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Justice Scalia warns that the US Supreme Court is causing the 'destruction of our democratic system'

In his speech, Scalia said he believes the "liberal" Supreme Court is heralding the "destruction of our democratic system," according to an account from the SF Gate.<p>According to Scalia, the court is giving citizens rights that the Constitution doesn't specifically guarantee, like gay marriage and …

Antonin Scalia

Bernie Sanders Has a Secret

Vermont, his son and the hungry early years that made him the surging socialist he is today.<p>One morning last month in Burlington, Vermont, at the law office of John Franco, one of Bernie Sanders’ best friends since the 1970s, Franco talked to me at length about Sanders’ commitment and his …

Middle-class

Heroin use and addiction are surging in the U.S., CDC report says

Heroin use surged over the past decade, and the wave of addiction and overdose is closely related to the nation's ongoing prescription drug epidemic, federal health officials said Tuesday.<p>A new report says that 2.6 out of every 1,000 U.S. residents 12 and older used heroin in the years 2011 to …

America's top colleges assigned these books to freshmen

The book choices this year range from personal essays to classic fiction, hitting topics that include race, climate change, and sexuality.<p>While students will get to enjoy the books over the summer, at most colleges they're expected to come to campus ready to debate and analyze the book alongside …

Books

16 charts that illustrate America's global dominance

To celebrate America's Independence Day, we've put together several charts that show why, despite all of its problems, this US is the most dominant country on this planet.<p><i>Rob Wile contributed to an earlier version of this post.</i>

Markets

Looks like you picked the right week: 'Airplane!' celebrates 35 years

<b>(CNN) —</b> An anniversary? What's that?<p>It's a yearly commemoration of an important date -- and it's very important right now.<p>Thirty-five years ago Thursday, "Airplane!" premiered in theaters. It wasn't the first manic, boisterous comedy, nor was it the first film to parody disaster movies. (Remember …

Canadian Humour

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Constitution Had Everything To Do With Gay Marriage Ruling

Rob Stothard—Getty Images<p>Eduardo Munoz—Reuters<p>Eduardo Munoz—Reuters<p>Rob Stothard—Getty Images<p>Clodagh Kilcoyne—Getty Images<p>Roberto Finizio—Pacific …

LGBTQI

8 Simple Ways To Eat Less Sugar

Eating too much sugar is bad for your health. You've heard it before. Excessive consumption can increase your risk for obesity, heart disease and a host of other health complications.<p>The World Health Organization recommends the average adult consume no more than 25 grams of sugar a day, but …

Nutrition

43 Ways To Get In Shape Without Ruining Your Life

Inspiring tips on getting healthier (that won't make you feel bad about yourself).<p><b>The best advice I've ever received about losing weight is to EAT</b>. I used to feel like I had to skip meals to lose weight.<p>—Rebekah Marie Byrd (Facebook)<p>It's not the calories in food you should be worrying about, <b>I would</b> …

Fitness

Amy Schumer Responds To Criticism Over Her Jokes About Race

The comedian took to Twitter to give a response to those critical of her approach to race.<p>The message reads in full:<p>"I am a comic. I am so glad more people are laughing at me and with me all of a sudden. I will joke about things you like and I will joke about things you aren't comfortable with. And …

How I joined the Mile High Club: Naked, weightless, giggling uncontrollably

I was a flight attendant and he was a pilot. Finally, it got embarrassing that we hadn’t yet done it in the sky<p>“Marathon ground control, this is November niner niner, eight zero Delta, requesting clearance for take-off.” Jonathan’s voice flooded my ears through the headphones like a powerful …

Penguin Random House

12 Crazy Amazing Facts About The Clitoris

I recently checked out an amazing art exhibition all about the clitoris, called "CLITERACY." Now, the clitoris doesn't usually get a lot of press. It's usually upstaged by the vagina, which is usually left in the dust by the attention that the penis gets.<p>So, to walk into an art exhibit all about …

Mississippi in limbo over high-court's same-sex marriage ruling

Amber Hamilton and Annice Smith were the first same-sex couple to wed in Mississippi, and nearly the last, at least for a while.<p>About an hour after the pair filled out the requisite paperwork, handed over $21 for a marriage license and sealed their nuptials with a happy kiss Friday morning on the …

10 key quotes from the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision

After the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision Friday that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states, both supporters and dissenters took to social media to share their opinions on the ruling. Inside the high court, passions ran just as deep, as seen in the justices’ responses. POLITICO takes a look at 10 of …

Same-sex Marriage

Hillary Clinton hits Republicans over marriage, Obamacare rulings

<b>Fairfax, Virginia (CNN) —</b> Hours after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, Hillary Clinton told hundreds of Virginia Democrats on Friday that "Across the board, (Republicans) are the party of the past, not the future."<p>The Democratic frontrunner was speaking at a Jefferson …

LGBTQI

How not to regret your career, from the head of Silicon Valley's greatest startup factory

Y Combinator President Sam Altman looked onto the room of 3,000 interns at Internapalooza in San Francisco on Thursday night, and delivered good news — to only one person.<p>"Someone in this room I am very confident is going to found a multi-billion dollar company that will change the world in a very …

Silicon Valley

Ted Cruz Wants To Be Able To Vote Out Supreme Court Justices

After calling the last day "some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation's history," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is now calling for Supreme Court justices to face elections.<p>In a National Review op-ed published Friday, Cruz chastised the high court for its decisions to reject a major challenge to …

Republicans

Virginia Democrats gave away tickets to a Hillary Clinton speech

Clinton is headlining the party's annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner on Friday evening. Though the event is raising money for the Virginia Democrats rather than her presidential bid, it is considered an important campaign appearance for Clinton. The dinner is Clinton's first campaign stop in Virginia, …

Government

Japanese women go ape over 'handsome' gorilla named Shabani

An Australian-raised gorilla is winning hearts in Japan where his good-looks have made him a hit with female zoo-goers.<p>Shabani, a western lowland gorilla born in the Netherlands and raised in a Sydney zoo, is popular for his handsome looks and dramatic poses, with local admirers dubbing him an …

“We should simply have the establishment bringing forth a candidate?!” Bernie Sanders sits for testy NPR interview

The 2016 candidate tackles race, guns, foreign policy, and his role in the race<p>Bernie Sanders sat for an at-times testy interview with NPR’s "Morning Edition," during which he was questioned on areas of burgeoning criticism facing his rising 2016 candidacy.<br>Here are some highlights from Sen. …

Middle-class

Obama bounces back

As the president racks up a week of victories, shouts outside the Oval and fistbumps inside.<p>There was shouting in the hallway outside the Oval Office when the decision came down — but most people couldn’t tell at first whether it was happy or distraught.<p>President Barack Obama was in the Oval Office …

The White House

The mystery of the female orgasm

From the existence of the G-spot to the origin of multiple orgasms, female sexuality once mystified scientists. But as Linda Geddes discovers, radical experiments are finally revealing some answers.<p>On my washing machine, there is a lock. To activate it, you must hold down the start button for a …

Sigmund Freud

China has issued a scathing report on human rights abuses in the United States

The human rights situation in the United States is “increasingly grave,” according to a seven-page report released today by China’s State Council, and unlikely to get better in the near term—the US shows “not a bit of regret for or intention to improve” the country’s “terrible” human rights …

Rights & Freedoms

12 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Worked in Retail

You will experience physical pain sometimes.<p><b>1. People flat-out won't believe you when you tell them you're out of something.</b> We don't have an endless supply of clothing. When you tell them, "Hey, we don't have this in the back," they'll go and ask somebody else, which is frustrating. They don't …

Who's Afraid of Hot Girls ?

Hot Girls Wanted, a documentary that explores the "professional amateur" porn industry, has hit a nerve. The documentary tracks the experiences of five young women recruited by a talent agent in Miami who specializes in youthful performers for hardcore porn productions.<p><i>Hot Girls Wanted</i> explores …

Feminism

How to Impress Anyone in 30 Seconds or Less

Some experts estimate that 85 percent of your financial success comes not from your skills or knowledge but from your ability to connect with other …

Self-help

History's great thinkers tell you how to get happy

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's almost like clockwork: Just when things in our lives are going well, a problem at work or school or with a loved one will crop up to bring us down.<p>Even if "getting happy" is something we actively pursue as a goal, it can be a struggle to find happiness and hold onto it. Those unhappy …

There's still one kind of ideology Americans wouldn't support for president ...

The poll represents a monumental shift in American tolerance. Sixty years ago less than half of Americans said they would support a female, Jewish, black, gay, or atheist candidate, according to Gallup. It found that although most Americans would be tolerant of a nontraditional candidate, their …

Religion

Gay marriage declared legal across the US in historic supreme court ruling

With 5-4 ruling in Obergefell v Hodges, justices determine right to marriage equality is protected under constitution in decision hailed as ‘victory of love’<p>Same-sex marriages are now legal across the entirety of the United States after a historic supreme court ruling that declared attempts by …

LGBTQI

Bill Gates to invest $2bn in breakthrough renewable energy projects

Bill Gates plans to double investment in green energy technology and research to combat climate change, but rejects calls to divest from fossil fuels<p>Bill Gates has announced he will invest $2bn (£1.3bn) in renewable technologies initiatives, but rejected calls to divest from the fossil fuel …

Energy