Trump Donates $78,000 To Antietam Battlefield, But National Parks Still Set To Lose $1.5 Billion

July 6, 2017

Marylands Antietam National Battlefield, the site of the bloodiest one-day battle in U.S. history, will receive a $78,333 donation from the president to help fund two restoration projects, and additional donations to the battlefield from the National Park Foundation and several historic trusts will bring the full amount to more than $263,000. As both the Secretary of the Interior and a military veteran, Im deeply honored and humbled to deliver…

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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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The Billions at Stake in Britains Biggest-Ever Divorce

July 4, 2017

An extraordinary insight into the life of a couple widely regarded as among Britains most vulgar billionaires–Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt–was on public display this week, as the opening salvos in their mammoth 5.5bn ($7.1bn) divorce battle were fired in Londons family court. It has been widely reported that the divorce could result in Britains biggest ever settlement. Petra, the cherished eldest child of Bernie Ecclestone, the billionaire founder of…

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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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Listen to review bodies on public sector pay, says Gove – BBC News

July 3, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGove’s quick-fire answers on the Andrew Marr show – Brexit and his return to the cabinet The government should listen to review bodies’ recommendations for public sector pay, Michael Gove has said. His comments come as the prime minister and chancellor face increasing pressure from ministers and backbenchers to end the 1% public sector pay cap. The environment secretary did not call…

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Pressure grows on No 10 to scrap public sector pay cap – BBC News

July 2, 2017

“When they made recommendations on school teachers’ pay, I think I always accepted them. “My colleagues who deal with these pay review bodies would want to respect the integrity of that process.” Cabinet split Pay rises for five million public sector workers are set by independent pay review bodies, but have effectively been capped at 1% since 2013, before which there was a two-year freeze on pay for all but…

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Here’s Where Key Senators Stand On The GOP Health Care Bill

June 28, 2017

The delay came one day after the Congressional Budget Office estimated that 22 million people would lose coverage under the GOP plan, thanks in large part to massive cuts to Medicaid. Heres a look at where the senators who forced McConnell to postpone the vote currently stand: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) Heller, the first moderate senator to oppose the legislation, has vowed to withhold support for the bill because of…

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Donald Trump Just Had The Weirdest Phone Call With Irelands New Leader

June 28, 2017

Trump was put on hold for about 90 seconds as he waited for Leo Varadkar the new taoiseach (Irish prime minister) to come to the phone while the assembled press watched, according to CBS News. After complimenting Varadkar on a great victory,Trump called out to Caitriona Perry, the U.S. bureau chief for Irelands RTE News. Perry approached the desk and introduced herself. Heres the awkward encounter from another angle: He…

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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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Could Trump’s vague plan to expand rural broadband actually work? It’s hard to tell

June 25, 2017

A sign in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hangs on a farming tractor near a polling station in Cave Creek, Arizona. (Photo by )Image: Ralph Freso/Getty Images If you live in the country, there’s a good chance you don’t have broadband-speed internet. Only one in ten Americans lack access to a connection that meets the government’s new standard for the designation, but more than two thirds of them…

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Johnny Depp issues an apology for his remarks about Donald Trump and assasinations

June 24, 2017

Image: Samir Hussein/Redferns Less than 24 hours since his foreboding question to a Glastonbury crowd, Johnny Depp has issued an apology. During remarks that proceeded a film screening, Depp suggested Donald Trump should be in attendance before asking “when was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” The uncomfortable joke sparked headlines and controversy, and now the actor is back-pedaling. SEE ALSO: Johnny Depp had a question about Donald…

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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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Trump called on tech giants and most of them came

June 20, 2017

President Donald Trump wants to modernize government systems, and he is asking the CEOs of the world’s largest tech companies for help. Many executives, like those at Apple, Amazon, and Google, are listening and offering their words of wisdom, while others, like Facebook, appear to be keeping their distance at least publicly. SEE ALSO: Former Twitter chief likens Trump meeting to ‘waterboarding’ On Monday, tech leaders, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos,…

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The controversial Trumped-up production of Julius Caesar was interrupted by protestors, and Twitter went off

June 19, 2017

The controversial production of Julius Caesar was hit by alt-right protests.Image: AFP/Getty Images Alt-right figures Jack Posobiec and Laura Loomer attempted to shut down a performance of Shakespeare in the Park’s controversial, Trump-themed production of Julius Caesar by storming the stage and condemning other audience members for their participation in the spectacle. The show was paused, but ultimately, not shut down. Loomer, a writer for right-wing Canadian website Rebel Media,…

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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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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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Uber board member resigns after making ridiculous, sexist joke

June 14, 2017

Image: ERIC RISBERG/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK Update, Tuesday June 13, 6:30 pm PST: An Uber board member who made a misogynistic remark in a meeting to address the company’s systemic sexual harassment resigned late Tuesday, an Uber spokesperson confirmed. David Bonderman reportedly caused a stunned silence at an all-hands meeting earlier in the day when he joked that a company board with more than one woman means “it’s more likely that there will…

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Ralph Northam Wins In Democratic Primary For Virginia Governor

June 14, 2017

Although Perriello enjoyed greater support among millennials, liberals and residents of Southwestern Virginia, his campaign hopes depended on getting many of them to turn out for the first time. Its still an uphill climb for groups that are farther to the left to succeed even in a Democratic Primary, said Geoffrey Skelly, an expert in state politics at the University of Virginia. Theres a lot of excitement. But at the…

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Trump’s tweet cited against him in travel ban ruling

June 14, 2017

Image: Roberto Machado Noa/REX/Shutterstock Never Tweet: The 2017 American dystopia edition. President Donald Trump’s inability to keep his Twitter fingers in his pockets just helped derail his attempt to enact a ban on travel to the United States from six predominantly Muslim countries. SEE ALSO: Trumpniks have no defense for the James Comey mess, so duh, they’re blaming the media The Ninth Circuit ruled against the implementation of the ban…

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Donald Trump told Theresa May he does not want to visit the U.K. until the public supports him

June 12, 2017

Image: Getty Images President Trump told British Prime Minister Theresa May that does not want to go forward with a planned state visit to the U.K. until the public supports him coming. According to The Guardian, Trump told May in a recent phone call that he did not want to make the trip if there were going to be large-scale protests. SEE ALSO: U.S. mayors and governors defy Trump, will…

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Facebook adds badges so your politicians know who you are

June 8, 2017

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke at Harvard's commencement in May 2017.Image: facebook/mark zuckerberg Facebook is turning into more and more of a Town Hall. SEE ALSO: Facebook’s new Pride Month features celebrate the LGBTQ community with style The social network introduced three features Wednesday that are meant to help elected officials better connect with their constituents and vice-versa. The products provide a way for politicians to identify local constituents and…

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Even In The Military, Black People Are Punished Disproportionately: Report

June 8, 2017

Data obtained by the organization through the Freedom of Information Act revealed that black service members were as much astwo and a half times more likely than their white counterparts to face court-martial or nonjudicial punishment in an average year. The disparity is notable, considering white service members make up the largest racial group in the military. Retired Col. Don Christensen, the groups president and former chief prosecutor of the…

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What does a Facebook Like really mean?

June 7, 2017

Image:  Kay Nietfeld/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images What’re you saying when you “Like” a story about the Syrian Civil War in your Facebook News Feed? Maybe that you enjoyed reading the story. Or maybe the fact the story’s even being covered in the first place. Or just the idea that whoever posted the article is spreading some kind of awareness. Of course, you could just be expressing your approval for the war in…

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