for, uh, no reason. 

Maybe the White House foresaw that Trump's skills might not lie in his comedy routines? Maybe Trump remembered how the last few dinners that mentioned him went? Or maybe he wanted to be the one to back out before every other media organization could cancel

I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017

Whatever the cause, Twitter was pretty happy:  Read more...

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Everyone is having a field day with news that Trump is skipping the Correspondents’ Dinner

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President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday that he won't attend this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner for, uh, no reason. 

Maybe the White House foresaw that Trump's skills might not lie in his comedy routines? Maybe Trump remembered how the last few dinners that mentioned him went? Or maybe he wanted to be the one to back out before every other media organization could cancel

I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017

Whatever the cause, Twitter was pretty happy:  Read more...

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The president offered no explanation for the decision, but it's not hard to chance a few guesses for his reasoning. Among the possibilities:  Read more...

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Donald Trump makes history, bows out of White House Correspondents dinner

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Amid an ever-escalating war with the media, Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that he wouldn't attend the White House Correspondents Association's annual dinner. The dinner is an opportunity for a comedian to roast the press and the president, and for the president to roast everyone else. Trump's absence would mark the first time in the event's nearly 100-year history a president has refused to attend. 

I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017

The president offered no explanation for the decision, but it's not hard to chance a few guesses for his reasoning. Among the possibilities:  Read more...

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One Boston journalist proved it on Saturday morning, with his own impressively prophetic tweet.

David Bernstein was watching Fox and Friends when he saw guest Hermain Cain (Remember him? The Hermainator?) regurgitate a bogus stat—one clearly too tantalizing for our Twitter-egg-in-chief to resist amplifying.

Cain claimed, somewhat misleadingly, that the national debt decreased $12 billion during Trump's first month in office,  compared to a $200 billion jump in the same time on Barack Obama's watch. The talking point can be traced back to a sketchy right-wing blog known for peddling conspiraciesRead more...

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How to predict the president’s next bogus tweet: Just watch Fox News

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Donald Trump's obsession with live-tweeting his morning cable news binges has made his erratic timeline...incredibly, disconcertingly, comically predictable.

One Boston journalist proved it on Saturday morning, with his own impressively prophetic tweet.

David Bernstein was watching Fox and Friends when he saw guest Hermain Cain (Remember him? The Hermainator?) regurgitate a bogus stat—one clearly too tantalizing for our Twitter-egg-in-chief to resist amplifying.

Cain claimed, somewhat misleadingly, that the national debt decreased $12 billion during Trump's first month in office,  compared to a $200 billion jump in the same time on Barack Obama's watch. The talking point can be traced back to a sketchy right-wing blog known for peddling conspiraciesRead more...

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Send in the bern unit, Bernie Sanders just poured the hot fire bern sauce all over Trump on Twitter

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President Donald Trump thinks his voters should have their own rally, but luckily, Bernie Sanders is here to remind him that, um, they already did. And it didn't go well.

In his usual Saturday morning tweet routine (tweetine?), Trump turned his attention to the rallies against him since he took office: 

Maybe the millions of people who voted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN should have their own rally. It would be the biggest of them all!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017

But Bernie Sanders was ready with the receipts. 

.@realDonaldTrump They did. It wasn'tpic.twitter.com/xqt29RJPEr

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Warren Buffett basically just subtweeted President Donald Trump, shade, shade, shade

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Warren Buffett, one of the greatest investors in the history of recorded math, has a message for President Donald Trump: America is already great

The billionaire Berkshire Hathaway CEO, one of the most successful investors in the world and the second richest person in America after Bill Gates, waded into politics in an annual letter to shareholders on Saturday. 

"One word sums up our country’s achievements: miraculous," Buffett wrote. "From a standing start 240 years ago – a span of time less than triple my days on earth – Americans have combined human ingenuity, a market system, a tide of talented and ambitious immigrants, and the rule of law to deliver abundance beyond any dreams of our forefathers."  Read more...

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Apple, other tech giants will support transgender student’s case

Several tech titans plan to sign an amicus (friend of the court) brief in support of a 17-year-old transgender student's fight in court, according to Axios. Apple, Microsoft, IBM, PayPal, eBay, Airbnb, Box, Yelp, GitHub, Salesforce, Slack and Tumblr...
Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal both reported SoFi's huge fundraising plans before the company confirmed the raise. 

With this huge influx of funding, SoFi plans to go global — or "take on new areas of personal finance and new geographies," the company said. 

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SoFi raises $500 million to expand beyond student loans

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Student loans make for big business, but the rest of finance is even bigger. 

SoFi, the company that started by refinancing student loans, will raise a whopping $500 million, it announced on Friday. The Series F funding round values SoFi at $4.3 billion and brings the company's total equity funding to $1.9 billionBloomberg and the Wall Street Journal both reported SoFi's huge fundraising plans before the company confirmed the raise. 

With this huge influx of funding, SoFi plans to go global — or "take on new areas of personal finance and new geographies," the company said. 

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Silicon Valley can help you understand this quarrel. 

On Thursday, Alphabet (Google's parent company) announced that it's taking Uber to court over self-driving car technology that it claims a former employee stole to start another company, which Uber then bought because of the technology that person allegedly stole. 

Cases like this are confusing from the get-go, but all the moving parts make this one particularly hard to followSilicon Valley isn't a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, but the major issues at hand are similar enough to provide some idea of what's actually going on here. At stake is technology that is key to self-driving cars, which Google, Uber and many other companies are betting on. Read more...

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The Google v. Uber lawsuit is confusing, until you watch ‘Silicon Valley’

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Google and Uber are set to duke it out in court, and the fight is far from simple. The good news is, though, that as art imitates life which then often imitates art, HBO's Silicon Valley can help you understand this quarrel. 

On Thursday, Alphabet (Google's parent company) announced that it's taking Uber to court over self-driving car technology that it claims a former employee stole to start another company, which Uber then bought because of the technology that person allegedly stole. 

Cases like this are confusing from the get-go, but all the moving parts make this one particularly hard to followSilicon Valley isn't a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, but the major issues at hand are similar enough to provide some idea of what's actually going on here. At stake is technology that is key to self-driving cars, which Google, Uber and many other companies are betting on. Read more...

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Trump White House blocks CNN, New York Times, BuzzFeed, Politico from press briefing

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In the latest shot fired between the White House and the press corps, the Trump administration reportedly blocked numerous mainstream media outlets from being in on Friday afternoon's scheduled press briefing. 

CNN, the New York Times, BuzzFeed, the Los Angeles Times and Politico were all denied access to the small briefing known as a "gaggle"—an informal session that's on the record, but without cameras televising the event. 

Those that were allowed to attend included NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox, as well as conservative outlets Breitbart, the Washington Times, and One America News Network. 

The Associated Press and Time reportedly boycotted the briefing. Read more...

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investors are now demanding action. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick held an all-hands meeting Tuesday, in which he promised change throughout the company, and announced that he'd enlisted former US Attorney General Eric Holder with conducting an investigation into the matter.  Read more...

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Uber whistleblower Susan Fowler breaks silence for first time since going public

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Susan Fowler Rigetti became a whistleblower Sunday when she published a blog post describing the sexist work culture and oppressive management style she experienced while at Uber. 

Since then, other women stepped forward with similar stories and the company's investors are now demanding action. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick held an all-hands meeting Tuesday, in which he promised change throughout the company, and announced that he'd enlisted former US Attorney General Eric Holder with conducting an investigation into the matter.  Read more...

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