Ledyard King USA TODAY Published 2:07 p.m. UTC Jun 17, 2018 HARRISONBURG, VA — Sheila Kloefkorn is a liberal, gay marketing executive in crimson-red Arizona who had a falling out with her family over the 2016 election. Greg Steinbrecher is a conservative aspiring actor from navy-blue California who's been labeled a "Nazi" by friends for his right-of-center views. For both, finding a way to lower the heat in a nation reaching a boil on political discourse is more than just a worthy ideal, it's something worth fixing. Which is why they and more than 150 other optimists from across the U.S. gathered at a small college in rural Virginia earlier this month to chart a course for civil dialogue in a country constantly shouting at each other on-line and in person. Kloefkorn and Steinbrecher were participants in the founding convention of an organization called Better Angels, formed by blue and red voters following Donald Trump's victory as president a year … [Read more...] about One group tries to lower the volume on the high-decibel noise that’s further dividing a polarized nation
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Samuel Stebbins 24/7 Wall Street Published 9:02 p.m. UTC May 30, 2018 The American Dream promises to all the opportunity to attain financial security -- and even wealth -- through hard work. Just how widespread these opportunities are is a matter of debate, but there are towns that serve as evidence that the American Dream is alive and well, at least for some. In almost every state -- rich or poor -- there is at least one town where most households earn far more than the typical state resident and the typical American. Though separated by vast distances, the states' wealthiest towns often have more in common with each other than with other communities in the same state -- even some that may be just a few miles down the road. Almost without exception, the wealthiest towns have expensive real estate and are home to well-educated populations. With relatively high median incomes, they are also often home to large shares of extremely wealthy households -- those earning $200,000 or … [Read more...] about What’s the richest town in every state?
For almost 20 years, U.S. drone warfare was largely one-sided. Unlike Afghans and Yemenis, Iraqis and Somalis, Americans never had to worry about lethal robots hovering overhead and raining down missiles. Until, that is, one appeared in the skies above Florida. But that’s a story for later. For now, let’s focus on a 2017 executive order issued by President Trump, part of his second attempt at a travel ban directed primarily at citizens of Muslim-majority nations. It begins: “It is the policy of the United States to protect its citizens from terrorist attacks.” Read also Laurent Checola & Edouard Pflimlin, “Drones command the skies”, Le Monde diplomatique, December 2009. That sentence would be repeated in a January report from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Meant to strengthen the president’s case … [Read more...] about Pentagon documents detail dystopian dangers
To report corrections & clarifications, contact: Please indicate whether you're responding to content online or in the newspaper. The following corrections & clarifications have been published on stories produced by USA TODAY's newsroom: April 2018 News: A previous version of this story misstated Elliot Rodger's weapons. He used both a knife and a gun. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/03/31/masculinity-traditional-toxic-trump-mens-rights/99830694/ Video: A previous version of this video misstated the number of Americans living with unhealthful levels of pollution. https://www.usatoday.com/media/cinematic/video/33952141/8-of-americas-10-most-ozone-polluted-cities-are-in-this-state/ Opinion: Because of an editing error, a headline in an earlier version of this column incorrectly described Amy Wax's job status. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/20/black-students-law-school-amy-wax-column/510510002/ … [Read more...] about Corrections & Clarifications
(Reuters) – The wreck of the USS Lexington, an American warship sunk in a Pacific naval battle during the Second World War, has been found by a team working for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The iconic aircraft carrier was discovered on March 4 in the Coral Sea, about 500 miles (800 km) from Australia’s east coast, according to Allen’s website. Here are five facts about the warship nicknamed “Lady Lex”. EARLY DAYS The Lexington was originally designed as a battlecruiser, but was later converted into one of the U.S. Navy’s early aircraft carriers. It joined the fleet in 1928, the fourth U.S. Navy ship to be named after the Battle of Lexington in the American Revolutionary War. The Lexington was at sea when the Japanese navy attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, drawing the United States into the Second World War. BATTLE OF CORAL SEA Over four days in May 1942, the Lexington and another carrier, USS Yorktown, battled a Japanese carrier fleet … [Read more...] about Five facts on the discovery of WW2 warship ‘Lady Lex’