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Long Live the Quad King

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:24:15 GMT2018-02-17T23:24:15Z

At the start of the men’s figure skating final that aired on Friday night, Nathan Chen had been all but left for dead. The American figure skating prodigy had skated an abysmal short program, a fall-laden disaster that left him in 17th place with a paltry 82.27 points—almost 30 behind leader Yuzuru Hanyu. It was a shocking result for the 18-year-old Chen, who has twice won the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. “He just looked so tentative, nervous. You could see it in his eyes,” said NBC commentator Tara Lipinski. Chen, who had also faltered while performing his short program during the figure skating team event, looked stunned when he spoke to NBC’s Andrea Joyce. “Just rough again. Still need some time to think about it,” he said. “But … I mean … it happens, I guess, so … just try to move on from here.”


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Red Flags

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:11:41 GMT2018-02-17T23:11:41Z

The Facebook message from the totally authentic American began as follows: “Hi there! I’m a member of Being Patriotic online community.”


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Where Mueller Might Go Next

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:22:24 GMT2018-02-17T22:22:24Z

The indictments filed by the special counsel on Friday forcefully punctuates the warnings of intelligence chiefs that Russia has been in the business of interfering in U.S. elections and has no intention of closing up shop. Robert Mueller has also added extraordinary detail. Russian entities have spent millions and “employed hundreds” to carry out this work. The Internet Research Agency, apparently directing the program, is now revealed to have been among the largest Super PACs operating in the 2016 elections. This is now clearly one of the major campaign finance scandals in American history.


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The American Trap

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:22:18 GMT2018-02-17T22:22:18Z

The special counsel’s indictment on Friday of Russian individuals and organizations brought campaign finance law for the first time into formal charges in the case of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. But this development came with a mystery. The indictment alleges facts that support charges of federal campaign finance law violations—such as the prohibition on foreign national contributions—but does not charge any such offenses. This is clearly not for want of evidence, since the indictment sets out in considerable detail the millions in foreign national spending to influence the 2016 election. Yet Bob Mueller omitted any direct charge for violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act.


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Wakanda Forever

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:10:59 GMT2018-02-17T22:10:59Z

Listen to Represent:

Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, and Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther.


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Florida Shooting Survivor Emma Gonzalez to Trump: “We Call BS”

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 21:54:03 GMT2018-02-17T21:54:03Z

Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who survived Wednesday’s mass shooting, gave a blistering speech at an anti-gun rally on Saturday about the politicians complicit in the murder of her classmates. It was yet another reminder that the teenagers and children who grew up in the shadow of school shootings (and the 150,000 who survived one) are more practical—and less tolerant of empty rhetoric—than the adults who are supposed to protect them. Gonzalez had no use for crocodile tears from president Trump, who was in Florida Friday to offer his condolences (and, reportedly, to drop by a Studio 54 theme party at Mar-a-Lago):


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The Campaign Finance Loophole That Could Make the Next Russian Attack Perfectly Legal

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 21:08:45 GMT2018-02-17T21:08:45Z

The Mueller indictment of 13 Russian nationals for interfering with the 2016 U.S.
presidential election offers a remarkably detailed account of a complex plot to sow discord and influence the presidential contest in favor of Donald Trump. The indictment critically points to something else, though: It provides a roadmap for the Russians to do it all again, without violating any current campaign finance laws the next time.


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How an Artist Made That Awesome Olympics Skeleton Helmet With a Roaring Grizzly Bear

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 21:01:20 GMT2018-02-17T21:01:20Z

Barrett Martineau was never a threat to win a medal in men’s skeleton. The 26-year-old Canadian, who finished in 24th position, didn’t even take a fourth and final face-first run, as those last jaunts down the icy track at the Olympic Sliding Centre were reserved for those in the top 20. But as you can see from the image at the top of this post, Martineau was one of the big winners in Pyeongchang: The Canadian slider had by far the best helmet at the 2018 Winter Olympics.


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Part-Time Skier Ester Ledecka’s Shocking Super-G Win Was the Best Moment of the Winter Games

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:31:31 GMT2018-02-17T18:31:31Z

At 10:43 p.m. EST on Friday night, NBC’s Dan Hicks declared skier Anna Veith the Olympic champion in the women’s super-G. The 28-year-old Austrian, who’d won the same event at the 2014 Winter Olympics, tore her ACL and meniscus after the Sochi Games and has struggled to recover her world-beating form. A few days earlier, Hicks’ colleague Bode Miller had said, with regard to Veith’s subpar post-injury results, “The knee is certainly an issue. I want to point out she also got married. It’s historically very challenging to race on World Cup with a family or after being married. Not to blame the spouses, but I just want to toss that out there, that it could be her husband’s fault.” (Miller later apologized for his idiocy.)


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