Erin Henkel

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Reading Harry Potter is linked to greater acceptance of other people—except Trump

A new study on political attitudes has linked a love of Harry Potter novels to greater real-life tolerance toward others. Unless that other is Donald Trump.<p>The study (pdf) was conducted by Diana Mutz, a political scientist at the University of Pennsylvania. Mutz surveyed more than 1,000 …

Anatomy of a Trump voter: How racism propelled Trump to the Republican nomination

<b>The Republican National Convention in Cleveland, July 19, 2016. (Reuters/Brian Snyder)</b><p>Data shows racism is a powerful predictor of Trump support — far more than economic concern<p>Sean McElwee<p>July 23, 2016 10:30am (UTC)<p>This week, Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination, and many …

Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton picked Tim Kaine to emphasize her message that she's the responsible choice, not Trump

In another election, Hillary Clinton might have been tempted to choose a different kind of running mate.<p>She could have fired up the party base with a staunch progressive, or reinforced her own historic candidacy with another woman or a Latino.<p>But this is no ordinary year. And Clinton's choice of …

I am a trans woman. Will Facebook censor my breasts?

I’m going to make this awkward for both of us: A few weeks ago, my nipples started to ache. They told me it would hurt, but that didn’t prepare me …

El Salvador: Home of the world’s strictest anti-abortion law

It's been nearly a year since Myrna Ramirez walked out of jail for the last time, but she still can't quite believe she is free. She can't believe, in fact, any of it: that she served nearly 13 years in jail for attempted murder, that she nearly bled to death in police custody, that she missed her …

Clinton's gay supporters: What enthusiasm gap?

LGBT groups see a breakthrough — a Democratic front-runner who preaches full equality.<p>Hillary Clinton won’t be marching in New York City’s Pride Parade on Sunday in Manhattan, and she has no plans to march in any pride parades across the country, but her absence hasn’t diminished the community’s …

Fox News has a conspiracy theory for the ages: Obama secretly wants his healthcare law destroyed!

<b>(Wikimedia/Gage Skidmore/AP/Carolyn Kaster/Reuters/Lucas Jackson/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>With the Supreme Court’s ACA ruling pending, Fox News squeezed in one more flagrantly stupid King v. Burwell take<p>Simon Maloy<p>June 25, 2015 10:00am (UTC)<p>Today could very well be the day we get a Supreme Court …

Health Care

Syrian Kurds victory over ISIL could stir up problems

AKCAKALE, Turkey — Abu Salah Mohammad Isam, 22, grins as he strokes his freshly trimmed goatee, enjoying his newfound freedom to shave after Islamic State militants were driven out of his hometown.<p>For the past year, the Islamic State controlled the Syrian border city of Tal Abyad and enforced …

Middle East

Battle over Confederate flag unfurls in South Carolina and beyond

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Reuters) - An initiative to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House grounds picked up steam on Tuesday, a week after the massacre of nine black church members, and criticism over the emblem long associated with slavery spread to other U.S. southern …

Pakistan heatwave: death toll continues to rise

Hospitals under enormous pressure after three days of scorching temperatures in southern city of Karachi<p>A senior Pakistani health official says the death toll in the country’s southern Sindh province, which has been struck by a heatwave, has reached almost 700. Senior provincial health official …

Calais crisis: Hundreds of Britons stranded as migrants exploit strike chaos

Major travel delays expected to continue into Wednesday with hundreds of Britons stuck as Government vows to step up border security<p>The disruption at Calais looks set to enter a second day as migrants continue to target lorries in a bid to cross into the UK.<p>Hundreds of British motorists were …

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So many animals are dying, scientists believe Earth has entered a sixth mass extinction

We’ve long known that human actions—cutting down forests, building cities and using up natural resources—puts animals in danger, and can even drive them out of existence. Now, a new study has found that vertebrates—or creatures with a backbone—are dying much, much faster than they should be.<p>A group …

Biodiversity

Church killings ignite furor anew over S.C. Capitol’s Confederate flag

By Abby Phillip<p>, Reporter<p>CHARLESTON, S.C. — Nestled in a sea of flowers at the solemn memorial outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston is a handwritten message to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley: “Take the flag down. It hurts us.”<p>The continued presence of a …

South Carolina

Scott Walker's Illegal Arrests Of Protesters May Cost Wisconsin Taxpayers $1 million

For the past six years the evangelical fascists attempting a somewhat ‘bloodless’ coup d’état to force a Christian theocracy on America have, with …

Rights & Freedoms

Supreme Court shuts down Scott Walker: Today’s ultrasound decision is a big defeat for anti-choice warriors

<b>Scott Walker (Reuters/Yuri Gripas)</b><p>The GOP contender thinks forced ultrasounds are “cool,” but the justices just dealt the movement a big setback<p>Katie McDonough<p>June 15, 2015 6:26pm (UTC)<p>The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review North Carolina’s forced ultrasound law, rendering it unenforceable …

Scott Walker

Clinton's launch speech to focus on her mother's life

After nearly two and a half decades in the glare of the public spotlight, Hillary Clinton will reintroduce herself on Saturday by highlighting her personal journey marked heavily by the deprivations faced by her own mother.<p>Starting with the story of her mother’s abusive and traumatic childhood, …

America lost the Cold War: Russia, China and the new autocratic world order

<b>Ronald Reagan (AP)</b><p>The fall of the Berlin Wall was supposed to signal a paradigm shift. Twenty-six years later, democracy is flagging<p>John Feffer<p>May 27, 2015 8:45am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>Imagine an alternative universe in which the two major Cold War superpowers evolved …

Political Science

Obama and the Arabs: 5 things to watch

President Barack Obama convenes a summit with six key Gulf Arab countries at Camp David on Thursday in a bid to ease their fears over the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran.<p>But the nuclear deal is just one of many, often-interlocking problems that need attention in the U.S. relationship with its Arab …

GOP bill puts guns in the hands of military spouses to protect from Islamic State threat

Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) on Tuesday introduced legislation that would let military spouses buy handguns in the state where their husbands and wives are on permanent duty.<p>Rigell said this change is needed after the Islamic State released a “hit list” of military targets, which puts military …

Islamic State allegedly claims responsibility for deadly Pakistan bus shooting; vows to hold more attacks

The Islamic State (IS) militant group has allegedly claimed responsibility for a shooting spree on a bus in Pakistan on Wednesday, killing 43 people …

Extremism

ISIS Movement Footage 'Inaccurate,' Obama Administration Officials Tell TV Networks

Coverage of the war against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria do not accurately reflect the reality on the ground because U.S. television …

Islamic State makes gains in Syria's central province

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group on Wednesday seized more territory in Syria's central province of Homs amid clashes with government forces that …

Middle East

Iraq says airstrike targeted senior Islamic State commander

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Defense Ministry said Wednesday an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition killed a senior Islamic State commander and others near …

U.S. State Department

Syria Daily, May 14: Assad Regime Pressed by Rebels & Islamic State...But Hezbollah Saves It Near Lebanon Border

<b>PHOTO: Islamic State fighters in Sukhna in central Syria after capturing it on Wednesday</b><p><b>LATEST</b><p><b>THURSDAY FEATURE</b><p>Already reeling from defeats in …

Suspected Boko Haram militants attack Nigeria's Maiduguri

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked Nigeria’s northern city of Maiduguri in Borno state on Wednesday from a cashew plantation a few kilometres from the Giwa barracks, military<p>Residents said they heard heavy shooting and explosions on the outskirts and began …

Nigeria army repels Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri

Boko Haram fighters who launched an attack on northeast Nigeria's largest city of Maiduguri have been repelled by Nigerian troops after intense clashes, residents and the army have said.<p>Dozens of fighters armed with heavy guns and rocket-propelled grenades stormed the northern outskirts of the city …

'I was flogged daily:' Rescued Boko Haram survivors share tales of horror

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Malkohi Camp in Yola, Adamawa State, in north-eastern Nigeria, is home to the 275 women and children who were recently rescued from the Sambisa Forest, a stronghold of Boko Haram.<p>Prior to their rescue, the camp was home to about 845 internally displaced persons. With the arrival of the …

Africa