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Mexico and the US: separated by a river, some fences, and a long history of American racism. Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters Luis Gómez Romero , University of Wollongong In an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes, United States president-elect Donald Trump highlighted some campaign promises that he actually plans to keep.

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NEW YORK/WASHINGTON – An architect of anti-immigration efforts who says he is advising President-elect Donald Trump said the new administration could push ahead rapidly on construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall without seeking immediate congressional approval. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach , who helped write tough immigration laws in Arizona and elsewhere, said in an interview that Trump’s policy advisers had also discussed drafting a proposal for his consideration to reinstate a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries. Kobach, who media reports say is a key member of Trump’s transition team, said he had participated in regular conference calls with about a dozen Trump immigration advisers for the past two to three months.

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Donald Trump delivers his victory speech on November 9, 2016 Donald J. Trump is the president elect.

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President Elect Donald Trump

13Nov

President Elect Donald Trump is using Twitter to reassure all Americans that good things are in store for them. “This will prove to be a great time in the lives of ALL Americans.

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Many survivors of the Paris attacks say their lives were altered on that horrifying night. Salim Toorabally is no exception, but it took him days to realize that he had experienced Nov. 13, 2015 differently from his colleagues

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WASHINGTON ― With a renewed push in state elections ahead of the 2020 census, Democrats are competing to win at least 14 state legislative chambers on Tuesday.

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Fairly early into his speech in Michigan on Sunday night, Donald Trump stated that five years ago he had been honored as Michigan “Man of the Year.” Except it appears no such honor was ever bestowed. Those who would know can’t recall it happening, and the Trump campaign refuses to comment

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Eleven years ago this August I was deployed in Iraq with the Lima Company combat unit, and recently, I reunited with my fellow Marines to commemorate the anniversary. Looking around, I was taken by how many of them are still serving — in the military, as police offers, or helping others as doctors and lawyers. I shouldn’t be surprised.

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Friday marked the end of early voting in the battleground state of Nevada, and the final returns brought decidedly good news for Democratic presidential nominee  Hillary   Clinton . Registered Democrats turned out in force in Nevada’s largest counties, providing Clinton a critical boost in a state where polling aggregates show the former secretary of state and GOP nominee  Donald   Trump  within a few points of one another . Over 57,000 votes were cast in populous Clark County, a single-day record that propelled Democrats to a statewide ballot edge larger than they held at the same point in 2012 , when President  Barack Obama  won Nevada by nearly 7 points

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A U.S. appeals court on Friday put a restrictive Republican-backed Arizona ballot-collection law on hold until after Tuesday’s election, handing Democrats a victory in an intensifying state-by-state legal battle over access to the polls. Arizona’s legislature earlier this year passed the law prohibiting advocacy groups from collecting completed early ballots from voters and delivering them to election offices as part of get-out-the-vote efforts

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When you think of a bulletproof black superhero, Nic Cage probably isn’t the first name that comes to mind, but, oh, how wrong you are. For those who don’t know, Cage, the nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola (” The Godfather ”), started off his career as Nicolas Coppola.

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The United States’ oldest and largest Native American organization has requested a meeting with Major League Baseball and the Cleveland Indians to discuss the team’s controversial Chief Wahoo logo. The logo, a red-faced cartoon caricature that many Native Americans have fought to change for decades , began attracting increased public scrutiny last month as Cleveland advanced toward its first World Series appearance since 1997

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In one of the more bizarre moments of his campaign ― but likely among the most calculated events this week ― Donald Trump unfurled a large rainbow flag that had the words “LGBT for Trump” scribbled across it, shortly after walking onstage at a rally in Greeley, Colorado on Sunday night. Except that the flag was upside down

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Democrats are turning out in large numbers in the battleground state of Nevada, building what may become a vital electoral firewall for the party’s presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton , in the final days of the 2016 race. As of Sunday morning, registered Democrats had established a 7-point lead over registered Republicans in the state’s early vote totals . That margin is just slightly below the lead Democrats held at the same point in 2012, when President Barack Obama ended up winning the state by 6.6 percent.

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Donald Trump’s standing is improving in some polls, but he still faces a large Electoral College deficit.

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Moundsville, West Virginia There are two types of Halloween mounds: One is the delicious coconut candy bar. The other is the tumulus or Hügelgräber , a.k.a. the burial mound.

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Racism, Xenophobia, and the Election

28Oct

By the Editors of Rethinking Schools As teachers and students return to classrooms this fall, together we have to try to make sense of a tumultuous presidential campaign and a summer of racial violence that have forcefully surfaced the racism that plagues our nation. Elementary and middle school students have grown up with an African American as president of the United States. This is a historic milestone.

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None of the itsy-bitsy spidery things in the image above are tiny, nor are they on Earth. Those creepy-crawlers are surface features on Mars, which have been photographed near the south pole of the red planet for years by the HiRISE camera onboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter , or MRO

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Republican presidential nominee  Donald Trump , trailing Democrat  Hillary Clinton in every poll , unveiled a new campaign strategy on Thursday ― simply calling the whole thing off and declaring himself president.  Speaking at an afternoon rally in Toledo, Ohio, Trump argued Clinton’s policies are so terrible that there’s no point in having an election at all.  “Hillary Clinton wants to raise taxes on small businesses, up to 45 percent,” Trump said ― a claim previously rated “mostly false” by PolitiFact .

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The race for White House is effectively over. Hillary Clinton will be the 45th president of the U.S.

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So we had the final presidential debate this week, and Donald Trump went right on being Donald Trump, which should have surprised precisely no one by now. Our subtitle today, of course, refers to the two most amusing (or horrifying, take your pick…) things Trump said during the debate. Since then, both “bad hombres” and “nasty women” are trending online

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Authorities in Philadelphia will station prosecutors throughout the city on election day to respond to any reports of voter intimidation or other illegal activity after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump claimed that polling might be “rigged” in this mostly minority city. Philadelphia is one of many U.S

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GOP voters aren’t sure who should lead their party moving forward. Polls and forecasts show Hillary Clinton’s huge Electoral College advantage

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Without taking her eye off the ball, Hillary Clinton (D-NY) should immediately start campaigning against gridlock. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) should nationalize the race for Congress on this issue. Same for Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

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When two dogs lovers get hitched, it looks a little something like this: On Saturday, bride Kathryn Dombrowski, who volunteers at animal rescue Secondhand Hounds , married Brad Ziemer at Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Instead of having their wedding party hold floral bouquets for the professional group photos, they asked them to hold pit bull rescue puppies to spread awareness for the “adopt don’t shop” movement ― much like a bridal party in Pennsylvania did last month.  Dombrowski told The Huffington Post that she and Ziemer managed to keep the 13 dogs a surprise from their parents, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girl and ring bearer. “They all thought we were heading outside to take pictures and to their surprise and delight, there were pit bull puppies!” she said

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The president of the largest police organization in the country issued an apology on Monday to communities of color for the “historic mistreatment” they have suffered at the hands of law enforcement officers. Terrence Cunningham, the police chief of Wellesley, Massachusetts, delivered the apology during a speech at the International Association of Chiefs of Police  convention in San Diego

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Democrats joined together  on Sunday night to raise funds to rebuild a GOP office that was firebombed in North Carolina over the weekend. Vandals attacked the Hillsborough, North Carolina GOP office late Saturday night, throwing a Molotov cocktail through one of the building’s front windows, according to a statement released by the town. The words “Nazi Republicans leave town or else” and a swastika were spray-painted in black on a building adjacent to the office, which houses a party goods store.

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Donald Trump Faces Payback In The Desert

17Oct

FORT DEFIANCE, Ariz. ― Living among the red-rock gullies and the desert scrub in this corner of the country are a people who could soon exact their revenge on Donald Trump .

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I have to begin today with a rather large caveat: nothing in this article deals with what has happened since Friday. Polling always lags reality, meaning that the effect of the Billy Bush/Donald Trump tape and the second debate are not reflected in today’s data one tiny bit

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The Chicago Sun-Times editorial board on Sunday shamed GOP leaders for their response to the graphic video of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump boasting about sexual assault , writing that not only should Trump drop out of the race, but all Republicans with “a shred of self-respect” should dump him too. “Every Republican Party leader or elected official who has a shred of self-respect should drop him cold. We question the moral fiber of anyone who does not,” the scathing editorial reads

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John McCain Unendorses Donald Trump

08Oct

WASHINGTON ― Sen.

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The Detroit News is the latest newspaper to deviate from conservative tradition .  The paper has supported Republicans since its inception 143 years ago (though the editorial board has not published any endorsement of a presidential candidate three times in its history). But its editorial board wrote on Thursday that it had abandoned “that long and estimable tradition” of endorsing GOP presidential candidates this year for one reason: “Donald J

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The meeting between Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Mexico City on Wednesday angered millions in Mexico, including former President Vicente Fox and former first lady Margarita Zavala.  But a scathing op-ed written by Oscar-winning Mexican-born director Alejandro González Iñárritu (”Birdman,” “The Revenant”) may be the most eloquent takedown of the of Trump’s visit yet.  Here are 10 of the most profound sentiments González Iñárritu expressed in his searing critique of the Mexican president’s appearance with Trump, published in  El País

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Before the RNC, the Fiscal Times declared that Trump was “not as much of a drag on the ticket as some feared.” After a bad month for the GOP nominee, I decided to test that argument, to see if that was still the case.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took Donald Trump to task Tuesday for suggesting gun rights supporters could assassinate Hillary Clinton, calling the GOP nominee a “pathetic coward” for making such a remark.  Speaking at a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, Trump warned supporters that they’ll have few options if Clinton is elected and appoints justices to the Supreme Court.

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Two months after well-meaning  tourists were shamed for their misguided attempt to rescue a baby bison in Yellowstone National Park, a federal investigation shows that a government wildlife expert made the same mistake. Both incidents ended in the death of a bison calf. Only one, however, drew  national attention and ridicule .

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We’re only a few weeks into the presumptive general election, and the wheels are already coming off Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The Trump team is struggling with internal discord over his overtly racist tirade against a federal judge, MSNBC’s Katy Tur and Benjy Sarlin reported Monday. Trump has repeatedly accused the judge, who was born in Indiana, of bias against him due to the judge’s Mexican heritage

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Paul Ryan is undoubtedly hoping his phone call with Donald Trump will result in a pledge for a bunch of education block grants, though let’s be honest, it’ll will probably just end with the real estate mogul calling him “Puny Paul.” Trump’s campaign spokeswoman accidentally emailed sensitive information to a reporter with the same last name as an RNC official, which is why we are both changing our names to “Huma Lewandowski.” And some some Democrats on the Hill want to dump Debbie Wasserman Schultz as DNC chair. Previously, Pat Leahy’s love of comic book characters was the only thing establishment Hill Democrats had in common with Bernie Bros

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6 Reasons Why I Distrust February

13Feb

I don’t like February. I find it cruel, and generally untrustworthy. It’s like the cat of months.

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In a memorable scene in “The Big Short,” the Oscar-nominated 2015 movie about the financial crisis, a real estate agent shows the main characters around a desolate Florida subdivision. She insists that the market is just in a lull as they drive past rows and rows of vacant homes. But it wasn’t just a lull.

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A white former suburban Detroit police officer was sentenced on Tuesday to 13 months to 10 years in prison for the beating last year of a black motorist during a traffic stop caught on video.

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On the same day he won the Republican Iowa caucus , Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas got a favorable decision from the Illinois Board of Elections, which ruled that he met the citizenship criteria to appear on the state’s primary ballot.

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Justice Clarence Thomas will soon celebrate 10 years of not speaking during oral arguments at the Supreme Court, The New York Times reported on Monday.  That is, he hasn’t asked a single question to lawyers appearing before the court to try to make their case. For a decade

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America Does Not Have Enough Volunteers

01Feb

Unlike the 141 billionaires who have pledged to give away at least half of their wealth to charity through the “Giving Pledge,” an effort started by philanthropists Warren Buffet and Bill and Melinda Gates, most of us don’t have the big extra dollars to help out our favorite charities. So the vast majority of Americans need to help by volunteering their services instead. According to the Corporation for National Community Service , 25.3 percent of Americans volunteer, which is 62.8 million volunteers

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WASHINGTON — Arizona wants to secede. Not from the United States, but from the U.S

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Patient Advocates Hope Report will Help State Legislators “Make the Grade” in 2016   With the recent release of the Americans for Safe Access (ASA) report “Medical Marijuana Access in the US: A Patient-Focused Analysis of the Patchwork of State Laws,” state lawmakers now have the tools they need to improve medical cannabis programs to truly meet the needs of the patients they are meant to serve.

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Kids getting footballs is still pretty great pic.twitter.com/949LSvUHEQ — The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) January 25, 2016 As has recently become a weekly tradition, the Carolina Panthers just made yet another young fan’s dream come true. Seemingly every Sunday, Cam Newton’s squad turns on-field success into off-field elation, as players run to the stands to give touchdown balls to Carolina loyalists

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When you vacation in Hawaii, it’s only natural to expect a magical experience. And sometimes, as this pair of lucky paddle boarders found out, Mother Nature does all the work for you. The two paddle boarders were off the west coast of Maui Thursday when a humpback whale breached right in front of them

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Six years ago this week, the U.S.

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SACRAMENTO (CN) – Yosemite National Park is changing the names of several iconic sites due to trademark concerns after awarding a $2 billion federal contract to a new concessionaire – but challenges the previous concessionaire’s trademark claim to “Yosemite National Park.” The Ahwahnee Hotel, built in 1927, will become the Majestic Yosemite Hotel on March 1 when Aramark takes it over from DNC Parks & Resorts. Curry Village, which has borne that name since it opened in 1899, will be renamed Half Dome Village

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Giving Advice to a Presidential Candidate Who Wants to “Do Something” Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com How can we stop the Islamic State? Imagine yourself shaken awake, rushed off to a strategy meeting with your presidential candidate of choice, and told: “Come up with a plan for me to do something about ISIS!” What would you say

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Why You Should Care About the Australian Open

18Ene

The Australian Open is one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the world. It’s ok, you’ve probably watched as many Aussie Open tennis matches as you have Home Alone movies without Macaulay Culkin. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

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LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green Shrum-Cooke debate the sharp political contrasts of Oscar Week: Obama is Jimmy Stewart at the end of It’s a Great Life while Republicans see only the despotic villain in Fury Road.

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How Obama Made This Congressman’s Day

15Ene

WASHINGTON — You could forgive Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) if he celebrated a little during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address

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RG3 cleared out his locker today, save for this note.

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Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Mike Munchak has absolutely no chill.  Towards the end of the first quarter of the Steelers’ Wild Card matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday night, Munchak yanked a handful of Bengals safety Reggie Nelson’s dreadlocks.  Nelson barrelled into the Steelers’ sidelines after pushing running back Jordan Todman out-of-bounds. Munchak may have felt like Nelson unnecessarily shoved his running back into the sideline — Todman was nearly out-out-bounds when Nelson hit him, and the extra push sent Todman crashing into the bench. Todman should have been the star of the play for his darting run, but one of his coaches overreacted to a bit of chippiness on Nelson’s part.

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has responded to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s recent challenge with an all-timer of a touchdown catch. Ahead of Saturday night’s Steelers road playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Roethlisberger publicly challenged his inconsistent big-play threat

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7 Unromantic Facts About Online Dating

21Nov

Do you remember ABC’s television show The Dating Game ? The format of the original series was simple: a bachelorette would have three minutes to ask the same set of questions to each of three hidden bachelors, and then select one bachelor as her “date” based strictly on their responses

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A Log Of Interstitials

21Nov

This is a log of my movements between New York City and the bus. It’s three unequal parts, all meandering and moderately pointless, but starting the bus seemed a bit like cheating without talking about the journey to get there even a little bit

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Hey Betsy, what are you doing for the next month or so? For the next month or so, I will be on a bus with a bunch of hobos! A bus with a bunch of hobos? Which bus is this

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A wave of governors rattled their sabers Monday in response to the Paris terrorist attacks, vowing  to block Syrian refugees from settling within their states. But those threats rest on shaky legal ground.

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Why The 49ers Are Having A Tough Season

15Nov

What is wrong with the 49ers this season?

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It’s harvest time in Lennox, South Dakota; an extremely busy period for farmers in the area.  But over the weekend, a group of them took time out of their packed schedules to harvest a field of crops that wasn’t their own. It belonged to their neighbor and friend, David Klinghagen, who died unexpectedly last month

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WASHINGTON — Maine voters backed a ballot initiative on Tuesday to update the state’s 19-year-old system of publicly financing campaigns. Fifty-five percent of voters supported the initiative, and 45 percent opposed it. The newly enacted initiative will fix problems with the public financing system that were created by the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United and 2011 Arizona Free Enterprise decisions and have led to a dramatic decrease in the use of public funds for campaigns

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Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante, Candidate for Aldine School Board. _______________________________________________________ “Running” for office is almost a perfect metaphor for seeking elected office. Running is right

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The Best Community Colleges of 2015

22Oct

As the cost of attending a four year college or university continues to grow throughout the country, community colleges have assumed an increasingly important role in our higher education system. Tuition and fees at community colleges are one third those at public four year colleges and universities, on average.

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Two people were shot in Tombstone, Arizona, during a gunfight reenactment when one of the actors allegedly used real bullets.

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MANCHESTER, N.H. — With Republicans in turmoil over who will become the next Speaker of the House, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) voiced his concern on Sunday that the disarray in GOP ranks will carry over into 2016.  “I just worry a great deal about the effect it’s going to have on the next election,” McCain told The Huffington Post

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A Q&A with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States” By Mark Trecka CHICAGO — When Howard Zinn published “A People’s History of the United States” in 1980, historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz told Zinn that he had largely failed to include the narratives of Native Americans. Zinn replied that it was up to Dunbar-Ortiz to write that book.

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Although 26-year-old Christopher Harper-Mercer pulled the trigger on the gun that killed nine people at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Thursday, Wayne LaPierre, the fanatic executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, also has blood on his hands. LaPierre, who has worked for the NRA since 1978 and served as its top official since 1991, is the organization’s hit man when it comes to intimidating elected officials to oppose any kind of sensible gun control laws, including a federal law requiring background checks on would-be gun buyers and a national registry of guns. LaPierre likes to fulminate about gun owners’ rights.

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Eight years ago around a campfire on a chilly desert evening in Tucson, Arizona participants in what was then the Knowledge and Innovation Network of the Society of Organizational Learning talked organizational design. The group included senior executives from Ford, Hewlett Packard (HP), plus independent consultants from the U.S., Australia, and Canada (me)

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Catastrophic flooding in South Carolina since last week shattered state rainfall records  and shocked longtime residents and officials, who said they’ve never seen rain so powerful . But it’s hardly the first extreme, record-breaking weather event in the U.S. this year

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I have never lost a loved one to gun violence. I neither presume nor pretend to know first hand the pain and grief caused by such a sudden, senseless taking of a life

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The Western Forests May Be Going Away

26Sep

All across the western United States, the forests are burning. In normal times, wildfires can be a good thing, clearing out dead material and making room for new growth. These are not normal times

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Seems like just about anything you can think of has been spotted on Mars: pyramids , floating spoons , lizards , crab monsters , even ” a woman . Now, some people believe they’ve found a massive Stonehenge-like formation  sitting in the middle of a small hill on the Red Planet.  Call it Marshenge.  A video posted on YouTube (above) by Mister Enigma  takes a closer look at a NASA image found on the website for the  Lunar and Planetary Laboratory  at the University of Arizona.  Indeed, the raw NASA image shows a circular formation of stones or boulders atop a hill .

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A Papal Blessing for a Biden Presidental Bid?

23Sep

Pope Frances has said he won’t address any domestic political issues during his visit to the U.S., but there’s a good chance he may bestow his blessing on Vice President Joe Biden, and by inference, encourage him to run for president .

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Every community has a unique ecological and cultural story to tell.

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Sept 18 (Reuters) – A suspect has been arrested in connection with a spate of shootings along a major highway that runs through Arizona, authorities said on Friday. “We got him! DPS SWAT team is in custody of the individual suspected of I-10 shootings. Apprehended moments ago,” Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said on Twitter.

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