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Florida sued by tech companies over law to ban social media content blocking

On Thursday, two groups representing online companies such as Twitter and Facebook sued the state of Florida over a new law that seeks to punish large social media platforms if they remove content or ban politicians.

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Monday that will allow the state to fine large social media sites if they inactivate a statewide politician’s account and will let any Floridian sue those companies if they feel like they’ve been treated unfairly. NetChoice, a lobbying firm that represents Twitter, Facebook and other online companies, and the Computer and Communications Industry Association sued, saying the law violates First Amendment rights.

The law, which goes into effect July 1, calls for a $250,000 a day fine if a statewide political candidate’s account is inactivated, and $25,000 a day if they remove an account of someone running for a local office. The law also gives Florida’s attorney general authority to sue companies under the state’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, and allows individual Floridians to sue social media companies for up to $100,000 if they feel they’ve been treated unfairly.

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Senate Republicans make revised counteroffer of $928 billion infrastructure spending

Senate Republicans announced Thursday their revised counteroffer of a $928 billion infrastructure spending plan. President Biden had reduced his initial infrastructure proposal by $600 billion — down from $1.7 trillion — in his latest compromise to Republicans. The president said he wanted at least $1 trillion in an infrastructure plan over an eight-year period. Biden said Thursday that he plans to meet next week about the counteroffer with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W. Va., who’s leading the Senate GOP’s negotiating team.

Republicans said their plan will not require a tax increase, adding that they oppose Biden’s support for raising corporate taxes that is part of the White House proposal. The GOP plan proposes $506 billion for roads, $98 billion for public transit, $46 billion for passenger and freight rail and more than $72 billion for water infrastructure. The plan also calls for spending $65 billion for broadband, $56 billion for airports and $22 billion for ports and waterways.

At a press conference earlier Thursday, Senator Capito said the plan delivers on what Biden had asked for in earlier talks on a compromise proposal. She said the GOP proposal sticks to “core infrastructure” spending, a Republican priority to stick to traditional infrastructure such as roads and bridges. “Senate Republicans continue to negotiate in good faith,” Capito said at the press conference.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/republicans-up-infrastructure-offer-to-24928-billion-keeping-talks-alive/ar-AAKsmqy

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Senate Republicans make infrastructure counteroffer to Biden of $928 billion

 

Senate Republicans announced Thursday their revised counteroffer of a $928 billion infrastructure spending plan. President Biden had reduced his initial infrastructure proposal by $600 billion — down from $1.7 trillion — in his latest compromise to Republicans. The president said he wanted at least $1 trillion in an infrastructure plan over an eight-year period. Biden said Thursday that he plans to meet next week about the counteroffer with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W. Va., who’s leading the Senate GOP’s negotiating team.

Republicans said their plan will not require a tax increase, adding that they oppose Biden’s support for raising corporate taxes that is part of the White House proposal. The GOP plan proposes $506 billion for roads, $98 billion for public transit, $46 billion for passenger and freight rail and more than $72 billion for water infrastructure. The plan also calls for spending $65 billion for broadband, $56 billion for airports and $22 billion for ports and waterways.

At a press conference earlier Thursday, Senator Capito said the plan delivers on what Biden had asked for in earlier talks on a compromise proposal. She said the GOP proposal sticks to “core infrastructure” spending, a Republican priority to stick to traditional infrastructure such as roads and bridges. “Senate Republicans continue to negotiate in good faith,” Capito said at the press conference.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/republicans-up-infrastructure-offer-to-24928-billion-keeping-talks-alive/ar-AAKsmqy

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Senate Republicans make infrastructure counteroffer to Biden of $928 billion

Senate Republicans announced Thursday their revised counteroffer of a $928 billion infrastructure spending plan. President Biden had reduced his initial infrastructure proposal by $600 billion — down from $1.7 trillion — in his latest compromise to Republicans. The president said he wanted at least $1 trillion in an infrastructure plan over an eight-year period. Biden said Thursday that he plans to meet next week about the counteroffer with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W. Va., who’s leading the Senate GOP’s negotiating team.

Republicans said their plan will not require a tax increase, adding that they oppose Biden’s support for raising corporate taxes that is part of the White House proposal. The GOP plan proposes $506 billion for roads, $98 billion for public transit, $46 billion for passenger and freight rail and more than $72 billion for water infrastructure. The plan also calls for spending $65 billion for broadband, $56 billion for airports and $22 billion for ports and waterways.

At a press conference earlier Thursday, Senator Capito said the plan delivers on what Biden had asked for in earlier talks on a compromise proposal. She said the GOP proposal sticks to “core infrastructure” spending, a Republican priority to stick to traditional infrastructure such as roads and bridges. “Senate Republicans continue to negotiate in good faith,” Capito said at the press conference.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/republicans-up-infrastructure-offer-to-24928-billion-keeping-talks-alive/ar-AAKsmqy

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Shania Twain returning to Las Vegas for her ‘Let’s Go!’ residency

Shania Twain has is returning to Las Vega, announcing 14 new dates for her residency show, Shania Twain “Let’s Go!” The Las Vegas Residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The shows will be held December 2 – 21, 2021 and February 11 – 26, 2022, including a special Valentine’s Day performance.

Tickets will go on sale to the public Tuesday, June 1 at 10 a.m. PT.  Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets until Monday, May 31 at 10 p.m. PT through Citi Entertainment.

General ticket prices may be purchased online at ticketmaster.com/shaniavegas.

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Brothers Osborne perform on NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk (Home) concert series

Brothers Osborne – comprised of TJ and John Osborne – performed selections from their acclaimed album Skeletons on NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk (At Home)’ concert series. The siblings performed the five-song set from John’s living room, along with an accompaniment from Matt Heasley on accordion on “I’m Not for Everyone.”  TJ and John rounded out the set with a performance of Skeletons’ title track and the song,“Hatin’ Somebody.”

Brothers Osborne are also about to launch of their We’re Not for Everyone Tour, which kicks off July 29th in Philadelphia.  You can check out their Tiny Desk (At Home) concert at the link – here.

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Chris Noth returning as “Mr. Big” for Sex and the City revival

HBO Max announced that Chris Noth will join the cast of the “Sex and the City” revival series, And Just Like That… Noth will reprise his role as Mr. Big.  The revival series will see the return of stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis will return, however Kim Cattrall will not be returning. Executive Producer Michael Patrick King said in a statement:  “How could we ever do a new chapter of the Sex And The City story without our Mr. Big?” 

Noth had a recurred role as Mr. Big over six seasons of Sex and the City as Carrie’s mysterious noncommittal lover. The first Sex and the City movie featured their wedding. and in Sex and the City 2, Big and Carrie struggled with married life. King directed both films.

Filming on the 10 episode series And Just Like That… is expected to begin in New York this summer.

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Take a look at the new trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller “Old”

In the new trailer for filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming thriller, Old, a family starts to age rapidly while on vacation.  Stars Gael García Bernal and Vicky Krieps portray parents who take their two kids to a secluded beach that other vacationers have found, and fear starts to mount as a dead body is discovered along with collections of personal items such as clothing. Bernal and Krieps’ children then start to age within hours, and their young son suddenly becoming a teenager. Other children on the beach also age while the adults begin to notice wrinkles on their faces.

Written, directed and produced by Shyamalan, Old will premiere in theaters on July 23. The film is based on the graphic novel Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Lèvy and Frederik Peeters.

You can view the new trailer at the link – here.

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Take a look at the new trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller “Old”

In the new trailer for filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming thriller, Old, a family starts to age rapidly while on vacation.  Stars Gael García Bernal and Vicky Krieps portray parents who take their two kids to a secluded beach that other vacationers have found, and fear starts to mount as a dead body is discovered along with collections of personal items such as clothing. Bernal and Krieps’ children then start to age within hours, and their young son suddenly becoming a teenager. Other children on the beach also age while the adults begin to notice wrinkles on their faces.

Written, directed and produced by Shyamalan, Old will premiere in theaters on July 23. The film is based on the graphic novel Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Lèvy and Frederik Peeters.

You can view the new trailer at the link – here.

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President Biden asks to have intelligence agencies further investigate origins of COVID-19

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden said he has asked the intelligence community to “redouble their efforts” to find the likely origins of COVID-19 and provide him with a report within 90 days. Biden said that questions continue to grow about whether the coronavirus was caused by an accident in a Chinese laboratory or if it developed from human contact from an infected animal. Biden said in a statement, “I have also asked that this effort include work by our national labs and other agencies of our government to augment the intelligence community’s efforts.” 

Biden said he’s asked for further inquiries that may be required, including specific questions for China. The President added that the U.S. intelligence community has “coalesced around two likely scenarios,” but “had not reached a definitive conclusion.” Most of the intelligence community lean toward the likelihood that the virus emerged from human contact with an infected animal, however others lean towards the possibility of a laboratory accident.  Said Biden: “The majority of the intelligence community members do not believe there is sufficient information to assess one to be more likely than the other. The United States will also keep working with like-minded partners around the world to press China to participate in a full, transparent, evidence-based international investigation and to provide access to all relevant data and evidence.”

Republicans senators questioned Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, about the lab leak theory at a Senate appropriations committee hearing Wednesday. Fauci said he still believes the virus occurred naturally, but supported the idea that investigations should continue to determine what happened.

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