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Mugabe resigns, for real this time

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After two different reports that Zimbabwe’s embattled President Robert Mugabe would be resigning turned out to be false, he has officially resigned after 37-years. Finally.

The streets in the African nation were full of people celebrating the end of his oppressive rule after House of Assembly speaker Jacob Mudenda announced the resignation. It came only after extreme measures were taken by both the military and his own party, who fired him as their leader last week.

Mugabe’s former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa will take over as interim leader and is expected to continue when elections are held next year. Mugabe fired Mnangagwa earlier this month. He will have his hands full as the nation’s economy is faltering and confusion reigns at all levels of government.

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Mugabe Resigns as President of Zimbabwe, Speaker Says

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-21/world-s-oldest-leader-mugabe-ends-his-37-year-rule-in-zimbabwe“We have fought the lion and won,” Lovemore Matuke, Zanu-PF’s chief parliamentary whip, said in an interview after the announcement. A new interim president will take over in the next 48 hours, he said.

The ruling party’s decision to dump the president came four days after the military placed him under house arrest and detained several of his closest allies — a move triggered by Mnangagwa’s dismissal. Mugabe initially dug in his heels, missing a party deadline to quit by noon on Monday or face impeachment, before finally agreeing to go.

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe has agreed to resign. Update: He didn’t.

https://noqreport.com/2017/11/20/zimbabwes-robert-mugabe-agreed-resign-source/Once again, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has defied calls for his resignation, allowing a deadline set by his party to pass without a word.

Members of Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party are preparing to meet to discuss the possible impeachment of President Robert Mugabe, after a deadline for his resignation came and went on Monday.

Carl is a gaming fanatic, forever stuck on Reddit and all-around lover of food. He writes about cars for several publications and lives in northern California.

Economy

With McCain out, Republicans can only afford one ‘No’ vote on tax plan

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With McCain out, Republicans can only afford one 'No' vote on tax plan

Things were looking very good for the GOP going into the week. Both Senators Marco Rubio and Bob Corker had signaled they were voting for the tax bill, leaving three undecided Senators to contend with Monday. Now, Senator John McCain is likely to miss the vote as he travels to Arizona for brain cancer treatment.

That means for the Republican plan to pass in the Senate, no more than one Republican Senator can vote against it. If two vote against it and every Democrat does as well, the vote would be 50-49 against, rendering Vice President’s tie-breaking vote unnecessary.

Averting a government shutdown is also on the table this week, though McCain’s absence won’t be as important since there will likely be Democrats helping to keep the government running, if only for a short while.

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Sen. John McCain back in Arizona, will miss vote on GOP tax bill

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/john-mccain-arizona-brain-cancer-treatment-miss-gop-tax-plan-vote/Republican Sen. John McCain returned home to Arizona after spending several days in a Maryland hospital recovering from side effects from chemotherapy treatment for brain cancer, CBS News has learned. He will spend the holidays with his family and will not be on hand for the final vote on the GOP tax passage expected this week. He’s expected to return to Washington in January.

Late Sunday, a dual statement from McCain’s doctor and his office described the senator’s current health situation.

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Carolina Panthers owner selling team after reports of sexual harassment, racial slurs

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Carolina Panthers owner selling team after reports of sexual harassment racial slurs

Two years removed from a Super Bowl loss, the Carolina Panthers will soon have a new owner. The team made multiple confidential payouts for workplace misconduct by owner Jerry Richardson that included sexual harassment and the use of a racial slur. Richardson will be selling the team at the end of the season.

The team is reportedly worth around $2.3 billion. With franchise quarterback Cam Newton signed through 2020 and a probably playoff berth this season, they have an upside now that they’re on the market.

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Jerry Richardson: New details on allegations against Panthers owner

https://www.si.com/jerry-richardson-carolina-panthers-settlements-workplace-misconduct-sexual-harassment-racial-slurFriday was Jeans Day, when most staffers at the Carolina Panthers team offices would wear denim to work. The female employees knew what that meant. As the team’s owner, Jerry Richardson, made his rounds on the way to his spacious office, he would ask women to turn around so he could admire their backsides. Then, in his rolling Southern drawl, he’d offer comment, drawing from a store of one-liners he’d recycle each week. Among those in heaviest rotation: Show me how you wiggle to get those jeans up. I bet you had to lay down on your bed to fit into those jeans. Did you step into those jeans or did you have to jump into them?

Panthers owner selling team upon reports of sexual misconduct – Axios

https://www.axios.com/panthers-owner-selling-team-upon-reports-of-sexual-misconduct-2518280277.htmlCarolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said on Sunday he would be selling his NFL team at the end of this season, according to Sports Illustrated.

Why it matters: The announcement comes hours after a Sports Illustrated report that the Panthers were opening an internal investigation into “workplace misconduct” claims against Richardson. Among these is an alleged racial slur against an African American employee, and repeated sexual harassment against female employees.

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Setting the record straight on Net Neutrality

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Setting the record straight on Net Neutrality

The bottom line about net neutrality is about liberty, freedom, and being able to make a living.  The government is just looking for more ways to control and stifle human freedom.  Socialism knows no bounds, and net neutrality is using pre-internet rules that sound good, but feel good and in the long run does not advance liberty.  But don’t worry, net neutrality might make a come back should the Democrats get back in.

In the meantime, I have several links to commentary that tries to show people that wanting to the state to regulate the internet is not a good ideal. From Senator Ted Cruz to conservative hard rocker Alfonzo Rachel.

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Sen. Cruz: ‘The Internet Should Be Free of Taxation, Censorship and Regulation’

https://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=3548“Since its inception, the internet has been an oasis of freedom. It has not only been a haven for free speech but has served as a great equalizer when it comes to jobs and opportunity by dramatically reducing the barriers of entry for anyone with a new idea and broadband connection. The Obama administration’s so-called net neutrality regulations have threatened the very freedom that has allowed the internet to flourish by placing the internet under 83-year-old public utility regulations that gives sweeping power to unelected bureaucrats who would have the ability to dictate every aspect of the internet. Small businesses in Texas and across the country shouldn’t have to seek ‘Mother May I’ permission from unelected bureaucrats to be able to engage in commerce. It’s un-American and has the power to severely limit the creative destruction that has allowed the internet to flourish.

Net Neutrality Isn’t Neutral At All – Foundation for Economic Education – Working for a free and prosperous world

https://fee.org/articles/net-neutrality-isnt-neutral-at-all/Net neutrality has been getting so many “hot takes” lately, it almost makes you wish someone would be non-neutral about this content and block it. These have come during the run-up to today’s Federal Communications Commission vote, which will likely reverse the Commission’s June 2015 reclassification of internet service providers as Title II (of the 1934 Communications Act) telecommunication common carriers.

So-called “edge providers” (like FAMGA – Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon) are contract carriers. They, like a typical market service, provide their content and apps subject to mutual agreement. From the beginning of the commercial internet until the 2015 reclassification, this was true of internet service providers, too. Their reclassification as common carriers, however, made ISPs subject to FCC regulation, like telecommunications companies and other public utilities are. The primary stated aim of this reclassification was to ensure access neutrality for online content.

FCC Restores Market Freedom To the Internet

http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/268735/fcc-restores-market-freedom-internet-joseph-kleinThe Federal Communications Commission has jettisoned the heavy-handed regulatory burden placed on a free and open Internet during the Obama administration. The FCC voted 3-2 on December 14th, along party lines, to repeal the so-called “net neutrality” rules adopted by the regulatory agency in 2015. The Obama-era rules had prohibited Internet service providers, such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast as well as smaller Internet service providers, from blocking, slowing access to or charging more (priority pricing) for fast delivery of content above some specified threshold of high bandwidth usage. High-speed delivery of Internet services will no longer be heavily regulated on par with a common carrier utility monopoly service. However, the Internet service providers will have to disclose to the FCC changes to their access policies, which can consider any alleged abuses on a case by case basis. The Federal Trade Commission, which shares antitrust enforcement responsibility with the Department of Justice, will be tasked to take action against any anti-competitive behavior.

Net neutrality is dead. Long live the internet

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/net-neutrality-is-dead-long-live-the-internetYou may be confused. It is a day after the FCC voted 3-2 to end net neutrality rules, and the world has not ended. Nor has the internet. Spoiler alert: Ending net neutrality isn’t going to have any effect on your life at all.

By now you’ve seen posts in your Facebook feed from your liberal friends, and even some of your not-liberal friends buying into the notion that net neutrality being gone is going to kill the internet.

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