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Trump rips 'dishonest' and 'deceptive' Cruz mailer

The Republican secretary of state says 'voting violation' piece is 'not keeping in the spirit of the Iowa Caucuses.'<p>AMES, Iowa — Right before heading to church, Donald Trump ripped Ted Cruz’s campaign on Sunday morning for sending mailers to Iowa voters designed to look like official documents that …

IT HAPPENED TO ME: My High School Physics Teacher Told The Class That Girls Weren’t Good at Science

My junior year of high school, I signed up to take an entry-level physics class.<p>The class began with an innocent-sounding enough “syllabus day,” in which the professor went through his expectations for the class, testing policies, office hours, et al. (This was a high school AP class, but the …

Why the 2016 Election Will Be One of the Most Pivotal Moments of Our Time

More than 150 years ago, in 1858, as the national crisis over slavery heightened, Abraham Lincoln famously remarked that “a house divided against …

How Can We Write About Science When People Are Dying?

Paris was horrific.<p>Yet as I watched that horror unfold, in a city that was once known as “The Paris of the Middle East,” dust clouds were falling onto a street streaked with blood. Beirut had been hit by one of the deadliest bombings since the Lebanese civil war ended in 1990.<p>It was a story that …

The American Way of War in the Twenty-First Century (It's a $cam!)

<i>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</i><p>Let’s begin with the $12 billion in shrink-wrapped $100 bills, Iraqi oil money held in the U.S. The Bush administration began flying it into Baghdad on C-130s soon after U.S. troops entered that city in April 2003. Essentially dumped into the void that had once been …

The Most Ambitious Effort Yet To Abolish The Death Penalty Is Already Happening

Derided this spring as “guerrilla warfare” by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, the death penalty abolition movement is coming out into the open. The 8th Amendment Project’s leaders talk with BuzzFeed News about why — and how they plan to win.<p>Henderson Hill and Rob Smith are the odd couple …

How Did We Become Incarceration Nation?

<i>Our political and media elites should be ashamed of themselves. It's taken nearly 20 years for them to realize that we are the largest police state in the world -- that we have more prisoners than China or Russia both in absolute numbers and as a percentage of the population.</i><p>This Rip Van Winkle …

Pennsylvania couple accused of starving son to death due in court

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - The trial of a Pennsylvania couple accused of letting their 9-year-old disabled son starve to death and of nearly doing the same to a disabled daughter is due to start on Monday, but a prosecutor said jury selection had been canceled.<p>Jarrod Nicholas Tutko, 38, is shown …

Bernie Sanders; Winning Personality

<i>Presidential Candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT)</i><p>Never underestimate a guy from Brooklyn.<p>Speaking in Boston this week to a crowd of 20,000, Sanders was aware he was holding the largest Democratic Primary rally ever held in the history Massachusetts. His numbers beat the 10,000 person crowd Obama …

Two Political Operatives Walk Into A Bar... And One Throws A Punch

It was only a matter of time before this presidential campaign <i>literally</i> came to blows.<p>That's what a top aide to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul alleges happened Thursday night between him and an aide to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.<p>John Yob, Paul's national political director, says he was in a bar on Mackinac …

Why Isis fights

Jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria reveal the apocalyptic motivations of the militant movement that has hijacked the Syrian uprising – and transformed the Middle East<p>For more than a century, Dabiq was one of northern Syria’s forsaken villages, a speck on a vast agricultural plain between the Turkish …

Middle East

An Open Letter to the Wall Street Journal on Its Bernie Sanders Hit Piece

<i>Gerald Friedman's research was cited in a</i> Wall Street Journal <i>story about Bernie Sanders's proposals for government spending. Friedman responds to that story below.</i><p>It is said of economists that they know the cost of everything but the value of nothing. In the case of the article "Price Tag of Bernie …

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Body Language

Biden faces hurdles as he weighs late 2016 bid

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> As Vice President Joe Biden continues to contemplate a late entry into the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, he faces obstacles toward arriving at yes -- not least of which is his own emotional state three months after his son's death.<p>After a week of meetings with …

Is Biden Stoking the Fire - Or Throwing Cold Water on It?

<i>First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.</i><p><b>Biden: My heart and soul “are pretty well banged up”</b><p>We heard Vice President Joe Biden talk about his thoughts on a 2016 run for the first time since the …

Hillary Clinton Can't Ignore Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton ought to be concerned.<p>Even though the Clinton campaign has certainly been aware of the significant and passionate left-wing populism within the Democratic Party, the campaign has merely underestimated and, for far too long, sidelined the substantial and growing support of Bernie …

Middle-class

Nine things you may not know about Jimmy Carter

<b>(CNN) —</b> Jimmy Carter's presidency swirled with turmoil, but his post-White House work promoting human rights, democracy and peace has earned him high praise. Here are a few facts about Carter, who turns 91 in October, to help reflect on the long life of America's 39th president:<p><b>1. The son of a</b> …

Half a Century of Campaign Spending, Dissected

Sources: Federal Election Commission, New York Magazine<p>If you believe the news, campaign spending is: Crazy! Incredible! <i>Out of control</i>! <i>Bizarre and absurd</i>! <i>Record shattering</i>!<p>Are the sensational headlines true? Are election campaigns really spending so much more than in the past?<p>The Federal Election …

Elections

How Jeb and the GOP Got Trumped

The establishment wanted a sweet ’16, not a 17-candidate pileup. Here’s what happened.<p>Jeb Bush, the man who would be front-runner, was as surprised as anybody when Donald Trump jumped into the 2016 presidential race in June. His instinctive first reaction was to hold his tongue, and his advisers …

Republicans

The Children of Strangers

Sue and Hector Badeau adopted twenty children who needed a home—but there were always more.<p>When Sue Hoag was twelve, she read a book, “The Family Nobody Wanted,” about a couple in the nineteen-forties who adopted a multiracial posse of twelve children, despite having very little room or money. Sue …

Empathy

There's a huge myth about the prison crisis in America

Prison reformers hailed these events as important steps forward in the effort to rein in the sprawling U.S. prison system.<p>I don't think they should be so happy.<p>Obama's speeches, unfortunately, explicitly emphasized one of the most problematic myths standing in the way of true penal reform, and the …

Armed Robbery

Georgia claims that publishing its state laws for free online is 'terrorism'

Government officials have threatened "rogue archivist" Carl Malamud with legal action many times for his efforts to make public government documents widely available for free, but the state of Georgia has set a new standard for fighting this ridiculous battle: It's suing Malamud for infringing its …

Trump: The Dark Heart of the Republican Party

There’s a fun moment, back in the 2012 Democratic National Convention, where Bill Clinton is doing his job as his party’s Explainer-in-Chief. He’s …

The stars have aligned for real prison reform

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you do not yet believe that bipartisan criminal justice reform is possible inside the dysfunction of Washington, it is time to put away your doubts.<p>Over the last two weeks, we have witnessed a historic surge of momentum for the prospects of justice reform -- punctuated by this week's …

Criminal Sentencing

GREECE JUST TAUGHT CAPITALISTS A LESSON ABOUT WHAT CAPITALISM REALLY MEANS

The vote is huge lesson for conservatives and anyone else who thinks this is about a dilettante government of left-wing idealists who think they can flout the law while staging some kind of Che Guevara-esque dream:<p>Wrong.<p><i>This is what capitalism is really about.</i><p>From the beginning, Merkel and the EU …

Europe

Some GOP candidates becoming unhinged over gay marriage ruling

By George F. Will<p>, Columnist<p>In 1824, in retirement 37 years after serving as the Constitutional Convention’s prime mover, James Madison, 73, noted that the 1787 “language of our Constitution is already undergoing interpretations unknown to its founders.” He knew that the purport of the text would …

Nationwide Crime Spike Has Law Enforcement Retooling Its Approach

Crime in America may be on the rise again. It's too early to talk about a national trend, but there have been troubling spikes in shootings and murders in big cities such as New York, Baltimore and Los Angeles.<p>Until recently, crime decreased steadily for two decades, and the national murder rate is …