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Will the U.S. Finally End the Death Penalty?

“The American death penalty is extraordinarily fragile, with death sentences and executions on the decline” writes Co-director Of The for theatlantic.com. That’s when the California Supreme Court declared the death penalty inconsistent with the state’s constitutional prohibition of cruel or unusual punishments—only to have the death penalty restored a year later through popular initiative and legislation.California, with its disproportionately large share of American death-row inmates, announces an end to the death penalty.Or is it a harbinger of further decline and perhaps even abolition of the American death penalty?. Public support…

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The oil industry “leads the pack by a mile,” with the American Petroleum Institute accounting for nearly half the total.

“While corporate lobbying gets a lot of attention, it is on these other influence services that business and energy trade groups often spend the big bucks” writes unknown author for huffpost.com. The figure dwarfs the combined $98.4 million that renewable energy trade groups, including the American Wind Energy Association and the Solar Energy Industry Association, spent during the same period.Fossil fuel and other corporate trade groups paid public relations and advertising firms at least $1.4 billion from 2008 to 2017 to help them win over the American public. Source: huffpost.com

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Millennials so buried in debt can’t buy home, car…

“Amanda Hill, 27, deals with big student loan debt by doing everything she can to keep her other bills small” writes Susan Tompor for usatoday.com. “Average student loan debt at graduation is going to continue to increase,” said Mark Kantrowitz, publisher and vice president of research for Savingforcollege.com.But she acknowledges student loan debt is part of many people’s lives.Many have much more than the average amount of student loan debt.Outstanding student loan debt stood at $1.46 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to a report by the Federal Reserve…

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Senators ask U.S. border agency about reported tracking of journalists

“They cited news reports alleging the border agency and the Department of Homeland Security “inappropriately flagged for scrutiny seven American journalists.”” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two senior U.S. senators asked U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Monday to provide information on a report that the agency inappropriately tracked seven American journalists covering the migrant caravan from Central America last year.Representatives of the agency did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment on Monday. Source: 95kqds.com

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Watch the Surprising

“The auditions continue on American Idol as hopefuls sing their hearts out to try to get a Golden Ticket to Hollywood from judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan” writes Paulette Cohn for parade.com. One such aspiring singer was 20-year-old Ashton Gill from Livingston, La., who showed up for her audition with last year’s contestant Laine Hardy, who was there to accompany his best friend’s sister on guitar. Source: parade.com

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Warren Buffett’s best investing idea is by far the simplest to understand

“In the column, Heath laid out the simple facts about long-term investing, as explained by Warren Buffett in his latest letter to shareholders” writes Mitch Tuchman for marketwatch.com. Yet everything worthwhile you could hope to learn about investing was captured recently by Tom Heath of The Washington Post in a single newspaper column.It never had been.” Our economic growth since 1942, the year of Buffett’s first-ever investment, has been “breathtaking,” he argues.And you didn’t have to pick the right stock, you just picked America,” Buffett said. “That isn’t a tailwind. Source:…

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Some diners gripe that Amex Gold doesn’t deliver on restaurant rewards points

“For some American Express Gold Card cardholders, this issue is reason enough to use another credit card for dining purchases” writes Claire Tsosie for marketwatch.com. There are plenty of reasons credit card purchases might not earn bonus rewards as expected.Naumann said he’s been able to get his points properly credited by calling American Express customer service. Source: marketwatch.com

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A lawyer warns of a legal nightmare you can face on a ship

“Cruise ship passengers often sign contracts that allow cruise ship personnel to search their rooms for any reason, Walker said, and cruise ship itineraries can put passengers under the jurisdictions of legal systems that may be unfamiliar to American citizens” writes Mark Matousek for businessinsider.com. In 2014, The Tribune reported that four American cruise ship passengers found with marijuana received a choice between paying $300-$500 fines or spending between one and two months in jail. Source: businessinsider.com

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