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Lydia O'Connor
Lydia O’Connor is a San Francisco editor for The Huffington Post. Before joining HuffPost, Lydia graduated from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She is a fifth generation, born-and-raised San Franciscan, urban living enthusiast and burrito snob.

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Rahm Emanuel’s Learning What Happens When You Ignore Half Of The City

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 11:32 AM

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is facing mounting criticism from activists and allies of the black community who say he should be held accountable for delaying justice in the case of Laquan McDonald, a teenager who died 13 months ago after being shot 16 times by a Chicago...

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How Exxon Mobil And Koch Brothers Created A Culture Of Climate Doubt

(2) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 4:06 PM

One of the biggest studies to examine how climate change became controversial points to the unified dialogue coming out of the hundreds of individuals and organizations funded by energy heavyweights Exxon Mobil Corp. and the Koch brothers.

The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of...

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Seth Meyers Calls Out Sarah Palin For Repeating Refugee Lies

(7) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 12:11 PM

When Sarah Palin defended governors who are refusing to accept refugees by claiming there's no vetting process...

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5 Of The Deadliest Weather Disasters Of 2015

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 3:17 PM

A new disaster report from the United Nations found that weather-related disasters over the past 10 years have occurred almost daily -- nearly twice as often as they did two decades ago.

The report released Monday, titled "The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters," concluded that over the...

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Greenwald Goes After CNN's Coverage Of Paris Attacks While On CNN

(10) Comments | Posted November 22, 2015 | 7:09 PM

How did CNN not see this interview going south?

When CNN's "Reliable Sources" asked Glenn Greenwald, a co-founding editor of The Intercept, on Sunday to weigh in on whether the media has been perpetuating a thirst for war in the days following the Paris attacks, he blasted the network for being the biggest contributor to the problem and for encouraging Islamophobia.

"Well, I think that CNN has actually unfortunately led the way in this," Greenwald told host Brian Stelter. "You've had one intelligence official with the CIA or formerly with the CIA after the next, gone on air and able to say all kinds of extremely dubious claims that print journalists have repeatedly documented in Bloomberg News and The New Yorker, on The New York Times editorial page [that] are totally false."

One of the most reprehensible incidents on CNN, Greenwald noted, occurred last week when two anchors spent six-plus minutes asking why the Muslim community in France didn't do more to stop the attacks.

"I think the worst example, probably the most despicable interview we've seen in the last several years were two CNN anchors, John Vause and Isha Sesay, who told a French Muslim political activist that he and all other Muslims bear, quote, responsibility for the attack in Paris because all Muslims must somehow be responsible," Greenwald said. 

In an attempt to defend the network, Stelter suggested Greenwald might be "cherry-picking" examples to prove a point. Greenwald wasn't having it.

"This is the kind of opinionating that comes from CNN all the time ... that is never sanctioned, never punished," he said. "You're allowed to demonize Muslims."

Watch the whole fiery exchange on CNN. 

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Ravens Running Back Justin Forsett Breaks Arm In Brutal Injury

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2015 | 3:24 PM

The struggling Baltimore Ravens (2-7) took a major hit Sunday when running back Justin Forsett was slammed to the ground and broke his arm.

Forsett, the NFL's 10th-leading rusher according to ESPN, was brought off the field in a cast after St. Louis Rams defensive tackle...

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Donald Trump Hints Third-Party Run Is Still Possible

(8) Comments | Posted November 22, 2015 | 1:58 PM

Despite pledging the opposite in September, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested Sunday that he wouldn't rule out a third-party run for president if he loses the Republican primary.

In a phone interview on ABC's "This Week," Trump dodged host George Stephanopoulos' inquiries into whether he would run as an independent now that a GOP operative has reportedly united efforts to edge Trump out of the race. According to a Wall Street Journal story Friday, "well-connected" members of the Republican establishment backing different candidates are joining forces to launch an anti-Trump campaign. 

Trump, who signed a pledge in September promising to back the Republican presidential nominee and not to run as an independent if he doesn't win the nomination, avoided a yes-or-no answer when Stephanopoulos asked if the GOP operative is making him reconsider that pledge. 

"Well, we'll see what happens. It will be very interesting. But I'm leading in every poll by a lot. It's not even a little bit anymore. It's a lot," he said before launching into details about what large crowds he draws. 

When Stephanopoulos pressed him for a straight answer, Trump was slightly more forthcoming. 

"We'll see what happens," Trump said. "I have to be treated fairly. You know when I did this I said I have to be treated fairly. If I’m treated fairly, I’m fine. All I want to do is [have] a level playing field."

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Gun-Toting Islamophobic Group Protests Outside Texas Mosque

(9) Comments | Posted November 22, 2015 | 11:31 AM

In the latest anti-Islamic incident to take place following the Paris attacks, demonstrators in Irving, Texas, protested on the sidewalk outside a mosque with guns, Islamophobic signs and American flags. 

The dozen or so demonstrators referring to themselves as the Bureau of American Islamic Relations, or BAIR, gathered outside the Islamic Center of Irving on Saturday. One sign read "Stop the Islamization of America" and another, with arrows pointing at armed protesters dressed in military clothes and face masks, said "The solution to Islamic terrorism," local outlets reported.

"We are here protesting Syrian refugees coming to America, protesting the Islamization of America," BAIR spokesman David Wright told Fox 4 News. "I think the popular belief is people are scared. They're scared to say anything about it. They're scared to come out to a place like this and stand in front of a mosque and protest Islam."

Wright, who was carrying a 12-gauge shotgun, told The Dallas Morning News that his weapon was mainly for self-defense but added, "We do want to show force. … It would be ridiculous to protest Islam without defending ourselves."

Local police were on the scene and warned the mosque about the rally in advance, urging them to stay away from the group, The Dallas Morning News noted. The worshippers and students at the Islamic school rarely came within 100 feet of the rally. 

The Islamic Center of Irving did not immediately return requests for comment on the protest but posted a statement on its website in the wake of the Paris attacks.

"Our condolences go out to the families and loved ones of the victims," the mosque wrote. "We also strongly condemn and denounce the attacks, as they have absolutely no basis in the religion on Islam." 

The Islamic Center of Irving is only the latest mosque to face bigotry by people who believe the Paris attackers represent the world's 1.6 billion Muslims. Last week, a mosque in Pflugerville, Texas, was vandalized with feces and torn pages of the Quran, and police say a mosque in Ontario, Canada, was deliberately set on fire.

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Climate Change May Drive Polar Bears Into Humans' Backyards

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 2:58 PM

Climate change is melting some polar bears' habitat and forcing them to spend significantly more time on land, a new study has found. The change will likely throw off the Arctic ecosystem and increase the animals' interactions with humans.

The study, published Wednesday in the journal...

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This Little Boy Emptied His Piggy Bank To Help A Defaced Mosque

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 6:04 PM

A string of Islamophobic incidents have been reported since the massacre in Paris last week, but at least one little boy in Texas knows the attackers don't represent the world's 1.6 billion Muslims.

When 7-year-old Jack Swanson of Pflugerville, Texas, found out that a local mosque had been splattered with feces and desecrated with torn pages of the Quran, he emptied the $20 from his piggy bank and donated it to the congregation, according to NBC affiliate KXAN.

"We were talking in the car how someone smeared poop on their church and that was a really, really awful thing to do and we had a good conversation what churches are for and how everybody's churches are important," Jack's mother, Laura Swanson, told KXAN. "I think it's really good to get kids involved and to let them know what the important stuff really is."

Faisal Naeem, a board member at the defaced Islamic Center of Pflugerville, said he has a son around Jack's age and was moved by the gesture.

"It's 20 bucks, but coming from Jack collecting his pennies it's worth 20 million bucks to me and to our community," Naeem told KXAN. "This gives me hope because this means it's not one versus the other."

Pflugerville, which is near Austin, is not the only city where Muslim institutions have been targeted since the Paris attacks. A mosque in Ontario, Canada, was deliberately set on fire on Sunday, and several mosques received threatening calls in Florida. 

Texas is one of many states whose governors this week declared their desire to reject the resettling of Syrian refugees within their borders. On Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott sent President Barack Obama a letter arguing that such "American humanitarian compassion could be exploited to expose Americans to similar deadly danger."

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Chris Christie Says John Kerry Should 'Get Some Sleep And Shut Up'

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 2:38 PM

Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lambasted Secretary of State John Kerry for suggesting that al Qaeda's attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in January was understandable compared to last week's terror attacks in Paris.

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소년은 오직 '사랑'만이 프랑스를 지켜준다는 걸 배웠다(동영상)

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 11:17 PM

프랑스 파리의 겁먹은 소년과 아버지, 그리고 리포터 사이에 오간 대화를 보자. '오직 사랑만이 증오를 이길 수 있다'는 사실을 상기시켜줄 최고의 감동적인 대화일지 모른다.

프랑스 언론 Le Petit Jounal의 리포터는 16일 프랑스 소년에게 "왜 테러리스트들이 프랑스를 공격했는지 알고 있느냐?"고 물었다.

"알아요, 그들은 정말 정말 정말...

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It’s All But Guaranteed That 2015 Will Be The Hottest Year On Record

(6) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 4:43 PM

Shockingly high temperatures in October all but guarantee that 2015 will be the world's hottest year ever recorded.

Last month was the warmest October ever recorded -- and the sixth straight month to set record temperatures. It also was the first month to surpass...

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La reacción de este niño al darse cuenta de que sólo el amor puede proteger París

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 4:34 AM

"Les méchants, c'est pas très gentil."➡

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Watch As This Little Boy Realizes Only Love Can Protect Paris

(3) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 7:32 PM

"Les méchants, c'est pas très gentil."➡

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Watch The Paris Attack Sites Blossom Into Memorials In These Heart-Rending GIFs

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 1:23 PM

As Paris heals, the wounds left by Friday's attacks are blossoming into tear-jerking memorials that remind us just how far-reaching the tragedy is.

At three of the attack sites popular among young Parisians -- the cafe-bar Le Carillon, the Cambodian and Vietnamese restaurant Le Petit Cambodge and the Bataclan concert venue...

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Vigil Honors Nohemi Gonzalez, American Student Killed In Paris Attacks

(1) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 6:14 PM

At a Sunday afternoon vigil for Nohemi Gonzalez, a design student from California who was killed in...

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NFL Teams Honor Paris Victims With Touching Tributes

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 4:36 PM

The NFL stood in solidarity with Paris on Sunday through a league-wide moment of silence, tributes with the French flag and other touching homages to the hundreds of victims of Friday's terror attacks. 

All eight NFL stadiums with games on Sunday engaged in the salute, USA Today reported, while...

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Paris Hero Who Saved Woman At Bataclan Has Been Found

(3) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 1:00 PM

UPDATE: 10:30 a.m. -- The man who saved a woman hanging from a window at Paris' Bataclan theater during Friday's terror attacks is safe -- and he's in contact with the grateful person he rescued, the woman's friend told HuffPost France.

In a touching moment from...

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Notre Dame Memorial Service Honors Victims Of Paris Attacks

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 11:56 AM

A special service and bell ringing at Paris' Notre Dame cathedral on Sunday night honored the memories of...

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