Category Archives: Politics

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FBI HAS A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF TWITTER SLANG TERMS

Internet slang: Do you use it? If so, do it AYOR (at your own risk), because the FBI knows exactly what you’re saying thanks to the agency’s insane list of “Twitter shorthand.”  

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U.S. PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE CANCELS REDSKINS TRADEMARK

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name “Washington Redskins” on Wednesday on the grounds that the football team’s name is “disparaging to Native Americans” and thus in violation of federal trademark laws banning offensive or disparaging language.

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CONGRESS GRILLS DR. OZ FOR PROMOTING WEIGHT LOSS PRODUCTS

Dr. Oz of popular medical show, The Dr. Oz Show, was grilled by lawmakers on Tuesday when he testified on a hearing on false advertising of weight loss products.

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TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT WANTS TO REGULATE MAP AIDS IN VEHICLES

Getting directions on the road from Google Maps and other smartphone apps is a popular alternative to the expensive navigation aids included in some cars. The apps are also a gray area when it comes to laws banning the use of cellphones or texting while driving.

The Transportation Department wants to enter the argument.

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OBAMA TO BAN WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST SEXUAL ORIENTATION/GENDER IDENTITY

According to White House officials, President Obama has asked his staff to prepare an executive order to ban federal contractors from discriminating against workers based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  

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FORMER BET HOST, ROCSI DIAZ, TAKES STAND ON IMMIGRATION

The former host of ‘106th + Park’, Rocsi Diaz, is making her directorial debut in “The Secrets of Strangers,” a public service announcement that chronicles undocumented immigrants who share their illegal status with American strangers.  

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U.S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER, CRUISER, DESTROYER ARRIVE IN PERSIAN GULF

The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush and two other U.S. Navy ships arrived in the Persian Gulf Sunday, as Iraqi troops mobilized to protect their country from a wave of Sunni insurgents taking over cities, and threatening the nation’s capital.

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ALMOST 80K FOREIGN BANKS TO SHARE TAX INFO WITH IRS

It will soon get a lot harder to use overseas accounts to hide income and assets from the Internal Revenue Service.  

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WHITE HOUSE MISTAKENLY REVEALS CIA OFFICIAL’S NAME

In an embarrassing flub, the Obama administration accidentally revealed the name of the CIA’s top official in Afghanistan in an email to thousands of journalists during the president’s surprise Memorial Day weekend trip to Bagram Air Field.  

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SHOULD WOMEN RECEIVE PAID TIME OFF FOR MENSTRUAL LEAVE?

Should women receive paid menstrual leave?  For example, Japan has had a menstrual leave policy, the 1947 Labor Standards Law, since the end of World War II such that any women suffering from painful periods or whose job might exacerbate period pain are allowed seirikyuuka (literally “physiological leave”).

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