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House Passes Bill Banning Flavored E-Cigarettes

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The House has approved legislation that will place a ban on businesses selling flavored electronic cigarette liquids by a vote of 213 to 195 on Friday.

The Reversing Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act was authored by Democrat Frank Pallone from New Jersey. The legislation not only bans flavors, which many folks in Congress argues is used to attract teenagers to use nicotine, but also makes it illegal to purchase e-cigarettes online.

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“Now that we see youth vaping growing in this country, every single day, efforts being made to market specifically to young children, every single day, we must act to try and protect our families and try and protect our children,” Democrat Tom Suozzi of New York said on the House floor Friday.

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Although the bill has bipartisan support, some Republicans oppose restrictions on selling flavors, arguing that they would punish adults who vape to quit smoking.

President Trump backed off a plan for restricting flavor sales in November, saying that “prohibition” would push teens and adults to purchase black-market vaping liquids. But he signed legislation increasing the federal legal age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21 in December.

Vape shop owners have protested flavor bans, saying they rely on flavor sales to keep their shops afloat.

Of course, before the bill becomes law it must pass in the Senate. If this happens, the legislation in question would become the most comprehensive law designed to steer the youth of our country away from using any sort of tobacco product ever.

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Apple Backs Down, Will Allow Parler Back on App Store

The news is seen as a major boost for the First Amendment.

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Free speech is a fickle thing, and precious too.  If we’re not careful, it can be stripped away but those who hide behind the claim that a “private” company can limit your personal freedoms. Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms are almost always the culprits here, bending the algorithmic reach of those with whom they disagree. Enter Parler:  A free speech app where only the bare legal minimum of content would be moderated. The platform became incredibly popular with an astonishing swiftness, but soon faced trouble from companies who had previously aligned themselves with Facebook and Twitter’s more controlling stance. Apple, who had previously booted Parler from its App Store, has now relented to the Constitution. Apple has approved Parler’s return to the iOS app store following improvements the social media company made to better detect and moderate hate speech and incitement, according to a letter the iPhone maker sent to Congress on Monday. The decision clears the way for Parler, an app popular with conservatives including some members of the far right, to be downloaded once again on Apple devices. The letter — addressed to Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Ken Buck and obtained by CNN — explained that since the app was removed from Apple’s platform in January for violations of its policies, Parler “has proposed updates to its app and the app’s content moderation practices.” On April 14, Apple’s app review team told Parler that its proposed changes were sufficient, the letter continued. Now, all Parler needs to do is to flip the switch. The news is seen as a major boost for the First Amendment.

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WATCH: NC Man Slings Rabid Bobcat Across His Front Yard

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For many North Carolinians, neighborhood living brings with it the peace of mind that the most invasive animals you might have to deal with are squirrels who are trying to rest in your attic, or raccoons hoping to fatten up from your trash can.  The Tar Heel state has some bears, sure, but they’re not often the pestering or dangerous type like you might see in the Pacific Northwest or parts of California. But one man this week got up close and personal with a seriously frightening creature this week, after it lunged at his wife from underneath their car. A disturbing video captures the moment a rabid bobcat attacks a North Carolina woman—and the moment her husband grabs it off her and throws it through the air. Kristi and Happy Wade of Burgaw were walking to their SUV to take their cat to the vet the morning of April 9 when the growling animal ran across the street and attacked, WIS-TVreports. After throwing it several feet, Happy Wade eventually shot it after it ran into the couple’s garage and then continued to charge, ABC 11 reports. A neighbor who had been jogging by at the time stopped to help and called 911. Video of the incident is simply unbelievable. https://twitter.com/nojumper/status/1383145940807163904?s=20 The bobcat was injured by Wade and later euthanized by local law enforcement.  An autopsy revealed that the animal was indeed rabid, and the family has been undergoing treatment for their numerous bite wounds.

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