Republicans in the House sent President Trump a privacy rule repeal that will let internet service providers sell advertisers their customers’ browsing histories and other data without getting permission. In California, two anti-abortion activists are charged with felonies for violating the privacy of health-care providers during their hidden-camera investigation against Planned Parenthood. And at the White House, the press secretary tells a journalist to stop shaking her head.
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Congress just killed your Internet privacy protections
The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to repeal Internet privacy protections that were approved by the Federal Communications Commission in the final days of the Obama administration. The Senate voted along party lines to undo the rules last week.

Two activists who filmed undercover videos of Planned Parenthood charged with 15 felonies
The two antiabortion activists who mounted a hidden-camera investigation against Planned Parenthood officials have been charged with 15 felony counts of violating the privacy of health-care providers by recording confidential information without their consent.

‘Stop Shaking Your Head’: Sean Spicer Lashes Out at Reporter April Ryan
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer snapped at a female reporter on Tuesday over a question about the administration’s image, telling the veteran White House correspondent to “stop shaking your head”.

Reading, writing, fighting fake news: How schools are teaching kids to separate fact from fiction
Kids are web savvy. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re media savvy. 44% of tweens and teens said they can tell the difference between fake news stories and real ones. But more than 30% admitted they shared a news story online — only to find out later that it was wrong or inaccurate.

Journalists in Pennsylvania are taking on state politics with a new print-only publication
The Caucus, a print-only publication from LNP Media Group, doesn’t put stories online or break news on Twitter. The four-person staff is composed of two former journalists at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, an attorney and the content editor for LNP.


Canadian Independent editor Justin Brake vows to fight despite Crown softening charges
The editor of the who’s facing charges for his coverage of last year’s Muskrat Falls protest says there may be a change in his charges, all while Canada’s legal community closely watches to see how it all plays out.

3 killed in violent protests after firefight in Kashmir
At least three civilians have been killed during protests in India-administered Kashmir after police targeted a home where a suspected rebel was holed up. About 28 people were also injured in Tuesday’s demonstration that followed a gun battle, where the suspected fighter was killed, police and witnesses said.

How Does Russian Propaganda Cover the Russia Protests? … It’s Awkward
It’s not easy being a state-sponsored propaganda news organization when your country is embroiled in domestic unrest. Outlets like the Kremlin-financed Russia Today walked a delicate line covering scenes of protest and disorder that broke in Moscow on Sunday.

When Ecuador elects a new president, will Julian Assange still have a safe haven at its London embassy?
If pro-business candidate Guillermo Lasso upsets former Vice President Lenin Moreno in Ecuador’s election on Sunday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy for five years, is likely to lose his safe haven.

The Backstory Behind The Massive Nationwide Protests In Russia
Tens of thousands of people in more than 90 cities across Russia rallied against government corruption on Sunday ― the largest nationwide protest of its kind in over five years. The demonstrations showed surprising levels of support for public criticism of the Kremlin and were both larger and more widespread than expected.

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