2014 Watch
August 6, 2014
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The Mississippi Republican Party announced Wednesday night that it will not hear Tea Party–aligned Senate candidate Chris McDaniel's effort to overturn the narrow victory of Sen. Thad Cochran in the June 24 Republican primary runoff. The Clarion-Ledger reports that state GOP chairman Joe Nosef is telling McDaniel's campaign that they would have to pursue a different remedy: Going to court.

McDaniel on Monday officially sent the state Republican Party executive committee his formal election challenge, in which he asked them to officially declare him the winner by about 25,000 votes, throwing out the 7,000-vote win by incumbent Cochran. Among other things, McDaniel has charged that Cochran's campaign strategy — reaching out to the (usually Democratic) African-American community to cross over into the Republican primary — had fraudulently overturned the will of genuine Republican voters.

As Nosef explained in his response letter to McDaniel's attorney, state law would require a legal contest to be filed within 10 days of the party challenge — a deadline of August 14; but the state GOP's own bylaws require a notice of seven days before an executive meeting — which would mean that even if he had called a meeting today, it couldn't be held until August 13.

"Obviously, it is not possible for our committee of 52 volunteers to attempt to engage in such an exercise in a prudent manner in one day," wrote Nosef, with both the underline and bolding in the original. "In fact, given the extraordinary relief requested of overturning a United States Senate primary in which over 360,000 Mississippians cast votes, the only way to ensure the integrity of the election process and provide a prudent review of this matter is in a court of law. The public judicial process will protect the rights of the voters as well as both candidates, and a proper decision will be made on behalf of our party and our state." Eric Kleefeld

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Fighting broke out Monday between protesters and police in Baltimore just hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, the unarmed black man who died after suffering a spinal injury in police custody.

At least seven officers sustained injuries while scuffling with protesters, and one was left unresponsive, police said in a press conference. Footage from the demonstrations showed groups of young protesters throwing rocks, bricks, and other objects at lines of officers in riot gear.

Police responded with tear gas and other non-lethal tools and said they would continue to crack down on violent demonstrations. Jon Terbush

I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords
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As much as we'd like to think we are all special snowflakes who do our jobs with a certain flair that makes us irreplaceable, the unfortunate truth is that cold, hard machinery could replace many of us humans — and it would probably save employers a ton of money.

A new report co-written by Oxford University academics and Nesta, a London-based nonprofit research group, found that less than a quarter (21 percent) of all 702 categorized occupations in the U.S. were deemed creative enough to likely evade an impending robot takeover. Here are the top five jobs with the least likelihood that they will become automated in the near future, via The Wall Street Journal:

1. Translators and interpreters (5.8 percent)
2. Performing artists (7 percent)
3. Radio broadcasters (7.7 percent)
4. Film and TV producers (8 percent)
5. R&D on natural sciences (10.9 percent)

While artsy occupations bring a human charm that will be tough for robots to replicate, many employees in agriculture and manufacturing are in grave danger of being made redundant by machines. If you're in one of the fields below, you may want to check over your shoulder to make sure a robot isn't coming to snatch up your job:

1. Peat extractors (100 percent)
2 .Motion picture projectionists (97 percent)
3. Copper producers (70.7 percent)
4. Mailing list publishers (69 percent)
5. Bartenders (67.5 percent)

Perhaps the most troubling thing about the list above is the inclusion of bartenders, who, according to the study, could easily be replaced by robots in the near future. If that's the case, do you think robots do buybacks? Samantha Rollins

2016 Watch
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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) says it is "ridiculous and absurd" to argue there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

"There isn't such a right," Rubio said in a weekend interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network.

"You would have to really have a ridiculous and absurd reading of the U.S. Constitution to reach the conclusion that people have a right to marry someone of the same sex," Rubio added.

Earlier this month, the freshman senator and 2016 candidate said that while he believed sexual preference to be an inborn trait, he still opposed same-sex marriage. Jon Terbush

Dino Discovery
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Bringing your kids to work has its benefits.

Seven-year-old Diego Suarez was playing outside with his sister while his parents, both geologists, studied rock formations in the Andes in southern Chile. As they were playing, Suarez uncovered a fossilized dinosaur bone, which turned out to belong to a previously unknown species.

Paleontologists called to the site eventually discovered bones from more than a dozen dinosaurs, including four near-complete skeletons, The Guardian reports. The scientists named the species Chilesaurus diegosuarezi, after its location and the boy who discovered it. Most of the Chilesaurus remains are from animals roughly the size of turkeys, though the species could reach almost 10 feet in length.

The Chilesaurus, which lived about 145 million years ago, during the Jurassic Period, is an enigma among dinosaurs — it's a relative of the T-rex, a carnivorous species, but the Chilesaurus was a plant-eater. The Chilesaurus' anatomy is also odd, Phys.org reports, because its skull and feet are more typical of long-necked dinosaurs than of tyrannosaurs.

The new species could change the way scientists look at bird evolution, too — the Chilesaurus is part of the theropod group, the ancestors to birds. The Chilesaurus proves that some theropods adapted meat-free diets much earlier than was previously believed, Phys.org notes. Meghan DeMaria

So sue me
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ESPN on Monday filed suit against Verizon, alleging the communications giant violated its contract with the network by offering customers smaller, categorized subscription packages.

"We simply ask that Verizon abide by the terms of our contracts," ESPN said in a statement.

In a bid to lure cord-cutters and others interested in cheaper cable deals, Verizon debuted custom subscription plans this month that allow customers to purchase channels in genre-specific tiers, such as sports, entertainment, and kids. "Consumers have spoken loud and clear that they want choice, and the industry should be focused on giving consumers what they want," a Verizon spokesperson said in response to the suit, adding the company was "well within our rights under our agreements." Jon Terbush

2016 Watch
1:53 p.m. ET
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) insists she is not running for president — but that doesn't mean she has no impact on the race.

Simply by remaining a vocal, visible progressive on major issues — Wall Street influence, international trade, student loan debt — Warren can shape the presidential debate from the outside. At least that's what Warren's camp is hoping, with one adviser telling The New Yorker Warren can "get [Clinton] on record and hold her feet to the fire."

"I think she's in a beautiful position right now," the adviser told the magazine, "because she can get Hillary to do whatever the hell she wants."

Check out the entire profile here. Jon Terbush

The future is here
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Google has released its first-ever trend report, offering its insight into which fashion trends are on the way out and which are here to stay.

The report looks at how often certain clothing styles are Googled to predict how popular they'll be that season. Not all searches are created equal, though: Google differentiates between "sustained growth" trends, such as jogger pants, which saw significant search increase in the past year, versus "seasonal growth" and "rising stars," trends, which only have "fleeting" search popularity. Examples in the latter category include kale sweatshirts, which are already on their way out.

Not only will Google's report help you stick the landing with your next #OOTD Instagram post, it also has immense value to retailers worldwide. The New York Times reports that Google executives can share trend information with fast-fashion retailers to help them determine what products customers want.

Even if you're not into fashion, the Google report has one tidbit everyone can take joy in: "Normcore" and "'90s jeans" are on the decline. Meghan DeMaria

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