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Haitians Are Turning Plastic Waste Into Valuable Fabric

NPR All Things Considered - Fri, 2017-12-15 17:52

Environmentalists haul illegal fishing nets in the ocean, while poor Haitians collect discarded plastic bottles of the streets of their country. All the waste is then turned into fabric and later into high end shoes and backpacks — a new trend in recycling.

A Last Push for Obamacare Sign-ups — and Worries About Who Got Hurt

NY Times - Fri, 2017-12-15 17:48
Blacks and Hispanics saw the biggest gains under the Affordable Care Act. They’re also likely to be most affected by cuts to this year’s enrollment period, which ended Friday.

Albright: Congress needs to check Trump

CNN - Fri, 2017-12-15 17:32
The pre-eminence of the legislative branch is perhaps the most distinctive feature of American democracy. If the Constitution was designed to be a firewall against despotism, then Article I, which defines the powers of the Senate and the House of Representatives, is its keystone, keeping decisions over spending, taxation, and other major policies close to the people and out of the hands of any single ruler.

Trump is reshaping the judiciary at a frenetic pace, despite the ABA calling some nominees unqualified

CNN - Fri, 2017-12-15 17:30
Under normal circumstances, confirmation hearings for district court judges aren't headline grabbers.  

Opinion: My Year of No Shopping

NY Times - Fri, 2017-12-15 17:27
The unspoken question of endless browsing is “What do I need?” What I needed was less.

Four dead, hundreds wounded as protests over Jerusalem hit second week

CNN - Fri, 2017-12-15 17:22
Four Palestinians were killed and hundreds wounded Friday in the West Bank and Gaza during clashes between Israeli troops and protesters opposed to US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The biggest tax cut in history? Not quite.

CNN - Fri, 2017-12-15 17:21
President Donald Trump has bragged that the tax cuts Congress wants to pass this month would be the biggest in history.

Trump: 'It's a shame what's happened with the FBI'

Washington Post - Fri, 2017-12-15 17:15
President Trump said on Dec. 14 that the FBI is "a very sad thing to watch," but pledged to rebuild the agency to make it "bigger and better than ever."

Why some of us hate Christmas music

CNN - Fri, 2017-12-15 17:14
Does Christmas music put you in the spirit of giving or turn your heart two sizes too small?

Opinion: Yes, It Happens in Sweden, #Too

NY Times - Fri, 2017-12-15 17:07
The reckoning with a wave of sexual assault revelations has been particularly painful for a country that prides itself on gender equality.

Trump lawyers set for key meeting with special counsel

CNN - Fri, 2017-12-15 16:59
President Donald Trump's private lawyers are slated to meet with special counsel Robert Mueller and members of his team as soon as next week for what the President's team considers an opportunity to gain a clearer understanding of the next steps in Mueller's probe, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The Energy 202: Ryan Zinke's office takes control of national monuments' FOIA requests

Washington Post - Fri, 2017-12-15 16:45
The move is part of a new front in feud between Trump officials and press.

Final hours to sign up for Obamacare

CNN - Fri, 2017-12-15 16:41

New York Police Investigate Rape Claims Against Russell Simmons

NY Times - Fri, 2017-12-15 16:35
Following mounting reports accusing the music mogul of sexual misconduct, law enforcement is conducting a preliminary investigation.

President Trump Escalates Criticism of F.B.I. Role in Russia Inquiry

NY Times - Fri, 2017-12-15 16:30
Mr. Trump stepped up his criticism of some F.B.I. agents helping to investigate possible Russian involvement in his campaign, calling it a “very sad thing to watch.”

Opinion: America's love/hate relationship with Sarah Sanders

CNN - Fri, 2017-12-15 16:28
Sarah Sanders is teaching us a thing or two about the definition of confounding. As in, bewildering, astonishing, baffling, perplexing, mystifying or -- just plain confusing.
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