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Why Is the Government Trying to Regulate Fashion Blogs?

According to a recent article in The Fashion Law, the Federal Trade Commission is attempting to regulate fashion bloggers by arguing that their online sponsorships run afoul of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, which prohibits deceptive conduct. The FTC is apparently concerned that popular fashion bloggers who are paid to promote product lines “deceive” a “significant minority” of viewers by failing to clearly identify the content of their blog posts as sponsored, for example, by failing to prominently use such hashtags as #sponsored or #ad. (Photo: Instagram/songofstyle) The FTC has taken the position that such conduct merits prosecution of the companies that pay the bloggers to promote their lines. (According to “three conditions must be met in order for particular conduct to be deemed “deceptive”: The conduct must involve a representation, … Read entire article »

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US Vital to Stopping ISIS Genocide of Christians, Helping Refugees, Catholic Group Urges

No one displaced from their homeland has it easy, but targeted religious minorities, such as those persecuted by the Islamic State, have faced a worse crisis, said Andrew Walther, vice president of the national Knights of Columbus. “It’s very hard to be any refugee, but to be targeted for extermination because of your religious beliefs is a qualitatively different experience,” Walther told The Daily Signal in a phone interview on World Refugee Day. Just two weeks ago, Walther traveled to the Middle East and saw some of the victims of Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL. “I saw people who were persecuted for their faith,” Walther said. “They didn’t do anything wrong but be who they were and live in the region where their families had lived for 1,000 years, … Read entire article »

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China Builds World’s Fastest Computer

On Monday, the inconceivable happened. China announced it had built the world’s fastest computer. China has always been good at copying and/or stealing intellectual property, but it has rarely produced “indigenous innovation,” particular in the high-tech sector. The Chinese supercomputer, called the Tianhe-1A, is capable of performing over 2.5 thousand trillion operations a second and is big enough to fill a large warehouse. The processors weigh over 150 tons and can store information equal to about a hundred million books. At its peak, the computer can perform around 93,000 trillion calculations per second. Purportedly, the Chinese supercomputer is 30 percent faster than the fastest American computer. “Considering that just 10 years ago, China claimed a mere 28 systems on TOP500 global supercomputer listing, with none ranked in the top 30, the nation … Read entire article »

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Taking Away Constitutional Rights at the Discretion of the Government

If the news reports are correct, the latest “gun control” proposal being put forward by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is a “measure that would block people on the Transportation Security Administration’s no–fly list from buying firearms,” according to ABC News. Let’s be clear—we don’t want terrorists buying guns in this country. There is one major problem with that proposal: It is potentially unconstitutional since it would take away a constitutional right—your Second Amendment right to bear arms—at the discretion of a government official in a secret, nontransparent process that has no adequate due process protections. Let’s be clear—we don’t want terrorists buying guns in this country. Nor do we think that they have a Second Amendment right to do so. But this blunt instrument is not the right solution. The Terrorism Screening Database is … Read entire article »

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Will Republican Leadership Cut Loose USDA’s Tangled Catfish Inspection Role?

Opponents have been swimming upstream for years in an effort to sink a federal catfish inspection program that they argue wastes millions of taxpayer dollars. The Senate last month sent legislation to the House that would block the Agriculture Department from inspecting catfish. But three weeks later, the House’s Republican leadership has left that bill on the hook and hasn’t announced whether it will get a vote. “We’re one step away from getting rid of the poster child of duplicative and wasteful programs here in Washington and doing the right thing for the American people,” said Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., who is spearheading the effort. “It’s just a matter of bringing it up for a vote.” At issue is which federal government agency regulates imported catfish, the ray-finned bottom-feeder that has become a … Read entire article »

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Congressional Letter Urges Obama to Rethink Brexit

Britain’s referendum on its membership of the European Union—which might lead to its exit (known as Brexit)—will take place on June 23. After a pause following the tragic murder of Jo Cox, a Labour Party member of the British Parliament, the campaign resumed on Sunday, with the polls still too close to call. But a number of members of the House of Representatives aren’t happy with the approach the Obama administration has taken toward Brexit. When he visited Britain in April, President Barack Obama made it clear that he wanted Britain to stay in the EU, and that, if it left, Britain would be at the “back of queue” for a trade deal with the United States. The president’s intervention ended up hurting the “Remain” campaign, which seeks to keep Britain in the … Read entire article »

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House Science Panel Turns Up Heat on State AGs Over Ties to Climate Change Activists

House Republicans are pressing efforts to safeguard the First Amendment rights of scientific skeptics who dissent from what they consider the Obama administration’s alarmist position on climate change, according to letters to 17 state attorneys general. The series of letters, sent Friday and signed by 17 of the 22 Republican members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, renew an earlier request to the state attorneys general for information detailing their communications with environmental organizations. They also ask for communications between employees for the state attorneys general and the Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, or the White House. “The committee intends to continue its vigorous oversight of the coordinated attempt to deprive companies, nonprofit organizations, and scientists of their First Amendment rights and ability to fund and conduct scientific research free … Read entire article »

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Trump's campaign smells like one big self-dealing scam

Timothy P. Carney Donald Trump is a con man, and if you support him for president, you are his latest mark. Commentators have been warning voters of this obvious scam for months. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Group: Muslim voter registration up 300,000 since 2012

Daniel Chaitin More than a quarter million Muslims have become registered voters since the last presidential election, a Muslim group reported on Tuesday. In June there were 824,000 registered Muslim voters whose first, middle or last names matched a list of 43,538 traditionally Muslim names, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which used a private national database of voter information. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Obama-appointed judge rules against administration in fracking case

Anna Giaritelli A federal judge who was appointed by President Obama ruled late Tuesday against the administration’s attempt to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal property. Judge Scott Skavdahl of the District Court of Wyoming determined the Interior Department does not have the congressional authority required to control fracking. “Congress has not delegated to the Department of Interior the authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing,” Skavdahl wrote in his opinion. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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RNC plans to dethrone Lebron James for convention

Anna Giaritelli A picture of Cleveland Cavaliers’ player Lebron James will be removed from the side of the Sherwin-Williams AmEx building before Republican National Convention attendees arrive for the July 18-21 event, building officials confirmed in a report published late Tuesday. The lasered image is located on a building next to the Quicken Loans Arena, an update to the classic James sign that has become a popular background for selfies since the NBA team won the championship Sunday. While some conservatives flocking to Cleveland for the convention would like to get a picture with King James, Republican officials have received… examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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You're hired: Trump announces four new campaign staffers

Anna Giaritelli Donald Trump’s campaign announced Tuesday evening it has hired four people for top campaign positions. The presumptive Republican nominee said his team has added several new members to grow its campaign operations and focus on winning the general election in November. “I continue to build a team of great people that will ensure we win in November. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Report: Trump to hire up to 150 staffers

Daniel Chaitin Donald Trump will add at least 100 new staffers to his campaign over the next month, said the candidate’s former campaign manager Tuesday night. Corey Lewandowski, who was fired from Trump’s campaign Monday, told a private gathering at the Empire Club in New York City that the presumptive Republican nominee planned to hire between 100 and 150 new staff members in the next 30 days, according to a Buzzfeed report. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Trump: 'Nothing out there' to prove Clinton is a Christian

Anna Giaritelli Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Tuesday there is no evidence Hillary Clinton is the Methodist Christian she claims to be. “We don’t know anything about Hillary in terms of religion,” Trump told a group of Christian leaders at a closed meeting in New York City on Tuesday. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Poll: 49 percent of Americans agree with Trump on refugee ban

Anna Giaritelli More Americans trust Donald Trump to keep the country safe than presidential rival Hillary Clinton following the mass shooting in Orlando, according to a Morning Consult survey released Wednesday. After the June 12 attack, Trump reiterated calls to halt the flow of refugees from Muslim countries because they could not be vetted. Forty-nine percent of respondents backed the billionaire businessman’s refugee ban, 40 percent opposed it and 11 percent said they were not sure in the June 15-18 poll, which had a 2 percent margin of error. Voters were even more supportive of a ban when asked about immigrants from Syria and… examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Trump's fundraising fail imperils House, Senate GOP

Sarah Westwood, David M. Drucker, Al Weaver Donald Trump’s staggering failure to raise money in May could set back his presidential campaign and endanger members of his party running down ticket. The presumptive Republican nominee ended the month of May with a paltry $1.2 million to spend against Democrat Hillary Clinton, who entered June with $42 million in the bank. As the Republican National Committee tries to fill the gap, it leaves the party with fewer resources to invest in congressional and gubernatorial races. That could be a big problem for the GOP’s vulnerable majority in the U.S. Senate. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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House won't vote to take Harriet Tubman off the $20 bill

Pete Kasperowicz The House Rules Committee on Tuesday rejected a proposal from Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, to block the Treasury Department from replacing President Andrew Jackson with women’s suffrage hero Harriet Tubman. King had proposed a late amendment to the Treasury Department spending bill to prevent officials from moving ahead with their plans. One report said King wasn’t so much opposing Tubman, but an effort to “keep what we have. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Senior Dem prods watchdog over fears of Western blackouts

John Siciliano Invoking the California energy crisis of the early 2000s, the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee fears a repeat performance as the Golden State faces potential blackouts this summer. Sen. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Kristen Soltis Anderson: An Alzheimer's advocate's road to remember

Kristen Soltis Anderson When Mark Donham learned his 40-year-old wife had early-onset Alzheimer’s he quit his job to care for her full-time. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Veto threat for spending bill cutting IRS funds

Joseph Lawler President Obama would veto a Republican spending bill that would cut funding for the IRS and financial agencies, as well as overhaul the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the White House said Tuesday. The Office of Management and Budget issued the veto threat for the House financial services appropriations bill Tuesday evening as it worked its way toward the House floor. The bill would “exacerbate the damaging reductions inflicted on the IRS since 2010, and irresponsibly cut funding for the agencies charged with implementing Wall Street reform,” the White House warned. It also decried the “problematic ideological”… examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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