Evan Kunz

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Why Evangelicals Support President Trump, Despite His Immorality

While the majority of Americans consistently report that they disapprove of President Trump, and millions rally to protest the Muslim Ban, attacks on …

Admiral warns US must prepare for possibility of war with China

Harry Harris, the next US ambassador to Australia, says Beijing intends to control South China Sea<p>The navy admiral nominated to be the next US ambassador to Australia has told Congress America must prepare for the possibility of war with China, and said it would rely on Australia to help uphold the …

China

A Simple Trick May Have Helped the Egyptians Build the Pyramids

When you consider the great constructions of the ancient world, from the Hanging Garden of Babylon to the Colossus of Rhodes and the Great Pyramid of …

Chicago police officer dies after being shot multiple times

A Chicago police officer died after he was "senselessly murdered" in a downtown building Tuesday afternoon, police said.<p>Commander Paul Bauer, of the 18th District, was chasing a suspect when he was "shot multiple times," Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference.<p>Bauer, 53, had …

The Jesus we’ve inherited from centuries of Christian art is a lie

Over the past few decades, the question of what Jesus looked like has cropped up again and again. Much has been made of a digital reconstruction of a Judaean man created for a BBC documentary, <i>Son of God</i>, in 2001. This was based on an ancient skull and, using the latest technology (as it was), shows …

Medieval Text Resolves Mystery of Viking-Irish Battle

The famous Irish king, Brian Boru, is widely credited with defeating the Vikings at the Battle of Clontarf more than 1,000 years ago. But not …

Archaeology

Is There A Ticking Time Bomb Under The Arctic?

A short drive north of Fairbanks, Alaska, there's a red shed stuck right up against a hillside. The shed looks unremarkable, except for the door. It looks like a door to a walk-in freezer, with thick insulation and a heavy latch. Whatever is behind that door needs to stay very cold.<p>"Are you ready …

Global Warming

A Nobel Prize-winning economist thinks we’re asking all the wrong questions about inequality

America is trying to come to terms with its economic inequality. Does inequality spur growth or kill it? Is it a necessary evil—or necessarily bad? Angus Deaton, an economics professor at Princeton, and the recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in economics, is asked questions like these all the …

Bob Corker Facing Ethics Questions? What a Surprise

So Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is in trouble now, because he flip-flopped to vote for Donald Trump’s tax bill after a provision was included that …

5 takeaways from Doug Jones' massive victory in Alabama

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Alabama Senate race is over. And Democrat Doug Jones has pulled off an absolutely massive upset, edging embattled Republican Roy Moore.<p>Jones' projected victory narrows the Republican edge in the Senate, which is a very big deal for the future (or lack thereof) of President Donald …

Republicans

It’s not just scandal: Moore lost in Alabama because the GOP agenda is toxically unpopular

Republicans are now in trouble everywhere.<p>The easy thing for Republicans to tell themselves after the stinging loss of a Senate seat in Alabama is that they only went down to defeat because the party had the misfortune to nominate someone accused of preying on teenage girls.<p>And there is something …

Republicans Shouldn’t Assume Roy Moore Was An Outlier

Alabama is more evidence that the GOP needs to be worried about 2018.<p>I’ve been covering American elections at FiveThirtyEight for almost 10 years. …

Alabama’s women wrote the verdict on Roy Moore

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Women drew the line at Roy Moore.<p>There are many reasons why Moore became the first Republican nominee to lose an Alabama Senate race since 1992 on Tuesday night, including a strong turnout by African-American voters and a lack of enthusiasm among Moore's base.<p>But with Moore …

Roy Moore

Preliminary exit poll results: How different groups voted in Alabama

Percentage-point lead in select groups<p>Democrat Doug Jones<p>Women + 16 <br>Under age 30 + 22 <br>Black + 92 <br>Independent or something else + 8 <br>Disapprove of Trump + 87<p>Republican Roy Moore<p>White women + 29 White no college degree + 55 Approve of Trump + 80 Abortion should always be illegal + 62 Decided in …

This Crazy New Optical Illusion Shows if You Have 'Curvature Blindness'

We are freaking out.<p>Everybody loves a good optical illusion - and this newly discovered perception trick has us questioning how we see the world …

Once a Long Shot, Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Race

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Doug Jones, a Democratic former prosecutor who mounted a seemingly quixotic Senate campaign in the face of Republican dominance here, defeated his scandal-scarred opponent, Roy S. Moore, after a brutal campaign marked by accusations of sexual abuse and child molestation against …

Doug Jones

Huge, mysterious object flying past Earth might be an alien spacecraft, scientists say

A huge object that flew past Earth might be an alien spacecraft, scientists have said.<p>Scientists had originally thought that the cigar-shaped object …

North Korea could launch its own nuclear ‘Pearl Harbor’ attacking the US, potentially killing millions

After the Japanese attacked U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii exactly 76 years ago, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously stated: “Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air …

Year in Review: The Biggest Stories of 2017

As 2017 comes to an end, it’s time to look back at the stories and news that defined the past year. There is much to cover, but at a high level these are the issues and events that stand out to us:<p>• <b>The first year of Donald Trump’s presidency</b> was marked by high tensions as the country and world …

Haley: North Korea has brought the world 'closer to war'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Members of the United Nations Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile during an emergency meeting in New York on Wednesday, during which US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the rogue regime's actions have …

North Korea

The Ghost of Matt Lauer

Why the departure of the longtime Today show host—who was abruptly fired by NBC after an allegation of sexual impropriety—represents much more than a casting change<p>“We just learned this moments ago, just this morning. As I’m sure you can imagine, we are devastated and we are still processing all of …

Media Industry

Here's What You Need to Know About That Mysterious Radiation Cloud Over Europe

Russia has confirmed it's real.<p>After weeks of silence and denials, Russia has confirmed that it too has detected evidence of a mysterious radiation …

Video shows North Korean soldier's daring, bullet-ridden defection to South

The U.S.-led United Nations Command that helps police the Korean War armistice released closed-circuit television footage Wednesday that shows a North Korean soldier's daring defection amid a hail of bullets to South Korea.<p>The video shows the solider racing toward the border in a military vehicle. …

South Korea

Questioning Evolution: The Push to Change Science Class

“Evolution Mama” is a sassy song dating back many decades, probably best played on a banjo, maybe with a kazoo in the background. “Evolution mama,” it goes, “don’t you make a monkey out of me.” That certainly captures the sentiments of religious groups and like-minded politicians who believe …

Creationism

What Drives Religious Belief? It's Not Intuition

Is religious belief driven by the heart or the head — that is, is it intuition or reason that explains why people believe in god or gods? The answer …

Florida Dairy Workers Seen Beating And Kicking Cows In Undercover Video

The farm previously supplied Publix Super Markets, which has suspended deliveries.<p>A Florida dairy farm is under criminal investigation after an undercover video from an animal rights group revealed workers kicking cows in the head and beating them with metal rods.<p><i>Warning: The following video</i> …

How medieval theologians debated the humanity of Jesus Christ

New research out of the University of Helsinki shows some of the fascinating and differing viewpoints medieval theologians had about the humanity of …

Theology

The Fungus That Turns Ants Into Zombies Is More Diabolical Than We Realized

Carpenter ants of the Brazilian rain forest have it rough. When one of these insects gets infected by a certain fungus, it turns into a so-called …

The climate has changed before. But this is different – look at the archeological record

The United States government recently published the Climate Science Special Report authored by 13 federal agencies, which states unequivocally that climate change is occurring and it is caused by human actions. The report follows several months of uncommonly strong hurricanes caused by …

Climate Change

A New York courtroom gave every detained immigrant a lawyer. The results were staggering.

And now a dozen more cities are getting on board.<p>Omar Siagha has been in the US for 52 years. He’s a legal permanent resident with three children. He’d never been to prison, he says, before he was taken into Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention — faced with the loss of his green card for a …

Immigration