Sen. Susan Collins Comes Out Against Health Care Bill

June 27, 2017

… version of a health care bill, called the American Health Care Act. Medicine has long operated under the precept of primum non nocere, or first, do no harm. The draft legislation violates that standard on many levels, AMA CEO James Madara wrote in a letter to McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday. We believe that Congress should be working to increase the number of Americans with access to quality, affordable health insurance instead of pursuing policies that …

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How Hollywood Celebs Like Johnny Depp Are Hurting the Liberal Cause

June 26, 2017

… candidate Trump at a number of campaign stops and served as his adviser on veterans issues, would be unremarkable were it not for the fact that he once called for Hillary Clinton to be killed. This whole thing disgusts me. Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason, said Baldasaro. He was discussing Benghazi, a tragedy wherein the Republican House found no evidence of wrongdoing on Clintons behalf, during a July 2016 radio interview. The incendiary remarks triggered a …

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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 October. Ms Sturgeon had …

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

June 22, 2017

… Loughrey, warden of Goldsmiths said the TEF rating showed “we must improve in a number of areas to ensure our students have the best possible experience during their time here”. “We are already working hard to do this, and look forward to meeting these challenges together over the coming months and years” he said. Interim director of the LSE, Prof Julia Black, said there were limits to the measures the TEF used, but added: “We recognise that we have work to do, but …

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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 a more dramatic shift in opinion than …

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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 “strongly …

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

June 20, 2017

… increased by six points to 54 points. Turnout among black and minority ethnic voters also increased by six points since 2015, it said. This was despite a concerted effort by the Conservatives to close the gap with Labour. The Brexit effect Image copyright PA The Lib Dems’ vote share was only slightly down from 2015 – but as mentioned above, Ipsos Mori said only half of the party’s 2015 voters stayed with them this time. Where did the rest come from? Roughly the same number …

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

June 19, 2017

… taking to fight extremists who harness the power of tools like YouTube to spread their messages. “We will now devote more engineering resources to apply our most advanced machine learning research to train new ‘content classifiers’ to help us more quickly identify and remove [extremist and terrorism-related videos],” said Walker. “We will greatly increase the number of independent experts in YouTubes Trusted Flagger programme,” Walker continued, offering …

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Facebook and Google are taking unprecedented steps to crack down on bad ads

June 19, 2017

… of growth is equal to about $830 million. What leftover is a situation in which companies are chasing the scraps. Venture capital funding for ad tech companiesthe shorthand for the sprawl of esoteric businesses that orchestrate the buying and selling of digital adsshrank substantially last year as did the number of business deals in the space. They can’t entirely blame Google and Facebook. Pivotal advertising analyst Brian Wieser said ad tech’s woes have more to do with their …

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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 so they could be easily found. At the scene By BBC reporter, Mark Lobel …

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Philip Hammond attacks Tory general election campaign – BBC News

June 18, 2017

… conversations with Mrs May after the election, in which the Conservatives lost their Commons majority. Mr Hammond said the Tories should have focused more on their record of running Britain’s finances. “The end result is that in my judgement we did not talk about the economy as much we should have done.” Asked how long Mrs May had left in number 10, Mr Hammond replied: “I think what the country needs now is a period of calm while we get on with the job at hand.” …

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

June 18, 2017

… Patagonia has taken on a number of national conservation efforts since environmentalist and rock climber Yvon Chouinard founded it in 1973. In 1988, the firm launched a campaign to restore the natural splendor of Yosemite Valley, which was being destroyed by cars and lodges. The company took on a more consumer-centric approach, launching an ad campaign in 2011 urging customers its jackets in an attempt to address rampant waste in the fashion industry. The company was relatively quiet for the …

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

June 17, 2017

… 2017 Did Obama out Beyonc as having twin girls? Otherwise, his comment about Jay beating him in terms of number of daughters doesn’t make sense. Molly (@isteintraum) June 16, 2017 Sure, he could have meant the fact that once they arrive, Jay would just have more kids than him. But, shhhhhit’s a lot more fun imagining that the former leader of the free world spilled a major pop culture secret for us all. WATCH: This teen has some serious moves even after a heart transplant …

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Research say youll love mobile VR video in 2021, but it’s questionable

June 17, 2017

… primarily by mobile VR headset solutions. Ok, that sounds great for the Hollywood studios investing in VR, but with few mobile VR headsets visible on the streets of most major cities, and Samsung recently touting roughly 5 million Gear VRs sold (a good, but not earth-shattering number), what is driving the cash-fueled bets from so many that VR will go mainstream in the next 24 to 48 months? …

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

June 17, 2017

… Trump did get rid of DACA. It was about reminding people that Dreamers are part of America. 790,000 people is no small number, Wolgin said. These are real people. … You have employers talking about this, you have educators, other folks talking about how these are people in communities. These are people who have built their lives and we cant end this. United We Dream also hoped to get the attention of Ivanka Trump, the presidents daughter and now a senior White House adviser. They …

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

June 16, 2017

… people to carry guns legally, it only takes a relatively small number of those who arent such good guys. A gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress during a baseball practice near Washington in Alexandria, Virginia, June 14, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts The gun lobbys reductive thinking may be useful to increase sales, but it gets dangerous when its used to promote policies that affect millions of people. The NRA is always playing a game of checkers and the world is a …

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Snapchat releases new research that says its for close friends

June 13, 2017

… makes it much, much easier to record snaps Snap’s new research shows that engagement on the app’s high, and influential, tooamong other ways they demonstrate this, Snapchat (as they tell it) drives purchase intent, since most people chatting on Snapchat know each other. The research comes after shortly a dreary headline from Fortune, “Snap Investors Should Be Very Worried About This number,” last week. An analyst surfaced data that Snapchat’s iOS downloads …

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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 times higher than two years ago. …

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Banking with your personal assistant will be the future, whether you like it or not

June 11, 2017

… where users are only asked to add a PIN number. “Iris scanners and fingerprint recognition technology are generally beyond many existing methods, such as passwords, which are used by the majority of banks out there,” Yeo said. Antony Eldridge, a financial services and fintech leader at PwC Singapore, said that iris and fingerprint scanners are more secure as they are “much more difficult to fake.” “These appear more acceptable to both [the] public and …

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

June 11, 2017

… democratically-elected chamber and a government needs to have at least 326 MPs (which is just more than half the total number) in order to pass its legislation. To create a government like the one in Switzerland the UK would have to completely restructure its political systems. Even it it was acceptable to voters it would take years to put in place. Why don’t we have a written constitution? Although people refer to the “constitution”, in the UK it does not exist in the …

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

June 9, 2017

Student Lucy Walker said she registered to vote last month but was among a “ridiculous number of students” who had been unable to vote. She said she was told her “name was not on the list” at polling stations at Keele Village Hall and the students union. Electoral ‘chaos’ Biomedical sciences undergraduate Andrew Niblett, 18, said in his group of five friends who applied to vote in the area just one had been correctly registered. The electoral office told …

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‘She’s A Human Being’: Reality Winner’s Parents Assert Her Innocence

June 9, 2017

… selfless and dedicated, intent on helping her community as well as the people she had worked with as a linguist throughout her young career. They are adamant about her innocence and strongly stressed their belief that her case is being blown out of proportion. This is a 25-year-old girl who served her country with admiration and distinction. But shes now the poster child for every bad thing that happens, and the government is going to prosecute her as if shes the number one threat to national …

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Election 2017: How to follow on results night – BBC News

June 8, 2017

… by Stephen Nolan in Salford and Emma Barnett in London, who will be joined by the UK’s brightest political bloggers and commentators, all on hand as the result’s roll in. World Service: Election special starts at 2100 GMT – Philippa Thomas and Tim Franks will be in London analysing the results with a team of experts and senior politicians. Valerie Sanderson is in Scotland. BBC local radio: Results and analysis through the night and into the morning with a number of special …

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

June 5, 2017

… found to be vulnerable but not at risk of terrorist involvement. The remaining 28% were still being considered. In cases where an ideology was recorded, just over half related to Islamist extremism and nearly one in 10 were linked to far-right extremism. In some areas of the country, including parts of north-west England, the number of far-right referrals outstrips the number of Islamist cases. Where action is taken, an individual can be placed on the government’s Channel Programme. This …

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

June 3, 2017

… get off lightly either, with the first question from the audience on why the British public should trust him to negotiate Brexit. Image copyright Getty Images Home Secretary Amber Rudd repeatedly accused Mr Corbyn of having a “magic money tree” during the seven-way debate on Wednesday, and Mrs May carried on the baton, repeating the mantra on a number of occasions. “There isn’t a magic money tree that we can shake that suddenly provides for everything that people …

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Trump Keeps Citing A Paris Agreement Study That Seriously Misses The Point

June 2, 2017

… $18.6 trillionin 2016. Equally important, both Trump and the Heritage study disregard what so many other reports have found: Investing money in renewable energy and implementing carbon taxes will ultimately save money. While coal industry jobs are not coming back, the Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates thatwind turbine service technicianwill be the fastest growing career between now and 2024, and that the number of jobs in the solar industry is growing17 times faster than the U.S. …

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