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US President Donald Trump Pardons Reviled Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio Politics 

US President Donald Trump Pardons Reviled Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Washington DC (Sputnik) – On Friday, US President Donald Trump granted a pardon to former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. A political ally of Trump, Arpaio dubbed himself “the toughest sheriff in America.” He was pardoned less than a month after being convicted in a criminal contempt case stemming from his department’s racial profiling activities. Trump strongly hinted that he would pardon Arpaio in an August 14 interview with Fox News, saying he was “seriously considering” it. “He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He’s a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him,” the president said. At Read More

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Congressman: If female GOP senators were South Texas men, I’d challenge them to a duel Politics 

Congressman: If female GOP senators were South Texas men, I’d challenge them to a duel

Washington DC (TexasTribune) – A Texas GOP congressman says if the three female Republican senators who oppose a bill repealing Obamacare were men from South Texas, he might challenge them to a duel. A Texas GOP congressman says if the three female Republican senators who oppose a bill repealing Obamacare were men from South Texas, he might challenge them to a duel. “The fact that the Senate does not have the courage to do some of the things that every Republican in the Senate promised to do is just absolutely repugnant to me,” U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, told his local radio Read More

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YPJ Commander Expresses Opposition to Disintegration of Syria Politics 

YPJ Commander Expresses Opposition to Disintegration of Syria

Syria (Tasnim) – Commander of the Kurdish Women`s Protection Units (YPJ) Nasrin Abdullah referred to presence of many ethnic groups in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and said they oppose any move to disintegrate Syria. “We do not consider any action for dividing Syria as correct,” Abdullah, who commands female units in the ongoing operation to recapture Daesh (known as ISIL, ISIS) stronghold in Syria, Raqqa, made the remarks in an interview with Tasnim. She referred to US failed plans in Syria and noted that US tried many ways but was not successful and, accordingly, reviewed its strategy “when it Read More

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#SleevelessFriday: Lawmakers Bare Arms in the House of Representatives Featured Politics Women 

#SleevelessFriday: Lawmakers Bare Arms in the House of Representatives

United States (GREED) – Women Representatives exercised their right to bare arms in the House of Representatives Friday, showing support for a push to modernize the House dress code. Controversy arose, according to The Hill, after women journalists were denied entry to the Speaker’s lobby for wearing sleeveless tops and/or open-toed shoes. Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, defended the sergeant-in-arms decision, based upon historical use of the dress code: “The sergeant-at-arms was simply enforcing the same interpretation of the rules as under my predecessors. It’s nothing new and certainly not something that I devised. At the same time, Read More

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Colorado to Criminalize Screen Time for Kids Politics 

Colorado to Criminalize Screen Time for Kids

Colorado (FEE) – If a Colorado initiative gets its way 49 other states are going to be looking like anarcho-capitalist havens. Initiative 29 or the “Preservation of a Natural childhood” could make selling smartphones, tablets, and any sort of handheld wireless technology to anyone aged 13 and younger illegal which is anything but natural. The title attempts to conjure up delightful images of a childhood free from responsibility, being driven to hockey practice, playing late into the night, and the parental figures providing all of life’s necessities. However, this image is very unnatural. Neither electricity or cars are part of a natural Read More

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Underage? No Social Media, Proposes Finnish Government Politics Technology 

Underage? No Social Media, Proposes Finnish Government

Finland (Sputnik) – Finland is poised to adopt new age restrictions for social media from 2018. Finnish officials hope this effort will help safeguard youngsters’ privacy and help them communicate in a more orderly fashion. In 2018, Finland will introduce a national age limit for the use of social media services, in order to ensure compliance with the EU’s new data protection regulation. According to Finland’s data protection ombudsman, the aim is to shield the children from the pressure to share personal information without their full understanding of the possible consequences.The exact age threshold, however, has not been set yet, with propositions ranging from 13 and 16 years. “In terms of the data Read More

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Without Government, Who Will Keep Us Safe From Teenage Entrepreneurs? Human Rights Politics 

Without Government, Who Will Keep Us Safe From Teenage Entrepreneurs?

World (FEE) – Tourists taking a stroll around the national monuments this past weekend might have wondered what horrible crime was committed by a group of black teenagers sitting handcuffed and detained on the sidewalk. But while imaginations may run wild, the truth of the matter is extremely tame; the only offense these teens were guilty of was selling bottled water without first asking the government for permission. If this seems like an overreaction on the part of law enforcement, that is because it absolutely is. However, this over-enforcement has become all too common when it comes to youthful Read More

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Cannabis Capitalism: A Moral & Economic Victory Featured Health Politics 

Cannabis Capitalism: A Moral & Economic Victory

World (FEE) – Last Thursday, a new bill was introduced that would effectively end the federal prohibition on medical cannabis. While I was certainly happy to see this bipartisan effort created, I was also reminded of how frustrating it is that such a bill needs to be introduced in the first place. Why do we have to ask permission to treat our own illnesses as we see fit? Why do we have to ask permission to treat our own illnesses as we see fit? It’s absurd, and it’s a direct violation of personal sovereignty. But that doesn’t seem to Read More

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