Facebook moves billions of international user accounts to California to avoid European privacy law

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Mark Zuckerberg was at pains to emphasize how eager he was to protect users’ personal information — including supporting a piece of landmark European Union legislation on data privacy. At the time, he told Reuters reporters that…

Starbucks CEO’s quick-fix plan to confront racial bias at company falls short of the mark

In an obvious public relations move aimed at buttressing his company’s socially conscious and responsible image in the wake of mounting protests following the arrest last week of two black men who were waiting for a friend in a Philadelphia coffee shop, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson ordered mandatory “unconscious…

FEMA wants Congress to make flood insurance more affordable

In an unprecedented move, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is asking Congress to make national flood insurance more affordable, in a new report released Tuesday. People “face critical tradeoffs between purchasing flood insurance and basic necessities,” the report states. As FEMA described in its press…

Meet the Indian-American doctor vying to replace Rep. Trent Franks

In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, Hiral Tipirneni talked to her three kids about the importance of civic engagement, of standing up for the issues you think are important, and of the value of women in politics. In response, Tipirneni’s daughter Mira — who…

Philly police chief defends cops who arrested two black men for waiting for a friend at Starbucks

In a Facebook live video Saturday afternoon, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross defended the cops who arrested two black men at a Starbucks. The incident took place on Thursday but went viral after video showed the arrests this weekend. Their “crime” — waiting for a…

Trump flails at Comey in litany of distorted, contradictory tweets

In a series of tweets, President Trump lashed out at former FBI director James Comey, attempting to distort details from Comey’s new book to suit his narrative. The tweets contradict themselves in regards to whether Comey is believable and misinterpret what has been released so…

Senate confirms former coal lobbyist as EPA’s deputy administrator, potential Pruitt replacement

In a 53-45 vote, the Senate on Thursday confirmed Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, to be deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As recently as last summer, Wheeler worked as a lobbyist for Murray Energy, the largest privately-owned coal firm in the…

The Gender Wage Gap Among Rural Workers

In the current debate about jobs and the working class, the conversation about rural America and rural employment often assumes that the only people who exist in—or matter to—rural America are white working men. This assumption, though, is simply wrong. In fact, women and people…

Directly contradicting White House lawyers, Trump says he’s considering firing Mueller

In a press availability that was ostensibly about what the United States would do to respond to the grievous chemical attack in Syria, President Donald Trump took the opportunity to speak out strongly against the FBI for raiding the offices and home of his personal…

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