Rep files amendment to kill Electoral College

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee thinks it’s time to do away with the Electoral College. The Memphis Democrat filed a constitutional amendment Thursday that calls for eliminating the electoral college and allowing for direct election of the president and vice president. The congressman’s amendment comes as Democrat Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote in last month’s presidential election […]


France’s Hollande says will not stand for re-election

French President Francois Hollande announced Thursday he would not seek re-election next year as he bowed to historically low approval ratings after a troubled five years in power. The 62-year-old Socialist leader put a decisive end to speculation in a solemn televised statement from the Elysee Palace in Paris. “I have decided that I will not be a candidate,” Hollande […]


Fitbit reportedly buying Pebble for $34 million-40 million

A report from The Information states that the fitness tech giant Fitbit is finalizing a deal to buy Pebble. The report suggests the price would be for “a small amount,” and an independent source confirmed to Engadget that Fitbit will buy Pebble for $34 to $40 million. The news isn’t entirely a surprise. Pebble, which first came on the scene […]


In a race to the finish, Obama administration presses ahead with ambitious rules

As the future Trump administration begins to take shape, the Obama White House is engaged in a frenzied, final effort to put in place as many new rules and regulations as time allows. The goal: to complete several major regulations and other executive actions before President Obama leaves office on Jan. 20. Under consideration are executive actions that would affect land […]


Trump threatens ‘consequences’ for U.S. firms that relocate offshore

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday warned that the government would punish companies seeking to move operations overseas with “consequences,” setting the stage for an unusual level of intervention by the White House into private enterprise. Trump’s remarks came as he triumphantly celebrated a decision by the heating and air-conditioning company Carrier to reverse its plans to close a furnace plant […]


Donald Trump is assembling the richest administration in modern American history

When George W. Bush assembled his first Cabinet in 2001, news reports dubbed them a team of millionaires, and government watchdogs questioned whether they were out of touch with most Americans’ problems. Combined, that group had an inflation-adjusted net worth of about $250 million — which is roughly one-tenth the wealth of Donald Trump’s nominee for commerce secretary alone. Trump is […]


Putin Calls for ‘Mutually Beneficial’ Relations With the U.S.

After a wave of euphoria among much of Russia’s political elite over the unexpected victory of Donald J. Trump, President Vladimir V. Putin on Thursday gave a more measured response in his annual state of the nation address, calling for cooperation with the new American administration but taking a veiled swipe at some of Mr. Trump’s statements on the campaign […]


More than one million Google accounts hit by malware

More than one million Google accounts have been breached by malware that infiltrated older Android devices, cyber security firm Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. announced Wednesday. The researchers traced the malware back to dozens of what they called “legitimate-looking” apps — with names “Wi Fi Enhancer,” “GPS,” “Beautiful Alarm, “Battery Monitor,” and even “Google”— on third-party Android app stores. In general, […]


Trump’s takeover of the GOP is now complete

For Republicans fearful of a Donald Trump presidency, Mitt Romney was their voice and conscience. The GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee became the unyielding face of the resistance to the party’s 2016 nominee. Then Trump won. One by one, Republicans who stood up to Trump or questioned his statements and antics have made a pilgrimage to Trump Tower to kiss the […]


Clinton’s popular vote lead over Trump breaks 2.3 million

Ballot counting continues and new figures released by The Associated Press on Wednesday show Hillary Clinton has surpassed Donald Trump in the popular vote by more than 2.3 million. The numbers reported Wednesday place Clinton at 64,874,143 to Trump’s 62,516,883, for a total difference of 2,357,260. In percentages, Clinton has won 48.1 percent of the popular vote, and Trump has […]