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Trump takes to Twitter to promise death of Obamacare

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Pointing fingers and predicting explosions.

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It was something of a Black Friday for President Donald Trump.

His attempt to push through the repeal and replace of Obamacare met the same mad, bad fate as Duke in the NCAA Tournament.

The president sprinkled a little blame on Democrats whom, oddly, he was unable to persuade to join his cause.

After sleeping on it, however, he took to his favorite instrument of optimism — Twitter — and sounded a newly upbeat tone.

“ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!” he tweeted.

Those of moderately dry temperament might feel that Obamacare surviving relieves the worries of up to 24 million people who might have otherwise lost their health care.

On Twitter, however, many were focused on Trump’s past tweeted pronouncements and offered them up as banners of victory.

For example, this from 2013: “Just shows that you can have all the cards and lose if you don’t know what you’re doing.”

Then there was this from a year earlier: “‘You can’t con people, at least not for long. If you don’t deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on.’ — The Art of The Deal.”

Or these tweeted words from just a couple of weeks ago: “Despite what you hear in the press, healthcare is coming along great. We are talking to many groups and it will end in a beautiful picture!”

How we all crave a beautiful picture, just for a while at least.

Some might imagine that the president’s promise of everyone huddling as one to pick up the pieces from the Healthcare Humpty smacks of high fantasy.

I fear, instead, that there will be more explosions of the rhetorical kind. Many of them will continue to be on Twitter. And many will incite unhealthy levels of shrieking response.

Indeed, on Sunday morning, the president re-emerged on Twitter to declare: “Democrats are smiling in DC that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood Ocare!” Oh, save me.

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First look at ‘Twin Peaks’ cast, plus more clues


Here’s one of the three Entertainment Weekly covers out now featuring the cast of “Twin Peaks” and its director/co-creator David Lynch.

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Dying to see Agent Cooper pontificate about murder and mayhem over a cup of Joe and a slice of cherry pie in the upcoming “Twin Peaks” revival?

Luckily for you, Entertainment Weekly magazine is not only revealing the first look at the “Twin Peaks” cast, on its March 31 cover, it’s also talked with actors Kyle MacLachlan, Sherilyn Fenn, Peggy Lipton, Everett McGill and Wendy Robie about their roles in the unusual murder mystery that originally debuted on ABC in 1990.

The revival comes to Showtime with a two-hour premiere May 21. (Disclosure: Showtime is owned by CBS, which is also the parent company of CNET.)

“We get to come back more grown up, with a level of wisdom we didn’t have,” Fenn says in a promo video posted March 23.

“It’s been a number of years, and we’re all different,” MacLachlan says in the video. “So you bring those world experiences with you into the creation of the characters.”

Entertainment Weekly also offers up a slideshow of the “Twin Peaks” revival that includes David Lynch directing as well as waitresses Shelly Johnson (Madchen Amick) and Norma Jennings (Lipton) back at the Double R Diner. But even more exciting is David Duchovny reprising his role as FBI agent Denise Bryson.

There’s also a shot of Lynch returning in front of the camera as hard-of-hearing FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole.

Lucy (Kimmy Robertson), the police station receptionist, and the Don Knotts-esque Deputy Andy (Harry Goaz) also return to “Twin Peaks” — but are they still a quirky couple or just friendly co-workers?

Deputy Hawk (Michael Horse) comes back to the police station with probably a lot more insight regarding the ancient myths surrounding the Black Lodge.

In another promo video, posted March 24, MacLachlan opens up about playing Cooper and explains why the role remains his favorite.

MacLachlan, Fenn, Lipton, Sheryl Lee and James Marshall discuss how some things have changed in the revival, in the March 23 video.

If fans want to stroll down memory lane, MacLachlan, Fenn, Robie and McGill talk about their favorite episodes in yet another video posted March 24.

And in a video posted Saturday, new cast member Laura Dern lists some of the many interesting unanswered questions left over from the original series, just to remind us that answers may be revealed in the revival.

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‘Justice League’ comes together in new trailer

The “Justice League” is finally forming, and in the first official trailer trailer released Saturday, the members are ready to have a good time.

Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) seek out the help of Aquaman (Jason Mamoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) to face off against a new threat.

The trailer appears to provide a quick glimpse of that threat, but more details about it will have to come later. Meanwhile, we see fight scenes with the members of the new superhero fighting team.

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Baby got back! April the Giraffe’s livestream has returned

You can stop all the calming breathing exercises, fans eagerly awaiting the birth of April the Giraffe’s calf. The live cam is back!

Yes, the live feed showing the world what’s going on inside April’s maternity suite at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, went down on Friday, but it’s back up and running again.

The animal park tried to calm its frantic fans during the downtime.

“Cam Down,” read a message posted on the park’s Facebook page early Friday evening, a message we keep reading as “CALM DOWN.”

“We are aware,” the post continues. “Receiving 2,000 emails to tell us it’s down, only slows us and the computers down. Please refrain.”

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Thankfully, this is an old image, and April’s baby watch is back on.

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That’s easy for them to say, but Twitter was impatient to tune back in to April’s edition of “A Baby Story.” The YouTube channel was linking to other streams, but savvy April fans reported in the comments that those feeds were reruns.

April, age 15, is expecting her fourth calf, and it’ll be the first for daddy Oliver, who’s 5. Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months. The calf will weigh around 150 pounds (68 kilograms) and will be about 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall at birth.

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Amazon Prime Air drone completes first US public delivery

Amazon Prime Air said Thursday it shipped its first package out in public in the US this week, marking another small step toward its goal of filling the skies with delivery drones.

The e-commerce giant’s drone delivery arm has been testing flights for years, though due to federal regulations hasn’t undertaken any US flights outside of its private land until now.

On Monday, an autonomous drone delivered several bottles of sunscreen, about four pounds in all, to MARS 2017, an Amazon-hosted conference in Palm Springs, Florida. The entire flight took place in the controlled airspace of the Palm Springs Airport.

Amazon, UPS, Google and others are developing drone delivery technology, in hopes of bringing shipments faster and cheaper to customers. However, these companies still need to answer tough questions about the drones’ safety and effectiveness before they can reach the public.

Amazon’s goal has been to ship items within 30 minutes, though for now is mostly testing its technology. Last year, it started a small pilot program for customers in the UK, but it’s been limited in bringing autonomous drones to the US because of tight government restrictions.

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Trump laptop ban mocked on Twitter by Middle-Eastern airline

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Composing a tweet in riposte?

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It’s unclear why the government has decided to prevent travelers boarding at certain locations in the Middle East and Africa from having laptops and tablets inside the cabin during flights.

What’s a little clearer is that one airline thinks the whole thing slightly risible.

Royal Jordanian Airlines took to Twitter on Thursday to offer its light-hearted — or, perhaps, exasperated — perspective on the matter.

It offered a listicle of “12 things to do on a 12-hour flights with no laptop or tablet.”

Some of it was played for pure humor. For example: “Engage in primitive dialogue from the pre-internet era.”

And: “Reclaim territory on armrest.”

I rather enjoyed: “Pretend tray table is a keyboard.”

But then there was the last suggestion: “Think of reasons why you don’t have a laptop or tablet with you.”

That seemed like a hearty dig at the ban and its purpose. The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Those of conspiratorial bent suspect that this might not be about security, but rather an attempt to punish some Middle-Eastern airlines that are accused of getting generous government subsidies. While American airlines, of course, merely made $25.6 billion last year. (American airlines tend not to fly from the airports affected by the ban.)

For its part, another affected airline, Emirates, told its passengers that it’ll pack up laptops and tablets just before boarding so that passengers can use them up to the last minute.

Still, when your ban is being openly mocked by a foreign airline on Twitter, how do you respond to an act of such aggression? An @POTUS tweet, perhaps?

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