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  • Supreme Court hands Redskins a victory in trademark case

    06/24/2019 3:43:05 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 13 replies
    Yahoo NBC sports ^ | june 24, 2019
    A Supreme Court decision this morning will serve as a victory for the Washington Redskins’ ongoing efforts to protect their team name. The Court ruled that the federal government may not prohibit trademarks on “immoral” or “scandalous” materials, in a case brought by a clothing line known as FUCT. Although the Redskins were not a party to the case, it represents a victory for the team because opponents of the team name have argued that they should lose their trademark protection under the “immoral or scandalous” laws that have now been ruled unconstitutional. This is the second recent case in...
  • Criminal Defendants Score As Gorsuch Joins Liberals

    06/24/2019 2:33:49 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 57 replies ^ | June 24, 2019 11:38 AM ET | Kevin Daley
    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined with the Supreme Court’s liberal wing to strike down a federal criminal law as unconstitutionally vague Monday. The law at issue involved additional penalties for offenders who use guns to commit “crimes of violence.” Monday’s decision is the second time that Gorsuch has delivered the fifth vote with the liberals to strike down a law on vagueness grounds. Justice Neil Gorsuch joined with the Supreme Court’s liberal bloc to deal victory for criminal defendants Monday, striking down a federal law that punishes gun crimes as unconstitutionally vague. The law at issue authorizes heightened penalties for individuals...
  • Trump signs executive order calling for upfront disclosure of hospital costs

    06/24/2019 1:47:37 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 58 replies
    Fox News Channel ^ | June 24,, 2019 | Andrew O'Reilly
    President Trump on Monday signed an executive order demanding the upfront disclosure by hospitals of the actual prices for common tests and procedures. Trump's order also requires that patients be told ahead of time what their out-of-pocket costs like deductibles and copays will be for many procedures. “This landmark initiative continues our work to put American patients first,” Trump said at the White House. “We are fundamentally changing the nature of the health care marketplace.”
  • 19 Country Artists Who Are in Favor of Gun Law Reform

    06/24/2019 11:54:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 109 replies ^ | 6/21/2019 | staff
    Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Maren Morris Tyler Hubbard Reba McEntire Eric Church Taylor Swift Dierks Bentley Lady Antebellum Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook Brothers Osborne Rosanne Cash Sturgill Simpson Margo Price Lee Brice Lori McKenna Cam Kristian Bush Jennifer Nettles Josh Abbott Band's Caleb Keeter
  • Rare-Earths Mining Shows Exactly How China Cheats The United States Through ‘Free Trade’

    06/24/2019 10:46:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 06/24/2019 | Kyle Sammin
    The United States and China have traded since the early days of our republic, but only recently has the scale of that trade become a political issue. More than any other point, Donald TrumpÂ’s rhetoric against outsourcing to China gave him the blue-collar Midwestern votes that made up his margin of victory in 2016. His election was a break with the generation-long bipartisan consensus that more and freer trade is better, whether the trading partner is a liberal democracy that respects the rule of law or a communist dictatorship where unfree people labor in unsafe conditions for government-suppressed wages.Even...
  • Charlie Daniels: Sorry, Obama – Americans Are Not Who You Thought They Were

    06/24/2019 8:39:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    CNSNews ^ | June 24, 2019 | Charlie Daniels
    Charlie Daniels When I hear people say that former President Obama is responsible for the good economy we are experiencing, it reminds me of a statement he made about manufacturing jobs in America. The former president said , “… some of those jobs of the past are just not gonna come back,” and questioned Donald Trump’s ability to do what he was promising, to bring back manufacturing jobs. Obama even went on to mockingly ask, “What magic wand do you have?” And statements about the new reality, a scenario where America must accept a reduction in lifestyle, a downgrading...
  • Project Veritas Publishes Explosive Report Exposing Google’s Plan to Prevent ‘Trump

    06/24/2019 8:17:21 AM PDT · by righttackle44 · 34 replies
    BlabberBuzz ^ | June 24, 2019 | Cassandra Fairbanks
    [Truncated Title: Project Veritas Publishes Explosive Report Exposing Google’s Plan to Prevent ‘Trump Situation’ in 2020 Project Veritas has released alarming new undercover video, leaked documents, and testimony from a Google insider revealing the tech giant’s plans to meddle in US politics and “prevent a Trump situation in 2020. One aspect of the report features undercover footage of longtime Google employee and Head of Responsible Innovation, Jen Gennai, arguing against Senator Elizabeth Warren’s suggestion that the company should be broken up because a smaller company would not be able to prevent “the next Trump situation.” “Elizabeth Warren is saying we...
  • Iranians say their ‘bones breaking’ under US sanctions

    06/24/2019 6:30:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 24, 2019 | Nasser Karimi and Mohammad Nasiri
    As the U.S. piles sanction after sanction on Iran, it’s the average person who feels it the most. From a subway performer’s battered leather hat devoid of tips, to a bride-to-be’s empty purse, the lack of cash from the economic pressure facing Iran’s 80 million people can be seen everywhere. Many blame President Donald Trump and his maximalist policy on Iran, which has seen him pull out of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and levy punishing U.S. sanctions on the country. In recent weeks, Iran has threatened to break out of the deal unless European powers mitigate what...
  • Monopoly doesn’t use cash anymore — that may teach kids some bad financial lessons

    06/23/2019 7:43:29 PM PDT · by cba123 · 40 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Published: June 23, 2019 7:27 a.m. ET | By Jacob Passy
    Hasbro announced Wednesday it will release a version of the classic board game Monopoly designed for the digital age. But financial experts argue the game’s new design could deprive children of important financial lessons. In Hasbro’s HAS, -0.58% latest edition of Monopoly, gone are the paper money and Community Chest cards. Instead, the board game now comes with a voice-controlled, artificial intelligence device shaped like a top hat. (please see link for full story)
  • Palestinian leaders reject Kushner's econimic plan for region

    06/23/2019 6:23:26 AM PDT · by libstripper · 46 replies
    The Hill, via MSN ^ | June 22, 2019 | Joe Bowden
    Palestinian leadership said Saturday that White House adviser Jared Kushner's proposed economic plan was a non-starter unless it came coupled with a political solution for the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Reuters reported that leaders of both the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in the West Bank and Hamas, the Islamist militant party that controls the Gaza strip, dismissed Kushner's proposal for a $50 billion plan that includes a global investment fund meant to improve economic opportunities in the Palestinian territories.
  • New Report: US Military Risks Losing Advantage to Chinese Forces

    06/23/2019 3:13:14 AM PDT · by cba123 · 37 replies
    Vision Times ^ | 2 hours ago
    A report authored by a former high-ranking Pentagon official has warned that the U.S. risks losing its military advantage to the Chinese because of Beijing’s long-term plans for its armed forces. The report is written by Robert Work, the former deputy defense secretary, and Greg Grant, former special assistant to Work. “The Chinese People’s Liberation Army has been patiently stalking the U.S. military for two decades… It has studied the preferred American way of war and devised a strategy to exploit its weaknesses and offset its strengths — particularly its military-technological strengths… [China] appears increasingly close to achieving technological parity...
  • China could be a far more formidable US rival than the Soviet Union ever was

    06/23/2019 12:43:37 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 64 replies
    Insider ^ | Jun. 11, 2019, 10:16 AM | Ryan Pickrell
    China appears to be playing the same game against the US that American leaders once used against the Soviet Union, a new report explains, making the case that China appears to be a more formidable challenge for the US than its Cold War rival. The US countered the Soviet Union by offsetting their conventional military might through economic power and technological advancement. A new study authored by former deputy US defense secretary Robert Work and his former colleague at the Department of Defense Greg Grant argues that Beijing has both the will and ability to do the same to the...
  • Road to success is being paved with public-private partnerships

    06/22/2019 4:44:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Transportation Today ^ | June 17, 2019 | Hil Anderson
    Ground was broken this month on an anxiously awaited highway project outside of Washington, D.C., one of the latest examples of the public and private sector acting as partners to advance critical state and local infrastructure projects. The June 6 launch of the Fredericksburg Extension Project – a 10-mile extension of express toll lanes on the Interstate 95 corridor in Northern Virginia nicknamed the “FredEx” – featured the leadership of a public-private partnership (P3) that will get the $565 million job done by the end of 2022. The state’s governor and its transportation secretary launched the project as the public...
  • ECJ set to rule on German autobahn tolls

    06/22/2019 4:28:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | June 18, 2019 | Kersten Knipp
    Are tolls going to be enforced on private drivers? The German government, along with every car owner in the European Union, will finally get a definitive answer to that question on Tuesday. If the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rules in favor of the tolls, all motorists will be charged to drive on German highways. The fees, known as "vignettes," are to be collected according to the time traveled on the autobahn. For cars registered in Germany, however, owners will get a credit deductible from the motor vehicle tax as compensation, meaning the costs would be offset, and ultimately, Germans...
  • Marin transportation funding clears another legal test

    06/22/2019 4:22:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Marin Independent Journal ^ | June 17, 2019 | Will Houston
    Marin transportation officials were cautiously optimistic Monday after a recent court ruling upheld a major funding source for several local highway projects, but the funding could be in limbo because of appeals. “We have tremendous congestion and these projects are congestion relievers,” said Dianne Steinhauser, executive director of the Transportation Authority of Marin. “We hear from the public constantly about how bad the congestion is right now. We’re hoping that this money starts flowing. It’d be great to see it by the end of 2019.” Regional Measure 3, the June 2018 ballot measure that increases tolls for seven Bay Area...
  • The Interstate Is Crumbling. Try Fixing the Section Used by 200,000 Vehicles a Day.

    06/22/2019 3:43:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 28, 2019 | Arian Campo-Flores and Paul Overberg
    ORLANDO, Fla.—The state dubbed it the I-4 Ultimate for its grand scope. For some here, it’s more like the ultimate headache. A reconstruction of 21 miles of congested interstate highway through the heart of Orlando will build or rebuild 140 bridges, redesign 15 interchanges, move exits and add new toll lanes, in a $2.3 billion project to smooth traffic through one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities. Dense cities have grown up around the aging freeways, hemming them in so that expensive engineering feats are needed to do work on them. Yet work is often unavoidable. I-4, for instance, was built...
  • Policy Corner: Gov. Ned Lamont’s New Tolls Bill Reveals More Gaps between Empty Promises

    06/22/2019 3:36:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Yankee Institute for Public Policy ^ | May 22, 2019 | Scott Shepard
    Just last week, House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz dismissed toll opponents as “emotional.” He claimed that they cling unthinkingly to “perceived details” such as that the number of gantries remain unfixed and the amount of revenue actually to be obtained from out-of-staters remains not only undetermined, but undeterminable. He did not mention, but could have, opponents’ continuing concerns about the eventual rate of tolls; about whether a state-wide, shared-sacrifice tolling structure will be authorized by the U.S. D.O.T. as promised, and what happens if it isn’t; and how much gross revenue from tolling will be eaten up by costs, which have...
  • Amazon Explores Having Its Drones Provide 'Home Surveillance' For Customers

    06/22/2019 3:00:24 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 40 replies
    NPR ^ | June 22, 2019 | Bobby Allyn
    Going on vacation and want some extra security around your home? Someday you may be able to call Amazon's surveillance drones. The Seattle tech giant is moving closer to making that scenario a real possibility after winning approval from federal officials this month for a patent for "home surveillance" drones. Company officials stress that the plan is still in its infancy, but the patent papers describe a future in which Amazon customers order drones to hover around a home and scan for things such as a garage door left open, a broken window, graffiti or a fire. As Amazon envisions,...
  • Apple warns Trump that more China tariffs will help rivals (Aw, shucks)

    06/22/2019 1:41:00 AM PDT · by cba123 · 60 replies
    BBC ^ | 21 June
    The US has said it may impose duties on $300bn (£236.1bn) worth of Chinese products if the two sides can't reach a trade deal. In a letter, Apple "urged" the White House to drop the tariff plan. The tech giant said the duties would "tilt the playing field" to its global rivals. (please see link for full article)
  • London student convicted for making gun using 3D printer

    06/22/2019 12:14:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 20 June, 2019 | PoppyNoor
    A student has become the first person in the UK to be convicted for using a 3D printer to manufacture a gun. Tendai Muswere, 26, pleaded guilty at Southwark crown court on Wednesday to the charge of manufacturing a 3D printed gun. Police had initially gained access to Muswere’s home in Pimlico, central London, in October 2017 using a drug warrant, but found components of a 3D printed gun capable of firing a lethal shot during the search. Muswere, a student who does not hold a firearms licence, told officers he had printed the firearm for a “dystopian film” as...