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Trump’s Week of Errors, Exaggerations and Flat-out Falsehoods

POLITICO Magazine subjected the GOP front-runner to our fact-checking process. This is the result.<p>Donald Trump says he is a truthful man. “Maybe truthful to a fault,” he boasted last week at a North Carolina rally where one of his supporters sucker punched a protester.<p>But truthful he is not.<p>With …

Government

Revolutionary Cancer Therapy Shows Promise in Terminally Ill Patients

A groundbreaking new therapy in which white blood cells were reprogrammed to attack cancer cells is showing great promise after more than 90 percent …

More trouble in Duggar-land: Family ally and founder of Christian institute sued over sex abuse allegations

A new lawsuit names homeschooling boss Bill Gothard, who founded the institute that “counseled” Josh Duggar<p>Things just keep getting worse for Bill Gothard. If you thought your 2014 and your 2015 were challenging, sorry, buddy, but this year's going to be even more intense. On Wednesday, ten women …

Obama cries and the right whines: Conservatives mock president for his tears — proving again they’re heartless fools

Conservatives decry Obama for crying instead of being more sociopathic, but really, they could learn from him<p>During Tuesday's speech on gun control, President Obama choked up and started to cry when talking about the deaths of first graders at Sandy Hook Elementary at the hands of a crazed gunman. …

What Bravery Looks Like: Muslims Shield Christians During al-Shabaab Terrorist Attack

You want to talk about some Muslims standing up to Islamist terrorists? Here are some Muslims putting their lives on the line to do so:<p>(CNN)--Their M.O. is a tried and terrifying one: Launch a raid, single out Christians, and then spray them with bullets. But when Al-Shabaab militants ambushed a …

States explore blocking gun sales to terror watch lists

NEW YORK (AP) — Congress may have declined to ban the sale of guns to people on federal terrorism watch lists, but one state — New Jersey — has, at …

Guns

Muslims are combating radicals too: I’m an American Muslim who served as a Marine in Iraq — and now it’s overwhelmingly Muslims who are battling ISIS

We focus on the identity of Islamic extremists & fail to recognize the Muslims who are fighting them daily<p>In the aftermath of the attacks in Paris, Beirut and San Bernardino, California, inspired or conducted by a self-labeled Islamic extremist group, a heated debate on Islam has ensued. Common …

Ted Cruz’s junk science: GOP candidate denies climate change while citing debunked data and touting his inherited math skills

Texas senator calls climate change a “theology” and a pseudo-scientific scheme to give liberals more power<p>Most of the Republican presidential candidates are either vaguely skeptical of climate change or desperate to avoid talking about it. Climate change has become so ideologically charged that …

White House denounces Trump

Obama's spokesman uses unusually strong language to condemn Trump's proposal to bar Muslims entry to the United States.<p>White House spokesman Josh Earnest aimed some indecorous words at Donald Trump from the briefing room lectern on Tuesday: You are disqualified to be president.<p>“What he has said is …

Donald Trump

9 Gun Arguments that Need to Be Disarmed (Part 2)

Part one of this blog series targeted two common utterly erroneous gun arguments, this post will cover three perceptions that are misguided.<p><b>3. "We Need Guns to Protect Us from the Government"</b><p>As the Founding Fathers and Revolutionary soldiers emerged victorious from a revolt against the world's most …

Donald Trump is lying through his teeth: This is why the political press is so enraging

If a Democratic candidate lied with Trump’s frequency, the media would eat them for lunch. Not so with the Donald<p>Another day, another Donald Trump lie about the 9/11 terror attacks.<p>Appearing on <i>Face the Nation</i>, Republican frontrunner Trump told host John Dickerson that prior to the attacks, the …

Since When Did Scapegoating and Taking Revenge Become American and Christian Principles?

I do not consider myself religious in any traditional sense, nor would I say that I am deeply patriotic, but I am tired of "American" and "Christian" being used as descriptors of what is happening in the popular discourse.<p>I am tired of letting the loudest among us be those who call for un-American …

New York Times slams 'outrageous' Donald Trump for mocking reporter's disability

The New York Times has criticised Donald Trump as “outrageous” after the Republican presidential front-runner mocked one of its reporters and appeared to imitate his disability.<p>Jersey City: Trump's claims residents cheered on 9/11 are 'absolutely not true'<p>Read more<p>In a speech to supporters on …

Donald Trump

Seth Meyers shreds Donald Trump: He's no longer funny, he's dangerous

In recent days, the presidential candidate has been spreading incorrect information. But instead of apologizing, he has been doubling down. And Meyers believes that he's gone too far and is now even "quadrupling down."<p>First, Trump claimed that he saw Muslims in New Jersey celebrating on 9/11. When …

Donald Trump

Why the Satanic Temple Is Opening Its Doors to American Muslims

A conversation with the Temple's co-founder.<p>The Satanic Temple doesn't get a lot of positive press these days.<p>"We get death threats all the time," Doug Mesner, who co-founded the Temple in 2012, told me over the phone Friday morning. But this week, the Temple, which has more than 40,000 registered …

Religion

Guns on Campus: F-

My heart goes out to Amanda Collins. She was a University of Nevada student who was raped on campus a few years back. A horrible act of violence that no woman should have to endure. And that no rapist should ever get away with.<p>In the time since her attack, Amanda's become something of a poster girl …

Guns

Ted Cruz will never “Let It Go”: The right-wing’s insane new fear of “Frozen”

Conservatives target “Let It Go” and make up stories about “abortion regret” because they fear women’s autonomy<p>Going into Tuesday's Fox Business Channel debate, it's important to remember that the Christian right that currently runs the Republican Party really does think that women are too stupid …

Heat-triggered 'grenades' hit cancer

<b>Scientists have designed microscopic "grenades" that can explode their cancer-killing payload in tumours.</b><p>The team will present its findings at the National Cancer Research Institute conference next week.<p>They plan to use liposomes - tiny bubbles of fat which carry materials round the body - to …

5 reasons Paul Ryan’s astounding family time hypocrisy matters

The Wisconsin congressman is ready to fight for a work-life balance — just not on behalf of the American people<p>"I cannot and will not give up my family time," Ryan told reporters following the House GOP meeting.<p>That statement set off a firestorm of criticism, from the left and right.<p>As the …

This is how the paranoid right keeps America armed to the teeth: The lies & distortions they use after every massacre

The latest gun massacre is a case study in how America is exceptional in all the wrong ways<p>There has been another mass shooting in the United States -- and though American Exceptionalism is in many ways a myth, in terms of the number of times that guns are used to kill multiple people, the country …

Republicans Keep Proposing Wildly Unpopular Health Care Plans

Every time Republican candidates for president put forth their Obamacare repeal and replace plans it's like money in the bank for Democratic political ad makers. In their desperate need to appeal to Republican primary voters, candidates are giving Democrats the same kind of health care hammer that …

Charles Koch scolds the 1 percent: The plutocrat’s surprising moment of clarity

<b>(Screen shot, YouTube)</b><p>The billionaire is now urging conservatives to end preferential treatment for corporations. He’s one to talk<p>David Sirota<p>August 16, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Earlier this month, billionaire Charles Koch had a surprising message: In a speech to his fellow conservatives, he said …

Middle-class

Folks in these U.S. states don’t believe in global warming

Slide 1 of 12<p>In June, Pope Francis, in his encyclical on the environment, called upon humanity to take responsibility for the planet, including …

The new Obama rule that’s making stockbrokers swear

Whose interest is a retirement adviser supposed to serve?<p>In April, two months after President Obama proposed a rule that would require financial advisers to serve the best interests of their clients, a Merrill Lynch executive named John Thiel publicly suggested the industry ought to embrace the new …

Finance

So now they care about sexism? The ugly hypocrisy of the right’s reaction to Trump’s Kelly slur

I’ve had righties bray I’m not marriageable and that it’s my “time of the month.” Why the Kelly mess is different<p>Congratulations, Donald Trump. You made sure that throughout a gorgeous summer weekend, headlines and chyrons everywhere blared your claim that a professional woman did her job badly …

‘The Republican Party Created Donald Trump’

ATLANTA — Donald Trump was supposed to be the keynote speaker at the <i>RedState</i> Gathering here, a convocation of the hard-core conservative activists …

The GOP crack-up continues: The raging civil war over the disgusting “cuckservative” slur

Combining racism and misogyny, the insult lets Donald Trump backers claim other Republicans aren’t real men<p>I had a hard time taking this seriously, but the disgusting term “cuckservative” really is taking hold on the right. I’ll be honest: I learned about it a couple of weeks ago from the …

Just last month, Congress quietly voted to extend a ban on gun-violence research

It's at least the third mass shooting in the past two months in America.<p>And it comes just a week after James Holmes, the Aurora, Colorado, theater shooter, was found guilty on multiple counts of first-degree murder.<p>But despite a rise in mass shootings, Congress has no plans to investigate.<p>One week …

The 5 telltale techniques of climate change denial

<b>(CNN) —</b> There is overwhelming scientific evidence that humans are causing global warming. Nevertheless, a small proportion of the population continues to deny the science. This can be problematic when the small number denying climate science includes half of the U.S. Senate.<p>How do you identify …

Climate Change