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Pious

How Much Do They Pay You To Protest?

"Professional protesters"..This is how president elect #Trump called hundreds of thousands of Anti-Trump protesters nationwide.<p>Coming from the Middle East, I have heard the same exact rhetoric before but in a different language.<p>"Professional protesters" was the exact term that dictators like …

We Must Be Nothing If Not Watchful

President-elect Trump was great at his meeting with President Obama at the White House this week, but then went paranoid 12-year-old again when he tweeted that night about protesters being "very unfair." On any given day we simply don't know what we'll be getting; we must be nothing if not watchful.<p>…

Donald Trump

To Move Forward, Progressives First Must Listen

Donald Trump's ascension to the Presidency has elicited well-warranted despair among those who deem tolerance and inclusion touchstones of a flourishing democracy. What was expected by so many to be a day of jubilation as the first female was ushered into the country's highest office has turned …

David Axelrod

The Latino surge of 2016: Early voting points toward the real “hidden voters” of this election?

Behind all the handwringing about the “working class,” pundits may be missing this election’s biggest surprise<p>Back in the early days of the presidential campaign I wrote a Salon column about the devastation that former California governor Pete Wilson had wreaked on the Republican Party when he …

How does Donald Trump lie? A fact checker's final guide

As the presidential campaign has gathered speed, the Guardian has gathered together the lies the Republican candidate has told. What have we learned?<p>Donald Trump lies like he tweets: erratically, at all hours, sometimes in malice and sometimes in self-contradiction, and sometimes without any …

Federal lawsuits filed in 5 states after African-American voters purged from registration rolls, targeted for intimidation by the Trump campaign

In violation of the Voting Rights Act, the NAACP and Democrats allege Republicans have targeted black voters<p>New federal lawsuits were filed in five different states Monday, alleging that thousands of black voters are illegally being purged from voter registration lists by Republican officials and …

15 drugstore shampoos celebrity hairstylists can't live without

When it comes to achieving red carpet-worthy strands, we often assume it comes with a hefty price tag. But beyond beautiful packaging, is there <i>really</i> any difference between department store and drugstore finds?<p>TODAY Style reached out to a few select hair mavens to find out their (and their …

The year of dark magical thinking: Unskewed reality, Hillary’s health and the rise of the alt-right

How Karl Rove’s 2012 Fox News humiliation unleashed Trump, Breitbart and the demons of the alt-right<p>Hey, remember Karl Rove? That guy seems almost charmingly old-fashioned right now. (I said “almost.”) Amid the deepening insanity of the 2016 campaign, I keep going back to Rove’s election-night …

How the magic of Netflix's 'Stranger Things' can help explain the rise of Donald Trump

Netflix has a hit on its hands.<p>"Stranger Things," its latest original series, has far outpaced other Netflix originals in viewership. In the first 16 days, 8.2 million people watched the science-fiction drama, putting it far ahead of hits like "House of Cards," "Daredevil," and "Jessica Jones."<p>And …

Donald Trump
Government

Trump and the exploitation of right rage: It’s not the economy, stupid, that’s attracting angry white men to him

The brainwashing of Trump loyalists by right wing media is on display every day — and it’s disturbing<p>We've all seen the videos replayed over and over again on social media and cable news. The past couple of weeks, however, featured two videos illustrating what I'd consider to be typical Trump …

Rudy Giuliani

Mike Pence is even worse than you think: Trump’s VP pick has a long, disastrous record of opposing LGBT rights

The “religious liberty” governor earns a 0 from the Human Rights Campaign and voted against hate crimes prevention<p>Mike Pence won’t say whether he believes it’s OK to discriminate against LGBT people. The Indiana governor was repeatedly asked about his stance on the issue during a 2015 interview …

Paul Ryan's Dilemma: The Republican Party And Its Presidential Candidate

Surely one of the hardest jobs at the Republican convention belongs to House Speaker Paul Ryan, who will preside over it.<p>It's hard even though Ryan has said his responsibilities are largely ceremonial. His job is harder than that of Donald Trump fans, for whom the convention can be a celebration. …

The whole truth about Van Gogh's ear, and why his 'mad genius' is a myth

A new exhibition claims Vincent Van Gogh’s mental illness hampered his work, rather than drove his singular vision – and presents fresh medical evidence about his notorious self-mutilation<p>Madness terrified Vincent van Gogh, yet he also wondered if it was inseparable from artistic genius. In letters …

Cool Down, RBG, and Channel Obama

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s intemperate outburst at Donald Trump shows how much of his toxin has invaded the body politic’s bloodstream. Why has everyone …

Trump's lawyers fight to keep his Trump U. video depositions out of political ads

Donald Trump's lawyers argued this week that his videotaped depositions in two cases alleging fraud at Trump University should not be made public because theywould end up in political ads against him.<p>Daniel Petrocelli, a lawyer representing Trump at a hearing Wednesday, argued that among other …

Donald Trump

Why Ruth Bader Ginsburg regrets her Trump comments

<b>(CNN) —</b> Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's public regret Thursday for her criticism of Donald Trump appears to derive from an effort to extract herself from the heat of the presidential election just as it is likely to get hotter with the upcoming Republican convention.<p>She plainly came to …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump and Kids Named in $250M Tax Scam

The lawsuit, unsealed Thursday, describes the scheme as simple, telling the judge ‘there need be no fear of complexity, for there is none.’<p>Four …

Corruption

Mike Pence Straddles The Line Between Unknown And Unpopular

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump’s options for his running mate were, as one headline writer put it, a choice between “the unpopular or the unknown.” His reported pick for vice president, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, manages to combine the two.<p>Pence remains basically an unknown outside his home …

European Union

GOP's 'Emailgate' Response Shows How It Ended Up With Trump

Like Trump, congressional Republicans don't seem interested in understanding how the law works<p>Republicans have spent the Obama years encouraging …

Donald Trump

The Near Certainty of Anti-Police Violence

By ignoring illegitimate policing, America has also failed to address the danger this illegitimacy poses to those who must do the policing.<p>Last month, the Obama administration accused Donald Trump of undercutting American legitimacy in the eyes of the world. Trump’s call to ban Muslims wasn’t just …

Political Science

Mark Cuban blasts international basketball

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is making the media rounds and hoping to change how the NBA allows its players to participate in international competition.<p>Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, for a long time now, has fought against rules allowing NBA players to perform in international competition, …

Missing Mexico students: 'We shot them then burnt the bodies'

Testimony from three hit men working for the Guerreros Unidos drugs cartel appears to prove that the 43 missing Mexican students were killed on the night of September 26. But their families refuse to believe they are dead until they have DNA proof<p>Agustín García Reyes knew exactly what he was doing …

Mexico

Oldest Photograph Of Human Beings Arouses Renewed Attention Online

The oldest photograph of human beings was taken by Louis Daguerre in 1838. The black and white picture depicts an early 19th century scene as a man …