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USDA Enacts Policy Allowing Anti-LGBT Materials

Back in May, Agriculture Sec. Sonny Purdue issued a letter allowing the posting of anti-LGBT materials at USDA-inspected plants. This week that policy went into effect. Tony Perkins, of course, is thrilled: The Family Research Council praised policy guidance released today by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service that makes clear the agency will protect religious freedom and will not ...

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Justice Department Orders Time Warner To Sell CNN In Order To Win Approval For Merger With AT&T

The New York Times reports: The Justice Department has called on AT&T and Time Warner to sell Turner Broadcasting, the group of cable channels that includes CNN, as a potential requirement for approving the companies’ pending $85.4 billion deal, people briefed on the matter said on Wednesday. The demands set up a potential battle over the fate of the long-in-the-works ...

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Samsung Rips Apple Fanboys In New Ad [VIDEO]

Mashable reports: Blink and you might just miss this easter egg, but it’s a gem. Samsung’s latest ad follows an avid iPhone user who eventually decides to switch sides after ten years. The minute-long ad manages to majorly throw shade at the iPhone, highlighting all the criticisms it’s faced over the years: its lack of stylus, non-waterproof phones, and of ...

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Papa John’s Begs Nazis Not To Buy Their Pizza After Nazi Site Names Them The Official Pizza Of Alt-Right

Papa John’s is getting unwelcome rave reviews after blaming declining sales on NFL protests after they yanked NFL advertising because of the protests. Newsweek reports: Papa Johns has told racists not to eat its food, after a neo-Nazi website claimed the pizza chain was the official pie of the alt-right. The Daily Stormer posted a picture of a swastika pizza ...

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CNET Gives The iPhone X Their Drop Test [VIDEO]

CNET reports: If you just spent $1,000 or more on an iPhone X, put a case on it now! Apple’s tenth-anniversary iPhone has a slick new look with a nearly bezel-less screen, glass back and stainless steel frame. Just like the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the glass back allows the X to have wireless charging– but it also means ...

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T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Deal Falls Apart

Reuters reports: Sprint Corp and T-Mobile US Inc said over the weekend they have called off merger talks to create a stronger U.S. wireless company to rival market leaders, leaving No. 4 provider Sprint to engineer a turnaround on its own. The announcement marks the latest failed attempt to combine the third- and fourth-largest U.S. wireless carriers, as Sprint parent ...

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RUSSIA: Retail Mogul Says He’s Selling Moscow Stores Rather Than Remove “No Faggots Allowed” Signs

Radio Free Europe reports: German Sterligov, an enigmatic multimillionaire and owner of the high-end chain Bread And Salt, said on his account on the Russian social network VKontakte this week that he is selling the chain’s six stores in Moscow due to pressure from authorities. He posted images of letters he received late last month from local police and prosecutors ...

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CNN.com To Put Up Subscription Paywall In 2018

The Wall Street Journal reports: CNN president Jeff Zucker, a veteran TV executive who once warned that the TV business couldn’t afford to trade “analog dollars for digital pennies,” is now embracing online publishing as central to CNN’s model. After investing in digital verticals focused on business and politics and acquiring an online-video startup, CNN is gearing up for another ...

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Apple Set To Become First Trillion-Dollar Company

Reuters reports: Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook quashed concerns recently about muted demand for the iPhone X, saying pre-orders for the 10th anniversary smartphone were “off the charts,” but it might be the company’s market capitalization that needs a bigger graph. Positive reviews for the new device and expectations that many users are on the verge of upgrading from older ...

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Papa John’s Yanks NFL Advertising Due To Anthem Protests And Then Bitches That Sales Have Cratered

ESPN reports: Executives from Papa John’s, the official pizza company of the NFL, expressed disappointment on a conference call Wednesday about the league’s ongoing player protests during the national anthem. “The NFL has hurt us,” company founder and CEO John Schnatter said. “We are disappointed the NFL and its leadership did not resolve this.” Executives said the company has pulled ...

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Paging Trump: Starbucks Issues Holiday Cup

Mashable reports: Starbucks’ years-long war on Christmas is over. The coffee giant wasted no time getting into the Christmas spirit this year, releasing its new holiday-themed cups and holiday beverages on Wednesday. Goodbye, Halloween. Forget Thanksgiving. It’s Christmas time at Starbucks. The new line of festive liquid holders celebrates the 20th anniversary of the holiday cup, and while the company ...

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Zinke Pleads Ignorance On Energy Contract: Dishonest Media Is Blaming Me But I Had Nothing To Do With It

Talking Points Memo reports: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Friday said he welcomed all investigations into Whitefish Energy Holdings, an electric company based in his hometown that was recently awarded a $300 million contract to repair Puerto Rico’s badly damaged electricity infrastructure. “I had absolutely nothing to do with Whitefish Energy receiving a contract in Puerto Rico,” Zinke said in ...

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Made $10 Billion Today

CNN Money reports: Amazon stock jumped 13.5% on Friday after the company turned in another incredible earnings report — more than a quarter-billion dollars in profit in three months. CEO Jeff Bezos owned nearly 80 million shares in Amazon as of August, according to the most recent available data from FactSet. He made more than $10 billion from the one-day ...

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Billionaire Pharma Mogul Charged In Opioid Scam

Bloomberg reports: Insys Therapeutics Inc. founder John Kapoor is accused of helping fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic by bribing doctors to prescribe a powerful form of fentanyl to patients who didn’t need the potent drug. Kapoor, 74, was arrested Thursday in Arizona and charged with racketeering conspiracy and other felonies. He’s scheduled to appear in a Phoenix court later in ...

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Senate Kills Obama-Era Rule Allowing Consumer Class Action Against Banks, Pence Casts Tie-Breaking Vote

Reuters reports: Banks, credit card issuers and other financial companies will be able to block customers from banding together to sue over disputes, after the U.S. Senate on Tuesday narrowly killed a rule banning the firms from using “forced arbitration” clauses. Republican Vice President Mike Pence appeared on the Senate floor at 10:11 p.m. EDT to cast the tie-breaking vote ...

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VIRAL VIDEO: Burger King’s Bullying Experiment

Fortune reports: Would you rather stand up for a damaged meal or a damaged child? According to Burger King, most would choose the former. The fast food giant rolled out a public service announcement today in honor of National Bullying Prevention Month that uses a clever social experiment to demonstrate how people often refuse to speak out against bullies. As ...

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Kellogg’s Mascots Support GLAAD’s Anti-Bullying Spirit Day: Tony The Tiger, Toucan Sam, And More [VIDEO]

Via press release: GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today announced participants in Spirit Day. Taking place on October 19, Spirit Day inspires millions around the world to wear purple or ‘go purple’ online in a unified stand against bullying and to show support for LGBTQ youth. To support this effort, Kellogg Company launched a video featuring its ...

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Monopoly Man Trolls Senate Equifax Hearing [VIDEO]

CNBC reports: The Monopoly guy has gone to Washington. A person dressed in a black top hat and bushy white mustache, occasionally putting on a monocle or dabbing forehead sweat with giant paper money, sat in the audience of the Senate Banking Committee hearing on the Equifax data breach on Wednesday. Former Equifax CEO Richard Smith didn’t seem to notice. ...

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Hackers Steal Credit Card Data From Whole Foods

Reuters reports: Amazon.com Inc’s Whole Foods Market on Thursday said payment card information has been stolen from taprooms, restaurants and other venues located within some of its stores. The upscale grocer, which Amazon recently purchased for $13.7 billion, said it uses a different point-of-sale system for its roughly 450 U.S. stores. That system was not involved in the data hack, ...

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Equifax CEO “Retires” After Data Breach Scandal

Business Insider reports: Equifax, the consumer-data giant that was targeted in a hack that exposed the personal data of nearly half the U.S. population, said its CEO is out effective immediately. Richard Smith will “retire” as Chairman of the Board and CEO effective September 26, 2017, according to a statement from the company’s board. Board member Mark Feidler has been ...

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