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RIP: Robert Novak


Robert Novak, political columnist extraordinaire, died today at the age of 78. Other venues will do an excellent job recapping Novak's career, from old-school Watergate reporter, to influential pundit, to "the prince of darkness." Here is the Times obit, for instance.My question is this: Will Novak, without question the more influential and important journalist, be honored with the same hagiographies that followed Tim Russert's death, despite the fact that Novak is almost certainly less universally adored than Russert?I'm not saying that Russert didn't deserve the week of tributes, I cried along with the best of them to some of those specials. I'm saying Novak deserves a good deal of credit for being a massive force in American journalism for a long time, and I hope he's honored for that, despite his prickly attitude.
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Jim Browning is a YouTuber from the UK who has an amazing ability to catch scammers in the act.

In this video, he responds to a scam email claiming he bought a laptop by breaking into the scammer's computer. In the process he uncovers where the scammers work, their banking information, and even their personal identities.

"I got an 'invoice' email telling me that I had paid for a $3800 laptop," Browning writes on his YouTube page. "No links... just a phone number. It's a real shame that these scammers emailed me because I was able to find out exactly who they were and where the were."

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Danielle Reno of Missouri left her car running and it was stolen by thieves. But she wasn't going to let her car go so easily.

For 48 hours this owner of a pet rescue tracked the charges being made on her credit card. Ultimately, she found her car at a local Applebee's, and then went after the thieves.

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

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