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The story from 1931 we still need to hear on Juneteenth

(CNN)June 19 is the anniversary of the day in 1865 that black people in Galveston, Texas, belatedly learned from the Union Army that the Civil War was over and that they were freed. African-Americans have celebrated Juneteenth since 1866 as both a commemoration of freedom and a remembrance of the lies of whites. Hurston conducted [&hellip

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Europe takes another step towards copyright pre-filters for user generated content

In a key vote this morning the European Parliament’s legal affairs committee has backed the two most controversial elements of a digital copyright reform package — which critics warn could have a chilling effect on Internet norms like memes and also damage freedom of expression online. In the draft copyright directive, Article 11; “Protection of press publications [&hellip

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Texas Democrat Bucked By National Party To Join Progressive Publishing House

Laura Moser, a progressive Democratic candidate for a House seat in Texas whose run-in with the party’s officialdom made national waves, is joining the left-leaning publishing house Strong Arm Press as an editor. Moser  for the Democratic nomination in Texas’ 7th Congressional District in May. Her run in an affluent swath of suburban Houston became [&hellip

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Fox News Pundit Charles Krauthammer Dead At 68

The announcement came nearly two weeks after the columnist and Fox News personality revealed in a Washington Post column that he only had weeks left to live. For most of the last year, he wrote, he’d been recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his abdomen. Though the procedure was initially thought to [&hellip

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Party Chairman Tom Perez Faces Criticism Within DNC For Endorsing Andrew Cuomo

Several members of the slammed Chairman Tom Perez’s Thursday endorsement of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a two-term incumbent fending off a major left-wing primary challenge. The members, who said Perez had neglected to inform them of the decision, argued that it would undermine efforts to earn the trust of progressives, young voters and independents already [&hellip

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The Real Reason Google Search Labeled the California GOP as Nazis

If you Googled the California Republican Party earlier this week, the so-called "knowledge panel" that's supposed to surface the most relevant results would have told you that the party's primary ideologies are conservatism, market liberalism, and, oh, Nazism. Conservatives have been quick to point fingers at Google and other tech giants, claiming another example of [&hellip

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‘Prince & Knight’ Puts A Gay-Inclusive Twist On Traditional Fairy Tales

Haack, who resides in Los Angeles, said an overall lack of LGBTQ representation in children’s media inspired him to write Prince & Knight, released May 1. The book features stunning, full-color illustrations by Stevie Lewis that depict the prince’s stuggles in finding a bride, a battle with a ferocious, fire-breathing dragon and, finally, true love’s kiss.   Stevie Lewis First-time [&hellip

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Music payments startup Exactuals debuts R.AI, a Palantir for music royalties

Exactuals, a software service offering payments management for the music industry, is debuting R.AI, a new tool that it’s dubbed the “Palantir for music.” It’s a service that can track songwriting information and rights across different platforms to ensure attribution for music distributors. As companies like Apple and Spotify demand better information from labels about the [&hellip

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Nintendo Switch save backups are coming, but only to Nintendo Online subscribers

Image: James Sheppard/Future Publishing via Getty Images Nintendo’s long-awaited online service is finally coming to Switch in November, and it’s bringing a slew of benefits — including, importantly, the ability to back up save data in the cloud. Nintendo Switch Online, as it’s called, also includes free access to a library of classic NES games, [&hellip

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Stephen Hawking Finished Mind-Bending Parallel Universe Paper Days Before His Death

The prominent theoretical physicist and cosmologist co-authored a research paper about the existence of parallel universes similar to our own, which the Journal of High-Energy Physics posthumously published on Friday.  Thomas Hertog, a co-author of the study, told the BBC that he and Hawking were wrestling with the idea that the Big Bang actually resulted in the creation of [&hellip

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