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The best tweets from #BreakTheInternet protest against Pai's net neutrality plan

#BreakTheInternet. No, I’m not talking about Kim Kardashian’s backside on the cover of PAPER magazine. I’m talking about the web-wide protest to stop the FCC from repealing net neutrality laws. The campaign started on Tuesday, and organizers have asked people to essentially...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 11:20 AM

FCC commissioner heavily edits Pai's net neutrality plan to completely reverse it

The vote on net neutrality is scheduled for Thursday, and amid protests from the public and major corporations alike, FCC commissioners themselves have voiced their opposition. Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel is expected to vote against chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to repeal the rules protecting net...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 5:27 PM

Mayoral election votes of Trump, Melania and Ivanka didn't count -- here's why

This year’s mayoral election went to Democrat Bill de Blasio, as was highly anticipated. De Blasio won 65 percent of the votes, beating Republican opponent Nicole Malliotakis. In an exclusive with New York Daily News, officials at the city’s Board of Elections revealed that the...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 4:24 PM

Merriam-Webster's word of the year is 'feminism'

Me Too. Women’s March. Silence breakers. This year undoubtedly proved that words can have an immense impact on our thoughts, our actions and our spirits — and there’s no denying that they defined 2017 as a time not only for these strings of syllables, but for resilience. Just...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 12:00 PM

Bill passed Monday will require all NYC public restrooms to have diaper changing tables

When New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal (D-Brooklyn) saw a father changing his baby’s diaper over a mall bathroom sink, it triggered two things: concern and a big yet rather simple idea. He noticed that men's public restrooms were not as equipped for childcare, and even still, women...

Monday, December 11, 2017, 5:57 PM

21 Tech pioneers write open letter asking FCC to cancel net neutrality vote

As the vote on net neutrality — currently scheduled for this Thursday, December 14 — awaits the FCC, tensions are high. A total of 21 big-name leaders of the Internet world just published an open letter to the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology,...

Monday, December 11, 2017, 4:37 PM

Australian 'Dr. Death' creates 'suicide machine' that could be available in 2018

An Australian doctor nicknamed "Dr. Death" just developed a suicide machine many are dubbing the "death pod." He calls it "the Sacro," and it has the world up in arms. Dr. Philip Nitschke, 70, built this machine in the Netherlands where assisted-suicide for terminally...

Monday, December 11, 2017, 10:28 AM

Democrats weren't invited to the Trump White House Hanukkah party

The White House had a Hanukkah party on Thursday, but Trump seemed to leave out some very important guests: the Jews, specifically Jewish Democrats. At said party, the president discussed the controversial announcment he'd made the day before to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, declaring it...

Friday, December 8, 2017, 5:34 PM

Both Trump and Melania made mistakes in their Pearl Harbor remembrance tweets

Our 32nd president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, declared December 7, 1941 a “date which will live in infamy.” In this historic speech addressing the nation after Japanese forces attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt went on to say: “The United States was at peace...

Friday, December 8, 2017, 1:23 PM

McRib fans, Num Pang just launched the sandwich of your dreams

Last month, McDonald’s announced the return of its iconic McRib, a fan favorite that made its debut in 1981 and feeds hungry customers at exclusive U.S. locations for a limited time every so often. As Fortune described it: “The McRib is kind of like a prairie dog, in that...

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 8:51 PM

Everyone is talking about Donald Trump's teeth

Yesterday was a big day in politics (bet you’ve heard that one before). President Trump announced that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and the gradual process of moving our embassy there from its long-standing presence in Tel Aviv will commence. Whether you agreed...

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 2:51 PM

These tweets prove Donald's not the only Trump that loves fast food

Melania Trump knows a good burger — at least that’s what Whataburger thinks. In the midst of meeting with Hurricane Harvey first responders and victims still recovering from the storm, the stoic yet stylish first lady, along with Karen Pence (otherwise known as the “second lady...

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 2:32 PM

Gay man denied marriage license by Kim Davis will run for her job

Even after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to legalize gay marriage nationwide in 2015, Rowan County clerk Kim Davis refused to give David Ermold a same-sex marriage license. Her reasoning? It was “God’s authority.” Davis tried to steal away Ermold's rights and run from the law,...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 5:45 PM

PA Democratic Party calls for Rep. Metcalfe's resignation after "random homophobic tirade"

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party is calling for Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler County) to resign from the State Government Committee after going on a “random homophobic tirade” at a meeting Tuesday night. Rep. Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery County) reportedly touched Metcalfe...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 2:11 PM

Behold, the 'Invisible Box' challenge the internet won't stop talking about

First came the planking craze — people lying face down in public places. They did it in airports, food stores, at work and at school, on strangers and over bodies of water. The odder the better, and what gained popularity in the U.S. at the beginning of the decade became an Internet sensation...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 2:43 PM

Another Jewish woman made Miss Germany history

Last week, 21-year-old Tamar Morali made headlines for being the first Jewish woman in history with a chance to win Miss Germany. She claims pageant officials told her a woman of her faith has never made it this far in the compeition. This week, model Valeria Bystritskaia came forward with a claim...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 11:10 AM

Hold up: you've been hanging Christmas tree lights all wrong

Given that December 25 will come any day now (and trust me, it will), it’s a good idea to start decorating your tree. You’ve probably been doing it the same way since you can remember: you have all the ornaments (homemade and store-bought), festive garlands (always optional) and...

Monday, December 4, 2017, 5:28 PM

New book reveals just how much Trump loves his fast food diet

Like any other hustling American on-the-go, Trump loves his fast food. Great afternoon in Ohio & a great evening in Pennsylvania - departing now. See you tomorrow Virginia! pic.twitter.com/jQTQYBFpdb — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2016 Maybe it’s the saltiness...

Monday, December 4, 2017, 12:37 PM

Meghan Markle argued against sexism when she was just 11: Watch

At age 11, Meghan Markle didn't know a lot of things. She wasn't aware that she’d one day be engaged to royalty or that she’d grace television screens across the nation as a famous actress. But she did know this: the world was sexist. As a World Vision Global Ambassador, an...

Friday, December 1, 2017, 5:08 PM

Your Christmas tree could be infested by 25,000 bugs

If you’re bringing home a real Christmas tree this year — which the National Christmas Tree Association says is a must — you could also be bringing unwanted insects into your home…by the thousands. According to a report from pest control company Safer Brand, your...

Friday, December 1, 2017, 1:39 PM