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The Humanities - Bigger and Bolder

Building “Big Humanities”<p>In the medical sciences, engineering, and the applied social sciences, it is not uncommon to think in terms of “grand …

Humanities

Hungary cracks down on foreign funding, dealing a harsh blow to NGOs — and to European democracy

<i>This article, which was originally published on May 10 2017 with the headline “Hungary’s bill on civil society funding is a harsh blow for European</i> …

NGOs

Boos drown out Betsy DeVos' speech at Bethune-Cookman graduation

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos struggled to deliver her commencement speech at a historically black college Wednesday, as the crowd drowned out her words with roaring boos.<p>Her remarks at Bethune-Cookman University on the importance of education were overpowered by calls from …

Parents starved teen daughter and hit her with a hammer when she stole food

<b>A teenage girl was starved by her parents and hit with a hammer every time she stole food, a court heard.</b><p>Deborah Harrison, 37, and her step-mother, …

Suit Seeks Info About Bullying Of Federal Workers Over Climate Change

Suits seek to protect civil servants who provide a "bulwark against autocracy."<p>A nonprofit watchdog organization has filed suit against two federal agencies, seeking any documents concerning possible harassment of federal workers amid political suppression of their work. One of the agencies, the …

Firefighter civil service measure ahead in Arlington

In Arlington, voters appeared willing to go against tradition and approve a ballot proposition that would create a civil service system for city …

Civil Service

Warren Buffett Says India Has 'Incredible' Potential But Too Much Red Tape

Warren Buffett has praised the “incredible” potential in India but he’s still not ready to invest there due to excessive red tape.<p>The Berkshire …

Texas bill calls on religious freedom to block LGBTQ families from adoptions, foster care

Tuesday night, the Texas House of Representatives gave initial approval of a bill that would allow foster care and adoption services to discriminate …

LGBTQI

TD seeks law restricting children's internet access

A new law that would fine parents for allowing their children own mobile phones with unrestricted access to the internet has been proposed by the …

Security & Privacy: Encrypting Communications

<i>Security and Privacy are two vitally important components of any successful society. Today’s connected world, where we carry computers in our pockets</i> …

BREAKING: Discrimination in Texas: House Passes Anti-LGBTQ Bill

Today, HRC called out the Texas House of Representatives for passing HB 3859, a bill that would allow child welfare organizations -- including …

LGBTQI

Federal Reserve leaves interest rates unchanged

The Federal Reserve has left interest rates unchanged while signaling that it expects a resilient U.S. economy and solid job market to justify …

Politicizing the Fed Is an Opening for Mischief

Imagine if Congress audited Supreme Court decisions.<p>It seems to be open season on the Federal Reserve. One congressional measure would audit the U.S. central bank. Another proposal is to overhaul the entire 100-year-old Federal Reserve System structure to update it to reflect changes to population …

Credit card growth is back to its prerecession high

The number of credit card accounts in the U.S. is rising quickly – and is now back to prerecession levels.<p>To that point, 171 million consumers now …

Fed official warns Fannie-Freddie reforms could cause shocks | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Federal Reserve official warned U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday that any reforms that reduce the massive lending presence of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the multi-family real estate market could shock that sector of the economy.<p>FILE PHOTO: The Federal Reserve Bank …

Fed's Rosengren Favors Three More 2017 Hikes to Foil Overheating

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren urged his policy-making colleagues to raise interest rates three more times this year and …

McCaskill agonizes over Gorsuch

Neil Gorsuch might not be the hill for Senate Democrats to die on, in the view of moderate Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.<p>McCaskill says she is so in the "vortex" of the battle to confirm Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee that she's essentially stopped talking publicly about her …

Chaffetz: ‘Very mysterious’ why Flynn suddenly wants immunity

President Donald Trump shouldn’t talk about whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn should be granted immunity, a top House Republican advised Friday.<p>The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday evening that Flynn has informed the FBI and House and Senate Intelligence Committees — which …

Senate Democrats have votes to filibuster Gorsuch

Mitch McConnell reiterates that he's prepared to kill the filibuster to get the high court nominee confirmed.<p>Neil Gorsuch almost certainly will end this week confirmed as a Supreme Court justice. And the Senate’s rules — indeed, the institutional character of the chamber — seem just as sure to end …

Rand Paul offers backup to Trump on monitoring claims

Sen. Rand Paul gave President Donald Trump some backup Monday on his unfounded claim that President Barack Obama had wiretapped him.<p>Paul raised concerns over a news report that former national security adviser Susan Rice had sought to obtain the identities of Trump-linked individuals whose …

McConnell promises not to kill filibuster for legislation

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed Tuesday that he would not eliminate the 60-vote threshold needed to end filibusters on most legislation under his leadership — even as he is preparing to invoke the controversial “nuclear option” to do just that for Supreme Court nominees later this week.<p>…

Donald Trump must be investigated by Congress for abuse of power, says George W Bush's ethics lawyer

Donald Trump should face a Congressional investigation into the possible abuse of power of his office, according to George W Bush’s former ethics …

Trump’s first foreign trip snubbed Canada. Canadians couldn’t care less.

OTTAWA — Last week, President Trump announced the itinerary for his first overseas trip since taking office, and one destination was noticeably absent from the list: Ottawa. By choosing to visit Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican — followed by a NATO summit in Brussels and a Group of Seven …

'Donald Trump is frustrated with his staff': a brief history

<b>(CNN) —</b> To work for President Donald Trump is to feel his wrath.<p>That the White House -- or any White House -- would be the scene of internal debate or power struggles is hardly surprising. But while most presidents try to keep their distance from the daily drama, Trump seems to seek it out.<p>Inside …

Donald Trump fired James Comey because of the Russia investigations

Donald Trump was so enraged that the FBI was investigating him that he would scream at the TV over it<p>The political world was rocked by President Donald Trump's surprise firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday. As more information leaks about what went on behind the scenes prior to, during, …

OK, NOW Is It Watergate?

A realtime chronicler of Nixon’s downfall assesses Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.<p>President Donald Trump’s astonishing firing of FBI director James Comey on Tuesday afternoon raised throughout Washington the inevitable question: Is this Watergate? While Watergate was <i>sui generis</i> and is …

Donald Trump

Venezuela's opposition calls on the people to defend the constitution

There have been more clashes between opposition activists and National Guard troops in Venezuela. They came as President Nicolas Maduro chaired a meeting discussing his plans for a new popular assembly.<p>The opposition which boycotted the gathering, claim 116 people were injured during the latest …

Venezuela

Why Venezuela May Change Its Constitution for the 27th Time

Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, drew widespread criticism at home and abroad when he announced he will convoke a constituent assembly to …

The Rules About the Rules

Sometimes the Constitution’s meaning is in its plain language. At the margins, things are different.<p>First, he learned that health-care policy is …

Fake news about Agatha Christie is nothing new, but it's not drying up

The writer’s brief disappearance in 1926 is unlikely ever to be explained, but as I’ve discovered, people have been inventing solutions ever since – and still are<p>Who would have thought that more than 40 years after her death, Agatha Christie would still be hitting the headlines?<p>Last week, I wrote a …