I wrote “ISIS Beer Funds!!!” in a Venmo memo and the feds detained my $42

Venmo wasn’t buying it. “Unfortunately,” wrote someone who signed the e-mail as Heather, “due to OFAC regulations, we are not allowed to give the funds back to you or issue a refund.”

via I wrote “ISIS Beer Funds!!!” in a Venmo memo and the feds detained my $42 | Ars Technica.

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Legalize It All

“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”    — John Ehrlichman

via [Report] | Legalize It All, by Dan Baum | Harper’s Magazine.

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The gang that gave us Mitt Romney is now banking on Marco Rubio

Then once the convention begins and there’s no winner on the first ballot, they could push a compromise candidate.

Are you ready for Mitt Romney?

via Stopping Donald Trump: The gang that gave us Mitt Romney is now banking on Marco Rubio | NJ.com.

Here are two recent articles in the Chicago Tribune.

Read Mitt Romney’s speech attacking Donald Trump

Romney: Trump a danger for U.S.; Trump: He begged for my endorsement

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Warner Music Pays $14 Million to End ‘Happy Birthday’ Copyright Lawsuit

According to a court filing on Monday, music publisher Warner/Chappell will pay $14 million to end a lawsuit challenging its hold on the English language’s most popular song, “Happy Birthday to You.” Additionally, the settlement stipulates a proposed final judgment and order that would declare the song to be in the public domain. A memorandum in support of the settlement sings the praises of the deal as “truly, an historic result.” U.S. District Judge George H. King will have to sign off on it.

via Warner Music Pays $14 Million to End ‘Happy Birthday’ Copyright Lawsuit – Hollywood Reporter.

But for now, the settlement provides a big final act to the class action lawsuit brought by film director Jennifer Nelsonwho was making a documentary about “Happy Birthday” and was asked to pay a $1,500 license fee.

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With NFL Rams gone, St. Louis still stuck with stadium debt

A few years ago, to maintain the stadium’s top-tier status, the Rams sought an estimated $700 million of improvements. St. Louis balked, and the Rams started looking elsewhere.

To cover costs, the city paid about $6 million for annual debt service and maintenance for the stadium but collected only about $4.2 million in direct revenues from Rams games, according to the Mayor’s office. The state, which paid $12 million annually, made $12.4 million in revenues from NFL activities, Missouri Department of Economic Development estimated. The county paid $6 million annually; it’s unclear how much of that was offset by Rams-related revenues.

All three entities will continue paying their share until the debt is paid off in 2021.

via With NFL Rams gone, St. Louis still stuck with stadium debt | Reuters.

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