White House Social Media Director Tweets That GOP Rep. Justin Amash Should Be Defeated in Primary

Mediaite, by Josh Feldman Posted By: Lalo- Sat, 01 38 2017 09:38:48 GMT White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino Jr. today tweeted that Republican Congressman Justin Amash should be primaried next year: Dan Scavino Jr. ✔@DanScavino@realDonaldTrump is bringing auto plants & jobs back to Michigan. @justinamash is a big liability.#TrumpTrain, defeat him in primary. 9:33 AM – 1 Apr 2017 If you’re wondering why, Amash did not support the American Health Care Act, something Scavino wanted to bring people’s attention to yesterday: [snip] Amash had some tough words for Trump after the president lashed out at the House Freedom Caucus on Twitter, even saying that “most people don’t take well to being bullied.”
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California has fewer arrests, but not necessarily less crime

Associated Press, by Staff Posted By: NorthernDog- Sat, 01 46 2017 09:46:17 GMT LOS ANGELES — The number of arrests by police in California has plunged in recent years, but that doesn´t necessarily represent good news on crime, according to an analysis published Saturday. The state saw 1.5 million arrests for misdemeanors and felonies in 2015, the most recent year with figures available, according to the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/2ond2w4 ). In Los Angeles, arrests dropped by 25 percent from 2013 to 2015, even as the city saw a spike in crime. There´s no clear reason behind the decline. Law enforcement officials said fewer officers and changes in strategy could be behind some

No Room for Dissent in Women’s Movement Today

New York Times, by Cleta Mitchell Posted By: FlyRight- Sat, 01 55 2017 09:55:57 GMT Is there a “women’s movement” in 2017? What is it? Who is it? I became involved with the women’s movement in the early 1970s, when, as a junior at the University of Oklahoma, I was one of five founders of the Oklahoma Women’s Political Caucus. For over a decade, I traveled the state working for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Later, as an Oklahoma state legislator, I was a champion of women’s rights, including supporting abortion rights within the Roe v. Wade framework. In the 1970s, we fought for legal equality and eradication of the laws, based on English common

People Are In Love With This Video Of Cats Ringing Bells For Treats

There’s a prevalent myth that cats can’t be trained, but that’s just not true — especially when there’s a delicious reward involved.

That said, judging from this video of two adorable cats in Japan ringing bells for treats, it’s not totally clear whether their humans were the trainers or the trainees.

横に並んで注文 pic.twitter.com/lQYeyfnsMC

— ねこナビ編集部@VR動画公開中 (@b_ru_ru) March 30, 2017

The clip, from Japanese Twitter account @b_ru_ru, has gone viral for reasons that are adorably obvious.

The talented duo can also be seen in endeavors like guitar-playing.

たくさんのメッセージ、リツイート、♡をありがとうございました!

ありがとうの気持ちを込めた演奏をお聞きください pic.twitter.com/G9Oon0jwn5

— ねこナビ編集部@VR動画公開中 (@b_ru_ru) April 1, 2017

Besides the obvious plus of producing adorable videos, using positive reinforcement to train cats can have a ton of benefits — including keeping your cat mentally stimulated, strengthening your bond with your pet and even curbing bad behavior.

“Any cat can be trained to do something,” said Samantha Martin, founder of The Amazing Acro-Cats cat circus, when she shared some of her techniques with HuffPost in 2015.

If you wind up with a video as awesome as the cats with the bell, be sure to send it our way.

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Justin Trudeau Challenges Matthew Perry To A Rematch Of Elementary School Fight

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau playfully challenged actor Matthew Perry to a fight over Twitter on Saturday, just weeks after Perry let the world know that he once beat Trudeau up at their elementary school in Canada.

During an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” last month, Perry told the story, as extremely unlikely as it might seem. 

“My friend Chris Murray, who was also in the fifth grade in Canada, reminded me that we actually beat up Justin Trudeau,” he said. “We both beat him up. I think he was excelling in a sport that we weren’t so it was pure jealousy.”

“I think he was the only kid in school that we could beat up,” he added. “You know, I’m not bragging about this, this is terrible. I was a stupid kid, I didn’t want to beat him up. In fact, I think at one point I tried to turn it into love play.”

Even though Perry expressed remorse, that wasn’t good enough for Trudeau, who in his challenge on Saturday ― which was April Fools’ Day ― correctly noted that Chandler, Perry’s character on “Friends,” has a very punchable face. 

I’ve been giving it some thought, and you know what, who hasn’t wanted to punch Chandler? How about a rematch @MatthewPerry?

— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 1, 2017

Guys, just one request: If this goes down, just make sure its streamable ― not some of that pay-per-view bull crap. 

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Pop Art Pioneer James Rosenquist Dead At 83

Artist James Rosenquist, a leading figure of the 1960s pop art movement known for his room-sized works, has died at the age of 83, his studio said.
Rosenquist helped define the genre of color-bursting displays of common objects that was also champione…

Protester Dies In Paraguay Clashes After Congress Re-election Vote

A protester was killed in Paraguay and two top government officials were fired after violent clashes overnight sparked by a secret Senate vote for a constitutional amendment that would allow President Horacio Cartes to run for re-election.

Activists streamed into Paraguay’s capital on Saturday from the landlocked country’s interior in a sign the protests may resume after the country’s Congress was stormed and set on fire.

Firefighters managed to control the flames on the building’s first floor on Friday. Thousands of protesters rioted in other parts of Asuncion and elsewhere in the country into the early hours of Saturday.

Reports of damage and injuries proliferated. At Congress on Saturday, charred debris and glass from broken windows littered the steps.

Rodrigo Quintana, 25, was killed by a rubber bullet fired by police at the headquarters of a liberal youth activist group, the Paraguayan opposition and a prosecutor said.

“We have a commitment to the blood Rodrigo spilled … we will continue the fight,” opposition Senator Miguel Saguier said at a press conference.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement an investigation would be opened into Quintana’s death. Interior Minister Tadeo Rojas was later fired by Cartes along with the national police chief, Crispulo Sotelo.

“We are working to identify the people responsible for the events,” the new interim interior minister, Lorenzo Lezcano, told a news conference.

Around 200 protesters were detained, police said, and shops and government buildings were vandalized.

Several politicians and journalists were injured, local media reported, and the government said several police were hurt. One member of the lower house of Congress, who had been participating in protests that afternoon, underwent surgery after also being hit by rubber bullets.

Meetings for the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IADB) annual board of governors went ahead as scheduled in a rare high-level international event in Paraguay.

IADB President Luis Alberto Moreno called for peace and dialogue and said Paraguay would continue to be a vital partner of the regional bank.

While Paraguay has long suffered from political uncertainty and violence, the soy- and beef-exporting country has attracted investment in agriculture and manufacturing sectors in recent years as Cartes offered tax breaks to foreign investors.

“I think this is a very unfortunate event but I do not see that it will have consequences for the economy,” Finance Minister Santiago Peña said.

Violent upheaval in the country of 6.8 million is a concern for its much larger neighbors Brazil and Argentina, which have increasingly looked to Paraguay for business opportunities. 

CLOSED-DOOR VOTE

The region is already worried about unrest in Venezuela, where President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday moved to quell protests and international condemnation. The pro-government Supreme Court revoked its controversial annulment of the opposition-led congress.

Cartes called for calm and a rejection of violence in a statement released on Twitter on Friday night. He promised the government would do its best to maintain order.

Paraguay’s Senate voted on Friday during a special session in a closed office rather than on the Senate floor. Twenty-five lawmakers voted for the measure, two more than the 23 required for passage in the 45-member upper chamber.

Opponents of the measure, who claim it would weaken Paraguay’s democratic institutions, said the vote was illegal.

The proposal will also require approval by the House, where it appeared to have strong support. A vote which had been expected early on Saturday was called off until the situation calmed down, said the chamber’s president, Hugo Velazquez.

A popular referendum would also be required to change the law prohibiting re-election, passed in 1992 after the brutal dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner fell in 1989.

(Additional reporting by Luc Cohen and Mariel Cristaldo, writing by Caroline Stauffer and Hugh Bronstein; editing by G Crosse and Mary Milliken)

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WATCH: Math Professor Pulls off April Fool’s Day Prank–His Projection Screen Is on Fire

A college math professor went high-tech when he decided to play an April Fool’s Day prank on his students.