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Israel fumbles goodwill visit of NFL players

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It was supposed to be a feel-good visit by a group of professional football players to give a boost to image-conscious Israel. But in an embarrassing fumble by the Israeli government, only five of 11 NFL players in the delegation showed up after being blitzed by Palestinian activists opposed to the visit. Israel’s ministry for strategic affairs and public diplomacy issued a press release after the Super Bowl boasting that the visit would bring “influencers” who would serve as “goodwill…

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New Year’s poll: Americans hopeful for a better 2017

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Emotionally wrenching politics, foreign conflicts and shootings at home took a toll on Americans in 2016, but they are entering 2017 on an optimistic note, according to a new poll that found that a majority believes things are going to get better for the country next year. A look at the key findings of the Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll: ___ SO HOW WAS 2016? Americans weren’t thrilled with the year. Only 18 percent said things for the country got…

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Star-spangled protest: White people don’t see America as Colin Kaepernick does

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The White House called it “objectionable.” Donald Trump called it “a terrible thing.” The San Francisco Police Union called it “embarrassing.” An NFL executive called it “treason.” Because Colin Kaepernick sat down during the national anthem. Kaepernick, the backup quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, decided that he’d deliver a silent protest over the way people of color are treated in America, especially by the cops. Evidently, this sort of behavior hurts people’s feelings. But that doesn’t mean Kaepernick should…

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Will Pele’ light the Olympic flame?

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The 2016 Rio Summer Olympics have yet to begin officially, but already there is drama. Who will ultimately light the caldron at tonight’s opening ceremony that will symbolically open the games? An obvious choice is soccer legend Pele’, but that is not for certain. He would be the obvious choice, but this is not a certainty. First, it was revealed he might not be able to participate due another scheduled engagement. This seems a bit far-fetched to believe one of…

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Diane Roberts: Muslims, immigrants aren’t the problem. It’s guns

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It’s back to business as usual: hating Muslims, loving guns. We had just celebrated the life of Muhammad Ali, the most famous, most beloved Muslim in the nation’s history. For a minute, one sweet minute, Americans might have been moved to think more expansively about Islam. And race. And violence. Some of us dared hope that the toxic sewer-flow of Trumpery might at least slow down, that America might manage a rare moment of introspection. Then Omar Mateen, a deranged…

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Diane Roberts: Donald Trump is no Muhammad Ali, and never will be

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The great Muhammad Ali is dead, but that won’t stop Donald Trump trying to make political hay out of him. Trump, who famously doesn’t like Muslims or black people (except Dr. Ben “Sleepy” Carson and that poor dude Trump called “my African-American”), allowed as how Muhammed Ali, a Muslim and a black man, was “a truly great champion and a wonderful guy.” Of course, Trump WOULD attach himself to the outpouring of tributes honoring the late champion. Like an orange…

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Tom Jackson: With Donald Trump, GOP faces expensive overhaul

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Surveying the conundrum confronting the Republican Party in the age of Donald Trump, an antique TV ad touting Fram oil filters comes to mind. If you bought the Beatles’ White Album the day it was released and remember Muhammad Ali in his prime, you know the spot: A mechanic in the midst of an overhaul pauses to point out the car’s owner could have avoided this wallet-crushing repair if only he’d been punctual about changing the oil. “You can pay…

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