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With just two Democrats still contesting the presidential nomination,  Hillary Clinton  and  Bernie Sanders  went one-on-one last night in New Hampshire.

Clinton and Sanders Square Off before New Hampshire

With just two Democrats still contesting the presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders went one-on-one last night in New Hampshire.

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In a State of the Union speech every President speaks over the heads of the Joint Session of Congress to the American people.

The State of the Union Speech: The Rhetoric and the Reality

In a State of the Union speech every President speaks over the heads of the Joint Session of Congress to the American people.

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In 1929, American newspapers carried sensational pictures of crumpled, dead bodies, victims of Al Capone's St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

Aurora, Mass Shootings and America's Gun Laws

In 1929, American newspapers carried sensational pictures of crumpled, dead bodies, victims of Al Capone's St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

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For months, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi resisted the mounting calls from her caucus to start impeachment proceedings.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

A cartoon on the cover of the Economist says it all: leaders of the world’s two foremost democracies are scrambling to hold on. President Trump is faced with the possibility of impeachment. In the interests of Brexit, Boris Johnson is accused of lying to the Queen and defying Parliament. In both countries, voters are losing trust not just in their elected leaders but in their governments. The UK and the US aren’t alone, as the ideals of western democracy are being challenged by demagogues in other parts of the world.

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Despite mounting evidence, Republicans in the House and the Senate are defending President Trump or keeping their heads down. Veteran GOP conservatives accuse them of sacrificing morality for short-term political gain. Meantime the Trump Administration calls the impeachment inquiry “unconstitutional,” while legal scholars point out that it’s part of Article II. And how did Ukraine, an obscure former Soviet republic, become so important? Money.

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Greta Thunberg inspired Fridays for Future--school strikes around the world.  Were the leaders of major polluters paying attention? Not according to what they told the United Nations.

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These are some interesting texts.

from Left, Right & Center

What did President Trump do this time?

from Left, Right & Center

The House Judiciary Committee will vote this week to formalize impeachment investigation procedures

from LRC Presents: All the President's Lawyers

In a Dallas courtroom on Wednesday, a former police officer was convicted of murder for killing her African American neighbor, then she got a hug from the victim’s brother and the…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

66 million years ago, an asteroid caused Earth’s Fifth Extinction, destroying the dinosaurs and most other life forms. Now Earth is facing another extinction, as fish, plants and animals vanish forever. But this time, it’s not the asteroid, it’s us. This week, hundreds of people, both young and old, took to the streets in cities all over the world to begin weeks of protest called the Extinction Rebellion. In the natural course of evolution, the decline and disappearance of a life form takes thousands of years. In the course of a human lifetime, not even one species might disappear. But now, some 28,000 species are vanishing all of a sudden. Elizabeth Kolbert of the New Yorker magazine has written a book called “The Sixth Extinction.” She says, “Extinction rates are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of times higher than what is known as the background extinction rate that has pertained over most of geological history.” In her words, “You should not be able to see all sorts of mammals -- to name just one group -- either going extinct or on the verge of extinction. And that is a tipoff that something very, very unusual, and I would add, very dangerous, is going on.” “We’re running geological history backwards. Fossil fuels that were created over the course of hundreds of millions of years buried a lot of carbon underground. We’re now combusting it, putting that carbon back into the atmosphere over a matter of centuries. So we’re taking a process that hundreds of millions of years to run in one direction and then, in a matter of centuries, running it in another direction.” We’ll hear what that means now and for the future of life as we know it.

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