America

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There was a time in my childhood when America was led by the likes of Eisenhower and John Kennedy. When the world had statesmen like De Gaulle and Olaf Palme; Nehru and Nkrumah. Leaders like Chancellor Schmidt and President Sukarno spoke words that got etched in our minds. They were the gods of the post-Second […]
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They can't help themselves. At 29, Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated Republican economics professor Anthony Pappas by a landslide in Queens and the Bronx in the 2018 midterms, is the youngest woman ever elected to the House of Representatives. Ocasio-Cortez has her critics, some of whom have trying to use her financial status to disparage her—and the native New Yorker hasn’t been shy about responding to them.One of the silly memes about Ocasio-Cortez is that she dresses too nicely for a “socialist” who addresses class inequality. On Twitter, reporter Eddie Scarry posted, “That jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles.”But in a November 20 tweet, Ocasio-Cortez described some of her struggles in life, posting“My dad died when I was 18, my mom scrubbed toilets + drove school buses, I bartended to help her, and still won a Congressional primary at 28. I’ll take my family over a fat bank account any day, and my experience makes me a bet...
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Friends Sergio Caceres and Daniel Folgar hope to find work in US to be able to afford treatment for their disabilities.
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Canadian and U.S. officials say they are working to determine the source of an outbreak of E. coli infections.
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On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz agreed with a federal judge’s ruling blocking President Trump’s order requiring asylum seekers to enter the US legally through a port of entry. Dershowitz stated, “I think he has the better of the argument, the judge does, on the statutory interpretation. There’s nothing in the statute that suggests that the president has the authority to overrule Congress. … The president’s authority is not a constitutional authority. It’s limited by statute. If the statute permits asylum seekers to seek asylum, even if they come in illegally, that statutory rule has to prevail. If the president doesn’t like that rule, he should go to Congress and have Congress change it.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz argued that private email use shouldn’t be criminalized, whether the email use was done by Hillary Clinton or Ivanka Trump and criticized the “hypocrisy on parade.” Dershowitz said, “I think it’s hypocrisy on parade. Each side uses whatever arguments they can to help and bolster their partisan position. Look, everybody uses private emails. We now have a list of probably a dozen people in public life who have used emails. Apparently, Ivanka Trump used the emails only for scheduling purposes. There was no classified material. The emails are all preserved. It’s a non-issue. It’s just partisan bickering. We should not be criminalizing the use of private emails, whether by Hillary Clinton or by Ivanka Trump.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Trump's reaction could inspire more attacks on the free press. President Donald Trump is continuing to back the Saudi regime, despite overwhelming evidence that its most powerful leader, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, is directly implicated in the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.In a farcical statement about the killing — strewn with superfluous exclamation points — the president lashed out at Iran and repeated bogus Saudi talking points about Khashoggi being an "enemy of the state" and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood."Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!" the statement said. On the contrary, reports suggest that the CIA is convinced that the crown prince ordered the killing himself. David Laufman, a former top counterintelligence official in the Justice Department, condemned Trump's cowardly...
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American Airlines created its newest logo in 2013, partly to help launch an overhaul of the brand for what would eventually become the world’s largest carrier. But five years later, the Fort Worth-based airline has yet to settle a dispute with the U.S. Copyright Office, which has repeatedly refused...
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"In sum, Trump’s economic promises to his rural base haven’t been kept." After running on a transparently false and manipulative message of representing the forgotten and downtrodden parts of the United States, President Donald Trump has led his administration like a typical Republican — completely uninterested in the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable Americans.In the view of conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin, this vast betrayal is a major risk for the Trump presidency."In sum, Trump’s economic promises to his rural base haven’t been kept," she wrote. "His policies either ignored rural voters or made their finances worse. They’ve stuck with him more or less during a time of overall prosperity, but for them as well as for other Americans still struggling to regain their economic footing from the financial crash in 2008, an economic downturn between now and the 2020 election might send Trump’s approval rating and reelection prospects spiraling dow...
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President-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s enthusiasm for closer ties with America is among the starkest signs that Brazil’s foreign policy is about to undergo profound changes.
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At least 22 transgender people have been killed in 2018, according to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign. Eighty-two percent of them were women of color. It's likely more lives were lost because anti-trans violence is often unreported or misreported.  Trans Day of Remembrance, an annual event held on Nov. 20, honors the people who died as a result of anti-trans violenceGwendolyn Ann Smith founded the event in 1999 to honor Rita Hester, a black trans woman who was killed in 1998. Every year since then, people have attended vigils to commemorate victims across the country and around the world. Read more...More about Transgender, Transgender Rights, Transgender Day Of Resilience, Social Good, and Identities
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is confirming Pope Francis will travel to Panama in January for the Catholic Church’s big youth rally, and says he’ll also spend time there with juvenile delinquents and people suffering from AIDS. History’s first Latin American pope will be making his first visit to Central America, though he has […]
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Trump's "Operation Faithful Patriot" was a $200,000,000 exercise in which 6,000 US troops were deployed within the USA, to the US/Mexico border, nominally to repel the migrant caravan of desperate, poor, terrified asylum seekers. At the time, many accused Trump of staging an election stunt to terrorize his base, part of the lies about Middle Eastern terrorists and MS13 gang-members amongst the refugee caravan. Trump supporters insisted that the president was merely fulfilling his duty to ensure the safety of America and Americans. However, Trump has now announced that the troops will be home by Christmas, right around the time the caravan is expected to arrive. The American people are $200 million poorer for it -- that's money we can ill afford, given the record-beating deficit the Trump administration is set to run, thanks to all the corporate welfare and one percenter tax-breaks he's handed out. In other words, the president spent millions in taxpayer dollars on a stunt that...
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President Trump’s push to roll back federal regulations will take a significant toll on Americans’ health and finances, according to a surprising source — the Trump administration itself. These human costs – which include more deaths from air pollution, higher medical bills and increased student...
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Instead of a comedian, the White House Correspondents' Association enlisted a historian to headline the event. From Chevy Chase to Wanda Sykes to Stephen Colbert, comedy has been a long-time tradition at the White House Correspondents Dinner. But on November 19, the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) announced that there would be no comedian at the 2019 White House Correspondents Dinner. Instead, the Association will be featuring historian Ron Chernow—and comedians are not happy about it.One of them is Michelle Wolf, who was featured at the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner and had some laughs at the expense of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders—inspiring a lot of whiny faux-outrage from Trumpistas.Visiting Twitter on November 19, Wolf posted, “The @whca are cowards. The media is complicit. And I couldn’t be prouder.”“Daily Show” correspondent Roy Wood, Jr. was equally outspoken about the decision, telling The Daily Beast it was...
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Officials in the Mexican border city of Tijuana said they have arrested 34 members of the caravan of Central American migrants for minor offenses and turned them over for deportation, A Tijuana city statement late Monday said the 34 — apparently all men — were arrested for drug possession, public intoxication, disturbing the peace and resisting police, and added they would be deported to their home countries.
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TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Officials in the Mexican border city of Tijuana said they have arrested 34 members of the caravan of Central American migrants for minor offenses and turned them over for deportation, A Tijuana city statement late Monday said the 34 — apparently all men — were arrested for drug possession, public intoxication, […]
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Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector apprehended two large groups of Central American migrants who illegally crossed the border. The groups, consisting of nearly 100 family units and unaccompanied minors, surrendered to Border Patrol agents after they illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico in two separate incidents.
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Too much sitting and not enough exercise is a way of life for many US adults. One in four sits for more than eight hours a day, a new CDC survey finds, while four in 10 do not exercise in a vigorous or even moderate way.
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In an exclusive essay for The Times, Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin remembers his mentor, fellow Oscar-winner William Goldman, who died Nov. 16 at age 87. He once called me up to apologize. “I’m mortified,” he said. “Why? What happened?,” I asked. "In a story in today’s Hollywood Reporter,”...
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In an exclusive essay for The Times, Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin remembers his mentor, fellow Oscar-winner William Goldman, who died Nov. 16 at age 87. He once called me up to apologize. “I’m mortified,” he said. “Why? What happened?,” I asked. "In a story in today’s Hollywood Reporter,”...
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Stephen M. Walt’s “The Hell of Good Intentions” takes a critical look at how Washington has handled international affairs over the last several years.
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Far more than the Great Schism of 1054, the breakdown of relations between Moscow and Constantinople following the granting of autocephaly to Kiev has an eminently political and geopolitical significance. We trace the history of the relations between the two patriarchal headquarters and the dynamics through which these relations have been influenced by the game between the great powers. by Lorenzo Perra The American political scientist Samuel P. Huntington in his famous essay The Clash of Civilizations identified the boundaries of Western civilization where the Orthodox world begins that, due to its inclination to contemplation and respect for tradition, was inserted by the father of geopolitics Rudolf Kjellen in the immense space of the East. What Huntington could not guess, while developing his theoretical elaboration in the moments immediately following the end of the Cold War, was the fact that the West (composed in its vision from North America and Western Europe) would be able to...
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Spending too much time in a chair is bad for your health
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Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith drew national outrage — and now her donors are asking for their money back. The final Senate race in the country, in Mississippi, has exploded onto the national stage following the offensive behavior of GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith as she campaigns for a full term in office.And now, her corporate donors are starting to pull their support over the controversy, thanks in large part to the public pressure as progressive journalist Judd Legum has publicized their contributions.On Monday, freight-hauling railroad giant Union Pacific, which contributed $5,000 to Hyde-Smith's campaign, asked for a refund, saying, "Union Pacific in no way, shape or form condones or supports divisive or perceived to be divisive statements." This was followed shortly by medical device manufacturer Boston Scientific, which said, "We reject the Senator's statements, which are not aligned with our company's core values," and requested the return of their $2,500 donation.So far...
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The Haitian earthquake brought immigrants and a struggling North Carolina town together. Trump’s immigration policy would pull them apart.
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GOP voter suppression is the best answer to significant discrepancies between exit polls and actual vote counts. There’s a fascinating history to what Joe Madison calls “James Crow, Esq., voting suppression”—and that history tells us what we can do to solve the problem of Republicans using the Help America Vote Act to block people from voting in largely Democratic areas.It started with the 2000 election “debacle” in Florida.The real debacle, of course, was the 5-4 decision of the Supreme Court that counting every vote in Florida would “cause irreparable harm to plaintiff George W. Bush,” so even though it was determined in late 2001 that Al Gore got more votes in Florida, Bush had already been installed in the White House.But the debacle discussed in the media had to do with chads. After all the “hanging chad” folderol that year, Maryland Democratic Congressman Steny Hoyer reached out to Ohio Republican Congressman Bob Ney to collaboratively write legislation...
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“Most rural white voters still support Trumpism,” Paul Krugman wrote. “But they aren’t a majority." The United States’ 2018 midterms found Trumpism being vehemently rejected in urban and suburban areas while prevailing to a large degree in rural areas. Democrats recaptured the House of Representatives with a net gain of at least 37 seats, yet a strong turnout among white rural voters enabled Republicans to slightly increase their majority in the U.S. Senate. And in his most recent column for the New York Times, liberal economist Paul Krugman asserts that the midterms underscored that “bitter” divide between urban and suburban Democratic voters on one hand and rural white Republicans voters on the other. Krugman opens his article by noting that Amazon’s recent search for its new HQ2 offices—which will be in Long Island City, Queens and Arlington, Virginia—was, for all intents and purposes, a search in urban/suburban Democratic America and not in Rural Ame...
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At a recent event in Los Angeles, Jim Carrey made a display of his well-known distaste for the president, but some of his harshest words were for right-leaning Christians in America.
 
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Latin American currencies and stocks weakened on Tuesday, extending losses from the previous session as a world-wide rout in stock markets continued. The Mexican peso fell 0.5 percent against the dollar which perked up slightly as the euro lost momentum due to jitters about Italian banks and the stocks rout. Financial markets in Brazil were closed for a local holiday. Wall Street opened lower after an Apple-led tech slide overnight triggered the global sell-off
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"It is often said that, in an Orwellian sense, every nation needs an enemy to unite and discipline its population." American militarism has gone off the rails -- and this middling career officer should have seen it coming. Earlier in this century, the U.S. military not surprisingly focused on counterinsurgency as it faced various indecisive and seemingly unending wars across the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa. Back in 2008, when I was still a captain newly returned from Iraq and studying at Fort Knox, Kentucky, our training scenarios generally focused on urban combat and what were called security and stabilization missions. We’d plan to assault some notional city center, destroy the enemy fighters there, and then transition to pacification and “humanitarian” operations.Of course, no one then asked about the dubious efficacy of “regime change” and “nation building,” the two activities in which our country had been so regularly engaged. That would...
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YouTube is (legally) hosting a full-HD copy of Hackers, the seminal 1995 movie introducing mainstream America to the world of amateur logging and hack-and-drag tree poaching in the old Yukon. Read the rest
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Rarely does a whole category of clothing shift the way it has for yoga pants.
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"I think the Acosta incident is... a symbol of an attempt to discredit not only CNN but the entire press corps." Speaking from his years of experience being pursued by the Obama Justice Department for simply practicing journalism and refusing to reveal his confidential sources, Intercept reporter James Risen told The Hill on Monday that President Donald Trump is building on his predecessor's war on the free press by "demagoguing" the media "in a way we haven't seen in modern American history.""Obama tried to put me in jail for seven years... A lot of conservatives try to point to me as an example of Obama on press freedom and I fully agree with the view that he had a terrible record on press freedom," Risen said. "The difference with Trump is that he is demagoguing the issue in a way we haven't seen in modern American history."Asked if, given his history, he believes the Trump White House is a greater threat to press freedom than the Obama White House was, Ris...
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MIAMI (AP) — Two children of a 52-year-old Alabama woman who died on a cruise from Florida to Aruba say she was nervous about taking the trip. Timothy Tenorio told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday that his mother, Almarosa Tenorio, told him when she said goodbye that it might be the last time she […]
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NEW YORK — Career saves leader Mariano Rivera and late pitcher Roy Halladay are among 20 new candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, joined by 15 holdovers headed by Edgar Martinez. Left-hander Andy Pettitte and infielders Todd Helton, Michael Young and Miguel Tejada also are among the […]
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Trump’s language seems buffoonish, but he’s no clown. Somewhere every culture has an imaginary zone for what it excludes, and it is that zone we must try to remember today.-- Catherine ClementIn an age when speed overcomes thought, a culture of immediacy blots out any vestige of historical memory and markets replace social categories, language loses its critical moorings and becomes what Chris Hedges has called “a gift to demagogues and the corporations that saturate the landscape with manipulated images and the idiom of mass culture.”No longer a vehicle for critique, doubt or possibility, language in the age of Donald Trump upholds the cultural and political workstations of ignorance and paves the way for a formative culture ripe with the death-saturated practices and protocols of fascist politics. As a species of neoliberal fascism eradicates social bonds and democratic communal relations, vulgarity parades as political wisdom and moral cowardice becomes a mark of p...
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Millions of Americans are traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, increasing the potential for traffic jams and long lines at the nation's airports. Follow here for live updates.
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Shootings rocked Chicago, Denver and a city outside St. Louis
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It's the best all-ages movie in years—and it's ready to stream. Watch it this week with your own cartoonish family.
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Yes, voting can be inconvenient and sometimes costly. But not voting has its psychic costs, too.
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One race can make a driver a hero or it can leave them wanting for more.
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To the editor: At first I thought people were crazy calling for President Trump’s impeachment, but after he sided with the Saudi crown prince, who the CIA concluded ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, I say bring it on. I am ashamed of my country for having a president who sides...
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A review of 2.5 million traffic stops in Nashville finds significant bias against black drivers. Those stops contributed to two fatal shootings by police in two years. City leaders weigh ending them.
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A review of 2.5 million traffic stops in Nashville finds significant bias against black drivers. Those stops contributed to two fatal shootings by police in two years. City leaders weigh ending them.
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Rachel Martin talks to Pro-Publica's A.C. Thompson about his latest documentary: "Documenting Hate: New American Nazis," which airs on PBS Tuesday night.
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Rachel Martin talks to Pro-Publica's A.C. Thompson about his latest documentary: Documenting Hate: New American Nazis, which airs on PBS Tuesday night.
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Already serving life sentences for 3 brutal murders, Samuel Little says he's killed 90 women over four decades. If the those numbers prove true, the serial killer’s run would be historic. Since Little’s confession, he has already been linked to 30 unsolved crimes.
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Already serving life sentences for 3 brutal murders, Samuel Little says he's killed 90 women over four decades.
 
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Israeli defence firm Elbit Systems reported a 4 percent rise in third-quarter net profit on Tuesday, boosted by higher sales in North America and Asia as well as its acquisition of U.S.-based Universal Avionics Systems Corp.
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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s foreign ministry has summoned Paul Jones, America’s top diplomat in Islamabad, to protest President Donald Trump’s allegation that Islamabad harbored al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden despite getting billions of dollars in American aid. Tuesday’s ministry statement said “such baseless rhetoric … was totally unacceptable.” It claimed cooperation from Pakistan’s intelligence service […]
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NEW YORK — Career saves leader Mariano Rivera and late pitcher Roy Halladay are among 20 new candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot for the Baseball Writers' Association of America, joined by 15 holdovers headed by Edgar Martinez. Left-hander Andy Pettitte and infielders Todd Helton, Michael Young
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The Associated Press has been honoring college football's best with an All-America team since 1925. The full three-team AP All-America selections will be unveiled in December. The 10th All-America watch of the season features Tua Tagovailoa's stretch run; Michigan State's tenacious defensive
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Israeli defence electronics firm Elbit Systems reported on Tuesday higher third-quarter net profit, boosted by higher sales in North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe.
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Mariano Rivera, the all-time saves leader with 652, and pitcher Roy Halladay, who died piloting a plane last November, are among 20 new candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot for the Baseball Writers' Assn. of America. Results of the voting will be announced Jan. 22.
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