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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Arkansas lawmakers have approved legislation that prohibits cities and counties from implementing anti-discrimination policies for LGBT people. The measure was inspired by the successful effort to repeal a non-discrimination ordinance in Fayetteville, a fight in which conservative 19 Kids and Counting star Michelle Duggar played a prominent role. After the State Senate voted in favor of the measure Monday, the Arkansas House of Representatives voted 57 to 20 in favor of the legislation today. Both chambers are controlled by the Republican Party.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

On Oct. 11, 1975, the debut episode of a new show called Saturday Night Live hit the airwaves, and a pop culture phenomenon was born. Tonight, NBC will air a red carpet special starting at 8 p.m. EST and a three-hour special starting at 8 p.m. EST. Past and present cast members, as well as special musical guests from the show's incredible five-decade run, will appear. read more

Monday, February 09, 2015

A growing number of top Democrats plan to skip next month's Capitol Hill speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Reps. James Clyburn (S.C.), the third-ranking House Democrat, and Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.), chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), are just the latest lawmakers to indicate they won't attend the March 3 address before a rare joint session of Congress.
The Democrats join other leading Capitol Hill liberals – including Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the civil rights hero, and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), head of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) – in protesting the speech by vowing to steer clear of it.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

A peace plan drawn up by France and Germany is "one of the last chances" to end the conflict in east Ukraine, French leader Francois Hollande says. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was unclear if the plan would succeed, but it was "definitely worth trying." Hollande said the plan would include a demilitarized zone of 31-44 miles around the current front line. The leaders are attempting to end the fighting in Ukraine between government troops and pro-Russia rebels. Russia is accused of arming pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine -- claims it denies. Mr Hollande and Mrs Merkel are due to discuss the peace plan with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko by telephone on Sunday.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

That is why I am proposing that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open internet protections.

Using this authority, I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open internet protections ever proposed by the FCC. These enforceable, bright-line rules will ban paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. I propose to fully apply -- for the first time ever -- those bright-line rules to mobile broadband. My proposal assures the rights of internet users to go where they want, when they want, and the rights of innovators to introduce new products without asking anyone's permission.


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