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A friend of mine just said, why don’t you come up with an idea as to how we can create change instead of just saying where we went wrong. Alright, valid point

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Last week, we pre-empted our usual Talking Points format for a pre-election column.

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

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Last Call To Stein Voters And Stay-At-Homers

06Nov

Some folks who identify as progressive — and therefore oppose Clinton — still think it is OK to vote for Jill Stein in so-called safe states. I urge you to think again. No matter who wins on Tuesday, the only hope to advance a progressive agenda is to build a unified, integrated progressive movement at the local, state and national levels

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The Ark and the Election

05Nov

The Unicorn is a Mythical Beast. James Thurber, The Unicorn in the Garden Although my readers do not come to this space to get ideas for vacations they may wish to take, many of my readers may be looking for respite after suffering through the last 12 months of what is known as presidential politics

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By Richard Flory , University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Since the late 1970s, American evangelicalism has been largely identified with right-wing politics. Conservative religious values entered the political sphere through movements such as Moral Majority and Focus on the Family that opposed gay rights, abortion, feminism and other liberal issues.

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

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Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening!   A new report predicts that global markets would fall sharply if Donald Trump wins the White House, and considering how much the candidate likes market crashes , that might make defeat even more difficult for him. Merrick Garland’s FOMO was temporarily relieved when a short-staffed Supreme Court delayed hearing three cases

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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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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is not optimistic that he will be in charge of the Senate come November ― and Donald Trump , he implied, is not helping matters. McConnell told a civic group in Kentucky on Thursday that the chances of the GOP retaining control of the Senate were “very dicey,” the Associated Press reported . More..

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Muhammad Ali’s sensational spirit extended well beyond the boxing ring. Ali, who sadly passed away Friday , was a man of charisma and charm.

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The U.S. electric sector is on track to meet the Clean Power Plan, according to a new NRDC analysis released yesterday

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A 27-year-old man is accused of trashing a Memorial Day cross display in Henderson, Kentucky over the weekend.

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Meet Audrey Roberts. At 104, she just wants to live out the rest of her life peacefully in the comfort of her own home.  But due to the high cost of in-home, round-the-clock care, Audrey is at risk of losing her home. Luckily, there’s someone trying to do something about it

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Voters in Oregon and Kentucky are heading to the polls to decide the next election fraud theory that Bernie Sanders supporters will whine about incessantly. Melania Trump stated that her husband is “not Hitler,” meaning Donald Trump will soon retweet a meme comparing her hotness to Eva Braun’s. And D.C

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Donald Trump keeps saying we don’t have any good trade deals, but tell that to the guy in Massachusetts who just got a penis transplant . Trump and David Cameron are in the midst of a trans-Atlantic feud, exhibiting the sort of intra floppy-haired-white-guy hostility usually only found during a prep school lacrosse match

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Saint Thomas More: “Why not be a teacher?

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A man from Tennessee who has the words “psycho” tattooed on his forehead and “nazi” inked on his throat is accused of stabbing another man in the stomach.

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Dinner at Downton Abbey has gotten rowdy over the years, but it never got scary until Sunday night, when Lord Grantham projectile-vomited blood across the table and crumpled to the floor.

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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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How Obama Made This Congressman’s Day

15Ene

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

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Incoming Kentucky Governor, Matt Bevin, set to work quickly. Through a series of executive orders, Bevin ensured that thousands of poor and minority individuals would not vote this year or potentially ever

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A Texas man was wearing an anti-drugs campaign T-shirt when he was arrested last weekend for alleged possession of methamphetamine. In his booking photograph, Adrian Harold Pounders wore a top that read “DontMethWithMe.org.”  The web address he proudly promoted on his chest ironically links to an anti-meth drive that warns Texans about the dangers of the highly addictive drug.   Pounders, 47, was detained when cops raided his home in Crockett on Sunday

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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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France-Total War?

14Nov

The day after Kurdish forces with U.S. support expelled the Islamic State from the town of Sinjar in Northern Iraq; the day after the U.S. triumphantly announced that ISIS executioner “Jihadi” John had been “evaporated” by a missile fired from a U.S.

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In the wake of the horrific Paris attacks that claimed the lives of at least 153 innocent people , FOX News and some Republican presidential hopefuls wasted no time to fear monger and stir up some good-ol-fashioned Islamophobia. FOX anchor Megyn Kelly hosted R-NY Representative Peter King , a former IRA sympathizer , who stated in the interview: “This was terrorism at its worst.

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Last night in Berlin, we celebrated the 7th birthday of Matilda Foelsch.

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In the second episode of the Scheer Intelligence podcast, David Talbot, Salon.com founding editor, tells how former CIA chief Allen Dulles defied FDR to conscript former Nazi leaders in preparation for war with the Soviet Union–one of many deviations from official history excitingly recounted in Talbot’s new book, “The Devil’s Chessboard”. Talbot describes how Dulles assisted efforts to overthrow foreign governments in defiance of American authority, and alludes to new information he says supports the idea that John F.

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Josie Pickens sounds off on recent dating trends pointing to Black women coming together with Asian men By Josie Pickens Interracial dating and marriage are more popular today than they have ever been. According to various studies, millennials certainly see race much differently than every previous generation in the US.

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On issues of abortion access, vaccination and even Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’ right to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples, you might guess the lines would be pretty clear between Republican and Democratic voters’ opinions.  But you’d be wrong.  We asked 60 Democrats and 60 Republicans, ranging in age from 18 to 77, where they stood on these issues and more. Watch the video above. In the last mass survey, we asked Democrats and Republicans about their positions on climate change, immigration and whether they thought Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump would make good presidents

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WASHINGTON — Republican officials here in the capital had dismissed Matt Bevin’s chances of winning the governor’s race in Kentucky. They thought he was just too weird and wild, even in a state that has become deep red in presidential elections. A Louisville businessman and tea party leader, Bevin (who was originally from New Hampshire) had had the reckless temerity to run — and lose — a race for the GOP Senate nomination last year against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the founder and leader of the modern Republican Party in the Bluegrass State.

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My room was pitch dark, but I could see and feel the inquisitive words ready to burst out of his mouth. “I dare you.” Three words strung together that made me start to question my sexuality for the first time. I grew up in in a conservative Kentucky household.

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We all thought it was a miracle when the Badgers beat Kentucky in the Final Four. Legislators – both Republican and Democrat – couldn’t wait to honor the University of Wisconsin basketball team.

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Creative Commons image Kim Davis Billboard, courtesy of Tengrain on Flickr.

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A loosely affiliated group of armed protestors organized anti-Muslim hate rallies across the country on Friday and Saturday. But instead of dividing the communities they targeted, news about the rallies strengthened bonds between interfaith allies and inspired numerous acts of community service around the U.S. Grassroots organizers behind the so-called “Global Rally For Humanity” used  Facebook  to encourage “fellow patriots” to protest Islam outside their local mosques and Muslim community centers. On some pages, the protests were billed as “open carry” events and participants were encouraged to come armed with guns.  Although up to 35 Facebook pages were created in support of the rally, according to the anti-bigotry group Center for New Community , the majority of these were deactivated in the days leading up to Friday. And in an extraordinary show of solidarity, interfaith networks in neighborhoods across America and online stepped up to show their support for their Muslim friends.

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The “Utah compromise” was hailed by some as a groundbreaking balance of religious liberty and LGBT rights. But now, as Indiana Republican leaders examine whether such a policy could be introduced in the Hoosier state, business leaders are roundly rejecting the concept. It’s too late, they say, for that kind of compromise to work in Indiana

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Many of Academy Award season’s so-called notable films, Buzzfeed says, sanitize social issues and historical injustices, using characters as symbols rather than as people unto themselves. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website

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Ben Carson would not support a Muslim candidate for president. This statement was made a week ago, and the media is still pressing him on the issue

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The Myth of SEC Football

26Sep

First of all, no one is dumb enough to argue that the SEC (Southeastern Conference) doesn’t play damned good football.

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BERLIN (AP) — The United States is seeking to ease the Syrian refugee crisis by significantly increasing the number of worldwide refugees it takes in over the next two years, though not by nearly the amount many activists and former officials have urged.   The U.S. will accept 85,000 refugees from around the world next year, up from 70,000, and that total would rise to 100,000 in 2017, according to U.S.

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Nearly 1,000 people showed up at the Islamic Center of Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday to paint over anti-Muslim graffiti that appeared Wednesday night , according to a center director. Representatives from all major faith groups and congregations were there to show support, along with students from private, public and Catholic schools, Ozair Shariff, a board of directors member, told The Huffington Post. “I think it’s very apparent that whatever the intended message the perpetrator had, it certainly backfired,” Shariff said.

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Muhammad Ali, one of the 21st century’s most inspiring athletes, was honored with the inaugural Grawemeyer Spirit Award by the University of Louisville on Thursday night. The 73-year-old Ali, who continues his battle with Parkinson’s disease, did not speak at the event in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, but “The Greatest” did  raise his right hand in a fist , according to NBC News.  As the assembly chanted,”Ali! Ali! Ali!” his wife, Lonnie, took the podium to speak to his adoring audience

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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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Congress Is a Confederacy of Dunces

17Sep

Already we’re deep into September and Congress has reconvened in Washington, prompting many commentators to compare its return after summer’s recess to that of fresh-faced students coming back to school, sharpening their pencils, ready to learn, be cooperative and prepared for something new. This, of course, is where the analogy crumbles

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Innovative graphic in @courierjournal today announcing @googlefiber partnership pic.twitter.com/bAWHJTkj0E — Mayor Greg Fischer (@louisvillemayor) September 11, 2015 A Kentucky city’s number one may have been busy with number two . Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer — or someone tweeting on his behalf — sent out the above image on Twitter last week, which was meant to highlight talks aimed at bringing Google Fiber  high-speed broadband to the city.  Yet all most people seemed to notice was the image’s location, which definitely did not look like the mayor’s office

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It’s been the belief of some political journalists for a while now that Hillary Clinton has wrapped up the LGBT vote . But that thinking is beginning to fray as some major LGBT donors look at a possible run by Joe Biden, and as reports suggest discontent over Clinton’s perceived lack of enthusiasm in taking on big challenges ahead to ensure full equality.

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The Case for Kim Davis: Part Two

15Sep

The responses to my column ” The Case For Kim Davis ” are for the most part thoughtful and raise important issues. I say “for the most part” because I want to set aside as not in the ballpark comments like, “Religious beliefs are absurd in the first place,” or, “All religion is fiction.” Those who make statements like these or deride religion as a vestige of medieval ignorance (actually, the Middle Ages were enormously sophisticated) announce that they can’t take the Kim Davis matter seriously — they can’t take seriously the dilemma of someone who finds her legal and contractual obligations in tension with her obligations to God. It is as if someone invited into a discussion of the Common Core curriculum were to say, “I don’t believe in education.” He would not be contributing to the discussion, but trashing it in advance, and the genuine participants in the conversation would be within their rights to say (as I say now to the religion-haters), ‘Well, you’ve opted out so go sit in your corner and be quiet.’ I am not so ready to dismiss those who regard religion as a hobby (like stamp collecting or bungee jumping) or an ornament (there’s all that nice music and those gorgeous vestments) that is perfectly alright if it keeps its place, but something that must give way to more serious things like the rule of law

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BOONE, Iowa (AP) — With Rick Perry out of the Republican race for president, Donald Trump on Saturday focused his barbs on another opponent in the crowded field of primary candidates, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. In polls in national and early-voting states, Carson is second only to Trump.

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MOREHEAD, Ky., Sept 12 (Reuters) – The county clerk from Kentucky who was jailed after refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples has asked an appeals court to let her continue her stand until a lawsuit against her is decided.

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Bryant: “Stop right where you are! You know the score, pal. You’re not cop, you’re little people.” – Blade Runner, 1982 It’s been quite the summer for Section 1 of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution also known as the Equal Protection Clause.

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GRAYSON, Ky. (AP) — They stood chanting outside the jail house, “Thank you, Kim; Thank you, Kim,” and prayed that the defiant county clerk locked inside could hear them. As Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis began her third day as an inmate at the Carter County Detention Center on Saturday, having chosen indefinite imprisonment over licensing gay marriage, around 300 people gathered on the lawn outside

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A video of an enterprising pilgrim using a so-called hoverboard to circle the Kaaba in Mecca has surfaced online — and some Muslims aren’t sure quite what to make of it. ROBO-HAJJ: Well. The rollerboard has gone from Wiz Khalifah & LA all the way to…

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Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, claims to be a Christian. I shall take her at her word

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The Phony Martyrdom of Kim Davis

02Sep

Religious fanatic and serial bad dresser, Kim Davis, the County Clerk in Rowan County, is absolutely determined to build a cross and climb onto it so the Religious Right can pretend to have a martyr.

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The U.S. Supreme Court declined to delay a federal court order Monday that effectively requires a Kentucky clerk to begin issuing marriage licenses to gays and lesbians within her jurisdiction. The court’s one-line order  offered no explanation for its response to Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis

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A county clerk in Kentucky who petitioned the Supreme Court  to allow her to refuse to wed LGBT couples unknowingly married a trans man and a pansexual woman, the couple says. Camryn Colen and his wife, Lexie, said they were wed in February by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis.

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PHILADELPHIA — With just weeks to go until Pope Francis’ highly anticipated visit to the United States , several of the top leaders of the American Catholic church say they are ready to be surprised. Speaking in Philadelphia over the weekend at the annual conference of the Religion Newswriters Association , high-ranking church officials who have helped plan the pope’s six-day visit to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York, which begins Sept

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Katrina: After the Flood

24Ago

“Ring out the bells again Like we did when spring began Wake me up when September ends” -Billy Joe Armstrong (Green Day) With the tsunami of media leading into the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Saturday, it seems impossible that an author could come up with a new, insightful and passionate history of the 10 years after the hurricane that is not a rehash of something that has been already said. Gary Rivlin made the impossible happen. His book Katrina: After the Flood will be the historic book of record for anyone studying that time period or those who want to learn the politics of rationing resources when a region is starting all over again

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Two women who played an integral role in the Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide have finally tied the knot , and Now This News has compiled a beautiful video documenting the occasion. Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, a Michigan couple who became plaintiffs in the recent historic legal battle  for same-sex marriage rights, married one another in front of approximately 300 friends and family members  last week, according to Detroit Free Press. The pair, who have four kids, initially only pursued a legal case  about adoption rights , since Michigan’s adoption code doesn’t allow for joint or second-parent adoption.

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The Powerful Allure of Sports

23Ago

Ultimately, the best part about sports has nothing to do with championships, awards, win-loss records, or outstanding statistical performances. Those things are all ego-based. The best part about sports is the strong relationships that are formed – often for life

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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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ABOUT THAT NEW HAMPSHIRE POLL – A new Boston Herald-Franklin Pierce University poll released earlier this week found Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) with a not-quite statistically significant 44 percent to 37 percent lead in New Hampshire over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

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GOP Confusion Over Stem Cell Research

08Ago

Republican candidates convened last night for the first debates of the 2016 campaign.

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The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org . Summary The first prime-time Republican presidential debate featured the top 10 candidates, according to polling, and they twisted some facts.

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WASHINGTON – Bloomberg Philanthropies on Wednesday announced the first eight cities it has selected to participate in a new pilot program to improve life in America’s cities. Chattanooga, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; Kansas City, Missouri; Mesa, Arizona; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Jackson, Mississippi; Seattle and New Orleans will be the first to benefit from the What Works Cities Initiative.

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  NEW YORK (AP) — A teenage girl suffocated her just-born baby boy before putting his body in a shopping bag, then going on a trip to a Victoria’s Secret store the next day, prosecutors said as she was charged with murder Thursday. Tiona Rodriguez, now 18, pleaded not guilty, with her lawyer saying it was a stillbirth, not a killing.

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  Butt-dials are a threat to every cellphone user, but thanks to a ruling by a Kentucky court this week, the risks associated with the accidental act has skyrocketed.

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Hillary Clinton fired back at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday after he accused her of playing the “gender card” during her presidential campaign.  “Wow,” Clinton told HuffPost during a Facebook question-and-answer session . “If that’s what he said, Mitch McConnell really doesn’t get it.  There is a gender card being played in this campaign. It’s played every time Republicans vote against giving women equal pay, deny families access to affordable child care or family le ave, refuse to let women make decisions about their health or have access to free contraception.” McConnell criticized Clinton at an event at the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, Monday morning, quipping that “the gender card alone isn’t enough,”  according to Theo Keith, a Louisville-based political reporter.

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Days before kicking off his U.S. tour, singer Sam Smith told fans that his throat is “ looking bloody fantastic .” Smith underwent surgery  in May to treat a hemorrhage on his vocal cords

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Finding Happy In The Middle Of Sad

11Jul

No one likes to feel sad. Sadness is like a gray cloud hovering over our head

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Did any notice? The same day when the TPP trade agreement was initially blocked in Congress, the House of Representatives voted to overturn rules requiring country-of-origin labeling for meat. So if this reversal passes, we may have no idea if beef, pork, or chicken comes from Iowa or Uzbekistan, Montana or Mexico, Kentucky or Kenya.

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June is Gay Pride Month. It is a time for parades and for festivals, for rainbow flags and for dance tents

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Businessman Matt Bevin led Kentucky Agricultural Commissioner James Comer by just 83 votes with all the precincts reporting in the state’s Republican gubernatorial primary Tuesday night. Bevin’s lead of less than one-tenth of a percentage point out of the more than 214,000 votes cast led Comer to declare his intent to request a recanvass, meaning election officials will check printed vote totals against figures sent to the state’s Board of Elections.

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It is widely believed that conservative Christians are a key demographic for Republicans. Evidence also suggests that fear mongering is an important political tool used by most politicians and pundits. It comes as no surprise then that the conservative media has spent much of the past decade attempting to paint Christianity as under attack

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American Pharoah is on his way to getting his misspelled name in the history books! Following his victory at the Kentucky Derby, the speedy colt won the 140th Preakness Stakes despite the pouring rain, putting him on track for a shot to earn horse racing’s highest honor, the Triple Crown. More…

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Low-income students in Kentucky and Texas are graduating high school at almost the same rates as their middle-class and affluent peers, defying a long U.S. trend, according to a report published Tuesday . The national graduation rate for students from middle-class and affluent families was about 88 percent in 2012-2013, compared with 73 percent for low-income students, according to the report from public policy firm Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, and the advocacy groups America’s Promise Alliance and and the Alliance for Excellent Education

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