• Facebook Removes Death Threats Toward Republicans After Lawmaker Calls It Out

    Facebook Removes Death Threats Toward Republicans After Lawmaker Calls It Out

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    Facebook removed a page Tuesday that posted incitements to violence and implied death threats after a Republican lawmaker called the company out.

    During a hearing Tuesday with representatives from Facebook, Twitter, and Google, Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida asked Facebook’s head of global policy management, Monika Bickert, why the social media giant hasn’t removed the page, “Milkshakes against the Republican Party,” for its calls to violence against Republicans.

    “Do you remember the shooting at the Republican baseball game? One of those should happen every week,” one post read, referring to the attempted assassination of GOP members, which almost killed House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La. Bickert read the post back to Gaetz at the hearing. READ MORE...

  • Yale Faculty, Students, and Alumni Praise Brett Kavanaugh in Counter Letter

    Yale Faculty, Students, and Alumni Praise Brett Kavanaugh in Counter Letter

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    After an open letter from Yale Law School students and faculty condemned the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, supporters of Kavanaugh from Yale Law published a letter Thursday praising President Donald Trump’s decision.

    “We write as students, alumni, and faculty proud of our alma mater,” the letter reads. “We join Yale Law School in its praise of distinguished Yale alumnus Judge Brett Kavanaugh.”

    While the opponents’ letter was filled with fears over the impact Kavanaugh will have on the law, such as overturning Roe v. Wade, his supporters’ letter is completely void of anything related to policy. Instead, the letter praises his work and they make it clear they’re proud he is a Yale Law alumnus. READ MORE...

  • Students, Faculty Outraged Yale Signals Support for Kavanaugh, an Alumnus

    Students, Faculty Outraged Yale Signals Support for Kavanaugh, an Alumnus

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    Yale Law School students and faculty wrote and signed an open letter to the dean Tuesday, criticizing Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court and saying that “people will die if he is confirmed.”

    The authors and signers of the letter asked Yale Law School Dean Heather K. Gerken to “use your authority and platform to expose the stakes of this moment and the threat that Judge Kavanaugh poses.”

    “[P]eople will die if he is confirmed,” the letter reads, adding that he is a “threat to our democracy.” The crux of the letter is a disavowal for the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide in 1973. READ MORE...

  • Boston College Philosophy Professor Offers Students Extra Credit for Going on First Date

    Boston College Philosophy Professor Offers Students Extra Credit for Going on First Date

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    A Boston College philosophy professor—dubbed the “dating professor” for offering extra credit for students who go on first dates—says that dating has become “a weirdly countercultural thing to do.”

    In Kerry Cronin’s class, the unconventional assignment used to be mandatory, but now is offered for extra credit, because students would ask someone on a date, but often didn’t follow through.

    “I realized at that point that the social script of dating was really long gone,” Cronin told The Washington Post. READ MORE...

  • Cruz Pushes to Make the Tax Cuts Permanent

    Cruz Pushes to Make the Tax Cuts Permanent

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    Republicans are looking to make the tax cuts from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act President Donald Trump signed into law Dec. 22 permanent.

    “We’ve been able to deliver on a number of our most important promises to the voters. None is more important than the victory of tax reform,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said April 12 at a press conference held by Americans for Tax Reform, a nonprofit that opposes all tax increases.

    The income tax cuts aren’t currently permanent and the tax cuts are set to expire in 2025 if legislation isn’t passed. READ MORE...

  • 3 Student Journalists Sue University for Covering Up Teacher's Role in Anti-Trump Rally

    3 Student Journalists Sue University for Covering Up Teacher’s Role in Anti-Trump Rally

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    Three student journalists have filed a lawsuit against their Illinois university and an instructor, alleging that the teacher grabbed and broke a smartphone as they tried to report on an anti-Trump rally.   

    The three students’ federal suit against the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and instructor Tariq Khan says that the university got a restraining order preventing them from reporting on Khan’s involvement in the November protest against President Donald Trump.

    Khan, 39, was charged with destruction of property after taking and smashing a student’s smartphone on the pavement, an action caught on video. READ MORE...

  • 4 Departments Got Larger Percentage Funding Increases Than Defense

    4 Departments Got Larger Percentage Funding Increases Than Defense

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    Republicans in Congress tout increased military spending in the omnibus budget bill signed by President Donald Trump, but spending on defense actually increased less than four other areas in percentage terms.

    An analysis by CQ shows that four other areas are getting larger increases in spending than the Defense Department. In descending order by percentage increase, the top five budget winners are:

    1. Transportation/Housing and Urban Development: 20.1%

    The omnibus bill raised combined spending on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development to $70.3 billion, a 20.1 percent increase from the fiscal year 2017 budget allocating $58.5 billion. READ MORE...