November 1st, 2016

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obama reaches Peak Dad

Obama Sang ‘Purple Rain’ To This Kid Dressed As Prince

President Barack Obama, hardcore Prince fan, couldn’t help but erupt into song when he encountered a trick-or-treater dressed as the late music icon at a White House Halloween event.

In an Instagram video shared by the mini Prince’s uncle, Obama asked the boy, “Hey Prince, what’s going on man?” and started singing “Purple Rain” as he handed him some candy.




His uncle shared more photos of the encounter and spot-on costume on Twitter:





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L.A. City Council Votes To Ban People From Living Inside Cars And RVs


An RV parked in a shopping mall parking lot. (Photo by Nuno Oliveira via the LAist Pool of Photos on Flickr)


On Thursday, the Los Angeles City Council voted in favor of banning people from living in their vehicles between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. in residential districts, or at any time within one block of a school or park. Ten city councilmembers voted in favor of the ban, four were absent and one, Councilmember Nury Martinez, voted against the ban.

Each night, at least 9,500 people fall asleep inside cars, vans and RVs parked in various neighborhoods around the city. Though the city is proactively attempting to find safe locations for these people to park their vehicles at night, those who live inside their vehicles are, for the time being, parking wherever possible to ensure a peaceful night. Often, wherever possible translates to quiet residential streets in various neighborhoods sprinkled around the city.

Unsurprisingly, the residents of homes and apartments on streets where people park their cars-turned-homes dislike the often somewhat dilapidated vehicles in plain sight. They argue, in letters to the city and public comments sessions, that the raggedy RVs are a safety threat, encourage crime and dump garbage and sewage directly on the road with little regard for neighbors. Roads adjacent to schools and schools and especially public parks are also frequently used, prompting similar concerns in those locations.
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Turkey Detains Editor, Staff at Opposition Newspaper

Turkey Detains Editor, Staff at Opposition Newspaper

Authorities raid Cumhuriyet’s offices over allegedly promoting terrorism as crackdown continues



ISTANBUL—Turkish authorities raided the nation’s flagship opposition newspaper and detained at least 13 of its staff, including its editor in chief, for allegedly promoting terrorism, in the latest of what democracy advocates fear is a crackdown on free speech.

The Istanbul Chief Prosecutor’s Office said it ordered the predawn arrests and raids on several journalists’ homes over concerns the suspects have promoted two groups Turkey considers terror organizations: the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK; and the network of supporters following the religious teachings of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who the government accuses of masterminding the failed summer coup.

Turkish police raided the country's main opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet on Monday, detaining its current editor-in-chief and more than a dozen journalists. Former editor-in-chief Can Dundar today lives in exile — The Wall Street Journal interviewed him in Germany. Photo: Getty Images

“Even though [they are] not members of the FETO and PKK terrorist organizations, [they are] committing crimes for the organization’s sake,” the Istanbul prosecutor’s office said on Monday, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Turkey’s government refers to the alleged Gulen network as FETO.

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Turkey Rejects Europe’s ‘Red Line’ On Press Freedom After Detentions

Police detained journalists who were accused of helping precipitate the failed coup.



Turkey’s prime minister said he had no regard for Europe’s “red line” on press freedom on Tuesday and warned Ankara would not be brought to heel with threats, rejecting criticism of the detention of senior journalists at an opposition newspaper.

Police detained the editor and top staff of Cumhuriyet, a pillar of the country’s secularist establishment, on Monday, on accusations that the newspaper’s coverage had helped precipitate a failed military coup in July.

The United States and European Union both voiced concern about the move in Turkey, a NATO ally which aspires to EU membership. European Parliament President Martin Schulz wrote on Twitter that the detentions marked the crossing of ‘yet another red-line’ against freedom of expression in the country.

“Brother, we don’t care about your red line. It’s the people who draw the red line. What importance does your line have,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told members of his ruling AK Party in a speech in parliament.

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