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Rudy Giuliani's fall from America's Mayor

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Rudy wouldn't be Rudy if he backed down.<p>But by amplifying his charge that President Barack Obama doesn't love America, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani appears ready to risk sullying the powerful mythology that grew around his leadership when he steadied and steeled the nation …

Political Science

Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?

There’s a scene in Stanley Kubrick’s comic masterpiece <i>Dr. Strangelove</i> in which Jack D. Ripper, an American general who’s gone rogue and ordered a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, unspools his paranoid worldview—and the explanation for why he drinks “only distilled water, or rainwater, and only …

Koch donors want you to know that the Koch brothers will save American democracy

Without the plutocrats, we’re doomed!<p>The Koch brothers are waging a valiant fight to save America from utter ruin, people who give lots of money to the Koch brothers say.<p>In a Dallas Morning News op-ed posted late Monday night, Doug and Holly Deason, two major donors to Charles and David Koch's …

Middle-class

Paul Ryan's First Tax Legislation Adds Nearly $100 Billion To Deficit

WASHINGTON -- The first bills promoted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as the new chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee would add nearly $100 billion to the deficit over 10 years.<p>Ryan, a deficit hawk during his time as the chairman of the Budget Committee for the previous six years, made …

Taxes

The Artist Behind The 'Sexist' Newsweek Cover Speaks: 'I Wanted to Depict the Harassment That Women Suffer'

On Friday I interviewed Edel Rodriguez, the artist behind the Newsweek cover that has people tweeting in shock and exclaiming their outrage on the nation's morning shows. As the cofounder of PowerToFly, the first platform that places women in tech positions they can do in offices or from home, I'm …

Feminism

Can Virtual Body Swapping Help Fight Racial Prejudice?

Brain hacking and optical illusions can increase your empathy for other races<p>In the wake of massive #BlackLivesMatter demonstrations, the ugly implications of racism in the United States have come to the foreground. Prejudice, whether conscious or unconscious, exists on a much wider scale than most …

Obama trolls the GOP: How a not-so-lame-duck president left them bumbling

With his modest tax proposals Obama is neither Piketty nor Robin Hood — but here’s why his SOTU riled up the right<p>President Obama delivered his second to last State of the Union address with an epic combination of sweet-talking and trash-talking, cajoling and trolling. He brought us the story of …

Middle-class

Here's a Shocking Visualization of the Planet's Rising Temperatures

Last week, NASA and NOAA announced that 2014 was the hottest year in Earth's recorded history. This animation by Bloomberg brings that finding into …

9 signs the Kochs have created their own national political party

If you want to understand America’s painful lurch toward plutocracy, look no further than these mega-millionaires<p>It is time to stop talking about the Koch brothers and instead talk about the Koch Party, the nation’s third largest political network that is a full-blown but <i>private</i>political operation. …

Middle-class

Eating meat is worse for the environment than driving to work

Next time you brag about biking to work instead of driving for the sake of the environment, take a good look inside your lunch box.<p>According to a new report released by the London-based think tank Chatham House, livestock production accounts for more direct greenhouse gas emissions overall than all …

Agriculture

Rescued scientists bring back a warning from the Antarctic

The icebound crew of the Akademik Shokalskiy made headlines but, a year on, the fruits of their expedition are revealed<p>Rescue from Antarctic - the full story<p>The voyage was meant to retrace the steps of Douglas Mawson, the great polar explorer and scientist who led the Australasian Antarctic …

A Woman Said This Judge Propositioned Her. The Way the Judge Retaliated Has Him Facing Decades in Prison.

In a, “he said, she said,” situation, many people might trust the word of a judge over an ordinary citizen.<p>In the case of former Murray County, Georgia, judge Bryant Cochran, that trust would seem to be grossly misplaced.<p>After a woman publicly accused him of propositioning her — in his judicial …

Newtown Families File Suit Against AR-15 Manufacturer and Seller

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher injured two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting.<p>The negligence and wrongful death lawsuit, filed Monday in …

Tom Cotton Makes Ridiculous Farm Bill Ad

WASHINGTON -- In a new TV ad, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) would have you believe that President Barack Obama forced Congress to give poor people food stamps by exploiting innocent farm legislation.<p>"When President Obama hijacked the farm bill and turned it into a food stamp bill, with billions more in …

Glenn Beck thinks up a new way we’re all about to die

The demagogue-meets-sidewalk-preacher remains extremely worried about Ebola coming to the U.S.<p>Offering up one of his better apocalyptic scenarios in a while, talk radio star and former Fox News host Glenn Beck panicked aloud over the prospect that prison guards being flown from Nigeria to Texas …

Ray Nagin, former New Orleans mayor, begins serving 10-year sentence

Former New Orleans Mayor<p>Ray Nagin, who became a national figure in the wake ofHurricane Katrina, reported to federal prison Monday to begin serving a 10-year term for corruption that unfolded as the city sought to rebuild in the aftermath of the 2005 storm.<p>Nagin was convicted on 20 criminal counts, …

Bad news for Obamacare haters: Long-shot legal challenge suffers setback

Conservatives put everything they had into an exotic court challenge to the ACA, and it’s not faring too well<p>There was a bit of rough news this morning for people who enjoy denying people access to health insurance based on garbage legal reasoning and willfully obtuse readings of statutes. The D.C. …

Grocers Lead Kids To Produce Aisle With Junk Food-Style Marketing

Despite all the cheerleading for healthy eating, Americans still eat only about 1 serving of fruit per day, on average. And our veggie consumption, according to an analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls short, too.<p>So, with the back-to-school season underway and families …

Illegal Immigrant Woman Convicted of Running Over Two Girls Will Not Be Deported

An executive action taken by the Obama administration to delay the deportation of illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children was not supposed to extend to anyone convicted of a felony. Nevertheless, it will extend to a 19-year-old woman convicted of a felony hit-and-run killing of two young …

The Awesome Motorcycle Helmet That’s Straight Out of the Future

If fighter pilots and motorcycle riders brainstormed to design a helmet, it would probably look something like this.<p>The SKULLY AR-1 is the self-declared “World’s Smartest Motorcycle Helmet,” and it boasts technology that has yet to be combined in a single helmet, unless you’re Tony Stark. …

D.C.'s Famous Snowy Owl Found Dead In Minnesota

Washington, D.C.'s snowy owl famously survived being hit by a bus this past winter, but it seems our migratory friend couldn't steer clear of danger.<p>After her accident, our wings were crossed for this tough bird. She was treated at City Wildlife -- the only urban wildlife rehabilitation center in …

The Week in Review: Ferguson Aftermath

Unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on August 9 in Ferguson, MO. His death transformed the small city into an …

For Obama, August Is The Cruelest Month

President Obama returns to Washington this weekend after a two-week family vacation.<p>It wasn't exactly restful. The break was interrupted several times by events in Iraq and in Ferguson, Mo.<p>On Wednesday, Obama raised eyebrows by hitting the golf course, minutes after delivering a tough statement on …

Perry indicted, backers cry foul

A grand jury in Texas indicted Gov. Rick Perry on Friday alleging abuse of power in office.<p>The Republican’s conservative allies fired right back with their own accusation: This is a witch hunt.<p>Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, is accused of trying to coerce a Democratic official who …

Concerns about Bob McCulloch, the Ferguson prosecutor - CNN.com

<i>Share your photos, videos and opinions about the protests in Ferguson with CNN iReport. For local coverage, go to CNN affiliates KMOV, KSDK, KTVI and KPLR.</i><p><b>(CNN)</b> -- While protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, are demanding justice for the killing of Michael Brown by police, questions are being asked …

Holder brings his civil rights push to Ferguson

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eric Holder talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way no previous U.S. attorney general could — by telling his own family story.<p>As he increasingly pushes his Justice Department to protect voting rights and end unfair prison sentences and police brutality, Holder has …

Grand jury could hear case against police officer

CHICAGO (AP) — A Missouri grand jury could begin hearing evidence as soon as Wednesday to determine whether any charges should be filed against the white suburban police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.<p>State prosecutors are wading through contradictory narratives as they decide which account …