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After Orlando, We Must Ask How Our Society Got This Way

The details of this weekend’s shootings in Orlando are still coming in, but we know pop singer Christina Grimmie was gunned down after a performance, …

Guns

Why It’s Time to Repeal the Second Amendment

I teach the Constitution for a living. I revere the document when it is used to further social justice and make our country a more inclusive one. I …

Guns

Hillary Clinton made the only anti-Trump argument that is needed

It's the same argument about tail risk that I made on Tuesday: Trump would expose the US to various potential disasters that would seem unthinkable with most other candidates of either party.<p>Clinton said it succinctly:<p>Donald Trump's ideas aren't just different. They are dangerously incoherent …

Republicans for Hillary?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Doug Elmets' home sits as a proud time capsule to his Reagan-era roots: Framed pictures adorn the walls of a 21-year-old Elmets gripping the hand of his political hero, President Ronald Reagan; a two-foot tall bronze statue of the 40th President sits on an end table; his signed letter of …

A plea to Hillary’s Democrat critics: don’t hand the White House to Trump | Jonathan Freedland

Hostility to Clinton on the Sanders side is so deep that they are in danger of letting the Republican win<p>Maybe it’s a mistake to worry too much about Susan Sarandon. But her recent musings on the US election make me anxious. Not because I think she has huge influence – if celebrity endorsements …

The Observer view on Donald Trump

It’s time to tell the ugly truth before it’s too late<p>Now that what once seemed inconceivable has happened, what are Americans who care about their country, its hard-won values and its leading international role going to do about it? The prospect that Donald Trump will secure the Republican party’s …

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Reminder: The Right-Wing Owes Us $25 Billion

Rest assured, Bobby Jindal (R-LA). Republicans are not the stupid party. They are the evil party.<p>Democrats are the stupid party. With the havoc that could be wreaked by the Zika virus, the right-wing feel they must "find" money in the budget to offset the research and development necessary to be …

How Does a Mathematician's Brain Differ from That of a Mere Mortal?

Alan Turing, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, John Nash—these “beautiful” minds never fail to enchant the public, but they also remain somewhat …

Mathematics

Prepare for an Explosion of Gravitational Wave Detections - D-brief

By Eric Betz | April 11, 2016 4:20 pm<p>An illustration of merging black holes. <i>(Credit: NASA)</i><p>In the time it takes you to finish your lunch break, …

Black Holes

Think Trump's an Islamophobe? Meet Ted Cruz's national security advisor | Haroon Moghul

Frank Gaffney believes that US officials have submitted to sharia law and a crescent moon is secretly included in government logos<p>If you were Ted Cruz, and needed to break into the news cycle, consolidate conservative support, and stop the Trump juggernaut, what would you do? Easy: pick on …

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Trump presidency rated among top 10 global risks: EIU

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1233000/1233014_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524705537_94225a177c7c779b4e4eaecb096687c2<p><b>Donald Trump winning the US presidency is considered one of the top 10 risks facing the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.</b><p>The …

Why Trump’s Endorsements Should Scare Your Pants Off

Earlier this week, an African-American protester was sucker-punched by a 78-year-old man in a cowboy hat at a Trump rally in North Carolina. The …

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Obama blames the GOP for Trump's rise

"Suddenly, we’re shocked that there’s gambling going on in this establishment," he says in Austin.<p>Speaking at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Austin, Texas, on Friday evening, President Barack Obama lit into Donald Trump, by turns mocking him for "selling steaks" and ripping his rhetoric— while …

1924: The Wildest Convention in U.S. History

Nearly 100 years ago, it took the Democrats 103 ballots and 16 sweaty days to select a nominee. Could the GOP be headed for a similar showdown this year?<p>Like a mighty bulldozer that has thrown a track, the Donald Trump campaign for president has lost its forward momentum, causing analysts and Trump …

NASA confirms February 2016's shocking global warming temperature record.

<b>Update, March 12, 2016</b>: Data released Saturday from NASA confim that February 2016 was not only the most unusually warm month ever measured globally, …

Global Warming

Bernie’s Revolution Hits a Wall

The movement will only matter if it figures out how to change gears, fast. Can it?<p>Bernie Sanders has a political revolution all dressed up with nowhere to go.<p>The Oval Office is not available. If the delegate math isn’t clear enough after Hillary Clinton’s South Carolina blowout, it will be after …

GOP Debate Takeaway: This Election Is About Good Guys vs. Villains

There were fierce moments, to be sure, in Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate, the first one-on-one matchup between Hillary Clinton and Bernie …

Health Care

Why Bernie Sanders Can't Govern

Hillary Clinton’s realistic attitude is the only thing that can effect change in today’s political climate.<p>Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz have something in common. Both have an electoral strategy predicated on the ability of a purist candidate to revolutionize the electorate—bringing droves of chronic …

Ted Cruz isn't presidential material, but not because of where he was born

When I found out that Ted Cruz has his own birthers – that the eligibility of the Canadian-born candidate to become President of the United States is being contested in a “poorly written, 28-page complaint” – my first thought was, “It’s nice when two people find each other.”<p>Where was Ted Cruz born …

Why Obama's tears are so revolutionary

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sometimes a historic moment arrives like an IMAX movie: a big, loud, jarring event that bends the arc of history.<p>Other times, though, it sneaks up on people. It seems modest at the time, but only later do Americans realize it marked a turning point -- that something new had burst onto the …

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What I Learned From Pro-Gun Twitter

Yesterday, I posted a single sentence to Twitter:<p><b>My child is more important than your gun.</b><p>I tweeted this to the tag #StopGunViolence.<p>Now, you'd assume that the above statement isn't controversial, right? The life and rights of a human child should always be valued above the existence or ownership …

In the Madness of the Right, Reality is for Losers

Perhaps the story can begin with the way an "aide to [President] George W. Bush [apparently Karl Rove] spoke dismissively of "the reality-based community." Rove, in an interview with reporter Ron Suskind, contrasted that "reality-based" approach (which starts with a careful study of the real …

Earth to Trump: Hillary Clinton is a Woman

In his maniacal rantings about Hillary playing the woman's card Trump ignores what is right before his eyes; she is a brilliant, experienced and passionate woman whose supporters, male and female, will be working hard to elect her President of the United States of America. Clinton is the most …

How Best to Separate Donald Trump from His Base

If there is anything currently uniting most political commentators in contemporary America, it is surely their on-going fascination with the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. The common agreement on both sides of the political aisle through most of 2015 appeared to be that his campaign was …

Remembering 2015: Republicans Get Conned

It's hard to feel sorry for Republicans, given that they control both sides of Congress and two-thirds of state legislatures. It's difficult to feel compassion for members of a party who, for much of the year, acted like bullies. Nonetheless, in 2015 the GOP's rank-and-file get royally conned, not …

Ted Cruz’s rainy day socialism: How a right-wing fanatic learned to stop worrying and love redistribution

When New Jersey was underwater, Cruz slammed federal relief spending. Now he’s asking for some of his own.<p>For the first time ever, I agree with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., and Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Tex.. Specifically, as deadly floods drown parts of Texas, I absolutely agree that President Obama and the …

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Pre Dawn Kaleidoscope

Photo submitted by Bob McClennan, “Pre dawn ride on the Union Canal tow path in Berks County, PA.”<p>We always love to see your photos and would like to …

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