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PHILADELPHIA. 13 police officers fired over racist, homophobic, and violent social media posts: “These officers were determined to be the worst offenders among 328 local cops identified in the project’s national database. The police department will suspend them for 30 days with the intent to fire them, Ross said.” WERNER HORN. New Hampshire Republican state rep. says owning slaves doesn’t make you racist: ““Wait, owning slaves doesn’t make you racist…It shouldn’t be surprising since owning slaves wasn’t a decision predicated on race but on economics. It’s a business decision.” TWO...
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Airline investigates email suggesting same-sex couples could face in-flight intervention

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is investigating why a customer service email claimed cabin crew could intervene if a passenger felt uncomfortable about being on the same flight as a same-sex couple. A screenshot of the email, widely shared on Twitter, suggests that cabin crew members would decide the “best course of action” in the case of a homophobic complaint. “Same as with the same sex relationship that you gave as an example, if needed be the cabin crew can approach the said party and base on the response they were...
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SEND HER BACK. Donald Trump insists he tried to stop the “send her back” chants even though the tape shows he paused for 13 seconds while the chants grew. I asked the President why he didn't stop the "send her back" chants from his supporters last night. "I think i did," he answered. "I started speaking quickly. I disagree with it by the way."Fact: the chant went on for 13 seconds before he started speaking again.— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) July 18, 2019 DESTROY. USDA suppresses plan to address climate change:...
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Campaign exposes pro-LGBT companies donating to anti-LGBT lawmakers

A newly-unveiled social media campaign called ‘Zero for Zeros’ is revealing the pro-LGBT+ companies donating money to harmful anti-LGBT+ Republicans. Facebook, Google, Mastercard, American Airlines, T-Mobile and Amazon are among the corporations exposed by Zero for Zeros in the first wave of their investigation. Their report identified dozens of companies which held top ratings on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index while simultaneously donating a combined $5.8 million to anti-LGBT+ politicians between 2010 and 2018. For example, Republican Senator Ted Cruz received campaign contributions of $18,500 from Google, $16,000 from...
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