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Minutes after Biden selected Harris as VP, she throws first punch at Trump; teachers raise their hands with safety concerns.

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris make their first public appearance as running mates. President Trump calls Georgia's Marjorie Taylor Greene a GOP "star," despite her support for conspiracy theory QAnon.

Public News Service - NY: Media Reform

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NEW YORK - In a move at the very end of the year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken a step toward examining the high prices families pay to stay in touch by phone with loved ones behind bars. By announcing a Notice of Proposed Rule Making, the FCC has finally responded to an effo

PHOTO: Derek (Omari Hardwick) is visited in prison by his wife Ruby (Emayatzy Corinealdi) in “Middle of Nowhere.”  Courtesy African American Film Festival Releasing Movement

NEW YORK - In the new movie Middle of Nowhere, a wrenching story unfolds amid the hardships endured by those outside as they try to support loved ones behind bars. One such burden is the cost of phone calls, jacked up by prison telephone service contracts. The film's director, Ava DuVernay, says tho

PHOTO Digital Freedom panel discussion at Commit!Forum2012, October 3. Courtesy Mark Scheerer

NEW YORK - Founding Father Benjamin Franklin is said to have answered a question about what kind of rule the Constitutional Convention of 1787 had created by saying, "A republic, if you can keep it." Advocates working to keep the Internet free from restrictions and regulations say, in effect, the sa

Media reform group Free Press is promoting

NEW YORK - They're calling this "The Summer of Internet Freedom," and backers of a worldwide movement to establish a Declaration of Internet Freedom are encouraging people to host barbecues where the conversation will be about how to keep the Web open and free from government or corporate interferen

NEW YORK - The announcement by the Walt Disney Co. that it would ban junk food advertising on its children's programs and networks is being hailed by First Lady Michelle Obama, who campaigns against obesity and unhealthy food. But do voluntary initiatives by corporations go far enough? Makani Them

NEW YORK - Consumer groups in New York and around the country say a spectrum deal between Verizon and a group of cable companies known as SpectrumCo - and another deal with Cox Communications - will grab a large share of the wireless spectrum and lead to less competition and higher prices. The plan

NEW YORK - Hundreds of Internet technology workers protested Wednesday outside the offices of Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, who support legislation the demonstrators say would threaten Internet freedom by cracking down on piracy without guarding against censorship. Protest organize

NEW YORK - Is it simply a way to crack down on the pirating of music and movies, or a measure that could lead to online censorship and the end of Internet freedom? The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and a similar measure in the Senate are raising red flags. The bill, expected to come to a House vote

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