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i grew up in a military town. some of the most radical critiques of this country i’ve heard have come from black people who served for years, who are proud of their service, and consider themselves patriots.

We must speak this truth: the very foundation of our country was built on the backs of enslaved people. The #1619Project —in print today in the Sunday@nytimes —is a masterpiece from @nhannahjones  and her colleagues at @NYTmag .

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Thanks to the courage and tireless efforts of women across the country, the 19th amendment was ratified 99 years ago today. As we commemorate this anniversary, we continue the fight for full equality and for equal access to the ballot box for all Americans.

As the Iranian tanker caught in a standoff between Tehran and the West left Gibraltar, Sunday night, August 18, U.S. President Donald Trump said that "Iran would like to talk," attributing the willingness to poor economic conditions in the country. (Reuters)

Indonesians hold a greasy pole climbing competition as part of celebrations to mark the country's Independence Day, Sunday, August 18. Hundreds of participants climb 174 slippery poles to collect prizes at the top. (AFP)

Recent news out of China suggests that the country is experiencing technical problems with its first homemade aircraft carrier.

"The camaraderie, the time away, the time out of the country, the bonding, sharing experiences and moments... that was a pretty incredible place to do that."

President Donald Trump on Sunday said Afghanistan can't be a laboratory for terror as discussions over a potential US withdrawal from the country persist after nearly 20 years at war.

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People suffer from mental illness in every other country on earth; people play video games in virtually every other country on earth. The difference is the guns.

Our Country is Free, Beautiful and Very Successful. If you hate our Country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave!

Tomorrow, the country of #Brunei  will start stoning gay people to death. We need to do something now. Please boycott these hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei. Raise your voices now. Spread the word. Rise up.

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We will always remember everyone we lost on 9/11, thank the first responders who keep us safe, and honor all who defend our country and the ideals that bind us together. There's nothing our resilience and resolve can’t overcome, and no act of terror can ever change who we are.

Tomorrow’s elections might be the most important of our lifetimes. The health care of millions is on the ballot. Making sure working families get a fair shake is on the ballot. The character of our country is on the ballot.

We remember everyone we lost on 9/11 and honor all who defend our country and our ideals. No act of terror will ever change who we are.

The fact that Trump has lifted President Obama's ban on elephant trophies being imported into the country is a devastating blow to the survival of these beautiful animals. It's savage and pointless. It breaks my heart.

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You've got a lot to be proud of, Jiwandeep. Thanks for everything you do to make this country a little more equal. Turban looks great, by the way. Happy Pride Month, everybody!

@realDonaldTrump , you are embarrassing our country and the millions of Americans who fought and died to defeat Nazism.

Good morning Mr. President. It would never have occurred to my mother or my father to ask me. Were you giving our country away? Hoping not.

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