Cuts to the BBC would threaten the whole TV industry, says Pact chair

Cuts to the BBC would threaten the rest of the TV ecosystem and the UK’s entire creative sector, according to the chair of the trade body representing independent TV producers. “There is a very real concern that if the licence fee is reduced, frozen or there are huge other areas of spend put in, that’s a very, very real concern, ...

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Bill Cosby admitted to buying sedatives to drug women

Ana Kasparian is best known as a host and producer of the largest online news show “The Young Turks,” (TYT) a show covering politics, pop culture and lifestyle. She is also the main host of the rapidly growing panel show “The Point” on the TYT Network. When Ana’s not hosting and producing news content, she teaches upper division journalism at ...

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Paul Krugman: Europe Is Acting Like 'Medieval Doctors Bleeding Their Patients'

Photo Credit: via YouTube When Greek voters stood up to a campaign of bullying and intimidation by voting “no” to the new round of creditor demands, they were striking a blow both for democracy and for Europe, Paul Krugman writes in today’s column. “Even the most ardent supporters of European union should be breathing a sigh of relief,” Krugman says. ...

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Steve Bell on Greece's eurozone relationship – cartoon

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EuroZone Profiteers: How German and French Banks Helped Bankrupt Greece

This article was published before the Greeks voted “no” in the referendum on austerity. Alexander Tsipras, the prime minister of Greece, has called a national referendum this Sunday to call the bluff of the European Union and International Monetary Fund who are trying to force his country to accept severe austerity in return for effectively rolling over much of the ...

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Osborne slashes BBC budget by forcing it to pay for over-75s' TV licences

The BBC will shoulder the cost of providing free television licences for people aged over 75 in a surprise deal that will cost it £750m by 2020, almost a fifth of the corporation’s current annual income. In return for the BBC’s agreement to finance part of the welfare spending cuts, the government promised to allow the £145.50 licence fee to ...

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West Lothian question still needs answering | Letters

Your analysis of the potential implications of Chris Grayling’s proposals on English votes for English laws (Editorial, 3 July) may well be correct, but I think you significantly misrepresent the past impact of Scottish MPs voting on English-only matters. You state that “the power of Scottish MPs in particular either to obstruct laws the English want, or to force through ...

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Jill Duggar is leaving for a lengthy mission trip ahead of possible lawsuit against molester brother

Jill Duggar and her husband have left the U.S. for a long-term mission trip in the wake of sex abuse revelations against her brother. The 24-year-old Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, will leave for an undisclosed country for a lengthy stay with their infant son, who was born April 6. Jill Duggar Dillard and her sister, Jessa Seewald, admitted ...

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As South Carolina Debates the Confederate Flag, Meet the Activist Who Took It Down

Democracy Now! speaks with Bree Newsome.   Related Stories WATCH: John Oliver's Perfect Suggestion for What to Do With South Carolina's Confederate Flag WATCH: The Powerful Anti-'Redskins' Ad the NFL Refuses to Air WATCH: Jon Stewart Lays Bare Antonin Scalia's Utter, Shameless Hypocrisy Source link Dress Elegantly The Indian Wear FIGHTSTATE kind kid styles which Fitted Bootcut Pants with Extended ...

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The Guardian view on the benefit cap: a disgraceful policy that’s about to get worse | Editorial

Wednesday’s budget may spark much controversy, as George Osborne finally says what he wasn’t willing to before the election: whose benefits he will cut. But there is one restriction that he is confident won’t be controversial at all. His benefit cap wins glowing headlines, and so he was happy to promise a cut from £26,000 to £23,000 in the Conservative ...

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Jamie Rentoul obituary

My brother Jamie Rentoul, who has died of cancer aged 50, was a distinguished civil servant, but he was modest about his brilliant career. It wasn’t until he died that I realised just how important he had been in so many of the important changes in the NHS over the past 30 years, including the campaign to change Britain from ...

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MP Simon Danczuk says child abuse campaigning made him depressed – audio

Labour MP Simon Danczuk says he is stepping back from campaigning against child sexual abuse after suffering from depression. Talking to BBC’s reporter Becky Milligan on Monday, the Rochdale MP says he sought help from a psychiatrist because hearing abuse victims’ accounts had taken its toll on his mental health and left him with suicidal thoughts. He says it also ...

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Former member of ‘God hates f*gs’ church: We ignored our own moral impulses to follow the Bible

Megan Phelps-Roper, a former member of the Westboro Baptists Church, says her infamous family developed their hateful views because of blind faith in the Bible. The small Kansas-based church, founded by the late Fred Phelps, gained international infamy for protesting at the funerals of soldiers with signs that said “God hates f*gs” and other offensive messages. “We were just giving ...

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The Confederate Battle Flag and Whining White Southerners

Image: Confederate battle flag flying on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse. Whenever there’s a suggestion that the Confederate battle flag should be retired to museums or that the name of Confederate President Jefferson Davis should be removed from major highways, there comes the predictable accusation that such moves amount to “rewriting our history” – but nothing could be ...

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Paul Krugman: Why Greece's Vote Is a Big Win Against the Bankers

Photo Credit: via YouTube When Greek voters stood up to a campaign of bullying and intimidation by voting “no” to the new round of creditor demands, they were striking a blow both for democracy and for Europe, Paul Krugman writes in today’s column. “Even the most ardent supporters of European union should be breathing a sigh of relief,” Krugman says. ...

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Terminally ill benefit claimants asked when they expect to die, MP says

Terminally ill welfare claimants are being asked by benefit assessors when precisely they are expected to die, according to evidence seen by Frank Field, the newly elected chairman of the work and pensions select committee. Field has written to the work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, asking for an explanation. He told the Guardian: “There is absolutely no need ...

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George Osborne urged Boris Johnson to provide grant for garden bridge

George Osborne pulled rank on his Tory colleague Boris Johnson to insist he use his budget as London mayor to fund the garden bridge, it has emerged. Letters between the chancellor and the mayor, obtained by the Architects’ Journal, reveal how Osborne overruled Johnson’s wish to merely underwrite private funds for the bridge over the Thames. Johnson and Osborne have ...

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Simon Danczuk steps back from campaigning against child abuse

The Labour MP who helped expose the late Liberal MP Cyril Smith as a paedophile is to step back from campaigning against child sexual abuse to seek help for depression. Simon Danczuk, who has been the MP for Rochdale since 2010, said victims’ accounts of their experiences of sexual abuse had left him unable to sleep and experiencing flashbacks. “What ...

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Scott Walker’s wife and sons disagree with him on same-sex marriage

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker drew criticism last week for his strident response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized same-sex marriage – which he called a “grave mistake.” The Republican’s wife and two adult sons didn’t even agree with his stance, reported the Washington Post. Tonette Walker said she heard immediately from the couple’s two sons, Matt and ...

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Thousands In South Carolina Receive Menacing Confederate Flag Robocall Over Independence Day Weekend

South Carolina residents began receiving robocalls on Friday comparing the movement to remove the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds to ISIS. The state’s General Assembly is set to begin debates Monday on removing the flag, which has flown over the statehouse since 1961. Talk of removing it grew heated after a white supremacist gunned down nine African-American churchgoers on June 17, ...

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When we blame tech for everything, capitalism gets off the hook | SE Smith

Every other day, I’m reading a column blaming technology for something. People are too busy and don’t take time to appreciate life. People are on their phones all day. People sit at home watching House of Cards instead of going out for a walk or doing something nice. Literacy and the written word are coming to an end because of ...

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Unite gets carried away over Jeremy Corbyn

So the Greeks have voted no, China’s stock market is in turmoil and Unite is backing Jeremy Corbyn to become the next Labour leader. We can’t do much about the first two major events. So let’s take a look at the lesser one. Related: Jeremy Corbyn gets backing of Unite in Labour leadership race The first thing to say is ...

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The Beautiful Historic Victory of the No. Greek Citizens Refuse Creditors’ Blackmail

The Beautiful Historic Victory of the No. Greek Citizens Refuse Creditors’ Blackmail The splendid historic victory of the No shows again that the Greek citizens refuse to accept the creditors’ blackmail. As shown in the preliminary report by the Truth Committee on Public Debt created by the Hellenic parliament, there are several legal arguments that permit a State to unilaterally ...

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Greeks want a no to austerity but a yes to Europe | Natalie Nougayrède

There can be no winners in Europe when anti-EU populists such as Marine Le Pen and Nigel Farage think they can claim a victory, as they did when the results of the Greek referendum came out. That kind of extremist support for the no vote will probably be described as a negligible side-show by those who decided the referendum, but ...

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NYPD and NYC city attorneys accused of destroying proof that cops are writing bogus tickets to hit quotas

In an exclusive report by the New York Daily News, the NYPD and city attorneys have been accused of colluding with each other to cover up evidence that New York City cops have been writing thousands of bogus tickets after being pressured by their superiors to hit quotas. In a filing submitted in Manhattan Federal Court, attorney Elinor Sutton writes ...

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5 'Radical' Bernie Sanders Ideas Many Americans Strongly Support

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 9, 2015:- U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (Independent -Vermont) speaks at a luncheon at the National Press Club.Photo Credit: Albert H. Teich / Shutterstock.com Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has been described as radical or fringe by some but many of Sanders’ views and policy proposals are supported by Americans, according to public opinion surveys. 1. Health Care For ...

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Boris Johnson: cut top rate of income tax but only if firms pay living wage

Boris Johnson is calling for the top rate of income tax to be cut to 40p and for large firms to pay the living wage to employees just days before the first Conservative budget for 19 years. The former minister John Redwood has also backed reducing the top rate from 45p – a highly controversial move which would be labelled ...

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#Q&A, day 143. Live from hell | First Dog on the Moon

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Boris Johnson says top rate of tax should be cut to 40p – Politics live

It is outrageous that multi-billion-pound companies are mainlining money from the welfare system and using it to subsidise low pay … Of the staggering £76 billion now being paid in in-work benefits, £11 billion is going to those who work in retail. Think of that. These are companies whose chief executives now earn vast multiples of the wages of the ...

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Illegal fireworks eyed as cause of California fires

Three fires that broke out on the July Fourth holiday in California were possibly sparked by the use of illegal fireworks and a man was arrested after fireworks exploded at a party and injured several people, officials said on Sunday. The Hollister Police Department said 35-year-old Shawn Gregory Bourdet was arrested after he lit a firework mortar that fell on ...

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Video of Child Being Tortured by Officers Exposes Severe Problem of Putting Kids in Adult Prisons

According to an investigation conducted by Dana Liebelson, there are currently 6,000 children throughout the Land of the Free currently being held in prison facilities for adults. In her alarming report, Liebelson outlines the details of several cases of horrific abuse of children within the US Prison System. She was even able to obtain video of a young girl being held down in ...

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Steve Bell’s If … on George Osborne’s emergency budget

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Oxi in Greece: Saving the European Idea

It was never going to be the happiest of results.  But there was a sense among a good many that this was the least worst of all.  The Tsipras government had been a touch cheeky calling a referendum on the issue, if only to add ballast to the bargaining table over bailout terms for Greece.  The referendum ballot itself was ...

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Ukip and Greens demand more peers in House of Lords

The Green party’s leader, Natalie Bennett, and Ukip’s only MP, Douglas Carswell, have called for their parties to be given more peers in the House of Lords in the dissolution honours list, in recognition of the share of the vote they achieved at the general election. Despite winning 16% of the total vote between them at the general election, the ...

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Which are the best countries in the world to live in if you are unemployed or disabled?

Estonia With a population of just 1.5 million, Estonia does not have a very large welfare budget in either absolute or relative terms. However, unlike many countries, much of the Estonia’s welfare budget is administered online, keeping costs down. Citizens can apply for all relevant benefits once, without having to fill out lots of very similar forms. For those out ...

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‘You have to be honest:’ Michael Steele schools the Republican party about racism

The former chairperson of the Republican National Committee (RNC) took down his replacement on Sunday morning, saying the party’s policy of not condemning racism is bad politics, Mediaite reports. In June, perennial presidential candidate Donald Trump, a Republican, declared that Mexican Americans are rapists and criminals, subsequently costing him a number of lucrative business contracts. Trump’s party, helmed by RNC chair ...

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Greek Voters Deliver Stunning Rebuke to Austerity

Greek voters say No! Michael Spourdalakis, Dean of the School of Economics and Politics at the University of Athens, in an interview with Dimitri Lascaris, says it is time for the Greek government to play hardball with the Troika.   Source link DVF x GOOP a powerful and feminine collaboration FIGHTSTATE who lit up 20 cigars a day to practice ...

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Three-minute election: How did David Cameron and the Tories do it? And what happens now? – video

Columnists Jonathan Freedland and Matthew d’Ancona discuss the general election result: a bloody night for Labour and the Lib Dems and a stunning victory for David Cameron. How were the media and political class beguiled into believing that Labour could get away with being behind on the economy? And are the Conservatives as surprised at the result as everyone else? ...

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Jeremy Corbyn: ‘I don’t do personal’

A couple of hours ago, Jeremy Corbyn secured his 35th nomination at the last possible moment – just enough for him to make the shortlist for the Labour leadership race. If you were expecting him to be all swagger and selfies, whoops and high-fives, think again. This is Jeremy Corbyn, man of the people, five-time winner of parliamentary beard of ...

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FCA's £819m in fines revenue gives Osborne room to fund worthy causes

The Financial Conduct Authority has imposed more than £800m of fines on banks and other companies in the first half of this year – giving the chancellor the opportunity to make eye-catching allocations to worthy causes in this week’s budget. The City regulator handed out fines worth £819m in the six months to the end of June, up from £136m ...

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Asia markets sink after Greece votes ‘No’ to austerity

Asian stocks fell Monday after Greek voters rejected more austerity demands from creditors, fuelling fears the country will crash out of the eurozone, but the euro recovered from initial losses as dealers wait for European leaders’ next move. Despite warnings from European leaders that Sunday’s referendum was effectively an in-out poll on the euro, more than 60 percent of the ...

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Daraa 2011: Syria’s Islamist Insurrection in Disguise

“I have seen from the beginning armed protesters in those demonstrations … they were the first to fire on the police. Very often the violence of the security forces comes in response to the brutal violence of the armed insurgents” – Jesuit priest Father Frans Van der Lugt, January 2012, Homs Syria “The claim that armed opposition to the government ...

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Obama to Free Scores of Non-Violent Drug Offenders from Prison

Washington D.C. — The timeless words of Joe Rogan seem to be taking their toll on the consciences of American politicians. To kidnap and lock people in a cage for a personal choice and action that harms no one, is an evil act. Some politicians are figuring this out — or at least pandering to public demand. Either way, the ...

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Martin Rowson on the Greek referendum – cartoon

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Olympic legacy failure: Tessa Jowell attacks ‘wicked’ coalition government

The former Olympics minister Tessa Jowell has claimed a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to use the London Games to inspire children to play sport has been squandered, blaming her “wicked and negligent” successors. Speaking on the eve of Monday’s 10th anniversary of the capital being awarded the 2012 Olympics, with a bid founded on Lord Coe’s vow to “inspire ...

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Tories want businesses to pick up slack as budget targets in-work benefits

Mark Payne and his partner Agnes both work but are struggling to survive. They have not yet had to resort to food banks to feed their three children but know many who have. The couple, from Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, work for a major supermarket and have lost out under cuts to tax credits from the last government. They have also ...

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Finally! Elderly black woman gets a library card in North Carolina — 73 years after applying

A 92-year-old woman who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio has finally gotten a library card, after being denied it 73 years years ago because she is black, the News & Observer reports. As a student at Shaw University in 1942, Pearl Thompson went to a public library in Raleigh, North Caolina to check out a history book. Staff forbade Thompson from taking any ...

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United States of Inc.: Corporations As Nation-States in Silicon Valley’s Latest Utopian Management Scheme

During my desultory post-graduation years in San Francisco, I lived in a big duplex with three roommates. We had bands, fledging writing gigs and other financially unpromising passions, until one of us threw over la vie bohème to work at a consulting firm. We teased him mercilessly for using nonsensical catchphrases like “think outside the box” and for getting a ...

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Councils get £30m fund to speed up adoption searches

Children in local authority care who are waiting to find new parents are to be helped with a £30m package of support in Wednesday’s post-election budget. The money will be used to pay fees that local authorities are charged by adoption agencies or other councils for finding, assessing and matching an adoptive parent and child. Concerns were raised last year ...

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Greek referendum result: who does what next?

What’s next for the Greek banks? The Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, will hold an emergency meeting with the bosses of the local banks on Sunday night. He has said he is on a “war footing”. The governor of the central bank, the Bank of Greece, Yannis Stournaras, is also likely to be summoned amid fears that Greece’s banks are ...

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