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Poynter: How 'Matter' Succeeded In Spite Of Itself

Poynter | Gabriel Arana | July 14, 2015 | Media
Jim Giles and his business and editorial partner, Bobbie Johnson, launched MATTER in 2012. The two experienced journalists wanted stories that assessed scientific claims critically and also had some length and strong narratives. They got down to business, after a successful campaign with Kickstarter, and published ambitious stories, thousands of...

Thailand Sentences Eight To Five-Year Jail Terms For Insulting Monarchy

AP | AP | July 14, 2015 | Media
BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai military court on Tuesday sentenced eight people to five-year jail terms for distributing online content insulting the country's monarchy. Those who were sentenced on lese majeste charges were part of what police said was a network headed by 64-year-old Hassadin Uraipraiwan, known online as "DJ...

Thailand Tries Journalists Accused Of Defaming The Navy

AP | AP | July 14, 2015 | Media
PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — Testimony began Tuesday in a criminal defamation lawsuit filed by Thailand's navy against a small news website over a report it posted saying naval forces accepted money to assist or turn a blind eye to the trafficking of refugees from Myanmar by sea. The navy also...

Facebook Considering Feature Update To Prevent Spread Of Misinformation

Damon Beres | July 13, 2015 | Technology
Anyone can change the headline and sub-headline on a news story posted to Facebook. But not everybody uses the feature responsibly.

Former CNN Anchor Campbell Brown Launches Education News Site With An Agenda

The Huffington Post | Riley Griffin | July 13, 2015 | Media
Former CNN and NBC News anchor Campbell Brown officially launched an online education news site on Monday as a way to "challenge the status quo" in America’s school system. The nonprofit website, The Seventy Four, derives its name from the 74 million children in the U.S....

Watch Pundit After Pundit Get The Greek Referendum Totally Wrong

Gabriel Arana | July 13, 2015 | Media
Polls, in themselves, are a useful tool for gauging public opinion on a given issue. The math behind them is amazing, if you think about it: By surveying a subset of the population at random, polls can model with pretty good accuracy what people think on just about any question....

These Are The Portraits Of Eight Of The Rights Lawyers Rounded Up In China On 'Black Friday'

China Digital Times | Farah Mohamed | July 13, 2015 | World
Free the Rights Defense Lawyers, by Badiucao for CDT Cartoonist Badiucao has drawn portraits of eight of the dozens...

Fox News' Pastor Robert Jeffress: Jesus Wouldn't Protect Undocumented Immigrants

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | July 14, 2015 | Religion
 Two dozen congregations in 12 U.S. cities have reportedly opened their doors as sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants facing deportation. Because federal agents usually avoid arresting immigrants inside churches, sanctuary seekers often live inside the churches 24/7 and are cared for by congregation members. But the Rev. Robert Jeffress, a Fox News religious correspondent, said these churches are misguided. “A lot of these liberal churches that harbor illegal immigrants who are criminals say they are following the example of Jesus,” Jeffress, pastor of a 12,000-member megachurch in Dallas, said during a “Fox and Friends” segment on Sunday. Instead, “they are following the Jesus of their imagination rather than the Jesus of the Bible,” he said.  “Jesus was not this wimpy little guy who walked around munching sunflower seeds and saying nice things to people,” Jeffress said. “The real Jesus of the Bible said, ‘Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s.’ That is: Obey the government.” Jeffress was referring to a Bible story in which critics of Jesus ask him if it was right to pay taxes to the Roman government, which controlled Israel at that time. Jesus asked for a coin and, pointing out that Caesar's face was imprinted on it, said, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.” The Rev. Alison Harrington, pastor of a sanctuary church in Tucson, Arizona, said Jeffress is taking the Bible verse out of context. Jesus' statement was a critique of Rome's imperial system and its claim that Caesar was a deity. Jesus was essentially saying that the government was not God, she said.  "In short, no one listening to Jesus would have heard this statement as a encouragement to pay taxes to the Roman government," Harrington told HuffPost. "In fact, they would have heard it at as a borderline if not outright seditious."    Harrington's Southside Presbyterian Church has so far offered sanctuary to two people. A man named Daniel Neyoy Ruiz lived in the church for more than 20 days before the authorities gave him a one-year reprieve from deportation. The church's current resident, Rosa Robles Loreto, has been living at the church since Aug. 7, 2014. It's "really hard work with sleepless nights," Harrington said, but caring for Robles Loreto has taught her congregation what it really means to be Christian. "We could argue a verse here and a verse there all day -- my question remains -- what is the message that is at the heart of the gospels? For us it is that God in God’s graciousness and love sent Jesus Christ to call us back to the command to love God and love our neighbor as [ourselves]," Harrington said. "For us in the borderlands, it would be an act of infidelity to the gospel of Jesus Christ to turn our back on our undocumented neighbors and watch as their families are destroyed by the ill conceived, and frankly sinful deportation policies of our nation."     Jeffress’ comments came nearly one week after Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented Mexican laborer with a long criminal record, was charged with fatally shooting 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle on a pier in San Francisco. The incident reignited debates about the more than 200 “Sanctuary Cities” across the U.S. that have passed laws preventing local police from detaining suspects based only on requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The purpose of these laws is to stop ICE from rounding up undocumented immigrants with little criminal history, USA Today reports. The laws also help build trust between communities and local law enforcement officers. The Rev. Ryan Eller, executive director of Define American, an advocacy campaign for undocumented immigrants, pointed out that Jesus, whose parents fled with him to Egypt to avoid persecution, was an undocumented immigrant. Eller wondered whether Jeffress' church would have taken Jesus in. It's important to mourn Kate Steinle's death, Eller said, but it's dangerous to use it to broadly support obeying a broken immigration system.  "You can't talk about the Jesus of the Bible without also being honest about what the Bible says concerning how we are to treat immigrants," Eller said. "Congregations choosing to offer sanctuary are modeling the love and welcoming spirit of Christ. Those are actions we need more of, not less." ...

Journalists Want Transparency, But Not Right Away

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | July 13, 2015 | Politics
It didn't take long for journalists to criticize the flaw -- for them -- in the federal government's new pilot program on making public all responses to Freedom of Information Act requests. It didn't take much longer for open government advocates to suggest the reporters were putting their interests ahead of...

Donald Trump's S**t-Talking Game Is So Bad, It's Good

Nick Wing | July 13, 2015 | Politics
Donald Trump has plenty of haters, and according to him, they're all losers. If you think a man of Trump's stature wouldn't waste his time punching down at these loser haters, boy are you wrong. Twitter has made it especially easy for Trump to lash out at his critics. But...

As The World Mourns CEO Iwata's Passing, A Rainbow Rises Over Nintendo Headquarters

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | July 14, 2015 | Technology
Satoru Iwata, the president and CEO of Nintendo, died of cancer on Saturday at the age of 55. Colleagues and fans remembered him as a gaming visionary and an unusually approachable CEO. In a spooky coincidence, Twitter user @Kaorin1211 shared a photo today of a...

The Women's World Cup Champs Didn't Get A Sports Illustrated Cover -- They Got 25 Of 'Em

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | July 13, 2015 | Sports
  The members of the U.S. Women's National Team have been making history like it's their job. A single Sports Illustrated cover just wouldn't do justice to the first team to win three Women's World Cup championships. So SI made the unprecedented decision to give the squad 25 different covers:...

Even If You Uninstall Google Photos, It Will Keep Uploading Your Pics

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | July 13, 2015 | Technology
 Google Photos is so good at storing your pictures online, you might not even realize it's doing it. David Arnott of Upstart Business Journal discovered last week that his photographs were still being synced to Google's servers after he uninstalled the Google Photos app from his...

Comedian Michelle Collins Is The Newest 'The View' Co-Host

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | July 13, 2015 | Media
The women of "The View" have a new co-host. Comedian Michelle Collins was named the newest addition to the cast during Monday's broadcast. She'll be the 15th host in the show's history. "I am so excited and I feel so lucky that I get to come here and...

Donald Trump's Latino Employees Resent His Anti-Immigrant Remarks

Reuters | Reuters | July 13, 2015 | Latino Voices
By Laila Kearney and Sebastien Melo NEW YORK, July 12 (Reuters) - From the nearest bus stop, workers navigate about a mile of overgrown and cracked sidewalk before they reach Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point Park in the Bronx, with its pristine fairways, treacherous bunkers and expansive views of...

Former 'Apprentice' Contestant Joins Donald Trump's Campaign In Iowa

Samantha-Jo Roth | July 13, 2015 | Politics
DES MOINES, Iowa –- It's been a decade since Tana Goertz was cut from season three of “The Apprentice,” but now Donald Trump has hired her to work on his campaign in Iowa. “I knew someday I would be working for Donald Trump,” the Iowa entrepreneur and radio personality said...

Washington Post Correspondent Jason Rezaian Gets Third Hearing In Iranian Espionage Trial

Reuters | July 13, 2015 | Media
DUBAI, July 13 (Reuters) - A third hearing in the trial of jailed Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian on espionage charges took place behind closed doors in Tehran on Monday, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.The first and second hearings of Iranian-U.S. citizen Rezaian were held behind closed doors on...

Anatomy Of The Female Antihero

Lauren Duca | July 13, 2015 | Entertainment
There are a lot of shitty men on TV. In its simplest form, the so-called golden age of television is basically a timeline demarcated by Tony Soprano, Don Draper and Walter White. The past decade of programming has been colored by a clear fascination with the antihero,...

AP Sues For Release Of Video Showing Cops Shooting Unarmed Man

AP | July 13, 2015 | Media
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge said Monday he was inclined to rule in favor of news media companies seeking video of a fatal police shooting of an unarmed man in a Los Angeles suburb two years ago. Public interest weighs in favor of unsealing unpleasant but not gory...

Microsoft Will Launch Windows 10 On July 29

Damon Beres | July 13, 2015 | Technology
The upgraded operating system will allow users to switch seamlessly between personal computers, tablets, smartphones and other gadgets.
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