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Bill Nye, The Misuse Of Science Guy: Why Science Doesn't Answer Public Policy Questions

The use of science in public policy has recently been in the news, most prominently in the “March for Science” at over 600 locations around the globe. Thousands rallied “for science,” including climate change activists, anti-vaxxers, and those who are either for or against GMOs, not to mention …

Senate bill would make it harder to delete government data

It has only been a bit over 100 days, but the Trump administration is already known for making previously available date harder to find. Within just one month, it not only decided to hide the White House's visitor logs, but also to shutter the Open.gov portal that contains the White House staff's …

ACLU won't sue, says 'religious freedom' order was 'elaborate photo-op'

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reversed course Thursday, saying it won't file a lawsuit challenging President Trump's executive order on …

The states’ rights that Trump doesn’t like

By David Cole<p>Contributor, PostEverything<p><i>David Cole is national legal director of the ACLU, which has sought to join Santa Clara County and San Francisco’s lawsuits against the Trump administration.</i><p>States’ rights have long been a rallying cry for conservatives. The Trump administration cited its …

TSA Agents X-Raying Passengers Will Be Surprised to Find These Constitutional Warnings on Their Undergarments

What started out as a gag gift could technically help people practice their Fourth Amendment rights.<p>With the heightened security at airports …

Change the U.S. Constitution? Texas House says yes, please

AUSTIN — Texas would add its name to a small but growing list of states calling for a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution and rein in federal …

CNN Taunts Trump And The GOP With 'Schoolhouse Rock'

Jim Acosta said the White House celebration over health care advancing was "a bit premature."<p>“CNN Tonight” host Don Lemon said President Donald Trump took a “victory lap” with a big ceremony at the White House in celebration of the House passing its health care bill on Thursday.<p>“Is he celebrating a …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump deletes tweet saying it was “an honor” to meet Palestinian president

<b>(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)</b><p>President Trump may have his own Twitter account turned against him<p>Charlie May<p>May 4, 2017 6:22pm (UTC)<p>President Trump deleted a tweet that he posted to his account in which he said it was "an honor" to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House. …

“Millions of Americans are about to lose health care coverage and the Republicans are drinking beer”: Democrats slam House GOP after passage of Trumpcare

<b>Nancy Pelosi (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)</b><p>House Republicans were quick to celebrate after repealing the Affordable Care Act by a slim one-vote margin<p>Sophia Tesfaye<p>May 4, 2017 6:52pm (UTC)<p>By a one-vote margin, the House narrowly passed a Republican-sponsored repeal of the Affordable Care Act on Thursday. …

So Much for Trump's Populism

Obamacare repeal reveals the new Republican Party, selling House Speaker Paul Ryan's conservative agenda with Trump's bombastic style.<p>The merger is complete. As recently as 10 months ago, the Republican Party seemed an uneasy coalition between Paul Ryan conservatives and Donald Trump populists. The …

Republicans

Father who killed baby in fit of temper jailed for at least 21 years

Robert Hinz convicted of murder after throwing three-month-old son against a hard surface at their Bournemouth home<p>A father has been jailed for a minimum of 21 years for murdering his three-month-old son by hurling the infant “vigorously” against a hard surface in a fit of temper.<p>Robert Hinz, 34, …

Court upholds 114-year prison sentence of Aaron Thompson in daughter’s disappearance and death

The 114-year prison sentence given to Aaron Thompson – much of it for the disappearance and presumed death of his daughter, Aaroné – was upheld a …

Common Law

Iowa judge denies request to block new state law requiring 3-day wait for abortions

CLOSE<p>Rita Bettis of ACLU-Iowa and Suzanna de Baca discuss lawsuit aimed at blocking 72-hour wait for abortions<p>A Polk County District Court judge …

Hey, Remember the Keystone XL Pipeline?

This week in the laboratories of democracy.<p><i>(Permanent Musical Accompaniment To This Post)</i><p><i>Being our semi-regular weekly survey of what's goin' down in the several states where, as we know, the real work of governmentin' gets done, and where you pay in blood, but not your own.</i><p>We begin in Louisiana, …

The New York Times is doing great! Here’s the problem with that.

For all that the president savages the mainstream media — labeling the press “fake news” and “the enemy of the American People” — news outlets have been thriving in the age of Donald Trump. Constant drama and uncertainty, it turns out, is good for business. "Every time he tweets, it drives …

A Look Back Sheds Light on Redistricting

• <b>2011 Civitas article illuminates the history of redistricting arguments</b>• <b><br>In the past, Democrats admitted drawing voting maps for political purposes</b>• <b><br>A</b> …

Government

Well, shut my mouth!: Berkeley protests put the obedience back in civil disobedience

<b>(Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Berkeley protestors are heinous enemies of free speech, which is too bad because I have some hideous things to say<p>Neal Pollack<p>May 4, 2017 10:59pm (UTC)<p>I’m afraid that I must cancel my upcoming appearance at the University of California, Berkeley. The fact that I didn’t actually …

Meet the 16-year-old Czech Girl Scout Who Stood Up to the Far-Right

A photograph of 16-year-old girl scout Lucie Myslíková staring defiantly at a right wing protester during a May Day counter-protest in the Czech city …

Jordan moves to abolish controversial rape law, but hurdles remain

Jordan appears to be on the cusp of a major turning point for women's rights after the cabinet ruled in favour of scrapping an article that allows …

Trump responds to Clinton with late-night tweets

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump, in a series of late night tweets on Tuesday, both revisited his 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton and seemingly slammed the judgment of his own FBI director.<p>"FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass …

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Health care bill 'shameful,' 'harmful,' medical groups say

<b>(CNN) —</b> Republicans may be jubilant that revamped health care legislation finally passed the House on Thursday, but many of the professional associations that represent America's health care workers are clearly unhappy.<p>The groups said they were "disappointed," "deeply disappointed" and "extremely …

Health Care

Got Asthma? That'll Cost You $4,000 Extra Under the Republican Plan

Diabetes? That's over $5,000.<p>One of the most popular parts of Obamacare is that it guarantees you can't be denied coverage or charged higher premiums simply for having a preexisting medical condition. The philosophy behind this is that people who are already sick might need medical care, and in the …

General Assembly inches toward seating new South Carolina Ethics Commission

COLUMBIA — More than a month after it was scheduled to get to work, the new State Ethics Commission still awaits appointees from the General Assembly.<p>…

South Carolina

Donald Trump to a Beaming Paul Ryan: 'I'm President!'

Barf BagWelcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.<p>Maybe May is really the cruelest month.<p>…

Trump supporters ask: What’s the point of holding elections?

The Washington Swamp won the latest round in its ongoing battle with President Trump, and it won so convincingly it’s enough to raise the question – …

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Twitter has flipped out over this creepy snowman stalking President Obama

This latest photo may be the tipping point to making President Obama the most meme-able president in history. The White House staff shared a picture …

Trump is on target to violate the Constitution the moment he takes the oath of office

By Jennifer Rubin<p>Opinion writer<p>We have had smart presidents and dim ones, effective ones and incompetents, successful ones and unaccomplished ones. Until now, we have never had one for whom it was legitimate to question <i>at the onset of his presidency</i> whether he could fulfill his oath to “preserve, …

Did Ari Emanuel Cover for Donald Trump on the Miss Universe Tapes?

The Hollywood super-agent was an Obama supporter. But when Hillary faced off against Trump, Emanuel rebuffed requests to open the Miss Universe …