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This Senator Tried to Make Nice With Russia. It Shut Him Out.

2Early this week, two SenatorsRon Johnson (R-WI) and Chris Murphy (D-CT)announced that the government of Russia had blocked them from entering the country for a planned official visit. The snub represented an abrupt turn of events, especially for Johnson. Just last year, the Wisconsin Republican had visited Moscow and then worked to set up talks with members of the Russian Duma, people familiar with the outreach told The Daily Beast. Those efforts havent blossomed. And neither have U.S.-Russia relations more broadly. The Kremlins decision to withhold visas from both Johnson…

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Rider Regrets Lashing Out

We were driving to Ocean Beach in San Diego when this car sped past us, cutting us off. A few moments later this motorcycle passed us as we approached the now sitting car. He kicked the mirror and as a result crashed into the curb. The mirror flipped and I could see it was broken as he passed me chasing the biker. I followed them for a few blocks, they both pulled into a parking lot for a second and then sped out. I lost them at that point. I…

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Miley Cyrus And Kaitlynn Carter Make It Official! – Perez Hilton

Miley Cyrus and her new girlfriend are super serious real quick! This and much more on our latest podcast! Listen to The Perez Hilton Podcast with Chris Booker on Apple Podcasts or directly at http://PerezPodcast.com Related Posts Kaitlynn Carter ‘In A Really Good Place’ Amid Relationship With Miley Cyrus & Split From Brody Jenner! Wait, Were Brody Jenner & Kaitlynn Carter In A ‘Polyamorous Relationship’? Liam Hemsworth’s Friends Reportedly Fearful As The Actor Remains ‘Devastated & Humiliated’ After Miley Cyrus Split: ‘It’s As If She Enjoys It’ Liam Hemsworth Makes His…

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‘Theres NO ISSUE with kids wearing knock-off shoes. None. Your kid didnt care about a Nike logo until YOU did.’

ShareTweetPin It’s no secret that kids can be cruel. According to the American Society for the Positive Care of Children (ASPCC), 160,000 children skip school every day due to fear of being bullied, and 1 in 3 admits they’ve been the victim of bullying. Sadly, those statistics aren’t entirely the fault of this generation of youth–but rather, their parents. Little eyes and little ears are always watching and listening, quickly molding after adult behavior. Before they can judge others, they must first be taught what the measuring stick of comparison…

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Scarlett Johansson Defends Woody Allen, ‘Would Would Work With Him Any Time’! – Perez Hilton

UPDATE 12:03 P.M. PST: Dylan Farrow has weighed in on ScarJo’s comments, and she very much does not approve. In response to an L.A. Times article about the actress’ defense of the filmmaker, Woody’s adopted daughter The Avengers: Endgame star has truly reached the point of not giving a f**k what anyone thinks, as evidenced by her response to a question about the controversial filmmaker in a candid new interview with The Hollywood Reporter. She told the magazine: “How do I feel about Woody Allen? I love Woody. I believe him, and I would work…

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“Thats Not Really My Uncle,” Scared Boy Tells Woman Behind Him on Plane Then a Text Message Changes Everything

ShareTweetPin All too often, people assume that human trafficking is a third-world problem—but disturbingly, one of the most privileged countries in the planet is also one of the most prevalent for this heinous crime. According to the State Department’s 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report, The United States is a breeding ground for human trafficking. Even more unsettling is the massive number of labor-trafficking victims that arrive in the United States via airplane before being exploited: a whopping 71 percent. Now more than ever, airlines are realizing the critical role they…

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My Husband Didnt Lift a Finger to Help

ShareTweetPin I stood at the sink scrubbing dish after dish. It was like the day after Thanksgiving, and nevermind that the amount of bowls and silverware only appeared monumentally huge because of our smaller RV sink. What mattered was I was singlehandedly tackling the leaning tower of plates and pans on my own. Behind me my husband played a game on his phone, and the ping, ping sounds of his imaginary battle did little to soothe my feelings of neglect. There he was engrossed in his phone while I slaved…

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Pento raises $2.8M seed round for its payroll SaaS

Pento, a Danish startup working on a better payroll experience for companies and employees, has raised $2.8 million in seed funding. Leading the round is Point Nine Capital and Seedcamp, with participation from a number of smaller funds and angel investors, including departing Atomico partner Mattias Ljungman. The company had previously raised $700,000 from the likes of Preseed Ventures and Futuristic.vc. Founded by Jonas Bøgh Larsen (CEO) and Emil Hagbarth (CTO) in 2016, Pento offers a SaaS for companies wanting to automate their payroll and offer complementary features to employees,…

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OpenGov raises $51M to boost its cloud-based IT services for government and civic organizations

OpenGov, the firm co-founded by Palantir’s Joe Lonsdale that helps government and other civic organizations organise, analyse and present financial and other data using cloud-based architecture, has raised another big round of funding to continue expanding its business. The startup has picked up an additional $51 million in a Series D round led by Weatherford Capital and 8VC (Lonsdale’s investment firm), with participation from existing investor Andreessen Horowitz. The funding brings the total raised by the company to $140 million, with previous investors in the firm including JC2 Ventures, Emerson…

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Crowdsourcing mental healthcare with 7 Cups

More than 300,000 volunteers are standing by right now, 24/7, ready to listen if you need to talk to about depression, anxiety, self-harm, or just need to vent about a rough day. Texting with a listener who cares has meaningful therapeutic value, according to 7 Cups, a crowdsourced platform for mental health. But how are these listeners trained, and how should these anonymous conversations about serious topics be moderated? The internet is full of trolls, after all. And can anonymous texting ever replace face-to-face psychotherapy? This week on 2 Girls…

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