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Can You Stay Civil By Keeping Quiet?

Nov 21, 2017

When a tough topic comes up around a table of friends and family, it’s all too easy to take a deep breath and hold it in.

Instead of staring down a contentious cousin, it might feel safer to stare at your phone, just to avoid that political debate you’re dreading.

But civility and conversation can lead to better relationships, greater creativity and boost the economy.

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Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Executive director, National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD)

Updated at 4:50 p.m. ET

The House Ethics Committee is now investigating the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, who is the latest lawmaker caught in the wave of sexual harassment claims.

Yes, this White House tradition happened again. The president pardoned a pair of turkeys Tuesday.

They have punny names again — "Wishbone" and "Drumstick."

"Drumstick, you are hearby pardoned," Trump said of the bird that was chosen to be at the ceremony.

Trump then applauded and Drumstick gobbled.

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The allegations of sexual harassment against talk show host Charlie Rose that came out yesterday overshadowed another allegation. Prominent New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush was suspended after several women accused him.

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