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We were wrong: Ending stop and frisk did not end stopping crime

Three years ago this month Manhattan Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled unconstitutional the NYPD’s program of stopping, questioning and sometimes …

Bill de Blasio

The Real Reason You Can't Vote for an Independent Candidate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are disliked by more voters than any major-party nominees in at least three decades. Independents easily outnumber …

Government

I Want to Be Politically Engaged, But Unfortunately There's a Cat on My Lap

This is an incredibly volatile and precarious time in the annals of history. Crucial votes on our leadership and governmental policy could shake the very foundations of our democracy. The ideologies of those who would assume power are so polarizing that to remain on the sidelines is nothing short …

Pets

Chronic pain patients are suffering because of the US government’s ongoing War on Drugs

Andrea Chandler went to her local pharmacy a few weeks ago hoping to get the opiates she needed to manage her chronic pain. Because of new regulations, however, she couldn’t get her medication and eventually went into withdrawal. She spent the next several days experiencing “tremors, nausea, …

Health Care

How to Explain the Sanders Campaign to an Idiot, Paul Krugman or a Clintonite in 8 Sentences

<b>Sentence #1:</b> If a Democratic primary candidate can win 59 percent of the Party's "pledged" (primary- and caucus-won) delegates or more, the primary is decided by pledged delegates; if a Democratic primary candidate fails to meet that threshold, they are considered by DNC electoral processes to be a …

Middle-class

Highlighting Western Victims While Ignoring Victims of Western Violence

You’ll almost never hear any of those victims’ names on CNN, NPR, or most other large U.S. media outlets. No famous American TV correspondents will …

Everyone gets defensive as Daredevil reaches the halfway point

<i>Welcome to</i> The A.V. Club’s Daredevil <i>binge-watch. From Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 20, A.V. Club contributor Caroline will be watching and</i> …

TV

America’s Public Transit Is Broken—And It’s All Your Fault

When was the last time you rode a bus?<p>Maybe you took the bus to save money, or for environmental reasons. In a few instances here in the US, you …

13 Board Games That Are Actually Fun For Adults

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Board Games

The Obama Doctrine

The U.S. president talks through his hardest decisions about America’s role in the world.<p>Friday, August 30, 2013, the day the feckless Barack Obama brought to a premature end America’s reign as the world’s sole indispensable superpower—or, alternatively, the day the sagacious Barack Obama peered …

Geopolitics

Black TV Hosts Matter

By giving up her MSNBC show and refusing to take the cable net’s money to stay quiet about it, Melissa Harris-Perry delivered what many of us have …

Chuck Todd

Rachel Maddow Blows the Lid Off Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's Dangerous Statewide Incompetence

What’s currently going on in Flint, Michigan right now will go down as one of the biggest tragedies in United States history. I’m not sure how …

Depressed? Your doctor might soon prescribe ketamine

It may take some time to get the general public used to the idea of treating mental illness with drugs many associate with hard partying, but the medical community is jumping aboard the psychedelics train<p>New Jersey psychiatrist Steven Levine first thought of using ketamine in his practice when a …

Depression
Republicans

Melissa Harris-Perry’s Email to Her #nerdland Staff

On Friday afternoon, media reports emerged about my friend Melissa Harris-Perry’s refusal to host her eponymous weekend program on MSNBC on Saturday. …

Emma Watson reveals she paid to subscribe to an explicit website on sexual pleasure

Actress Emma Watson said of the website on female pleasure: 'It's an expensive subscription but it's worth it'<p>Former Harry Potter actress Emma Watson has revealed that she has paid a subscription to an explicit website which offers tips on women’s sexual pleasure.<p>The 25-year-old actress said she …

What I Mean When I Say 'I Have Anxiety'

<i>Trigger warning</i><p>For most people I talk to, when I tell them I have an anxiety disorder, they nod their head and tell me it'll be okay. When I tell them, "I'm sorry, I'm having a bad anxiety day, can we reschedule?" They smile and tell me there's nothing to worry about and if I just get out of bed, …

Relationships

Study: Religious Kids Are Jerks

A study published in the journal Current Biology testing the behavior of Christian, Muslim, and atheist children has found that religious kids are …

Nearly 6% of Americans suffer from a mental illness doctors barely understand

As she wrote in an article for Newsday, some days she would be bedridden, unable to eat or speak to anyone; other times she would lash out in anger at people she cared about, or cut herself to feel some relief from her emotional pain.<p>"My daughter is losing her grip on reality, and I've never been …

Mental Health

GOP Strategist's Claim About Clinton 'Stunt-Casting' Squashed By Chris Hayes

Chris Hayes' interview with GOP strategist Rick Wilson started out just fine, but then it degenerated into a mass of stupid.<p>Wilson began by …