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5 things to know about Morehouse donor Robert F. Smith

Billionaire Robert F. Smith woke up the crowd at Morehouse Colleges commencement ceremony Sunday when he veered off script to share a surprise: Hed be paying off all the student loans for the Class of 2019s nearly 400 graduates.
There was a moment of stunned…
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Sen. Kamala Harris vows as president to fine companies that pay men more than women

LOS ANGELES Sen. Kamala D. Harris on Monday announced a plan to force corporations to pay women as much as men for comparable work, promising to go further on that issue as president than any of her competition for the Democratic nomination.
The method prop…
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A CIA suicide sparks hard questions about the agency’s Memorial Wall

She had spent the year in Afghanistan targeting senior al-Qaeda and Taliban members from one of the CIAs most important bases.
Ranya Abdelsayed was less than 48 hours away from returning to the United States in 2013 when a colleague found her body in her bed…
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‘Who is this Robert Smith?’: A quiet billionaire makes some noise with $20 million gift to the African American museum

In 2013, when the founders of the Smithsonians National Museum of African American History and Culture were seeking donors, people directed them to one man: Robert F. Smith.
We kept wondering, Who is this Robert Smith? said Adrienne Brooks, director of devel…
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Opinion | ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 6 review: ‘The Iron Throne’ melts

Note: Im reviewing Game of Thrones from the perspective of someone who has read all of George R.R. Martins novels, while my colleague David Malitz, who hasnt read the books, will be writing straight recaps. His write-up of Episode 6, The Iron Throne will appe…
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In Fox News town hall, Buttigieg calls out Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham as ‘not always there in good faith’

In a televised Fox News Channel town hall event Sunday, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg defended his decision to appear on the network, days after a competitor, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), spurned Fox as a hate-for-profit racket.
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Opinion | Alabama shows we need a different abortion dialogue

Its instructive that Alabama handed the antiabortion movement a great victory by passing the most restrictive ban in the country and Republican politicians who regularly tout themselves as pro-life didnt like it.
Abortion is cast by its opponents as a nonneg…
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Opinion | Ken Jennings: Why I’m rooting for James Holzhauer on ‘Jeopardy!’

Ken Jennings is a 74-time Jeopardy! champion and the author, most recently, of Planet Funny: How Comedy Took Over Our Culture.
When James Holzhauer returns to Jeopardy! Monday night after a two-week hiatus, he will already be the second-longest-running conte…
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Opinion | ‘Game of Thrones’ was an imperfect show that was perfect for its era

With the final episode of Game of Thrones airing Sunday evening, it seems inevitable that HBOs fantasy epic will leave a great deal of disgruntlement behind. Hundreds of thousands of fans signed a petition demanding the network remake the last season, and nea…
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A Green New Deal ignites an old red scare

In February, a congressman from Utah started a caucus. This is not hard to do. You just file some paperwork. There are hundreds of caucuses in Congress. Theres a wine caucus. Theres a horse caucus. Theres a Mongolia caucus. There are caucuses for hockey, for …
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