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These New and Upcoming Books by Black Authors Will Give You Life in These Perilous Times

In these dark, cold winter months, let us take comfort in the amazing things black people are doing in literature. 2018 is going to be lit, y’all.<p><b>Out</b> …

Legal Scholars: Why Congress Should Impeach Donald Trump

It has been widely acknowledged that, upon swearing the Oath of Office, President Donald Trump would be in direct violation of the foreign-emoluments …

To commemorate Black History Month, Trump administration decrees that white supremacists can’t be terrorists

Trump wants to focus counterterrorism exclusively on Muslims. Is this a thank-you note to white supremacists?<p>During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to "take care of our African-American people." Given Trump's embrace of overtly or implicitly racist "law and order" policies, …

Rights & Freedoms

Field & Stream

In Case It Wasn’t Clear Yet, Steve Bannon Is Our President

Donald Trump is just a puppet who doesn’t care about anything.<p>If Donald Trump has shown anything during his first eleven days in office, it's that he's a coward with no ideas of his own, who is more than happy to be a puppet for the true president of the United States: Steve Bannon. Sure, Trump <i>acts</i> …

Want to understand what Trump and Bannon are up to? Look to the Russian Revolution of 1917

The key to a successful insurrection, Vladimir Lenin wrote three days before the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, was the seizure of the telephone and telegraph. Every Soviet child, including myself, learned this dictum in the fourth grade.<p>In the 21st century, I never thought I’d have reason to …

Political Science

“You can’t coddle white brothers and sisters”: The fiery racial gospel of Michael Eric Dyson

In the age of Trump, preacher Michael Eric Dyson challenges white America: “Stop being white, and just be human”<p>Eloquence is essential to the cultivation of constructive citizenship and the emergence of productive leadership. It is not coincidental that the window dressing of America’s current …

Peru, Colombia vow to stand with Mexico against Trump

Peru and Colombia vowed to stand with Mexico as the country faces an uncertain economic future and grapples with a crisis with the United States just …

Trump says his refugee ban is about protecting America. It's really about Islamophobia.

President Trump’s recent decision to temporarily ban people from seven Muslim-majority countries, along with all refugees, is billed as religion-neutral. It’s not a Muslim ban, the argument goes, because it blocks people of all religions — as long as they’re a refugee or from one of the seven …

I Went Through America’s Extreme Vetting

I’m a Syrian refugee. Trust me, it’s plenty tough.<p>I’m a Syrian refugee living in the United States. My family, which fled to Turkey in 2011 as protests against the government grew, is Muslim. And on Friday, Donald Trump signed an executive order that would have made it difficult, if not impossible …

Immigration

Maxim

The “alt” government agencies on Twitter are telling you everything President Trump won’t.

If our public servants aren’t allowed to recognize the dangers of human-caused climate change, value scientific research, and call Trump on his …

Donald Trump

A Wave of Alt-Government Twitter Accounts Are Now Mercilessly Trolling President Trump

Under Donald Trump’s administration, national parks face a number of perils greater than losing their Twitter accounts, which is what happened to the National Park Service after they tweeted “crowd-size” photos to prove one of many outrageous Trump claims wrong. However, they’re determined to …

Republican men are out of touch on the facts of abortion, yet unwilling to overturn Roe: survey

I’ve been studying public opinion on abortion for the past few years. A central finding is that voter support for women’s rights on abortion is steady, if not increasing.<p>A majority (64 percent) wants abortion legal in all or most cases. Seven in 10 agree with the <i>Roe v. Wade</i> decision. Two-thirds …

Feminism

How Trump’s Executive Orders Could Set America Back 70 Years

The president is taking the United States back to the nightmares of the world before the Second World War: closed borders, limited trade, and a go-it-alone national race to the bottom.<p>Despite all the lies and distortions, President Donald Trump has spent his first week in office assembling a …

Trump's 'Voter-Fraud' Investigation Targets States That Opposed Him

The White House says an inquiry into baseless claims of illegal voting will spare states that voted for the president.<p>During his sole press conference as president-elect, on January 11, Donald Trump seemed to promise more favorable treatment for states that had voted for him in the election. “We …

Donald Trump

Learn Digital Photography with Harvard University’s Free Online Course

Since the taking of the very first photograph in 1826, photography has developed, as it were, in ways hardly imaginable to its first few generations …

Harvard

Farewell to Barack Obama: A humane, intelligent and (mostly) effective leader

It's a cliché that definitive judgments of a presidency take time to develop. Presidents praised in their own era — think of John F. Kennedy — are often subject to revisionist reappraisals by later historians, and the process also works in reverse.<p>Yet as<p>Barack Obamaprepares to vacate the White …

Political Science

Try this quick and easy oven-steamed salmon recipe for dinner tonight

If you're a salmon fan, this recipe from former Food columnist Russ Parsons is one of the easiest dishes you can make: Heat the oven to 250 degrees. Place the salmon on a baking sheet and slide it in the oven over a pan of boiling water. That's it. The salmon will be ready in about 20 minutes, when …

Seafood

Clear and present danger: Maybe this is how democracy ends

The frightening rise of authoritarian populism in the West is a very real thing<p>The election of Donald Trump has triggered as much wonderment abroad as it has in the United States. David Runciman, a professor of politics at the University of Cambridge, has written in the London Review of Books a …

Some Trump Cabinet picks are testifying they’ve never spoken to him about their top issues

Trump hasn’t talked about immigration with his pick to run Homeland Security — or talked Russia with his would-be secretary of state.<p>It's not surprising that Donald Trump's key Cabinet nominees are being asked to defend his most controversial statements at their confirmation hearings. What's …

Top 10 books about wild women

I first came across 17th-century writer Margaret Cavendish in Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own: “What a vision of loneliness and riot the thought of Margaret Cavendish brings to mind! As if some giant cucumber had spread itself all over the roses and carnations in the garden and choked them to …

Books

The Complicated Legacy of Our First Black President

As we bask in the glow of the Obama legacy, it's important to remember who was left behind.<p>Tonight President Obama will deliver his farewell address. He will use the opportunity to remind the nation of what he accomplished during eight difficult but historic years in office. And because President …

Donald Trump, a Tremendous Loser, Has No Famous Friends, Sad!

With mere days away from his inauguration, President Elect Trump, who many people say is overrated, can't find a famous person to come within 500 yards of him.<p>The moment was so great in magnitude that it even made Beyoncé weak in the knees. As Barack Obama, donning a perfectly tailored white-tie …

A Sportsman’s View of National Monuments

Last winter, I was lucky enough to go south for a few days and hunt Gambel’s and scaled quail in the new Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks National …

Homeless in Alaska: life and death on the freezing streets

Alaska has some of the highest per capita rates of homelessness and alcoholism in America – and as the temperature drops, the number of homeless deaths rises<p>As soon as she glimpsed at the body on the icy street, Marie Nickolai knew it was Jackie Amaktoolik. He’d been drinking outside. People said …

Housing

The 10 best books of 2016

From novels spanning centuries to a history of existentialism, Jane Ciabattari chooses the best titles the year had to offer.

Books

Truth is evaporating before our eyes

Given how little content the 2016 presidential debates contained, how rarely specific policies or programs were outlined or even mentioned, it often seemed that the only thing left for journalists – and ordinary citizens – to do was tally the number of lies each candidate told.<p>By some counts, …

Donald Trump