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Arc of justice, interrupted: King's legacy vs. Trump's America

MLK and Trump: the Arc of Justice

One of former President Obama’s favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quotes is “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice” — the idea that positive social change takes decades or even generations, but comes about eventually.

The careers of King and Obama were living proof of that: Just 40 years after King’s prophetic “mountaintop” speech on the eve of his death, America elected its first black President.

Aside from that singular ascent, in the years between millions of ordinary African Americans saw so many advancements, even as real deficiencies remain: gains in voting rights, educational advancement, wealth.

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Hawaii emergency officials say ballistic missile threat alert was a mistake

False alarm: no missile going to HawaiiHawaii emergency officials confirmed Saturday an alert that a ballistic missile was inbound to the island was a mistake.

Earlier Saturday, Hawaiian citizens reported receiving an emergency alert on their phone that stated: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

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Kentucky Gets OK To Require Work From Medicaid Recipients

Ky Governor Matt Bevin given okay to demand work from welfare recipients

Poor residents in Kentucky will have to work or do volunteer work if they want to keep their Medicaid benefits after the Trump administration on Friday approved the state's request to add the requirements to its Medicaid program.

The new requirements apply only to "able-bodied" adults who get their health insurance through Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for the poor. People with disabilities, children, pregnant women and the elderly are exempt from the requirement.

"Kentucky is leading the nation in this reform in ways that are now being replicated all over the nation," said Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, in announcing the plan's approval.

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Amazon's Bezos to give $33M for 1,000 Dreamer scholarships

Jeff Bezos

Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced Friday that they are donating $33 million to provide college scholarships for undocumented students who were brought to the country illegally as children.

The contribution by the couple is the largest ever to the TheDream.US, a nonprofit co-founded in 2014 by former Washington Post owner Don Graham, who sold the newspaper to Bezos in 2013.

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Alabama Sheriffs Filled Their Wallets by Starving Prisoners

Alabama Sheriffs filled their wallets by starving prisoners

Alabama law lets sheriffs keep whatever doesn’t get spent on food from their jail food funds. Now 49 of those sheriffs are refusing to disclose how much of that money made it to detainees’ plates, and how much landed in their own pockets.

Since July, two civil-rights groups have been asking Alabama sheriffs for their bookkeeping on jailhouse meal funds. The two groups, the Southern Center for Human Rights and the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, have good reason to ask:

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Ford urges 2,900 pickup owners to stop driving after new Takata death

Takata air bagFord Motor Co (F.N) said Thursday it had confirmed a second death in a older pickup truck caused by a defective Takata airbag inflator and urged 2,900 owners in North America to stop driving immediately until they can get replacement parts.

The second largest U.S. automaker said it was able to confirm in late December that a July 2017 crash death in West Virginia in a 2006 Ford Ranger was caused by a defective Takata inflator. It previously reported a similar death in January 2016.

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New York State Sen. Jeff Klein Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

Jeff Klein, NY State Senator, accused of misconduct

A former staffer has come forward to accuse Democratic New York state Sen. Jeff Klein of forcibly kissing her in 2015.

In an exclusive interview with HuffPost, 30-year-old Erica Vladimer said Klein “shoved his tongue” down her throat at a bar. A month after the incident, Vladimer says she left her job working for Klein.

“The fact that there was an environment that could make me doubt the self-confidence that I worked so hard to have ― that I got from the strong women in my life ― made me feel like it wasn’t the place for me,” Vladimer said of her decision to leave. “And that maybe the government wasn’t for me.”

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