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Tennessee Gov. signs law allowing therapists to refuse treatment to LGBTQ patients.

slate.com — Tennessee's Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law Wednesday a measure that allows therapists and mental health counselors in the state to refuse treatment to LGBTQ patients if treating them counters their "sincerely held principles." The Tennessee measure is the latest in a line of laws passed by southern states, including North Carolina and Mississippi, that target the LGBTQ community on religious grounds.

Carly Fiorina sings on first day as Cruz’s vice presidential running mate.

slate.com — To be sure, it's an unconventional move deciding on a vice presidential candidate to serve as your running mate, when most people don't appear to want you to be president. But that's just the type of guy Ted Cruz is-he lives outside the box!

Plainclothes Baltimore cops shoot 13-year-old with toy gun on Freddie Gray anniversary.

slate.com — Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of Baltimore police officers, and in an unfortunate coincidence, or a continued sign of the times, depending on your worldview, two plainclothes detectives pursued and shot a 13-year-old boy carrying a "replica" weapon in East Baltimore.

Federal judge upholds North Carolina’s controversial voter ID law.

slate.com — A federal judge on Monday upheld a 2013 North Carolina voter ID law that increased the requirements a voter must meet to cast a ballot, a move that critics say is an effort to discourage black and Hispanic voters from political participation. The suit was brought by the U.S.

Saudi Arabia announces economic overhaul to end oil dependency.

slate.com — Saudi Arabia announced a long-awaited plan Monday to dramatically reshape the country's economy, aiming to free it from its decades-long dependence on oil. The move by the Saudis may have been expected, but that doesn't make it any less of a sea change for the country that accumulated great wealth and power during the era of big oil and petro-based global economic growth.

Stephen Curry ruled out of Game 3 in Houston.

slate.com — The Stephen Curry Ankle Watch is a running feature that assesses the state of the Golden State Warriors star's infamously sensitive ankle joints on a scale ranging from "Not Great" to "Touch and Go" to "They're Probably Fine" to "100 Percent Ready to Rock." Stephen Curry is officially out of tonight's basketball game in Houston.

Elections Board suspends Brooklyn Official for purging 125,000 from voter roll.

slate.com — The widespread complaints by voters in Brooklyn on Tuesday has prompted investigations by the state attorney general and the city comptroller. On Thursday, the New York City Board of Elections took swift action and suspended the borough's top election official, Diane Haslett-Rudiano.

Two New York detectives charged with assault for beating Queens postal worker.

slate.com — Two New York police detectives were charged Wednesday with assault for dragging a 26-year-old Queens postal worker from his car and beating him in Oct. 2015. The beating of Karim Baker, who sustained spinal fractures and knee injuries severe enough that he has not been able to return to work, were part of year-long, deliberate harassment of Baker by the police, according to his lawyer.

Five New Orleans police officers plead guilty to Katrina shootings ending legal odyssey.

slate.com — The decade-long legal odyssey over a police shooting of six unarmed people in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina appears to have finally come to a close Wednesday with five former officers pleading guilty to lesser charges as part of a plea deal.

ESPN fires Curt Schilling for anti-trans Facebook post.

slate.com — Down goes Curt Schilling! ESPN fired the former All-Star pitcher Wednesday after he weighed in earlier this week on Facebook with his retrograde thoughts on a small portion of new, discriminatory North Carolina law that specifically bans trans people from using the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity.
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Apr 26, 2016

RT @laurenalixb: There should be a dating app that just shows you pics of people's pets. I'll take the man with the bunny

Apr 21, 2016

I'm starting a Change.org petition to demand a Wolf Blitzer flavor of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. This is our time.


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