Rock band The Slants’ victory in court secures your rights

June 20, 2017

(CNN)In the 1971 free speech case, Cohen v. California, the Supreme Court said, “One man’s vulgarity is another’s lyric.” That rings very true today. Now, I get to say: “I told you so.” Join us on Twitter and Facebook Justice Kennedy summed it up perfectly: “By mandating positivity, the law here might silence dissent and distort the marketplace of ideas.” Today, because of a little-known band and a naughty word, you are all more …

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Miley Cyrus and Dolce & Gabbana are in a political Instagram feud. Alright!

June 19, 2017

… Apparently, Miley has a brother named Braison, and he made his runway debut in the fashion duo’s show. Then things got political. SEE ALSO: Miley Cyrus singing about the bees dying seems about right Cyrus (the one who’s actually famous) Instagrammed a photo from the show congratulating her brother on his career milestone. She ended her caption with a note to the designers, “PS D&G, I STRONGLY disagree with your politics…. but I do support your company’s effort …

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Google exec’s op-ed lists 4-point plan to combat terrorism on YouTube

June 19, 2017

… detail on the changes behind the scenes at YouTube. “We will expand this programme by adding 50 expert NGOs to the 63 organisations who are already part of the programme, and we will support them with operational grants.” These initiatives don’t just cover technical approaches. The company will now take a modified approach to judgment calls on content in general. …

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Congressional baseball players: We must unite

June 16, 2017

… democracy. The Congressional Baseball Game has never been about Republicans against Democrats. It’s about Republicans and Democrats. It’s about Americans coming together to support a good cause. The game is going ahead Thursday night. We will not give in to fear, violence or hate. We will play for those affected by these despicable and cowardly actions, to support local charities (including the Washington Literacy Center, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and the …

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10 classic iPhone apps that will die with iOS 11

June 11, 2017

The next version of iOS is going to kill a lot of apps. In an effort to modernize and de-clutter its App Store, Apple will officially end support for all apps that haven’t been updated to support the newer 64-bit processors that debuted with the iPhone 5S. As many as 187,000 apps could vanish when the iOS 11 rolls out along with this change, according to estimates from marketing firm Sensor Tower.) SEE ALSO: The coming app-pocalypse could kill some of the iPhone’s greatest hits …

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Election 2017: What you want to know about the result – BBC News

June 11, 2017

… 1215. The prospect of creating a written constitution continues to be considered and in 2015 the Parliamentary Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, which had consulted on the matter, concluded: “While there was broad general support for a written constitution, we recognise that there are strong views expressed against codifying our existing constitution, or at least codifying it in its current form.” The committee published a draft summary of the UK’s constitution …

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Trump: Qatar must stop funding terrorism

June 10, 2017

… “We ask that there be no further escalation by the parties in the region,” Tillerson said Friday. He called on Qatar “to be responsive to the concerns of its neighbors.” Saudi Arabia and its counterparts accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region because of its ties to their Shiite rival, Iran, and its support for groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. Qatar acknowledges its links to these groups, but denies that it supports terrorism. …

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Keele students ‘stopped from voting by admin error’ – BBC News

June 9, 2017

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Election 2017: Seat-by-seat result forecasts – BBC News

June 9, 2017

Election results live updates Full UK results breakdown Seats forecast as of 04:16 BST Read full methodology Forecast Conservative gains We are forecasting two Labour gains from those seats yet to declare. One of those is in London and one in South-East England. Projected: Brighton Kemptown 99% chance of a Labour victory Projected: Finchley & Golders Green 91% chance of a Labour victory /* support full-screen apps */ .bbc-news-vj-iframe-wrapper–full-screen { …

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Reality Check: What is the Prevent strategy? – BBC News

June 5, 2017

… is a support plan which may include mentoring. How much does it cost? The annual Prevent budget is not officially published – but it is thought to be around 40m a year. We do know that after the revised strategy was published in 2011, the government set aside 46m of spending (36m from the Home Office and 10m from the Foreign Office). David Anderson – the former independent reviewer of terror legislation – has said Prevent receives 1% of the overall 3bn counter-terrorism budget. …

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Election 2017: Five key things about the Question Time special – BBC News

June 3, 2017

… “make no excuses” for the way she had been treated and people with mental health issues had to be given “more support at an early stage.” But BBC political correspondent Gary O’Donoghue said Mrs May seemed uneasy and was “reluctant to engage and empathise beyond a few carefully chosen words”. Image copyright Getty Images The Labour leader, who’s made no secret of his long-held opposition to Trident despite agreeing to press ahead with renewal …

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How a Silicon Valley veteran created an app that 400 nonprofits use to help refugees

May 30, 2017

Image: Mashable Composite; RefAid / Trellyz Shelley Taylor calls herself a Silicon Valley veteran. Veteran, she tells me, “means old.” Raised in Palo Alto, Taylor has an extensive tech background. She isn’t an engineer, but she wrote the “bible of user interface” back in 1995 at the dawn of website creation, inventing a lot of the language still used to this day to describe websites and ecommerce. She’s launched a bevy of startups and advised companies like …

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Who is Leanne Wood? A profile of the Plaid Cymru leader – BBC News

May 29, 2017

… very easily”. Soon after the election, Conservative and UKIP AMs lent her their support, causing a dramatic tie between Ms Wood and Labour’s Carwyn Jones in a vote to nominate the first minister. It forced Labour to make concessions to Plaid, although there is no formal coalition between the two parties. In reality, there was never any real prospect of Ms Wood becoming first minister last summer. She has ruled out ever working with the Conservatives, let alone UKIP. Meanwhile, …

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The Senate Cant Pass Health Care Without This Man

May 28, 2017

… pass a bill without Democratic support. Given conservative insistence on defunding Planned Parenthood as part of the effort, Republicans could, for instance, lose the support of moderates Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. That would set up a scenario where Cassidy becomes the decisive vote and Vice President Mike Pence casts a tiebreaking 51st vote, with Democrats powerless to filibuster under special budget reconciliation rules. Cassidy wants a bill that lowers premiums and …

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Trump’s budget would allow for the slaughter of America’s wild horses

May 27, 2017

… and feasting on range land controlled by the Bureau of Land Management. Animal rights groups oppose selling horses for slaughter, though others have acknowledged that the population is out of control. U.S. rangeland managed by the Bureau of Land Management is meant to support around 27,000 wild horses and burros, and the current population is approaching three times that size. Overpopulation brings ecological destruction, and with ecological destruction comes the starvation of some of those wild …

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Inside The Pro-Life Centers That Say They Offer Women “Choice” During Pregnancies

May 26, 2017

… by St. Gerards Center for Life on Saturday. The St. Gerards facility is a crisis pregnancy center (CPC). According to pro-life organizations, CPCs are places where pregnant women can get economic, medical, and emotional support to carry through with a pregnancy. According to a report by NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, CPCs are a threat to public safety, providing inaccurate medical information with deceptive advertising that implies they are comprehensive womens health centers to stop women from …

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U.S. Stocks Advance, Bonds Mixed as Oil Tops $51: Markets Wrap

May 25, 2017

… German benchmark yields rose one basis point while those the U.K. dropped one basis point. Commodities West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose for a fifth day, added 34 cents to settle at $51.74 a barrel in New York, the highest since April 18. Saudi Arabia is mustering support for prolonging production curbs ahead of OPEC’s meeting this week. Gold futures dropped 0.8 percent to $1,251.60 an ounce.  China, the world’s top user of refined zinc, boosted imports to the …

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