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Extreme gamble

Politics | Democrats defending Rep. Ilhan Omar may be overestimating the electorate’s appetite for extremes
by Jamie Dean
Posted 3/11/19, 10:34 am

When Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., kicked off his 2020 presidential campaign in Brooklyn, N.Y., he noted that his father was a Polish immigrant who fled Europe’s poverty and anti-Semitism. It’s a good thing, said Sanders, because most of his father’s Jewish family was wiped out by Nazis during the Holocaust.

That statement came just days before Sanders was one of at least two other Democratic presidential candidates publicly defending Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., after her series of remarks that many considered anti-Semitic.

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Mark Harris bows out of new N.C. election

by Kent Covington
Posted 2/27/19, 11:23 am

Republican Mark Harris, the unofficial winner in a disputed North Carolina House race, said Tuesday he won’t run in the court-ordered new election. After the November election, Harris, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, held a slim lead over Democrat Dan McCready in North Carolina’s 9th District.

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Young and powerful

Africa | Youthful voters may be the ones to decide which of two old-timers wins Nigeria’s presidential election
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/15/19, 07:41 am

On a sunny Tuesday afternoon in the town of Karu, Nigeria, a roadside seller stood before his display of vegetables with an almost empty transparent bag of cereal: Hours earlier, independent campaigners for the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari stopped to distribute the customized “Sai Baba Flakes,”—employing a common street name for the president.  

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