Donald Trump suggests he may pardon Jack Johnson because — c'mon, you know why

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While past presidents were mourning former First Lady Barbara Bush at her funeral in Houston today, President Trump was on his phone in Mar-a-Lago, having his usual Twitter meltdown.

In between excoriating James Comey and tossing around conspiracy theories about Mr. Peepers, President Trump decided to suddenly announce he was considering a pardon for Jack Johnson, the history-making boxer.

Trump, as you might imagine, appears to have taken a particular interest in pardons as of late.

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Some background on the controversy: Jack Johnson was the first black man to ever hold the title of world heavyweight champion. By 1912, he hadn't lost a match in four years. Other white boxers refused to fight him. When one, Canadian Tommy Burns, did, Johnson destroyed him soundly.  Read more...

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Verne Troyer, Mini-Me star from 'Austin Powers,' is dead at age 49

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Actor Verne Troyer died on Saturday at the age of 49. 

Troyer was perhaps most famous for his roles in the Austin Powers film series, where he played Dr. Evil henchman Mini-MeAn Instagram post to his official account broke the sad news.  

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"Verne was an extremely caring individual," read the post. "He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible."

It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today. Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday. He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude. On film & television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con’s & personal appearances, to his own YouTube videos, he was there to show everyone what he was capable of doing. Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he’d be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined. He also touched more peoples hearts than he will ever know. Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much. During this recent time of adversity he was baptized while surrounded by his family. The family appreciates that they have this time to grieve privately. Depression and Suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne’s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio Read more...

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AT&T and Verizon investigated for possibly colluding to make your smartphone life worse

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AT&T and Verizon don't want to let you out of their grasps. 

So much so, in fact, that they may have colluded to make it harder for you to switch cellphone carriers. 

So reports The New York Times, which notes that the Justice Department is investigating the two companies for possibly working together to stifle a technology known as eSIM. If deployed, eSIM would make it easier for people to jump from provider to provider — no new physical SIM card required — potentially leaving AT&T or Verizon behind in the process.  

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Colin Kaepernick may be exiled from the NFL, but that's also why he keeps winning

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Colin Kaepernick may be the most criminally unemployed NFL player in the free agency pool today, but the actions that brought him to this point continue to pay off.

Kaepernick was named Amnesty International's "Ambassador of Conscience" for 2018 on Saturday. The award recognizes the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback's act of kneeling during pre-game national anthem performances, a choice that eventually cost him his job, and likely his NFL career as well.

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The protest action started with a simple intent: Bring attention to racial inequality in America, specifically racially motivated police brutality. It's been attacked by various critics, including Donald Trump himself, as unpatriotic and wrong. But that willful mischaracterization in and of itself also reinforces Kaepernick's statement. Read more...

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Universal Fan Con suddenly postpones — so attendees organized

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A convention built to celebrate diversity and inclusiveness in fandom has been postponed at the last minute, and would-be attendees are channeling their understandable frustration in constructive directions.

Universal Fan Con, which was originally funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, released the bad news on Friday. Just a week before the event, organizers decided to postpone it, citing a "financial deficit." As of now, it's unclear when the conference will be rescheduled. The status of attendee's refunds is also unclear.  

It would be enough under other circumstances to cause well-justified social media uproar. Instead, attendees have used the occasion to organize and help support vendors and artists who will likely suffer a rough financial blow as a result.  Read more...

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Trump tweetstorm about Michael Cohen 'flipping' overlooks one key detail

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Donald Trump isn't afraid to share his Thoughts, even if sometimes those Thoughts don't exactly mean what he thinks they mean. 

This was once again on display Saturday morning in a series of tweets regarding his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen, and whether or not he would "flip" on the president. Cohen, as you may recall, was recently on the receiving end of an FBI raid, and a Friday New York Times article speculated that he may eventually cooperate with federal officials.

SEE ALSO: Michael Cohen's secret client? Sean Hannity.

Trump, shall we say, was not a fan. He denied any connection to one of the reporters of the New York Times story, Maggie Haberman, and tweeted that Cohen would never flip on him. And, even if he did, it would all be lies.  Read more...

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Suspected stalker breaks into Taylor Swift's home and takes a nap

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One of Taylor Swift's multiple stalkers was found on Friday in Taylor Swift's New York townhouse, sleeping in her bed.

The stalker, known as Roger Alvarado, had been arrested early in February for attempting to break down Swift's door with a shovel.

Alvarado was charged with stalking, burglary, criminal mischief and trespassing.

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Not only did Alvarado reportedly take a nap in the home, he showeredAccording to TMZ, the stalker used an old-fashioned ladder and broke a window to gain entry.

He also hails from Homestead, Florida, so get out your tired Florida jokes now. Read more...

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Very good dog Max stayed overnight with lost three-year-old girl and helped rescuers

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This is one very good dog. 

Max, a 17-year-old Blue Heeler, may be deaf, partially blind, and getting on in his years, but that didn't stop him from playing the role of loving companion and hero to a lost three-year-old girl in Queensland, Australia. 

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According to ABC Brisbane, Aurora was first reported missing on Friday after apparently wandering away from her grandmother's house. Rescuers, including the local police and volunteers, searched the surrounding bushland throughout the night, but were unable to find her.  Read more...

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The cast of 'Jane the Virgin' was just as blown away by that twist as we all are

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Jane the Virgin Twitter went WILD on Friday night. Spoilers ahead.

The show's fourth season ended with a major reveal: Michael Cordero, a character that's been dead since just before a time jump skipped the story ahead by three years back in Season 3.

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So for Jane — who was married to Michael — and the people in her orbit, they've all lived on for the past four or five years in TV time believing this man is dead. Then he turned up in the final moments of Season 4.

We still don't know what happened or how this believed-dead man is actually alive. Season 5 will presumably clear that up. For now, you'll have to live with the incredible reaction on social media. Starting with a post from showrunner Jennie Urman offering a behind the scenes look at the cast learning that Michael actor Brett Dier was coming back. Read more...

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Download this: Google's Grasshopper aims to make coding as easy as a game

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Ever wanted to learn to code, but didn't know where to start? Google's new app wants to help.

This week the company launched Grasshopper, an app that aims to help teach adults to code (javascript, specifically) with a series of bite-sized puzzle games.

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Launched from Google's Area 120 incubator, which is devoted to experimental projects, Grasshopper takes a Duolingo-like approach to coding. It breaks down the basic concepts behind javascript, like functions and variables, into lessons you can complete in just a few minutes.

Like some of the coding apps aimed at kids, Grasshopper game-ifies the process a bit, turning coding lessons into mini-puzzles you need to solve. After you learn one concept, the next lesson will build on it and slowly add new elements so each one gets progressively more complicated. Read more...

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