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More than 70 percent of American adults drink alcohol.

It’s a rite of passage that can become a life-long habit. And even for those who choose not to imbibe, drinking can feel like a quintessential part of adulthood.

But for some Americans, those habits can slip from occasional and innocuous to frequent and potentially fatal.

When Fertility Doctors Betray Trust

Oct 21, 2019

Both Matt White and Heather Woock grew up thinking they knew who their respective parents were. Then, in their mid-thirties, both discovered that fertility doctors that their respective mothers had visited had secretly used their own semen while conducting treatments.

The View From Ukraine

Oct 21, 2019

Why does Ukrainian journalist Nastya Stanko want to continue being a journalist?

Well, she says one reason is because when you live in Ukraine, it’s never boring.

The News Roundup - International

Oct 18, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday that Turkey had agreed to a ceasefire at the border of northern Syria. However, Turkish leaders didn’t agree. Instead, they said it was a pause in operations, and they’ll start again if the Kurds don’t abide by the agreed-upon terms.

According to CNN, the terms dictate that “the Syrian Kurds/Syrian Democratic Forces must dismantle their defensive fortifications and pull troops from the border to appease Turkey.”

The News Roundup - Domestic

Oct 18, 2019

A fourth person has been arrested in connection to a campaign finance case involving associates of Trump associate Rudy Giuliani. The individual was taken into federal custody after flying to New York City to turn himself in.

Is A Ceasefire Possible In Northern Syria?

Oct 17, 2019

Despite criticism from allies at home and abroad, President Donald Trump stood by his decision to withdraw American troops from northern Syria.

He doubled down on Thursday saying, “If Turkey goes into Syria, it is between Turkey and Syria.”


Who Has The Right To Be Forgotten?

Oct 17, 2019

The “right to be forgotten” embodies the idea that individuals can request to have certain data deleted so third parties cannot trace them.

It’s law in many countries, but not in the U.S.

From The New York Times:

The right to be forgotten has been at the center of a debate about balancing privacy and free speech in the internet age. In Europe, both principles are written into the European Union Constitution.

Yesterday, George P. Kent, a State Department official overseeing Ukraine policy became the latest person to come before a House committee during the impeachment investigation.

Twelve Democrats Debate In Ohio

Oct 16, 2019

Here are the Democratic candidates for president on stage for Tuesday’s debate.

You may have heard that there is a presidential election going on. And Tom Perez is steering the Democratic National Committee as 19 Democrats compete for the presidential nomination — a process that hasn’t come without criticism.

The New Rhythm Of Rhythm And Blues

Oct 15, 2019

Like any genre of music, the sound of rhythm and blues is constantly evolving.

At the present moment, the registers are higher, the production is more prominent and no one can deny the influence of other genres — from hip-hop to alternative, to electronic.

Making A Daily Difference With John Kasich

Oct 15, 2019

Former Ohio governor John Kasich doesn’t want you to wait for Washington.

After resigning from office following two terms as the governor of the Buckeye State, Kasich will release a new book later this month called “It’s Up To Us: Ten Little Ways We Can Bring About Big Change.”

Kurds in northern Syria plan to switch their alliances following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw all American troops from northern Syria.

Now, Kurdish leaders are looking for support from the Syrian regime of Bashir al-Assad, who are largely aligned with Russian and Iranian forces.

Democrats in the House of Representatives are charging forward with their impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Four depositions have been scheduled this week in the investigation — including one today with Fiona Hill, a former Russia advisor to the White House.

Hijacking The American Conversation

Oct 14, 2019

Who directs the national conversation? And does the national conversation even exist anymore?

Enabled by the rise of social media, author Andrew Marantz argues that a certain kind of internet denizen, colloquially referred to as “edge lords,” has worked to destroy reasonable online discourse.

The News Roundup - International

Oct 11, 2019

With an impeachment inquiry looming, President Donald Trump embarked on another highly controversial foreign policy move: withdrawing from northern Syria.

That territory is held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, a group that was, until earlier this week, protected by the presence of U.S. forces. On Wednesday, Turkish forces came over the border and attacked the Kurds.

The News Roundup - Domestic

Oct 11, 2019

The White House announced that it will not cooperate with the House’s impeachment inquiry, raising questions about what’s next for the House committees driving it forward.

The State Department stopped European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland from appearing before a scheduled interview with House committees working on the impeachment inquiry.

The Great Legacy Of The Great Recession

Oct 10, 2019

The writers of “The Big Short” note:

“Wall Street loves to use confusing terms to make you think only they can do what they do. Or even better, for you to just leave them the f—k alone.”

Reporter Aaron Glantz doesn’t want to let that happen. His new book, “Homewreckers,” tells the story of people like Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who Glantz says made tremendous financial gains from homeowners after the Great Recession.

Lost In The World Of Audio Fiction

Oct 10, 2019

Audio fiction is to podcasts as broadcast dramas are to live radio. As audio has gone on-demand, so has its own brand of storytelling.

At the beginning, fiction podcasts seemed to be the refuge of sci-fi nerds and horror enthusiasts. Shows like “Welcome to Night Vale” and “Hello From the Magic Tavern” spooked and delighted listeners.