Sunday, July 03, 2016

NEWS: FBI Grills Hillary Clinton; Charity's Future; Donald Trump Ad Violates Govt Policy; 'Religious' Freedom Struck Down; Trans Blood Donation Restricted; Meet The First Gay Miss America

Hillary Clinton Grilled by FBI About 'Email-Gate' for Over 3 Hrs
The FBI interviewed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for three-and-a-half hours on Saturday morning as part of its investigation into whether her use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State broke the law. The interview was conducted at FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Friday that she would determine whether to bring charges against Clinton or her aides based in part on the recommendation of the FBI. READ MORE

Industry of The Future: Charity
While many people still smirk at the mention of a “robot invasion,” such smug confidence cannot be sustained for much longer. This is not science fiction anymore. Robots are here and they are getting increasingly better at your job. With the half-century milestone now visible on the horizon, it is an opportune time to prepare for the potential impacts that robots will have on the economy, particularly employment. While one can argue that these technological shifts will likely spur new job growth, there is a real possibility that we are entering into a world where structural unemployment is going to be higher, so what can we today to be better prepared for tomorrow? One possible solution is to invest more in charity. READ MORE

NRA Filmed Its Rule-Breaking Pro-Trump Ad At Alexandria National Cemetery
On June 30, the NRA Political Victory Fund launched a $2 million ad buy in swing states. The ad features veteran Mark Geist -- a survivor of the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks -- as he walks in and stands in front of a national cemetery. Because of the distinctive fencing and foliage, Media Matters can identify the cemetery as Alexandria National Cemetery. A Friday visit to the cemetery confirmed it as the location for the ad. The cemetery is located in Old Town, Alexandria, which is also the headquarters for NRA News and the site of an office of Ackerman McQueen, the NRA’s ad firm. It is a violation of government policy to film a political ad at a national cemetery. In recent years, several political ads have been pulled because they were filmed in national cemeteries. Facing questions over where it filmed the ad, the NRA previously declined to tell ABC News where it was filmed, other than to say it was not filmed at Arlington National Cemetery. READ MORE

Equal Access to Law School Beats Religious Freedom, Ontario Court Has Ruled
Ensuring equal access to the legal profession trumps religious freedom, Ontario’s court of appeal ruled June 29, 2016, in the latest in the Trinity Western University saga. TWU sued the Ontario law society after lawyers there rejected the Christian university’s future law school grads in 2014. The lawyers objected to TWU’s covenant that prohibits sex outside heterosexual marriage. They say the covenant effectively bars LGBT students. TWU disagrees, though its lawyers also argued in BC court that any exclusion that may result from the covenant wouldn’t count as discrimination anyway because the covenant is part of the fabric that holds the school’s Christian community together. Ontario’s court of appeal disagreed. “I have no hesitation saying that TWU’s admission policy, viewed in conjunction with the Community Covenant, discriminates against the LGBTQ community on the basis of sexual orientation,” James MacPherson writes in the unanimous decision of three judges. TWU says it will appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. READ MORE

Canadian Blood Services To Place Restrictions on Transgender Donors Starting August 15, 2016 
Canadian Blood Services will introduce a new donation policy for transgender people this summer that does not sit well with some critics. The policy will be implemented on Aug, 15. Up until this point, donation clinics in Canada allowed trans people to give blood on a case-by-case basis. Dr. Mindy Goldman, medical director of Canadian Blood Services, told CBC News that at least 30 to 50 of the country's 409,000 registered blood donors currently identify as transgender. She says the policy is a way to "recognize that (trans people are) a group of Canadians interested in participating in blood donation." Trans women who undergo gender confirming surgery will have to wait one year before they can donate blood. After the wait period, Canadian Blood services will also identify them by their reconfirmed gender. "If a trans woman has not had [gender confirming surgery], that person would be considered as a male having sex with a male," Goldman said. Dr. Adrian Edgar, a specialist in trans, queer and reproductive health at Clinic 544 in Fredericton, N.B., believes the trans blood donation policy should not emphasize gender confirming surgery as a focal point in its criteria. Edgar says there is also no medical proof that the surgery will directly affect the safety of a trans person's blood. READ MORE

CNN Highlights Historic First Openly Lesbian Miss America Contestant, Erin O'Flaherty