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Source: Fox News

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Michelle Obama are connecting with millions of Americans – here’s the real reason why

Today 10:49 GMT

No matter what you may think personally about Ocasio-Cortez or Michelle Obama, the fact remains that there are tens of millions of Americans out there who are hurting and suffering in ways you may not imagine.

Conversely, it is precisely because of my childhood that I believe some of my conservative and Republican friends are making a critical mistake when assessing the popularity of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and former first lady Michelle Obama.

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Source: The Guradian

The Awfully Big Adventure: Michael Jackson in the Afterlife by Paul Morley – review

Today 13:34 GMT

The public definition of Michael Jackson is undergoing a paroxysm of sorts – it’s just not quite the fugue state detailed in this meditation by British journalist, broadcaster and prose stylist Paul Morley.

Faber had a similar idea in putting out The Awfully Big Adventure, a long pamphlet about the ongoing significance of Michael Jackson. From its title on in, Morley’s book cannot help but feel behind the curve, even as Morley agonises about how he – and we – should feel about Jackson and his works now.

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Source: The Guradian

The Other Americans by Laila Lalami – review

Today 13:34 GMT

Laila Lalami’s rich, polyphonic fourth novel The Other Americans, her first to be set in the present-day US, centres on the hit-and-run killing of Driss, a Moroccan grandfather and restaurant owner who, as a philosophy student in the early 80s, fled a crackdown on anti-royal dissent in Casablanca to settle with his wife in California.

As Lalami describes the impact of Driss’s death on fellow residents of his small suburb in the Mojave desert, the story unfolds as a state-of-America family saga told as a slow-burn detective story in which there are no obvious leads; the sole witness, Efraín, from Mexico, didn’t intervene or call the police, fearful of drawing attention to his family ever since a friend found herself deported after calling the cops on a violent neighbour.

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Source: Fox News

No 'Cinderella' yet for NCAA Sweet 16 as favorites dominate Saturday games

Today 13:34 GMT

The Anteaters have won 17 straight games and earned their first NCAA Tournament victory in school history Friday with a 70-64 triumph over Kansas State.

Although neither team is a double-digit seed, it still would be quite a development if Buffalo gets to the Sweet 16 out of the Mid-American Conference or Central Florida gets there in its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005. So there are still many opportunities for Cinderella stories, even if the teams involved might not care for that description.

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Source: The Guradian

The drugs don’t work: what happens after antibiotics?

Today 10:49 GMT

One advantage of combination therapy is that many of the drugs Helperby is screening have already been through the extensive clinical trials required before they can be administered to patients – “probably millions of people” – so the likelihood of the drugs failing to pass human trials are lower.

“I occasionally think that pharmaceutical company CEOs say to themselves, ‘We’ll just wait until it becomes a real crisis,’” says O’Neill.

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Source: BBC

'Reading bedtime stories helped me survive prison'

Today 14:28 GMT

Listen to Lewis Hardy talking about his experience of reading children's books in prison in this report from Outlook on the BBC World Service. Some prisoners would be sweating by the time they finished reading Hansel and Gretel or Little Red Riding Hood, and Sharon thinks she knows why.

This gives prisoners with young children a chance to spend time in a studio recording bedtime stories, which are then sent to their families at home on CD or DVD.

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Source: The Guradian

‘Ian Curtis wanted to make extreme music, no half measures’

Today 10:49 GMT

Bernard Sumner (Joy Division): I felt that even though we were expecting this music to come out of thin air, we never, any of us, were interested in the money it might make us.

Richard Boon (Buzzcocks manager): I met Ian Curtis on 10 November 1976 at the Electric Circus [venue], where Buzzcocks, in the tradition of doing it for yourself, had hired the Electric Circus and brought [punk band] Chelsea up from London.

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Source: The Guradian

The big picture: a civil-rights ‘stall-in’, Harlem, 1964

Today 08:03 GMT

Included is this picture of a protest organised by the Congress of Racial Equality (Core) to coincide with the World’s Fair in New York in 1964.

The publication of James Baldwin’s book of essays The Fire Next Time in 1963 lit the touchpaper for the civil rights movement. “Colour is not a human or a personal reality; it is a political reality,” Baldwin wrote and argued that for civilisation to cave in “it is not necessary that people be wicked but only that they be spineless”.

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Source: BBC

Passengers airlifted from Norway cruise

Today 13:34 GMT

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute says some waves are more than 10 metres high, with one local newspaper reporting lifeboats were forced to turn back en route to the ship due to the "brutal" conditions.

Police in the county of More og Romsdal say the ship has suffered engine problems, and all those aboard are being taken to shore. Norway's sea rescue agency said the MV Viking Sky sent out a distress signal amid high waves and strong winds.

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Source: BBC

Miami Open: Serena Williams withdraws, Naomi Osaka knocked out, Petra Kvitova wins

Today 08:03 GMT

Japan's Osaka, 21, has won the past two Grand Slam tournaments - the 2018 US Open and the Australian Open in January - but went down 4-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-3 to Hsieh on Saturday.

The Canadian, who beat Kerber to win her maiden WTA title last Sunday, won 6-4 4-6 6-1 and extended her winning streak to 10 matches.

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Source: BBC

Trump vows to 'crush' remaining IS cells

Today 14:28 GMT

US President Donald Trump has promised to "totally crush" remaining Islamic State group militants after its five-year "caliphate" came to an end.

Mr Trump's remarks came after Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) raised victory flags in the Syrian town of Baghuz, the IS's last stronghold. US President Donald Trump has promised to "totally crush" remaining Islamic State group militants after its five-year "caliphate" came to an end.

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Source: Global News

Jared Kushner co-operating with House Democrats’ probe into obstruction of justice: source

Today 14:28 GMT

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is cooperating with a wide-ranging probe by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee into Trump and possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power, a person knowledgeable about the matter said on Friday.

Democrats want to know. Among the Judiciary Committee’s aims are determining if Trump obstructed justice by ousting perceived enemies at the Justice Department and abused his power by possibly offering pardons or tampering with witnesses.

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Source: The Week

In praise of Mueller

Today 14:28 GMT

We don't know precisely what's in the report the special counsel delivered this week to the Department of Justice, but it seems possible it will contain neither the full-throated condemnation of President Trump that critics want — there are reports Mueller has recommended no further indictments — nor the clean-sweep exoneration that many MAGA-minded citizens have been demanding from the beginning.

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Source: Global News

Green New Deal sparks ongoing debate as Republicans label it economy killer

Today 14:28 GMT

Republicans have mocked the Green New Deal as a progressive pipedream that would drive the economy off a cliff and lead to a huge tax increase.

To Democratic supporters, the Green New Deal is a touchstone, a call to arms to combat climate change with the full measure of the nation’s resources and technological might. “A mission to save all of creation,” in the words of Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey, one the plan’s lead authors.

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Source: ABC News

Man arrested for throwing glass of water at controversial Iowa Rep. Steve King, police say

Today 14:28 GMT

A man was arrested Friday for throwing a glass of water in the face of controversial Rep. Steve King at a local restaurant, police said.

He asked King if he was the congressman and then threw a glass of water on him, Fort Dodge police said in a press release. Blake Gibbins, 26, allegedly approached King while he was eating lunch at Mineral City Mill and Grill restaurant in Fort Dodge, Iowa.


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