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A friend of mine just said, why don’t you come up with an idea as to how we can create change instead of just saying where we went wrong. Alright, valid point

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

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Why I won’t be attending any Anti-Trump Protests I have been strongly and opposed to Donald Trump, but I won’t be attending any protests against him.

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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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The Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) has officially renounced its mission to evangelize and convert Jews.

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

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BERLIN, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The European Union is in danger of breaking apart unless France and Germany, in particular, work harder to stimulate growth and employment and heed citizens’ concerns, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said in the German capital on Thursday. Valls said the two countries, for decades the axis around which the EU revolved, had to help refocus the bloc to tackle an immigration crisis, a lack of solidarity between member states, Britain’s looming exit, and terrorism. “Europe is in danger of falling apart,” Valls said at an event organized by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper

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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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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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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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NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES – Chanting “Not my president” and “love trumps hate,” thousands of demonstrators took the streets in cities across the United States on Saturday to protest against President-elect Donald Trump , who they say threatens their civil and human rights. The biggest rallies were in New York , Los Angeles and Chicago, where organizers said they wanted to build on the momentum after several nights of protests triggered by the real-estate mogul’s surprise win in Tuesday’s presidential election. In New York, several thousand protesters marched peacefully up Fifth Avenue past its glitzy store fronts, some already bearing Christmas decorations, before filling the streets at the foot of Trump Tower, the president-elect’s skyscraper home.

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Last week, we pre-empted our usual Talking Points format for a pre-election column.

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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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It doesn’t matter whether Christians are part of the conversation or not, social media brings out the best and the worst of the online community.

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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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Good news, friends: we’re almost done with the worst of the 2016 political shenanigans. But the fat lady hasn’t sung yet. What do you do when you can’t turn on any form of media without being smacked by slinging mud?

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Dana Carvey weighed in on the presidential election on his return to “ Saturday Night Live ” as the sanctimonious character Church Lady. Chatting to Colin Jost as part of the “Weekend Update” segment, she first thanked him for inviting her to his “little midnight shindig.” But she then unleashed a torrent of self-righteousness

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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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If you watched “Fox & Friends” for a 10-minute stretch during the 8 a.m. hour Saturday, you might think Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is likely to be indicted in the coming months.  If you stuck with the show into the 9 a.m

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

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Whoever wins the US presidential election will have to govern for the whole of the country. Carlos Barria/Reuters Pascal Molenberghs , Monash University People around the world are stunned at the rise of Donald Trump – from complete outsider to Republican nominee for the US presidential election, in what might yet turn out to be a close race to the White House. At the start of campaigning for nomination, almost nobody gave Trump a chance

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In the realm of animal protection, the chickens that we eat, known as broilers, have been the proverbial elephant in the room. Their numbers are almost inconceivably vast. Roughly 9 billion chickens are slaughtered every year in the United States, making up well over 90 percent of the land animals killed for food .

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Fifty-One Presidential Elections on Tuesday

03Nov

The United States electoral system is complex and sometimes hard to phantom. Under the United States Constitution, there will be fifty-one separate elections for President in each of the fifty states plus Washington DC on Tuesday, not one

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Criticism of FBI Director James Comey ratcheted up dramatically late Sunday as he faced both a rare public rebuke by the former attorney general who once oversaw him and the first call for his resignation by a member of Congress. Comey has been at the center of a political storm since issuing a vaguely worded letter on Friday ― 11 days before the election ― that indicated the FBI was reviewing more emails that could be related to its probe of  Hillary Clinton ’s use of a private email server. In an op-ed for The Washington Post, former attorney general Eric Holder charged that Comey’s letter had “violated long-standing Justice Department policies and tradition,” and he called on the FBI director to “ dispel the uncertainty he has created before Election Day.

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During a speech at a Donald Trump  rally in Las Vegas on Sunday, Wayne Allyn Root envisioned  Hillary Clinton and her top aide, Huma Abedin , dying in a fiery car crash. “I heard a rumor, I don’t know if you’ve heard this rumor, but while we’re all gathered here, all the networks have wall-to-wall coverage of a live police chase,” the 2008 Libertarian vice-presidential candidate and author of “Angry White Male” said. “And it’s Hillary in a white Ford Bronco! She’s got Huma driving, and they’re headed for the Mexican border.”  Root added:  “I have a name.

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PHOENIX, Oct 29 – Sensing a potential turning point, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump mounted a furious effort on Saturday to portray Democrat Hillary Clinton as unfit to lead the country after the latest chapter in her email controversy unfolded as he tries to mount a comeback. With the Nov.

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Do you ever feel like nobody takes you seriously at work? If so, you’re not alone. More than 50% of people don’t feel respected at work, according to a global survey of more than 20,000 employees by the Harvard Business Review .

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Congress should end the Platonic Guardian-like Federal Reserve, an independent executive agency governed by a seven-member Board of Governors appointed by the President to serve 14-year terms.

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A new survey finds there isn’t much respect to go around this election season. Polls agree that Hillary Clinton is winning, but not by how much. And a survey of Latino voters shows the group feels disengaged from major issue discussions.

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

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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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It has taken two years of training a demoralized army, backed up by the air cover and special forces of the world’s greatest powers, for Iraq to mount an offensive to recapture Mosul from Islamic State. Almost week into the U.S.-led onslaught, many of those running the campaign say the battle to retake the city could be long and hard

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The race for White House is effectively over. Hillary Clinton will be the 45th president of the U.S.

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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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Donald Trump picked up his first major newspaper endorsement over the weekend in the key battleground state of Nevada.

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Is Shep Smith The Future Of Fox News?

17Oct

NEW YORK ― It’s 3:00 in the afternoon, and  Shepard Smith is in the chair.

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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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Donald Trump may be losing ground in Utah, according to a new poll that was conducted after the release of the tape in which the Republican presidential nominee boasts about sexually assaulting women.  The Y2 Analytics poll finds Trump tied with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton at 26 percent. Independent candidate  Evan McMullin , who has been considered a long-shot candidate , trails close behind with 22 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson takes 14 percent in the poll

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Donald Trump has fallen further behind Hillary Clinton and now trails her by 8 points among likely voters, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll, with 1 in 5 Republicans saying his vulgar comments about groping women disqualify him from the presidency. The national tracking poll was launched after Sunday night’s second presidential debate, where Trump was pressed to explain his comments in a 2005 videotape about grabbing women’s genitalia.

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Momentum is steadily and inexorably building toward sending human missions to Mars beginning in the 2030s.

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Republican presidential nominee  Donald Trump  flatly denied during the presidential debate on Sunday that he had ever engaged in the sort of aggressive sexual behavior he detailed during a 2005 taped conversation with Billy Bush, at the time an “Access Hollywood” host.

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Early Voting: A Month to Go

10Oct

Another week of early voting has passed and at least 429,337 people have voted in the 2016 election. I say “at least” because I do not have information from all the states, and information from some states is a little out-of-date

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The Chicago Sun-Times editorial board on Sunday shamed GOP leaders for their response to the graphic video of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump boasting about sexual assault , writing that not only should Trump drop out of the race, but all Republicans with “a shred of self-respect” should dump him too. “Every Republican Party leader or elected official who has a shred of self-respect should drop him cold. We question the moral fiber of anyone who does not,” the scathing editorial reads

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The Huffington Post on Monday released its presidential forecast model , which uses polling data to project who’s likely to win the election. (Spoiler: It’s Hillary Clinton .) But we didn’t include some things that many people think will determine who will become the next president. Here are the top 10 with our reasons for ignoring them: 10.  Yard sign counts : Also known as the “Peggy Noonan adjustment,” yard sign counts are easily quantified but often not reliable

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The Republican National Committee released an ad Monday that attacks Virginia senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine for his record as a pro bono defense attorney and staunch opponent of the death penalty.

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By Helen Murphy and Julia Symmes Cobb BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombians narrowly rejected a peace deal with Marxist insurgents on Sunday, plunging the nation into uncertainty and handing a major defeat to President Juan Manuel Santos, who had staked his reputation on ending the 52-year war. Before the referendum, Santos, 53, said he had no Plan B and would return Colombia to war if the “no” vote won.

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Hillary Clinton and her allies feel very good about the past week. They should ― but maybe not too good. Heading into Monday’s debate, Clinton was in deep political trouble.

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The Detroit News is the latest newspaper to deviate from conservative tradition .  The paper has supported Republicans since its inception 143 years ago (though the editorial board has not published any endorsement of a presidential candidate three times in its history). But its editorial board wrote on Thursday that it had abandoned “that long and estimable tradition” of endorsing GOP presidential candidates this year for one reason: “Donald J

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Richard Pithouse , Rhodes University In our regular series, “Under the influence”, we ask experts to share what they believe are the most influential works of art or artists in their field. Bruce Springsteen will soon release his long-awaited autobiography . Here, academic Richard Pithouse, who has also worked as a music critic, explains why he finds Springsteen, the progressive musician known to his fans as The Boss, a hugely influential figure in rock music.

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As we enter the final months of the U.S. presidential campaign, most Americans are squarely focused on the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for the White House. At the United Nations, another important election with long term geopolitical implications for our world is currently ongoing.

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Welcome To My New Home. Come On In!

01Sep

Photograph by Cedric Angeles Hi, you might know me from my Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen blog and my cookbook Scratch , or as the author of Organic Manifesto . You might know me as CEO of Rodale Inc., the company that started the organic movement in America and brings you such well-loved global brands as Men’s Health , Women’s Health , Prevention , Rodale’s Organic Life (where I write a column), Bicycling , and Runner’s World .

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Shortly after  Donald Trump  suggested  “ Second Amendment people ” could stop Hillary Clinton from nominating Supreme Court justices, his campaign feverishly insisted he was in no way urging violence against the Democratic nominee. This would be a lot more convincing if the campaign didn’t still count as an adviser an individual who has actually called for Clinton to be executed

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Trump Troubles

09Ago

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had hoped that Monday would be the day he could reboot his failing campaign. Instead, it would be a day filled with more bad news and further setbacks. The latest blow came in the form of a Washington Post op-ed piece by respected Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine.

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By Timothy M. Smith , University of Minnesota Another week in America, another week of sadness and hand-wringing prompted by gun violence. More…

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“All men of sense,” one of America’s most imaginative founding fathers Alexander Hamilton once said, “will agree in the necessity of an energetic executive.” Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines’ most popular mayor, was just elected to the presidency with the highest number of votes in the Southeast Asian country’s history. And his legions of supporters — who relish the provincial mayor’s off-the-cuff honesty and celebrate his unmatched bravado against the establishment — fervently believe that they may have elected not only the country’s first president from the southern island of Mindanao, but also, perhaps, its most energetic so far.

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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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Seeing three minutes of Homer Simpson on a Simpsons show might not seem like a big deal if the three minutes he’s doing this Sunday weren’t going to be live. Yup, that’s the plan.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) argued during Thursday’s Democratic debate that the Palestinian people should be treated with dignity and that the United States shouldn’t always kowtow to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Hours earlier, Sanders’ campaign suspended its new Jewish outreach director  for advocating the exact same positions

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While he may not have been the first to say it, Steven D.

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“The Joker” singer was definitely not joking this time. After playing at his induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night, legendary rocker Steve Miller used his acceptance speech to jab at the institution for not being more inclusive of women.

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Everywhere we go, someone in our life has an opinion of something we are or are not doing. An opinion on why someone is too young to have kids, but too old to be single

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Since the holiday of love is fast approaching we thought it fitting to explore the historical roots of Valentine’s Day. Personally, I am a bit torn about how I feel about the holiday itself. Part of me (the Libra side) is in love with love so any day that celebrates “love” is a winner in my book

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Be like Bentley. The adorable dog is winning votes for politest pooch ever, as he always wipes his paws before going inside.

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A white nationalist group that made robocalls  on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Iowa is now targeting New Hampshire voters ahead of next week’s primary. “We don’t need Muslims

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As we head towards another presidential election, it would be important for us not to lose sight of major decisions made by the Supreme Court in the last few years during the second Obama administration. And this is not the obvious thing that comes to mind during these highly energized times: namely with a new president comes the power to appoint Supreme Court justices.

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NEW YORK — Since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014, the city of Ferguson, Missouri, has tried to take steps toward reforming abusive law enforcement practices. This week, the city made public a sweeping consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice that aims to  bring its police department and municipal practices  in line with the Constitution

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Of Mice and Mylar

29Ene

Last Sunday, we saw the first of the elk entering our property.

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Bratton OKs Broken Windows ‘Reform’

26Ene

With constant reminders that they wouldn’t be in any way, shape, or form disturbing the way Broken Windows policing operates in New York City, the city council today rolled out a new set of bills said to adjust some penalties for low-level offenses. For about a year there had been talk about ‘decriminalizing’ some of offenses often associated with the Broken Windows theory, which says cracking down on low-level behaviors deters serious crime. It didn’t even go that far.

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As the nation celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., it is an opportunity to also reflect on the broader impact of his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963, which remains one of our nation’s most influential rallying cries for society to embrace diversity and seek equality. Bayard Rustin, one of Dr

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LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green Shrum-Cooke debate the sharp political contrasts of Oscar Week: Obama is Jimmy Stewart at the end of It’s a Great Life while Republicans see only the despotic villain in Fury Road.

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WASHINGTON — Ted Cruz on Sunday stood by his claim that the U.S. should “carpet bomb” the Islamic State group out of existence and falsely stated that the George H.W. Bush administration carpet bombed Iraq during the first Gulf War.

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You deserve a vacation. Honest. Research shows 40 percent of Americans are either too scared or too stressed to use their paid days off, while other findings prove taking a vacation is good for you and your work

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How Kissing Boosts Your Health

09Ene

In case you needed a perfectly good excuse to smooch the one you love, do it for your health. Seriously. Kissing boasts multiple wellness perks.

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