Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 2:35 pm
Saying that "it's offensive to me as a woman and as a minority" that Democrats portray the GOP as "the party that hates you" when they reach out to non-whites, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley made the case this morning that it's the Republican Party that minorities should be looking to join.
People sit on a bench along the seawall in the storm surge from Isaac, on Lakeshore Drive along Lake Pontchartrain, as the storm approaches landfall, in New Orleans, Tuesday, Aug. 28.
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People make their way across Canal Street in New Orleans. Ed Rappaport, deputy director of the National Hurricane Center, said Isaac's core would pass west of the city and head for Baton Rouge.
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People sit on a bench near Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans on Tuesday. Hurricane Isaac slammed into the southern Louisiana coast late Tuesday, sending floodwaters surging and unleashing fierce winds,
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Gus Williams feeds his step-granddaughter, Somaya Washington, as her mother, Areonisha Washington, watches. They evacuated to a shelter in Houma, La.
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Suzette Necaise stocks up on bottled water at Seal's Marketplace Kiln, Miss. The area suffered severe damage during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
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A NASA satellite captured an image of Hurricane Isaac as it approached Louisiana Tuesday. The storm has been moving at around 10 miles per hour.
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Residents of New Orleans and other cities are performing the balancing act that is an essential part of life along the Gulf Coast. Hurricanes are such a regular feature that you can't let them disrupt your life too much.
Grindstone Island's lone public dock is just three miles north of the U.S. mainland, a straight shot by powerboat across the St. Lawrence River from Clayton, N.Y. Part of the Thousand Islands, Grindstone Island sits in a waterway shared by the U.S. and Canada.
Say "adoption" and many Americans think "babies." The U.S. system was largely organized around placing infants, both from this country and abroad. It turns out that, by far, the largest number of adoptions in the U.S. is through the foster care system. That means toddlers, young children, even teens.
Yet many in the field say the system does little to help families cope with the special issues a number of these children will face, even years after adoption.
One day Theresa Hamilton, a mother of 12, was struck by how hard it is to come by human dignity when you are down on your luck. For instance, you can't use Food Stamps to buy toilet paper or laundry soap.
So Theresa founded Giving The Basics — an organization that provides people with toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products and other human-dignity necessities.