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Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch went on Fox News to promote his book — and to echo the 'war on Christmas' myth

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch went on Fox News to promote his book — and to echo the 'war on Christmas' mythSupreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is the latest victim in the war on Christmas.On Tuesday, Gorsuch appeared on Fox & Friends to promote his recent book — an odd move for a supposedly nonpartisan judge. President Trump's favorite show is known for its solidly conservative agenda, and Gorsuch quickly played into Fox & Friends' hands with the first two words he spoke.When Gorsuch was introduced Tuesday, he pointedly replied with a "Merry Christmas," to which host Ainsley Earhardt responded "I love that you say that." After all, Fox News has been fighting for the right to say that phrase for years as it's drowned out by "Happy Holidays." Gorsuch's choice words soon drew a few critics from the politically correct crowd, prompting Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), a certified member of the Merry Christmas militia, to come to his defense.In an attempt to combat "Democrats" who are supposedly "smear[ing] him for wishing Americans a Merry Christmas," Tillis tweeted out a link to a card he's putting together for Gorsuch and his family.> I worked tirelessly to confirm Justice Gorsuch, and I’m not about to let Democrats smear him for wishing Americans a Merry Christmas. That’s why I’m putting together a Merry Christmas card to send to Justice Gorsuch and his family – will you add your name? t.co/DsPKgbJF0p t.co/kYeUEke7gb> > — Thom Tillis (@ThomTillis) December 17, 2019Clicking to Tillis' site reveals a digital Christmas greeting that's reminiscent of a young coder's first web design project. Visitors are welcome to send Gorsuch a Christmas greeting of their own — a system which will absolutely not be abused in any way.More stories from theweek.com How the fall of Elizabeth Warren has shaken up the 2020 race New York architect killed by falling debris near Times Square 6 powerful phrases every parent should use



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Amazon employees listen to customers through Echo products, report finds

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Students demonstrating for change at March for Our Lives echo past movements

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Amazon Echo just dropped to its lowest price of all time

Amazon Echo just dropped to its lowest price of all time

Apple’s new HomePod would be a pretty terrific smart speaker… if it had Alexa. There’s precious little question that Alexa is currently the best in the business when it comes to virtual personal assistants that power smart speakers. Amazon’s open approach has wooed thousands of third parties that have integrated Alexa skills into their products and services. Now, with Father’s Day fast approaching, Amazon just kicked off a new limited-time sale that drops the Amazon Echo to its lowest price of 2017. Grab one for your father, grab one for your mother, and maybe even grab one for yourself, and you’ll save $ 40 per speaker. You read that correctly — Amazon slashed the Echo’s price to just $ 139.99, an all-time low that matches last year’s Black Friday sale.

Here’s what you need to know about the Echo:

  • Plays all your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice
  • Introducing Alexa calling and messaging, a new way to be together with family and friends. Just ask Alexa to call or message anyone with an Echo, Echo Dot, or the Alexa App.
  • Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio
  • Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing
  • Answers questions, reads the news, reports traffic and weather, reads audiobooks from Audible, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service
  • Controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others
  • Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino's, DISH, and more

This sale only lasts until the end of the day on Saturday, June 17th, so you’d better hurry.

Also of note, the Echo Dot and Amazon Tap are on sale this week as well:



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Amazon Echo sale slashes price to the lowest it’s been in 2017

Amazon Echo sale slashes price to the lowest it’s been in 2017

The Amazon Echo is the speaker that started it all, having introduced the world to the Alexa virtual personal assistant for the first time. Now, after all this time, the Echo is still Amazon’s best Alexa speaker. The less expensive Echo Dot is a fantastic addition to Amazon’s lineup, as is the Amazon Tap, but the Echo has better range and higher-quality speakers than any other model. Of course, better quality also means a bigger price tag.

From now through next Saturday, May 13, the Amazon Echo costs just $ 149.99 in either black or white. It’s the first time in 2017 that Amazon has run a sale on brand new Echo speakers (the refurbished Amazon Echo has been on sale since last week). That’s a nice discount from the standard $ 180 price point, so definitely get in on the action while you can.

Here are some key details from the product page:

  • Plays all your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice
  • Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio
  • Allows hands-free convenience with voice-control
  • Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing
  • Answers questions, reads the news, reports traffic and weather, reads audiobooks from Audible, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service
  • Controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others
  • Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino’s, and more



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Amazon’s Fire phone was a failure, so it’s turning every Echo speaker into a phone

Amazon’s Fire phone was a failure, so it’s turning every Echo speaker into a phone

Today, Amazon unveiled its thoroughly-leaked Echo Show, a $ 230 touchscreen Echo with streaming video for new and entertainment, which also happens to make video calls. But if you already have an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, the device you already own is getting in on the action, too, with hands-free Alexa Calling and voice messaging to and from any Echo user.

The new features, which Amazon notes are "coming soon," will function a lot like the hands-free calling features that already exist on both iOS and Android. Once you activate the voice calling feature, simply asking Alexa to call the person you want to contact will prompt the device to initiate the call and, when you're on the receiving end of a call from one of your own contacts, you can say "Alexa, answer the call" to begin your conversation.

However, because Alexa works without user names or numbers, the device itself won't be where your contacts are stored. Instead, the Alexa app on your smartphone will pull and sync your contacts, matching you up with whichever of your friends and family also have a calling-enabled Echo device synced with their own phones.

In addition to live calls, Alexa will also have the ability to record and send voice messages to your contacts, or store them locally for other people in your home to listen to later. Think of it like a sticky note on your fridge, but in the form of a brief audio blurb.

Amazon notes that all of these voice features will work across Echo devices, so you can use an Echo Dot to call someone with an Echo or Echo Show, and vice versa. The features will be added in free update which will roll out at some point in the (presumably) near future.



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Amazon Launches the Echo Show, a Smart Speaker With a 7-Inch Touch Screen

Amazon Launches the Echo Show, a Smart Speaker With a 7-Inch Touch ScreenConsumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. If simply talking to Alexa on your Amazon Echo just wasn't doing it for you, soon you could talk to—and see—your friends…



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