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Trump Jr. tweet turns URI mural into political brouhaha



a group of people standing around a table: A section of a mural by Arthur Sherman painted in 1954 at the University of Rhode Island. [Courtesy of Pam Sherman]


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A section of a mural by Arthur Sherman painted in 1954 at the University of Rhode Island. [Courtesy of Pam Sherman]

Donald J. Trump Jr. has dropped into a discussion about racial diversity and the future of two murals on display at the University of Rhode Island since the 1950s, ready to call it another case of a war memorial cancel-culture in higher education.

“Truly sick,” Trump said in a tweet on Thursday. “Don’t let the Left destroy America. God knows they’re trying hard to do just that.”

But the murals in question do not depict “the events of World War II” as reported by a Brietbart News item, which Trump Jr. promoted in a tweet that included his own comment.

The two murals depict life in the era of the GI Bill after the war.

As of Friday, the future of the murals, which

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‘FIA investigates Hamilton for making a political statement’

Lewis Hamilton caused a stir this weekend by wearing a shirt that reads ‘arrest the policemen who killed Breonna Taylor’. The Afro-American woman was killed by police bullets and Hamilton wanted to make a clear statement at Mugello. However, the FIA may not be in favour of this.

Indeed, according to The Daily Mail, the FIA have launched an investigation into Hamilton’s shirt. Drivers and teams are not allowed to make political statements at the circuit. If the text can be seen as a political statement, the 35-year-old Brit will in all likelihood receive a fine.

Hamilton going a little too far

Hamilton is already at the forefront of the fight against racism. Formula 1 has embraced ‘Black Lives Matter’ and also gives drivers the opportunity to draw attention to the subject by kneeling before each

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International law is a ‘political construct’ and breaking it is ‘routine’, Tory MP says



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A Conservative MP has defended the government’s intention to break international law by claiming that countries violate it on a “routine” basis.

Theresa Villiers, one of Boris Johnson’s former cabinet ministers, argued that it was “not unusual” for countries to disregard the rules and said such laws were merely a “set of political constructs”.

MPs on Monday are debating the Internal Market Bill, which includes provisions that violate the Brexit withdrawal agreement signed by Boris Johnson last year.

Senior figures such as John Major, Theresa May and Tony Blair have warned against the plan, saying it will undermine the UK’s standing in the world and make it harder to criticise other countries that violate international law.

But, taking to the TV studios to defend the government’s actions, Ms Villiers argued: “The reality is that there are routine occasions where countries or indeed the EU are

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Tulsa World editorial: America depends on the U.S. Postal Service; undercutting it for political reasons is outrageous | Editorial



Election 2020 Postal Service

Rebecca Slisher of Groveport, Ohio, holds a sign while rallying with others during a Save the Post Office Rally on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, in Whitehall, Ohio. (Joshua A. Bickel/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)


The current controversy over the U.S. Postal Service has brought out one clear point: America still depends on the mail.

Recently, President Donald Trump said he wasn’t interested in emergency funding for the Postal Service because he doesn’t want to aid vote-by-mail efforts. Ironically, Trump mailed in his own ballot for the Florida primaries last week.

Meanwhile, we have seen reports of significant mail delays, a problem postal workers and Democrats have attributed in part to operational changes imposed by Trump’s postmaster general, Louis DeJoy.

Under pressure, DeJoy announced last week that he was suspending Postal Service changes until after the election to “avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail,” but that hasn’t

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how Jacinda Ardern became New Zealand’s most successful political influencer

“Kia ora, everyone. I’m standing against a blank wall in my house – because it’s the only view in my house that is not messy.”

So begins a 2020 campaign message posted by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. She speaks directly into her phone at day’s end, in a comfortable sweatshirt and with tousled hair, inviting Instagram viewers into her home as she lays out plans for the week ahead.

Voters and fans view her message from their own phones and smart devices: just over 22% of her 1.4 million Instagram followers watched the two-minute video. She is candid, approachable, tired and funny.

Facing a resurgence of COVID-19 just days later, the tone changes to one of concern. But the approach is the same in a 13-minute Facebook livestream, during which 34% of her 1.3 million followers tune in.

In the run-up to the October 17 election, Ardern’s Facebook

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Facebook to ban new political ads week before Election Day

Facebook is banning all new political advertisements during the one-week period before the general election with the hopes of limiting misinformation on its platform, the company announced Thursday.



a close up of Mark Zuckerberg looking at the camera: FILE Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, U.S., October 23, 2019.


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FILE Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, U.S., October 23, 2019.

“The US elections are just two months away, and with Covid-19 affecting communities across the country, I’m concerned about the challenges people could face when voting,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement Thursday morning. “I’m also worried that with our nation so divided and election results potentially taking days or even weeks to be finalized, there could be an increased risk of civil unrest across the country.”


MORE: Facebook to allow users to ‘turn off seeing’ political ads

“We’re going to block new political and issue ads during the final week of the campaign,” Zuckerberg

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More Books On Leadership, Recommended By Maryland Political Leaders

(from the Maryland Matters Staff)
September 3, 2020

Second of two parts.

On Wednesday, Maryland Matters carried an article about a collection of books, compiled by state Sen. Cory V. McCray (D-Baltimore City) and Del. Marc Korman (D-Montgomery), that they’re recommending to colleagues and other policymakers for tips on leadership.

But the list doesn’t end there.

Compiling suggested titles from about 15 individuals, Korman and McCray put together a secondary list of good books that Maryland leaders ought to read. Think of it — gratuitous sports metaphor alert — as the NIT of book recommendations.

How do you think they did? Are there titles they forgot — that should have been included on the list? If you’ve got suggestions, email them to us at [email protected] We’ll publish them down the line.

So without further ado, here are some more titles for your consideration, complete with comments from the people who

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Facebook To Ban New Political Ads On Cusp Of US Election

Facebook said Thursday it will ban new political advertising the week before the US election, one of its most sweeping moves yet against disinformation as CEO Mark Zuckerberg warned of a “risk of civil unrest” after the vote.

The social media giant vowed to fact check premature claims of victory, stating that if a candidate tries to declare himself the winner before final votes are tallied “we’ll add a label to their posts directing people to the official results.”

And it promised to “add an informational label” to content seeking to delegitimize the results or claim that “lawful voting methods” will lead to fraud.

“Anyone who is saying the election is going to be fraudulent, I think that’s problematic,” Zuckerberg said in a CBS interview on Thursday.

Facebook also started limiting its Messenger service to allow users to forward missives to no more than five people or groups at a

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Political Notebook: LaWall intervention in prison initiative angers; Huckelberry lashes out over World View; Grijalva back | Local news

“What’s not normal is when you go into court to rehabilitate signatures, to show that signatures are valid, that you have opposition from the county recorder, and then you also have Barbara LaWall involved,” said Roopali Desai, the attorney who represented the initiative’s supporters.

LaWall, who leaves office at the end of December after 24 years as county attorney, said she opposed the initiative because she doesn’t want the state to rewrite state statutes on victims’ rights and sentencing via the initiative process.

“I am not opposed to criminal justice reform. I am not opposed to prison reform. I am not opposed to giving people second chances,” she said.

“Writing statutes and putting them on the ballot as initiatives is a bad way to make criminal justice policy.”

“In this particular case, it (the initiative) overturns some of the mandatory sentencing laws, it overturns truth in sentencing,” she said. “There

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Facebook to halt new political ads just before U.S. election

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Thursday it would stop accepting new political ads in the week before the U.S. presidential election in November, bowing to concern that its loose approach to free speech could once again be exploited to interfere with the vote.

The world’s biggest social network also said it was creating a label for posts by candidates or campaigns that try to claim victory before the election results are official, and widening the criteria for content to be removed as voter suppression.

Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post announcing the changes that he was concerned about the unique challenges voters would face due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has prompted a surge in voting by mail.

“I’m also worried that with our nation so divided and election results potentially taking days or even weeks to be finalized, there could be

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