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SCOTUS Fight: Senate Barrels Toward 'Nuclear' Showdown Over Gorsuch

The Senate is barreling toward a showdown that could alter how the body governs itself and have far-reaching implications for the nation's highest court.<p>The fight is over the confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, but the nominee himself is perhaps more …

Barack Obama

The geekiest signs from the 'Stand up for Science' rally

At a rally full of scientists, things were bound to get a bit geeky.<p>On Sunday, thousands of scientists and supporters gathered in Boston's Copley …

Maurice White: A Life in Pictures

Award Shows

Kurt Russell destroyed a priceless 145-year-old guitar on the set of 'The Hateful Eight' — and the manufacturer is furious

The actor is responsible for destroying a 145-year-old guitar during shooting.<p>The guitar, which Jennifer Jason Leigh's character plays in one scene until it's snatched by Russell, who then smashes it against a pillar, was a one-of-a-kind Martin from the 1870s that was on loan from the Martin Guitar …

Guitar

Major Florida newspaper editorial board: Marco Rubio should resign

The editorial board of one of Florida's most prominent newspapers has a recommendation for Sen. Marco Rubio: just resign already.<p>The editorial in the Florida Sun-Sentinel follows an interview the senator did with The Washington Post where he said he was "frustrated" with his chamber. The story also …

Government

Tylenol Might Dull Emotional Pain, Too

A common pain medication might make you go from "so cute!" to "so what?" when you look at a photo of a kitten. And it might make you less sensitive to horrifying things, too. It's acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. Researchers say the drug might be taking the edge off emotions — not …

Psychology

Why scientific truth may hurt

The underlying realities of the world – from Earth’s rotation around the sun to Darwin’s theory of evolution – are rarely obvious or expected<p>All is not what it seems. Much of the universe – from the unimaginably small to the cosmological – is not how it appears to us, and our view is lamentably …

Nobel Prize

Jesus Wants Me to Have This Jet

Pastor Creflo Dollar has spoken to God, and God wants him to buy a $65 million private jet. His congregation, thus far, has obliged his every …

Deluded and dysfunctional, the Republicans have lost the plot

They may have won Congress, but an instinct for obstinacy means the party is now fighting itself<p>Recently, in an effort to embarrass Republicans pandering to their scientifically challenged base, Senate Democrats proposed a series of votes on climate change. While most Americans and the overwhelming …

Immigration Reform

Terrorism’s new boogeyman: Charles Krauthammer and the toxic myth of the “lone wolf”

While pundits wring their hands over nonexistent threats, our civil liberties are slowly eroding to nothing<p>The shadow of a new threat seems to be darkening the national security landscape: the lone-wolf terrorist.<p>“The lone wolf is the new nightmare,” wrote <i>Washington Post</i> columnist Charles …

Terrorism

Made in California: Fender an instrument of change in guitar industry

Deep inside a cavernous factory in Corona, some legendary rock names gather nonchalantly along a wall.<p>There's Eric Clapton next to Jeff Beck, with Mark Knopfler only inches away — not the actual musicians, but the bespoke guitar necks that those performers prefer bolted to their Fender …