ and hollerin’ all the way to nuclear annihilation.”But whatever the pair lacked in conventional political experience, they made up for with other gifts. Both understood showmanship: slogans, narrative, put-downs and especially conflict. They knew the value of rage and outrage alike — the first as fuel for a movement; the second as the indispensable foil for that movement.Continue reading the main storyThey also grasped that much that was supposed to matter in politics no longer did — detailed policy papers, for instance, or personal decorum. Trump, Green writes, “figured out that the norms forbidding such behavior were not inviolable rules that carried a harsh penalty but rather sentiments of a nobler, bygone era, gossamer-thin and needlessly adhered to by politicians who lacked his willingness to defy them.”That’s why Trump’s birtherism — the support he gave to the lie that Barack Obama was born abroad — never disqualified his candidacy, even as it helped him “forge a powerful connection with party activists.” It’s a tactic he would repeat straight through the end of the campaign, when he took to denouncing “international banks” in terms that shaded into anti-Semitism.“Darkness is good,” was Bannon’s advice for dealing with criticism from groups such as the Anti-Defamation League. “Don’t let up.” At another moment, when the campaign feared House Speaker Paul Ryan would try to steal the G.O.P […]

Sonic launches part-mushroom, part-beef burger

It’s not a veggie burger. But there’s a lot less beef in it than normal. […]

The Seven Sustainable Wonders of the World

Humans should be proud of these inventions, for they enable us to live gently and efficiently on Earth. […]

Bartender & filmmaker’s short bus conversion features roof deck & mini-bar (Video)

This ‘full shorty’ school bus conversion is a fresh and agile home and office on wheels. […]

Who cares if grandparents have an old-school approach? At least you’ve got support.

The suggestion that grandparents could be endangering their grandchildren with outdated techniques is nitpicking at its worst. […]

Eerie "dead mall" films take us deep inside derelict retail giants (Video)

The number of failed retail spaces is growing, and this filmmaker is digitally preserving these places before they are disappear. […]