Turkey’s democracy died today

April 18, 2017

… “Yes” vote, electoral authorities stepped in to announce they would allow unsealed ballots to be counted, in contravention to the rules. Already the lead-up to the vote gave enormous advantages to the yes camp, particularly in the form of media coverage. Meanwhile, opponents faced intimidation and the risk of job loss if they publicly voiced their opinions. Turkish referendum: A country divided Erdogan, who has never lost an election, will resume his …

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What Alec Baldwin gets wrong about his Trump impression

April 4, 2017

(CNN)You might want to sit down before you read this: Alec Baldwin just announced that his equally hilarious and biting impression of Donald Trump might be coming to an end next month when “Saturday Night Live” closes its current season. No, this isn’t because of Trump’s tweets slamming Baldwin or the iconic late-night comedy show. Rather, Baldwin says, he’s considering self-retiring his Trump impression. Why? Baldwin believes there may no longer be an …

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Military bases and submarines: What it’s like to dive in the South China Sea

March 30, 2017

(CNN)The Spratly Islands are a nebula of biological wonder — an archipelago of atolls and reefs that support 600 coral species and 6,000 fish species — including huge schools of batfish, bumphead parrotfish, scalloped hammerhead sharks, and dolphins. But they are also located in one of the most contested stretches of water in the world — the South China Sea — and the island chain is now is home to some 15 military bases. China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and the …

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Why sports betting is starting to look a lot more like Wall Street

March 20, 2017

… intelligence aims to gather opinions from a group of people, hoping it will lead to a consensus thats better than a single persons guess. IBT provides predictions, picks and tips for college, professional and international leagues by combining input from industry experts for each sport combined with sentiment data extracted from social media. We then take these data sources and use our own algorithms to run various scenarios to find profitable trends and patterns, said Kael Mansfield, chief …

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Under Trump, America no longer represents the world

March 6, 2017

(CNN)In his address to Congress on Tuesday evening, President Trump affirmed that “America respects the right of all nations to chart their own path.” In that spirit, he continued, “My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America.” Join us on Twitter and Facebook Meanwhile, in other governments’ capitals, the mere possibility that Donald Trump will be able to implement his vision for a world order based on …

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‘Strong is the New Pretty’ celebrates girls — and the inner-child in us all

March 6, 2017

(CNN)When is the last time you felt bold? Strong? I don’t just mean physically — I mean in every way. Mind, body and soul. As kids, most of us thought we could conquer the world because no one had yet told us we couldn’t. We ran laughing through our own fairy tales and victory laps believing that the dragon we’d slain was epic and that hitting past second base into the “outfield” in backyard baseball lifted us to star status — for a bit. But then …

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The President of the United States traffics in conspiracy theories

March 5, 2017

(CNN)The President of the United States traffics in conspiracy theories. Donald Trump has brought the art of blaming dark forces for the events taking place in our world to the highest levels of power. On Saturday, as he confronted the political crisis unfolding as a result of his advisers’ contacts with Russian officials — during the time that the intelligence agencies agree the Russians were systematically intervening in the election — he found someone else to blame. …

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn Besieged By Boos At Tennessee Town Hall

February 22, 2017

… notorious white nationalist, to the National Security Council. A chorus of incredulous boos followed. Its all over the national media, the man asking the question replied. Several audience members also shared critical opinions of President Donald Trumps Cabinet appointees.A Franklin High School senior expressed concern about the abilities of newly confirmed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. We are not stupid, someone in the crowd fired back. Stop this. Were all for clean air, clean …

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Fragile souls at the center of Trump’s spat with Australia

February 6, 2017

(CNN)As a new era begins in US foreign policy, there are around 2,500 people, the great majority of whom are refugees, closely monitoring news of these events with a very direct, very personal interest. The fate of these people, who have been held in prolonged limbo in Nauru and Papua New Guinea, hangs heavily on the future of the deal struck between the US Obama administration and Australia to resettle 1,250 of them in the US in an apparent exchange for refugees from Central America. …

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Super Bowl immigration ads miss the mark

February 6, 2017

(CNN)There is no arena in which politics cannot intrude. First came several awards shows that featured political statements by celebrities, and then a backlash against the New England Patriots for the team’s ties to Donald Trump. And then Sunday night’s Super Bowl featured two commercials with immigration themes, one by Budweiser and the second by Pennsylvania-based 84 Lumber. Aside from injecting a contentious element into one of the few events that brings Americans together, …

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