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Over 900 US career diplomats protest Trump order

<b>(CNN) —</b> A memo signed by 900 State Department diplomats that opposes President Donald Trump's temporary ban on refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the US has been delivered to top officials, State Department officials familiar with the memo told CNN Tuesday.<p>The …

U.S. Dept. of State

The House just made it a lot easier to sell off national parks

The House now officially values public lands at $0.<p>The U.S. House of Representatives just made it easier for the government to sell or give away …

Forests

Political satire games take aim at the GOP | Polygon

The writers Russians don't read – and you should

Asked to name their country’s greatest writers in a new survey, Russians stick with the classics. The Levada Center’s survey of 1,600 Russians is topped, predictably enough, by Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov and Pushkin. So far, so normal. UK polls can be similarly old-fashioned. Work your eyes down …

Books

About RMNB

<b>Russian Machine Never Breaks</b> is a credentialed blog/multinational media conglomerate all about the <b>Washington Capitals</b>. Since 2009, we have written …

Pentagon’s YouTube war with Russia

After Russian jet buzzes U.S. warship, Defense Department posts video to sway public opinion.<p>The West’s simmering standoff with Russia has prompted the Pentagon to reach for a new weapon: YouTube.<p>Defense officials have concluded it’s no longer enough to lodge formal complaints when Russian bombers …

Military

Why the last of the JFK files could embarrass the CIA

Among the documents are roughly 3,600 that have never been seen by the public.<p>COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Shortly after the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Chief Justice Earl Warren, who oversaw the first official inquiry, was asked by a reporter if the full record would be made …

Surveillance

“The GOP has scores of racists”: A former Bush official condemns modern Republican orthodoxy

Colin Powell’s former chief of staff, Lawrence Wilkerson, warns of the militarism & racism of Republican lawmakers<p>Lawrence Wilkerson is a contradictory figure.<br>Wilkerson is a career military man, who served as chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell; but he has also voiced reluctance to …

Robert Reich: The rich have bought America’s silence

The former secretary of labor on the insidious ways colleges and nonprofits are beholden to their wealthy donors<p>Not long ago I was asked to speak to a religious congregation about widening inequality. Shortly before I began, the head of the congregation asked that I not advocate raising taxes on …

Why Putin Needs to Read 'War and Peace'

Russian President Vladimir Putin has a secret fascination with Leo Tolstoy.<p>As a young KGB agent, he purportedly made a pilgrimage to the Leo Tolstoy Museum and Estate at Yasnaya Polyana. In 2012, he named the writer's great great grandson Vladimir Tolstoy his cultural advisor. He made <i>War and Peace</i> …

“Fascism is rising in America”: The Koch brothers and democracy’s dispiriting demise

<b>David Koch (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)</b><p>We’re still paying the price for Citizens United, and our oligarchs are poised to capture even more political power<p>Thom Hartmann<p>February 8, 2015 4:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>As the American Heritage Dictionary noted, fascism is: "A …

Middle-class

Dating Guy Friend, Best Friend

Maybe he's told you outright. Maybe he's slyly mentioned his feelings to your best friend, knowing she'd pass along the message. Or maybe it's just your woman's intuition at work, processing his lingering glances and wounded expressions when you mention your latest Tinder date. Bottom line, if your …

The Most Wasteful Economic System Ever Invented?

Whatever happened to the middle class? Why have median incomes stagnated for several decades? Will robots replace humans in the workplace? Will there be enough jobs for people in future? How will people make ends meet?<p>I sought answers to these perplexing questions in a recent conversation with …

Innovation

Seduction Strategies Don't Lead to Love—These Skills Do

Shares 0<p><i>The real skills of dating are about intimacy, not seduction.</i><p>Don’t like ads? Become a supporter and enjoy The Good Men Project ad free<p>The …

Self-help

This Question Can Predict Whether You Will Be Alive and Happy at Age 80

<i>“Is there someone in your life whom you would feel comfortable phoning at four in the morning to tell your troubles to?”</i><p>Via Flourish: A Visionary New …

New 'Sex Box' series features couples who make love in a booth LIVE on TV

Is this America's most risqué reality show yet? Upcoming 'Sex Box' series features couples who make love in a booth LIVE on TV before discussing it …

TV

Religion is a scapegoat: The problem isn’t Islam — it’s power

Following the Charlie Hebdo attacks, critics have rushed to condemn the Muslim community. Here’s why they’re wrong<p>Even as the horrific terror attack in France was unfolding, the spotlight of blame was being placed on the religion of Islam. This blame has been severely misplaced.<p>As a liberal …

It’s time for a revolution: Bankrupt policies, historic losses call for new generation of leaders

It’s always “Groundhog Day” for Democratic leaders who can’t adjust, can’t organize and can’t win. Let’s dump them<p>As a wise man once said, never underestimate the capacity of an entire social order to commit suicide. The Democratic Party’s old order is doing it now. It may seem strange but make no …