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24 мая, 21:29

Puerto Rican Day Parade’s List Of Sponsors Shrinks As Controversy Over Boricua Nationalist Grows

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); The list of corporate and local sponsors withdrawing their support of the 2017 Puerto Rican Day Parade continues to grow, with some citing the event’s decision to honor Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar López Rivera as their reason for backing out. AT&T, Coca-Cola, JetBlue Airways and the New York Yankees announced Tuesday that they would not participate in the 60th annual parade. The companies and baseball team join Goya Foods, which cited a “business decision,” and several New York City police organizations in parting ways with the annual event. This year’s parade is set to take place on June 11 in Manhattan.  “While we are saddened and disappointed by certain sponsors pulling out of our Parade, we respect their views and decision to do so,” the National Puerto Rican Day Parade’s board of directors said in a statement Tuesday. “Equally, we respect our Parade’s mission and commitment to inclusiveness, and the responsibility of representing the broadest possible blend of voices that make up the Puerto Rican community.” Despite publicly pulling out of the parade, Coca-Cola, the Yankees and JetBlue have all vowed to continue their financial support of the scholarships given by the Puerto Rican Day Parade organization.  “The New York Yankees are not participating in this year’s Puerto Rican Day parade,” the Yankees organization told USA Today on Tuesday. “However, for many years, the Yankees have supported a scholarship program that recognizes students selected by the parade organizers. To best protect the interests of those students, and avoid any undue harm to them, the Yankees will continue to provide financial support for the scholarships, and will give to the students directly.” In a statement to HuffPost, the parade’s board of directors applauded the sponsors who intended to continue funding the scholarship program and expressed hope that any future companies would follow suit if they chose not to participate in this year’s parade. “While we cannot predict whether other sponsors and/or organizations might choose not to join us on Fifth Avenue this year, we expect they will do so with the same level of responsibility and professionalism as JetBlue and the Yankees,” the statement said. “This community deserves no less.” The parade is expected to honor López Rivera as its first “National Freedom Hero.” He was a member of the Armed Forces of National Liberation (known by its Spanish initials as FALN) and served more than 35 years in prison until former President Barack Obama commuted his sentence in January.  López Rivera was released last week and received a hero’s welcome at a Chicago rally that recognized him for his controversial actions fighting for Puerto Rico’s independence in the 1970s and 1980s. The FALN was linked to over 100 bombings in five cities across the United States, including Chicago and New York, during that period. López Rivera was sentenced in 1981 for his involvement with the militant group but was never linked to specific bombings. He was instead convicted on multiple charges that included seditious conspiracy and plotting to overthrow the U.S. government. On Monday, NYPD Police Commissioner James O’Neill said he would not march in the parade because he refused to “support a man who is a co-founder of an organization that engaged in over 120 bombings.” The NYPD Hispanic Society and the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association also issued statements boycotting the parade. The PBA pointed to the four officers and detectives injured by the FALN attack at Fraunces Tavern in 1974, which killed four people. “The annual Puerto Rican Day Parade is a magnificent celebration of a proud heritage shared by New Yorkers and police officers alike,” PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said in a statement on their website Thursday. “Honoring a remorseless terrorist who refuses to condemn acts of violence effectively steals the parade from the good and honorable people who are proud of their Puerto Rican heritage.” That same day, the board of directors doubled downed on their decision to honor López Rivera: The history of Oscar López Rivera is complicated, some call him a terrorist and others call him a freedom fighter, but Oscar López Rivera, as the New York Times recently wrote, was never charged with carrying out acts of violence. After 35 years in prison, 12 years of which were spent in solitary confinement, President Obama concluded, that at the age of 74, Oscar should be free.    It has been disappointing and unfortunate to see the progress of this Parade undermined by the circulation of false information, and the targeting of loyal sponsors by people who disagree with the Parade’s decision to recognize the freedom of Oscar López Rivera. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took a similar stance when he announced he’d be marching in the parade during a Tuesday news conference in the Bronx. “I believe this parade is a very, very important part of the life of our city,” de Blasio said, according to The New York Times. “The parade committee made a choice this year on someone to honor. That does not change the basic nature of the parade. Whether you agree with that choice or not, it’s still the Puerto Rican parade and my point is, I will be there to honor the Puerto Rican people. I intend on marching. It’s as simple as that.” In 2014, the Puerto Rican Day Parade honored Calle 13 rapper René Pérez without any controversy despite the artist’s vocal anti-imperialist stance. That same year, the parade also launched an awareness and solidarity campaign for the liberation of López Rivera.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. 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24 мая, 21:29

Puerto Rican Day Parade’s List Of Sponsors Shrinks As Controversy Over Boricua Nationalist Grows

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); The list of corporate and local sponsors withdrawing their support of the 2017 Puerto Rican Day Parade continues to grow, with some citing the event’s decision to honor Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar López Rivera as their reason for backing out. AT&T, Coca-Cola, JetBlue Airways and the New York Yankees announced Tuesday that they would not participate in the 60th annual parade. The companies and baseball team join Goya Foods, which cited a “business decision,” and several New York City police organizations in parting ways with the annual event. This year’s parade is set to take place on June 11 in Manhattan.  “While we are saddened and disappointed by certain sponsors pulling out of our Parade, we respect their views and decision to do so,” the National Puerto Rican Day Parade’s board of directors said in a statement Tuesday. “Equally, we respect our Parade’s mission and commitment to inclusiveness, and the responsibility of representing the broadest possible blend of voices that make up the Puerto Rican community.” Despite publicly pulling out of the parade, Coca-Cola, the Yankees and JetBlue have all vowed to continue their financial support of the scholarships given by the Puerto Rican Day Parade organization.  “The New York Yankees are not participating in this year’s Puerto Rican Day parade,” the Yankees organization told USA Today on Tuesday. “However, for many years, the Yankees have supported a scholarship program that recognizes students selected by the parade organizers. To best protect the interests of those students, and avoid any undue harm to them, the Yankees will continue to provide financial support for the scholarships, and will give to the students directly.” In a statement to HuffPost, the parade’s board of directors applauded the sponsors who intended to continue funding the scholarship program and expressed hope that any future companies would follow suit if they chose not to participate in this year’s parade. “While we cannot predict whether other sponsors and/or organizations might choose not to join us on Fifth Avenue this year, we expect they will do so with the same level of responsibility and professionalism as JetBlue and the Yankees,” the statement said. “This community deserves no less.” The parade is expected to honor López Rivera as its first “National Freedom Hero.” He was a member of the Armed Forces of National Liberation (known by its Spanish initials as FALN) and served more than 35 years in prison until former President Barack Obama commuted his sentence in January.  López Rivera was released last week and received a hero’s welcome at a Chicago rally that recognized him for his controversial actions fighting for Puerto Rico’s independence in the 1970s and 1980s. The FALN was linked to over 100 bombings in five cities across the United States, including Chicago and New York, during that period. López Rivera was sentenced in 1981 for his involvement with the militant group but was never linked to specific bombings. He was instead convicted on multiple charges that included seditious conspiracy and plotting to overthrow the U.S. government. On Monday, NYPD Police Commissioner James O’Neill said he would not march in the parade because he refused to “support a man who is a co-founder of an organization that engaged in over 120 bombings.” The NYPD Hispanic Society and the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association also issued statements boycotting the parade. The PBA pointed to the four officers and detectives injured by the FALN attack at Fraunces Tavern in 1974, which killed four people. “The annual Puerto Rican Day Parade is a magnificent celebration of a proud heritage shared by New Yorkers and police officers alike,” PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said in a statement on their website Thursday. “Honoring a remorseless terrorist who refuses to condemn acts of violence effectively steals the parade from the good and honorable people who are proud of their Puerto Rican heritage.” That same day, the board of directors doubled downed on their decision to honor López Rivera: The history of Oscar López Rivera is complicated, some call him a terrorist and others call him a freedom fighter, but Oscar López Rivera, as the New York Times recently wrote, was never charged with carrying out acts of violence. After 35 years in prison, 12 years of which were spent in solitary confinement, President Obama concluded, that at the age of 74, Oscar should be free.    It has been disappointing and unfortunate to see the progress of this Parade undermined by the circulation of false information, and the targeting of loyal sponsors by people who disagree with the Parade’s decision to recognize the freedom of Oscar López Rivera. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took a similar stance when he announced he’d be marching in the parade during a Tuesday news conference in the Bronx. “I believe this parade is a very, very important part of the life of our city,” de Blasio said, according to The New York Times. “The parade committee made a choice this year on someone to honor. That does not change the basic nature of the parade. Whether you agree with that choice or not, it’s still the Puerto Rican parade and my point is, I will be there to honor the Puerto Rican people. I intend on marching. It’s as simple as that.” In 2014, the Puerto Rican Day Parade honored Calle 13 rapper René Pérez without any controversy despite the artist’s vocal anti-imperialist stance. That same year, the parade also launched an awareness and solidarity campaign for the liberation of López Rivera.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. 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24 мая, 21:24

Trust Assimilation in the United States, by Bryan Caplan

I recently spent a month reading through the vast empirical literature on trust.  A simple survey question - usually along the lines of "Can most people be trusted?" - seems to predict many good social outcomes.  What most interests me, however, is trust assimilation.  Fans of empirical trust research often claim that immigrants retain trust generation after generation.  The go-to example: Swedes are highly trusting, and so are Swedish-Americans.  If this is generally true, immigration from low-trust countries will durably reduce average trust in high-trust countries that receive them.  One of the most-cited papers on this topic, Uslaner's "Where You Stand Depends Upon Where Your Grandparents Sat" (Public Opinion Quarterly, 2008) dissatisfies me in four ways:  (1) despite the title, most of the reported effects of ancestry on trust were quite small; (2) the author's main specification uses dummy variables for national/regional origin, rather than a direct measure of trust in country/region of origin; (3) eight out of the nine countries/regions of origin were in Europe; (4) Uslaner includes multiple control variables that plausibly proxy trust, including whether you're "satisfied with your friendships" and agree that "officials are not interested in the average person," and that it's "not fair to bring a child into the world."  Algan and Cahuc's "Inherited Trust and Growth" (AER, 2010, Section II.B) does a much better job.  It uses the World Values Survey to measure trust in "home countries," instead of just national/regional dummies, allowing a direct (though coarse) measure of immigrant assimilation.  And it doesn't control for variables that are close proxies for trust.  Result: About 45% of trust is persistent - not overwhelming, but hefty.  Ultimately, though, Algan and Cahuc still dissatisfies me.  Shortcomings: (1) they control for several variables that plausibly capture assimilation, especially education and income; (2) they heavily restrict their sample, (3) other than Africa, India, and Mexico, all of the countries/regions of origin they use are European.  So while I was hoping to outsource trust assimilation to prior researchers, I ultimately decided I needed to crunch the numbers myself.  My approach closely mirrors Algan and Cahuc's: I use the General Social Survey to measure individuals' trust within the United States, and the World Values Survey to measure average national trust everywhere else.  When multiple years of WVS data were available, I averaged them.  When the two data sets' categories didn't perfectly mesh, I did the best with what I had.  Example: Since the WVS doesn't include Austria, I gave Austrians the trust rate for Germany.  I ended up with this: GSS Code Ethnic Origin WVS Trust GSS Code Ethnic Origin WVS Trust 1 AFRICA 15.4 22 PUERTO RICO 14.2 2 AUSTRIA 35.3 23 RUSSIA 27.7 3 FRENCH CANADA 38.9 24 SCOTLAND 29.5 4 OTHER CANADA 38.9 25 SPAIN 25.8 5 CHINA 45.6 26 SWEDEN 62.8 6 CZECHOSLOVAKIA 26.9 27 SWITZERLAND 36.7 7 DENMARK 60.2 28 WEST INDIES 3.5 8 ENGLAND & WALES 29.5 29 OTHER 49.5 9 FINLAND 54.4 30 AMERICAN INDIAN -- 10 FRANCE 18.7 31 INDIA 31.8 11 GERMANY 35.3 32 PORTUGAL 27.2 12 GREECE 20.1 33 LITHUANIA 27.2 13 HUNGARY 28.1 34 YUGOSLAVIA 20.1 14 IRELAND 29.5 35 RUMANIA 16.9 15 ITALY 28.3 36 BELGIUM 23.1 16 JAPAN 38.5 37 ARABIC 25.5 17 MEXICO 21.1 38 OTHER SPANISH 14.9 18 NETHERLANDS 54.6 39 NON-SPAN WINDIES 3.5 19 NORWAY 69.3 40 OTHER ASIAN 24.3 20 PHILIPPINES 5.6 41 OTHER EUROPEAN 26.4 21 POLAND 23.1 97 AMERICAN ONLY 34.5 Since measuring assimilation is my goal, I include (a) a dummy variable for first-generation immigrants (BORN=0 if foreign-born, =1 if native-born), and (b) separate coefficients for assimilation for first-generation immigrants and their descendants.  What do we get?Using the entire sample:Now remember: The formula for zero assimilation is TRUST = .00 + 1.00 * ANCESTRAL for foreign- and native-born alike.  What the data yield, however, is TRUST = .10 + .70 * ANCESTRAL for foreign-born, and TRUST = .22 + .56 * ANCESTRAL for native-born.  The upshot is that low-trust immigrants gain a lot of trust, especially after the first generation.  Suppose your parents come from a country where only 10% of people trust others.  Your parents' predicted trust in the U.S. is 17%, but yours is 28%, just 9 percentage-points below the U.S. average.   What happens if we distinguish voluntary immigrants from the descendants of slaves?  Some prominent cliometricians argue that slavery durably damaged trust in Africa, and it's highly plausible that slavery in America did the same here.  Given historic immigration patterns, virtually all native-born U.S. blacks descend from slaves, so I define the dummy variable SLAVE, where SLAVE=1 if (ETHNIC=1 and BORN=1).  Then I re-estimate:Now we see an extremely high rate of trust assimilation for descendants of voluntary immigrants, regardless of their origins: TRUST = .33 + .28 * ANCESTRAL.  If your ancestral trust is 10%, your predicted trust in the U.S. is 36%, a mere 1 percentage-point below the U.S. average.I'm well-aware, of course, that these results aren't good enough for publication.  I banged them out in a few hours.  But I still think I learned a lot by getting my hands dirty in the data.  The most important lesson: While scholarly claims about trust persistence aren't totally wrong, they're heavily exaggerated.  Common sense says that descendants of voluntary immigrants readily assimilate to mainstream U.S. culture.  And at least for trust, common sense is right. 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24 мая, 14:26

Republic Services Down to Hold on Competition, Margin Woes

On May 24, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Republic Services, Inc. (RSG)to a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

24 мая, 10:21

The 15 Best All-Inclusive Cruise Deals for 2017

If you're committing to a cruise, you want the whole package. Here are the 15 best all-inclusive cruise deals for 2017 that you don't want to miss!

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23 мая, 22:40

Puerto Rico university chief quits ahead of arrest order

The head of Puerto Rico’s largest public university announced on Tuesday that she has resigned just hours before she faced arrest for failing to reopen an institution that has been shut down by a student strike for nearly two months.

23 мая, 17:57

AutoZone (AZO) Q3 Earnings Miss, Same-Store Sales Down Y/Y

AutoZone, Inc. (AZO) reported 6.2% year-over-year growth in earnings per share to $11.44 for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 (ended May 6, 2017) from $10.77 recorded in the year-ago quarter. Earnings missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $12.00.

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22 мая, 23:05

Puerto Rico university president faces jail amid strike

A judge on Monday threatened to arrest the president of Puerto Rico’s largest public university if she doesn’t reopen the institution, which has remained closed for nearly two months amid a student strike.

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22 мая, 20:23

Puerto Rico's Bankruptcy: Template For Other Troubled Cities

If your portfolio is too laden with general obligation bonds from states and cities that will one day have to actually deal with their problems—get out.

22 мая, 16:52

Puerto Rico seeks court’s help to save public pension system

Puerto Rico is seeking help from federal court to restructure the debt of the U.S. territory’s public pension system, which is projected to run out of money this year.

22 мая, 16:30

Children's Place, Urban Outfitters, Best Buy, Fred's and Ulta Beauty highlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day

Children's Place, Urban Outfitters, Best Buy, Fred's and Ulta Beauty highlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day

22 мая, 15:33

Invest in These Top 6 GARP Stocks for Solid Returns

If you're looking for a profitable portfolio of stocks that will offer the best of value and growth investing, try the growth at a reasonable price or GARP strategy.

22 мая, 14:05

Monday's Morning Email: Inside Trump's Planned Assault On Medicaid

TOP STORIES (And want to get The Morning Email each weekday? Sign up here.) WHAT TRUMP’S BUDGET MEANS FOR MEDICAID “President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, set to be unveiled on Tuesday, will include cuts to Medicaid and propose changes to other assistance programs for low-income citizens.” [Reuters] EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TRUMP’S TRIP ABROAD SO FAR Including his pivot to soften his rhetoric on Islam. Saudi Arabia and the UAE committed to donating $100 million to a women’s empowerment fund proposed by Ivanka Trump. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered his cabinet members to attend opening ceremonies for the president. And here’s that viral photo of Trump touching a glowing orb in Saudi Arabia. [HuffPost] 5,000 REFUGEES PULLED FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN In the 48 hours from May 18 through 20. [HuffPost] BREAKING DOWN JARED KUSHNER’S ASSETS The White House advisor has kept nearly 90 percent of his real estate holdings. Take a look at what he still owns. [WaPo] HOW CHINA DISMANTLED U.S. SPYING OPERATIONS “The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward.” [NYT] INSIDE NORTH KOREA’S CYBER WARFARE CELL And how it’s used to raise cash for the regime. [Reuters] BILLY BUSH TALKS ABOUT THAT INFAMOUS TAPE In his first interview seven and a half months after getting fired, Bush discusses his plans to return to TV. [HuffPost] WHAT’S BREWING ALL THE PHOTOS FROM PIPPA MIDDLETON’S WEDDING YOU COULD HAVE HOPED FOR Seriously, all of them. From Pippa’s breathtaking gown to Prince George and Princess Charlotte stealing the show, it was a wedding for the ages. Kate Middleton decided to wear pink, and Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle made an appearance at the reception. [HuffPost] DRAKE DOMINATED THE BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS Winning a record 13 trophies. Celine Dion performed an emotional version of “My Heart Will Go On” for the song’s 20th anniversary. And Cher, who is 71, put us all to shame in this silver ensemble. [HuffPost] SO MUCH FOR SAVING THE WORLD’S SEEDS “The Norwegian Government is redesigning parts of the Global Seed Vault, after a record warm summer caused permafrost to melt and flood the entrance.” [ABC Rural] THAT WAS THE LAST HURRAH FOR THESE THREE ‘SNL’ CAST MEMBERS Vanessa Bayer, Bobby Moynihan and Sasheer Zamata performed their final show Saturday. [HuffPost] WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ‘BACKPACK KID’ He could be the new left shark. [HuffPost] THIS VIDEO OF A SEA LION DRAGGING A GIRL UNDERWATER Is practically a PSA about not feeding wild animals. [HuffPost] THE ‘MOST SUCCESSFUL’ RANSOMWARE ATTACK OF ALL TIME Reportedly only netted $100,000. [Quartz] BEFORE YOU GO Notre Dame students walked out of Vice President Mike Pence’s commencement speech over the weekend. Three Mount Everest climbers are dead and one is missing. All hail queen Beyonce, who rocked a henna-tattooed baby bump at her “push party.” This NASA emergency space walk sounds like something Hollywood dreamed up. Forget cat cafes: Now we have rat cafes. How does this get past the health department? The governor of Oregon pardoned a boy who wrote in to apologize for taking a pen and a nut from the Capitol. Serena Williams appears to be loving the pregnant life. These moms hilariously break down the perils of swimsuit season. The Rock and Tom Hanks in 2020? Inside the scary lack of data on Zika in Puerto Rico. My my: Meryl Streep is making a “Mamma Mia” sequel. Initial critical reaction to “Wonder Woman” is looking good. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

22 мая, 13:15

Bull of the Day: The Children's Place (PLCE)

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21 мая, 19:24

Remarks by the Vice President at the University of Notre Dame Commencement

University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, Indiana   11:20 A.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Father Jenkins, the board of trustees, distinguished members of the faculty, my fellow honorees, guests, grandparents, parents, family, and friends gathered here, all who have come from near and far to share a special moment and congratulations to a generation of promise -- the University of Notre Dame Class of 2017!  We are proud of you all.  (Applause.)  For this son of Indiana, it is great to be back home again.  (Applause.)  But I have to tell you it’s deeply humbling for me to participate in the 172nd commencement here at University of Notre Dame in her 175th year. My first-generation Irish-American mother is actually with us today, 83 years young, Nancy Pence Fritsch.  (Applause.)  And I’m pretty sure my mother thought she’d see me at a graduation at Notre Dame.  (Laughter.)  Hi, Mom. The Notre Dame Class of 2017 is a class of extraordinary accomplishment.  You came from every corner of America and from all across the world -- representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and a stunning 74 foreign nations.  Some 3,143 men and women will graduate today with 3,171 degrees.  Now by my count, that difference means that we have about 28 graduates earning multiple degrees from Notre Dame today.  (Applause.)  We have with us a two-time Olympian, two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, 15 Fulbright Fellows, a quadruple Domer, national champions in fencing and soccer, the Indiana Campus Compact Wood Award winner -- and most impressive of all, I say with gratitude, that 38 of you will leave here and serve as officers in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force.  And we thank you for your service.  (Applause.)   Now, today is a day of celebration and the sun is out.  (Laughter.)  It’s also a day of appreciation -- especially for all those who believed in you and saw you through -- your friends, these great professors, and your wonderful families.   On behalf of all the moms and dads here, I can attest firsthand that this ceremony is one of the proudest moments of their lives.  (Applause.)   I’ve been a governor, and now I’m Vice President of the United States, but the most important job I will ever hold is that of husband and father.  (Applause.)  In fact, my wife of 31 years, the Second Lady of the United States of America, is also with us today.  Would you join me in welcoming Karen Pence?  (Applause.)  Karen and I are the proud parents of three amazing kids -- one of them who just joined the ranks of college graduates this last month.  So we know firsthand that while today is an accomplishment for all of you who are graduating, it really is just as much an accomplishment for your families.  You know you have come to this point because your parents and your families gave you a foundation of love and education.  They encouraged you, they prayed for you, and in most cases, they signed a whole lot of checks to make this day possible.  (Laughter.)  So before we go one step further, Class of 2017, why don’t you just stand up, turn around, catch the eye of the loved ones who are with us today, and show them just how thankful you are for all the love and support that carried you to this day?  (Applause.)  Because of your hard work, and their support, you’re graduating from an exceptional university today.  My charge to all of you is simply this:  Be exceptional from this day forth. One-hundred and seventy-five years ago, the Reverend Edward Sorin and seven of his companions left their home in Vincennes, Indiana.  They traveled north along the Wabash, through fields and forests, amid the valleys and over the hills until they reached the very ground on which we stand today. Here, they broke bread.  They said their prayers.  And in the words of Father Sorin, they established an institution with the noble mission to in their words “become a powerful means for good.” And so it has.  For 175 years, the men and women who have come before you in this place, graduated from this university have gone forth to do good.  The University of Notre Dame is special.  (Applause.)  From the arts to engineering, from politics to prose, you have been given a strong foundation of critical thought and knowledge.  You have studied the textbooks of your discipline and learned the facts and figures that you’ll need to succeed in your chosen field and profession. But a Notre Dame education doesn’t end with the formation of the mind.  In these halls, you have experienced the formation of the heart.  Your education here has prepared you for a life of service to your families, your communities, and our country, and the countries to which you will return. Notre Dame is exceptional.    This university stands without apology for human freedom and the inherent dignity of every human person, and it holds fast to the faith that gave it birth. And the impact of Notre Dame reaches far beyond the sight of the Golden Dome.  Your educational initiatives bring knowledge to the children across this country and the world who need it most.  Your commitment to social concerns melds faith and action to overcome poverty worldwide.  Your focus on ethics and culture promotes the value of all human life. And know that in so many causes, I can assure you, that in these matters you have an ally in our still-new administration.  You know, the greatest honor of my life is to serve as Vice President to the 45th President of the United States of America -- President Donald Trump.  (Applause.)  Just as Notre Dame has stood strong to protect its religious liberty, I’m proud that this President just took steps to ensure that this university and the Little Sisters of the Poor could not be forced to violate their consciences to fully participate in American civic life.  (Applause.)  And just as Notre Dame has stood for those who are persecuted for their faith around the world, just a short while ago in Saudi Arabia, this President spoke out against religious persecution of all people, of all faiths.  And on the world stage, he condemned, in his words, “the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians.”  (Applause.)  And where this President has stood for the unalienable right to life at home and abroad, I’m so proud that the University of Notre Dame has stood without apology for the sanctity of human life.  (Applause.)    Your education at the University of Notre Dame has been exceptional -- but, as the Good Book says, to whom much is given, much will be required.  So I urge you, as the rising generation -- carry the ideals and the values that you’ve learned at Notre Dame into your lives and your careers. Be leaders in your families, in your communities, and in every field of endeavor for the values you learned here at Notre Dame.  And in these divided times, I urge you to take one more aspect of the culture of this historic institution into the mainstream of American life. If the emanations of free speech were charted on a map like infrared heat signatures, one would hope that universities would be the hottest places -- red and purple with dispute; not dark blue and white -- frozen into cant, orthodoxy, and intellectual stasis.  If such a map were to exist, Notre Dame would burn bright with the glow of vibrant discussion.  This university is a vanguard of freedom of expression and the free exchange of ideas at a time, sadly, when free speech and civility are waning on campuses across America. Notre Dame is a campus where deliberation is welcomed -- where opposing views are debated and where every speaker, no matter how unpopular or unfashionable, is afforded the right to air their views in the open for all to hear.  (Applause.)  But Notre Dame is an exception -- an island in a sea of conformity, so far spared from the noxious wave that seems to be rushing over much of academia.  While this institution has maintained an atmosphere of civility and open debate, far too many campuses across America have become characterized by speech codes, safe zones, tone policing, administration-sanctioned political correctness -- all of which amounts to nothing less than suppression of the freedom of speech.  (Applause.)  These all-too-common practices are destructive of learning and the pursuit of knowledge.  And they are wholly outside the American tradition.  (Applause.)  As you, our youth, are the future, and universities, the bellwether of thought and culture, I would submit that the increasing intolerance and suppression of the time-honored tradition of free expression on our campuses jeopardizes the liberties of every American.  This should not -- and must not -- be met with silence.  (Applause.) A little more than two years ago, I was here when this university, this nation, and the world, bid farewell to a giant of this institution and of the 20th Century, Father Theodore Hesburgh.  (Applause.)   His contributions as the longest-serving president of this institution are legion.  But his moral example is greater still and will impact generations. And on this point of which I speak, he wrote words of admonition that I hope you will carry into the careers of consequence that unfold before you.  He wrote:  “Notre Dame can and must be a crossroads where all the vital intellectual currents of our time meet in dialogue, where the great issues are plumbed to their depths, where every sincere inquirer is welcomed and listened to, where differences of culture and religion and conviction can co-exist with friendship, civility, hospitality, respect and love.” Father Ted said Notre Dame was to be, as she is today, “a place where the endless conversation is harbored and not foreclosed.” And so I say to this rising generation:  So, too, must America be in your time.  (Applause.)  So as new graduates of this exceptional university, I urge you:  Be leaders for the freedom of thought and expression.  Carry the example and principles you’ve learned here to all the places where you will live and work. From this day forward, like the generations who have gone before for the past 175 years, the graduates of the Class of 2017, you are called to lead for good, to be men and women of integrity and values, to be salt and light in these ever-changing times.  And you're called in one other way:  to have faith.  For, as the Old Book says, He knows the plans he has for you -- plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Strive every day to lead for good with courage and conviction.  Live your life according to the precepts and principles that you have learned and seen here at Notre Dame. And in all that you do, have faith that He who brought you this far will never leave you, nor forsake you -- because He never will.  If you hold fast to Him, to the faith that you have deepened in this place, and to all that you have learned and the examples you’ve seen, I know you will not only persevere, you will prevail.  And you will lead your families, your professions, and our country to unimaginable heights.  University of Notre Dame Class of 2017, this is your day.   So go, Irish -- the future is yours. Thank you.  God bless you and God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.)  END 11:37 A.M. EDT

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CAN’T TRUST THE NUMBERS: We Know Zika Is A Big Problem In Puerto Rico. We Just Don’t Know How Big…

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Puerto Rico retirees will get bankruptcy committee: U.S. Trustee

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice's bankruptcy watchdog said on Friday it plans to appoint a committee of retirees in Puerto Rico's bankruptcy to negotiate for pensioners facing...

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