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Thanksgiving is typically associated with feel-good food, friends and family. However, since this year it comes on the heels of a nasty election season, there may be an added guest at the dinner table: Hostility

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A San Antonio police officer was shot and killed on Sunday while sitting in a squad car during a routine traffic stop outside the Texas city’s police headquarters, authorities said.

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It’s a watershed year fraught with turmoil for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Across the American South, queer, trans and gender-nonconforming people are facing wave after wave of legislation that threatens our safety, well-being and very existence

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WASHINGTON —  Sen.  Bernie Sanders  (I-Vt.)  lost the Democratic nomination and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is the new leader of the Senate Democrats. But the Vermont senator’s vision and ideas will dominate the Democratic Party’s attempt to recover from  Hillary Clinton’s  ruinous White House run

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Stephen Colbert is crusading against the mockery of world leaders. The “ Late Show ” host lightheartedly called on people to stop ripping international heads of state on Friday, following the news that China had called out its citizens for fat-shaming North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un

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A week ahead of the deadline, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau  on Friday appealed a court ruling that could leave the independent watchdog vulnerable to the whims of President-elect Donald Trump . The financial agency had until next Friday to contest an October decision that essentially left its director, Richard Cordray , at the mercy of the president

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The irony of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s “America First” policy is that it could end the budding new Cold War that has been developing between the West and Russia and China. His non-ideological, deal-making approach, which doesn’t challenge how the Russians and Chinese govern themselves, promises to lessen tensions that have been getting dangerously out of control.

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Reports of anti-Semitic, racist and anti-immigrant incidents at schools around the country have spread rapidly in the days since Donald Trump  became President-elect Trump. These incidents are hitting not only colleges and universities, but high schools, middle schools and even a handful of elementary schools.

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Twitter Quietly Cracks Down On Racist Trolls

16Nov

Twitter moved quietly Tuesday to suspend some accounts posting racist, white nationalist, anti-Semitic and other hateful content.

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President Obama and Michelle Obama still have two months left in the White House, and yet somehow we already miss them terribly.  The much-adored couple celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary on Oct. 3, and by the looks of it, are still very much in love. Their story began at a Chicago law firm  in 1989.

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Back in March 2016, when the GOP primary was still a going concern and the candidates were jockeying for endorsements and assistants, we made note of the fact that Texas Sen.

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Seth Meyers was begrudgingly prepared to offer a fresh start to president-elect Donald Trump . Despite the  racist , anti-immigrant and sexist rhetoric of Trump’s presidential campaign, the “ Late Night ” host revealed Monday how he was ready to give the 70-year-old reality TV star a chance to “surprise us” by changing his ways. That was until Trump appointed  Breitbart News executive chairman  Steve Bannon  to be his chief strategist .  “Well, we gave him a chance,” Meyers said.

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It’s essential that the  Demo cratic Party  becomes more of a grassroots organization,  Sen.  Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) believes.

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Stephen Colbert  has poked fun at President-elect  Donald Trump’s reported friendship with Russian leader  Vladimir Putin . The “ Late Show ” host conducted a spoof interview with Trump Monday, in which the Republican “revealed” what the Russian president had sent him as an election victory gift ―  a beautiful, yuuuge, tremendous, enormous wooden horse. “ Have you thought about looking inside the horse to see if there is anything in it before you open the gates and bring it into America?” Colbert asked Trump ― in reference to the ancient tale of how Greeks concealed themselves in a wooden horse in order to enter the city of Troy

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Headline Hangover: Welp, Here We Are.

15Nov

Welcome to Headline Hangover – our weekly take on some of the ridiculous local, national and global news stories. Here’s a look back some of the headlines that caught my attention for the week of November 6, 2016: President-Elect …uhh..

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Fox News host Sean Hannity apparently believes that CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times should be excluded from the White House press corps while Donald Trump is president. Hannity attacked CNN host Brian Stelter on Sunday night after Stelter used the term “national emergency” on air to describe the shocking outcome of the election, which has so far sparked nationwide  protests  and has led to a disturbing uptick in racist incidents

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Sometimes it sucks to be right. “ The Simpsons ” recognized its own accurate prediction of a Donald Trump presidency during the show’s opening sequence on Sunday.

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During his first television interview as president-elect, Donald Trump told CBS News’ Leslie Stahl Sunday night that he would forgo taking a salary while he’s president. He added that he did not even know how much the president earned.  “I think I have to by law take $1, so I’ll take $1 a year,” Trump said. “But it’s a ― I don’t even know what it is. Do you know what the salary is?” “$400,000 you’re giving up,” Stahl answered

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Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani on Sunday claimed that the wave of protests against President-elect Donald Trump are “exaggerating the fears” of his presidency, despite an increase in acts of racism and bigotry since the election Tuesday. “I feel very bad about that,” Giuliani said on ABC’s “This Week,” addressing the protests.

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One year after a series of terrorist attacks hit a concert hall, a stadium, restaurants and bars in Paris, leaving 130 people dead, Nov. 13 is still very much on people’s minds. Thousands gathered across the French capital earlier Sunday  to pay respects to the people who lost their lives last year, as commemorative plaques were unveiled outside the various sites of attack

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Mourners gathered across Paris in the areas hit by last year’s horrific terror attacks to commemorate the first anniversary of the tragedy. French officials unveiled new memorial plaques, which display the names of those who killed in each attack, at seven different sites.

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“ Saturday Night Live ” imagined what life will be like for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg following Donald Trump’s presidential election victory.

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Hindustani classical music played on a river boat in Banaras. Jason Baker/flickr, CC BY-SA Laksmi Subramanian , Center for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta At the end of September 2016, the Indian motion picture producer’s association, India’s largest organisation related to entertainment, announced a ban on all Pakistani artists. In retaliation, Pakistan authorities imposed a complete ban on airing Indian content on all its TV channels, including Bollywood movies

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When it comes to the Middle East, the Islamic Republic of Iran is the linchpin and epicenter of many tensions and conflicts across the region. As an Iranian official stated , Iran dominates four Arab capitals

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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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Eric Holder called for the abolishment of the electoral college on Friday. With Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote but losing the election, the former Attorney General said it was now time to change the way the U.S.

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Bill Maher wants to build bridges. The “ Real Time ” host was a vocal critic of president-elect Donald Trump throughout his campaign and has since urged Democrats to “ stop being so nice ” in a bid to regain power ― but he’s now also called on the country to come together in the wake of the Republican candidate’s election victory. “ Like it or not, we’re living with Trump now ,” the comedian said on Friday, before stating that currently “half the country literally wants nothing to do with the other half.” Maher said it simply wasn’t a sustainable way to live, likening it to a version of roommate hell

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My Journey to Carnegie Hall Via Venezuela

11Nov

By Paul Desenne, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, November 11, 2016 And thirteen million mouse clicks later, I was taking a bow onstage at Carnegie Hall…

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A Zimbabwean court has thrown out charges against a local hunter accused of failing to stop the killing of the country’s most prized lion by an American dentist, his lawyer said on Friday. Walter Palmer, a lifelong big-game hunter from Minnesota, touched off a global controversy when he killed Cecil, a rare black-maned lion, with a bow and arrow outside Hwange National Park in western Zimbabwe in July last year. While Zimbabwean authorities said Palmer had legal authority to hunt, they were stung by the international outcry and charged local hunter Theo Bronkhorst, who assisted Palmer, with failing to prevent an unlawful hunt

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At first glance, the circular objects in the image above might seem like Jurassic Park dino eggs, or alien pods ready to hatch and wreak havoc on the world. But it’s really sort of a kid’s dream come true ― and maybe some adults, too.

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Reactions from world leaders to the shocking presidential victory of Donald Trump steadily trickled in early Wednesday. Most ― even from leaders who’d been critical of Trump in the past ― offered diplomatic congratulatory statements

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Is President-Elect Trump A Climate Disaster?

09Nov

Anyone concerned with US politics and climate change may be nervous after Tuesday’s national election. He said he would ‘cancel’ the Paris Agreement , although what this means is unclear.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on tour by Grand Imam Ali Mustafa Yaqub at the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta in 2010.

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More gripping than a Hollywood drama, the life-or-death stakes in this new BBC clip are all too real.  Watch as a baby lizard gives a snake the slip, only to find itself being chased by what looks like dozens of other serpents on Fernandina Island in the Galapagos. The clip, which shows a hatchling iguana being pursued by racer snakes , is from the BBC’s “ Planet Earth 2 ” series.   Check it out above

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On Jan Fabre, part 1: The Genius Factory

07Nov

Prologue I received an email from a connection in the art world, putting me in touch with the organization of an artist in Brussels. His staff was assembling a group of journalists to write about his gigantic solo show opening at the State Hermitage Museum, in Saint Petersburg. They wondered whether I might be interested in flying to Russia to see the show

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Female Radicalization: Media Analysis

07Nov

Why do young people, including girls and women, turn radical and what role does the Internet play in their radicalization? Lebanese sociologist Mona Fayyad said students of violence mechanisms should consider ties between the environment and violent behavior, including contextual hereditary and biological factors, systemic psychological elements from depression to character to personality to an individual’s learning capacity, to political, social, and cultural elements.

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When Will Greenpeace Ships Go Vegan?

05Nov

On November 1st, the Greenpeace Esperanza Facebook page posted this question: “Should we eat meat on board Greenpeace ships? Let us know what you think.” After nearly 1,000 comments, most of them critical of eating meat on board Greenpeace ships, Greenpeace responded with: “Hi everyone! Thanks to all of you who took the time to weigh in on this important question. We are still sifting through all your comments, but we wanted to say thanks for being a part of this conversation

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Seasoned, NOT Fatally Flawed

05Nov

How would I — or you — look to the world if subjected to 30 years of relentless, organized and fully-funded lies, calumny, distortions, faux outrage, hypocrisy, fabrications, attempted bullying and flagrant misogyny? Battered? Yes

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It seems that offensive antics are par for the course for these two “golfers.” Evan Shay and Morgan Ruig, both 28-year-olds from Brisbane, Australia, claim to have passed themselves off as the Australian national team for an international golf tournament in North Korea  as a joke. “Initially we just said we were a couple of Australian golfers and they said, ‘You are the Australian team,’ and we sort of didn’t say no,” said Ruig, a real estate agent who  told 9News  the stunt started when the pair was in Beijing for a polo tournament.  The two are now reveling in their feat after returning safely from a country the U.S. sanctioned earlier this year for human rights abuses .  The media is largely applauding the men for carrying out an epic “prank ” or dismissing them with a wink as harmless hooligans .

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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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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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Mexico City organized a Day of the Dead parade for the first time on Saturday, inspired by the opening scenes from the 2015 James Bond film, “Spectre.” Thousands looked on as giant skeleton marionettes and scores of dancers marched through Mexico’s capital, but many Mexicans expressed outrage with the mutation of the traditionally intimate festival. On the Day of the Dead, which dates back to the Aztec period , Mexicans traditionally take picnic baskets to their relatives’ graves or eat by altars decorated with memorabilia in their own homes. Lourdes Berho, chief executive of Mexico’s tourism board, has said that “Spectre,” in which Bond chases a villain through a parade of people dressed up as skeletons, has raised expectations for large-scale Day of the Dead festivities

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MAR MATTAI MONASTERY, Iraq ― Standing atop the fourth-century monastery he calls home, the Rev. Thomas peers out at a sand-hued horizon. The morning is still and silent, except for birds singing in the nearby bell tower.

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Arab Journalists Learn Religion Coverage

23Oct

They say nothing sparks controversy and discord more than talk of religion, politics and sex – not necessarily in that order. But when journalists fan the flames with inaccurate, seditious and inflammatory coverage of religious matters, in the name of freedom of expression, it may have lethal consequences.

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Lady Gaga  could give you a million reasons why Donald Trump is unfit to become the president of the United States, but when reporter Charlie Stayt presented this terrifying prospect to the singer on  BBC Breakfast  on Friday, she had just one thing to say.  “I have nothing to say of him,” Gaga, who has pledged her support to Hillary Clinton  in the past, cooly responded, wearing John Lennon-style shades for the indoor interview.  When pressed about why Trump’s rhetoric resonates with so many Americans across the country, Gaga broke down how the Republican nominee’s campaign is fueled by empty promises and fearmongering without once mentioning his name.  “I think what is most important is for us to try to decipher now what is real and what is not. And what is honest and what is dishonest and be accepting of those things and not operating from fear.” Things took an awkward turn, however, as the interviewer continued with this line of questioning.

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Leaders from more than 150 countries came together this week to formalize a sweeping guide that charts a sustainable future for new and existing cities , rapidly growing across the globe.

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Britain is to pardon thousands of gay and bisexual men who were convicted of crimes under sexual offense laws which have now been abolished, following on from the 2013 exoneration of celebrated World War II codebreaker Alan Turing.

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When I Was 34

17Oct

Every woman you know has a story like this one. They probably haven’t shared it. My story took place when I was 34. These stories are our normal experience.  Your first reaction will probably be that it’s not THAT big of a deal.

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Women face an uphill battle to fight for their rights under illiberal regimes. Kacper Pempel/Reuters Andrea Peto , Central European University and Weronika Grzebalska , Polish Academy of Sciences In the women’s movement in Central Europe, there are few moments to celebrate.

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Before Hurricane Matthew hit, underserved children in Haiti were at risk for human trafficking. The effects of the storm have now exacerbated those risks

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GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, showing he’ll say anything to win a vote, had this message for America’s terminally ill people on Wednesday: Stay alive long enough to cast a vote for him next month. “ I don’t care how sick you are ,” Trump said  at a rally in Henderson, Nevada

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Once bitten, twice as painful. A builder in Australia has been bitten on his penis by a poisonous spider for the second time this year

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Living in New York City can be pretty rough. The rent is high, there are pretty much always huge piles of trash bags everywhere and if you live here long enough, you’re probably going to get bedbugs .

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Police are investigating whether a teenage tennis player was poisoned at Wimbledon .

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Muslims gathered for Catholic Mass on Sunday in churches and cathedrals across France in a powerful display of unity following the killing of an elderly priest.

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In the grand tradition of “ American Horror Story ” releasing unsettling imagery to whet fans’ appetites for the terrors ahead, the FX anthology series released multiple video teasers on Snapchat Wednesday to promote Season 6. In the first teaser provided by the network, a monstrous hand reaches toward a mobile made of an array of curiously curved torture implements, including a blade in the shape of the number 6

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For the first time in more than two decades, since the dictatorship, Brazil has a government that is widely seen as illegitimate. It is seen this way, not only by its citizens, but in much of the world.

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People recalled seeing “ bodies flying like bowling pins ” during  Thursday night’s deadly attack in the southern French city of Nice .

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Obama raises the stakes for multinationals to combat human trafficking

14Jul

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Ask any movie star — you face a lot of rejection before you finally make it. That’s never been more true than for Freya, a pup dubbed “Britain’s loneliest dog”  by the Mirror in May after the outlet learned she had been in the care of  Freshfields Animal Rescue in Liverpool for six years.

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump honored the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali in a tweet Friday, calling him a “truly great champion and a wonderful guy.” More…

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A 7-year-old boy  missing in northern Japan since Saturday when his parents left him in a forest as punishment  has been found alive and well. Yamato Tanooka turned up on Friday morning at a Self-Defense Force training facility in Shikabe , Hokkaido, according to the Japan Times. That’s about 4.5 miles from where he was last seen.  More…

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From Venezuela to Brazil to Argentina, the political left is crumbling, raising real questions about the durability of South America’s so-called “Pink Tide.” In Caracas, the future of Chávez protégé Nicolás Maduro remains unclear amidst plunging world oil prices, rampant inflation, power shortages and scarcity of basic goods.

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. More…

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For the first time in two years, humans stood on the top of the world. A team of nine Sherpas successfully scaled Mount Everest’s peak on Wednesday — the first climbers to do so since a deadly earthquake in 2015 and a fatal avalanche the year before made attempts to the summit impossible. More..

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It can be hard to stay self-motivated when you’re facing your computer screen. Life gets in the way, and that new Netflix release can look awfully tempting compared to a strenuous session of work.

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With over 150 countries, 10 books and two prosperous companies to his credit, Bill Kizorek, 70, is a living success story.

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TOP STORIES WHAT A NIGHT FOR BASKETBALL Only Lakers legend Kobe Bryant could score 60 points in his final game. “Mamba out” indeed

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Europe Needs a Brussels Commission

09Abr

By Dimitar Georgiev The dusts of the terrorist attack in Brussels on 22 March have not yet settled, but that has not prevented pundits from proclaiming their opinions on what went wrong: blaming Europe’s open borders , accusing the lack of police cooperation within the European Union, pointing the finger at Belgian law enforcement, and even calling into question the future of the European project itself. What is missing, however, is a full understanding of what happened, why it happened, and what reforms would be most effective in ensuring this does not happen again without jeopardizing European values. The people of Belgium, in fact all the people of Europe, need an investigative commission, much like the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission) formed by the U.S.

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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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