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Leaks show DNC asked White House to reward donors with slots on boards and commissions

OpenSecrets Blog | July 26, 2016 | Politics
by Alec Goodwin The Wikileaks release of Democratic National Committee emails has roiled the first days of the party's presidential nominating convention in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rex Features) Email exchanges involving top officials at the Democratic National...
Sam Cohen

6 Super-Romantic Places to Propose Your Lady Love in Paris - Planning a Surprise

Sam Cohen | July 26, 2016 | Weddings
Are you planning to take your lady love on a date and then proposing marriage? If yes, you must be planning to surprise her in such a way that she'll remember throughout her life. Well, how about taking her to some of the most romantic places in Paris and expressing your love so as to sweep her off her feet?
Talal Almas

The Case Against Honor Killings In Pakistan

Talal Almas | July 26, 2016 | Religion
Honor killings in Pakistan have climbed to an acme in recent years. Every year, countless girls and women, naïve otherwise, are persecuted as a consequence of having relationships with individuals of their own choice.
Nicole de Paula

"We (May Not) Always Have Paris" - Three Steps To A Low Carbon Future

Nicole de Paula | July 26, 2016 | Green
Signed in December 2015, the Paris Agreement on climate change is a milestone for both the environment and global development. Breaking with high cost carbon pollution, the post-Paris world has a clear mandate: accomplish the transition to new energy sources and invest in climate-positive infrastructure and climate-friendly products.
Afrah Nasser

Yemen & Image Politics: Weapon, Qat & Misogyny

Afrah Nasser | July 26, 2016 | World
It is difficult to tell when exactly the relationship between the western media and the Old Sana'a's beautiful architecture began. That relationship was contagious that it was duplicated in the Arab media.
Deborah J. Levine

Tribalism and the Vote

Deborah J. Levine | July 26, 2016 | Politics
As messy as tribalism may be, the tribes can also passionate, enthusiastic, creative and compelling. They produce leaders who are willing to take risks, to challenge what has gone before, to inspire others to do the same.
Paul Abrams

Urgent! No Security Briefing For Donald Trump: Sign Petition Immediately

Paul Abrams | July 26, 2016 | Politics
A few weeks ago, I urged everyone to sign a petition telling the Obama Administration not to provide Donald Trump a security briefing. Trump will use whatever they tell him for his own dark purposes.
AJ Agrawal

Managing Millenials Differently: The Future of Time and Billing Software with John Howell of BigTime.net

AJ Agrawal | July 26, 2016 | Business
If you're a professional services firm, there's a new disruption in town that's catching even nimble tech companies flat-footed. It's more transformative than the cloud or mobile or social, and it's already invaded HR. What's on its way to causing panic in the c-suite and providing McKinsey consultants with job...
Tom Falco

Hillary Wins Democratic Nomination

Tom Falco | July 26, 2016 | Politics
I used this cartoon for when Hillary won Iowa, oh, so many months ago. Now it means even more since she has won the Democratic nomination. The first woman ever do to this.
Chris Weigant

Breaking News -- Bernie Delegates Storm Media Tents

Chris Weigant | July 26, 2016 | Politics
A mild form of chaos has erupted. Almost immediately after Hillary Clinton was officially nominated by Bernie Sanders, at the end of the roll call of the Democratic delegates, hundreds of people streamed into the tent in a coordinated protest.
Rabbi Lisa Greene

What Do You Wear To Get Divorced?

Rabbi Lisa Greene | July 26, 2016 | Divorce
I stood in front of the mirror talking to my father and my grandmother, debating what to wear. Grandma Ruth said, "You need pearls with that, dear." Dad reminded me to put on lipstick. "Look like a million bucks! What about an elegant black suit?" I argued, "I...
La Carmina

A Miffy The Bunny Travel Guide To Utrecht, Netherlands

La Carmina | July 26, 2016 | Travel
I adore Miffy, the cute Dutch bunny -- and took advantage of a Netherlands stopover to visit all her themed attractions.
Shannon Ullman

How To Become A Flight Attendant

Shannon Ullman | July 26, 2016 | Travel
If you've always wanted to learn how to become a flight attendant, you'll need to find ways to stay ahead of the competition. Follow these guidelines on your journey to flying the friendly skies.
Wayne Pacelle

Donald Trump Jr. May Be Out Of Luck In Killing More Leopards

Wayne Pacelle | July 26, 2016 | Green
It is time to provide the same level of protection to the African leopard. Donald Trump Jr., Honeywell CEO David Cote, and other over-privileged animal exploiters can use their wealth to entertain themselves in other ways and let these animals be.
Isaac Rouse

Why Luke Cage Is The Hero The African American Community Needs

Isaac Rouse | July 26, 2016 | Black Voices
Luke Cage is a 13-episode Marvel Netflix series releasing late September. The show is based off Marvel Comics' African American superhero Power Man (played by Mike Colter), marking the first black superhero film or series to date from Marvel Studios....
Judy Frankel

Insourcing: American Lose Jobs to H-1B Visa Workers

Judy Frankel | July 26, 2016 | Politics
If a company is done with an employee, guest workers often find themselves stranded in the U.S. without a job. After five years as an H-1B, employers are required to start paying social security, so the worker becomes less attractive. When the job is over, so is the visa, making them into illegals. Their staffing company may h
Tom Paine

Islamophobia: ISIS's Best Tool For Recruitment

Tom Paine | July 26, 2016 | Politics
Every time a terrorist attack occurs outside of the Middle East (whether in America, Belgium, France, or anywhere else), some politicians and citizens seem to automatically disregard the provisions of the First Amendment and start to exhibit Islamophobia.
Simon Heseltine

New York Red Bulls 4 - 1 NYC F.C.

Simon Heseltine | July 26, 2016 | Sports
The last time the New York Red Bulls hosted New York F.C. the home team destroyed their star laden visitors 7-0. While the score wasn't as lopsided this time, once the first goal went in, there was no doubt over the eventual winners.
Vijay K. Mathur

Focusing Only on Efficiency and Not Equality Has Backfired in Recent Political Debates

Vijay K. Mathur | July 26, 2016 | Politics
The GOP nominee for president, Donald Trump, opposes trade pacts like NAFTA and TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership (not yet approved by the Senate) in his campaign. These pacts reduce trade barriers and tariffs.
Aritha Wickramasinghe

After Pride -- The Importance Of Creating A Strong Online Community Of LGBT Professionals

Aritha Wickramasinghe | July 26, 2016 | Queer Voices
Happening less than a fortnight before Pride celebrations kicked off in the Northern hemisphere, it dawned on many that, although Pride was important to highlight equality and identity, the annual celebration was wholly inadequate to deal with the complex issues faced by the LGBT community across the world.