Anti-Refugee Bill Sets Off Church-State Debate in South Carolina

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A South Carolina bill that would create a registry of refugees and would hold their sponsors liable for any crimes they commit has sparked a debate over religious liberty in South Carolina. The bill, which would require all recently resettled refugees to register with local law enforcement, would also hold each refugee’s sponsors liable if he or she commits a violent crime or an act of terrorism. “We are protecting South Carolina citizens’ safety,” State … MORE

How Cruz and Trump Dissed 9/11 Rescue Workers

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Firefighters make their way over the ruins and through clouds of smoke at the World Trade Center in October 2001. Stan Honda/AP Earlier this year in the GOP presidential race, Ted Cruz took a poke at Donald Trump by derisively referring to “New York values.” The jab sparked an uproar, and the celebrity tycoon blasted Cruz in response, citing New York City’s heroic response to the 9/11 attacks. As the two face off before Tuesday’s … MORE

Bernie and Hillary Just Did Something We Thought We’d Never See

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The story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Savor it, climate hawks. Global warming had its short and sweet 15 minutes of fame in the ninth—and likely final—Democratic primary debate on Thursday night. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton had an intense exchange at the CNN/NY1 debate that got to the heart of the two candidates’ different philosophies on climate action. Not only did they scuffle over a … MORE

Welcome to Afghanistan's Green Zone

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While many Afghan communities turn to opium poppies and cannabis to scrape out a living, these Panjshiris, who have no viable farmland, try to blast their way out of poverty by extracting emeralds from the mountain rock. Afghanistan is facing the daunting prospect of a large reduction in foreign aid, which now makes up about 90 percent of the country’s revenue. Geological surveys around the country have shown large deposits of valuable minerals, including uranium … MORE

Why World Leaders Are Terrified of Water Shortages

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This story was originally published by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Subscribe to the podcast and learn more at revealnews.org. Secret conversations between American diplomats show how a growing water crisis in the Middle East destabilized the region, helping spark civil wars in Syria and Yemen, and how those water shortages are spreading to the United States. Classified US cables reviewed by … MORE

The 6 Best Moments From the Democratic Debate in New York

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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders met in Brooklyn Thursday night for the latest debate of the presidential season. The two Democrats have grown increasingly confrontational in recent weeks, as Sanders has run up a streak of electoral victories but has largely failed to shrink Clinton’s pledged delegate lead. Sanders has questioned whether Clinton is “qualified” to be president. Clinton, meanwhile, has repeatedly mocked an interview Sanders gave to the New York Daily News, arguing that … MORE

Teens Are Having Uneducated Sex

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It’s 2016, and teens are receiving less formal sex education than ever before—and young women and rural teens are especially underserved. A new study from the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health and sexuality think tank, shows that from 2011 to 2013, 43 percent of adolescent females and 57 percent of adolescent males were not instructed on how to use contraception before they had sex for the first time. During those years, only 60 percent of … MORE

Clinton, Sanders Will Sue Arizona Over Botched Election

The Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign will file a lawsuit against the state of Arizona on Friday, according to the Washington Post, the latest fallout from the botched March 22 election in which thousands of voters in the state’s biggest county were forced to wait hours to cast their ballots. According to the Post, the suit will focus on Maricopa County, home to roughly 2 million registered voters. Many voters experienced hourslong wait … MORE

8 Deliciously Healthy Recipes from EatingWell Magazine

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Celebrate summer’s bounty with new healthy recipes from EatingWell Magazine. Grill Polenta & Vegetables for a quick vegetarian dinner,  and make one-bowl Apricot-Strawberry Tart for a gorgeous crowd-pleasing dessert. Plus many more deliciously healthy recipes to inspire your summer meals. Grilled Polenta & Vegetables with Lemon-Caper Vinaigrette Apricot-Strawberry Tart Baby Kale Breakfast Salad with Quinoa & Strawberries Sugar Snap Pea Salad Coriander-&-Lemon-Crusted Salmon with Asparagus Salad & Poached Egg Grilled Romaine with Avocado-Lime Dressing Asparagus … MORE

Here’s Why Capitol Cops Arrested a Bunch of Senior Citizens Today

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The day after more than 400 people were arrested on Capitol Hill, US Capitol Police on Tuesday arrested 85 mostly elderly activists who were blocking the south entrance of the Capitol. They were all participating in “Democracy Spring,” a weeklong series of rallies and marches on the Capitol aimed at bringing attention to the control of money over politics in Congress and what organizers say are unfair voting laws. Each day of rallies focuses on … MORE