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From the Industrial Revolution to the dawn of the internet, technology has always posed challenges for presidents, and that will be no different when our next president is sworn into office in January 2017.

We're taking a look at a few of the thorny problems that will confront either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Some of these issues will not surprise you, since they have been mentioned frequently on the campaign trail, but others have received almost no attention at all.

1. Our education system doesn’t prioritize creativity and experimentation.

A former executioner has become a leading advocate for ending the death penalty

Oct 6, 2016
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Frank Thompson oversaw the only two executions in Oregon in the last 54 years.

“During the process of one execution, the individual let us know that the straps binding his hands to the gurney was hurting. ... I gave instructions to make adjustments so that this hands wouldn’t hurt,” Frank Thompson, former superintendent of the Oregon State Penitentiary says. “He looked up at me and says, ‘Thank you boss.’”

California takes steps to punish Wells Fargo for its fake account scandal

Sep 30, 2016
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Wells Fargo has published a "vision and values" booklet since the early 1990s. It's an outline of the bank's supposed community principles.

"Everything we do is built on trust," CEO John Stumpf writes. "It doesn’t happen with one transaction, in one day on the job or in one quarter. It’s earned relationship by relationship."

Retired colonel says US political leaders abuse public trust in the military to wage war

Sep 28, 2016
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Trust is a buzzword in the current political climate. During the first US presidential debate on Monday, the candidates talked a lot about their own trustworthiness and restoring trust with American communities, especially regarding police relations.

At the foot of the bridge to Rikers Island in New York this past Saturday, Akeem Browder turned his back on the crowd he was speaking to and addressed the many police officers that were standing guard.

"The Department of Corrections is corrupt. They dehumanize our brothers at a pay rate of $38 an hour. Where's the officer who beat my brother? Is he here? Is he here?" he asked. 

The racial tensions in Tulsa have deep roots

Sep 26, 2016
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The city of Tulsa looks all too familiar this month. Protesters are demanding justice for yet another police shooting of an unarmed black man.

A series of disturbing videos show a Tulsa police officer killing 40-year-old Terence Crutcher after his vehicle broke down on his way home from a class at Tulsa Community College. The white officer who shot him, Betty Jo Shelby, 42, was charged Thursday with first-degree manslaughter.

Happy Curiosity Day, Curious George

Sep 17, 2016
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Today is Curiosity Day — the 75th anniversary of the creation of Curious George.

That seems like a good time to talk about the backstory of the mischievous monkey and his illustrious career of curiosity.

Curious George was born of the imaginations of Hans and Margret Rey, a husband and wife duo originally from Hamburg, Germany. Hans drew George, and Margret brought him to life with her narratives.

Law enforcement DNA databases draw scrutiny, controversy

Sep 16, 2016
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Imagine you are the victim of a crime: a burglary or a sexual assault.

DNA is taken from the crime scene and compared against a federally regulated FBI-run database used to process DNA evidence, called CODIS. The process can take as long as 18 months before a match is identified. In the meantime, the perpetrator has committed a string of other crimes.

But some local police departments claim they can get faster results — as little as 30 days — by using private labs and local DNA databases.

How #BankBlack could help narrow the wealth gap

Sep 15, 2016
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Another hashtag revolution is drawing attention to the wealth gap experienced by the African American population: #BankBlack.

#BankBlack encourages those protesting police brutality to move their money to black-owned banks. After trending over the summer, black-owned banks have reported that thousands of new accounts have been opened and that their assets have grown by about $6 million.

The new music you should listen to this fall

Sep 15, 2016

Labor Day is behind us, and with the kids back in school, the days at the beach seem long gone. Luckily, Takeaway culture reporter Melissa Locker is here to lift your spirits with some new music coming out this fall. 

Here, she reviews the latest music from Against Me!, Warpaint, How To Dress Well, M.I.A., Dwight Yoakam, Wilco, Jack White and Angel Olsen. 

Against Me!
Album: "Shape Shift With Me "
Song: “333”

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There’s been much scrutiny of the Clinton Foundation after reports indicated donors may have been given special treatment from the government while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.

Handwriting is dying a slow death

Sep 14, 2016

Nuns and school teachers everywhere are cringing at the grave state of handwriting. Are perfectly looped Gs and right-slanted sentences becoming obsolete?

Anne Trubek, author of “The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting,” seems to think our culture is heading in that direction.

Do presidential candidates have a right to keep their health private?

Sep 13, 2016

After Hillary Clinton left a 9/11 memorial ceremony this past Sunday — appearing, on video, to stumble as she did so — it was announced that the Democratic presidential nominee is being treated for pneumonia.

Maine governor, a Trump supporter, draws flack for his racist rhetoric

Aug 31, 2016
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This campaign season, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been a lightning rod for controversial and offensive statements that have dumbfounded journalists, voters, and politicians, including those from his own party.


I want to take a moment and recall a moment in US Congressional history by thinking of it in a slightly unorthodox way. Filibusters come and go in Congress. Long ago they were retired in the House, but they still make news in the Senate.

Our closest galactic neighbor may also have a habitable planet

Aug 26, 2016
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Earth has a new intergalactic neighbor.

On Wednesday, astronomers announced they have detected an Earth-like planet in a neighboring solar system in the so-called "Goldilocks zone” — areas of space that are neither too hot nor too cold for water to exist, something that would allow for the possibility of life.

West Coast tests how it would respond to a big quake

Aug 24, 2016
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The West Coast is due for a massive earthquake. Experts say it’s not a matter of if, but when. When preparing for a natural disaster, training matters. But can you train an entire city?

This summer, officials across the Pacific Northwest simulated their disaster responses. Dozens of municipal, state, and federal agencies all mobilized their emergency teams in the largest event of its kind.

The US Forest Service is being overwhelmed by all the fires it must fight

Aug 23, 2016
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Wildfires are scorching tens of thousands of acres out west — there are currently six fires in Yellowstone National Park, and nearly a dozen fires are actively burning in the state of California. The Blue Cut Fire outside of Los Angeles is now more than 80 percent contained, and the 82,000 people who were displaced by the blaze can now return home.

Music is holding Louisiana together in tough times

Aug 20, 2016

The Red Cross has called it “the worst storm since Superstorm Sandy.”

After Louisiana faced catastrophic flooding this past week, 13 are dead, 40,000 homes are damaged and over 86,000 are seeking aid. And now, Louisiana is expecting more rain.

Female inmate population skyrockets in the US

Aug 19, 2016
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Women represent a small portion of the overall population of incarcerated Americans, but they also have become the fastest growing segment of inmates in a system that often fails to meet their needs.