Chelsea Manning ordered to return to jail, says she’d ‘rather starve to death’ than testify

Chelsea Manning ordered to return to jail, says she’d ‘rather starve to death’ than testify

Former Army intelligence analyst and whistleblower Chelsea Manning is being sent back to jail today, following the arrival of a new grand jury in an ongoing WikiLeaks case for which Manning was ordered to testify and refused. Manning spent 62 days in jail over the course of the last two and half months for her initial refusal, and she only got out last week on a technicality related to the expiration of the prior grand…

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Abortion in America, explained in 10 facts

Abortion in America, explained in 10 facts

As anti-abortion laws sweep the country, a lot of people have questions. Here are some answers. Four states have passed “heartbeat” bills this year alone, banning abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy. Alabama just passed a near-total ban on abortion at any stage of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest. And on Thursday, Missouri moved a step closer to passing a ban on abortion at eight weeks’ gestation, also without exceptions…

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A petition to remake Game of Thrones’ 8th season offers a revealing glimpse of wider fandom backlash

A petition to remake Game of Thrones’ 8th season offers a revealing glimpse of wider fandom backlash

More than half a million fans are asking HBO to remake Game of Thrones’ final season. More than half a million fans are demanding that HBO “remake Game of Thrones Season 8 with competent writers,” just days before the season — and series — finale. While the online petition has rapidly racked up signatures since it went viral just one day ago, the number represents a small fraction of Game of Thrones’ immense fan base….

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The Air Force wants to rescue downed pilots with an autonomous aircraft

The Air Force wants to rescue downed pilots with an autonomous aircraft

Whenever a US aircraft crashes, there’s a quick response: a rescue team is dispatched to the crash site to secure the wreckage and recover the pilot, but in some cases, that can be a dangerous proposition that puts additional personnel at risk of accident or enemy fire. The Air Force wants to avoid that — or at the very least, add a new tool to its disposal when it comes to rescuing the downed pilot….

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The CW is ending its Netflix deal, but that doesn’t mean Riverdale is disappearing

The CW is ending its Netflix deal, but that doesn’t mean Riverdale is disappearing

Many of the CW’s original series have found new audiences through a long-standing streaming agreement with Netflix, but that deal is coming to an end. Netflix’s agreement with The CW’s parent companies, Warner Bros. and CBS, ensured that CW series like Riverdale, Supernatural, The Flash, and Arrow automatically ended up on Netflix after a season’s initial run on network television. The deal was first signed in 2011 and re-upped in 2016, but the network doesn’t…

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Positive feedback from Twitter is reportedly all Trump needs to push policies

Positive feedback from Twitter is reportedly all Trump needs to push policies

Twitter isn’t real life, but it still influences the president’s policies, according to a new Politico report. For avid Twitter user President Donald Trump, social media is more than just a means of communication. It is also a guide to policy. That’s the main takeaway from Andrew Restuccia, Daniel Lippman, and Eliana Johnson’s Politico profile of Dan Scavino, Trump’s long-standing social media guru and newly promoted senior adviser for digital strategy. Trump is interested in…

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Why prescription drugs cost more in America

Why prescription drugs cost more in America

How an EpiPen can cost $300 in the US and $38 in the UK. Americans are spending more on prescription drugs than anyone else in the world. Why? Part of it is because the United States drug pricing system is set up differently than everyone else. While other countries, like the United Kingdom, have regulatory agencies that determine whether a drug should come to market and can then negotiate a price consumers will pay, the…

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Instagram ends experiment with standalone Direct messaging app

Instagram ends experiment with standalone Direct messaging app

Facebook is shutting down Direct, a standalone camera-first messaging app used to send Instagram direct messages. “In the coming month, we’ll no longer be supporting the Direct app,” read a message in the app announcing the shutdown. “Your conversations will automatically move over to Instagram, so you don’t need to do anything.” The announcement was first spotted by social media commentator Matt Navarra. First launched in December 2017, Direct was an apparent attempt by Instagram…

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Texas may pass a “Save Chick-fil-A” bill

Texas may pass a “Save Chick-fil-A” bill

The bill would prohibit the state government from refusing to do business with companies because of their religious affiliations. In March, the San Antonio City Council voted to remove a proposed Chick-fil-A location from its airport concession agreement, citing the fast food chain’s record of donating to organizations that discriminated against LGBTQ people. Now, conservatives in the Texas state legislature are trying to pass a law that would ensure something like that never happens again….

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