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A man walks past television screens during the shopping season. November 16, 2018. (Henry Romero/Reuters) An Oregon FBI field office is warning that hackers could use smart televisions to spy or cyber-stalk, encouraging users to up their security around the devices. “Beyond the risk that your TV manufacturer and app developers may be listening and
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CAIR executive director Nihad Awad speaks to the press in Washington, D.C., in 2004. (Jason Reed/Reuters) A weekend at American Muslims for Palestine’s annual convention Its leaders won’t condemn terrorist groups such as Hamas or Hezbollah, but the co-founder and executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Nihad Awad, says his organization fights
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Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, makes a closing statement during an impeachment inquiry hearing in Washington, D.C., Nov. 21, 2019. (Andrew Harrer/Reuters Pool) Democrats are in 2020 campaign mode, not engaged in a serious effort to remove the president. The most striking thing about the impeachment
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President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Sunrise, Fla., November 26, 2019. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Another way to think about the daft little pageant playing out in Washington today — and I think it is the right way to think about it — is this: Impeachments are not binary. If we can dispense with the
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President Donald Trump speaks about trade at the Granite City Works steel coil warehouse in Granite City, Ill., July 26, 2018. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) President Trump proposes to mitigate the effects of his incompetently executed trade war by expanding that trade war. The problem with winning a race to the bottom is that you end up
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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (Chris Aluka Berry/Reuters) Governor Brian Kemp’s defiance of President Trump and pro-life groups could make a big difference in the tight race for control of the Senate next year. On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, an intra-Republican fight broke out over who will sit in the Senate seat set to open up
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American and Israeli flags outside the U.S Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Amir Cohen/Reuters) A bipartisan group of lawmakers is seeking to bolster U.S. support for Israel against mounting criticism by introducing an amendment emphasizing America’s continued commitment to providing military aid to its longtime ally. Two amendments to a resolution backing a two-state solution
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President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Sunrise, Fla., November 26, 2019. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Atlantic writer Adam Serwer’s attack on social-conservative Trump supporters doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. One the most misleading accusations thrown at conservatives these days is that they have embraced uniquely “anti-democratic” attitudes during the Trump era. Take, for example, the
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Lawyer David Boies arrives with his client Virginia Giuffre for hearing in the criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein, at Federal Court in New York, U.S., August 27, 2019 (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) Virginia Roberts Giuffre continued her public campaign against her alleged abuser Prince Andrew in an interview with BBC Panorama set to air on Monday. Roberts
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Injectable drugs inside an injection room at a hospital (Aly Song/Reuters) U.S. life expectancy continued to decline for the third straight year, while midlife mortality rates increased for all population groups, with New England and the Ohio Valley the hardest-hit geographic areas, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported on Tuesday. According to
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Outside a “vocational skills education center” in Dabancheng, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, September 4, 2018 (Thomas Peter/Reuters) We desperately need to recover our ability to privilege political and moral aims over the immediate exigencies of the market. We can’t say we didn’t know. Reports of the repression of Muslims living in northwestern China have
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Embarkation of the Pilgrims, 1843, by Robert W. Weir (Architect of the Capitol) If we can’t see the cost of our remoteness from America’s origins, it is only because we choose not to. Come out from among them, and be ye separate.— II Corinthians 6:17 The story does not begin in 1776. It does not
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The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, 1914, by Jennie A. Brownscombe (Wikimedia) The holiday is associated in the American imagination — and in fact — with the ingathering of family and with warmth and plenty. According to progressive websites, Thanksgiving is a day devoted to arguing with your right-wing uncle. According to advertisements, it’s the day
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Members of the 30th Heavy Separate Brigade of the North Carolina Army National Guard salute during playing of the National Anthem. February 12, 2004. (Ellen Ozier/Reuters) An ethically upright military takes decades or even centuries to build. It can be undone much more quickly. People often offer cynical interpretations of American support for Israel. It’s
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A Charlie Brown balloon hovers above the crowd during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan,New York, U.S., November 22, 2018. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters) Making the click-through worthwhile: What Thanksgiving is probably going to bring tomorrow; two cases of epic triumphs in political opposition research; and the year America had two Thanksgivings, a week apart. What’s
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers statements at the State Department in Washington, D.C., October 9, 2019. (Erin Scott/Reuters) In an interview, the secretary of state talks about Sunday’s elections in Hong Kong and Beijing’s worrisome campaign of regional aggression. The Trump administration’s recognition that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is a primary threat to
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His mother pulling him by one arm, his father pulling him by the other, seven-year-old James Younger, dressed in a skirt, looks distressed and confused. His mom, Anne Georgulas, wins the struggle and rests him on her hip. His dad, Jeffrey Younger, calls 911. “Why?” asks James. “She was supposed to give me … Read
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(Edgar Su/Reuters) China’s government on Sunday issued a directive aimed at tightening protections for Chinese intellectual-property rights, amid accusations from the U.S. that China has stolen American intellectual property. The document, released jointly by the General Offices of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the Chinese State Council, lays out a goal of
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An applicant reviews a driving handbook while waiting in line at the California DMV in Los Angeles,Calif. January 2, 2015. (Gus Ruelas/Reuters) A California Department of Motor Vehicles document revealed that the government agency is generating $50 million a year by selling drivers’ personal information to private companies. According to a report from VICE, which
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(Mike Blake/Reuters) The state’s tax-credit-scholarship program has helped hundreds of thousands of students escape failing public schools. It should be protected and grown. ‘Every male in my entire extended family has been incarcerated.” That’s how Anthony Samuels of North Philadelphia describes his lineage: a cycle of crime and hopelessness. But thanks to his mother’s vision
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Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) hits Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) with his own helmet as offensive guard David DeCastro (66) tries to stop Garrett during the fourth quarter. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports ) It’s all too human to make implausible counter-accusations when you’re caught doing wrong. Thankfully, the gambit tends to
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Harriet Tubman (Cynthia Erivo) leads the Civil War’s Combahee River Raid of 1863, freeing some 750 slaves (Glen Wilson/Focus Features) A solution to satisfy both her admirers and Andrew Jackson’s The exciting and powerful film Harriet, on screens now, should earn its heroine a well-deserved platform on which everyone can see her: a new $25
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Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer speaks to the media on Capitol Hill, June 18, 2019. (Leah Millis/Reuters) A super PAC with close ties to Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) has accused Senator Joni Ernst (R., Iowa) — whom Democrats view as a vulnerable Republican in 2020 — of failing to serve “the needs
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