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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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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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Climate change could make flying worse

Oh goodie, more delays, just what we need more of.

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Climate change could make flying even more hellish

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Rising temperatures mean more weight restrictions — which might mean more bumped passengers.
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It’s time to save the internet — again

Excellent article from Nilay Patel at The Verge outlines the current state of internet access and explains why the Trump appointed new heads of the FCC wish to do away with net neutrality rules.

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It’s time to save the internet — again

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Why does this keep happening?
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Obama on Healthcare Debate

Well stated as usual

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Barack Obama

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"The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else.

Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely. Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm."
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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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Get Cancer Now, Before Congress Cuts Insurance

Striking and well-written opinion piece. My opinion: The proposed GOP legislation would cut taxes for the wealthy by curtailing federal programs that help provide health care to millions of poorer Americans.

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Opinion | Get Cancer Now, Before Congress Cuts Your Insurance

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After 16 years working in the health insurance lottery, I know what’s at stake.
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Opinion | "Trump Poisons the World"

Strong Op-Ed column from David Brooks of the NY Times

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Opinion | Donald Trump Poisons the World

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This White House is an axis of selfishness, which explains its suspicion of cooperative global arrangements, like NATO and the Paris climate accord.
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Rest In Peace Frank Deford

Sorry to hear of the passing of Frank Deford, the great Sport Illustrated writer. Colorful prose and wonderful stories that many of us grew up reading in SI.

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NPR

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Frank Deford died Sunday, just weeks after hanging up his cleats as commentator for NPR's Morning Edition.
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Repeal and Replace?

Republicans buy massive tax cuts for the rich with the suffering and death of tens of thousands of not-rich Americans, and then go throw themselves a party. At what point is hatred the appropriate emotion?

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The New York Times

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The bill to replace Obamacare narrowly won passage in the House, moving President Donald J. Trump and Republicans closer to a long-held goal.
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Kimmel's Tear-Filled Plea for Obamacare


Powerful statement
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Ballmer Unveils USAFacts

Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft today unveiled a database and a website that he and a small army of economists, professors and other professionals have been assembling as part of a stealth start-up over the last three years called USAFacts. The database is perhaps the first nonpartisan effort to create a fully integrated look at revenue and spending across federal, state and local governments.

Want to know how many police officers are employed in various parts of the country and compare that against crime rates? Want to know how much revenue is brought in from parking tickets and the cost to collect? Want to know what percentage of Americans suffer from diagnosed depression and how much the government spends on it? That’s in there. You can slice the numbers in all sorts of ways.

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USAFacts

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We are currently building a first-of-its-kind platform to help interested citizens learn the facts about government in a comprehensive, nonpartisan way.
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Trump promotes coal, others turn to sun

2 lumps of coal for you this Christmas.

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While Trump promotes coal, other countries are turning to cheap sun power

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Nations such as Chile, which aspires to be the “solar Saudi Arabia,” are leading the switch.
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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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A Bill So Bad It’s Awesome

"TrumpCare," how ironic. :-)

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A Bill So Bad It’s Awesome

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What were Republicans thinking? Were they even thinking?
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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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When handshakes go wrong

Funny

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When handshakes go wrong, and the world is watching

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What's in a handshake? Sometimes a great deal, as leaders around the world have proved time and again.
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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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GQ Gives Trump a Makover

I wouldn't bother. :-)

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GQ

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We gave Donald J. Trump a presidential makeover—because somebody has to.

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Donate to Planned Parenthood

Decided to put my $$ where my mouth is. I sent a donation to Planned Parenthood. I encourage you to do the same:

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Donate to Planned Parenthood

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We all deserve the right to make our own health care choices. That's why I just joined Planned Parenthood in the fight to make sure everyone can access the care they need, no matter where they live, no matter what. Stand with us.
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Women’s Marches Around the Nation

Inspiring

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Where Women’s Marches Are Happening Around the World

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The Women’s March on Washington is expected to be the largest inauguration-related demonstration in United States history.

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CBO: ACA’s Repeal Could Raise Costs

According to the CBO, "repealing major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, while leaving other parts in place, would cost 18 million people their insurance in the first year and could increase the number of uninsured Americans by 32 million in 10 years, while causing insurance premiums to double over that time."

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Health Law’s Repeal Could Raise Costs and Number of Uninsured, New Report Says

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The Congressional Budget Office said 18 million would lose their insurance in the first year, with that number and costs rising over 10 years.
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Obama Reckons with a Trump Presidency

Very insightful article. Worth a read.

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Obama Reckons with a Trump Presidency

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Inside a stunned White House, the President considers his legacy and America’s future.
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The Hamilton Cast and Trump-Pence

This is what the actor said, "We are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us. We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us." ...and Trump is demanding that the cast apologize?

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The Hamilton Cast and Trump-Pence

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Donald J. Trump has called for the cast to apologize to the VP-elect.
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Defining Racism

Well said.

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What is Racism?

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Racism DESTROYED in one minute. The woman in the video is anti-racism educator Jane Elliot.




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America Elects a Bigot

All that needs to be said.

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America Elects a Bigot

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I do not respect this president-elect. Count me among the resistance.
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Why I'm With Her

I imagine it’s not much of a surprise to learn that I plan on voting for Hillary Clinton next week. I haven’t necessarily been a fan, but I have been consistently anti-Trump for as long as he’s been a viable candidate.

I do not believe — as many extremely intelligent and thoughtful and progressive people I genuinely respect happen to believe — that Hillary represents the lesser of two evils. I believe she’s flawed, hawkish, and can be ruthless. And I’m very well aware she’s done her fair share of bad things.

I also believe she’s very competent. In both good and bad ways. I believe she's insanely qualified for this position. I believe she has grown. Whether that growth is politically motivated or not doesn’t matter much to me. I just care that it exists. And I believe she’s the only adult left standing after an insanely long campaign.

But this isn’t why I’m voting for her.

I’m voting for her because I do not want to live in an America where the type of people who fervently and unconditionally support Trump — who exist so motivated by and permeated with hate and fear and loathing — have a reason to be optimistic about their beliefs.

I don't want these people to feel good or inspired. I don't want them to experience any measure of positive reinforcement. No encouragement. No energy. No invigoration. No revitalization. Instead I want them to feel confusion and shame for coming out into the light.

I also want to somehow convince them to not hate me and people who look like me. Because the America I know and grew up believing in simply shouldn't allow hateful beliefs to flourish. We are better than that.

I still can't believe the ugly, hateful and ignorant things he has said.

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Election fatigue?

I'm tired of this election. Get it over with please.

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Election fatigue? Consider these 12 blissfully quiet places

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If Election Day still feels so close, yet so far away, it's time to escape -- mentally, at the very least -- to wide-open places where solitude is easily achieved.

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Obama to Appear on Bill Maher

Very good. Now Bill just needs to be on his best behavior. :-)

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President Obama to Appear on Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

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Bill Maher’s interview with President Barack Obama will air November 4th at 10pm on HBO.

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Canada's inspiring message on U.S. election

Oh Canada!

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from Washington Post

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Canadians are here to offer a sympathetic message to lift Americans’ spirits during a U.S. election cycle that has broken all norms for civility.

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Party Platform Web Sites

Make up your own mind.

Take the time to read the Democratic Party platform

https://www.democrats.org/party-platform

Compare it to the the Republican Party platform

https://www.gop.com/the-2016-republican-party-platform/
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Michelle Obama's EPIC Takedown

Michelle's got it right. "It's about basic human decency." Nicely done.

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Michelle Obama's EPIC Takedown Of Trump's Disgusting Treatment Of Women

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Things just got real for Donald Trump. After recordings surfaced of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women, Michelle Obama took to the campaign trail...


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11 women accuse Trump

Very Disturbing Events

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In 24 hours, 11 women have accused Donald Trump of sexual harassment, assault, or inappropriate behavior

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From allegations of walking in on teenage beauty contestants as they changed, to unwanted groping on an airplane.
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Register to Vote

Not voting is not an option. To not vote is to be a coward in my humble opinion.

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Register to Vote

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Join millions of Americans who are registered to vote by signing up in your state.
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Haitian-Dominican Wins Olympics Medal

Poetic to say the least

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Haitian-Dominican Wins Dominican Republic's Only Olympics Medal

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Luisito Pie, a Dominican of Haitian descent, has won the country’s only 2016 Olympics medal, a bronze in Taekwondo. If the surprise is still not apparent, consider that the Dominican government stripped all Dominicans of foreign descent of their citizenship just in 2013. The people disproportionately affected were Dominicans of Haitian descent, and the cities all over the U.S. rallied for the government to cease its “ethnic cleansing.
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Trump’s $650 Million Debt

This is not surprising. His ploy all along in running was to somehow make more money. He never expected to win the GOP nomination and doesn't really want to be president, this is why he self-sabotages his own campaign regularly.

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In Maze of Trump’s Empire, Unknown Ties and $650 Million in Debt

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A review of the Republican presidential nominee’s holdings uncovered more debt than what is apparent on his federal election filing, and partnerships with even more liabilities.
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"Unfettered Anti-Intellectualism"

"If your political priorities are the total defeat of a single politician – not the advancement of your own policies – it fans the flames of extremism"

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By Trying To Destroy President Obama Through Unfettered Anti-Intellectualism, The GOP Destroyed Itself

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The Guardian: It may seem too early to call, but we already have a winner in the 2016 election. He’s someone the pundits wrote off long ago. An improbable outsider who rode an insurgent wave to snatch the nomination from the establishment.
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Obama Speech at 2004 DNC

As we watch tonight's speech from the president, I'm reminded of the 2004 speech that introduced him to a national stage and made Barack Obama President.

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C-SPAN: Barack Obama Speech at 2004 DNC Convention

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Then-Illinois State Senator Barack Obama (D) delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Michelle's Great Speech

Amazing speech last night by Michelle Obama

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Quartz

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“Because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters, and all of our sons and daughters, can take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”

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Children watching Trump's statements

Very effective

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VIDEO: "Our children are watching."
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Bernie

Bernie will do the right thing. He fought the good fight, but must now join with Clinton to keep the GOP madness from continuing.

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Bernie Signals the End

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After meeting with President Obama, Sanders confirmed he would compete in Washington, D.C.’s Democratic primary next week. But he signaled a willingness to work with Hillary Clinton to ensure that Democrats win the White House. (via The Atlantic)
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Why GOP Won’t Renounce Trump

Precisely

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Why Republicans Won’t Renounce Trump

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Far too many in the G.O.P. share his racism, even if they’re not as open about it.
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Trump slips by Clinton in poll

Ok, now there's reason to be concerned. Can we say President Trump? Vote in November!

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Trump slips by Clinton in a virtual dead heat in new poll

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He holds a razor-thin lead over Clinton.
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Obama at Rutgers: Walls won't stop change

The address to more than 10,000 graduates was the first at Rutgers by a sitting president.

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Obama at Rutgers: Walls won't stop change.

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Delivering the commencement address at Rutgers University, President Obama told graduates "Your generation has everything it takes to lead this country toward a brighter future," then joked that his generation had better penmanship and spelling.

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91% Democratic

That's about right.

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According to this quiz I am 91% Democratic. Which political party do you side with?

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Your beliefs on Science, Healthcare, the Environment, Social, and Domestic Policy side you mostly with Democrats. You are most concerned about Medicaid, Global Warming, Military Spending, Gun Control, and SCOTUS.
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Obama to speak at Rutgers

Nice, I plan on possibly being there.

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President Obama to speak at Rutgers commencement

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Rutgers University is celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2016 and had invited the president to speak 2 years ago. There is no record of a sitting president speaking at a Rutgers graduation.
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Obamas dancing Tango

I think Michele is the better dancer, but I think they both did us proud. Going to miss the First Family when they leave office soon.

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President Obama dancing the Tango at the Argentina State Dinner

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The Obamas dancing Tango.
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Elizabeth Warren & Hillary Clinton

Interesting history between these two women.

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Quartz

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Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton have a complicated history, dating back to when Clinton was first lady and Warren was a professor at Harvard.
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Obama confronts heckler at rally

This is how you handle a heckler. With respect, dignity and without inciting violence.

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Obama confronts heckler at immigration reform rally
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White House: 2015 Year in Photos

Great photographs from the White House photographer.

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Behind the Lens: 2015 Year in Photographs — 2015 Year in Review

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By Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer
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Threaten, Seethe and Unhinge, Then Kill

Illuminating NY Times article from 2000.

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They Threaten, Seethe and Unhinge, Then Kill in Quantity

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They are not drunk or high on drugs. They are not racists or Satanists, or addicted to violent video games, movies or music. Most are white men, but a surprising number are women, Asians and blacks. Many have college degrees, but most are unemployed. Many are military veterans.
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Tom Brokaw on Donald Trump

Food for thought from Tom Brokaw

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Tom Brokaw compares Donald Trump's call to bar Muslims from America to Japanese internment, Nazi Germany, McCarthyism, and Jim Crow. Well worth taking a moment to watch, via NBC News
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Gun Control: Australia's Example

Makes sense, get rid of the guns, reduce the incidences of violence.

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In Debate Over Gun Control, Australia Presents Stark Example

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Australia has had no mass killings of five or more since a 1996 rampage spurred a tightening of laws, but critics say gun violence had been falling anyway.
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Why GOP Tax Plans Won’t Work

From the editorial board of the NY Times comes this article warning about the GOP's lunacy.

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There is no rationale for across-the-board tax cuts, no matter what the Republican candidates say.
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Families Funding 2016 Presidential Election

Not surprisingly "They are overwhelmingly white, rich, older and male"

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Just 158 families have provided nearly half of the early money for efforts to capture the White House.
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From the Governor's Office

The evidence is indeed overwhelming.

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Some schooling on climate change from the Governor of California to GOP candidate Ben Carson.
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The Newsroom

Aaron Sorkin's writing at its best. Listen closely, he speaks the truth.

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The Newsroom

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Great scene and dialogue from "The Newsroom."
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Aftermath of NBC-Trump Petition

Well said.

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Read when you have the time (ie. a bathroom break). This is long, but I wanted to get this off my chest. As written on July 4, 2015: ---------- Happy 4th of July! What a day to celebrate the Independence from thirteen small British colonies in the Americas from a much bigger and powerful country in…
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GOP Hopefuls Denounce Marriage Equality Ruling

Let's not forget their statements and lack of a spine when it's time to vote in November.

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No Republican presidential candidate supports allowing same-sex couples to marry, and the degree of difference between them is largely a matter of how aggressively they will continue to resist.
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Piñata Maker Takes Revenge on Trump

Poetic to say the least.

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It's literally the most luxurious, amazing, incredible piñata ever.
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How Japan Has Virtually Eliminated Shooting Deaths

You get rid of the guns, you get rid of the senseless deaths.

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How Japan Has Virtually Eliminated Shooting Deaths

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In part by forbidding almost all forms of firearm ownership, the country has as few as two gun-related homicides a year.
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Lawsuits Filed Against Net Neutrality Rules

and the fight in court begins... 

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First Lawsuits Filed Against the F.C.C.'s 'Net Neutrality' Rules

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The first lawsuits over the agency’s new rules for Internet regulation were filed on Monday, sooner than expected and months before the rules are expected to take effect.
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Tesla can open up to 4 dealerships in NJ

Now I just gotta hit the lottery. :-)

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Tesla can open no more than four dealerships in New Jersey

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Tesla might be able to resume sales in New Jersey, but it’s still banned from doing so in Virginia, Arizona, Texas and Michigan.
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F.B.I. Director Speaks Frankly About Police View of Blacks

Very nuanced and informed. He rightly puts the responsibility on both sides of the argument.

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F.B.I. Director Speaks Frankly About Police View of Blacks

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The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said that officers develop a mental shortcut because of the number of black suspects they arrest, and need to interact more with those they are charged to protect.
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Jorge Ramos, TV Voice of Latino Voters, Sends Shiver Through G.O.P.

No matter if your G.O.P. or Dem., you should be held accountable for not finally helping resolve the immigration issues and producing some measure of reform legislation that will address them. Putting politicians on the spot is what good journalists are supposed to do.

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Jorge Ramos, TV Voice of Latino Voters, Sends Shiver Through G.O.P.

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Mr. Ramos, the influential Univision and Fusion anchor, has begun criticizing Republicans over their immigration stance, posing a challenge to their 2016 hopes.
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The Interview

If "The Interview" is released on Christmas Day and is in a nearby theater I'll pay to go see it or watch it on Video On Demand if available. Not because I wanted to watch it, it looks like a silly movie that I normally would of waited to view afterwards on streaming video. I want to watch it to show support for the idea of artistic freedom unencumbered by any threats of censorship, terrorism activity, or otherwise.

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We can't allow ourselves to be coerced in this manner here in the United States and let anyone suppress free speech. I agree with President Obama when he stated: "…ceding to the demands of hackers sets a dangerous precedent that could encourage a culture of intimidation and self-censorship… That's not who we are. That's not what America is about."

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Video: Obama’s Immigration Address

Spend the 15 minutes and watch the video, he makes a reasonable argument.

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Video: Obama’s Immigration Address

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In a prime-time speech, President Obama announced a series of executive actions to grant work permits and temporary reprieves from deportation to as many as five million undocumented immigrants.

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President Obama Was Right

Don't always agree with David Brooks, but I agree with him on this issue.

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President Obama Was Right

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National solidarity is essential to the health of the country. And President Obama’s prisoner swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl nurtured that sentiment.

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CoryBooker: Your beliefs don't make you ...

Your beliefs don't make you a better person. 

Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.



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Economy and Crime Spur New Puerto Rican Exodus

Dire straits on what is no longer 'La Isla Del Encanto'

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Economy and Crime Spur New Puerto Rican Exodus

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Puerto Rico’s extended woes, including high unemployment and pervasive crime, are causing a worrisome exodus of professionals and middle-class residents to places like Florida and Texas.
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Cory Booker for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey

The one and only choice

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Cory Booker for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey

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Mr. Booker is far and away the better candidate to serve the needs of his entire state and to provide a national voice for the less fortunate across America.
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How to apply for health care coverage online

Affordable Care Act: How to apply for health care coverage online

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How to apply for health care coverage online

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Getting covered through President Obama's health care law might feel like a combination of doing your taxes and making a big purchase that requires research. You'll need accurate income information for...
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House GOP already planning for next Obamacare fight

This amazingly dysfunctional congress wastes taxpayer's time and money again. Partisanship rules the day as usual and we make no progress on important issues.

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House GOP already planning for next Obamacare fight

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Two hours before the House passed a short term spending bill that defunded Obamacare - something Senate Democrats said they will reject next week - House Republicans met to plan their next attack on President...
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