The World's Smartest Plants, Atomic Clocks, and Whale Poop: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s the final stretch of 2018, folks, and here at Gizmodo we’re still working hard to end this year with a bang. In the past week, we’ve covered everything from which plants are cleverer than others and NASA’s InSight lander to just how screwed up Robin Hood’s version of medieval history is and the annual White House…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Space, Science, Technology, Review, Video Games, Horror, White House, Time, Robin Hood, Christmas, Painting, History, Nasa, Malware

Kennedy Center Honors program features tributes to Bush

WASHINGTON (AP) — Last year’s Kennedy Center Honors ceremony was almost overshadowed by controversy surrounding the sitting president. This year’s event took place in the shadow of the death of a former commander-in-chief. Sunday night’s ceremony honoring lifetime artistic achievement featured multiple tributes to former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday night at age […]
Tags: News, Washington, Ap, Bush, George H W Bush, Nation & World Politics

4 days of events honoring former President George H.W. Bush

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush will be honored during several public and private events in Houston and Washington before his burial Thursday in Texas. Four days of events for Bush, who died Friday at age 94, include a state funeral at Washington’s National Cathedral, a private service at his longtime church in […]
Tags: Texas, News, Washington, Ap, Houston, Bush, George H W Bush, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics

The Impending Bump Stock Ban

David Codrea: It’s unclear what the president hopes to accomplish by alienating his strongest supporters at a time he is being closed in on from all sides by powers intent on destroying him. If he believes this will satisfy the gun-grabbers and make them go away, that ignores everything about their incremental tactics. Experience shows they will take a piece here and a “compromise” there, and then use that position to launch their next demand for more. And if you don’t think this will alienate h...
Tags: Politics, David, Military, Gun Control, David Codrea, Breitbart Trump

George H.W. Bush guided by concern for humanity

DALLAS (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush teamed up with the man who ousted him from the White House to help victims of natural disasters. He created a program that has honored thousands of American volunteers. He also sent U.S. troops to Africa to help starving Somalis.
Tags: News, White House, Africa, Ap, Dallas, George H W Bush

Wisconsin Republicans forge ahead with power-stripping bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans planned to forge ahead Monday with a rare lame-duck session to give outgoing Republican Gov. Scott Walker a chance to limit the powers of his incoming Democratic successor, move the 2020 presidential primary date to benefit a conservative state Supreme Court justice and enact a host of other changes […]
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Wisconsin, Scott Walker, Madison Wis, Nation & World Politics

Coal question looms large as climate talks begin in Poland

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Negotiators from around the world opened the United Nations’ annual climate change conference Sunday in a Polish city built around mining coal, widely seen as a main culprit behind global warming. Arriving for two weeks of talks on tackling climate change, conference participants cast off hats, scarves and heavy coats as […]
Tags: Weather, Business, Science, News, United Nations, Poland, Katowice Poland, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics

Don't underestimate UK capabilities, MI6 chief to warn Russia

Alex Younger will say present era calls for ‘fourth generation of espionage’The head of MI6 will warn Russia not to underestimate the UK’s ability to retaliate in the wake of the Salisbury nerve agent attack, in a speech in which he will explain why Britain is developing “fourth-generation” espionage for a new and disturbing age.Alex Younger will also set out how his agency, known formally as the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), is preparing to strengthen ties with sister agencies in Europe am...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Russia, UK News, Britain, UK security and counter-terrorism, Counter-terrorism policy, MI6, Brexit, Salisbury, Don, Secret Intelligence Service, Alex Younger

Americans to begin saying their goodbyes to George H.W. Bush

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans will begin saying goodbye to former President George H.W. Bush on Monday when his body arrives in Washington for public viewing in the Capitol Rotunda — a rare honor that will be bestowed on a man who earned the respect and admiration of many with his leadership, bravery and grace. The […]
Tags: News, Washington, Ap, George H W Bush, Capitol Rotunda, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics

Michelle Obama tells Meghan Markle: 'Don't be in a hurry' to launch ambitious projects

It is surprisingly prescient advice given the slew of recent allegations made about the Duchess of Sussex’s forthright demeanor and demands. And if there is any truth in the anecdotes that have been tumbling forth from behind palace walls detailing “ghastly” rows with her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, temper tantrums over tiara choices and staff reduced to tears, she may well take note. Michelle Obama, the former American First Lady and a long-term friend of her husband, the Duke of S...
Tags: UK, London, News, Obama, White House, US, Brooklyn, Cambridge, Michelle Obama, Prince Harry, Duke, Amal Clooney, Berkshire, Islington, Sussex, George Hw Bush

Mexico’s new leader says military essential to fight crime

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador used his first full day in office Sunday to double down on promises to deploy Mexico’s military for public security to address a key concern: stemming rampant violence and rising murders. Speaking before rows of generals at a sun-drenched military installation in one of Mexico City’s […]
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U.S.-China Truce, G-20 Nods to Trump, Fed's 2019 Moves: Eco Day

Here’s the latest news and analysis from Bloomberg Economics to help get your day started:The U.S.-China trade dispute is on hold for at least three months, with both sides agreeing to discuss their issues and China saying it will boost U.S. imports. Tom Orlik parses the details we know at this stageLeaders of the world’s largest economies agreed the rules that underpinned global trade for decades are flawed, in a statement the White House claimed as a win for Donald Trump’s protectionist agend...
Tags: News, White House, China, Parliament, Donald Trump, Fed, U S China, Bloomberg Economics, U S China Truce G 20 Nods to Trump Fed, Tom Orlik

Trumps Send ‘Warmest Greetings To Our Jewish Brothers And Sisters’ On Hanukkah

The White House issued the message from the President on Sunday, just before the eight-night holiday began at sunset. Read it below: Melania and I send our warmest greetings to our Jewish brothers and sisters in the United States, in Israel, and around the world celebrating Hanukkah. For eight nights, Jewish families and friends will come together to engage in the lighting of the menorah. This special tradition started more than 2,000 years ago during the rededication of the Holy Temple in Je...
Tags: News, White House, Israel, Jerusalem, United States, Melania, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Livewire, Matt Shuham

Trump, if you're attacking the FBI, you're losing

"When you're attacking FBI agents because you're under criminal investigation, you're losing," Sarah Sanders, then a Donald Trump campaign aide, famously said of Hillary Clinton supporters before the 2016 presidential election. Although she has repeatedly struggled with the facts -- and now serves as White House press secretary -- Sanders' apt tweet remains wisdom for the ages.
Tags: News, White House, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, Stories, Donald Trump, Trump, Sanders, Sarah Sanders

President George H.W. Bush's Supreme Court Nominations

Bush filled two Supreme Court vacancies during his time in office. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with former White House counsel C. Boyden Gray about the decision to nominate David Souter and Clarence Thomas.
Tags: News, Supreme Court, White House, Npr, Bush, George H W Bush, Michel Martin, David Souter, Supreme Court Nominations, Boyden Gray

Opinion: Mr. President, if you're attacking the FBI, you're losing

"When you're attacking FBI agents because you're under criminal investigation, you're losing," Sarah Sanders, then a Donald Trump campaign aide, famously said of Hillary Clinton supporters before the 2016 presidential election. Although she has repeatedly struggled with the facts -- and now serves as White House press secretary -- Sanders' apt tweet remains wisdom for the ages.
Tags: News, White House, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, Stories, Donald Trump, Sanders, Sarah Sanders

Claire Foy Fits in Perfectly in Her Hosting Debut on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Claire Foy has only recently found fame in the United States thanks to her starring role in The Crown, not to mention leading The Girl in the Spider’s Web and a pivotal supporting role in First Man. But she brought her acting skills to Studio 8H in an impressive way for her hosting debut on Saturday Night Live, doing what great hosts do by blending in with the rest of the cast. She wasn’t always given much to do in some of the sketches, but the ones that did benefited greatly from her presence....
Tags: Comedy, Television, Movies, White House, United States, Snl, Claire Foy, Trump, Kenan Thompson, Georgina, Robert Mueller, Saturday-Night-Live, TV Reviews, Mikey Day

Trump makes peace with China over trade at G-20, but can it last?

Trump's trade truce with China may ease skittish investors, but experts began to question its potency hours after he walked back into the White House.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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Sam Donaldson on George H. W. Bush's relationship with the press

Former ABC correspondent and host Sam Donaldson, who covered the White House going back to the 1960s, remembered George H.W. Bush as a president who was "accessible" and "understood" the role of a free press.
Tags: Abc, White House, Cnn, George H W Bush, Sam Donaldson

George HW Bush passed away- some non-partisan math comments

George HW Bush passed away recently. When he was alive there were 5 living ex presidents. Now there are 4. What is the max and min number of ex presidents? This we will answer. What is the prob of having many living ex-presidents? What is the max number of ex-presidents alive at the same time? List the times this has happened. Your answer should be a list of statements of the following form:  Shortly after X took office there were Y ex-presidents: Z(1), Z(2), ... , Z(Y). I leave a little white s...
Tags: Obama, Barack Obama, Seo, Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George Bush, Jimmy Carter, Lincoln, Bob, Jfk, John Adams, Johnson, Donald Trump, Harry Truman, Hillary

Kamala Harris To Decide On 2020 White House Run ‘Over The Holiday’

The California Democrat is one of the most highly anticipated presidential prospects.
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Theresa May in battle over Brexit legal advice as charm offensive begins

Labour waiting to see position paper before deciding on possible contempt motionTheresa May faces her first major battle in a crucial period for her Brexit plans, with the government at risk of being declared in contempt of parliament in a row over the publication of official legal advice on the departure deal.The prime minister, back in London from the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, will simultaneously begin a charm offensive to win over Tory MPs in dozens of face-to-face meetings before the Commo...
Tags: Politics, London, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Tory, Buenos Aires, Brexit, Geoffrey Cox

President Trump Says He Will Soon Terminate NAFTA

This would leave Congress with a choice between Trump's U.S.M.C.A, or no continental trade deal at all
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Uncategorized, Bloomberg, Trade, Trump, Nafta, Onetime

Met police numbers 'will fall dramatically without new funds'

Sadiq Khan says London force will drop to 2002 levels unless hundreds of millions of pounds in new money can be securedOfficer numbers in the Metropolitan police will fall to their lowest level since 2002 unless hundreds of millions of pounds in new funding can be secured, London’s Labour mayor has said.A new forecast by the mayor’s office for policing and crime (Mopac), which is responsible for law enforcement in the capital, says the Met still has to find £325m in saving because of government ...
Tags: Politics, London, Police, UK News, Labour, Metropolitan Police, Sadiq Khan

Trump Pauses New China Tariffs After Xi Agrees To Buy ‘Not Yet Agreed Upon’ Goods

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The United States and China reached a 90-day ceasefire in a trade dispute that has rattled financial markets and threatened world economic growth. The breakthrough came after a dinner meeting Saturday between President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires. Trump agreed to hold off on plans to raise tariffs Jan. 1 on $200 billion in Chinese goods. The Chinese agreed to buy a “not yet agreed upon, but very substantia...
Tags: News, Vladimir Putin, Congress, Washington, North Korea, White House, China, Russia, America, Beijing, United States, Xi Jinping, Argentina, Kim, Donald Trump, Qualcomm

Bush showed his character in one phone call

One day in 1982, when I was still a young intelligence analyst at the Department of State following Lebanon and the Palestinians, the phone rang in my office. It was the White House situation room on the line.
Tags: News, White House, Stories, Lebanon, Bush, Department of State

Astronaut says a neglected telescope is NASA's best chance of defending Earth from 'city killer' asteroids — 'for God's sake, fund it'

Small asteroids can strike Earth with the force of many nuclear weapons and destroy entire cities. A small fraction of such asteroids is estimated to have been found, but NASA is supposed to find 90% of them by 2020. Retired astronaut Rusty Schweickart says a relatively inexpensive space telescope, called the Near-Earth Object Camera, could find these space rocks — and quickly. NASA has denied full funding to NEOCam multiple times because the agency's mission selection process is weighted agai...
Tags: Congress, White House, Russia, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Paris, House Of Representatives, Greenland, Jupiter, Pew Research Center, Sykes, Lucy, Business Insider, Trump, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology

Here's Apple's worst-case scenario in Trump's trade war, according to RBC (AAPL)

President Donald Trump in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Monday hinted at the possibility of a 10% tariff on consumer goods such as iPhones and laptops. In the worst-case scenario, new tariffs on those goods wouldn't alter the fundamentals of Apple, RBC says.  But they would still impact the company's bottom line.  Watch Apple trade live. All eyes are on the direction of the US-and-China trade and potential tariffs on Apple, a crucial tech player in trade between the wor...
Tags: Apple, White House, China, US, Trends, Bloomberg, G20, Earth, Gm, Donald Trump, Goldman, Wall Street Journal, Aapl, Trump, Rbc, Watch Apple

Gov. Jay Inslee is raising money to explore presidential run

The committee, Vision PAC, was quietly registered in early October and is the most concrete evidence to date that Inslee is serious about possibly entering what will be a crowded Democratic presidential field.
Tags: News, Local Politics, Local News, Northwest, Inslee, Jay Inslee, Nation & World Politics, Vision PAC

Trumps Will Attend George H.W. Bush’s State Funeral

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump on Saturday mourned the passing of former President George H.W. Bush, remembering him as a man of “sound judgment, common sense and unflappable leadership.” In a statement issued hours after Bush’s death on Friday night, the Trumps said that Bush had “inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service.” Bush, who served as president from 1989 to 1993, was 94. The White House announced Saturday morni...
Tags: News, White House, America, Gop, Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Trump, Bush, Melania Trump, George H W Bush, Buenos Aires Argentina, George W Bush Trump, Trumps, Matt Shuham, Sarah Sanders

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