Chris Smith
Chris Smith
Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.Source
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“You’re in a Different Universe With Donald Trump”: Can Joe Biden Steer Debate Night Back to Reality?

“You’re in a Different Universe With Donald Trump”: Can Joe Biden Steer Debate Night Back to Reality?

Chris Van Hollen tried to make Joe Biden mad. Didn’t work. Van Hollen tried to confuse Biden. No luck. Then again, this was 2012, when Biden was the incumbent vice president, and Van Hollen was playing the part of Republican veep nominee Paul Ryan in mock debates. Whatever you may think of Ryan’s politics, the congressman was at least a coherent thinker and speaker. “What I was trying to do was to throw a lot of stuff at Biden that might come his way,” Van Hollen, who is now a U.S. senator from Maryland, tells me. “So you come up with the most outrageous things that Paul Ryan might say, and...

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Sep 25
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“Noise Favors Trump”: How the Biden Camp Plans to Leverage the SCOTUS Fight

“Noise Favors Trump”: How the Biden Camp Plans to Leverage the SCOTUS Fight

It was early Friday afternoon, and we were talking about possible surprises that could disrupt the 2020 presidential race. Philippe Reines, a longtime top aide to Hillary Clinton, mentioned the Durham investigation, Attorney General William Barr’s ongoing probe into the origins of the FBI’s 2016 attempt to divine whether Russia was trying to help get Donald Trump elected. “If Durham’s report turns out to be about John Brennan and Jim Clapper and Andrew McCabe—sure, fine, that’s not going to transform the race,” Reines told me. “But it’s noise. And noise favors Trump. If he can’t come up...

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Sep 22
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“We’re Not Going to Let Donald Trump Steal This Election”: Democrats Are Strategizing for All-Out 2020 Warfare

“We’re Not Going to Let Donald Trump Steal This Election”: Democrats Are Strategizing for All-Out 2020 Warfare

Donald Trump, true to form, is stoking chaos, trying to undermine faith in the accuracy of November’s election. He has floated  at the 2020 polls and maintained a steady stream of lies about “rigged” mail-in ballots. Joe Biden’s counteroffensive is shaping up to be equally in character: It relies on his trust in rational process and in projecting calm. It’s a strategy that makes a great deal of sense—and also feels quaint considering Trump’s evil genius for asymmetrical warfare.Biden has solicited the help of two former solicitors general, one former attorney general, and a small army of...

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Sep 16
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An anti-mask cult in Illinois might spread coronavirus across the country

An anti-mask cult in Illinois might spread coronavirus across the country

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This might be the best coronavirus vaccine news you’ve ever heard

This might be the best coronavirus vaccine news you’ve ever heard

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Jul 31
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Scientists finally figured out what makes the coronavirus so dangerous

Scientists finally figured out what makes the coronavirus so dangerous

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Jul 25
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We might finally know how deadly the coronavirus is compared to the flu

We might finally know how deadly the coronavirus is compared to the flu

The novel coronavirus seemed like it might be a variation of the flu in the early days of the Wuhan epidemic. The more the virus spread and the more we learned about the pathogen, it became more apparent that COVID-19 isn’t anything like the flu. Not only does it spread a lot easier and faster, but it can cause a variety of serious complications that don’t appear in influenza cases. The new virus also kills a lot more people than the regular flu, even though some politicians claimed the two infectious diseases had similar mortality rates. Seven months later, the coronavirus has killed...

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Jul 22
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Coronavirus attacks the entire body, not just the lungs

Coronavirus attacks the entire body, not just the lungs

The world has been battling the novel coronavirus for more than seven months, and we’ve had plenty of time to learn that COVID-19 is nothing like the flu, even though some people still dismiss it as such. It’s highly infectious, and its mortality rate is higher than influenza. It can’t be treated as effectively as the flu, and the drugs we take to treat flu symptoms aren’t enough to treat COVID-19. The complications are also far worse than the flu, and many people who have survived the infections will need months to truly recover. That’s because the virus doesn’t just hurt the lungs and...

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Jul 22
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“A Corrupt, Desperate President Corrupting an Agency”: Trump’s Weaponization of DHS Sets Off Alarm Bells

“A Corrupt, Desperate President Corrupting an Agency”: Trump’s Weaponization of DHS Sets Off Alarm Bells

Portland has been Senator Ron Wyden’s hometown since the mid-1970s, so he has seen all manner of marches and protests. But as the Oregon Democrat walked the city’s streets last week, talking to locals and working to lower tensions that have persisted since the killing of George Floyd, he encountered a problem he’d never had to deal with before: Heavily armed federal troops wearing combat fatigues, dispatched by President Donald Trump and the Department of Homeland Security, who were stoking violence instead of quelling it by firing rubber bullets and snatching civilian demonstrators.“I wish...

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Jul 22
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Inside the Final Days of Joe Biden’s V.P. Choice

Inside the Final Days of Joe Biden’s V.P. Choice

Jill Biden got a root canal. Joe Biden got a new job. In the summer of 2008, the then senator answered his cell phone while waiting for his wife in a dentist’s office near their Wilmington, Delaware, home. When the Bidens returned to their car, Joe told Jill, “Barack called, and asked me to be the vice president.”Very soon Joe Biden will be the one making a call to some lucky Democrat, offering the second spot on the 2020 ticket. Barack Obama won’t be on the line this time, but the former president is still very much in Biden’s ear. “They don’t just talk, like, every six months. They’re in...

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Jul 17
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Bill Barr Is Running an October-Surprise Factory at Justice

Bill Barr Is Running an October-Surprise Factory at Justice

The “October surprise” is the Bigfoot of presidential politics—much rumored, rarely seen. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s , 12 days before election day 1972, that “peace is at hand” in the Vietnam War comes closest to fitting the profile of a late-breaking, calculated, election-influencing ploy, though President Richard Nixon hardly needed the help against Senator George McGovern. Ever since, speculating on an October surprise has been a quadrennial media ritual, much like chatter about the possibility of a brokered convention.This year’s version will be a Bill Barr production. In May...

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Jul 10
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“Voter Suppression Was Baked Into the Notion of America”: Stacey Abrams on the Fight for Voting Rights—And Waiting for Biden’s Call

“Voter Suppression Was Baked Into the Notion of America”: Stacey Abrams on the Fight for Voting Rights—And Waiting for Biden’s Call

Stacey Abrams became a national political star by losing a race. In 2018, after a decade serving in Georgia’s state legislature, Abrams became the first black woman to ever win a major party’s nomination for governor. She was defeated by Republican Brian Kemp, who held onto his seat as Georgia’s secretary of state while running, allowing Kemp to allegedly from the rolls, . Abrams, a lawyer and a prolific romance novelist, has bounced back by founding Fair Fight Action, a voting-rights nonprofit, and waiting on federal pandemic stimulus checks. Her new non-fiction book, Our Time Is Now, is...

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“Trump Has No Reparative Skills”: Cautious Optimism in Bidenworld as Trump Polling Craters

“Trump Has No Reparative Skills”: Cautious Optimism in Bidenworld as Trump Polling Craters

Lily Adams knows, painfully well, about late surprises in a presidential campaign: She was a top communications strategist for Hillary Clinton in 2016. “There were polls four years ago that showed us up double digits in the last month before the election,” Adams says. “Polls don’t vote. I think that’s an Obama saying that I’m co-opting. There is a long, long way to go. But we’ve seen some encouraging signs for Joe Biden.”That is an understatement. The presumptive Democratic nominee has been on a run of strong polling news for more than a month. Battleground states? The has Biden tied with...

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Jun 11
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“The Theory Is She Would Help Him in the Midwest”: Klobuchar Is Now a Strong Dark Horse in the Biden Veepstakes

“The Theory Is She Would Help Him in the Midwest”: Klobuchar Is Now a Strong Dark Horse in the Biden Veepstakes

Amy Klobuchar is feeling slightly more optimistic for a change. A she is cosponsoring, with Oregon’s Ron Wyden, to vastly expand early and mail-in voting in time for this November’s election, now has the backing of 35 other U.S. senators. And Klobuchar has had what she considers encouraging conversations with Republican senators about increased election funding for state governments. With a bit of luck, not only will the vote-by-mail bill pass, but the millions of ballots that arrive in mailboxes this fall will list Klobuchar as the Democratic nominee for vice president. She laughs,...

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May 19
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“Bernie Voters Have Never Been the Disloyal Bunch They’re Characterized As Being”: Will Sanders Supporters Get on the Biden Train After Tara Reade?

“Bernie Voters Have Never Been the Disloyal Bunch They’re Characterized As Being”: Will Sanders Supporters Get on the Biden Train After Tara Reade?

Four years ago, after an unexpectedly competitive and contentious primary, Bernie Sanders endorsed the Democratic presidential nominee. “We have got to elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine,” the Vermont senator at the party convention in Philadelphia—and Sanders was booed, long and loudly, by his own delegates. That fall Sanders campaigned energetically for Clinton, yet after Donald Trump’s narrow victory, some of her former campaign aides that Sanders had demanded use of a private plane to make campaign appearances on her behalf.No one is flying much of anywhere at the moment, so...

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May 7
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Facebook is Working on AR Glasses it Thinks Can Replace Your iPhone and Android

Facebook is Working on AR Glasses it Thinks Can Replace Your iPhone and Android

Facebook is reportedly developing augmented reality (AR) glasses with a twist. These won’t be tethered to a mobile device, but will instead work as a standalone product that could replace smartphones. Facebook aims to release the product by 2025, but the company doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to making hardware that people actually want to buy. Remember the first and only Facebook Phone? That HTC-made phone never had a future. Plus, Facebook isn’t at the top of the list of companies you’d trust with your mobile data. And yet, Facebook’s smart glasses that could potentially...

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Sep 20
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