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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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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An airport in Houston is using facial recognition technology on U.S. citizens

July 2, 2017

Image: michael Reynolds/Epa/REX/Shutterstock Customs and Border Protection (CBP) evidently doesn’t need Congress to begin using facial recognition of United States citizens. Officials at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and Logan International Airport in Boston earlier this week began to scan faces of U.S. citizens and other passengers on specific flights. Congress has nine times passed legislation authorizing the use of biometric technology on non-U.S. citizens as a way of…

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Joe and Mika ask Trump not to watch their show in blistering, but sticky, editorial

July 1, 2017

Image: michael stewart/WireImage After Trump tweeted about “Psycho Joe” and “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” yesterday, the two decided to fight back with more than his trademark, lazy 140 characters. Scarborough and Brzezinski wrote a powerful op-ed for The Washington Post Friday morning, alleging that the President had an “unhealthy obsession” with the show and encouraging him to “keep his 60-inch-plus flat-screen TV tuned to Fox & Friends instead.” SEE ALSO:…

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GOP senator compares health care to porcupine sex and then the AP fact checked him

July 1, 2017

Image: Getty Images/shutterstock/mashable composite When it comes to the intricacies of healthcare policy in the United States of America in the year 2017, there feels no better or accurate way that sums it up than the following real quote from GOP Kansas Senator Pat Roberts: “Once in Glacier National Park I saw two porcupines making love,” Roberts told reporters. Uh, Senator Roberts, the question was about health care? SEE ALSO:…

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CNN’S Ana Navarro Goes Ballistic Over Trump Tweet: ‘Lunatic Man Baby’ Must Stop

June 30, 2017

is the p Navarro said she has had it with Republican politicians who criticize the president but do nothing more. Its time that somebody …calls him up and says, Listen,you crazy, lunatic 70-year-old man-baby, stop it.You are now the president of the United States, the commander in chief, and you need to stop acting like a mean girl, because we just wont take it. Navarros comment on Trumpsfixation with women…

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How the U.S. can defend its elections from cyberattacks

June 30, 2017

Mandatory Credit: Photo by MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock (7426437h) Voting Polls Virginia US presidential election voting, Alexandria, Virginia, USA – 08 Nov 2016 Image: MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock Amid the cybersecurity whirlwind that has been May and Junewhen the world got its first taste of what widespread ransomware attacks are capable of (WannaCry) and the continued wave of attacks that is still unfolding globally (Petya/NonPetya)the publics attention has yet again been pulled away from the news…

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Facebook’s latest manifesto on fighting hate speech feels kinda whiny

June 29, 2017

All eyes are on Facebook for fighting hate speechImage: B. TONGO/EPA/REX/Shutterstock As Facebook works to become more transparent about its strategy to combat hate speech, one of its public policy leaders published a lengthy explainer on the process Tuesday. For all of the post’s enlightening details, though, it felt as if Facebook was saying, “Sorry, guys, it’s hard.” Richard Allan, Facebook’s VP of Public Policy in Europe, the Middle East,…

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Sweaty strangers yell at each other in Twitter’s most honest ad campaign yet

June 28, 2017

Shaq engrossed in Twitter debate in a new ad.Image: twitter Twitter is notorious for its fight club atmosphere. More than any other social network, it’s a place where users don’t hold back in debating one another, whether they be the president of the United States or a blank avatar with five followers. While that environment can easily veer into harassment or intimidate prospective users, it has some upsides too. That’s…

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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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A new roboadvisor wants to make halal investing more accessible to Muslim millennials

June 15, 2017

Wahed Invest is bringing halal investing to roboadvising.Image: Shutterstock / nukeaf For anyone who wants to start investing for the first time or switch from an old-school system to a roboadvisor, there are a lot of options out there. Betterment, Wealthfront, and smart advisors from major banks all let consumers become serious investors and save for retirement without requiring as much money or time as personal financial advisors. But a…

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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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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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With A Flick Of His Mood, Trump Throws Allies Off Balance

June 7, 2017

President Donald Trump on Tuesday into a complex and escalating dispute between the state of Qatar and several of its Middle Eastern neighbors. Trump tweeted his support for the decision by Saudi Arabia and several other Persian Gulf nations to cut ties with Qatar, accusing the longtime U.S. ally and host to an instrumental U.S. military base of funding extremists. Trumps brazen comments Tuesday were the latest in a series…

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Putin: ‘We Don’t Care Who’s The Head Of The United States’

June 5, 2017

Putin, in an interview on NBCs new program Sunday Night, with Megyn Kelly, fired back at assertions that Russia had meddled in the election, at times getting noticeably agitated with the line of questioning. At one point, he told Kelly Russia didnt care who the American president was as the main political direction does not change, regardless of whos in charge. I havent seen, even once, any direct proof of…

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We (Still) Dont Know If Trump Believes In Climate Change

June 3, 2017

But as he pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement Wednesday, officials wanted to do anything but discuss the presidents current views on the issue. Asked about Trumps climate views on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he hadnt discussed the matter with the president. On Friday, Spicer again said he hadnt had a chance to talk to Trump about it. There is widespread scientific…

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

June 2, 2017

But the findings that Trump,members of his administration and conservative media outlets have seized upon to justify exiting the climate deal tend to come from a few outlier studies.One in particular,a 2016 Heritage Foundation reporton the Paris Agreement, has drawn criticism from economic and environmental experts for its misleading conclusions. But the Paris Agreement doesnt involve the United States alone, as theWorld Resources Institute pointed out in March. It is…

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Hot music video will make you want to dance and ignore rampant corruption in the Russian government

May 31, 2017

Kleptocracy is lit AF. Political opposition? Lame, according to Russian pop singer Alisa Voxwho, according to a source who talked to Russian news site Meduza, was paid $35,000 by the Kremlin for her new music video. SEE ALSO: France dislikes Trump even more than Putin, so that’s reassuring The song is called “Baby Boy,” and it’s all about the joys of not protesting. Here’s a sample of the lyrics, as…

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Ivanka Trump’s brand gets Memorial Day very, very wrong

May 30, 2017

Image: chip somodevilla/Getty Images Memorial day is supposed to be the day Americans come together to pay respect to the people who’ve died while serving the countryor, if you’re Ivanka Trump, make popsicles. On Sunday, the Ivanka Trump brand posted a painfully tone deaf tweet just in time for the holiday. SEE ALSO: 8th graders refuse to take a photo with Paul Ryan because they don’t “want to be associated…

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Trump is back from Europe and ready to scare us all on Twitter again

May 30, 2017

Image: christopher gordon/us navy/Getty Images Even though he was busy destroying postwar alliances and praising autocrats, it was nice to have President Trump away from the United States for a week, especially away from Twitter. Well, that time has ended. President Trump is back from Europe and back on his phone, with some of his most disturbing (yet properly spelled!) allegations yet. SEE ALSO: President Trump left TripAdvisor reviews for…

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

May 26, 2017

Wild horses fight in Wyoming.Image: john joyce/Solent News/REX/Shutterstock President Donald Trump’s budget proposal would save an estimated $10 million in 2018 by allowing the United States’s wild horses to wind up on someone’s plate. The U.S. has long rounded up and sold wild horses that roam through Nevada and other Western states, but buyers have always legally had to promise not to ship horses for slaughter. Horse slaughterhouses are outlawed…

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