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Illinois State, Illinois Wesleyan offer Peace Corps Prep
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan universities are teaming up to prepare students for work in the Peace Corps. A news release from the two universities in Bloomington-Normal says the Peace Corps Prep certificate program will prepare students for development work internationally or within the U.S. The ...
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The Latest: Early voting in Charlotte expanded by state
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on early voting plans being decided by the North Carolina State Board of Elections (all times local):
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State bows out of dispute over Maryland city's Taney statue
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A Maryland city's plan to rid its City Hall courtyard of a statue of the man who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision affirming slavery won't be second-guessed by the state. Maryland Historical Trust Director Elizabeth Hughes wrote in a Sept. 2 letter to officials in ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Roger B. Taney American Civil War Dred Scott v. Sandford Abraham Lincoln Chief Justice of the United States Slavery in the United States Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution Origins of the American Civil War
NC Gov. McCrory: Business lobby group helped shape LGBT law
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says the state's main business lobby helped write a state law limiting protections for LGBT people that also included unrelated, employer-friendly restrictions on the minimum wage and workplace discrimination lawsuits.
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Eyes on North Carolina as GOP-led board settles voting rules
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Board of Elections worked county by county Thursday to approve early-voting plans that were redrawn after a federal court voided much of the state's election law as discriminatory toward African-Americans.
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The Latest: North Carolina board settling voting disputes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on early voting plans being decided by the North Carolina State Board of Elections (all times local): 11:40 a.m. The North Carolina State Board of Elections is working through conflicts among local election officials unable to agree on early voting schedules adjusted after a ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Elections North Carolina Raleigh North Carolina American Civil War President of the United States Democratic Party University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Abraham Lincoln
Car slams into culvert, goes airborne, flips; woman killed
HENRY CLAY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) - A car crash in a small Pennsylvania township has killed a woman.
-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Brazil Pennsylvania United States Automobile Fayette County Pennsylvania Abraham Lincoln Utah Driving
North Carolina board to settle early voting period disputes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina election officials are scrutinizing proposed early voting schedules in a third of the state's counties that were altered when a federal appeals court struck down ballot access laws written by Republicans.
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Letter: Missing generations
Missing generationsLast week I covered town meetings in Antrim, Deering, Henniker, Hillsboro, Hopkinton and Washington. At each venue, one fact was readily apparent: The meetings were filled with gray-haired and balding people (I felt right at home). With few exceptions, a generation of Generation...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Generation X Generation Y Abraham Lincoln Civil society Political philosophy American Civil War Liberty Social philosophy
It pays to be a Republican: 77% are happy about their finances
"Republicans have become significantly more positive about their financial situation, while Democrats have grown more negative about theirs. Seven in 10 Republicans and Republican leaners are feeling 'pretty good' about the amount of money they have to spend, up from 44 percent in October 2016. Meanwhile, the percentage of Democrats ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Republican Party Donald Trump Palm Beach Florida Barack Obama President of the United States Abraham Lincoln University of Pennsylvania United States
New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow blasts Trump in Cleveland Public Library talk
New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow rips Trump during a talk at the Cleveland Public Library. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Charles M. Blow can communicate in many media, but on Saturday he used words, and he used them earnestly, bluntly, passionately and eloquently to register his disgust with the Trump presidency. The standing ovation for New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow after his Saturday afternoon talk where he criticized President Donald Trump on February 18, 2017 at the Cleveland Public Library. (James Ewinger, The Plain Dealer)James Ewinger, The Plain Dealer  The widely read New York Times columnist called the president "a 70-year-old toddler," "pathological liar," "the Grand Wizard of birtherism against President Obama" and "a demi-fascist." He said Trump has "assembled one of the least-educated cabinets in recent history," and his appointments are "agents of idiocracy." Normally, Blow skewers Mr. Trump in his New York Times op-ed column, but his forum Saturday was a stage in the Stokes Wing of the Cleveland Public Library as part of CPL's Cleveland Conversations series. He drew more than 300 -- a capacity crowd -- to the auditorium and an overflow of 75 more who had to watch him on video in a second-floor conference room. Blow wove together fascinating details about abolitionist Frederick Douglass and presidents Lincoln and Trump. Trump, he said, wants to shut down dissent in this country. By contrast, Douglass was one of Lincoln's harshest critics, but the president "still invited him to the White House to hear him out." They ultimately developed a deep friendship, and Lincoln called Douglass, "one of the most meritorious men, if not the most meritorious man, in the United States." "That is what leadership and growth look like," Blow wrote in a recent column. "Lincoln grew from the association with and counsel from his onetime critic, to become one of the greatest presidents America has ever known." He said Trump's recent remarks suggest that the president has no idea who Douglass was and may even think he is still alive, even though Douglass died in 1875. Blow quoted Trump as saying "Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who's done an amazing job that is being recognized more and more, I notice." Blow's evolution into a Times opinion writer is unusual. He started out as a graphic artist and designer, ultimately becoming the Times' prize-winning design director for nine years. He went on to become art director of the National Geographic before returning to the newspaper, according to his official bio. His column appears regularly in The Plain Dealer.
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Trump Supreme Court nominee's confirmation hearings to begin March 20
Judge Neil Gorsuch will appear before lawmakers in a critical series of appearances.
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30 days, 2 bills passed: Nebraska session marred by gridlock
Nebraska lawmakers like to ridicule Washington for its gridlock and partisan bickering, insisting that East Coast politicians should learn the "Nebraska way" of seeking pragmatic, common-sense solutions.
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Plymouth teen met Trump 9 times in selfie quest
Suburban Detroit high school senior made it his mission to get selfies with presidential candidates who visited Michigan.        
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Uncertainty over Obamacare's future makes it harder to plan Pennsylvania's budget
Congressional Republicans’ lack of a clear plan on how to best replace the Affordable Care Act has everyone from health insurance companies to hospitals to those who gained insurance coverage under Obamacare uncertain about what the future holds.
5 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Federal government of the United States Insurance President of the United States Democratic Party United States House Committee on Appropriations Abraham Lincoln United States Illinois
Olivia Hooker, civil-rights trailblazer, turns 102
Hooker survived the 1921 Tulsa race riots, was the first black woman in the Coast Guard.       
406 points by USA Today | Ku Klux Klan Abraham Lincoln Riot Race riot Racism Tulsa race riot Race Race Riot
UPI Almanac for Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017
By United Press International On Feb. 12, 1999, the U.S. Senate acquitted President Bill Clinton of impeachment charges.
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Morning Spin: Budget watchdog calls for 40 percent hike in state income tax rate
Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here. Topspin A nonpartisan budget watchdog group is calling for dramatic action to get the state’s budget back on track, saying Republican...
144 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Tax Rod Blagojevich Illinois Lisa Madigan Progressive tax Income tax Abraham Lincoln
Slamming the Supremes — like FDR and Abe Lincoln
As you might have heard, President Trump tweeted at a judge. The commentariat shuddered at the effrontery of it, some worried that the foundations of the separation of powers had been shaken and even Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch reportedly said he was disheartened. Trump’s slam of Judge James Robart was undeniably crude and...
66 points by New York Post | Supreme Court of the United States Roger B. Taney Abraham Lincoln Dred Scott v. Sandford Franklin D. Roosevelt Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution American Civil War James Buchanan
Donald Trump will get his own monument — in Italy
Abraham Lincoln was dead 57 years before the Lincoln Memorial was constructed. George Washington had to wait 89 years after his death before his monument in Washington, DC, was finished. Thomas Jefferson had it the worst, as his memorial didn’t get built until 117 years after he passed away. Donald Trump has been in office...
51 points by New York Post | Abraham Lincoln United States Washington D.C. President of the United States University of Pennsylvania Lincoln Memorial Donald Trump Sculpture
Illinois Senate discusses budget privately, takes no vote
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Senate passed another day in Springfield without a vote on its much-anticipated budget compromise. Democrats and Republicans discussed the plan separately in private meetings lasting hours Tuesday. But there were no votes on the plan. Democratic and Republican leaders have been discussing for weeks ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Illinois Barack Obama Chicago Democratic Party Republican Party Abraham Lincoln United States House of Representatives Wisconsin
GOP lawmakers say Edwards' plan has too few long-term cuts
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Republican lawmakers unraveling the details of Gov. John Bel Edwards' deficit-closing plan say they worry it contains too many short-term patches and too few long-term cuts. Edwards recommends cutting about $60 million in state agencies and using more than $240 million in reserves and other ...
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Maine's highest court could consider ranked-choice voting
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The state's highest court is set to consider weighing in on the constitutionality of a new voting scheme approved by voters last fall. Ranked-choice voting would let Maine residents rank their ballot choices from first to last. Supporters say it ensures a candidate wins majority support ...
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Illinois communities low on volunteer firefighters
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Small communities throughout Illinois are having trouble recruiting and retaining volunteers at their local fire departments. The State Journal-Register (http://bit.ly/2kiObnB ) reports that 70 percent of fire departments in Illinois are volunteers. Springfield is the only community in Sangamon County with an all full-time fire department. ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Springfield Illinois Sangamon County Illinois Illinois Springfield Illinois metropolitan area Abraham Lincoln Williamsville Illinois Loami Illinois Missouri
Trump’s gaffe on Frederick Douglass isn’t the problem; relegating him to Black History Month is
Frederick Douglass' life and struggle shouldn't be a seasonal affair dragged out during the shortest month of the year when a politician wants to check off a demographic or make a speech.
32 points by The Denver Post | Frederick Douglass Slavery in the United States Black History Month Seneca Falls Convention Anacostia Washington D.C. Elizabeth Cady Stanton History of the United States Abraham Lincoln
Russian sailor killed in US Civil War commemorated in Maryland
A commemorative ceremony has been held by the grave of a Russian Navy sailor who died in Maryland during the American Civil War while helping the North fight the Confederates. Read Full Article at RT.com
84 points by Russia Today | Abraham Lincoln United States American Civil War Russia Russian Empire President of the United States Alexander II of Russia Articles of Confederation
Bob Newhart Likes to Encourage Newcomers
Bob Newhart started out as a standup, and scored massive, award-winning hits with his groundbreaking comedy records. That was before he became a comedy and TV legend, having starred in 1970s hit sitcom “The Bob Newhart Show” and 1980s comedic staple “Newhart” as a Chicago therapist and a New England innkeeper, respectively. While he scored... Read more »
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North Carolina attorney general joins travel ban lawsuit
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein is joining 16 other attorneys general in opposing the Trump administration's immigration ban. Stein's office said in a news release Tuesday it supports the efforts by the states of Washington and Minnesota in fighting the ban. Stein said the president's ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | President of the United States North Carolina United States Democratic Party Washington D.C. American Civil War Attorneys general Abraham Lincoln
President Obama accepted $30,000 worth of gifts in final year in office
President Barack Obama accepted personal gifts worth $30,000 during his final year office, according to newly released disclosure forms by the Office of Government Ethics. The most expensive of the 11 gifts was a five-volume set of Mr. Obama's family genealogy, from the president of the Church of Jesus Christ ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Democratic Party President of the United States Illinois United States Barack Obama Republican Party Abraham Lincoln Springfield Illinois
Watch live: Senate debates Betsy DeVos nomination
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Citizens United lawyer targets Texas campaign finance laws
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Political "dark money" and the founder of an organization tied to President Donald Trump's accusations of voter fraud will be at the center of a Texas Supreme Court case Tuesday that could reshape campaign finance laws…
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Republican Party Democratic Party United States Campaign finance in the United States Law Abraham Lincoln Supreme Court of the United States President of the United States
Analysis: What happens if Trump decides to ignore a judge's ruling?

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What happens if Trump decides to ignore a judge's ruling?
President Donald Trump has spent the better part of the last 24 hours bashing a Washington state judge's decision to temporarily halt his travel ban executive order.First came a White House statement calling the ruling "outrageous" (the word was later taken out). Then came Trump's many tweets,...
48 points by Chicago Tribune | President of the United States Supreme Court of the United States Abraham Lincoln United States Habeas corpus American Civil War United States Constitution Andrew Johnson
Who was Frederick Douglass?
Born into slavery in the early 1800s, Frederick Douglass became a prominent abolitionist and suffrage campaigner.
9932 points by Al Jazeera English | Frederick Douglass Slavery in the United States Abraham Lincoln African American Victoria Woodhull Thomas Clarkson American Civil War Elizabeth Cady Stanton
We re-fought the 2016 Republican presidential primary!
The results came out the same.
9 points by The Washington Post | President of the United States Supreme Court of the United States Abraham Lincoln Chief Justice of the United States Andrew Johnson Ulysses S. Grant Reconstruction era of the United States Bill Clinton
New Illinois license plate is busy and banal
If architecture is the inescapable art, then license plates are the inescapable graphic art. You see these small rectangles everywhere. And you see them every day. Some, like the green-and-white mountain silhouette of Colorado's plates, are simple, vivid and memorable. And then there are the new...
587 points by Chicago Tribune | Abraham Lincoln United States Capitol Illinois Graphic design Typography President of the United States Chicago Washington D.C.
Arkansas State Police to step up holiday traffic patrols
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State Police say troopers will be out in full force on Interstate 40 during the busy holiday travel days next week. Arkansas troopers will join fellow troopers from California to North Carolina to create a chain of law enforcement every 20 miles along the ...
2 points by The Washington Times | Arkansas Little Rock Arkansas Abraham Lincoln Police U.S. state North Carolina Southern United States Seat belt
Lawmakers looking at novel way to punish Maine governor
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Lawmakers critical of Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage are looking at a novel way to punish him after efforts to convene a special session fell flat. Independent Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos and two Democrats are asking Democratic Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap to invoke a never-before-used constitutional ...
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University says historical 'Emancipation Oak' under threat
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Officials from Hampton University in Virginia say a highway expansion plan threatens historical property. University president William Harvey said in a statement Thursday that widening Interstate 64 imperils a tree known as the Emancipation Oak. It's where a woman read President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation to southern ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Hampton Roads Abraham Lincoln Emancipation Proclamation Norfolk Virginia Virginia Hampton Virginia Washington D.C. American Civil War
Virginia police to help out with security at inauguration
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police will travel to Washington in January to help out with security during the presidential inauguration. State Police Spokesman Sgt. Steve Vick tells The Richmond Times Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2fJOZjw ) that State Police will support Metropolitan Police with security and traffic during the January 2017 ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Virginia Richmond Virginia Richmond Times-Dispatch Donald Trump President of the United States Washington D.C. Abraham Lincoln United States
Trump takes credit for Ford not moving plant to Mexico
DETROIT — President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday night to announce that Ford Motor Co. won’t be moving Lincoln production from Kentucky to Mexico. Bill Ford, the company’s executive chairman, telephoned him with the news that a Lincoln plant would stay in Louisville, Trump said in the tweet claiming credit for the decision. Ford...
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Trump on Twitter: Ford won't move Lincoln assembly to Mexico
DETROIT (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday night to announce that Ford Motor Co. won't be moving Lincoln production from Kentucky to Mexico. Bill Ford, the company's executive chairman, telephoned him with the news that a Lincoln plant would stay in Louisville, Trump said in the tweet ...
1 points by The Washington Times | United States Ford Motor Company United Auto Workers Kentucky Pickup truck Abraham Lincoln Lincoln President of the United States
In Donald Trump's America, is California the new Texas?
Donald Trump fights reports of turmoil on his transition team Nov. 17, 2016, 4:37 p.m. This is our look at President-elect Donald Trump's transition and the outgoing Obama administration. Here's what's happening in Washington right now:Trump's transition team is off to a rocky startTrump announces...
1320 points by Los Angeles Times | United States Democratic Party President of the United States California Barack Obama Abraham Lincoln Federal government of the United States United States presidential election 2008
Putin & Trump discussed post-inauguration meeting, but no date set – Kremlin
Russia's President Vladimir Putin has discussed a future meeting with the US President-elect Donald Trump, but no exact date was appointed, the Kremlin said, rebutting media reports the two are already set for a tête-à-tête in January. Read Full Article at RT.com
1723 points by Russia Today | Russia President of Russia Moscow Kremlin United States Abraham Lincoln President of the United States George W. Bush Democratic Party
Historic bell will ring for 'justice' at opening of new African American History Museum
When Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, declaring all slaves in slave-holding states would be freed, church bells...       
8278 points by USA Today | African American United States Declaration of Independence Virginia African American history American Civil War Washington D.C. Barack Obama Abraham Lincoln
Obama: Americans know that Trump's temperament is unsuited for the White House
Campaign 2016 updates: Donald Trump lauds stop-and-frisk policies Sept. 22, 2016, 7:35 a.m. Donald Trump stops in Chester Township, Pa., Thursday for a rally in the battleground state. Hillary Clinton maintains a lighter schedule heading into the first debate next week. Donald Trump faces his first...
2 points by Los Angeles Times | Hillary Rodham Clinton Barack Obama Bill Clinton President of the United States Democratic Party Abraham Lincoln United States George W. Bush
KING: How the 13th Amendment didn’t really abolish slavery
The 13th Amendment is why, right now, the largest prison strike in American history is about to enter its third week.
9568 points by Daily News | Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution American Civil War United States Constitution Slavery in the United States Abraham Lincoln Slavery Atlantic slave trade Abolitionism
IGT officials say Maryland lottery inflated $262 million contract
Maryland lottery officials inflated a $262 million, eight-year information technology contract for monitoring wagers to include kinds of internet gambling that aren’t allowed under state law, according to one of the losing bidders.
12 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Maryland Procurement Gambling United States Abraham Lincoln Approval voting Public relations Infrastructure
Nine more neglected NYC playgrounds set for overhauls
The playgrounds are set to get rebuilt under a program that targets neglected parks.
141 points by Daily News | Playground The Bronx Manhattan Abraham Lincoln Queens New York City Brooklyn Risk aversion
James Buchanan is proof there's no ideal presidential resume
In each presidential race, including the one we’re still slogging through, candidates tout their professional background as offering the best preparation for the job. Is leading a business like leading a country? Should one have foreign policy or military experience? At least a modicum of public...
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