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Microsoft shut down an A.I.-based Twitter account after it became bigoted, got into fights with users and was tapped to be Donald Trump’s running mate. After a several-hundred year struggle, the Obama administration is finally regulating a dangerous workplace substance, despite the objections of the evil victorian shop foreman lobby. And Ted Cruz called Donald Trump a “sniveling coward” but refused to say immediately thereafter that he wouldn’t endorse the real estate mogul — officially the most Ted Cruz-y thing Ted Cruz has ever done. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Thursday, March 24th, 2016 © Provided by The Huffington Post

TB STILL HERE - Lauren Weber: "Contrary to popular belief in the U.S., tuberculosis is not a disease of the past. It is a global threat, one that last fall surpassed HIV/AIDS to become the No. 1 infectious killer on the planet. More than 1.5 million people die each year of the disease, which some experts call “airborne cancer” because of the way it slowly ravages its victims. More than one-third of the world’s population is infected with the bacteria that cause tuberculosis, which is spread when a person with the active form of the disease coughs, expelling micro-droplets of saliva and mucus. Most of those infected people have immune systems that are strong enough to contain the bacteria, leaving them symptom-free and otherwise healthy. Around 13 million Americans have what’s called latent TB. But approximately 5 to 10 percent of people infected with TB will develop the active, infectious form of the disease at some point in their lifetime. That means as many as 1.3 million Americans could become infectious if not treated." [HuffPost]
CONGRESSMAN A JERK - Really angling for the Tay vote. Benjamin Freed: "Representative Rod Blum, an Iowa Republican, ticked off DC residents earlier this week when he tweeted his apparent desire to see the District hit by a crippling economic downturn. 'Washington DC is booming. Tower cranes everywhere. Being built on the backs of US taxpayers. DC needs a recession,' Blum wrote in the offending tweet, which was accompanied by a photo of seven construction cranes looming over Southwest DC. Blum fired off the message late Monday, but it was not noticed until Tuesday evening, when it began to pick up the ire of the locals. More cornball than Blum’s Monday-night spell of DC Twitter-bashing is that it wasn’t the first time he made that lame comment. Last October, he posted a similar tweet that featured tower cranes over Southwest DC and a call for a micro-targeted recession." [Washingtonian]

BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here's an otter pup.
WOULD STILL BE A BETTER READ THAN JENNIFER RUBIN - Benjamin Mullin: "Since Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post in 2013, his ownership has been greeted by voluminous reportage from journalists seeking to discern his influence on the newspaper. A new longread from Fortune's Adam Lashinsky reveals that the Post has been bombarded with lots of ideas from the tech entrepreneur-turned-newspaper-owner — both good and bad. Case in point: One brainstorming session with Bezos yielded the possibility of creating a premium feature that would allow Washington Post readers to remove all the vowels from a story they didn't like. Mercifully, Executive Editor Marty Baron shot it down." [Poynter]
- If rappers had real jobs.
- Microsoft created an AI Twitter bot and it quickly became awful.
- A guy was arrested for not returnging a copy of "Freddy Got Fingered" in 2002.
TWITTERAMA@marinafang: Thought I saw Idris Elba on the Metro...but then realized that DC is probably unworthy of his beauty.

@igorbobic: RT @RealBencarson: It's important that we have civility during times of disagreement.
@SuzyKhimm: Most serene response to an interview request ever:
"Monday at 9am works.
Please call my office line...
Until then may you be at peace."

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