Trump’s controversial “Salute to America” July Fourth event, explained

Trump’s controversial “Salute to America” July Fourth event, explained

At long last, Trump is getting his DC military celebration. Watchdog groups aren’t happy about it. President Donald Trump is set to address the nation on July Fourth at 6:30 pm ET from the Lincoln Memorial as part of his unusual, controversial “Salute to America” event. While Trump relentlessly hyped the event on Twitter in the days leading up to the holiday, tanks were transported through the streets of DC on Tuesday evening in scenes…

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One big reason you can’t get rid of cockroaches

One big reason you can’t get rid of cockroaches

Cockroaches can quickly evolve resistance to insecticides. But we can still fight back. Anyone who has ever lived in a house or apartment infested with cockroaches knows what stubborn pests they can be. They’re just really, really hard to kill. If you try to hit them with a rolled-up newspaper, they’ll scamper away. An infestation of a few can become hundreds quickly. And insecticides designed to kill the buggers don’t always work. Here’s an important…

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Seinfeld is 30 years old. Here are 5 ways it changed television.

Seinfeld is 30 years old. Here are 5 ways it changed television.

After the “show about nothing,” TV sitcoms would never be the same. Seinfeld, one of the most successful TV shows ever made, turns 30 on July 5, 2019. Its pilot, “The Seinfeld Chronicles,” aired that evening in 1989, but the show wouldn’t return for nearly a full year — its second episode didn’t air until May of 1990. Despite that inauspicious debut, the series is self-evidently one of the most influential television programs ever made;…

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Why the president is feuding with Megan Rapinoe, star of the US women’s soccer team

Why the president is feuding with Megan Rapinoe, star of the US women’s soccer team

The fight has echoes of his controversies with former NFL player Colin Kaepernick. It started with a simple answer to a simple question. “Are you excited to go to the White House?” a reporter for the soccer magazine Eight by Eight asked US women’s national soccer team co-captain Megan Rapinoe in June. It was a reference to what might happen if she helped lead her team to a World Cup victory. “I’m not going to…

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How a lack of personal care products contributes to harrowing conditions for detained migrants

How a lack of personal care products contributes to harrowing conditions for detained migrants

Some people held in border detention centers are being forced are being forced to bathe themselves with shampoo. The issue is far bigger than personal hygiene. A woman held at a Texas detention facility by US Border Patrol handed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) a clear plastic packet roughly the size of her palm containing a clear substance. Purple text printed on the package reads Meridian Shampoo. “[S]he told me that this is all they give…

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Why Iraq’s great rivers are dying

Why Iraq’s great rivers are dying

And it couldn’t happen at a worse time. Iraq is in a fragile state. The country is trying to rebuild itself after thirty years of near constant war. But a new crisis has emerged that could undermine its recovery – Iraq is running out of water. Iraq gets the vast majority of its water from two rivers; the Euphrates and the Tigris. Both run down the length of the country supplying drinking water, irrigation, and…

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