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VIDEO: Watch Donald Trump Epically Fail Foreign Policy Quiz

On the Hugh Hewitt radio show, Donald Trump fumbled his way through a foreign-policy pop quiz before announcing, “I will be so good at the military, your head will spin.” Oh dear.

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Egyptian Billionaire Offers to ‘Buy Island’ in Mediterranean to House Refugees

“Greece or Italy, sell me an island,” Naguib Sawiris tweeted. He even suggested a name for the new country: “Hope.”

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Merkel: Germany Can Cope With Refugees Without Raising Taxes

As Europe faces its worst refugee crisis since the second world war, Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany can take in a record-breaking influx of refugees and migrants without generating a significant economic toll

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Why Bernie Sanders Is Best on Women’s Issues

Bernie has long-understood that women’s struggles can’t be compartmentalized into issue-silos. That’s why he’s long-eschewed counterfeit gestures of “gender diversity”—in favor of genuine social equality.

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Will Lebanon’s ‘Garbage Revolution’ Usher In a Secular State?

The country’s youths are taking to the streets, demanding restoration of trash collection and other public services and an end to government corruption. At the root of the turmoil: the politics of religious identity.

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Kentucky: First Same-Sex Couple in Rowan County Obtain Marriage License After Jailing of Clerk

James Yates and William Smith Jr. were Rowan County’s first same-sex couple to be granted a license to wed since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized such marriages. It was the sixth time they had tried to obtain a marriage license, finally succeeding the day after County Clerk Kim Davis was sent to jail for refusing to issue the licenses.

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Trump and GOP

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VIDEO: A Watershed Moment as Guatemala Jails Its President After He Resigns

Otto Perez Molina (pictured at far right in the 1980s) has been jailed on charges of corruption just hours after bowing to massive popular protest and resigning as Guatemala’s president. “Democracy Now!” speaks to Nobel Peace Prize-winning Maya activist Rigoberta Menchu and journalist Allan Nairn about Perez Molina’s past and what could happen next.

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Why Biden’s Bankruptcy Bill Could Complicate a Presidential Run

A Joe Biden campaign risks confronting the scorn of one of the party’s most influential progressives, Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Though Biden has reportedly sought her favor, Warren has historically refrained, accusing him of acting as a tool of the credit card industry by limiting debt relief for people grappling with financial trouble.

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Syndrome Associated With Broken Hearts Can Kill, Study Finds

The first large analysis of takotsubo, or “broken-heart syndrome,” shows that the condition can be just as deadly as other cardiovascular diseases—and that most victims are female.

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VIDEO: Mexican Video Game Lets Players Throw Stuff at Donald Trump

Players knock the GOP presidential candidate down by throwing objects at him onstage. It started with shoes, bottles and cactuses, but Trump supporters have also asked for flowers and cash to shower on him. A mariachi band congratulates winning players.

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Doctors Are Prescribing Powerful Antipsychotics to Many People With No Mental Illness

Large numbers of people with learning disabilities and no record of severe mental illness are being prescribed strong psychotropic drugs, possibly as a means of subduing and controlling uncooperative patients, research shows.

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U.S. Is Finalizing a $1 Billion Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia

In a move to allay the Persian Gulf state’s concerns over the Iran nuclear deal, the Pentagon is completing an agreement to provide weapons for the Saudi military effort against Islamic State and Yemen.

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Latest Readings

Clive James, the great cultural critic diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, revisits a lifetime of reading in his latest, and perhaps last book: “If you don’t know the exact moment when the lights will go out, you might as well read until they do.”

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Global Tree Census Highlights Need to Restore Forests

Mapping the density of forests reveals that there are far more trees on the planet than previously thought—but humans are destroying 15 billion a year.

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Donald Trump Signs Republican Party Loyalty Oath

“This is the best, quickest and easiest way to ensure victory for the Republicans,” the GOP front-runner said. “In addition, I’m leading in every single poll.”

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Why Ending Homelessness Is Political Poison

While the popular idea is that the homeless are addicted or mentally ill, experts say a more common story goes like this: A single parent loses a job and ends up on the streets with his or her children. Meanwhile, officials say there is no political upside to solving the problem.

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‘A Walk in the Woods’ Is a Cinematic Walk in the Park

The pairing of Robert Redford and Nick Nolte is entertaining, family-friendly and perhaps just a wee bit too glib.

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Kentucky Court Clerk Kim Davis Jailed in Standoff Over Same-Sex Marriage Licenses (Updated)

After drawing national attention and being found in contempt of court for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples seeking to wed in her area of Kentucky, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis could be on her way to professional martyrdom for mixing her religious beliefs with her job.

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VIDEO: Chris Hedges, Eddie Conway and Ojore Lutalo on the Dehumanization of American Prisoners

“I think their goal was to dehumanize every prisoner because if you have a dehumanized prisoner, you can control him and the environment,” former Black Panther Conway says.

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Yes, People Hate Cops—but Aren’t Stooping to Their Level

Even though there is growing public anger at police for the savage encounters they provoke, there is no evidence that people are targeting police violently as a result. Law enforcement needs to stop waging war on Americans before there are concerted reprisals.

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How the Federal Reserve’s Economic Recovery Plan Fueled the Tech Bubble

The $3.6 trillion the federal government has pumped into the U.S. economy since 2008 fueled a tech bubble that led to startup valuations that far exceed those of successful established companies in traditional industries.

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VIDEO: ‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution’

Watch the trailer for the new film that looks at the people behind the berets.

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Will This Photo of a Drowned Syrian Child Change the World’s Approach to the Refugee Crisis?

A heartbreaking photograph has gone viral and provoked a much-needed discussion on the moral obligation of wealthy countries to help those in need.

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Iran Deal

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Financial Support for the People: The U.K. Labour Front-Runner’s Controversial Proposal

British MP Jeremy Corbyn has proposed a “quantitative easing for people” that has critics crying hyperinflation and supporters saying, “It’s about time.”

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VIDEO: Stephen Colbert Makes Jeb Bush Rue the Day He Chose to Use ‘The Late Show’ as a Fundraiser

Jeb Bush is one of the first guests on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” a decision he may regret now that he’s started a raffle war with the host.

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Want to Help Decide the Democratic Presidential Candidate? The Clock Is Ticking

If you wish to vote for Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton or another Democrat in the primary race, you may have to register as a Democrat in your state. Learn how here.

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The Case for Backing President Kanye West in 2020

Using the singer and 2020 presidential hopeful’s progressive rap lyrics as the basis for a potential political platform, writer Osman Faruqi argues that “Kanye West would be the best president in U.S. history (seriously).”

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Rentboy Helped Me Stay Alive in This ‘Economy of Violence’

The late-August raid on what the U.S. government called the largest “Internet brothel” ended a “reliable, safe way I had to find clients” and disrupted “the sex trades’ networks of mutual support and safety,” writes an anonymous contributor to The Guardian’s comment page.

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Greener Cities Are Best at Taming Urban Heat

Researchers find evidence that cities with more green space are best for human well-being.

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Obama Drills

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VIDEO: Obama’s Journey: 10 Signs of Extreme Climate Change in Alaska and Why It Should Scare Us

American corporate news has not devoted the hours to President Obama’s trip to Alaska that it deserves, focusing on the GOP clown car back in the Lower 48 instead.

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When Big Data Becomes Bad Data

Corporations are increasingly relying on algorithms to make business decisions, a practice that raises new legal questions.

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California Prisoners’ Strike a Win Against Solitary Confinement

They call themselves the Pelican Bay SHU Short Corridor Collective. From within their small, windowless cells, they began talking, organizing.

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Freddie Gray Case: Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Charges Against Six Police Officers (Updated)

UPDATE: In two other motions, defense attorneys lost their bid to have Baltimore’s State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby recused from the case but won the right to have their clients tried separately.

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Independent Investigation Undermines Key Evidence Justifying U.S. Hostility Toward Iran

Interviews with more than a dozen former FBI, CIA and other federal officials found compelling evidence that the 1996 bombing of a U.S. Air Force barracks in Saudi Arabia was carried out by Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida—not Iran-supported Saudi Hezbollah, as U.S. officials claim.

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Water Is Being Used as a Weapon of War in Syria, Red Cross Says

Deliberate cuts to water and electricity supplies are causing significant suffering to civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo, according to the aid organization.

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New Poll Finds Scotland Would Vote for Independence in a Second Referendum

The survey suggests that 53 percent of Scottish voters would vote “yes” and 44 percent “no,” with 3 percent undecided.

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Obama Cinches Iran Nuclear Deal With Senator’s Endorsement

Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland announced her support of President Obama’s Iran nuclear accord Wednesday. The 34th Democrat in favor, her vote means that Obama has enough Senate votes to uphold his veto if Congress rejects the July deal as expected.

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Malala Yousafzai Calls on World Powers to Spend Their Money on ‘Books, Not Bullets’

The 18-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner is certainly wise beyond her years, and global leaders would do well to heed her latest piece of advice.

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Azerbaijani Journalist Khadija Ismayilova Sentenced to Jail

The award-winning Azerbaijani journalist and Truthdig Global Voices contributor, whose investigations revealed corruption and graft by her country’s ruling family, was sentenced to 7½ years in jail Tuesday.

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