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AOC’s Intense Speech About Why The Green New Deal Is A Big Deal Is So Important

Lars Niki/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images This Video Of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Response To The Green New Deal Being Called “Elitist” Is A Mood By Daniella Bondar a day ago Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is making big moves. But on March 26, at least one of them seemed to stall. Ocasio-Cortez is championing a resolution to address climate change called the Green New Deal, which takes a two-pronged focus to make big changes to the economy and deal with climate change. But the first stumble in bringing the deal to fruition happened Tuesday, March…

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Uber Hails a Ride to Wall Street, and More Car News This Week

They’re growing up now! Uber, once the enfant terrible of the tech industry, put on its big kid pants and publicly filed for IPO this week, attempting to prove, once and for all, that it’s got its crap together. Its filing reveals a sprawling company that’s made strides since ex-CEO Travis Kalanick was dropping Boober jokes back in 2014—but one that also has a few big, hulking problems on the horizon, like fighting drivers on employee classification issues and, you know, achieving profitability. Also in transpo people and companies trying…

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Chick-Fil-A STILL Donates To Anti-LGBT Organizations! – Perez Hilton

Chick-fil-A‘s charity, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, is still donating to problematic organizations. According to The fast food chain’s charitable arm gave $1,653,416 to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, $6,000 to the Paul Anderson Youth Home, and $150,000 to the Salvation Army — which is actually an increase from the previous year. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a religious organization that seeks to spread an anti-LGBT message to college athletes, and requires a strict “sexual purity” policy for its employees that bars any “homosexual acts.” Paul Anderson Youth Home is a “Christian residential…

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Assange used embassy for ‘spying’ – Ecuador

He added: “We can not allow our house, the house that opened its doors, to become a centre for spying.” Julian Assange: Why is the Wikileaks co-founder a wanted man? Julian Assange: Campaigner or attention-seeker? A timeline: Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy The president also made references to Assange’s apparently poor hygiene following allegations made by Ecuador’s interior minister, Maria Paula Romo. Assange’s lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, disputed the claims when she appeared on Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday. “I think the first thing to say is Ecuador has been making…

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Coming Of Age In The Digital Age: A Psychological Peek Into Eighth Grade

Lauren Suval Updated March 17, 2019 By Eighth Grade Bo Burnham’s award-winning independent film, Eighth Grade, is such an authentic glimpse into the psychological portrait of Kayla Day (played by Golden Globe nominee for this film, Elsie Fisher). Kayla is a 13-year-old who is about to graduate middle school, and she’s certainly ‘coming of age’ in the digital age of American culture; a digital age that brings about positive and negative consequences, especially for young teenagers. “I wanted to make a story about a young girl expressing herself online,” Burnham…

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Andrew Yang: We’re undergoing the greatest economic transformation in our history

(CNN)I never thought I’d run for president. My parents were immigrants to this country — and leader of the free world was not on the list of careers presented to me as a skinny Asian kid growing up in upstate New York. But what happened to manufacturing workers will soon happen to retail workers, call center workers, fast food workers, truck drivers and others, as the next Industrial Revolution takes hold of our economy. Bain, a leading consulting firm, projects automation will disrupt jobs at about three times the rate…

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This Domestic Violence Bill Closes A Major Loophole In A Huge Step For Women’s Safety

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News/Getty Images The Violence Against Women Act Addresses Gun Violence In A Major Step On Domestic Abuse By Chelsea Stewart 2 days ago Sometimes, women get a win (or at least, a good shot at winning). On Thursday, April 4, the House voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in a major move to protect survivors of domestic abuse. And this time, it’s even better, thanks to a pretty major addition. The Violence Against Women Act addresses gun violence, and here’s why it’s such a…

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Stratolaunch, the World’s Biggest Airplane, Takes Flight

On Saturday morning, exactly 45 minutes after the sun began to rise over the Mojave Desert, the largest airplane ever created—and its record-breaking 385-foot wingspan—took off for the very first time. The aircraft, from the company Stratolaunch, has been eight years in the making. By 2022, the company hopes to use the twin-fuselage, six-engined, catamaran-style aircraft to launch satellite-bearing rockets into space. "All of you have been very patient and very tolerant over the years waiting for us to get this big bird off the ground, and we finally did…

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Kamala Harris releases 15 years of her tax returns

(CNN)Throwing down the tax return gauntlet against both Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders and President Donald Trump, Sen. Kamala Harris of California released 15 years of her tax returns, the most of any 2020 Presidential candidate. According to Harris’ tax returns reviewed by CNN and Tim Steffen, director of Advance Planning at Baird, the California Democrat and her attorney husband, Douglas Emhoff, reported an adjusted gross income for 2018 of $1,889,156. Emhoff, an entertainment and intellectual property lawyer and law partner at DLA Piper Law Firm, brings in the overwhelming bulk…

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