May 23, 2015
Updated 10:52 AM

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In Early Vote Count, Ireland Appears Headed Toward Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

nytimes.com — DUBLIN - Ireland appeared poised to become the world's first nation to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote on Saturday, with early vote counts showing strong and broad support for a measure that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago in what had traditionally been a Roman Catholic stronghold.
May 23, 2015

RT @dannyhakim: With opponents conceding defeat, Ireland poised to be first nation to approve same sex marriage by popular vote. nytimes.com/2015/05/24/wor…

May 23, 2015

RT @NickKristof: Bravo to Ireland, becoming the first nation to approve gay marriage by popular vote: nyti.ms/1BibDCN A beacon for the world!

May 23, 2015

Amazing. RT @nytimes: In Early Vote Count, Ireland Appears Headed Toward Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage nyti.ms/1SssjCo

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London’s Most Mysterious Mansion

newyorker.com — Witanhurst, London's largest private house, was built between 1913 and 1920 on an eleven-acre plot in Highgate, a wealthy hilltop neighborhood north of the city center. First owned by Arthur Crosfield, an English soap magnate, the mansion was designed in the Queen Anne style and contained twenty-five bedrooms, a seventy-foot-long ballroom, and a glass rotunda; the views from its gardens, over Hampstead Heath and across the capital, were among the loveliest in London.
May 23, 2015

“In recent yrs +70% of newly built properties in central London have been bought by foreign investors—often for cash” newyorker.com/magazine/2015/…

May 23, 2015

If you read one thing today it has to be this wonderful article by @edcaesar on the mystery of who owns Witanhurst newyorker.com/magazine/2015/…

May 23, 2015

RT @shaunwalker7: Stupendously well-told story by @edcaesar unmasking the shady Russian billionaire who bought London's biggest house newyorker.com/magazine/2015/…

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Secret Bank of England taskforce investigates financial fallout of Brexit

theguardian.com — Bank of England officials are secretly researching the financial shocks that could hit Britain if there is a vote to leave the European Union in the forthcoming referendum. The Bank blew its cover on Friday when it accidentally emailed details of the project - including how the bank intended to fend off any enquiries about its work - direct to the Guardian.
May 23, 2015

There's a staff member somewhere who mistakenly sent this email... #OMG #Ngai #Recall #Finished gu.com/p/496d7

May 23, 2015

The Bank of England is secretly assessing the implications of EU exit. Wow. gu.com/p/496d7

May 23, 2015

RT @Pete_Spence: I can't imagine a bigger or more politically sensitive mistake that the Bank of England could make theguardian.com/business/2015/…

May 23, 2015

What I don't understand about Brexit study is why BoE would cover it up. Would be irresponsible not to look at it theguardian.com/business/2015/…

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In Early Vote Count, Ireland Appears Headed Toward Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

nytimes.com — DUBLIN - Vote counting began here Saturday morning as Ireland appeared poised to become the world's first nation to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote. Not long after counting began at Dublin Castle, a government complex that was once the epicenter of British rule, the first results began to trickle out.
May 23, 2015

NYTimes: In Early Vote Count, Ireland Appears Headed Toward Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage nyti.ms/1JJse9O

May 23, 2015

RT @JoeSudbay: NYT: "Ireland appeared poised to become the world’s first nation to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote" nyti.ms/1emft93

May 23, 2015

RT @dannyhakim: With opponents conceding defeat, Ireland poised to be first nation to approve same sex marriage by popular vote. nytimes.com/2015/05/24/wor…

May 23, 2015

With opponents conceding defeat, Ireland poised to be first nation to approve same sex marriage by popular vote. nytimes.com/2015/05/24/wor…

May 23, 2015

In Early Vote Count, Ireland Appears Headed Toward Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage nyti.ms/1KqxnVl pic.twitter.com/7lrVy5c6tL

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'Yes' side joyous as count starts in Irish gay-marriage vote

bigstory.ap.org — DUBLIN (AP) - Ireland has begun counting ballots from its referendum to legalize homosexual marriage, and political observers say the first ballot boxes opened point to a victory for gay rights. Observers from parties and pressure groups observed Saturday's count of votes from Friday's referendum, the first national vote on the issue held worldwide.
May 23, 2015

RT @pnewberry1963: Staunchly Catholic Ireland overwhelmingly votes to legalize gay marriage in world's 1st national vote on issue: bigstory.ap.org/article/473ff0…

May 23, 2015

RT @AP: MORE: 'It's a very proud day to be Irish': Ireland vote permitting gay marriage heading toward landslide win: apne.ws/1RbTiAH

May 23, 2015

Staunchly Catholic Ireland overwhelmingly votes to legalize gay marriage in world's 1st national vote on issue: bigstory.ap.org/article/473ff0…

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NSA bulk phone records collection to end despite USA Freedom Act fail

theguardian.com — Related: USA Freedom Act fails as senators reject bill to scrap NSA bulk collection Even as the Senate remains at an impasse over the future of US domestic surveillance powers, the National Security Agency will be legally unable to collect US phone records in bulk by the time Congress returns from its Memorial Day vacation.
May 23, 2015

Phone metadata collection ends June 1, it seems. The power was inside the NSA all along! j.mp/1Q36khh via @fordm

May 23, 2015

RT @arusbridger: Snowden's legacy: NSA bulk phone records collection to end despite USA Freedom Act failure gu.com/p/496q9

May 23, 2015

RT @tjortenzi: "Beginning at 5pm ET on 1 June... the NSA will no longer collect en masse Americans’ phone records." theguardian.com/us-news/2015/m…

May 23, 2015

NSA didn't ask for a 90-day extension on phone metadata collection from the FISC, effectively ending the program theguardian.com/us-news/2015/m…

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G.M. Inquiry Said to Find Criminal Wrongdoing

nytimes.com — The Justice Department investigation into General Motors and its failure to disclose a defect tied to at least 104 deaths has reached the late stages, according to people briefed on the inquiry, who said prosecutors had identified criminal wrongdoing and were negotiating what is expected to be a record penalty.
May 23, 2015

Former GM employees, some of whom were dismissed last year, are also under investigation & may face criminal charges nytimes.com/2015/05/23/bus…

May 23, 2015

A fine exceeding Toyota’s last year for unintended acceleration would be the largest levied by DOJ against a carmaker nytimes.com/2015/05/23/bus…

May 23, 2015

RT @nytimes: Investigators found criminal wrongdoing in G.M.'s failure to disclose a defect, which may result in record penalty nyti.ms/1HnIKqW

May 23, 2015

If corporations are "people" as the Supreme Court ruled, shouldn't executives from GM, Toyota & Takata go to jail? nytimes.com/2015/05/23/bus…

May 23, 2015

RT @akesslerdc: Justice Dept investigators have identified criminal wrongdoing in $GM ignition scandal. Negotiating settlement. nytimes.com/2015/05/23/bus…

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Ireland gay marriage referendum results: vote-counting begins - live

theguardian.com — With a result expected later, follow the latest news and reaction as votes are counted after Ireland's referendum on same-sex marriage
May 23, 2015

RT @guardian: Ireland gay marriage referendum results: yes vote expected - live trib.al/VqD4nV4 pic.twitter.com/4VZXflFRNE

May 23, 2015

Follow today's historic Irish referendum result on same-sex marriage on the @guardian live blog theguardian.com/global/live/20…

May 23, 2015

RT @cajuk: Yes campaigners celebrate as Ireland appears set to approve same-sex marriage. Follow my @guardian live blog here: gu.com/p/496zp/stw

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Ireland appears to have voted for same-sex marriage: equality minister

reuters.com — "I think it's won. I've seen bellwether boxes open, middle-of-the road areas who wouldn't necessarily be liberal and they are resoundingly voting yes," Equality Minister Aodhan O'Riordain told Reuters at the main count center in Dublin. Final results are not expected until Saturday afternoon in the poll, which could make Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote.
May 23, 2015

Irish voters back gay marriage in 'social revolution' #LGBT reut.rs/1Homayz

May 23, 2015

RT @Reuters: Ireland appears to have voted for same-sex marriage: equality minister reut.rs/1SrOJDS

May 23, 2015

RT @bjkingape: Waking up to news of #Ireland's "landslide" vote in favor of gay marriage makes for a great morning! #WayToGoIreland reuters.com/article/2015/0…

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Ireland says 'yes' to same-sex marriage in historic vote

mashable.com — In a historic vote, Irish voters appeared to say yes to marriage equality, While the counting isn't done yet, an early vote count on Saturday showed a groundswell of support for same-sex marriage. David Quinn, a prominent No campaigner and head of the Catholic Iona Institute, appeared to concede defeat early Saturday, tweeting "Congratulations to the Yes side.
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The counts - Ireland decides

liveblog.irishtimes.com — Hugh Linehan with updates and reactions as counting proceeds in the referendums and byelection