Vocabulary from the Sixth Democratic Debate, February 11, 2016

In the aftermath of Senator Bernie Sanders' victory in the New Hampshire primary on February 9, Sanders and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton debated again on February 11, this time in Milwaukee. The topics debated ranged from race relations in America to the refugee crisis in Syria, and there were also sharper personal attacks than in previous debates, over voting records, criticism of President Obama, and Secretary Clinton's consultation with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Here are 20 vocabulary words from the Sixth Democratic Debate of February 11, 2016.
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Vocabulary from the Eighth Republican Debate, February 6, 2016

The last Republican debate before the New Hampshire primary took place on February 6, 2016. Although the candidates addressed many issues like terrorism and the epidemic of drug abuse, this debate was particularly notable for the exchanges between the candidates about what makes one qualified to be president and what constitutes a true conservative. Here are 20 words from the eighth Republican debate.
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David Bowie (1947-2016) Tribute List

David Bowie died on January 10, 2016 from liver cancer at the age of 69. A rock star and cultural force in the 1970s and 80s, Bowie was known for his ability to completely change character from album to album, theatrics that sometimes overshadowed the high quality of his songwriting and musicianship. As these selections from the lyrics of his entire career show, Bowie could turn a phrase and evoke an image like no one else. Here are 15 vocabulary words from the lyrics of David Bowie.
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Vocabulary from Golden Globe Winners

The Golden Globe Awards were handed out on January 10, 2016. The Golden Globes is one of the few award shows that honors both film and television on the same night, so stars from different sections of the entertainment industry socialize with and applaud one another. Here are ten words from television shows, films and performances that took home awards at this year's Golden Globes.
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President Obama announces Executive Action on Gun Control

President Obama held a press conference on January 5, 2016 where he announced that he will take Executive Action to extend and enforce gun control laws in an effort to curb gun violence. Whatever one thinks of the measure, the fact that the President is engaging in such action brings up interesting issues of the extent of presidential power and the state of governmental action or inaction. Here are 17 words from the president's speech.
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Diane Keaton turns 70!

Actress and style icon Diane Keaton turns 70 today. Keaton is known for her starring role in some of the greatest films of the 1970s, including The Godfather series and, with Woody Allen, in Annie Hall and Manhattan. In the 1980s, she continued her career in Baby Boom and The Father of the Bride. Here are eleven vocabulary words from quotes from Diane Keaton, from both her movies and memoirs.
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Natalie Cole (1950-2015) Tribute List

Natalie Cole passed away on December 31, 2015 at the age of 65 from congestive heart failure. Natalie Cole was famous as a little girl because she was the daughter of celebrated crooner Nat "King" Cole. Her success in the early nineties involved an album of standards associated with her father, including the title track "Unforgettable," where through the wonder of technology she was able to duet with her father even though at the time of the duet's release he had been dead for 26 years. Here are 15 vocabulary words from songs Natalie Cole sang throughout her career.
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Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) Tribute List

Ellsworth Kelly, the renowned painter and sculptor, died on December 27, 2015 at the age of 92. At first glance, what Kelly produced for much of his career was the kind of thing that people are always mocking modern art for -- squares of colors on a canvas, yellow ovals painted on a white background and called "Yellow-White." But Kelly's work really benefits from a second look. His use of shape and color often accomplish what all great art is supposed to: it has the ability to change the way the viewer sees things, both in the museum and outside its walls. Here are ten vocabulary words from quotes by Ellsworth Kelly.
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The Top 20 Relevant Words from the Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate, Dec. 19, 2015

The Democratic debate on December 19 featured extended discussions on issues of national security, race relations and drug policy. Senator Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton also briefly addressed the recent data breach that affected their campaigns and resulted in Sanders firing a staffer. Here are the most relevant words from the debate.
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What Does the Fed's Raising Interest Rates Mean?

From "The Federal Reserve will likely raise interest rates this week. This is what happens next.," The Washington Post, Dec. 14, 2015.
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Can the Paris Climate Change Agreement Save Our Planet?

An overview of the new agreement in 10 vocab words drawn from example sentences that cover the basics of the agreement. Source: "Nations Approve Landmark Climate Accord in Paris," The New York Times, Dec. 12, 2015.
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Time Magazine's 2015 Person of the Year: Angela Merkel

Learn these ten words, and then read Time Magazine's profile of their Person of the Year for 2015, German chancellor Angela Merkel. http://time.com/time-person-of-the-year-2015-angela-merkel/
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Robert Loggia (1930-2015) Tribute List

Robert Loggia, an actor with a memorably gruff voice known for playing cops, mobsters and coaches, died on December 4, 2015 at the age of 85 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. For all the times he played bad guys, Loggia will probably be best remembered for a joyous moment, dancing on the oversized piano with Tom Hanks in Big. Loggia also played an important role in Scarface with Al Pacino. Here are vocabulary words from ten quotes from Robert Loggia both in and out of character.
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Scott Weiland (1967-2015) Tribute List

Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland died on December 3, 2015 at the age of 48. For a brief period in the mid-1990s, Stone Temple Pilots combined Weiland's appealing voice with interesting melodies to dominate rock and roll radio. Here are ten vocabulary words from Weiland's work with Stone Temple Pilots.
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Viewing Current Refugee Crisis Through an Anne Frank Lens

Learn these ten words, then read, "Anne Frank and her family were also denied entry as refugees to the U.S.," Washington Post, Nov. 24, 2015.
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Should girls be allowed to join the boy scouts? 10 Vocab Words

From "‘I Want to Be a Boy Scout.’ There’s Just One Hitch." The New York Times, Nov. 22, 2015 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/23/us/girls-in-california-are-latest-to-seek-to-become-boy-scouts.html
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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates wins the National Book Award

Ta-Nehisi Coates has won the National Book Award for Non-Fiction for his extended letter to his son, Between the World and Me. Coates' book is his deeply heartfelt and searing account of the African-American experience in the United States, told with passion and the keen ability to choose words and phrases that cut the reader to the core. Here are twelve words from Between the World and Me.
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Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson wins the National Book Award

Adam Johnson, who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for his last novel, The Orphan Master's Son, has now won the National Book Award for Fiction his latest book of short stories, Fortune Smiles. The stories in Fortune Smiles travel across the globe and involve many different scenarios, but they all examine the different ways people address events they can't control. Here are ten words from one of the stories in Fortune Smiles, "Nirvana."
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When Fake is Real: Young People Rebel Against Instagram, Via Instagram

Young people are abandoning curated social media in favor a more real and private view of their lives...on social media. Learn ten words from "On Fake Instagram, a Chance to Be Real," The New York Times, Nov. 18, 2015.
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A New Understanding of ISIS After the Paris Attacks

Social Studies teachers: Use this list of 25 vocabulary words drawn from five New York Times articles to follow news and analysis following the Nov. 13, 2015 Paris Attacks.
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Top Ten Most Relevant Words from the Second Democratic Debate, November 14, 2015

The tragic events in Paris cast a large shadow over the second Democratic debate held on November 14, 2015. The first portion of the debate was devoted to plans for combating terrorist threats, but the candidates -- Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- also addressed issues like immigration, the economy, and raising the minimum wage. Here are the most relevant words from the debate.
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Top Ten Most Relevant Words from Republican Presidential Candidates' Debate - Nov. 10, 2015

These are the ten words that stand out as "relevant" to last night's debate according to the Vocabulary.com list builder, which compares how often words appear in a text to how often they appear in the 3.2 billion-word Vocabulary.com corpus. Find our complete vocabulary-focused analysis of the debate here.
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Allen Toussaint (1938-2015) Tribute List

Allen Toussaint, a legend of the New Orleans music scene, died on November 9 at the age of 77 of a heart attack. Toussaint had popular success writing other artists' hits such as "Working in a Coal Mine" and "Mother-in-Law" but it was as the musical embodiment of the New Orleans sound, that one-of- a-kind mix of blues, jazz and funk, that he will be best remembered. In recent years, particularly in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Toussaint became something of a musical ambassador, touring internationally (he died in Spain) and recording albums like "The River in Reverse" with Elvis Costello with a younger generation who were raised on his early recordings. Here are 10 vocabulary words from quotes and lyrics by Allen Toussaint.
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Fred Thompson (1942-2015) Tribute List

Former Tennessee senator and Hollywood character actor Fred Thompson died on November 1, 2015 at the age of 73 from lymphoma. As his roles in "Law and Order" on television and in films like "The Hunt for Red October" attest, Thompson was an extremely charming figure, both offscreen and on, even when he played unlikeable characters. Thompson was known for his plain spoken manner, and these 11 quotes show his straightforward style while highlighting vocabulary made clear by context and Thompson's way with words.
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Top Ten Most Relevant Words from the Third Republican Debate, October 28, 2015

These are the ten words that stand out as "relevant" to last night's debate according to the Vocabulary.com list builder, which compares how often words appear in a text to how often they appear in the 3.2 billion-word Vocabulary.com corpus. Find our complete vocabulary-focused debate analysis here.
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