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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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A week ahead of the deadline, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau  on Friday appealed a court ruling that could leave the independent watchdog vulnerable to the whims of President-elect Donald Trump . The financial agency had until next Friday to contest an October decision that essentially left its director, Richard Cordray , at the mercy of the president

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Seth Meyers was begrudgingly prepared to offer a fresh start to president-elect Donald Trump . Despite the  racist , anti-immigrant and sexist rhetoric of Trump’s presidential campaign, the “ Late Night ” host revealed Monday how he was ready to give the 70-year-old reality TV star a chance to “surprise us” by changing his ways. That was until Trump appointed  Breitbart News executive chairman  Steve Bannon  to be his chief strategist .  “Well, we gave him a chance,” Meyers said.

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It’s essential that the  Demo cratic Party  becomes more of a grassroots organization,  Sen.  Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) believes.

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Stephen Colbert  has poked fun at President-elect  Donald Trump’s reported friendship with Russian leader  Vladimir Putin . The “ Late Show ” host conducted a spoof interview with Trump Monday, in which the Republican “revealed” what the Russian president had sent him as an election victory gift ―  a beautiful, yuuuge, tremendous, enormous wooden horse. “ Have you thought about looking inside the horse to see if there is anything in it before you open the gates and bring it into America?” Colbert asked Trump ― in reference to the ancient tale of how Greeks concealed themselves in a wooden horse in order to enter the city of Troy

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Fox News host Sean Hannity apparently believes that CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times should be excluded from the White House press corps while Donald Trump is president. Hannity attacked CNN host Brian Stelter on Sunday night after Stelter used the term “national emergency” on air to describe the shocking outcome of the election, which has so far sparked nationwide  protests  and has led to a disturbing uptick in racist incidents

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Sometimes it sucks to be right. “ The Simpsons ” recognized its own accurate prediction of a Donald Trump presidency during the show’s opening sequence on Sunday.

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During his first television interview as president-elect, Donald Trump told CBS News’ Leslie Stahl Sunday night that he would forgo taking a salary while he’s president. He added that he did not even know how much the president earned.  “I think I have to by law take $1, so I’ll take $1 a year,” Trump said. “But it’s a ― I don’t even know what it is. Do you know what the salary is?” “$400,000 you’re giving up,” Stahl answered

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Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani on Sunday claimed that the wave of protests against President-elect Donald Trump are “exaggerating the fears” of his presidency, despite an increase in acts of racism and bigotry since the election Tuesday. “I feel very bad about that,” Giuliani said on ABC’s “This Week,” addressing the protests.

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One year after a series of terrorist attacks hit a concert hall, a stadium, restaurants and bars in Paris, leaving 130 people dead, Nov. 13 is still very much on people’s minds. Thousands gathered across the French capital earlier Sunday  to pay respects to the people who lost their lives last year, as commemorative plaques were unveiled outside the various sites of attack

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Mourners gathered across Paris in the areas hit by last year’s horrific terror attacks to commemorate the first anniversary of the tragedy. French officials unveiled new memorial plaques, which display the names of those who killed in each attack, at seven different sites.

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“ Saturday Night Live ” imagined what life will be like for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg following Donald Trump’s presidential election victory.

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Eric Holder called for the abolishment of the electoral college on Friday. With Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote but losing the election, the former Attorney General said it was now time to change the way the U.S.

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Bill Maher wants to build bridges. The “ Real Time ” host was a vocal critic of president-elect Donald Trump throughout his campaign and has since urged Democrats to “ stop being so nice ” in a bid to regain power ― but he’s now also called on the country to come together in the wake of the Republican candidate’s election victory. “ Like it or not, we’re living with Trump now ,” the comedian said on Friday, before stating that currently “half the country literally wants nothing to do with the other half.” Maher said it simply wasn’t a sustainable way to live, likening it to a version of roommate hell

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My Journey to Carnegie Hall Via Venezuela

11Nov

By Paul Desenne, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, November 11, 2016 And thirteen million mouse clicks later, I was taking a bow onstage at Carnegie Hall…

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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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At first glance, the circular objects in the image above might seem like Jurassic Park dino eggs, or alien pods ready to hatch and wreak havoc on the world. But it’s really sort of a kid’s dream come true ― and maybe some adults, too.

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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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More gripping than a Hollywood drama, the life-or-death stakes in this new BBC clip are all too real.  Watch as a baby lizard gives a snake the slip, only to find itself being chased by what looks like dozens of other serpents on Fernandina Island in the Galapagos. The clip, which shows a hatchling iguana being pursued by racer snakes , is from the BBC’s “ Planet Earth 2 ” series.   Check it out above

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It seems that offensive antics are par for the course for these two “golfers.” Evan Shay and Morgan Ruig, both 28-year-olds from Brisbane, Australia, claim to have passed themselves off as the Australian national team for an international golf tournament in North Korea  as a joke. “Initially we just said we were a couple of Australian golfers and they said, ‘You are the Australian team,’ and we sort of didn’t say no,” said Ruig, a real estate agent who  told 9News  the stunt started when the pair was in Beijing for a polo tournament.  The two are now reveling in their feat after returning safely from a country the U.S. sanctioned earlier this year for human rights abuses .  The media is largely applauding the men for carrying out an epic “prank ” or dismissing them with a wink as harmless hooligans .

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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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In one of the more bizarre moments of his campaign ― but likely among the most calculated events this week ― Donald Trump unfurled a large rainbow flag that had the words “LGBT for Trump” scribbled across it, shortly after walking onstage at a rally in Greeley, Colorado on Sunday night. Except that the flag was upside down

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Mexico City organized a Day of the Dead parade for the first time on Saturday, inspired by the opening scenes from the 2015 James Bond film, “Spectre.” Thousands looked on as giant skeleton marionettes and scores of dancers marched through Mexico’s capital, but many Mexicans expressed outrage with the mutation of the traditionally intimate festival. On the Day of the Dead, which dates back to the Aztec period , Mexicans traditionally take picnic baskets to their relatives’ graves or eat by altars decorated with memorabilia in their own homes. Lourdes Berho, chief executive of Mexico’s tourism board, has said that “Spectre,” in which Bond chases a villain through a parade of people dressed up as skeletons, has raised expectations for large-scale Day of the Dead festivities

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MAR MATTAI MONASTERY, Iraq ― Standing atop the fourth-century monastery he calls home, the Rev. Thomas peers out at a sand-hued horizon. The morning is still and silent, except for birds singing in the nearby bell tower.

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Lady Gaga  could give you a million reasons why Donald Trump is unfit to become the president of the United States, but when reporter Charlie Stayt presented this terrifying prospect to the singer on  BBC Breakfast  on Friday, she had just one thing to say.  “I have nothing to say of him,” Gaga, who has pledged her support to Hillary Clinton  in the past, cooly responded, wearing John Lennon-style shades for the indoor interview.  When pressed about why Trump’s rhetoric resonates with so many Americans across the country, Gaga broke down how the Republican nominee’s campaign is fueled by empty promises and fearmongering without once mentioning his name.  “I think what is most important is for us to try to decipher now what is real and what is not. And what is honest and what is dishonest and be accepting of those things and not operating from fear.” Things took an awkward turn, however, as the interviewer continued with this line of questioning.

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Leaders from more than 150 countries came together this week to formalize a sweeping guide that charts a sustainable future for new and existing cities , rapidly growing across the globe.

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Britain is to pardon thousands of gay and bisexual men who were convicted of crimes under sexual offense laws which have now been abolished, following on from the 2013 exoneration of celebrated World War II codebreaker Alan Turing.

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When I Was 34

17Oct

Every woman you know has a story like this one. They probably haven’t shared it. My story took place when I was 34. These stories are our normal experience.  Your first reaction will probably be that it’s not THAT big of a deal.

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Before Hurricane Matthew hit, underserved children in Haiti were at risk for human trafficking. The effects of the storm have now exacerbated those risks

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GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, showing he’ll say anything to win a vote, had this message for America’s terminally ill people on Wednesday: Stay alive long enough to cast a vote for him next month. “ I don’t care how sick you are ,” Trump said  at a rally in Henderson, Nevada

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Once bitten, twice as painful. A builder in Australia has been bitten on his penis by a poisonous spider for the second time this year

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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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It can be hard to stay self-motivated when you’re facing your computer screen. Life gets in the way, and that new Netflix release can look awfully tempting compared to a strenuous session of work.

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With over 150 countries, 10 books and two prosperous companies to his credit, Bill Kizorek, 70, is a living success story.

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In a memorable scene in “The Big Short,” the Oscar-nominated 2015 movie about the financial crisis, a real estate agent shows the main characters around a desolate Florida subdivision. She insists that the market is just in a lull as they drive past rows and rows of vacant homes. But it wasn’t just a lull.

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Giovanni Poggi , Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Why now? Will he really #PayBackTheMoney

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Women are used to being judged by their appearance, but for 50-somethings and up, these sexist judgments become mixed up with ageism. It’s illegal for employers to allow the age of their workers to influence decisions about hiring, promotion, and retention

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On the 25th of this month the world will recognize an issue that is so pervasive and present that at least 30 percent of the global population is directly affected by or engaged in it: violence against women. That figure includes an estimated 15 percent of the male population of the world: where there are the abused there also are the abusers

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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has announced he is refusing Syrian refugees relocating to his state. In a news release Sunday Bentley said, “After full consideration of this weekend’s attacks of terror on innocent citizens in Paris, I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S.

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By James M. Dorsey Khaldoon Al-Mubarak, chairman of Manchester City, one of Britain’s most popular soccer clubs and a close business associate of UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, has warned the UK that his country would block multi-billion dollar arms deals, halt investment in Britain and suspend intelligence cooperation if Prime Minister David Cameron failed to crack down on the Muslim Brotherhood, according to internal UAE documents viewed by The Guardian

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An African-American U.S. citizen is seeking asylum in Canada to escape police mistreatment.

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Tips for "Obamacare" Enrollment

01Nov

Open enrollment for the third year of “Obamacare” starts November 1st, and if you want your coverage to start on January 1, 2016, your enrollment deadline is December 15th. (Final deadline is January 31, 2016 for coverage starting March 1st.) The penalty for not having insurance coverage rises to $695 per person ($347.50 per child under 18) or 2 percent of MAGI (whichever is greater) for 2016, so it’s important to get in on the open enrollment period

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Who is Killing Pakistan’s Shias?

27Oct

In a statement issued on October 23, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Pakistani government to bring to justice the perpetrators of recent terrorist attacks on Shia Muslims that killed over 40 people, including several children.

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“Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time,” argued Britain’s legendary prime minister, Winston Churchill.

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ImageContent(562ac51ce4b0ec0a3894a006,562ac50f1400001b013c90c8,Image,HectorAssetUrl(562ac50f1400001b013c90c8.jpeg,Some(),Some(jpeg)),Courtesy of American Jewish Committee,) (RNS) Fifty years ago Wednesday (Oct. 28), the Vatican issued a declaration that established a new rapport between Jews and Catholics.

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EmbedContent(562ad409e4b0ec0a3894a183, ,Embed,aolon,Some({})) NASA astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted several photos of Hurricane Patricia as viewed from the International Space Station on Friday, offering an unparalleled perspective on the monster hurricane as it bore down on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Kelly, who took over as commander of the International Space Station last month and recently became the record-holder for most days spent in space , offered warnings for Mexico as he shared the photos:  EmbedContent(562ad409e4b0ec0a3894a185, Hurricane #Patricia looks menacing from @space_station . Stay safe below, #Mexico

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Beijing activist John Shen went undercover in an effort to expose the use of controversial “conversion” methods that promise to “cure” gay and lesbian people in China.    U.K

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Michel Chikwanine was 5 years old when rebel militiamen kidnapped him from a soccer field near his school in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He had decided to stay out to play rather than follow his father’s instructions to head straight home. As the fighters approached his group of friends, he was more concerned about having disobeyed his dad than about what the men would do

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He may have been a legendary outlaw in the Old West, but Billy the Kid apparently enjoyed playing croquet. A newly uncovered photo bought for $2 by collector Randy Guijarro at a secondhand store in Fresno, California, could be worth millions as authenticators believe it is only the second confirmed image of the famed outlaw.

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Each day, human beings around the world wake up, eat, work, attend to family, and go back to sleep.

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These last few months of media reporting in and on India are sounding ominously like the media climate in America in the period between the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the invasion of Iraq. There is blood and fire in the air and on the ground, and a gloomy atmosphere of even more death and destruction to come.

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Ellie Goulding ‘s alleged lip-syncing scandal is turning into one hell of a something. The incident happened Saturday at the Australian Football League pre-game show

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This week the refugee crisis caused by Syria’s horrific civil war moved to the next stage. Though prompted into action to curb the carnage, the U.S

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The Best Vegan Egg Replacer for Baking

01Oct

When you just have to bake, and eggs aren’t an option, what next? Blueberry Lemon Muffins.

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Princes William and Harry gave the royal treatment to a group of veterans in need in the U.K. On Wednesday the benevolent brothers joined the BBC’s “DIY SOS,”  a reality show that refurbishes homes, to help build abodes for vets struggling with a range of health and financial problems in Manchester.

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You never know who you will meet in the halls of the Hotel. Check-in Wednesday October 7th on FX. #AHSHotel https://t.co/RgOOwNLzDB — AmericanHorrorStory (@AHSFX) September 10, 2015 It’s here! With less than a month to go until the show’s Season 5 premiere, FX just released the full cast trailer for “American Horror Story: Hotel.” This season,  showrunners Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s twisted minds take us to Los Angeles’ fictional Hotel Cortez  with a storyline that we previously learned was inspired by a surveillance video of a girl who went missing after she entered an elevator in a downtown hotel.

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WASHINGTON — Iran has for years exerted tremendous influence over Iraq, turning it into essentially a Shiite-led client state under former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. But a new protest movement in the country’s Shiite-dominated south is a key sign that Tehran’s power is waning, as Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and Maliki’s U.S.-backed successor, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, make forceful moves to reclaim Iraqi independence

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Health care and medicine is living through a major transformation. We’re entering into a new era of medicine where prevention precedes treatment. Now this idea, believe it or not, is quite new

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Let me paint you the scene. At this very moment I’m in the final stage of finishing a big project called the Creative Study .

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In life, I try to strike a balance between transparency and over-sharing. Motherhood is a blessing and a joy but it’s messy and scary, too. Life is messy and scary.

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GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee supports Paraguay’s decision to  deny an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim , he revealed in an interview Sunday.

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Bradley Cooper and his girlfriend, Irina Shayk, turned heads during their Italian vacation earlier this week , and now you’ll be doing another double take. The couple, who have been reportedly dating since May, were back out on the Amalfi Coast on Tuesday showing even more steamy PDA

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  A Swedish prosecutor has halted part of its investigation against Julian Assange, Reuters reported  on Thursday.  Three of the four sexual assault allegations against Assange were set to expire  within a week.   The statute of limitations for most sex crimes is five years in Sweden. The most serious of the accusations Assange is facing, rape, doesn’t expire for another five years,  according to Al Jazeera.

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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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Yemen’s former leader Ali Abdullah Saleh says he is working to bring his successor and former deputy, President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, to trial at The Hague for his role in the deadly violence raging in Yemen. In an exclusive interview with HuffPost Arabi , which is translated into English and published in full below, Yemen’s former president weighed in on his political future and the conflict currently ravaging his country.  Airstrikes and ground fighting between Shiite Houthi rebels, also known as Ansar Allah, and Saudi-backed troops loyal to Hadi have left some 4,000 people  dead and sparked a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented scale in the impoverished country.  Saleh, who was forced to hand over  the reins of power in 2012 after mass protests against his rule, threw his weight behind the Houthis, his former enemies, after  their uprising gained momentum  in 2014. Now, it appears the former autocratic leader is positioning himself to emerge even stronger from a crisis he helped create. Notorious for his willingness to make deals with anyone , and sacrifice anything, for his own political survival, the former president used his influence among large pockets of the security forces to help the rebels overrun the capital, put Hadi under house arrest, and, after his escape, pursue Hadi to the southern port city of Aden.

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Friday Talking Points — The Debate Debate

01Ago

In normal years, this would be the official kickoff to the political Silly Season — the dog days of August when Congress scarpers off for five or six weeks to have fun in the sun at taxpayer expense, and the political chattering classes have so little material to work with that they pick one silly issue and just absolutely obsess over it. This year, however, is not normal, as instead we’re right at the kickoff of Presidential Debate Season, and the votes are already in — the silly subject we’re all going to obsess over this year is named Donald Trump. Whether this obsession takes the form of crushing depression (headline: ” A GOP Led By Donald Trump Will Fail, And Deserve It “) or unconcealed glee (headline: ” Christmas Comes Early This Year — Anticipating The Gift Of A Trump-Fueled GOP Debate “) depends, of course, on the viewpoint of the pundit.

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An #IranDeal Tied to Humanitarian Measures

31Jul

On this international day of friendship, I am prompted to think of the #IranDeal that is so fresh on the minds of many in the work of international friend making. This is no pact between friends, but it does present an opportunity for some straight talk between frenemies

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No man ever got very high by pulling other people down.

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With the Shanghai stock market once again in free fall , desperate times call for desperate measures. One Chinese man who reportedly lost big on stocks tried  on Wednesday to sell his prize alpaca — Big White — in what was either an attempt to raise capital or a thinly disguised middle finger to the markets. The man, identified as Mr.

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The family of the Chattanooga gunman who killed five U.S. service members in Chattanooga, Tenn

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It’s inevitable. You can be an Olympian, a cover model and a fashion icon, but if you’re transgender, the criticism will come.

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Thousands of people gathered in a Japanese city over the weekend to bid farewell to a beloved local icon: a cat named Tama who served as stationmaster of a rural railway station for almost a decade. The calico cat has been credited with saving the struggling station, and its railway line, from financial collapse.

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If you want a spectacular score to accompany your British drama series, then look no further than John Lunn, the maestro behind the music for Grantchester, Little Dorrit , The White Queen , Shetland and Downton Abbey for which he has won two Emmy Awards. And that’s just scratching the surface of his credits

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Earlier this month, hundreds of Sikhs flooded the streets of Athens to celebrate Vaisakhi, the April 14 holiday that celebrates both the Sikh New Year and the founding of Sikhism in 1699.

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First, the Internet made the “Success Kid” famous. Now, it’s helping to save his father’s life

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