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America built the world's most sophisticated cyberweapons. Now they're being used against the country, a new book argues.

20 hours 34 min ago
  • The US has long emphasized cyber offense over defense, Nicole Perlroth argues in a new book.
  • But now the weapons it developed are being used against it, the The New York Times reporter said.
  • Perlroth told Insider the US needs to shore up its biggest vulnerability: critical infrastructure.
  • Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories.

In March 2017, WikiLeaks published a trove of leaked CIA hacking tools. The agency's internal report, obtained last year by The Washington Post, eventually blamed the CIA's hackers for spending too much effort "building cyber weapons at the expense of securing their own systems."

A month after the CIA tools leaked, a group called the Shadow Brokers dumped its fifth batch of hacking tools that it had stolen from the NSA's elite "Tailored Access Operations" group. Those tools were then used by foreign actors to carry out extensive cyberattacks, including the infamous WannaCry attacks, whose targets included American companies and government agencies.

More recently, the Solarwinds hack and an attempt by hackers to poison a Florida town's water supply exposed just how vulnerable America is to cyberattacks on its home turf.

For decades, the US has had the most sophisticated arsenal of cyberweapons in the world. But America's focus on building up its cyber offenses - and lack of focus on defensive measures - has increasingly become one of its biggest weaknesses, The New York Times reporter Nicole Perlroth argues in a new book. 

In "This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race," Perlroth, who has covered cybersecurity for more than a decade, says other countries' cyber capabilities have caught up to the US in recent years. At the same time, she argues, America's critical infrastructure - because so much of it is owned by private companies and connected to the internet - has become a huge target for its adversaries.

"More nation-states and cybercriminals target the United States with cyberattacks than almost any other nation, and we're the most vulnerable because we're the most wired," Perlroth said in an interview with Insider.

That wasn't always the case, Perlroth said, adding that the US is largely to blame for the flood of attacks.

In 2010, the US and Israel used a computer worm known as Stuxnet to sabotage a substantial portion of Iran's nuclear enrichment program, in what is widely considered the first cyber "use of force" that dealt damage in the physical world. Eventually, the code that powered the attack leaked online and hackers around the world - including in Iran - were able to reverse engineer it and re-deploy it for their own purposes.

According to Perlroth, that ignited a cyber arms race that hasn't stopped.

"Since then, almost every government on earth with maybe the exception of Antarctica has pursued these programs," Perlroth said. "And any government official will readily admit that the target of that attack - that Iran - caught up in terms of its capabilities for cyberattacks in a much shorter timeframe than we gave it credit for."

Countries like Iran, Russia, China, and North Korea have poured massive amounts of resources into their cyber capabilities and have successfully hit American targets using tools originally built by the US and its allies as well as tools developed in-house. And because it's so difficult to definitively attribute a cyberattack to a specific country, Perlroth said, the threat of the US retaliating with a strong offensive attack isn't as strong of a deterrent as it is with conventional weapons.

"We don't need to back off on offense," she said. "But the thing is, if we're going to pursue an offensive strategy, if we're going to just keep hacking into our adversaries…then we need to make sure that our own grid and our own critical infrastructure isn't vulnerable. And right now we're incredibly vulnerable."

The US has long neglected the security of critical infrastructure like power plants, hospitals, and airports, which hackers could infiltrate and wreak havoc on by shutting off power, deleting patient data, or causing planes to crash, according to Perlroth.

"These are all things that could happen simultaneously and would be in many ways more deadly than a bomb going off somewhere," Perlroth said, adding that these threats are amplified by the fact that private companies like Solarwinds, which own and operate the vast majority of US infrastructure, are first and foremost concerned with making money.

"The incentive has been get your product first to market, make your products easily accessible, not just to customers, but employees and contractors and vendors," she said. Perlroth also said that, following the Solarwinds hack, the US government should "pause here and take inventory" of its own IT systems, including which software touches various networks, who makes it and where, and what security practices those companies have in place.

Additionally, Perlroth says better information sharing is needed between the government and private sector around constantly evolving cyber threats - something lawmakers alluded to in their recent grilling of executives from Solarwinds, Microsoft, FireEye, and Crowdstrike.

Ultimately, Perlroth said the US needs to better incentivize companies to prioritize security, both by requiring and rewarding good security practices through stricter legal requirements and tax credits, but also by slapping fines on "companies whose passwords are 'Solarwinds123.'"

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Cellphone records tie Proud Boys member to someone in Trump White House, NYT reports

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A member of the Proud Boys guards the front stage as another member of the proud boys gives a speech during a rally at Delta Park in Portland, Oregon, on June 26, 2020.

A member of the Proud Boys was in contact with someone in former President Donald Trump's White House in the days before the Capitol Attack on January 6, The New York Times reported. 

An anonymous source who is familiar with a cellphone data report from the Federal Bureau of Investigations told the Times that it's not clear what they discussed and did not disclose the names of either individual. 

The information was found partly as a result of data the FBI got from technology and telecommunications companies immediately after the riot, when Trump supporters breached the US Capitol and clashed with law enforcement. 

The riot resulted in the deaths of five people, including a police officer.   

This comes after Federico Klein, a former State Department aide, was arrested on Thursday in connection to the riots. 

The FBI has charged Klein with assault on police officers, interfering with police during civil disorder and obstruction of an official proceeding, both felonies, Politico reported. 

Klein was appointed by Trump and worked on his 2016 presidential campaign before becoming a special assistant in the Bureau Of Western Hemisphere Affairs in the State Department in 2017. 

The news comes after the leader of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, told the Times that he spoke on the phone with Roger Stone, a close associate of Trump, at a rally in front of Senator Marco Rubio's home a few days before the Capitol attack. 

Videos from before the riot show Stone being guarded by six people who were members of The Oath Keepers, a militant anti-government extremist group. 

Stone told ABC News he had "no advance knowledge" of the riot.

"I could not even tell you the names of those who volunteered to provide security for me, required because of the many threats against me and my family," Stone told the outlet.

So far, over 310 people have been charged in the Capitol insurrection. More than a dozen have been tied to extremist groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers. 

The FBI did not respond to Insider's request for comment at the time of publication. 

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Cuomo skipped sexual harassment training - that he himself mandated - by having a staffer complete it for him, accuser says

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
  • Gov. Cuomo made sexual harassment training mandatory for state employees in 2018.
  • But in 2019, Cuomo skipped it and had a staffer complete it for him, a former aide says.
  • That aide is also one of three women who have accused Cuomo of sexual harassment.
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In 2018, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made sexual harassment training mandatory for employees in the state as part of his anti-sexual harassment agenda.

In 2019, the governor skipped the training and instead had a staffer complete it for him, according to a woman who also worked for Cuomo at the time and has since accused him of sexual harassment.

Charlotte Bennett, 25, was the second woman to come forward with accusations against Cuomo, including that he asked her deeply personal sexual questions and made inappropriate comments about her sexual assault.

In an interview with CBS that aired Thursday and Friday, Bennett, a former aide to Cuomo, recounted her experiences, adding that Cuomo did not take the sexual harassment training in 2019.

"I was there. I heard [the office director] say, 'I can't believe I'm doing this for you' and making a joke about the fact that she was completing the training for him," Bennett told CBS. "And then I heard her at the end ask him to sign the certificate."

In the wake of the allegations against him, Cuomo was asked by a reporter on Wednesday whether he had taken the sexual harassment training.

"Short answer is yes," Cuomo responded.

—Norah O'Donnell

How to change the audio output on an Android without disconnecting your headphones or speakers

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 11:05pm

You can change the audio output on Android 11 in a few simple steps for easier listening across devices.

If your phone is running Android 11 or later and your audio app supports it, you can now easily change your audio output destination with just a tap or two without the need to disconnect and reconnect playback devices. This lets you easily switch between Bluetooth earbuds and Bluetooth speaker, for example, in the middle of playing music on Spotify.  

How to change the audio output on Android 11

Before you can use the feature, you probably need to enable it, which you can find in Android's Developer Options. Our instructions are in the section below.

  1. Start playing some music using a Bluetooth device. 
  2. Swipe down from the top of the screen to see notifications. Swipe down a second time. 
  3. Tap the small button at the top right of the player notification tile.


    Tap the button at the top right of the media player notification banner.
  4. In the media player pop-up, you'll see a list of connected audio devices. Tap the one you want to switch to.
How to enable audio switching on Android 11
  1. Start the Settings app and tap "About Phone."
  2. Find the entry for "Build number" and tap it seven times. After three taps you should see a pop-up that tells you you're four taps away from being a developer. 
  3. Keep tapping until your phone asks you to enter your PIN. Enter it, and Developer Mode is now enabled.


    Tap your build number seven times to enable Developer Mode.
  4. Tap the back arrow to go to the main page in Settings.
  5. Tap "System" and then tap "Advanced."
  6. Scroll down to the Media section, then turn on "Media resumption" by swiping the button to the right.


    You can now switch among various connected devices.
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A CA Democrat compiled a report of social media posts by GOP lawmakers who voted to overturn the 2020 election - including 177 pages on Paul Gosar

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 10:23pm
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) walks through the U.S. Capitol, as Democrats debate one article of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump, in Washington, U.S., January 13, 2021.
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren compiled a report of social media activity from lawmakers who voted to overturn the election.
  • The 1,939-page report includes posts from before the election in November and after the Capitol riots.
  • The longest section is Arizona at 257 pages, and 177 pages list social media activity by Rep. Paul Gosar.
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A California Democrat compiled a nearly 2,000-page report documenting social media posts by lawmakers who voted to overturn the 2020 election.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, who chairs the chair of the House Administration Committee and served as a House impeachment manager in the first impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, asked her staff to compose the 1,939-page report, which has been public online for a week.

It includes posts from other members of the House of Representatives immediately before the election in November and after the Capitol riots on January 6.

In the foreword of the report, Lofgren wrote of the "deep concerns" she has about Trump and "the actions he took which incited and encouraged the domestic terrorists who attacked the Capitol."

The House voted to impeach the former president for the second time on a single charge of inciting the violence at the Capitol insurrection. He was later acquitted by the Senate.

"Like former President Trump, any elected Member of Congress who aided and abetted the insurrection or incited the attack seriously threatened our democratic government," Lofgren wrote in the report's foreword. "They would have betrayed their oath of office and would be implicated in the same constitutional provision cited in the Article of Impeachment."

"Any appropriate disciplinary action is a matter not only of the Constitution and law, but also of fact," the California Democrat continued. "Many of former President Trump's false statements were made in very public settings."

"Had Members made similar public statements in the weeks and months before the January 6th attack?"

The report proceeds to break down social media activity by representatives by state. The longest section, at 257 pages, is Arizona - with 177 pages listing social media activity by Rep. Paul Gosar, a Republican from Arizona. Gosar has faced recent scrutiny for speaking at a white nationalist conference.

Gosar came under scrutiny after Ali Alexander, who organized the "Stop the Steal" rally that preceded the Capitol riots, said three GOP congressmen - Reps. Reps. Andy Biggs, Mo Brooks, and Gosar - helped him orchestrate it, according to a January report by The Washington Post.

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A proposal to raise the minimum wage was killed in the Senate after 8 Democrats voted against the bill

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 8:52pm
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 14: Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, speaks during a news conference with a bipartisan group of lawmakers as they announce a proposal for a Covid-19 relief bill on Capitol Hill, on Monday, December 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. Lawmakers from both chambers released a $908 billion package Monday, split into two bills.
  • Eight Senate Democrats broke from the majority and voted against the minimum wage hike proposal.
  • A number of the dissenters cited a need to protect struggling businesses from increased labor costs.
  • The hike was nixed from the current stimulus package following a ruling from the Senate parliamentarian.
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Eight Senate Democrats broke from the majority and voted on Friday against the $15 minimum wage hike proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The vote scrapped Sanders' push for the provision to be added back into the stimulus package being negotiated in Congress, after Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled that it should be nixed.

MacDonough ruled that the minimum wage increase violates the "Byrd Rule," which prohibits "extraneous" policies as part of a reconciliation bill or resolution.

"It is hard for me to understand how drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was compliant with the Byrd rule, but raising the minimum wage is not," Sanders said.

President Joe Biden has also expressed support for gradually raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The bill was abandoned in the Senate after eight Democrats voted against the proposal:

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 05: Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks to the press near the Senate subway following a vote in the Senate impeachment trial that acquitted President Donald Trump of all charges on February 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. After the House impeached Trump last year, the Senate voted today to acquit the President on two articles of impeachment as the trial concludes.

Manchin, a moderate Democrat who holds Byrd's former Senate seat, had previously expressed disapproval of the minimum wage hike, standing with the Senate parliamentarian MacDonough.

"My only vote is to protect the Byrd Rule: Hell or high water," the senator told CNN in February. "Everybody knows that. I'm fighting to defend the Byrd Rule. The President knows that."

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona Democratic senators-elect Kyrsten Sinema (L) (D-AZ) and Jacky Rosen (R) (D-NV) walk to the office of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for a meeting at the U.S. Capitol November 13, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Sinema, another key moderate who had previously thrown cold water on the minimum wage hike, also voted against the proposal on Friday. To represent her "nay" vote, the Arizona senator dramatically voted with a "thumbs-down" to the Senate clerk, sparking backlash from progressive senators.

Despite her "thumbs-down" vote, Sinema said in a statement that she would be open to renegotiating a minimum wage increase "separate" from the relief package.

"Senators in both parties have shown support for raising the federal minimum wage, and the Senate should hold an open debate and amendment process on raising the minimum wage, separate from the COVID-focused reconciliation bill," Sinema said in a statement.

Sen. Jon Tester of Montana Sen. Jon Tester, D-MT, delivers opening remarks during a confirmation hearing of Denis McDonough, Secretary of Veterans Affairs nominee of U.S. President Joe Biden, before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 27, 2021.

Tester voted against the proposal on Friday. Manchin said he and Tester hoped the spending in the stimulus package as a whole would be better "targeted" and "helping the people that need help the most."

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire Incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., raises her arms after claiming victory at a gathering with supporters, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. Shaheen faced Republican businessman Corky Messner. (

Shaheen's office told, the news site for the Boston Globe, in a statement that the senator from New Hampshire supports the minimum wage hike, but only with "safeguards" to protect small businesses and restaurants that have borne the economic brunt of the coronavirus pandemic to ensure they "don't go under."

"I also think we should work with some of those folks who are affected to help figure out how we can get them through an increase in the minimum wage," Shaheen told WMUR9. "We have nursing homes in New Hampshire who are having difficulties employing people because of the wage scale."

Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., speaks during the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on "Threats to the Homeland", on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 24, 2020.

Another senator from New Hampshire, Hassan, rejected the minimum wage hike proposal. Like Shaheen, Hassan said she supports a separate bill to push the increase through Congress rather than bulking it with the stimulus package.

"Well so there's isn't going to be an increase in the minimum wage in this package," Hassan said in an interview with WMUR9. "That being said, I think it's really important that we all recognize that people who work 40 hours a week should be able to get by. They shouldn't be living at or below the poverty level when they're working hard."

Sen. Angus King of Maine U.S. Senator Angus King (I-ME) is seen in the Senate Reception room during the fifth day of the impeachment trial of former U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, U.S., February 13, 2021.

King, an independent from Maine who typically caucuses with Democrats, also voted against Sanders' proposal. He told The Wall Street Journal last week that, while he supports increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, he expressed concern that increase labor costs could prompt businesses to make lay off employees.

During the pandemic, "a lot of restaurants are just hanging on by the thread," he said.

Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 17: U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) speaks during a hearing of the Finance Committee at which U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testified on June 17, 2020 in Washington, DC. Earlier, Lighthizer told the House Ways and Means Committee that the U.S.-China trade deal shows no signs of weakening despite recent conflicts including issues involving the pandemic and China's crackdown on Hong Kong.

Two senators from Delaware, Sens. Carper and Coons, were surprising dissenters to the minimum wage hike, especially hailing from Biden's home state where local Democrats have thrown their support behind such a policy.

Carper threw cold water on the proposal on Friday, citing a need to protect struggling businesses from the increased labor costs.

"I have backed a $15 minimum wage on the federal level for years," Carper said in a statement to Delaware Online. "At a time when our economy is still slowly recovering, though, policymakers have a responsibility to be especially mindful of the fragile state of small businesses all across this country - many of which are fighting just to stay open during this unprecedented crisis."

Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 30: Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) asks a question to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a Senate Foreign Relations to discuss the Trump administration’s FY 2021 budget request for the State Department on July 30, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Like the other senators who dissented, Coons said he was concerned about how the minimum wage increase would impact small businesses.

"Every Democrat and many Republicans agree that the federal minimum wage of $7.25 is too low and has been for too long," Coons said in a statement to Delaware Online. "It has to be raised. President Biden has called for us to raise it to $15 an hour. I will work with my colleagues on legislation to raise the minimum wage and index it annually."

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How to combine multiple PDF files into a single document on a Mac or PC

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 8:42pm
You can easily combine multiple PDF files no matter what type of computer you're using.

The Portable Document Format (PDF) is one of the most commonly used file types around.

PDFs are primarily shareable text or photo documents accessible to anyone who has a computer or smartphone. Unlike a Word file, which requires Microsoft Word to view or edit, most browsers will open a PDF.

That's useful when sharing files with friends or colleagues, especially if you don't know what software they have; PDFs are the one-size-fits-all option. You can also be sure your document's format won't change regardless of what kind of device is accessing your file.

But let's say you have one or more documents to share. Instead of sending multiple attachments in an email, you can combine and organize multiple PDFs into one file. 

Mac users can do this using the Preview app that comes with your computer.

PC users will have to download software, but many of these programs are free and easy to use.

How to combine PDF files on a Mac

Mac computers come with a simple and intuitive software called Preview to combine PDFs. If Preview isn't in your dock, open a new Finder window and search for it.

Quick tip: Any changes made to a PDF in Preview are saved automatically. If you want to keep all the original separated documents, make sure to duplicate your files before combining them. To do this, click on your PDF, click "File," and then click "Duplicate" in the drop-down menu.

  1. Open Preview.
  2. Open one of the PDFs you want to combine. We'll be combining two in this tutorial.
  3. In your PDF file, click "View."

    In the Preview taskbar at the top, click "View."
  4. Then click "Thumbnail" to display thumbnails in the sidebar.
  5. Drag another PDF from your desktop into Preview. This will combine the two documents.

    Drag another PDF into the existing one, and its thumbnail will appear on the left side.
  6. You can order them however you want: in front, behind, and between existing pages. Drag the thumbnails to reorder them.
How to combine PDF files on a PC

PCs do not come with a program well-equipped to combine PDF files. You have to seek out and download free software. There are many, but we'll be using the free, open-source software PDFsam.

  1. Open PDFsam
  2. Click "Merge."

    Select the "Merge" option in the top-left.
  3. Drag and drop the PDFs you want to combine into the new window. You can also click the "Add" button at the top-left.
  4. Select if you want to normalize page size, add footers, or include a table of contents.

    Customize your merge settings.
  5. Click "Run" at the bottom.
  6. Click "Open" to see your new PDF file.
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Twitter's Birdwatch feature hopes to combat misinformation. Here's how it works and how to sign up for it

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 8:34pm
Twitter's Birdwatch site allows approved users to fact-check tweets, and any user can view those fact-checks.
  • Twitter's Birdwatch feature lets users flag tweets they believe are misleading or need additional context. 
  • The Birdwatch feature is in pilot mode and is only available to select users in the US. 
  • Birdwatch is Twitter's latest method of cracking down on the rapid spread of misinformation on the platform. 
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Twitter has introduced a series of features aimed to slow the spread of misinformation and disinformation on the platform. 

In January 2021, the social media company launched its pilot Birdwatch feature, which lets users flag and fact-check tweets they believe include inaccurate or deceptive information, as well as add notes to tweets that need additional context. 

The feature is only available to a select number of users within the US, but Twitter said it hopes to allow more people to participate soon. 

Quick note: Birdwatch is a separate site from Twitter, and notes made by Birdwatch participants on tweets can only be seen on the Birdwatch site, not on Twitter.  

How Twitter's Birdwatch feature works

Users who have been selected for the pilot program of Birdwatch are able to make comments on individual tweets they deem to be misinformation or to need more context, as well as rate comments made by other users. 

Birdwatch works like this: 

  1. On the Birdwatch site, a Birdwatch participant identifies a tweet that has outdated information and needs additional context. 
  2. The user will select the three horizontal dots in the tweet's upper-right corner to access the menu. 

    Select the three-dot icon on the tweet in question.
  3. Then, the user can select "Contribute to Birdwatch." The next page will prompt the user to agree to Birdwatch's terms and conditions. After reviewing, select "Continue." 
  4. A series of questions will pop up about what makes the tweet misleading. Once all questions are answered, a note can be added. Notes can also include links to reputable sources. 
  5. Select "Submit" to finish. 

Birdwatch comments are public and will display your Twitter username when you submit one. However, notes can be deleted at any time.  

If you'd like to view Birdwatch comments on tweets, go to the Birdwatch site, select "See all notes on this Tweet" under a tweet.  

Anyone can view comments on the Birdwatch site.

If you're a Birdwatch participant, you can also rate comments on tweets for accuracy and helpfulness. Tweets with notes will display a Birdwatch icon next to them. 

Birdwatch fact-checks can be rated for their helpfulness. When Birdwatch will be available for all users

Birdwatch is in pilot mode, meaning Twitter is experimenting with the feature's effectiveness before it rolls out globally. However, users who want to participate can sign up here

To be eligible for Birdwatch, users have to have: a verified phone and email address; a U.S.-based phone carrier; enabled two-factor authentication; no recent account violations; and an acknowledgment of Twitter's terms of service. 

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Senate Democrats broker last-minute deal on unemployment benefits, clearing major hurdle for $1.9 trillion stimulus plan

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 8:31pm
In this Feb. 13, 2021, file photo Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., departs on Capitol Hill in Washington
  • Senate Democrats struck an agreement on Friday evening on unemployment benefits.
  • The new plan would provide $300 weekly jobless aid through Sept. 6, cutting a month.
  • It would also provide tax forgiveness for people making up to $150,000.
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Senate Democrats brokered a deal on Friday evening on unemployment benefits, clearing a major barrier for the $1.9 trillion stimulus plan. It potentially sets up final vote on the relief legislation sometime on Saturday.

Two Democratic aides told Insider that the new plan would provide $300 in federal unemployment benefits through September 6. It would also waive tax payments for the first $10,200 in jobless aid for people making up to $150,000.

Both spoke on the condition of anonymity to share internal discussions.

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia did not support a new Democratic plan that would provide jobless aid through the end of September and make first $10,200 in unemployment aid non-taxable for every person. His opposition derailed Senate debate of the relief plan for nearly 11 hours.

He said he supported the new unemployment provision within the relief plan. The Senate later adopted the amendment in a 50-49 vote; one Republican was absent.

"The President has made it clear we will have enough vaccines for every American by the end of May and I am confident the economic recovery will follow," Manchin said in a statement. "We have reached a compromise that enables the economy to rebound quickly while also protecting those receiving unemployment benefits from being hit with unexpected tax bill next year."

Sen. Ron Wyden, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, told Insider on Friday evening he still believed the legislation was among the "boldest" on jobs that Congress has ever considered. He said the deal was the product of many discussions between Manchin and other Senate Democrats.

"This is the longest extension of benefits that was possible tonight," he said. "This is the best that can be done for people who are hurting now," Wyden said.

The Biden administration endorsed a Senate deal for the second time in a day. "The President supports the compromise agreement, and is grateful to all the senators who worked so hard to reach this outcome," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a Friday evening statement.

Some experts raised concern about the federal government pulling the plug on unemployment aid as the economy slowly regains lost jobs once the pandemic subsides.

"We need jobless aid in place until labor markets are recovered," Elizabeth Pancotti, policy director of Employ America, told Insider. "I don't think there's a person that thinks the jobs market will recover by Labor Day. People are picking dates out of a hat until they have enough votes for them."

Senate Democrats appear to be another step closer to fulfilling the first major part of President Joe Biden's legislative agenda. His relief bill includes $1,400 stimulus checks for most taxpayers; $300 federal unemployment benefits through August; $200 billion in funding for schools; and federal money for vaccines and virus testing.

In the evenly-divided Senate, Democrats control the chamber due to the tie-breaking power of Vice President Kamala Harris. But the ideological cracks that began emerging on Friday may foreshadow other hurdles as they try to enact other parts of their agenda, including infrastructure and voting rights.

"I think this is the indication of how we're gonna see the Senate operate for the next two years," Jim Manley, a former Democratic senior aide, recently told Insider. "The irony of all this is this bill was going to be the easy one and everything to come is going to be a hell of a lot tougher.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle interview with Oprah will cost CBS at least $7 million to air, per report

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 8:18pm
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey.

After days of tantalizing tidbits and escalating accusations, the highly anticipated Prince Harry and Meghan Markle interview is nearly here, and one broadcast network is betting the big event will be worth the wait - and the money. 

ViacomCBS is paying between $7 million and $9 million for the rights to air the royal couple's two-hour, primetime interview with Oprah Winfrey, according to the Wall Street Journal. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, however, are not being compensated for the interview, the outlet reported.

The special "tell-all" interview will premiere on CBS in the US at 8 p.m. EST/PST and 7 p.m. CT Sunday, one of the most popular nights of the week for television events.

According to the Journal, the multi-million dollar deal also guarantees the network the rights to license the interview internationally. ITV will air the interview on Monday at 9 p.m. local time in the UK.

The transaction was part of a deal made between CBS and Winfrey's production company, Harpo Productions, the Journal reported. Harpo also reportedly pitched the exclusive event to Comcast's NBC and Walt Disney's ABC before a deal was settled with CBS.

Winfrey has past history with CBS, where she briefly worked as a special contributor for the company's "60 Minutes" team. She also maintains a longstanding relationship with Gayle King, a prominent CBS News anchor. 

The broadcast network sought nearly double the normal price of comparable ad time, roughly $325,000 for 30-second commercials during the interview, according to the Journal. 

The well-known rift between the royal couple and Buckingham Palace intensified in recent days ahead of the explosive interview. Tensions over the duo's public departure from royal life last year erupted this week in an unprecedented media war between the couple and the palace.  

On Wednesday, the normally tight-lipped royal household announced it would launch an investigation into allegations that Meghan bullied palace staff, charges the Sussexes have painted as a smear campaign encouraged by Buckingham Palace itself.

The couple moved to California last year and struck a deal with Netflix to form their own production company focusing on creating documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted television shows, and children's programming.

Interest in the couple's Sunday interview has skyrocketed as CBS has released teaser clips and commercials in recent days in which the royal duo discuss their infamous departure.

In one clip, Winfrey asks Markle how she thinks the palace would respond to her opening up about her frustrating experience.

"I don't know how they could expect that after all of this time, we would still just be silent if there is an active role that 'the firm' is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us," Markle said. "If that comes with the risk of losing things, I mean, there's a lot that's been lost already."


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There were only 2 medics on site to treat wounded officers during the Capitol siege, according to new FOIA docs obtained by the AP

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 7:21pm
A pro-Trump mob clashes with police on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC.

A new investigation by the Associated Press showed that as Capitol Police were overrun by a violent pro-Trump mob at the Capitol on January 6, only two medics were on site to help and treat injured officers.

AP combed through materials received through 35 Freedom of Information Act requests made to law enforcement agencies in charge of securing the Capitol during and prior to the insurrection. The documents shed light on the disjointed nature of the security response on the sixth.

One of those documents was a memo from the only two medics tasked to help Capitol police officers in case things escalated. 

The AP reviewed the memo written after the insurrection by the two medics, Arlington county firefighters Taylor Blunt and Nathan Waterfall, where they recounted the scene and how they and Capitol officers were overwhelmed.

"We were among the first mutual aid teams to arrive and were critical to begin the process of driving protestors off the Capitol," Blunt wrote in the memo. 

He added that Police officers were "being pulled into the crowd and trampled, assaulted with scaffolding materials, and/or bear maced by protesters." 

In the documents obtained by the AP, Blunt said that alongside injured officers, rioters also sought medical assistance and that some members of the mob "feigned illness to remain behind police lines."

During the storming of the Capitol, five people died, including one police officer, and two police officers died by suicide in the days after the attack.

More than 300 people have been charged in connection to the January 6 riot, with many facing federal and local charges. Insider created a searchable database of every riot suspect who has been charged.

According to the documents reviewed by AP,  the two Arlington firefighters were dispatched as medics after Washington Metro Police Chief Robert J. Contee requested help from Arlington County, Maryland, and Arlington County, Virginia, police departments.

Andy Penn, Arlington's acting police chief,  said that their department would send backups for the "planned and unplanned first amendment activities." 

The AP reviewed email exchanges between Federal Protective Service officers, who are in charge of securing federal property, on the day of the insurrection and Trump's rally.

As Trump's rally was concluding, a protective service officer whose identifying information was redacted sent an email saying, "POTUS is encouraging the protesters to march to capitol grounds and continue protesting there."

Another colleague had noted that by noon, hours before the breach, at least 300 Proud Boys had gathered in front of the Capitol.

 The report made clear that alongside the Capitol Police's security assessment about militia members and white supremacists, federal agencies also prepped for violence at the Capitol.

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NASA's Perseverance rover just went for its first drive on Mars, then spotted its own wheel tracks in the dirt

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 6:43pm
NASA’s Perseverance rover captures its own wheel tracks during its first drive on Mars, on March 4, 2021.

NASA's Perseverance rover left its footprints on Mars on Thursday after going for its first drive. The jaunt proved the vehicle can make its way around the red planet.

Since Perseverance landed in Mars' Jezero Crater on February 18, it has been calibrating its instruments and upgrading software. In this initial drive, Perseverance moved about 13 feet (4 meters) from its landing spot, made a 150-degree turn to the left, and backed up about 8 feet (2.5 meters) - a routine that it "executed perfectly," according to NASA engineer Anais Zarifian.

Visualization software shows the Perseverance rover’s first drive on Mars on March 4, 2021.

As it drove, the rover's navigation cameras snapped photos of its tracks in the dirt behind it.

"Our first drive went incredibly well," Zarifian, who works on the rover's mobility team, said in a press briefing on Friday. "I don't think I've ever been happier to see wheel tracks, and I've seen a lot of them."

One of Perseverance's Hazard Avoidance Cameras captured this image as the rover completed a short traverse and turn from its landing site on March 4, 2021.

The team has another, longer drive planned  for the rover late on Friday, and is hoping for yet another on Saturday.

"So many people I can't even count have worked towards this very moment for years," Zarifian said. "It's just amazing to see. I don't think the team could've been happier."

Life in the fast lane

Perseverance spent seven months flying through space to reach Mars. Since its landing, it has been adjusting to Mars life, getting its space legs, and preparing for its mission: to spend at least two years scouring an ancient Martian lake bed for signs of fossilized alien microbes. Perseverance is equipped to trek across Martian cliffs and dunes, and to collect up to 43 samples of Martian rock and dirt for a future mission to bring back to Earth.

The rover is better prepared for the rugged Martian terrain than any vehicle before it. Because of the Jezero Crater's watery past, the area is rich with scientific potential, but NASA didn't have the technology to explore it until now. Perseverance will have to navigate boulder fields, sand dunes, and cliffs hundreds of feet tall. It may even climb the crater rim in a few years.

It can do this thanks to its six titanium wheels, which each have their own motor. The wheels are narrower and their metal is thicker than on previous rovers, and each is lined with 48 cleats. That makes the wheels more resistant to the sharp rocks that tore holes in the wheels of Perseverance's predecessor, Curiosity.

The Perseverance rover wiggles one of its wheels in a set of images obtained by its left Navigation Camera on March 4, 2021.

The rover can't rotate those wheels while it's driving, though - it has to stop whenever it needs to change direction. At its fastest, the rover moves at 0.1 miles per hour.

Still, in terms of miles it can cover per day, Perseverance drives about five times faster than Curiosity. That's because the rover's computers can process images and navigate while it drives. So it doesn't have to pause for calculations every time it sees a new obstacle.

"'Perseverance can walk and chew gum at the same time,' is the phrase we like to use," Zarifian said. "Which means more time to do science."

Perseverance is at a crossroads

NASA's Perseverance engineers and scientists are already planning routes for the rover to travel in order to reach the the river delta that once fed Lake Jezero.

They've picked two potential paths. The counterclockwise route, going north, has easier terrain, but the southern route would take Perseverance past some mineral deposits left over from the river delta.

"We're working with engineers now to determine which path is most efficient and safest and most scientifically interesting for the rover to explore," Katie Stack Morgan, the mission's deputy project scientist, said in the briefing.

Two possible routes (blue and purple) that NASA's Perseverance rover could take to the fan-shaped deposit of sediment that was once a river delta. The yellow line marks a potential path to explore the Jezero delta.

Both paths would end below the delta's 200-foot-tall cliffs. From there, the team aims to climb the rover up to the ancient river's mouth.

But before Perseverance starts on either path, it has a major task to complete. In the spring, the rover is scheduled to drop the first-ever interplanetary helicopter out of its belly - a four-pound drone called Ingenuity. The small rotocraft will then attempt up to five test flights while Perseverance's cameras look on.

Then the rover will turn its lenses toward the cliffs, put those wheels to work, and begin its hunt for signs of alien life.

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How to watch Oprah's interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this Sunday on CBS

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 6:12pm

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey.
  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down from their royal duties in 2020.
  • The couple will reveal more about their exit in a CBS interview with Oprah on March 7 at 8 p.m. ET.
  • You can watch the special on cable or through streaming services with CBS, like Paramount Plus.
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Roughly one year after they left their royal duties behind, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will discuss their big exit during a CBS interview on March 7.

The interview, conducted by Oprah Winfrey, is a two-hour primetime special that will touch on some of the reasons for their departure. In clips from the program, Markle discusses the royal family's role in spreading misinformation about her. Markle also tells Winfrey about feeling pressured to decline interviews with her while she was a member of the royal family.

CBS filmed the interview before bullying accusations were made against Markle from a number of staff members at Buckingham Palace. On March 3, Buckingham Palace announced it would investigate the accusations.

If you want to catch Oprah Winfrey's CBS interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, here's how you can watch it on March 7.

How to watch 'Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special'

"Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special" will air on March 7 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. You can watch the program on cable, over-the-air TV, or streaming services with CBS.

You can also stream the interview on if you have an authenticated cable plan.

Streaming services with CBS

For easy streaming access to CBS, we recommend Paramount Plus (formerly CBS All Access). The subscription service costs $6 a month for the ad-supported plan, or $10 a month for the commercial-free plan. With that said, the ad-free option still has commercials during live TV. 

Both plans currently include access to your local CBS network in most markets. You can see a full list of supported areas here. Subscribers also get access to a huge library of on-demand shows and movies. You can find more information about the service in our full Paramount Plus guide.

If you want to try Paramount Plus, you can sign up for a one-month free trial. However, if you want to continue watching live CBS through the service in the months to come, be aware that the $6/month ad-supported plan will drop to a new $5/month plan in June. The new ad-supported plan will not include live CBS.

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Outside of Paramount Plus, Locast is another streaming option with access to CBS. The non-profit service offers dozens of local streaming channels for free in 29 markets across the country.

On the downside, Locast interrupts its streams with donation requests unless you pay the $5 a month donation fee. Its app is also very limited and it only includes local stations. 

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You can also watch CBS on other live TV streaming services, such as Hulu + Live TV, Fubo TV, YouTube TV, and AT&T TV.

Those streaming services cost significantly more than Paramount Plus, however, with starting prices ranging between $65 and $70 a month. On the plus side, they all provide a larger selection of live channels, including other local stations and several cable networks.

If you're looking for a true cable alternative, and not just a simple method to stream CBS, then it's worth paying the extra money for one of these platforms.

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When is the best time to buy a TV?

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 6:10pm

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  • The best times to buy a TV are Black Friday and around the Super Bowl. 
  • That's when many TV makers and retailers launch sales to clear out inventory before the spring launch cycle.  
  • Check out our guide to the best TV deals and best cheap TVs

Buying a new TV can feel like a daunting task. There are a lot of different models, and sales seemingly happen every week. How do you know when it is the right time to get the best deal on a new TV?

Our team has covered TVs and home entertainment for years, and have figured out the best times to get the lowest prices. Below, we break down the best time to shop for a TV, when to expect new TV launches, and what to consider when buying a new TV. 

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Black Friday is usually the best time of the year to buy a TV. It is the first time that new models  see major discounts, making it the perfect time to buy for those looking to score a great deal that also want the latest tech. Black Friday deals are also no longer confined to a single day, as many retailers have ongoing online sales that can last into the week and into Cyber Monday.  

This is the time when major retailers aggressively compete with each other for consumer dollars, which means that pricing, especially online, can shift throughout the day as various outlets react in real-time to their competitors' pricing. Price matching guarantees proliferate in this environment, making it easier for gift card recipients to get the best deals at their preferred location. 

One word of caution, however: It is always a good idea to do a little research before jumping on a deal, especially during Black Friday. Sometimes retailers will advertise big Black Friday discounts, when in reality the pricing isn't far from off from what it has been for months. The website is a great way to quickly verify a deal, as it tracks a product's price on Amazon throughout the year. This way, you can see if a product is actually heavily discounted, or if it has been hovering close to the same price for a while. 

The Super Bowl

The big game traditionally means big savings on TVs. These sales often start during the playoffs in January and lead up to the Super Bowl in early February. This means t fans can still watch their team in the playoffs on a brand new TV, even if they don't make it all the way to the championship. 

 By this point, most manufacturers are already looking at releasing their new models in the coming months, and are trying to clear out the stock from the previous year. This meshes nicely with Americans' desire to watch the biggest game of year on a new TV set. Overall, this is one of the best times to get deep discounts on still-current models.

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New TV models are typically released during the spring of each year. Some manufacturers start their product rollout in March, while others drop models in April and May. 

Shoppers looking for the latest and greatest can expect to pay full price for these units, though it is important to note that most new models only feature modest upgrades from those in the previous year. Picking up a brand new, full-priced TV is really only best for those willing to pay more for a specific upgrade, such as improved brightness. Even then, it might be worth waiting for a few months to read reviews of the product before jumping on a purchase. 

For those interested in getting steep discounts, spring offers many closeout deals on models from the previous year. The NCAA basketball tournament, also known as March Madness, is a good time to start looking for these discounts, though the closeouts can continue to roll on throughout the spring and into the summer as different manufacturers release their new TV lineup.

How to buy a TV

Here are some of the key factors to consider when shopping for a new TV.

Display: The best displays on high-end TVs use an OLED panel, which stands for organic light emitting diode. These panels use self-illuminating screens rather than LED backlighting, which results in better contrast and viewing angles as well as true black tones and more even lighting. 

These premium TVs are usually expensive and are best suited for a home theater setup. LED panels with features like quantum dots and local dimming are also a good choice for buyers who want the best picture quality. These sets can't match the contrast of an OLED, but they can get even brighter.

Those looking for a more casual viewing experience can opt for a smaller screen with a budget-friendly LED panel. Even entry-level TVs offer 4K displays, which means that it is possible to get a sharp TV without spending tons of money. Of course, these TVs might not feature the greatest brightness and contrast of more expensive models, but they are often more than enough for movie nights and console gaming.

HDR Format: High Dynamic Range (HDR) is an image technology that is featured on many 4K TV displays, 4K streaming options, and 4K Blu-ray disks. HDR enhances images so that they appear brighter, with more color and deeper contrast than ever before. However, there are three different HDR formats – HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision – and not every TV supports all three.

This means that you can have a TV with HDR, but still not be able to get the best HDR quality from a specific source. When buying a TV with HDR, make sure that it supports the format that you use the most. 

Connectivity: It is important to be able to connect all of your devices to your new TV. Gaming consoles, such as the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X, each need their own HDMI port to connect to the TV, as do Roku players and other streaming boxes. The more HDMI ports the TV has, the better. 

It is also important to find out what kind of HDMI is supported by the TV. HDMI 2.0 is capable of streaming in 4k at 60Hz, while the newer HDMI 2.1 standard supports next-generation gaming features such as 4K at 120Hz, and variable refresh rate (VRR).

Smart TV Platform: These days, most TVs come with some smart capabilities. Unfortunately, content on various smart platforms can differ dramatically. For example, Spectrum TV customers can find the Spectrum TV app on Samsung Smart TVs, but not on ones made by LG or Sony. LG TVs also don't support HBO Max. It is important to find a platform that offers all of the channels you want.

Of course, you can also purchase a separate streaming player to connect to your TV if you don't mind spending a little extra money. Streaming devices also generally offer better performance and are easily upgradeable. 

Extra Features: It's a good idea to check what other extra features the TV offers. Does it have a voice-controlled remote? What about Alexa, or Google Assistant? Does it offer Airplay compatibility? These features will probably not make-or-break a purchase, but are good to know about, especially when you are trying to get the best deal for yourself or your family.

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Everlane's $148 trench coat looks like it should cost a lot more - I've had it for 4 years and get asked about it all the time

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 6:09pm

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  • There's rarely a day you won't find me wearing at least one article of clothing from Everlane.  
  • Everything the company makes is responsibly made, reasonably priced, and great quality. 
  • The $148 Modern Trench Coat has been my go-to for years and I get compliments on it all the time.

A few years ago, I was looking to add a classic khaki trench coat to my closet. It's one of those staple pieces that goes with everything, and it's the perfect weight for New York City springs ... which are unpredictable at best. But I didn't want to spent a lot of money on one. 

I'd come to rely on the direct-to-consumer brand Everlane for its affordable and modern basics, so when the company introduced a trench coat to its site, I knew I wanted to try it. It was the right price at $148.

The Everlane Modern Trench Coat has a slightly longer, more relaxed fit than traditional options, but it still has a super-classic look.

The trench coat is made of 100% cotton twill and comes in classic khaki. The material has a water-resistant finish and the design includes a storm flap that ensures water doesn't slip into the jacket as it runs down the shoulders - after all, it wouldn't be a good spring jacket if it wasn't rain-friendly.

I was worried the oversized silhouette that looked chic on Everlane's 5-foot-10 model would drown my 5-foot-3 frame, but once I took it out of its packaging and put it on, all my concerns were gone. It's longer on me than the model in the pictures, but I don't look childish in it since it fits my shoulders and its waist lines up perfectly with my own. The coat falls a few inches past my knees, creating a flattering midi length that Everlane probably didn't intend, but that I quite like. 

In a traditional retail setting that accounts for various forms of markup, Everlane estimates that the Modern Trench Coat would cost $335. But at $148, it's a total bargain.

Four years later, I still get compliments and "Where's your jacket from?" questions from coworkers and total strangers. When I reply, "It's from Everlane!" anyone who is already familiar with the company is never surprised. We've all come to expect only the best quality from the direct-to-consumer darling. 

Do your closet a favor and add the $105 Day Glove flats (11 colors) and a pair of $68 Authentic Stretch skinny jeans (five washes and three lengths) to your cart while you're at it for an effortless and timeless spring look. We can be outfit twins!

If Everlane has taught me one thing, it's that spending more money on clothes doesn't always mean you're getting better quality. 

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How to set up dual monitors in Windows 10 and boost your productivity

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 6:09pm

To set up dual monitors on a Windows 10 PC, you'll just need the right sort of cable.

  • It's easy to set up dual monitors in Windows 10, which allows you to display and interact with applications across two screens at once.
  • You can also set your dual monitors to show the same thing across both screens.

In a modern office environment, it's very common to see people using multiple monitors at the same computer. It's also fairly easy to set this up for yourself at home to boost your productivity and comfort level.


If you're working with multiple applications at once in Windows 10, using two monitors gives you more space to display everything you need without having to toggle back and forth. 

You can also have two monitors show the same content if you're connecting your PC to a television or projector, which is useful for watching videos on a big screen or presenting slideshows.

How to set up dual monitors on a Windows 10 computer

To set up dual monitors in Windows 10: 

  1. Connect both monitors to the computer you're using, and make sure they're both powered on. 

    Important: Make sure you have the cable to connect your monitors to the computer. You'll likely need a USB, VGA, or HDMI cable

  2. Right-click on an empty part of your computer screen and you'll see a drop-down menu pop up. Click on "Display settings." 
  3. The numbered boxes represent your displays. Switch them around until they're in the right position - the numbered monitor to your right in real life should be the one on the right side on-screen.
      If you aren't sure which monitor is which, click "Identify."
  4. Scroll down to the "Multiple Displays" option, select how to set up your displays, and click "Keep Changes."

Here's what the display options mean: 

There are a few display options for your dual monitors.

  • Extend these displays: You can set your screens up so that they display different things and your mouse cursor can move between them. 
  • Duplicate these displays: This option will show the same image on both screens, which can be useful for PowerPoint presentations and slides.
  • Show only on 1: Select this if you wish to only use the primary monitor.
  • Show only on 2: Select this if you wish to only use the secondary monitor.
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8 Cuomo staffers announced plans to leave the administration this week

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 5:42pm
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
  • As a pair of scandals rock the Cuomo administration, at least eight staffers are on the way out.
  • Two more staffers announced plans to leave on Friday, bringing the weekly total to eight.
  • Notable departures include Gareth Rhodes, a former House candidate and fixture at Cuomo briefings.
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Cuomo staffers are making their way for the exit doors as dueling scandals continue to hobble the New York governor's administration.

With two aides announcing plans to leave on Friday, the weekly total is up to at least eight people who have declared their departures this week.

Six other Cuomo staffers announced plans to leave earlier this week, Anna Gonewold of Politico reported.

Current and former Cuomo staff members have been reckoning with their boss' reported penchant for micromanagement and bullying being aired in the press over the past two weeks. "We're all kind of waking up to the fact that we were in a cult," one told Gothamist

Among the notable early week departures was Gareth Rhodes, who had been on Cuomo's COVID-19 task force before announcing his plans earlier this week to return to his previous job as special counsel to the superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services.

Rhodes, a former congressional candidate and the groom at the wedding where a third woman accused Cuomo of sexual harassment, did not cite the sexual harassment scandal as his reason for departing.

"Last week as I approached one year since moving to Albany to join the NYS Covid task force, I decided it was time, given the progress of the vaccination program and continued decline of Covid numbers, to return to my previous role at the Department of Financial Services and I informed the Governor's senior staff at the time," Rhodes told Politico.

Like Rhodes, other staffers have cited non-scandal-related reasons for changing posts.

Press secretary Caitlin Girouard left the administration on Friday, according to Bloomberg News, but did not respond to a request for comment to provide a reason.

Interim policy adviser Erin Hammond also left the governor's office on Friday, though Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi told Bloomberg that exit had been planned for months so she could "focus on her family."

Cuomo apologized for acting "in a way that made people feel uncomfortable" on Wednesday in his only on-camera appearance for the week, though he denied any non-consensual touching and refused to resign.

As more Democrats have called on Cuomo to resign, impeachment has gone from a remote possibility to being actively discussed, with several Democratic state lawmakers telling Insider that they're open to impeaching him if he won't step aside.

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An Eiffel Tower-sized asteroid is about to whiz by Earth. When it returns in 8 years, it could cross paths with our satellites.

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 5:42pm
An artist's illustration of asteroids flying by Earth.
  • An asteroid called Apophis, after the ancient Egyptian god of chaos, will fly by Earth Friday night.
  • The space rock is more than 1,100 feet wide — wider than the Eiffel Tower is tall.
  • When Apophis returns in 2029, its path could intersect with high-altitude satellites in Earth's orbit.
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An asteroid nearly four football fields wide is about to zoom by Earth.

The space rock is named 99942 Apophis, after the ancient Egyptian god of chaos. It's is wider than the Eiffel Tower is tall: about 1,115 feet (340 meters).

On Friday night at 8:15 p.m. ET, the asteroid will come within 10.4 million miles of Earth's surface. That's about 44 times the distance between Earth and the moon. But Apophis' next close flyby, on April 13, 2029, will bring the asteroid within 19,000 miles of Earth - that's in between our planet and the moon. It will be the closest any asteroid of Apophis' size has come to Earth's surface that scientists have known about in advance, according to NASA

That future approach will even be close enough that the asteroid could collide with high-altitude communications satellites orbiting Earth.

The animation below shows what the distance between Apophis and Earth will be eight years from now. The blue dots represent orbiting satellites, and the International Space Station is in pink.

Preparing for Apophis' return

Apophis won't be visible to the naked eye tonight - you'd need a telescope with at least a foot-long diameter to see it. But Rome's Virtual Telescope Project is offering an online viewing session at 7 p.m. ET.

The asteroid's discovery made waves in 2004, since astronomers calculated at the time that there was a small chance it could hit the planet in 2029. NASA scientists have since revised that estimate.

"We have known for some time that an impact with Earth is not possible during the 2029 close approach," Dave Tholen, a researcher at the University of Hawai'i Institute for Astronomy who helped discover Apophis, said in October.

Every time an asteroid nears Earth, it's a chance for astronomers to study the space rock and learn about its shape and spin.

When scientists first spotted Apophis in June 2004, they had just two days to inspect it before weather and technical issues got in the way. No images exist of the rock's surface. So this imminent close pass, as well as the one in 2029, will help scientists investigate Apophis' composition.

"The Apophis close approach in 2029 will be an incredible opportunity for science," Marina Brozović, a radar scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in 2019. "We'll observe the asteroid with both optical and radar telescopes. With radar observations, we might be able to see surface details that are only a few meters in size."

During that 2029 flyby, Apophis will be visible to the naked eye, appearing as a fast-moving point of light that starts in the night sky over the Southern Hemisphere and moves across the globe from east to west.

The NASA animation below shows Apophis' path on April 13, 2029.


Apophis has a 1 in 380,000 chance of striking Earth in 2068

Apophis originated from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. So far, NASA knows it is made up of silicate rocks, nickel, and iron. Radar images suggest it looks like a peanut.

After 2029, Apophis will have more near-Earth encounters, passing by again in 2036 and 2068. There's no chance of an impact in 2036, but NASA calculations suggest a 1 in 380,000 chance that Apophis could strike in 2068.

Until last year, astronomers thought it was impossible that Apophis would strike Earth in 2068, but that changed after Tholen's team presented new research at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society. The group showed the asteroid was changing speed and direction over time.

The asteroid Vesta in space.

These changes come from a process known as Yarkovsky acceleration: As asteroids absorb energy from the sun, they radiate the energy out as heat, which slightly changes their orbital paths.

The recent research found that this is happening to Apophis.

The asteroid's orbit is shifting by about 558 feet per year, Tholen said - which is "enough to keep the 2068 impact scenario in play."

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The best online sales happening now, including REI, Leesa, and Overstock

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 5:40pm

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We rounded up the best sales and deals happening online today, including savings at REI, Leesa, and Overstock. 

Deals in this story are subject to change throughout the day. The prices listed reflect the deal at the time of publication. For even more deals and savings across the web, check out Business Insider Coupons.

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Now through March 9, REI is holding a huge sale featuring up to 50% off clearance items. The sales include men and women's clothing, jackets, and footwear. Whether you're looking for a new pair of hiking boots or a toasty winter coat, the sale is a great chance to save. Shipping from REI is free with orders of $50 or more.

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Presidents' Day may feel like a thing of the past now, but Leesa isn't moving on just yet. You can still snag big savings on the brand's mattresses, including up to $400 off with free pillows. Bundles are also up to 20% off right now. Though this sale has dragged on, it's still a great chance to save — Leesa doesn't hold many sales outside of Presidents' Day and Black Friday. For help figuring out which mattress you should get, read our review of every Leesa mattress here.

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A rare sale on some already-affordable glasses, right now you can snag 40% off select Sunski styles. The sale includes 5 styles: the Andiamo, Portola, Original, Mattina, and Olema. We like Sunski for being stylish yet affordable, and right now is a great chance to snag a pair for even less. Sales from Sunski are rare, and we don't expect this one to last too long.

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How to see your Android notification history so you can reference dismissed notifications from the past 24 hours

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 5:38pm
Android 11 introduced a feature that lets you view past notification messages, even ones you've already dismissed.
  • You can see your Android notification history on Android 11 through the Settings app.
  • In Settings, go to "Apps & Notifications," then "Notifications." 
  • You can think of this feature like a recycle bin for accidentally deleted notifications. 
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Clearing notifications is a double-edged sword; there's a satisfying sense of accomplishment to dismissing them, but every once in a while, you might be overeager and discard a notification you needed to read in more detail. 

If you have ever deleted a notification a moment before you realized you needed it, Android 11 has a handy new feature. Its notification history lets you browse dismissed alerts from the previous 24 hours. It's like a recycle bin for your app messages. 

How to enable your Android notification history on Android 11

Before you can begin using Android 11's Notification history, you need to turn it on. 

  1. Open the Settings app and tap "Apps & Notifications."
  2. Tap "Notifications."
  3. Tap "Notification history."
  4. When you first come to this page, it should be empty except for the toggle at the top. Turn on Notification history by swiping the button to the right. 

Turn on notification history by swiping the button to the right. How to see your Android notification history on Android 11

After you enable the notification history, recently dismissed notifications will populate this same page. To see your notification history, just come back: 

  1. Open the Settings app, then tap "Apps & Notifications." 
  2. Tap "Notifications."
  3. Tap "Notification History."
Once enabled, you can see and interact with your recently dismissed notifications.

You should see all the recently dismissed notifications (anything from the last 24 hours). You can interact with the notification by tapping it, just as if it were in the phone's pull-down notification shade. 

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