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Meghan McCain: I May Leave The Republican Party

Meghan McCain: I May Leave The Republican Party | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Meghan McCain wrote on Friday that she may consider leaving the Republican Party if it doesn't change some of its political stances.
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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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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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Talks With Cuba Earn U.S. Raves in Latin America

Talks With Cuba Earn U.S. Raves in Latin America | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
The question now is whether President Obama and his successors can capitalize on the new credibility Washington has earned, primarily through his rapprochement with Havana.
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Pope Francis has a few thoughts about the global economy. We added these 13 charts.

Pope Francis has a few thoughts about the global economy. We added these 13 charts. | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Here's what the data say about the issues of wealth, inequality, and consumerism raised by Pope Francis.
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Sometimes the memes I see of Pope Francis wow me so much, that someone would "say it like it is" the way he does, that I go looking for the source article to see where Pope Francis said those words. In this case I got confirmation and so much more from this excellent Washington Post article that quotes him and then provides charts to back up what the Pope is saying.

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Navy SEALs Find Jesus

Navy SEALs Find Jesus | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
JERUSALEM – In a recent boost for Middle Eastern peace efforts, the Defense Department confirmed that a raid by Navy SEALs in the West Bank had killed known extremist agitator Isa Ibn Yusuf. The 35-year old resident was facing a federal indictment on several counts of supporting terrorism and …
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This article (even taking into account duffelblog's disclaimer) is a priceless read! :-)
duffelblog's disclaimer: "We are in no way, shape, or form, a real news outlet. Everything on this website is satirical and the content of this site is a parody of a news organization."

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Palestinian Christians celebrate Easter - CNN Video

Palestinian Christians celebrate Easter - CNN Video | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
CNN's Fred Pleitgen on how Palestinian Christians have trouble getting to holy sites in Jerusalem.
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President Obama’s told-you-so moment

President Obama’s told-you-so moment | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama didn’t leave much wiggle room — not for himself, and not for his critics. Getting a deal on Iran’s nuclear program is more than a win for 2015, or a legacy achievement for the fourth quarter of his presidency. It’s a validation of Obama’s whole foreign policy philosophy — a theory of the world...
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Obama Iran Nuclear Deal Talks -- US President Barack Obama Speaks Delivers a Statement on - YouTube

WASHINGTON — President Obama praised a historic understanding with Iran on Thursday, saying it paves the way for a final agreement designed to prevent Tehran...
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Religion vs. business: How Indiana law opened new split among conservatives

Religion vs. business: How Indiana law opened new split among conservatives | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
The public backlash to the Indiana and Arkansas religious freedom laws was so unexpected that Republicans are still processing how to respond. Business groups and social conservatives reacted very differently.
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These 2 sets of pictures are everything you need to know about race, crime, and media bias

"Negative images have real consequences...There's a perfectly good reason this happened, but that actually makes it much, much worse..."

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GOP congresswoman gets surprise on Facebook after asking constituents for Obamacare horror stories

GOP congresswoman gets surprise on Facebook after asking constituents for Obamacare horror stories | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Not exactly the response she was hoping for. ...

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers posted an image on her official Facebook page, slamming the Affordable Care Act on the fifth anniversary of ...
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Obamacare: President Obama DOES care. The posts in response to Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers' question are a testament to how much the Affordable Care Act is helping Americans. 

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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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Clinton Begins The 2016 Campaign, And It's A Toss-up | Nate Silver gives his take...

Clinton Begins The 2016 Campaign, And It's A Toss-up | Nate Silver gives his take... | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
There’s already plenty of bad punditry regarding the chances of Hillary Clinton, who is expected to officially announce her candidacy on Sunday, to become the 45th president. You can find Democrats...
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'Christian America': Corporate invention or founding fathers' vision? - On Faith & Culture

'Christian America': Corporate invention or founding fathers' vision? - On Faith & Culture | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
A Princeton historian says the idea that America is a "Christian nation" is a modern invention fueled by corporations, clergy, and politicians.
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Pope leads Easter mass - CNN Video

Pope leads Easter mass - CNN Video | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it

"Thousands gather in Saint Peter's Square to hear the Pope's Easter message. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports...

"We ask Jesus, the victor over death, to lighten the sufferings of our many brothers and sisters who are persecuted for his name," the pope said during his Easter Sunday address.
Read the story: http://nbcnews.to/1IgdvDn

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Watch Obama's Impression of House of Cards' Frank Underwood!

Watch Obama's Impression of House of Cards' Frank Underwood! | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama tries to impersonate Kevin Spacey's smarmy House of Cards character Franci...
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Obama’s April Fools’ Day joke: He taught Frank Underwood

Obama’s April Fools’ Day joke: He taught Frank Underwood | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Apparently “House of Cards” President Frank Underwood isn’t the only commander in chief to look directly into the camera and speak his mind. President Barack Obama joked that he taught the “House of Cards” character how to break the fourth wall, in a new White House video posted by The White House. “Hello, everybody....
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Why the Iranian Nuclear Deal Is Such Good News

Why the Iranian Nuclear Deal Is Such Good News | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
The Iranian nuclear deal reached in Switzerland on Thursday is a significant breakthrough. Uncertainties remain, inherently so, as it’s merely a “political framework” for a formal deal to be completed and signed by June 30. But this framework turns out to be far more detailed, quantitative, and restrictive than anyone...
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President Obama unveils U.S. climate action plan: Brookings experts weigh in

President Obama unveils U.S. climate action plan: Brookings experts weigh in | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Ahead of Paris 2015, President Obama formally submitted the U.S. climate action plan to the United Nations. Brookings experts Tim Boersma, Timmons Roberts and Philip Wallach weigh in and offer their thoughts on the President's blueprint and what it means for the next round of negotiations.
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The Confused Person's Guide to Middle East Conflict

The Confused Person's Guide to Middle East Conflict | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
A simple diagram illustrates the region's alliances and hatreds.
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With Improved Relations, Are The U.S. And Cuba Ready To Play Ball?

With Improved Relations, Are The U.S. And Cuba Ready To Play Ball? | Current Events, Political & This & That | Scoop.it
Cuban baseball has been struggling. A lack of money means facilities are in disrepair. Defections mean some of the best players have left. But new relations with the U.S. may mean new opportunities.
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