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President Obama just signed a "bill of rights" for survivors of sexual assault

Source: Vox

But for the first time, thanks to a bill President Barack Obama signed on Friday, victims of sexual assault now have a specific set of rights under federal law when it comes to the evidence collected from their own bodies.

“Beginning today, our nation’s laws stand firmly on the side of survivors of sexual assault,” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), who sponsored the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act. The bill passed unanimously in both the House and the Senate last month before heading to Obama’s desk.

The new law says that victims have the right:
    [*]• Not to be charged for a sexual assault evidence collection kit.
    [*]• To be informed of testing results.
    [*]• To be notified in writing 60 days beforehand if the kit is going to be destroyed, and to request that the kit be preserved.
    [*]• To have the kit preserved for the entire applicable statute of limitations. (So if the statute of limitations for reporting rape is five years, the state can’t just destroy a rape kit after six months if the victim hasn’t decided to press charges yet.)

Shaheen says the bill was inspired by meeting with Amanda Nguyen, who had a terrible experience with the criminal justice system after being sexually assaulted in Massachusetts in 2013. Nguyen says that although she reported her assault and had a rape kit performed, she was given no information about her legal options.

Read more: http://www.vox.com/identities/2016/10/7/13200350/sexual-assault-survivors-bill-of-rights-obama-shaheen

Mark Cuban slams Donald Trump: Not paying taxes is greedy, not ‘smart’

Mark Cuban slams Donald Trump: Not paying taxes is greedy, not ‘smart’

Cuban said he tells his tax lawyers to “take advantage” where they can, but added, “I’m not against paying taxes.”

The outspoken reality show star and sports owner gave two examples of how he’s made moves that saw him pay more than whatever bare minimum the law might require. First, he said he decided against seeking a bidding war for tax rebates when deciding where to build the new Mavs practice facility. Instead of moving the facility to a suburb, he settled on a 13-acre plot of land in Dallas’s Design District.

Cuban also said he voluntarily “wrote a million-dollar check” to the city to help Dallas police combat discrimination against the LGBT community in the area. He said he had been moved by the shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando to take action.

“I’m the luckiest guy in the world,” Cuban concluded. “At some point you have to recognize that you have to give back.”


Full article

NY Post: Trump was reduced to a sputtering mess

This is from a Trump supporter. Read the whole thing at the link!

By the time the last 15 minutes rolled around, he was reduced to yammering about Rosie O’Donnell being mean to him and Hillary running mean commercials about him and praising himself because there are some really terrible things he could have said about Hillary but hasn’t. By this point, even his smart closing zinger — “she has experience but it’s bad experience” — was buried inside a weird word salad that reduced its effectiveness to almost nil.

His supporters should be furious with him, and so should the public in general. By performing this incompetently, by refusing to prepare properly for this exchange, by not learning enough to put meat on the bones of his populist case against Clinton, he displayed nothing but contempt for the people who have brought him this far — and for the American people who are going to make this momentous decision on Nov. 8.


http://nypost.com/2016/09/27/trumps-debate-incompetence-a-slap-in-the-face-to-his-supporters/

SHE WENT THERE! HILLARY CALLED HIM A RACIST!

Boom! Brought up the housing discrimination and flat out called him a racist to his face.

Hillary is handling Trump masterfully

She's kept quiet and let him rant, making him look like a lunatic rather than have it be a squabble.

She answered the email question and then successfully turned it right back to him and his tax returns -- he spent the next 10 minutes on the defensive and forgot all about the emails.

She is calm and confident and handing him the rope that he's now hanging himself with.

Bravo Hillary!

Ron Reagan rips Trump: "An absurdity, a travesty" (VIDEO)

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"This is a man who knows NOTHING about the world, and CANNOT be President of the United States. That amounts to a national emergency."[/font]


WATCH: http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc-news/watch/ron-reagan-trump-should-not-be-in-this-race-744475203881

Remember Bush's debate meltdown in 2004?



I think that's going to look tame compared to the meltdown the Orange Con Man is going to have when he debates Hillary.

He's already losing it. Look at his tweet storm after Hillary's speech. Just wait until she is standing feet from him getting under his skin.

"The man from Hope and the man of hope"

Signature image size limits

Is there any rule in place to limit the file sizes of images used in signature lines? I've noticed that some signatures have gifs that are extremely large -- as in upwards of 40MB. This can slow down the page load significantly.

I realize that since these images are not uploaded to DU servers, it would be harder to enforce a hard limit as is done with avatars. One solution, I know, is to turn off signature lines completely, but I enjoy seeing people's signatures and would hate to have to turn everyone's off just to block the few that are causing an issue.

What's the best course action? Do alerts for signature line issues go directly to the admins? If so, perhaps I could alert on the ones I'm noticing and let you decide.

Obama makes Stonewall Inn first national monument of LGBT movement

Source: NY Daily News

President Obama has declared the Stonewall Inn a national monument, making the iconic West Village bar the first national monument of the LGBT rights movement.

"Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story for the struggle for LGBT rights," Obama announced in a video released Friday.

The President honored the Stonewall patrons who fought back against a police raid on June 28, 1969, igniting the national gay rights movement 47 years ago.

"They stood up and spoke out. The riots became protests. The protests became a movement. The movement ultimately became an integral part of America," he said.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/obama-stonewall-inn-national-lgbt-monument-article-1.2686610
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