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Want to understand how Trump happened? Study quantum physics

The past decade will be remembered as the period when the global underclass revolt snowballed into a movement with political bite. From Occupy Wall Street to Brexit to Donald Trump’s election, these post-financial crisis years have featured many unsynchronized awakenings that are forcing a …

Globalization

A toxic combination of free trade and free money has led to debt and stagnant wages

These manufacturing, construction and energy/mining jobs are the highest paying in the U.S. economy and average about $56,000 per year in cash wages. Yet it appears that the 30-year pattern of lower lows and lower highs with each business cycle is playing out once again.<p>So even as the broadest …

Economics

Want to see America before Trump takes power? These are the 50 greatest US experiences

Given the ever-so-slightly negative reaction to Donald Trump's election victory, not to mention concerns that some nationalities will face difficulty just getting into the country after January 20, it's safe to say that many will want to make the most of the US before the 45th president takes …

Cognitive dissonance: Obama says he stands with America’s immigrants — but his policies say otherwise

There’s a canyon between what the president says about his immigration goals and his actions<p>Speaking to the press after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision on United States v. Texas, President Obama relayed his disappointment. Describing his goal as “making our immigration system …

Immigration

Supreme Court abortion decision: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's must-read quote

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has always been one of the staunchest supporters of abortion rights on the Supreme Court. So it's not surprising that she chose to author her own, strongly worded concurrence to the Monday decision striking down Texas’s restrictive abortion law.<p>"It is beyond rational …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

U.S. Supreme Court to weigh Miami predatory lending lawsuit | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to decide whether Miami can pursue lawsuits accusing major banks of predatory mortgage lending to black and Hispanic home buyers resulting in loan defaults that drove down city tax revenues and property values.<p>A Bank Of America sign is …

Bank of America

8 Best Quotes From Thomas's Texas Abortion Dissent

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of abortion proponents today, striking down a Texas state law that required abortion clinics to adhere to the same …

High court to rule on law affecting kids born outside U.S. to one American parent | Fox News

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to referee a dispute about an odd piece of U.S. citizenship law that treats men and women differently.<p>The justices said they will hear a case about a law that applies only to children born outside the U.S. to one parent who is an American and one who is not. The law …

United States

Justice Kennedy Turns Into a Liberal

Another conservative Supreme Court appointee swings to the left as the Republican Party lurches to the right.<p>Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s vote to reaffirm the validity of affirmative action in higher education admissions and to give bite to abortion rights mark the endpoint of his …

Democratic Party

Federal judge blocks new abortion law from taking effect in Indiana

Planned Parenthood argued law, which banned abortions sought because of genetic abnormalities, was unconstitutional and violated women’s privacy rights<p>A federal judge blocked a new Indiana law Thursday that bans abortions sought because of a fetus’s genetic abnormalities.<p>US district court judge …

Planned Parenthood

NPR's Interview With President Obama About 'Obama's Years'

<i>President Obama spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep.</i><p><b>Steve Inskeep:</b> <b>You've been told, I think, that we are doing a documentary. We went across a good part of the country to places where you have given speeches over the years to just talk with people about how their lives have changed.</b><p><b>President Obama:</b> That …

Political Science

U.S. Supreme Court Headed In New Directions?

<b>Is The U.S. Supreme Court Headed In New Directions? by [email protected]</b><p><i>Penn’s Theodore Ruger and Georgetown’s Nan Hunter discuss the 2016 term of</i> …

Clarence Thomas Has His Own Constitution

This year’s Supreme Court term abounded in so much drama—the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the tie votes among the remaining Justices, the liberal victories in the final days—that it was possible to miss a curious subplot: the full flowering of Justice Clarence Thomas’s judicial …

Clarence Thomas