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Harold Lloyd

Fourth Circuit Strikes Down Discriminatory Provisions of Gov. Pat McCrory's North Carolina "Omnibus" Election Law

Harold Lloyd | July 29, 2016 | Politics
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down provisions of Gov. Pat McCrory's "omnibus" election law requiring photo identification in form blacks are less likely to have and requiring changes to early voting, same-day registration, out-of-precinct voting, and preregistration all in ways...
Ann Reid

What We're Reading

Ann Reid | July 29, 2016 | Education
" />Mostly evolution this week, except for one excellent piece on "what about that 3% of climate scientists who reject the consensus?" Could they be on to something? Well, spoiler alert, not so much. Start...
Mark Weisbrot

Is The Republican Party A Legitimate Political Party?

Mark Weisbrot | July 29, 2016 | Politics
The Republican Party, as many observers have noted, is facing the prospect of a long-term decline as a national political party. Since 1992, they have lost four out of the last six presidential elections.
Ira Kalb

Facebook Continues Its Win-Win Streak

Ira Kalb | July 29, 2016 | Business
In just announced Q2 earnings, Facebook rocketed past analysts' expectations with quarterly ad revenue hitting $6.24 billion compared with $5.8 billion that was expected. Similarly, monthly active users jumped to 1.71 billion compared with the 1.69 billion expected. What's going on? Facebook...
Geoffrey R. Stone

Bernie Supporters: You Will Decide This Election -- Don't Blow It!

Geoffrey R. Stone | July 29, 2016 | Politics
This is a moment when we can do this within the system. This is a moment when it is absolutely critical to win. Don't blow it.
Brad Yates

WATCH: Needing to Be Politically Correct?

Brad Yates | July 29, 2016 | GPS for the Soul
The question of being politically correct is an issue that most of us have an opinion about... and often a strong one. Whether you are a strong supporter of people being P.C. or are adamantly against it, I hope you will find some benefit - particularly a greater sense of...
Arianna Huffington

Roundup

Arianna Huffington | July 29, 2016 | Politics
This was an extraordinary week -- one offering a starkly different vision of America, and, by week's end, one less glass ceiling. Michelle Obama laid the first cornerstone of that vision. "I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves," she said. "And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn." The next night Bill Clinton gave us another first -- the first-ever speech about a nominee spouse by a man. He used it to present the "real" version of the "cartoon alternative" portrait of the woman he knows better than anyone else, saying, "She's the best darn change-maker I have ever met in my entire life." On Wednesday, the program came at Donald Trump from two directions. First, Michael Bloomberg demolished Donald Trump's core appeal as a successful businessman: "Trump says he wants to run the nation like he's run his business. God help us." He proceeded to openly question Trump's mental stability. "Let's elect a sane and competent person," he urged. And then President Barack Obama took the stage to complete this alternate vision. The contrast with Trump's convention could not have been greater. In one of his best and most important speeches, Obama offered an expansive, optimistic definition of America and made the case that we become more American by addition, not subtraction. The final night, before Hillary Clinton spoke, featured one of the most enduring and indelible moments: that of Khizr Khan, father of fallen Muslim-American soldier Humayun Khan. "Let me ask you," he said to Donald Trump, taking an actual copy of the Constitution from his pocket and thrusting it forward, "have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy." It was the entire election, summed up in one image. Then Hillary Clinton took the stage, and made history moments later by accepting the nomination. "When any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone," she said. "When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit." But she had to do more than break the ceiling, and she did, laying out more policy details ("It's true, I sweat the details of policy,") than were put forth during the entire Republican convention. Yet she also noted what's at stake -- the sky might be the limit for America, but with Trump, there is no floor. "America's destiny," she concluded, "is ours to choose."
Eduardo Diaz

La Pelota Is More Than A Ball Game

Eduardo Diaz | July 29, 2016 | Latino Voices
Sports have been a major presence in the lives of Mexican Americans since the early 20th century. This has been particularly true of Mexican Americans in the Midwest, where sports such as baseball took on a special significance. More than merely games for boys and girls, the teams and contests...
David Hinckley

PBS Turns Its Sunday Spotlight to Queen Victoria, That Saucy Minx

David Hinckley | July 29, 2016 | Entertainment
Everything you thought about Queen Victoria is probably wrong. And that's really good news for television viewers, because the 19th century British queen we meet in PBS's upcoming drama Victoria is far more interesting than the staid, uptight and humorless caricature her reputation would suggest. ...
Madelaine D'Angelo

This Weekend In The Art World: 4 Ways To Escape The Heat

Madelaine D'Angelo | July 29, 2016 | Arts
Even though summer is a great time to take advantage of the outdoors, sometimes the heat is a little too much to bear. Here are 4 perfect places to escape the heat this weekend, air conditioning and art included.
David Finkle

First Nighter: "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater" Revived With Mixed Results This Weekend

David Finkle | July 29, 2016 | Arts
The truth is that Vonnegut's tale is dealing with some mighty sober subjects -- the marginalization of the impoverished, the narrow concerns of the corporate class, the dismissal as surely demented of those concerned with the less well-off.
Jack M. Guttentag

Is Making Extra Mortgage Payments Better Than Refinancing?

Jack M. Guttentag | July 29, 2016 | Business
Many mortgage borrowers view extra payments and refinancing as alternatives and are confused as to which would serve them better. This article is directed to them. Extra Payment Decisions Versus Refinance Decisions While borrowers refinance for several possible reasons, only those taken to reduce the interest rate can be viewed...
John F. Calvelli

The Time To Save Tigers Is Today

John F. Calvelli | July 29, 2016 | Green
While humans carry much blame for the decline of tigers, it is not too late for us to play a larger role in bringing the species back from the brink.
Martin Maidenberg

Oh, The Humanity.

Martin Maidenberg | July 29, 2016 | Queer Voices
This should be the time when people come together so no one feels alone or not a part of the discussion. As such, one party seeks to separate, the other to compromise and find common ground
Max DuBowy

Does Prince Charming Really Exist?

Max DuBowy | July 29, 2016 | Queer Voices
Watching Disney movies as a kid didn't prepare me for dealing with the complexities of dating and relationships as an adult. Does prince charming really exist? If so, where do you find him?
Elizabeth G. Taylor

Until Universal Health Care Coverage, We Have Medicaid to Combat Health Injustices

Elizabeth G. Taylor | July 29, 2016 | Politics
At the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week several prominent speakers highlighted the need for universal health care, which they said could be achieved by expanding the reach of the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA). But why should our country make such an investment? Simply put, the pursuit...
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

A Patriotic Act Of Faith For Environmental Protection And Climate Justice

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | July 29, 2016 | Religion
George Jones is still serving his country. Navy vet (Korea) and lifetime resident of Virginia, Mr. Jones bused to Richmond to take his message of American responsibility to the governor. That message: no new pipelines, no more fracking, enough already with our dependence on fossil fuels.
Brian Denney

The Problem with Donald Trump's "Brexit Strategy"

Brian Denney | July 29, 2016 | Politics
Trump addresses reporters in Scotland following the EU referendum in June There was a brief moment of fear that crept into my mind while listening to Michael Moore detail why he believes Donald Trump will be elected our next president. In an...
Juliet Schroder

Listen to Sabrina Carpenter's New Single "On Purpose" Now - You Won't Regret It

Juliet Schroder | July 29, 2016 | Teen
Sabrina Carpenter dropped a new single today and we absolutely L-O-V-E it! The 17-year-old singer and actress revealed the song on all digital platforms earlier this morning and has been receiving positive feedback from her fans and music lovers...
Samantha Bennett

There's No Shortage Of Money. Ever.

Samantha Bennett | July 29, 2016 | Arts
There are lots and lots of people spending lots and lots of money on all kinds of things all the time. It may not be in your wallet right this second, but it's out there and it's not that hard to get.