Hillary Clinton makes most political remarks since losing election

Hillary Clinton took the stage at a diversity conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, making her most political comments since losing the 2016 presidential election.

“There is no place I’d rather be than here with you,” Clinton said, before adding: “Other than the White House.”

During her keynote address at the annual conference hosted by the Professional BusinessWomen of California, Clinton spoke largely about women’s equality and peppered in criticism of President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

“Obviously the outcome of the election wasn’t the one I hoped for, worked for, but I will never stop speaking out for common sense benefits that will allow moms and dads to stay on the job,” Clinton said.

Besides a few comments in public gatherings and tweets from her personal account, Clinton has largely laid low since the election. She was spotted after the election in the woods near her New York home and, along with her husband former President Bill Clinton, she attended Trump’s inauguration.

She called Republicans’ attempted replacement for the Affordable Care Act “a disastrous bill,” adding that the Trump administration has been “met with a wave of resistance” that indicates the protests against Trump’s policies are just getting started.

“People who had never been active in politics told their stories at town hall meetings.” Clinton said. “They were people who had something to say and were determined to be heard.”

During the question and answer portion of her appearance, she grew incredulous at the GOP health care debate.

“Really? Take away maternity care?” Clinton said. “Who do these people talk to?”

Clinton also focused on issues like inclusivity and diversity of women in the workplace and the need for the private sector to make better efforts to bring more women to the table.

“Advancing the rights and opportunities of women and girls is the great unfinished business of the 21st century,” she said, while noting that women’s representation in Washington is “the lowest it’s been in a generation.”

The former secretary of state also responded to racially charged incidents directed at two prominent black women today.

In one, White House press Secretary Sean Spicer told April Ryan, a longtime White House correspondent and one of the few black women journalists in the press briefing room, to “stop shaking your head” and accused her of being “hell-bent on trying to make sure that whatever image you want to tell about this White House stays.”

In another, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly came under fire for racist comments mocking Rep. Maxine Waters’ hair, saying her hair looked like a “James Brown wig.”

O’Reilly later apologized, but not after a slew of controversy. Tuesday, Clinton said Waters had been “taunted by a racist joke about her hair.”

Women of color, said Clinton, have “a lifetime of practice taking precisely these kinds of indignities in stride.”

On the policy front, Clinton criticized the US for still not having a national paid family leave policy and said those who do benefit from such policies are often among the highest income workers. Clinton called on the private sector to do more to help.

“You’re the people who figured out how to fit computers in the palms of our hands,” she said. “You have the power.”

But overall, Clinton offered an optimistic tone in the face of Trump’s victory.

“Where some see a dark vision of carnage, I see a light shining on creativity and opportunity,” she said, referencing the inaugural address.

She offered the audience her new mantra: “Resist, insist, persist, enlist.”

She encouraged the audience to “resist actions that go against our values as Americans,” insist on “putting people first,” “persist” like Sen. Elizabeth Warren did when she was prevented from reading a letter written by Coretta Scott King about Sen. Jeff Sessions, and “enlist” others by running for office or opening a business.

“I’ll be right there with you every step of the way,” she said.

Video shows man walking kangaroo down Detroit street

It’s not everyday you see something like this around Detroit.

A video posted to Twitter Monday night appears to show a man running down Birchcrest Drive in Detroit with a kangaroo on a leash.

The 7-second video, shot on Snapchat with the Detroit geotag filter, shows the kangaroo hopping away after being let down to the ground.

There isn’t anything specific in Michigan law that bans ownership of kangaroo, but it would likely require a permit or license. More on that here. We’ve reached out to the DNR for more on this. 

Check out the video below:

G how he get a kangaroo in Detroit 😂😭 pic.twitter.com/DI9OIiT4ee

— $now ❄️ (@BrionnaLondon) March 28, 2017

Students greeted with positive, handwritten messages on first day of FSA testing

It is the first day of Florida Standards Assessment testing at Dr. Manuel C. Barreiro Elementary  School and the pressure can be nerve-wracking for students.

Jennifer Caram, who part of the third-grade team at the southwest  Miami-Dade school, and other teachers came up with a unique visual way to let the kids know that they were going to rock the FSA.

The teachers wrote individualized inspirational messages to each student on their desk.

It’s the first thing the kids saw when they walked in Tuesday and it melted the stress away.

Diego Menendez beamed at what they wrote on his desk.

“It said that my teachers knew I can do good on the test, that I was a very smart student,” Diego said.

Justin Martinez said the message on his desk made him smile.

“It said to believe in yourself and be confident,” he said.

Alyssa Lopez said the message gave her extra confidence.

“Mine said focus on the test and you will do a great job,” she said.

The third-grader teachers spent most of the last teacher workday coming up with ideas for their students and making sure each message was personal.

“As a teacher you get to know about your children and a lot of the messages were  specifically for them,” Caram said.

Alyssa said the effort meant a lot to her.

“The teachers that I have teach me and believe in me and I know they want me to have a good education,” she said. 

Woman faces murder charge after stabbing fiance on his birthday

Clifford Cease was planning to celebrate his 33rd birthday with a Sunday house party, but his fiance ended up stabbing him that night, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. He died on Monday. 

When Heather Evans took too long shopping for the party, Cease was upset with her. Cease’s parents, Diane and Gary Burden, said the couple argued. They were leaving when they said they saw Evans punch him in the face.

Her future mother-in-law rushed to intervene, when she said Evans attacked her too. Burden said Evans grabbed her hair and shoved her. Her forehead hit the corner of a living room table. She required medical attention, so they left. 

Hours later after the birthday party was canceled, there was more blood.

Evans, 26, called 911. She told police she had stabbed Cease, because he was holding her down and choking her. Deputy Austin Hopp responded to the home where both Evans and Cease had lived together at 1250 Key Deer Blvd. 

Hopp reported finding Evans outside of the house, after she had tried to get rid of the knife in the woods. Cease was inside in the kitchen. He was unresponsive and had suffered a knife wound. Hopp reported there was “an extremely large amount of blood.” 

Monroe County authorities rushed Cease to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where he died. Evans, who was held at Stock Island Jail without bond, faced charges of second-degree murder and commission of a first-degree felony offense with a weapon. She was also charged with tampering with evidence.

 

Congress just killed your Internet privacy protections

The future of online privacy is now in President Donald Trump’s hands.

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. The resolution now goes to Trump’s desk. The White House said Tuesday it “strongly supports” the repeal.

The rules, which had not yet gone into effect, would have required Internet service providers to get your permission before collecting and sharing your data. The providers have data on your web browsing history, app usage and geo-location.

Providers would also have been required to notify customers about the types of information collected and shared.

The privacy rules were intended to give consumers extra control over their personal data online at a time when everything from smartphones to refrigerators can be connected to the Internet.

Opponents of the privacy rules argued it would place an undue burden on broadband providers while leaving large Internet companies like Facebook and Google free to collect user data without asking permission.

Representative Michael Burgess, a Republican, described the rules as “duplicative regulation” on the House floor and said the repeal would “level the playing field for an increasingly anti-competitive market.”

But rather than apply similar protections to more businesses, the Republican-controlled Congress voted to scrap the rules entirely.

Democrats and privacy advocates have argued this approach effectively hands over the customer’s personal information to the highest bidder.

“It totally wipes out privacy protections for consumers on the Internet,” Democratic Representative Anna Eshoo said on the floor. “I don’t want anyone to take my information and sell it to someone and make a ton of money off of it just because they can get their mitts on it.”

Michael Capuano, a Democratic Representative, took it one step further. “Just last week, I bought underwear on the internet,” he said. “Why should you know what size I take, or the color, or any of that information?

Many broadband providers already share some of their customers’ browsing behavior with advertisers. Providers typically offer the choice to opt out, but consumers may not even be aware of this data collection — let alone how to get out of it.

With Facebook and Google, weary users may choose to limit their activity on the sites or switch to rival services. But switching providers is often difficult, as is hiding your Internet activity from your Internet provider.

“Most people can’t simply walk away from their Internet service provider,” says Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel at the ACLU. “They need the Internet and they may not have another option.”

A virtual private network, or VPN, is one option to protect your online activity. One service, NordVPN, says it has seen a “sharp increase” in consumer interest in the days since the Senate vote.

The repeal is a big win for large providers like AT&T and Verizon. They have bet billions on content, including AT&T’s pending acquisition of Time Warner, the parent company of CNN.

This content can potentially be paired with subscriber data to build up lucrative targeted advertising businesses that compete with Google and Facebook.

“I don’t think of it as game over,” says Guliani, who predicts Republicans will face pushback from their constituents for the privacy vote. “I think of it as a setback.”