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How Religious-Freedom Laws Could Come Back to Hurt the Faithful

If conservative Christians really believe they are becoming a marginalized movement, why would they want to disempower marginalized people in the marketplace?<p>“I’d like to purchase a wedding cake,” the glowing young woman says as she clutches the arm of her soon-to-be husband. “We’re getting married …

“Stand your ground” nation: From Trayvon Martin to Jordan Davis, how our understanding of self-defense is changing America.

Ever since George Zimmerman gunned down Trayvon Martin in his Sanford, Fla., gated community, it’s become an article of faith that the rash of lethal …

Americans: Republicans in General, Democrats in Particular

The U.S. is ideologically conservative, but ask voters about specific issues and they find it harder to discern the "correct" position.<p>When Americans think about government in the big picture, they can seem like a nation of Ayn Rands. People want to lay waste to the Leviathan. But when Americans …

Wanted: A Super-PAC Sugar Daddy to Back a 2016 Presidential Run

The invisible primary isn't just about lining up top donors anymore—would-be candidates are seeking mega-donors who can bankroll independent-spending groups, too.<p>Forget Des Moines. The epicenter of the 2016 Republican presidential campaign last week was in Dallas.<p>Harlan Crow, the real-estate …

The Gettysburg of the GOP Civil War

The Republicans’ warring factions have moved beyond simply exchanging angry rhetoric to an actual call to arms. Could we be on the precipice of a …

Dusky Light

Nikki Haley: Let people carry guns without training or a permit!

The Tea Party-aligned governor of South Carolina is worried it’s too hard to get a gun in her state<p>Of all the ways one might improve South Carolina, you wouldn't think making it easier for people to acquire guns would be at the top of the list. But while it's not her number one priority, Gov. Nikki …

Keep Religion Out Of Science Education And Debates

I say in my tagline for this space that “I write about the science they’re selling you.” But what if what they’re selling isn’t science at all but religion decked in scientific trappings and trotted out in a cynical parody of the real thing? As adults, perhaps we have the ability to parse what does …

Insane New Footage Of Felix Baumgartner's Edge-Of-Space Jump Released

We're warning you now: This new video of Felix Baumgartner's record-setting leap from the edge of space just might make you feel a bit queasy.<p>The supersonic skydiver made history in October 2012 when he plunged more than 24 miles to Earth's surface, breaking three records in the process.<p>Now, nearly …

Was The Beatles’ Music Really That Unique? Yeah, It Totally Was.

Melting blues, country, pop, music hall, and Broadway into a two-guitar sound called rock’n’roll was something The Beatles did first. Read the final …

Turning Cop Show Conventions Upside Down, HBO's 'True Detective' Is 'CSI' On LSD

They call them <i>procedurals</i> for a reason. From <i>Dragnet</i> and <i>Adam 12</i> to the many flavors of <i>Law and Order</i> and <i>CSI: Anywhere</i>, American television viewers have devoured the recipe wherein a crime is committed at the top of the hour and justice is served by the end. The characters–cops and perps alike–take a …

Watch online: ’12 O’Clock Boys,’ ‘Percentage,’ ‘House of Bodies’

<i>The Post’s critics highlight original movies that are being streamed and made available on demand. Here are this week’s picks.</i><p><b>12 O'CLOCK BOYS</b><p>The documentary “12 O’Clock Boys,” about a group of renegade dirt-bike riders known for driving in aggressive, noisy packs through the streets of Baltimore, …

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Creationism in Texas public schools: Undermining the charter movement.

When public-school students enrolled in Texas’ largest charter program open their biology workbooks, they will read that the fossil record is …

Huckabee: GOP Waging ‘War For Women’

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said the Republican Party is waging a “war for women,” at a meeting of the Republican National Committee …

Florida's Nutty New Gun Law

<b>Florida, where only one person</b> has been shot to death for texting at the movies so just shut up, liberal scum, is trying to decide how to make itself safer so Sean Hannity will feel more comfortable moving down there to kill bonefish. Luckily, the National Rifle Associationis there to help.<p><i>The</i> …

The Racially Fraught History of the American Beard

“Washes and razors for foofoos," scoffed Walt Whitman. But the story of 19th-century facial hair is more tangled than modern nostalgists may realize.<p>Let me declare what many already know: 2013 was a landmark year for men’s facial hair. From flamboyant beards to the proliferation of “old-fashioned” …

Shooting the messenger: The time I dared to critique gun activists’ agenda

I learned first-hand that voicing cautious attitudes about guns will elicit quite a response from the right<p>Last month, I wrote a front-page article for Salon about the psychology of open carry, entitled “Gun rights activists have a new craze, and it’s more dangerous than you think.” The story …

Hearst Magazines

The Conservative War on Liberal Media Has a Long History

Roger Ailes's success at Fox News is unique, but the project of creating a right-leaning alternative to established media stretches back to the 1940s.<p>In his new book <i>The Loudest Voice in the Room</i>, Gabriel Sherman portrays Roger Ailes as “the quintessential man behind the curtain,” a …

The GOP’s Relentless Crusade to Save America From Commie Light Bulbs

You’ll have to pry incandescents out of their cold, dead hands. How one little-noticed new budget provision keeps alive the most ridiculous element …

Two Days In Gun America

<b>As it happens</b>, I'm sitting in a hotel room a few exits east up I84 from the town of Newtown in Connecticut, where a crazy man named Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and murdered 26 people including 21 children. In the immediate aftermath, it was decided by elite opinion leaders …

How Rush Limbaugh Decides What Is True

The talk-radio star explains his epistemology: True conservatives are always right.<p>Something special happened Monday on the Rush Limbaugh radio program. Its host set out to explain why conservatives won't be defending New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during the bridge scandal in the same way that …

WATCH: Bruce Springsteen And Jimmy Fallon Jam Over Christie Traffic Scandal

Bruce Springsteen joined Jimmy Fallon on <i>Late Night</i> Tuesday to take a musical dig at the traffic scandal buffeting New Jersey Gov. Chris …