The Justice Department has launched an antitrust investigation into four auto makers that forged a deal with California on vehicle-emissions standards, escalating the conflict between the Trump administration and Sacramento over environmental regulations.

So, a good reason for my next new car to NOT be a Ford, Honda, BMW or a VW (colluding with CA to continue obeying its stricter emissions limits rather than the more relaxed Federal limits.) If they simply each agree with CA, no problem. But if they discussed it among themselves and planned to do this together, even in the name of a "good cause", that's an anti-trust issue. In my opinion, consumers need more choices, not fewer. In a free economy, consumers will vote with their dollars on whether they want more or less restrictive emission rules on new cars. I do find it humorous that VW is involved, after its fiasco of lying about the emissions from its diesel engines for years.

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A senior Google employee managing Google Cloud business with the U.S. government appears to have assaulted a pro-life activist near a DC Planned Parenthood.

Fair's fair. If this Senior Google employee had been a conservative, he'd already have been fired and in jail. If Google and the DC or Capitol police won't hold him responsible, then it will be up to President Trump's administration to make sure he bears real consequences for his apparently-criminal behavior, including loss of any security clearance and access to government facilities and work he currently enjoys.

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A Mississippi event venue apologized in a since-deleted Facebook post after it faced backlash for refusing to host an interracial wedding, citing the owner’s “Christian beliefs.”

Kudos to the venue owner for checking with her husband and pastor about her idea that the Bible opposes inter-racial marriage, and publicly changing her mind on the subject when they convinced her she was wrong.

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Brian Karem, the idiot Playboy reporter who started a yelling match with Trump supporters in the Rose Garden last month, was suspended by the White House for his poor conduct. Well he

The month-long suspension is presumably up by now anyway, right? That said, I'd encourage the President to appeal this Obama judge's ruling, as otherwise there's no way to ensure decorum among press participants in White House events.

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AMERICAN Airlines passengers were left stunned after noticing a miniature HORSE had joined their flight. Evan Nowak said he noticed the animal, which had been brought onboard by a fellow traveller,…

I read recently that the reason behind the recent push for emotional support horses is that Muslims consider dogs unclean. Can't wait until they publicly admit they consider the rest of us unclean too...

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After months of debate, a Straight Pride Parade took place place Saturday in Boston. They were outnumbered by counter protesters.

Kudos to Boston for allowing the straight pride parade this weekend. Nice to see Boston remembering its roots of supporting freedom, even when it disagrees with the views of those speaking freely. "I oppose what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it."

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Boston's Straight Pride Parade should have been called the "I-Struggle-with-Masculinity" parade, says Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

Don't blame the puppet. She was hired for her current job based on her looks and acting skills, and is just repeating the lines her hidden handlers have given her to say.

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In this age of greater focus on privacy, the impact that it could have on new signups is not yet known.

For just such situations I still have a landline, via MagicJack VOIP. It has a real phone number that I give out only to people who require one but who I do not want calling me. Except when expecting a verification call from folks like this, I keep its ringer and voice mail turned off.

I'm not sure what I'll do if and when they insist on a valid cellphone number instead of a landline, except that it will not, under any cercumstances, include giving them my cell phone number.

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Several of the biggest book publishers in the US have launched a new lawsuit against Audible over a feature they say infringes on their copyright. Leading the s...

The publishers are wrong on this, as usual. Back when they fought the Kindle text-to-speech feature, the publishers initially "won" Amazon's agreement to let them disable the feature book by book. But handicapped users and folks who just like to listen to a book they've already bought without having to buy it again were not amused. Books that block text to speech are widely rejected by knowledgeable consumers, and no longer dominate the market. Personally, I find text to speech entirely adequate for reading me a book while driving on long trips, and can't imagine why anyone would pay much more just to hear the book read by a famous human.

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Just like other tech companies that have struggled to tackle misinformation on their platforms, Amazon has proven unable or unwilling to effectively police third-party sellers on its site. A Wall Street Journal investigation found 4,152 items declared unsafe by federal agencies, deceptively labeled or banned by federal regulators.

When buying from Amazon, I usually buy only products sold by Amazon itself, so they can be easily returned for free if necessary. Sometimes I also buy third party products, but usually only when stocked and shipped by Amazon, so I can be sure I'll actually get the product within two days. In such cases, I also check the track record of the third party company on customer satisfaction, and its return policies. As for inaccurate product descriptions, each product page includes a way to report any such errors, and I've done so a few times when descriptions were obviously incorrect. The other thing I find very helpful about Amazon is the customer reviews. Most really do seem to be honest opinions of real people, and often point out issues I hadn't noticed from the product description but need to consider.

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