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Sources: Oprah Winfrey ‘actively thinking’ about running for president

[ad_1] Oprah Winfrey is "actively thinking" about running for president, two of her close friends told CNN Monday. The two friends, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely, talked in the wake of Winfrey's extraordinary speech at the Golden Globes Sunday night, which spurred chatter about a 2020 run. Some of Winfrey's confidants have been privately urging her to run, the sources said. One of the sources said these conversations date back several months. The person emphasized that Winfrey has...

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This Syrian baby lost his eye to war. Now people are covering their eyes in solidarity

[ad_1] Karim's injury, a consequence of civil unrest that began seven years before he was born, sparked a hashtag social media campaign that has gone viral on Facebook and Twitter, with people -- from sports stars to diplomats -- posting selfies of themselves covering one eye. The photos have been tagged with #SolidarityWithKarim and #StandWithKarim."He and his mother came under an artillery attack in a popular market in Hammuriah, Eastern Ghouta. Karim's mother was killed in that attack, and Karim sustained severe injuries to his skull," said the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations, a group that provides humanitarian...

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Democrats Move To Offense On Health Care; Seek ‘Big Ideas’

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are shifting to the offense on health care, emboldened by successes in defending the Affordable Care Act. They say their ultimate goal is a government guarantee of affordable coverage for all. With Republicans unable to agree on their vision, Democrats are debating ideas that range from single-payer, government-run care for all, to new insurance options anchored in popular programs like Medicare or Medicaid. There’s also widespread support for authorizing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, an idea once advocated by candidate Donald Trump, which has languished since he was elected president. Democrats are hoping to winnow down...

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3 Injured In NY Trump Tower Heating System Fire

[ad_1] NEW YORK (AP) — A fire in Trump Tower’s heating and air conditioning system injured three people and caused smoke to billow from the roof, the Fire Department of New York said Monday. The fire started around 7 a.m. at the Manhattan building that contains President Donald Trump’s home and business offices. Two civilians and a firefighter were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, the department said. It took about an hour to put out the fire. The president was at the White House when fire engines with flashing emergency lights clogged the streets around his Fifth Avenue luxury building during the morning rush-hour. “There...

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Disney Getting Backlash For A White Version Of ‘Black Panter’

[ad_1] Black Panther is ready to hit theaters on February 16 and Disney is in full promotion gear. However, someone on their marketing team screwed up and social media is outraged. Disney created a White version of Black Panther in the shape of a pin. See below: Unless that’s Clark Kent trying out Black Panther’s outfit, the man in the mask, who we assume is supposed to be T’Challa, is a white dude. What the hell was Disney thinking? According to The Wrap, the pin was seen at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The Wrap claims it could be a production error...

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US Hits Record For Costly Weather Disasters: $306 Billion

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — With three strong hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, the United States tallied a record high bill last year for weather disasters: $306 billion. The U.S. had 16 disasters last year with damage exceeding a billion dollars, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday. That ties 2011 for the number of billion-dollar disasters, but the total cost blew past the previous record of $215 billion in 2005. Costs are adjusted for inflation and NOAA keeps track of billion-dollar weather disasters going back to 1980. Three of the five most expensive hurricanes in U.S. history hit last year. Hurricane...

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Justice Clarence Thomas Refuses Court’s Reprieve For Death Row Inmate

[ad_1] Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas rejected a decision to urge a lower court to hold another trial for Keith Tharpe, a Black death row inmate in Georgia who was sentenced in 1991 after a murder conviction. Tharpe’s execution was blocked in September after a White juror’s racist comments about him came to light, USA Today reported. The court voted 6-3 on Monday for the death row prisoner to have another chance in court to prove that his death sentence ruling was tainted by racial hatred. Tharpe was convicted of the death of Jaquelin Freeman, a Black woman. Thomas, the court’s only Black...

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New Jersey Prisons Ban The Book New Jim Crow The ACLU Uncovered

[ad_1] Some New Jersey prisons added Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow to their list of banned publications, The Guardian reported. Officials are concerned that the book’s powerful message could awaken inmates to discrimination in the criminal justice system. “For the state burdened with this systemic injustice to prohibit prisoners from reading a book about race and mass incarceration is grossly ironic, misguided, and harmful,” Tess Borden, an ACLU staff attorney, said a letter to New Jersey’s corrections commissioner, noting that the state has the nation’s largest racial disparity incarceration rate. I taught Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: Mass...

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Angela Basset Talks ‘9-1-1’ Character & Her Three Breast On ‘AHS’

[ad_1] Angela Bassett has teamed with “American Horror Story” creator Ryan Murphy once again… this time for his new FOX drama series “9-1-1.” Bassett, who starred in four seasons on “American Horror Story,” stars as Detective Athena Grant on the procedural, and as noted by the New York Post, she deals with a wide variety of emergencies on the show. The website for “9-1-1″ says the series is based on “the real-life, high-pressure experiences of emergency response providers,” but Bassett’s character was created just for the show. Murphy told the New York Post that the cases depicted on the show come from...

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Angela Basset Talks ‘9-1-1’ Character & Her Three Breast On ‘AHS’

[ad_1] Angela Bassett has teamed with “American Horror Story” creator Ryan Murphy once again… this time for his new FOX drama series “9-1-1.” Bassett, who starred in four seasons on “American Horror Story,” stars as Detective Athena Grant on the procedural, and as noted by the New York Post, she deals with a wide variety of emergencies on the show. The website for “9-1-1″ says the series is based on “the real-life, high-pressure experiences of emergency response providers,” but Bassett’s character was created just for the show. Murphy told the New York Post that the cases depicted on the show come from...

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