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"People in the streets read Gabriel García Márquez. Every book he wrote had popular acclaim," says Chilean writer Isabel Allende. "In a way, he conquered readers and conquered the world and told the world about us, Latin Americans, and told us who we are. In his pages, we saw ourselves in a mirror." 

#gabrielgarcíamárquez   #books   #magicalrealism   #LatinAmerica  
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Do you feel that your vote for president doesn't count? 

The campaign for a National Popular Vote hopes to convince states to join a compact to pledge their electoral votes to the president who wins the popular vote. Ten states and Washington, D.C. are onboard with this plan already. Do you support this idea? 

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Of course NY would want this. Big cities have less power with the Electoral College. If we change it the states with the biggest population would chose the president every election. During election season you hardly ever see a presidential candidates giving speeches in New York City, L.A, or Atlanta. They stick to different district that can be swayed. On the other hand people would feel like their votes count more. I mean right now if you vote red in a blue state or blue in a red state your vote doesn't really count for anything.  
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Fact: Environmental activists and land defenders are being killed at an average of two per week worldwide. 

Democracy Now! speaks with Oliver Courtney of Global Witness about the new report, "Deadly Environment: The Dramatic Rise in Killings of Environmental and Land Defenders."

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They are destroying the Secondary Food and Water Sources to cause faster eradication of the Earth's People when Nibiru arrives and the ones doing the destruction and murders will hide below the Earth's Surface and those top-side will have it rough as the Cameras film everything for future Motion Pictures and Video Games- gwt        
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The New York City Police Department has abandoned its controversial and secretive unit that spied on the Muslim community — in mosques, restaurants, barber shops, gyms and at colleges and universities.

Linda Sarsour of the Arab American Association of New York calls the unit's closure a "welcome first step," but says it will "take years to undo the trauma that the American-Muslim community has endured." 

#Muslim   #NYC   #Islam   #humanrights   #racialprofiling   #police  
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"Dropping the unit" is not enough. People need to get fired over this, and then brought up in a court on civil charges for rights violations -- and technically, felony charges for violating Constitutional law. And NO ONE should trust the NYPD ever again. I wouldn't call them to get my cat out of a tree, at this point.
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Today's top news headlines. What stories should we keep our eye on over the weekend? 
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Get a look inside the U.S. drone program. The new documentary "Drone" brings you the voices of drone operators that felt the need to speak out.

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BBC News is reporting that Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov says all sides agree to steps to "de-escalate" Ukraine crisis, after talks in Geneva today. What are your thoughts?

Watch our discussion with scholar Stephen Cohen today and share your reflections about his analysis. 

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Not only that, but initiating a housing project for refugee nationals would create jobs. But Russia is a prudent culture; and no one wants to see thousands of displaced citizens living in a ghetto because it evokes uncomfortable memories of war. Or may be I'm just getting ahead of myself with my armchair rhetoric, as usual.
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Who is Frazier Glenn Miller?

"He is one of the best-known white supremacist activists in the country," explains Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups. "He has been active for more than 40 years in the movement." 
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he wasn't Muslim, therefore not a terrorist.
...by the way, that's sarcasm
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Should a state government be able to bar local officials from raising the minimum wage or improving worker's benefits?

Well, this is just what happened in Oklahoma. On Monday, Gov. Mary Fallin signed a new state law that prohibits localities from raising the minimum wage or requiring that employees get a certain number of sick or vacation days, either paid or unpaid.

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+William Pittenger I don't know how I insulted you by my question. I don't know where you're going with the self-proclaimed masters of business... no idea.    
    I may have misled you when I said "I'm glad Jesus teaches me to love my neighbor as myself" But I am no Christian. I have read The Book and I noticed you were a Christian.
    But your statement is still extremely vague, It's rather evasive to say you "quoted a well known fact", without quoting or naming a single Founding Father, it makes that statement rather suspect.
    I wasn't "diagnosing" you, I was simply trying to ascertain where/who you've read that the government is Us, yet we shouldn't expect government to help Us.
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