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The American Conservative Union's Conservative Political Action Conference [CPAC] is a convention of Conservative activists and politicians known for being one of the biggest events of the year for the far-Right.

This year's CPAC is on its third day and its speakers have already generated some wildly false claims, from former White House aide Sebastian Gorka threatening that Democrats are hell-bent on banning hamburgers to Donald Trump Jr. fanning fears of nonexistent "Post Term Abortions."

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After drinking a complimentary glass of wine on a flight from London, a woman was detained in Dubai for three days with her four-year-old daughter. The woman was held in unsanitary conditions, denied access to water, and forced to clean toilets during her detainment, according to Detained in Dubai, a human rights NGO.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 24: A man uses heroin under a bridge where he lives with other addicts in the Kensington section of Philadelphia which has become a hub for heroin use on January 24, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Over 900 people died in 2016 in Philadelphia from opioid overdoses, a 30 percent increase from 2015. As the epidemic shows no signs of weakening, the number of fatalities this year is expected to surpass last year's numbers. Heroin use has doubled across the country since 2010, according to the DEA, part of an epidemic. Officials from Philadelphia recently announced that they want to become the first U.S. city to allow supervised drug injection sites as a way to combat the opioid epidemic. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Contrary to popular belief, Americans are not living longer. In large part due to alcohol and drug abuse, as well as suicide, life expectancy has dropped in the US for the second year in a row. This trend is particularly alarming, because life expectancy rates have been rising in many other developed countries over the last several decades. Clearly, something is amiss in American society.

As will surprise no one America is in the midst of a booming opioid epidemic. According to a report by CBS, overdose is now the leading cause of death for American adults under 50 years old. This sobering statistic demonstrates the brutality of addiction, particularly within the United States.

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Russian River Brewing Company customers clink their glasses while drinking the newly released Pliny the Younger triple IPA beer on February 7, 2014 in Santa Rosa, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Need a clever toast for a wedding or party? Here are some unique and funny drinking cheers perfect for any occasion with friends and family. Giving a toast while drinking is viewed as an expression of honor or goodwill and has ancient origins throughout various cultures. According to legends, the ritual of clinking glasses before drinking evolved from efforts to prove that the drinks were not poisoned or to drive bad spirits away with the sound. However, Snopes says both of these are false.

Its real origins remain lost to history. Throughout the world, it exists in various formats, usually revolving around the word "health" or "toast." However, the origin of the word "toast" is more recent. According to stories, the word toast became associated with cheersing in the 17th century, based on people putting spiced toast in drinks to improve its flavor. The Metro writes that "the bread soaked up some of the acidity in poor wines."

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Throwing back a few too many cocktails or glasses of wine may be an occupational hazard during the holidays, but as it turns out, one of the best hangover solutions may actually help repair your liver.

Researchers have found that coffee, long a requirement for any morning-after breakfast, can actually reduce the risk of alcohol-related liver cirrhosis by 44 percent.

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As my children, and my friends’ children, are getting older, a question that comes up again and again from friends is this: Which would I rather my children use — alcohol or marijuana?

The immediate answer, of course, is “neither.” But no parent accepts that. It’s assumed, and not incorrectly, that the vast majority of adolescents will try one or the other, especially when they go to college. So they press me further.

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