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Virgin Galactic space shot is go ‘within weeks, not months’

November 2, 2018

Richard Branson commits to SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity flight beyond Earths atmosphere Virgin Galactic will take its first trip into space within weeks according to Richard Branson, the firms billionaire chief and founder. The feat would mark a milestone for the company which is in a race against CNBC, Branson said his company was more than […]

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The only lawyer in town: a lonesome figure stands up for immigrants

October 31, 2018

In Lumpkin, Georgia, Marty Rosenbluth is on the frontline of a national crisis, helping detained immigrants where lawyers are scarce Marty Rosenbluth stood in front of his KitchenAid and poured flour into the mixer, clad in cargo shorts and a white tank top with part of a phoenix tattoo peeking out by his left shoulder. […]

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I sued my state because I can’t breathe there. They ignored me | Jamie Margolin

October 28, 2018

Summers in my home city of Seattle didnt use to be smoggy to the point that they make me and my friends sick. Now they are and that violates our rights I was born after 9/11, so extensive airport security has always been a reality for me. So has the fact that life as we […]

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Land of the free? How Trump has put Americas identity in peril

October 23, 2018

As the midterm elections approach, Ben Fountain argues white voters should know that a real democracy can only survive if there is true equality for everyone Some 20 months into his term Trump has been pretty much the president we expected: loud, boastful, bullying, reckless, ruder than the worst-bred minor royalty, tetchy as a wolverine […]

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The Brett Kavanaugh case shows we still blame women for the sins of men | Rebecca Solnit

October 16, 2018

From Anita Hill to the victims of Cosby and Weinstein, women are disbelieved, powerful men excused. When will we learn, asks the author Rebecca Solnit We have been here before. We have been here over and over in an endless, Groundhog Day loop about how rape and sexual abuse happen: offering the same explanations, hearing […]

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Ireland says Trump visit cancelled but White House claims no decision made

October 9, 2018

Irish government said visit would not go ahead but Sarah Sanders says we are still finalizing whether Ireland will be a stop on that trip The Irish government has said that Donald Trumps visit to Trump would travel to Ireland for the first time as president as part of a trip to attend the 11 […]

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Michael Kors buys Versace in $2.1bn deal

October 4, 2018

Donatella Versace to stay on at Italian label and US fashion group to rebrand as Capri Versace has been sold to the US clothing and handbags group Michael Kors for $2.1bn (1.64bn) in the latest example of a family-owned European brand taken under the control of a global fashion conglomerate. Michael Kors, which last year […]

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Five dead as Florence lashes Carolinas with howling winds and driving rain

September 26, 2018

Mother and infant killed by fallen tree, North Carolina police confirm, as Florence brings 90mph winds and life-threatening storm surge Officials said five people died on Friday as Hurricane Florence continued to pummel the Carolinas with gusting winds and extremely heavy rain. A mother and her young child were killed when a tree fell on […]

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How heartening to see a still robust US constitution as the net closes on Trump | Michael Goldfarb

September 20, 2018

Its become commonplace to mourn the decline of American checks and balances. But watching Robert Mueller at work restores ones faith Humankind cannot bear very much reality. America today is proof of TSEliots assertion. The US is riven by competing media-created realities and led by a reality TV star. Result: the society seems to be […]

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Trump threatens new tariffs on $267bn of Chinese goods

September 19, 2018

President says further package ready to go as Apple warns trade war will hike prices Donald Trump has said he has a new tranche of tariffs ready to place on virtually all Chinese goods, as Apple warned the trade war will make its products more expensive for American consumers. A package of tariffs was already […]

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