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  • New York State to Offer Free Tuition to Students in Public Colleges

    By Ese Olumhense Nearly a million families could benefit For families with annual incomes of $125,000 and under, tuition will be free at four-year institutions and community colleges in the City University of New York (CUNY) and State University of New York (SUNY) system, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday. The legislation is the first of its kind passed by any state. The “Excelsior Scholarship,” as it is officially known, will be phased in over three years — beginning […]

  • Congress Votes to Repeal Internet Privacy Protections

    By Meg Wagner Next stop: Trump’s desk The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to kill a set of internet privacy rules, paving the way for service providers to share and sell their customers’ sensitive information — including everything from browsing histories and financial records to information on children. The bill to repeal the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations passed 215-205, with 15 Republicans joining the 190 Democrats who voted against it. It passed in the Senate last week […]

  • Robots expected to take 38 percent of U.S. jobs by 2030s

    By Ese Olumhense Treasury secretary ‘optimistic’ about job security Increasing automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are not threats to the American workforce, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in an early morning interview on Friday with the news website Axios. “It’s not even on our radar screen,” Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive and hedge fund manager said, adding that machines would not pose any challenge to jobs for another “50 to 100” years. “I’m not worried at all,” he added. Mnuchin’s […]

  • Twitter Is Purging ‘Terror Accounts’ at a Dizzying Rate

    By Avi Asher-Schapiro Twitter — the online microblogging platform favored by President Donald Trump — has been purging accounts suspected of supporting terrorism at a dizzying pace: nearly 377,000 accounts in the last six months of 2016 alone, almost three times the rate of the previous year. Those numbers were made public Tuesday, as part of Twitter’s latest transparency report. Experts who monitor the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) online presence are pleased. “The median age of an ISIS-supporting account on […]

  • Trump Budget Proposal Would Boost Defense, Eliminate Funds for Humanities, Arts

    By Ese Olumhense ‘A view of the priorities of the President and his Administration’ The military and homeland security would see the biggest increases funding if President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint, released Thursday, is approved by Congress. To offset that growth, the Trump administration proposes spending cuts to a wash of other cabinet-level agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of State — which would both lose close to a third of their budgets. Almost 20 […]

  • Congress Votes to Allow States to Drug-Test the Unemployed

    By Meg Wagner Undoing an Obama-era regulation President Donald Trump is expected to sign off on a new law that will likely subject more unemployed Americans to drug tests before they can claim jobless benefits. The resolution — approved by the Senate on Tuesday after passing in the House in February — nixes a Labor Department regulation that limited how many unemployment-benefit applicants states could test for drugs. The old rule, implemented under former President Barack Obama, mandated that states […]

  • ‘A day without a woman’ strike: what to expect

    By Ese Olumhense Schools and school districts have announced ahead of the national “A Day Without a Woman” strike planned for Wednesday that they will be closed, as much of their staffs plan to participate in the demonstration. In New York, Virginia, and North Carolina, schools, from preschools to colleges have announced  cancellations, while elsewhere groups plan to stage walkouts, marches, donation drives, or silent protests throughout the day. The strike’s organizers, who also coordinated the massive Women’s March on […]

  • Mark Zuckerberg’s Lengthy Facebook Letter Reveals Lofty Goals

    By Meg Wagner A utopian future with few specifics Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg published a lengthy letter on Thursday detailing the social media platform’s plan to bring the world closer together — a lofty, idealistic manifesto that condemned fake news and partisan “filter bubbles” as contributors to growing isolationism. The nearly 6,000-word memo lays out the company’s new mission of promoting a “global community,” but is scarce on concrete details about how the company, valued in the billions, will accomplish […]

  • Russian spy ship sails 30 miles from U.S. submarine base

    By Meg Wagner Close to the U.S., but still in international waters A Russian spy ship sailed a mere 30 miles from the Connecticut coast on Wednesday — lurking near a U.S. Navy base in Groton that is home to 15 nuclear submarines — during a tumultuous week for U.S.-Russian relations. The U.S. Coast Guard has been tracking the Viktor Leonov as it moves along the U.S. coast in international waters. The ship had been spotted about 70 miles from […]

  • What the Net Neutrality Rollback Means for Netflix Users

    By Ese Olumhense for the Tribune Media Wire FCC Makes Net Neutrality Changes Under President Donald Trump’s newly-minted chairman, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is altering regulations created to ensure internet service providers (ISPs) grant equal access to all web content — the rules commonly known as “net neutrality.” The shift is part of an unspooling of FCC policies from the Obama administration. On Friday, new chairman Ajit Pai announced the end of “Lifeline,” a relatively new federal program created to help subsidize home internet […]

  • Republican Introduces One-Sentence Bill To End Education Department

    By Ese Olumhense One Line, One Page Bill Would ‘Terminate’ Education Department Representative Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky) introduced a bill on Tuesday that would abolish the federal Department of Education. The bill, just one sentence long, reads “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.” “Neither Congress nor the president, through his appointees, has the constitutional authority to dictate how and what our children must learn,” Massie said in a statement about the bill, which was significantly longer than […]

  • President Trump Expected to Nominate One of These Three Candidates to the Supreme Court

    By Ese Olumhense In a prime-time event on Tuesday night, President Donald Trump is expected to name his pick for the vacant seat on the United States Supreme Court. The nominee would fill the ninth seat on the high court vacated by ardent conservative Antonin Scalia, who died in February, and for which the Republican-held Senate refused to consider then-President Barack Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland. Watch President Trump’s announcement live on WNEP and WNEP.com, Tuesday at 8:00 PM. Trump’s […]