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The defeat marks a severe setback for federal voting rights legislation. This work, she said, will continue whether voting rights legislation is passed or not. Honor said the group will continue putting pressure on Kemp and other elected officials for voting rights. Republican legislators in at least a dozen states enacted voting restrictions in 2021, delivering a blow to voting rights advocates ahead of midterm elections. Voting rights advocates have criticized Biden’s remarks on the issue before the Senate vote last week as too little too late, calling on him to both present a viable plan for voting rights and also urge the Senate to update the filibuster rules.
Persons: Tayhlor Coleman, John R, , Joe Manchin, nobody’s, You’re, ” Coleman, we’re, she’s, Kyrsten, Joe Biden, Fenika Miller, , Evelyn Malone, Malone, “ We’re, We’ve, Billy Honor, We’ll, Brian Kemp, Kemp, Georgia didn't, Biden’s, Ron DeSantis, Greg Abbott, Maurice Mitchell, , Mitchell Organizations: Lewis, Senate Republicans, United States Senate, NBC News, Black Voters, Black, Wisconsin, New, Georiga, GOP, Florida Gov, Republican, The Washington Post . Texas Gov, Texas Republicans, Movement, Working Families Party, Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Texas, Harris County, Houston, West Virginia, Arizona, Houston County , Georgia, Peach State, Illinois, Illinois , Wisconsin, Michigan, New Georgia, Georgia, Florida, Black
The actor said he has long “benefitted from being light-skinned” in Hollywood and addressed issues of colorism within Hollywood and within Latin culture. “I stayed out of the sun so I could work,” Leguizamo said. Black Lives Matter was a huge awakening for America, a reboot for America to look at themselves and see what’s going on. What I want to see, I want to see 20% of the roles in front of the camera and the crew. “You have to step up and make a change and change it from within,” Leguizamo said.
Persons: John Leguizamo, , ” Leguizamo, Covid, I’m, you’ve, , Sid, Buck Wild, Anya Taylor, Joy, Nicholas Hoult Organizations: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Initiative, America, Academy, Disney Plus, Searchlight Pictures, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Hollywood, America
Fox News Channel host Dan Bongino on Wednesday became among the most-followed conservative personalities to be permanently banned from YouTube, a week after the Google-owned video service said he had posted Covid-19 misinformation. His later attempt to circumvent that one-week suspension by posting from another channel triggered a permanent ban, YouTube said. “When a channel receives a strike, it is against our Terms of Service to post content or use another channel to circumvent the suspension,” YouTube said in a statement. Bongino wrote that he had double the number of followers on Rumble as on YouTube. His Dan Bongino Show channel on YouTube had 882,000 subscribers and nearly 1,100 uploads since it was created in 2013, according to tracker Social Blade.
Persons: Dan Bongino, Joseph Mercola, Robert F, Kennedy Jr, Bongino Organizations: Fox News Channel, YouTube, Google, Twitter Locations: Covid
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is honoring the memory of her mother Celina Báez, who died last year, with a new children's book focusing on teaching about civic participation in everyday life. Sotomayor's fourth children's book "Just Help! How to Build a Better World" features a young Sonia as her mother, or Mami, asks her, "How will you help today?" Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor holds her new children's book "Just Help!" When asked about how her mother would feel about her newest book, Sotomayor responded, "She would have been just delighted."
Persons: Sonia Sotomayor, Celina Báez, Sonia, Mami, ” Sotomayor, Sotomayor, Angela Dominguez, Carolyn Kaster, Sotomayor's, , would’ve Organizations: Savannah Guthrie, New, Supreme, Yankee Stadium, Princeton, Yale Law School, Southern, of, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Savannah, Texas, Bronx, New York City, Puerto Rico, U.S, of New York
CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelans got a chance to demand a recall of President Nicolás Maduro on Wednesday — but a government-friendly electoral board imposed limits that backers said were impossible to meet. The National Electoral Council said that nearly 4.2 million people at a minimum would have to sign petitions for a recall within a 12-hour period at 1,200 electoral centers. “The recall referendum is absolutely blocked,” Luis Lander, director of the independent Venezuelan Electoral Observatory, said this week. Twenty percent of voters in each state must sign such a petition to call for a recall vote. Nicmer Evans, a member of Venezuelan Movement for Recall that filed a request for the recall, complained on Twitter that the conditions were imposed without consultation and were unconstitutional.
Persons: Nicolás Maduro, , ” Luis Lander, Nicmer Evans, , Gémini Pino, ” Perkins, Maduro, Hugo Chavez, Diosdado Cabello Organizations: Venezuela —, Electoral Council, The Associated Press, Venezuelan Electoral Observatory, Venezuelan Movement, Twitter, European Union, NBC, Facebook Locations: CARACAS, Venezuela, Caracas, Barinas, U.S
HONG KONG — At the end of David Fincher’s 1999 dystopian movie “Fight Club,” the narrator watches as skyscrapers explode and collapse, a symbol of the film’s anarchic message. Everyone gets a happy ending in China!,” Chuck Palahniuk, who wrote the book on which the movie is based, said on Twitter. “Fight Club,” in one form or another, appears to be a favorite among Chinese audiences. Tencent Video and the Cyberspace Administration of China, the country’s internet censor, did not respond to requests for comment. With the Chinese streaming market being a largely unexplored territory, studios tend to appease the authorities’ wishes, he added.
Persons: David Fincher’s, Edward Norton’s, Tyler Durden, Brad Pitt, , Chuck Palahniuk, Kenny Ng, , Nicholas Cage, ” Ng Organizations: Fight, Twitter, , Cyberspace Administration, Communist Party, Hong, Hong Kong Baptist University’s Academy of Film Locations: HONG KONG, Beijing, China, Weibo, Hong Kong
NEW DELHI—Rahul Gandhi, one of India’s most prominent opposition politicians, has written to Twitter Inc.’s chief executive alleging he is the victim of a government campaign to limit his ability to attract followers on the platform, throwing a fresh spotlight on how New Delhi polices U.S. social media companies. In the Dec. 27 letter, seen by The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Gandhi said he believed Twitter was unknowingly complicit in the effort, which he blamed on efforts to quash dissent by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Persons: Rahul Gandhi, , Gandhi, Twitter, Narendra Modi Organizations: DELHI, Twitter Inc, Wall Street, Mr Locations: New Delhi
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Twitter took down a Wordle spoiler bot that ruined the game for other people by automatically replying to their tweets with the next day's answer. In a statement after it suspended the account Tuesday, Twitter said the account, @wordlinator, was "suspended for violating the Twitter rules and the automation rules around sending unsolicited @mentions." Irate at "Wordle bragging" online, someone created the @wordlinator bot using Reichel's work. Other Twitter users pointed out how quickly Twitter shut down the bot while other accounts known for harassing marginalized users are allowed to continue sending unsolicited replies. For now, your Wordle tweets are safe from spoilers.
Persons: Twitter, Josh Wardle, Robert Reichel Organizations: New York Times, Software
Italy's fourth vote for president seen failing, stakes rising
  + stars: | 2022-01-27 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
Ballot papers are counted after the third day of voting to elect the country's new president, in Rome, Italy, January 26, 2022. I think we will do it tomorrow," former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who heads the centrist Italia Viva party, told Radio Leopolda. Three days of secret ballots in parliament have so far failed to elect a new head of state to replace the outgoing President Sergio Mattarella. A fourth round of voting was due to begin at 1000 GMT on Thursday. He has so far ruled this out, but he topped Wednesday's ballot, winning 125 votes, suggesting many lawmakers are hopeful he might change his mind.
Persons: Alberto Pizzoli, ROME, Jan, Mario Draghi, Matteo Renzi, Sergio Mattarella, Enrico Letta, Letta, Pier Ferdinando Casini, Giuliano Amato, Elisabetta Casellati, Mattarella, Angelo Amante, Giulia Segreti, Crispian Balmer, Timothy Organizations: Reuters.com Register, Italia Viva, Radio Leopolda, Democratic Party, Twitter, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Rome, Italy, Milan
China returns Indian citizen at disputed border
  + stars: | 2022-01-27 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
A delivery truck drives along India's Tezpur-Tawang highway that runs to the Chinese border, in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, May 29, 2012. Photo/Frank Jack Daniel//File PhotoBEIJING, Jan 27 (Reuters) - China has returned an Indian citizen who "illegally" entered into Chinese territory at the disputed border between the two Asian giants, a military official said on Thursday. Kiren Rijiju, an Indian federal minister, said Tarom had been handed over to the Indian army at a border post in northeastern Arunachal Pradesh. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterChina's announcement did not confirm the returned Indian citizen was Tarom, but it did add a warning to New Delhi. India and China have frequently clashed over their long and disputed Himalayan border, and China claims the entirety of Arunachal Pradesh as part of its Tibet region.
Persons: Frank Jack Daniel, Jan, Miram Tarom, Tarom, Colonel Long Shaohua, Long, Martin Quin Pollard, Devjyot, Tomasz Janowski, Alison Williams Organizations: India's Defence Ministry, Indian, Western Theater Command, People's Liberation Army, PLA, Indian Army, Twitter, Thomson Locations: Indian, Arunachal Pradesh, BEIJING, China, New Delhi, India, Tibet, Beijing, NEW DELHI
Elon Musk offered the owner of an account called "Elon's Jet" $5,000 to remove it, Protocol reported. The account uses public data to track the location of Musk's private jet. The "Elon's Jet" account shows the movements of Musk's private jet, using bots that monitor publicly available air traffic data. Per Protocol, the owner of the account, 19 year-old Jack Sweeney, received a message in fall last year at 12:13 a.m. from Musk. Musk offered Sweeney $5,000 after a few messages back and forth, Protocol reported.
Persons: Elon Musk, Jack Sweeney, Sweeney, Musk, It's Organizations: Service, Privacy
Diageo enjoys cocktail of rising sales and profit
  + stars: | 2022-01-27 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
LONDON, Jan 27 (Reuters Breakingviews) - Spirits company Diageo (DGE.L) is flying high. The Jack Daniel’s maker reported net sales of 8 billion pounds with organic growth of 20% in the six months to December compared to 2020. Despite rising input costs globally, the 85 billion pound group increased its operating margin 131 basis points organically to 34.5% by hiking prices up more than the cost of producing its drinks rose. That’s partly due to costs for products like whiskey, which can take over a decade to make, being smoothed out over years. Additionally, it’s because of what Diageo calls “drinking better”, or whacking up prices for posher drinks.
Persons: Jack Daniel’s, Don Julio, Ivan Menezes ’, Larry Culp, Neil Unmack, Karen Kwok Organizations: LONDON, Reuters, Spirits, Diageo, Twitter, Reuters.com, Bloomsbury, Ericsson Locations: China
Mohamed El Erian said the Federal Reserve missed a "golden opportunity" in taking action on inflation. Economist El Erian said the Fed should have tapered sooner and been clearer on the rate outlook. The Federal Reserve on Wednesday signaled it will raise rates in March and sounded a hawkish note. El Erian told CNBC separately the Fed had missed a "golden opportunity" to telegraph its intentions to the markets and "catch up with realities on the ground." "I think there's quite a bit of room to raise interest rates without threatening the labor market," Powell said.
Persons: Mohamed El Erian, El Erian, Mohamed El, Jerome Powell, Powell, CNCB Organizations: Federal Reserve, Federal, Allianz, CNBC, Fed, Twitter, Bloomberg
Republicans seeking to stir hostility towards whoever Biden nominates to the Supreme Court. Attacks circulating painting his choice as a radical liberal, although nobody has yet been chosen. Battles over Supreme Court nominees have been a key GOP rallying point in recent years. Republicans running for office also sought to gain political advantage from stirring opposition to the as-yet-unknown replacement. Under Senate rules, Supreme Court nominees need only a simple majority to be confirmed.
Persons: Biden, Joe Biden, Stephen Breyer, Republican Sen, Rick Scott of, Chuck Schumer, Scott, Donald Trump Jr, Newt Gingrich, Breyer's, Blake Masters, Ru Paul, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Leondra Kruger, J Michelle Childs, Kamala Harris Organizations: Supreme, Service, Republican, Twitter, Democratic, Court Locations: Rick Scott of Florida, Arizona
Amazon workers in Staten Island have enough signatures to hold a union election, the NLRB said. The Amazon Labor Union has been campaigning for a union vote since April. An NLRB spokesperson said in a statement to The Washington Post that the Amazon Labor Union, a group that has been campaigning for a union election in Staten Island since April, had "reached a sufficient showing of interest," by collecting signed union authorization cards from workers to hold a union vote. The ALU submitted its petition for a union election in late December. The company's Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse is holding a rerun of a union election held in February and March 2021, in which workers voted against forming a union.
Persons: Amazon, Chris Smalls, Smalls Organizations: Amazon Labor Union, Service, National Labor Relations Board, NLRB, Washington Post, Street Journal, Amazon, Twitter Locations: Staten, Staten Island, Alabama, Bessemer , Alabama
Sam Altman, co-founder and chief executive officer of OpenAI Inc., speaks during TechCrunch Disrupt 2019 in San Francisco, California, on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. Microsoft-backed OpenAI, the artificial intelligence lab that competes with Alphabet's DeepMind and Meta AI, says it has raised $250 million from investors. Sam Altman, OpenAI's co-founder and CEO, announced the series A funding round on Twitter late Wednesday without disclosing the valuation or the specific investors. OpenAI, ranked by AI researchers as one of the top three AI labs worldwide, did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment. Incorporated in San Francisco in 2015, OpenAI says it is trying to develop safe and friendly AI systems.
Persons: Sam Altman, Alphabet's DeepMind, OpenAI's, we're, Altman, OpenAI, — Altman, Elon Musk, Greg Brockman, Ilya Sutskever, Wojciech Zaremba, John Schulman —, Musk Organizations: OpenAI Inc, Microsoft, Meta, Twitter, CNBC, Tesla Locations: San Francisco , California, San Francisco, OpenAI
She helped companies find talent via the hashtag before starting her firm, Black Tech Pipeline. Black Tech Pipeline will launch a service that anonymizes candidates to reduce bias, Chandler says. In 2020, she established Black Tech Pipeline as a job board, recruiting service, and newsletter for connecting companies and Black technologists. Companies including IT management software Jamf, educational technology startup Multiverse, and Dick's Sporting Goods are currently featured on Black Tech Pipeline's job board. Now, Black Tech Pipeline has plans to further anonymize candidates, according to Chandler.
Persons: Chandler, Pariss, Katie Moussouris, Moussouris Organizations: Black Tech Pipeline, Twitter, Employers, Companies, Black Tech, inclusivity, IT, Dick's Sporting Goods, Howard Development, Consulting, Principle Studios, Luta, swatch
Sam Altman, co-founder and chief executive officer of OpenAI Inc., speaks during TechCrunch Disrupt 2019 in San Francisco, California, on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. The CEO of Microsoft-backed OpenAI, the artificial intelligence lab that competes with Alphabet's DeepMind and Meta AI, has taken aim at the start-up fundraising process. Sam Altman, OpenAI's co-founder and CEO, joked on Twitter that OpenAI has raised a $250 million series A funding round on the back of six other rounds. OpenAI has in fact only completed two funding rounds, according to start-up tracker Crunchbase. OpenAI, ranked by AI researchers as one of the top three AI labs worldwide, did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment.
Persons: Sam Altman, Alphabet's DeepMind, OpenAI's, OpenAI, we're, Altman, — Altman, Elon Musk, Greg Brockman, Ilya Sutskever, Wojciech Zaremba, John Schulman —, Musk Organizations: OpenAI Inc, Microsoft, Meta, Twitter, CNBC, Tesla Locations: San Francisco , California, OpenAI, San Francisco
Billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk is once again promising fully autonomous cars in the near future. "My guess for when we will have full autonomy is approximately three years," Musk said in 2015. "My personal guess is that we'll achieve Full Self-Driving this year," Musk said during the company's Q4 2021 earnings call on January 26. "Next year, for sure, we'll have over 1 million robo-taxis on the road," billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in 2019. Tesla's self-driving software has faced major setbacks in recent years as drivers report crashes while using the tech, and the recent rollout of its Full-Self Driving prototype software has already been blamed for at least one crash.
Persons: Elon Musk, Musk, he's, We'll, Tesla, Ben Gilbert Organizations: Service, Times, National, Traffic Safety Administration, Twitter Locations: LA, New York
An underwater volcano eruption near Tonga wiped out entire villages and crushed the island nation's infrastructure. The eruption was felt around the world, including on the west coast of South America, where large waves stuck the coastline. In Peru, those waves had an environmental impact, causing an oil spill that is roiling the country's politics. One week after the volcano eruption, it declared a state of emergency, with rhetoric calibrated to respond to the accusations of incompetence and inaction. Peruvian protesters in front of Repsol's offices in Lima after an oil spill on the coasts of Lima and El Callao, January 26, 2022.
Persons: Edward Lawrenz, CRIS BOURONCLE, Pedro Castillo, Repsol, lambast, Castillo, Klebher Vasquez, Tine van, Frida Ghitis Organizations: Service, MIT, Getty, Dorium, Humboldt, Foreign Ministry, Twitter, Anadolu Agency, United Nations, Authorities, CNN, Washington Post Locations: Tonga, South America, Peru, South Pacific, Ecuador, Chile, Callao, AFP, Ventanilla, Peruvian, Humboldt, Lima, El Callao, United States, China
Their strategies focus on prioritizing mental health and investing in leadership training. To peel back the curtain on CEOs' plans to slow the bleed of talent, Insider spoke with top executives at Deloitte, Intel, Liberty Mutual, and TIAA. Their strategies revolved around two themes: prioritizing mental health, and investing more in talent development. For some, sacrificing their mental health is simply too high a price tag. They're being forced to deal with their own mental health, and that focus is trickling down to their organizations, Helfrich shared.
Persons: Sean Woodroffe, Amber Wiseley, Woodroffe, Dan Helfrich, Wiseley, Melanie Foley, Foley, Deloitte's Helfrich, he'd, They're, Helfrich, Liberty Mutual's Foley, she'd, We're, Donald Sull, Liberty Mutual Foley, TIAA's Woodroffe Organizations: Deloitte Consulting, Intel, Fortune, Deloitte, Liberty Mutual, TIAA Workers, Gallup, Deloitte University, MIT, Twitter Locations: YOLO, Westlake , Texas
Ben Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback who returned one of the N.F.L.’s legacy franchises to Super Bowl success but whose career was clouded by injuries and sexual assault allegations, announced his retirement from the sport on Thursday after 18 seasons. Roethlisberger, 39, a two-time Super Bowl winner, had foreshadowed the announcement for much of the season, which ended for the Steelers when were handily eliminated by the Kansas City Chiefs in the wild-card round of the N.F.L. “I retire from football a truly grateful man.”The Steelers thanked Roethlisberger, whose nickname was Big Ben, on social media. The team, a dominant force in the 1970s with its Steel Curtain defense, selected Roethlisberger out of Miami University in Ohio in the first round of the 2004 N.F.L. He was part of a marquee class of quarterbacks selected that year that included Eli Manning and Philip Rivers.
Persons: Ben Roethlisberger, ” Roethlisberger, , , Roethlisberger, Big Ben, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers Organizations: Pittsburgh Steelers, Super, Roethlisberger, Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Twitter, Steel, Miami University in Locations: Miami University in Ohio
The New York progressive swung at Manchin for holding up Biden's economic agenda. "This idea of just give him what he wants, he's been given everything that he wants," she said on MSNBC. Democrats are returning to the drawing board on Build Back Better after Manchin torpedoed it. "The issue that we have is that every day Joe Manchin wakes up, he has a different demand. Her comments reflect a simmering frustration that many Democrats — particularly progressives — have with Manchin for derailing the centerpiece of the party's economic agenda last month.
Persons: he's, Manchin, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Joe Manchin, , White, Sen, Kyrsten, Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders Organizations: MSNBC, Service, Democratic, Democrat, Party, House Democrats, Republicans, Twitter Locations: York, Alexandria, Cortez of New York, Sen, West Virginia, Arizona
After McDonald's joked about Tesla accepting a fake "grimacecoin," real versions started trading. One of them surged more than 285,000% in the hours after the tweet from McDonald's, CoinDesk found. McDonald's response to Elon Musk's push for the fast-food chain to accept dogecoin caused a new cryptocurrency called grimacecoin to surge more than 285,000%. In response, McDonald's tweeted, "Only if @tesla accepts grimacecoin." About 10 other versions of grimacecoin started trading on the Binance Smart Chain network alone, CoinDesk found.
Persons: McDonald's, Tesla, CoinDesk, Elon Musk's, tesla, grimacecoin, bitcoin, they'd, Fortune, El, Nayib Bukele Organizations: Twitter, Federal Reserve Locations: Russia, Ukraine
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