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“Heels On, Gloves Off!” Women March Against Trump’s Impeachment in Washington. But R...

“Heels On, Gloves Off!” Women March Against Trump’s Impeachment in Washington. But R…On Thursday, impeachment foes converged on Washington for the first big pro-Trump rally in the city since shortly after Donald Trump was elected president. According to its website, the “March for Trump: Stop Impeachment Now!” event was initiated by people who “want our President to know he is not alone and we stand with him.” Judging by the crowd size—only a few hundred protesters were there—not all that many people seemed willing to take the day off to stand with Trump against impeachment. But that might have been as much a function of last minute transportation snafus as the country’s support for the president. Nonetheless, the true believers marched down Pennsylvania Avenue for a rally on the Capitol lawn. They had come from as far away as Arkansas, Florida, and Connecticut to participate. Armed with plenty of Trump…


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GM and Union Reach Tentative Deal That Could End Strike

GM and Union Reach Tentative Deal That Could End StrikeDETROIT — Bargainers for General Motors and the United Auto Workers reached a tentative contract deal on Wednesday that could end a monthlong strike that brought the company’s U.S. factories to a standstill. The deal, which the union says offers “major gains” for workers, was hammered out after months of bargaining but won’t bring an immediate end to the strike by 49,000 hourly workers. They will likely stay on the picket lines for at least two more days as two union committees vote on the deal, after which the members will have to approve. Terms of the tentative four-year contract were not released, but it’s likely to include some pay raises, lump sum payments to workers, and requirements that GM build new vehicles in U.S. factories. Early on, GM offered new products in Detroit and Lordstown, Ohio, two of the four…


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Transparency Reports Are in Trouble

Transparency Reports Are in TroubleTikTok can tell you a lot about internet culture, but the massively popular Chinese-owned social-media app doesn’t seem to know much about Hong Kong protests.Searches for hashtags like #HongKong do surface some videos of demonstrations, but not anywhere near the volume you’d find on, say, Twitter. You might then wonder—as The Washington Post did in a September piece—whether that reflects interference by TikTok’s Beijing-based parent firm, ByteDance.On Wednesday, The Guardian reported on leaked documentation indicating that the company did suppress certain videos, specifically about Tiananmen Square, Tibetan independence, and the banned religious group Falun Gong. ByteDance told the paper that the documents in question were no longer in use, but their existence was enough to invite further speculation.And TikTok isn’t doing one thing that would help its users stop wondering. Unlike such older social platforms as Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter, which post regular transparency reports documenting…


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Sen. Mike Lee Would Let You Decide if Drones Can Fly Less Than 200 Feet Above Your House

Sen. Mike Lee Would Let You Decide if Drones Can Fly Less Than 200 Feet Above Your HouseA bill introduced in Congress this week would put 200 feet between your yard and the federal government’s regulatory powers. Sen. Mike Lee (R–Utah) on Wednesday announced the Drone Integration and Zoning Act of 2019, with the goal of shrinking the scope of the federal government and expanding property rights. His bill would distribute some of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) authority over the nation’s airspace to localities and private citizens by redefining “navigable airspace,” broadly defined by the FAA as “the airspace at or above the minimum altitudes of flight that includes the airspace needed to ensure safety in the takeoff and landing of aircraft.” His proposal would exclude airspace 200 feet above any given property from FAA regulation. “The best way to ensure public safety and allow this innovative industry to…


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Workers Celebrate Deal With GM, Show Union Power in Industry

Workers Celebrate Deal With GM, Show Union Power in IndustryDETROIT — On the picket lines at a General Motors transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio, passing cars honked and striking workers celebrated a tentative contract deal by munching on 10 pizzas dropped off by a supporter. They had carried signs for 31 days and demonstrated the muscle the United Auto Workers union still has over Detroit’s three manufacturers. Details of the four-year pact weren’t released, but GM’s latest offer to end the monthlong strike included wage increases and lump-sum payments, top-notch health insurance at little cost to workers, promises of new products for many U.S. factories and a path to full-time work for temporary workers. Related Articles GM and Union Reach Tentative Deal That Could End Strike by TOM KRISHER / The Associated Press Auto Workers Vote to Strike at General Motors Plants by TOM KRISHER /… ….. Read More.TRUTHDIG –…


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Congressman and Civil Rights Icon Elijah Cummings Dead at 68

Congressman and Civil Rights Icon Elijah Cummings Dead at 68BALTIMORE — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper’s son who rose to become a civil rights champion and the powerful chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, died Thursday of complications from longstanding health problems. He was 68. Cummings was a formidable orator who advocated for the poor in his black-majority district , which encompasses a large portion of Baltimore and more well-to-do suburbs. As chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Cummings led investigations of the president’s governmental dealings, including probes in 2019 relating to Trump’s family members serving in the White House. Trump criticized the Democrat’s district as a “rodent-infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.” The comments came weeks after Trump drew bipartisan condemnation following his calls for Democratic congresswomen of color to get out of the…


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