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A tax Reform Disguised as Health Care Law

 06/21/2017 - 18:25
Mitch McConnell
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Instead of working with Democrats in a bipartisan way to improve our current health care system, Republicans passed a bill that would allow insurers to bring back discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 6:00pm
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[OP-ED] Bob Casey - US Senator for Pennsylvania
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Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell (R), with colleagues from Wyoming John Barrasso (left) and from Texas John Cornyn (right), talk about the American Health Care Act (AHCA) during a press conference in Capitol Hill, Washington DC.

Latin America closer to refugee crisis than it thinks, UNHCR says

 06/20/2017 - 17:40
Photo of the regional representative for Central America, Cuba and Mexico of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the Ecuadorian Jose Samaniego, telling EFE in an interview on June 19, 2019, that "year after year" the number of refugees, applicants for asylum and displaced persons in the region "continues to rise because of conflicts, violence and human rights violations." EFE/Alejandro Bolivar
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The regional representative for Central America, Cuba and Mexico of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the Ecuadorian Jose Samaniego, said that "year after year" the number of refugees, applicants for asylum and displaced persons "continues to rise because of conflicts, violence and human rights violations."

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 5:30pm
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Photo of the regional representative for Central America, Cuba and Mexico of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the Ecuadorian Jose Samaniego, telling EFE in an interview on June 19, 2019, that "year after year" the number of refugees, applicants for asylum and displaced persons in the region "continues to rise because of conflicts, violence and human rights violations." EFE/Alejandro Bolivar

Mexican journalists being spied: "Enrique Peña Nieto needs to offer explanations"

 06/20/2017 - 05:18
Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui (L) and the director of the Miguel Agustin Prodh Human Rights Center, Mario Patron, during a press conference, in Mexico City, Mexico on June 19, 2017. EFE/Hector Perez
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On Monday, The New York Times reported that spyware purchased by Mexican government for use against criminals and terrorists had been turned on journalists.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 5:15am
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Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui (L) and the director of the Miguel Agustin Prodh Human Rights Center, Mario Patron, during a press conference, in Mexico City, Mexico on June 19, 2017. EFE/Hector Perez

[OP-ED]: Trump isn’t destiny

 06/13/2017 - 15:17
To some extent, the future of America depends on Donald Trump. But it depends even more on how these social and economic trends evolve -- how we cope with them and whether we become a more cohesive society or a more contentious one. EFE
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 It’s time to take a brief break from Donald Trump. Whatever you think of him, there’s no denying that he dominates the news cycle. We seem to assume that the nation’s future depends on Trump’s fate, for better or worse. The reality is otherwise: The nation’s future also hangs on larger economic and social trends that no president can shape.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 3:00pm
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To some extent, the future of America depends on Donald Trump. But it depends even more on how these social and economic trends evolve -- how we cope with them and whether we become a more cohesive society or a more contentious one. EFE

Desperation and hope along Mexico's wall

 06/13/2017 - 05:41
A man on the United States side talks to a relative on the Mexican side at the border fence between the United States and Mexico in the Border Field State Park in San Diego, California, USA, 26 March 2017. EPA/JASON SZENES

 For human rights organization Amnesty International, Trump's proposed border wall - which even some members of the Border Patrol fail to see as an effective barrier - will only enrich criminal organizations involved in extorting money from immigrants on the Mexican side.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 5:30am
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A man on the United States side talks to a relative on the Mexican side at the border fence between the United States and Mexico in the Border Field State Park in San Diego, California, USA, 26 March 2017. EPA/JASON SZENES

Marcelo Claure, a Latino Voice at the EMerge Americas forum

 06/13/2017 - 04:41
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, speaks during the first day of the Technological Forum Americas Emerge 2017 at the Conventions Center of Miami Beach, Florida, United States, June 12, 2017. EFE/Giorgio Viera

 Bolivian Marcelo Claure, founder of Brightstar Corp and CEO of Sprint Corporation, is one of the main speakers at the fourth edition of this leading innovation and technology forum in Miami, which opened yesterday with a presentation by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 4:30am
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Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, speaks during the first day of the Technological Forum Americas Emerge 2017 at the Conventions Center of Miami Beach, Florida, United States, June 12, 2017. EFE/Giorgio Viera

[OP-ED]: In his dealings with Trump, Comey was no hero

 06/12/2017 - 08:32
Former FBI Director James Comey departs a closed committee meeting which followed his much-anticipated testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the FBI's investigation into the Trump administration, and its possible collusion with Russia during the campaign, in the Hart Senate office Building in Washington, DC, USA. EFE
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It’s now clear that James Comey is a highly capable lawyer with only one client: James Comey.

The former FBI director may not need an attorney. But he could really use a public relations firm to help him rehabilitate his image. 

That’s because, if you paid attention to Comey’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, you know that President Trump isn’t the only person with a credibility problem.

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Monday, June 12, 2017 - 8:15am
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Former FBI Director James Comey departs a closed committee meeting which followed his much-anticipated testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the FBI's investigation into the Trump administration, and its possible collusion with Russia during the campaign, in the Hart Senate office Building in Washington, DC, USA. EFE

World leaders as caricatures: the curious case of Winston Churchill

 06/12/2017 - 08:13
Brian Cox as Winston Churchill in the film directed by Jonathan Teplitzky. Photo: Cohen Media Group.
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It might not be a great movie – it most certainly is not –, but “Churchill” raises a question – perhaps the question – that every American citizen should be asking himself at this point in time: what does it mean to be “great”?

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Monday, June 12, 2017 - 8:00am
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Brian Cox as Winston Churchill in the film directed by Jonathan Teplitzky. Photo: Cohen Media Group.

Comey: “I was fired because of the Russia investigation”

 06/08/2017 - 17:14
Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee at the Senate building in Washington, DC, USA, today, June 8, 2017. EFE/SHAWN THEW
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Highlights from the testimony of former FBI director James Comey in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee today.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
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Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee at the Senate building in Washington, DC, USA, today, June 8, 2017. EFE/SHAWN THEW

[OP-ED]: What Maher said is no laughing matter

 06/08/2017 - 10:09
HBO needs to fire Maher. He is never going to change. Getting rid of him is the right thing to do. And it would send the message that, even in comedy, decency counts for a lot, and some things are no laughing matter.
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Dear white America, have you ever wondered what people of color think of you?

By “people of color,” I mean those of us non-white Americans who used to be called “minorities.” But that was before we started to become a plurality, and eventually a majority, of the U.S. population.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 10:00am
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HBO needs to fire Maher. He is never going to change. Getting rid of him is the right thing to do. And it would send the message that, even in comedy, decency counts for a lot, and some things are no laughing matter.