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With the country feeling about as fractured as it’s ever felt, Thanksgiving ― a holiday already fraught with family demons ― is looking to be a doozy. Here’s some advice we gave you in 2013 about what not to bring to the Thanksgiving table, updated:   1) Your politics.

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Jazz up your Thanksgiving meal with some show-stopping soups, salads and sides. From Curried Cauliflower Soup to Broccoli with Chipotle-Honey Butter , these easy and elegant dishes will be the stars of your holiday spread.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – If you’re a Los Angeles native, resident or even visitor, you will probably cringe at the combination of “LA” and “rush hour.” Sitting in LA traffic is an excruciatingly painful task, and not just because of the hours you spend putting pressure on your lower back. If your brakes aren’t screeching because of the driver who just cut you off, then you’re probably yelling about the bumper-to-bumper deadlock. Truth be told, traffic is infuriating, exhausting and unproductive

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The cast of “ Hamilton ” didn’t throw away their shot to speak directly to a very important member of their audience Friday night: Vice President-elect Mike Pence. As Pence, who was booed loudly upon entering the theater , tried to leave the Broadway musical after the final curtain call, actor Brandon Dixon , who plays the part of Aaron Burr, asked him to stay

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When Vice President-elect Mike Pence went out for a night of theater in Manhattan, he probably didn’t expect to be the opening act. Some of the attendees at a Friday night showing of “Hamilton,”  Lin-Manuel Miranda ’s  Founding Fathers-themed Broadway musical , were apparently not thrilled to see the Indiana governor at the show.

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We Can’t Win a Fight We’re Not In

18Nov

In this wrenching week, I have been thinking about something my former boss Paul Wellstone liked to say: “You’ve got to start a fight to win a fight.” An animated professor-turned-senator from Minnesota, Paul’s willingness to be confrontational, and his refusal to back down from a fight he believed in, was central to his political and organizing strategy.

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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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If you’re on the prowl for a romantic safari destination, look no further than Asilia Africa’s Highlands camp in Tanzania. Located in a mountain forest  on the slopes of Olmoti volcano , the Highlands camp comprises eight futuristic dome suites. Each suite contains a king-sized bed, a luxurious bathroom with running hot water and flush toilets, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Serengeti.  Visitors can climb the Olmoti volcano or descend into the Ngorongoro Crater from camp.

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It’s no secret that we’re bombarded with bothersome headlines more often than pleasant ones.

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Undocumented immigrants didn’t have a vote or a voice at the ballot box on Election Day, so many have turned to social media to speak out.  Immigrants right leader Gaby Pacheco , who became the first undocumented Latina to testify in front of Congress about immigration reform in 2013, understood the pressing need to take action against President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to get rid of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which temporarily shields young undocumented immigrants who were brought illegally into the U.S.

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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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A New Donald?

12Nov

To my considerable surprise, I am coming to believe that there may still be hope for Donald Trump.

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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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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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Donald Trump likes to talk about “draining the swamp.” The president-elect seems to mean cleaning up corruption in Washington. But for the real swamp of 2016, you needn’t look to our capitol ― just pick up your phone and open Facebook.

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It’s been a rough couple of days for some Hillary Clinton supporters, but a young mother’s story of her walk on Thursday will likely help disappointed voters get back on track. Margot Gerster, of Chappaqua, New York, posted on Facebook that she’d been “feeling so heartbroken” since Clinton’s surprising loss to Donald Trump. To get over her blues, Gerster took her baby daughter hiking on Thursday near their home. “We were the only ones there and it was so beautiful and relaxing,” Gerster wrote.  Someone else had the same idea for making the most of a beautiful autumn day after the bitter campaign season

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Regina Spektor has a knack for turning simple chord progressions into ethereal expressions of joy, longing and sadness – sometimes all three in the same breadth. Her intonation alternates between whimsy and passion. This was all on display at her recent Town Hall show when she took the stage with a string quartet plus bass and drums.

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This is the fifth in a series aimed at educating the public about the serious psychological instability of Donald Trump. Many now are rightly concerned about the potential for blood in the streets that will be triggered by a DT defeat. Despite the shadow of doubt cast by F.B.I

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Furthering his talk of a “rigged” election , Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump  said it’s “almost like cheating” when celebrities like Beyoncé  and Jay Z rally for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton . “On quick notice, we didn’t bring any so-called stars along ― we didn’t need them,” Trump told the crowd at a rally in Reno on Saturday

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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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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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The “Will & Grace” cast has been very busy this fall.  First, they reunited in an effort to get out the vote , and now they’ve dazzled one lucky Los Angeles audience with a musical number supporting Democratic nominee  Hillary   Clinton . Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, Eric McCormack and Megan Mullally joined forces to sing their support for Clinton at a  weekend fundraiser to the tune of “Officer Krupke” from “West Side Story.” YouTube sensation Randy Rainbow  gave the classic a new twist with lyrics celebrating Clinton and bashing her GOP opponent  Donald   Trump

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Having a nail stuck into your candy bar is nothing to snicker about. Two families in southern Michigan report that they found candy in their kids’ Halloween bags that contained nails or thumb tacks. An unidentified firefighter for the Fremont Fire Department who took his kids trick-or-treating near Coldwater Monday night discovered a Snickers bar impaled by a nail  and two other pieces of candy with thumb tacks in them, according to WANE.com.  None of the tampered candy was eaten

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While other kids flaunted their superhero and cartoon character costumes on Monday (hey, nothing wrong with that!), six-year-old Jodie was paying homage to black history. Jodie, who lives in Alabama, dressed up as 6-year-old Ruby Bridges , the first black student to attend an all-white school in the south. Her dad, a U.S

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WASHINGTON ― Vice President Joe Biden doesn’t think that Hillary and Bill Clinton should shut down the Clinton Foundation if she is elected to the presidency. In an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Biden told host John Dickerson that there is no evidence of anything illegal related to the foundation and said he thought that its successful programs should be continued under new leadership. “It does too much good to shut it down,” Biden said.

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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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New York City’s Metropolitan Opera was evacuated Saturday after an audience member sprinkled an unidentified powder into the orchestra pit during the second intermission of a performance of “Guillaume Tell.” The Met said on its Facebook page that it had canceled the evening performance of “L’Italiana in Algeri” while police investigate the incident.

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Native American leaders vowed on Saturday to protest through the winter against a North Dakota oil pipeline they say threatens water resources and sacred lands and are weighing lawsuits over police treatment of arrested protesters. Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II said he and other tribal leaders were working on providing food, heat and shelter for protesters opposed to the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline.

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“ Hamilton ” is a ground-breaking musical for many reasons. Beyond its score and story and performances, though ― all of which are fervently praised, and rightly so ― there’s a simple reason the hype behind this generation’s biggest theatrical moment is deserved: representation matters

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The latest of Hogarth’s retellings of Shakespearean plays by eminent authors is a match made in dystopian heaven. (If such a thing could exist.) Margaret Atwood, the author behind great ecological speculative fiction like the chilling MaddAddam trilogy, meets William Shakespeare’s most climate-obsessed drama: “The Tempest.” Not, of course, that Atwood goes with the obvious, stormy angle. Instead, Hag-Seed leans into the elements of theatricality, imprisonment and deception within “The Tempest,” telling the story of Felix, a once-ambitious artistic director who’s been living in grim isolation since his righthand man stabbed him in the back and took over the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival in his place

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LOS ANGELES ― Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals blasted county Sheriff Sandra Hutchens in court Friday over a seeming refusal to turn over all evidence related to a tainted jailhouse informant program that has allegedly violated the rights of numerous defendants and threatens to upend multiple murder cases in the county. “This court has been waiting a long time. I am patient, but I have been waiting a long time,” Goethals said to Deputy County Counsel Elizabeth Pejeau

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You may think you love Gumby, but we’re positive Jolene loves Gumby more. Emily Crisp recorded her golden retriever, Jolene, playing with a stuffed Gumby toy in a viral video posted on Thursday. The video turns from adorable to downright you’ll-want-to-cry-it’s-so-cute when Crisp’s boyfriend, Ben Mesches, shows up in a Gumby costume

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Thanksgiving at the Baldwin household may be a tad tense this year. Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is splitting the famous quartet of actor brothers, and even causing them to come to virtual blows via Twitter

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Gillian Murphy and Marcelo Gomes in ‘Her Notes.’ Photo: Rosalie O’Connor By Sheila Kogan, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, October 27, 2016 Jessica Lang, award-winning choreographer who has had a long association with the Joyce Theater, has choreographed her first ballet for American Ballet Theater, titled Her Notes , to the piano music of Fanny Mendelssohn Hansel, the elder sister of Felix Mendelssohn. The music is noteworthy because the compositions of Fanny Mendelssohn Hansel have largely been unknown – it wasn’t considered acceptable for a woman of her time (1800s) to publish music – but she wrote over 400 piano pieces (a few published under her brother’s name). Lang chose excerpts from Das Jahr , which I thought was beautifully Romantic (comparable to Chopin, perhaps) and gorgeously played by pianist, Emily Wong

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CNN host Anderson Cooper pointed out Wednesday night the ridiculousness of  Donald Trump  surrogate Newt Gingrich accusing Megyn Kelly of being “ fascinated with sex ”.  “For Newt Gingrich to accuse Megyn Kelly of being fascinated by sex. This is a guy who is, what, on his third marriage, cheated on his first two wives, and was having an affair while he was impeaching Bill Clinton,” Cooper said

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If there’s one thing people know about Ina Garten ― the Food Network’s “Barefoot Contessa” ― it’s that she loves cooking for her husband, Jeffrey.

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Grilled Cheese Recipe Grilled Cheese with prosciutto on a bed of rocket is a warm and gooey gourmet delight that takes less than 5 minutes to make but the combination of salty cured meat with thick smoked mozzarella cheese and a drizzle of truffle will transport you to Italy with every bite. This is 10 times better then buzzfeed grilled cheese. Watch Grilled Cheese video recipe: Ingredients: 1 x full scamorza cheese (Smoked Mozzarella) ½ glass of white truffle oil (you can substitute this for Evoo if you don’t have any) 4-5 slices of prosciutto 100g fresh rocket Utensils: 1 x medium size non-stick flat saucepan 1 x serving spatula (not plastic) 1 x serving board (preferably wooden) Method: 1

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Part 3 of a series on Rotterdam’s efforts to become a sustainable and “climate-proof” city. The city and port of Rotterdam

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Benedict Cumberbatch taking on the title role in “Hamlet” became the fastest selling show in London theater history  last year, with 100,000 tickets selling in just minutes.

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LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – It was a battle of the sequels at the multiplexes this weekend, as “Boo! A Madea Halloween” narrowly edged out “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” to claim first place at the domestic box office. The latest film in the long-running Madea series racked up $27.6 million

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Well, this is the cutest “kidney stone” we’ve ever seen! Stephanie Jaegers went to the hospital with stomach pain she thought was probably caused by kidney stones. But doctors told her she had actually been pregnant for 38 weeks, her husband Michael Jaegers told news station 11 Alive.  Then the couple learned she was also due to give birth.

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Everyone’s an art critic.  A priest is defending a local artist who tried to help  Ste. Anne des Pins parish in Sudbury, Ontario, by fixing a statue of the baby Jesus that was vandalized

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Following Donald Trump’s refusal Wednesday night to commit to accepting the outcome of the upcoming election, several CNN commentators lambasted the presidential candidate’s position as unpatriotic and attacked his repeated allegations of voter fraud. Van Jones had the harshest words for the GOP nominee during a heated exchange with commentator Kayleigh McEnany, during which he said Trump’s responses made for a “really sad night.” “The appalling lack of patriotism from this man, to stand there and say that, to praise Putin and Assad more than he’s ever praised any American president,” Jones says in the clip, above

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Meagan Nash is on a mission to make advertising more inclusive, and her 14-month-old son Asher is helping her. Nash has been submitting photos of Asher, who has Down syndrome, to a local modeling agency in Georgia called C2 Kids in an attempt to get him featured in ad campaigns for various companies

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Kenny Leon’s award-winning eye for theater will return to television with the telecast of NBC’s fourth live musical event, “ Hairspray Live !” Adapted from the 2002 Tony Award-winning Broadway production, which was based on the 1988 film, the network musical will feature an all-star ensemble cast including newcomer Maddie Baillio (as Tracy Turnblad), Ariana Grande (as Penny Pingleton), Jennifer Hudson (Motormouth Maybelle), Martin Short (Wilbur Turnblad), Harvey Fierstein (as Edna Turnblad) and special guest stars Sean Hayes (Mr. Pinky), Andrea Martin (Prudy Pingleton) and Rosie O’Donnell (as the gym teacher).  Following his success with “ The Wiz Live !” the special marks Leon’s second directorial effort in the network’s franchise of live musical events. In speaking with The Huffington Post, the Tony Award winner said he’s extremely grateful to lead such a diverse musical, and said the special comes at a pivotal time in America.  “This is a musical piece that is about integration, and it’s about accepting each other for who we are,” he said

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Draper Alumbaugh focused on the big picture when he learned that his job could be going to Mexico soon. “It’s pretty simple what these corporate people want,” he said in a video posted last week by Indiana news station RTV6 .

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”This Is Spinal Tap” star and co-creator Harry Shearer is singing “ Gimme Some Money ,” but it’s not part of a new reunion tour. He’s suing the company that owns the film’s rights for $125 million. Shearer, who plays bassist/ zucchini aficionado Derek Smalls in the cult classic rock mockumentary, filed a lawsuit against Vivendi and its StudioCanal subsidiary for fraud, breach of contract and failure to pay a share of the profits from the film and its related properties.   “ Filing a claim like this one is neither fun nor easy ,” Shearer said in a video statement. “Going up against a major multinational is not nearly as enjoyable as playing too loud at Carnegie Hall.” Vivendi had no comment on the lawsuit.  Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner created the band Spinal Tap in the 1970s; the four also wrote the 1984 movie at the heart of the dispute as well as the band’s songs “ Big Bottom ” and “ Hell Hole .” Guest, McKean and Reiner were not party to the lawsuit, which stated that the four were supposed to share 40 percent of the profits related to the film and its music, per their deal with Embassy Pictures. Embassy’s films and other assets were bundled and sold over the years, with Vivendi eventually gaining ownership of “This Is Spinal Tap.”  But according to a copy of the lawsuit posted online by Deadline, Vivendi paid the four  just $81 in worldwide merchandising income between 1984 and 2006, and $98 in music sales between 1989 and 2006.

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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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High school athletes are reminding the world that sexual assault is most definitely not  “ locker room banter .”  In a photo shared to Facebook on October 13 , six male athletes stand in a locker room sporting shirts that read “Wild Feminist.” The young men pictured in the photo are basketball, football, soccer and cross country athletes from Centennial High School in Gresham, Oregon. The photo was shot in the high school’s locker room in response to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recently leaked 2005 comments about women . The  hot mic video  featured Trump bragging that he “ just kisses ” women without their consent, and “ grabs them by the pussy ” because “ you can do anything ” to women when you’re famous

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Donald Trump Faces Payback In The Desert

17Oct

FORT DEFIANCE, Ariz. ― Living among the red-rock gullies and the desert scrub in this corner of the country are a people who could soon exact their revenge on Donald Trump .

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WASHINGTON ―  Television viewers across the country have been treated to some scary advertisements about the future of Social Security. “Our next president needs to take action on Social Security, or future generations could lose up to $10,000 a year,” the narrator intones, as ominous music plays in the background. Viewers might be surprised to learn that the ad is from the AARP, the country’s largest seniors group and a longtime defender of social programs for older Americans

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You work, you save, you book the trip of a lifetime — and it almost kills you. Sweet rolls at breakfast, ice cream at lunch, fancy desserts at dinner and three different kinds of cookies available all day were not the problem on my recent 15-day river cruise through Central Europe. Instead, the culprit was a natural tendency to overdo while somewhere new and exciting.

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“Tax cuts skewed towards the wealthy elite starve our communities of much-needed resources while further tilting the scales towards large corporations and the rich.” – Stephen Rouzer at Main Street Alliance If you cut taxes for the rich and giant corporations, what happens to the rest of us?

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The Gay We Were: ‘The Opposite Of Sex’

15Oct

The 1990s were an odd little crossroads for gay entertainment. The dominant mainstream narrative — when it paid any attention at all — trended towards the AIDS crisis and tragedy. At the same time, far from the mainstream, the cottage industry of gay romantic comedies pitched itself to a greatly underserved market

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Bill Maher picked a fight with all the country’s undecided voters on Friday. The “ Real Time ” host questioned how it was even possible that there’d been “no breaking point” for those still considering voting for the GOP’s presidential candidate Donald Trump on Nov. 8.

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One of the questions I get asked most frequently is “Can a marriage survive infidelity?” And the answer is yes, it can , but that doesn’t mean it will or even that it should . It all depends on how you negotiate to move forward. You need to require some things of yourself, and you need to require some things of your partner

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Post Electoral PTSD

13Oct

Who will fill the gap when there is no more Donald Trump to kick around (remember Nixon’s famous Checkers speech). Voters are likely to feel a mixture of postpartum depression and PTSD when there are no more revelations about taxes or groping and that goes for Hillary Clinton too

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LOS ANGELES ― For the past three years, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department have been embroiled in a sprawling jailhouse informant scandal ― one that may have involved the violation of multiple defendants’ civil rights, and that threatens to upend a number of already settled cases. The U.S

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A bakery in Portland, Oregon, has been accused of racism after patrons noticed its Oreo cupcake was named “Mr. President.” If the context of this is unclear, President Barack Obama is biracial. Customers decided to write criticisms on Yelp about  Fat Cupcake bakery for its ill-named dessert, according to The Oregonian

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LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – “ The Girl on the Train ” pulled into the station with a $24.7 million opening, a solid result despite the fact that the mystery debuted as much of the U.S.

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Just when you thought  Elon Musk ’s plan for putting humans on Mars  seemed ambitious, or even far-fetched, the world’s largest aerospace company has promised to get there first. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg didn’t say whether his company planned to beat SpaceX’s target date of 2025 , only that it would reach Earth’s planetary neighbor before Musk’s SpaceX does. “I am convinced that the first person to step foot on Mars will arrive there riding on a Boeing rocket,” Muilenburg said Tuesday at an innovation conference in Chicago.

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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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Twitters users are mocking Donald Trump’s tax return saga by recalling what life was like in the 1990s.

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In theater, a play for two actors is known as a two-hander.

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During her decades in politics, Hillary Clinton been questioned about her likability,  her “not-so-attractive” voice and her “look.”   Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, in a sit-down interview with The Huffington Post, says that she, too, has faced similar obstacles while campaigning.  “We are dismissed.

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I wish I could speak with ironclad certainty about the right of fiction writers to portray anyone, from any culture, in any way we wish. In her opening address at the Brisbane Writers Festival, Lionel Shriver, a celebrated U.S. author, adamantly took that stance.

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Anyone who’s grown up in India would be familiar with the diverse religions and their rituals that permeate the environment.

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South Asia is home to almost 40 per cent of the world’s stunted children. A lack of vital nutrients in their younger years leads children across the continent to have impaired growth, both mentally and physically.

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4 dead sea mud treatments

14Jul

Do you remember the last time you have played with Mud, or even held a piece of it? Even though mud can stimulate forgotten memories of childhood, there are actually valuable, proven practical advantages attained from applying natural Dead Sea mud on your skin. More…

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Obama raises the stakes for multinationals to combat human trafficking

14Jul

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The One Thing to Achieve…

10Jun

Okay – this isn’t the first time you have seen this headline, right? As a matter of fact, there was an article on Inc.com yesterday titled The 1 Thing You Need to Achieve Work-Life Balance – and that prompted my FB Live video yesterday and this Post today.

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In a 336-minute, seven-game series, the Golden State Warriors needed less than 170 seconds in the third quarter to dismantle, dishearten and dispose of the Oklahoma City Thunder, doing what they do best and knocking down five treys in three minutes to earn their second consecutive berth in the NBA Finals with a 96-88 victory Monday night. Of course, it started and ended with Stephen Curry.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder were 12 minutes away from returning to the NBA Finals. They were up by eight entering the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, and things were looking good. Russell Westbrook was nearing a triple double.

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I Am Having It All!

27May

4:56 a.m.: The alarm is going off.

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The following article first appeared in The National Book Review : By Madeleine Dobie More…

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Rooster Walk 8 Music and Arts Festival, set for May 26-29 near Martinsville, Virginia, is a week away and just in case you haven’t purchased a pass, I’m giving you eight reasons you don’t want to miss it.

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