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03.20.17 | 5:14 pm

Trump wants your electronic devices treated like weapons on an airplane

The Trump Administration is having a heck of a time implementing its Muslim ban, but maybe it'll have better luck with new rules that appear to prohibit certain kinds of tech devices from being carried on board planes headed to the United States from 13 countries. Passengers should still be able to put them in checked baggage, however.

The new ban, reported the Guardian, would limit devices to those no larger than cell phones—meaning laptops, tablets, large cameras, and so on are restricted. Yet the order doesn't publicly specify which countries are affected. "Saudi Arabia's Saudia Airlines and Royal Jordanian airlines are among the affected countries," the Guardian wrote. "The full list has not been revealed to the affected airlines themselves."

[Photo: Unsplash user Luis Llerena]

02.10.17 | 7:30 pm

America’s self-image is the worst it’s been since the Iraq war

A new national survey from Gallup finds that Americans believe the rest of the world sees the U.S. more unfavorably (57%) than favorably (42%), a reversal from a year ago, and their worst assessment of the country's image in a decade. 

These results are from a Gallup survey conducted Feb. 1-5, about two weeks into Donald Trump's presidency. The 42% favorable rating is one of the lowest since Gallup began asking this question in 2000 and may be attributable to the election of Trump, whose sometimes controversial statements and actions have rankled several world leaders. However, Americans' perceptions of the image of the U.S. abroad were marginally worse in 2007, when 40% thought the world viewed the nation favorably. At the time, the U.S. was embroiled in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and President George W. Bush was highly unpopular . . . The high-water mark for Americans believing the U.S. is viewed favorably was 79% in 2002, in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the U.S.

The survey, of a random sample of 1,035 U.S. adults, also found that overall satisfaction with the direction of the country is at 30%, which is up from 26% last month. Notably, Republicans are much more confident about the future of the United States than Democrats are: 55% of Republicans said they're satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S., which is up from 22% last month. Only 13% of Democrats are satisfied, down from 27% before the inauguration. 

Along with that rising dissatisfaction—a reflection of the administration's rocky early days—is a growing demand for impeachment: Nearly half of Americans now support impeaching President Trump (46%), equal to those who oppose it (46%), according to another poll by Public Policy Polling of 712 registered voters on February 7 and 8 (53% of those surveyed disapprove of the president). Impeachment is far easier said than done, but it also seems to be where the money is: On one online betting site, bookies say the odds are more than 2 to 1 that the president will be impeached by the end of his first term

01.24.17 | 7:40 pm

Badlands National Park has deleted tweets on climate change that flouted Trump gag order

One of the early hallmarks of the Trump Administration has been its order that employees from several federal agencies (including the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, and National Institutes of Health, among others) go more or less radio silent when it comes to public communications, even with the press or Congress. So when someone behind the Twitter account of South Dakota's Badlands National Park went rogue and posted a series of tweets earlier today about scientific markers of climate change, a whole lot of people took notice, and many expressed their appreciation at the courage of the tweeter—who no doubt was risking his or her job.

It's unknown at this point what that person's fate is, but we know one thing: The tweets are gone. Fortunately, there are records of them, via screenshots, so they're not lost forever. 

 

11.23.16 | 1:22 pm

Trump wants a cabinet straight out of “central casting,” so we asked someone out of Central Casting their thoughts

Central Casting's Greg Lawson weighs in on who has the looks and the TV presence to serve in the president-elect's reality TV-based administration. 

11.09.16 | 3:28 pm

Why Amazon and Apple might have some concerns about President Trump

During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump issued a few threats to some of the country's biggest tech giants, including Apple and Amazon. In general, they were dismissed as rhetoric designed to appeal to his audience of supporters. Now that he's going to be the 45th president, some are wondering if President-elect Trump will follow through on these threats:

• "I'm going to get Apple to start making their computers and their iPhones on our land, not in China."

• When Apple was locked in a fight with the FBI over law enforcement demands that it unlock the iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters, Trump sided with the feds, arguing: "Apple ought to give the security for that phone, OK? What I think you ought to do is boycott Apple until such time as they give that security number. How do you like that? I just thought of it. Boycott Apple!"

• In response to the Washington Post's reporting of his business activities, Trump threatened back in May to pursue an antitrust probe of Post owner and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos: "He thinks I'll go after him for antitrust. Because he's got a huge antitrust problem because he's controlling so much, Amazon is controlling so much of what they are doing." 

[Photo: Flickr user Gage Skidmore]

11.09.16 | 2:39 am

AP: Donald Trump is elected the next U.S. president

After an extremely tight race tonight that kept tilting in Donald Trump's favor in the wee hours, the AP made it official: Trump is elected the next president of the United States.