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In her native Dallas she’s one of the city’s most stylish entrepreneurs, and now the rest of the world is discovering Kathy Fielder. Her Design Life Style brand is a favorite of retailers from Neiman Marcus to The Horchow Collection to One Kings Lane to Rue La La. Earlier this month, the Kathy Fielder Collection for Atlantic, a ready-to-assemble home furniture line was announced, and will hit retailers nationwide in Summer 2017.

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It was chilling enough to learn that President-elect Donald Trump’s team was discussing the idea of a  registry for Muslim immigrants . The news grew even more alarming when Carl Higbie, a Trump surrogate, defended the notion by citing the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Now, people in search of a ray of hope are turning to actor-turned-activist George Takei and his inspiring 2014 TED Talk .

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Read the “big takeaways” sections of the political news aggregators in the days following the elections. They’re focused on how campaign insiders missed this voter sentiment or that election dynamic. But they’re nearly silent on the Clinton campaign’s most obvious failing: After a decade pursuing the presidency, this highly accomplished woman couldn’t communicate to Americans a compelling vision of what she’d do for them.

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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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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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When Donald Trump first called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” Muslims and non-Muslims around the country braced themselves for what quickly became an election season charged with Islamophobia. Over the last year, Muslim Americans have been subjected to attacks, hate crimes and political maneuverings aimed at vilifying their faith

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Beyonce and Jay Z performed at Hillary Clinton’s big get-out-the-vote rally in Cleveland Friday night.

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Co-Authored by Maclen Zilber, Democratic Strategist and Campaign Consultant based in Hollywood, CA Despite the recent scandal swirling around FBI Director James Comey stemming from his controversial and unprecedented engagement in the 2016 race for the White House, most public opinion polls continue to show that Hillary Clinton has a firm structural electoral college advantage in the race to become America’s 45th President.

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Mike Huckabee thought he was making a point in the form of an analogy. The former Arkansas governor and prominent Donald Trump supporter was trying to say that the New Yorker’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president was no surprise.  What he came up with was this:  The New Yorker endorsed HRC

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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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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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For some, “turkey drop” refers to the Thanksgiving-vacation breakup that commonly occurs for college freshmen in long-distance relationships. Not in Yellville, Arkansas

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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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Hillary Clinton’s religious background is more straightforward than Donald Trump’s (on Trump’s religious background, see last month’s blog post), but just as revealing of how well she will likely do this November with churchgoing voters. This is an especially important consideration in the part of the country located between Pittsburgh and the prairies, both because the presidential election will likely be decided there, and because it’s a place with many churchgoing people. Like Donald Trump, Hillary Rodham Clinton was an early baby boomer.

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

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By Caroline Banton , Contributor More…

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Whenever someone asks me how I afford to travel, I have to force myself not to respond with “selling Nutella by the spoonful and procrastinating Sallie Mae payments.” It’s just so funny because people think there’s this magic formula out there. This one-size-fits-all-encompassing route that gives everyone an equal chance of seeing the world.

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The Obama administration on Friday will tell schools and colleges nationwide they must allow transgender students access to bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. The Justice Department and the Education Department, in guidance directed at every American public school district, will admonish educators to treat transgender students consistent with their gender identity, regardless of what sex is listed on student records. More…

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Through the platform of A Humane Nation , I report on so many good developments for animals — from retailers switching to cage-free or crate-free animal products, to major companies going fur-free, to the swell of global outrage over the killing of endangered animals for trophies or profit, to the recent burst of federal rule-making actions for animals. But make no mistake, we are still in a fight for the lives of animals, and there are special interests and lawmakers beholden to them who want to thwart our progress.

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Why It Is Possible to Scale Your Business

08Abr

“David, what’s the craziest excuse you consistently hear from business owners about why they aren’t growing?” It’s simple.

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The PBS debate moderators missed a golden opportunity to ask Hillary and Bernie a crucial question: What did they think about the execution of Rickey Ray Rector in 1992?

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Tom Brady pic.twitter.com/NCshn5nFx2 — ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD_) February 7, 2016 So, uh, how are NFL fans feeling about Tom Brady these days?

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So,  that happened.  Hillary Clinton’s candidacy has a very compelling mission: She’ll hold fast against the GOP’s attempts to roll back the accomplishments of the Obama administration.

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LOS ANGELES — The “invisible tsunami” of natural gas that has been spewing from a broken well in the backyard of an affluent Los Angeles suburb has caused illness and  losses to businesses , and driven thousands from their homes.

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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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Trump Supporters Turned Down At Door

24Ene

PELLA, Iowa — Hundreds stood in line in freezing temperatures for Donald Trump’s event, to risk the chance of being turned away at the door. Donald Trump spoke at Central College in Pella.

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The editorial board of The Des Moines Register on Saturday endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the respective Republican and Democratic nominations for president. The endorsement from the largest paper in the state comes nine days before the Feb

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(Reuters) – Thick snow covered the Washington D.C. area on Saturday as a potentially record-breaking blizzard paralyzed road, rail and airline travel on the U.S. East Coast from North Carolina to New York.

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Sifting through a presidential candidate’s website is one of the more accessible ways to delve into the minds of those running to be the leader of the United States. But some of their websites don’t dive very deep into how they plan to address the current issues facing society.

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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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CHARLESTON, S.C. — Hillary Clinton’s plan to stem her slide against Bernie Sanders in the presidential primary began to come into clear focus Sunday night in the fourth Democratic debate. With two weeks to go before Iowa’s caucuses, the former secretary of state offered several closing arguments: If you liked Barack Obama, stick with Clinton.

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How to Be Calm Under Pressure

16Ene

Most of us have experienced that sickening moment when you realize you’ve made a serious mistake. Perhaps it was a typo that threw off a financial forecast, or maybe you forgot to reserve a venue for an important meeting that’s scheduled for the following day. The details are different for everybody, but at some point, we’ve all felt that rising tide of dread and panic.

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Once upon a time, the white working class was the colossus of U.S. politics.

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has ordered state officials to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood and its affiliates through the state Medicaid program, a move the organization said on Wednesday it would challenge in court.

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

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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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It is one of the central political puzzles of our time: Parts of the country that depend on the safety-net programs supported by Democrats are increasingly voting for Republicans who favor shredding that net. In his successful bid for the Senate in 2010, the libertarian Rand Paul railed against “intergenerational welfare” and said that “the culture of dependency on government destroys people’s spirits,” yet racked up winning margins in eastern Kentucky, a former Democratic stronghold that is heavily dependent on public benefits

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Today’s topics include: We Recap Chez on Stephanie Miller’s Happy Hour; Bob’s Shirtless Offer; Listener Reaction to Our Mizzou Rant; The Latest on the Paris Attacks; Breaking News from Germany; GOP Governors Demonizing Refugees; Bible Verses That Mandate Allowing Refugees to Come to America; Texas Lawmaker Spills the Beans About Texas Gun Laws; Hannity and Bo Dietl on Surveilling Mosques; and much more. Download the mp3 (56 minutes, 23mb) Listen and subscribe on iTunes (it’s FREE!) Support the show at Patreon The Bob & Chez Show is a funny, fast-paced political podcast that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The twice-weekly podcast is hosted by Bob Cesca (Salon.com, The Huffington Post, The Daily Banter, The Stephanie Miller Show), and CNN/MSNBC producer turned writer Chez Pazienza.

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Comcast wants you to believe that it’s just playing fair in its latest push to control the Internet. Last week the cable-Internet colossus expanded its plan to impose unnecessary broadband-usage caps on Comcast users in cities across the South. Comcast spokesman Charlie Douglas told the Associated Press that caps “introduce some more fairness” into the way Internet users pay for data.

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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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By Matthew I. Growney, Founder and CEO of Isabella Products “Dad, can I get McDonalds”?

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Picnicking on the I-5

11Nov

Well, it’s that “over the meadow and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go” time of year. Or, in my case from LA to the Bay Area, it’s “over the meadow and through woods to a cousin’s house we go” on the Interstate 5. Yeah, the I-5.

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Eight candidates will take part in Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate airing on the Fox News Business channel. Here’s what you’ll want to look for as the primary season enters its final months before the first votes are cast in the Iowa caucuses.

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon What We Lose when the forests of Asia burn include the jeweled flower mantis..

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What Would A Bodhisattva Do? (10.6)

10Nov

“Wisdom is knowing I am nothing, Love is knowing I am everything, and between the two my life moves.” Nisargadatta Maharaj From the fourth perspective you look at the world through the mind; from the fifth perspective, you look at the world through the heart. In the fourth perspective you identify with no one; in the fifth perspective, you identify with everyone. The fourth perspective is wisdom; the fifth perspective is compassion

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“The heart has reasons that reason knows nothing about.” Pascal You can’t be rational if you are too emotional.

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XL: Obama Takes the Fall for Hillary

07Nov

Yesterday, in a nationally televised announcement, President Obama rejected Transcanada’s application for the Keystone XL Pipeline , which would have extended the existing Keystone system across the Canadian border in order to transport bitumen (a hydrocarbon product derived by a heat process) south from the oil sands of Alberta to refining capacity on the US Gulf Coast. The rejection revealed not only the gigantic chasm between environmentalists and industry, it also laid bare the ugly side of American politics where common sense often dies a slow, painful death. To begin, let’s look at some data

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Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?

06Nov

I recently heard someone ask, “What’s the big deal about being a veteran?

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Kansas City Royals Lead World Series 3-1

01Nov

NEW YORK (AP) — The Kansas City Royals keep finding new ways to win this October. And now with one more victory in November, they will be World Series champions. Second baseman Daniel Murphy’s error on Eric Hosmer’s grounder in the eighth inning keyed yet another comeback for the tenacious Royals, and Kansas City startled the New York Mets 5-3 Saturday night to take 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series

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ImageContent(562cf0c6e4b0ec0a3894bda1,562cea6d1400001b013c9111,Image,HectorAssetUrl(562cea6d1400001b013c9111.jpeg,Some(),Some(jpeg)),Scott Olson via Getty Images,) WASHINGTON — A new CBS/YouGov poll shows real estate mogul Donald Trump and famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson maintaining their lead among GOP contenders in the 2016 presidential race just days away from the third Republican primary debate in Boulder, Colorado. Among likely Republican caucus-goers in the early state of Iowa, Carson has found continued momentum and is tied with Trump at 27 percent.

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EmbedContent(562bc29be4b0443bb5642d92, ,Embed,aolon,Some({})) STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A vehicle crashed into a crowd of spectators Saturday during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, killing at least three people and injuring nearly two dozen others, police said. Stillwater police Capt

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Kansas City Royals Heading To World Series

24Oct

ImageContent(562b064be4b0aac0b8fd117e,562b0c761900002e00b94cd0,Image,HectorAssetUrl(562b0c761900002e00b94cd0.jpeg,Some(),Some(jpeg)),Rob Carr via Getty Images,) KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals earned another champagne shower at Kauffman Stadium. Lorenzo Cain sprinted home from first base on Eric Hosmer’s single in the eighth inning, Wade Davis weathered a 45-minute rain delay and a white-knuckle ninth, and Kansas City beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 Friday night to earn its second straight trip to the World Series.

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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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Before he  demeaned ,  guaranteed  and  taunted  his way to the top of the polls — indeed, before the very first “Make America Great” hat even came off of the assembly line — the Republican Party got its first incontrovertible evidence of the extent of its problem with Donald Trump, via a report in The Washington Post. It started harmlessly enough. In early July, The Post cited unnamed Republican donors and consultants in reporting on a phone conversation that Trump had with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus

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Here’s how NOT to put out a fire.  When a Missouri man burning trash in a field accidentally set fire to the brush, he tried to extinguish the flames by driving over them… in a van loaded with ammunition.  “Well, you can see how that turned out ,” the Clay County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook along with some images of the blaze, which took place near the city of Liberty: First the van’s tires caught fire and then the rest went up, including all that ammo.   “Ammunition in that burning car began discharging so (the responding officer) and responding firefighters kept their distance until it was safe to extinguish it,” the department wrote.  The van was burnt to a crisp:  Eventually, firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze.

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India announced its national plan for addressing climate change recently. It will reduce its carbon intensity and dramatically expand its growing renewable energy sector. India’s solar market grew more than 100-fold in the past four years

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To win the Democratic Presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders must take a reasonable portion of the African American and Hispanic vote away from Hillary Clinton.

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You need five Supreme Court justices to halt an execution.

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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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The Ohio State University (O.S.U.) Men’s Swimming Team will soon have a Big Challenge Swim (Race4cure) meet vs. Ohio’s Kenyon College on October 30, representing two of the nation’s best college swim programs.

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Larry Brown was awarded the hat trick this week by the NCAA. For the third time in his college coaching career Brown is the head basketball coach at a university whose basketball program was found to have violated NCAA regulations. The first came in the early eighties at UCLA where his program was found to be guilty of getting “improper inducements” from UCLA boosters.

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Former President Bill Clinton faulted congressional Republicans and a pliant news media for the fallout over Hillary Clinton’s private email server, arguing that the attention given to the emails has been unwarranted.

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WMC Action News 5 – Memphis, Tennessee A Missouri woman and her boyfriend are facing felony charges in the case of a 16-year-old boy who told police he was held down and raped as part of a foursome, according to the Carrollton Police Department. Authorities say 26-year-old Laura Ann Bentley is being charged with statutory rape and statutory sodomy

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We Can Prevent Veteran Suicides

20Sep

Janci, an Air Force veteran of Iraq, swallowed an entire fistful of pills and a bottle of wine.

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  WASHINGTON —  Though Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is leading former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in successive polls of Democratic voters in New Hampshire  and Iowa , his campaign faces significantly more difficult terrain outside those two states.  The problem for Sanders is a demographic one.

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Dress code conflicts announced the beginning of the school year with a bang.  Usually, I’d provide an example, but it makes more sense to talk about the Missouri Legislature, where a few weeks ago, a dress code for interns was proposed, to much dismay and no small amount of ridicule . “Removing one more distraction will help everyone keep their focus on legislative matters,” explained GOP State Rep. Nick King, in an email about this proposal.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 24-year-old mother is in custody Saturday after her two young children were found barefoot, dirty and living in a wooden shipping crate in an underground cave on the eastern edge of Kansas City, Missouri.

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Who Says Funny Women Aren’t Sexy?

12Sep

“A man can laugh a woman into bed, but funny females aren’t attractive .” At least that’s what the Daily Mail made of a provocative new study on the role of humor in romantic attraction. The University of Kansas study , which was  published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology, found that men who are able to make women laugh are more likely to win their affection.

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Friday Talking Points — Bye-Bye, Rick!

12Sep

Breaking news! Rick Perry drops out of presidential race! This news broke after almost all of this column was written, so we’re just going to add this bit at the top to snarkily wish Rick Perry well in his future endeavors. I must admit I got it wrong when I predicted a few weeks ago that Perry would stay in the race longer than Jim Gilmore, George Pataki, Lindsey Graham, Rick Santorum, and Bobby Jindal. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun betting who will drop out next! With Perry gone already, I predict that Gilmore will be next, seeing as how he didn’t even make it onto next week’s CNN kid’s table debate.

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An innocent mistake or a crude shot at a rival ?   During Saturday’s halftime performance, the Kansas State Marching Band  formed the image of what many thought was a giant penis, which then went right into the mouth of their rival team’s mascot.  K-State claims it was only trying to represent the Enterprise, the spaceship from the “Star Trek” shows and movies, doing battle with the University of Kansas Jayhawk.

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“The Hermitage by Jim Bowen ” by Jim Bowen from Zhenhai, China – Andrew Jackson’s Home . Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons . Church burnings, police shootings, and of course the horrific murders at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, remind us that, although the Civil War ended slavery, the mental and social world it fostered is still with us.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Officials say a man with a machete injured two people during an attack in a wooded area of the University of Arkansas campus. University spokesman Steve Voorhies says the attack happened around 7:15 Thursday night.

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Progressive activists and economists who want the Federal Reserve to prioritize jobs and racial justice  brought their case to the central bankers’ summer meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on Thursday for two days of teach-ins and protests.

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I had never heard of Ashley Madison until the news came out about the hackers who have released names and personal details of married members who are seeking an affair.

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