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The dark art of boldly lying to America: Why Carly Fiorina is Dick Cheney’s spiritual successor

The GOP upstart has made a habit lately of telling brazen untruths in a chillingly reminiscent style<p>Judging from the amount of airtime and column inches devoted to the subject, most members of the press are deeply concerned with which dates Hillary Clinton actually started using a personal email …

Hillary Clinton's Blunt View of Social Progress

The presidential hopeful told Black Lives Matter activists that it’s about changing laws, not hearts. Is she right?<p>In the push for social progress, which comes first: changed hearts or changed laws?<p>Hillary Clinton answered this question in the course of her quasi-private meeting with activists from …

Civil Rights

Jeb Bush didn’t misspeak: The GOP wants to dismantle reproductive health programs

The former governor’s remarks were more than a slip of the tongue. They offered a window into his party’s agenda<p>Tuesday night Jeb Bush made a slip of the tongue that let us know just where he stands on reproductive health. “I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues,” he …

Reveling in the darkness: “True Detective,” “Game of Thrones” and the missing critique in TV’s cult of gritty realism

Prestige dramas package violence, misogyny and white supremacy that uphold, rather than challenge, the status quo<p>"True Detective" writer Nic Pizzolatto has described the ending to his first season as an attempt to show audiences that men like Rust Cohle and Marty Hart can, after “passing through …

The rise and fall of the German Empire: What Greece’s crippling bailout deal reveals about the future of Europe

Germany has dominated the Eurozone and forced it to run according to its parochial interests. What happens now?<p>The flag of Europe still has twelve stars on it, and organizations with names like Eurogroup and European Commission and European Council still persist. But despite the unfortunate …

“Every Single Word Spoken by a Person of Color” has gone viral: Will anything in Hollywood change?

<b>(Paramount Pictures)</b><p>Actor Dylan Marron edits big films down to only lines spoken by actors of color—many come in at 40 seconds or less<p>Paula Young Lee<p>July 14, 2015 4:36pm (UTC)<p>Everyone is talking about “Every Single Word Spoken” on Tumblr. Brainchild of actor Dylan Marron, the site shows us …

It’s Bernie Sanders’ America: 5 “radical” ideas Americans strongly support

Think the democratic socialist is a “fringe” candidate? You may be surprised how many Americans agree with him<p>Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has been described as radical or fringe by some but many of Sanders’ views and policy proposals are supported by Americans, according to public …

Wal-Mart could not care less: Capitalism, the Confederate flag and the steep cost of racism

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>Several retailers have pulled their Confederate merch after Charleston. Their motivations are anything but noble<p>Terrell Jermaine Starr<p>June 28, 2015 11:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>When Alabama Governor Robert Bentley ordered the removal of four flags that …

Los Angeles Clippers

The Best Politician you've Never Heard Of

He's Ohio's favorite son, a millennial champion and says he'll go to a same-sex wedding if gay marriage is legalized in his state. His political thesis is that conservatism should have a moral purpose and he was the only Republican governor to run for re-election in 2014 without attacking President …

The Abuse of Satire

Garry Trudeau on Charlie Hebdo, free-speech fanaticism, and the problem with “punching downward”<p>My career—I guess I can officially call it that now—was not my idea. When my editor, Jim Andrews, recruited me out during my junior year in college and gave me the job I still hold, it wasn’t clear to me …

Self-Censorship

Why Warren Buffett Is Torn on the Minimum Wage

Economists can't agree on the right ways to fight inequality.<p>Around this time last year, Warren Buffett seemed stumped by the question of minimum wage. "I thought about it for 50 years and I just don't know the answer on it," he told CNN. He hinted at the direction he was leaning—if minimum wage …

Economics

Black Widow's Smurfette Problem

Natasha Romanov is the lone female in a group of powerful men. This doesn't mean she's sleeping with them.<p>In the 2001 movie <i>Donnie Darko</i>, a group of teenage boys are drinking and shooting guns when the topic of conversation turns, as you might expect, to the topic of women. “We gotta find ourselves …

Marvel Universe

Don't Underestimate Bernie Sanders

The Vermont senator's authentic outrage over how the super rich have distorted America’s economy and bought its government will find an eager audience.<p>“Don’t underestimate me,” declared newly announced presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. That may be good advice.<p>…

Middle-class

Pregnant women are now targets: The tragedy of Purvi Patel

<b>Purvi Patel (AP/Robert Franklin)</b><p>Why the Indiana woman’s conviction could open a floodgate of similar prosecutions for abortions and miscarriages<p>SAYANTANI DASGUPTA<p>April 26, 2015 5:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on The Weeklings.<p><i>I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her</i> …

Democrats’ free trade war is getting ugly, and Obama is bending the truth

The president’s pushback implies Elizabeth Warren and TPP critics are either lying or stupid. They’re neither<p>I’m on record declaring that the "split" in the Democratic Party over economic populism has been over-hyped by the media, the GOP and conservative Democrats. Democrats have way more in …

Marco Rubio’s cynical Tupac fandom: Why “I don’t listen to music for the politics” is a hip-hop cop-out

The presidential hopeful is the latest Republican to burnish his pop culture bona fides to appeal to younger voters<p>Senior advisers to presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio are betting on the candidate’s fluency in youth pop culture as his comparative advantage against the elder titans, Gov. Jeb …

47% of Americans Can’t Save Any Money

It doesn’t matter how “thrifty” almost half of America is. According to one economist, the system has made it almost impossible for them to save any …

6 modern-day Christian terrorist groups our media conveniently ignores

They don’t get the coverage of ISIS or Boko Haram, but organizations like “The Army of God” are no less dangerous<p>The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) recently released an in-depth report on terrorism in the United States. Covering April 2009 to February 2015, the report (titled “The Age of the …

America’s white fragility complex: Why white people get so defensive about their privilege

The author of “What Does It Mean to Be White?” on Black Lives Matter and our biggest misconceptions about racism<p>Stop me if you’ve heard this one.<p>Last year, a white male Princeton undergraduate was asked by a classmate to “check his privilege.” Offended by this suggestion, he shot off a 1,300-word …

Science, sex and the truth about God and politics

Research shows that less religion means better societal health. Try telling that to conservative Christians<p>Choosing what to think is a right that dominant men prefer to keep to themselves. Thus one of the most effective means of keeping a populace empowered and protecting it from falling victim to …

There's A New Davis In Texas Standing Up For Women's Health -- And She's A Republican

Two years ago, former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth) stood and spoke for 11 straight hours to filibuster a bill that eventually shut down multiple abortion clinics in the state. Now, a lawmaker from the other side of the aisle is standing up to protect women's health clinics in Texas: …

Here Are The Charities You Should Support, According To Data

Individual donors in the United States collectively give far more money to charities than foundations and corporations combined.<p>There are countless charities to choose from, and many do good work.<p>But a precious few can say they dramatically improve or save people's lives in a cost-effective way, …

Bill O’Reilly’s sick pathology: Why his systematic lying is even worse than reported

Fox News’ bully may be in hot water for lying about his war correspondence. But his lies go much deeper than that<p>Much like suspended NBC anchor Brian Williams, Bill O'Reilly's war stories are unraveling. His tales of reportorial derring-do – in Argentina, El Salvador, Ferguson, Northern Ireland – …

The New Gender Divide in Education

Measured in the most common metric -- average years of schooling -- the industrialized world essentially closed the gender gap in education in the 1960s. And that has made a huge difference: about half of the economic growth in OECD countries over the past 50 years has been due to increased …

8 horrifying revelations in the Justice Department’s Ferguson report

From unconstitutional searches to racist emails, here are some of the most revolting findings<p>The Justice Department released its full report on the Ferguson Police Department on Wednesday, seven months after Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed African American teen Michael Brown -- an …

DOJ Issues Damning Report On Ferguson Police, Courts

WASHINGTON -- A damning report released by the Justice Department on Wednesday heavily criticized the operations of the police department and municipal court in Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, was shot and killed by a white police officer in August.<p>DOJ’s civil rights …

Netanyahu, 'Censored Voices,' and the False Narrative of Self-Defense

On March 3rd, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued an impassioned plea to Congress to protect Israel by opposing diplomacy with Iran. Referring to "the remarkable alliance between Israel and the United States" which includes "generous military assistance and missile defense," Netanyahu …

This is not a democracy: How the 1 percent rigged the game

Money is speech, dollars have more influence than people — it’s time to be honest about the plutocracy we live in<p>All our lives, we have been told that free markets are synonymous with free societies. That neoliberal capitalism is consistent with liberal democracy. That there is no alternative.<p>A …