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Like Bulls in a China Shop, Trump and Netanyahu Abandon Two-State Solution

The bullying and boasting that brought electoral success to Donald Trump may prove disastrous for the Middle East. Emboldened by Trump’s victory, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is dramatically expanding settlements in occupied territory, in defiance of international law. Until … Continue reading

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Trump Cabinet Picks Draw Protests

“Senators, your duty is clear.” Heads and cell phones turned as James Burch, an organizer from San Francisco, interrupted the confirmation hearing for Trump’s pick for secretary of state. “You must reject Rex Tillerson,” Burch said as he was forcefully … Continue reading

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Heavy Protests Mark Start Of Trump Presidency

With homemade signs, banners and even locks and chains, thousands of protesters descended on Friday’s inauguration of Donald Trump. In modern times, no one so disliked has ascended to the nation’s highest office. Tens of thousands more are expected to … Continue reading

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Did the Kochs Bring Us President Trump?

Pundits have plenty of reasons for Republicans’ 2016 electoral success, but none may be as explanatory as a book published in January, before a single ballot was cast. In Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of … Continue reading

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How Obama’s DNC May Undermine His Legacy

When President Obama named the chair of the Democratic National Committee in 2011, he didn’t foresee that his selection could lead to the undoing of his signature achievements. For Obama, the DNC wasn’t a top priority. And his choice for … Continue reading

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Can Jill Stein and Gary Johnson Crash the Debates?

This is the third in a four-part series on the presidential debates. [Part 1, Part 2] Ever since Democrats and Republicans seized control of the televised presidential debates, third party candidates haven’t fared well. But in this ‘Year of the … Continue reading

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How Third Parties are Kept Out of Presidential Debates

This is the second in a four-part series on the televised presidential debates. [Part 1] When Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton square off next month for their first debate, it’s unlikely a third candidate will join them. That’s by design, … Continue reading

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How the Presidential Debates Became ‘a Fraud on the American Voter’

This is the first in a four-part series on the televised presidential debates. With the Democratic and Republican nominees selected, the presidential debates are just around the corner. The venues and dates for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s three bouts … Continue reading

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Petition calls for Jon Stewart to moderate debate

Jon Stewart should moderate a 2016 presidential debate. That’s what a change.org petition, which has nearly 300,000 signatures, is calling for. Having Stewart moderate would liven things up, something the-usually-staid debates could use, particularly if Donald Trump doesn’t win the … Continue reading

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Hailu Mergia: Famed Musician and Cab Driver

Listen to Hailu Mergia here: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] After reaching the height of success in Ethiopia, The Walias Band came to the U.S., landing at Dulles International Airport in 1981. After spending two years playing for … Continue reading

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