Washington Redskins Trademark Canceled by US Patent Office Saying the Name is Disparaging

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Washington Redskins Trademark Canceled by US Patent Office Saying the Name is Disparaging
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"The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board agreed with our clients that the team's name and trademarks disparage Native Americans. The Board ruled that the Trademark Office should never have registered these trademarks in the first place," Jesse Witten, the plaintiffs' lead attorney, said in a press release. "We presented a wide variety of evidence – including dictionary definitions and other reference works, newspaper clippings, movie clips, scholarly articles, expert linguist testimony, and evidence of the historic opposition by Native American groups – to demonstrate that the word 'redskin' is an ethnic slur."
The team will appeal the case, according to a statement from its attorney, and it will be able to keep its trademark protection during appeal. Further, losing the trademark would not force the team to change its name.
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Petition of the Day: Deport Justin Bieber Petition Reaches 100k; White House Must Respond

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Petition of the Day: Deport Justin Bieber Petition Reaches 100k; White House Must Respond
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The day Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami a petition was created to deport Bieber and revoke his green card. Today, the petition has reached the 100,000 signature threshold which warrants a response from the Obama administration.

Don't get your hopes up, Bieber haters. There have been other responses to not so pertinent petitions which received 100,000 signatures such as this response about creating a Death Star.

Serious News of the Day: Take Action in Reforming the ECPA

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Serious News of the Day: Take Action in Reforming the ECPA
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The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) does not currently require the government to have a warrant to access your private online information. Being created in 1986, it was written in a time when several of today's online services weren't even available. Today is your opportunity to make a change. Head to the 'We the People' petition to help push the White House to support the reform.

Should America Get Rid of the $1 Bill?

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Should America Get Rid of the $1 Bill?
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According to the latest report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), phasing out the iconic one dollar bill and replacing it with coins will save the taxpayer $4.4 billion over 30 years, due to the latter's superior durability (coins last 30 years, whereas bills are typically good for 5 years). While the dollar coin has been in mint production since 1794, it has never quite caught on with the American public, forcing the Federal Reserve, which holds 1.4 billion of the 2.4 billion coins currently in circulation, to suspend its production last year. The GAO report came as the Congress began seeking ways to save money on minting at a House subcommittee hearing earlier on Thursday.