M.E.M

6,894 Flips | 8 Magazines | 1,162 Likes | 12 Following | 124 Followers | @MariaElenaM | Ok, let me put it all out there: I am an independent who has supported both sides of the aisle. It's important to note that I do not particularly care for the recent brand of Repulicans the past few political cycles. *Most are too radical for my taste. I am a veteran, a Chicagoan, a lover of science, and an athiest. 

Special Counsel Mueller using grand jury in federal court in Washington as part of Russia investigation

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III began using a grand jury in federal court in Washington several weeks ago as part of his investigation of possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign, according to two people familiar with the inquiry.<p>The development is a sign that …

Donald Trump

The Russia investigation just got a whole lot more real for President Trump

By Aaron Blake<p>Senior reporter<p>President Trump labeled the investigation of alleged ties between Russia and his 2016 campaign a “witch hunt” twice on Thursday.<p>The American people don’t agree, and now we've learned that federal enforcement definitely doesn’t agree. Indeed, if Trump is the “witch,” the …

Trump meltdown sets off GOP alarms over 2018 midterm

A three-day party gathering highlights senior Republican officials grappling with a profoundly unstable White House.<p>CORONADO, Calif. — With the White House in meltdown mode, top Republican Party officials and operatives gathered at a posh oceanside resort here and contemplated a 2018 midterm …

DNC names new CEO

Veteran Democratic operative Jess O’Connell will take the reins as the CEO of the Democratic National Committee, the DNC announced Friday morning, putting her in charge of its day-to-day operations as she oversees its rebuilding project.<p>O’Connell, who recently left her position as executive …

Europe view: American democracy isn't as strong as you think

<b>(CNN) —</b> Eight years ago, early in the Obama presidency, I was sitting with a group of conservative students in the cafeteria of a liberal Ivy League college. I was the only non-American among them. One of the campus liberals approached us to pick a fight: She was agitating for the new Democratic …

The Collapse of American Identity

After the British writer G. K. Chesterton visited the United States for the first time, he remarked that America was “a nation with the soul of a church.”<p>Mr. Chesterton wasn’t referring to the nation’s religiosity but to its formation around a set of core political beliefs enshrined in founding …

Shaming Children So Parents Will Pay the School Lunch Bill

On the first day of seventh grade last fall, Caitlin Dolan lined up for lunch at her school in Canonsburg, Pa. But when the cashier discovered she had an unpaid food bill from last year, the tray of pizza, cucumber slices, an apple and chocolate milk was thrown in the trash.<p>“I was so embarrassed,” …

Florida Deal Would Reverse Key Part of Obama’s Medicaid Expansion

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration appears to have scrapped one of the key tools the Obama administration used to encourage states to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.<p>The shift involves funding that the federal government provides to help hospitals defray the cost of caring for …

Opinion/Letter: Alaska’s Future: A Tale of Two Legislative Visions By Rep. Paul Seaton

<b>Viewpoints: Letters / Opinions</b><p>Alaska’s Future: A Tale of Two Legislative Visions<p>By Rep. Paul Seaton<p>April 27, 2017<br>Thursday PM<p>Education is perhaps the …

Forests

With budget cuts, a UAA physics class has grown too large for any classroom

State budget cuts have already sliced deeply into the student experience at the University of Alaska Anchorage.<p>Introductory physics, taught by …

Education

Education in South Sudan 'cannot wait,' says new report

The report from the Education Cluster documents the challenges of providing an education in the world's youngest country.<p>April 24, 2017 —After …

Africa

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War in Syria: U.S. Targets 271 Scientists in One of 'Largest Sanctions Ever' After Chemical Attack

The U.S. announced Monday sweeping sanctions against Syrian scientists weeks after blaming the Syrian government for an alleged chemical weapons …

French Election 2017: A Guide to the Candidates

The finalists have sharply differing visions of France’s future.<p>French voters will return to the polls Sunday to decide which of the two finalists, independent centrist Emmanuel Macron or far-right leader Marine Le Pen, will become their next president. The runoff pits for the first time in modern …

Russia court outlaws 'extremist' Jehovah's Witnesses

<b>Russia's Supreme Court has accepted the government's request to designate Jehovah's Witnesses as an outlawed religious group, deeming it to be an extremist organisation.</b><p>The justice ministry argued that the group had distributed pamphlets which incited hatred against other groups.<p>Lawyers …

Religion

The Corpse in the Kremlin's Front Yard Tests the Strength of Putin's Faith

Waxen from embalming fluid and protected by a box of bulletproof glass, the corpse has long been a pilgrimage site for communists and an eerie …

Russia

Imprisoned Russian pedophile appears to be linked to hack of DNC computers

WASHINGTON —<p>A twice-convicted Russian pedophile imprisoned in a heavily forested gulag some 500 miles from Moscow appears to be the man a …

Bernie Sanders’s strange behavior

<i>Update: Sanders has now released a statement endorsing Ossoff.</i><p><i>"Let me be very clear. It is imperative that Jon Ossoff be elected congressman from Georgia's 6th district and that Democrats take back the U.S. House," Sanders said. "I applaud the energy and grassroots activism in Jon's campaign. His</i> …

Middle-class

Bose accused of spying on end users, data mining their private records via headphone app - ExtremeTech

By on April 19, 2017 at 4:56 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>One of the major drawbacks to the …

For the first time in the U.S., a doctor is charged with female genital mutilation. Here's how the law came to be

Even more than two decades later, Harry Reid is haunted by the video an activist told him to watch.<p>Men grabbed a little girl in a white dress at a celebration in Egypt, then spread her legs and pulled out a cutting instrument. Blood pooled beneath her.<p>"I can still see it in my mind's eye, right …

Female Genital Mutilation

Georgia 6th Congressional District (GA06) Special Election- Primary

Candidate<p>Percent<p>Votes<p>Jon Ossoff (Democratic)<p>48.1%<p>92,390<p>Karen Handel (Republican)<p>19.8%<p>37,993<p>Bob Gray (Republican)<p>10.8%<p>20,755<p>Dan Moody …

Jon Ossoff, a Democrat, Narrowly Misses Outright Win in Georgia House Race

ROSWELL, Ga. — Jon Ossoff, a Democrat making his first bid for elective office, narrowly missed winning outright in a heavily conservative House district in Georgia on Wednesday, throwing a scare into Republicans in a special congressional election that was seen as an early referendum on President …

Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines - The Washington Post

August 17, 2018<p>Aug. 17, 2018<p>“It’s very sad what they’ve done” to him," President Trump said as jurors began their second day of deliberating whether Paul Manafort is guilty of tax- and bank-fraud crimes.<p>2 hours ago<p>Regents of the university system are being briefed on the culture of the football …

Washington D.C.

Elections To Replace Some Trump Cabinet Picks Looking Tighter Than Anticipated

<b>Updated: Tues., 4/11/17, 9:50 a.m. ET</b><p>Democrats are hoping to prove that the growing opposition to President Trump is very real with an upset in one — or possibly even two — upcoming special congressional elections.<p>Their best chance is in Georgia's 6th District, where Republicans are scrambling to …

State Sen. Daniel Biss Announces Run For Governor

<b>CHICAGO (AP) —</b> State Sen. Daniel Biss said Monday he’s running for Illinois governor in 2018, joining a growing field of Democrats hoping to unseat …

Bruce Rauner

McConnell on Mexico paying for the border wall: 'Uh, no'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday threw cold water on President Donald Trump’s insistence that Mexico will pay for his proposed border wall.<p>“Uh, no,” McConnell said flatly, asked whether he thinks Mexico will foot the bill in an interview with POLITICO Playbook’s Jake Sherman and …

Three misleading claims from Paul Ryan's Obamacare lecture

What those PowerPoint slides didn't show about the nation's imperiled health law.<p>With his jacket off and sleeves rolled up, House Speaker Paul Ryan made the case for the Republican health care law Thursday, walking through a 35-minute PowerPoint presentation to a packed crowd of reporters and …

DOJ No. 2 pick: No need to recuse from Russia probes 'at this time'

'Any investigation conducted by the Department of Justice is an independent investigation,' Rod Rosenstein says.<p>President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the Justice Department’s second-ranking official told senators on Tuesday that he knows of no reason he would have to step aside from leading …