John R Gagain Jr

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How storytelling can be a force for social change

Did Harriet Beecher Stowe imagine in 1852 when she wrote her novel <i>Uncle Tom's Cabin</i> that her story would be a spark that contributed to the abolition …

Sesame Street

Colombia issues its first social bond in the local market for 400,000 million pesos with IDB support

<b>(This new version corrects the total amount of bonds sold in the local market.)</b><p><i>FUNDS WILL FINANCE PROJECTS THAT BENEFIT MICRO AND SMALL ENTERPRISES</i> …

World Economy

How to Refinance Your Navient Student Loan

Can you get a lower interest rate to save money on your Navient student loan? Yes, but only if you refinance through a private student loan lender. …

With an eye on Bernie Sanders, the Democratic National Committee adopts new restrictions for 2020 presidential candidates

WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee’s rules and bylaws committee adopted a new rule on Friday that would prevent outsiders like Bernie …

¿Dónde irán a parar los votos de Sergio Fajardo en segunda vuelta? | CNN

Sergio Fajardo, excandidato de Coalición Colombia, dice que él tiene que "responder por la coalición, sentarse con ellos y discutir las alternativas para la segunda vuelta".

Dem money floods Calif. primaries to avert electoral disaster

Outside money is flooding into a trio of key California House primaries, as Democrats try to avoid being shut out of the general election.<p>The total …

Government

Party chief Tom Perez says DNC must keep out of primaries, then intervenes for Cuomo

WASHINGTON — Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez endorsed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's re-election Thursday, angering some on the left who say the party leader is violating his own pledge to stay out of primaries.<p>Perez's highly unusual involvement caught even Rep. Keith Ellison, …

For decades, Colombia battled leftist guerrillas. Now one is a leading presidential candidate.

BOGOTA, Colombia — When Gustavo Petro launched his bid for Colombia’s presidency, he was a long shot in a crowded field of candidates: a leftist former guerrilla who had run unsuccessfully for the post once before and served a turbulent term as mayor of Bogota.<p>Now, capping a political career that …

The faulty front-runners for Colombia’s presidency

THE last time Colombia elected a president, in 2014, the country was at war. Its army was fighting the FARC, a Marxist guerrilla group dedicated to …

Bernie’s army in disarray

The Sanders-inspired grass-roots group ‘Our Revolution’ is flailing, an extensive review by POLITICO shows, fueling concerns about a potential 2020 bid.<p>Bernie Sanders’ top operatives formed “Our Revolution” after he lost the 2016 primaries to keep his army organized and motivated — and potentially …

Middle-class

The Failures of Anti-Trumpism

WACO, Tex. — Over the past year, those of us in the anti-Trump camp have churned out billions of words critiquing the president. The point of this work is to expose the harm President Trump is doing, weaken his support and prevent him from doing worse. And by that standard, the anti-Trump movement …

Donald Trump

DCCC Intervenes in Primary Yet Again, This Time Against Nebraska’s Kara Eastman

Democrat Kara Eastman decided to run for U.S. Congress in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District after watching her mother’s battle with cancer. “She …

Primary Elections 2018: The Three Key Republican Senate Races in Trump States

The winners in all three states face Democratic incumbents in November, in races that could determine the balance of the Senate.

In Senate primaries, Republicans avoid their worst-case fears

President Trump and the Republican Party avoided their worst-case fears Tuesday night in Senate primaries across the country, as voters nominated a slate of Senate candidates whom party strategists see as good bets to challenge vulnerable Democratic incumbents this fall.<p>The results came as …

“Reporters Would Just Scream at Her About Emails”

A New York Times campaign reporter on how much the media is to blame for Hillary’s defeat.<p>On this week’s episode of my podcast, I Have to Ask, I …

Bat Speed Drills to Improve Your Swing and Get You Noticed

To get noticed by college and pro scouts this baseball season, you need to improve your bat speed. A major item on their checklist, bat speed is …

Technical Experts Need to Get Better at Telling Stories

“If only we could tell our stories better,” is a refrain I hear often from people I work with in the science and technology community. And I understand why. In my experience, startup and technical business leaders don’t tell their innovation stories well. This is a huge missed opportunity. When …

Journalism

Trump Sees Inquiry Into Cohen as Greater Threat Than Mueller

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s advisers have concluded that a wide-ranging corruption investigation into his personal lawyer poses a greater and more imminent threat to the president than even the special counsel’s investigation, according to several people close to Mr. Trump.<p>As his lawyers went to …

A new report says Democrats need to win the popular vote by 11 points to retake the House

There’s disagreement on how big of an impact gerrymandering will have in 2018.<p>The 2018 midterms are shaping up to be a historic wave election. But even if Democrats win big in November, they may come out with fewer seats than the popular vote might suggest.<p>Blame extreme Republican gerrymandering. …

Government

Only one issue tops healthcare among Florida Democrats, new poll shows

Heading into Florida’s August primary election, a new poll shows that no single issue ranks higher among Democrats than gun violence.<p>Nearly one in …

Shark Tank Update: Fidgetland

Fidgetland<b>Company</b>: Fidgetland<b>Founder</b>: Jason “Fidget Man” Burns<b>Season</b>: Appeared on season 9 in the week 2 episodeFidgetland offers a variety of fidget …

Why Barbara Corcoran invested $50,000 in a new kind of fidget spinner on 'Shark Tank'

Learning disabilities aren't a drawback in business or in life, says investor Barbara Corcoran. They can even be a plus.<p>"This is kind of a cause for …

The Student Loan Industry Finds Friends in Washington

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made clear even before taking office last year that she was more interested in protecting the companies that are paid by the government to collect federal student loan payments than in helping borrowers who have been driven into financial ruin by those same companies.<p>…

What We Know (and Don’t Know) About How to Lose Weight

The endless array of diets that claim to help you shed pounds tend to fall into two camps: low fat or low carbohydrate. Some companies even claim that genetics can tell us which diet is better for which people.<p>A rigorous recent study sought to settle the debate, and it had results to disappoint …

Holistic Medicine

Barranquilla, sede de la Asamblea del BID en 2020

Cesar registró el mayor crecimiento económico de la Costa...<p>La pluralidad gastronómica de Colombia impide dar un plato...<p>Expertos dicen que se podría …

En el PRM: ¡Arde Troya!

La situación interna del Partido Revolucionario Moderno es mucho más delicada de lo que aparenta: la inseguridad y la desconfianza son factores …

Andrew McCabe: Not in my worst nightmares did I dream my FBI career would end this way

<i>Andrew McCabe served in the FBI from 1996 until March 16. He was the bureau’s deputy director from 2016 to January, including time as acting director from May to August 2017.</i><p>On March 16, I spent the day with my family waiting to hear whether I would be fired, after 21 years in the FBI and one day …

Democrats who voted against Obamacare seven years ago wary of GOP bill

Only three House Democrats who voted against Obamacare in 2010 are in office today as Republicans prepare to repeal the law, and they aren't likely …

Health Care

In Praise of A.D.H.D.

Ten years ago, when my son Nicolai was 11, his doctor wanted to put him on medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. “It would make him less wild,” I explained to my mother, who was then 85. “It would slow him down a bit.”<p>My mother grumbled. “Look around you,” she said in Yiddish. …