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McDonnell Kicks Off Civil War Remembrance

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McDonnell did not repeat the error he made last year by celebrating confederate history by omitting the mention of slavery.

This morning, he told the crowds of hundreds that slavery undermined the ideals on which the country was founded, and that the constitution didn't become itself until the constitution was amended.

The biggest concern for the National Park Service, which is overseeing this event, will probably be the dangerous heat expected over the next few days. So far, only six people have been treated for heat exhaustion, but the crowd is also much smaller than expected – likely because of that heat.

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Robert Irwin Brings 'Big' To Texas With Permanent Art Installation

The 87-year-old conceptual artist unveils a large-scale installation of his work in Marfa, Texas, this week. He's spent his career creating site-specific art that often treats light as its subject.
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Scraped, Splattered — But Silent No More. Finally, The Dinner Plate Gets Its Say

Instagram is the Internet's semi-obsessive, borderline-creepy love letter to food. But behind every great meal is a plate doing a pretty-OK job. So a comedian made an Instagram to celebrate plates.
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Casting Doubt On U.S. Commitment To Mutual Defense, Donald Trump Unsettles NATO Allies

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told the New York Times that a Trump administration wouldn't defend NATO allies unless they had "fulfilled their obligations" to the U.S.
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Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources

Few people can demand what kind of electricity they get. But Microsoft and Facebook, which operate huge, power-hungry data centers, are trying to green up the electricity grid with their buying power.

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