Donald Trump’s Afghanistan About-Face Eclipses Cable News’ Solar Blackout Crowd Of 5.1 Million TV Viewers

Monday’s cable news cycle included two huge ratings events: a rare cross-country total eclipse of the sun, and an equally historic Donald Trump total walk-back on his position about American involvement in Afghanistan.

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Trump Looks Directly at the Eclipse, and Conan O’Brien Spies an Opening

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‘Whatever You Do, Don’t Resign’

Conan O’Brien and Trevor Noah said President Trump refused to list …
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The SNES Classic has a great trick for beating difficult Nintendo games

The SNES Classic Edition, launching on September 29th for $79.99, does exactly what you expect it to do. You plug in power and HDMI, flip down a weird little flap covering the controller ports, plug in the controllers, and start playing Star Fox, F-Zero, or Donkey Kong Country.

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Jon Jones fails drug test related to UFC title win over Daniel Cormier

Jon Jones , right, defeated Daniel Cormier in a third-round TKO at UFC 214. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The roller-coaster career of Jon Jones hit another low Tuesday, when it was reported he failed a drug test related to his UFC 214 victory over Daniel Cormier, which gave Jones the company’s l …
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Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade was a major deal that could have minor short-term impact

Kyrie Irving, left, and Isaiah Thomas will be switching jerseys for the 2017-18 season. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

In a trade that shakes up the Eastern Conference, the Cleveland Cavaliers dealt point guard Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday for a package including point guard Isaiah …
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Jon Jones failed drug test at UFC 214, UFC president Dana White says

Brett Okamoto explains what the reaction has been to Jon Jones failing his drug test at UFC 214 and what it means for the sport going forward without the troubled star. (2:05)

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones failed a drug test ahead of his championship win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 la …
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WWE Star Dana Brooke Mourns Death of Bodybuilder Boyfriend Dallas McCarver: ‘You Are My Life’

WWE star Dana Brooke dedicated a “Mancrush Monday” post to her bodybuilder boyfriend Dallas McCarver hours before his death. Then on Tuesday, she dedicated an emotional eulogy to her beloved in her first statement following his untimely passing.

“Aug. 22 the lord received another angel, who happens …
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Louise Linton Goes From the Lap of Luxury to the Center of a Social Media Storm

It was too late to stop critics from defacing her Wikipedia page, usually the first sign of any true social media frenzy. And it was too late to go back to her relatively under-the-radar Washington life. She even managed to upstage President Trump, a man who had just stared directly into the sun.

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