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What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings?

It’s all the stupid guns. Get rid of them and there won’t be any more mass shootings.

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What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer

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Americans advance a lot of theories for why they have so many more gun deaths than other countries do. The answer is lying in plain sight.
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Humans Cause Climate Change

We don't need any more studies or reports. The evidence is overwhelming. What we need is strategy and action from our tone-deaf leaders.



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U.S. Report Says Humans Cause Climate Change, Contradicting Top Trump Officials

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A report from 13 federal agencies says humans are the main cause of global warming, a position at odds with some in the Trump administration.
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How to fix American democracy

Fascinating views and good reading.

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How to fix American democracy: 38 ideas that get beyond our day-to-day political upheaval

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As we approach the one-year anniversary of the election, writers and artists propose solutions that could repair the underlying problems bedeviling our system.
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Is $100,000 middle class?

Too many factors to weigh to answer that question. Where do you live? What's the cost of living in your local county? What do you pay in state, sales, property and other taxes? How large is your family? What is the job and business climate? How are the schools?

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Analysis | Is $100,000 middle class in America?

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The majority of Americans — 62 percent — identify as middle class, but there's a lot of debate about what, exactly, that means.
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NY Times Opinion on Ivana's Book

If any of what's supposedly in her book is true, it explains a lot about his kids and confirms how much of a douche-bag of a parent he is.

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Opinion | The Trumps, the Poodle, the Sex Scandal

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Ivana opens up, and now we feel bad for Donald Jr.
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Dan Rather Gets it Right

Count on long-time newsman Dan Rather to understand what is important.

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Dan Rather

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From Dan Rather’s Facebook page:

Excuse me, Mr. President but your tantrum tweet storm this morning attacking the mayor of San Juan, a fellow American citizen dealing with a real-time life and death struggle for hundreds of thousands of her constituents on an island of millions in crisis, is not only far below the dignity of the office you hold. It fails even the most basic test of humanity. Did she have harsh words for your Administration's response to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria? Yes. It's called a reality check, and one that conforms to every firsthand account coming out of Puerto Rico no matter how much you try to deflect with your "Fake News" epithets. To take this personally is to put ego before country. And you also blame the Puerto Ricans themselves? That they want "everything done for them"? No. They just expect to be treated as any other American would.

I have seen more than my share of wretched desperation over the course of my career. I have reported from crisis zones where matters of life and death hang moment to moment in the balance between action and inaction, where communication is limited, and the sense of panic is building. I have seen the most steadfast of leaders feel the crushing weight of responsibility as they survey a landscape of almost incomprehensible need. It does not take a saintly amount of compassion or empathy to feel for those who are struggling to stay alive, who are worried for the fate of family and friends, and who have seen so much that they have known and loved blown and washed away.

You swore to "faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States" and that means a responsibility to look out for all Americans, even if they live on an island in the ocean, or look different or even speak a different language than what you think is America. I worry that whoever has your ear has not adequately impressed upon you the gravity of this situation, or even the political price you are likely to pay (although that can be no where near the top concern at the moment). Or perhaps you have been told and haven't listened. Regardless, what Puerto Rico needs now is not rhetoric but help, not a bumbling response, but the precision and competence we expect of our government. I do not believe "blame the victim" is what Americans expect of their president.
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Mayor of San Juan

Times are desperate on the island.

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NBC News

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"I am done being polite. I am done being politically correct. I am mad as hell." San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz pleaded that the government end the "inefficiency" and "bureaucracy" that has prevented aid from reaching those in need. Read more: http://nbcnews.to/2fxNjKT
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How you can help Puerto Rico

Want to help? Here's information on how you can.

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PBS NewsHour

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Nearly all of the Puerto Rico's 3.4 million residents need assistance recovering from the storm. Here's how you can help.
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Don't unlock your phone with your face

Good advice.

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Why you shouldn’t unlock your phone with your face – freeCodeCamp

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Today Apple announced its new FaceID technology. It’s a new way to unlock your phone through facial recognition.
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Inside 9/11: The day that never ends

16 years ago today. Will never forget.

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Inside 9/11: The day that never ends

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Video — raw, chaotic and nearly inconceivable — offers a rare look into a day that continues to haunt the nation 16 years later.
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Barack Obama on DACA

Barack Obama shares his thoughts on today's decision by the Trump White House. He calls Trump’s decision ‘wrong,’ ‘self-defeating’ and ‘cruel’. I would add the word cowardly.

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Barack Obama

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Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules. But that’s not what the action that the White House took today is about. This is about young people who grew up in America – kids who study in our schools, young adults who are starting careers, patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag. These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants. They may not know a country besides ours. They may not even know a language besides English. They often have no idea they’re undocumented until they apply for a job, or college, or a driver’s license.

Over the years, politicians of both parties have worked together to write legislation that would have told these young people – our young people – that if your parents brought you here as a child, if you’ve been here a certain number of years, and if you’re willing to go to college or serve in our military, then you’ll get a chance to stay and earn your citizenship. And for years while I was President, I asked Congress to send me such a bill. That bill never came. And because it made no sense to expel talented, driven, patriotic young people from the only country they know solely because of the actions of their parents, my administration acted to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people, so that they could continue to contribute to our communities and our country. We did so based on the well-established legal principle of prosecutorial discretion, deployed by Democratic and Republican presidents alike, because our immigration enforcement agencies have limited resources, and it makes sense to focus those resources on those who come illegally to this country to do us harm. Deportations of criminals went up.

Some 800,000 young people stepped forward, met rigorous requirements, and went through background checks. And America grew stronger as a result. But today, that shadow has been cast over some of our best and brightest young people once again. To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating – because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel. What if our kid’s science teacher, or our friendly neighbor turns out to be a Dreamer? Where are we supposed to send her? To a country she doesn’t know or remember, with a language she may not even speak? Let’s be clear: the action taken today isn’t required legally. It’s a political decision, and a moral question.

Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us. They are that pitcher on our kid’s softball team, that first responder who helps out his community after a disaster, that cadet in ROTC who wants nothing more than to wear the uniform of the country that gave him a chance. Kicking them out won’t lower the unemployment rate, or lighten anyone’s taxes, or raise anybody’s wages. It is precisely because this action is contrary to our spirit, and to common sense, that business leaders, faith leaders, economists, and Americans of all political stripes called on the administration not to do what it did today.

And now that the White House has shifted its responsibility for these young people to Congress, it’s up to Members of Congress to protect these young people and our future. I’m heartened by those who’ve suggested that they should. And I join my voice with the majority of Americans who hope they step up and do it with a sense of moral urgency that matches the urgency these young people feel. Ultimately, this is about basic decency. This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated. It’s about who we are as a people – and who we want to be.

What makes us American is not a question of what we look like, or where our names come from, or the way we pray. What makes us American is our fidelity to a set of ideals – that all of us are created equal; that all of us deserve the chance to make of our lives what we will; that all of us share an obligation to stand up, speak out, and secure our most cherished values for the next generation. That’s how America has traveled this far. That’s how, if we keep at it, we will ultimately reach that more perfect union.
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Keep Making Bread

Of course they did. That's what decent and honest hardworking people do.

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Stand Up America

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"When they realized they were stuck, they decided to keep themselves busy and help the community and made as many loaves of bread as they could. By the time the owner managed to get to them, they had made so much bread that we took the loaves to loads of emergency centers across the city for people affected by the floods."
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Floating Fire Ants in Texas

This is why insects will survive way after the human race has completely damaged the environment or bombed themselves to death.

Insects are highly adaptable and have a killer survival instinct that humans no longer possess.

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Yes, That's a Huge Floating Mass of Live Fire Ants in Texas

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Floods make them more venomous and more aggressive.
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Antifa? White nationalist? A glossary from CNN

Good overview that outlines the players in this drama for those of you that may not have been following these events.

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Antifa? White nationalist? A glossary for today's political climate — CNN

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Much of today's rhetoric uses words that aren't even in the dictionary. Alt-right. 'Alt-left.' Antifa. The list goes on. Here's a glossary of phrases infiltrating our political vocabulary:
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Why They Came to Charlottesville

So ask yourself this; if they came to your town, your neighborhood, where you live and work: How would you confront this threat?




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Opinion | Why the Nazis Came to Charlottesville

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And why I was wrong not to confront them.

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'Star Trek: Discovery' beams up premiere date

Hmm, yes indeed.

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'Star Trek: Discovery' beams up a premiere date

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After hurdling several delays, "Star Trek: Discovery" gets a premiere stardate set for this fall, when the prequel series will take off with a new crew.


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Tech CEO's Faces While Meeting Trump

Their faces say it all.

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See the Look on Tim Cook and Jeff Bezos' Faces When They Met With President Trump

President Donald Trump (2nd L) welcomes members of his American Technology Council, including (L-R) Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

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U.S. President Donald Trump (2nd L) welcomes members of his American Technology Council, including (L-R) Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in the State Dining Room of the White House June 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump met with top leaders…
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New York Stories

By the New York Times. Very cool comics issue in the Magazine.

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New York Stories

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The magazine’s first-ever all-comics issue, with 12 tales of the city based on stories from The Times’s Metro desk.

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50 years later, 1st woman runs Boston Marathon again

Awesome Story!

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50 years later, 1st woman runs Boston Marathon again

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Kathrine Switzer ran the Boston Marathon in the same bib number that a race official tried to rip off her in an iconic photo from the 1967 race.

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Members of Congress sold us out

Shameful

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The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to buy them

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Republicans in Congress just voted to reverse a landmark FCC privacy rule that opens the door for ISPs to sell customer data. Lawmakers provided no credible reason for this being in the interest of...
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Jimmy Breslin Dies at 88

Breslin was an amazing writer and story-teller. Enjoyed his straight-forward prose in the local newspapers for many, many years when I lived in NYC. He grew up in the Richmond Hill section of Queens, where my family and I also lived for many years. Rest in peace.

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Jimmy Breslin, Legendary New York City Newspaper Columnist, Dies at 88

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With prose that was savagely funny, deceptively simple and poorly imitated, Mr. Breslin created his own distinct rhythm in the hurly-burly music of newspapers.

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Wiretap?

This is all a distraction and simply subterfuge and misdirection to pull focus off the Trump administration's alleged dealings with Russian operatives. He literally pulled this one out of his ass.

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CNN

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President Donald J. Trump is asking Congress to look into whether the Obama administration abused its investigative powers during the 2016 election, said White House press secretary Sean Spicer in a statement
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New DNC Chairman

It's on, baby. 👍🏽

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Occupy Democrats

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Our new DNC Chairman just put Trump in his place with this blistering tweet.
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Heroin Hellscape

Ignored for more than 2 tragic decades, just four miles from Center City Philadelphia is a hidden-in-plain-sight wasteland along railroad tracks where the most desperate of Philadelphia's addicts have handed over their lives to heroin.

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In Philadelphia, just four miles from where America declared its independence, is a hidden-in-plain-sight wasteland along railroad tracks where the most desperate of Philadelphia's addicts have handed over their lives and liberty to heroin.
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Attorney General: Dominicans Have No "Provable Skill"

Oh Really?

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Attorney General: Dominicans Have No "Provable Skill" to Contribute to US

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In 2006, Jeff Sessions said he didn't believe Dominicans could contribute to the United States.
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NYTimes: Muslim Ban Is Cowardly and Dangerous

Well said.

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Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban Is Cowardly and Dangerous

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History has its eyes on Trump officials and members of Congress who know better, but are staying silent.

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