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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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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.  – North Carolina’s gubernatorial race was undecided 10 days after the Nov.

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WASHINGTON ― White nationalists tried repeatedly throughout the presidential campaign to sanitize their language to appeal to mainstream voters as they threw their efforts behind electing Donald Trump .   White nationalists who tried to play down their white nationalism won a victory this week as the president-elect not only chose Breitbart News executive Steve Bannon as his chief strategist ― a man who heads a website that regularly airs white nationalist viewpoints ― but many news outlets also are reluctant to use the specific label “white nationalist,” instead calling Bannon a “ flame-throwing outsider ” and a “ nationalist media mogul. ” Of course, calling a person a “white nationalist” who hasn’t self-identified as one is somewhat fraught.

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Meatless Monday: Table Manners

14Nov

I believe going vegan has a positive impact on your health, your karma, your planet, but you can argue otherwise and I will listen and not reject you.

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“Why aren’t I 50 points ahead?” That’s the question that Hillary Clinton asked a group of labor organizers in late September when she was up by 7 points in the national polls.

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Saluting our Sisters After Service

11Nov

By Paula Broadwell and Erika Cashin. On Veterans Day, our nation celebrates the less than 1% of our population who have served in the greatest military in the world. Of the 21.9 million veterans, 2.2 million are women.

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

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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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A suspected serial killer in South Carolina may have made veiled references to the alleged killings in a series of Amazon.com product reviews. Todd Kohlhepp, who is linked to up to seven deaths,  was leaving the reviews under the name “me,”  NBC News reports.  In a 2014 review for a lock, the account linked to Kohlhepp claimed to have five of them on a shipping container

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ABOARD THE HILLARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN PLANE ― On Friday, the Democratic presidential nominee visited a state she expected to win easily.

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Friday marked the end of early voting in the battleground state of Nevada, and the final returns brought decidedly good news for Democratic presidential nominee  Hillary   Clinton . Registered Democrats turned out in force in Nevada’s largest counties, providing Clinton a critical boost in a state where polling aggregates show the former secretary of state and GOP nominee  Donald   Trump  within a few points of one another . Over 57,000 votes were cast in populous Clark County, a single-day record that propelled Democrats to a statewide ballot edge larger than they held at the same point in 2012 , when President  Barack Obama  won Nevada by nearly 7 points

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News reports suggest that black voter turnout may be lower than in the past two presidential elections. But comedian Trevor Noah believes African Americans will end up supporting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

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President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) for joking about shooting Hillary Clinton , saying that even though Burr apologized, the comments still revealed a dangerous trend in American politics.

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Vice President Joe Biden threw some shade at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during a campaign speech in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday. Biden told attendees at a rally that the whole world is watching the presidential race, and “what happens here matters to them.” He chastised Trump for his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and mocked him for his late-night Twitter tendency.

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HELENA, Ala. (Reuters) – Colonial Pipeline Co shut down its main gasoline and distillates pipelines on Monday after an explosion and fire in Shelby, Alabama, killing a worker and sending five to the hospital – the second time in two months it had to close the crucial supply line to the U.S.

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Democrats are turning out in large numbers in the battleground state of Nevada, building what may become a vital electoral firewall for the party’s presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton , in the final days of the 2016 race. As of Sunday morning, registered Democrats had established a 7-point lead over registered Republicans in the state’s early vote totals . That margin is just slightly below the lead Democrats held at the same point in 2012, when President Barack Obama ended up winning the state by 6.6 percent.

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Donald Trump’s standing is improving in some polls, but he still faces a large Electoral College deficit.

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While Donald Trump ’s  racism ,  xenophobia  and  sexism  have drawn considerable scorn, there has been some confusion about his stance on the queer community.

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Racism, Xenophobia, and the Election

28Oct

By the Editors of Rethinking Schools As teachers and students return to classrooms this fall, together we have to try to make sense of a tumultuous presidential campaign and a summer of racial violence that have forcefully surfaced the racism that plagues our nation. Elementary and middle school students have grown up with an African American as president of the United States. This is a historic milestone.

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When New Hampshire educator Anne McQuade’s refugee and immigrant students first arrive in America, she says they are “hopeful.” They’ve been told about the American dream, and its ideas of opportunity and social mobility contrast the violent, war-torn countries they are often fleeing. But lately, these students haven’t received the warm welcome they expect. Because of Republican nominee Donald Trump ’s anti-immigrant and Islamophobic rhetoric, children are fearful that their family members will be deported or their new country will ban Muslims from entering, said McQuade

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The job of language translators and interpreters is never easy, but the task becomes especially dicey in the realm of politics. Differing interpretations of a turn of phrase, after all, have been known to lead to war . The challenge is even greater when the translator is attempting to interpret words and phrases that even native speakers find hard to understand .

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Imagine the 2016 presidential election as a giant bubble ― because that’s how most people are getting their news. On Wednesday’s “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah noted how everyone seems to have picked a side and is blindly defending it.

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She sure showed him. A North Carolina woman who said she wanted to prove to her husband that playing the lottery is a waste of money bought a $10 scratch-off and won $1,000,000.

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Most Americans are (understandably) ready to see this campaign end. Most voters are (less understandably) worried about voter fraud.

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Donald Trump regularly tells his supporters that the election has been rigged against him, and on Monday he accused Hillary Clinton ’s campaign of utilizing a “ voter suppression technique ” that involved manipulating polls. (Politifact rated his claim  “pants on fire” false .)  But with early voting now underway in several states, the real-world effects of actual (and very consequential) voter suppression have begun to bubble up.

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President Barack Obama on Sunday campaigned in the battleground state of Nevada for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate he wants to succeed him in the White House – but he spent most of his time talking about the state’s Senate race.

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WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will “100 percent” accept the results of the U.S. election if it is fair, his son Eric Trump said on Sunday. “I think what my father is saying is, ‘I want a fair election,’” Eric Trump said on ABC’s “This Week.” “If it’s a fair outcome, he will absolutely accept it.

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Book Review – Jackie K Cooper A LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS by Mary Alice Monroe Mary Alice Monroe writes from a place of love. She creates stories about people she loves, places she loves and creatures she loves

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ATLANTA ― For Republicans nervous about an electoral catastrophe next month, Lesley Jones could be a harbinger of doom.

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Authorities in Philadelphia will station prosecutors throughout the city on election day to respond to any reports of voter intimidation or other illegal activity after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump claimed that polling might be “rigged” in this mostly minority city. Philadelphia is one of many U.S

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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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Democrats joined together  on Sunday night to raise funds to rebuild a GOP office that was firebombed in North Carolina over the weekend. Vandals attacked the Hillsborough, North Carolina GOP office late Saturday night, throwing a Molotov cocktail through one of the building’s front windows, according to a statement released by the town. The words “Nazi Republicans leave town or else” and a swastika were spray-painted in black on a building adjacent to the office, which houses a party goods store.

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Donald Trump declared the “ shackles have been taken off ” as Republicans began defecting in the wake of his boasts about sexual assault. Friday evening, during a Charlotte, North Carolina, speech, he turned the metaphor into reality, personally dismantling his teleprompters after they malfunctioned

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Planned Parenthood’s political arm on Thursday will release a series of ads targeting four Republican senators in tough re-election races who have supported defunding the health services nonprofit.

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With his campaign in crisis, U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump vowed on Saturday to stay in the race despite calls from more than two dozen prominent Republicans for him to drop out following the release of a recording of him making lewd comments about women

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton paid a visit to a historic black church on Sunday, mixing Bible verses with frank talk about the “implicit bias” and systemic racism that still exists in America.  Clinton took to the pulpit at Little Rock AME Zion Church , a church in Charlotte, North Carolina, whose members have been involved in protests against the police shooting of Keith Scott , a 43-year-old black man, on Sept. 20.  The candidate spoke about Scott’s death, and the death of Terence Crutcher , a black father from Tulsa, Oklahoma who was killed by police days earlier.  She also mentioned the stories of two young residents of Charlotte, Taje Gaddy, 10, and Zianna Oliphant, 9, who testified before Charlotte’s City Council last week

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Richard Sherman is well known for his unconventional approach to press conferences ― and on Wednesday, the Seattle Seahawks cornerback took the stage to let reporters know what’s really on his mind. Sherman started his weekly presser with a few words on the Seahawks’ upcoming game against the San Francisco 49ers.

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Before the RNC, the Fiscal Times declared that Trump was “not as much of a drag on the ticket as some feared.” After a bad month for the GOP nominee, I decided to test that argument, to see if that was still the case.

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PHILADELPHIA ― This was the best the Democratic Party could do. Democrats on Monday night fired nearly every progressive bullet they had in the chamber, hoping to kill what remains of the Bernie-or-bust movement that threatens to derail the party’s bid for the White House.

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There are numerous live music festivals and venues throughout North Carolina, Virginia and beyond on tap to help you celebrate the official kick off of summer over the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend. Following are a few highlights

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Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton frequently emphasizes that she is a “proud Democrat” who wants to help elect other Democrats, contrasting herself with rival Bernie Sanders. While Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont, has set grassroots fundraising records for his own candidacy, Clinton’s campaign has criticized him for not doing more to help raise the profile of progressive candidates for federal and state offices as he rallies his supporters. Sanders had previously said, “ We’ll see , ” when asked whether he would fundraise on behalf of other candidates

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Pat McCrory and Republicans in the North Carolina legislature claim to abhor the unnatural. Thus, they passed HB 2 ostensibly to prevent a crisis that they fabricated about straight men putting on dresses to peep at women in restrooms

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Last Saturday, just three days before the New Hampshire primary, Joe Biden was nestled into the darkened corner of a popular Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, restaurant, far from the maddening crowd and the snow up North. Sitting with his back to the door, facing his wife, Jill, and a guest, the vice president was close to the kitchen, not prime seating. He was almost invisible, except to those who happened to notice three SUVs idling outside, and that was probably to his liking.

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Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime performance of her newly released single “Formation” was amazing — but beyond the singing, it was the style she and her dancers rocked that really caught our attention.  One look at the army of black women rocking leather outfits, afros and black berets and we were instantly reminded of the revolutionary members of the Black Panther Party . At one point, Beyoncé and her dancers even raised black power fists in the air marking an important public declaration of black pride

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On the Eve of Iowa

31Ene

Voting is finally about to begin in the Republican and Democratic presidential primary contests. That’s exciting

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Is Under Armour Copying Nike’s Playbook?

31Ene

Under Armour just announced earnings that were better than expected. This caused their stock to jump 15.49% at the closing bell on Thursday

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Kids getting footballs is still pretty great pic.twitter.com/949LSvUHEQ — The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) January 25, 2016 As has recently become a weekly tradition, the Carolina Panthers just made yet another young fan’s dream come true. Seemingly every Sunday, Cam Newton’s squad turns on-field success into off-field elation, as players run to the stands to give touchdown balls to Carolina loyalists

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It’s often said that Buddhism is built on two core principles – wisdom and compassion. On intensive meditation retreats, I spend most of my time engaged in wisdom-based practice, with mindfulness at the root. But it is metta , the Pali term for loving-kindness, that imbues the long, silent days with a fundamental heartfulness.

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7 Things to Do if You Win the Powerball

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The jackpot of the Powerball for Wednesday January 13th 2016 hit a historical record of $1.6 BILLION … Isn’t that crazy? What would you do with so much money

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Jan 13 (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz failed to disclose to the Federal Election Commission a loan from Goldman Sachs for as much as $500,000 that was used to help finance his successful 2012 U.S.

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We may only be a few days into 2016, but Hollywood is already dialing up the heat in the fashion department.  At the People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday night, Portia De Rossi looked stunning in a white dress-turned-jumpsuit, while Dakota Johnson was adorable as ever in a matching crop top and long skirt. But our favorite look of the week belongs to Khloe Kardashian, who rocked a black jumpsuit that flattered her amazing figure.  Check out the best-dressed stars below and let us know if you agree with our picks.  Also on HuffPost: — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms

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There’s a meme going around, the one with two precious little girls in frilly, white matching outfits.

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

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

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This week a 2-year-old in South Carolina found a gun in the back seat of the car he was riding in and accidentally shot his grandmother , who was sitting in the passenger seat. This type of thing happens from time to time: a little kid finds a gun, fires it, and hurts or kills himself or someone else

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The following is part one of a three-part series on the recovery movement in North Carolina. October 4th and the Facing Addiction rally have come and gone. We’ve seen recovery get a glimpse of the national spotlight for the first time in decades.

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

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A city in South Carolina approved a $6.5 million settlement Thursday with the family of an unarmed black man shot to death earlier this year by a white police officer. The North Charleston City Council approved the settlement by a 10-0 vote, and members of Walter Scott’s family were on hand when it was announced.

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You Can Save A Child’s Life

07Oct

Changing the life of a child has changed my life in the process. For several years, now, I have been accused of being crazy for taking so many children into my home. My work mates, friends, and even family members have told me countless times that I can’t care for every child that comes into the foster care system

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The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee heard testimony on Tuesday from senators and advocates who urged the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to remove roadblocks to care and compensation for veterans sickened by environmental toxicants, including contaminated drinking water at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune.

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William Devin Howell, a drifter who has been imprisoned for eight years, may be Connecticut’s most prolific killer in nearly three decades, authorities say.

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Last month, with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders leading Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire primary polls and getting closer but still well behind in first-in-the-nation caucus state Iowa, I asked an old Clintonista how it could be that “a half-baked version of Tom Hayden” had a shot at beating the Clintons. Hey, he e-mailed back, Sanders has a good chance of winning both states. I asked if he really thought that.

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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 release of Jonathan Pollard is long overdue. He has served nearly 30 years behind bars for a crime that was very disproportionate to his sentence. Jonathan Pollard was a civilian American Naval intelligence analyst who discovered that the U.S.

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Police in North Carolina are investigating reports of a strange cloaked figure appearing at an apartment complex and possibly  leaving behind raw meat  near a local playground. Images posted on social media claim the hooded figure was spotted at the Hudson Woods  apartment complex in Gastonia, located in the Charlotte area:   “We don’t know if it’s one of our residents with an interesting way of presenting themselves , or if it’s a trespasser,” Lance Calhoun, director of operations for Southwood Realty, which manages the complex, told the Gaston Gazette.   A cloaked person reportedly dropped raw meat at a playground.

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LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green Shrum vs. Lowry: as billionaires “bid” for President and key swing states disenfranchise millions of minorities and millennials, can the process of Democracy grab more attention than Trump’s Hair and Wall

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Another week has gone by, and Donald Trump remains the Republican frontrunner in the presidential nomination race. We’ve noticed that all the inside-the-Beltway pundits who so confidently predicted Trump’s imminent and inevitable downfall are now slowly starting to revisit their predictions.

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WASHINGTON — On March 8, 1971, most Americans were fixated on their TV sets as Joe Frazier was about to dance with his nemesis  Muhammad Ali in the “Fight of the Century.” In the 15th round of the match at Madison Square Garden, Frazier landed a left hook that sent Ali crashing to the mat.   The winner was determined by unanimous decision: Frazier maintained his undefeated status and Ali took the first loss of his professional career.  The Greatest — an outspoken anti-war, pro-black activist — had fallen. But in the shadow of his defeat came the demise of a U.S.

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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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Police in Richmond, Virginia, are investigating the death of a black man who was killed in a shootout with a white officer, a spokesman said on Thursday. The shooting death occurred late on Wednesday when the victim, identified as Keshawn Hargrove, 20, of Richmond, fired on officers and refused to drop his gun, police spokesman Gene Lepley

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On August 1, 1973, the National Alliance for Optional Parenthood did a wonderful thing — it celebrated Non-Parents Day by awarding a Male and Female National Non-Parent of the Year. Starting in 2013, this day was resurrected as International Childfree Day, and the day winners of the Childfree Woman and Man of the Year are announced. Here are the 2015 winners and their nomination submissions: Childfree Woman of the Year: Laura LaVoie * Laura LaVoie is a writer and blogger

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The chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party  linked Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to the Ku Klux Klan in multiple tweets with the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter and #ChristianLivesMatter. Hasan Harnett, the state party’s  first black chairman,  tweeted pictures of the KKK next to pictures of Clinton twice last week, as reported  by WRAL in Raleigh. He urged his followers to “Say NO to the #Democrat Lies” and the “#Liberal Agenda.” Say NO to the #HillaryClinton and the #Liberal Takeover.

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What the black state trooper saw was a civilian in distress. Yes, this was a white man, attending a white supremacist rally in front of the South Carolina State House. And yes, he was wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with a swastika.

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Having trouble getting the phone number of a 60-year-old man? Donald Trump can help you out with that.

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At a Ku Klux Klan rally held at the South Carolina Statehouse  on Saturday, there were many images of hate: men and women shouting slogans of bigotry and division, their clothing emblazoned with symbols of intolerance. But the most memorable image of the day wasn’t one of hatred at all

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