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As French Protests Grow, Media's Climate Focus Shrinks

As French Protests Grow, Media's Climate Focus Shrinks

The so-called “yellow vest” protests that have roiled France over the past month have turned iconic areas of Paris into s as more than a demonstrators have flooded the streets. While the protests have morphed into a platform to air an ever-growing number of grievances, they began in part as […]

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Leave New IRS Free Speech Rule in Place

Leave New IRS Free Speech Rule in Place

We cast our ballots in secret. Our right as individuals to vote privately, with no one looking over our shoulder, is ingrained in our collective political consciousness. So why does that same principle not apply to the act of choosing to support candidates or causes with our hard-earned dollars? Shouldn’t […]

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An Ethics Lesson for USA Today's 'Queer' Bullies

An Ethics Lesson for USA Today's 'Queer' Bullies

This week, I did something that USA Today‘s executive leadership apparently hadn‘t done lately: I read the newspaper‘s “principles of ethical conduct for newsrooms.” It‘s pretty highfalutin. The media manifesto of virtue, posted online, applies to all employees “working with any news platform, including newspapers, websites, mobile devices, video, social […]

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A Rancorous First Glimpse of New Trump-Dem Dynamic

A Rancorous First Glimpse of New Trump-Dem Dynamic

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s first encounter with newly empowered congressional Democrats produced a striking Oval Office display that revealed how ill-prepared he is for the biggest political challenge of his presidency. There was Trump, sitting between two seasoned legislators, repeating his demands for border wall funds, while House […]

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Biden to Meet With Family as He Ponders Presidential Bid

Biden to Meet With Family as He Ponders Presidential Bid

(AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is wrapping up a busy stretch of events this week before stepping out of the public eye to hold family deliberations over the holidays on whether to launch another campaign for president, according to multiple people familiar with his thinking. They spoke on […]

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Paris Protest; IRS Rule Blowback; Washington's Last Ride

Paris Protest; IRS Rule Blowback; Washington's Last Ride

Good morning, it’s Wednesday, December 12, 2018. On this date in 1799, George Washington did what he did on most days since retiring from the presidency: He toured his sprawling estate on horseback to examine and direct Mount Vernon’s myriad farming activities. It was a Thursday and the weather was […]

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Can viral rap song awaken pro-democracy Thais ‘mesmerised’ by promised election?

Can viral rap song awaken pro-democracy Thais ‘mesmerised’ by promised election?

An exiled Thai academic writes that the response by the military junta that rules Thailand to the recent viral video sensation by the group Rap Against Dictatorship is a sign of things to come Thai rappers Pratchayaa Surakamchonrot a.k.a. Jacoboi (R) and Dechathorn Bamrungmuang a.k.a. Hockhacker from rap group ‘Rap […]

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World Bank: East Asian countries must adapt to match most developed nations

World Bank: East Asian countries must adapt to match most developed nations

If countries across East Asia intend to sustain the growth of their economies, policy makers are going to need to accommodate a changing global and economic environment, according to a recent World Bank report Indonesian women sort clothes at a secondhand clothing market in Medan, North Sumatra. Indonesia’s economy is […]

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Thailand sets election date, lifts ban on political campaigning

Thailand sets election date, lifts ban on political campaigning

Voting will take place on 24 February, marking the country’s first national election in eight years Thai pro-democracy activist hold placards showing the message ‘We Want Election 24 Feb 2019’ and ‘No more delay election’ Photo: Narong Sangnak / EPA-EFE According to a statement published in the Royal Gazette on […]

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Returned to persecution: The Vietnamese deportees caught in Trump’s immigration war

Returned to persecution: The Vietnamese deportees caught in Trump’s immigration war

As the Trump administration ramps up deportation numbers, people who fled the Vietnam War are finding themselves caught between two former foes. This is the story of a deportee who has found himself a stranger in a strange land where he is a target for discrimination because of his father’s […]

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