White House vows to continue funding Obamacare, averting showdown with Democrats
The White House has assured Democrats it will continue to fund a key portion of Obamacare, clearing the way for negotiations on a series of spending bills to avoid a government shutdown, according to two sources familiar with the decision. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., had demanded that Congress pay for the Affordable Care Act?s subsidies ? which lower health care costs for 7 million people ? as part of the emerging spending bill.
Attorney: Hernandez hinted at suicide weeks before his death
BOSTON (AP) ? Aaron Hernandez hinted about suicide weeks before he was found hanging by a bedsheet in prison last week, according to a jailhouse friend who once sought to share a cell with the former NFL star.
U.S. moves THAAD anti-missile to South Korean site, sparking protests
The top U.S. commander in the Asia-Pacific, Admiral Harry Harris, told the U.S. Congress the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system would be operational "in coming days." The earlier-than-expected steps to deploy system were denounced both by China, and the frontrunner in South Korea's presidential election on May 9. South Korea's defense ministry said elements of THAAD were moved to the deployment site, on what had been a golf course, about 250 km (155 miles) south of the capital, Seoul.
Please enjoy Obama photographer Pete Souza's latest flawless Trump troll
Trump's first 100 days in office have come and gone, and they're not getting great reviews. So, naturally, Pete Souza has some throwback photos to post. President Obama's official White House photographer, well-known for his timely bouts of Instagram shade, has been sharing shots from Obama's first 100 days ? which seem a little, uh, busier. And, less situated in Florida. And, are those a bunch of photos of him interacting civilly with Republican leaders? SEE ALSO: Pete Souza joins chorus gloating over Trumpcare failure with epic Instagram Please enjoy. First in a series from the first 100 days of the Obama administration. Inauguration night 2009, in a freight elevator heading to one of the Balls at the Convention Center. A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Apr 22, 2017 at 3:25pm PDT First 100 days. This was the first time sitting at the Resolute desk, just after 9am on 1/21/2009. Family pictures would soon fill the table behind the desk. A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Apr 23, 2017 at 7:42am PDT First 100 days. First meeting with Secretary of State. 1/21/2009. This picture also brings back the memory that because of the economic crisis, potus thought that it would be improper to redecorate the Oval Office even though Congress had appropriated the funds. Instead, he kept the Bush 43 carpeting, drapes and furniture until mid 2010. A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Apr 23, 2017 at 12:21pm PDT First 100 days. 1/21/2009. 7:30PM. Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office. Wait, you say. Wasn't the inauguration the day before? It was but the Chief Justice had made a slight error in the wording of the oath. So the White House counsel decided, for an abundance of caution, to ask Roberts to do it again at the White House the next day. Although it has sometimes incorrectly been reported that there was no press present for this, a small press pool (including Time photographer Callie Shell) did witness the second swearing-in in the Map Room. POTUS even joked to the pool afterwards, "The bad news for the pool is there?s 12 more balls.? A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Apr 23, 2017 at 4:41pm PDT First 100 days. With Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. 1/23/2009 A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Apr 24, 2017 at 8:02am PDT Time out from the first 100 days series. From 2010. Stay tuned. A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Apr 24, 2017 at 11:05am PDT First 100 days. We made trips to several different countries. Here we are in France with then President Sarkozy. A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Apr 25, 2017 at 6:26am PDT First 100 days. With world leaders before his first NATO Summit. A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Apr 25, 2017 at 9:01am PDT First 100 days. Prague, Czech Republic. A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Apr 25, 2017 at 10:52am PDT First 100 days. Meeting with Gen. Ray Odierno in Iraq. 4/7/2009 A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Apr 25, 2017 at 1:20pm PDT First 100 days. With our troops in Iraq (at one of Saddam Hussein's palaces no less). A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Apr 25, 2017 at 3:19pm PDT Until next time, Souza. The way things are going, we assume it will be very soon. WATCH: Ivanka Trump gets booed at an international women?s summit speaking about father's 'advocacy' for women
Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein on Trump-Russia investigation: 'Oh my god, there's a cover-up going on'
Famed Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein says that the investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn could end up revealing a ?cover-up? of alleged connections between President Donald Trump's team and Russia. ?There, he is central to what the FBI believes is a cover-up going on among people close to the president of the United States about what happened with the Trump campaign and Russia,? Mr Bernstein, who is now a CNN commentator, said.
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There?s one more reason I could never ditch my iPhone 7 Plus for a Galaxy S8
I penned a piece on Wednesday in which I explained the five main reasons I could never switch to the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ from my iPhone 7 Plus. While my in-depth Galaxy S8 review approached Samsung's hot new flagship smartphones from a neutral viewpoint, this new supplemental piece offered a different point of view from me, as an end user. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Samsung has out-designed Apple with its new Galaxy S8, but in this post I covered key areas where Samsung still can't even approach the iPhone.
There's one more reason I could never switch to the Galaxy S8 and ditch my iPhone 7 Plus, though, and it's a reason I never thought I would have.
I've received more than two dozen emails and a handful of mentions on Twitter since published that opinion piece on Wednesday. Oddly, nearly every single one was from a person nodding in agreement.
It's still early days, but I would wager that no Samsung phone released in the past few years has drawn more interest from iPhone users than the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. It makes sense, of course, because they're stunning. And yet from the messages I've received and the conversations I've had elsewhere, Samsung for the most part isn't actually stealing these users away.
Everyone seems to be intrigued by the Galaxy S8, which features an incredible new "Infinity Display" design. The Super AMOLED screens on the S8 takes up an impressive 83% of the phone's face, which is the best screen-to-body ratio the world has ever seen on a widely available smartphone. Coupled with a curved front and back that make the S8 more comfortable and stylish than any other smartphone out there, and you've got yourself a winner.
But is it enough to steal away many iPhone users?
For me personally, there's simply no chance I could bail on Apple's ecosystem for the Galaxy S8. As I explained in yesterday's post, Apple's iPhone UX is still so much better than Android, it's not even close. The OS is smoother, the third-party apps are superior in design and performance, Apple's Continuity features are fantastic, and the iPhone itself outperforms every Android phone including the Galaxy S8. Add in the iPhone 7 Plus' class-leading battery life and Apple's unrivaled customer support, and you've got an experience that no other phone can match. Not even the Galaxy S8.
There's one more reason I am personally locked into the iPhone though, and I think millions of other iPhone users would probably agree.
Smartwatches, in general, are awful. They have been awful for years. And when rumors began swirling that Apple was developing its own smartwatch, I figured it too would be awful. I knew the device would be popular, of course, since Apple users are a dedicated bunch. But in terms of features and design, I certainly didn't think the Apple Watch would ever appeal to me.
As anyone who has read my earlier Apple Watch coverage surely knows, I sang a different tune the moment I began using one.
I'm a lifelong watch lover and collector who thought that there was no way a silly smartwatch could ever replace a mechanical watch on my wrist. Since buying my first Apple Watch shortly after it was released, I have sold almost every watch in my collection. In fact, over the past two years since I started wearing the Apple Watch, I've only gone for two or three days total without having it on my wrist.
After testing every big-name Android (and Tizen) smartwatch that has been released over the past few years, I'm hesitant to lump Apple's watch into the same category. Early Android watches were garbage. There's no way around it. More recent offerings are vastly improved, and Samsung's most recent Tizen watch pretty nifty as well. "Nifty" is about as much as I can say for them, sadly.
The Apple Watch is far smoother and more streamlined than anything its rivals have managed to cook up. It's also simpler, with a UX that practically anyone can figure out because just about everything makes sense. Simple doesn't mean it lacks features, however, and I rely on Apple Watch features all day long.
I have different Apple Watch faces that display different complications, giving me zero-touch access to real-time information. The Dark Sky complication shows me the current weather conditions and alerts me when it's going to rain or snow. The Openfolio complication shows me exactly what my stock portfolio is doing. The Activity complication reminds me that I need to get off my butt and walk some more so I can meet the day's goals.
Then, there are a number of third-party apps I rely on as well. For example, the August app lets me unlock my front door with a tap, and the Newton Mail app gives me rich notifications so I can quickly read previews of new emails and then delete or archive them. That last one is key for me because I can get anywhere from 200 to 400 emails in any given day, but the majority of them are messages I don't even need to read beyond the subject line to know I can delete them. With the Apple Watch, I tap one button and an email is deleted without having to pull my phone out of my pocket over and over.
There are rival smartwatches that can handle some or even most of the tasks I perform on my Apple Watch, just as there are Android phones that can handle just about everything I do on my iPhone. But it's not the same. After all these years, and after all of the features other companies have copied, Apple still offers user experiences that are leaps and bounds beyond its competitors.
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Battling ISIS in Hatra, Iraq, and more: April 26 in photos
Iraqi paramilitary troops fire toward Islamic State militants during a battle on the outskirts of the ancient city of Hatra, near Mosul, Iraq; the robes of Pope Francis are blown over his head by a gust of wind as he delivers his homily during the weekly audience in St. Peter?s Square in Vatican City; and demonstrators in Minsk, Belarus, mark the 31st anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster.