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Brazil sees some of the largest antigovernment demonstrations in its history

Some of the largest antigovernment demonstrations Brazil has seen took place Sunday, after long-standing accusations of corruption against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva crystallized into formal charges against him last week.<p>Lula was charged with money laundering and criminal …

Trains

Al Qaeda claims responsibility for Ivory Coast hotel shooting in which 16 'including four Europeans' killed at resort

Attack on L'Etoile du Sud hotel in resort popular with Westerners claimed by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb<p>Al Qaeda's North African branch has claimed responsibility for a terror attack on an Ivory Coast beach resort on Sunday in which 16 people, including four Europeans, were killed.<p>Six gunmen …

Iraq preparing to push Islamic State away from oil region: report | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Kurdish Peshmerga forces, an Iran-backed Shi’ite militia and Iraq’s army will launch an offensive soon to push Islamic State fighters away from the northern oil region of Kirkuk, a state newspaper reported on Wednesday.<p>Iraqi security forces ride in a military vehicle travelling …

Middle East

Chicago Cop Caught Saying "Typical F**king Ni**ers" On Dispatch Radio

Racial tensions have been brewing in Chicago since the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. But now things have gotten messier, with the release of …

North Korea sentences U.S. student to 15 years hard labor

<b>(CNN) —</b> North Korea has sentenced an American student to 15 years of hard labor after accusing him of removing a political banner from a hotel.<p>The U.S. State Department fired back Wednesday, saying the punishment doesn't fit the alleged crime.<p>The sentence against University of Virginia student Otto …

North Korea
Israel
Donald Trump

The Church in the Darkness is about God and guns and socialism, but mostly it's about you

A story that will poke you in the eye — and you're the story<p>It's 40 minutes into my conversation with Richard Rouse III before I finally figure it out: <i>The Church in the Darkness</i> doesn't have a story.<p>Rouse, currently an independent developer but formerly of Ubisoft and Microsoft, tells me that he …

When Donald Trump Hated Ronald Reagan

The GOP front-runner praises the conservative icon now, but in 1987 Trump blasted Reagan and his team.<p>In 2016, there are 14 Republican presidential candidates for whom Ronald Reagan is both the benchmark for conservative values and the lodestar of conservative ideas. There’s also one who wrote, in …

Donald Trump

Leaving Brooklyn, Bernie Sanders Found Home In Vermont

<i>This story is part of NPR's series</i> Journey Home<i>. We're going to the places that presidential candidates call home and finding out what those places tell us about how they see the world.</i><p>How did a city kid, who grew up in a 3 1/2-room apartment in Brooklyn, N.Y., end up the mayor of Burlington, Vt., …

Middle-class

Bernie's Burlington: What Kind of Mayor Was Bernie Sanders?

<i>Mayor Bernie Sanders in his City Hall office in Burlington, Vermont in 1981</i><p>John Davis remembers a meeting in 1986 when Bernie Sanders, then the mayor of Burlington, Vermont, confronted the owners of the city's largest affordable-housing complex. The federal program that had subsidized the Northgate …

Middle-class

Church of Cannabis approved under Indiana religious freedom law

Indiana has approved "The First Church of Cannabis" under its controversial religious freedom law.<p>Church founder Bill Levin told ABC 7 that he …

Religion

Tom Cotton’s Iran humiliation: How the talking points robot short-circuited on gay rights

Arkansas senator Tom Cotton can’t be bothered with anti-gay discrimination because Iran wants nukes, or something<p>Sen. Tom Cotton stopped by Wolf Blitzer’s “Situation Room” yesterday to talk about the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran and why he believes they should be abandoned in favor of …

LGBTQI

Mike Huckabee discovers secret gay conspiracy to close all churches

Likely presidential candidate loses it over backlash against “religious freedom” laws<p>Still struggling with a personal "ick factor" provoked by the mere thought of a wedded gay couple, Mike Huckabee is naturally a big fan of legislation that allows discrimination against gay people on religious …

LGBTQI

Bill Maher’s right-wing paranoia: What his comments on racial politics really reveal

Speaking about Netanyahu’s racial appeal for votes, self-described “liberal” comic conveys a distinctive ideology<p>When he is defending his sweeping condemnation of the Muslim religion, Bill Maher inevitably proclaims himself to be "the real liberal" implying that those who don't see things his way …

Religion

4 reasons I’m glad I came out as an atheist

I never expected I’d take such pleasure in shattering people’s assumptions about the nonreligious<p>Coming out of any proverbial closet can be hard. For those of us who have hidden part of our identities from people we know and love, finally revealing that thing can be daunting. Fear and anxiety, no …

Religion

Noam Chomsky: “Intentional ignorance” fuels American racism

Linguist and activist tackles America’s original sin in new interview<p>Racism is deeply embedded in the institutions of American life, and has been enabled by an "intentional ignorance" of inconvenient truths, Noam Chomsky says in a new interview.<p>Speaking with the philosopher George Yancy for a …

Noam Chomsky

Science, sex and the truth about God and politics

Research shows that less religion means better societal health. Try telling that to conservative Christians<p>Choosing what to think is a right that dominant men prefer to keep to themselves. Thus one of the most effective means of keeping a populace empowered and protecting it from falling victim to …

Religion

The end of white Christian America is nigh: Why the country’s youth are abandoning religious conservatism

White Christians are now a minority in 19 states. America’s growing racial diversity only tells part of the story<p>There’s been a lot of media attention recently to the changing demographics of the United States, where, at current rates, people who identify as “white” are expected to become a …

Religion

Missouri GOPer Caught On Fox News Open Mic: 'That Is Terrible TV' (VIDEO)

Missouri’s Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) blurted out “that is terrible TV,” apparently unaware that his mic was live, while appearing on the Fox News …

Sean Hannity

How Marriage Equality Opponents’ Arguments Are Getting Turned Against Them

Last Friday was the deadline to submit amicus briefs to the Supreme Court in support of marriage equality. Over 60 different briefs were filed by …

Watch President Obama Read All Of The Mean Tweets People Have Posted About Him On ‘Kimmel’

Jimmy Kimmel has come through to provide one of the best entries in the Mean Tweets series to this point. President Obama gets an entire segment to read all of the mean crap that people have posted to Twitter about him (minus the more hateful comments, I’m sure).<p>At this point in his presidency, …

Bernie Sanders is increasingly iffy on running for president — and the reason is thoroughly depressing

What the progressive senator’s reticence reveals about a poisoned political process<p>For the better part of a year, progressive firebrand Bernie Sanders has barnstormed the country to rail against growing economic inequality and stagnant wages, champion universal health care, advocate new investments …

Middle-class
Barack Obama

Conservative lawyer: I’ll defy marriage equality ruling the same way I’d refuse to hand a Jew over to the Nazis

Mat Staver says denying gay people their rights is the next great human rights issue of our time, or something<p>A prominent figure in conservative legal circles told a group of conservatives this week that he would not obey a Supreme Court ruling for marriage equality, much as he would have refused …

LGBTQI

Lindsey Graham Proves Ayatollah Right - America Is Disintegrating in Madness %%

It is certain that since Americans elected an African American man as President, much of the world is aware that Republicans have deliberately and …

Iran, Tom Cotton and the Bizarre History of the Logan Act

It’s been over 200 years since members of Congress wore white silk stockings and silver shoe buckles on the House floor, but if you read Tom Cotton’s letter to the leaders of Iran, you wouldn’t necessarily know it.<p>On March 9th, 47 Republican members of the United States Senate appeared to violate …

Political Science

Tom Cotton’s war on reality: The GOP will recognize no limits

The extreme right will risk global conflict to preserve the fading dream of America’s eternal hegemony<p>That letter Republican senators, 47 of the 54 now seated, sent to Iran this week to sabotage the Obama administration’s nuclear talks is preposterous in numerous dimensions. Apart from the protocol …

Geopolitics

My atheist search for God: We’re debating science and religion all wrong

I’m not interested in believing in God. My God has to exist, like matter and gravity. Here’s what I found<p>For most of my life, a God that was “real” seemed a contradiction in terms. Every idea of God I had ever encountered seemed either physically impossible or so vague as to be empty. I was an …

Dark Matter