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In her native Dallas she’s one of the city’s most stylish entrepreneurs, and now the rest of the world is discovering Kathy Fielder. Her Design Life Style brand is a favorite of retailers from Neiman Marcus to The Horchow Collection to One Kings Lane to Rue La La. Earlier this month, the Kathy Fielder Collection for Atlantic, a ready-to-assemble home furniture line was announced, and will hit retailers nationwide in Summer 2017.

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Image Credit There is no doubt that we’re living in an age with possibilities that previous generations had never dreamed of. While there has certainly been growth in both our economy and our government, the question often arises – “Does the government have our best interest in mind?” A government that focuses on its people is the ultimate goal of any democracy .

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First, there were reports of wood pulp in  grated cheese. And now, this.  A new Bloomberg News report raises doubts about store-brand aloe vera after tests it commissioned on products bought at Walmart, CVS and Target reportedly found no trace of their claimed prime ingredient ― aloe barbadensis leaf juice

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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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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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Friday Roundup: Week Ending November 18, 2016

20Nov

By Natalie Munio Facebook combats fake news, Twitter takes on cyber-bullies, people are traveling the world without living the house thanks to Google Earth, Facebook has more hiccups with measurements (but also makes strides in being more upfront about it), and Snapchat files for one of the largest IPOs in years.

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

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Sabra Dipping Company has issued a voluntary recall  for some of its hummus products over potential listeria contamination, the manufacturer announced Saturday.  The decision comes after Sabra’s manufacturing facility tested positive for the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause a serious and potentially deadly infection, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a release

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It may be called Turkey Day , but the best part of Thanksgiving is really dessert. You’ll definitely want to save room for these delicious sweets! 1.

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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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PARIS, Nov 20 (Reuters) – French voters were choosing a conservative presidential candidate on Sunday in a primary contest whose winner is seen as likely to become head of state in next spring’s election. With the French left in disarray under the deeply unpopular President Francois Hollande, pollsters suggest that the center-right presidential nominee will meet and defeat the National Front’s eurosceptic, anti-immigration leader Marine Le Pen in a vote next May.

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Just in time for Thanksgiving, Logo’s “Cocktails & Classics” is offering a very special screening of the beloved film “Mrs. Doubtfire.” Join host Michael Urie, “Mrs. Doubfire” star Mara Wilson, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” favorite Jujubee, comedian and actor Drew Droege and The Huffington Post’s very own Noah Michelson as they watch the 1993 comedy and share their favorite memories, trivia about the film and more

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Donald Trump just can’t drop his beef with “ Saturday Night Live .” The president-elect took time out from the important job of preparing for office to again blast the comedy sketch show over its portrayal of him. Here’s what Trump tweeted on Sunday morning: I watched parts of @nbcsnl Saturday Night Live last night. It is a totally one-sided, biased show – nothing funny at all.

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Last Tuesday, November 8 marked the 27th year since the Berlin Wall fell. On the exact same day a man wanting to build a wall was elected as President of the United States.

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Struggling with the thought of spending time with your family this Thanksgiving? Don’t worry, “ Saturday Night Live ” has your back. In this spoof ad, it offers up discount retailer Target as your safe space

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Three crew members and a patient were killed when their ambulance plane crashed in northeastern Nevada on Friday, local media reported.

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India Train Derailment Kills Scores

20Nov

More than 30 people were killed after an Indian train derailed in northern Uttar Pradesh, the nation’s biggest state, in the early hours of Sunday, local media reported. The train was traveling between the northeastern city of Patna and the central city of Indore when the incident happened, throwing several carriages off the track, according to railway officials.

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Bring out the inspiration Bring out the new American poetic tradition The new global poetic and musical movements That unite people of all races, colors and religions In the fight for global economic and social equality This is the populism that tramples the demagogues Not a fake populism that is nationalist, inegalitarian, isolationist and closed But real populism that is universal, global and post-national, True populism is borderless It is the truth that resides in every heart of everyone from Talahassee to Timbuktu It says that we are all equals, and must be, If there will be peace It says that the farmers and factory workers from Harlem to the Heartland are the same as the farmers and factory workers and engineers and doctors in Iraq, in South Africa, in Mexico, Russia, in every country And that there is a global class of monetary and power elites that are oppressing all of us And destroying our planet It is a populism that knows both communism and capitalism have failed to be sustainable And that we must boldly create a new way That compels us to come together and usher in an era of mutual responsibility Across the world It is time to make good on Our age-old birth rite the day when all people live as equals The dream Isaiah, Christ, Mohamed, Buddha, all dreamt of The truth that unites us all Let’s slam dunk the fake populists And give birth to a new global populism Let’s demand equality across borders between all nations, races and religions Between humanity and nature Then there will be peace The answer to nationalist populism Is global populism — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website

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Zadie Smith writes novels about the people and themes that seem particularly freighted with political baggage these days: immigrants, multiracial families and social groups, the white and non-white working class.

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Donald Trump’s Reagan Moment

19Nov

Sometime before Inauguration Day, President-elect Trump will be briefed on the American plan for nuclear war, inclusive of the role he plays in ordering nuclear weapons release (i.e., the “nuclear codes”.)  John F. Kennedy was the first American president briefed on this plan, back in 1961.  Afterwards, a shaken Kennedy told his Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, “And we call ourselves the human race.” President Nixon was similarly appalled. “No matter what we do,” he told his National Security Council, “they the Soviets lose their cities…what a decision.” Ninety million Soviets would die in an American nuclear strike, Nixon was told.  And ninety million Americans would die in a Soviet retaliation

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Stock market cycles are something of an enigma — if investors generally know they exist, why don’t they get out at the peaks, and buy back in when the market is down? The better you understand the dynamics of market cycles, the better you can take advantage of them rather than being victimized by them. What makes up a stock market cycle?

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Angelina Jolie  has resurfaced in a video plea to support the International Criminal Court’s efforts to protect the lives of children worldwide, after she’s largely avoided the spotlight during her ongoing custody battle with estranged husband Brad Pitt . As a special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Jolie has  advocated for the rights of children in conflict zones like Syria and Afghanistan for more than a decade.  In a new video that was posted online on Friday, Jolie praised the ICC and its new policy to focus on prosecuting crimes committed against children.  “Successful prosecution and new legal benchmark, whether at the ICC or elsewhere, is part of the long and vital generational effort.

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WASHINGTON ― The biggest potential conflict of interest for President-elect Donald Trump sits about half a mile away from the White House: The Trump International Hotel.

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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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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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The irony of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s “America First” policy is that it could end the budding new Cold War that has been developing between the West and Russia and China. His non-ideological, deal-making approach, which doesn’t challenge how the Russians and Chinese govern themselves, promises to lessen tensions that have been getting dangerously out of control.

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Reports of anti-Semitic, racist and anti-immigrant incidents at schools around the country have spread rapidly in the days since Donald Trump  became President-elect Trump. These incidents are hitting not only colleges and universities, but high schools, middle schools and even a handful of elementary schools.

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If your wardrobe consists of black, black and more black, a white, yellow or blush stone might not adhere to your personal ~aesthetic~.

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

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Recently I found myself standing in front of 25 second graders, talking about the plight of pollinators, and specifically monarch butterflies. My job requires me to engage a range of influencers – from heads of government to business leaders – to inform them about the deteriorating state of our planet and what can be done to preserve it.

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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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I had a spiritual revelation in my polling place last week in the presidential election. My partner and I chatted with others in line

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Small Gestures On A Dark Day

17Nov

The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, is nothing less than astonishing. In the wake of it, many like myself are feeling numb, betrayed, fearful, and downright ashamed of our country. A dear friend told me that her mom, who grew up in Nazi Germany, had lapsed into tears and was experiencing flashbacks of childhood traumas

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By Kerry Fiallo | Off the Shelf I collect ghost stories. I don’t believe in ghosts–but I’ll read any and all types of haunting stories

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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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By Adelyn Zhou Every entrepreneur can likely relate: You wake up each morning to hundreds of unread emails, stare at a to-do list that never seems to die, and schedule meetings on a fully-booked calendar two months out. With a workload like this, every minute is essential. That’s why I constantly invest time in finding ways to automate the more mundane aspects of work

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Life is My Writing Prompt

17Nov

Before I launched my 365-Day writing project , I came up with a 13-page (10 point font, 1.5-spaced) list of ideas. In the early days of the project, this numbered list guided me; I’d even used the strikethrough feature to cross out the topics I wrote about. As the year progressed and the calendar pages flipped faster than the leaves fell off the trees, I couldn’t keep up with the old stories on the list because new narratives were consistently presenting themselves for write-ups It was easier to write about something which happened today than to dig deep into my subconscious to recall a story from childhood or adolescence; something which helped define me, shape me, or gave me membership into a “life club.” Whatever crazy shit happens to us as humans, the “life club” concept is designed to help us feel like we’re not alone; we can always find someone who can relate, no matter how ludicrous our situation or experience may seem

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London’s Heathrow Airport released its first-ever  Christmas commercial this week, and it looks like a winner.  The clip features an aging teddy bear couple trying to navigate the giant airport, and builds up to what Heathrow Airport’s Julia Weir called “ that ‘Love Actually’ moment ,” according to PRWeek.   Plus, c’mon… it’s got teddy bears going through immigration:  “ We love the film and hope the bears’ journey through the airport captures that excitement you feel when walking through Heathrow arrivals into the arms of your loved ones at Christmas,” Heathrow’s commercial director Jonathan Coen said in a news release.

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What Africa expects from COP22

17Nov

Photo Credit: Oxfam In 2001, the Marrakech Accords paved the way for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which was designed to provide technological and financial support to help developing countries offset the impacts of climate change.

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Read the “big takeaways” sections of the political news aggregators in the days following the elections. They’re focused on how campaign insiders missed this voter sentiment or that election dynamic. But they’re nearly silent on the Clinton campaign’s most obvious failing: After a decade pursuing the presidency, this highly accomplished woman couldn’t communicate to Americans a compelling vision of what she’d do for them.

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I’m desiring to respond to everything that’s happened in the last week, and yet I’ve been struggling to respond at the same time. While I tend to stay away from politics, I’ve seen so many posts, articles and physical and verbal actions hurting each other and making each other wrong, I feel a pull to come forward.

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California Rebuilding Democratic Bench

16Nov

The Democratic Party is currently struggling with the question of who should be leading it, heading into the future.

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Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed the US commitment to addressing global climate change here at the UN climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco. Marrakech serves as host city for the 22nd Conference of Parties ( COP22 ) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ( UNFCCC ). The world must now wait to see if the incoming Trump administration will honor those commitments, or if the US will become a rogue nation that denies the very existence of climate change as a hoax “created by and for the Chinese to make US manufacturing less competitive.” Once inaugurated, Trump will stand as THE ONLY head-of-state who denies the science of climate change.

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After the news that Steve Bannon, who has been accused of being anti-Semitic  and furthering white nationalist viewpoints as the executive chairman of Breitbart News Network, was chosen as President-elect Donald Trump’s chief strategist, it seems like just about anybody is up for extremely powerful government positions. With Trump at the helm, it seems safe to say that the worst person imaginable to handle the environment, economy, Homeland Security, etc. is each being floated to handle those jobs

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