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House Democrats Expected To Unveil Articles Of Impeachment Tuesday

Two Democratic aides say the announcement is planned for 9 a.m. ET. The articles would need approval from the Judiciary Committee and then the full House for President Trump to be impeached.

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Elizabeth Warren's Journey From 'Pro-Business' Academic To Consumer Advocate

Warren's political identity was forged in Texas. The ideas she espouses now about the danger of a shrinking middle class come from her years of bankruptcy research as a law professor in Austin.

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Lawsuit Claims SAT And ACT Are Illegal In California Admissions

Students and advocacy groups want the University of California system to drop the test requirement. They argue the policy "illegally discriminates against applicants on the basis of race and wealth."

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Trump's National Security Adviser Warns China Wants Your Personal Information

If some U.S. allies allow Chinese company Huawei into their 5G telecommunications networks, Robert O'Brien says China's communist government would have access to sensitive personal data.

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Wheelchairs On Planes: Why Can't Passengers Use Their Own Onboard?

Many buses and vans can safely accommodate and restrain a passenger's wheelchair, but airline passengers are required to transfer to the plane's standard seat. A grassroots group hopes to change that.

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CHART: Democratic Governors Make A Big Comeback Under Trump

With Kentucky's gubernatorial inauguration on Tuesday, Democrats are nearing parity with the GOP after a historic low point in 2016. That could have a big impact on redistricting and other key issues.

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A DNA Firm That Caters to Police Just Bought a Genealogy Site

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 21:01
In 2018, GEDmatch played a key role in reopening the 40-year-old Golden State Killer case. Now a company that serves law enforcement is gobbling it up.
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Responsible Operations: Data Science, Machine Learning, and AI in Libraries

OCLC – Thomas Padilla – “Responsible Operations is intended to help chart library community engagement with data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI) and was developed in partnership with an advisory group and a landscape group comprised of more than 70 librarians and professionals from universities, libraries, museums, archives, and other organizations. This research agenda presents an interdependent set of technical, organizational, and social challenges to be addressed en route to library operationalization of data science, machine learning, and AI. Challenges are organized across seven areas of investigation:

  1. Committing to Responsible Operations
  2. Description and Discovery
  3. Shared Methods and Data
  4. Machine-Actionable Collections
  5. Workforce Development
  6. Data Science Services
  7. Sustaining Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary Collaboration
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Trump To Meet Russia's Lavrov At White House Tuesday

The last time Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was at the White House, Trump bragged about firing former FBI Director James Comey.

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Visualizing the Worst Air Pollution Days of 2019

The New York Times – See How the World’s Most Polluted Air Compares With Your City’s – “We visualized the damaging, tiny particles that wreak havoc on human health. From the Bay Area to New Delhi, see how the world’s worst pollution compares with your local air. …Outdoor particulate pollution was responsible for an estimated 4.2 million deaths worldwide in 2015, with a majority concentrated in east and south Asia. Millions more fell ill from breathing dirty air. This fine pollution mainly comes from burning things: Coal in power plants, gasoline in cars, chemicals in industrial processes, or woody materials and whatever else ignites during wildfires. The particles are too small for the eye to see — each about 35 times smaller than a grain of fine beach sand — but in high concentrations they cast a haze in the sky. And, when breathed in, they wreak havoc on human health. PM2.5 can evade our bodies’ defenses, penetrating deep into the lungs and even entering the bloodstream. It has been shown to exacerbate asthma and other lung disorders, and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. This microscopic pollution, named because each particle is smaller than 2.5 micrometers across, has also been linked to developmental problems in children and cognitive impairment in the elderly, as well as premature labor and low birth weights. Under high levels of particulate pollution, “you can’t function, you can’t thrive,” said Alexandra Karambelas, an environmental analyst and research scientist affiliated with Columbia University. “Having access to clean air is kind of a basic human right.”….

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Developing Systems to Summarize Legislation

Center for Data Innovation: “Researchers from FiscalNote Research, a technology firm based in Washington, DC, have released a dataset of U.S. Congressional and California state bills to advance the development of systems that can summarize legislation. The dataset contains more than 22,000 U.S. Congressional bills and summaries from 1993 through 2018 and more than 1,200 California state bills and summaries from 2015-2016. While the Congressional Research Service summarizes federal bills, summaries for many state and local bills are not available. ”

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Fake ‘Likes’ Remain Just a Few Dollars Away, Researchers Say

The New York Times – Despite Big Tech’s attempts to combat manipulation, companies that sell clicks, likes and followers on social media are easy to find. “Companies like Facebook and Twitter are poorly policing automated bots and other methods for manipulating social media platforms, according to a report released on Friday by researchers from the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence. With a small amount of money, the researchers found, virtually anyone can hire a company to get more likes, comments and clicks. The group, an independent organization that advises the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, tested the tech companies’ ability to stop paid influence campaigns by turning to 11 Russian and five European companies that sell fake social media engagement. For 300 euros, or about $330, the researchers bought over 3,500 comments, 25,000 likes, 20,000 views and 5,000 followers, including on posts from prominent politicians like Ms. Vestager and Ms. Jourova…”

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The Best Book Covers of 2019

Book Riot – “It’s the season of best of lists, and with the bonus of this being the end of a decade, we’re being treated to double the number of best of lists this year. What shouldn’t be overlooked among those lists are the incredible book covers that graced shelves this year. Works of art in and of themselves, it’s an outdated belief that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. The reality is we do and that we should. In honor of that, let’s take a peek at the best book covers of 2019. Finding information about the designers and artists behind book covers isn’t always possible. I’ve done my best to track down that information. In places where that is missing, any leads would be appreciated…”

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Postreproductive killer whale grandmothers improve the survival of their grandoffspring

Postreproductive killer whale grandmothers improve the survival of their grandoffspring [full text – no paywall]. Stuart Nattrass, Darren P. Croft, Samuel Ellis, Michael A. Cant, Michael N. Weiss, Brianna M. Wright, Eva Stredulinsky,Thomas Doniol-Valcroze, John K. B. Ford, Kenneth C. Balcomb, and Daniel W. Franks. PNAS first published December 9, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1903844116

“Why humans and some species of whales go through menopause remains an evolutionary puzzle. In humans, postreproductive females gain genetic benefits by helping family members—particularly increasing their number of surviving grandoffspring. The extent to which these grandmother benefits are important in the evolution of menopause in whales remains unclear. Here, we test the grandmother effect in resident killer whales, where females can live for decades after their last reproductive event. We show that grandmothers increase the survival of their grandoffspring, and these effects are greatest when grandmothers are no longer reproducing. These findings can help explain why killer whales have evolved the longest postreproductive life span of all nonhuman animals.”

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Disparity in Tech Jobs, Green Monday Deals, and More News

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 18:06
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Grandson Of Former President George H.W. Bush Is Running For Congress In Texas

The CEO of a nonprofit organization joins a crowded GOP field in a suburban Houston district likely to be a Democratic target in 2020.

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Saudi Gunman Legally Purchased Pistol Used In Pensacola Air Station Attack

Calling for a review of federal gun laws, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says, "The Second Amendment is so that we the American people can keep and bear arms. It does not apply to Saudi Arabians."

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A Family Tree For Dog? DNA Tests For Pets Take Off, Ahead Of The Science

If you own a rescue dog, you're probably curious about your pup's heritage. DNA kits may offer insights, but experts warn to be a little skeptical about results.

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The “Ghost Workers” Underpinning the World’s Artificial Intelligence Systems

Mary Gray on the need for a better social contract when it comes to the rights of informal workers:

“The challenge is that unless policy makers and the public see the people doing the work, we’re not likely to say that we need a portable benefit system for them. Companies are [benefiting from] this work, so they have to pay their fair share to support the availability of people on demand.”

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Categories: Tech-n-law-ogy

The Road From Serfdom

BKC faculty associate Danielle Allen ponders how Americans can become citizens again.

“Things were getting bad even before the 2016 election, but somehow, within just a few years, they have gotten worse. In an environment of intense partisan warfare, each side believes it has a claim to lead the nation based on its own set of values,” writes Allen. “Each side understands that it has more to gain from aggrievement than achievement, and each side beholds the other with contempt. Meanwhile, the republic seems to be unraveling.”

Read more in The Atlantic

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