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August 28, 2016

Is This the Way to Get Rid of the Ridiculous Health Conspiracy Theories?

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In August, this often-silly presidential campaign became a medical theatre of the absurd. After Donald Trump campaign surrogates raised questions about Hillary Clinton’s physical stamina—and circulated photos of her propped up by pillows—she demonstrated her strength … by opening a pickle jar on late-night TV. Meanwhile, wild speculation about Trump’s mental fitness led New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd to imagine up an entire scenario where Trump is institutionalized post-election….

Trump talks to a white crowd about black voters

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DES MOINES— Donald Trump made a direct pitch to Iowa’s farmers in a speech here Saturday—and then pivoted back to his appeal for support from African-Americans, even though there were virtually none in the audience. The GOP nominee referenced the murder of NBA star Dwyane Wade’s cousin in Chicago overnight, hours after mentioning it in a controversial tweet in which he commented, “Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will…

The Greatest Presidential Comebacks

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Heading into election day in 1948, most everyone seemed certain that incumbent Democratic President Harry Truman was headed for electoral demise. “We wish Mr. Dewey well without too much enthusiasm,” Reinhold Niebuhr, the acclaimed Protestant theologian and liberal luminary, said of Truman’s Republican opponent in early November, “and look to Mr. Truman’s defeat without too much regret.” Like much of the country, Niebuhr was in for a surprise. Truman defied…

‘It hit a sensual nerve!’: Oprah admits her new show has inspired her own sex life

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Ava DuVernay, creator of the upcoming OWN series Queen Sugar, is very meticulous about the way she shoots the show’s sex scenes and her producer and collaborator Oprah Winfrey thinks whatever’s she’s doing is definitely working. “Her sex scenes look damn sexy,” says Winfrey, musing about the first time she and longtime friend Gayle King watched the episodes. “You want to be that person,” she says. “It hits a sensual nerve. He…

Philippines president slams US for ‘killing black people’

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President Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly and publicly criticized the United States, specifically on the killing of unarmed black people by police. During a press conference on Sunday, Duterte suggested that his country should “separate from the United Nations,” because the U.N. “could not control America” or Russia and because the international body could not stop the killing of people in places like Syria. “Why are you Americans killing black people there,…

President Obama offers his personal doctor to help wounded Baton Rouge officer

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President Barack Obama visited southern Louisianafollowing the horrific flooding that cause hundreds of families to lose their homes. While in the state, he made it a point to meet with the families of Alton Sterling, and the Baton Rouge police officers who were shot in an ambush. One of the officers, Nick Tullier is still unconscious from the July 17th attack where he was shot in the head and in…