Oregon legislation to require Holocaust study in schools

When and where should state-level policy makers step in and mandate curriculum for students? It’s a question that’s being answered across the country in many forms and proposals, and one example out of Oregon is a requirement that schools deliver history lessons on the Holocaust. Get the full story from the Los Angeles Times.

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This is what happens when you cap property taxes; it’s not good

Property taxes — we all hate them. Naturally, as a result of our disdain, we seek to remove that which we don’t like. This attitude is prevalent in North Dakota. In the past, we’ve voted down initiated measures that sought to eliminate property tax; in the recently closed legislative session, the House killed a bill

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Drug company billionaire arrested on charges of opioid conspiracy

When it comes to moving product, it seems some in the pharmaceutical industry are far more concerned with the bottom line than medical ethics and basic human scruples. And when those values combine to bolster sales of a highly addictive opioid-based painkiller, the results are both tragic and criminal.

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White House commission recommends president declare a national emergency over the deadly opioid epidemic

The opioid epidemic that’s been discussed so heavily here in Minot is not just a local problem, it extends far beyond North Dakota’s borders. And a White House Commission on the opioid epidemic is now recommending the President declare a national emergency with regards to the issue. Locally, the Mayor’s committee on addiction will meet

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#NoDAPL: Governor orders evacuation of protest site, but no forcible removals planned

William Yardley of the L.A. Times gets the story right, and his editor got the headline right too. Not all national media and journalism is biased and this is a great example. Read the full article for yesterday’s developments in the #NoDAPL fiasco by following the ‘source’ link above.

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Pentagon Preparing for Different Global Weather on Recurring Basis

If the climate is changing — and the pentagon isn’t saying it is because the lawmakers that approve their budgets don’t all agree on that — then the prudent thing to do would begin preparing. And so while they’re not sure if the climate is changing, they are making preparations. The L.A. Times has the

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‘This is Spinal Tap’ Star and Writer Taking Studio to Court over Royalties

It may be the movie that created the ‘mockumentary’ genre. It also went all the way to eleven.┬áThe movie was so successful that you’d assume that as a writer and star, Harry Shearer would have made some money off it over the last 32 years. Technically, you’d be right — he’s been paid $179 dollars.

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In Iowa farm town, immigration debate yields surprising views

The political rhetoric on immigration coming from Republican front runners paints the issue in black and white terms. But a closer look at the feelings of a few smalltown Republican faithfuls in Iowa reveals a more nuanced appreciation of the issue.

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