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Saturday, February 25, 2017

The son of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was detained for hours by immigration officials earlier this month at a Florida airport, according to a family friend. Muhammad Ali Jr., 44, and his mother, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the first wife of Muhammad Ali, were arriving at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Feb. 7 after returning from speaking at a Black History Month event in Montego Bay, Jamaica. They were pulled aside while going through customs because of their Arabic-sounding names, according to family friend and lawyer Chris Mancini. read more


Thursday, February 23, 2017

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February 23, 2017 by Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz
Betsy DeVos Criticizes Professors in Remarks to Conservative Conference
Betsy DeVos, the U.S. education secretary, said that university faculty members "ominously" tell college students what to think, according to her prepared remarks for a speech on Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

In the remarks, Ms. DeVos said that college students were also responsible for fighting the "education establishment." read more


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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Exclusive: White House delivered EU-skeptic message before Pence visit - sources


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Feb 21st 2017 8:30AM

In the week before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Brussels and pledged America's "steadfast and enduring" commitment to the European Union, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon met with a German diplomat and delivered a different message, according to people familiar with the talks.

Bannon, these people said, signalled to Germany's ambassador to Washington that he viewed the EU as a flawed construct and favoured conducting relations with Europe on a bilateral basis. read more


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Two-thirds of all Americans don't contribute anything to a 401k or other retirement account available through their employer. Millions aren't saving on the job because they either don't have access to a workplace retirement plan or they do but aren't putting money in it. Many just can't spare the cash, but a new analysis shows there are other reasons, too. Companies can help solve all those problem by automatically signing up eligible workers, and requiring them to opt out if they don't want to participate. Doing so has been proven to boost enrollment, but momentum has now stalled for automatic 401(k) features. read more


Plagues, revolutions, massive wars, collapsed states -- these are what reliably reduce economic disparities.

Calls to make America great again hark back to a time when income inequality receded even as the economy boomed and the middle class expanded. Yet it is all too easy to forget just how deeply this newfound equality was rooted in the cataclysm of the world wars.

This equalizing was a rare outcome in modern times but by no means unique over the long run of history. Inequality has been written into the DNA of civilization ever since humans first settled down to farm the land. Throughout history, only massive, violent shocks that upended the established order proved powerful enough to flatten disparities in income and wealth. read more


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