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Tina Brown To The Max

20 hours ago

Nobody chronicled the 1980s like Tina Brown. And her chronicling of the decade helped to reshape American culture.

Brown re-invented Vanity Fair for the modern era, and her controversial stint at The New Yorker brought a new approach (and photographs … and more readers) to the legendary magazine.

75 Years Of The Golden Globe Awards

20 hours ago

The nominations for the 75th Golden Globe Awards are out. Winners will be announced at a televised ceremony in early 2018. We take a look at the film and TV projects that caught the Globes’ attention this year.

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Voters in Alabama are divided. Polls show that it’s anybody’s race in the state’s special election for the Senate.

Friday News Roundup - International

Dec 8, 2017

Fulfilling a campaign promise, President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital this week. The move sparked riots and protests.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Dec 8, 2017

With apologies to Sesame Street, the number of the week is … two.

Lecrae shook up the worlds of hip-hop and religious music by becoming the first rapper to win a Grammy for Best Gospel Album in 2013.

His latest album, “All Things Work Together,” was released in the wake of a personal epiphany. As Lecrae became more aware and outspoken about matters of racial injustice, including the killings of unarmed black men by police officers, he found that the evangelical movement he’d always followed did little to address these problems.

Olympic Committee Says Nope To Dope

Dec 7, 2017

In both winter and summer, the most popular event in every Olympic Games is the biathlon of sports and politics.

But there won’t be sports or politics for Russia at next year’s Olympics. There won’t be any Russia at all. The International Olympic Committee has banned Russia from the 2018 Winter Games over a state-backed doping scheme.

The GOP tax plan is inching closer to final passage, with lawmakers preparing to hammer out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. And there are some significant differences on everything from personal tax brackets to deductions for mortgages and children to the requirement for individuals to have health insurance.

Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disabilities, affecting up to 17 percent of the population, who have difficulty reading, writing and spelling. Recognizing dyslexia in students who are just learning to read can be difficult, but once the disorder is identified, it can be addressed through special education. The earlier, the better.

More than 1,000 children are arrested for prostitution every year in the United States, according to the Justice Department. Cyntoia Brown wasn’t one of them. She was arrested for murder.

When Brown was 16 and a victim of sex trafficking, she killed a man who solicited her for sex. She was convicted of first-degree murder and aggravated robbery. Brown is currently serving a life sentence and won’t be eligible for parole until 2037 — when she’s 69 years old.

Ask The FCC

Dec 5, 2017

From late night TV to your Twitter feed, the Federal Communications Commission’s vote on net neutrality is a hot topic.

The FCC has been reversing and revising a number of regulations, bringing a new level of attention to a federal body that’s usually not the subject of so much public debate.

The Ground Beneath Our Feet

Dec 4, 2017

During a major soil catastrophe — the Dust Bowl — President Franklin Roosevelt told state governors, “The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”

Still, we treat our soil like dirt. By growing food and storing carbon dioxide and water, the loam and peat that coats the earth sustains us all. In return, we till it, treat it with chemicals and generally walk all over it.

A State Department In Disarray?

Dec 4, 2017

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says rumors that the White House plans to replace him soon are “laughable.”

Friday News Roundup - International

Dec 1, 2017

America’s Ambassador to the United Nations says North Korea’s latest missile launch brings the world closer to war.

A war criminal at The Hague dies after drinking poison in court.

And it’s been a mixed week for relations between the United States and the United Kingdom.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Dec 1, 2017

Some of President Trump’s language this week made headlines.


Nov 30, 2017

It’s a noisy world, inside and out.

Whether it’s the barrage of sounds that surrounds us or the constant droning of our own thoughts, finding peace and quiet can be difficult, and some people go to great lengths to get a break from the noise.

College completion rates vary widely, but one thing sticks out: They’re nowhere near as high as they should be.

In 2009, President Obama set a new goal for American students and educators. In his first address to Congress he said “By 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world”.

Twelve years on, the U.S. isn’t even in the world’s top ten of 25 to 34-year olds with an associate’s degree or higher.

The Accused ... And The Rest Of Us

Nov 30, 2017

Matt Lauer was a daily presence in the homes of millions of Americans for two decades. This week, the longtime “Today” show co-host was fired by NBC after a complaint about “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace” was investigated by the network. Now, those who watched and revered Lauer are in shock, or possibly even a state of grief.

1A Movie Club Sees "Coco"

Nov 29, 2017

Pixar’s new animated film “Coco” is a vibrant and soulful story about family and following your dreams and many are calling it a love letter to Mexico.

Statehouses And Sexual Harassment

Nov 29, 2017

The nation is focusing on sexual harassment in Congress, but what about in your state capital?

“Since last year, at least 40 lawmakers – nearly all men – in 20 states have been publicly accused by more than 100 people of some form of sexual misconduct or harassment,” USA Today reports.