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First, there were reports of wood pulp in  grated cheese. And now, this.  A new Bloomberg News report raises doubts about store-brand aloe vera after tests it commissioned on products bought at Walmart, CVS and Target reportedly found no trace of their claimed prime ingredient ― aloe barbadensis leaf juice

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

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What’s Really Going On With Twitter?

20Nov

By Justin Ollivierre, Social Strategy, DigitasLBI Chicago The Cultural Role, The Criticism, and our Conclusion You probably noticed that the Presidential election was a serious boon for Twitter. Not a day went by where a trending election hashtag or rogue presidential-nominee tweet didn’t make national—sometimes global—news

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

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 19 (Reuters) – A police helicopter in Rio de Janeiro crashed Saturday evening, killing four officers after a day of intense firefights between law enforcement and suspected criminals in the slum known as City of God.

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Donald Trump’s Reagan Moment

19Nov

Sometime before Inauguration Day, President-elect Trump will be briefed on the American plan for nuclear war, inclusive of the role he plays in ordering nuclear weapons release (i.e., the “nuclear codes”.)  John F. Kennedy was the first American president briefed on this plan, back in 1961.  Afterwards, a shaken Kennedy told his Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, “And we call ourselves the human race.” President Nixon was similarly appalled. “No matter what we do,” he told his National Security Council, “they the Soviets lose their cities…what a decision.” Ninety million Soviets would die in an American nuclear strike, Nixon was told.  And ninety million Americans would die in a Soviet retaliation

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Stock market cycles are something of an enigma — if investors generally know they exist, why don’t they get out at the peaks, and buy back in when the market is down? The better you understand the dynamics of market cycles, the better you can take advantage of them rather than being victimized by them. What makes up a stock market cycle?

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Angelina Jolie  has resurfaced in a video plea to support the International Criminal Court’s efforts to protect the lives of children worldwide, after she’s largely avoided the spotlight during her ongoing custody battle with estranged husband Brad Pitt . As a special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Jolie has  advocated for the rights of children in conflict zones like Syria and Afghanistan for more than a decade.  In a new video that was posted online on Friday, Jolie praised the ICC and its new policy to focus on prosecuting crimes committed against children.  “Successful prosecution and new legal benchmark, whether at the ICC or elsewhere, is part of the long and vital generational effort.

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WASHINGTON ― President-elect Donald Trump could blow a giant hole in Obamacare on his first day in office without even waiting for the Republican-led Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The question is: Does he want to

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  WASHINGTON – After responsible stewardship of the nuclear arsenal, perhaps the most import role an American president sets is setting a tone that guides how millions of people will act. In the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump, acts of violence and intimidation against the groups that he singled out during the campaign have been reported across the country, and are being tracked by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Ethiopian immigrant Yemaj Adem, for instance, was attacked in Grand Rapids on November 12th by a man in his cab who started punching him and shouting “Trump! Trump! Trump!” The man was arrested, and continued making racist comments about Adem in the back of the police car

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WASHINGTON ― The biggest potential conflict of interest for President-elect Donald Trump sits about half a mile away from the White House: The Trump International Hotel.

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

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Recently I found myself standing in front of 25 second graders, talking about the plight of pollinators, and specifically monarch butterflies. My job requires me to engage a range of influencers – from heads of government to business leaders – to inform them about the deteriorating state of our planet and what can be done to preserve it.

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The Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa (CIHA) Blog, at www.cihablog.com, has as its mission to “transform the phenomenon of aid to Africa into egalitarian and respectful relationships that challenge unequal power relations, paternalism and victimization.” It focuses particularly on “critical and religious voices to explore connections among issues of faith, governance, gender, and race in colonial and post-colonial contexts.

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Most of us in sustainability (CSR, citizenship, social change, activism etc) are shell shocked.

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Which Trump? Early Signs Not Good

17Nov

Optimists are hoping for a Trump makeover. They cling to his brief victory remarks suggesting that he wants to be the “president of all the people.” In his 60 Minutes interview following the election Trump said that the protestors were out in the streets because “they do not know me.” They recall his statement some months ago that he had to say outlandish things in order to get greater media attention and reach more people than his Republican primary competitors. Character and personality are not prone to change in most people

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By Kerry Fiallo | Off the Shelf I collect ghost stories. I don’t believe in ghosts–but I’ll read any and all types of haunting stories

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Courage in the Face of Fear

17Nov

By Jacquie West Courage in the face of fear is not for the faint of heart, especially for those whose hearts are broken.  The first Saturday after this country’s national election could have been spent any number of ways: doing chores, watching college football, working, or simply avoiding anything political, but for those of us fortunate enough to answer an invitation, we decided to try a ” Living Room Conversation ,” a simple model for civil discourse at The Utah Citizens Summit, on Saturday November 12th, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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The United States was born 240 years ago with a shield that proclaimed, “Peace, Independence, Liberty.” It marked an inflection point in the human narrative. For thousands of years, mankind had exalted warriors and nations who turned children into orphans, wives into widows, and had fathers bury sons rather than sons bury fathers in chronic wars for the sake of power, riches and the adolescent thrill of domination. Our forefathers, in contrast, risked their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to give birth to a nation whose glory was liberty and whose march was the march of the mind.

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Nov 17 (Reuters) – Songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen died in his sleep after a fall in his Los Angeles home in the middle of the night, his manager has said.

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More Fearful Than Ever

16Nov

While Donald Trump’s recent appearance on 60 Minutes may have calmed some of my fears, he has not put all of them to rest. Indeed, he’s even exacerbated them

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A police officer escorts migrants from a train at Hyllie station outside Malmo. TT News Agency/Reuters Nahikari Irastorza , Malmö University and Pieter Bevelander , Malmö University Sweden is one of the few countries in Europe that has provided protection to a large number of refugees fleeing the war zones of Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

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No one really knows what President-elect Donald Trump will do once in office, but comedian Trevor Noah has some ideas.

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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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“Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s laws wrong it learned how to walk without having feet.” – Tupac Shakur The late Tupac Shakur’s poem has always resonated with me. His words speak to the underdog, the overlooked and unsung hero, who finds a way to grow and thrive, against the harshest odds.

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Many governments persecute people of religious faith. However, one nation stands out: North Korea

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In Cinzana, Mali, cooperative vegetable gardens were established with access to water, tools & land, to diversify their food and livelihoods (Photo:UNDP) After last year’s successful adoption of the Paris Agreement, climate negotiators and activists are now on their way to Morocco.

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Frank Sinatra records would rarely be confused with Public Enemy records.

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Simply put, this the plan. Net Neutrality – is dead. Regulations and consumer protections – dead.

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As a single woman dating over 50, what are your thoughts about deal breakers in the men you want to meet? Just to be clear on what a deal breaker actually is…. They are qualities a man has that you CAN’T TOLERATE in your life or they are qualities a man MUST HAVE in order to date you, such as the same religion or culture.

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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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Donald Trump’s campaign threat to appoint a special prosecutor to go after Hillary Clinton  may still be in play, according to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a vice chairman on Trump’s presidential transition team. “That’s a tough one, George, it really is,” Giuliani told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday.

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

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Acorn TV, best known as an importer of overseas programming, has banged out a solid hit with a new original production, the period spy drama Close to the Enemy . Revolving around a James Bond-ian character named Callum Ferguson (Jim Sturgess), Close to the Enemy captures the cautiously optimistic chaos of 1946 Britain

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President Elect Donald Trump

13Nov

President Elect Donald Trump is using Twitter to reassure all Americans that good things are in store for them. “This will prove to be a great time in the lives of ALL Americans.

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At first glance, it is easy to dismiss poker as a silly game that middle-aged men play at their weekly guy’s night to one-up each other and earn some treasured cash winnings. However, first appearances can be deceiving.

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

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

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It’s tough to hold on to good employees, but it shouldn’t be.

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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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Election Reflections, The Day After

12Nov

You may not be a therapist, but I bet you had the same experience I did the day after the election: everyone, at home, in my lobby, in the street, in the cafe, on my way to work, and of course, in my office, needed to talk.

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Money and Politics in the Age of Trump

11Nov

Cross-posted from the Brennan Center for Justice Earlier this week millions of Americans woke up with the political hangover of a lifetime.

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The Democratic Party Has Exploded

11Nov

The Democratic Party exploded Tuesday night. There will be months of finger-pointing and internal reprisals over exactly what Democrats should have done differently.

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

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Snapping Scapula Syndrome

10Nov

What is snapping scapula syndrome? Snapping scapula syndrome is a condition causing painful grinding, clicking or snapping of the shoulder blade (Figure 1)

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Election 101: Love Overpowers Hate

10Nov

Last night, history was made in the United States of America — Americans passed the power into the hands of President-Elect Donald Trump, the first man to take office with no political/government background. A majority of Americans throughout the nation are experiencing a surge of emotions — some joyful, and some fearful

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WASHINGTON ― Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who traded insults with President-elect Donald Trump during the presidential campaign, said on Thursday that many Americans had a right to be worried about a Trump presidency. “He won ― and now Latino and Muslim-American children are worried about what will happen to their families

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Colin Kaepernick Didn’t Vote

10Nov

After a season of high-profile protesting, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has revealed that he did not vote in the 2016 election. When asked if he had already voted Tuesday, Kaepernick told reporters no,  according to San Francisco Chronicle reporter Eric Branch.

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SURVIVE: Friends Who Disagree With Us

09Nov

“The friends who are most stimulating to us are those who disagree with us. It is they whose ideas we should ponder.” ~ 365 a day quote holder Today’s photo of the ring of daily quotes on the simple chrome ring is significant

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Humanity Just Lost, And I’m Blaming God

09Nov

*As I write this I am watching, as we all are, what looks like John Podesta saying, “Don’t worry, we’re going to sneakily fix this huge mistake you idiots are making right now.” I hate to say it, but that part of me that feels like this has to be a nightmare and I’ll wake up any second, really wishes those sneaky bastards could do something, but of course that’s just the bargaining stage. If this really is legitimate then we have to just accept that we are broken, and try to find ways to fix it.

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

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The Nature Of Growth

09Nov

When a tree grows, its branches extend and widen, the tree becomes taller and its trunk thicker. When our children grow they become taller and stronger. When a river grows its boundaries swell.

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Eight Ways to Help Teens Get More Sleep

08Nov

By Christine Carter Sleep is, arguably, the golden ticket to happiness.

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The  Brad Pitt  and  Angelina Jolie  custody merry-go-round just keeps spinning. Nearly two months after news of their divorce broke, the estranged couple have apparently agreed on an extended custody agreement for their six children. A representative from Jolie’s camp claims that the arrangement is a new, legally-binding custody agreement accepted by both parties, but  multiple outlets are also reporting that the agreement is simply a voluntary extension of the temporary divorce deal  reached in September

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

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Kate Frucher Kate Frucher is Co-Founder and CEO of Imprint , a “many-to-one” communications platform with a mission is to use social technology to spark acts of kindness and real human connection.

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Fairly early into his speech in Michigan on Sunday night, Donald Trump stated that five years ago he had been honored as Michigan “Man of the Year.” Except it appears no such honor was ever bestowed. Those who would know can’t recall it happening, and the Trump campaign refuses to comment

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Ask Carrie: The Case for Financial Education

07Nov

Dear Readers, You probably know that I’m a champion of financial literacy. And as I look at some of the recent research from FINRA, it only reinforces my commitment

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While this train wreck of a national election comes to its long awaited conclusion, I keep thinking about how the world is changing and how little this election reflects the reality of the world around us. Technology has changed our economy, communication systems, society, and lifestyles, a set of facts unobserved by our national politics.

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After we turn 50, we all start to worry about cardiovascular disease and what to do about it. We might also fret about dementia and whether we will get Alzheimer’s — and arthritis is an ailment we prefer to do without. The inability to sleep, loss of energy, fatigue, anxiety, and depression might rear their ugly heads as well.

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When Donald Trump was one of 17 candidates vying for the Republican nomination, he was asked about autism at a debate in September 2015. Trump put the blame squarely on vaccines: “You take this little beautiful baby, and you pump — I mean, it looks just like it’s meant for a horse, not for a child, and we’ve had so many instances, people that work for me, just the other day …

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The recently-published Arab News/YouGov US Election MENA poll reveals interesting findings regarding the hearts and minds of Arabs living in the Middle East and North Africa with regards to the ongoing race to the White House First, it tells us that — like most people around the world — the media plays a vital role in shaping our opinions. As such, with all the negative press the Republican candidate Donald Trump has been getting worldwide, it wasn’t really a surprise that he scored so poorly when it comes to popularity, with only 9 percent of respondents saying they would vote for him if they had the opportunity.

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There is no skill more vital to an entrepreneur than effective networking.

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Donald Trump gave an important and revealing speech in Pennsylvania  this week, although the significance may have been less what he said and more who said it with him.

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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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Donald Trump, a xenophobe and liar with no governing experience, could become the leader of the world’s most powerful nation after next week’s American election. That prospect scares the living daylights out of people around the planet, as these comments from HuffPost ’s international editions indicate.  That the vile campaign Trump waged could carry him so far calls into question even Winston Churchill’s withering assessment that, “democracy is the worst system devised by wit of man, except for all the others.” The hoary contention in basic civics texts that “anyone” can become president of the United States turns out, unfortunately, to be all too true

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Making Art In The Internet Age (4)

04Nov

Works in the exhibition #INSTALARITY by Alonsa Guevara, Marc Trujillo, and Justin Tecson.

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What Does Your Style Say About You?

04Nov

Most of us are not aware of what we’re communicating most of the time…

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The Moral Landslide Of The Religious Right

04Nov

I was a young worship leader in 1992 when Gospel singer, Sandy Patty (then spelled Patti), announced her divorce. Patty’s actions were deemed scandalous and sinful.

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When you think of a bulletproof black superhero, Nic Cage probably isn’t the first name that comes to mind, but, oh, how wrong you are. For those who don’t know, Cage, the nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola (” The Godfather ”), started off his career as Nicolas Coppola.

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After the City of Beverly Hills issued a press release announcing a tentative development agreement between the City and the Wanda Group for its One Beverly Hills project which would provide revenue to the City of $820 million over 30 years, the Beverly Hills Courier hastily sent out an e-blast. The City’s press release is solely about One Beverly Hills, but the Courier somehow decided it would bring the Hilton into the mix.

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Image: University of British Columbia Walking and cycling are good exercise, but in urban settings, increasing your breathing rate can mean inhaling more polluted air. In a new study , Alex Bigazzi of the University of British Columbia has pinpointed optimal walking and cycling speeds to minimize exposure to air pollutants

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History was made ― and the collective heart rate of America was raised ― Wednesday night and into the early hours of Thursday when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years. Game 7 unfolded as we probably should have expected a major championship game would play out in a year like 2016: It was batshit crazy

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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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Tina Fey, Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher, Aparna Nancherla, Jenny Slate, Tig Notaro and Sasheer Zamata walk into a bar. No, this isn’t the beginning of a bad joke, it’s a comedy festival ― the New York Comedy Festival , founded by NYC comedy club owner Caroline Hirsch.

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Natalie Babbitt, the author of classic children’s books including Newbery Medal winner  Kneeknock Rise , died Monday at 84 years old. She is best known for her novel  Tuck Everlasting , which tells the story of young Winnie, an 11-year-old girl who meets a 17-year-old Jesse Tuck when he stops her from drinking out of a spring near her rural home. Soon, she meets the rest of the Tucks and learns that the spring is magical: Jesse and his family will live forever at the ages at which they drank from the spring

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Kristi claims her daughter Haley is delusional and has always been a compulsive liar. She says some of the lies Haley tells people are that the rapper Eminem is her father, that she was a contestant on American Idol and that she donated a kidney to her brother

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We need to care more about the standard we are allowing our politicians to set for our society. When we allow them to make hateful, bigoted, ill-informed comments, we give everyone else free reign to do it too. We often think it’s only our actions that create our environment – but inaction can have as significant an impact for all of us.

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The United States’ oldest and largest Native American organization has requested a meeting with Major League Baseball and the Cleveland Indians to discuss the team’s controversial Chief Wahoo logo. The logo, a red-faced cartoon caricature that many Native Americans have fought to change for decades , began attracting increased public scrutiny last month as Cleveland advanced toward its first World Series appearance since 1997

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