Mike and Karen Pence 'took a seat' to protest North and South Korean unity of all things

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When North and South Korean athletes walked out together during the Pyeonchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony Friday, most people present cheered it as a sign of possible peace during a tumultuous time. 

But not Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence and his wife Karen were in attendance for the Parade of Nations as competing athletes of the world filed in. Athletes from North and South Korea entered together, wearing matching outfits and waving flags. The stadium erupted in cheers for the symbolic show of unity. 

As everyone stood, the Pences sat the whole thing out.

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Pakistan reportedly blocks Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube amid protest crackdowns

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Pakistan has reportedly blocked Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter amid a broader crackdown on protests. 

The blockages come after six people died and 200 others were injured after authorities attempted to clear Islamist protests from highways near the capital of Islamabad, according to the Associated Press

Pakistan also instituted a media blackout, with many of its major TV stations going off the air

We are aware of reports that the Pakistani government has taken action to block Twitter service, as well as other social media services, and that users are having difficulty using Twitter in Pakistan. We are monitoring the situation and hope service will be fully restored soon.

— Twitter Public Policy (@Policy) November 25, 2017 Read more…

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Pharrell Williams joins the #TakeAKnee protest during a Charlottesville unity concert

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The #TakeAKnee movement has officially spread beyond football this weekend. 

The protest, focused on police brutality and racial justice by Colin Kaepernick, has been taken on by the immortal Pharrell Williams. While performing during “A Concert for Charlottesville: An Evening of Music and Unity” this weekend, the musician took a moment, and two knees, to address the right to protest itself in the face of Donald Trump’s incendiary comments.

“I’m in Virginia right now. I’m home,” Pharrell said to the crowd. “Can’t nobody tell me what to do. If I wanna get on my knees right now for the people in my city, for the people in my state, that’s what that flag is for.” Read more…

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A year after Colin Kaepernick's first protest, his absence looms larger than ever

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It’s strange to look back on it now, as the U.S. president scolds the NFL for a perceived lack of patriotism, but when then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the national anthem first draw attention last year, the football world wasn’t impressed.

Everyone from superstar quarterback Drew Brees to Kaepernick’s old coach Jim Harbaugh to 49ers legend Jerry Rice clucked their tongues about his supposed disrespect for the flag. A report months after Kaepernick had opted into free agency claimed some team executives had come to “genuinely hate” him.

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The first NFL game of Sept. 24 started with a powerful, unprecedented protest

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Less than 48 hours after President Donald Trump began vocally lashing out at NFL players, some of those players struck back on the field. 

During an Alabama rally for senatorial candidate Luther Strange, Trump went way off script and began calling any football players who took a knee during the national anthem a “son of a bitch.” He doubled down on this hardly-veiled attack on former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Saturday with a series of tweets that called on owners to fire any player who didn’t stand during the song.

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No, CNN did not stage a protest after the London attack

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Right wing commentators have accused CNN of manufacturing ‘fake news’ after a video emerged of TV producers and police assisting a group of Muslim women staging a protest — an accusation the network has described as ‘nonsense’.  

The video was uploaded by @markantro — a self-professed libertarian — and immediately seized on by right-wing commentators such as Mike Cernovich, Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins, US media commentator Richard Grenell, and Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson: 

CNN caught staging news!

They even brought “peace group” printed out papers and props.

Video courtesy of @markantro pic.twitter.com/jkxf3nb2W9

— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) June 4, 2017 Read more…

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All the best signs from the March for Truth, the protest against Trump's ties to Russia

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Another Saturday, another protest against President Donald Trump. 

The March for Truth in more than 130 cities on Saturday called for further investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and Russia’s ties to Trump, his staff, and his associates outside the White House. 

Marchers wanted an independent commission and nonpartisan Congressional investigations of Trump’s ties to Russia and prosecution of any crimes committed or any collusion discovered. Organizers called for as much information as possible to be made available to the public. Oh, and they still want Trump to release his tax returns.  Read more…

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Over 100 students walked out of a commencement speech in protest of VP Mike Pence

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Vice President Mike Pence‘s commencement address to the University of Notre Dame Class of 2017 didn’t go as smoothly as he probably would have liked it to, thanks to protesters who walked out as the vice president began his remarks. 

The protest, which was organized by the University of Notre Dame student activist coalition We StaND For, saw over 100 students walking out of the commencement ceremony on Sunday afternoon to a few boos and a few cheers. 

With 100+ participants #WalkoutND was a wonderful success. Thank you all for the support!

— We StaND For (@WeStandForND) May 21, 2017 Read more…

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Russian flags rained down in a confetti-style protest during Trump's rally

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Trolling is mostly dumb, but sometimes it’s an art. 

President Donald Trump held a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday and, as he was speaking, someone tossed a bunch of tiny Russian flags, confetti-style, in front of the cameras streaming his speech to news networks. 

As far as protests go, it certainly earns points for creativity. 

The Trump campaign and administration officials have had a lot of unexplained contact with Russian officials, much of which is currently under investigation. A former campaign manager allegedly laundered money for a Ukrainian political party with ties to the Russian government. The FBI got a surveillance court order in the summer of 2016 to watch a Trump adviser because of an investigation into links between the Kremlin and the current president’s campaign. And if you’re looking for more…oddities…they’re not hard to find. Read more…

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