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Should the Electoral College be abolished? | Opinion

<i>As 538 party officials around the country prepare to cast their electoral votes on Monday to formally elect Donald Trump the 45th president, the</i> …

Why we need a new Democratic Party

The DNC has become a giant fundraising machine, too often reflecting the goals and values of the moneyed interests<p><i>This originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog.</i><p>As a first step, I believe it necessary for the members and leadership of the Democratic National Committee to step down and be replaced …

This declassified US intelligence report from 1990 is one of the most terrifying things you'll ever read

Now we finally know it was also one of the most dangerous, thanks to a February 1990 report published by the National Security Archive at George Washington University this week after a 12-year Freedom of Information Act battle.<p>The US and Soviets were dangerously close to going to war in November …

War

UN could give the green light to EU plans for Libya military action

European nations hope that the Security Council will approve military action against Libyan smuggling gangs<p>The United Nations is considering giving a green light to European <b>military action against people smugglers in Libya's territorial waters</b> and even within ports and harbours along the <b>Libyan</b> …

The last man to shoot a US president could soon be free

He already spends 17 days a month at his mother's house, away from the hospital where he's been committed for shooting president Ronald Reagan.<p>Now, the hospital has formally petitioned for Hinckley's complete release.<p>"Every witness agrees that he's ready and every witness agrees that the risk of …

Empathy

Vatican agrees first treaty with State of Palestine, solidifying relationship

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican concluded its first treaty that formally recognises the State of Palestine, a move that gives legal weight to the Holy See’s years-long recognition and that drew fast criticism from supporters of Israel.<p>The agreement, which the Vatican said aimed to “enhance the …

Israel

Jeb Bush Confronted By College Student: 'Your Brother Created ISIS'

A college student told likely GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Wednesday that his brother, former President George W. Bush, was to blame for the rise of the Islamic State.<p>The heated confrontation took place at a town hall meeting in Reno, Nevada, according to The New York Times. Ivy Ziedrich, …

Crying rooms in Japan are real and they're spectacular

Japan has given us a lot over the years. Karaoke, emoji, anime, Nintendo. Crying rooms.<p>Wait, crying rooms?<p>Yeah, apparently this is a new thing in …

Chinese feminists detained for 'picking quarrels'

Relatives of five young Chinese feminists make emotional plea for their freedom after arrest for "picking quarrels"<p>The families of five <b>Chinese</b> feminists detained by authorities for "picking quarrels" have called for their immediate release.<p>The young women were detained on the eve of <b>International</b> …

China

Europe faces a 'real threat' from Russia, warns US army commander

The commander of the US army in Europe, Lt-Gen Frederick "Ben" Hodges, says that Nato must remain united "as insurance" against Russia<p>The commander of the US army in Europe has warned that Nato must remain united in the face of a "real threat" from <b>Russia</b>.<p>"It's not an assumption. There is a Russian …

Russia

Addiction In American History: 14 Vivid Graphs

The language of addiction is always evolving. Maybe we need an addictionary.<p>For example, when the word "alcohol" was written or spoken in early 19th-century America. it was often used in the chemical and medical sense. This is from an article about drawing out the essence of stramonium, or jimson …

The New England Journal of Medicine

Venezuelan President Confronts Obama At Summit Of The Americas

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says he will hand U.S. President Barack Obama a petition with more than 11 million signatures asking him to repeal sanctions. Karla Zabludovsky reports from Panama City, Panama.<p>PANAMA CITY, Panama — It was Cuba's moment, with the island being invited to …

French strikes cancel flights across Europe | News | DW | 08.04.2015

French workers belonging to the SNCTA air traffic controllers union have begun strikes on Wednesday that will have widespread implications for air …

Europe's manhandling of Greece is a strategic gift to Russia's Vladimir Putin

'Greece is a sovereign country with an unquestionable right to exploit its geopolitical role,' says premier Alexis Tsipras in Moscow<p>The European Union has presented Vladimir Putin with an irresistible strategic prize, on a platter.<p>By insisting rigidly that Greece's radical-Left government repudiate …

Europe

Ted Cruz: ‘I am running for president of the United States’

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced -- again -- his candidacy for president in a speech Monday morning at a landmark of the American evangelical movement, Liberty University.<p>"Today, I am announcing that I am running for president of the United States," Cruz said, about 20 minutes …

Republicans

Rand Paul launches 2016 White House bid: ‘We have come to take our country back’

<i>This story has been updated.</i><p>LOUISVILLE -- Sen. Rand Paul, the maverick first-term senator who rode a tea party wave from a Kentucky ophthalmology practice to Congress, on Tuesday formally announced a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.<p>"I have a message, a message that is loud and …

Rand Paul

How the U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.<p>While the White House has said the breach only …

CNN

Has vuelto a venir, qué delincuente (Salvador Arnau)

SALVADOR A. EN GPLUS (CLIC-FOTO)<p>Hoy toca despejar, airear ambiente,<p>sí, ayer te escapabas del presente,<p>pero has vuelto a venir, qué delincuente<p>es tu …

Latest White House feature: Gender-neutral restroom

President Barack Obama’s staff and visitors now have the option of using a gender-neutral restroom, a White House spokesman said Wednesday — the latest in a series of symbolic steps the Obama administration has taken to work the priorities of the LGBT community into its broader themes of …

LGBTQI

How 'religious liberty' has been used to justify racism, sexism and slavery throughout history

There has been an enormous backlash from Indiana’s decision to enact a law that would allow businesses to discriminate if they invoke religious …

Religion

How the Civil War Changed America Forever

When the North emerged victorious on April 9, 1865, the U.S. entered a new era. However, the war’s legacy of destruction would leave deep scars.<p>On …

Robert E. Lee
Rights & Freedoms

The Man Who Will Argue For Marriage Recognition At The Supreme Court

Doug Hallward-Driemeier is one of two lawyers representing same-sex couples at the Supreme Court later this month. "I sense the hopes and aspirations of so many people that are at stake here," he tells BuzzFeed News.<p>WASHINGTON — Doug Hallward-Driemeier's first run-in with legal questions about …

The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050

The religious profile of the world is rapidly changing, driven primarily by differences in fertility rates and the size of youth populations among …

Geography

The Original True Crime Murder Mystery That Gripped America

In 1956, a decade before In Cold Blood, Meyer Levin’s Compulsion thrilled readers with the grisly tale of the Leopold and Loeb murder and launched a …

Crime

Women still underrepresented in the literary world, research shows

Here's a shocker — female authors and book reviewers are still grossly underrepresented in the literary world.<p>Gender disparity in major literary …

Atheism: The Next Civil Rights Movement?

One of the “most hated” groups in America, atheists face discrimination in everything from employment to child custody. A growing movement is …

Religion