[Eugene Volokh] Odd statement from the ACLU of California: ‘White Supremacist Violence is Not Free Speech’

The three California ACLU chapters put out a joint ACLU of California Statement: White Supremacist Violence is Not Free Speech : “Our country’s greatest strengths are the diversity of its people and the principles of equal dignity and inclusion that unite us all.

Source: [Eugene Volokh] Odd statement from the ACLU of California: ‘White Supremacist Violence is Not Free Speech’

The origin of complex life on Earth just got a little less mysterious

Enlarge / About 650 million years ago, the Sturtian ice age turned our planet into Snowball Earth. When the planet warmed again, it was plunged into a hothouse phase that unleashed phosphates, oxygen, and other elements necessary to build multicellular life. (credit: NASA) Life on Earth goes back at least two billion years, but it was only in the last half-billion that it would have been visible to the naked eye.

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It’s okay for Arkansas to block Medicaid funds going to Planned Parenthood, U.S. appeals court rules

Today, a U.S. appeals court reversed a previous ruling that barred the state of Arkansas from halting Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, after the release of setup videos secretly recorded by anti-abortion, hard-right media provocateurs. (more…)

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Frank Broyles was a southern CEO at Arkansas, but like UT’s Darrell Royal, didn’t want to ‘die a coach’

Back in the day, legends didn’t walk away unless at the point of something between their shoulder blades. The way Royal and Broyles always told it, neither had any idea of the other’s intentions. Yeah, right. Their families vacationed together.

Source: Frank Broyles was a southern CEO at Arkansas, but like UT’s Darrell Royal, didn’t want to ‘die a coach’

Taliban, Russia Want U.S. to Withdraw From Afghanistan

The Taliban released an open letter urging President Trump to end the war in Afghanistan at the same time Russian presidential envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov suggested that if the U.S. is “unable to do anything serious” in Afghanistan, it should leave.

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Canadian woman banned from US for life after border agent searches phone, finds email to doctor about drug use

A 28-year-old woman from British Columbia was banned for life from entering the United States after a US Customs and Border Protection agent searched her phone for two hours and found an email she’d written to her doctor about an accidental drug overdose.

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