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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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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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A San Antonio police officer was shot and killed on Sunday while sitting in a squad car during a routine traffic stop outside the Texas city’s police headquarters, authorities said.

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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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To no one’s surprise but everyone’s dismay, 2016 is proving to be the hottest year on record according to the World Meteorological Organization. Delivered at the UN Climate Conference in Marrakech, this announcement highlights why countries and companies and cities must act together, focusing on the science and solutions rather than the pitch and yaw of global politics. Changes in climate affect us all but particularly vulnerable populations such as agricultural smallholders – who also form the roots of many of our supply chains.

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Drivers in Fort Worth, Texas were in for a Thanksgiving surprise this week when traffic cops gave them turkeys instead of tickets.  In an effort to spread some holiday cheer and bond with the community, five teams of officers were dispatched across the city to hand out dozens of frozen birds, said ABC-affiliate WFAA . “Even though we do enforce traffic law and we do have some unpleasant decisions to make, we still are about the people,” officer Anthony Colter, who made five stops, told Houston’s KHOU.

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The final irony in an election filled with irony is the refusal of some voters to accept President-elect Donald Trump’s victory . This group doesn’t simply include protesters but a movement of some size to persuade the electoral college to vote for Hillary Clinton instead of Trump

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SAN DIEGO ― Super agers, the group of elderly people whose memory performance seems to defy aging , just produced another surprise for scientists: They can have numerous amyloid plaques in their brains, which is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, yet their memory is unaffected. It’s as if they are somehow protected from the toxic effects of the plaques

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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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WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump is reportedly considering appointing Clare Lopez, an anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist, to serve as his deputy national security adviser. Lopez is the vice president of the Center for Security Policy, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that focuses on the threat of Islamic jihad.

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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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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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Idolatry And The U.S. Climate Change Divide

04Nov

Photo credit: Pixabay In his book The Dynamics of Faith Paul Tillich famously defines one’s object of faith as that for which one is willing to sacrifice everything. Some people sacrifice friends and family for money or fame.

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If anyone knows healthy food has a reputation for being bland, it’s Amanda DeJesus. After having a heart transplant at age 15, she had to radically change the way she ate to stave off heart disease

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Patience is a virtue, especially if you want to use this Texas restaurant’s Wi-Fi. YaYa’s Thai in San Antonio is giving diners access to its internet, but only if they can solve an elaborate equation , reports Mashable

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Republican presidential nominee  Donald Trump , trailing Democrat  Hillary Clinton in every poll , unveiled a new campaign strategy on Thursday ― simply calling the whole thing off and declaring himself president.  Speaking at an afternoon rally in Toledo, Ohio, Trump argued Clinton’s policies are so terrible that there’s no point in having an election at all.  “Hillary Clinton wants to raise taxes on small businesses, up to 45 percent,” Trump said ― a claim previously rated “mostly false” by PolitiFact .

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ExxonMobil and its auditor  PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP  must comply with a subpoena issued as part of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman ’s climate fraud probe, The New York Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

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Sleepless nights do not discriminate. And if you’ve ever lain awake thinking about commitments to work, school, family and friends, you’re familiar with what a challenge it can be to turn all those thoughts off at the end of the day and relax, let alone fall asleep. Enter meditation.

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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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Just when it felt like Taylor Swift was never, ever, ever going to perform again, the singer shut it down as the headliner for the Formula 1 Grand Prix concert at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, on Saturday.  The show marked the 26-year-old’s first and (so far) only concert of 2016, and about 80,000 fans were lucky enough to witness it. Aside from dealing with a cold, Swift seemed right at home on the stage, singing her top hits like “Blank Space” and “Shake It Off.”  Wildest dreams..

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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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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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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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WASHINGTON, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Sergeant Jessica Hawkins was a male cop for 20 years but it was not until her transition to a woman in 2014 that she understood the trepidation that transgender women feel across the United States. “Transitioning has made me understand the fears of other communities that I did not have as white male,” said Hawkins, 43, noting a difference in the way she is treated when off duty and away from her relatively tolerant city of Washington. “I don’t feel as safe as I used to

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LAS VEGAS ― Unlike the first two presidential debates, the third one, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is all about Hillary Clinton . And she has more than the usual simple burden of trying to win an election

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A Mexican federal judge who presided over appeals from high-profile drug kingpins in recent years was fatally shot in the head outside his home on Monday, authorities said. Judge Vicente Bermudez handled several legal challenges lodged by lawyers for Joaquin “El Chapo ” Guzman, the jailed leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, as well Miguel Trevino, ex-leader of the Zetas cartel. President Enrique Pena Nieto said in a televised speech on Monday that he ordered his attorney general to investigate the murder, but he did not provide additional information about the case.

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The Monarch Migration in Peril!

16Oct

In partnership with The Monarch Butterfly Fund, Monarch Watch and other partners, The Nobelity Project is releasing my new short film on the Monarchs and how we can all help save the migration. Watch the film; read the story; do your part.

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How To Spend 11.5 Hours In Dallas.

15Oct

Yeap, just that, not twelve hours, not a whole entire day – but just a few hours in passing through the megapolis of Texas. Done with JFK

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Petros Papadakis, former USC college football captain and current analyst for Fox Sports, tells Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about the lure of the game for young people. The two also debate whether politics belong on the field and in the locker room.

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Friday Talking Points — Trump Unshackled

15Oct

Donald Trump has a new answer for why he’s about to lose in a landslide. It’s all a vast left-wing conspiracy. No, really.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to decide whether to revive a civil rights lawsuit filed by the family of a Mexican teenager against a U.S.

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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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A hurricane’s wrath , the devastation of a wildfire , the unyielding torment of a drought , the terror of a flood : Extreme weather events have been dominating headlines in the United States this year. These events can be catastrophic for life and property — Hurricane Matthew killed at least 17 people in the U.S. and almost 900 in Haiti last week — and, as a new report shows, can also pose a staggering economic burden not just to communities impacted by a disaster but to an entire nation of taxpayers.

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GOP candidate  Mike Pence started something when he dismissively blew off rival  Tim Kaine for bringing up “ that Mexican thing ” during Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate. Kaine was referring to Donald Trump ’s offensive comments about Mexicans, including calling them “ rapists ,” but Pence tried to shut him down

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Toni Braxton has reportedly been hospitalized in Atlanta  due to complications related to her battle with lupus, TMZ reports. The singer is said to be in serious condition.  The website reports that Braxton has been in the hospital for four days , noting it’s unclear whether she checked herself in or was transported by an ambulance.

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Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights kicked off not with a bang, but with screams and terror.

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Colin Kaepernick and the Constitution

06Sep

Colin Kaepernick’s alleged show of a lack of respect for the American flag by refusing to stand during the National Anthem recalls other moments in U.S. history when such refusals generated controversy and even incited violence.

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Nocturnal Animals photo by Merrick Morton, Universal Pictures International With Tom Ford, chances are that if he throws a rock in the wind, he will hit gold. When it comes to fashion, Ford has conquered it, he “shut it down” as fashionista Rachel Zoe would say

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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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Fox News and CNN have given plenty of coverage to Donald Trump’s attempt to swing Bernie Sanders voters to his campaign, despite Sanders’ support for the Clinton. At the same time, Trump is insulting Ted Cruz and ignoring the Texas Senator’s backers, at his own electoral peril

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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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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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A recent study by the Bookings Institution raised questions about the extent to which students who graduate from college are actually facing the kind of crushing debt that is typically presented with anecdotal evidence by the media and politicians. The report indicates that only 7 percent of young-adult households with education debt have $50,000 or more, while 58 percent have less than $10,000 in debt, and an additional 18 percent have debts between $10,000 and $20,000

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In the grand tradition of “ American Horror Story ” releasing unsettling imagery to whet fans’ appetites for the terrors ahead, the FX anthology series released multiple video teasers on Snapchat Wednesday to promote Season 6. In the first teaser provided by the network, a monstrous hand reaches toward a mobile made of an array of curiously curved torture implements, including a blade in the shape of the number 6

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An out-of-control brush fire consumed hillsides around the Santa Clarita Valley near Los Angeles over the weekend, charring 33,000 acres  and destroying more than a dozen structures in the region.  One person was found dead  inside a burned vehicle, although it was unclear if the fire was to blame. More..

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Hillary Clinton on Friday said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was “right” to refuse to endorse Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention

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A new 3D IMAX film, Flight of the Butterflies , may provide the best chance this butterfly season to capture the magic of the Monarch butterfly migration, as many Monarch butterfly followers are bracing for what may be the worst on year on record for Monarch numbers.

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A photo posted by milwaukeefrank (@milwaukeefrank) on Jul 6, 2016 at 6:12pm PDT More…

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People recalled seeing “ bodies flying like bowling pins ” during  Thursday night’s deadly attack in the southern French city of Nice .

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President Obama issued a video endorsement of Hillary Clinton; Joe Biden’s video will presumably be up as soon as the vice president works out the kinks in his fog and laser machines. Bernie Sanders effectively ended his campaign as he began it: looking disheveled in Washington with no one really caring about his agenda

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By Caroline Banton , Contributor More…

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When Muhammad Ali refused to take the oath of induction into the U.S. Army in 1967 in Houston, Texas, he became a hero to those that were against the war, but he also became toxic to many that were in favor of it and even to some of those in the mainstream.

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A member of Australia’s parliament who shot and killed an elephant on a hunting trip has said he also ate part of the animal because it is humanity’s “right” to do so. Robert Borsak , an MP for the country’s Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party , defended the consumption of the elephant during a speech he made Tuesday before parliament against the “insidious growth of skewed animal rights ideology.” Borsak was referencing an initiative by the country’s Green Party to end ” Australia’s killing culture ” against species like kangaroos, which are often deemed a pest and culled en masse. More..

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The Libertarian Party experienced a minor revolt at its biennial convention this weekend over concerns that its leading vice presidential candidate isn’t libertarian enough, complicating its efforts to achieve a stronger-than-usual showing in November’s presidential elections. Former Massachusetts Gov

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Truth proved to be stranger than fiction when police in Texas were called to a reported shooting on Thursday. The alleged victim told the first cop to arrive on the scene at his mobile home in Groesbeck, 40 miles east of Waco, that he’d been shot in his left buttock while sitting on the porch. More…

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The Madness of Judge Hanen

28May

By Kica Matos Judge Andrew Hanen wants everyone to know he is really upset with President Obama’s immigration policies. He has not only issued opinions that have been noted for their anti-immigrant hostility, but last year he issued an injunction that stopped President Obama’s 2014 immigration executive orders from moving forward (the orders, which would have affected an estimated 5 million immigrants, are on hold pending a Supreme Court ruling that will likely be issued next month)

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Crunching the numbers shows that independents couldn’t have won Bernie Sanders the nomination. Declining trust in political institutions could be driving support for Sanders and Donald Trump. And the “gold standard” of polling isn’t so pristine these days.

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Paul Ryan is undoubtedly hoping his phone call with Donald Trump will result in a pledge for a bunch of education block grants, though let’s be honest, it’ll will probably just end with the real estate mogul calling him “Puny Paul.” Trump’s campaign spokeswoman accidentally emailed sensitive information to a reporter with the same last name as an RNC official, which is why we are both changing our names to “Huma Lewandowski.” And some some Democrats on the Hill want to dump Debbie Wasserman Schultz as DNC chair. Previously, Pat Leahy’s love of comic book characters was the only thing establishment Hill Democrats had in common with Bernie Bros

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. More…

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The vehicle is as classy as the city where I headed to test it out, the 2016 BMW 3 Series 340i, a sporty rendition of a luxury sedan offering comfort, style and power behind the wheel. This year all the 3 Series offerings have been tweaked a bit inside and out with not only suspension improvements, but also a name change from 335i to 340i and under the hood there is more power in the 340i than in the previous incarnation

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The Day American Democracy Died (21 January 2010)

21May

The government of the people, by the people, and for the people, has perished. Democracy was terminally ill for a long time and just lingering on life support

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By Janet Hernandez, Senior Civic Engagement Project Manager and David Castillo, Digital Content Manager More…

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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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This piece was written in collaboration with four of my amazing students at the University of Chicago Law School: Samuel Jahangir, Benjamin Montague, Zeshawn Qadir, and Robert S. Sandoval

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By Al Norman In Atlanta, Georgia , a 53 year old black man is beaten and handcuffed by an off-duty cop working for Wal-Mart, for allegedly stealing a 38 cent tomato. When the shopper produced a receipt, the charges against him were dropped

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I’d like to think that someday MTV’s Faking It will be acknowledged as one of those rare shows that really did stand above much of the TV pack in spite of never drawing a big audience.

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THE 2016 "DUMBING DOWN" OF AMERICA

15May

Has our nation become a national crazy house of cartoons?

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican officials on Friday said they detained a woman on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list who is suspected of hiring assassins in the United States to kill her romantic rival. The woman, Mexican citizen Brenda Delgado, is wanted for capital murder in the shooting death  of a Dallas dentist who was dating Delgado’s former boyfriend. U.S

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Bill Maher has a radical suggestion for Republicans, which is to take a punt on Democrat  Hillary Clinton this November. The “Real Time with Bill Maher” host broke down on Friday night why GOP supporters should really do themselves a favor and switch sides

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Ivanka Trump’s scarves catch on fire, however they are still less dangerous for someone’s well-being than Trump University. Millennials hate Donald Trump so much you’d think he was a bowl of cereal.

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6 Reasons Why I Distrust February

13Feb

I don’t like February. I find it cruel, and generally untrustworthy. It’s like the cat of months.

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It was a throwaway remark that sparked a beautiful act of kindness. Kyle Simpler told his students at Burleson High School in Burleson, Texas, earlier this week he couldn’t remember the last time he’d had a birthday cake

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If politics were, in fact, a game of beanbag, the South Carolina primary would be a bag of rusty nails. Alas, politics ain’t beanbag . And South Carolina is just the campaign equivalent of throwing rusty nails at your rivals. The first projectiles came on Thursday, as the remaining Republican presidential candidates descended on the Palmetto State to engage in some good ole-fashion dirt-slinging and innuendo

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