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Century-old Joshua trees in the California desert will be cleared to make way for clean energy. 

The 2,300-acre solar project is going up near near Boron, in Southern California, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The area of Kern County from which the project is slated has a poverty rate twice that of the state’s average. The solar farm will generate intermittent power for 180,000 homes in wealthier coastal neighborhoods. 

Besides the destruction of old trees, the residents living near the project say county and state officials who approved the project have ignored their other concerns about construction dust and impacts to endangered desert tortoises have been ignored by county and state officials who approved the project.

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On Tuesday, the Biden campaign rolled out actor Robert De Niro for an unhinged rant outside the courthouse during the lawfare trial against President Trump.

It didn’t go well.

The presser devolved into chaos as De Niro insulted millions of hardworking Americans, and he was mercilessly heckled as he called Trump supporters “clowns” and engaged in shouting matches with fed-up Americans.

Now, The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has announced that it is withdrawing the NAB Leadership Foundation’s Service to America Award De Niro was set to receive in Washington, D.C., on June 4th.

Alex Siciliano, NAB’s senior vice president of communications, said in a statement to The Hill, “This event is proudly bipartisan, uniting those from across the political spectrum to celebrate the impactful work of local broadcasters and our partners.”

“While we strongly support the right of every American to exercise free speech and participate in civic engagement, it is clear that Mr. De Niro’s recent high-profile activities will create a distraction from the philanthropic work that we were hoping to recognize. To maintain the focus on service of the award winners, Mr. De Niro will no longer be attending the event.”

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The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down a challenge to Texas voting rules that let seniors automatically vote by mail but not younger people.

Older voters can ask for an absentee ballot for any reason in Texas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee. In other states, older voters can only do this in certain situations.

Just as it rejected a similar challenge to Indiana’s voting laws in 2021, the court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from three Texas voters. Additionally, it twice declined to hear earlier versions of the Texas lawsuit that the Texas Democratic Party had filed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The challengers argued that the 26th Amendment forbids age-based discrimination, which is what the unequal treatment of voters amounts to, USA Today reported.

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YouTube's Content ID system—which automatically detects content registered by rightsholders—is "completely fucking broken," a YouTuber called "Albino" declared in a rant on X (formerly Twitter) viewed more than 950,000 times.

Albino, who is also a popular Twitch streamer, complained that his YouTube video playing through Fallout was demonetized because a Samsung washing machine randomly chimed to signal a laundry cycle had finished while he was streaming.

Apparently, YouTube had automatically scanned Albino's video and detected the washing machine chime as a song called "Done"—which Albino quickly saw was uploaded to YouTube by a musician known as Audego nine years ago.

But when Albino hit play on Audego's song, the only thing that he heard was a 30-second clip of the washing machine chime. To Albino it was obvious that Audego didn't have any rights to the jingle, which Dexerto reported actually comes from the song "Die Forelle" ("The Trout") from Austrian composer Franz Schubert.

The song was composed in 1817 and is in the public domain. Samsung has used it to signal the end of a wash cycle for years, sparking debate over whether it's the catchiest washing machine song and inspiring at least one violinist to perform a duet with her machine. It's been a source of delight for many Samsung customers, but for Albino, hearing the jingle appropriated on YouTube only inspired ire.

"A guy recorded his fucking washing machine and uploaded it to YouTube with Content ID," Albino said in a video on X. "And now I'm getting copyright claims" while "my money" is "going into the toilet and being given to this fucking slime."

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Former President Donald Trump on Friday announced a sizeable fundraising haul in the wake of his guilty verdict in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's hush money case.

A New York jury on Thursday found Trump guilty on 34 counts of falsifying business records after a weeks-long trial. The verdict appears to have energized his supporters, however, as the campaign's donation page crashed, evidently due to the volume of traffic.

The campaign on Friday announced it had brought in $34.8 million in small dollar donations, marking a near-doubling of its single largest day total on WinRed.

"From just minutes after the sham trial verdict was announced, our digital fundraising system was overwhelmed with support, and despite temporary delays online because of the amount of traffic, President Trump raised $34.8 million dollars from small dollar donors," said Trump Campaign Senior Advisors Chris LaCivita and Susie Wiles.

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Predictably, the Kremlin is fuming at widespread reports that the Biden administration has made a U-turn on its policy which previously prohibited Ukraine from attack Russian soil with US-supplied weaponry.

Former Russian president and current Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev has warned that Russian forces could strike back from any point where attacks are launched, including on "NATO specialists" advising Ukraine forces.

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Recent polling does not look good for Joe Biden. The Democrat is trailing Trump in must-win swing states. Even “reliable” states could break for the Republican candidate. Biden is sagging thanks to a terrible approval rating, failed policies, broken promises, and signs of cognitive decline.

But, don’t worry, Jill Biden is going to save the day! The woman who called San Antonio Latinos “breakfast tacos” is going to salvage Biden’s campaign.

During an interview, she tried to throw some shade at Trump. The woman pulled out a tired and already failed argument against Trump. Meanwhile, she made a bogus claim about her husband. And users pounced hard.

From Fox News:
“We have a choice, this is what I’m out there saying. We have a choice we can have my husband who is calm, and steady and strong and has character and integrity or we have the other choice, which is chaotic.”…

“This doesn’t work this time. Does anything feel calm?” conservative commentator Stephen L. Miller posted on X.

“Narrator: He’s incredibly weak, has a history of anger problems, and has so little integrity that he can’t give a simple speech without telling multiple, already-debunked lies,” Red State writer Bonchie posted on X.

Jill Biden claimed Joe Biden was “calm,” “steady,” and “strong.” She also said the man who has been rocked by countless family scandals had “character and integrity.” It seems Biden’s character and integrity runs out when it comes to keeping classified documents in his garage.

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It’s clear that the Biden campaign is grasping at straws. Joe is suffering from terrible approval numbers. Swing states are turning on him, based on recent polls. Most Americans are blaming Biden for a lousy economy and many other problems.

For a while, Democrats tried to make abortion their main focus. But that hasn’t seemed to work.

Now, Biden is going back to an old standby: race-baiting. The man who once insulted black people by saying they “ain’t black” if they vote for Trump is now trying to manipulate black voters. Trying to cover for bad policies that have hurt black workers, he made this promise about the Supreme Court.

From Fox News:
President Biden on Wednesday promised to nominate progressives to the Supreme Court if he wins a second term in the White House…

“The next president, they’re going to be able to appoint a couple justices, and I’ll be damned — if in fact we’re able to change some of the justices when they retire and put in really progressive judges like we’ve always had, tell me that won’t change your life,” Biden told his audience…

First lady Jill Biden said Wednesday there would be disastrous results and a loss of human rights if Trump is re-elected in November.

“We will lose all of our rights,” she said on “The View.”

Whoever is writing Joe Biden’s speeches needs to be fired. While speaking at a “Black Voters for Biden-Harris” rally, Biden claimed he would appoint progressive justices to the Supreme Court. He claimed he would put “really progressive” judges, stating “we’ve always had” justices like that.

This comes off as yet another desperate grab by the failing president. Joe promised to “build back better” in 2020. Today, black Americans (along with many others) are seeing their jobs evaporate and their wages slashed. Biden’s 8 million illegal aliens are trying away jobs and forcing Americans to compete for housing, medical care, and basic resources.

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The jury in corrupt Judge Juan Merchan’s kangaroo court found President Trump guilty of 34 felonies on Thursday afternoon. Each felony conviction could land President Trump in prison for four years.

Judge Merchan told jurors they did not have to agree on a crime. This is unheard of in US history. The jury only had to agree something bad happened. This, of course, is completely unconstitutional.

This was clearly the greatest travesty of justice in American history.

So now we have a convicted US President with 34 felony counts and NO ONE knows what crime President Trump committed!

The jury never explained what crime Trump committed and was not required to explain what crime Trump committed.

Jonathan Turley spoke about this on Thursday following the verdicts.

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Physics is in a crisis. Over the past year, a series of research papers claimed to find evidence for high-temperature superconductors – materials that conduct electricity without losses, which could revolutionise global energy use. These were retracted after all efforts to reproduce them failed, and in some cases original data was shown to have been falsified. Now, physicists are sounding the alarm about a wider reproducibility crisis in their field.

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