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How communities shaped by refugees became Donald Trump country

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Richard Rodrigue stood in the back of a banquet hall, watching his blond-haired, blue-eyed daughter mingle among her high school classmates. These teenagers speak dozens of languages, and hail from a dozen African nations. They fled brutal civil war, famine, oppressive regimes to find themselves here, at an ordinary high school pre-prom fete in this once-dying New England mill town, revived by an influx of some 7,500 immigrants over the last 16 years. Rodrigue smiled and waved at his daughter,…

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Marijuana reform went 8 for 9 on the ballot; is it at a tipping point?

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After marijuana amendments passed in eight of the nine states where it was on the ballot Tuesday, now nearly a quarter of all Americans live in states where recreational use of marijuana is legal. Voters in California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada approved recreational marijuana amendments last week, giving nearly 50 million more Americans the right to use marijuana. Additionally, Florida, Arkansas, and North Dakota voted in favor of medical marijuana amendments, while Montana residents voted to roll back restrictions on…

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Hillary Clinton sets out most efficient path to get to 270

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Hillary Clinton doesn’t appear all that interested in making scenic stops on her state-to-state quest to become president. The Democratic nominee is instead programming her GPS to take her on the quickest route to collect the 270 Electoral College votes she needs to win the White House. With three months until Election Day, Clinton’s campaign is focused on capturing the battleground states that have decided the most recent presidential elections, not so much on expanding the map. Clinton’s team doesn’t…

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Marco Rubio, Chris Christie planning sleepover with the Romneys

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2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney will be hosting two rival Republican presidential contenders at a holiday sleepover Friday evening. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will both be staying over at Romney’s property in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, an aide to Romney confirmed. The aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of what the aide called the private nature of the event, said the former governor and his wife opened their home to the Christie…

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Marco Rubio headed to Maine on Friday to address Tea Party crowd

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Tea Party supporters will have a chance to take their tea with a few of the movement’s top leaders during a luncheon this Friday in South Portland, Maine. Marco Rubio, Republican candidate to represent Florida in the U.S. Senate, will address the paying crowd with a critique of the Obama Administration. (Got this first graph from The Exception, which has a way-cool pay-for-content system. Check it out). According to the Maine Heritage Center: Please join The Maine Heritage Policy Center…

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Safety Harbor candidate Glen Caristinos runs into trouble

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Safety Harbor City Commission candidate Glen Caristinos owes nearly $21,000 in back taxes to the state of Maine, where he lived before moving here three years ago. Caristinos, 42, said Thursday he was unaware of the debt, but he later said it might be connected to some property he sold.But that’s not the only thing that might raise the voters’ eyebrows about Caristinos, who is running against Nancy Besore for Seat 3 on the commission in the March 10 election.…

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