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October 17, 2018

Some of Hitler’s last relatives are living secret lives on Long Island, N.Y.:
Some of Adolf Hitler’s last surviving relatives have been living under the radar on Long Island for decades, according to a new report.

Hitler’s great-nephews AlexanderLouis and Brian Stuart-Houston — the only living descendants of the dictator’s paternal side — live quiet lives in the New York suburbs and fly American flags in their yards, according to Germany’s Bild newspaper, which came knocking at their doors recently.

The three men are the sons of Hitler’s nephew, William Patrick Hitler, who was born in the UK to the Fuehrer’s half-brother, Alois Hitler Jr.

Alois, who left home at 14 and wound up working as a waiter in Dublin, split when “Willy” Hitler was young, according to the New Yorker.

But Willy wound up visiting his estranged dad in Germany in 1929, where he attended a Nuremberg rally. He then returned to the UK and began giving interviews to the press as Hitler’s “English nephew” — until he was summoned to Berlin to face a furious Fuehrer, the magazine reports.

*Top 3% of U.S. Taxpayers Paid Majority of Income Taxes in 2016:
Individual income taxes are the federal government’s single biggest revenue source. In fiscal year 2018, which ended Sept. 30, the individual income tax is expected to bring in roughly $1.7 trillion, or about half of all federal revenues, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

If past statistics can offer any guidance, in 2016, $1.44 trillion income taxes were paid by 140.9 million taxpayers reporting a total of $10.2 trillion in adjusted gross income, according to data recently released by the Internal Revenue Services.

Bloomberg looked into the 2016 individual returns data in detail for some additional insights illustrated in the charts below:

•    The top 1 percent paid a greater share of individual income taxes (37.3 percent) than the bottom 90 percent combined (30.5 percent).

•    The top 50 percent of all taxpayers paid 97 percent of total individual income taxes.

•    In other words, the bottom 50 percent paid 3 percent. Which small percentile of tax payers also paid 3 percent or more? You might have guessed it. It is the top 0.001%, or about 1,400 taxpayers. That group alone paid 3.25 percent of all income taxes. In 2001, the bottom 50 percent paid nearly 5 percent whereas the top 0.001 percent of filers paid 2.3 percent of income taxes.

*Over 80% of Twitter Accounts Linked to 2016 Fake News Are ‘Still Active’:

The vast majority of Twitter accounts that pumped out fake news during the 2016 presidential campaign are still active, a report has found. Researchers pored over millions of tweets and concluded that more than 80 percent of the accounts associated with the 2016 disinformation campaign are still posting. That’s despite Twitter patting itself on the back in July after carrying out a purge of fake accounts. The research was carried out by the nonprofit Knight Foundation.

“The persistence of so many easily identified abusive accounts is difficult to square with any effective crackdown,” said report authors Matthew Hindman of George Washington Universityand Vlad Barash of the social-media analysis companyGraphika.

*Economic Boom Largely Ignored
as TV’s Trump Coverage
Hits 92% Negative:
In four weeks, Americans go to the polls for the midterm elections that the news media are casting as a referendum on the Trump presidency. Over the summer, the broadcast networks have continued to pound Donald Trump and his team with the most hostile coverage of a President in TV news history — 92 percent negative, vs. just 8 percent positive.
*MONSTER -Assad Has Carried
Out ‘Over 100 Chemical Attacks’
Since 2013: 
President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have carried out more than 100 chemical weapons attacks in Syria over the past five years, a BBC investigation has found. The report states there’s enough evidence to be confident of at least 106 chemical attacks ordered by Assad since he signed the internationalChemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and agreed to destroy his chemical-weapons stockpile in September 2013.

“The use of chemical weapons has delivered some outcomes for [government forces] that they believe are worth the risk, and [chemical weapons] have subsequently been shown to be worth the risk because they keep using them, repeatedly,” saidJulian Tangaere, former head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons mission to Syria.

The highest number of reported attacks took place in the northwestern province of Idlib, but there were also many incidents in Hama, Aleppo, and in the Eastern Ghouta region.

Assad continues to deny his forces have ever used chemical weapons.

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Amy Winehouse hologram tour set for 2019
An Amy Winehouse hologram will tour the world next fall as part of a new partnership between the singer’s estate andBASE Hologram.

An exact start date for the trek has yet to be announced, though it’s expected to kick off late 2019.

Per a statement, the show will feature “digitally remastered arrangements of [Winehouse’s] classics” while the hologram “will be backed by a live band, singers and theatrical stagecraft.”

“This is a dream for us,” said Winehouse’s father, Mitch. “To see her perform again is something special that really can’t be put into words. Our daughter’s music touched the lives of millions of people and it means everything that her legacy will continue in this innovative and groundbreaking way.”

The hologram tour will also raise money for the Amy Winehouse Foundation. The organization works to combat and prevent drug and alcohol abuse among young people, while also providing other services to disadvantaged youth.

The left breast is statistically more prone to developing cancer than the right breast. Scientists are unsure why.
Singer Elvis Costello along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners.
*** Carol Hall, who helped turn an unlikely inspiration into one of the biggest Broadway hits of the 1970s when she wrote the music and lyrics for “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” died on Thursday at her home in Manhattan. She was 82. An announcement from her family said the cause was logopenic primary progressive aphasia, a rare form of dementia.

*** Jim Taylor, the bruising fullback who played on four N.F.L.championship teams with the Green Bay Packers of the 1960s and became the first star in Coach Vince Lombardi’s dynasty to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died on Saturday. He was 83. He died at a hospital in Baton Rouge, La., the Packers said in a statement on Saturday.

Welcome to NationMaster, a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World FactbookUN, and OECD. Using the form above, you can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease.
The good news is that once you get outside these two elite groups you find a lot more independent thinking and flexibility. This is not a 50-50 nation. It only appears that way when disenchanted voters are forced to choose between the two extreme cults.

Roughly two-thirds of Americans, across four political types, fall into what the authors call “the exhausted majority.” Sixty-one percent say people they agree with need to listen and compromise more. Eighty percent say political correctness is a problem, and 82 percent say the same about hate speech.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman:
Every country needs its constructive critics. The medicine they dispense is distasteful to most leaders, but it often makes them more healthy in the end.
Michael Kelly, the legendary journalist who died covering the invasion of Iraq in 2003, once wrote that the “animating impulse” of modern liberalism was to “marginalize itself and then enjoy its own company. And to make itself as unattractive to as many as possible.”

“If it were a person,” he added, “it would pierce its tongue.”

I thought of that line while reading a tweet from Nate Cohn,The Times’s polling guru: “Take everything together, and, on balance, it’s been a good 10 days of state/cd polling for theGOP in a lot of important battlegrounds.”

Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), basketball player, 61st Street and Amsterdam Avenue, New York, May 2, 1963
This is creepy, even for Charles Manson — the hospital gown the notorious murderer was wearing when he died, along with the coroner’s toe tag and ALL of his bone fragments are headed to Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum … a score he’s calling the motherload of all motherloads.

The “Ghost Adventures” star says… Manson’s grandson, Jason Freeman, gave Zak all of the items this week. They’ll be front-and-center at his Vegas Haunted Museum … which already features Manson’s chompers and two paintings — one that has his urine and another his ashes.

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October 14, 2018

DOJ Sends Prosecutors, Coordinators to Address Crime Problem in Chicago:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions added violent crime prosecutors to Chicago to create a Gun Crimes Prosecution Team at the local U.S. Attorney’s office, the Justice Department announced. The move comes weeks afterPresident Trump ordered Sessions to work with law enforcement and reduce crime, the DOJ sent additional resources to U.S. Attorney John Lausch for the new prosecution team to make sure “Chicago’s most dangerous criminals are charged quickly after arrest and prosecuted.”

The department also announced the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assigned five Violent Crime Coordinators to Lausch’s existing “Project Safe Neighborhoods” team so they can conduct a “daily review of firearm arrests and seizures… to ensure the most violent firearm offenders are promptly and effectively prosecuted in federal court.”

The Justice Department previously called the Chicago Police Department’s agreement with the ACLU to fix the city’s crime problem unsuccessful after 2016 saw the “biggest single-year increase” in the murder rate. In recent rallies, the president has called for the stop-and-frisk policy to be implemented in Chicago to bring down crime.

“At a fundamental level, there is a misperception that police are the problem and that their failures, their lack of training, and their abuses create crime,” Sessions wrote in the announcement. “But the truth is the police are the solution to crime, and criminals are the problem.”

*In-N-Out boss is 36 years old,
a billionaire and beloved
by her employees:
In-N-Out Burger president Lynsi Snyder is the youngest woman on the latest Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans.

The 36-year-old is not only worth a fortune at $3 billion, but she also boasts sky- high approval ratings. According toGlassdoor, Snyder’s support from employees stands at 99 percent.

Forbes reports that workers of the family-run burger chain enjoy a better-than-average quality of life. Restaurant workers make $13 an hour, compared to $9 at McDonald’s, and they’re eligible for health insurance. Managers, who on average have been with the company for 17 years, make about $163,000.

*As Large Groups of Illegal Aliens Keep Pouring In, A Majority Have 3 U.S. Destinations in Mind:
Border patrol agents say they continue to apprehend large groups of illegal immigrants, many from Guatemala, who increasingly are being led into remote desert areas of the United States by human smugglers who have deceived them with promises of financial gain and protected immigration status.

“Multiple areas along the Yuma and Ajo (Arizona) corridors are being exploited by criminal organizations,” Customs and Border Protection announced.

Based on interviews with members of these large groups, CBP said a “majority” of the illegal immigrants have three final destinations in mind: Charleston, S.C.; Oakland, Calif.; and Homestead, Fla.

*Dershowitz: Dems ‘Hypocritical’ for Calling for Kavanaugh’s Impeachment:
Liberal Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz told Fox News that it would be “absolutely foolish, inconsistent, and hypocritical” for Democrats to try to impeach Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, considering they were against former President Bill Clinton being impeached for “lying about his sex life.”

“That would be absolutely foolish, inconsistent, and hypocritical. Those who believe that Bill Clinton should never have been impeached for allegedly lying about his sex life are now going to lead the campaign to impeach Kavanaugh for allegedly lying about his sexual and drinking activities back when he was a 17-year-old. It’s hypocrisy run rampant,” Dershowitz said.

*Legal Immigrants Subsidized Cost of DACA Applications to the Tune of $316.5M Since 2015:
The cost of adjudicating DACA applications has been subsidized by other immigration benefits applicants to the tune of $316.5 million over the last three years, according to information released by USCIS.

This subsidy was needed because the Obama administration did not impose an application fee for DACA status. Most immigration benefits applicants pay for the application for the status they are seeking, with additional fees for a work permit and fingerprint collection; DACA applicants only had to pay for the work permits and fingerprints, leaving legal immigrants and visa applicants to pick up the tab for the cost of adjudicating their eligibility for DACA.

USCIS is funded almost entirely by the fees it collects from applicants and their sponsors. It is required by law to set the fees at a level that covers the full cost of adjudicating the applications. Periodically, the agency goes through a very complex process to determine these costs, and then publishes a proposed fee schedule, which is open to public review and comment.

While over two-thirds of American adults say they at least occasionally get news on social media, 57 percent say they are concerned that the information they see is inaccurate, according to new data released by The Pew Research Center. Pew’s survey found that even among those who say they prefer to get their news from sites like Facebook and YouTube, 42 percent said that they expect the news they see to largely be inaccurate.

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TOXIC- Cancer-Causing Metal Found in
National Retailers’ Jewelry
Jewelry found on the shelves of huge national retailers—suchRossNordstrom Rack, and Papaya—contains the toxic cancer-causing metal cadmium, the Associated Press reports. Research carried out by the nonprofit Center for Environmental Health shows that some jewelry sold with dresses and shirts is nearly pure cadmium, which is known to cause cancer and reproductive harm after prolonged exposure. Some states have banned the metal from being used in children’s jewelry, but there are no laws preventing it from being used in jewelry for adults.

Lab testing found 31 adult jewelry items purchased from retail stores were at least 40 percent cadmium, and most were more than 90 percent. Most of the tainted items were sold at Ross, with one pendant from a necklace chain being 100 percent cadmium. The company said it has “addressed this issue with our supplier.”

In 2001, Argentina had 5 presidents in 10 days.
Actress America Ferrera along with along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prize winners, over 100Academy Award winners, 6 U.S. Senators, and over 300Grammy Award winners.
American Music Awards
American Music Awards Ratings Plummet to Record Low as Entertainers Push Politics.

Ratings for ABC‘s broadcast of the American Music Awards (AMA) plummeted to an all-time low, as viewers apparently feared they’d be subjected to unwanted celebrity political preaching.

The three-hour program lost 25% of its 18-43 year-old viewers (1.8 rating/6.5 million viewers) from 2017, Variety reported Wednesday. The overall broadcast audience (2.4 rating/9.2 million viewers) suffered an even steeper decline of 29%.

“This is the latest example of an awards show seeing serious declines year-over-year. Back in September, the Emmy Awards on NBC also put up an all-time low,” Variety notes.

Dr. Srini Pillay, Best-Selling Author & Neuroscientist, Studies Brain Science to Improve Human Relationships
Dr. Srini Pillay, neuroscientist and best-selling author ofTINKER DABBLE DOODLE  TRY, delves deep into brain science to reveal what people can do to improve the relationships within their lives.

He believes that brain science can be used by individuals to better perceive, understand, evaluate, and respond to people.

“The somewhat bizarre fact of life,” Dr. Pillay explains, “is that people who are in our lives are not simply who they actually are. They are some interesting mix of who they are and what we make of them in our brains. If we understand the ways in which relationships impact our brains, we can change our brains to alter the ways in which we interact with others too.”

Transference is the first of two phenomena that Dr. Pillay talks about in relation to this concept. This is when conversational partners activate earlier memories when communicating. These knee-jerk reactions occur due to the brain’s tendency to make non-conscious predictions based on earlier life experiences.

The best way to avoid this? Dr. Pillay states that the solution is simple. “Introduce new self-reflections and possibly even points of discussion when you find yourself engaged in a conflict. This can make for an interesting discussion when trying to resolve an argument.”

The second phenomenon that Dr. Pillay warns about is emotional contagion. This is when emotions are transferred from one person to another person without them even knowing about it. For example, someone who spends a large amount of time with negative-minded people will grow to view things with a more negative mindset as well.

Dr. Pillay stresses that individuals should be aware of their emotions and what could be causing them in any given situation. “In interactions with friends, colleagues, or romantic partners, be aware that their negative emotions could throw you in a negative state, even if you do not actually feel negative.” Dr. Pillay states.


             *EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by David Brooks:

Over the past few years, hundreds of organizations and thousands of people (myself included) have mobilized to reduce political polarization, encourage civil dialogue and heal national divisions.

The first test case for our movement was the Kavanaughhearings. It’s clear that at least so far our work is a complete failure. Sixty-nine percent of Americans in one poll called the hearings a “national disgrace,” and the only shocking thing is that there are 31 percent who don’t agree.

What we saw in these hearings was the unvarnished tribalization of national life. At the heart of the hearings were two dueling narratives, one from Christine Blasey Ford and one from Brett Kavanaugh. These narratives were about what did or did not happen at a party 36 years ago. There was nothing particularly ideological about the narratives, nothing that touched on capitalism, immigration or any of the other great disputes of national life.

And yet reactions to the narratives have been determined almost entirely by partisan affiliation. Among the commentators I’ve seen and read, those who support Democrats embrace Blasey’s narrative and dismissed Kavanaugh’s. Those who support Republicans side with Kavanaugh’s narrative and see holes in Ford’s. I can think of few exceptions.

     *EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman:

I began my journalism career covering a civil war in Lebanon. I never thought I’d end my career covering a civil war in America.

We may not be there yet, but if we don’t turn around now, we will surely get where we’re going — which was best described by Senator Jeff Flake on Monday: “Tribalism is ruining us. It is tearing our country apart. It is no way for sane adults to act.”

Sure, we’ve experienced bouts of intense social strife since theAmerican Civil War of 1861. I grew up with the assassination of Martin Luther King and raging street battles over civil rights and Vietnam. And yet this moment feels worse — much less violent, blessedly, but much more broadly divisive. There is a deep breakdown happening between us, between us and our institutions and between us and our president.

We can’t find common ground on which to respectfully disagree; the other side is “the enemy.” We shout at each other on television, unfollow each other on Facebook and fire verbal mortars at each other on Twitter — and now everyone is on the digital battlefield, not just politicians.


Hollywood Icon- Ava Gardner 1945

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October 10, 2018


Los Angeles is suffering from a typhus outbreak at ‘epidemic levels’:

A typhus outbreak in Los Angeles has reached “epidemic levels” — and many experts are blaming the shocking scourge on the city’s ever-expanding homeless population.

Twenty cases of the rare, flea-borne infectious disease– associated with poor sanitary conditions and overcrowding– have been recorded in Pasadena alone over the past two months, according to the Los Angeles County Health Department. Long Beach has seen 12 cases so far this year, double the normal number. And there have been nine other cases in the rest of the county, NBC Newsreported.

Nationwide, there are only about 200 cases of the disease in an average year, according to the CDC.

Typhus can cause high fever, headaches, chills, body aches, rashes, stomach aches, and in rare cases, meningitis and death. Humans get stricken when fleas– themselves infected by certain strains of bacteria — bite them or defecate on exposed skin. There is no vaccine.

*Climate Change: Top Scientists Tell Governments ‘Act Now, Idiots’:
The world’s leading scientists have warned governments that there are only ten years left to avoid a global catastrophe. TheIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)unveiled their latest report in South Korea early Monday morning, and warned that “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” is needed to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees.

“Scientists might want to write in capital letters, ‘ACT NOW IDIOTS,’ but they need to say that with facts and numbers, and they have,” said Kaisa Kosonen, from Greenpeace, who was an observer at the negotiations which led to the landmark report.

The report says avoid a catastrophe will involve “annual average investment needs in the energy system of around $2.4 trillion” between 2016 and 2035.

*2018 Refugee Admission Figures
the Lowest in 38 Years:
The Trump administration admitted a total of 22,491 refugees into the United States during fiscal year 2018 – by a sizeable margin the lowest number in the history of the 38-year-old modern refugee resettlement program.

The next smallest number of refugees resettled since passage of the Refugee Act in 1980 was 27,131 in FY 2002, the financial year that began just weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

*Study- 1 in 3 US adults eat
fast food each day:
A government study has found that 1 in 3 U.S. adults eat fast food on any given day. That’s about 85 million people.

It’s the first federal study to look at how often adults eat fast food. An earlier study found a similar proportion of children and adolescents ate it on any given day.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the numbers Wednesday. It’s based on a survey of about 10,000 adults over four years.

The study did not find a difference between men and women. But higher-income families ate fast food more often than lower-income families, and blacks ate it more than other racial or ethnic groups.

*Half of U.S. Uber drivers make less than $10 an hour after vehicle expenses, according to a new study:
Uber lures drivers with the idea of being your own boss and “making great money with your car.” The “great money” part is up for debate.

The median hourly pay with tip for Uber drivers in the U.S. is $14.73, according to a new study conducted by Ridester, a publication that focuses on the ride-hail industry. That figure includes tips but doesn’t account for expenses like insurance, gas and car depreciation incurred while working. Using Ridester’s low-end estimate of $5 per hour in vehicle costs, drivers would bring in $9.73 per hour and potentially much less.

That implies a driver working 40 hours per week would make an annual salary of almost $31,000 before vehicle expenses, and about $20,000 after expenses (but still before taxes). That’s below the poverty threshold for a family of three. It’s also a far cry from the $70,000 to $90,000 Uber once claimed its drivers made in major markets.

*NYC sewer worker made
over $530K last year:
The streets of New York aren’t paved with gold, but the sewers apparently are.

An employee in the city’s Department of Environmental Protection walked off with an astonishing $539,098 paycheck last year, according to records released by the Empire Centerthink tank.

Bhavesh Patel, a stationary engineer, clocked 1,992 overtime hours on top of his 2,086 regular hours, the city confirmed Friday.

That means he worked an average of 78 hours a week for 52 weeks, assuming he never called out sick or took a day of vacation.

His pay was also bolstered by back pay from a new contract settled after a 10-year dispute.

Who Is Free Thinker? – A person who forms opinions on the basis of reason, independent of authority or tradition, especially a person whose religious opinions differ from established belief. Now YOU can invite your friends, family, and associates (if they’ve got the guts) by telling them to go
Adele made nearly $31,320 a day last year despite not releasing a record — or even touring. The talented singer’s proven that even when she’s at home looking after her six-year-old son Angelo, she’s making plenty of dough.

According to her latest companies’ accounts, she made over $11.2 million profit after taxes, which works out a staggering $30,953 a day. Despite the singer not releasing an album for three years and finishing her world tour last year, it hasn’t stopped her from raking in the cash.

Glorified High School

After covering such diverse artists as Rush, Neil Young, Van Halen, Bruce Hornsby, Bob Marley, Don Henley, Cinderella, Rockwell, Queensryche, Queen, Motley Crue, Loverboy, Jude Cole, The Cardigans, Matchbox Twenty, The Ronettes, The Troggs, Britney Spears, No Doubt, The Four Seasons, Foreigner, Marvin Gaye, Richard Marx andCollective SoulGlorified High School recently realized its greatest ambition by recording a track-for-track reimagining of the 1987 Whitesnake album.

Following the original album’s 30th anniversary, these new renditions take each song in a completely new direction, uncovering new layers of depth and emotion (not to mention featuring female vocalists).

On Whitesnake, Glorified High School transforms “Crying in the Rain” into a yearning ache for more, “Bad Boys” becomes a celebration of the free spirit, “Still of the Night” slows to a moody crawl, “Here I Go Again” examines a longing for lost love and purpose, “Give Me All Your Love” takes on a melancholy timbre, “Is This Love” is recast as a dark manifesto, “Children of the Night” slides into a jazzy and bouncy celebration of the joys of music, “Straight for the Heart” morphs into a soaring and sparse love song, and “Don’t Turn Away” airs a mournful plea to an indifferent lover.

No one can match the grizzled rasp and soaring vocal range ofDavid Coverdale, one of rock’s greatest singers, but Glorified High School has illuminated the power of these great songs by taking them to new realms and thereby paying them the ultimate tribute.

Actress Keira Knightley along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners.
Italians suffer more earthquakes than any other Europeans. In 1693, an estimated 100,000 people died in an earthquake in Sicily. The most deadly recent quake in Italy occurred in Naples in 1980, killing 3,000 people.

3 year old scolds dad in store

A typical cell at SCI Phoenix has room for two inmates. Bill Cosby has not been given a cellmate yet because of security concerns.
*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Bill and Melinda Gates:
Do you think the number of poor people in the world has gone up or down in the past 25 years?

This question is an excellent conversation starter because practically everybody answers it incorrectly. Primed by depressing and shocking headlines, most people assume that poverty has increased. Some people say it has held steady. Almost none are aware that in fact, more than a billion people have overcome poverty just since the turn of the millennium.

This huge drop in the number of people living on less than $1.90 per day is among the most underappreciated and most important developments of our generation.

But it’s not guaranteed to continue. In fact, progress against poverty is in jeopardy. According to current projections, the number of people in extreme poverty will stagnate at over 500 million. In the worst-case scenario, it could even start going back up.

*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Doris Kearns Goodwin:
Most great presidents have some commonalities. They have the ability to build a strong team of people who can question assumptions and argue with them and still mobilize around an idea once the president makes a decision. Lincoln and FDRwere certainly able to do that. They have the ability to grow and recognize errors. They have humility.

Teddy Roosevelt learned in the state legislature that using blistering language didn’t help him. They all went through extraordinary adversity—Lincoln’s extraordinary depression, FDR’s polio, Teddy Roosevelt losing his wife and mother on the same day.

They figure out how to relax and replenish themselves. Lincoln went to the theater a hundred times during the Civil War. Teddy Roosevelt played tennis and climbed cliffs in the afternoons when he was president. FDR had a cocktail hour every night during World War II where the rule was that you weren’t allowed to talk about the war. Lyndon Johnson was an outlier there.


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