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Source: New York Times

Federal Judge Rejects a Revised Voter ID Law in Texas

Today 08:06 GMT

A federal judge blocked Texas from enforcing its revamped voter identification law on Wednesday, ruling that the State Legislature’s attempt to loosen the law did not go far enough and perpetuated discrimination against black and Hispanic voters.

Nelva Gonzales Ramos, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas — had previously found that the original law, one of the most restrictive in the nation, was passed in 2011 with the intent to discriminate against blacks and Hispanics.

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Source: Global News

James Damore, Google anti-diversity memo writer, hires Republican Party official as lawyer

Today 08:06 GMT

The engineer fired from Google for writing a memo critical of the company’s diversity hiring policies has hired a lawyer who is a member of the Republican National Committee to represent him.

Google employee fired for anti-diversity memo gets job offer from Julian Assange. Google fired Damore after he wrote an internal memo that said the lack of women in leadership roles in the tech industry was due to biological differences rather than discrimination.

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Source: Washington Post

Republican committees have paid nearly $1.3 million to Trump-owned entities this year

Tuesday 02:27 GMT

The Republican National Committee paid the Trump International Hotel in Washington $122,000 last month after the party held a lavish fundraiser at the venue in June, the latest example of how GOP political committees are generating a steady income stream for President Trump’s private business, new Federal Election Commission records show.

The nearly $1.3 million spent by Republican political committees at Trump entities in 2017 has helped boost his company at a time when business is falling off at some core properties.

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Source: The Guradian

Will Steve Bannon's war tear apart the Republican party?

Wednesday 09:56 GMT

That is why, having had seven months in the White House to prosecute his populist war on the Republican establishment – something Buckley and his minions could only dream of in 1955 – Bannon now finds himself staring into the abyss of a website, hoping to find there a power he couldn’t find in the most powerful office of the world.

In 1955, William F Buckley launched National Review, declaring war against liberalism and the Democratic party but also, and more immediately, a civil war on the right.

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Source: The Guradian

The Once and Future Liberal reviews: identity and the American body politic

Monday 11:45 GMT

“Liberals should bear in mind that the first identity movement in American politics was the Ku Klux Klan,” he wrote, adding: “Those who play the identity game should be prepared to lose it.”

Like so many other straight white male academics of a certain age, he is preoccupied with the excesses of political correctness on American campuses today. Unfortunately, he also resembles his colleagues in his inability to peer over ivy-covered walls to give us an accurate vision of the world beyond his classroom.

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Source: Reuters

Vietnam's president calls for tougher internet controls

Monday 15:27 GMT

Vietnam's president called on Sunday for tougher controls on the internet in the face of dissidents who are using it to criticize the ruling Communist Party, and to combat threats to cybersecurity.

Vietnam's government has stepped up a crackdown on activists this year, but despite the arrest and sentencing of several high profile figures, there has been little sign of it silencing criticism on social media.

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Source: NBC News

HomeGoods has a sister store — and it's finally in the US!

Tuesday 20:01 GMT

If your heart races with adrenaline and happiness every time you walk into a HomeGoods location or peruse the home decor aisles of TJ Maxx, we have a feeling you’re going to love this new store.

We didn't think anything could compete with our love for HomeGoods, but just a peak inside the newly-opened store has us swooning. Attended with @khwindowfashion #doneinadaydecorating launch party for the new @homesense_us its @homegoods on steroids?? more furniture l lighting l rugs perfect for property staging and styling.

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Source: Common Domain

No, Trump's support hasn't collapsed, but yes, he's increasingly alone

Monday 21:52 GMT

In the annals of the modern presidency, few chief executives have been as alone as President Trump appears now — shunned by major business leaders, at odds with his party’s congressional leadership and deeply estranged from more than half the nation.

They’ve demonstrated something else as well: Like other embattled presidents, including even Richard Nixon at the height of Watergate, Trump continues to hold the support of a hard core of determined backers.

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Source: New York Times

Charlie Sykes Is Unsure About the Future of the G.O.P.

Tuesday 14:33 GMT

You came to national attention during the Wisconsin primaries as part of the Never Trump movement, when you used your conservative-talk-show perch to help along one of Donald Trump’s few primary losses.

Conservatives spent an awful long time ignoring things: the birthers, the bigots, the xenophobes, the alternative-reality media.


“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte