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Joe Biden: "We've got to recognize that kid wearing a hoodie may very well be the next poet laureate

Joe Biden: "We've got to recognize that kid wearing a hoodie may very well be the next poet laureate and not a gangbanger." 😬


I know that Biden means no malice, but this is just so cringey.

NYT: Let's Debate Dress


A boy was bullied with anti-immigrant taunts. His mom was beaten when she defended him

(CNN)A 13-year-old New Jersey boy faces assault charges for allegedly attacking the mother of a classmate, after the classmate reported him to school officials for anti-immigrant taunts, the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office said in a media release.

The mother, identified as Beronica Ruiz by her attorney, Daniel Santiago, told authorities she was walking down a street in Passaic, New Jersey, with her 1-year-old baby and her 12-year-old son on June 19 when she and her son were attacked.

Santiago told CNN that the conflict began at school the day before the attack, when the 13-year-old and some other boys chanted "go back to Mexico" to a group of students in the cafeteria.

Ruiz's son, who is an American citizen, replied, "What are you talking about? We all come from immigrants," the attorney said.



UNews DM's with Kamala Harris


Sunlight passing through the wings of a Black Jacobin Hummingbird forms a prism of rainbows

Sunlight passing through the wings of a Black Jacobin Hummingbird forms a prism of rainbows (Photo: Christian Spencer)


The Twit tweets: I have asked the lawyers if they can delay the Census, no matter how long, until...

Seems totally ridiculous that our government, and indeed Country, cannot ask a basic question of Citizenship in a very expensive, detailed and important Census, in this case for 2020. I have asked the lawyers if they can delay the Census, no matter how long, until the.....

.....United States Supreme Court is given additional information from which it can make a final and decisive decision on this very critical matter. Can anyone really believe that as a great Country, we are not able the ask whether or not someone is a Citizen. Only in America!


Twitter says it will label tweets from Trump and other leaders that break its rules

Source: CNN

New York (CNN Business)Twitter plans to place a disclaimer on future tweets from world leaders that break its rules but which Twitter decides are in the "public interest," the company said in a blog post Thursday.

This policy change could face its most prominent test in President Trump. Trump has repeatedly tested Twitter's community standards with his regular tirades on the platform and some of the president's tweets have run afoul of Twitter's rules.

Twitter (TWTR) has in the past allowed tweets from Trump and other world leaders to remain online, even though they broke the company's rules, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed to CNN Business, because it believes the tweets are in the public interest.

But putting a disclaimer on one of Trump's tweets would almost certainly bring a firestorm of criticism down on Twitter's head. Republicans in Washington, including Trump, often claim without real evidence that technology companies are biased against conservatives. Such a disclaimer on a Trump tweet, even if he had clearly violated Twitter's rules, would provoke a new cycle of such complaints at a time when Washington is increasingly investigating Big Tech over concerns about antitrust and privacy.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/27/tech/twitter-trump-rules/index.html

Twitter adds labels for tweets that break its rules — a move with potentially stark implications for Trump’s account

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter has long said it is unlikely to take down politicians’ most vitriolic tweets — including President Trump’s — but it now plans to label them if they break its rules.

The new label applies to all verified political candidates and government officials with more than 100,000 followers, Twitter said Thursday. Before users can view the language in newly flagged tweets, they will need to click on a screen that says, “The Twitter Rules about abusive behavior apply to this Tweet. However, Twitter has determined it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain available.”

The company also said it will set up a special team tasked with enforcing the policy, and the notification label would appear only on rare occasions.

Twitter said it would deprioritize the labeled tweets in the company’s algorithms and search bar so that they would circulate to fewer people. The policy will go into effect immediately and will not apply to other influencers and leaders. It’s not retroactive.


Supreme Court ruling halts move to redraw Michigan political boundaries by 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a case seeking to redraw political boundaries in North Carolina, hurting the chances of Democrats in Michigan getting new districts in place by 2020 as a court panel had ordered.

In a 5-4 decision on the last day of the court's term, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that none of the proposed tests for deciding whether a particular district has been gerrymandered to achieve a result "meets the need for a limited and precise standard that is judicially discernible and manageable."

"Partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts," Roberts wrote, likely dooming, for now, any chance Michigan or other states have of forcing districts to be redrawn through the courts.

Michigan in its last election passed a referendum putting in place a new commission that will redraw lines for elections beginning in 2022, after the 2020 Census, instead of leaving it to the state Legislature as before.


The Supreme Court rules against the Trump Administration on the census question by a 5-4 majority.

At the table on the US side for Trump's first bilateral meeting of the G20 (left to right):

At the table on the US side for Trump’s first bilateral meeting of the G20 (left to right):

Ivanka Trump
Jared Kushner
Mick Mulvaney
Wilbur Ross
Mike Pompeo
Steve Mnuchin
Bob Lighthizer
John Bolton
Dan Scavino
Peter Navarro.


Look at all that diversity!
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