7 words the CDC is reportedly banned from using include ‘transgender’ and ‘science-based’

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Here are the words Donald Trump’s White House has forbidden the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from including in documents being prepared for next year’s budget, according to an unnamed CDC analyst who talked to the Washington Post

  • vulnerable

  • entitlement

  • diversity 

  • transgender 

  • fetus

  • evidence-based

  • science-based

The analyst learned of the directive at a “meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials,” the Post reported. 

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“The reaction of people in the meeting was ‘incredulous,'” the analyst said. “It was very much, ‘Are you serious? Are you kidding?’ ” Read more…

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Mario Batali’s sexual misconduct apology came with a cinnamon roll recipe

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Here’s how not to apologize for years of sexual misconduct. 

People who subscribe to Mario Batali’s email newsletter said they received a questionable apology that started off normal enough. 

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“As many of you know, this week there has been some news coverage about some of my past behavior,” read the email, according to several people, including BuzzFeed’s global news director Lisa Tozzi, who posted it on Twitter. 

“I have made many mistakes and I am so very sorry that I have disappointed my friends, my family, my fans and my team.”  Read more…

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The White House website redesign makes it — surprise! — even less transparent

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The White House revamped its website Friday, and its new look proves it’s possible for the Trump administration to make things even more opaque.

The White House website is where the public comes to watch live videos of the president and press briefings, as well as access media statements and position papers. But the new design makes all that difficult to do.

The previous iteration of the site wasn’t anything amazing, but it was at least navigable. 

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Website visitors quickly noticed that live videos were hard to find and topics Trump likes talking about, such as the economy, are on display, making it feel more like propaganda material than a public resource. Read more…

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Over 100,000 people sign petition calling on FCC chairman Ajit Pai to resign

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We knew it was likely, but that hasn’t made it any more popular.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to kill net neutrality Thursday, ushering in an era of new power for internet providers.

Now people are calling for the head of the FCC’s head.

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An online petition demanding the resignation of Ajit Pai, the organization’s chairman, pulled in over 100,000 names by Friday, just over 24 hours after the vote. The page at MoveOn.org blames Pai for “ignoring millions of complaints about removing net neutrality and for impeding freedom of speech on the internet” and demands he step aside. Read more…

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Google Chrome now lets you mute those annoying autoplay videos

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Google Chrome just made surfing the web way less annoying. 

Chrome developers announced Thursday that the newest Chrome update, Chrome 64 Beta, will allow you to mute annoying autoplay videos. This is one of several features intended to help users circumvent obnoxious advertisements in the new update, reports Gizmodo. 

To use the feature (once you’ve downloaded the new update), click the green lock icon next to the url on the page you’re trying to mute. In the drop-down menu next to the sound icon, select “Always block on this site.” 

After that, never again will that website blast music or voiced from annoying ads when it’s not welcome. Read more…

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Why the ‘Last Jedi’ Rotten Tomatoes audience score is way below its critics score

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If you ask the critics, The Last Jedi is an unequivocal win for the Star Wars franchise. It’s stunning, it’s heartbreaking, it’s cute af and clever to boot. 

If you ask the fans who aren’t critics? Well … that’s where things get complicated.

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As of writing, The Last Jedi has a 93% fresh rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes – not quite as high as we predicted, but solid nonetheless, and on a par with its the last chapter in this story, The Force Awakens

Its audience score however, is just 56%. That’s in the same ballpark as the prequels, which hover around the 60% mark. Read more…

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Hillary Clinton has a new role: Cheerleader for teen girls

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After months of explaining what happened during the 2016 election to stunned supporters on her book tour, Hillary Clinton finally got to talk about the future, one in which women are no longer the minority when it comes to holding office or STEM careers.

Before a crowd of more than 10,000 at the Los Angeles Convention Center Friday morning, most of whom were girls and young women from local schools there to celebrate STEM-related accomplishments, Clinton slipped into a new role. She was no longer a candidate; at the Girls Build Leadership Summit, she was a cheerleader. 

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Sia’s delightful new video for ‘Under the Mistletoe’ will melt your jaded holiday heart

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We just finished watching Sia’s adorable new video for her holiday single “Under the Mistletoe” and we’re a little teary-eyed. 

Originally released Nov. 17, the lovelorn holiday ballad comes from Sia’s first-ever Christmas album, Everyday Is Christmas.

Now, the single has a delightful video to match, which reminds us of Raymond Briggs’ classic holiday story The Snowman. It follows the tale of a young whippersnapper with a Sia-like fringe, who strikes up a pretty damn magic friendship with a snowman who comes to life.

It’ll melt your cold, cold, holiday-hating heart. Read more…

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