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The appeal of Trump: Why immigration may be the defining issue of the 21st century

There was once a fanciful idea that the internet and all its attendant technologies of cheap communication would reverse the pattern of urbanization …

Why Mitt Romney should save the Republican Party and join the 2016 race

"Mitt wants to run. He never stopped wanting to run," an anonymous senior adviser of Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign recently told <i>New York</i> …

NASCAR: Which Drivers Are Mentioned The Most On TV?

Have you ever been watching NASCAR and thought to yourself that the broadcast harps way too much on certain drivers? Have you ever been watching …

John Oliver exposes the disturbing world of Christian televangelists: “This is about the churches that exploit people’s faith for monetary gain”

<b>(Last Week Tonight)</b><p>The “Last Week Tonight” host resolves to do the only logical thing: launch a church of his own!<p>Colin Gorenstein<p>August 17, 2015 1:22pm (UTC)<p>On Sunday's "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver took on the fraudulent behind-the-scenes (and occasionally, not so behind-the-scenes) practices …

Faith

The perils of “Growth Mindset” education: Why we’re trying to fix our kids when we should be fixing the system

<b>(AP/Jose F. Moreno)</b><p>How a promising but oversimplified idea caught fire, then got coopted by conservative ideology<p>Alfie Kohn<p>August 16, 2015 9:59am (UTC)<p>One of the most popular ideas in education these days can be summarized in a single sentence (a fact that may help to account for its …

Education

An iPhone app changed my outlook on life for the better

I've never personally struggled with depression. Like most Americans, I've known people who struggle with it, including close friends and family members.<p>The World Health Organization actually predicts that by 2030, depression will affect more people in the world than any other disease. That's just …

Teacher to Chris Christie: Here’s my face. Go ahead and punch it.

Anybody who has followed the career of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knows that he has an anger management issue when it comes to teachers and their unions. The antipathy was evident on Sunday, when he was asked by CNN host Jake Tapper who deserves to be punched in the face. Christie responded, …

Stop Being So Boring! A Simple Way to Have Better Conversations and Relationships

If you want to be heard, to be in the moment with someone, and connect with others then you must break out of slipstream conversations and interrupt expectations. That means ditch the boring and expected chitchat in favor of compelling relationship-building dialogues.<p>A friend would ask me for the …

Hidden in Obama’s new climate plan, a whack at red states

Though weaker than both supporters and critics say, the new rules do pack one big punch.<p>I took flak Monday for writing that President Obama’s Clean Power Plan for fighting climate change wouldn’t really change the trajectory of the electricity sector, but now that the plan is public, you can see …

Fossil Fuels

Black female country star Mickey Guyton's meteoric rise

When she first pursued her career in country music, Mickey Guyton was met with doubt, but now she's being called country music's next star, reports …

Blue Moon in Pictures, 7.31

Aeronautics

'The Simpsons' knew a Donald Trump presidency was a joke 15 years ago

Way back in 2000, a Donald Trump presidency was still a joke. Just ask <i>The Simpsons</i>.<p>In the Season 11 episode "Bart to the Future," future President …

Donald Trump

Washington claims 7.8 billion UVs: NFL franchise has questionable grasp of statistical terms.

Washington's NFL franchise has a notoriously troubled relationship with the concepts of facts and honesty, but this—via the DC Sports Bog—is a pretty …

San Francisco 49ers

Meghan Trainor Peanuts: Singer's People interview about her song in The Peanuts Movie is a total disaster.

Look, I am willing to give <i>The Peanuts Movie</i> the benefit of the doubt in anticipation of its November release. I am willing to look past the “All I Do …

Animation

6 fascinating facts about sex around the world

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>Who has the most sex? The least? What country is the most satisfied? It’s time to find out<p>Anna Pulley<p>July 24, 2015 9:15am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet<p>While Europeans may think American sex norms are wack, how do other countries compare when it comes to sexual …

Fertility

Watch the military’s new trillion-dollar fighter jet test its cannons for the first time

The F-35 fighter is one expensive military project, but the stealth plane should become a primary weapon for the U.S. and its allies soon. Sure, some …

A scientist who studies psychopaths found out he was one by accident — and it completely changed his life

A neuroscientist at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, Fallon (not to be confused with Jimmy Fallon, the popular TV host) first began studying the brains of murderers, rapists, and other criminals in the mid-1990s, when his university got its first PET brain-imaging machine. But he didn't start …

All of the new features coming to your iPhone and iPad this fall

The update brings several new features to Apple's products, including the new Apple News app, a more powerful version of Siri, and better multitasking for the iPad.<p>Here's a full tour of iOS 9, complete with screenshots of every major feature.

United Airlines Quitting New York's JFK Airport: What It Means for Passengers and Alliance Partners

United Airlines announced this week that it will cease operations at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The airline’s passengers and partners are probably not going to like it.<p>You didn’t hear about this? That’s because United basically buried the announcement in a news release about …

Here’s how Bernie Sanders could win: The one issue where Hillary’s vulnerable, and where the Tea Party might be right

If progressives want to retake government, a full-throated war on public corruption is the key to everything<p>After one of many trips to sub-Saharan Africa, Bono recalled that on his first visit there he thought its biggest problem was AIDS. Later, it seemed it was poverty; after many visits over …

iOS 9 & OS X 10.11 to bring ‘quality’ focus, smaller apps, Rootless security, legacy iPhone/iPad support

For the first time in several years, Apple is changing up its annual iOS and OS X upgrade cycle by limiting new feature additions in favor of a “big focus on quality,” according to multiple sources familiar with the company’s operating system development plans. We first reported in February that …

News flash: Flawed reporters abound onscreen

NEW YORK — Most actors loathe stripping parts of themselves bare in those often-strained information exchanges known as interviews.<p>Yet they relish playing reporters on TV and in films. The more ethically challenged, the better.<p>There's Jonah Hill in the drama <i>True Story</i> (opens Friday in select …

Journalism

Ambassador: US handed Cambodia to 'butcher' 40 years ago

PARIS (AP) — Twelve helicopters, bristling with guns and U.S. Marines, breached the morning horizon and began a daring descent toward Cambodia's …

Destination divorces are turning heartbreaks into holidays

I was sipping wine on the balcony of my apartment in Santa Monica with my soon-to-be ex-husband, our son fast asleep in the next room. “It feels like the Caribbean out here,” my almost-ex said. “I figured out why. That huge palm tree is making rustling sounds like in the Caribbean.”<p>“You’re right,” …

Dominican Republic

Thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon potion kills MRSA superbug

<b>London (CNN) —</b> It might sound like a <i>really</i> old wives' tale, but a thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon potion for eye infections may hold the key to wiping out the modern-day superbug MRSA, according to new research.<p>The 10th-century "eyesalve" remedy was discovered at the British Library in a …

Super Bug

What Mass Transit Can Learn From Elitist Buses Like Leap

Author: Alex Davies. Alex Davies Transportation<p>Date of Publication: 03.31.15.<p>Time of Publication: 6:35 am. 6:35 am<p>Leap, a luxury bus service that …

Why this mysterious Mayan cave full of children’s bones may be evidence of ancient human trafficking

It began with screams of terror in the middle of the night.<p>By the time rescuers traced the wailing to its origin, they found themselves at the jagged mouth of an ancient cave deep in the Belizean countryside. Sixty feet below, down a sheer rockface, an injured looter lay crumpled on the limestone …

5 Habits Of Vegetarians You Should Steal

<i>By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD</i><p>More and more of my clients consider themselves to be “part-time” vegetarians. While they may not want to give up meat altogether, they enjoy plenty of meatless meals or take part in ongoing movements, like Meatless Mondays. Today is another formal campaign focused on …

New streaming apps could boost citizen journalism

The disaster took place, coincidentally, the same day as the launch of Twitter's new livestream app Periscope, which became a window for the breaking news event.<p>The event showed how Periscope and rival app Meerkat, which can deliver live video through Twitter to anyone online, could become an …