Palmer Luckey makes first post-Facebook comments, and he has a lot to say

April 23, 2017

Oculus co-founder Palmer LuckeyImage: web summit via flickr The founder of Oculus, Palmer Luckey, quietly slipped back onto the public stage this week after a tumultuous year that ended with his departure from Facebook in March. First, Luckey appeared on Twitter on Wednesday, after months of silence, using a telling new bio image instead of his own face: Obi-Wan Kenobi, the mysterious, sometimes misunderstood Jedi in Star Wars who fights for the good side of The Force. SEE ALSO: Oculus …

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Will Curiel’s case be a DACA test for Trump?

April 21, 2017

(CNN)A distinguished federal judge who most Americans only know of as the target of Donald Trump’s bigotry when he was still a candidate for president has returned to the public spotlight — and not by choice. Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a judge in the southern district of California, has been assigned to hear the case of a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient who alleges that he was improperly deported by immigration authorities. Juan Manuel Montes, 23, says that he …

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Indian ad with transgender mom stirs debate — and tears

April 20, 2017

… couples — still cannot legally adopt children in India. Subramaniam believes change comes slowly. “Passing a law doesn’t change society overnight … the government, the public, the activists need to work together to promote transgender rights and equality,” said Subramaniam. For Padmashali, the Vicks advert is a small step in stirring debate on this issue and bringing it to a wider audience. “The transgender community has been socially excluded for so many …

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EPA head visits community famous for lead contamination

April 20, 2017

(CNN)Environmentalists say USS Lead Superfund in East Chicago, Indiana, is the poster child of environmental injustice. The people who live there are at risk of lead contamination at every turn. It’s in their drinking water and it’s in their soil. More than one thousand people were forced to evacuate, according to Debbie Chizewer at Northwestern Law School, who has worked very closely with the affected residents. A local school was shut down and a public housing complex was also …

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Will Ivanka’s role in the White House pay dividends for her business?

April 19, 2017

(CNN)As the President got ready to sell his latest executive order to the American public, an overhaul of the H-1B skilled worker visa program, under his “Buy American, Hire American” slogan, Ivanka Trump appeared to be busy protecting the real emerald of the Trump family’s vast business empire: China. On April 6, hours before she and her husband dined with the Chinese President and his family, Ivanka’s company secured provisional approval for three new …

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Gen. Allen: Trump should call Turkey’s President back — and say this

April 19, 2017

… public airing, where he’s unambiguous as the President of the United States on his concerns over human rights, on freedom of the press, on the rights of women, on freedom of religion and the rule of law and all the necessary actions to preserve the democratic institutions of Turkey.” Referring to Erdogan, Allen warned that “history tells us that when you accumulate that much authority in one single person, it often doesn’t go very well.” …

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Deported to Mexico: Who is the US kicking out?

April 18, 2017

Mexico City (CNN)Maria Perez hasn’t seen her grandson since he was a little boy. On her cell phone she keeps a video of that day. It shows 8-year-old Eduardo Hernandez hugging her goodbye. Now Hernandez is 21 and walking through the frosted glass doors at Mexico City’s international airport. …

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Sarah Paulson is itching for a ‘Feud’ of her own after playing Geraldine Page

April 17, 2017

… a really larger fashion! Shes a fascinating woman, and an extraordinary actress, and a very proper human being I want a whole Feud about Geraldine Page and whomever shes feuding with, but I dont know who shes feuding with! Unlike Page, de Havilland did have a public personal and professional feud of her own, as hinted at during the course of the series: a longstanding and often bitter rivalry with her only sibling, actress Joan Fontaine, who was also a Best Actress Oscar winner a contentious …

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Ted Lieu, Congressman and Twitter King, is beating Trump at his own dumb game

April 16, 2017

… issued a public statement: What makes America great is our peaceful transfer of power. He won the electoral challenge. Give him chance to govern.” Lieu sat on that statement for a few weeks. “By the beginning of January, I came to the conclusion I was wrong.” How Lieu went from under 10,000 followers to over 150,000 in oh, 90 days Lieu keeps two Twitter accounts. His official account, which is run by his staff, is clean and polished exactly what you’d expect from your …

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How Kim Jong Un has tightened his grip on power

April 11, 2017

(CNN)Since succeeding his father in 2011, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has impressed and confounded with his rise from political novice to adept operator. On Tuesday, the country’s political elite from Pyongyang and across the country will descend on the capital to attend the Supreme People’s Assembly, a largely symbolic meeting which Kim is expected to attend as the guest of honor. As he is once again feted by the country’s political class, how has the young leader fared …

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Americans back the Syria bombing. They’re much more divided on what comes next

April 11, 2017

(CNN)Nearly six in 10 Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s decision to strike at a Syrian air base from which chemical attacks were launched last week, according to a new CBS News national poll. But that’s where consensus — or even the appearance of consensus — ends. When prompted with four competing options about what the United States should do next, none of the quartet get more than 30 percent support from the public. Three in 10 say that they want …

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Go vegan, save the planet

April 9, 2017

(CNN)As public attention focuses on the impact of policy changes on the climate, we may overlook an important contributor to the climate crisis: our food systems and the daily food choices we make. It may sound hyperbolic that our roast beef sandwich is contributing to environmental degradation of the planet. But mounting evidence of the impact requires our attention and action as global citizens. And each of us can do something about it, today, by taking what we eat as seriously as we …

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Melania Trump, Queen Rania visit DC public charter school

April 6, 2017

Washington (CNN)First lady Melania Trump and Jordan’s Queen Rania traveled Wednesday to an impoverished area of Washington to visit DC’s first and only public charter school for girls in pre-K through eighth grade, where they participated in a listening session and visited classrooms. The model and the monarch visited Excel Academy located in southeast Washington, and were greeted by students bearing bouquets of flowers. “That’s so beautiful, thank you,” the first …

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Trump signals he won’t press human rights ahead of key diplomatic week

April 3, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump will come face-to-face with the leaders of two nations accused of grave human rights abuses in a spate of high-level talks with foreign counterparts this week. It will be the first in-person opportunity for the new US leader to confront those issues as commander-in-chief. Initial signs, however, indicate Trump will say little on the matter during his talks with the Presidents of Egypt and China, at least in public, a dramatic shift away from the human rights …

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Investigation of Mosul civil casualties expanded

March 31, 2017

Washington (CNN)An investigation into a US airstrike that coincided with civilian deaths in Mosul, Iraq, on March 17 has now expanded into a more formal review of all airstrikes in the area over a period of several days, the US military said Thursday. Col. Mohammad Shumari, head of civil forces working in the area, told CNN that 141 bodies had been removed from the location of the March 17 strike in the al-Resala district of Mosul’s al-Jadidah neighborhood. The military investigation was …

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Daily Mail is getting dragged all over town for this mindblowingly sexist front page

March 29, 2017

… journalists and members of the public. Alas, the sexist commentary didn’t stop at the front page. Inside the paper, a headline above a column by Sarah Vine read: “Finest weapons at their command? Those pins!” “But what stands out here are the legs and the vast expanse on show. There is no doubt that both women consider their pins to be the finest weapon in their physical arsenal. Consequently, both have been unsheathed,” read Vine’s column. Vine referred to …

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HMP Berwyn: How does biggest prison compare to others? – BBC News

February 28, 2017

Nine more new prisons are expected to open by 2020. Andrew Neilsen, from the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “Berwyn has become a bit of a poster child for super prisons. It is the first public sector prison to be opened in England and Wales since the 1990s, and they want to show it can work. “Russell Trent, the governor, is seen as a high-flying trouble-shooter. He has turned around failing institutions in the past. He has been tasked with setting up an institution and …

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