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Trump's Campaign Paid Millions To His Own Properties, FEC Documents Say

Donald Trump's presidential campaign had many unusual aspects, not the least of which was the huge amount of money it funneled into Trump's own businesses.<p>And now there's a new twist: Such payments can continue indefinitely because he's already declared himself a candidate for re-election in …

Donald Trump

Jon Stewart’s animated cable news parody should launch early next year, HBO says

The US presidential election has come and gone with nary a peep from America’s preeminent satirical voice, Jon Stewart. But as Donald Trump assumes the presidency, the beloved comedian and former <i>The Daily Show</i> host is almost ready to resurface.<p>Casey Bloys, HBO’s programming chief, told …

Comedy

These are the first political cartoons to emerge following the U.S. election

Welp, it is what it is.<p>But with our First Amendment rights, we can still choose to express our frustration, outrage, or bewilderment with political …

Elections
Government

Republican Ana Navarro on 'Daily Show': Donald Trump is 'like a Zika mosquito' for conservatives

"I'm the woman who said 'p---y' on TV," Navarro told Trevor Noah on Thursday's "Daily Show."<p>More specifically, the video went viral because Navarro was battling a Trump surrogate, Scottie Nell Hughes, who stated she was offended by Navarro's use of the word rather than using a euphemism for it, as …

United States

Clinton makes huge gains

After a tumultuous week for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, the electoral map has swung dramatically in favor of his Democratic counterpart, Hillary Clinton.<p>Since last week, eight swing states and one congressional district have shifted to be more favorable to the former secretary of …

Government

Republicans are learning that Hillary Clinton was right about 'deplorables'

If you are a Republican politician not named Donald Trump, your life right now is pain.<p>These two tweets from The Washington Post's Robert Costa explain why:<p>Donald Trump is gross and is electoral poison. Republican officials knew this even before an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Monday …

Government

White House torches Sen. Tom Cotton on Iran

The White House blasted Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton for how the Republican lawmaker used his opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran, the U.S. and other world powers in an appropriations bill Wednesday.<p>“I learned shortly before coming out here that this legislation did not succeed in getting the …

The White House

Chomsky: Trump's rise due to 'breakdown of society'

MIT professor and intellectual Noam Chomsky attributes Donald Trump’s success in the Republican presidential primary to “fear” and a “breakdown of society.”<p>In an interview published Tuesday, AlterNet’s Aaron Williams asked Chomsky for his thoughts on Trump’s “surprising progress.” After a …

Middle-class

Sabermetrics pioneer: There aren’t enough 'morons' to elect Trump

The father of Sabermetrics is clearly not a fan of Donald Trump, and he is using his own statistical analysis to explain why the Republican front-runner will not be the 45th president of the United States.<p>In a post published this week to his website titled "Trump, as in Rump," author Bill James, …

United States

Clinton, Sanders Show Sharp Differences in 2016 New Hampshire Debate

DURHAM, New Hampshire — Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate on MSNBC offered the clearest, rawest, and most specific examination of two fundamentally different philosophies about the character and future of the Democratic Party voters have seen yet.<p>Not only was it the first one-on-one debate …

Middle-class

Ted Cruz’s claim that sexual assaults rate ‘went up significantly’ after Australian gun control laws

<i>“And as you know, Hugh, after Australia did that [gun buyback program], the rate of sexual assaults, the rate of rapes, went up significantly, because women were unable to defend themselves.”</i><p><b>–Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), interview on “Hugh Hewitt Show,” Jan. 12, 2016</b><p>We’ve heard politicians make all …

Guns

Ted Cruz Is No Jack Kennedy

Senator Ted Cruz invoked President John F. Kennedy's name and legacy in a campaign appearance the other day, arguing that if he were alive today, Kennedy would be a Republican. Specifically, he said Kennedy “would be tarred and feathered by the modern Democratic Party.”<p>As Kennedy’s grandson, and as …

Democratic Party

Drunk Settlers To Blame For Aussie Accent, Lecturer Says

Scientists have long known that the modern Australian accent developed from a combination of European settlers' and Aborigines' pronunciations -- but a provocative new theory claims the accent may also have boozy origins.<p>Dean Frenkel, a speech and communications lecturer at Victoria University, …

Linguistics

A Feasible Roadmap to Compulsory Voting

The policy has been dismissed as an impossible pipe dream, but, if applied at the municipal level first, that could change.<p>Not enough people vote. It’s a perennial source of concern in American politics. There’s no shortage of reforms designed to address the problem, but one idea that seems …

Government

Iran's Khamenei conditionally approves nuclear deal with powers | Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday approved the Iranian government’s nuclear deal with world powers but said Tehran should not give up core elements of its atomic program until allegations of past military dimensions had been settled.<p>Iran's Supreme Leader …

South Asia

Meet The People Who Gave Money To Lincoln Chafee's Campaign

What motivates someone to give money to a foundering, long-shot campaign?<p>Just 10 people were major donors to Lincoln Chafee's presidential campaign. By contrast, more than 650,000 people have donated to Bernie Sanders.<p>NPR called up several listed on his third-quarter financial report, and three …

Government

The 'biggest structural weakness' of ISIS could doom the terror army

Much of ISIS' money comes from extortion and pillaging — essentially ripping off the people and institutions in conquered territory — and while the group's tactics might bring it windfalls of cash every time it moves into a new city, funding operations requires a constant flow of cash.<p>"Confiscation …

Salaries & Wages

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 …

Check Out the First Covers from Marvel's Hip-Hop Variant Month

Marvel is releasing "Hip-Hop Variant” covers for its books in October, paying tribute to classic rap album covers using the heroes of the Marvel …

50 Cent’s tips for hip hop lifestyle on a budget

<b>IT’S not easy to maintain a ridiculously ostentatious rapper lifestyle on a realistic budget, but it can be done.</b><p>I thought being broke would be a …

The first task of any new prime minister is to write this letter to nuclear submarines in case the government is destroyed

While many Royal Navy captains hold responsibility for their crew, Trident submarine commanders also bear a far more macabre role: the duty to play Britain's final political and diplomatic hand possible. Within the bowels of each boat lays two safes, an outer and an inner, and within that inner …

Military

Minecraft for Windows 10 beta arrives on July 29th launch day

Microsoft is bringing a "whole new version" of <i>Minecraft</i> to Windows 10 later this month. To celebrate the launch of Windows 10 on July 29th, a <i>Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta</i> will be released at the same time. Just like Windows 10 itself, Microsoft is planning to update its special version of</i> …

Minecraft

Step inside the tiny former Soviet country that doesn't technically exist

Polyakov was born and raised in the breakaway province of Transnistria, an approximately 125-mile-long sliver of territory along the Dniester River running between Moldova and Ukraine.<p>In the aftermath of the USSR's collapse in the early '90s, the Soviet Republic of Moldova declared independence, …

Russia

Dalai Lama at Glastonbury decries 'unthinkable' violence in Syria, Iraq and Nigeria

If Kanye West was Glastonbury Festival's most-discussed act on Saturday, declaring himself the greatest living rock star and giving BBC subtitle …

An economic rite of passage for teenagers isn't what it used to be

According to a new report from Pew Research Center, summer employment among teens has trailed off dramatically over the past few decades. Whereas in the 1970s, 1980s, and even 1990s a reliable 50%-ish of teenagers were employed during the peak summer months, nowadays less than one-third find summer …

Demographics