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The federal government shut down at midnight for the first time in 17 years. The bitter budget battle centered around a group of Republicans who tried to delay the start of President Obama’s health care law.
Source: TheAtlantic

THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI investigates its extraordinary and often complex subject’s life outside the boxing ring. From joining the controversial Nation of Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, to his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War in the name of protesting racial inequality, to his global humanitarian work, Muhammad Ali remains an inspiring and controversial figure. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, Ali found himself in the center of America’s controversies over race, religion, and war. From Kartemquin Films – makers of such acclaimed documentaries as HOOP DREAMS and THE INTERRUPTERS – and Oscar-nominated director Bill Siegel (THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND), THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI examines how one of the most celebrated sports champions of the 20th century risked his fame and fortune to follow his faith and conscience.

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Militant: Ayo Kimathi, an acquisitions officer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was suspended with pay after it was discovered that he has been moonlighting as an advocate for a race war

Ayo Kimathi, a Department of Homeland Security employee was placed on PAID leave after being accused of running a website speaking out on black oppression. A government official has confirmed that Kimathi is behind the waronthehorizon.com page. The website warns of a war between the races.  Under his pseudonym: Irritated Genie, Kimathi creates youtube videos discussing his opposition to hip hop/rap music brainwashing, homosexuality, the abuse of black women, black entrepreneurship and unity within the black community.

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The city of Detroit will receive more than half of $100 million in newly allocated federal funds to tear down dilapidated structures.

The city riddled with thousands of abandoned buildings will begin demolishing some of them later this month with the help of $52.2 million in federal money

source: detroitnews

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The daughter of bi sexual  republican congressman Michael Huffington and  media mogul Arianna Huffington (founder of Huffington Post) was just 16 when she tried her first line of cocaine. Soon after, she became addicted. Now 24 and sober, she tells Glamour her story—and shares the truths about drug addiction every woman should hear.

“Cocaine almost killed me” -Christina Huffington, Arianna’s daughter, speaks out about her addiction—Read full story at:  GLAMOUR

Detroit — Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr announced Monday that he has contracted with Christie’s Appraisals, the New York-based international auction house, to appraise the collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts.  The city of Detroit is in $18 billion dollars worth of debt and Christies will have the appraisal completed by fall.  Sources estimate the DIA holdings to be worth close to $2 billion.

The Stampede is tens of thousands of Americans legally stamping messages on our Nation’s currency to #GetMoneyOut of Politics. As more and more stamped money spreads, so will the movement to amend the Constitution.

The Stampede was started by Ben Cohen, long time progressive activist and co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s.

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Compared with other tech-savvy nations, Internet service in the U.S. is overpriced and slow. According to a “State of the Internet” report recently put out by content delivery network Akamai, U.S. service is becoming even slower.

The U.S. now has the ninth-fastest average Internet connection speed in the world, behind South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Latvia, the Czech Republic and Sweden. That’s a fall in the rankings: In the last Akamai report, the U.S. was eighth, with faster average connection speeds than Sweden.

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Today is Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday. #HappyMandelaDay

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” ~Nelson Mandela

People around the world are spending 67 minutes making a positive impact upon other people’s lives for Mandela Day. Checkout 67 ideas to change the world after the jump…
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McDonald’s has partnered with Visa to make a website dedicated to showing its employees how to properly budget their peasant salaries. However, what it actually does is illustrate the fact that it is nearly impossible to get by on minimum wage in America as shown in this “example” budget chart:

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