By Larry Wilson | [email protected] | Pasadena Star NewsPUBLISHED: May 4, 2019 at 2:34 pm | UPDATED: May 4, 2019 at 2:34 pm Hey, we’re No. 48! Worse than Tonga and Romania, it’s true. But better than No. 49, Senegal! And sad to say the United States of America did slip from last year’s No. 45 on Reporters Without Borders’ 2019 World Press Freedom Index. I scrolled way up to the single digits from our neighborhood of semi-tyrannical nations and, damn. It’s enough to turn a person into a conspiracy theorist. Here’s your top five countries in terms of being able to exercise the freedom to report the news and the commentary without government intervention or intimidation: Norway, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark. Those nutty Nordics, plus the Dutch. They’re always winning the world happiness contest. And now they have to rub our noses in it, that our country is increasingly unfree in attitudes toward independent voices? The next five in the … [Read more...] about U.S. ranked 48th in world in press freedoms
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By CAITY WEAVER MARCH 20, 2019 The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. The Voyages Issue Rick Steves Wants to Save the World, One Vacation at a Time It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives. There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway. The Voyages Issue The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. By CAITY WEAVER photographs by: Holly Andres Tell your fellow americans that you plan to cross the United States by train, and their reactions will range from amusement at your spellbinding eccentricity to naked horror that they, through some fatal social miscalculation, have become acquainted with a person who would plan to cross the United States by train. Depending how you slice it — time or money — there are either 61 or 960 immediate reasons not to travel by Amtrak trains from New York City to Los Angeles. Those are the extra hours and dollars, respectively, that you might reasonably expect to … [Read more...] about There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway.
POLITICS 11/07/2018 02:49 pm ET Updated 5 minutes ago Trump tweeted the news and announced Matthew Whitaker would be the acting attorney general. By Ryan J. Reilly and Mollie Reilly WASHINGTON ― Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at President Donald Trump’s request on Wednesday after enduring more than a year of criticism from a president enraged by the attorney general’s decision to recuse himself from the Russia probe, which allowed for the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller. “At your request, I am submitting my resignation,” Sessions wrote in a letter delivered to Trump’s chief of staff and released by the Justice Department on Wednesday afternoon. Sessions wrote in the letter that he had been “honored to serve as Attorney General and have worked to implement the law enforcement agenda based on the rule of law that formed a central part of your campaign for the Presidency.” In what read like a … [Read more...] about Jeff Sessions Resigns As Attorney General At President Trump’s Request
After a months-long journey across the Atlantic Ocean, into Central America and through Mexico, Merlin arrived at the U.S. port of entry in Laredo full of hope. The 38-year-old who worked in hotel management said he fled violent political unrest in Cameroon seeking a new life in America, a country he viewed as a bastion of safety and freedom. But after legally crossing the border and asking for asylum, Merlin was detained by federal officials for 11 months. He lived at the South Texas Detention Complex along with people who didn’t look like him or speak his native language of French. Merlin, who asked to be identified only by his first name, because he's fleeing political persecution, was frequently frustrated with how the reality of life as a refugee in America conflicts with the country's image as a haven for immigrants while he struggled through an asylum process experiencing fundamental shifts under the Trump administration. This wasn’t the United States he thought … [Read more...] about “Why did I come to America?” Black asylum seekers from Africa face unique challenges in the U.S.
CHICAGO — Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck was nearly 55 minutes into his hour-long, question-and-answer session at Big Ten media days when he offered Monday’s biggest Minnesota-related news. “Hopefully, we are able to use Shannon creatively for four games — possibly,” Fleck said from a podium inside the Chicago Marriott Downtown. Before spring practice in March, Fleck revealed running back Shannon Brooks would miss the 2018 season with a leg injury. It was a blow for a Minnesota offense that was going to rely on the experience of Brooks and fellow running mate Rodney Smith as the U started fresh again with two new and raw quarterbacks competing for that starting job this fall. Then in June, the NCAA Division I Council approved a rule allowing football players to compete in up to four games without losing a redshirt, or season of eligibility. Since Brooks played as a true freshman in 2015 and through 2017, his redshirt year remains intact. During spring … [Read more...] about New rule could allow Gophers to play Shannon Brooks this season