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Romney RIP — not so fast - Glenn Thrush and Byron Tau

Romney RIP — not so fast - Glenn Thrush and Byron Tau | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Mitt Romney’s campaign might appear to be collapsing like a cheap card table, but one top Democrat close to President Barack Obama had a curt warning for allies who were declaring the election all but over on Tuesday.
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Wealth Inequality in America

Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actua...
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My Ukraine: A personal reflection on a nation's dream of independence and the nightmare Vladimir Putin has visited upon it.

My Ukraine: A personal reflection on a nation's dream of independence and the nightmare Vladimir Putin has visited upon it. | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
In 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin seized Crimea, fomenting conflict in eastern Ukraine. In this Brookings Essay, Chrystia Freeland details Ukraine’s efforts to maintain its sovereignty.
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An excellent essay from the Brookings Institution. Christia Freeland's first-person essay tugged at my heart. The history and series of events that led to where Ukraine finds itself today is vividly portrayed in words, pictures and audio clips. 

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Entering the Cuban time machine: An American visits the once-forbidden country

Entering the Cuban time machine: An American visits the once-forbidden country | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
An American visits the once-forbidden country.
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Excellent article with video clips and photos. When I give school visits about Cuba I tell students it IS possible to travel back in time...we can do so by visiting Cuba. My Cuba...Island of my heart...it really is a time machine experience to visit the country. I've only seen it via videos and movies and documentaries and photos since I left so many years ago. When I look at these photos something happens in my heart and long to visit it one day. 

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The Definition Of Hell For Each Myers-Briggs Personality Type

The Definition Of Hell For Each Myers-Briggs Personality Type | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
ENTJ – Somebody is wrong, and they’re directing a large group of people!
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Women on 20s - Results are in on which woman could replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill

Women on 20s - Results  are in on which woman could replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Women On 20s aims to compel historic change by convincing President Obama that NOW is the time to put a woman's face on our paper currency. A candidate for the honor was chosen in a historic online poll and you can meet her here.
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McConnell recounts handwritten thank-you note from Obama

McConnell recounts handwritten thank-you note from Obama | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
The man who once said his "single most important" goal was to make President Barack Obama a one-term president is now getting handwritten thank-you notes from him.
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Ferry service to Cuba may return to the Florida Straits

Ferry service to Cuba may return to the Florida Straits | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
The United States still doesn’t allow Americans to go to the island for vacation, but it does allow family visits and educational, professional and other purposeful travel as long as it falls into 12 approved categories.
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Schweizer: No Credibility - YouTube

“Clinton Cash” has already been repeatedly debunked by reporters given early access to the accusations, which is no surprise given Schweizer’s history as a c...
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POLITICO Writes: "What you don't know about the 'Clinton Cash' author": "Peter Schweizer ... has deep ties to the Koch brothers and the right-wing billionaire bankrolling Sen. Ted Cruz's nascent campaign. ... American Bridge ... released a video of FOX, ABC, NBC, and MSNBC anchors confronting Schweizer ... with the pesky fact that he doesn't have any evidence for his theories." http://bit.ly/1JZG4Co

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Dr. King as a Mild Sedative in the Classroom (No School Nurse Needed)

Dr. King as a Mild Sedative in the Classroom (No School Nurse Needed) | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
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The quote in the image brings to mind another article I read today: "Why the CVS Burned: The rioting in Baltimore wasn’t hooliganism. It was a protest against the depredations of the ghetto economy." http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/crime/2015/05/baltimore_riots_it_wasn_t_thugs_looting_for_profit_it_was_a_protest_against.html

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Losing my religion for equality | President Jimmy Carter leaves Southern Baptists

Losing my religion for equality | President Jimmy Carter leaves Southern Baptists | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it

"President Jimmy Carter leaves Southern Baptists after 60 years, saying, "Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God..."

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Not a Tea Party, a Confederate Party

Not a Tea Party, a Confederate Party | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Tea Partiers say you don't understand them because you don't understand American history. That's probably true, but not in the way they want you to think.Late in 2012, I came out of the Lincoln mov...
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How Medicare reduced spending by $315 billion without even trying

Medicare has spent $315 billion less than expected over the past four years — all thanks to a remarkable slowdown in health-care spending growth.
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Marco Rubio has found the perfect message against both Jeb and Hillary

"We must change the decisions we are making by changing the people who are making them."
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Debunking the Benghazi Myths

Debunking the Benghazi Myths | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Like clockwork, every several weeks, someone discovers a new document that, to their minds, “proves” that what the administration and the intelligence community have been saying about Benghazi is a bunch of lies. But time and again these documents don’t add up. They don’t show what the pundits think they show—and the Benghazi...
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Fox News self-brainwashing Republicans into a radical fringe party according to Reagan adviser (VIDEO)

Fox News self-brainwashing Republicans into a radical fringe party according to Reagan adviser (VIDEO) | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
This Republican Reagan adviser accuses Fox News of self-brainwashing Republicans and much more that is hurting the party.
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Pope's pronouncements making trouble for GOP Catholics

Pope's pronouncements making trouble for GOP Catholics | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Catholic Republicans are developing a pope problem. Earlier this month, Francis recognized Palestinian statehood. This summer, he’s going to issue an encyclical condemning environmental degradation. And in September, just as the GOP primary race heats up, Francis will travel to Washington to address Congress on climate change. Francis may be...
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Pope, in Mideast, Invites Leaders to Meet on Peace

Pope, in Mideast, Invites Leaders to Meet on Peace | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Wading into the heart of Middle East tensions, Pope Francis also endorsed “the State of Palestine” in symbolic visits to the West Bank and Jerusalem.
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'Hi, can I please speak to your mom? It's President Obama.'

'Hi, can I please speak to your mom? It's President Obama.' | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
President Obama on Sunday called three unsuspecting women to wish them happy Mother's Day.
Obama rang up the three mothers who had all previously written letters to him. Needless to say, some of the moms were a little surprised.
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Taylor Swift's 'Style' gets the smooth 1950s remake it deserved

Taylor Swift's 'Style' gets the smooth 1950s remake it deserved | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Taylor Swift may have made the shift from country to pop, but she should really consider going to rock n' roll instead.
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Muslims Defend Pam Geller’s Right to Hate

Muslims Defend Pam Geller’s Right to Hate | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Both before Pam Geller’s Draw Muhammad event and after the attack Sunday night, Muslim-American leaders vigorously defended her right to draw whatever she wants.
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The Baltimore Riots Weren’t Hooliganism. They Were a Protest Against the Ghetto Economy.

The Baltimore Riots Weren’t Hooliganism. They Were a Protest Against the Ghetto Economy. | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it

"Why the CVS Burned:  The rioting in Baltimore wasn’t hooliganism. It was a protest against the depredations of the ghetto economy..."

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Obama & Luther Manage White House Anger | 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner

Obama & Luther Manage White House Anger | 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Jokes about Joe Biden, John Boehner, and Hillary living in a van were all capped off by Luther’s anger translator.
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America’s new cycle of partisan hatred

America’s new cycle of partisan hatred | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it

"The problem with politics isn’t Washington, but a hyper-tribal electorate...Up until the mid-1980s, the typical American held the view that partisans on the other side operated with good intentions. But that has changed in dramatic fashion, as a study published last year by Stanford and Princeton researchers demonstrates...they document that “the level of partisan animus in the American public exceeds racial hostility..." 

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The study by Iyengar and Westwood, "Fear and Loathing Across Party Lines: New Evidence on Group Polarization" is available for download from the following URL: 
http://pcl.stanford.edu/research/2014/iyengar-ajps-group-polarization.pdf

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Don't Be So Happy About That Tax Refund

Don't Be So Happy About That Tax Refund | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it

"Americans hate filing tax returns, but they love getting refunds. More than three in four taxpayers get refunds, and the average amount they get back is close to $3,000, according to IRS data...But if you’re among the millions expecting a payout from the IRS this spring, make no mistake: That money was yours all along. Getting a refund means you paid too much in taxes last year and the government is paying that money back — without interest,,,"

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Cuba to Be Removed From U.S. List of Nations That Sponsor Terrorism

Cuba to Be Removed From U.S. List of Nations That Sponsor Terrorism | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Cuba to Be Removed From U.S. List of Nations That Sponsor Terrorism
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The Day Lincoln Was Shot: A Visual FAQ

The Day Lincoln Was Shot: A Visual FAQ | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
In a lengthy letter to the editor of the National Intelligencer, written before the deed was done, Booth made his ideology explicit: “This country was formed for the white, not for the black man . . . If the South is to be aided it must be done quickly.” At the close of his letter he compared himself to Brutus—his father’s middle name—who had assassinated Julius Caesar for being a tyrant.

In his diary, Booth writes, “Our country owed all her troubles to him [=Lincoln], and God simply made me the instrument of his punishment.”
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150 anniversary of the day President Lincoln was shot: Here is a visual summary of how the man who saved the Union was shot at Ford's Theater.

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