Ed Sheeran is just the latest celebrity to leave Twitter. Here’s why.

July 6, 2017

"Gooooodbye Twiiiiittter."Image: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock Ed Sheeran is just the latest victim. A recent interview revealed that the singer-songwriter has, for the most part, signed off Twitter. SEE ALSO: Ed Sheeran has announced he’s quitting Twitter for a depressing reason The 140-character platform that once referred to itself as a social network has defined itself as a news network as of late, as it tries to convince investors, advertisers, and the…

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Saudi Arabia has ‘clear link’ to UK extremism, report says – BBC News

July 5, 2017

The Home Office report into the existence and influence of Jihadist organisations, commissioned by former Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015, has reportedly yet to be completed amid questions as to whether it will ever be published. Qatar crisis: After the deadline, what next? May defends UK ties with Saudi Arabia Reality Check: Why does the Prevent strategy divide opinion? Critics have suggested it could make uncomfortable reading for the…

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263 Overturned Murder ConvictionsJust 16 New Suspects Charged

July 4, 2017

Ninety-two year-old Emma Crapser spent the last night of her life playing Bingo at St. Josephs Roman Catholic Church, about a half a mile from her Poughkeepsie, N.Y. apartment. Upon her return home, she was murdered, apparently in the course of an intended robbery. According to court documents, she had asphyxiated after being bound and gagged with five pieces of material [stuffed] down her throat–including a chisel-like instrument, cloth, and…

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For George Washington a Sword Was Much More Than an Accessory

July 4, 2017

Authors Intro: In Riding with George, I use my background as a war correspondent, sports reporter, and amateur equestrian to focus on Washingtons exploits as a foxhunter, woodsman, warrior, and man of manners, explaining how Georges performances helped crystallize his contribution to our modern ideas of sportsmanship and chivalry, even as they also highlight the intimate ties between sports and war. It isnt difficult to understand George Washingtons interest in…

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We Were Kicked Off Chicagos Dyke March for Not Being the Right Kind of Jew

July 4, 2017

On June 24, some 1,500 people joined the Chicago Dyke March, in what seemed like a utopia of acceptance and respect for people of all orientations, races, nationalities and backgrounds or it almost was. According to the Windy City Times, it seemed as if the entire gender, racial and sexual spectrum was represented, walking hand-in-hand and demonstrating a powerful unity as they chanted "We are Dyke March" in English and…

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Is old the new young for UK politicians? – BBC News

June 30, 2017

Two decades later and leadership has skipped a generation upwards. Sir Vince is 74, Theresa May is 60 and Jeremy Corbyn 68. Image copyright Getty Images Youngest UK party leader and prime minister: William Pitt, the Younger, a Whig who was regarded as a Tory by opponents, became prime minister in 1804 at the age of 24 Oldest UK party leader and prime minister: Liberal Party leader William Gladstone, pictured,…

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Sen. Susan Collins Comes Out Against Health Care Bill

June 27, 2017

In a series of tweets, Collins cited a Congressional Budget Office report released Monday that found the new bill would cause 22 million people to lose their insurance over the next 10 years. The Senates bill would also dramatically undercut federal funding for Medicaid and financial assistance for low- and middle-income people, all facts Collins said wouldnt fix ACA problems for rural Maine, referring to the Obama administrations Affordable Care…

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How Hollywood Celebs Like Johnny Depp Are Hurting the Liberal Cause

June 26, 2017

On Friday morning, President Trump partook in one of his favorite rituals this side of hitting the links or avoiding Tiffany: a bill signing. The commander-in-chief, surrounded by ornamental backers, inked the Veterans Affairs Reform Acta measure that will make it easier to terminate VA employeesbefore soaking up camera flashes and cabinet applause. Among the admiring spectators was Al Baldasaro, a military veteran and New Hampshire state representative. The presence…

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Nicola Sturgeon to face Scottish farming leaders – BBC News

June 23, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRuth Davidson asked Nicola Sturgeon whether the Scottish government will ask for an extension to the farm payments deadline Nicola Sturgeon is to address farming leaders the day after it emerged the Scottish government has again asked for an extension to the deadline for making EU subsidy payments. The European Commission has confirmed the government wants next week’s deadline extended until 15…

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Leading universities rated ‘bronze’ under new ranking system – BBC News

June 22, 2017

Drop-out rates The TEF, which was introduced by the previous government, is being administered by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce). Degree providers – a mixture of universities, colleges offering degree courses and alternative providers – could choose whether or not to take part. However, those awarded a bronze or higher – all institutions that took part, besides 64 who were given a provisional rating – are now…

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Most Americans Don’t Think Religious-Based Discrimination Should Be Lawful

June 22, 2017

A number of Christian groups and outlets applauded the bill. But according to a new report by the Public Religion Research Institute, support for religiously based service refusals is quickly declining. Thats roughly the same percentage that opposed such refusals in a similar study PRRI conducted last year. But a breakdown of the results reveals that across religious groups, support for religiously based service refusals is declining. No group witnessed…

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Independent commission set to recommend Holyrood reforms – BBC News

June 20, 2017

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh said he wanted the group to “help bring the parliament back to its roots, ensuring Holyrood is open, transparent, truly participative and fit for the significant challenges which lie ahead”. Is Holyrood in need of reform? Former first minister Henry McLeish wrote that the current number of MSPs was “incredibly limiting” in light of Holyrood’s new powers – although his successor Jack McConnell, said he was…

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General election 2017: Why people voted the way they did – BBC News

June 20, 2017

Image copyright AFP Despite the apparent increases in turnout among young people, Ipsos Mori and YouGov both agreed that older people were still considerably more likely to vote. YouGov estimated the turnout among over 70s at 84%. Another dividing line: Education A university education looks like an indicator as to how someone might have voted on 8 June. “While the Conservatives’ support decreases the more educated a voter is, the…

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

June 19, 2017

Image: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Following a wave of terrorist attacks in the UK in recent months, Google’s senior vice-president and general counsel, Kent Walker, used one of the leading publications in the country to outline a plan to combat the use by terrorists of Google’s tools. SEE ALSO: Theresa May renews her call for internet regulation following the London Bridge attack On Sunday, Walker posted an op-ed in the…

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Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent in to Kensington and Chelsea Council – BBC News

June 19, 2017

Police fear the number of the dead could increase. The BBC understands the death toll could rise to about 70 people in total. As part of the new move by the government, a team of civil servants has been embedded into the council office. Other measures outlined by the prime minister following a meeting with residents on Saturday, included more staff covering phone lines and ground staff wearing high-visibility clothing…

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Philip Hammond attacks Tory general election campaign – BBC News

June 18, 2017

But a deal designed to “punish” the UK would be even worse, he said on BBC One’s Andrew Marr show. Campaign criticism Despite being one of the most senior members of Theresa May’s government, Mr Hammond did not play a leading role in the campaign before the general election, and it was reported he faced being replaced. “It’s true that my role [in the campaign] was not the one I…

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Patagonia’s CEO Is Ready To Lead The Corporate Resistance To Trump

June 18, 2017

NEW YORK On a cloudy May morning, Rose Marcario, the chief executive of outdoor retailer Patagonia, stared out a second-story window of a Manhattan restaurant, watching construction workers jackhammer the street below. The workers made her think of her grandfather, an Italian immigrant who, after making it through Ellis Island in the 1920s, got his first job digging the streets of this city. He earned 10 cents a day and…

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The gender of Beyonc’s twins might have been revealed by Barack Obama himself

June 17, 2017

Image: Isa Foltin/Getty Images Former president Barack Obama might be getting a little too comfortable outside of the office. He’s out here doing good work, sure, but he’s also possibly leaking some seriously classified information without a care in the world. At least that’s what some fans of Beyonc and Jay-Z think. Many have noticed that during the beautiful introduction Obama made for Jay-Z’s induction into the Songwriter’s Hall of…

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Trump Killed A Key Obama Immigration Program. But What He Didn’t Do Matters More.

June 17, 2017

WASHINGTON The Trump administration formalized an immigration policy shift on Thursday evening that was notable for what it didnt do as much as what it did. The Department of Homeland Security rescinded DAPA, a never-implemented program that would have allowed some undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents to stay in the country. But more significantly, it left in place the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a…

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The Solution To America’s Gun Violence Isn’t More Guns

June 16, 2017

WASHINGTON For a few hours after a gunman shot a member of Congress and four other people in the Northern Virginia suburbs on Wednesday, lawmakers were unified against the political vitriol that seemed to drive the attack. But when questions inevitably shifted to how lawmakers would respond to the bloodshed of yet another mass shooting, it became clear that the brief display of agreement was more symbolism than substance. Democrats…

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Snapchat releases new research that says its for close friends

June 13, 2017

Image: snap inc. Snap’s got a message for their haters, naysayers, and short-sellers pointing to their supposedly slowing growth: New users are overrated (especially when our existing users are so engaged). At a time when Snap’s stock is hovering at a disappointingly low $18 while Facebook rolls out copycat product after copycat product, Snap released two new studies on Monday showing who’s using Snapchat, and why that is. SEE ALSO:…

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Payday loan complaints see sharp rise despite new rules – BBC News

June 13, 2017

The FCA is already conducting is own inquiry into overdrafts, door-to-door lending and other forms of loans. Consumer groups have consistently argued there should be an overdraft cap in place. A Lords committee also recently called for stronger controls such as a cap on “rent to own” products. Financial exclusion ‘challenge’ The FOS figures, published in its annual review, show that the total number of payday loan complaints was nine…

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