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House Democrats want to have a word with notorious racist troll Chuck Johnson

Vicious right-wing troll Chuck Johnson doesn’t have to comply with an interview request by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee now—but the request is a signal that if Democrats retake the House in November’s elections, Johnson might face a sub
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House Democrats want to have a word with notorious racist troll Chuck Johnson

Vicious right-wing troll Chuck Johnson doesn’t have to comply with an interview request by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee now—but the request is a signal that if Democrats retake the House in November’s elections, Johnson might face a subpoena: The Democratic lawmakers want information about Johnson’s work with Republican activist Peter W. Smith during the 2016 presidential campaign to obtain emails allegedly hacked from Hillary Clinton, according to the Monday letter from Shannon Green, a Democratic staffer on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Those efforts reportedly involved contact with people who purported to be Russian hackers in possession of emails stolen from Clinton. Johnson is the rare Republican so vile he’s even been banned by Twitter. That was for threatening a Black Lives Matter activist—all part of being an open white supremacist—but he’s also a Holocaust denier. And wouldn’t it be interesting to know what contact he had with Russia in 2016? Let’s elect some Democrats and find out!

Asylum seeker returned to U.S. by judge says she 'spent the entire ride to my home country worried'

The migrant family thrown onto a plane for deportation but then immediately returned back to the U.S. after a judge threatened to hold Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III in contempt of court said they were left in the dark about what was happening to them.
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Asylum seeker returned to U.S. by judge says she 'spent the entire ride to my home country worried'

The migrant family thrown onto a plane for deportation but then immediately returned back to the U.S. after a judge threatened to hold Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III in contempt of court said they were left in the dark about what was happening to them. “I spent the entire ride to my home country worried about what would happen to my daughter and me once we landed,” mom “Carmen” said. Carmen and her child had been waiting for their case to play out in immigration court, when they were ushered out of a family detention facility in the early morning to be sent back to El Salvador, despite the Department of Justice (DOJ) having agreed “to delay deportation hearings for Carmen until midnight on Thursday so her lawyers could appeal her removal orders in court,” Vox reported last week. Learning of their imminent deportation, an infuriated U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan threatened to hold Sessions and other administration officials in contempt unless the plane was turned back. “Someone in the government made a decision to remove those plaintiffs and I’m not happy at all about that,” he said. “And if they aren’t brought back forthwith, I’m going to issue orders to show cause why people should not be held in contempt of court, and I’m going to start with the attorney general.” During that time, Carmen, part of an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawsuit challenging Sessions’s move making asylum claims just about impossible for victims of domestic and gang violence, sat on a plane in horror. “Carmen's attorneys have said she has been raped and stalked by her husband who has threatened her and preyed upon by gangs in her home country,” NBC News reports. It was only when the plane landed that she found out what was happening back in Judge Sullivan’s courtroom, when an official from the flight told them they would be coming back. “When he told me that I could return to the United States, I was so happy,” she said. “To keep fighting for my case and for my daughter.”  Meanwhile, “immigration officials blamed her deportation on a data error and confusion over why her deportation had been delayed.” Sure, Jan. Or perhaps it’s deportation-happy officials who have shown themselves perfectly willing to mislead or coerce parents into agreeing to be deported without their kids, as Sessions has been accused of removing cases from an immigration judge—under his jurisdiction as attorney general—“apparently because he was too slow to issue deportation orders.” What we also know is that Sessions and his mass deportation thugs apparently ignored their own department’s instructions and tried to deport an asylum-seeking mom and kids to possible death, and a judge threatened to hold them in contempt of court for it. 

Disneyland's non-union workers are getting a big raise ... thanks to unions

Disneyland recently negotiated a $15 minimum wage for thousands of its unionized workers, and now it’s announced that a $15.75 minimum wage is coming for its non-union workers. Yay for workers getting raises, but there’s a lot going on here! First, many
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Disneyland's non-union workers are getting a big raise ... thanks to unions

Disneyland recently negotiated a $15 minimum wage for thousands of its unionized workers, and now it’s announced that a $15.75 minimum wage is coming for its non-union workers. Yay for workers getting raises, but there’s a lot going on here! First, many of Disneyland’s union workers, in particular members of UNITE HERE, continue to have an $11 minimum wage, which is far from a living wage in southern California. So Disney is willing to give its non-union workers a raise while it continues to resist negotiating the same amount with at least one of its unions. Second, note that while some of the unions got a $15 minimum wage, non-union workers will get a $15.75 minimum—in both cases to start in January. Isn’t that interesting? “Whenever the unions get something good, the company tends to bump up the non-union workers as well because it keeps them from wanting to unionize,” said Artemis Bell, a Disneyland janitor who served as an SEIU United Service Workers West contract negotiator. “They essentially ride our coattails.” Just one more way unions help workers beyond their own membership—by making capitalists anxious.

“Dead Air” and the true crime boom: What happens when amateurs investigate murder?

A new serialized novel and podcast about a crime enthusiast who becomes entangled in the story she’s telling
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“Dead Air” and the true crime boom: What happens when amateurs investigate murder?

A new serialized novel and podcast about a crime enthusiast who becomes entangled in the story she’s telling

Omarosa says Trump casually uses the N-word and there are tapes to prove it

Trump’s former reality show star and White House official claims there is a record of Trump’s casual racism.
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Omarosa says Trump casually uses the N-word and there are tapes to prove it

Trump’s former reality show star and White House official claims there is a record of Trump’s casual racism.

Mayor calls the brewer of Sam Adams a “complicit” profiteer of “Trump’s white nationalist agenda”

This is why Mayor Joseph Curtatone of Somerville, Massachusetts vows he “will never drink Sam Adams beer again”
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Mayor calls the brewer of Sam Adams a “complicit” profiteer of “Trump’s white nationalist agenda”

This is why Mayor Joseph Curtatone of Somerville, Massachusetts vows he “will never drink Sam Adams beer again”

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Y Combinator is launching a startup program in China

U.S. accelerator Y Combinator is expanding to China after it announced the hiring of former Microsoft and Baidu Qi Lu who will develop a standalone startup program that runs on Chinese soil. Shanghai-born Lu spent 11 years with Yahoo and eight years with Mic
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Y Combinator is launching a startup program in China

U.S. accelerator Y Combinator is expanding to China after it announced the hiring of former Microsoft and Baidu Qi Lu who will develop a standalone startup program that runs on Chinese soil. Shanghai-born Lu spent 11 years with Yahoo and eight years with Microsoft before a short spell with Baidu, where he was COO and head […]

Chemicals found in vegetables prevent colon cancer in mice

Chemicals produced by vegetables such as kale, cabbage and broccoli could help to maintain a healthy gut and prevent colon cancer, a new study shows.
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Chemicals found in vegetables prevent colon cancer in mice

Chemicals produced by vegetables such as kale, cabbage and broccoli could help to maintain a healthy gut and prevent colon cancer, a new study shows.

Revcontent is trying to get rid of misinformation with help from the Poynter Institute

CEO John Lemp recently said that thanks to a new policy, publishers in Revcontent‘s content recommendation network “won’t ever make a cent” on false and misleading stories — at least, not from the network. To achieve this, the compa
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Revcontent is trying to get rid of misinformation with help from the Poynter Institute

CEO John Lemp recently said that thanks to a new policy, publishers in Revcontent‘s content recommendation network “won’t ever make a cent” on false and misleading stories — at least, not from the network. To achieve this, the company is relying on fact-checking provided by the Poynter Institute’s International Fact Checking Network. If any two independent […]

Finding the Goldilocks zone for applied AI

To find the right opportunity around which to build an AI business, startups must apply the “Goldilocks” principle to find the sweet spot that is “just right.”
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Finding the Goldilocks zone for applied AI

To find the right opportunity around which to build an AI business, startups must apply the “Goldilocks” principle to find the sweet spot that is “just right.”

This robot maintains tender, unnerving eye contact

Humans already find it unnerving enough when extremely alien-looking robots are kicked and interfered with, so one can only imagine how much worse it will be when they make unbroken eye contact and mirror your expressions while you heap abuse on them. This i
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This robot maintains tender, unnerving eye contact

Humans already find it unnerving enough when extremely alien-looking robots are kicked and interfered with, so one can only imagine how much worse it will be when they make unbroken eye contact and mirror your expressions while you heap abuse on them. This is the future we have selected.

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Judge sets deadline for Army specialist's citizenship ruling

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Immigration officials have three weeks to decide whether to approve the citizenship application of a South Korean-born U.S. Army specialist who is suing after the military discharged her, a judge ruled Tuesday. Yea Ji Sea filed a lawsuit ag
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Judge sets deadline for Army specialist's citizenship ruling

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Immigration officials have three weeks to decide whether to approve the citizenship application of a South Korean-born U.S. Army specialist who is suing after the military discharged her, a judge ruled Tuesday. Yea Ji Sea filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security last month ...

Baby elephant joins herd at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The newest elephant at San Diego Zoo Safari Park has joined the rest of the herd. Video posted by the zoo on Monday shows Umzula-zuli taking its first tentative steps in the elephant enclosure - under the watchful eye of its mother, Ndula. Z
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Baby elephant joins herd at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The newest elephant at San Diego Zoo Safari Park has joined the rest of the herd. Video posted by the zoo on Monday shows Umzula-zuli taking its first tentative steps in the elephant enclosure - under the watchful eye of its mother, Ndula. Zookeeper Mindy ...

5 Reasons to Stick With Overwatch

Overwatch has been going strong for just over three years now and fans cannot get enough! Right now the games developer Blizzard is preparing for the millions of players who are ready to […] The post 5 Reasons to Stick With Overwatch appeared first on G
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5 Reasons to Stick With Overwatch

Overwatch has been going strong for just over three years now and fans cannot get enough! Right now the games developer Blizzard is preparing for the millions of players who are ready to […] The post 5 Reasons to Stick With Overwatch appeared first on Geek.com.

Geek Deals: Avengers Infinity War Releases Today, New Nintendo Labo with Switch Bundle

Ready to watch Infinity War all over again? Right now, you can get the UHD Blu-ray, the Blu-ray, and a digital copy at Walmart for just 25 bucks! Our sister site TechBargains also […] The post Geek Deals: Avengers Infinity War Releases Today, New Ninten
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Geek Deals: Avengers Infinity War Releases Today, New Nintendo Labo with Switch Bundle

Ready to watch Infinity War all over again? Right now, you can get the UHD Blu-ray, the Blu-ray, and a digital copy at Walmart for just 25 bucks! Our sister site TechBargains also […] The post Geek Deals: Avengers Infinity War Releases Today, New Nintendo Labo with Switch Bundle appeared first on Geek.com.

GEEK PICK: Anki Cozmo Robot

A few weeks ago we got to check out Vector, an upcoming product from Anki that wants to get you used to having cute yet clever robots casually roaming around your home. And […] The post GEEK PICK: Anki Cozmo Robot appeared first on Geek.com.
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GEEK PICK: Anki Cozmo Robot

A few weeks ago we got to check out Vector, an upcoming product from Anki that wants to get you used to having cute yet clever robots casually roaming around your home. And […] The post GEEK PICK: Anki Cozmo Robot appeared first on Geek.com.

Where in the World is Mortal Kombat 11?

When you spend years and years paying attention to the video game industry, you like to think you can make educated predictions. For example, we were excited, but not totally shocked, to see […] The post Where in the World is Mortal Kombat 11? appeared
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Where in the World is Mortal Kombat 11?

When you spend years and years paying attention to the video game industry, you like to think you can make educated predictions. For example, we were excited, but not totally shocked, to see […] The post Where in the World is Mortal Kombat 11? appeared first on Geek.com.

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From growing up at The Big A to the Hall of Fame, Trevor Hoffman is all class

Trevor Hoffman was tantalizing on the mound for his entire career and as a born-and-raised SoCal kid, seeing him enter the baseball Hall of Fame was extra special for Jose Mota
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From growing up at The Big A to the Hall of Fame, Trevor Hoffman is all class

Trevor Hoffman was tantalizing on the mound for his entire career and as a born-and-raised SoCal kid, seeing him enter the baseball Hall of Fame was extra special for Jose Mota

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