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Friday’s announcement of the latest round of Grammy Award nominations remind us once again that some popular music is smartly written, some of it is potently performed, meticulously arranged and produced and expertly recorded. Now and then, however, there’s music that’s just plain important. That’s...
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The real Smokey Bear narrowly avoided death in the pine-filled Capitan Mountains of New Mexico, nearly 70 years ago.  Just west of the town of Roswell, firefighters found the bear cub clutching to the upper reaches of a tree, with singed paws and legs. The stranded black bear would almost certainly have perished amid the ashy land, but foresters saved him, and ultimately brought the tiny omnivore to the National Zoo in Washington D.C.  Here, the newly named "Smokey Bear" lived out his domesticated life, well beyond the wild threats of the American West, where forests burn, and indomitable fires are king. Today, of course, Smokey Bear lives on as a 74-year-old message, the longest-serving public service campaign in U.S. history. He is stern, though approachable. Authoritative, yet gentle. He only says one thing, ever. "Only you can prevent wildfires." But as Smokey the campaign — run by the U.S. Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters, and th...
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The last time we saw Tony Stark, he was adrift in space in the Avengers: Endgame trailer, and it didn't look like survival was likely. Luckily, the folks at NASA heard about Iron Man's plight and had some advice to offer for the rest of the Avengers who were still alive on Earth. Hey @Marvel, we heard about Tony Stark. As we know, the first thing you should do is listen in mission control for “@Avengers, we have a problem.” But if he can’t communicate, then we recommend ground teams use all resources to scan the skies for your missing man pic.twitter.com/zavXrsPljq — NASA (@NASA) December 9, 2018 SEE ALSO: Thanos: I am not the villain here. Stop saying I'm the villain. The NASA tweet suggested, of course, to listen for a distress call from Stark that mirrors NASA's infamous "Houston, we have a problem" phrase. But since it seems like Stark, who has run out of food and water and is almost out of oxygen, doesn't have an operable communication...
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Each of us should be asking our leaders to do more to keep all Americans safe and free from threats based on their race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
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Send us your hosting dilemmas and challenges and we may put your question to the queen of hosting, Martha Stewart, for an upcoming on-air segment.
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US president has published a series of tweets criticising Emmanuel Macron's policies and his low approval rating.
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US-China trade negotiations need to reach a successful end by 1 March or new tariffs will be imposed, US officials have said.
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The incoming Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has said it would be an “impeachable offence” if it was proved that US President Donald Trump had directed illegal hush money payments to women.
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The great white whale, proof of serious collusion with a foreign power, remains elusive.
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A key US Democratic lawmaker said today that if new allegations against US Donald Trump are proven, they would amount to "an impeachable offence".
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“I need to stand up for the people of Wisconsin,” Evers added. Evers, currently Wisconsin’s education superintendent, defeated Walker in the Nov. 6 election and will take office on Jan. 7. The Republican-held legislature, in its lame-duck session, passed bills last week that would weaken the governor’s powers prior to Evers taking office.
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China has summoned the US ambassador in Beijing as it lodged "strong protests" over the detention of a Chinese technology executive in Canada.
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Pardoning Manafort would not only hamper the Russia investigations, it would also deliver another serious blow to American democracy and the rule of law. Austin Sarat, Amherst CollegePaul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, may be hoping for a presidential pardon.In September, Manafort pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice and conspiracy against the U.S. He also agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. However, Mueller recently filed papers in the federal district court for the District of Columbia alleging that Manafort had violated his cooperation agreement by repeatedly lying to the FBI and to Mueller’s investigators.In addition, one of Manafort’s lawyers has been repeatedly briefing President Trump’s lawyers about his client’s discussions with the special counsel’s team.Manafort may have been trying to please two masters in this period by both claiming to cooperate with Mueller, yet at the same...
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Russian Foreign Minister stressed that in case of a trade standoff between the US and China Russia will act taking into account its own interests
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US President Donald Trump yesterday renewed his call to end a probe into Russian election meddling, describing the investigation as a "witch hunt" a day after US prosecutors detailed a previously unknown attempt by a Russian to help his 2016 presidential election campaign.
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Former chief assistant U.S. attorney Andrew C. McCarthy explained why the Southern District of New York is going after Donald Trump. Former chief assistant U.S. attorney turned conservative columnist Andrew C. McCarthy stunned Fox News on Sunday, telling Fox & Friends Sunday that he believes Donald Trump will be indicted.McCarthy made the case in an op-ed onFoxNews.comSaturday, writing that Trump “is very likely to be indicted on a charge of violating federal campaign finance laws.” To make his case, McCarthy points to the ongoing investigation headed by the Southern District of New York, where former Trump fixer Michael Cohed pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including violating campaign finance law.“When Cohen pleaded guilty in August, prosecutors induced him to make an extraordinary statement in open court: the payments to the women were made ‘in coordination with and at the direction of’ the candidate for federal office – Donald Trump,” McCarthy wrote, arg...
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In her presidential weekly briefing, Samantha Vinograd writes that while China talks to the US about trade and tries to reach a short-term deal, it's focused on playing the long game in ways that threaten US national security.
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Sunday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said President Donald Trump is a “criminal” who should be impeached. Waters said, “Well, I hate to say it but it’s like I’m going to say it, I told you so. Remember I started out talking about this president even before the inauguration. I talked about him being a despicable character. I talked about him not being worthy of the presidency United States of America.” She continued, “I said it’s not about wanting to undermine our democracy, it was about lifting those sanctions. I believe that the agreement of Manafort and Putin, coming to the campaign to begin with was to do everything they could do so that he could get this president elected so he could be the president that was going to lift these sanctions so they could all make money. I continue to say you follow the money and you’ll watch all of these thieves. This president has brought a criminal enterprise i...
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Following the controversy that led to comedian Kevin Hart stepping down as the host of the Oscars, his friend Nick Cannon, made a move on social media to point out the hypocrisy behind his critics.
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Louis Oosthuizen won his first title at the South African Open on Sunday, running away from his challengers with a final-round 67 for a six-shot victory. Oosthuizen led from the front on the final day at Randpark Golf Course and although his three-shot overnight lead was cut to one after three...
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Mikaela Shiffrin won a World Cup event for the third time in eight days, beating Petra Vlhova in the head-to-head final of parallel slalom Sunday. Shiffrin trailed midway down the course after clipping a gate but led her Slovakian opponent through the final three gates to win by 0.11 seconds. The...
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Republicans across the country have responded to midterm defeats by trying to undo democracy. What can stop them? In the wake of the 2018 “blue wave,” we’re now seeing a “red tide” of anti-democratic power-grabs -- strategies, tactics and rationales designed to deny the will of the voters — not just in Wisconsin, but in Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, Maine and elsewhere.In mid-November, Salon’s Igor Derysh reported on GOP efforts to rush unpopular laws through three state legislatures: Rolling back minimum wage raises and paid sick leave protections in Michigan, a new new voter-ID requirement in North Carolina, and restricting Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers’ executive powers in Wisconsin. But the picture has darkened considerably since then, both within these three states and beyond. The power grab politics we’re seeing fall into three main categories:In Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and North Carolina lame -uck legislatures are engaged in overriding will of...
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Scientists say we have the technology already, we just need the political will
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Allegations that President Donald Trump directed his former personal attorney
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NEW YORK (AP) — On a quiet weekend at the box office, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” was No. 1 for the third straight week, while the upcoming DC Comics superhero film “Aquaman” made a huge splash in Chinese theaters. With no new wide releases, Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” again led in domestic ticket sales […]
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In a year where deadly mass shootings rocked the US, it is unsurprising that 2018 has been the worst year on record for gun violence in American schools. Read Full Article at RT.com
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US President Donald Trump hit out at former FBI director James Comey on Sunday, accusing him of lying to Congress in testimony last week over his handling of the Russia probe. "Leakin’ James Comey must have set a record for who lied the most to Congress in one day. Trump's attack on Comey's credibility comes as he himself is under intensifying pressure from federal investigators.
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Achieving the American dream seems unattainable to many millennials, with 48 percent lacking any savings for a home down payment. Many have student loan debt to blame, which has reached a collective $1.3 trillion in the US. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Honda, Caltech and NASA scientists discovered a way to make it work at room temperature, which could eventually yield more energy dense and environmentally safe batteries for EVs and other devices. To get around that, the Honda/NASA/Caltech team created a liquid electrolyte called BTFE that allows fluoride to dissolve at room temperature. The scientists paired the electrolyte with a copper, lanthanum and fluorine to create a prototype battery capable of reversible chemical reactions (aka recharging) at room temperature.
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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Sunday said it would be a "terrible mistake" for
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Spy Satellite Late last night, a U.S. spy satellite was scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard a Delta IV Heavy rocket built by the United Launch Alliance. But at the last moment — just 7.5 seconds before liftoff, according to Space.com — mission control was forced to abort the mission. A dramatic video shows […] The post Watch a US Spy Satellite Launch Fail Seconds Before Liftoff appeared first on Futurism.
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Chinas summoned the U.S. ambassador after Huawei Technologies's CFO was arrested in Canada for allegedly violating U.S. sanctions on selling technology to Iran.
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Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” former Reagan speechwriter and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan called President Donald Trump’s world one that was filled with metaphorical “bugs and spiders and worms.” Noonan said, “It seems to me the news of Friday, the filings of Friday, to me the big headline is not the payoffs to women with whom individual 1 was alleged to have had relationships, it’s much more that Trump world we see again, it is demonstrated before us again, Trump world does not do well with sunlight. It’s like there’s a series of rocks —” Host Chuck Todd said, “They’d be great vampires is what you’re saying.” Noonan continued, “No. I’m saying there’s a bunch of rocks or slates in Trump world. You pick one up, and you’re always seeing bugs and spiders and worms. Do you know what I mean? There’s always something. The serious part is Russia. It lo...
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Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) likened President Donald Trump’s situation to the “same territory” that led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation. Partial transcript as follows:  MURPHY: I’m not going to give the House advice on whether or not to proceed with impeachment. I think it is important to get the full report from the special investigator. But let’s be clear, we have reached a new level in the investigation. The special counsel is starting to show his cards, and these are very serious allegations. This is a president who is now named as an un-indicted co-conspirator, the allegation as he committed at least two felonies to try to manipulate the 2016 election. But Marco Rubio is not wrong that it’s important for congress to know all of the facts, to see the evidence that Mueller has that leads him to make these filings. RADDATZ: But you heard what Jerrold Nadler said, though. Is it from what yo...
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Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Why have democracy? It’s a straightforward question, one that any American, let alone any American politician, should be able to answer. We have democracy in this country because our most basic political principles demand that we, the people, choose those individuals who craft our laws. It’s right there in the preamble to our country’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence:We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.There’s no point in getting all philosophical just for the sake of doing so, and I’ll talk soon enough about what Republicans are trying to pull in Wiscons...
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Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said he does not think then-candidate Donald Trump pursuing a business deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow was illegal. Paul said, “I guess I don’t quite understand it because I don’t know what’s illegal about trying to build a hotel in Russia. So this is pretty common, and I see no problem with someone running for president trying to build a hotel somewhere. Now, if you are asking and saying I will give you something in exchange for letting us build a hotel, that would be wrong. But I haven’t heard any evidence of that. Just trying to build a hotel somewhere, I can’t imagine how that would be criminal.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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A so-called Brexit betrayal march led by controversial activist Tommy Robinson was "vastly" outnumbered by counter-demonstrators, opposition organisers said.
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China summoned the US ambassador on Sunday to protest the "extremely bad" arrest of telecom giant Huawei's chief financial officer in Canada and demand that the United States drop its extradition request. The arrest of Meng Wanzhou, who faces US fraud charges related to sanctions-breaking dealings with Iran, has infuriated Beijing, threatening to disrupt a trade war truce between China and the United States. Meng -- the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, a former engineer in China's People's Liberation Army -- is in custody as she awaits a Canadian court's decision on bail on Monday.
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Yemen's warring parties held the first direct talks in U.N.-led peace efforts in Sweden on Sunday to iron out a prisoner swap, one of several confidence-building measures intended to help launch a political process to end nearly four years of conflict.
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Beijing has summoned the US ambassador and lodged a “strong protest” over the detainment of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, China's foreign ministry announced, adding that Washington should withdraw its arrest warrant. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Popotla was a popular tourist destination, now it houses thousands of asylum seekers trying to cross into the US.
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Navy pilots who participated in the 21 aircraft flyover at George H.W. Bush's funeral in Texas describe what it was like to be part of that historic tribute for the late president.
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Co-Anchor Martha Raddatz interviews Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. on "This Week" about the Mueller probe and the possibility of a 2020 presidential campaign.
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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is interviewed on "This Week."
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Dan Abrams, Chris Christie and Asha Rangappa weigh in on the sentencing memo for Michael Cohen from the Southern District of New York and the special counsel's filing on Paul Manafort.
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Checking in on the development of the youngest Bills players. The Dolphins shuffled cornerbacks ahead of Sunday's game against the Patriots. What will the opening minutes of Sunday's game tell us about the Patriots? The Jets will have to keep Josh Allen from running all over them. Ravens linebackers
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Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, flouted
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The US won't budge to growing pressure to stop supporting the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, a high-ranking State Dept. official said. According to the UN, the conflict led to the largest humanitarian crisis of our time. Read Full Article at RT.com
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The moves in Wisconsin and Michigan aren't new. In some ways they reopen the debate that was settled in Marbury vs. Madison. The American Enterprise Institute's Norman Ornstein gives us a lesson.
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The moves in Wisconsin and Michigan aren't new. In some ways they reopen the debate that was settled in Marbury vs. Madison. The American Enterprise Institute's Norman Ornstein gives us a lesson.
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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has fired back at Donald Trump after the US leader blamed the Paris climate change agreement for sparking major anti-fuel protests. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Qatar’s emir is skipping a Gulf summit hosted by Saudi Arabia, which has led an Arab boycott of the tiny gas-rich country for more than a year
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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Qatar’s emir is skipping a Gulf summit hosted by Saudi Arabia, which has led a boycott of the country for more than a year. Other leaders of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council descended down a golden escalator and were greeted by Saudi King Salman ahead of Sunday’s summit. Qatar sent […]
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Every year it seems to happen, usually around this time.  You get a sniffle or maybe a scratchy throat and you wonder, is it just a cold or something more serious, like the flu? It’s important to...
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In 1982, my mother and I watched a wind-driven wall of flames descend a Malibu hillside toward our rented bungalow. Lucky for us, firefighters stopped the flames at the far edge of the asphalt road, just yards away. I’ve since seen that same hillside burn four times. My childhood home in Santa...
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‘They are deliberate efforts to undermine democracy and our faith in it. What Republican legislators just did in Wisconsin – passing bills to strip key powers from the governor-elect, Tony Evers, and other newly elected Democratic officials – is a total betrayal of the people of Wisconsin and our nation’s democratic ideals. Michigan is passing a similar set of bills and North Carolina Republicans are accused of paying someone to steal absentee ballots and commit election fraud for a US House candidate.
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The holidays are generally a stressful time, thanks in no small part to the mind-numbing task of having to think of (and not to mention, afford) the perfect presents for our friends and family. If you're out of ideas, allow us to direct you to this roundup of products that are all under $50 and would make for fantastic gifts. You can even save an extra 15% off just by entering the coupon MERRY15 at checkout because we're feeling that spirited. 1. Level Alkaline Bottle For Victoria's Secret angels like Miranda Kerr, A-listers like Elton John and Jennifer Lopez, and even Queen Beyoncé herself, alkaline water is heaven-sent. It's essentially ionized H20 that is said to yield a ton of benefits, including making you more hydrated, boosting your immunity, and neutralizing your body's acidity. If you want to guzzle water like a star, the Level Alkaline Bottle has a built-in replaceable alkaline ionizer that infuses regular water with essential minerals like calcium, zinc, iron, and...
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