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Facebook executive says tech firms need stronger regulation

Vice-president of content policy believes government regulation can ‘establish standards all companies should meet’The tech industry “needs regulation” because it should not be left to make the rules on issues including harmful online content on its own, a Facebook executive has said.Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice-president of content policy, believes that “government regulation can establish standards all companies should meet”. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Social Media, UK News, Ofcom, Nadine Dorries, Monika Bickert Facebook

A GOP lawmaker in Oklahoma referred to Asian Americans as 'yellow' immediately after a presentation about racism

Oklahoma State Sen. David Rader called Asian Americans "yellow" after a presentation on the racial wealth gap. Oklahoma State Legislature A GOP lawmaker in Oklahoma referred to Asian Americans as "yellow" during a presentation on the racial wealth gap. "Well into your presentation did you go to yellow families?" state Sen. David Rader asked the presenter. The presenter, policy analyst Damion Shade, corrected Rader on his use of the term, which has historically been used as a slur. A GOP ...
Tags: Politics, News, Senate, US, Trends, Gop, Npr, Oklahoma, Black, KFOR, Rader, Oklahoma Senate, Sarah Kim, Oklahoma Democratic Party, Asian Americans, Oklahoma Policy Institute

Michael Gove ‘open’ to keeping Grenfell Tower as a memorial

Housing secretary’s intervention follows speculation that the building would be demolished because of structural fearsMichael Gove has signalled he will explore “retention” options to preserve Grenfell Tower as a memorial to the 72 people killed in the 2017 fire, a move that has been welcomed by relatives of the dead.The new housing secretary’s intervention, weeks into his latest post, follows speculation that Grenfell would be demolished because of safety concerns. It is understood his predeces...
Tags: Politics, London, Housing, Communities, Society, UK News, Michael Gove, Grenfell, Grenfell Tower, Grenfell Tower fire, Robert Jenrick

UK ‘will not cave in over role of European court in NI protocol’

Government sources say talks with EU ‘constructive’ but ‘we are still far apart on big issues’ The UK government has described talks with the EU over the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol as “constructive” but insisted it was not about to cave in on its demands that the role of the European court of justice be scrapped.Government sources dampened hopes of a breakthrough, saying the two sides were still “far apart on the big issues”. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Northern Ireland, Brexit, Trade Policy, Northern Ireland Brexit

Trump is 'hungry' to go head-to-head against Biden for president and can only be stopped by a 'prison sentence': former advisor

Left: Joe Biden; right: Donald Trump Getty Donald Trump is "hungry" to announce a 2024 presidential campaign, a former advisor said on CNN. Political commentator David Gergen said his interest in running jumps when he sees Biden in trouble. Republican voters show strong support for Trump as a potential presidential candidate in 2024. Donald Trump is gunning hard for the presidency, a former advisor said Friday on CNN. Advisors close to Trump for months have said the former president is con...
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Christmas bin collections in UK at risk as lorry drivers quit

Local councils face a shortage of refuse collectors who can earn tens of thousands more driving for supermarkets or food hauliers Households are being warned of a “Christmas crisis” in bin collections as drivers quit their jobs for better pay working for supermarkets and food hauliers.Bin lorry drivers are being offered pay deals worth as much as £40,000 a year to switch to jobs in the food industry. One council in Lancashire said last week it had lost almost half of its drivers in the last thre...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Ethical and green living, Local Government, Recycling, Road transport, Waste, Lancashire, Supply Chain Crisis

White House delays release of JFK assassination records, citing COVID-19 pandemic

President John F. Kennedy speaks at a press conference August 1, 1963. National Archive/Getty Images The White House has delayed a planned release of classified documents about JFK's assassination. In a memo President Biden said that the pandemic had hampered the process of reviewing possible redactions. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, and his death has sparked numerous conspiracy theories. The White House said it would again delay the release of long-classified doc...
Tags: Politics, White House, Trends, UK News, Joe Biden, Fbi, Mexico City, Dallas, John F Kennedy, Cia, Jfk, Biden, Donald Trump, Martin Luther King Jr, Lee Harvey Oswald, National Archives and Records Administration

Donald Trump attacks 'lowlife' Meghan McCain after she recalled a 'weird' midnight phone call from him and described Ivanka as a 'funeral crasher'

Former President Donald Trump has described Meghan McCain as a "low-life" and a "bully." Getty Images Former President Donald Trump has described Meghan McCain as a "lowlife" and a "bully." The attack follows McCain calling Ivanka Trump a "funeral crasher" in her new book and a subsequent TV interview. McCain also recalled a "weird" phone call with the former president and Melania Trump while her father was ill. Former President Donald Trump has described television personality Meghan McCa...
Tags: Politics, News, Trends, Bravo, News UK, John Mccain, Donald Trump, Andy Cohen, Trump, Melania Trump, McCain, Newsweek, Ivanka, Ivanka Trump, Arizona Sen John McCain, Melania

‘We’ve been caught half-dressed’: ambivalent Glasgow awaits Cop26

Ambivalence, industrial disputes and other issues are complicating city’s build-up to the climate conferenceDiwali candles in pretty terracotta pots are stacked around the counter at Suresh & Sons grocer in Finnieston, the Glasgow district that borders the UN-managed “blue zone” of the Scottish Event Campus. Next weekend more than 30,000 delegates from 196 countries will converge on the area for the crucial two-week Cop26 climate conference.Four days into the event is the Hindu festival of light...
Tags: Politics, Scotland, Environment, UK News, Local Government, Un, Glasgow, Scottish politics, Climate Crisis, Finnieston, Cop26, Suresh Sons, Leena Kumar

Donald Trump's social network broke software rules and has 30 days to comply before access is terminated or the platform is sued, report says

Former President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he will be launching TRUTH Social, his own social network, in the first quarter of 2022. Paul J. Richards/ AFP via Getty Images; Screengrab/ TRUTH Social App Store Truth Social has ripped off code and violated a software licensing agreement, the Software Freedom Conservancy said. Former President Donald Trump's social network has 30 days to comply with the agreement, the nonprofit said. If Truth Social doesn't comply, it cou...
Tags: Politics, Technology, News, Media, Trends, Social Media, Code, News UK, Gizmodo, Donald Trump, Trump, Mastodon, Mike Pence, Software Freedom Conservancy, Paul J Richards, Rochko

Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Glenn Youngkin accused of anti-Semitism after saying George Soros plants 'political operatives' on school boards

Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin speaks to members of the press after casting an early ballot September 23, 2021 in Fairfax, Virginia. Win McNamee/Getty Images Glenn Youngkin said Jewish billionaire George Soros was planting "political operatives" on school boards. The GOP Virginia gubernatorial candidate has been accused of anti-Semitism by some Democrats. A spokesman for Youngkin said the accusations were "ridiculous partisan nonsense." Virginia gubernatorial candidate ...
Tags: Politics, Washington Post, Virginia, America, Trends, UK News, Gop, Anti-semitism, Donald Trump, The Washington Post, Terry McAuliffe, George Soros, Soros, Fairfax Virginia, Loudon county, Virginia Democrats

Rishi Sunak to announce £500m package for families

Chancellor to unveil details in budget but Labour describes plan as ‘smokescreen for the Conservatives’ failure to deliver for families’Hundreds of thousands of families are to receive extra support as part of a £500m package from the government.The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, will announce a range of investments to give children the “best possible start in life” during Wednesday’s budget and spending review. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Budget, Children, Society, UK News, Public sector cuts, Public services policy, Labour, Rishi Sunak, Autumn budget 2021, Spending review 2021

Cop26 climate deal will be harder than Paris accord, admits Sharma

Summit president says 2015 global emissions agreement a ‘framework’ but rules were left for future talksAchieving a global climate deal in Glasgow in the next three weeks will be harder than signing the Paris agreement of 2015, the UK president-designate of the Cop26 talks has said.Alok Sharma, the cabinet minister in charge of the UK-hosted talks, just over a week away, said the task would be to get nearly 200 countries to implement stringent cuts to their greenhouse gas emissions, in line with...
Tags: Politics, UK, Environment, UK News, Paris, Glasgow, Sharma, Alok Sharma, Cop26

An Illinois school board member said she resigned after finding 4 dead rodents in front of her home: 'I was afraid on a day-to-day basis'

A photo of Carolyn Waibel's AC unit after she said harassers tampered with it next to a picture of one of the dead rodents left in her driveway. Carolyn Waibel. An Illinois school board member resigned this month following months of "unrelenting harassment." Carolyn Waibel told Insider someone trespassed on her property and vandalized her home. She believes her aversion to extremism made her a target among angry community members. When the vitriolic emails began arriving in her inbox...
Tags: Politics, News, Masks, Trends, Hitler, Illinois, Ac, Daily Herald, School Board, Waibel, Erin Snodgrass, School Board Meeting, Carolyn Waibel, St Charles School Board, Fox Valley Illinois, St Charles Police Department

A new whistleblower reportedly claimed Facebook exempted right-wing outlet Breitbart from certain rules because it didn't want to 'start a fight with Steve Bannon'

Then-President Donald Trump and Steve Bannon. Getty Facebook "whitelisted" Breitbart to avoid angering Republicans, a new whistleblower told The Washington Post. When an employee questioned the move, an exec reportedly said "do you want to start a fight with Steve Bannon?" Facebook has long been ensnared in a political war over how it moderates users and content. Another whistleblower has come forward with claims against Facebook, according to The Washington Post. The anonymous former empl...
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Putin rails against cancel culture and suggests teaching gender fluidity to kids is a 'crime against humanity'

Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Valdai Discussion Club's plenary meeting on October 21,2021, in Sochi, Russia. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images Putin on Thursday slammed cancel culture and supporters of transgender rights. The Russian president suggested that teaching gender fluidity to kids is a "crime against humanity." Putin has been condemned worldwide over his anti-LGBTQ policies and rhetoric. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday took aim at "cancel culture" and su...
Tags: Politics, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, White House, Russia, Time, US, International, Trends, Joe Biden, Cameroon, Un, Fox News, Lgbtq, Kremlin

Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted for funneling foreign money into US campaigns

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 03: Lev Parnas (C) arrives to federal court with his wife Svetlana Parnas (R) for a hearing on February 3, 2020 in New York City. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images Giuliani associate Lev Parnas was convicted on 6 campaign finance-related charges after a high-profile trial. His co-defendant, Andrey Kukushkin, was also found guilty of the two charges against him. Both men were accused of illegally funneling a Russian businessman's money into US campaigns. Lev Par...
Tags: Politics, New York, News, New York City, US, Trends, C, Cnn, Manhattan, Giuliani, Rudy Giuliani, Federal Election Commission, R, Kukushkin, David Correia, Parnas

Texas And Florida Beat California In Job Gains As Hiring Slowed In September

SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS13) – In California, new coronavirus cases are at their lowest point since the start of the pandemic, schools have fully reopened and the more generous unemployment benefits from the federal government have expired – all signs of what should have been a robust economic recovery in September. Instead, California is now tied with Nevada for the highest unemployment rate in the country at 7.5% after adding just 47,400 new jobs last month. That number would have been considered hug...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Texas, Jobs, News, Nbc, California, Sacramento, Ap, Nevada, Chuck Todd, Loyola Marymount University, U S Bureau of Labor Statistics, Newsom, Duane Morris, California Employment Development Department

English schools struggle to cope as Covid wreaks havoc

Despite government narrative of a return to normality, schools in areas with high Covid rates lack supportCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSchools in England hit by high numbers of Covid-19 cases among staff and pupils have been forced to reinstate mask wearing, send whole year groups home to study online and in some cases close early for half-term as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc in education.Despite the government narrative of a return to normality in classro...
Tags: Politics, England, Education, Children, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Schools, Local Government, Local Politics, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus

‘You are a monument’: EU leaders hail Angela Merkel at ‘final’ summit

Chancellor given paperweight as parting gift but she may not be done yet if German coalition talks falterAfter nearly 16 years and 107 EU summits, Angela Merkel, the outgoing chancellor of Germany, might have expected more from her fellow leaders than a glass paperweight and praise for being a “monument”.But at what was expected to be Merkel’s final meeting in Brussels, touching on issues ranging from energy prices to Poland’s laissez faire attitude to EU law, the former US president Barack Obam...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Germany, Angela Merkel, US, Barack Obama, Eu, European Union, World news, Poland, Merkel, Brussels

Biden concedes a key part of the Trump tax cuts is probably here to stay due to Kyrsten Sinema

US President Joe Biden participates in a CNN town hall at Baltimore Center Stage in Baltimore, Maryland on October 21, 2021. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images Biden conceded a key part of the Trump tax law is probably here to stay due to a centrist holdout. "She says she will not raise a single penny in taxes on the corporate side and/or on wealthy people, period," Biden said of Sinema. The possible survival of Trump's tax cuts underscores the knotty maneuvering Democrats are undergoi...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Senate, Virginia, Massachusetts, US, West Virginia, Trends, Joe Biden, Economy, Cnn, Getty Images, Democrats, United States, House, Arizona

Prosecutors assigned to Matt Gaetz case

Matt Gaetz, the Florida congressman suspected of statutory rape over his alleged relationship with a 17-year-old girl, now has two more things to worry about: the prosecutors assigned to his case by the Department of Justice. The Washington-based prosecutors, one with expertise in child exploitation crimes and the other a top official in the DOJ's Public Integrity Section, have been on the Florida-based case since at least July. — Read the rest
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Act early on rising UK Covid cases or face harsher measures, Sage experts warn

Sage minutes show warning that earlier intervention would reduce need for more stringent and longer-lasting measuresCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters need to act early to counteract rising Covid infections, the government’s scientific advisers have said while suggesting that failure to do so could mean harsher interventions will be required this winter.On Thursday daily new Covid cases in the UK exceeded 52,000, the highest since July. Figures from the Office ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Society, UK News, Health policy, Office For National Statistics, Coronavirus

Twitter admits bias in algorithm for rightwing politicians and news outlets

Home feed promotes rightwing tweets over those from the left, internal research findsTwitter has admitted it amplifies more tweets from rightwing politicians and news outlets than content from leftwing sources, with the UK Conservative party among the biggest beneficiaries.The social media platform examined tweets from elected officials in seven countries – the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and Japan. It also studied whether political content from news organisations was amplified on Twi...
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Biden says he's open to removing the Senate filibuster to help Democrats push through voting rights legislation

President Joe Biden at a CNN town hall in Baltimore, Maryland. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images President Joe Biden addressed the Senate filibuster rules at a CNN town hall Thursday. He said he was open to plans to removing the filibuster to help Dems pass voting rights legislation. The filibuster has been used as blocking tactic by Senate minority parties in recent years. President Joe Biden told a Thursday CNN town hall event that he was open to ending the Senate filibuster in order ...
Tags: Politics, Senate, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Gop, News UK, Anderson Cooper, Biden, Voting Rights, Baltimore Maryland, Sen Joe Manchin, Tom Porter, Kyrsten Sinema, Filibuster Reform

The White House had to row back Biden's comments after he suggested the US would defend Taiwan from an attack by China

President Joe Biden. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images Biden told a CNN town hall on Thursday the US would defend Taiwan from a Chinese attack. The White House later clarified that the US policy of "strategic ambiguity" had not changed. China's recent military activity has raised fears it will try to seize the island, which it considers its own. The White House clarified President Joe Biden's comments after he said the US would defend Taiwan if it was attacked by China, in what appeared...
Tags: Politics, White House, China, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Taiwan, Cnn, Xi Jinping, News UK, Anderson Cooper, Biden, Financial Times, Reuters, Chinese Foreign Ministry, Global Times

Biden pushes back against Joe Manchin, saying he doesn't think people need to work to get the expanded child tax credit

President Joe Biden participates in a CNN town hall at the Baltimore Center Stage Pearlstone Theater, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, in Baltimore. Evan Vucci/AP Photo Biden pushed back against Manchin's efforts to restrict eligibility for the child tax credit on Thursday. The president responded "no" when asked if he backed work requirements. Biden pitched a one-year extension of the CTC, which was slammed by Democrats for being too short. President Joe Biden said at a CNN town hall on Thurs...
Tags: Politics, Taxes, Congress, Colorado, Oregon, White House, West Virginia, Trends, Joe Biden, Economy, Cnn, Democrats, Social Security, Biden, Wyden, Senate Finance Committee

Covid booster jabs could be brought forward as UK daily cases hit 52,000

MPs voice frustration to new vaccines minister about ‘stalling’ programme in EnglandCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMillions of people could have their booster jab brought forward as ministers consider cutting the six-month gap between doses as part of a scramble to shore up the faltering vaccine programme and avoid imposing Covid restrictions.As the number of new daily Covid cases hit 52,009 across the UK, the government is launching an advertising campaign urging pe...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, UK News, NHS, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Sajid Javid, Coronavirus

Here are the 9 Republicans who broke ranks and voted to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) speaks with reporters after being ousted as House Republican Conference Chair on May 12, 2021, with colleague Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) in the background. AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades Nine Republicans joined Democrats to hold Steve Bannon in criminal contempt of Congress. Republican leaders urged members to vote against the contempt resolution. The final vote was 229-202, and the DOJ will now weigh whether to formally charge Bannon. The House of Repres...
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Putin says Biden was right to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan

Russian President Vladimir Putin greets President Joe Biden during the US-Russia Summit 2021 at the La Grange Villa on June 16, 2021, in Geneva, Switzerland.. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images Putin on Thursday said Biden made the right call by pulling US troops from Afghanistan. The withdrawal of US troops coincided with the Taliban regaining control of the country. Putin also called on the US to unfreeze billions of dollars the Afghan central bank holds in reserves. Russian President Vladim...
Tags: Politics, Isis, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Washington, Russia, Brown University, US, International, Trends, Joe Biden, Afghanistan, Taliban, Crimea, Treasury

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