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Band Calls Out Austin’s SXSW Festival over Immigration Rules

A New York band member called out Austin’s world-famous South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival over its contract that demands foreign musicians follow U.S. immigration law. The festival is scheduled to run from March 10-19 in Austin.

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SXSW Goes for Powerpuff Girls over Obamas

Despite Barack and Michelle Obama trying to politicize Austin’s South by Southwest music and entrepreneurship festival, the most catalytic presentation was the triumphant return of the Powerpuff Girls.

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Obama Touts Government Services at SxSW, Denies Disaster Aid to Texans

President Barack Obama was in Texas on Friday attending the annual SxSW event where he told millennials and others that government “does great things” because it “is delivering for everybody in this room.” His lecture was to those “who despise every level of government.” He did not tell the Texans who had their homes and businesses destroyed and damaged from severe weather and fires that he has denied them financial assistance.

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FLASHBACK: Obama Insulted Nancy Reagan on Day One

On Nov. 7, 2008, at his very first press conference after winning the election, President-elect Obama cracked a nasty joke at Nancy Reagan’s expense, referring to stories that she consulted an astrologer in the White House.

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SXSW Caves To Pressure, Announces ‘Harassment Summit’

Digital media festival South By Southwest (SXSW) has caved to media pressure following their decision to cave to online threats last week. Two panels were cancelled last week: one on gaming culture and integrity in games media, and another on “harassment

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Progressive Media Pressures SXSW to Only Restore Anti-GamerGate Panel

Digital media festival South By South West (SXSW) faced frenzied criticism from across the tech media this week after it cancelled two panels on gaming, with Vox Media and BuzzFeed promising to boycott the festival. Yet much of the outrage was confined to the cancellation of just one of the panels: the one that reinforced progressive narratives.

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SXSW Has Lost Its Moral Compass

South By Southwest (SXSW), the annual festival of interactive media that once turned homeless people into WiFi routers, has lost its moral compass. See what I did there? But seriously: the festival has, in cowardly fashion, cancelled two panels discussing video games after they were subject to “anonymous threats.”

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Op-Ed: Today’s Technology Makes Hillary Clinton’s Secret Emails Even More Troubling

Despite her team’s best attempts to bury the story of Hillary Clinton’s bizarre email deception blunder, inquiring minds still want to know what was going on in that server closet at the Clinton residence while Hillary was serving as Secretary of State. It is a situation that drives open government advocates like me up a wall. Fortunately, open government advocates are everywhere, including South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin.

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Governor Abbott Celebrates Texas Music During SXSW

In a party at the Governor’s Mansion, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and First Lady Cecilia Abbott hosted Texas musicians, music industry representatives and vendors, SXSW attendees, elected officials, and other honored guests in an evening to celebrate Texas music. The

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Shia LaBeouf’s Heartbeat Now Streaming Online

Having fully recovered from his 2014 “sexual assault,” actor Shia LaBeouf is back to his old performance art ways, this time with a project asking fans to follow his heart. Literally.