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Fifth Harmony star Lauren Jauregui just shared an open letter addressed to anyone who thinks voting for President-elect Donald Trump  “does not mean that you are racist, homophobic, sexist, xenophobic, assholes.” And she used the occasion to publicly come out as bisexual. In the op-ed, published on Billboard.com Friday , the obviously furious singer held back little, calling Trump supporters “hypocrites” who “voted for a person who built an 18-month campaign off the back of your hatred” before become the latest person to compare the president-elect to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler . Jauregui said she’s a “bisexual Cuban-American woman and I am so proud of it.” She also noted she is proud to be “the granddaughter and daughter of immigrants who were brave enough to leave their homes and come to a whole new world.” She then dedicated several paragraphs to explaining her pride as a woman in light of the misogyny that ran rampant during Trump’s campaign

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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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What If Trump Turns Out To Be Great?

12Nov

What is the best we can hope for a Trump presidency? If Trump’s election proves anything, it is that the ideas which used buttress the old ruling elite no longer hold sway.

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By: Lara San Gil and Julie Kervadec Years ago I met my best friend, Julie, whilst studying for a Master in International Marketing in Madrid. Towards the end of the programme, Julie and I took part in a competition for L’Oréal, making it through as finalist. Although we did not win the competition, the great prize we got was that we realized of how well we worked together and of the complimentary skills we had

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The Vatican’s participation in the mediation effort in Venezuela poses an unusual challenge to US policy in Venezuela and the region.

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WILMINGTON, N.C./MIAMI – Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton traded barbs as they entered the last three days of campaigning in the U.S. presidential election with competing events on Saturday in Florida, a swing state that could prove decisive in Tuesday’s vote. Clinton and Trump are making their closing arguments to American voters, crisscrossing the United States in hopes of convincing last-minute undecided voters and rallying their bases to turn out enthusiastically on Election Day

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You saw in my title, ‘The Trump Election Crisis.’ It is named after the Cuban Missile Crisis, because an authoritarian fascist has been nominated by a major political party for the first time in our country’s history.

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Eddie: Hallandale, Florida, October 27, 2016

30Oct

Eddie works at the local medical supply store where I recently got my new mobility scooter.

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My Favorite Father & Son Movies 

21Oct

And how they helped me become a better parent. I spent those early impressionable years being emotionally available in a world where all other boys seemed to be emotionally stunted.

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The Emperor’s New Syria Policy

13Oct

It was an “emperor’s new clothes” moment. You know the story: “scoundrels” show up at court, pretending to be tailors. They promise to make an elegant robe that will be invisible to those unfit for their positions.

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“ American Horror Story ,” the campy horror series that’s doubling as an instructional guide to disembowelment this season, revealed a lot about Lady Gaga’s Season 6 character in Wednesday’s episode. Until now, Gaga’s Witch of the Woods has been a fleeting presence, appearing menacingly in the background as Kathy Bates’ band of stab-happy former colonists find new victims.

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LES CAYES/PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Hurricane Matthew edged closer to Haiti on Monday, bringing 130- mile-per-hour (215 kph) winds and torrential rain that could wreak havoc in the Caribbean nation, although some 2,000 people in one coastal town refused to evacuate.

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By Helen Murphy and Julia Symmes Cobb BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombians narrowly rejected a peace deal with Marxist insurgents on Sunday, plunging the nation into uncertainty and handing a major defeat to President Juan Manuel Santos, who had staked his reputation on ending the 52-year war. Before the referendum, Santos, 53, said he had no Plan B and would return Colombia to war if the “no” vote won.

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Five American Foreign Policy Myths

01Sep

Five myths American foreign policy myths are generated in the corridors of power to elicit popular support and lavish congressional funding for the multi-trillion dollar military-industrial-counterterrorism complex. MYTH 1.

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Founded in 2001 to bring together progressive activists to discuss ideas and strategies for building a better world, the World Social Forum was held in Montreal, Canada this past week in its North American debut. Montreal was chosen because of the “Maple Spring” protests in which tens of thousands were mobilized against tuition hikes and budgetary cuts, and which led ultimately to a tuition freeze and change in provincial leadership.

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I’m not a psychologist, but after watching Donald Trump’s thirteen-month Presidential campaign, it certainly appears that he is unhinged.

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Barack Obama: Passing the Baton

28Jul

“America is already great,” President Barack Obama proclaimed to delegates at the Democratic Convention is his speech that highlighted his accomplishments in office, attacked Donald Trump, and enthusiastically endorsed Hillary Clinton to be his successor.

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Dealing with North Korea brings to mind Sisyphus, the mythological Greek king condemned for eternity to roll a stone up a hill, only to watch it roll back down. Whatever the U.S. does, Kim Jong-un again will fire missiles, test nukes, and threaten to lay waste to his enemies

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I would have expected more adeptness from Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former intelligence superstar in the Soviet Union’s legendary KGB. His amateurish attempt to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election in the United States by tasking Russian hackers to steal 20,000 emails from the servers of the Democratic National Committee and share them with WikiLeaks to embarrass Hillary Clinton and favor Donald Trump showed his talents are in decline

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Over the past several weeks, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have crossed the previously closed border with Colombia to purchase the basic necessities they can no longer buy at home , a net result of Venezuela’s ongoing economic and political turmoil. What a testament to how desperate life has become for ordinary Venezuelans, who have endured hyper-inflation, high levels of unemployment, a rise in poverty, rampant cronyism and corruption, and severely reduced oil revenues — even before Nicolas Maduro assumed office in 2013. Since then, it has all become much worse

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In 1984 Bernie Goetz shot four black teenagers in the subway because, he concluded, they would rob him or worse. He left one man a paraplegic with permanent brain damage. The so-called “Subway Vigilante” eventually turned himself into police but not before receiving nation-wide support from segments of the public, including media outlets, who hailed him as a hero

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In his recent rant against a 62-year-old Indiana-born Latino judge, Donald Trump reveals that he is more than anti-Mexican.

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Polls show Hillary Clinton narrowly ahead in the California Democratic primary. “Brexit” polls show a lot of uncertainty about the UK’s June 23 referendum on whether to stay in the European Union. And most Americans back overtime eligibility expansion

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Cognitive dissonance is described as the mental discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas or values at the same time. It’s analogous to the gender dysphoria suffered by many trans persons when their innate biological sense of self doesn’t match the gender they were assigned at birth and in which they were raised

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Field tests of flood-tolerant ‘scuba rice.’ International Rice Research Institute/Flickr , CC BY-NC-SA By Pamela Ronald , University of California, Davis More…

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Well, don’t this just beat all: The third season of FX’s Fargo may attack the very way of life on which the movie and the hit TV series have been based. Noah Hawley, the writer who did the near-impossible and turned Joel and Ethan Coen’s weirdly wonderful 1996 movie into two different yet equally compelling TV seasons, says that next time around, “There may be a threat to Minnesota Nice itself.” More…

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Wafflewich

29May

Some of the greatest things in life happen by accident, just ask most first-born children.

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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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A gold watch wasn’t enough for a security guard with a heart of gold. Kifleab Tekle received a check for $183,179 from former students and parents at a private celebration at The Hockaday School in Dallas, on Monday. Tekle, who retired after working as a security guard at the school for 30 years, was regarded as the “Hagrid of their Hogwarts” according to The Dallas Morning News , and most students were appreciative of his good sense of humor, jokes and smile, as well as his commitment to his job.

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The hardest lesson in my new spiritual life has been to learn how to not do anything. After decades of believing in hard work, it has been very difficult to train myself to let go of doing and focus on being, even though, truth be told, working hard never got me anywhere much. But how to not do anything when there is so much to do?

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By Katie Sizemore In January, El Salvador’s Foreign Minister, Hugo Martínez, greeted Cuban migrants passing through one of his country’s airports after having been stranded for three months in Costa Rica on their way to the United States. Martínez attributed the situation to a double standard in U.S.

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Friday Talking Points — Toss of a Coin

06Feb

Appropriately, for the week which will also contain the Super Bowl, the first state to weigh in on the presidential election was decided (for Democrats) by a coin-toss. Or, to be accurate, seven of them

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Miranda says her mother has been obsessed with looking like a stripper since her husband of 26 years confessed that he had been to a strip club on two occasions more than a decade ago. The 19-year-old claims that for the last two years, her mother, Marianne, would rather spend money to transform her appearance than pay for Miranda’s education — and encourages Miranda to wear tight clothes and show off her body. “Ever since my mom found out my dad went to the strip club 15 years ago, she’s made obsessive changes to her body: cutting her hair, dying her hair, getting a large back tattoo, she started drinking, getting plastic surgery,” Miranda says

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When you have a large family, traveling together can be a challenge. But with a little bit of planning and research, family vacations with children and grandchildren can be a great way for generations to bond

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While a report by a British judge found that Russian president Vladimir Putin probably approved of the Russian security service’s plan to kill Alexander Litvinenko, a former KGB officer turned Kremlin critic, justice remains far for many other dead, disappeared or jailed Putin critics.  According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 56 journalists have been killed in Russia since 1992. Here are some of the most prominent Kremlin critics who have been killed or jailed in the last decade: Boris Nemtsov Nemtsov, a prominent critic of Putin who exposed corruption in the government, was gunned down in February near the Kremlin. At the time of his murder, Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister, had been working on a report on Russia’s role in separatist uprisings in eastern Ukraine in 2014

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5 Top Cruising Tips for Seniors

14Ene

Rennett Stowe/ Flickr It’s no secret that cruises appeal to retirees. In fact, some travelers still subscribe to the notion that vacations at sea are exclusively for the “newlywed and nearly dead.” While that characterization may have been true a decade ago, today’s cruise lines attract just about every type of traveler and appeal to various interests. Whether you want to sail solo, with several generations of family members or even with Kid Rock fans, there’s a cruise for you

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Guantanamo, 14 Years and Counting

11Ene

Fourteen years ago this Monday, President George W. Bush opened the Guantanamo Bay detention center as an emergency measure to hold and interrogate men suspected of participation in the September 11 attacks and the subsequent fight against the United States in Afghanistan.

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Islam, Republicans and the Far Right

19Nov

We are trapped. Once again, we find ourselves wedged between the hammer of terrorism and the anvil of the European far right and of Republican neocons across the Atlantic. Every war has its mongers who profit from its sorrows, rubble and spilt blood.

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Daily Meditation: Devotional Music

09Nov

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice.

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Tips for Getting an International Visa

02Nov

Justin Vidamo / Flickr Dealing with the paperwork and procedures of procuring an international visa may not be the most exciting part of traveling overseas, but it’s certainly an important step in the trip-planning process. Getting a visa can be complicated, laborious and stressful, but not impossible with proper planning. If you want to go to a place where a visa is required for entry (think: Russia, China and Kenya), read these tips to make the experience as painless as possible.

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The famed poet’s new full-length album, ‘Black Tea: The Legend of Jessi James,’ features Talib Kweli, Roy Ayers and more BY SUN SINGLETON Detroit is famous for its music, from Motown to techno and house, to Eminem and Dilla. But it’s less well known for its stellar, homegrown poets.

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Cuban artists and musicians–some of the best artists and musicians in the world–are literally invading the US this month with an unprecedented onslaught of art shows and musical performances. MADE IN CUBA!/HECHO EN CUBA!, a major art exhibit featuring over 100 mixed-media works by many of Cuba’s leading and emerging contemporary artists, opened last weekend for a 5-week run on the West Coast. Thousands of enthusiastic viewers packed the ARENA 1 GALLERY housed in an airplane hangar at Santa Monica Airport and at least a dozen pieces were sold on opening weekend.

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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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Go ahead and support Hillary Clinton, those of you for whom having the first female president is the top priority. She is by far preferable to Carly Fiorina, though of course no match for likely Green Party candidate Jill Stein (I know: You want to win).

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So you want to be an artist. Not just someone who is good at painting, drawing, sculpting, but someone who truly understands things as they are, and communicates these most elusive truths to others through a quietly unforgettable image

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The Hardest-Working Scapegoat In Washington

30Sep

WASHINGTON — This summer, Hillary Clinton endured withering criticism over her use of a private email account, President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal faced a multi-million dollar attack ad campaign and Democratic presidential candidates maligned the party’s debate schedule as unfair. Through it all, the party operated with one of its most critical positions vacant: From early June until mid-September, the Democratic National Committee went without a communications director

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Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the balcony at the US Capitol on September 24, 2015. By Jason Berry WASHINGTON — Before Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis praised Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement “for her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed,” likening her faith to “the example of the saints.” Inspired by Day, Barbara Blaine in the mid-1980s moved into a Catholic Worker House on the South Side of Chicago where women fleeing domestic abuse found safe harbor with their kids.

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This review first appeared in The National Book Review By Madeleine Blais Make Your Home Among Strangers By Jennine Capo Crucet St.

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14 Reasons To Be Proud To Be Latino

24Sep

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we decided to ask our Latino Voices’ community to sound off on Facebook  and  Twitter  about what they love most about being Latino or Hispanic.  In addition to filling us with joy, orgullo and the warm fuzzies, respondents’ answers confirmed what we’ve always known to be true: The source of our individual pride is as diverse, unique and complicated as we are. See for yourself! Read on to see what makes our readers proud to be Latino or Hispanic, and don’t forget to share the source of your own cultural pride in the comment section below. Represent! 1.

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Pope Francis made time to meet with a group of young people in Havana on Sunday, his first full day in Cuba.  True to form, he made it clear that he’s there to listen and surprise.  Francis appeared to set his prepared remarks for the event aside, choosing instead to speak freely and off-script with the several thousands gathered at “Centro Cultural Padre Félix Varela,” a Catholic cultural center

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(RNS) Do we have our first full-blown diplomatic incident marring the carefully orchestrated visit of Pope Francis to the U.S.? Did the Obama White House muff what should have been a slam dunk in welcoming the pontiff to what is essentially a Washington photo op?

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HAVANA (AP) — Pope Francis begins a 10-day trip to Cuba and the United States on Saturday, embarking on his first trip to the onetime Cold War foes after helping to nudge forward their historic rapprochement. He will be offering a show of solidarity with Cubans and making clear that Hispanics in the United States are the bedrock of the American church. The visit boasts several firsts for history’s first Latin American pope: Francis will become the first pope to address the U.S

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Are they fools or fascists? Probably the former, but there was a disturbing cast to the second GOP debate, a vituperative jingoism reminiscent of the xenophobia that periodically scars western capitalist societies in moments of disarray. While the entire world is riveted by the sight of millions of refugees in terrifying exodus attempting to save drowning and starving children, we were treated to the darkly peculiar spectacle of scorn for the children of undocumented immigrants and the celebration of the sanctity of the unborn fetus

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This week we celebrate Constitution Week, a time to reflect on the uniquely American idea that citizenship in this country is a matter of commitment and conscience.

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New Artist Reviews: Metabards

15Sep

EDITOR’S NOTE: PLEASE USE THIS IMAGE AS THE SOCIAL MEDIA THUMBNAIL http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2015-09-15-1442301220-8312499-MetabardsEPCover.jpeg Hailing from the endless well of talent in New York City emerges the unique family duo, Metabards. Their fascinating blend of electronic music, Eastern soundscapes and trip hop creates a genre-bending sonic experience that is reminiscent of other artists yet still completely innovative.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — To some Republican presidential candidates, it’s better to be with the popular pope than against him. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have deep policy differences with Pope Francis, but the senators will break off campaign travel to attend his address to Congress later this month, a centerpiece of his eagerly anticipated visit to the United States. Former Florida Gov

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Leopoldo Lopez waves from a window of the Ramo Verde military prison in Caracas. (EFE) Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 11 September 2015 — I met him and it was impossible not to notice him. He stood out among everyone: young, with an impressive energy and an intelligence that suggested he would go far

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Chase the Summer, Head to Jamaica Now

11Sep

Sadly, summer is coming to an end here in the states, but fortunately you can experience an endless summer in Jamaica. With weather ranging from mid-70s to the high 80s all year-round, it’s always a right time to travel to Jamaica

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BEIJING — Liu Bolin is preparing to disappear. He stands stone-still on a platform with his eyes shut, dripping sweat while an assistant smears Venezuela across his left cheek.

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The California state assembly passed a bill Wednesday that would create a model ethnic studies curriculum for optional use statewide, handing a major victory to educators and activists who say the courses will help boost achievement among students of color.

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This is part of the #CareerAdvice series – featuring successful professionals who share their advice to people who would want to take their career to the next level. Zhang Yu received his Bachelors and Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the Tsinghua University and went on to receive his Doctorate from the Beijing Institute of Technology management.

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FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Health officials in Sierra Leone on Sunday confirmed an Ebola death less than a week after the country’s last known patient was discharged from a hospital.

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Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 28 August 2015 — Undone, with the sparks of short circuits clouding his vision and the cabin smashed into smithereens, Voltus V faced the worst end against a fearsome enemy.

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The Missing Statistics On Women In Cuba

26Ago

Gender violence affects an unknown number of victims in Cuba every day, but the statistics of these reprehensible acts do not come to light.

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The flag-raising ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Havana marks the successful conclusion of what Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez called the “first stage” in the process of normalizing relations. Now comes the hard part

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Which of the world’s museums is the most Googled? It’s London’s Science Museum . I recently spent an hour in the museum’s permanent exhibit of information technology through the ages and I can see why.

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We’re going to begin today with a wrapup of the week that was in the presidential campaigns, and as befitting his status as the Republican frontrunner, we’re going to start with Donald Trump (if you’re sick of hearing about Trump, just skip down eight or ten paragraphs and continue reading). Trump is helicoptering in to the Iowa State Fair today, so perhaps he’ll have said something even more outrageous by the time you read this. Hey, it’s a pretty safe bet, at this point.

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LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green Lowey and Alter debate first GOP debates. Some consensus that Fiorina and Cruz rising, Rubio nominee potential, Bush and Walker meh..

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Well, that was entertaining, wasn’t it? We refer, of course, to the grand spectacle of the first Republican presidential debates, held last night on Fox News. Since this is all anyone’s talking about in the political world today, we are going to follow suit and devote most of this column (with the exception of the awards) to our reactions to seeing all the Republican candidates under one roof for the first time

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Friday Talking Points — The Debate Debate

01Ago

In normal years, this would be the official kickoff to the political Silly Season — the dog days of August when Congress scarpers off for five or six weeks to have fun in the sun at taxpayer expense, and the political chattering classes have so little material to work with that they pick one silly issue and just absolutely obsess over it. This year, however, is not normal, as instead we’re right at the kickoff of Presidential Debate Season, and the votes are already in — the silly subject we’re all going to obsess over this year is named Donald Trump. Whether this obsession takes the form of crushing depression (headline: ” A GOP Led By Donald Trump Will Fail, And Deserve It “) or unconcealed glee (headline: ” Christmas Comes Early This Year — Anticipating The Gift Of A Trump-Fueled GOP Debate “) depends, of course, on the viewpoint of the pundit.

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By College Tourist ; Author: Tori Danforth, University of South Florida If you’re stuck trying to pick a destination for your next trip have no fear! We’re going on a journey around the world! As any world traveler or study abroad student knows, preparing for an upcoming trip can be quite time consuming.

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President Barack Obama’s plan to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would bring as many as 64 of the 116 current detainees — those deemed too dangerous to transfer elsewhere — to the U.S. for federal prosecution or continued military detention.

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Q&A with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat

24Jul

Nir Barkat, 55, has served as Mayor of Jerusalem since 2008 and was re-elected in 2013 for a second five-year term. Born in Jerusalem, he holds a degree in computer science from the Hebrew University. Barkat launched a successful software company, start-up incubator and venture firm before entering politics, first in 2003 in a failed mayoral attempt, followed by service on the city council and then his successful mayoral bids

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Fund the U.S. Embassy in Havana

21Jul

With the reopening of the U.S.

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  Lighting 3’s Constantinos Bouroussis and Lambros Doulos at Startupbootcamp HighTechXL Final Selection Days. The last three weeks have been kind of hellish for the Greek economy and society — a referendum announcement, capital controls on the banks, uncertainty after a ‘NO’ vote on the European creditors agreement proposal, another round of negotiations between the Greek Prime Minister Tsipras and Eurozone leaders and then the third bailout agreement in five years, reportedly worth 85 billion euros

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TOP STORIES To get The Morning Email, HuffPost’s daily roundup of the news, in your inbox, sign up here. IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL, REVIEWED Congress officially received the deal today, marking the start of a 60-day review period . Secretary of State John Kerry said there was no viable alternative to the deal , as the pitch process begins around the world for the historic agreement.

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