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Can you name the only two presidents who have won the popular vote in three consecutive elections?

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NASA Launches GOES-R Weather Satellite

20Nov

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla, Nov 19 – A U.S. weather satellite that will “revolutionize” forecasting blasted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral on Saturday, promising to deliver continuous high-definition views of hurricanes and other storms over the Western Hemisphere. A detailed stream of images provided by the satellite is expected to sharpen weather forecasts, provide more advanced warning of floods and better tracking of wildfires, plumes and volcanic ash clouds.

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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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Let’s Find a Way to Make the Dialogue Work

16Nov

By Bruce Janz UCF Forum columnist There is a breaking point for many people around the neighborhood and around the country, as has been seen this month. These are lines in the sand, points past which people have said they will not pass.

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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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Denver is making green history yet again. The city’s voters appear to have legalized the social use of marijuana in permitted private establishments, according to election results released Monday evening

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Sunday endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) as the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

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It was the American people’s intervention that prevented the annihilation of Trump.

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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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Electoral College Math

07Nov

In 2012, Barack Obama won 332 electoral votes. Mitt Romney won 206

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ABOARD THE HILLARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN PLANE ― On Friday, the Democratic presidential nominee visited a state she expected to win easily.

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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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“Moonlight” is a film as luminous as its title, a story in three chapters about the son of a crack addict, growing up in Florida, bullied and neglected. We see him as a child, befriended by a kind-hearted drug dealer, as a teenager, abused by classmates and having his first sexual encounter with another boy

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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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With luck the US presidential election results will be decisive on November 8. There will be a clear winner and no election disputes will emerge. Yet as the polls tighten nationally and in critical swing states there are possibilities of a contested election

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The New Day After

04Nov

This nightmare will end soon. Barring those leaning towards Secretary Clinton turning out in only mid-term proportions, Hillary Clinton will be elected president. The nuclear codes will be safe and the sort of apocalyptic “day after” depicted in the much hyped 1980’s television movie will return to being only the haunting possibility that could arise from international hostilities

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A squirrel went wild in a Florida senior center on Thursday afternoon, injuring three people and prompting an unusual 911 call.  “We had a squirrel that entered our building, and it’s in our activity room,” the caller said in audio posted online by WFTV , the ABC station in Orlando. “It’s jumping on people and biting them and scratching them

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‘Green News Report’ – November 1, 2016

04Nov

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The following is a guest blog post from the National Education Association and National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild: Eleven months ago, high school students Pedro and Jaime were detained by the Department of Homeland Security. They remain locked up indefinitely in privately run immigration prisons deep in rural Georgia, torn from their families, far from their communities, robbed of their opportunity to finish high school and facing deportation. Jaime and Pedro entered the country from Central America when they were children, making the long, harrowing journey to escape unlivable and dangerous conditions.

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News reports suggest that black voter turnout may be lower than in the past two presidential elections. But comedian Trevor Noah believes African Americans will end up supporting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

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Fifty-One Presidential Elections on Tuesday

03Nov

The United States electoral system is complex and sometimes hard to phantom. Under the United States Constitution, there will be fifty-one separate elections for President in each of the fifty states plus Washington DC on Tuesday, not one

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Vice President Joe Biden threw some shade at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during a campaign speech in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday. Biden told attendees at a rally that the whole world is watching the presidential race, and “what happens here matters to them.” He chastised Trump for his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and mocked him for his late-night Twitter tendency.

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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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Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog Almost exactly 20 years ago, President Bill Clinton signed into law a bill creating an interstate agreement for emergency management. That inconspicuous law has opened the door for the current flood of out-of-state law enforcement agents  present at the continuing protests against the  Dakota Access Pipeline  (DAPL) in North Dakota.

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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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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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Comey Again?

30Oct

James Comey’s decision to inform Congress that the FBI had discovered emails on a laptop belonging to disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner that may be relevant to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server has roiled the presidential campaign with days to go before the election. His letter provided little details about the emails, leaving the ambiguous discloser subject to interpretation and wild speculation by Trump supporters. At a Friday rally, Donald Trump hailed the news as “bigger than Watergate,” even though all of the emails may be just copies of those released earlier to the FBI.

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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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While Donald Trump ’s  racism ,  xenophobia  and  sexism  have drawn considerable scorn, there has been some confusion about his stance on the queer community.

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A letter to millennial and independent voters

28Oct

Dear Millennials and Independent Voters, Leave the angst at home. Go vote and for vote Hillary Clinton and a Democratic Congress, and the next day join on the battle lines fighting for what we believe in.

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A new survey finds there isn’t much respect to go around this election season. Polls agree that Hillary Clinton is winning, but not by how much. And a survey of Latino voters shows the group feels disengaged from major issue discussions.

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Donald Trump’s Campaign Knows He’s Losing

27Oct

With less than two weeks until Election Day, Donald Trump is, for the most part, still insisting to his supporters that he’s in the lead. While he conceded in one radio interview Monday  that he was “somewhat behind in the polls,” Trump said the same day that “I really believe we are winning” and claimed that “Democrats are making up phony polls.” Members of his campaign, though, are openly admitting that the businessman is lagging behind. Trump’s campaign manager, pollster Kellyanne Conway, also conceded that the GOP nominee was trailing, saying Sunday  “we are behind.” Although Trump says he no longer believes the polls , his internal data apparently mirrors what publicly available surveys are showing

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A communications adviser to Donald Trump on Thursday struggled to explain why the GOP nominee attacked former Florida Gov.

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Donald Trump regularly tells his supporters that the election has been rigged against him, and on Monday he accused Hillary Clinton ’s campaign of utilizing a “ voter suppression technique ” that involved manipulating polls. (Politifact rated his claim  “pants on fire” false .)  But with early voting now underway in several states, the real-world effects of actual (and very consequential) voter suppression have begun to bubble up.

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Vote Protectors, the anti-voter-fraud group hosted by Donald Trump ally and political dirty trickster Roger Stone, plans to send volunteers to monitor polling places in nine cities with high minority populations on Election Day, Stone said last week. Untrained poll-watchers have intimidated voters in previous elections. But Vote Protectors is going further than its predecessors.

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Donald Trump said Tuesday he’d “love” to settle things with Vice President Joe Biden mano a mano.  Trump, responding to Biden’s suggestion last week that he’d like to  beat up the GOP presidential nominee  for his comments toward women, mocked Biden and said he’d welcome a confrontation. “Did you see? Biden wants to take me to the back of the barn,” Trump said at a rally in Tallahassee, Florida.

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The ex-wife of former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle is suing the sandwich chain, accusing the company of knowing about his sexual interest in children for years but turning a blind eye to it ― even though his promotional work included visits to schools.

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The Center for Gun Policy and Research at Johns Hopkins University has just issued an important report on guns and college campuses which is summarized in a Washington Post op-ed, or you can download the entire report here . Basically, the report argues that, Gun-nut Nation’s claims to the contrary, allowing guns on college campuses does not enhance security or safety, but will result in more, not less gun violence in academic environments.

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President Barack Obama on Sunday campaigned in the battleground state of Nevada for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate he wants to succeed him in the White House – but he spent most of his time talking about the state’s Senate race.

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WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will “100 percent” accept the results of the U.S. election if it is fair, his son Eric Trump said on Sunday. “I think what my father is saying is, ‘I want a fair election,’” Eric Trump said on ABC’s “This Week.” “If it’s a fair outcome, he will absolutely accept it.

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ATLANTA ― For Republicans nervous about an electoral catastrophe next month, Lesley Jones could be a harbinger of doom.

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In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” Robert Scheer speaks with David Dayen, author of the book Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud . Dayen and Scheer discuss the federal government’s failure to respond to millions of people who suffered from the mortgage fallout from the 2008 bank crisis

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ORLANDO, Florida  – For the first time, the digital advertising industry–via the Trustworthy Accountability Group–has a formal partnership with federal law enforcement agencies to combat criminal activity, TAG President and CEO Mike Zaneis says in an interview with Beet.TV. Since its founding, TAG members have been sharing intelligence about bad actors in the digital advertising space so that the group can set anti-fraud standards

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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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Amy Schumer  poked fun at Florida fans who walked out of her performance earlier this week after the comedian lashed out at Donald Trump onstage.  “I’ve written an open letter to Tampa and I’d like to read it tonight,” Schumer said during an NYC show at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, via People .

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A super PAC launched by the creators of Cards Against Humanity erected a new billboard denouncing Donald Trump this week. The zeitgeisty card game’s political action group, The Nuisance Committee, paid for the large black and white message to be displayed in Dearborn, Michigan until Election Day on Nov.

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Is Shep Smith The Future Of Fox News?

17Oct

NEW YORK ― It’s 3:00 in the afternoon, and  Shepard Smith is in the chair.

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Woman screams at press after Trump rally: “we're mad at you!” pic.twitter.com/r5ewYTpfwB — Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 13, 2016 Covering Donald Trump rallies has never been easy for journalists. Members of the press are often the target of jeering by unruly crowds that are  egged on by the candidate himself

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Dreams really do come true.  This spring, Disney announced that couples can get married in front of Cinderella Castle in the heart of the Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Orlando. Now they’ve made this all the more magical by allowing brides and grooms to say their “I dos” there at night for the very first time, thanks to the Magic Kingdom Park After-Hours experience.  Starting in January 2017, this new offering permits couples and up to 300 wedding guests to celebrate after dark once the park has closed to the public

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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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Republican presidential nominee  Donald Trump  flatly denied during the presidential debate on Sunday that he had ever engaged in the sort of aggressive sexual behavior he detailed during a 2005 taped conversation with Billy Bush, at the time an “Access Hollywood” host.

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Early Voting: A Month to Go

10Oct

Another week of early voting has passed and at least 429,337 people have voted in the 2016 election. I say “at least” because I do not have information from all the states, and information from some states is a little out-of-date

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LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – “ The Girl on the Train ” pulled into the station with a $24.7 million opening, a solid result despite the fact that the mystery debuted as much of the U.S.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Thursday signed a bill into law scaling back a controversial practice that allows police in the state to permanently seize people’s cash and property without obtaining a conviction or even charging someone with a crime.

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An effort to allow veterans to access medical marijuana in states where it’s legal died Wednesday night when Congress passed a spending bill without the provision included.  The Veterans Equal Access Amendment would have nullified a Department of Veterans Affairs standard that keeps its doctors from recommending medical cannabis as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, pain and other conditions experienced by veterans.

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U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s estimated net worth is $3.7 billion, $800 million less than a year ago, Forbes magazine reported on Wednesday, attributing the loss largely to New York’s softening real estate market. The magazine probed 28 assets or asset classes owned by the New York businessman and found 18 had declined in value, including Trump Tower in Manhattan and his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.

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For the past few weeks, national nightly news broadcasts have been leading with weather stories. California and Florida have been burning out of control, a tornado two miles in diameter wiped one Kansas town off the face of the map, and agrarian Missouri has been flooding. Fires and tornadoes, although extraordinarily dangerous and deadly, move fast and decisively, cutting a swath through all natural and manmade objects with reckless abandon

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It has been over a week now since Colin Kaepernick sat during the playing of the National Anthem prior to an NFL Exhibition game. He was protesting discrimination against African Americans and police brutality in the United States. These issues have been in the forefront of public discussion since the shooting of Michael Brown just over two years ago

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TAMPA, Fla. – Hurricane Hermine wreaked havoc across Florida on Friday, causing widespread power outages and flooding before diminishing into a tropical storm and plowing up the Atlantic Coast into the Carolinas with a still-potent mix of high winds and heavy rains.

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Angela Corey, the Democratic Florida prosecutor who presided over some the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court’s most controversial cases of the past several years, lost her bid for reelection Tuesday night bringing her eight-year tenure to an end.  Melissa Nelson emerged as the Republican primary winner , earning more than 64 percent of the vote compared to Corey’s 26 percent. A third challenger, Wes White, collected less than 10 percent.  Corey’s loss was cheered by defense lawyer and academics, many of whom had criticized her aggressive prosecution, particularly of juveniles.   “Corey’s loss is an encouraging sign that the public will no longer tolerate overzealous and unprincipled criminal prosecutions, including women and children,” Mary Anne Franks, a law professor at the University of Miami, said in a statement Tuesday.  Even musician John Legend, who cofounded the criminal justice reform campaign #FreeAmerica weighed in on the Fourth Judicial Circuit State’s Attorney’s race

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WASHINGTON, Aug 30  – Marco Rubio, who dropped out of the Republican presidential race earlier this year, was chosen on Tuesday as the Republican Party nominee for a second U.S. Senate term from Florida, according to the Associated Press .

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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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WASHINGTON ― Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, blamed the “disgusting” media for the candidate’s  tanking poll numbers and recent controversies  in a series of tweets and an interview Sunday morning.  “If the disgusting and corrupt media covered me honestly and didn’t put false meaning into the words I say, I would be beating Hillary by 20%,” Trump tweeted .  More…

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  The U.S. took an early lead in the Olympic medal count, while China and Italy vied for the top spot in the establishment lane. Donald Trump gave a major “policy speech,” and we realized he reads off a teleprompter with the same cadence we use to order takeout from people who don’t speak English well.

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Donald Trump once led a national campaign questioning whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States. And the anniversary of one of Trump’s birther outbursts gave rival presidential candidate  Hillary Clinton an opportunity to remind us all of his false claims.

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Once upon a time,  Amy Schumer  dated a guy who turned out to be gay.  So goes a recently released excerpt from the comedian’s upcoming book Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo  featuring personal and observational stories from Schumer’s presumably eventful 35 years on planet Earth.  More…

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As questions swirl over whether Donald Trump will willingly bow out as the Republican nomine e, or be forced out, pundits have labeled such an event as “unprecedented.” Yet there have been cases in American political history where a nominee has been forced to the sidelines, and a replacement has been named. It’s pretty rare in American presidential history, but there have been cases of nominees that didn’t make the final contest. The most famous one occurred in the 1872, when Horace Greeley died after the election, but before the Electoral College met

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It’s beginning to appear that the Russians will be the big winners at the Olympic Games opening next week in Rio. You may wonder how this could be given the fact that large numbers of Russian athletes, including all the track and field team, have been banned from participation in the Games of 2016.

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CLEVELAND ― To his biggest critics,  Donald Trump is a fearmongering, misogynistic, racist xenophobe.

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(Slipknot) Over this past weekend, the Chicago Open Air festival played host to a great line up of metal acts of both past and present over three days and two stages. The best part about it was that there wasn’t too many bands number-wise playing, you could catch every single band if you wanted to. While the likes of Disturbed, Slipknot, Manilyn Manson, and Breaking Benjamin showed up on the bill, it was the only current US appearance from Rammstein that was the biggest selling point of Chicago Open Air and they didn’t disappoint.

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