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Ken Burns’ new PBS documentary wades into Vietnam’s ‘Big Muddy’

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 - 11:16pm
Strolling down a street in the city of Da Nang, Vietnam last month, I came upon a sidewalk shop selling shiny wood caskets. When I stopped to take some pictures, the elderly owner came out, smiling, and asked where I was from. “America,” I told him, and he broke into a wide grin. Was I here…...

Insurers are blocking patient access to pricey non-addictive painkillers — as opioid crisis rages

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 - 11:07pm
At a time when the United States is in the grip of an opioid epidemic, many insurers are limiting access to pain medications that carry a lower risk of addiction or dependence, even as they provide comparatively easy access to generic opioid medications. The reason, experts say: Opioid drugs are gen...

Trump and Nikki Haley to share US spotlight at United Nations gathering

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 - 10:57pm
When President Donald Trump takes the world stage at the United Nations for the first time this week, he will share the spotlight with his envoy Nikki Haley, who has emerged as the surprising public face of U.S. foreign policy. Haley, the 45-year-old former South Carolina governor, has proven to be ...

Riot police break up St. Louis protest over officer’s acquittal for killing unarmed black man

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 - 10:55pm
St. Louis police in riot gear broke up a protest that turned rowdy on Sunday night with property damage including broken storefront windows, ordering protesters to disperse and making several arrests. Demonstrators gathered in central St. Louis for the third straight night to protest the acquittal o...

Wage gap between black and white workers is wider today than it was after the Civil Rights movement

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 - 10:49pm
Here’s some good news and bad news about the economy. The good news is, the median American household income is up, the highest it’s been since pre-recession 2007. The bad news? Not surprisingly, not all American households are created equal. Despite the growing trend of prosperity among famil...

‘A caldron of rivalry and intrigue’: Trump’s legal team roiled by loose talk and differing Mueller strategies

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 - 10:06pm
President Donald Trump’s two top lawyers are struggling to work together as the pressure intensifies around the White House from Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. According to an explosive report in the New York Times, White House Spe...

‘N**ger, n**ger, n**ger’: Tech bro CEO insulted employees and beat multiple women, says lawsuit

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 - 8:51pm
A new lawsuit alleges that Silicon Valley CEO Gurbaksh Chahal routinely used racial slurs when speaking to subordinates, physically attacked two women and fired a male employee who tried to prevent him from striking a third woman. The Daily Beast reported Sunday that Chahal is the subject of a lawsu...

WATCH: Sean Spicer surprises Emmys audience and trolls Trump about ‘crowd size’

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 - 7:43pm
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made a surprise appearance at Sunday night’s 69th Emmy Awards. Host Stephen Colbert said, “What really matters to Donald Trump is ratings. You gotta have the big numbers.” However, Colbert said, he lacks the expertise at judging crowd ...

‘Disgusting and reprehensible’: GOP pundit scorched for minimizing Trump’s violent tweets as ‘jokes’

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 - 7:20pm
Former South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer (R) got brought up short by Democratic strategist Robert Zimmerman on CNN Sunday evening when he said everyone needs to lighten up about President Donald Trump’s violent tweets. Anchor Boris Sanchez was leading a discussion about President Donald Trum...

Third St. Louis protest of police acquittal begins peacefully

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 - 6:53pm
A third day of protests started peacefully in St. Louis on Sunday after violent clashes between police and demonstrators the previous two nights over the acquittal of a white former police officer in the 2011 fatal shooting of a black man. About 500 protesters assembled before a barricaded police st...

Don Lemon: ESPN should apologize to Trump — after he apologizes to Obama for promoting ‘birtherism’

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 - 6:44pm
CNN anchor Don Lemon didn’t mince words on Sunday when he was approached by a reporter for TMZ Sports and asked about the controversy over remarks by a commentator from ESPN. TMZ asked Lemon whether President Donald Trump should receive the apology he has demanded from ESPN over commentator Je...

WATCH LIVE: Stephen Colbert hosts the 2017 Emmy Awards

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 - 6:10pm
Late-night comedian Stephen Colbert is hosting the 69th annual Emmy Awards this year and he’s already decided who the biggest television star of the year is: Donald Trump. “No one’s close,” Colbert told CBS News. “You know, how like the Bible outsells every book of all ...

‘He’d take a bullet for Trump’: Journalist says Cohen will probably lie to Senate and protect his boss

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 - 6:00pm
Journalist David Corn of Mother Jones magazine said on Sunday that observers should expect President Donald Trump’s aide Michael Cohen to be less-than-honest in his testimony on Tuesday to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Instead, Corn suggested the real story will be in the documents seized...

‘God help us all’: Twitter erupts when Nikki Haley says ‘He gets emotional’ to excuse Trump tweets

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 - 5:28pm
On Sunday, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said that President Donald Trump’s reckless Twitter habits are just a byproduct of his passionate commitment to the country. “He gets emotional,” Haley told CNN’s “State of the Union,” according to ShareBlue.com’s Carol...

‘This is going to be earth-shattering’: Trump aide Michael Cohen to testify before Senate on Tuesday

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 - 4:43pm
President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen is set to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, which an MSNBC panel agreed is “going to be earth-shattering.” “If you compare Donald Trump to a mafia don, this is his consigliere. This is...

‘Incapable of serving safely as president’: More mental health experts question Trump’s stability

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 - 3:57pm
There is a long-standing, self-imposed rule among psychiatrists who are members of the American Psychiatric Association (APA): mental health of political figures they have not personally evaluated should not be declared publicly. Called the Goldwater Rule, it came into being after an incident that t...

Ohio dad arrested for punishing 6-year-old girl by chasing her through neighborhood in clown mask

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 - 3:43pm
An Ohio father was arrested on Saturday for chasing his young daughter through their neighborhood while wearing a clown mask, which he said he was doing to punish her. Columbus, OH’s NBC 4 TV said that Vernon Barrett, Jr.’s six-year-old daughter ran into a neighbor’s apartment in B...

Tennessee university president busted for cotton stalks and ‘black meals’ at African-American diversity dinner

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 - 2:39pm
The president of mostly white Lipscomb University in Tennessee has apologized to students for hosting a dinner for an all-African-American group of students at his home that featured table centerpieces made up of cotton stalks. According to the Tennessean, university President Randy Lowry invited Af...

Sinclair forces TV stations to air ‘Terrorism Desk Updates’ even when there’s no terrorism news: report

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 - 1:54pm
The far-right company Sinclair Broadcast Group allegedly forces stations that it owns to air reports from its “Terrorism Update Desk” even when there is no terrorism-related news to report. The Providence Journal looked into local Sinclair station WJAR after readers complained about poli...

New York City police ramping up security for Trump UN visit

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 - 1:15pm
New York police and a host of federal agencies are preparing for the annual traffic and security nightmare known as the United Nations General Assembly, featuring a week of speeches by U.S. President Donald Trump and a parade of other dignitaries. The meeting of the world’s top leaders and dip...