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30 марта, 14:15

Climate Change-Deniers 'Spam' Thousands Of Teachers With Anti-Global Warming Packages

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function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); One of America’s most prominent climate-denying groups, galvanized by the Trump administration listening to their claims, has set it sights on a new target: teachers. The Heartland Institute, a conservative think tank that’s become one of the loudest voices when it comes to climate denial, has sent more than 25,000 science teachers across the country a package of material it hopes they’ll use in the classroom, according to a report from PBS Frontline. Alongside a note from Lennie Jarratt, the group’s project manager for transforming education, the package contains a book called Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming and a 10-minute video about using their guidance. “I’m writing to ask you to consider the possibility that the science in fact is not ‘settled,’” Jarratt says in the memo. “If that’s the case, then students would be better served by letting them know a vibrant debate is taking place among scientists on how big the human impact on climate is, and whether or not we should be worried about it.” However, there’s near universal consensus among climate researchers that the planet is warming ― rapidly ― and human-induced greenhouse gas emissions are the primary cause. Earth experienced its hottest year on record in 2016, and officials have warned we’re running out of time to address the threat of climate change. Jim Lakely, the Heartland Institute’s director of communications, confirmed thousands of copies of the group’s book have been sent out, and more are yet to come. “The number put out by PBS Frontline might be low before it’s all done. We’ll see,” he said in an email. “We’re mailing out the material because the science is not ‘settled’ when it comes to what are the causes and consequences of climate change.” The packages have already drawn swift rebuke. “It’s not science, but it’s dressed up to look like science,” Ann Reid, the executive director of the National Center for Science Education told Frontline. “It’s clearly intended to confuse teachers.” The National Council for Special Education published survey findings this month that 75 percent of public science educators devote time to teaching about climate change. But around 30 percent of the 1,500 teachers surveyed cast doubt on the cause, disputing scientific consensus about the phenomenon. Some teachers expressed their dismay on Twitter at receiving the Heartland Institute packages: Received this junk in my university mailbox today. Thanks but no thanks #HeartlandInstitute pic.twitter.com/1n9F1EBRnY— Matt Cover (@matthewrcover) March 29, 2017 After teaching about #climatechange all day, it was kind that the Heartland Institute, an organization funded by petroleum, sent me this pic.twitter.com/lLpyixvLsE— Brandie Freeman (@sustainteach) March 29, 2017 Oh look, the Heartland Institute sent me a care package. And they want my feedback. #science #ActOnClimate pic.twitter.com/HG7GSSfCmV— Rich Bykowski (@SandRaider25) March 29, 2017 The Heartland institute is spamming my workplace with bullshit. pic.twitter.com/n74M3FJroU— Rach (@CityLightsUF) March 29, 2017 Heartland has been riding high since the election of President Donald Trump, a who’s called climate change a hoax invented by the Chinese. The group hosted its 12th annual conference on climate denial this month. The event drew pro-Trump billionaire Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah Mercer, along with Myron Ebell, the man in charge of the Trump campaign’s transition at the Environmental Protection Agency. Lakely said the group has been “meeting a demand” with the packages and that it’s been “contacted by many teachers who’ve asked us for science-based materials that will help them tell their students the truth.” However, a Gallup poll published on March 14 found concern about global warming at a three-decade high, with 71 percent of Americans saying they believe the phenomenon is occurring. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

30 марта, 13:44

Thursday's Morning Email: North Carolina To Repeal Transgender Bathroom Bill

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TOP STORIES (And want to get The Morning Email each weekday? Sign up here.) NORTH CAROLINA TO REPEAL TRANSGENDER BATHROOM BILL “Lawmakers in North Carolina announced late Wednesday they had reached a deal to repeal the state’s controversial bill that bars transgender people from using bathrooms associated with their gender identity.” And here’s what the move means for the president. [HuffPost] WHY YOU SHOULD BE PAYING ATTENTION TO THE UN NUCLEAR TALKS As nuclear dread increases to levels not seen since the 1980s. [HuffPost] IT’S OFFICIAL Ivanka Trump is now an unpaid federal employee in the West Wing. [HuffPost] PEDESTRIAN DEATHS ARE ON THE RISE Are smartphones to blame? [WaPo] CHELSEA CLINTON: I’M NOT RUNNING FOR OFFICE Usually all that denying means something. [HuffPost] CHRIS CHRISTIE AIDES SENTENCED FOR BRIDGEGATE To two years and 18 months in prison. [HuffPost] AT LEAST 13 DEAD AFTER CHURCH BUS CRASH IN TEXAS And two more injured when a Texas church bus carrying senior citizens collided head-on with another vehicle. [Reuters] WHAT’S BREWING THIS BABYSITTER WINS ALL THE AWARDS For dressing up in a matching mermaid costume with the 3-year-old she was babysitting. [HuffPost] HOW LEAD CAN CHANGE A LIFE “Damage from childhood lead exposure lasts well into adulthood, according to a four-decade study that found that kids who were exposed to high levels of leaded gasoline in the 1970s had worse cognitive functioning and lower socioeconomic statuses at age 38 than their peers.” [HuffPost] WE ARE COMPLETELY FREAKED OUT BY THIS BUST OF CRISTIANO RONALDO How can you make that jawline look so terribly terrifying? [HuffPost] HERE’S HOW THIEVES STOLE A MASSIVE COIN WORTH $4 MILLION FROM A BERLIN MUSEUM And it wasn’t even that high-tech. [HuffPost] HOW DOES THE ‘BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER’ CAST NOT LOOK ANY OLDER? After 20 YEARS. [HuffPost]  BEFORE YOU GO ~ Federal court in Hawaii halted Trump’s travel ban indefinitely. ~ Bob Dylan is finally deigning to pick up his Nobel prize. ~ Inside the opioid panel to be led by Chris Christie. ~ Everything you need to know about that infamous Devin Nunes visit to the White House. ~ If you’re a college thinking about eliminating a science collection to make a larger track facility, maybe pause a minute to think about the PR there. ~ Ranking the 32 Trump-related “SNL” sketches this season. ~ Lamar Odom spoke out for the first time about that Las Vegas brothel night that landed him in the hospital. ~ Deciphering impossible medical bills. ~ The Doctors Without Borders medics treating patients out of backpacks. ~ The island ruled by cats has an underlying dark truth. ~ Did you know Justin Trudeau had this massive arm tattoo? ~ Yes, red balloons and clowns haunted our dreams last night after watching the new “It” trailer. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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30 марта, 13:19

Conan Dissects Donald Trump's Habit Of Taking Credit Where It Isn't Due

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Conan O’Brien on Wednesday gleefully spoofed how President Donald Trump has hogged credit for stuff “he had nothing to do with.” As a jumping-off point, the talk show host used Trump’s real tweet on Tuesday suggesting he laid the groundwork for Ford’s $1.2 billion investment in three Michigan plants, even though Ford had the plan in the works since 2015. But that was small potatoes. The commander-in-chief has apparently been behind some other truly huge moments, like the start of spring. Don’t try to tell him otherwise. Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Mahershala Ali, Amy Poehler and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Join us at 7 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 31 on Facebook Live.  You can support the ACLU right away. Text POWER to 20222 to give $10 to the ACLU. The ACLU will call you to explain other actions you can take to help. Visit www.hmgf.org/t for terms. #StandForRights2017 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

30 марта, 12:47

What The Raiders’ Move To Vegas Means For The Push To Legalize Sports Betting

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function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); From the nation’s capital to the global capital of gambling, advocates for the legalization of sports betting celebrated the NFL’s decision this week to allow the Oakland Raiders to relocate to Las Vegas. “We congratulate the Raiders and the National Football League on today’s historic decision to place a team in Las Vegas,” Geoff Freeman, the president and chief executive officer of the American Gaming Association, which supports the legalization of sports gambling, said in a statement Monday. The Raiders’ relocation, Freeman said, “demonstrates how far gaming has come.” Sports gambling has been effectively outlawed in the United States since 1992, when Congress enacted the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, or PASPA, a federal law that allows sports betting in just four states, including Nevada, the only one permitted to operate full sports books. For that reason, it seemed impossible that Las Vegas could ever be home to a professional sports franchise as recently as a decade ago, as the NBA, the NFL, the NHL and Major League Baseball ― which combined to provide the force PASPA needed to become law ― remained staunchly opposed to gambling and viewed the idea of holding sporting events next door to sports books as a threat to the integrity of their games. That unified opposition began to crack in recent years. In 2014, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called for the legalization and regulation of sports wagering nationwide. Last month, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said his league is re-evaluating its position on legal gambling. Now, Sin City will be home to franchises in the other two major leagues, as the Raiders will join the National Hockey League’s Vegas Golden Knights, an expansion franchise that will begin play next season. Gambling advocates and gaming law experts see the NFL’s decision to join the NHL in Vegas as a potentially significant moment for sports gambling ― one that highlights the broader acceptance of the practice and could provide momentum for the growing movement to legalize and regulate it. “It’s a pretty big symbolic breakthrough,” said I. Nelson Rose, a professor at Whittier Law School and gaming law expert who has advised governments and the industry. “The sports leagues used to be unified against anything that could conceivably lead to betting on sports.” The question is whether that symbolism is powerful enough to help pave the way for legalization. In Washington, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) hopes it will. Pallone, the ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees regulatory issues in sports, introduced legislation last year to roll back PASPA and called on the NFL to join him in the effort after Monday’s vote. “This move is a clear sign that the league owners’ attitudes toward sports betting has changed,” Pallone said in a statement. “I hope that following today’s vote, I can count on the support of the NFL and the NFL team owners for my efforts to legalize and regulate sports betting.” He may have to wait awhile for a friendly response. Even before NFL owners voted on the move, Commissioner Roger Goodell attempted to quash the idea that the Raiders’ relocation plans marked a change in how his league sees gambling. “We are not changing our position as it relates to legalized sports gambling,” Goodell told The MMQB. “We still don’t think it is a positive thing.” New Jersey state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D), though, doesn’t need the NFL’s help advancing legislation in Congress. In 2012, Lesniak led the push to legalize sports gambling at New Jersey’s casinos and racetracks. All four major leagues and the NCAA immediately challenged the law that he sponsored and that Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed. The leagues argued it violated PASPA, and the law was defeated in federal court. When New Jersey took another crack at it in 2014, the leagues won in court again. The state is now appealing its case to the Supreme Court, and in January the court asked the U.S. solicitor general to weigh in on the fight, an unexpected development considering most legal observers thought justices would decline to hear the case (which they may still do). It’s very, very, very difficult now to argue that legalized sports betting undermines the integrity of the game. New Jersey state Sen. Ray Lesniak Lesniak, who is now seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, sees the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas as a boost for the state’s case. The government has traditionally supported the four sports leagues’ position on PASPA, but Lesniak said Monday that he was preparing a letter to the solicitor general’s office to argue that having a team in Las Vegas helps invalidate its core opposition to legal gambling. “It’s very, very, very difficult now to argue that legalized sports betting undermines the integrity of the game,” Lesniak told The Huffington Post. To Lesniak, the NFL’s actions on gambling render its words on the subject almost meaningless. He points to other embraces of gambling that, at this point, make the NFL’s public opposition border on hypocrisy. The NFL has benefited from gambling, it knows it has benefited from gambling and everyone else knows it has benefited from gambling. The league eagerly embraced fantasy football as a way to help drive interest in its sport ― and while fantasy sports aren’t considered gambling under federal law, that’s because of the NFL, which lobbied Congress for a “carve out” in gaming laws that kept them separate from traditional gambling, and thus legal. The NFL has a similarly symbiotic relationship with daily fantasy sports, which have further blurred the lines between fantasy games and actual sports gambling. At least 28 NFL teams have partnered with daily fantasy companies, and the league didn’t back away from the industry even as its murky legal status came under scrutiny in states and in Congress last year (the league claims it does not view daily fantasy games as gambling). In 2012, the NFL lifted its ban on casino advertisements in stadiums. Five years prior, it began playing annual games in London, where sports gambling is legal. It expanded its London schedule to four games last season and has invested in a stadium there to host future games. NFL owners publicly share their desires to have a franchise in London sooner rather than later. A team in Vegas “is the final straw” in the NFL’s argument that gambling poses a threat to its game, Lesniak said. Rose believes it’s “too late” to save the New Jersey case. But, the law professor said, New Jersey’s fight could embolden efforts to legalize sports wagering at the state level: Pennsylvania, Maryland and Michigan are already considering such legislation. If those become law, they will likely run into challenges under PASPA, too. But added to its past moves toward gambling, the NFL’s entrance into Las Vegas could make it hard for the league to clearly articulate to a court why exactly it opposes legalized sports betting, said Daniel Wallach, a Florida-based attorney and gaming law expert, especially given its earlier embraces of gaming. “It’s going to be more difficult for the leagues to continue to argue in court that sports betting undermines their games,” Wallach said. “They can no longer claim that they would be irreparably harmed by betting on sporting events when they are participating in that activity and are directly involved in supporting it.” “The next time a state tries to legalize sports betting,” Wallach said, it will have “an even more powerful argument concerning the leagues’ hypocrisy than New Jersey ever possessed.” Aside from legal fights and legislative battles, the presence of major professional sports in Las Vegas for the first time should go a long way toward showing leagues like the NFL that legalized and regulated gambling serves them better than the alternative, said Jennifer Roberts, the associate director of the International Center for Gaming Regulation at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “It will highlight how highly regulated our environment for sports wagering is, that it’s able to maintain the integrity of the sport, and provide for responsible gaming and consumer protections,” Roberts told HuffPost. “Sports wagering is going to happen. So it’s better to happen in a regulated environment.” Goodell hinted at that in a Tuesday press conference, saying that the league likely won’t try to keep Vegas sports books from taking bets on Raiders games, “in large part because you have the regulatory environment there, which actually could be beneficial in this case.” The federal prohibition on sports gambling, Roberts noted, hasn’t stopped the practice from flourishing. Though exact figures are impossible to come by, Americans illegally wager an estimated $80 billion to $380 billion a year on sporting events. That’s a huge potential market ― one the league will now see up close every Sunday ― and nothing changes the NFL’s opinion on any given subject like cash. The allure of money is how the NFL got in bed with daily fantasy sports companies and what ultimately landed the Raiders in Vegas. And in the end, it might be what finally convinces Goodell to complete the NFL’s shift on gambling, too. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

30 марта, 12:47

The Anti-Trump Movement In North Carolina Has The Potential To Flip The South

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DURHAM, N.C. ― North Carolina has been in an almost constant state of protest for the last year.    It started in March 2016, when former Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed HB 2, a measure preventing local governments from passing anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, into law. Thousands of protesters responded by storming the state Capitol. In late September, six consecutive nights of protest rocked Charlotte after a police officer fatally shot 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott. In October, the state chapter of the NAACP sued several counties over an alleged voter suppression attempt. Protesters again swarmed the capital, Raleigh, in December to stand against GOP-backed measures to limit the powers of the newly elected Gov. Roy Cooper (D).  Now many activists are coalescing around another shared concern: President Donald Trump. Progressives see North Carolina as a breeding ground of possibility, as recent liberal activism has begun to show what’s possible when organizers take aim at a common threat. This is especially true in the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, where more than 20 colleges and universities house plenty of aggravated liberals. Liberal Tar Heels want to use their energy to turn the state solidly blue by 2020, when a number of key political offices will be up for grabs. Avid Trump supporter Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), who has been very critical of the current wave of protests, will be up for re-election in 2020. So will Cooper. And Democrats are aiming to take control of the state legislature ― Republicans currently hold 74 state House seats, compared to Democrats’ 46, and 35 state Senate seats, compared to Democrats’ 15. Although these activists will have to contend with the state’s racial gerrymandering ― the general assembly drew new district lines in 2014 and 2016 that put a high number of voters of color into certain districts in order to dilute their voting power ― North Carolina’s status as a purple state makes progressives optimistic. Many people assume North Carolina is a Republican state, but the state Senate was under Democratic control from 1992 to 2011. Democrats also controlled the state House from 1992 to 1994, and again from 1999 to 2010. Only three Republican governors have led the state in the last 50 years, and North Carolina went blue for former President Barack Obama in 2008. But that was the first time since 1976 that the state had voted for a Democratic presidential nominee, and it went for Republicans Mitt Romney in 2012 and Trump in 2016. Last year’s election was very close, however: Trump beat Hillary Clinton by just 3.6 percent. Activists say they hope flipping North Carolina can cause a ripple effect across the 14 states that constitute the South. Republicans below the Mason-Dixon Line currently control 24 Senate seats, 110 House seats and 180 Electoral College votes (167 of which went to Trump in November). “If you fundamentally shift any of those states ― and they begin to vote in more progressive ways ― then you fundamentally change the American democracy and the landscape,” Rev. William Barber, the president of North Carolina’s NAACP, told reporters last year. North Carolina has a strong, influential history of political protest. On Feb. 1, 1960, four black students at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University refused to move from a lunch counter in downtown Greensboro after being denied service. By Feb. 5, the Greensboro sit-ins had grown to include approximately 300 students. Extensive television media coverage of the sit-ins helped the anti-segregation movement circulate through southern and northern college towns; students began peacefully protesting segregated libraries, beaches, hotels and other businesses. By the end of March, protests were underway in at least 55 cities in 13 states. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a youth organization that played an integral role in the civil rights movement, was founded a month later at Shaw University.   Real policy change followed: Eateries throughout the South began integrating by the end of that summer. That fight was similar to the current battle against Trump, said Marcus Bass, an organizing member of Charlotte-based activist group The Tribe. “North Carolina’s civil rights history has been embedded in this political fight ― so much so that it makes sense for us to have a lot of this mobility around organizing,” he said. In addition to fighting police violence, which has garnered a significant amount of media attention, black activities have been deeply involved in advocating for LGBTQ, immigrant and women’s rights in North Carolina. They are also key figures in the Moral Mondays protests, a movement launched in April 2013 to object against Republican legislative policies. Moral Monday protesters began meeting every Monday at the state Capitol to protest the actions McCrory and the Republican legislature had taken against voting and abortion rights, the environment and racial justice. Like the Greensboro sit-ins, the movement ignited activists in other states, including Georgia, South Carolina, New Mexico, Illinois and Massachusetts.   “It’s provided a catalyst on a state level and on a local level for folks to begin to get engaged,” Bass said of Moral Mondays.   An estimated 80,000 people participated in the 11th annual Forward Together Moral March on Feb. 11, which Barber led. This year’s march focused on the duty of participants to stand against the Trump administration and its policies ― such as repealing the Affordable Care Act ― as well as race-based gerrymandering and HB 2. “We march not as a spontaneous action but as a movement that stands upon deep foundations of organizing that have gone on for years, setting the groundwork for times such as this,” Barber said to the crowd at the march. “Four years later we realize we have been preparing all along for such a time as this.” Moral Mondays also laid the groundwork for other protests ― nearly 17,000 people participated in Raleigh’s Women’s March the day after Trump’s inauguration. And more than 1,500 protesters flooded the state’s airports after Trump issued the first version of his executive order banning immigrants from a group of predominantly Muslim countries on Jan. 27. There was a strong protest movement in North Carolina before Trump, but his candidacy and election also worked to galvanize new activists. His election inspired Kelly Garvy, a 29-year-old graduate student at Duke University, to start the activist group Protecting Progress in Durham. Most of the group’s members weren’t involved in politics prior to the election. “Many people feel a moral duty to get more involved,” Garvy said. “Trump has scared a lot of people.”  Many people feel a moral duty to get more involved. Trump has scared a lot of people. Kelly Garvy, Protecting Progress in Durham founder  longChristopher Butler, 36, started out phone banking for the N.C. Democratic Party last fall and housing people who were working for Clinton’s campaign ― something he said he never would have done before Trump. Catherine Caprio, 50, became chair of Durham’s 25th Precinct after volunteering on Clinton’s campaign and registering voters in rural parts of the county. Cherry Foreman, a 42-year-old Democrat, said she started going door to door and helping people register to vote last fall. These activists ― new and seasoned alike ― are laying groundwork they say can help elect more Democrats in 2018 and 2020. Mandy Carter, a 69-year-old activist involved in several local and national organizations, is identifying rallying causes, such as education, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and the environment. She’s also paying attention to demographic changes and watching individual precincts for opportunities to elect progressives. “All politics is local,” she said. “On Nov. 9, when I woke up that morning, besides being traumatized, nothing changed for me. My city council and my county commissioners have more control of my day-to-day life than what happens in D.C.” Alyssa Canty, a member of the Raleigh Police Accountability Task Force, is working to institutionalize voting at North Carolina’s historically black colleges and universities and increase turnout among millennial voters, while also supporting and raising money for black candidates. Protecting Progress in Durham is focusing its efforts on rectifying voting laws that disproportionately hurt black voters, like vague voter registration forms and limited early voting opportunities, and getting the state’s gerrymandered district lines redrawn more fairly. The group is also working to boost grassroots organizing in rural areas in order to win back the nine counties that voted for Obama in 2008 but went to Trump in November. “North Carolina goes blue, it changes the game in a lot of different ways,” Garvy said. “The work that we’re doing here can’t be understated.” If you're always angry about politics, sign up for bruh., a sporadic newsletter by Julia Craven.powered by TinyLetter -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

30 марта, 12:34

Stephen Colbert Illustrates How Deep In Trump's 'Inner Circle' Devin Nunes Is

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“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert devoted part of his Tuesday night opening monologue to House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes’ (R-Calif.) conflicts of interest. And what better way to examine the information than with a diagram? Nunes has been making headlines for announcing that he received information showing that intelligence agencies, while targeting suspected foreign spies, inadvertently collected incidental surveillance of President Donald Trump’s transition team officials. While Nunes briefed the president, he has refused to tell his colleagues, the press or American citizens how he obtained the information.  His behavior is concerning because the committee that he co-chairs is leading the investigation into whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election and the Trump administration’s ties to the Kremlin.  “No matter where this investigation leads, no matter what we find out, Nunes is not coming out of this smelling like a rose,” Colbert joked.  Watch the moment in the video above. Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Mahershala Ali, Amy Poehler and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Join us at 7 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 31, on Facebook Live. You can support the ACLU right away. Text POWER to 20222 to give $10 to the ACLU. The ACLU will call you to explain other actions you can take to help. Visit www.hmgf.org/t for terms. #StandForRights2017 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

30 марта, 11:30

Stephen Colbert Shreds GOP For Scrapping Internet Privacy Rules

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Stephen Colbert tore into House Republicans for voting to repeal internet privacy rules on Wednesday. Following Tuesday’s vote to allow internet service providers to share customers’ personal information (including browsing history) without their consent, the “Late Show” host said it was typical of “what’s wrong with Washington, D.C.” “I guarantee you there is not one person, not one voter of any political stripe anywhere in America who asked for this,” said Colbert.  “No one in America stood up at a town hall and said ’Sir, I demand you let somebody else make money off my shameful desires. Maybe blackmail me one day.’” To “honor” the vote, the “Late Show”  imagined what House Republicans have been searching for online: Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Mahershala Ali, Amy Poehler and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Join us at 7 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 31, on Facebook Live. You can support the ACLU right away. Text POWER to 20222 to give $10 to the ACLU. The ACLU will call you to explain other actions you can take to help. Visit www.hmgf.org/t for terms. #StandForRights2017 type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=58db5445e4b01ca7b427f7c6,58da19ffe4b0f805b3233be3,58d4d13ee4b03692bea43e10,58dca41de4b05eae031d215e -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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30 марта, 11:20

Federal Court In Hawaii Halts Donald Trump's Travel Ban Indefinitely

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HONOLULU ― A federal judge in Hawaii ruled Wednesday night to extend his previous order blocking President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban. Hours after hearing arguments from both sides, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson sided with the state of Hawaii Wednesday and granted a motion turning the original temporary restraining order against Trump’s ban into a nationwide preliminary injunction, as requested by Hawaii’s Department of the Attorney General on March 21. The preliminary injunction will stay in effect as long as Hawaii’s lawsuit against the Trump administration is being resolved, according to BuzzFeed News. The original order, issued on March 15, was due to expire on Wednesday.  “Upon careful consideration of the totality of the circumstances ... the Court reaffirms its prior finding that the balance of equities and public interest weigh in favor of maintaining the status quo,” Watson wrote in his 24-page ruling. Hawaii’s attorneys “have shown a strong likelihood of succeeding on their claim that the Executive Order violates First Amendment rights under the Constitution,” he added. “The court will not crawl into a corner, pull the shutters closed, and pretend it has not seen what it has.” https://t.co/v9WZimvAQb— Hawaii AG (@AtghIgov) March 30, 2017 During the hearing held Wednesday morning, the Trump administration requested to narrow the broad scope of the injunction so that it only covers the part of the executive order that suspends new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries, The Associated Press reported. Watson rejected the administration’s argument that a freeze on the federal refugee program would not impact on tourism or education in Hawaii. Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin maintained that Trump’s revised executive order was discriminatory against Muslims, arguing that the president’s “religious animus taints the entire policy,” according to the Honolulu Civil Beat. Chin said it’s “as if there’s a flashing neon sign behind them saying ‘Muslim ban, Muslim ban,’” that no one in the administration bothered to turn off. “We cannot fault the president for being politically incorrect, but we do fault him for being constitutionally incorrect,” he added. Hawaii was the first state to file a lawsuit against Trump’s second attempt at a travel ban ― one that the president had called a “watered-down version of the first order.” In his original ruling, Judge Watson said that section of the new executive order likely violated the First Amendment’s establishment clause, which forbids the government from disfavoring certain religions over others. Chin said in a statement that the latest ruling was “an important affirmation of the values of religious freedom enshrined in our Constitution’s First Amendment. “With a preliminary injunction in place, people in Hawaii with family in the six affected Muslim-majority countries — as well as Hawaii students, travelers, and refugees across the world — face less uncertainty,” he said. “While we understand that the President may appeal, we believe the court’s well-reasoned decision will be affirmed.” You can read the judge’s ruling below: 3.29.17 Order by Alana Horowitz Satlin on Scribd -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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30 марта, 11:05

Donald Trump Aces Keith Olbermann's Screening Test For Psychopaths

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function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Keith Olbermann used Donald Trump’s own words and actions to score the president on a sanity test. And the results were… scary. In his latest clip for GQ’s “The Resistance” series, Olbermann claimed that Trump achieved a 32 out of 40 on the Hare Psychopathy Checklist. “The threshold for probably being a psychopath is 30 points,” said Olbermann, adding Trump may “still finish life as high as 36 points, since two of his questions pertain to criminal record and violation of parole, and there’s plenty of time for him on both.” Olbermann used the checklist ― a clinical tool that helps to diagnose psychopathy ― to conduct a similar assessment on Trump in July 2016. The then-presidential candidate scored equally high numbers. The difference between then and now?  “In a president, the problem escalates to, you know, the possible end of the world,” Olbermann said. Check out the full segment above. Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Tracy Morgan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Moore, Padma Lakshmi and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Donate now and join us at 7 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 31 on Facebook Live. #standforrights2017  type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=58da19ffe4b0f805b3233be3,58da2d8be4b0f805b3236808,58db5445e4b01ca7b427f7c6,58d4d13ee4b03692bea43e10 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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30 марта, 10:52

Jeffrey Lord Makes Bizarre New Claim About Democrat 'Collusion'

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Democrats are questioning the impartiality of House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) due to his close ties to the White House, which is under investigation by his committee. But on CNN, one of the network’s most prominent surrogates for President Donald Trump claims the Democrats may be the ones colluding. “Is Adam Schiff colluding with Nancy Pelosi?” Jeffrey Lord asked host Anderson Cooper. “They’re putting out statements on the same day, on the same subject.”  Watch veteran newsman Carl Bernstein, in the upper right, react:  “If we’re going to go down this road, then we need to go down the road in full,” Lord said. “I just think we should get all of this out, every last bit of this out.” Cooper noted that committee wasn’t investigating Pelosi.  “Maybe they should!” Lord replied. “She said she never met with the Russian ambassador and then there was a picture of her meeting with the Russian ambassador.”  After Cooper again pointed out that the White House ― not Pelosi ― was under investigation, Lord switched tacks. “But she’s the investigator,” Lord said. “And if she’s not impartial, then there’s a problem.” Pelosi isn’t even on the committee.  See the full exchange above.  (h/t Raw Story) -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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30 марта, 10:11

Samantha Bee Dissects Donald Trump's First Major Failure As President

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Samantha Bee mocked President Donald Trump’s failure to deliver on one of his key campaign promises on Wednesday. “Let’s check in with the winning, shall we?” asked the “Full Frontal” host as she reminded viewers about how the GOP had pulled its plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act last Friday due to a lack of support. “He couldn’t sell Obamacare repeal to a House that voted for it 60 times already?” said Bee. “Closing deals is the one thing President ‘Big Boy Truck’ was supposed to know how to do!” Check out the full segment above. Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Tracy Morgan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Moore, Padma Lakshmi and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Donate now and join us at 7 p.m. Eastern on Friday, March 31 on Facebook Live. #standforrights2017  type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=58db5445e4b01ca7b427f7c6,58da19ffe4b0f805b3233be3,58da2d8be4b0f805b3236808,58d4d13ee4b03692bea43e10 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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30 марта, 09:18

Trevor Noah: 'Trump May Destroy The World, But God Damn He's Cute'

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Trevor Noah has been one of Donald Trump’s harshest critics, but it seems he can’t help but have a soft spot for the president. On Wednesday’s episode of “The Daily Show,” Noah spoke about Trump’s promise to save the U.S. coal industry as well as his campaign-style rallies in swing states where it is big. While airing footage of a rally in West Virginia, where Trump wore a hard hat and sort of swung his body to the right in a macho golf swing sort of way, Noah couldn’t help but join in. View on GIPHY.COM ShareAdvanced Report this GIF Iframe Embed via GIPHY JS Embed At that point, Noah said, ‘Trump may destroy the world, but, god damn, he’s cute. He then pointed to Trump’s recent photo op in a Mack truck. via GIPHY Moments like these reminded Noah that Trump really enjoys being president, he just doesn’t like the work. “You realize, that’s all Trump ever wanted was to play president,” Noah said. “We should have just given him a Fisher-Price set.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.