While You Were Offline: Trump Went Into North Korea

To begin with, a programming note: While you're reading this in its usual time slot, it was compiled before the July Fourth holiday, so—unfortunately—there's not a collection of tweets about President Trump's reportedly expensive Independence Day celebration. Apologies for that. Nonetheless, there's still a lot to catch up on. Last week was one that uncovered a secret Facebook group where immigration officials joke about migrant deaths, even as more and more people die in US custody and conditions at border facilities turn out to be worse than believed. It was also the week where the Trump administration let go of its quest to have a question about citizenship on the 2020 US census, and everyone continued to fall in love …

While You Were Offline: Is Homeland Security Being Purged?

Last week was the kind of week where we saw a black hole for the first time; former Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti was hit with 36 charges of tax dodging, perjury, and theft; the National Enquirer maybe went up for sale; and Benjamin Netanyahu won a fifth term as Israel's prime minister. If you're wondering what else people have been talking about over the past seven days, these tidbits are a good place to start. Is Homeland Security Being Purged? What happened: Something is going on at the Department of Homeland Security, with multiple figures being pushed out by the White House and the word "purge" being thrown around like it's nothing. What really happened: Perhaps the US political …

While You Were Offline: Tim Cook Pwned President Trump

Another week, another avalanche of things bombarding the collective psyche. "Like what?" you ask. For starters, everyone is mourning the death of actor Luke Perry, thinking about the legacy of Michael Jackson, and wondering if Ivanka Trump is getting off too easily as the investigation net tightens around the other Trump children. Meanwhile, the economy is slowing down as the national deficit explodes and corporate tax income drops dramatically. Actually, that's a pretty quiet week by 2019 standards. Regardless, there's a lot going on. Here's just a taste. Tim Cook Pwns President Trump What Happened: Some people would be embarrassed that the leader of the free world couldn't remember their name. Some people are not Apple CEO Tim Cook. What …