In one fell unremarkable, all-business tweet, LeBron James flipped the NBA on its head. He agreed to join the Los Angeles Lakers, as nondescriptly announced by Klutch Sports Group, tilting the league's already-lopsided balance of power even more toward the Western Conference and leaving the Eastern Conference to bathe in relative ruin. Owners and coaches and executives and players from the lesser conference would surely prefer James' departure be spun as an inclusive opportunity—hope for all. And it is. The past eight East titles were determined by asking one question: Is James on your team? Answering "no" during that time rendered your NBA Finals chances moot. That trend showed signs of cracking this year, when both the Indiana Pacers (first round) and shorthanded Boston Celtics (conference finals) pushed the Cleveland Cavaliers to seven-game brinks. But still: LeBron is LeBron. Had he stayed in the East, his championship-round treadmill stood to persist, even if it had to … [Read more...] about Who Are the New Eastern Conference Alphas After LeBron James’ Departure?
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Kylian Mbappe wills things into existence—even a pitch in his living room, and especially where the good things are not supposed to belong, like right here at home in the suburbs of Paris. Little Kylian set up miniature goals and kicked the ball around, the French prodigy begging the under-13 coach-turned-babysitter not to tell his parents of their exploits. "Please, please don't," he pleaded. "I'm not allowed to play here." They played until sundown, when his mother returned from work to check on her son, who was already in bed by nightfall. Except little Kylian was also good at faking sleep…even if he was already 15. He loved playing FIFA, you see, and because he had no top club to root for, the prodigy gravitated toward players he admired. "I will take Neymar," little Kylian told his coach, staring up at the PlayStation. "You'll see what I can do with him." That was only three years ago, when Kylian Mbappe could walk around his hometown—the home of "immigrant … [Read more...] about The Boy Who Would Be King
Twitter censored a call for bipartisan civility from former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, labeling it as “sensitive content.” In response to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ expulsion from the Red Hen restaurant in Virginia, Fleischer posted, “I guess we’re heading into an America with Democrat-only restaurants, which will lead to Republican-only restaurants. Do the fools who threw Sarah out, and the people who cheer them on, really want us to be that kind of country?”Despite lacking any inappropriate commentary, and receiving over 20,000 retweets, Twitter quickly labeled the post as “sensitive content,” requiring users to click a button acknowledging that the censored tweet could contain something inappropriate before they were allowed to see the message. “I can’t believe this. Friends are telling me that Twitter has blocked my tweet below because it contains ‘sensitive … [Read more...] about Twitter Censors Call for Bipartisan Civility as ‘Sensitive Content’
NEW YORK — President Donald Trump is asking an appeals court to restore his power to block critics on Twitter. Government lawyers representing Trump and White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino filed paperwork Monday to appeal a federal judge's ruling last month that said blocking people from the @realDonaldTrump account violates the First Amendment. The paperwork did not list grounds for the appeal. Trump and Scavino's lawyers did not immediately respond to messages. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald made clear in her May 23 ruling that people have a right to reply directly to politicians who use their accounts as public forums to conduct official business. The decision — the most prominent in a string of similar cases against public officials — could mark a turning point for constituents interacting with government employees on social media. Buchwald's ruling stopped short of ordering Trump to unblock users, but one user who sued Trump said her access was restored … [Read more...] about Trump appealing ruling that bars blocking of Twitter critics
Lord Lawson, the former chair of the Vote Leave pro-Brexit campaign and a long-time immigrant in France, has like many of the 150,000 Brits in France, decided to apply for a carte de séjour residency permit. The permit, which is not obligatory for Brits, is seen as a way of avoiding complications and paperwork after Brexit, but news of Lawson's application led to accusations of "hypocrisy" among remain voters in France and Britain. A petition has since been set up asking French President Emmanuel Macron to turn down Lawson's application. The campaign launched on the Petition Site had garnered almost 2,000 signatures by Monday morning. A statement on the site reads: "To President Macron. "We, the disempowered Remain voters of the UK, aggrieved by the outcome of the EU Ref, which has denied us the right to live and work freely across the EU, ask the President to deny a carte de séjour to Nigel Lawson after the UK leaves the EU. Comments by some of those who had … [Read more...] about French officials vow to ignore campaign to block Lord Lawson’s residency request