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This Is Your Brain on Exercise

Human beings evolved to move. Our bodies, including our brains, were fine-tuned for endurance activities over millennia of stalking and chasing down prey. “We’ve engineered that out of our lives now,” says Charles Hillman, a psychology professor at Northeastern University who has spent decades …

The Brain

Why Doesn't America Have A Museum Of Slavery?

Upon arriving back home from Berlin, Germany I can't stop wondering: Why isn't there a Museum of American Slavery?<p>Last Sunday, while at a dinner party in Germany, I asked my friend a question about the Nazis. "Immediately, I realized it might be rude to discuss that painful period in German …

Black History

US judge halts Michigan presidential vote recount

A vote recount in the US state of Michigan has been suspended, effectively assuring Donald Trump's win there. Green Party candidate Jill Stein had …

The Battles the Republican Congress Will Have Against Itself, and Trump, in 2017

Republicans control both parts of Congress and the White House, but that doesn't mean their time in power will<p>When Donald Trump and the 115th Congress come into office in January, it will be the first time in eight years that a single party controls the presidency, the Senate, and the House of …

Petraeus’s Sunday Hail Mary

The former CIA director heads into interview facing obstacles to his secretary of state nomination.<p>David Petraeus’s performance on a Sunday talk show is shaping up as a high-stakes test of how he’d handle mounting concerns about his prospective nomination to be secretary of state, according to four …

Here are the 10 best memes from the 2016 presidential election

The 2016 presidential election is finally over, and it was quite a ride. Throughout the year we've seen the candidates debate each other on stage, give speeches to voters, and travel around the country. With that much media exposure, the multitude of memes that popped up were inevitable. Here's a …

Voting

How Donald Trump won

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> From the beginning, everyone underestimated Donald Trump. He pulled off a stunning victory after the most unprecedented of presidential campaigns.<p>Trump channeled the fury of average Americans against Washington. He tapped into their anxiety about the present and the fear of the …

Government

How the world views the US elections, from Israel to North Korea

While many countries have shown a preference for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump has pockets of support, as Guardian journalists around the world explain<p>Russia has played an unexpectedly prominent role in this year’s US election, although the extent of the Kremlin’s involvement in hacking Democratic …

Here's what happens if Trump drops out

He says he won’t, but just in case: What happens next?<p>Donald Trump says he’s not going anywhere.<p>On Saturday, the Republican nominee promised to "never withdraw" from the race despite a political firestorm surrounding a leaked 2005 audiotape that captured him making extremely vulgar comments about …

Confessions of a former neo-Confederate

Who believes slavery wasn’t really that bad? I did.<p>It’s a strange sight: an enormous concrete obelisk, looking a whole lot like the Washington Monument, rising above the treetops about 10 miles east of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. It’s the Jefferson Davis Monument, the second-tallest obelisk in the …

Gary Johnson just failed Foreign Policy 101 on live TV in a truly cringeworthy moment

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson inflicted serious harm on his already uphill battle to be taken seriously in the 2016 campaign Thursday …

An Expert Explains Why Your Vote Won't Matter

Most voters know almost nothing, and your ballot won't affect the outcome in a national election. But it's still probably a good idea to vote.<p>On November 8, it'll be our collective civic duty to drag our collective ass to the polls and cast a ballot for the angry guy or the email lady. This is an …

10 reasons 2016 is the best time to be alive, according to an economic globalisation expert

Only 4% of Brits and 6% of Americans believe that the world is getting better, according to polling by YouGov.<p>But despite this universal sense of dread, humans are actually more safe, wealthier, healthier, more free, less hungry, and more literate than ever before, Johan Norberg argues in his book …

Democratic National Convention

Obama's judges leave liberal imprint on U.S. law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When President Barack Obama entered the White House in 2009, the federal appeals court based in Virginia was known as one of the most conservative benches in the country.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama speaks from the Rose Garden of the White House to announce his three nominees …

Beyond Trump

The future of the Republican Party — with or without Donald J. Trump — is weighing heavily on the party’s top elected officials, thought leaders and activists. It’s a topic sure to be dissected once the results on Election Day, November 8, 2016, are tallied. Beyond Trump lays out the possibilities …

7 Charts Show How Political Affiliation Shapes U.S. Boards

Are corporate boards as polarized politically as the general population? That’s one of the questions we asked ourselves as we conducted a survey of directors of public and private companies headquartered in the United States.<p>We and our research partners found that Republicans are more highly …

7 questions about block grants

Paul Ryan on Thursday released a plan to combat poverty in the US. The plan represents a major departure from his prior budgets and has sweeping policy changes on everything from regulations to education. But it does contain one familiar concept: block granting.<p>Ryan's plan contains an "Opportunity …

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Top 10 Weirdest State Laws in America

by Dominic Alessi<p>– on<p>in Most Shocking<p>More often than not, lawmakers usually have the best interest of their constituents in mind when they set new …

Many Ala. counties refuse to issue gay-marriage licenses

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — On a day where sadness, confusion and joy blended, same-sex couples went to get marriage licenses Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court denied Alabama's request to stop them.<p>Some were successful. Others found themselves caught in a legal fight between the federal courts and Alabama …

LGBTQI

Measles outbreak: Different states, different rules on vaccinations

<b>(CNN) —</b> The rash of measles cases across the country has affected some states more than others. And, not surprisingly, the rules for vaccinating vary wildly from coast to coast.<p>Take California, for example, where more than 90 people have already been infected with measles this year. As in many …

10 huge Supreme Court cases about the 14th Amendment

On the 149th anniversary of the 14th Amendment this weekend, Constitution Daily looks at 10 historic Supreme Court cases about due process and equal …

The war between Congress and the White House

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. …

How Nat Turner Explained the Slave Rebellion He Led

It was in August of 1831 that Nat Turner led a rebellion of Virginia slaves that left dozens of people dead, including small children. One-hundred …

How are cellphones influencing political poll results?

Political polls — the center of so much of our current presidential obsession — traditionally happen when pollsters call people up on their …

New report finds glaring issues with online voting

In 2016, people are increasingly doing everything online. Dating has moved to Tinder, your bank is now a smartphone app, and schoolyard bullies are …

Court Strikes Down Texas Voter ID Law — What’s Next?

A federal appeals court ruled against Texas’ voter ID law on Wednesday, knocking down what was considered the most restrictive law of its kind in the …

Judiciary

Why Women Are No Longer Catching Up To Men On Pay

<i>This is</i> <i>In Real Terms</i><i>, a column analyzing the week in economic news. Comments? Criticisms? Ideas for future columns?</i> <i>Email me,</i> <i>or drop a note in the</i> …

U.S. judge grants nationwide injunction to halt Obama transgender policy

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. judge blocked an Obama administration policy that public schools should allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice, granting a nationwide injunction sought by 13 dissenting states just in time for the new school year.<p>While a setback for …