May 22, 2014

On Wednesday, blogger/writer Valerie D'Orazio, illustrator Dan Lauer, and Bluewater Productions released the Edward Snowden comic book you may or may not have been waiting for. Beyond: Edward Snowden is a biographical look at the NSA leaker and the real-life characters involved with or affected by his passing off of information about U.S. government spying. If you're a fan of comic books, as D'Orazio and Snowden are, or you think Glenn Greenwald is the most likely hero of this saga (as D'Orazio does), you can go out and pick up a copy today. There's a digital version, too, so if your hacking skills are good.... --Peter Weber

1:31 a.m. ET

They thought their child-rearing days were long over, but then along came Georgette.

Arnie Skoog, 89, and his wife Ginger Skoog, 84, live in Great Falls, Montana. A few weeks ago, their son Jay Skoog stopped by their house, carrying a lamb that had been rejected by its mother and was less than a week old. Left in the snow, her tail and ears were frozen and she was in bad shape, but once she entered the Skoog home, "she was soon on her feet and eating everything in the house," Ginger told the Great Falls Tribune.

Georgette — named after Curious George — loves Arnie, and sits on his lap while he watches television and bleats whenever he leaves the room. She's also "naughty," Ginger said. "If you say, 'Don't do that,' she'll grab a piece of it and run." Georgette has been caught chewing on cords and dragging toilet paper rolls through the house, but pretty soon, she's going to move onto the next chapter of her life: When the weather warms up, she will go back to Jay Skoog's farm, where she will live in a barn. Catherine Garcia

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, "the Notorious RBG," is "a feminist icon" and at 85, "the oldest justice on the Supreme Court," Stephen Colbert said on Wednesday's Late Show. "But she has made it very clear that she has no interest in retiring. Which is good — please, just hang in there for 3-7 more years." She is ensuring her longevity by keeping in shape with a really hard workout, "which is surprising," Colbert said. "If I had a lifetime appointment to a job that let me wear a robe, I would definitely let myself go." He's not on the court, luckily, but Colbert said he still "jumped at the chance when Justice Ginsburg invited me down to Washington, D.C., to join her workout."

In the gym, Colbert got Ginsburg to weigh in on whether a hot dog is a sandwich, describe how she is similar (and not) to the Notorious B.I.G., shoot down his musical selection, and deny "juicing," and he preened a bit, but he came away cramped, winded, and reassured. "I had reached my decision in the case of RBG v. Kicking Ass," he said. "Not only can the justice last another five years on the bench, I believe she could have killed Tupac." Watch below. Peter Weber

1:07 a.m. ET
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After a man accidentally dropped a lottery ticket worth $1 million at a gas station in Salina, Kansas, an employee ensured that the winning ticket made it back to the right hands.

The ticket was actually purchased in Lincoln, Kansas, but while stopped at the Salina gas station, the winner's brother held the ticket in his hand, then dropped it. After spotting it when the brothers were gone, employees picked up the ticket and scanned it, discovering it was worth $1 million. It wasn't signed, and any one of the employees could have claimed it as their own, but they waited to see if the men would return, and when they came back a few hours later, the ticket was turned over to the rightful owner.

The winner asked to stay anonymous, and the Kansas Lottery has not revealed the name of the Salina gas station where the ticket was lost. "It's just nice to know there are still good Samaritans around," Lincoln resident Shelly Thomas told KWCH. "Not just pure greed." Catherine Garcia

12:30 a.m. ET
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George Nader, a political adviser to the crown prince leading the United Arab Emirates and a cooperating witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, has spent the past year working with the Republican National Committee's deputy finance chairman to steer President Trump's Middle East policy and oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, The New York Times reports, citing interviews and newly disclosed documents.

Nader and Elliot Broidy, a longtime GOP fundraiser, used their influence and contacts in Trump's White House to "cultivate" Trump on behalf of the UAE and Saudi Crown Prince (and self-proclaimed Jared Kushner puppet-master) Mohammed bin Salman, and against Iran and Qatar, the Times says, adding: "Tillerson was fired last week, and the president has adopted tough approaches toward both Iran and Qatar." The two men — Nader, 58, and Broidy, 60 — met during Trump's inaugural festivities and "became fast friends," and Nader didn't come to the friendship empty-handed, the Times explains:

Nader tempted ... Broidy with the prospect of more than $1 billion in contracts for his private security company, Circinus, and he helped deliver deals worth more than $200 million with the United Arab Emirates. He also flattered Mr. Broidy about "how well you handle Chairman," a reference to Mr. Trump, and repeated to his well-connected friend that he told the effective rulers of both Saudi Arabia and the UAE about "the Pivotal Indispensable Magical Role you are playing to help them." [The New York Times]

In return, Broidy told Nader he personally pushed Trump in October to fire Tillerson, seen by the Saudis and Emiratis as insufficiently hardline on Iran and Qatar, and urged Trump to meet with the UAE crown prince in a "quiet" place outside the White House — a request blocked by National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, Broidy reported. Nader was met by Mueller's agents in February en route to meet Trump at Mar-a-Lago, an invitation wrangled by Broidy. You can read more about the tangled web at The New York Times. Peter Weber

12:25 a.m. ET
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Toys 'R' Us is closing all of its stores in the United States, and a defunct retailer is hoping to rise up from its ashes.

KB Toys ceased operations in 2009, but Strategic Marks purchased the brand in 2016 from Bain Capital — the same company that took Toys 'R' Us private in 2006, saddling it with debt. Strategic Marks President Ellia Kassoff told CNN Money the plan is to open 1,000 pop-up locations on Black Friday, and where the pop-ups do well, they'll make permanent KB Toys stores.

Kassoff said he's been in touch with Hasbro, Mattel, and dozens of other smaller toy suppliers, and the "assumption is that there's about half a billion dollars worth of toys that have been produced for Toys 'R' Us with no place to go. That's a big, big void that we're hoping to fill up." Catherine Garcia

March 21, 2018
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Finishing a race everyone had already forgotten about even though it was just last week news, Republican Rick Saccone called Democrat Conor Lamb on Wednesday to admit defeat in the special House election for Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district.

Lamb won by a few hundred votes and claimed victory in the early hours of March 14. There was some rumbling from Republicans that Saccone would call for a recount or take the matter to court, but Lamb tweeted Wednesday evening that Saccone "congratulated me and graciously conceded last Tuesday's election. I congratulate Mr. Saccone for a close, hard-fought race and wish him the best. Ready to be sworn in and get to work for the people of #PA18." Saccone, a member of the Pennsylvania House, said he plans on running again, this time in the newly drawn 14th congressional district. Catherine Garcia

March 21, 2018

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told CNN on Wednesday he's "really sorry" about a data breach that affected an estimated 50 million Facebook users, acknowledging that the company has "a basic responsibility" to protect people's information, "and if we can't do that then we don't deserve to have the opportunity to serve people."

The company is under scrutiny following the revelation that a data scientist created a personality quiz that was taken by millions of Facebook users, and their personal information and that of their friends was then secretly passed along to the data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica. Zuckerberg told CNN's Laurie Segall that "anyone whose data may have been affected" will be notified by Facebook, and the platform plans on building a tool that lets users see if their information has been compromised and if they are using any apps that are "doing sketchy things."

Zuckerberg said he's "not sure we shouldn't be regulated," as there are "things like ad transparency regulation that I would love to see." He's also "sure someone's trying" to use Facebook to meddle in the 2018 midterm elections, a "Version 2 of whatever the Russian effort was in 2016," and "there are going to be some new tactics that we need to make sure that we observe and get in front of." Zuckerberg would be "happy" to testify before Congress "if it's the right thing to do," he said, and when Segall asked if, knowing what he does now, he thinks "Facebook impacted the results of the 2016 election," he gave a vague response. "Oh that's — that is hard," Zuckerberg said. "You know, I think that it is — it's really hard for me to have a full assessment of that." Catherine Garcia

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