Category: News

The U.S. has one of the stingiest minimum wage policies of any wealthy nation

Minimum wage workers in 18 states will see larger paychecks starting Jan. 1, according to the Economic Policy Institute, thanks primarily to minimum wage increases approved by either voters or state legislatures. Maine’s minimum wage workers will get the biggest pay raise, an 11 percent increase from $9 an hour to $10 an hour, as part of […]

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Girl has blunt message for insurance company after brain surgery request denied

Cara Pressman sobbed in the big red chair in her living room. The 15-year-old tried to absorb the devastating news relayed by her parents: that their insurance company, Aetna, denied her for a minimally invasive brain surgery that could end the seizures that have haunted her since she was 9 years old. “When my parents […]

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Jews United Against Tax Plan Changes On Charity Deductions And Church-State Separation

The old joke about “two Jews, three opinions,” is usually true when it comes to Jewish advocacy groups. President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city inspired jubilation in groups on the Jewish right and dire warnings from the left. But the Trump tax reform proposal, which passed […]

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Examining God’s Plan for Mike Pence

No man can serve two masters, the Bible teaches, but Mike Pence is giving it his all. It’s a sweltering September afternoon in Anderson, Indiana, and the vice president has returned to his home state to deliver the Good News of the Republicans’ recently unveiled tax plan. The visit is a big deal for Anderson, a […]

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Eight arrested over Malta journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia car blast death

Daphne Caruana Galizia, who doggedly reported claims of corruption among leading politicians, was killed by a car bomb in October. Eight people have been arrested in Malta over the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, after her car exploded. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced the arrests in a case that made world-wide headlines. All of […]

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Trump

Trump denies asking ex-FBI Director Comey to drop Flynn investigation

President Trump in a Sunday morning tweet denied asking former FBI Director James Comey to drop his investigation into Michael Flynn during a February meeting after the ex-national security adviser was dismissed from his position. “I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn. Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!” the president tweeted early […]

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Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe military officials given key jobs in post-Mugabe cabinet

President Emmerson Mnangagwa appoints senior soldiers and party loyalists to top posts but opposition politicians lose out.   Zimbabwe’s new president has announced a fresh cabinet with key roles given to veterans of the ruling Zanu-PF party and senior soldiers, and no posts for the opposition. Emmerson Mnangagwa took power after a military takeover and popular […]

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Earthquake

Earthquake Hits Mid-Atlantic Region; No Immediate Damage Reports

Dover, Del. (AP) — An earthquake has jolted the Mid-Atlantic region of the East Coast, but there are no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.1 magnitude quake struck just after 4:45 p.m. Thursday, and was centered about 6 miles (10 kilometers) east-northeast of Dover, Delaware. It was felt […]

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Supreme Court refused to hear the Atheists’ Case over School Board Prayers in Texas

The Supreme Court today rejected a request by the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center to hear a case that would have massive repercussions for church/state separation at public school board meetings. The case involved the Birdville Independent School District in Texas, which has a long history of promoting Christianity. They’ve punished a student for tearing pages […]

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Mike Pence’s Defining Moment As Governor? Enabling An HIV Outbreak

Here’s what to do if you want to create a public health crisis. With the exception of a brief detour into Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s (R) anti-abortion beliefs during the vice presidential debate on Oct. 4, the night centered around foreign policy, not public health. It’s a shame, since lackluster public health efforts are what led […]

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