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Feminist icon Gloria Steinem declares that Trump lost the election, isn’t the president

The 13th annual Massachusetts Women’s Conference was held this week in Boston and featured speakers such as Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, and Gloria Steinem. Not surprisingly, Steinem took a shot at President Trump during her presentation, calling him the “harasser-in-chief” and claiming that he’s not the president, having lost the popular vote. At the Massachusetts Women's Conference in Boston, feminist icon @GloriaSteinem had blistering words for @POTUS. https://t.co/beUcKzcIO7 pic.twitter.com/YvNJYjRjxt — Fox News (@FoxNews) December 9, 2017 Who wants to explain the Electoral College to feminist icon Steinem? Clearly, @GloriaSteinem doesn't Civics or Math…

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A girl was looking for a specific toy truck for her brother. Reddit came through big time.

Cassie Gretschel and her little brother, Max, have a wonderful Christmas tradition. All photos by Cassie Gretschel used with permission Gretschel says Max, who is 25, has severe mental and physical disabilities, including Cerebral Palsy and scoliosis. She writes that his brain development is on par with a 5-year-old, and that he has impaired vision and spends most of his time in a wheelchair. And there’s only one thing Max wants for Christmas — the same thing he asks for every year: A police Hummer Tonka truck. In blue. “Max…

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Alabama police chief suspended for saying ‘silence is consent’ on Facebook

Consent for anything, including sexual behavior, looks like an affirmative, enthusiastic, “yes”—not the absence of a “no.” While some institutions are doing their part to catch communities up to speed, it seems even people in positions of power have missed the message. On Monday, Tim Tubbs, the mayor of Killen, an Alabama town 10 miles from the Tennessee border, suspended Killen Police Chief Bryan Hammond for 15 days without pay for writing “silence is consent” in a Facebook comment, WHNT 19 reported. In other comments, Hammond also falsely accused Doug…

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Aging fighter jets to be replaced in mid-2020s, Liberals will buy used Aussie planes as stopgap – CBC.ca

CBC.ca Aging fighter jets to be replaced in mid-2020s, Liberals will buy used Aussie planes as stopgapCBC.caMinisters silent on cost of buying 18 used Australian FA-18s. By Murray Brewster, CBC News Posted: Dec 12, 2017 11:54 AM ET Last Updated: Dec 12, 2017 2:17 PM ET. Canada plans to buy a handful of used Australian fighter jets as a stopgap on the way to … Read more: www.cbc.ca

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Senate Confirms Federal Judge Rated ‘Not Qualified’ To Serve

WASHINGTON ― The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, Leonard Steven Grasz, despite the fact that Grasz earned an embarrassing and unanimous “not qualified” rating from the American Bar Association. Every Republican present voted to confirm Grasz, 56, to a lifetime seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. That includes moderates like Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), as well as retiring Sens. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.). Every Democrat opposed him in the 50-48 vote….

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We fact-checked Ajit Pai’s net neutrality ‘facts’and they’re almost all bulls**t

On Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on a proposal that could, if the critics are to be believed, change the internet forever. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has put forward a proposal that would roll back rules protecting net neutrality, a founding principle of the internet that demands internet service providers (ISPs) treat all internet traffic equally. That means they can’t block content, throttle traffic from particular sources, or create “fast lanes” that speed up traffic for content providers that pay extra for the privilege. Until 2015, net…

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4 WTF Lessons The World Teaches Us About Sexualizing Teens

I’m not surprising anyone by saying that the world sexualizes teenage girls. If I printed out all of the articles and books on that subject, we’d have to build a library on the moon to contain them. And now that I said that, I really want to Google “sexualized teen moon library” to see what comes up. But I’m not going to. I don’t think my brain could handle the results. What fascinates me (and equally creeps me out) are the unspoken messages behind this sexualization. I mean, it’s bad…

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