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The Pope's Most Powerful Quotes About Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 6:27 AM

Pope Francis warned that the world is on the brink of "suicide" if it doesn't address climate change. 

"I can say to you 'now or never'," he said on Monday, according to Reuters. "Every year the problems are getting worse. We are at the limits. If I may...

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Eiffel Tower Stuns In Green In Honor Of Climate Talks

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 3:21 AM

The Eiffel Tower is going green to commemorate the climate talks that began this week in Paris.

The color comes from images of trees projected onto the famed tower. People can contribute trees, which cost 10 euros, via the mobile app or the website of the installation....

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Chuck Todd Calls Out Donald Trump Over 9/11 Claims

(15) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 5:40 AM

Chuck Todd got into a heated exchange with Donald Trump over his claims that Muslims were cheering on 9/11. The story has been widely discredited, but Trump refuses to relent.

"You said you saw this. Nobody can find evidence of this," Todd said. "It was a myth. It was a false rumor... where did you see this?... In Jersey City? You saw Jersey City?"

"I saw it on television. I saw clips," Trump insisted, adding that "hundreds" of people told him the same thing.

"This didn't happen in New Jersey," Todd fired back, noting that "just because somebody repeats something doesn’t make it true.”

Todd also called out the presidential hopeful for relying on second-hand reports. He said that if the media reported on Trump using hearsay, "you would say it was crazy."

“You’re running for President of the United States!” Todd said. “Your words matter. Truthfulness matters. Fact-based stuff matters.”

Watch the discussion in the video above, courtesy of NBC's 'Meet The...

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2016 Republican Contenders Silent On Planned Parenthood Shooting

(51) Comments | Posted November 28, 2015 | 9:16 AM

Republican presidential hopefuls were noticeably silent about a fatal shooting that took place at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs.

All three of their Democratic counterparts tweeted in support of the organization during and after Friday's attack, which left three people dead and nine others injured. 

Texas Sen. Ted...

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2016 Democrats React To Planned Parenthood Shooting

(2) Comments | Posted November 28, 2015 | 8:53 AM

Democratic presidential hopefuls reacted to the shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood on Friday by reinforcing their support of the nonprofit organization.

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Mother Of 9/11 Victim Blasts Trump's 'Pro-Nazi Policies'

(3) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 2:56 AM

The mother of a first responder who died during the September 11th attacks has a message for Donald Trump: get out of America.

Responding to Trump's recent anti-Muslim remarks, Talat Hamadi told MSNBC:

"You know, he himself came, his grandparents, came from Germany, Donald Trump's.  So, maybe it's time for him to go back to Germany and advocate his pro-Nazi policies over there."

Last week, Trump said that we "absolutely" should have a database that tracks Muslims in America, an idea reminiscent of the way Jewish people were treated in Nazi Germany. He has also repeated a debunked tale about people of Middle Eastern descent cheering on 9/11 in New Jersey.

Hamadi's son Mohammad Salman was a first responder in the attacks-- and a Muslim-American. She said that Trump and other presidential candidates who've made comments against Muslims don't deserve to be elected.

"If you are running for a presidential position, you are taking an oath to defend the Constitution," she said. "But here you are, you will violate the Constitution. So you don't deserve, you're not eligible to be a president of any country."

Watch more of her remarks in the video above, courtesy of "MSNBC Live with Thomas...

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NYT Publishes Scathing Takedown Of Trump's 'Racist Lies'

(14) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 7:37 AM

The New York Times didn't mince words when it took on Donald Trump's recent comments about Muslims and other minority groups.

"America has just lived through another presidential campaign week dominated by Donald Trump’s racist lies," the Times' editorial board said in a piece published Tuesday, adding...

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A Week After Attacks, Paris Is As Strong As Ever

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 9:49 AM

It's been a week since attackers unleashed chaos on Paris, killing at least 130 people and wounding hundreds more, but the city still feels as vibrant and passionate as ever.

Photos collected from around the city in the days following the attacks show mourners huddled together in solidarity as...

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Holocaust Museum Condemns Treatment Of Syrian Refugees In U.S.

(2) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 7:24 AM

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum condemned the U.S. treatment of Syrian refugees on Thursday and compared their plight to the ordeal of Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust. 

Over half of U.S. governors and a slew of national and local lawmakers have recently said they would...

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This Might Be Donald Trump's Most Offensive Idea Yet

(43) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 5:33 AM

Even for Donald Trump, this is low. 

The Republican presidential candidate said that he'd support a database that keeps track of Muslims in the U.S.

"There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases," he told NBC News on Thursday. "I would certainly implement that, absolutely."

NBC's Vaughn Hillyard asked how that plan would be different from when Nazis tracked Jewish people.

"You tell me," Trump said. 

The Nazi government kept meticulous records of its Jewish population through Census data and forced them to wear yellow Star of David badges.  

Rabbi Jack Moline, executive director of the nonprofit Interfaith Alliance, compared Trump's policies to those of the Nazis.

"My father was in World War II, and he fought to preserve America against what the Nazis were doing," he said. "This is exactly why there is an America, to not be like that."

On Thursday, Trump told Yahoo News that the U.S. would have to do "unthinkable" actions concerning followers of the Islamic faith and declined to rule out warrantless searches of American Muslims or identifying them by their religion in a database or national I.D. scheme.

Trump has gained political strength in the wake of the Nov. 13 Paris terrorist attacks, new polls show. A WBUR poll of Republican voters in New Hampshire conducted just after the attacks found Trump’s support had risen 4 points from a similar poll at the start of this month.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a fellow 2016 hopeful, attacked Trump's plans to register Muslims in an appearance on CNBC's "Squawk Box."

"It’s not a question of toughness. It’s manipulating people's angst and their fears. That’s not strength. That’s weakness," Bush said. "And look, campaigns are important for sure. We’re electing a president, but there are things that are important as it relates to the values that we have as a country that make us special and unique and we should not and we will never abandon them in the pursuit of this fight. We don't have to. We can protect our freedoms here."

Former secretary of state and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton also expressed indignation about Trump's remarks.


Trump is not the first politician to suggest bringing back a World War II-era policy. A Virginia mayor on Wednesday cited Franklin D. Roosevelt's decision to "sequester Japanese foreign nationals" during World War II to justify his opposition to taking in Syrian refugees. The wartime incarceration of Japanese and Japanese-Americans, the majority of whom were U.S. citizens, is often considered to be one of the darkest moments in American history.

"President Franklin D. Roosevelt felt compelled to sequester Japanese foreign nationals after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and it appears that the threat of harm to America from Isis now is as real and series as that from our enemies then," Roanaoke Mayor David A. Bowers said. "It seems to me better to be safe than sorry."

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Video Shows Inspiring Moments During Paris Shooting

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 5:36 AM

Security footage purporting to show the inside of a Paris restaurant where attackers opened fire on Friday night reveals a touching moment of humanity during the chaotic scenes. 

In a video obtained by the Daily Mail, patrons and staff members duck for cover and hide behind chairs to evade the shooters. One employee takes shelter behind the bar, where she is soon joined by another woman, who is clutching her hand as if injured. The staffer, whom the Mail describes as young waitress, comforts her and allows her to lay down while she repeatedly checks the scene. After a while, the two women are able to escape down a flight of stairs. 

In another incredible moment, one of the attackers' guns appears to malfunction just as he's aiming it at a woman. He then walks away, leaving her free to run inside the restaurant to hide.

The Daily Mail didn't name the eatery for security reasons, but said that it was a "pizzeria" in Paris' 11th arrondissement.  

ISIS-linked perpetrators killed at least 129 people in Friday's violence, much of which occurred in or near restaurants around Paris' right...

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Perra policía murió durante la más reciente redada en Francia y Twitter se desbordó de amor por ella

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 1:02 PM

Los tuiteros en duelo le rindieron homenaje a una perra policía que murió asesinada este miércoles durante la redada que ocurrió en un suburbio francés, en el que se escondían varios de los sospechosos de los ataques mortales del viernes pasado en París.

El hashtag...

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#JeSuisChien Goes Viral In Honor Of Dog Killed During France Raid

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 7:05 AM

Mournful tweeters paid tribute to a police dog killed Wednesday in a raid on a French suburb where several suspects in Friday's deadly attacks in Paris were hiding.

The hashtag #JeSuisChien quickly spread through Twitter in honor of seven-year-old Diesel. Police said that the Belgian Malinois pup was "essential"...

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Scottish Newspaper Puts U.S. Governors To Shame With Refugee Welcome

(10) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 3:37 AM

A Scottish newspaper offered a warm message to Syrian refugees arriving in the country this week.

"To the first refugees fleeing war-torn Syria who will arrive at Glasgow Airport today, we'd just like to say: Welcome to Scotland," read the front cover of The National on Tuesday.

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France Stadium Attack Survivor Says Phone Saved His Life

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 12:09 AM

A reported survivor of one of several devastating attacks that rocked Paris on Friday night says...

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Newspapers Around The World Cover Paris Attacks

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 10:11 PM

People across the world woke up to headlines about Friday's horrific attacks in Paris.

Over 100 people were killed in a series of shootings and explosions across the French capitol. French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency as soldiers poured into the city.


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Turkey Prices Are Up, But It's Not As Bad As You Think

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 3:24 AM

Here's something not to be thankful for. The market price for turkey has jumped considerably this year. 

USDA data shows that fresh turkeys are going for an average of $1.60 per pound right now. At this time last year, they cost around $1.36 a pound, according to The Associated Press.

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Bill O'Reilly Schools Donald Trump Over 'Operation Wetback'

(15) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 4:30 AM

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly challenged Donald Trump about the presidential candidate's hardline immigration stance on Wednesday night.

Trump has promised to deport every undocumented immigrant and build a massive wall along...

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Jeb Bush Chest Bumping A Man Is The Most Awkward Thing You'll See Today

(5) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 3:55 AM

When you're running for president, especially when you're trailing in the polls, every vote counts.

That's probably why when one man told former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) that he was switching his support from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to him, this happened: 

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2016 Dems React To GOP Debate

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 6:44 AM

The Republican presidential candidates debated on Tuesday night, and their Democratic counterparts were having none of it.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) repeated his time-honored tradition of tweeting about the GOP debates, and both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Maryland Gov. Martin...

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