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Given his history using offensive language, it has become hard for President Donald Trump to make headlines simply for what he said. Yet on Wednesday, he did just that by referring to a group of immigrants as “animals” during a roundtable discussion about immigration policy in California.

“These aren't people,” Trump said on record. “These are animals and we're taking them out of the country at a level at a rate that's never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast. We get 'em. We release 'em. We get 'em again. We bring them out. It's crazy.”

We've heard of AIPAC, but where are the Palestinian lobby groups?

May 17, 2018

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the pro-Israeli lobbying group in Washington, have been in the headlines all week long, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking before them on Monday. The focus has been on how much influence the Israeli lobbying group has over Washington and whether J-Street, the more moderate Israeli lobbying group, may give President Obama a chance to push back against Israel and Netanyahu. But why aren't we seeing more Palestinian lobbying groups?


Last week, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin told CBS News, “Teachers want more [school funding]. But it’s kind of like having a teenage kid that wants a better car.”

That type of dismissal of teachers’ requests is exactly what forced Oklahoma educators out of their classrooms and into the streets. On April 2, teachers from around the state skipped class to call for more reliable funding mechanisms for schools, in addition to higher salaries and more money for student textbooks, electives and school supplies. The strike is now in its second week.

On Wednesday, the man believed to be responsible for a rash of fatal parcel bombs in Austin, Texas, detonated a device inside a car he was using to flee police as a SWAT team approached the vehicle. The suspect died in the explosion. The suspect, now identified by multiple media outlets as 24-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, evaded federal and local authorities for weeks as he allegedly planted packages rigged with explosives throughout various locations in Austin, killing two and injuring multiple others.

Over the last six months, the news has been dominated by an onslaught of depressing headlines.

Almost every week, stories about a scandal, a war, a disease, climate change, income inequality and a shaky economic recovery have dominated the news cycle, giving us all reasons to be terrified. But a new website, ourworldindata.org, provides a much needed analysis about the good news out there.  

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