Sen. Al Franken writes about "The Funny" like it's a dangerous disease his political career has been perennially at risk of falling victim to. Launching his first campaign 10 years ago, the Minnesota Democrat needed to convince party leaders, donors and activists that his career as a comedian was not a fatal liability. After he won, he needed to convince fellow senators that he was not the caricature they remembered from "Saturday Night Live." Pollsters, consultants and D.C. fixers urged him to act as serious as possible to disabuse such notions.
"They use their media to assassinate real news," the woman's voice says scornfully. "They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again." It may sound like an excerpt from North Korean state television railing against the evil Americans and their corrupt democracy on the far side of the Pacific.
MOSCOW - A new wave of powerful cyberattacks hit Europe and beyond on Tuesday in a possible reprise of a widespread ransomware assault in May. Affected were a Russian oil giant, a Danish shipping and energy conglomerate, and Ukrainian government ministries, which were brought to a standstill in a wave of ransom demands. The virus even downed systems at the site of the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant, forcing scientists to monitor radiation levels manually.
WASHINGTON - The Labor Department said it is formally requesting feedback on a rule that would expand overtime pay to millions of workers - a sign that the Trump administration could move to scale it back.
It might seem logical that the states with the highest prevalence of overweight people would have the highest percentages of hefty pets. Surely all those fit Coloradans with their outdoorsy lifestyles have slim dogs, right?
Google is making a change to its advertising practices that will affect millions of Gmail users around the globe. Starting later this year, the company will stop reading your emails to refine its ads. If you're just learning that Gmail scans your messages, this is an issue that dates back for years. Google's automated systems routinely scanned Gmail users' incoming and outgoing emails to help refine the company's massive data-gathering operation, which in turn supported its enormous targeted advertising business.
There are few people in the halls of Congress who would dispute that "the most hated man" there is Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Since he took office in 2013, Cruz seems to have made only enemies. Although the Capitol, and the Senate in particular, is a place where civility and decorum supposed to be the norm, many of Cruz's detractors have not bothered to hold back. He has been publicly called a "wacko bird" and a "jackass" by senior lawmakers.