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Church: Mormon founder Joseph Smith wed 40 wives

<b>(CNN) —</b> The founder of the Mormon church, Joseph Smith, wed as many as 40 wives, including some who were already married and one as young as 14 years old, the church acknowledged in a surprising new essay.<p>Smith's marital history had been the subject of frequent historical debate, but until recently …

The right’s sham Christianity: How an attack on John Kasich exposes the fraud

Ohio’s GOP governor was the darling of the right — until he sought to help poor people, in the name of Christ<p>Could Republican Gov. John Kasich run for president? According to the Washington Post, he’s poised to, and he certainly seems to be among the better options out there, with the other obvious …

GOP’s maniacal new vote scheme: What wingnuts are hatching to keep the “riff-raff” away

Paranoia reaches a fever pitch in Arizona, where the right has violent nightmares — and an absurd response in mind<p>It's soothing to think that this "voter fraud" fraud is a temporary fad among right-wingers desperate to stop the encroaching tide of minority voters -- especially when you see silly …

Senate Candidates Actually Debate The Insidious Influence Of Money In Politics

WASHINGTON -- The influence of money in politics was long treated as a side issue during the campaign season. But this year, in at least a half-dozen Senate races, large contributions to and big spending by independent super PACs and nonprofits have featured as key topics in candidate debates.<p>It …

20 disgustingly misogynist quotes from religious leaders

From St. Augustine to Pat Robertson, Christian conservatives have a storied history of hating women<p>With diatribes about entertainers who invite rape and moms who are destroying America by supporting their families; with ignorant arguments about fetuses that masturbate, and females who might as well …

Lies the media repeats about Iraq: Phony patriotism, fake Syrian “moderates” and the very real end of empire

We have made a shocking mess in the Middle East. This new adventure sets America up for incredible decline<p>In history there are the Punic Wars and the Opium Wars, each a turning point, and now we must talk of our Iraq Wars. As of this week they count three since George Bush the Elder cynically drew …

10 red states that mooch off the federal government

Republicans claim they’ve had it with American socialism. Maybe they should return the tax dollars subsidizing them<p>One of the most hilarious talking points coming from far-right Republicans and the Tea Party is that when “red states” like Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana are asked to bail out …

Tech Q&A: Facebook Messenger, lower your cable bill, and more

<b>Booking a place to stay online</b><p><b>Q.</b> I recently heard you speaking on your national radio show about sites where you can rent homes or villas instead of hotel rooms. I would like to take the family on vacation soon and would much rather have an apartment or house instead of hotel rooms. Where should I …

When an extremist Christian fundamentalist got to run a whole state

Kansas is the new battleground for the soul of the GOP. Sam Brownback’s term as senator should be a cautionary tale<p>Liberals throughout the land breathed a sigh of relief when Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas stepped down in 2008 and later decided to run for governor. Yes, the nation's gain was a …

25 Business Books that You Won't See on Most Bookshelves

<i>Gregory Ciotti is the marketing director at Help Scout.This post originally appeared on the Help Scout blog.</i><p>Read to lead, right?<p>There are few better “hacks” in life than reading—distilled knowledge that often took years to assemble can be consumed in just a few hours.<p>The problem is that many …

10 Free Android Apps Everyone Should Download

Every time I get a new Android smartphone or tablet, I install certain apps right away, before I even really start to play with the device — apps I …

The most valuable keywords to have on a tech resume

Silicon Valley CEOs (and many from farther afield) are constantly complaining that good technical talent is expensive and in short supply. There’s something to their concerns. At every education level, jobs requiring STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) skills in the US take far more …

Robert Reich: SCOTUS is oblivious to the rights of American workers

The former secretary of labor explains how the high court’s Hobby Lobby decision echoes its Citizens United ruling<p>On Monday the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Affordable Care Act, ruling that privately-owned corporations don’t have to offer their employees contraceptive coverage that …

How Hobby Lobby could make it harder for the Kochs and George Soros to fund campaigns

Justice Ginsburg’s impassioned dissent in the <i>Hobby Lobby</i> case warns about the “startling breadth” of the court’s holding that some for-profit corporations have religious freedom rights. She, like Sandra Fluke, is worried about a wave of religious freedom claims by other corporations. But another …