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Maureen Dowd’s clueless white gaze: What’s really behind the “Selma” backlash

NY Times columnist is the latest critic of “Selma” for its depiction of LBJ. Here’s why a new racial lens is needed<p>New York Times critic Maureen Dowd saw "Selma" last week “in a theater of full of black teenagers.” Her ethnographic impressions of the “stunned” emotional responses that these D.C. …

Feminism

Tea party reeling

After a rough midterm, conservative activists are struggling to find their way.<p>MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The past year has not been kind to the tea party: Its most prized candidates were crushed in primary elections to establishment-backed foes, then it watched in dismay earlier this month as …

Republicans

MLK’s radical vision got distorted: Here’s his real legacy on militarism & inequality

Dr. King is remembered for a sanitized legacy. Here’s what he really fought for — and why it’s so relevant today<p>Today, on Martin Luther King Jr.’s federal holiday, many will write of Dr. King’s dream for equality for all people and his heroic leadership that inspired very real progressive change in …

Staten Island

No, Obama Is Not Black Jesus

A rush to judgment is not inevitable when a historian weighs in on a sitting president, but how did Morton Keller get so many things wrong in his …

Here's What the Supreme Court Could Do on Gay Marriage

The Supreme Court has yet to review any same-sex marriage cases this term, but that will soon change. The nation’s highest court announced Friday …

LGBTQI

Brownback reverses course, proposes new taxes

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, whose massive tax cuts became a cause célèbre for conservatives but threw his state’s budget into disarray, announced Friday that he would pursue tax increases.<p>In a stark turnaround, the Republican called for higher taxes on cigarettes and liquor as part of his annual …

Income Inequality

White Liberals Are Wrong About 'Selma' And LBJ

One of the year’s greatest and most important films is <i>Selma</i>, the story of Rev. Martin Luther King’s historic role in leading the march in Selma, Alabama, which helped lead to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The film enjoys universal acclaim from movie critics, and high ratings from …

Black History

Hollywood’s political ignorance: What Cosby, “Selma” & Hebdo reveal about white liberal consciousness

The causes celebrities feel comfortable backing — and those they do not — speak volumes. And it’s not pretty<p>Race and gender politics at this year’s Golden Globes took an unexpected range of twists and turns. First, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler shamelessly mocked the many rape allegations against …

Race & Ethnicity

Ab Workouts for a Six-Pack

Six Moves to a Six-Pack<p>These are the best core exercises you've never done, and they'll reveal the abs you never knew you had<p>Nothing says "fit" like a wash-board stomach. And nothing makes achieving one harder than doing the same exercises every week. "Your body adapts and stops responding to …

Why Warren Won’t Run

She has more impact as an advocate than she could as a candidate—or president.<p>Love her or hate her, Elizabeth Warren knows exactly who she is. When she took tennis lessons years ago, Warren hit so many balls over fences, hedges and buildings that her instructor—now her husband—considered her his …

Wall Street

How to be a winner: the books that inspire Mark Zuckerberg and other high flyers

The Facebook CEO cites leadership tome The End of Power as essential for getting ahead in business. But what do other power players such as President Putin and Bill Gates read?<p>Ever wondered why neither you nor I are world leaders or sitting pretty atop the rich lists of either Forbes magazine or …

Books

Joseph Stiglitz: Thomas Piketty gets income inequality wrong

The famed economist reveals the real reason the rich are getting richer — and what it means for the rest of us<p><i>Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz has been writing about America’s economically divided society since the 1960s. His recent book,</i>The Price of Inequality<i>, argues that this division is holding</i> …

Income Inequality

The Birth of a New Civil Rights Movement

2014 was an epochal year for social justice. 2015 could be even more dramatic.<p>The shattering events of 2014, beginning with Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, in August, did more than touch off a national debate about police behavior, criminal justice and widening inequality in America. …

The Annihilation Of The Middle Class: The Beginning Of The End For Modern America

"America’s like a beacon in the world. But I feel like I’m watching it go down the toilet in front of my eyes. I’m fairly certain that this country …

Skipping Workouts? Your Fitness Progress Fades Faster Than You Think

You won't believe how short a time without cardio workouts or strength training will set your progress back<p>With temperatures plummeting and …

Fitness

This Is the RIGHT Way to Sculpt Your Abs: Watch the Video

<i>Holly Perkins is a certified strength and conditioning specialist who holds a degree in exercise physiology. She is on a mission to match the number of women to the number of men in weight rooms around the world. Holly created the Women’s Strength Nation movement to help women uncover their</i> …

Exercise

50 Foods with Superpowers

You can get most, if not all, of the nutrients essential to good health by selecting the right combination of foods<p>Alaskan King Crab<p><b>Bone Builder</b>High in protein and low in fat, the sweet flesh of the king crab is spiked with zinc—a whopping 7 milligrams per 3.5-ounce serving. "Zinc is an …

Nutrition

Brazil's hidden slavery past uncovered at Valongo Wharf

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1133000/1133508_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522282104_4d65d4eac34f4746b4fc9b617b9d6e9a<p><b>Rio de Janeiro is a city looking to the future. Major development work is underway in the city's historic port area as it prepares to host the</b> …

Brazil

Erick Erickson: President Obama “hates America”

The right-wing pundit wonders why Obama ruined a perfect country<p>Conservative meathead Erick Erickson played to Manichean type on Monday, charging that President Obama "hates America" and has deliberately wrecked the country in order to "humble" it.<p>In a RedState.com blog post that appeared under the …

Hitler’s Hail Mary

The Battle of the Bulge, the Third Reich’s final major offensive, was a military failure that still managed to surprise the Allies, claim thousands …

James Carroll on disarming the memory of Jesus: “America threatens the world with violence in ways that no other country does”

The brilliant scholar James Carroll on anti-Semitism, Pope Francis and how liberals can be honest believers<p>Jesus died around the year 33. Thirty years later, the Romans began killing Jews in a more systematic way. Between 67 and 136, over the course of a three-phase war, the Romans destroyed the …

Inequality Between America's Rich and Poor Is at a 30-Year High

The economic distance between the nation's wealthiest and everyone else has been growing.<p>There are many ways to compare finances, but perhaps a more holistic measure of financial health looks at household wealth, a comparison of what a family’s assets (home, cars, investments and bank accounts) are …

These 5 Moves Will Make You Look Flat-Bellied from Every Angle

Exercise 1 Straight Arm Plank<p>Begin on your hands and knees with your hands directly under your shoulders and knees directly under your hips. Brace your torso by contracting as if someone were going to punch you in the tummy. Step back so that your legs are straight and your feet are together so …

What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

It took a few hours for some Cubans to realize the magnitude of President Obama's announcement on Wednesday about changes in the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, according to Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez.<p>Why? Because they were at the market, buying fish. "It is important to also say that the …

The Democrats' risky Cuba bet

Will Florida’s changing demographics offset a backlash among older Cuban-Americans?<p>Barack Obama, who won the swing state of Florida in the 2012 election by 50.01 percent to 49.13 percent, knows just how many presidential candidacies have gotten bogged down in the sands and marshes of the Sunshine …

Africa for pessimists: 2014 in review

Let’s be honest, it has not been a great year for Africa. Rocked by disease, terrorism and civil war Simon Allison highlights this year’s worst moments<p>Glass half full? Read the Africa for optimists review<p><b>Ebola, and the governance failures which let it spread</b><p>Ebola is a nasty disease, one of the …

Greenpeace activists could face extradition over protest in Peru

Outraged Peruvian officials say demonstration over UN climate talks damaged centuries-old etching in desert<p>Peru will seek to extradite the Greenpeace activists whom it accuses of causing “irreparable damage” to the Nazca lines during a publicity stunt meant to send a message to the UN climate talks …

The Bill Cosby sexual abuse claims – accusation by accusation

A total of 17 women have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of the popular comedian – allegations that Cosby denies<p>Tamara Green on Bill Cosby assault: ‘He was like a spider, sitting there waiting’<p>Over the last few weeks, at least 17 women have put their name to accusations …