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Court-packing, Democrats’ nuclear option for the Supreme Court, explained

Why an FDR plan from the 1930s is suddenly popular again.<p>Almost as soon as Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court, putting the legality of abortion and the safety of protections for LGBT people in immediate jeopardy, calls started pouring in from liberals and leftists for a …

supremecourt

Birth of a “Troll Nation”: Amanda Marcotte on how and why conservatives embraced the dark side

<b>Amanda Marcotte (Peter Cooper)</b><p>Amanda Marcotte’s new book is about a problem bigger than Trump: The turn toward hate that made him possible<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>May 9, 2018 8:59am (UTC)<p>I had no role in editing Amanda Marcotte's new book, which bears the amusing and highly appropriate title, "Troll Nation: …

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This is not “forbidden knowledge.” It is America’s most ancient justification for bigotry and racial inequality.<p>On Monday morning, I woke up to a tweet from Sam Harris, the bestselling author and popular podcast host, referencing a debate we never quite had over race and IQ.<p>Harris is touting a New …

African-American News

Why so many American men want to be the “good guy with a gun”

The rise of the “citizen protector” has reshaped the gun control battle.<p>Americans on both sides of the gun debate react viscerally whenever a mass shooting happens. But what’s distinctive about the American reaction, relative to what happens in other countries, is that the two sides of the gun …

Guns

Bleeding Out

know there might be a bullet in the rifle, but I press it against my chin anyway.<p>I don’t care.<p>I’m drunk as hell.<p>Coors Light. In the cans. Twenty down …

New York State

Tilting the playing field: How Republican “constitutional hardball” has reshaped politics

<b>Newt Gingrich; Mitch McConnell; Donald Trump (AP/Duricka/Jacquelyn Martin/Evan Vucci)</b><p>Stealing a Supreme Court seat is just one example: Republicans have long believed they must play dirty to win<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>March 18, 2018 4:00pm (UTC)<p>Republicans stole a Supreme Court seat -- and that may be the …

The real problem with the New York Times op-ed page: it’s not honest about US conservatism

It wants to challenge its readers, but not with the ugly truth.<p>The New York Times editorial page has come in for a great deal of criticism since it fell under the leadership of James Bennet, previously editor at the Atlantic, in March 2016.<p>Most recently, new hire Bari Weiss linked to a fake Twitter …

Political Science

The Second Amendment was ratified to preserve slavery

The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says “State” instead of “Country” (the Framers knew the difference – see the 10th …

An insider explains how rural Christian white America has a dark and terrifying underbelly

As the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides: “Democrats failed to understand white, …

Society

There is no separation of powers without divided government

Partisan loyalty has triumphed over institutional loyalty.<p>A year ago, as we approached the opening days of the Trump administration, it was still possible to make a hopeful, albeit long-shot, argument that 2017 could be the year Congress finally started to reassert itself as an institution. And …

Why American doctors keep doing expensive procedures that don’t work

The proportion of medical procedures unsupported by evidence may be nearly half.<p>The news last fall that stents inserted in patients with heart disease to keep arteries open work no better than a placebo ought to be shocking. Each year, hundreds of thousands of American patients receive stents for …

Health Care

Are Democrats suckers for holding their own to high standards?

How the right seeks to make respecting norms into a liability.<p>The sheer scale and sustained ferocity of the reckoning with sexual harassment since the Harvey Weinstein revelations have taken almost everyone by surprise. Events have unfolded with such disorienting speed that it’s difficult to find …

Sexual Harassment

How segregation leads to racist voting by whites

Political scientists use new tools — and draw on psychology — to explain how and why “social geography” shapes attitudes.<p>Although there can be debate about the details, there’s little doubt that attitudes about race and immigration played a central role in the election of Donald Trump. On survey …

African-American News

The theory behind Trump’s tax cuts is exactly what gave us the failed Bush economy

An influx of foreign hot money isn’t what we need.<p>The last time Republicans obtained unified control of the federal government, after the 2002 midterms, they immediately set out to pass a large tax cut on dividend and capital gains income. The theory was that by making it more lucrative to invest …

Economics

Was the Democratic primary rigged?

Democrats made a big mistake in the 2016 primary.<p>Even for the Democratic Party, the past few weeks have been bizarre. First, Donna Brazile, the former chair of the Democratic National Committee, published excerpts of a forthcoming book in which she says that after she took over the Democratic …

Middle-class

This is the perfect beer-braised bratwurst sandwich for tailgates, according to Adam Richman

Adam Richman, TV food personality and author of <i>Straight Up Tasty</i>, thought he was having the best tailgate moment one could have.<p>He was filming in the infield of the Daytona 500 and found a group that was making a smoked and roasted pork tenderloin. So, he turned to the camera and took a moment to …

Cooking

Conservatives probably can’t be persuaded on climate change. So now what?

One more round of “messaging” won’t do it.<p>When it comes to climate change, US conservatives inhabit a unique position, as part of the only major political party in the democratic world to reject the legitimacy of climate science and any domestic policy or international agreement meant to address …

Political Science

Finally, the Real Majority Pushes Back Against the Bitter Third

Trump’s presidency isn’t over, but Wednesday morning we woke up for the first time able to imagine what life after Trump will look like. …

America is facing an epistemic crisis

What if Mueller proves his case and it doesn’t matter?<p>Over at the Gothamist, Jake Offenhartz has an astounding and richly symbolic story about the latest bit of “fake news” burped up by the alt-right.<p>At Columbia University on Monday, alt-right self-promoter Mike Cernovich gave a speech to College …

Donald Trump

"A giant fog machine": how right-wing media obscures Mueller and other inconvenient stories

A former right-wing radio host explains how conservative media became a “safe space.”<p>The news that special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort ought to dominate headlines in every corner of the media world.<p>But if the past week or so is any indication, …

Donald Trump

Stop Listening to Trump and Start Listening to Real Populists Like Sherrod Brown

John NicholsIn case you missed it, the Ohio senator made a powerful speech this week against forced arbitration.The post Stop Listening to Trump and …

How genetics undermines “scientific” arguments for racism

<b>(Getty/cosmin4000)</b><p>Our categories of so-called “race” are “scientifically absurd” — DNA and skin color are not that simply related<p>Adam Rutherford<p>October 18, 2017 8:59am (UTC)<p>The following essay is excerpted from “A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes,” …

DeAndre Harris was attacked by racists in Charlottesville. Now he faces criminal charges.

Explainers<p>Politics & Policy<p>World<p>Culture<p>Science & Health<p>Identities<p>Energy & Environment<p>The Big Idea<p>Technology<p>Business & Finance<p>First Person<p>Video<p>Podcasts<p>✕<p>The situation is illustrative of why many people of color don’t trust the police.<p>By<p><b>Share</b> DeAndre Harris was attacked by racists in Charlottesville. …

Rights & Freedoms

We should have seen Trump coming | Ta-Nehisi Coates

Obama’s rise felt like a new chapter in American history. But the original sin of white supremacy was not so easily erased. By Ta-Nehisi Coates<p>I have often wondered how I missed the coming tragedy. It is not so much that I should have predicted that Americans would elect Donald Trump. It’s just …

Michelle Obama

This video is the best 5 minutes you will see on the NFL protests. Seriously, watch it.

Protest

A massive review of the evidence shows letting people out of prison doesn’t increase crime

This is very good news for supporters of criminal justice reform, but it comes with some caveats.<p>When the Open Philanthropy Project began a grant program for criminal justice reform, it asked itself a tricky question: Are we doing the right thing?<p>The project’s organizers believed that pushing for …

Crime

Study: Trump fans are much angrier about housing assistance when they see an image of a black man

In contrast, Clinton supporters seemed relatively unmoved by racial cues.<p>All it takes to reduce support for housing assistance among Donald Trump supporters is exposure to an image of a black man.<p>That’s the takeaway from a new study by researchers Matthew Luttig, Christopher Federico, and Howard …

African-American News

“I’m going to die for no other reason than I am black”: NFL’s Michael Bennett recalls a police stop

He claims Las Vegas police held a gun to his head because of his skin color.<p>“I’m going to die for no other reason than I am black and my skin color is somehow a threat.” That’s how Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett described his fear in a letter to the world detailing an August 26 …

Law Enforcement

The Media Is the Villain – for Creating a World Dumb Enough for Trump

The craziest part of Donald Trump’s 77-minute loon-a-thon in Phoenix earlier this week came when he rehashed his shtick about the networks turning …

Donald Trump

How conservatives manipulated the mainstream media to give us President Trump

A new report shows how conservatives are winning a war that the rest of us don’t even know we’re fighting<p>Two rules journalists live by: Keep things simple and straightforward and be fair to “both sides.”<p>The first rule has always been with us, and it has many salutary aspects, but as journalism has …