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New York City Commits Over $1 Billion to Help the Homeless

New York City says it has decided to commit over $1 billion to alleviate homelessness over the next four years.<p>According to a video posted by the …

New York City

Doomsday seed vault opens for the first time due to Syrian war

Nestled into a frigid mountain just 800 miles south of the North Pole, a metallic building called the Svalbard Global Seed Vault holds almost 1 …

Syrian War

Obama: Religious freedom no excuse to deny rights to others

NEW YORK (AP) — Freedom of religion isn't reason enough to deny any American their constitutional rights, President Barack Obama said Sunday as he addressed members of the LGBT community, one of his major sources of political and financial support.<p>Speaking at a Democratic Party fundraiser, Obama …

LGBTQI

The casual racism of our most popular dating apps

Sites like Tinder and Grindr are littered with racial preferences and worse. Why are we so ready to let them slide?<p>If you don’t have enough jerks in your life, sign up for an online dating app. It will only be a matter of time before you encounter some spectacularly offensive and unsolicited people …

Relationships

Obama rips Republican candidates on gay marriage

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Obama on Sunday dismissed Republicans opposed to same-sex marriage as ‎living in another era, saying the national conversation had moved beyond whether gays and lesbians deserve equal marriage rights.<p>And he lambasted statements made by GOP candidates as woefully out-of-touch with …

LGBTQI

We are at war with an imaginary Islam: Lies, propaganda and the real story of America and the Muslim world

American propaganda exaggerates the power and moral depravity of the Islamic enemy, in the service of our empire<p>The United States is at war with a very different, mythic Islam of its own making that has nothing at all to do with this Islam of the Qur’an. To make sense of that conjured threat, …

Political Science

Russia could be investigating Apple over 'gay propaganda' because of emoji

Local media in Russia reports that Apple is under investigation by the police for 'promoting homosexuality' with 'gay emojis'<p>Claims from local media in Russia allege that the Russian police are investigating Apple for illegally 'promoting homosexuality' with their set of LGBT emoji.<p>Apparently, …

Government
Religion

Rare Film Is Glimpse Of A Distant America

Buffalo Sighting<p>Buffalo Needed<p>Buffalo Reported<p>For decades, <i>The Daughter of Dawn</i> was a "lost film" — a buried American treasure. The 1920 multireel, silent movie was rediscovered and restored a few years ago.<p>Only recently has the movie become more widely available. You can watch it on Netflix. You …

Native Americans

The right’s nauseating Columbus Day hate: Fox News, Trump, Limbaugh embolden white supremacist Twitter

It’s a short putt from “cuckservative” to the racist bile being spewed all over Twitter today<p>As Scott Eric Kaufman of <i>Salon</i> noted on Monday morning, some folks on Twitter are honoring the Columbus Day holiday with the nauseating hashtag #ColumbusWasAHero. While some liberals are using the hashtag to …

Rights & Freedoms

America’s long, dark history of “objectively reasonable” murder

Tamir Rice was killed by police officers in the blink of an eye. They won’t be punished. This is by design<p>Racial battle fatigue makes Black America numb. However, the numbness does not mean that Black America is free from pain. Langston Hughes’ “dream deferred” feels again today like it is ready to …

Justice

U.N. May Recommend Decriminalizing Drug Use

The United Nations is preparing to call on governments around the world to decriminalize drug use, according to Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, …

Cannabis

Racists Urge Boycott of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Over Black Lead, and Most of Them Love Trump

#BoycottStarWarsVII, which trended all day Monday on Twitter, is the brainchild of conservative Trump supporters against the diverse casting of J.J. …

Death Row

Let's See What Conservatives Have to Say About a Real War on Christianity

The burning of black churches near Ferguson is an actual issue, unlike "Happy Holidays" signs.<p>I am sure that this is not About Race, because nothing ever is About Race.<p>Authorities don't yet know who sparked the flames or why, but they believe the crimes are connected. In each case, an accelerant …

Christianity

What a Week! Everyone's Hopping on the 'No More Drug War' Train

I have been working at the Drug Policy Alliance for the last 16 years and I have never seen a week like this. It is hard to keep up with all of the big stories about the disastrous war on drugs and the growing effort to end it. Here is a compilation from the incredible week.<p>New Gallup Poll: 58 …

Cannabis

WikiLeaks release a second batch of documents from email account of John Brennan, CIA director

Latest cache of documents includes his contacts' list and a scathing assessment of US military strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan<p>WikiLeaks released a second instalment of documents from the hacked personal email account of John Brennan, the CIA director, on Thursday, including his contacts’ list …

A Lesbian Couple Was Arrested And Thrown In Jail For Showing PDA In A Grocery Store. In America.

Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero (no relation to Danger Guerrero) were on the second day of their vacation to Hawaii last March, when they were arrested essentially for kissing and holding hands in a Honolulu grocery store. In a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday, the women — who were visiting from …

Iranian actress is branded 'immoral' by state media and sparks public outcry after she posts photographs of herself without a hijab on Facebook

• <b>Sadaf Taherian posted images on social media without Islamic headdress</b>• <b><br>She is protesting Iranian laws requiring women to wear hijabs in public</b>• <b><br>Tehran</b></b> …

Put gay people to death? Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal and Mike Huckabee to speak at Iowa “religious liberty” conference led by noxious right-wing radio host

Here’s something debate moderators might want to ask three candidates courting the far edge of the religious right<p>Republican candidates may want softball questions for the rest of the debate season, but here's something that the moderators should be confronting at least some of them about: Three …

Religion

Bill O’Reilly’s demented criminal justice fantasy: Hang low-level drug offenders!

“In Singapore they have no problem. Why? They hang them. They hang them,” the Fox News host suggested<p>Bill O'Reilly suggested that the solution to America's drug and incarceration epidemic can be found by turning to Singapore's model of capital punishment for drug offenders.<p>In July 2014, The U.S. …

Morality

“PC” is another right-wing lie: Missouri proves reactionary forces really are waging war against college kids

Forget “political correctness”: The truth is young people are really suffering from conservative culture wars<p>It's been trendy in the past few months for pundits to raise the alarm about the supposedly out-of-control culture of "political correctness" on campuses. Audiences are expected to be …

Health Care
Ben Carson
Donald Trump
Planned Parenthood
Environmentalism

Attorneys: Men charged in Minneapolis attack not racist

Attorneys for three men accused in a shooting that wounded five black men during a protest outside of a Minneapolis police precinct denied Tuesday that their clients are racist and downplayed evidence.<p>A fourth man accused of firing the shots during the Nov. 23 attack didn't speak at the court …

Justice

Atheist Santa Billboard Urging People to 'Skip Church' Causes Uproar

A billboard urging people to skip church on Christmas is causing a stir in a North Carolina town.<p>The sign was put up by the activist group American …

Religion