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TrueCar ends its relationship with the NRA

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TrueCar, an automotive pricing and information website, said Friday it will be ending its advertising relationship with the NRA at the end of the month.

“TrueCar is ending its car buying service relationship with the NRA effective February 28, 2018,” Veronica Cardenas, TrueCar’s media relations manager, told ThinkProgress in an email late Friday night. The company also posted the announcement on Twitter.

The car buying service previously advertised on a special NRA member website that “members save an average of $3,383 off MSRP!”

After ThinkProgress reported Tuesday a list of more than two dozen companies doing business with the gun lobby, the nation’s largest privately held bank, First National Bank of Omaha, said it would stop issuing the NRA Visa card. On Thursday, Enterprise Holdings, which operates three major car rental companies, said it would stop offering a discount to NRA members. And on Friday, security software company Symantec, home security company SimpliSafe, auto insurer MetLifecar rentals Avis and Budgetmoving companies Allied and North American Van lines, and software company Wild Apricot also cut ties.




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Things We Saw Today: Parkland Shooting Survivor Says AR-15s Should Be Called Marco Rubio “Because They Are so Easy to Buy”

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The kids continue to be all right—and absolutely savage.

Sarah Chadwick, a survivor of the mass shooting at her high school that took 17 lives, is one of the most outspoken Parkland students on Twitter. She and many of her schoolmates are shaking up America’s stagnant conversation around gun control—and getting results. These Internet and social media-savvy teenagers have been steeped in the medium all their lives, and they’ve been using Twitter to brilliant ends.

Last night Chadwick delivered the burn to end all burns to Florida Senator Marco Rubio (who has slurped up $3.3 million in campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association). Rubio recently floundered at a CNN town hall meeting where he faced Parkland survivors and victims’ families, and Chadwick’s not about to let him off the hook.

With 180k “likes” on her Tweet and counting, I hope this means that “AR-15” will become a nickname Rubio won’t be able to shake for the rest of his squirrely life.

In even better news, these brave young adults’ persistence is paying off.

(via Twitter, image: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • On the making of “Get Out,” the first great movie of the Trump era. (via Vulture)
  • David Tennant is here to assure fans of Good Omens that the TV adaptation stays very true to the Gaiman/Pratchett book. (via io9)
  • Kylie Jenner tweeted negatively about Snapchat’s reviled redesign and the company’s stock took a dive as a result. $1.3 billion was wiped from Snap, Inc.’s stock market value following Jenner’s tweet. This is the world we have made for each other. (via The BBC)
  • Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is Just Like Us—he loves the video game Stardew Valley. (via Kotaku)
  • The 2018 Nebula nominations have been announced, and The Verge has links where you can read all the work that’s available online. Congrats to my old boss Annalee Newitz on her Best Novel nomination for Autonomous! (via The Verge)

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Avis and Budget dump the NRA

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A pair of major car rental companies are the latest to sever ties to the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Both Avis and Budget, car rental companies operated by the same parent company, offered up to 25 percent off base rate to NRA members. On Friday, the parent company, Avis Budget Group, announced those benefits would be ending.

“Effective March 26, our brands will no longer provide the NRA member discount,” Alice Pereira, a spokesperson for Avis Budget, told ThinkProgress.

The company is the latest in a growing number of major corporations that announced this week they would be ending their relationship with the NRA.

After ThinkProgress reported Tuesday a list of more than two dozen companies doing business with the gun lobby, the nation’s largest privately held bank, First National Bank of Omaha, said it would stop issuing the NRA Visa card. On Thursday, Enterprise Holdings, which operates three major car rental companies, said it would stop offering a discount to NRA members. And on Friday, security software company Symantec, home security company SimpliSafe, and auto insurer MetLife also cut ties.




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Android users may get an official dark mode in a future update

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Keen Android users who’ve been following a somewhat obscure Google Issue Tracker thread from November of last year are celebrating a new development: the thread, in which a user asked about a dark mode to improve battery life on Android phones with OLED screens, has been closed.

The issue was marked “fixed,” and the Google employee who initially responded in the thread saying he would bring the feedback to the Android engineering team said that the “engineering team has added this feature,” noting how “it will be available in a future Android release.” The change, which users responded to quite enthusiastically, was spotted by DroidLife, which reported the news earlier today.

It’s not clear when this dark mode will debut, or whether it will be in the forthcoming Android P release slated to be unveiled at Google I/O in May (and presumably be released in the fall). Android already has a low-key dark mode of sorts that, up until last October, was exclusive to the Pixel 2. It allows users to change from a light to dark theme based on their phone’s wallpaper, and it came to the original Pixel with Android 8.1, as noted by AndroidPolice.

Google may decide to expand that feature to more phones in a future Android update, or the company could be planning to tweak it to work without being dependent on the phone’s wallpaper. The other possibility is that this dark mode is just a separate, top-level Android feature coming to all phones at some point.

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Hertz cuts ties with the NRA

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As backlash to corporations that support the National Rifle Association (NRA) grows, another major rental car company said Friday it will no longer be offering discounts to NRA members.

Hertz said on Twitter that it notified the gun lobby of its decision. Representatives for the company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The rental car company offered NRA members “up to 25 percent off everyday base rates at participating locations worldwide” as well as “additional program benefits.” According to the company’s website, those benefits included “everyday savings,” “bonus savings,” and “premier travel perks.”

The company is the latest in a growing number of major corporations that announced this week they would be ending their relationship with the NRA.

After ThinkProgress reported Tuesday a list of more than two dozen companies doing business with the gun lobby, the nation’s largest privately held bank, First National Bank of Omaha, said it would stop issuing the NRA Visa card. On Thursday, Enterprise Holdings, which operates three major car rental companies, said it would stop offering a discount to NRA members. And on Friday, security software company Symantec, home security company SimpliSafe, and auto insurer MetLife also cut ties.


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How These Married Bakers Reinvented the Rolling Pin

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It's a baker's nightmare: uneven dough, with thin spots galore. But how to wake from this recurring bad dream? Well, a solution has come to us straight from Chicago: the Lovely Baking Rolling Pin, named for its origins at the city's Lovely Bake Shop. Read on to learn the tale of Gina and Bob Hartwig, Lovely's then-owners, who decided enough was enough and sought out a rolling pin that could quickly, easily, and evenly spread their dough.

Gina's and Bob's story is the oldest one in the book: meet, fall in love, get married, start a bakery together. (Okay, maybe that last part's a little new.) The Hartwigs worked open-to-close, seven days a week, eventually achieving enough success that they could hire employees. But one problem kept arising—making sure this new crop of employees could all roll out dough evenly for pastries. And so the Lovely Baking Rolling Pin was born.

The Hartwigs had a prototype rolling pin made with handles just slightly wider than the main body of the pin, meaning that any dough rolled would be rolled to the same precise measurement—1/4 or 1/8 of an inch. The pin's two-foot length meant large batches could be rolled all at once.

When the pin was deployed, the improvement was immediate. "Employees were instantly more efficient, and lost a lot less product," Bob notes. It was perfect for shortbread, sugar cookies, pie crusts, fondant... nearly everything the shop made.

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The rolling pin was so popular, in fact, that word about it began to spread, and it wasn't long before the folks at JK Adams, a family-owned business from Vermont, finally heard about it. Jon Blatchford, the CEO, explains that they instantly saw the cleverness and usefulness of the Lovely Pin: "Bakers immediately got it." With the Hartwigs' help, they rapidly developed their own version, using maple wood for strength and durability, and coating it with a nonstick wax finish to leave all the dough on the table.

Gina and Bob loved this enhanced take on their pin—"we bought a set for every employee," Bob says—and found that it even made for a popular gift. Adds Bob: "From kids to seniors, it has a simplicity of use that everyone appreciates." What a lovely ending, indeed.

Lovely Baking Rolling Pin Set
Lovely Baking Rolling Pin Set

What large-scale or precision baking projects would you use a pin like this for? Let us know!

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