Wantagh-Seaford Voter Guide: NY Primary Election 2020

WANTAGH, NY — Amid lingering public health concerns over the coronavirus, Wantagh and Seaford voters who didn’t already cast ballots will head to the polls Tuesday to do just that in the Congressional primary, as well as in state senate and assembly elections.

Many New York Democrats will pay close attention to the number of votes that former Vice President Joe Biden earns in the presidential primary compared to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who dropped out of the race earlier this year. The state Board of Elections tried to cancel the primary election, but federal judges had it reinstated. While Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee, the primary also dictates which delegates are chosen, which could ultimately impact the party’s rules and platform.

But most will be far more concerned with what happens to U.S. Rep. Pete King’s seat. The longtime Seaford Republican shocked Long Island in

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Yes, historians do teach that first Black members of Congress were Republicans

The claim: Historians do not teach that the first Black members of Congress were Republicans

A viral meme, posted on Instagram, features a well-known lithograph of the first Black members of Congress, with a bold statement.

“History not taught,” it says. “The first 23 Black congressmen were Republican.”

“You won’t be taught this,” wrote Ryan Fournier, the co-chair of Students for Trump, whose watermark appears on the meme, on his Instagram account. “The Republicans were the anti-slavery party.”

It is mostly accurate that the Republican Party formed to oppose the extension of slavery, although up until the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, Abraham Lincoln and other Republicans pledged not to interfere with slavery in states where it existed. And the first 23 African Americans in Congress did belong to the Republican Party, due to the GOP’s support of voting rights and the Democratic Party’s embrace of white supremacy.

But the

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A beginner’s guide to meditation and mindfulness

To meditate, all you need is a place where you can focus.
To meditate, all you need is a place where you can focus.

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In the US, the amount of people practicing meditation more than tripled from 2012 to 2017. 

While meditation has a rich cultural history in countries like India, China, and Japan, it’s becoming increasingly popular in the Western world — and with good reason. 

Meditation can have extensive mental and physical health benefits, and you need less than 10 minutes alone each day to do it. It might seem difficult to get started and keep up a routine, but the following guide breaks it down for beginners. 

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Meditation for beginners

Meditation isn’t about learning how to empty your mind or stop your thoughts. Instead, meditation is the practice of training your attention and focus from a place of non-judgement.

Mindfulness meditation is the most common type of meditation in the West — and perhaps

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265 Ways America Can Lead the Fight Against COVID-19 and Get Back on Track

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In a final report released Monday, The Heritage Foundation’s National Coronavirus Recovery Commission makes 265 recommendations for getting America back to work, stopping the spread of COVID-19, and being prepared for the next pandemic.

The recommendations are aimed at federal, state, and local government leaders as well as the business and nonprofit sector amid a pandemic that has killed 115,000 Americans and wiped out millions of jobs and thousands of businesses. 

With release of the final report, the commission and Heritage policy experts will continue working with policymakers in Washington and state capitals to implement the recommendations, said Heritage President Kay C. James, who chaired the commission. 

“While other public and private task forces looked at either the economic or public health aspects of the pandemic, the commission focused on finding the right balance between the two,” James said, adding:

Our task hasn’t

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