This Canada Day, let’s celebrate Justin Trudeau, the guy who distracts us from Trump

July 4, 2017

Image: Mashable composite: pool/getty images O Canada! it’s a big day, eh? To celebrate Canada Day 2017, which marks 150 years since the country’s founding on July 1, 1867, please allow us to reminisce fondly on Justin Trudeau‘s year in the spotlight. In the midst of America’s own political dumpster fire, Canada’s prime minister has captured hearts and inspired joy with his charming demeanor and undeniably adorable antics. We thank…

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UK to withdraw from international fishing arrangement – BBC News

July 3, 2017

“Brexit poses very serious challenges to the seafood sector and this announcement will form part of the negotiations,” he said. The Scottish government backed the idea, saying it had been pressing for it “for some time”. The London Fisheries Convention sits alongside the EU Common Fisheries Policy, which allows all European countries access between 12 and 200 nautical miles of the UK and sets quotas for how much fish nations…

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Trump Administration Accused Of Using Immigrant Kids As ‘Bait’ To Catch Parents

July 1, 2017

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials confirmed that their surge initiative against human smuggling operations, first reported by McClatchy on Thursday, is targeting, among others,those who pay for unaccompanied minors to be brought into the U.S. without authorization. Dont be fooled here by claims that this is an effort by the government to protect children from smugglers, Michelle Bran of the Womens Refugee Commission said Friday on a call with reporters….

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Conservatives must ‘change hard’ to win over young voters, Damian Green to say – BBC News

July 1, 2017

Speaking at the Bright Blue liberal conservative think-tank’s conference, Mr Green will discuss a new “city Conservativism” to woo young, metropolitan voters. Devolution of power This will involve highlighting existing Tory policies to build 1.5 million homes by 2022 and the devolution of power to British cities. “I am not standing here and saying all we need to do is keep calm and carry on,” he will say. “We need…

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Trump’s Not Going To Like This: Alec Baldwin Is Returning To ‘SNL’

June 28, 2017

Yeah, were going to fit that in, Baldwin told the network. I think people have enjoyed it. I dont quite know if people want to continue with that, he said in March.If everything stays the same in the country as it is now, I dont think people will be in the mood to laugh about it come September. That may come as unwelcome news to at least one high-profile SNL…

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Theresa May’s DUP-Tory deal criticised as ‘shabby and reckless’ – BBC News

June 27, 2017

May’s deal with the DUP Where does this leave power-sharing talks? Where will the money go? Who are the DUP? Negotiations lasted 18 days after the general election on 8 June resulted in a hung parliament. The support of the DUP, added to the Tories’ 317 MPs, means Mrs May passes the 326 figure needed for an overall Commons majority under a “confidence and supply” arrangement planned to last until…

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Archbishop tells PM to ‘draw the poison from Brexit’ – BBC News

June 25, 2017

But he said that would be a “disaster”, as British negotiators would not have “confidence in their backing from the UK”. Brexit: All you need to know Free trade deals for ‘poorest countries’ May unveils Brexit offer for EU citizens He claimed a commission, with parties from the whole political spectrum, could “hold the ring for the differences [in opinion] to be fought out”. He said it should be under…

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Record Numbers of Venezuelans Seek Asylum In the U.S. Amid Political Chaos

June 22, 2017

Some 8,300 Venezuelans applied for U.S. asylum in the first three months of 2017, which, as the Associated Press points out, puts the country on track to nearly double its record 18,155 requests last year. Around one in every five U.S. applicants this fiscal year is Venezuelan, making Venezuela Americas leading source of asylum claimants for the first time, surpassing countries likeChina and Mexico. Traditionally we have seen a direct…

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Physician Says Racist ‘White Doctor’ Rant Reflects Larger Issue In Canada

June 22, 2017

A lot of physicians who are visible minorities or have accents that suggest that theyre immigrants, they face this, Dr. Nadia Alam, leader of the Ontario-based organization and a blogger for HuffPost Canada, told CBC Toronto. When told to go to a hospital instead, the woman responded, Im not going there with all those Paki doctors. Alam told CTV News that she was horrified by the footage. It brought back…

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Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff Falls Short In Bid For U.S. House Seat

June 21, 2017

The outcome is especially painful for Democrats who viewed Ossoffs candidacy as a prime opportunity to land a blow against President . Handel, a 55-year-old former Georgia secretary of state, replaces Republican Tom Price, who left Congress to become Trumps secretary of health and human services. Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker and former congressional aide, was ultimately unable to peel away enough anti-Trump Republicans or mobilize enough new Democratic-leaning voters…

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6 Tactics For Dealing With Political Stress

June 21, 2017

Also, it reported the first significant increase in the overall average stress level among Americans since the survey began 10 years ago, based on responses from last August to January. This ranges from [Donald] Trump supporters concerned that the country is not united behind the presidency, to those who believe the president is taking the country down an ill-advised path, he said. Changes in how our government is run, changes…

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News Daily: Van hits crowd near mosque – BBC News

June 19, 2017

Hello. Here’s your morning briefing: Brexit talks get under way Almost a year after the UK voted to leave the European Union, Brexit talks are finally starting. Brexit Secretary David Davis has promised a “deal like no other in history”, with subjects of early negotiations including the status of expats, the UK’s “divorce bill” and the Northern Ireland border. Things get started at about 11:00 BST. Grenfell Tower tragedy ‘preventable’…

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A First-Grader’s Picasso-Like Painting Is Now Hanging At The Met

June 19, 2017

For the past 10 years, The Met has hosted a group exhibition entitled P.S. Art, featuring artwork from a variety of media highlighting the innovation and skill emerging from public art education programs in and around New York City. On opening night, the young artists were given lanyards to distinguish them from the hundreds of visitors clamoring to get a glimpse of the work. Visitors were encouraged to approach any…

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Britain’s ‘longest-married’ couple celebrate anniversary – BBC News

June 19, 2017

Image copyright Peter Rhys Williams Image caption Ken and Margaret Harris celebrated their oak anniversary at their Powys nursing home But after spending a month in hospital, Mr Harris was given the all clear to leave and was found a room in the same care home as his wife in the Brecon Beacons. “Ken went to war and Margaret stayed home working as a doctor’s secretary but he always had…

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Patagonia’s CEO Is Ready To Lead The Corporate Resistance To Trump

June 18, 2017

NEW YORK On a cloudy May morning, Rose Marcario, the chief executive of outdoor retailer Patagonia, stared out a second-story window of a Manhattan restaurant, watching construction workers jackhammer the street below. The workers made her think of her grandfather, an Italian immigrant who, after making it through Ellis Island in the 1920s, got his first job digging the streets of this city. He earned 10 cents a day and…

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Cuban Government Says Trump Will Not Weaken The Revolution

June 17, 2017

In a statement read out on the evening news, the Communist government said Trump was resorting to coercive methods of the past that hurt the Cuban people and prevented economic development but would not weaken the revolution. The Cuban government denounces the new measures hardening the blockade that are destined to fail … and that will not achieve their aim of weakening the revolution, Havana said. He said he based…

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Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey meets disease survivors – BBC News

June 16, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEbola nurse Pauline Cafferkey: The Western world has moved on Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey has returned to Sierra Leone for the first time since contracting Ebola there in 2014. She went back to fundraise for children orphaned by the epidemic and to close a chapter of her life. The last time Mbalu met Pauline, the teenager was sick with Ebola and fighting…

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Pentagon Reportedly To Send Nearly 4,000 More Troops To Afghanistan

June 16, 2017

The news comes a day after President Donald Trump reportedly gave Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in the country in an effort to combat the spread of insurgent groups like the Islamic State and the Taliban. There are currently about 8,400 U.S. troops officially stationed in Afghanistan and an additional 2,000 not included in official tallies. The Pentagon refuted the AP report in a statement…

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The Revolutionary Street Art Project That Inspired Banksy And Empowered A City’s Youth

June 15, 2017

Little did the then 21-year-old youth worker know back in 1984 that his Aerosol Art Project at the Barton Hill Youth Center would go some way to shaping British and global street art over the coming years and decades. John Nation founded the project as a way to channel young people’s creativity in a positive and legal way. Here he is pictured painting at the center in the late 80s….

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Sanders Movement Plots Democratic Party Takeover At Weekend Gathering

June 13, 2017

They wanted to know Sanders advice for talking to kids about climate change, overcoming Republican gerrymandering in the South and how to deal with losing elections, something a questioner comically noted Sanders knew a thing or two about from his early years in politics. Thank you very much, Kendrick, Sander deadpanned, eliciting laughs from the audience. Kendrick makes a good point: Dont get locked into a moment, because things change…

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Hundreds Of Young Russians Arrested En Masse At Nationwide Protests

June 13, 2017

In a crackdown meant to quell a movement of youthful activism, many of the arrests appeared to target students and young people, watchdog groups reported. Navalny, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin who has crusaded against corruption, was arrested before he could join the protests and sentenced in a midnight hearing to 30 days in jail, his second such sentence this year. Before this weeks event, he used a…

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Bill Maher Is A Dangerous White Man

June 11, 2017

In it, there are no promises of humanity no assurances of justice no unbreakable bond of truth. There is but one king: popularity (and more plainly, profit). Entertainment media is just as vapid, vacuous, and apathetic as its creators certainly, as much as its viewers which is to say, it is naive to expect the industry to drift naturally toward some sort of moral center. It will not. It has…

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Election results 2017: May to finalise cabinet amid DUP talks – BBC News

June 10, 2017

A number of high-profile government figures have already confirmed they are keeping their jobs in the wake of an election that saw the Tories lose 13 seats. Live updates and rolling coverage Who are the DUP? Can a Conservative and DUP pact work? Q&A: What is a hung parliament? How do minority governments work? Philip Hammond will stay as chancellor, Boris Johnson will remain as foreign secretary and Amber Rudd…

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Trump’s Climate Withdrawal Is An Impeachable Offense

June 9, 2017

These 22 senators wrote to Trump, asking him to pull out of the accord. The president and the senators put their own political and economic interests above the safety, security and indeed survival of the American people and the entire planet. Under the pact, the Obama administration promised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent to 29 percent lower than 2005 levels by 2025. The United States is the second…

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s Efforts Prompt Mexico To Commit To Saving Rare Porpoise

June 8, 2017

Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto, actor Leonardo DiCaprio and billionaire Carlos Slim met Wednesday to mark the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that will spark new efforts to save the animal, which researchers worry could becomeextinct by next year. Last month DiCaprio launched a Twitter campaign aimed at Mexican officials to encourage them to take action, an effort that led Pea Nieto to declare the country was focusing all…

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