A Momentous Week in May: Book Details Early Days of Russia Inquiry

WASHINGTON — “Are you O.K.?” Andrew G. McCabe, the acting F.B.I. director, asked Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general. It was Friday morning, May 12, 2017, three days after President Trump had summarily fired James B. Comey as the F.B.I. director. The conversation is described in a new book that portrays Mr. Rosenstein as anguished and isolated as he struggled with the realization that Mr. Trump might have ousted Mr. Comey to obstruct the F.B.I.’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election — and that he would probably have to appoint a special counsel to take over the inquiry, even if it cost him his job. The book, “Deep State: Trump, the F.B.I. and the Rule of Law” by James B. Stewart, provides new details about the history-making interactions between top Justice Department and F.B.I. officials immediately after the president ousted Mr. Comey. It recounts how Mr. Rosenstein was so troubled by Mr. Trump’s behavior that he twice proposed that he secretly wear a wire and record the president in the White House, the second time in the presence of an F.B.I. official who took notes. Drawing heavily on reporting by The New York Times, Mr. Stewart, a Times rep...

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The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Even if you consider yourself to be a handy-person around the house, you may draw the line at using certain types of power tools, such as, say, nail guns. After all, you may feel like these power tools seem too dangerous for the average person. Perhaps your distrust of nail guns stems from terrifying scenes involving nail guns from TV shows like “American Horror Story” or even amusing yet painful scenes from shows like “The Simpsons” — If you’ve ever wondered what could go wrong with a nail gun, you just need to see a baby like Maggie get her hands on one. TV shows aside, the truth is you can use a nail gun safely with just a few precautions and some common sense. And once you’ve put the power of a nail gun behind a tough home improvement project, you’ll wonder why you ever worked without one. One thing you’ll notice with nail guns is that there are far more specialty products in this category than there are in most power tool categories. According to the Casual Craftsman, brad, finish, and...

Advice for women who want to run for office: Stop waiting for “the right time”

The biggest wave of women elected to government in the history of our nation occurred in the 2018 election. But, as the former chief of staff and vice president of research for EMILY’s List Kate Black says, while a big wave has power, it can’t cause lasting change unless there are more waves to follow. “After 2018, there was a wave of new women coming into all levels of offices,” Black told me in our recent interview for Inflection Point. “And that was so exciting to see. And I think what’s been so great about that wave, that newness, is that it’s really invigorated our politics. You’re seeing women coming into office with young children that are having a voice in policy where they were absent before.” “But when you look at the raw numbers, it’s still not where it needs to be,” she said. “Women are over half of the population in this country, but just barely a quarter of the seats in Congress. Almost half of the states across the country have never had a female governor. And when you look at the mayors and the state legislatures, we’re making improvements there, but we could certainly do more and we need to keep encouraging women to step up and lead...

Hurricane Camille: Looking back at the storm that changed the Gulf Coa

Editor’s note: Fifty years ago Saturday, Hurricane Camille, the second-most intense hurricane to make landfall in the United States, slammed the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Here’s a look at that storm.  It was hot in the summer of 1969, in just about every way it could be – politically, culturally and, by the middle of August, it was just plain hot when you walked outside your door. While discord was brewing in parts of the U.S., what was brewing off the coast of Africa would blossom into an event that would decimate an entire region and lead to a new way to classify one of nature’s most devastating forces. Hurricane Camille, which began life as an area of disturbed weather that drifted off the African savanna, would trek west across the Atlantic which in early August 1969 was sporting near perfect conditions to create a monster storm. When the hurricane made landfall near midnight on Aug. 17, 1969, it would do so with screaming winds, sheets of rain and a wall of water more than two stories high. As the weather system that would become Camille moved into the Atlantic on Aug. 5, conditions near the Cape Verde Islands didn’t seem to support the formation of a tropical cyclone. Dry Sa...

Best recipe files with dividers, flashcards, conversion charts and more Social/Facebook Social/Twitter

Whether it’s a new discovery or an old favourite, collect your foodie thoughts with a handy organiser Whether you find yourself daydreaming about dinner parties, tearing out delicious-sounding recipes from the Sunday papers or earmarking dishes you’ve seen online to try later – there’s a good chance your foodie thoughts are getting a little disorganised. Well fear not because it’s nothing that a good recipe file can’t help you with. A dedicated space for you to collate all things foodie, a recipe file can help plan everything from mid-week meals, to more special one-off occasions and also chart your experiments and findings in the kitchen along the way. When thinking about what recipe file is right for you, consider how much space you need and whether you’re happy with the sections provided or would rather customise your own. Some have sheets allowing your book to grow and refill, while others come with a predetermined amount of pages. As well as space to write down your favourite recipes, it’s also a helpful place to store the recipe cards you’ve been keeping from your weekly recipe boxes. A lovely gift for the food-mad friend in your life, many of these files came in a present...

You may already be familiar with the benefits of magnesium if you take an oral magnesium

You may already be familiar with the benefits of magnesium if you take an oral magnesium supplement—but you can reap additional benefits from magnesium by absorbing it transdermally, in the form of foot soaking or bathing with dissolved magnesium chloride hexahydrate salt flakes. Research, including a small September 2015 study in the Journal of Integrative Medicine, has shown support for the benefits of transdermal magnesium. The chloride version of magnesium is the most bio-available form of magnesium, because it’s already in the right form for cells without further digestion required: Just add water and your skin will soak it in, in the same way it soaks in electrolytes when you take a swim in the ocean. Note that magnesium sulphate—Epsom salts—is not the same as magnesium chloride. Although we can get some benefits from soaking in magnesium sulphate, its effects are short-lived in comparison to magnesium chloride. Magnesium sulphate also has a skin-drying or irritating effect, whereas magnesium chloride hexahydrate is hydrating and attracts water to cells. In addition to soaking, many health practitioners have discovered that dry-applying magnesium oil, a solution concentra...

Trump, gold scissors in hand, cuts red tape at White House

“This is what we have now,” President Donald Trump said, gesturing toward stacks of paper that appeared to be more than 6 feet tall. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo Wielding a pair of gold scissors, President Donald Trump on Thursday literally cut a strip of red tape, a move intended to symbolize his administration’s effort to slash regulations on businesses. Trump signed a Jan. 30 executive order directing that for every new federal regulation implemented, two must be rescinded. “Instead of eliminating two old regulations for every new regulation, we have eliminated 22. Twenty-two — that’s a big difference,” Trump told reporters Thursday, without detailing the regulations that had been cut. “We aimed for two-for-one, and in 2017 we hit 22-for-one.” In a statement released after Trump’s remarks, the White House said agencies have issued 67 deregulatory actions while imposing only three new regulations. The president insisted the current regulations in place “do the job better than all of the other regulations, and they allow us to build and create jobs and do what we have to do.” He said his administration is reducing the size, scope and cost of federal regulations, which he maintained h...

This giant case transforms a 35mm camera into an instant camera

NINM Lab, a new company based out of Hong Kong, has debuted a product on Kickstarter that turns your 35mm camera into an instant camera, as spotted by PetaPixel. The attachment, called a Magny 35, is comprised of three parts: an enlarging optics film back, an aluminum lens barrel, and the film ejection unit. To use it, detach your camera’s original back, and replace it with the assembled Magny 35. When you snap a photo, it will take the image from your camera and project the light onto the instant film surface, enlarging it to 62 x 62mm in the process. Everything connects with bayonet mounts for ease and speed. The Magny 35 has a maximum effective aperture of f/4, uses a power supply of four AAA batteries, and it has an LED film counter, a tripod socket, and a dark slide. The film ejects only when a button is pressed, so there’s the opportunity to take multiple exposure shots. NINM Lab says it should fit SLR and Rangefinder cameras made by Leica, Nikon, Canon, Olympus, and Pentax. Right now on Kickstarter, the Magny 35 costs $99, and the actual cost, once it hits the market in January 2019, will be $199. While buying an Instax Mini is around $50, a model that takes square photo...

Metal Biocides Market Production Analysis and Geographical Market Performance Forecast to 2024

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Trump Administration Announces Tariffs on E.U. Imports

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced Wednesday that it will impose tariffs on $7.5 billion in European imports beginning Oct. 18 in a case involving European Union subsidies to the plane maker Airbus. The latest escalation in the administration’s tariffs will open a new chapter in the trade wars that are depressing the world economy and heightening fears of a global recession. It comes just as the Trump administration is in the midst of trying to negotiate a resolution to its high-stakes trade war with China. The administration received a green light earlier Wednesday from the World Trade Organization, which ruled that the United States could impose the tariffs as retaliation for illegal aid that the 28-country EU gave to Airbus in its competition with its American rival Boeing. Culminating a 15-year fight over the EU’s subsidizing of Airbus, the administration’s Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said it plans to publish a list of targeted products later Wednesday or on Thursday. A senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that EU aircraft will face a 10% tariff and other products a 25% import tax. The tariffs are intended to pres...

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Care and Feeding is Slate’s parenting advice column. Have a question for Care and Feeding? Submit it here or post it in the Slate Parenting Facebook group. I live in L.A. and have two lovely teenage daughters. They are obligated to wear uniforms for school but when not in school they like to dress in short shorts and halter tops, as do their friends. My husband disapproves of the way our children dress and believes I should be responsible for policing it. But I am not comfortable with the implied slut-shaming of criticizing their clothing as “too sexy.” I try to keep them dressed appropriately for where they are going and make sure they are safe (I have taught them to always have a sweatshirt to cover themselves with if they get skeeved out by someone), but otherwise I trust them to do their thing. I’m not very good at articulating why I feel this way to their dad. Am I wrong to let them dress as they want even if they have cleavage or their shorts are quite short? I’m amazed that your teenage daughters are going along with your efforts to “keep them dressed appropriately” and that they obediently carry sweatshirts wherever they go. I feel honor-bound to tell you this is unlikel...

THE HANDLE, which varies in length according to the height of its user, and in some

THE HANDLE, which varies in length according to the height of its user, and in some cases is made by that user to his or her specifications, is like most of the other parts of the tool in that it has a name and thus a character of its own. I call it the snath, as do most of us in the UK, though variations include the snathe, the snaithe, the snead, and the sned. Onto the snath are attached two hand grips, adjusted for the height of the user. On the bottom of the snath is a small hole, a rubberized protector, and a metal D-ring with two hex sockets. Into this little assemblage slides the tang of the blade. This thin crescent of steel is the fulcrum of the whole tool. From the genus blade fans out a number of ever-evolving species, each seeking out and colonizing new niches. My collection includes a number of grass blades of varying styles—a Luxor, a Profisense, an Austrian, and a new, elegant Concari Felice blade that I’ve not even tried yet—whose lengths vary between sixty and eighty-five centimeters. I also have a couple of ditch blades (which, despite the name, are not used for mowing ditches in particular, but are all-purpose cutting tools that can manage anything from fine g...