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'America First,' a phrase with a loaded anti-Semitic and isolationist history

At the center of his foreign policy vision, Donald Trump has put "America First," a phrase with an anti-Semitic and isolationist history going back to the years before the U.S. entry into World War II.<p>Trump started using the slogan in the later months of his campaign, and despite requests from the …

All Climate Change References Were Deleted From the White House Website

Pages for civil rights and LGBTQ rights were also deleted.<p>Mere minutes after newly minted President Donald Trump finished his inaugural address, his administration removed all mentions of the phrase "climate change" from the official White House website.<p>Instead, as <i>Vice</i> points out, a page about …

Obamaism sought strength in unity. Trumpism finds power through division.

Trump thrives on heightening the divisions in American politics.<p>Barack Obama burst onto the national scene with a speech denying the power — denying even the reality — of the deep divisions that seemed to define American politics.<p>“The pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and …

Globalization was great for Trump’s business. As president, he hates it.

His inaugural speech took a dark view of US trading partners.<p>Donald Trump the businessman saw the world as an opportunity. Donald Trump the president sees it as a threat. For the man himself, these are contradictions. For the country he now leads, they are a choice: Which Trump model do we want to …

‘American Carnage’: The Trump Era Begins

Most presidents view inaugural addresses as a rare opportunity to appeal beyond “the base.” This was base-only.<p>For my sins, I have read every U.S. presidential inaugural address ever given, and played a small part in writing one of them—Jimmy Carter’s, delivered 40 years ago today.<p>The first one I …

Ronald Reagan

Civil Rights, Climate Change, and Healthcare Were All Scrubbed from the White House Website

Now what?<p>Donald Trump was just sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Just gonna leave that there for a moment.<p>As part of the presidential transition, Trump's team assumes control of WhiteHouse.gov. Before today, the "Issues" tab of the website had a section devoted to climate change, …

Donald Trump

A theory from two Harvard professors explains why American voters prefer incompetence

Do voters want competence from their elected officials?<p>In an intriguing new paper (pdf), a pair of Harvard business professors argue that a certain segment of voters—primarily lower educated and rural—will choose incompetent candidates over competent ones<i>,</i> in order to protect themselves from being …

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This 'bank for the poor' could hold the key to ending poverty and inequality

In 2016, Oxfam estimated that the total wealth of 99 per cent of the global population was barely equivalent to the wealth of the top one per cent - …

The 'latte libel' is a brilliant strategy. The left cannot counter it with facts alone

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was superior to Donald Trump’s in almost every way. But Trump won because he had a stronger, more emotive and relevant narrative.<p>Trump’s campaign borrowed its narrative strategy from the story shaped by conservatives in the United States over the past couple …

Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump Doesn’t Believe in the Constitution

Donald Trump, Republican nominee for president, does not believe in the United States Constitution.<p>That’s a strong statement, but it’s increasingly …

Can Taylor Swift Sue Kim Kardashian and Kanye West? Plus, More Burning Questions Answered

Kim Kardashian did more than drop a mic on Taylor Swift’s ongoing feud with her husband, Kanye West.<p>The saga between the “Shake it Off’ singer and …

Turkey's internet censorship after the Istanbul attack is nothing new

Turkey's practice of censoring the Internet and the social media channels it facilitates is an ongoing issue in the country, one that came to a head …

A Group of GOP Senators Is Refusing to Bow to the NRA

A compromise bill to close the terror gap is still viable—but Republican leaders in Congress seem determined to get in the way.<p><i>This post originally appeared on The Trace.</i><p>Senator Susan Collins says she's not giving up on her fight to keep people on terror watch lists from buying guns. "It's not …

Scientists Just Figured Out How This Bird Can Fly For Months Without Landing

The great frigate can stay aloft for 56 days by riding natural updrafts.<p>Plenty of birds fly vast distances on their migratory trips around planet Earth. But the most amazing of all might the frigate bird, which can stay aloft for <i>two months</i> straight without landing or resting. How the heck do they …

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Chechen threat may hasten Turkish-Russian rapprochement

Reports that alleged ringleader and one bomber in Istanbul airport attack were Chechens are hardly surprising<p>Tuesday’s deadly gun and bomb attack on Istanbul airport - in which at least 43 people were killed - was the latest manifestation of a war that has gripped Russia’s southern Muslim republics …

How the dormouse is returning to England’s hedgerows after 100 years

Moves to save the tiny woodland mammal from extinction could herald the reintroduction of larger lost species such as the wolf and sea eagle<p>More than 100 years after they were last recorded by Victorian naturalists in Yorkshire’s Wensleydale valley, rare dormice have returned to a secret woodland …

6 Big Questions the Game of Thrones Finale Needs to Answer

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Thunder roll in Game 4, push Warriors to brink of elimination

OKLAHOMA CITY — High above the Chesapeake Arena floor where the Oklahoma City Thunder have been making so much basketball magic of late, there’s a banner hanging from the rafters amid the darkness that has a lonely look to it.<p>“2011-12 Western Conference Champions,” it reads across the way from the …

A Guide To The Many Conspiracy Theories Donald Trump Has Embraced

This election year may well go down as the conspiracy-theory election, thanks to Donald Trump's ceaseless efforts to inject unsubstantiated plots into the American political debate.<p>In an interview with the Washington Post Monday, Trump alleged, without evidence, that Hillary Clinton was involved in …

Government

Trump is Wrong, Hillary Clinton Shouldn’t Be Charged Based on What We Know Now

<i>Editor’s Note: This editorial first appeared on LawNewz.com on January 29th, 2016.</i><p>As the 2016 campaign heats up, so too the clarion calls for <b>Hillary</b> …

Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump fires back at Lena Dunham: A 'B-actor' with 'no mojo'

Most recently, Lena Dunham, an ardent Hillary Clinton supporter, suggested she would move to Vancouver, British Columbia, if Trump was elected.<p>"I know a lovely place in Vancouver and I can get my work done from there," Dunham said in an interview, according to The Hill.<p>Trump was asked about her …

Donald Trump

Poll: Trump Reaches 50 Percent Support Nationally for the First Time

Donald Trump has reached 50 percent support from Republicans and Republican-leaners nationally for the first time since the beginning of the NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll in late December. This milestone is significant as the 2016 primary heads into its final few weeks of …

South Korea unveils Zika-proof Olympic uniforms

FACT CHECK: Harriet Tubman: Gun-Toting Republican

CLAIM<p>A photograph captures Harriet Tubman as a "Gun-Toting, Democrat-Shooting" Republican. See Example( s )<p>EXAMPLES<p>Collected via Facebook, April …

The creation of god, part 2

How the creations escaped the creator.<p>This is a three-part series on the creation of god. If you have not seen part one yet, give it a try.<p>Blind …

Suicide Blast at Park Leaves More than 50 Dead in Lahore, Pakistan

The bomber detonated at the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, in the heart of the city.<p>Not even a week after coordinated attacks in Brussels, Belgium, killed 31 civilians, and barely 24 hours after an ISIS attack in Iraq that killed 25, another tragedy: a blast in Lahore, Pakistan, has taken the lives of at …

Facebook Apologizes for Sending Safety Checks Across the World After Pakistan Bombing

In the wake of a suicide bombing in Lahore, Pakistan, that killed at least 50 people, many of them women and children, Facebook pounced at the …

Suicide bombing in Lahore, Pakistan, kills at least 70 — mostly women and children

A suicide bomber killed at least 70 people and injured roughly 300 others, mostly women and children, at a public park in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Sunday, striking at the heart of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's political base of Punjab.<p>The blast occurred in the parking area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal …

3 suspects arrested after Brussels attacks are charged with terrorist offenses

Three suspects detained earlier this week have been officially charged with terrorist activities, prosecutors in Belgium said Saturday, as investigators in this tense capital continue to track down leads from the deadly bombings targeting the airport and metro.<p>Media reports here linked one of the …

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