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Florida Democrats express outrage, Republicans concern, over possible exit from Paris climate accord

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Florida Democrats slammed the anticipated announcement by President Donald Trump that he would pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, while several Florida Republicans urged Trump to keep America in the agreement. Members of Congress and other political leaders were reacting late Tuesday and Wednesday to reports that Trump intends to withdraw from the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which all member countries except Syria and Nicaragua signed, to set goals…

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Rio2016, Election2016, PokemonGo top global Twitter trends

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The Rio Olympics, the American presidential election and Pokemon Go were the top global trends on Twitter in 2016. The social media site says Rio2016 was the most tweeted-about topic around the world, followed by Election2016 and PokemonGo. Euro2016, Oscars, Brexit, Trump and BlackLivesMatter also made the top 10. A Spanish gamer known as elrubius originated the year’s most popular tweet: It reads “Limonada” (lemonade) and was retweeted more than 1.3 million times. One Direction’s Harry Styles had the second…

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Texas Lt. Gov. tweets ‘reap what you sow’ after Florida nightclub shooting

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Hours after an estimated 50 people were killed at a Florida nightclub, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick tweeted a “reap what you sow” Bible quote. About 7 a.m. Sunday, a tweet from Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick — which has since been deleted — quoted Galatians 6:7: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” The backlash on the tweet was swift, where many people considered it inappropriate and insensitive in light of the events.…

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Stars no more: Twitter ditches stars, adds hearts for likes

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You’ll no longer see stars on Twitter: The messaging service has removed the star icon found under every tweet and replaced it with a heart. Twitter Inc. said Tuesday it made the change because the star can be confusing to new users and the heart is more universally known around the globe. Before the change, clicking the star meant a tweet was a “favorite.” Now clicking the heart means you “like” a tweet. The San Francisco company has been trying…

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Florence Snyder: Impossible to miss racist content in Matt Gaetz tweet

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Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Ft. Walton Beach, isn’t the only Tallahassee twerp to publicly disrespect his elders and betters, but he’s the first in memory to be called to account in the court of public opinion. Gaetz, 31, got his law license all of seven years ago and doesn’t have much to show in the way of legislative achievements for his five years in the House. He is better known as a master of the Twitterverse, where he spends a lot…

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NYT standards editor says he didn’t try to ‘ban’ the use of ‘tweet’

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The word can be used for special effect, says Phil Corbett, “or in places where a colloquial tone is appropriate, but should not be used routinely in straight news articles.” He adds: “Of the dozens of blogs and web sites worldwide that weighed in, exactly two actually contacted me directly to ask about the issue.”

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NYT standards editor says he didn’t try to ‘ban’ the use of ‘tweet’

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The word can be used for special effect, says Phil Corbett, “or in places where a colloquial tone is appropriate, but should not be used routinely in straight news articles.” He adds: “Of the dozens of blogs and web sites worldwide that weighed in, exactly two actually contacted me directly to ask about the issue.”

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