Joe Biden defends his record on opposing desegregated school busing

Joe Biden defends his record on opposing desegregated school busing

“I never, never, ever opposed voluntary busing.” A day after weathering a debate-night attack from Sen. Kamala Harris on his 1975 Senate bill opposing federally ordered desegregated busing, former Vice President Joe Biden was busy defending his record in front of black voters. On Friday, Biden appeared at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Convention in Chicago with Rev. Jesse Lee Jackson. He used his speaking time to try and set the record straight after Harris said…

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Marianne Williamson and the rise of “spiritual but not religious”

Marianne Williamson and the rise of “spiritual but not religious”

Williamson (probably) isn’t going to win. But she speaks for a broad swath of Americans. For many political observers and Twitter wags, Thursday night’s debate was the first introduction to Marianne Williamson’s curious mix of left-wing politics, difficult to place mid-Atlantic accent, and overt spiritualism. (Her final statement was a challenge to Donald Trump to “meet you on that field” where “love will win.”) But while the memes and maybe-ironic praise flooding Twitter made clear…

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Former President Jimmy Carter says Donald Trump is an illegitimate president

Former President Jimmy Carter says Donald Trump is an illegitimate president

“He lost the election, and he was put into office because the Russians interfered on his behalf.” Former President Jimmy Carter made a remarkable claim during an event at the Carter Center in Leesburg, Virginia, on Friday, describing President Donald Trump as an illegitimate president who wouldn’t have won but for Russian interference on his behalf. “I think the interference, although not yet quantified, if fully investigated, would show that Trump didn’t actually win the…

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The case for a woman running against Trump

The case for a woman running against Trump

When it comes to debating Trump, women have an advantage. A lot of Democrats are worried that a woman can’t beat President Trump. In a recent poll, just 33 percent of voters thought their neighbors would be comfortable with a female president. And as Vox’s Li Zhou has written, “electability” for a lot of Americans seems to mean being white and male. So for some people, this week’s first Democratic presidential debates, with multiple women…

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Apollo 50-year anniversary: the moon landing’s legacy and the future of lunar exploration

Apollo 50-year anniversary: the moon landing’s legacy and the future of lunar exploration

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin touched down on the moon on July, 20, 1969. It changed the world. Apollo 11 blasted off in July 1969, sending astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins on a journey to the moon and back. It took around three days to get to the moon, and then Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21 hours and 26 minutes on the lunar surface, becoming the first humans to set foot on…

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Puerto Rico came up only once during the Democratic debates. That’s a problem.

Puerto Rico came up only once during the Democratic debates. That’s a problem.

Candidates blew the perfect chance to connect with a key voting bloc. The Democratic primaries were historic in so many ways. The diverse pool of candidates expanded the national conversation to issues long ignored in national politics. They talked about the gender pay gap, civil rights for transgender Americans, and structural racism. Yet there was one glaring omission. Moderators and Democrats on the stage basically ignored Puerto Rico. There were no questions about the US…

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