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Bernie Sanders Was My Lifeline When I Had Cancer 20 Years Ago. Today, He Could Be a Lifeline for Our Country.

When I was a young medical student, I found a lump in my left testicle. When I had it examined, my doctor confirmed the worst. I had Stage 2 testicular cancer with a 70 percent chance of metastasis. As if that news werent bad enough, I then learned the treatment plan my doctors had devised for me. They offered only one option, which was to have all the lymph nodes in my gut removed, along with the affected testicle. This was to be followed by extensive rounds of radiation and…

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Iowa Caucuses on the First Day of Whats Poised to be The Ugliest Democratic Primary Fight Ever

So it looks like Bernie Sanders is going to win Iowa. Polls are still pretty close, but hes been rising late and looks poised. If theres a surprise, I would guess itd be because of this whole second-choice thing they do. That is, you caucus for Cory Booker, he doesnt get 15 percent, and then you move to your second choice. Sanders probably isnt many Democrats second choice. If Joe Biden or one of the others pulls this out, that will probably be how. Then,leads there now, but its close…

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Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden Face Off in Democratic Battle for Iran Dove Cred

On the surface, the Democrats sounded more or less like one another when they denouncedDonald Trumps hit on Qassem Soleimani. But there were some subtle differences that they didnt get into on cable news. Theyre revealing, and they reflect the differences in the party on questions of war and peace and fighting terrorism, with Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders representing the two tent polesat a moment when Sanders has started to attack Biden for the first time more generally. The poles arent hawk and dove. Thats too simplistic. Hardly anyone…

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Adulterer-in-Chief Throws Red Meat to His Evangelical Base

Long before he was philanderer in chief, Donald Trump famously boasted that he was very pro-choice. Friday, hell become the first president ever to speak at the March for Life, the annual anti-abortion march in Washington. Trump isnt just a little pro-life now; hes so pro-life that he talked in 2016 about how there has to be some form of punishment for women who have abortions. Trumps newfound interest in denying womens reproductive rights seems more like an obsession with winning the votes of his Christian base, a base that…

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Plutocrats, Please Stop Running These Selfish, Stupid, Quixotic Presidential Campaigns

At least on paper, Democrats talk tough about the importance of protecting the democratic process from a flood of billionaire bucks. Big money is drowning out the voices of everyday Americans, the released their own campaign finance reform proposals. Bernie Sanders put forward a bold plan that would claiming the title of single largest donor in American politics on several occasions. Whether you think that honorific is worthy of praise depends largely on whether or not your name is Tom Steyer. I was watching how this campaign was going, and…

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The Secret Reason Republicans Wont Impeach Trump

Broadly speaking, there are two Republican defenses of Donald Trump. The first is the hard-shell, the lovely Lisa Page. This defense is what drives these too few people understand the truth about the modern GOP. It is an un-American party. It is not interested in democracy. It is interested in power. It doesnt care how it gets it. Twice in the last five elections, its winning presidential candidates have lost the popular vote. Suppose that had gone the other way around. Do you think the Electoral College would still exist?…

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Democrats Big Night Is Bad News for Trump

Donald Trump has deprived us of so much: newscasts the children can watch, Vladimir Putin as our enemy, Angela Merkel as our ally, forgoing Latin phrases like quid pro quo in everyday conversation. And now hes taken away the truism that All politics is local. Trump made the Kentucky governors race all about him, traveling to the state Monday night to throw his full weightfor an hour and 20 minutesEven Mitch McConnell might need an extra lump of sugar. Already at an 18 percent approval rating, and with his likely…

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North Koreans Think Trump Admin Talks Are Sickening. So Should You.

If President Donald Trump is thinking a deal with his friend Kim Jong Un might distract from his troubles at home, hed better think again. The abrupt end of working-level firing of the hawkish John Bolton as Trumps national security adviser helped Kim think he could get what he wants, said Maxwell, the North Koreans at Stockholm yet again confirmed that Kim is not about to give up his precious nukes. The nuclear program was initiated by his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, perpetuated by his father, Kim Jong Il, and…

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Robert Mueller Delivered the Goods. Will Dems Feast on Them?

So Mueller Time has arrived, and here are the big five takeaways that I saw: 1. No, real life isnt the movies, and there was no staggeringly emotional moment that will transfix the country and create an immediate groundswell for impeachment. And Robert Mueller waswell, see point 2. But even so, plenty was put on the record, on video, from the man (a Republican) who led the investigation: Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/robert-mueller-delivered-the-goods-will-dems-feast-on-them

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Reps. Khanna and Ratcliffe: Its Time to Modernize Government Websites

It’s no secret that the federal government is way behind the private sector when it comes to modernization and technology. Because of these outdated systems, many federal agencies rank staggeringly behind the private sector when it comes to customer service. WIRED OPINION ABOUT US Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) (@RepRatcliffe) is chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure. US Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) (@RepRoKhanna) represents the Silicon Valley and serves on the Budget and House Armed Services Committees. In data collected last year, Healthcare.gov and USAJobs.gov were…

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How NATO Defends Against the Dark Side of the Web

"Oops, your files have been encrypted!" This was the chilling message that greeted hundreds of thousands of computer users last summer. The WannaCry ransomware attack brought production to a standstill at Renault factories across France, put lives at risk by attacking hospitals in the UK, and cost companies around the world billions of dollars in lost revenue. WIRED OPINION ABOUT Jens Stoltenberg (@jensstoltenberg) is NATO secretary general and the former prime minister of Norway. The digital revolution has transformed our lives for the better. But this revolution has a dark…

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Lessons from Montecito: Science’s Credibility Is At Stake

For applied scientists—that intrepid cadre who get their hands dirty in the sometimes dangerous world beyond the ivory tower, participating in difficult decisions with little time and major consequences—getting the right answer is only half the battle. The other half is successfully explaining what they’ve found, and what it means. This winter’s debris flows in the posh community of Montecito, California, which led to more than 20 deaths, provided examples of success and failure on both counts. And those successes and failures have ramifications far beyond managing geophysical risks. WIRED…

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The Way This White Guy Shut Down A Black Woman Defending Kanye West In A Black Barbershop Is Pure Gold

And so Kanye is once again the topic of many a conversation, which is, in my opinion, exactly what he wants. This particular conversation took place in a barbershop, that precious bastion of a public place where strangers will still readily engage in friendly chat without the aid of alcohol. And so the story begins. Tweeted out by Twitter user @RafiDAngelo, it is the hilarious tale of Kanye becoming, inevitably, the center of heated conversation, and a plucky white dude brazenly giving his two cents on the matter in a…

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Data Protection Standards Need to Be Global

Whether it is Cambridge Analytica gaining access to private information on up to 87 million Facebook users, or the large-scale data breaches at Equifax or Yahoo, alarmingly loose standards for the use and protection of customer data continue to fuel a backlash against large tech companies. More importantly, these events demonstrate the need for a global set of consumer data principles. WIRED OPINION ABOUT Kai Keller (@kaimkeller) is a global leadership fellow at the World Economic Forum and leads the organization's work at the cross-section of innovation and financial stability. The…

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