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The Real Power of Journalism? Blockbuster Scoops

Liz Spayd, New York TimesTHIS past week marked a watershed for the Trump administration and the journalists who cover it. On Monday, The Washington Post broke the news that President Trump revealed highly classified information in a meeting with top Russian officials. By the next day, The New York Times fired back in spectacular fashion with a damning report that Trump asked the F.B.I director, James Comey, to shut down his investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. More scoops kept coming. … Read the referenced story here: The Real…

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Trump or Comey: Who’s the Real “Nut Job” Here?

John Cassidy, The New YorkerThe first four months of the Trump Administration have generated many real headlines that could have appeared first in a satirical publication such as the Onion or The New Yorker’s own the Borowitz Report. But the headline that appeared on the Times’ Web site on Friday afternoon may have been the most bizarre yet: “Trump Told Russians that Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure from Investigation.” … Read the referenced story here: Trump or Comey: Who’s the Real “Nut Job” Here?

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US 

To Trump Supporters, Real Story Is About Leaks and Sabotage

To the White House and its supporters, the big story in Washington isn’t the investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to Russia. It’s about leakers working to undermine the president. “SABOTAGE,” read the subject line of emails sent out by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican Party, which pointed to “people within our own unelected bureaucracy that want to sabotage President Trump and our entire America First movement.” Trump tweeted Thursday that he’s facing “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” The language reveals…

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Smarter 

How to Spot Real Leaders Without Being Fooled by Fake Ones

Your boss is someone you need to report to and listen to, whether you like them or not. Every business has someone who is in charge of running a team of people, but that does not qualify them as leaders. Being in the position of power does not make you a leader, it takes much more than that. A leader is someone who inspires and motivates people to do their best while creating a bond of trust. A leader doesn’t have to instill fear to get things done – a…

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Science 

Is ‘Internet Addiction’ Real?

Enlarge this image Mark Fiore for KQED When her youngest daughter, Naomi, was in middle school, Ellen watched the teen disappear behind a screen. Her once bubbly daughter went from hanging out with a few close friends after school to isolating herself in her room for hours at a time. (NPR has agreed to use only the pair’s middle names, to protect the teen’s medical privacy). “She started just lying there, not moving and just being on the phone,” says Ellen. “I was at a loss about what to do.”…

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Science 

Is ‘Internet Addiction’ Real?

Enlarge this image Mark Fiore for KQED When her youngest daughter, Naomi, was in middle school, Ellen watched the teen disappear behind a screen. Her once bubbly daughter went from hanging out with a few close friends after school to isolating herself in her room for hours at a time. (NPR has agreed to use only the pair’s middle names, to protect the teen’s medical privacy). “She started just lying there, not moving and just being on the phone,” says Ellen. “I was at a loss about what to do.”…

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Android 

YouTube’s Super Chat API can trigger actions in the real world

Speaking on stage at Google I/O 2017, YouTube Product Manager Barbara MacDonald took the wraps off of the company’s latest plans for YouTube Live. In particular, Super Chat, a new monetization feature launched for creators earlier this year, will be getting its own API for triggering actions in the real world. Essentially, the Super Chat API will let creators set up real-world actions that can be triggered by viewers in the chat. Examples given on stage include turning off the lights, flying a drone, and much more. The obvious goal…

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