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Nevada AG criticizes Trump's 'nonsense' claim that governor will 'cheat' with ballots

It's "nonsense" for President Trump to claim Democratic Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak will "cheat" in the upcoming election, the state's attorney general told "The Daily Briefing" on Wednesday.
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Pacific Palisades estate of French rock legend Johnny Hallyday seeks $17.9 million
The Pacific Palisades estate of Johnny Hallyday, the late singer who was known as the "French Elvis," is on the market for $17.9 million.
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Florida community stunned by Hurricane Sally's strength: 'No one thought it would be like this'
A community of residents, living on boats, in condos or stilted homes, were taken by surprise when Hurricane Sally blew through as a Category 2 storm.        
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New Jersey Cardinal Says Catholics Can 'in Good Conscience' Vote for Biden if They Choose
"I think that a person in good conscience could vote for Mr. Biden," said Cardinal Joseph Tobin, archbishop of Newark. "I, frankly, in my own way of thinking have a more difficult time with the other option."
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Amazon's Prime Day: Deals at Whole Foods are on the menu
Amazon is adding Prime Day deals to the grocery chain to convince consumers to sign up for the Prime service
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Former Pence Aide's Endorsing of Biden Will Start a 'Chain Reaction,' Says Ex-Trump Official
Former Homeland Security official Miles Taylor said he saw the vice president praise former aide Olivia Troye prior to his comment that she was a "disgruntled employee."
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Firefighter killed after battling California wildfire sparked at gender reveal party
A firefighter died Thursday battling a wildfire sparked at a gender reveal party near Yucaipa, the forest service confirmed Friday.       
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Teachers at Stuyvesant High School revolt amid softened academic policy
New Stuyvesant High School principal Seung Yu issued a memo telling staffers that they can no longer lower exam scores for kids who miss tests and then make them up later.
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This Is What Paris Hilton's Real Voice Sounds Like
Fans can't get over Paris Hilton's latest revelation.
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The state of ex-felons’ voting rights, explained
A reel of “I Voted” stickers sits at a polling booth in Maryland on November 7, 2006. | Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images America has restored voting rights for some ex-felons. But many more still can’t vote. Just five years ago, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, and Virginia all blocked people convicted of felonies from ever voting again — even after they had fully completed their sentences for prison, parole, or probation. Today, every one of these states — most recently, Iowa — has allowed at least some people who’ve finished their sentences to vote, potentially reenfranchising hundreds of thousands of Americans. It hasn’t been an easy shift. In Florida, voters approved an amendment to their state constitution in 2018 that lets people who’ve completed their sentences vote again, excluding those convicted of murder or felony sex offenses. But the Republican-controlled state legislature passed a law requiring ex-felons to pay all outstanding court fees before they’re allowed to vote — blocking possibly hundreds of thousands of Floridians who can’t afford the fees from voting. The law is now tied up in legal battles, with a recent federal appeals court ruling in its favor. But the trend has been toward enfranchising more people as they get out of prison or after they serve other sentences. Some activists want to go further, with a goal of giving everyone the right to vote even if they’re currently incarcerated. Only two states — Maine and Vermont — currently let people vote even from prison, regardless of their crimes. The rest of the states impose some kinds of restrictions, including barring people from voting permanently if they committed worse crimes (like murder), or only letting them vote after they complete prison, parole, probation, or all of the above. Supporters of loosening the restrictions further argue that voting should be a universal right — one not affected by even a felony record. They point out that these laws have a racially disproportionate impact, particularly on Black people, due to the systemic racism that runs through the criminal justice system. And in some cases, they note, that may be intentional: Some of these disenfranchisement laws have roots in the Jim Crow era, in which lawmakers around the country replaced the system of slavery with another system of legal oppression. As Florida’s experience shows, though, there’s still resistance to allowing everyone to vote. Some of that is strictly political: Republicans in particular worry that allowing ex-felons to vote could boost turnout for Democrats. Others simply object to the idea of letting people vote while they’re in prison or due to their felony records — seeing their loss of the right to vote as part of the punishment for their crimes. That latter point of contention has led to debate not just between Republicans and Democrats but also within the Democratic Party. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) argued during the 2020 presidential primaries that people should be allowed to vote within prison, and more moderate candidates in the race pushed back. A lot is potentially at stake: More than 6 million Americans in 2016 were prohibited from voting due to a felony conviction, according to the Sentencing Project. That included more than 20 percent of all potential Black voters in Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia at the time. While the research suggests not all of those people would end up voting, many likely would, and that could disproportionately benefit Democrats — who have much more support from minority communities — in states with very close votes, including Florida. Where the debate lands, then, could determine not just who has the right to vote in America but which political directions the country goes in the future. Some felony disenfranchisement laws have roots in Jim Crow Preventing people with criminal records from voting in the US goes back tothe colonial era and the concept of “civil death” — the notion that some bad actions effectively left a person dead in terms of civic engagement. But there’s also a uniquely American, racist twist to this story, rooted in Jim Crow. Felony disenfranchisement laws were part of the push after the Civil War, particularly in the South, to limit civil rights gains following the end of slavery and ratification of the 13th, 14th, and 15th constitutional amendments protecting minority rights. This resistance also included the Jim Crow laws that legally enforced racial segregation, as well as other limits on Black voting power. Undoing all of this has been a decades-long project for civil rights activists. For example, after the South lost the Civil War, state lawmakers in Florida enacted laws — the Black Codes — to constrain Black rights. They created crimes, such as disobedience and “disrespect to the employer,” that could be enforced in a way that would target and criminalize Black people in particular, according to a 2016 report by the Brennan Center for Justice, an advocacy group. Then, when Florida was forced to write voting rights protections for men of all races into its state constitution, lawmakers added an exception that would exempt victims of the Black Codes: Article XIV, Section 2, imposed a lifetime voting ban for people with felony convictions. Section 4 of this same suffrage article directed the legislature to “enact the necessary laws to exclude from … the right of suffrage, all persons convicted of bribery, perjury, larceny, or of infamous crime” — the same crimes the legislature had recently recognized and expanded through the Black Code. Since then, Florida has changed its constitution and laws, Brennan noted. The felony disenfranchisement law was reformed again after the report, in the 2018 elections and the following year. But the roots of its post–Civil War disenfranchisement laws linger. Florida was not alone. Journalists and historians have documented similar efforts in Virginia and other Southern states. And, of course, the federal government had to enact the (now-weakened) Voting Rights Act of 1965 to shield Black voters from state-level discrimination, as well as other civil rights laws to prohibit other forms of systemic racism. But the criminal justice system remains one path toward disenfranchising voters, with a criminal or felony record often costing people various legal rights and protections even after they get out of jail or prison. And this system is rife with racial disparities, as Radley Balko explained for the Washington Post in his thorough breakdown of the research. “We use our criminal justice system to label people of color ‘criminals’ and then engage in all the practices we supposedly left behind,” Michelle Alexander argued in her influential (and at times criticized) book The New Jim Crow. “Today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans.” Still, felony disenfranchisement laws have survived legal challenges. Courts, including the US Supreme Court, have generally upheld such voting restrictions under the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which suggests the government may abridge the right to vote due to “participation in rebellion, or other crime.” Without the courts, the only real hope for these efforts is to turn influential politicians and public opinion around on the issue. This might have to trickle down to the state level, too, because there’s some scholarly debate about whether Congress even has the power to end felony disenfranchisement at the federal level. There’s a push to end felony disenfranchisement Given this racist history and the continued disproportionate disenfranchisement of Black voters through this system, activists have called for an end to these laws. Some have said that every US citizen should have the right to vote, no matter the circumstances. In 2019, Sen. Sanders, whose home state of Vermont lets people vote from within prison, made the issue a part of his platform in the presidential primary. He argued that voting is a right that should never be taken away from anyone in a democracy. And that means people, no matter how terrible they prove to be, should keep their right to vote. “Even if Trump’s former campaign manager and personal lawyer end up in jail, they should still be able to vote — regardless of who they cast their vote for,” he wrote in USA Today. He later added, “In my view, the crooks on Wall Street who caused the great recession of 2008 that hurt millions of Americans are not ‘good’ people. But they have the right to vote, and it should never be taken away.” This led to some Democratic opposition. Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg led the charge, arguing, “I do believe that when you are out, when you have served your sentence, then part of being restored to society is that you are part of the political life of this nation again — and one of the things that needs to be restored is your right to vote. … But part of the punishment when you’re convicted of a crime and you’re incarcerated is you lose certain rights, you lose your freedom. And I think during that period it does not make sense to have an exception for the right to vote.” More conservative politicians, particularly Republicans, have resisted even more moderate efforts to restore people’s right to vote after they’ve completed their sentences. That’s occurred in Florida, where state legislators and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) passed a law to force ex-felons to pay back court fees, fines, and restitution, or get an exemption from a judge, before they can vote. Activists have called this a poll tax, invoking Jim Crow restrictions on voting, but the courts are still deciding the issue. Just as there’s significant debate within the Democratic Party about the issue, there are some exceptions to the Republican opposition. Iowa’s Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, in August restored voting rights for people who’ve completed their felony sentences, with exceptions for homicide offenses. “The right to vote is the cornerstone of society and the free republic in which we live,” Reynolds said in a statement. “When someone serves their sentence, they should have their right to vote restored automatically.” Part of this is a genuine philosophical question: Can someone at some point do something so terrible that they lose their right to vote? For Sanders, and many activists, the answer is no. For others, the answer is yes, though views on just how terrible the act has to be before that right is lost, and how long the right is lost for, varies from person to person. But for Republicans, there are also clear political motivations. While the evidence on this topic is far from perfect, there’s some research indicating that restoring the right to vote for those with felony records could have a political impact. Experts Marc Meredith at the University of Pennsylvania and Michael Morse at Yale wrote for Vox: Had all ex-felons been eligible to vote in Florida in 2016, we estimate that this would have generated about 102,000 additional votes for Democrats and about 54,000 additional votes for Republicans, with about an additional 40,000 votes that could be cast on behalf of either party. That added up to about 48,000 votes on net for Democrats. In a state where recent Senate and gubernatorial races came down to as little as 10,000 to 30,000 votes, that could swing the whole thing. It’s for similar reasons that Republicans have repeatedly resisted other efforts to expand voting rights in the US, particularly if they benefit minority voters who are more likely to vote for Democrats. Some Republicans have outright admitted to their political motivations. As William Wan reported for the Washington Post, regarding a Republican-backed law in North Carolina: Longtime Republican consultant Carter Wrenn, a fixture in North Carolina politics, said the GOP’s voter fraud argument is nothing more than an excuse. “Of course it’s political. Why else would you do it?” he said, explaining that Republicans, like any political party, want to protect their majority. While GOP lawmakers might have passed the law to suppress some voters, Wrenn said, that does not mean it was racist. “Look, if African Americans voted overwhelmingly Republican, they would have kept early voting right where it was,” Wrenn said. “It wasn’t about discriminating against African Americans. They just ended up in the middle of it because they vote Democrat.” The flip side is that while Republicans have generally succeeded in passing more and more voting restrictions across the country in the past decade, the trend has moved in the other direction for criminal disenfranchisement laws. That makes these laws one of the few areas in the US in which there’s been genuine movement toward expanded voting right over the past several years. Help keep Vox free for all Millions turn to Vox each month to understand what’s happening in the news, from the coronavirus crisis to a racial reckoning to what is, quite possibly, the most consequential presidential election of our lifetimes. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. But our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources. 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Unity, popular video game-making software, set to go public amid IPO flurry
Unity Software, one of the leading platforms for video game developers, plans to raise as much as $1.3 billion in its Wall Street debut Friday.
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Brielle Biermann defends sitting on dad Kroy’s lap
The 35-year-old former NFL player adopted Brielle, 23, in 2013.
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Hong Kong Pro-democracy Activist Nathan Law Wins TIME’s 2020 TIME100 Reader Poll
TIME asked readers to vote for who they thought should make the 2020 TIME100 list, an annual compilation of the world’s most influential people. Nathan Law, a leading pro-democracy activist and the youngest lawmaker in Hong Kong’s history, took first place in TIME’s reader poll with 3.8% of the 4.7 million votes cast by readers.…
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Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown in middle of Celtics ‘bulls–t’ locker room drama
The Celtics blew their second straight second-half lead in a 106-101 loss to the Miami Heat on Thursday night as Boston fell behind 0-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals. And things reportedly blew up in the Celtics locker room. Multiple reporters described a heap of distressing noises pouring out of Boston’s locker room after the...
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'Cheer' star faces charges of production of child pornography
Jeremiah "Jerry" Harris, one of the students featured in Netflix's breakout docuseries "Cheer," has been arrested on a production of child pornography charge, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Fitzpatrick.
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Fans fight in stands during Browns game despite coronavirus safety restrictions
While the Battle of Ohio took place between the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium on Thursday night, there was a skirmish in the stands.
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What Trump's TikTok Ban Means For Users
TikTok restrictions start on September 20 but will initially apply to new downloads and software updates, meaning the app will continue to work as normal for existing users—at least until November 12.
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Glove maker’s profits spike 417 percent thanks to coronavirus
The world’s largest producer of disposable gloves saw its profits explode as the coronavirus pandemic sparked a worldwide hand-hygiene frenzy. Malaysia-based Top Glove posted after-tax profits of about $459 million in its last fiscal year — a massive, 417-percent spike from the prior year — thanks to “a global surge in demand for gloves on...
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Deroy Murdock: Trump National Security Adviser O'Brien has helped him secure a year of international triumphs
September 18 marks one year since National Security Adviser Robert C. O’Brien began his tenure.
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Naomi Osaka Pulls Out of French Open
The U.S. Open winner cited a sore hamstring in announcing her decision on Thursday.
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Rep. Chip Roy rips Nancy Pelosi for not backing police: ‘She has got to go’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "refuses" to support law enforcement, said Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, on Friday after his speech on the House floor calling out the NBA and the speaker for being silent on the violence against law enforcement.
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5-year-old gifts Baby Yoda doll to ‘lonely’ firefighters on frontlines
An inspiration, Baby Yoda is.
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Emmy outfits? Tuxedo robes and pajamas
Emmy nominated stars Helena Bonham Carter, Anthony Anderson and Laura Dern discuss their outfits for the big night. (Sept. 18)       
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Bellator champ Juan Archuleta wants Kyoji Horiguchi, but thinks he'll get Sergio Pettis
Bellator bantamweight champ Juan Archuleta already has an opponent in mind for his first title defense, but doesn't think he'll get him.        Related StoriesBellator champ Juan Archuleta wants Kyoji Horiguchi, but thinks he'll get Sergio Pettis - Enclosure'Inside LFA with Ron Kruck:' Finishes galore at LFA 91UFC free fight: Israel Adesanya outlasts Kelvin Gastelum in 2019 'Fight of the Year' 
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Didn't hear from contact tracers about that guy coughing on your flight? You might not — even if he had COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention logged 1,600 COVID-19 investigations on commercial aircraft between January and August.        
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Trump’s biggest argument is failing him. New polls explain why.
Why Trump's "law and order" attacks have failed.
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Trapped man confined to wheelchair dies in LI house fire
A 65-year-old man confined to a wheelchair was trapped in a house fire on Long Island early Friday and died, authorities said. The man, whose name was not released, was found dead just after 2 a.m. in the front bedroom of a ranch home that was “heavily involved in fire and smoke,” according to the...
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Eyeglasses may be ‘protective factor’ against coronavirus
A new study by Chinese researchers suggests that people who wear eyeglasses for extended daily periods may be less susceptible to COVID-19. While the main route of infection for coronavirus is believed to be through respiratory droplets from coughs, sneezes and talking, previous research amid the pandemic has pointed to the human eye as another...
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Mayor de Blasio ‘very confident’ NYC will stick to latest school plan
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday said he’s “very confident” the city will stick to its new back-to-school schedule — following the last-minute decision the day before to once again delay in-person instruction. Hizzoner was grilled during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on whether he could guarantee to parents that students would be back...
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Uber self-driving car operator charged in pedestrian death
The Uber test driver who was responsible for monitoring one of the company's self-driving cars that hit and killed a pedestrian in 2018 was charged with negligent homicide this week.
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Uber self-driving car operator charged in pedestrian death
The Uber test driver who was responsible for monitoring one of the company's self-driving cars that hit and killed a pedestrian in 2018 was charged with negligent homicide this week.
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William Barr’s habit of misleading
In less than two years as attorney general, William P. Barr has made false or misleading statements about mail-in voting, federal investigations and Justice Department personnel decisions.
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John Leguizamo Boycotting Emmy Awards Over Lack of Latino Representation
Actor John Leguizamo said he will boycott Sunday's Emmy Awards over the lack of Latino representation among this year's nominees, saying that Latinos are the largest minority group in the United States and will "decide who is president this year."
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This was the most important (and powerful) moment in Joe Biden's CNN's town hall
Former Vice President Joe Biden took questions from a socially-distanced crowd -- assembled in cars at a drive-in movie theater! -- and CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday night for two hours. But it was a single moment that stood out to me, a moment where Biden made his strongest possible case for not only why he and President Donald Trump see the world so differently but also for why he, and not Trump, is the best leader in this critical moment in the country.
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Logan v. Mayweather: Fans Spot Weakness That May Help Logan Win the Match
"If Logan Paul lands his uppercut early, who knows what kind of affect it'll have on Mayweather."
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Joe Biden makes multiple dubious claims at CNN town hall
Biden, 77, boasted during Thursday’s town hall hosted by Anderson Cooper that he’d be first commander-in-chief to not have an Ivy League education on his résumé, among other gaffs.
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Malika Haqq’s new Naked Wardrobe collection is inspired by her son Ace
"I'm obsessed with the idea of dressing identical to my son and I know I'm not the only mommy that is," the Kardashian BFF told us.
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Meredith cuts 180 employees, or 3.6 percent of workforce
Publishing and broadcasting giant Meredith — which until now has relied on pay cuts to weather the pandemic — said it will cut 180 employees, or about 3.6 percent of its workforce, from its 17 TV stations and its magazine division, which includes People and Better Homes & Gardens. “While we’re seeing slight improvement, advertising...
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College Football Week 3 preview: Top 25 teams load up the schedule with Louisville-Miami as the marquee matchup
The third week of the college football season is about to get underway.
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Joe Burrow so impressive even LeBron James noticed. Plus, Week 2 picks and fantasy football advice
From game picks to fantasy football advice, we have your Week 2 essentials.        
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Coronavirus clusters at French universities give Europe a lesson
Students are worried if coronavirus masks offer enough protection.
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Twisted Sister Singer Dee Snider to Anti-Maskers: Don’t Use Our Song
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider took to social media to condemn anti-maskers who went into a Florida Target store blaring the group’s hit “We’re Not Gonna Take It” while ripping off their masks.
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Man critically injured after beating, slashing outside Bronx deli
Two brutes viciously beat, slashed and robbed a man in broad daylight outside a Bronx deli this week -- leaving him in critical condition.
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Trump claims nothing more could have been done to defeat the coronavirus. He’s wrong.
The coronavirus response we might have had.
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Sally moves offshore as Teddy, Wilfred potentially moving along East Coast next week
The East Coast suffers hurricane warnings while the West Coast continues to battle wildfires.
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At town hall, Biden blasts Trump's 'criminal' virus response
Biden declared: “He knew it and did nothing. It’s close to criminal."
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Gunmen fire bullets into home of NJ cops and their newborn
Police are on the hunt for at least two gunmen who fired a barrage of shots on the Camden, Jew Jersey, home of two police officers and their newborn – with six of the bullets penetrating the structure in the “targeted” attack, according to reports. The couple and their 10-day-old baby escaped injury after the...
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Want a Graduate English Degree from University of Chicago? This Year You'll Be in Black Studies, Too
One of the top graduate English programs in the country is accepting Black Studies scholars for the 2020-2021 admissions period.
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Independent voters in Florida still on the fence ahead of election: 'Pay attention to us'
Voter Jeffrey Solomon left the Democratic party last year and says many independents feel forgotten until both parties remember they need the independents’ votes.
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