1,237. It's the number of delegates that's haunted a handful of GOP presidential candidates, but only achieved by one: Donald J. Trump. All thoughts of a contested Republican National Convention are out the door as Trump seals the Republican presidential nomination with more than 300 delegates left to pad his convincing victory. Trump marked the occasion with a rousing speech in North Dakota where he laid out his much-anticipated environmental agenda, which includes "freeing" America's coal industry and ignoring the much-fought-for Paris Agreement.
Clinton gets good and bad news from State Department email report
1. Yesterday, the State Department finally released their comprehensive report regarding Hilary Clinton's use of a private email server during her stint as Secretary of State. It's a mixed bag for the Clinton camp. The good news? The report places most of the blame on the State Department's antiquated IT team. Furthermore, the reports notes that other Secretary of States, like Colin Powell, have used private email servers.
2. It's not all good news, however. The State Department had much to say about Clinton's decision to not ask for permission to use a private server. If she would have asked, the State Department would have denied the request.
3. So, can Clinton finally put this email controversy behind her?
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The Golden State Warrior's record-breaking season hangs in the balance after back-to-back losses in the Western Conference Finals. With fast-paced play and a suffocating defense, the Oklahoma City Thunder have mastered the art of beating one of the best teams in recent NBA history. Stephen Curry, the league's MVP who hoisted the Warriors to 73 wins this season, is noticeably ineffective. Some writers blame a nagging ankle injury, while others believe he's simply in a slump. Whatever the cause, Curry and the Golden State Warriors are now in a must-win situation when they return to their home court on Thursday for Game 5.
"What politicians and legislators must understand is that [gender] inequity bleeds countries of their potential and forces all income earners, regardless of gender, toward lower wages."
The Liberty Project, Canada's new cabinet is an investment in gender equality
Twitter announced upcoming changes to its service Tuesday. While users are still limited to 140 characters per tweet, media attachments and user handles will no longer count toward that limit. These changes will give users a little more space to share their thoughts. However, links still count — despite many users clamoring for that to change.
Is the NFL purposefully hindering concussion research?
1. The fate of professional football is fragile. Sure, the sport's more popular than ever, but mounting evidence shows that playing in the NFL can be detrimental to the human brain, particularly in regards to the development of CTE, a degenerative disease caused by repeated blows to the head. The NFL has established a bevvy of rules aimed at making the game safer.
2. While the NFL has publicly supported CTE research, a new congressional study finds that the organization attempted to skew the research in their favor by using a large donation as leverage. The NFL denied the findings of the congressional study, despite past scandals of the same nature.
3. So, is the NFL helping or hurting CTE research?
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Thanks to a new mandate from the Food and Drug Administration, grocery shopping will never be the same. In an effort to reduce the staggering amounts of sugar in the typical American's diet, food labels will now be required to reveal the amount of "added sugar" in a product. Predictably, the sugar industry isn't too happy with the new labeling requirements. While most shoppers can deduce that grocery items like soft drinks, candy and cakes have added sugar, some will be surprised to learn that foods like pasta sauce, instant oatmeal and flavored water are also loaded with added sugar.
Once again, Egypt is at the center of a major aviation crisis. EgyptAir Flight 804, traveling from Paris to Cario, crashed in the Mediterranean Sea with 66 passengers and crew members on board. According to data gathered after the crash, Flight 804 experienced a significant drop in altitude before taking an unexpected 90-degree turn and disappearing from radar. Debris from the crash has been recovered by a multi-national search-and-rescue operation.While investigators will take months to reach an official conclusion as to what caused the crash, terrorism is the "most likely" culprit.
Should we privatize TSA?
1. It's no secret that airport security lines are longer than ever. Just last week, hundreds of passengers in both of Chicago's major airports were stranded overnight due to impossibly-long security lines. TSA issued an apology while pledging to train hundreds of more workers for the busy summer travel season. American Airlines, realizing that stranded passengers aren't great for their bottom line, gave $4 million to the TSA to aid in their hiring process.
2. While the money is bound to help, a more provocative solution has been explored by Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel: privatizing airport security. Those close to Emanuel are nudging him to apply for the TSA Screening Partnership Program, a program that allows federally-approved private security firms into Chicago's airports which would give City Hall more control over staffing and operational hours.
3. So, should we privatize the TSA nationwide?
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#ThanksObama. For those of us with an annual income between $23,660 and $47,476, the Obama Administration has some good news. In a sweeping directive, the White House has extended overtime pay regulations to the aforementioned earnings group. This means that millions of millennials who fall between that range are now legally owed time-and-a-half wages for hours worked beyond the standard 40-hour work week. The new regulation is President Obama's latest effort to raise wages for the working class, a portion of the population who hasn't seen their earnings budge in more than 15 years.