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My daughter died at Sandy Hook. Megyn Kelly’s interview with Alex Jones is an insult.

<i>Nelba L. Márquez-Greene is the founder and executive director of the Ana Grace Project.</i><p>Last Sunday, I tweeted about Megyn Kelly’s decision to interview Alex Jones for her NBC show: “Hey @Megynkelly, let me know if you want to give his victims equal air time. Promoting this fool is bad news. Do not …

Donald Trump

37 books we’ve loved so far in 2017

<i>[This story has been optimized for offline reading on our apps. For a richer experience, you can find the full version of this story here. An Internet connection is required.]</i><p><b>Biography</b><p><b>Ernest Hemingway</b><p><i>A Biography</i><p>By Mary V. Dearborn (Knopf)<p>This thorough reexamination of Hemingway shows the writer to …

Books

Trump is evangelicals’ ‘dream president.’ Here’s why.

Even in an era of marriage diversity, it remains the most unlikely match: President Trump and his loyal evangelical base. In the compulsively transgressive, foul-mouthed, loser-disdaining, mammon-worshiping billionaire, conservative Christians “have found their dream president,” according to Jerry …

Religion

Stephen King on Donald Trump: ‘How do such men rise? First as a joke’

He’s written novels with eerily similar plotlines – but how did Trump become president? The only way to find out: inject a panel of fictional voters with truth serum...<p>I started thinking Donald Trump might win the presidency in September of 2016. By the end of October, I was almost sure. Thus, when …

Donald Trump

The problem with “don’t eat alone with women”: good character is better than strict rules

An evangelical university professor on the controversy around Vice President Mike Pence’s rules of conduct.<p>Several years ago, a male colleague and I left a meeting on one side of campus at the university where we both teach to return to our offices, a 15-minute walk away. Since I had driven my car …

Mike Pence

Trump’s gaffe on Frederick Douglass isn’t the problem. Relegating him to Black History Month is.

All weekend, he flipped the pages of the reservations book to show how full it was and apologized to the folks trying to get into Cedar Hill, the Washington home of Frederick Douglass.<p>“Sorry, we’re really booked. Black History Month, you know? It books up fast,” the National Park Service volunteer …

Black History

How to Build an Autocracy

The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.<p>点击这里阅读中文版本<p>It’s 2021, and President Donald Trump will shortly be sworn in for his second term. The 45th president has visibly aged over the past four years. …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s inaugural speech may be his most religious yet

President Trump’s inaugural address was infused with religious language, reflecting a rhetorical shift from the nation’s new leader. His previous speeches have not usually referred to the Bible or God.<p>Trump’s most explicitly religious mention came in the middle of the speech when he made a Bible …

Donald Trump

President Trump’s first seven days of false claims, inaccurate statements and exaggerations

Regular readers know that candidate Donald Trump had difficulty with facts. He earned an astonishing 59 Four-Pinocchio ratings over the course of the campaign.<p>Now that Trump is president, he continues to make misleading statements, based on incomplete information, inaccurate statistics or flights …

Donald Trump

Trump’s unsupported claim he has ‘received awards on the environment’

<i>“I’m a very big person when it comes to the environment. I have received awards on the environment.”</i> <b><br>— President Trump, remarks during a meeting with business leaders, Jan. 23</b><p>One of Donald Trump’s first proposals as president is to help businesses by cutting regulations by 75 percent. Trump cited …

Donald Trump

The System Has Failed and a Con Artist Has Won

“This guy is a con artist. He’s always making things up. No one holds him accountable for it.” —Marco Rubio<p>“It’s called a confidence game. Why? …

2017: The year in preview

There’s only one thing certain about 2017 as the year begins: It will be one day shorter than 2016. But in honor of New Year’s Day, we asked Washington Post staffers to look ahead to the themes, ideas and arguments that will dominate the next 12 months in the worlds they cover. From D.C. sports …

Obama Administration

Here is the worst defense of climate change skepticism that you will ever see

Anthony Scaramucci is a Wall Street guy who serves on the executive committee of Donald Trump's transition team. He was a late adopter of Trumpism, having started off backing Scott Walker and eventually migrating to Jeb Bush. But fortunes change quickly in the heat of a presidential fight, and by …

Donald Trump

Media, morality and the neighbor’s cow: When did Ayn Rand become the Republican Party’s bible?

The value-neutral media “ideal” has left us with a society drained of kindness and mutual responsibility<p><i>This piece originally appeared on BillMoyers.com.</i><p>If you have any doubts that the phenomenon of Donald Trump was a long time a’coming, you have only to read a piece that Gore Vidal wrote for …

Black History

Does science imply God? Harvard astronomer raises fine-tuning argument in Washington Post, suggesting a theistic explanation for human intelligence

Howard Smith is a lecturer in Harvard’s Department of Astronomy as well as an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He’s …

4 Questions Smart Leaders Always Ask Employees to Improve Their Performance

They're also great for fostering open dialog and developing meaningful work relationships.<p>I've written often on the power of transparency--the backbone of trust--that brings teams together to produce great work. Trust simply cannot happen without it.<p>And if you're in a leadership role, I caution …

Employment

Why ‘Star Trek’ was so important to Martin Luther King Jr.

It was the mid-1960s, the height of the civil rights movement. Police had beaten voting-rights demonstrators on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. A bomb had exploded in a Birmingham church, killing four little black girls. Malcolm X had been assassinated.<p>And every week, Americans watched a black …

Star Trek

Why Neil deGrasse Tyson Shuns Sam Harris’ Swamp of Controversy - Facts So Romantic

On <i>The Tonight Show</i>, in March 1978, the late astronomer Carl Sagan had lots to talk about. He had just published <i>Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the</i> …

Pulitzer Prize

Godless Universe: A Physicist Searches for Meaning in Nature

It is time to face reality, California Institute of Technology theoretical physicist Sean Carroll says: There is just no such thing as God, or …

“The evidence is pretty incontrovertible that he doesn’t exist”: Stephen Colbert’s favorite scientist on the universe, naturalism and finding meaning without God

Sean Carroll excels at explaining complex science to regular people — including those who don’t believe<p>More than two decades ago, the renowned astronomer Carl Sagan wrote that “We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science …

Peer Review

A New Documentary Will Investigate the Social Stigma and Civil Rights Aspects of Atheism

May 7, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p>Filmmaker <b>Micael Langer</b> is working on a documentary exploring how tough it is to be an atheist in this world. That means …

Documentaries

The 30 Best Books to Read This Summer

Funny, moody, scary, fiery, canny, and bloody books.<p>Swimsuit? Check. Sunglasses? Check. Three books, because you couldn't choose just one? Check. From complicated meditations on motherhood to dark thrillers that still slot perfectly into a beach bag, here are the 30 books to put on your summer …

Books

The moral deceit of pro-lifers: How Donald Trump accidentally revealed the true hypocrisy of the war on women

Pro-lifers claim a moral superiority as they condemn abortion as murder. They lack conviction to take the next step<p>Posturing and self-deception aside, only a small minority of Americans truly believe that abortion is murder, and Donald Trump really stepped in it recently by exposing that fact. When …

Feminism

Scientists Slowly Reintroducing Small Group Of Normal, Well-Adjusted Humans Into Society

ITHACA, NY—In an ambitious attempt to revive a population long considered to be on the brink of extinction, scientists announced Friday they have …

Cornell University

These Christian teachers want to bring Jesus into public schools

Finn Laursen believes millions of American children are no longer learning right from wrong, in part because public schools have been stripped of religion. To repair that frayed moral fabric, Laursen and his colleagues want to bring the light of Jesus Christ into public school classrooms across the …

Education

There’s Finally a Church for People Who Are “Spiritual, but Not Religious”

February 25, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p>When people tell you they’re “spiritual, but not religious,” it’s often a wishy-washy way of saying they don’t …

Patience: The FBI's Strategy to End the Oregon Standoff and Nab Cliven Bundy

The bureau successfully played the long game in both cases.<p>The story of law enforcement in the Oregon standoff is one of patience.<p>On the most obvious level, that was reflected in the 41 days that armed militia members occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns. It took 25 days before …

Forests

Firewatch and the Addictiveness of Lonely Video Games

The hit new indie release is the opposite of action-packed, yet it’s compelling in its simplicity.<p>Solitude, it turns out, can be addictive. So I learned playing the new hit indie game Firewatch, where all the action amounts to you, the player, being alone in the woods. You’re a lookout assigned to …

Mad Men

A Free-Market Plan to Save the American West From Drought

A maverick investor is buying up water rights. Will he rescue a region, or just end up hurting the poor?<p>On a brisk, cloudless day last january<b>,</b> Disque Deane Jr. stepped out of his SUV, kicked his cowboy boots in the dirt, and looked around. He had driven two hours from Reno on one of the loneliest …

Swimming Pools