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A World Tour of Democracies

America tries to bring democracy to the world, because democracy makes people's lives better. But how much do we, a country where nearly half the population doesn't vote, really know about democracy? Last year an Economist Intelligence Unit study ranked the strongest democracies in the world. They judged..\r\n

America tries to bring democracy to the world, because democracy makes people's lives better. But how much do we, a country where nearly half the population doesn't vote, really know about democracy? Last year an Economist Intelligence Unit study ranked the strongest democracies in the world. They judged each country on a range of criteria, from electoral process to civil liberties. The top 28, or "full" democracies, (the US is number 17) all feature vastly different forms of democratic government and varying degrees of political participation. How do they compare?


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A two-minute television ad from New Zealand is a gut punch to dog lovers who smoke cigarettes. "Quit for Your Pets" focuses on how second-hand smoke doesn't just affect other humans, but our pets as well.

According to Quitline New Zealand, "when you smoke around your pets, they're twice as likely to get cancer."

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

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Walmart workers issued a "wake up call" to Alice Walton, an heir to the retailer's $500 billion fortune, in New York on Tuesday by marching to Walton's penthouse and demanding her company pay its 1.5 million workers a living wage and give them reliable, stable work schedules.

The protest was partially a response to the company's so-called "Great Workplace" restructuring initiative which Walmart began testing last year and plans to roll out in at least 1,100 of its 5,300 U.S. stores by the end of 2020.

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